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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Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
University of Oregon

Application due: Accepted for Summer 2019 program until all slots are filled

Program Dates: June 16 - August 23, 2019

The University of Oregon (UO) Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) provides fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students from other Universities and Colleges to participate in ongoing research in Life Sciences laboratories at UO during the Summer months. Each project is a rigorous and rich immersion in a mentored, high-profile science research project with a lab mentor under the direction of a research professor.

We are very interested in enhancing the creativity, diversity, and talent of the next generation of life scientists in research communities. We stress active, experiential learning, because a true understanding of scientific ideas requires immersion into the processes of discovery, and it is reflected in the ability to communicate these ideas. SPUR training stresses active learning for interns and their mentors in experimental approaches, methodological skills, strategic design, creative and critical reasoning, and scientific communication. Professional and social interactions with active researchers at all levels helps interns boost personal confidence. In selecting summer interns, we seek talented, motivated, adventurous, and hard-working undergraduates who would benefit from what our program has to offer, and who perhaps would not otherwise have such opportunities.

The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research aims to train students to become creative explorers, to expand their interest and excitement in science, and to increase opportunities for them to pursue careers in research. We are very interested in enhancing the diversity and talent of the next generation of life scientists in the research community. We stress active, experiential learning, because a true understanding of scientific ideas requires immersion into the processes of discovery, and it is reflected in the ability to communicate these ideas.

SPUR offers closely mentored research projects to provide broad, experience-based training in science research. This training, which stresses active learning for both interns and mentors, includes experimental approaches, methodological skills, strategic design, creative and critical reasoning, and scientific communication. We aim to boost personal confidence by professional and social interactions with active researchers at all levels. In selecting summer interns, we seek talented, motivated, adventurous, and hard-working undergraduates who would benefit from what our program has to offer, and who perhaps would not otherwise have such opportunities.

SPUR contributes to national efforts to raise competence in STEM areas, enhances access to research careers for students with limited access to research facilities and experience, broadens the participation of minority researchers in STEM field related careers, and trains graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to be effective mentors.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Varies by program (May 24, 2019 or Aug. 28, 2019)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

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

Application due: July 1, 2019

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

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

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

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Fellowships

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Oct. 24, 2018

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in observational, instrumental, theoretical, laboratory or archival data research in any area of astronomy or astrophysics, in combination with a coherent educational plan for the duration of the fellowship.

The program supports researchers for a period of up to three years with fellowships that may be taken to eligible host institutions of their choice. The program is intended to recognize early-career investigators of significant potential and to provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in positions of distinction and leadership in the scientific community.

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Student Internship Research Participant Program
National Renewable Energy Laboratory/DOE

Applications accepted as positions become available

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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Child Development Research Fellowship Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Application due: July 9, 2019

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is funding a cooperative agreement to sponsor the Child Development Research Fellowship that gives child development professionals from the academic research community the opportunity to experience policy research relevant to programs serving low income children and families. The goal of the fellowship program is to expose researchers to policy environments, particularly at the federal level, whereby they gain skills and expertise for policy-relevant research. The program is intended to stimulate the knowledge of child development research and evaluation, particularly regarding services for low income children and families, and to inform their process of developing long-term, policy-relevant research and evaluation agendas.

The public will benefit from the increased availability of researchers who are highly skilled and experienced in policy- and program-relevant research and evaluation. Fellows will engage on a full-time basis for a period of one year (with a possible second or third year at the discretion of the grantee and depending on funding availability). Fellows will be exposed to the broader child development policy environment, particularly at the federal level, and to the policy research community through activities organized and conducted by the grantee. The cooperative agreement will require active partnership between the successful applicant and OPRE.

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Conway Science Fellowship
National Park Service / U.S. Department of the Interior

Application due: June 30, 2019

The National Park Foundation is excited to announce the Conway Science Fellowship, funded through the generous support of Karen Swett Conway, National Park Foundation Board of Directors, and her husband Brian Conway. The fellowship will benefit the National Park Service (NPS) through innovative scientific research that can inform park management.

As the National Park Service begins its second century of park conservation, it strives to ensure that science-based research--capable of transforming our understanding and appreciation of its natural and cultural heritage--remains a key component of national park management.

Three teams consisting of a faculty or senior scientist mentor and a postdoc fellow (within three years of receiving their doctorate degree) will be selected to embark on innovative science research. The applicant(s) will be the faculty employed at the research institution, who will select an appropriate postdoc fellow. Each of the three fellows will focus on a different topical area that addresses some of the NPS emerging resource management challenges: 1) Addressing increasing visitor use by integrating social science and resource stewardship; 2) Enhancing ocean and coastal resource stewardship; and 3) Embracing collaborative conservation at the landscape scale.

We are hoping to attract great minds and great ideas through this competitive fellowship. We hope you will consider the opportunity to make a difference by contributing your talents in the stewardship of our national treasures.

For more information and to apply visit the Conway Science Fellowship using the Program link below.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Award: Understanding Dynamic and Multi-Scale Systems
James S. McDonnell Foundation

Application and Letters of Support due: June 13, 2019

The James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) is currently accepting applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Understanding Dynamic and Multi-Scale Systems.

The program supports scholarship and research directed toward the discovery and refinement of theoretical and mathematical tools that can contribute to the continued development of the study of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems. The program emphasis is on the development and application of theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on specific fields of research per se.

To that end, fellowship awards are designed to provide students with opportunities to pursue postdoctoral training and research opportunities aligned with their interest in obtaining additional skills and experience and that might not otherwise be available.

Grants of $200,000 (to be expended in no less than two and no more than three years) will be awarded to students in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. who are committed to acquiring new skills and experience in a multi-disciplinary field such as complex systems science and who are looking to make a change in direction for their first postdoctoral fellowship (field of study, model organization, theory vs. experimental, etc.) that is either difficult or impossible without an external source of funding. Typically, JSMF can support up to 10 fellowships per year.

Fellowship grants will not be awarded until a recipient applies to and is accepted as a postdoctoral fellow at a qualified institution and the institution submits an acceptable request to JSMF to initiate the grant.

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Research Fellowships
Prevent Cancer Foundation

Application due: June 28, 2019

The Prevent Cancer Foundation is the only U.S. nonprofit organization solely devoted to cancer prevention and early detection. Since 1985, the Foundation has invested in cancer prevention and early detection research, education, outreach and advocacy and has played a pivotal role in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important prevention and early detection strategies.

Fellowship awards are limited to postdoctoral-level applicants ONLY. Therefore, only graduate students who will have their doctoral degrees in hand before the project start date are eligible to apply. Postdoctoral researchers from non-profit institutions (including academic institutions) are eligible to apply.

Fellowship proposals will be considered in the following categories: 

  • Near-term application, clinical, translational and population-based research projects

  • Education programs in cancer prevention/early detection

  • Early detection projects

  • Behavioral intervention projects

Examples of acceptable proposals: 

  • Projects that are clearly in the field of cancer prevention or early detection

  • Research projects which, if successful, may lead directly to reducing the incidence of cancer*

  • Primary or secondary prevention research on all types of cancers

  • Creative or innovative approaches to cancer prevention/early detection research

* Examples of such projects include but are not limited to: research that leads to improvement in early detection and intervention; research into dietary links to cancer; environmental/occupational health and behavioral/educational aspects of cancer prevention/early detection; and epidemiological and genetic studies that may have a direct impact on cancer prevention/early detection.

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Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology
Simons Foundation

Application due: June 14, 2019

The Simons Foundation invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support research on fundamental problems in marine microbial ecology. The foundation is particularly interested in applicants with training in different fields who want to apply their experience to understanding the role of microorganisms in shaping ocean processes, and vice versa, as well as applicants with experience in modeling or theory development. While these cross-disciplinary applicants will receive close attention, applicants already involved in ocean research are also encouraged to apply. The foundation anticipates awarding five fellowships in 2019.

Applicants should have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree within three years of the fellowship start date. Preference will be for applicants with no more than one year of postdoctoral experience. Applicants may be citizens of any country. Awards can only be issued to nonprofit research universities or research institutions in the U.S.

The award is for three years, contingent upon satisfactory annual progress reports, and will include an annual stipend of $62,000 and an annual allowance of up to $25,000. The allowance may be spent on health insurance for the fellow and family, other benefits as required by the institution, research supplies, small equipment (including computers), attendance at scientific meetings, and other research-related travel. Up to $2,000 of the allowance may be used for relocation of the fellow and family to the host institution. Relocation costs must be in accordance with the policies of the host institution. Payment cannot be made directly to fellows. No indirect or overhead costs may be charged.

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

Application due: July 25, 2019 (1:00 p.m. MDT)

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

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

The objective of the DDETFP GRF is to acquaint graduate students with transportation research, development, and technology transfer activities at U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) facilities.

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MSGC Graduate Student Fellowships
Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC)

Application due: Aug. 1, 2019

The Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) annual Scholarship and Fellowship Competitions are held each Spring for awards for the ensuing academic year. Awards are normally made to select students enrolled at MSGC campuses in disciplines related to Science, Math, Engineering, Technology or other areas of interest to NASA.

The MSGC offers graduate fellowships of $9,000 plus in-state tuition up to six credits and fees for one semester. Normally applications are due each year on April 1. Awards are made on a competitive basis to graduate students working on research projects in fields of study relevant to NASA's mission.

Awardees must be U.S. citizens enrolled as full-time students at a Montana Space Grant Consortium campus. Graduate fellowship awards are typically for one semester but are renewable on a competitive basis.

MSGC is currently offering a special round of funding for graduate student fellowships. These fellowships will follow all regular guidelines except the due date. Application materials for this special additional fellowship opportunity are due by August 1, 2019.

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2020 AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
American Heart Association

Application due: Aug. 14, 2019

The American Heart Association's Predoctoral Fellowship will provide integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated in pre-doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global cardiovascular health.

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

Clinical, translational, population, behavioral, and basic scientists are encouraged to apply. AHA maintains dedicated Peer Review Committees by science type and subject.

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CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Cancer Research Institute

Application due: Oct. 1, 2019

The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in fundamental immunology or cancer immunology. A panel of scientists drawn from our Scientific Advisory Council rigorously evaluates each candidate, the intended sponsor and training environment, and the nature and feasibility of the proposed project.

The Institute seeks hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology. The applicant and sponsor should make every effort to demonstrate the potential of the proposed studies to directly impact our understanding of the immune system's role in cancer.

Applicants for the CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program must be working in areas directly related to immunology or cancer immunology. An eligible project must fall into the broad field of immunology with relevance to solving the cancer problem. Applicants must have a doctoral degree by the date of award activation and must conduct their proposed research under a sponsor who holds a formal appointment at the host institution. 

Newly awarded fellowships provide a stipend of $55,000 for the first year, $57,000 for the second year, and $59,000 for the third year. In addition, an allowance of $1,500 per year is allotted to the host institution for use at the sponsor's discretion to help pay for the fellow's research supplies, travel to scientific meetings, and/or health insurance.

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NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Sept. 11, 2019

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to conduct an integrated program of independent research and professional development. Fellowship proposals must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplinary programs and must align with the overall theme for the postdoctoral program. The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice (including institutions abroad).

The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with research experience, mentorship, and training that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their career, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR postdoctoral fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

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American Fellowships
American Association of University Women

Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

The oldest and largest of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowships and grant programs, the American Fellowship program began in 1888, a time when women were discouraged from pursuing an education. Now one of the largest sources of funding for graduate education for women, AAUW has provided more than $115 million to upwards of 13,000 fellows and grantees since awarding its first fellowship to Ida Street, a pioneer in the field of early American Indian history.

The American Fellowship program offers three award mechanisms:

1) American Dissertation Fellowships

Dissertation Fellowships offset a scholar's living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals or plans by the preceding November. Students holding fellowships for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW fellowships year are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math fields or research gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.

2) American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships

Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships are designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equity for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible.

3) American Short-Term Research Publication Grants

Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide funds for women college and university faculty to prepare research for publication. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing and editing in response to issues raised in critical reviews. These grants can be awarded to both tenure-track and part-time faculty, and new and established researchers. The grants are designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and other promotions. Tenured professors are not eligible.

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Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Varies by program (Oct. 21-25, 2019)

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.

The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

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Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (AGS-PRF)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Proposals accepted anytime

The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (PRF) to highly qualified early career investigators to carry out an independent research program. The research plan of each Fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of AGS disciplines.

The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with Fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice. The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential and provide them with experience in research that will broaden perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and help establish them in leadership positions within the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences community. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

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Limited Submissions

Montana Healthcare Foundation Grants
Montana Healthcare Foundation

ROUND 1: Internal MSU LOI due: Feb. 2, 2018
Full Agency Application due: Feb. 23, 2018
ROUND 2: Internal MSU LOI due: Feb. 23, 2018; Full Agency Application due: June 15, 2018

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) makes grants to improve the health and well-being of all Montanans. For 2018, we are pleased to announce this competitive Call for Proposals (CFP).

We will consider proposals in three areas under this CFP:

  • American Indian Health

  • Behavioral Health

  • Partnerships for Better Health

Projects funded through this CFP will address key health and health care challenges and will address the upstream social, economic, and educational challenges that drive health disparities. We place a priority on proposals that have a high potential for becoming financially self-sustaining.

Project Examples

Please note that these are only examples, and we will gladly consider funding other types of projects if they meet our basic selection criteria.

  • Strategic and business planning: One-year planning grants that will result in a viable plan to fund and implement programming to address an important health issue.

  • Partnerships outside the health sector: Proposals that seek to build partnerships with organizations beyond the health sector (for example: schools, local businesses, community and economic developers, or departments of planning and transportation) to build strong, resilient communities and address issues, such as poor housing, limited opportunities for youth engagement, community support for seniors, unemployment, or access to healthful foods.

  • Upstream influences on health and well-being: Projects that address access to healthful food, housing, transportation, and other upstream influences on health and well-being.

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) [P],\" and the program, \"Montana Healthcare Foundation Grants.\"
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, February 2, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 23, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Searle Scholars Program
Searle Scholars Program

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

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Pew Charitable Trusts

Internal MSU Pre-Proposal Materials due: June 7, 2019
Nomination due to Sponsor: June 14, 2019

The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support ($75,000 per year for a four-year period).

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged.

Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the performance of the candidate, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

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, Pew Charitable Trusts (PEWCHA) [P], and the program, Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.
  2. Include your pre-proposal materials (research project summary, curriculum vitae, and letters of support from your department head and dean) as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The research project summary can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, June 7, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select one nominee to go forward to the Sponsor. The nomination will be due at the Sponsor by June 14, 2019.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

Note: An informational webinar for this opportunity was previously announced in the 12/20/18 issue of MSU Research Funding Opportunities.

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100&Change
MacArthur Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Apr. 19, 2019 (extended deadline)
Full Proposal due: Aug. 6, 2019

The MacArthur Foundation has announced it will launch a new round of its 100&Change competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the most critical world social challenges. 100&Changeremains open to organizations and collaborations working in any field, anywhere in the world. Proposals must identify a problem and offer a solution that promises significant and durable change; they will be accepted online only from April 30 to August 6, 2019. 

In the inaugural round of 100&Change, from 1,904 proposals submitted, Sesame Workshop and International Rescue Committee were awarded $100 million to educate young children displaced by conflict and persecution in the Syrian response region and to challenge the global system of humanitarian aid to focus more on building a foundation for future success for millions of young children. Other funders and philanthropists have committed an additional $254 million to date to support bold solutions by 100&Change applicants, including a $100 million LEGO Foundation grant to Sesame Workshop and $9 million in funding from USAID and GHR Foundation to Catholic Relief Services.

Many 100&Change applicants found that the competition challenged them to be more ambitious in their thinking, facilitated collaboration among groups to tackle an issue at a broader scale, and enabled them to create proposals they could use to pursue other funding.

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, MacArthur Foundation (MACFOU) [P], and the program, 100&Change.
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, April 19, 2019.  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 6, 2019.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

Additional Opportunities: Lever for Change

Building on the success of 100&Change, MacArthur is creating Lever for Change, a new nonprofit committed to unlocking philanthropic capital and helping donors put their resources to work to accelerate social change. Lever for Change will connect donors with high-impact philanthropic opportunities by administering custom competitions or by matching donors with vetted proposals from such competitions. It will develop a pipeline of projects and organizations that can effectively address significant social challenges at scale.

With an initial minimum grant of $10 million, the custom competitions will use an open, transparent process to source, vet, and evaluate proposals. This level of funding allows applicants to think big and propose ideas designed to achieve transformational change. Lever for Change will also help strengthen top proposals so they can more effectively absorb and deploy large grants for impact.

Lever for Change will manage an inventory of the strongest proposals from the competitions. This online database will provide philanthropists with a faster approach to identify powerful, high-impact ideas aligned with their interests and passions. The initial competition will be launched this April.

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NEA Research Labs
National Endowment for the Arts

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: June 21, 2019
Full Application due to Agency: July 15, 2019

The Arts Endowment's five-year research agenda aims to build public knowledge about the arts' contributions to individuals and society. Through the NEA Research Labs program, we seek to extend this agenda and its impact by cultivating a series of transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike.

NEA Research Labs are intended to serve as "hubs" or centers of excellence in the domain of interest. Each NEA Research Lab will develop a pipeline of projects or products, even while conducting at least one major study. In addition, NEA Research Labs will be positioned to fulfill ad hoc analyses or information requests concerning the research agenda being pursued, as may be required during the project period of performance. Such requests will not involve new data collection.

Priority will be given to applications that show capacity to design and implement a series of studies based on theory-driven research questions and methodologies that will yield important information about the impact of the arts within the selected topic area. Research methodologies may include such approaches as quasi-experimental or experimental designs, or analyses that use primary and/or secondary data.

Competitive applications will consider any extant research that serves as a basis for a theoretical framework and helps to motivate the proposed studies. We also welcome novel and promising research approaches, such as rigorous analyses of organizational or social networks, and/or social media data, and statistically driven meta-analyses. In addition, we are interested in translational research that moves scientific evidence toward the development, testing, and standardization of new arts-related projects, models, tools, or techniques that can be used easily by other practitioners and 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, "US National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) [F]," and the program, "NEA Research Labs."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, June 21, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by July 15, 2019.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Division of Research Programs Summer Stipends
National Endowment for the Humanities

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: July 1, 2019
Applications/Nominations due to Agency: Sept. 25, 2019

The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by:

  • Providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both

  • Supporting projects at any stage of development, but most especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective

  • Furthering the NEH's commitment to diversity and inclusion in the humanities by encouraging applications from independent scholars and faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, tribal colleges and universities, and community colleges

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients' compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply, even if an institution of higher education serves as a nominator.

Applicants may seek funding for projects based on completed dissertations. You must state in your narrative that the application is to revise a dissertation, and you must explain how the new project moves beyond the original dissertation.

Faculty members with tenured or tenure-track positions who teach full-time at institutions of higher education must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Each institution of higher education in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members. Any faculty member is eligible for nomination.

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, "U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) [F]," and the program, "Division of Research Programs Summer Stipends."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, July 1, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 25, 2019.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: May 24, 2019
Full Proposal due: Sept. 27, 2019

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

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

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

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Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (42)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CENDIS)

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 29, 2019
LOI due to sponsor: Aug. 16, 2019
Full submission due: Oct. 18, 2019

SYNOPSIS: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), invites grant applications for funding Education and Research Centers (ERCs) that are focused on occupational safety and health training, research training, education and outreach. NIOSH is mandated to provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the ERCs are one of the principal means for meeting this mandate. ERCs are academic institutions that provide high-quality interdisciplinary graduate training, research training, continuing education, and outreach in the core occupational safety and health disciplines of industrial hygiene (IH), occupational health nursing (OHN), occupational medicine residency (OMR), and occupational safety (OS), as well as closely related allied disciplines. Research and research training are integral components of ERCs, with ERC faculty and NIOSH trainees conducting research on issues related to the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). The ERCs also serve as regional resources for industry, labor, government, and the public.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this program is to support NIOSH ERCs to address the burden of OSH in the United States by providing state-of-the-art interdisciplinary training for the next generation of OSH practitioners and researchers. ERCs play a significant role in preparing the future OSH workforce to respond to new challenges posed by the changing nature of work. These changes are the result of technological advances, globalization, new and emerging risks, occupational health disparities associated with the changing demographics of the US workforce, and a myriad of other factors. The NIOSH network of ERCs across the United States helps address these challenges and provide the next generation of OSH leadership to protect workers and ensure a healthier national workforce. The ERCs provide well-trained graduates to meet the demand for a professional OSH workforce for federal, state, and local government agencies; not-for-profit agencies; industry; academia; business; healthcare; and labor organizations. ERCs help meet our national need for skilled, knowledgeable practitioners and researchers in OSH and enhance the diversity of the safety and health workforce.

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 (CENDIS), and the program, Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (42).
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is March 29, 2019.  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 October 18, 2019.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Searle Scholars Program
Kinship Foundation / Searle Scholars Program

Internal MSU LOI due: July 8, 2019
Full Application due to Agency: Sept. 27, 2019

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

Applicants for the 2020 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2020) are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2018. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

MSU is invited to nominate one (1) individual to apply. If you are interested in being nominated for the 2020 Searle Scholars Program, please submit your whitepaper following the process below. Likewise, Department Heads and Deans may submit nominations for excellent nominees using these same instructions.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a Limited Submission Pre-Proposal and select the sponsor, Searle Scholars Program (SEASCH) [P], and the program, Searle Scholars Program.
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages. The LOI should address the research that will be undertaken with the Searle award as well as how the award will advance your career as an independent scientist. Please carefully review the Searle website (program link below) for program priorities and eligibility.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, July 8, 2019. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select one nomination to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 27, 2019. The Office of Sponsored Programs will submit the nomination on behalf of the institution and then provide the nominee with login instructions where the application resides.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research Center of Excellence - Center Lead
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Aug. 13, 2019
Application due to Agency: Sept. 13, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of University Programs (OUP) is requesting applications from accredited U.S. colleges and universities to lead a consortium of universities for a Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research Center of Excellence - Center Lead. The OUP is also posting a separate NOFO for eligible applicants to submit single project proposals for consideration as a partner to this COE (please see NOFO Number DHS-19-ST-061-TPCR-Partner or 97.061 on https://www.grants.gov/ for directions on how to submit single project proposals). DHS will select qualified individual projects from applications received for either the Center Lead NOFO or the Center Partner NOFO, regardless of the institution that is awarded as lead institution.

The DHS Centers of Excellence are university consortia that work closely with DHS Components and their partners to conduct research, develop and transition mission-relevant science and technology, educate the next generation of homeland security technical experts, and train the current workforce in the latest scientific applications. Each COE is led by an accredited U.S. college or university and involves multiple partners for varying lengths of time. COE partners include other academic institutions, commercial industry, DHS Components, Department of Energy National Laboratories and other federally-funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), other federal agencies that have homeland security-relevant missions, state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) governments, non-profits, and first responder organizations.

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, "U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDOHS) [F]," and the program, "Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research Center of Excellence - Center Lead."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Tuesday, August 13, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 13, 2019.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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W.M. Keck Foundation - Grant Programs
W.M. Keck Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Apr. 15, 2019
Concept paper due to W.M. Keck for pre-application counseling: July 1, 2019
Phase I Application due: Nov. 1, 2019; Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Feb. 14, 2020

SYNOPSIS: Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering, and medical research has been the mandate of W.M. Keck from the beginning. By funding the high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers, they are 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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 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, questioning 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. 

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, Grants Programs.
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is April 15, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Phase I Applications will be due at the Sponsor by November 1, 2019. Full Proposals will be due at the Sponsor (by invitation only) by February 14, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Aug. 1, 2019
Full Proposal due to Agency: Nov. 5, 2019

The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as service providers (SPs) within the NSF Innovative High-Performance Computing (HPC) program to provide advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities and/or services in production operations to support the full range of computational- and data-intensive research across all of science and engineering (S&E). The current solicitation is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure by provisioning resources, broadly defined in this solicitation to include systems and/or services, in two categories:

  • Category I, Capacity Systems: production computational resources maximizing the capacity provided to support the broad range of computation and data analytics needs in S&E research; and
  • Category II, Innovative Prototypes/Testbeds: innovative forward-looking capabilities deploying novel technologies, architectures, usage modes, etc., and exploring new target applications, methods, and paradigms for S&E discoveries.

Resources supported through awards from this solicitation will be incorporated into and allocated as part of NSF's Innovative HPC program. This program complements investments in leadership-class computing and funds a federation of nationally-available HPC resources that are technically diverse and intended to enable discoveries at a computational scale beyond the research of individual or regional academic institutions. NSF anticipates that at least 90% of the provisioned system or services will be available to the S&E community through an open peer-reviewed national allocation process and be supported by community and other support services [such as those currently supported through eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) 2.0 project-managed allocations recommended by the XSEDE Resource Allocation Committee (XRAC), and other activities intended to foster efficient coordination across resources], or an NSF-approved alternative that may emerge. If this is not feasible for the proposed system/services, proposers must clearly explain in detail why this is the case and how they intend to make the proposed system/services available to the national S&E community.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Thursday, August 1, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by November 5, 2019.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Inclusive Excellence: 2020 Undergraduate Science Education Grants
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Internal MSU LOI due: Apr. 12, 2019 (extended deadline)
Intent to apply due: July 2019 (exact date TBD)
Full submission (by invitation only) due: Fall 2020 (exact date TBD)

SYNOPSIS: 

HHMI promotes leadership in science education through peer-reviewed grants competitions for four-year colleges and universities. The competitions enable HHMI to highlight important national issues in science education, support science faculty in addressing these challenges, and encourage institutions to become leaders in science education excellence.

Inclusive Excellence (IE) represents a new strategy for HHMI grants to institutions. Grants help institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via nontraditional pathways.

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, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HOWHUG), and the program, Inclusive Excellence: 2020 Undergraduate Science Education Grants.
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is April 12, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by July 2019 (exact date TBD).
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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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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Antarctic Artists and Writers Program (AAW)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: July 1, 2019

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the lead Federal agency managing the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), which supports scientific research and education in the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program was established to facilitate writing and artistic projects designed to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. The Artist and Writers Program gives priority to projects that focus on interpreting and representing the scientific activities being conducted in the unique Antarctic region. Proposed projects must target audiences in the U.S. and be distributed/exhibited in the U.S. Artists and Writers Program field teams should consist of no more than one or two people.

Successful projects will be provided with USAP logistical support needed to implement the proposed activity, as well as round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere. USAP infrastructure available to support projects undertaken by artists and writers consists of three year-round stations, numerous austral summer research camps in Antarctica, two research vessels, and surface and air transportation. The Artists and Writers Program does not provide direct funding to successful applicants for any purpose.

Due to the unique nature of this program, proposers are strongly encouraged to carefully follow the guidelines described in this solicitation and to contact the cognizant Artists and Writers Program Officer prior to submitting a proposal to discuss the unique requirements and restrictions of the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program and Antarctic logistics in general.

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Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: June 19, 2019

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects at different stages throughout their life cycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

Through a special partnership with NEH and pending the availability of appropriated funds, 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. IMLS and NEH may jointly fund some DHAG projects that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve:

  • Creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods, techniques, or infrastructure that contribute to the humanities;

  • Pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society; or

  • Conducting evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement.

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Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: July 16, 2019

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

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

The HCRR program includes two funding categories: Implementation and Foundations.

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NEA Art Works 2, FY2020
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Application due: July 11, 2019

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

The NEA encourages applications for artistically excellent projects that address any of the following activities below:

  • Honor the 2020 centennial of women's voting rights in the United States (aka the Women's Suffrage Centennial).

  • Engage with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Hispanic or Latino organizations; or the Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian arts.

  • Celebrate America's creativity and cultural heritage.

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

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

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

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NEA Our Town, FY2020
National Endowment for the Arts

Application due: Aug. 8, 2019

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

These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization; and should engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development). Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.

FY 2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Our Town program. We are looking for projects that reflect a new and catalytic way of working, and that demonstrate the potential for sustained support and recognition for arts, design, and cultural strategies as integral to every phase of community development.

We encourage applications for artistically excellent projects that:

  • Bring new attention to or elevate key community assets and issues, voices of residents, local history, or cultural infrastructure.

  • Inject new or additional energy, resources, activity, people, or enthusiasm into a place, community issue, or local economy.

  • Envision new possibilities for a community or place: a new future, a new way of overcoming a challenge, or approaching problem-solving.

  • Connect communities, people, places, and economic opportunity via physical spaces or new relationships.

The National Endowment for the Arts plans to support a variety of projects across the country in urban, rural, and tribal communities of all sizes.

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Media Projects: Development Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Aug. 14, 2019

The Media Projects: Development Grants program supports the collaboration of media producers and scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Awards should result in a script (for documentary film or television programs) or a detailed treatment (for radio programs or podcasts) and may also yield a plan for outreach and public engagement.

All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of facts to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects that we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

The Division of Public Programs encourages media projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and advance civic education. The Division of Public Programs also supports media projects that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.

Film and television development projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. Films should be longer than thirty minutes.

Radio and podcast development projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. They may be intended for regional or national distribution. NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats.

Proposed projects might include the development of supplementary components to a film, television, radio, or podcast project: for example, book/film discussion programs, supplementary educational websites, or museum exhibitions.

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Media Projects: Production Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Aug. 14, 2019

The Media Projects: Production Grants program supports the production and distribution of documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship.

Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of facts to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects that we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

The Division of Public Programs encourages media projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and advance civic education. The Division of Public Programs also supports media projects that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.

Film and television production projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. Films should be longer than 30 minutes.

Radio and podcast production projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. They may be intended for national or regional distribution.

NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats. Proposed projects might include supplementary components to a film, television, radio, or podcast project: for example, book/film discussion programs, supplemental educational websites, or museum exhibitions.

To be competitive, applicants must have clear central ideas and a solid command of the major humanities scholarship on their subject, and they must have consulted with a team of scholarly advisers to work out the intellectual issues that the program will explore. The scholars must represent major fields relevant to the subject matter, have a strong record of research and scholarship in the humanities, and offer diverse perspectives and approaches.

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Public Humanities Projects
National Endowment for the Humanities

Draft Proposal due (optional): July 3, 2019
Full Application due: Aug. 14, 2019

The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history.

This program supports projects in three categories: Exhibitions (permanent, temporary, or traveling); interpretive programs at Historic Places; and Humanities Discussions related to "A More Perfect Union:" NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Celebrating the Nation's 250th Anniversary.

Exhibitions

The Exhibitions category supports the creation of permanent exhibitions (on view for at least three years) and single-site temporary exhibitions (open to the public for a minimum of two months), as well as traveling exhibitions that will be available to public audiences in at least two venues in the United States (including the originating location).

Historic Places

The Historic Places category supports long-term interpretive programs for historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions that are intended to be presented to the public for at least three years. Such programs might include living history presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and public programs.

Humanities Discussions

The Humanities Discussions category supports series of at least six in-person public programs related to "A More Perfect Union:" NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Celebrating the Nation's 250th Anniversary. These programs should engage diverse public audiences with humanities resources such as historic artifacts, artwork, or documents, and should be anchored in perspectives presented by humanities experts as speakers, panelists, or discussion leaders, providing context and analysis of program themes. Projects may include, but are not limited to, symposiums, lecture series, reading and discussion programs, analytical discussions of museum collections or theater/musical performances, lifelong learning programs, or other methods of face-to-face audience engagement or informal education. The proposed series should occur over a period of three months to two years.

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Short Documentaries
National Endowment for the Humanities

Draft Proposal due (optional): July 3, 2019
Full Application due: Aug. 14, 2019

The Short Documentaries program supports the production and distribution of documentary films up to 30 minutes that engage audiences with humanities ideas in appealing ways. The program aims to extend the humanities to new audiences through the medium of short documentary films. Films must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology.

The Short Documentaries program supports production of single films or series of thematically-related short films addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs should be intended for regional or national distribution, via broadcast, festivals, and/or online distribution.

Applications must present clear central ideas in the humanities and must demonstrate a solid command of the humanities scholarship on their subject. Applicants must have consulted with a team of scholarly advisers to develop the intellectual ideas that the program will explore. The scholars must represent fields relevant to the subject matter, have a strong record of research and scholarship in the humanities, and offer diverse perspectives and approaches. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical.

Short Documentariesmay explore any humanities topic. In addition to funding films on national and global topics and events, we anticipate funding projects that use humanities scholarship to explore regional stories within a broader humanities context. Examples of subjects that could be explored in this program include:

  • Military history

  • Regional Native American histories

  • Portraits of regional artists, folk artists, or artists tied to an exhibition

  • Humanistic biographies of regional authors

  • Biographies of civic leaders and other figures whose stories illuminate broader humanities themes regarding civic education

  • Significant local or regional historical events that resonated nationally or internationally

  • Behind-the scenes explorations of museum collections

  • Historical vignettes on regional businesses and industries

  • Explorations of America's founding principles

  • Histories of significant social and intellectual movements

All proposed projects should:

  • Employ appealing formats that will engage the general public in learning

  • Build on sound humanities scholarship

  • Deepen public understanding of significant humanities questions

  • Approach a subject analytically, presenting a variety of perspectives

  • Involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production

  • Involve appropriate media professionals

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Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL): Data, Infrastructure and Computational Methods
National Endowment for the Humanities and National Science Foundation

Application due: Sept. 16, 2019

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7,000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers.

Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants, fellowships from six to 12 months, and conference proposals. Note: A conference proposal should generally be submitted at least a year in advance of the scheduled date of the conference. For additional information about creating and submitting conference proposals to the DEL program, please refer to Chapter II. D.7 of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.

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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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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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Epilepsy Research Program (ERP)
Department of Defense

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

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

  • Idea Development Award
  • Epilepsy Risk Factors Award

Click on the link below for details about each award.

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

Deadline: see program URL

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by award (Mar. 14 or Mar. 28, 2019)
Full Application due: Varies by award (Apr. 11, July 2, or July 11, 2019)

The Department of Defense FY19 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) includes the following award mechanisms:

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

Click on the program link below for program announcement and application instructions for each award mechanism.

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Military Burn Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Apr. 17, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): July 10, 2019

The overarching goal of the FY19/20 Military Research Burn Program (MBRP) is to support the development or refinement of interventions or technologies that will enable non-medical or medical first responders to provide appropriate burn care closer to the point of injury to enhance the potential for better long-term outcomes.

The MBRP anticipates that outcomes of successful applications will lead to near-term delivery of interventions, products, or care guidelines that will assist fellow Service members, first responders, and/or civilians in the pre-hospital care of the severe burn casualty.

The MBRP includes the Idea Development Award and the Clinical Translational Research Award.

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program: Therapeutic Development Award
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Mar. 22, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): July 25, 2019

The Therapeutic Development Award supports research ranging from validation of therapeutic leads through U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Investigational New Drug (IND)-enabling studies. The proposed studies are expected to be empirical in nature and product-driven. Applicants with limited ALS experience are strongly encouraged to collaborate with those having substantial expertise in ALS research and/or ALS model systems.

Examples of activities that will be supported by this award include:

  • Confirmation of candidate therapeutics obtained from screening or by other means, including optimization of potency and pharmacological properties and testing of derivatives and sister compounds

  • Validation of early pilot studies, including the use of multiple ALS model systems and/or replicating preliminary data with more time points or additional doses

  • Studies on formulation and stability leading to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) production methods

  • IND-enabling studies, to include compound characterization, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) studies, and dose/response and toxicology studies in relevant model systems

Validation of treatment approaches in appropriately powered and controlled studies using biological correlates of disease activity and progression in pre-existing, de-identified human specimens from well-characterized patient cohorts is encouraged. Examples of acceptable cohorts for study include controlled clinical trials, observational studies, and registries (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] National ALS Registry and/or Biorepository). Active duty military and/or Veteran patient populations or resources should be considered. All specimens must exist at the time of application submission; collection of new specimens will not be supported.

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program: Therapeutic Idea Award
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Mar. 22, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): July 25, 2019

The Therapeutic Idea Award is designed to promote new ideas aimed at drug or treatment discovery that are still in the early stages of development. Projects that focus primarily on investigating the pathophysiology of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) are not within the scope of this Funding Opportunity. Development and/or modification of preclinical model systems or the application of high-throughput screens to define or assess lead compounds for ALS treatment are of interest.

Development of methods to adequately measure target binding and proximal downstream effects (target engagement) and the potential for undesirable activities at related but unintended targets (selectivity) are also encouraged. While the inclusion of preliminary data is not prohibited, the strength of the application should not rely on preliminary data, but on the innovative approach. All proposed research projects should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale that holds translational potential to improve ALS treatment and/or advance a novel treatment modality.

Innovation and impact are important aspects of the Therapeutic Idea Award. Research deemed innovative may introduce a new paradigm, challenge current paradigms, introduce novel concepts or technologies, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities that may lead to potential therapeutics for ALS. Impact may be near-term or long-term but must be significant and move beyond an incremental advancement.

Identification of treatment approaches using biological correlates of disease activity and progression in pre-existing, de-identified human specimens from well-characterized, adequately controlled, and sufficiently powered patient cohorts is encouraged. Examples of acceptable cohorts for study include controlled clinical trials, observational studies, and registries (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] National ALS Registry and/or Biorepository). Active duty military and/or Veteran patient populations or resources should be considered. All specimens must exist at the time of application submission; collection of new specimens will not be supported.

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Ovarian Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by program (Apr. 23 or 30, 2019)
Full Application due: Varies by program (July 24 or 31, 2019)

The mission of the Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) is to support patient-centered research to prevent, detect, treat, and cure ovarian cancer to enhance the health and well-being of Service members, Veterans, retirees, their family members, and all women impacted by this disease.

The OCRP includes the Clinical Development Award, the Investigator-Initiated Research Award, the Ovarian Cancer Academy Award - Early Career Investigator, the Ovarian Cancer Academy Dean and Assistant Dean (Leadership) Award, and the Pilot Award.

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Adaptive Signature Discovery University Research Alliance (ASD-URA)
Department of Defense / Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Agency LOI due: June 21, 2019
Phase I Pre-Proposal due: July 17, 2019
Phase II Proposal due (by invitation only): TBA

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (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. As a combat support agency, DTRA provides both operational support and specialized capabilities in science and technology (S&T). The Agency is the premier Department of Defense (DoD) source of science based WMD expertise and a sponsor of basic research focused exclusively on WMD threat reduction.

To continue and expand on the program's success to date, DTRA is evolving the investment strategy for basic research. DTRA intends to establish a new collaborative venture that seeks to investigate Adaptive Signature Discovery (ASD) in the context of future WMD-relevant operations through a new University Research Alliance (URA) that will consist of U.S. university researchers working to solve complex problems. The overall objective is to develop a fundamental understanding of the adaptive nature of information correlation with images, sensory data, social networks, and physical networks. Research specialties can involve cultural anthropology, detection sciences, mathematical sociology, machine learning and other artificial intelligence, multimodal data fusion, network analysis, and other techniques. The wide-ranging expertise will support the development of predictive models of an adversary's adapting capability and intent to acquire, proliferate, or use WMDs.

DTRA strongly believes that a joint collaborative approach by a multidisciplinary team of researchers is required to make fundamental advances towards meeting the Adaptive Signature Discovery University Research Alliance (ASD-URA) goals. DTRA has identified three interrelated Research Areas (RAs) that, when jointly studied, will advance the theoretical foundations of ASD in the context of future operations:

  1. RA1--Image correlation with context enhanced data fusion;

  2. RA2--Physical network response; and

  3. RA3--Social networks.

In addition to these three RAs, Understand Adaptive Threat Responses and Counter-Threat Responses is a Cross-Cutting Research Initiative (CCRI) that is inherent in each of the RAs. This modeling must cover feedback loops and control (i.e., observability/data collection, controllability/actuation, and stability/convergence of response and counter-response) as framed within a game theoretic scenario. This predictive modeling involves both adversary and friendly forces.

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Autism Research Program (ARP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: May 1, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Aug. 8, 2019

The vision of the FY19 Autism Research Program (ARP) is to improve the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by promoting innovative research that advances the understanding of ASD and leads to improved outcomes.

The ARP includes the Idea Development Award and the Clinical Translational Research Award. Click on the program link below for more information on each award.

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Development of Quantum Algorithms
Department of Defense

White Paper due: June 5, 2019 (4:00 p.m. EDT; 2:00 p.m. MDT)
Full Proposal due: Aug. 1, 2019 (4:00 p.m. EDT; 2:00 p.m. MDT)

The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) together with the National Security Agency (NSA) is soliciting proposals to develop new quantum computing algorithms for hard computational problems, develop insights into the power of quantum computation, and consider issues of quantum complexity and computability. 

Proposals for research in quantum algorithms should primarily be to devise novel quantum algorithms for solving mathematically and computationally hard problems from such diverse fields as algebra, number theory, geometry, analysis, optimization, graph theory, differential equations, combinatorics, topology, logic, and simulation. Quantum algorithms that are developed should focus on constructive solutions for specific tasks and on general methodologies for expressing and analyzing algorithms tailored to specific problems. Complexity analysis such as upper and lower bounds on algorithms, including developing new methodologies for deriving such bounds, is encouraged. Noisy intermediate scale quantum (NISQ) computation produces approximate solutions. The error in these solutions depends upon the noise. Complexity analysis of quantum algorithms for such approximate solutions produced by NISQ machines is of interest.

Investigators should presuppose the existence of a fully functional quantum computer and consider what algorithmic tasks are particularly well suited to such a machine. A necessary component of this research will be to compare the efficiency of the quantum algorithm to the best existing classical algorithm for the same problem. Although quantum algorithm proposals may consider general architectural constraints (e.g. nearest neighbor only gates) for implementing algorithms, they should otherwise concentrate on developing the algorithm. Quantum algorithm proposals may consider computational models other than the circuit model (e.g., the adiabatic model).

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Epilepsy Research Program (ERP)
Department of Defense

Agency LOI due: June 26, 2019
Full Application due: July 17, 2019

The DoD FY19 Epilepsy Research Program (ERP) includes the Idea Development Award (IDA) and the Research Partnership Award (RPA).

Idea Development Award

The intent of the FY19 ERP IDA is to solicit novel, innovative research to understand the magnitude and underlying mechanisms of post-traumatic epilepsy related to the ERP\'s mission. The work should innovatively challenge existing research paradigms or exhibit high levels of creativity within the contexts of the ERP mission and vision. The research innovations for the FY19 ERP IDA are expected to benefit the military, Veteran, and civilian communities. Applications should be both innovation- and impact-based.

The FY19 ERP IDA offers two levels of funding. Funding Level I is intended to support high-risk and/or high-gain applications with named Principal Investigators (PIs) at or above the level of a postdoctoral fellow (or equivalent), but below the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent). Note that Funding Level I applications will be required to include an Eligibility Statement in order to verify the eligibility of the individual named as the PI for this award. Funding Level II is intended to support a more mature, hypothesis-driven research project. For an FY19 ERP IDA Funding Level II application, the PI must be an independent investigator at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent). Study teams are expected to demonstrate expertise in both traumatic brain injury and epilepsy.

Research Partnership Award

The intent of the FY19 ERP RPA is to create an avenue for collaborative research partnerships between/among investigators to address a research problem or question in a manner that would be unachievable through separate efforts. The FY19 ERP RPA offers two levels of funding. Funding Level I is intended to support preclinical or pre-validation research. Funding Level II is intended to support research requiring access to a patient cohort for a prospective study. Funding Level II applications that evaluate the feasibility of using combinations of measures (e.g., neuropsychological assessments, imaging, and genomics) are encouraged.

Furthermore, Level II applications should describe how the association of TBI and subsequent PTE will be assessed or characterized to include a description of the nature of the TBIs in the cohort. The description of the TBI characterization should discuss how the TBIs will be studied using statistical methods as part of the statistical plan for Level II Applications. Applications should therefore describe how the anticipated outcome(s) can be attributable to the results of the proposed research (short-term gains), as well as consider the long-term scientific gains from the proposed research project. Applications should be impact-based.

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Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter University Research Alliance (IIRM-URA)
Department of Defense / Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Agency LOI due: June 21, 2019
Phase I Pre-Proposal due: July 17, 2019
Phase II Proposal due (by invitation only): TBA

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (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. As a combat support agency, DTRA provides both operational support and specialized capabilities in science and technology (S&T). The Agency is the premier Department of Defense (DoD) source of science based WMD expertise and a sponsor of basic research focused exclusively on WMD threat reduction.

To continue and expand on the program's success to date, DTRA is evolving the investment strategy for basic research. DTRA intends to establish a new partnership that seeks to investigate the Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter (IIRM) in the context of future WMD-relevant operations through a new University Research Alliance (URA) that will consist of U.S. university researchers working to solve complex problems. The Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter University Research Alliance (IIRM-URA) seeks to advance the understanding of material-radiation interaction, advancing radiation detection and radiation hard devices and integration, and advancing nuclear survivability and response.

DTRA strongly believes that a joint collaborative approach by a multidisciplinary team of researchers is required to make fundamental advances towards meeting the URA goal of developing a fundamental understanding of the interaction of ionizing radiation with various materials and devices that are relevant to the DoD. DTRA has identified three interrelated Research Areas (RAs) that, when jointly studied, will advance the fundamental foundations of IIRM in the context of future operations. These RAs and the suggested relative funding levels noted in percentages of the research dollars are:

  1. RA1--Materials (~35%);

  2. RA2--Devices and Integration (~20%); and

  3. RA3--Survivability and Response (~20%).

In addition to these three RAs, Modeling and Simulation (5-10%) has been identified as a Cross-Cutting Research Initiative (CCRI) that is inherent in each of the RAs and that must be jointly studied with the RAs to make fundamental advances in IIRM. Finally, DTRA anticipates that the remaining 10-15% of the research dollars will be utilized for Student Pipeline Development.

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Lung Cancer Research Program: Concept Award
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 24, 2019
Full Application due: Aug. 7, 2019

The goal of the DoD FY19 Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP) is to eradicate deaths and suffering from lung cancer to better the health and welfare of military Service members, Veterans, and the American public. As such, the LCRP will support and integrate research from multiple disciplines for risk assessment, prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment for the control and cure of lung cancer.

The FY19 LCRP Concept Award supports the exploration of a highly innovative new concept or untested theory that addresses an important problem relevant to lung cancer. The Concept Award is not intended to support an incremental progression of an already established research project but, instead, allows Principal Investigators (PIs) the opportunity to pursue serendipitous observations. This award mechanism supports high-risk studies that have the potential to reveal entirely new avenues for investigation. Applications must describe how the new idea will enhance the existing knowledge of lung cancer or develop an innovative and novel course of investigation. Research completed through a Concept Award may generate enough preliminary data to enable the PI to prepare an application for future research.

To be considered for funding, applications for the FY 19 LCRP Concept Award must address at least one of the following nine Areas of Emphasis:

  • Identify innovative strategies for the screening and early detection of lung cancer.

  • Understand the molecular mechanisms of initiation and progression to clinically significant lung cancer.

  • Identify innovative strategies for prevention of the occurrence of lung cancer.

  • Identify innovative strategies for the treatment of lung cancer.

  • Identify innovative strategies for the prevention of recurrence of or metastases from lung cancer.

  • Develop or optimize predictive markers to assist with therapeutic decision-making.

  • Understand mechanisms of resistance to treatment (primary and secondary).

  • Understand contributors to lung cancer development other than tobacco.

  • Identify innovative strategies for lung cancer care delivery (clinical management/ surveillance/symptom management).

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Materials Science in Extreme Environments University Research Alliance (MSEE-URA)
Department of Defense / Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Agency LOI due: June 21, 2019
Phase I Pre-Proposal due: July 17, 2019
Phase II Proposal due (by invitation only): TBA

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (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. As a combat support agency, DTRA provides both operational support and specialized capabilities in science and technology (S&T). The Agency is the premier Department of Defense (DoD) source of science based WMD expertise and a sponsor of basic research focused exclusively on WMD threat reduction.

To continue and expand on the program success to date, DTRA is evolving the investment strategy for basic research. DTRA intends to establish a new collaborative venture that seeks to investigate Materials Science in Extreme Environments (MSEE) in the context of future WMD-relevant operations through a new University Research Alliance (URA) that will consist of U.S. university researchers working to solve complex problems. The overall objective is to develop the fundamental understanding of material properties and mechanisms in extreme pressure, temperature, and optical regimes. A better understanding of these materials and the related environments may enable future materials and modeling solutions.

DTRA strongly believes that a joint collaborative approach by multidisciplinary researchers is required to make fundamental advances towards meeting the MSEE-URA goal to develop a fundamental understanding of materials response in extreme conditions (e.g., pressure, temperature, etc.) and enhance our ability to predict or exploit their response. DTRA has identified four interrelated Research Areas (RAs) that when jointly studied will advance the theoretical foundations of MSEE-URA in the context of future operations:

  1. RA1--Material Properties and Failure;

  2. RA2--Materials and Manufacturing for Synergistic Effects;

  3. RA3--Chemistry in Extreme Environments; and

  4. RA4--Photon-Material Interactions.

In addition to these four RAs, the area of Modeling and Diagnostics has been identified as a Cross Cutting Research Initiative (CCRI) that is inherent in each of the RAs and that must be jointly studied with the RAs to make fundamental advances in MSEE-URA.

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Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program: Clinical Research Award
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 24, 2019
Full Application due: Aug. 7, 2019

The FY19 Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program: Clinical Research Award (OPORP CRA) is intended to support clinical research that evaluates orthotic and/or prosthetic devices using patient-centric outcomes relevant to Service members and Veterans with limb loss and/or limb impairment. The funding opportunity challenges the scientific community to address which orthotic and prosthetic devices, and which characteristics of those devices, generate the best patient outcomes.

The FY19 OPORP CRA is focused on outcomes-based best practices through analysis of prosthetic and/or orthotic device options that are currently available, and not on the development of a new technology or the improvement of an existing technology. Outcomes-focused research is used to support evidence-based practice, which guides providers in the optimization of care to those with limb loss and/or limb impairment. Applications involving multidisciplinary collaborations among academia, industry, the military Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other Federal Government agencies are highly encouraged.

The FY19 OPORP CRA offers funding for two Funding Levels. Only one Funding Level category may be chosen per application; the choice of application category is at the discretion of the applicant. The following are generalized descriptions of the scope of research appropriate for each Funding Level:

  • Funding Level 1: Pilot research that has the potential to make significant advancements toward clinical translation. Preliminary data are allowed but not required for this Funding Level.

  • Funding Level 2: Research that is supported by preliminary data and has the potential to make significant advancements toward clinical translation.

The proposed research must be relevant to active duty Service members, Veterans, military beneficiaries, and/or the American public.

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Parkinson's Research Program (PRP)
Department of Defense

Agency LOI due: July 9, 2019
Full Application due: July 24, 2019

The Parkinson's Reserach Program (PRP) challenges the scientific community to develop impactful research that will advance the understanding of, and ultimately end, Parkinson's disease. The vision of the PRP is to stop Parkinson's disease by funding research through a partnership of scientists and consumers.

The PRP includes the Early Investigator Research Award and the Investigator-Initiated Research Award.  Click on the Program URL below for more information about each award.

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Peer Reviewed Alzheimers Research Program (PRARP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 26, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): July 17, 2019

Military personnel and other individuals living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) face an increased risk for developing several long-term health problems. These include dementia, aggression, memory loss, depression, and other symptoms like those of other neurological diseases. The Peer Reviewed Alzheimers Research Program (PRARP) was initiated in 2011 to address the long-term consequences of TBI as they pertain to Alzheimers disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRD). This is reflected in the PRARP vision and mission:

Vision: To address the long-term consequences of TBI as they pertain to AD and ADRD.

Mission: The PRARP mission is devoted to (1) understanding the association between TBI and AD/ADRD, and (2) reducing the burden on affected individuals and caregivers, especially in the military and Veteran communities.

The FY19 PRARP includes three award mechanisms: 1) the Convergence Science Research Award; 2) the Innovation in Care and Support Award; and 3) the Research Partnership Award. The FY19 program seeks applications for the following Focus Areas:

  • Mechanisms of Pathogenesis: Identification of contributing mechanisms to include circuit dysfunction associated with TBI and subsequent AD/ADRD.

  • Biomarkers: Development of methods to diagnose, prognose, or characterize neurological changes or risk/resiliency factors associated with TBI and subsequent AD/ADRD.

  • Quality of Life: Research intended to alleviate, stabilize, or characterize the symptoms, or deficits, common to TBI and AD/ADRD.

  • Family and Caregiver Support: Research intended to reduce the burden of care on the caregivers or families of individuals living with the common symptoms or deficits of TBI and AD/ADRD.

  • Epidemiology: Utilize new and existing studies and datasets to examine the relationships between risk and resiliency factors for TBI and subsequent AD/ADRD.

  • Novel Target Identification: Basic research (non-human) directly leading to identification of new targets for the development of existing or new investigational medicines, drugs, or agents for TBI and subsequent AD/ADRD.

  • Nonpharmacological Interventions and Devices: Research into non-medication-based interventions and devices to improve quality of life or caregiving for those living with the common symptoms of TBI and AD/ADRD.

  • Bioinformatics: Tools, including machine learning, to access, annotate, curate, store, and visualize large existing or novel datasets, e.g., multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), other imaging techniques, surveys, questionnaires, and diagnostics for TBI and subsequent AD/ADRD.

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Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Consortium Research Funding: Pre-Clinical Study
Department of Defense

Agency LOI due: May 13, 2019
Full Application due: July 22, 2019

The goal of the Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol and Substance Abuse (PASA) Consortium is to fund study applications for developing new medications that can be brought to therapeutic use to improve treatment outcomes for alcohol and substance use disorders (ASUD), especially as related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Request for Application (RFA) #4b (Pre-Clinical Study):

These are full-study implementation awards for the conduct of proof-of-principle basic research to determine which compounds are most appropriate for human research trials.

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program: Idea Development Award
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 6, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 5, 2019

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

The objective of the FY19 BMFRP is to fund scientifically meritorious research focused on BMF diseases. Investigatorā€initiated research is encouraged in the areas of congenital or acquired BMF. Studies focused on BMF syndromes and their progression to other malignancies, such as leukemia, are acceptable. However, research primarily focused on myeloproliferative neoplasms, leukemia, or other malignancies is discouraged. Stem cell biology studies, and translational projects, including bone marrow transplantation studies should be clearly related to BMF diseases.

The BMFRP Idea Development Award is intended to support innovative ideas and high-impact approaches based on scientifically sound evidence to move toward the BMFRP's vision of understanding and curing BMF diseases. This award mechanism is designed to support new ideas. Proposed research studies should have a high probability of revealing new avenues of investigation. The research project should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale and a well-developed and articulated research approach. Personnel on the proposed team should have a strong background in BMF disease research.

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FY19 Lupus Research Program (LRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 7, 2019
Full Application due: Sept. 4, 2019

The FY19 Lupus Research Program (LRP) mission is to fund research to understand, prevent, and diagnose lupus and to improve treatments and quality of life of patients, including Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries. The LRP vision is to cure lupus through partnership of scientists, clinicians, and consumers.

To be considered for funding, applications for the FY19 LRP Concept Award are required to address at least one of the following FY19 LRP Focus Areas:

  • Understand how lupus disease heterogeneity impacts risk of disease, disease presentation, clinical course, and outcomes by using a diverse range of research disciplines including, but not limited to, biopsychosocial studies, personalized medicine, variation in treatment studies, health economics, socioeconomic studies, environmental studies, and epidemiological studies.

  • Understand lupus disease heterogeneity including, but not limited to, strategies and technologies to subtype patients and understanding lupus disease mechanisms.

  • Improve quality of life for individuals living with lupus.

  • Understand how the underlying genetic components and gene-environment interactions of lupus relate to clinical disease characteristics using functional genomic studies.

  • Determine the pathobiology of lupus disease in target human tissues including, but not limited to, imaging studies, genomics of lupus in specific tissues, and metabolomics.

Lupus is a complex disease that impacts multiple facets of an individual's life. Because of this, LRP retains a broad research scope to ensure funding opportunities exist for any promising avenues of research with the potential to lead toward improvements in treatments, patient quality of life, or lessening the severity of symptoms. The LRP welcomes applicants new to the field of lupus research with novel and innovative ideas or technologies that have the potential to make a significant impact in the lives of individuals with lupus.

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Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by award (May 15 or Aug. 1, 2019)
Full Application due (some awards by invitation only): Aug. 21, 2019

The goal of the FY19 Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP) is to eradicate deaths and suffering from lung cancer to better the health and welfare of military Service members, Veterans, and the American public. As such, the LCRP will support and integrate research from multiple disciplines for risk assessment, prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment for the control and cure of lung cancer.

The LCRP includes the following awards: Concept Award; Career Development Award; Idea Development Award; Investigator Initiated Translational Research Award; and Translational Research Partnership Award. Click on the Program URL below for more information about each award.

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Lupus Research Program (LRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 7, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 4, 2019

The Department of Defense Lupus Research Program (LRP) mission is to fund research to understand, prevent, and diagnose lupus and to improve treatments and quality of life of patients, including Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries. The LRP vision is to cure lupus through partnership of scientists, clinicians, and consumers.

To be considered for funding, applications for the FY19 LRP Concept or Impact Awards are required to address at least one of the following FY19 LRP Focus Areas:

  • Understand how lupus disease heterogeneity impacts risk of disease, disease presentation, clinical course and outcomes; using a diverse range of research disciplines including, but not limited to, biopsychosocial studies, personalized medicine, variation in treatment studies, health economics, socioeconomic studies, environmental studies, and epidemiological studies.

  • Understand lupus disease heterogeneity including, but not limited to, strategies and technologies to subtype patients and understanding lupus disease mechanisms.

  • Improve quality of life for individuals living with lupus.

  • Understand how the underlying genetic components and gene-environment interactions of lupus relate to clinical disease characteristics using functional genomic studies.

  • Determine the pathobiology of lupus disease in target human tissues including, but not limited to, imaging studies, genomics of lupus in particular tissues, and metabolomics.

Lupus is a complex disease that impacts multiple facets of an individual's life. Because of this, the LRP retains a broad research scope to ensure funding opportunities exist for any promising avenues of research with the potential to lead toward improvements in treatments, patient quality of life, or lessening the severity of symptoms. The LRP welcomes applicants new to the field of lupus research with novel and innovative ideas or technologies that have the potential to make a significant impact in the lives of individuals with lupus.

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Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program: FITBIR Analysis Award
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Aug. 7, 2019
Full Application due: Sept. 5, 2019

The Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PH/TBIRP) was established by Congress in FY07 in response to the devastating impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, on deployed Service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. The PH/TBIRP mission is to establish, fund, and integrate both individual and multi-agency research efforts that will lead to improved prevention, detection, and treatment of PH issues and TBI. The vision of the PH/TBIRP is to prevent, mitigate, and treat the effects of traumatic stress and TBI on function, wellness, and overall quality of life for Service members as well as their caregivers and families.

The following topics of interest have been identified for funding under the FY19 Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) Analysis Award. Applicants are not restricted to this list and may propose other retrospective studies of FITBIR data that align to the intent of the mechanism. However, funding for the FITBIR Analysis award will only support studies that utilize existing FITBIR data.

The FY19 FITBIR Analysis Award Topics of Interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Identification of unique clinical outcomes for civilians and Service members

  • Utilization of FITBIR data to inform clinical practice guidelines for TBI

  • Examination of treatment responders vs. non-responders to better understand the profiles of injury

  • Analysis of how TBI outcomes relate to quality of life, employment, and other psychosocial measures

  • Correlation of injury severity and response to treatment in patients with varying TBI severities (mild, moderate, severe)

  • Exploration of chronic (more than one year post injury) patient characteristics (e.g., psychiatric symptoms, sleep disturbance, cognitive deficits) that suggest particular treatment approaches

  • Definition and analysis of outcomes related to post-concussion syndrome, from weeks, months, or years after injury

  • Determine the best classification parameters for initial injury based on evolving clusters of symptoms or sequelae

  • Correlation of the time between injury and initial treatment with long-term outcomes

  • Correlation of TBI assessment/diagnostic devices with diagnosis and outcomes

  • Analysis of the exacerbation or regression of specific sequelae or symptoms at intermediate and long-term time points

  • Identification of signs and symptoms of neurodegenerative disease during follow-up

  • Generation of data on signs of neurodegenerative disorders that appear during follow-up and how these signs may affect long-term outcome

  • Exploration of the relationship between intensity of emergency, critical, and acute care to long-term disability

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

Pre-Application due: May 22, 2019
Full Application due (some awards by invitation only): Aug. 22, 2019

The vision of the Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) is to prevent the occurrence, better diagnose, and resolve or minimize the impact of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, with emphasis on burden of disease. The TBDRP's mission is to support research to understand the pathogenesis of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, to deliver innovative solutions to prevent, better diagnose, and treat their manifestations for the benefit of military Service members and the American public, and to disseminate this knowledge.

The TBDRP includes the following three awards: 1) Career Development Award; 2) Idea Award; and 3) Investigator-Initiated Research Award. Click on the Program URL below for more information on each of these awards.

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FY19 Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by program (June 26 or Aug. 22, 2019)
Full Application due: Varies by program; some by invitation only (Sept. 5 or Sept. 25, 2019)

The FY19 Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) challenges the scientific community to design research that will address the urgency of ending breast cancer. Specifically, the BCRP seeks to accelerate high-impact research with clinical relevance, encourage innovation and stimulate creativity, and facilitate productive collaborations.

The BCRP has prepared a brief overview, The Breast Cancer Landscape, that describes what is currently known about the most pertinent topics that are consistent with the BCRP mission of ending breast cancer. Applicants are strongly urged to read and consider The Breast Cancer Landscape before preparing their applications. The Breast Cancer Landscape may be found at https://cdmrp.army.mil/bcrp/pdfs/Breast Cancer Landscape.pdf.

Considering the current Breast Cancer Landscape and the BCRP mission, all FY19 BCRP Breakthrough Award applications must address at least one of the following overarching challenges unless adequate justification for exception is provided (with adequate justification, applications may identify and address another overarching challenge related to the breast cancer landscape):

  • Prevent breast cancer (primary prevention)

  • Identify determinants of breast cancer initiation, risk, or susceptibility

  • Distinguish deadly from non-deadly breast cancers

  • Conquer the problems of overdiagnosis and overtreatment

  • Identify what drives breast cancer growth and determine how to stop it

  • Identify why some breast cancers become metastatic

  • Determine why and how breast cancer cells lie dormant for years and then re-emerge; determine how to prevent lethal recurrence

  • Revolutionize treatment regimens by replacing them with ones that are more effective, less toxic, and impact survival

  • Eliminate the mortality associated with metastatic breast cancer

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FY19 Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by program (June 6 or June 27, 2019)
Full Application due: Varies by program (June 27, July 18, or Sept. 19, 2019)

The FY19 Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) seeks to promote highly innovative, groundbreaking research; high-impact research with near-term clinical relevance; the next generation of prostate cancer investigators through mentored research; and resources that will facilitate translational research.

The mission of the PCRP is to fund research that will lead to the elimination of death from prostate cancer and enhance the well-being of Service members, Veterans, and all the men and their families who are experiencing the impact of the disease. Within this context, the PCRP is interested in supporting research that addresses specific gaps in prostate cancer research and clinical care.

Therefore, applications are requiredto address one or more of the following PCRP Overarching Challenges:

  • Improve the quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer

  • Develop treatments that improve outcomes for men with lethal prostate cancer

  • Reduce lethal prostate cancer in African Americans, Veterans, and other high-risk populations

  • Define the biology of lethal prostate cancer to reduce death

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Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 12, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 3, 2019

The FY19 Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP) was initiated in 2006 to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit for studying effects of deployment to the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War on U.S. Warfighters. The GWIRP has prepared an overview titled "The Gulf War Illness Landscape," which describes what is currently known about topics consistent with the mission of identifying treatments, improving definition and diagnosis, and understanding pathobiology and symptoms. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read and consider The Gulf War Illness Landscape before preparing their applications. The Landscape may be found at https://cdmrp.army.mil/gwirp/ pdfs/GWIRP_Landscape.pdf.

The FY19 GWIRP includes the following award mechanisms:

  • Idea Award

  • Research Advancement Award

  • Clinical Evaluation Award

  • Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award

  • Patient-Provider and Health Communications Award

  • New Investigator Award

Considering the current Gulf War Illness Landscape and the GWIRP's mission, all FY19 GWIRP applications must address at least one of the following overarching challenges unless adequate justification for exception is provided:

  • Revolutionize treatment and minimize negative side effects

  • Eliminate the health consequences associated with Gulf War Illness (GWI)

  • Distinguish symptom clusters to better target treatments

  • Identify what drives GWI and determine how to intervene

  • Identify why GWI is worse for some Veterans than for others

  • Validate determinants of GWI susceptibility, latency, and impacts on organs and systems

  • Better define and diagnose GWI

  • Determine whether GWI puts Veterans at greater risk for developing neurological diseases, cancers, or other serious conditions

  • Help Veterans, their caregivers, and clinicians communicate effectively about GWI, its symptoms, and potential treatments

  • Primary prevention strategies based on a consistent theory of GWI etiology

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Kidney Cancer Research Program (KCRP)
Department of Defense

Agency LOI due: Sept. 17, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 1, 2019

The Kidney Cancer Research Program (KCRP) vision is to eliminate kidney cancer through collaboration and discovery. The KCRP mission is to promote rigorous, innovative, high-impact research in kidney cancer for the benefit of Service members, Veterans, and the American public. The FY19 KCRP includes the Concept Award, the Idea Development Award, and the Translational Research Partnership Award mechanisms.

The Concept Award supports highly innovative, untested, potentially groundbreaking novel concepts in kidney cancer. The Concept Award is not intended to support an incremental progression of an already established research project but, instead, it allows Principal Investigators (PIs) the opportunity to pursue serendipitous observations. Preliminary data are not allowed. This award mechanism supports high-risk studies that have the potential to reveal entirely new avenues for investigation. Applications must describe how the new idea will enhance the existing knowledge of kidney cancer or develop an innovative and novel course of investigation. Research completed through a Concept Award may generate enough preliminary data to enable the PI to prepare an application for future research.

The Idea Development Award is intended to support innovative ideas and high-impact approaches, based on scientifically sound evidence, to move toward the KCRP vision of eliminating kidney cancer. The research project should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale and a well-developed and articulated research approach relevant to active duty Service members, Veterans, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. Personnel on the proposed team should have a strong background in kidney cancer research.

The Translational Research Partnership Award supports partnerships between clinicians and research scientists that will accelerate the movement of promising ideas in kidney cancer toward clinical applications. This award supports the development of translational research collaborations between two independent, faculty-level (or equivalent) investigators to address a central problem or question in kidney cancer in a manner that would be less readily achievable through separate efforts. One partner in the collaboration must be a research scientist and the other must be a clinician. It should be clear that both have had equal intellectual input in the design of the research project. Multi-institutional partnerships are encouraged. At least one member of the partnership must have experience either in kidney cancer research or kidney cancer patient care. Inclusion of experts from outside the kidney cancer field is encouraged. A proposed project in which the clinical partner merely supplies tissue samples or access to patients will not meet the intent of this award mechanism.

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: May 21, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 19, 2019

The Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP) was initiated in 2009 to provide support for pioneering concepts and high-impact research that are relevant to the prevention, etiology, pathogenesis, assessment, and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) to ultimately lessen its personal and societal impact.

All applications submitted to the FY19 MSRP Program Announcement must address at least one of the following Focus Areas:

  • Promoting Central Nervous System Regenerative Potential in Demyelinating Conditions

  • Correlates of Disease Activity and Progression in MS

  • Biology and Measurement of MS Symptoms

The FY19 MSRP includes the following two award mechanisms:

  1. The Exploration - Hypothesis Development Award supports the initial exploration of innovative, high-risk, high-gain, and potentially groundbreaking concepts in the MS research field. The studies supported by this award mechanism are expected to lay the groundwork for future avenues of scientific investigation. The proposed research project should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale and study design. The presentation of preliminary and/or published data is not required.

  2. The Investigator-Initiated Research Award supports highly rigorous, high-impact research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to MS research and/or patient care. Research projects may focus on any phase of research, excluding clinical trials. The rationale for a research idea may be derived from laboratory discovery, clinical trial results, population-based studies, a clinician's firsthand knowledge of patients, or anecdotal data. Applications must include preliminary and/or published data that are relevant to MS and the proposed research project.

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by award (May 22 or Aug. 21, 2019)
Full Application due (some awards by invitation only): Sept. 11, 2019

The goal of the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) is to improve mission readiness and quality of life by decreasing the burden of cancer on Service members, their families, and the American public. The PRCRP is charged by Congress with the mission to investigate cancer risks and knowledge gaps that may be relevant to active duty Service members, their families, other military beneficiaries, and the American public.

The PRCRP includes the following awards: Career Development Award; Horizon Award; Idea Award with Special Focus; Impact Award; and Translational Team Science Award. Click on the Program URL below for more information on each award.

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Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 26, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 18, 2019

The FY19 Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP) challenges the scientific community to address the most significant gaps in care for the leading burden of injury and for facilitating return to duty. The program intends to support innovative, high-impact, clinically relevant research to advance optimal treatment and rehabilitation from neuromusculoskeletal injuries (excluding spinal cord injuries) sustained during combat or combat-related activities. It is expected that research findings would also benefit the general population. Applications involving multidisciplinary collaborations among academia, industry, the military Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other Federal agencies are highly encouraged.

Applied Research Award (ARA)

All applications of the PRORP Applied Research Award must address one of the following focus areas:

  • Compartment Syndrome Models: Diagnostic and/or treatment strategies developed in a large animal model that replicates compartment syndrome. Model system should be clinically relevant and scientifically reproducible.

  • Limb Stabilization and Protection: Development of rapid limb stabilization and novel wound protectants for severely wounded limbs to enable transport at the point of need.

  • Retention on Duty Strategies: Development and/or optimization of battlefield-feasible diagnostic capabilities, decision support tools, interventions, and/or rehabilitation strategies that can facilitate retention on duty for common combat-related musculoskeletal injuries. (Biomarker studies are excluded.)

  • Skin-Implant Interface: Identification of best practices to address infection at the skin-implant interface for osseointegrated prosthetic limbs.

Clinical Translational Research Award (CTRA)

All applications of the PRORP Clinical Translational Research Award must address one of the following focus areas:

  • Retention on Duty Strategies: Development and/or optimization of battlefield-feasible diagnostic capabilities, decision support tools, interventions, and/or rehabilitation strategies that can facilitate retention on duty for common combat-related musculoskeletal injuries. (Biomarker studies are excluded.)

  • Tissue Regeneration Therapeutics: Development of advanced tissue regeneration therapeutics in nerve, muscle, and/or composite tissue for the restoration of traumatically injured extremities. (Isolated bone tissue engineering studies are excluded.)

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Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 6, 2019
Full Application due: Varies by program (June 27 or Sept. 19, 2019)

The mission of the FY19 Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) is to fund research that will lead to the elimination of death from prostate cancer and enhance the well-being of Service members, Veterans, and all the men and their families who are experiencing the impact of the disease. Within this context, the PCRP is interested in supporting research that addresses specific gaps in prostate cancer research and clinical care.

Therefore, applications are required to address one or more of the following FY19 PCRP Overarching Challenges:

  • Improve the quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer

  • Develop treatments that improve outcomes for men with lethal prostate cancer

  • Reduce lethal prostate cancer in African Americans, Veterans, and other high-risk populations

  • Define the biology of lethal prostate cancer to reduce death

The PCRP includes the Idea Development Award and the Early Investigator Research Award. Click on the Program link below for more information about each of these awards.

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Melanoma Research Program (MRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 26, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 23, 2019

The goal of the DoD FY19 Melanoma Research Program (MRP) is to prevent melanoma initiation and progression. The mission of the MRP is to support earlier intervention to enhance mission readiness for U.S. military personnel and to diminish the disease burden on Service members, Veterans, and the American public.

The MRP challenges the research community to redefine the concept of prevention. Melanomagenesis is a multi-step process initiating from normal melanocytes to dysplasia through the development of melanoma and metastasis. A new paradigm of prevention may include stopping the initiation of dysplasia, halting the progress to malignancy, or blocking micro-metastases. The MRP acknowledges that each step along the disease process from initiation to metastasis is an opportunity to impede any further cancer progress and to effect a cure.

The MRP challenges the research community to prevent melanoma earlier in the disease cycle thus preventing metastasis. The melanoma clinical, research, and patient community traditionally view prevention as the use of sunscreen/blockers to protect the melanocyte from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The MRP recognizes the usefulness of this strategy while tasking the research community to redefine prevention to include the entire melanomagenesis process.

The FY19 Melanoma Research Program (MRP) includes the Idea Award, the Team Science Award, and the Translational Research Award mechanisms. To be considered for funding, applications for any of these award mechanisms must address at least one of the following FY19 MRP Focus Areas:

  • Precursor Lesions, Melanomagenesis, Host Factors and the Tumor Microenvironment (e.g., melanoma instigators, ultraviolet [UV] exposure, other instigators)

  • Melanoma Primary Tumor Evolution (e.g., dormancy, heterogeneity, metabolism, epigenetic dysregulation, cell death)

  • Therapeutic Prevention (e.g., interruption of disease progression, recurrence)

  • Minimal Residual Disease (e.g., chemoprevention, micro-metastasis)

  • Rare Melanomas (e.g., uveal, acral, leptomeningeal disease, pediatric, adolescent and young adult, mucosal)

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Reconstructive Transplant Research Program (RTRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 17, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 16, 2019

The Reconstructive Transplant Research Program (RTRP) was initiated in 2012 to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit that has the potential to make a significant impact on improving the function, wellness, and overall quality of life for injured military Service members and Veterans, their caregivers and family members, and the American public. Appropriations for the RTRP from FY12 through FY18 totaled $81 million (M). The FY19 appropriation is $12M.

The RTRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will optimize form, function, appearance, and psychosocial health for catastrophically injured Service members, Veterans, and American civilians through the development of effective reconstructive transplantation solutions. More specifically, the RTRP seeks vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA)-focused research, also known as composite tissue allotransplantation. VCA refers to the transplantation of multiple tissues such as muscle, bone, nerve, and skin, as a functional unit (e.g., a hand or face) from a deceased donor to a recipient with a severe injury. The goal is to return injured Service members to duty and restore their quality of life.

The RTRP includes the Idea Discovery Award and the Investigator-Initiated Research Award mechanisms. To meet the intent of these awards, applicants must address at least one of the FY19 Focus Areas (select both a bolded Focus Area and the appropriate subtopic):

Reduce the risks of VCA-associated immunosuppression

  • Define the unique mechanisms of VCA immunogenicity

  • Develop novel approaches for improving VCA immune tolerance

  • Identify unique immunosuppression requirements for VCA compared to other solid organ transplants

Develop reliable non-invasive methods or tools for monitoring VCA graft rejection

  • Develop reliable non-invasive biomarkers for monitoring chronic VCA graft rejection in a large animal model

  • Identify and/or validate new peripheral biomarkers for acute and chronic rejection

  • Develop assays or devices for clinical graft monitoring utilizing validated biomarkers

Advance existing or develop innovative ex vivo tissue preservation strategies to extend the timeline between procurement and transplantation

  • Develop novel approaches and models for perfused, hypothermic, high subzero and low subzero, or static preservation strategies

  • Determine the extent to which VCA tissue preservation technology impacts VCA immunogenicity

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Vision Research Program (VRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Aug. 6, 2019
Full Application due: Dec. 6, 2019

The mission of the Vision Research Program (VRP) is to transform visual system trauma care for our Armed Forces and the Nation. Eye injury and visual dysfunction resulting from battlefield trauma affect many Service members and Veterans. Surveillance data from the Department of Defense (DoD) indicate that eye injury accounts for approximately 15% of all injuries from battlefield trauma sustained during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, resulting in more than 182,000 ambulatory patients and 4,000 hospitalizations between 2000 and 2011.

In addition, statistics from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center show that more than 380,000 Service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can have significant impact on vision even when there is no injury to the eye. Research sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) showed that as many as 75% of Service members who suffered a TBI have visual dysfunction.

The FY19 VRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will significantly advance the understanding, prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, and/or treatment of eye injury or visual dysfunction associated with military-relevant trauma. Research outcomes are expected to ultimately improve the care of Service members and Veterans as well as the American public.

The FY19 VRP includes the Focused Translational Team Science Award (FTTSA), the Investigator-Initiated Research Award (IIRA), and the Translational Research Award (TRA). To meet the intent of the award mechanisms, applications to these awards must address research in one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Eye injury or visual dysfunction as related to a military-relevant traumatic event (blast, blunt, thermal, or chemical trauma; or trauma caused by directed energy weapons such as laser, microwaves, and particle beams)

  • Diagnosis and treatment of eye injuries in austere environments and prolonged field care settings

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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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Design Intelligence Fostering Formidable Energy Reduction and Enabling Novel Totally Impactful Advanced Technology Enhancements (DIFFERENTIATE)
U.S. Department of Energy

Concept Paper due: May 20, 2019
Full Application due: TBD

In the 250 years since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the pace of technology driven economic growth has dwarfed the pace achieved in prior centuries. This growth has transformed human life--dramatically enhancing both the quality and duration of it. The emerging artificial intelligence revolution has similar transformational potential, which we seek to leverage to help resolve the energy challenges that are tied to the modern industrial age.

Recent analyses suggest that the energy technologies that currently power our economy are not sustainable economically or environmentally. Fortunately, technological innovation in the energy space has already helped to mitigate these challenges. Furthermore, solar, wind, and nuclear plants can provide emission free electric power (albeit currently with a commensurate loss of flexibility and/or a higher installed cost per unit of output power).

However, the most recent climate data and modeling suggests that we must move faster to further reduce the environmental impact associated with the energy sector. In order to achieve the rapid transition to lower carbon footprint energy sources and systems, their use must also offer a compelling economic return to their owners and operators.

Specifically, the DIFFERENTIATE program seeks to enhance the pace of energy innovation by incorporating machine learning into energy technology development processes. By doing so, this program aims to enhance the productivity of energy engineers in helping them to develop next generation energy technologies.

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FY19 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA
Department of Energy / National Energy Technology Laboratory

Concept Paper due: June 20, 2019
Full Application due: Aug. 29, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). The U.S. manufacturing sector uses 25% of the nation's energy and has an annual energy bill of more than $130 billion. In addition, advancements in manufacturing impact the energy efficiency of products used throughout the economy. To drive manufacturing innovation and spur job creation, AMO supports the development of technologies that significantly improve energy efficiency in manufacturing as well as foundational, cross-cutting manufacturing processes, information, and materials technologies critical to efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing. The AMO goals are to stimulate technology innovation, improve the energy productivity of U.S. manufacturing, and enable the manufacture of cutting-edge products in the United States.

AMO supports innovative advanced manufacturing applied R&D projects that focus on specific high-impact manufacturing technology and process challenges. AMO invests in foundational energy-related advanced manufacturing processes (where energy costs are a determinant of competitive manufacturing) and broadly applicable platform technologies (the enabling base upon which other systems and applications can be developed). The competitively selected projects from this FOA will focus on developing next-generation manufacturing material, information, and process technologies that improve energy efficiency in energy intensive and energy dependent processes, and facilitate the transition of emerging cost-competitive energy technologies to domestic production.

Multi-Topic FOA:

In fiscal year 2019, AMO is issuing a multi-topic FOA that integrates identified research opportunities across AMO into a single funding opportunity. With this FOA, the AMO intends to fund high-impact, early to mid-stage research in the following topic areas:

Topic 1: Innovations for the Manufacture of Advanced Materials

Topic 2: Lower Thermal Budget (LTB) Processes for Industrial Efficiency & Productivity

Topic 3: Connected, Flexible and Efficient Manufacturing Facilities and Energy Systems

Note: The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is interested in partnering on potential applications, on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to have NETL included on your application, please contact James Ferguson, DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory, at James.Ferguson@NETL.DOE.GOV or (412) 386-6043.

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Department of Health & Human Services

Notice of Intent to Publish FOA for Specialized Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research
National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Estimated publication date of FOA: Aug. 1, 2019
First estimated application due date: Nov. 15, 2019

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), in partnership with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), intends to solicit applications from eligible institutions of higher education for specialized research center grants to conduct multidisciplinary research, research capacity building, and community-engaged research activities focused on understanding and reducing or eliminating environmentally-driven health disparities.

Projects must include a focus on one or more NIH-designated health disparities populations in the United States: Blacks or African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Asians, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. Comparison groups/populations may also be included as appropriate for the research questions posed.

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into the science of health disparities, particularly the complex interplay between environmental risk and protective factors acting at multiple levels across the life course, to begin to consider applying for this funding announcement opportunity.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Chemical Mechanisms to Address New Challenges in Air Quality Modeling
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Application due: June 24, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to improve air quality models relevant to ozone, particulate matter (PM), regional haze, air toxics, and emerging pollutants. Specifically, this Request for Applications (RFA) is seeking research on the development of the component of an air quality model that represents the relevant atmospheric chemical reactions, which is known in this field of modeling as the chemical mechanism.

The RFA seeks research on:

  1. Development of data, methods, and software tools for generating explicit chemical mechanisms that a) have a coherent and integrated treatment of gas, aerosol, aqueous, and heterogenous chemistry; b) can be easily updated to reflect evolving kinetic, mechanistic, and theoretical knowledge and understanding; and c) are applicable to a wide range of atmospheric concentration regimes and environmental conditions.

  2. Development and evaluation of algorithms, numerical techniques and software tools to reduce (i.e., simplify) detailed, integrated chemical mechanisms into application-specific condensed mechanisms appropriate for use in global and regional air quality models.

  3. Applications of new condensed mechanisms generated for broad applications or for specific conditions in global and regional air quality models to investigate air quality research topics relevant to air quality management in the United States.

The focus of this solicitation is on the development of chemical mechanisms relevant over multiple regimes (a wide range of concentrations, oxidant ratios, and temperatures, and multiple phases) and spatiotemporal scales within a framework that can generate mechanisms for current air quality assessments and have the flexibility to generate updated mechanisms as understanding of atmospheric chemistry evolves and new concerns emerge.

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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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Large Research Grants on Education
Spencer Foundation

Application due: June 20, 2019, 2:00 p.m. CDT (1:00 p.m. MDT)

The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 up through $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. This program is field-initiated in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a specific research topic, discipline, design, or method. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.

We value work that fosters creative and open-minded scholarship, engages in deep inquiry, and examines robust questions related to education. To this end, this program supports proposals with multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, and from scholars at various stages in their career. We seek to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may also have a lasting impact on policy-making, practice, or educational discourse.

Scholars from all disciplines can submit proposals across of range of educational research topics. We recognize that learning occurs across the life course as well as across settings--from the classroom to the workplace, to family and community contexts and even onto the playing field--any of which may, in the right circumstance, provide the basis for rewarding study that makes significant contributions to the field. We anticipate that proposals will span a wide range of topics and disciplines that innovatively investigate questions central to education, including for example education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, or neuroscience, amongst others. Moreover, we expect and welcome methodological diversity in answering pressing questions thus we are open to projects that utilize a wide array of research methods including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, ethnographies, design-based research, participatory methods, historical research, to name a few.

We are open to projects that might incorporate data from multiple and varied sources, span enough time as to achieve a depth of understanding, or work closely with practitioners or community members over the life of the project. Moreover, we welcome proposals submitted by multidisciplinary and multigenerational teams who are positioned to both contribute to the project as well as contribute to the teaching and learning of fellow team members. Finally, we encourage projects that thoughtfully consider the trajectories of their projects findings, implications and potential impacts, including how the knowledge may be shared and utilized across the field, in practice, in policy making, or with the broader public.

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Research Grants on Education: Large
Spencer Foundation

Application due: June 20, 2019

The only national foundation focused exclusively on supporting education research, the Spencer Foundation is accepting applications for its Research Grants on Education program, which provides support to education research projects with the potential to contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.

Through the program, the foundation supports work that fosters creative and open-minded scholarship, engages in deep inquiry, and examines robust questions related to education. To this end, the program will support proposals with multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, and from scholars at various stages in their career.

Proposals may span a wide range of topics and disciplines that creatively investigate questions central to education, including education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, and neuroscience. Researchers may incorporate data from multiple and varied sources, span an adequate length of time as to achieve a depth of understanding, and/or work closely with practitioners or community members over the life of the project.

Projects that thoughtfully consider the trajectories, implications, and potential impacts of their findings, including how the knowledge may be shared and utilized across the field, in practice, in policy making, or with the broader public, are encouraged. (The program is "field-initiated," in that proposals are not requested in response to a specific research topic, discipline, design, or method.)

Through the program, projects with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 over one to five years will be supported.

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Spinal Cord Research Foundation - Basic Science Research Grants
Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation

Application due: July 1, 2019

From transplanting cells and regenerating damaged nerve fibers to designing adaptive canoe seats, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation supports innovative research and fellowships that improve the lives of those with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D). The Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, funds the following categories:

  • Basic Science--laboratory research in the basic sciences to find a cure for SCI/D

  • Clinical--clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial and economic effects of SCI/D, and interventions to alleviate these effects

  • Design and Development--assistive technology for people with SCI/D, which includes improving the identification, selection, and utilization of these devices

  • Fellowships--for postdoctoral scientists, clinicians, and engineers to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research

The Research Foundation is focused on funding projects grounded in basic laboratory science and the education of scientists working on breakthroughs directed toward a cure for paralysis, secondary health effects and technologies associated with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). These projects should be designed to find better treatments and cures for paralysis and support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with SCI/D until improved clinical treatments, technologies, or cures are discovered, as well as to train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research.

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Improving Duration of Therapy and Outcomes in NSCLC Patients Receiving Targeted Therapy
Lung Cancer Research Foundation and Pfizer Global Medical Grants

Agency LOI due: June 24, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 19, 2019

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation and Pfizer Global Medical Grants are collaborating to offer a new research grant opportunity focused on understanding ways to improve clinical practices for side effect management for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients receiving targeted therapies.

With the rapid development of new targeted therapies for the treatment of lung cancer, effective management of side effects and adverse events (AEs) has become increasingly important to ensure patient adherence and compliance and lead to the most potentially effective duration of therapy. As new generations and classes of tyrosine kinase inhibitors continue to enter the market, more sophisticated approaches and increased vigilance are needed to effectively manage their toxicities and enable patients to benefit from these new treatments.

Some of the most common AEs in patients treated with EGFR inhibitors include diarrhea, skin toxicity, nausea, and/or other gastrointestinal or cutaneous effects. Patients whose tumors harbor other genetic alterations in genes such as ALK may be treated with drugs that elicit a different toxicity profile including hyperlipidemia, central nervous system effects, weight increase, edema, peripheral neuropathy, and/or gastrointestinal effects. The effective identification, diagnosis, and treatment of these toxicities is a significant clinical need. Moreover, low treatment adherence due to drug toxicities may diminish the overall effectiveness of patient treatment and has been linked to poorer overall outcomes. Improved approaches to side effect and AE management have the potential for significant impact on lung cancer treatment and are increasingly needed in a quickly evolving landscape of new targeted therapies.

To meet these needs, this collaborative funding mechanism is designed to support innovative health services research proposals that leverage multidisciplinary approaches to improve the management of targeted therapy toxicities. Proposals on a variety of topics including the following are encouraged:

  • Patterns of real-world versus pre-approval patient side-effect experiences

  • Defining and understanding tolerability (including late toxicities and patient reported outcomes)

  • Role of diverse, multi-disciplinary teams (including pharmacists, dieticians, caregivers, etc.) and coordination of care in managing and monitoring therapy

  • Real-time symptom monitoring

  • Implementation science approaches to improving care delivery

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Leakey Foundation Research Grants
The Leakey Foundation

Application due: July 15, 2019

The San Francisco-based Leakey Foundation is dedicated to increasing scientific knowledge, education, and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications from investigators for promising new research projects related to human origins and evolution, with a focus on paleoanthropology, genetics, primate behavior, and the behavioral ecology of contemporary hunter-gatherers.

Most of the grants awarded will range between $3,000 and $15,000, although larger grants of up to $25,000 may be awarded to senior scientists and postdoctoral students.

To be eligible, applicants must be affiliated with a school or research institution and hold a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification in anthropology or a related discipline; or be enrolled in a doctoral program with all degree requirements fulfilled other than the thesis/dissertation.

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Reduction of Concentrations of Greenhouse Gases
Ray C. Anderson Foundation

Application due: July 12, 2019

In 2018, the NextGen Committee at the Atlanta-based Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a private family foundation committed to advancing the legacy of its namesake by supporting environmental sustainability initiatives, issued a Request for Proposals focused on measurably reducing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, ultimately awarding one $90,000 grant.

Building on the success of that process, and with the desire to increase the breadth of quality proposals, the committee is issuing a new call for proposals for projects that can help reverse global warming, whether through direct carbon avoidance, climate communication, climate education, industry engagement, or other means. Under this call, the foundation will award a single grant of $100,000.

The NextGen Committee will primarily judge proposals on their potential to help reverse global warming. The committee will secondarily consider the collateral social and environmental benefits of the project. Examples of projects could include:

  • Reduction of C02e
    Strong proposals of this kind will demonstrate high-quality estimations of direct carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) reductions. The Environmental Protection Agency has a greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator that may be useful in calculating these estimations. An organization may prefer to utilize a different CO2e calculator or estimate carbon savings in other ways.

  • Climate communication and education
    Strong proposals of this kind will engage audiences to respond to climate change in their own distinct ways or will be dedicated to education or research toward solving large-scale barriers to climate action.

  • Corporate engagement to advance climate goals
    Strong proposals of this kind will focus on corporate engagement and will seek to influence businesses in their key climate change related practices in order to mitigate negative environmental impacts.

  • Other
    Additional compelling proposals that help to reverse global warming in ways not mentioned above will also be considered.

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Small Research Grants on Education
Spencer Foundation

Application due: July 1, 2019, 2:00 p.m. CDT (1:00 p.m. MDT)

The Small Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We accept applications three times per year.

This program is field-initiated in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a specific research topic, discipline, design, or method. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research. We recognize that learning occurs across the life course as well as across settings--from the classroom to the workplace, to family and community contexts and even onto the playing field--any of which may, in the right circumstance, provide the basis for rewarding study that makes significant contributions to the field. We value work that fosters creative and open-minded scholarship, engages in deep inquiry, and examines robust questions related to education. To this end, this program supports proposals from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, from scholars at various stages in their career. We anticipate that proposals will span a wide range of topics and disciplines that innovatively investigate questions central to education, including for example education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, economics, history, or neuroscience, amongst others.

We encourage rigorous research designs that sensibly investigate the focal phenomena with the appropriate partners and expertise. We expect and welcome methodological diversity in answering pressing questions thus we are open to projects that utilize a wide array of research methods including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, ethnographies, design-based research, participatory methods, historical research, to name a few.

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IBD Ventures Initiative
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Agency LOI due: Aug. 9, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): TBA

The mission of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. In order to pursue this mission, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation seeks to support and accelerate the discovery and development of research-based products with potential for positive impact for patients suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

The Foundation hereby solicits proposals from companies and academic investigators seeking support for the discovery and development of such products. Proposals will be reviewed in order to determine whether programs are eligible for Foundation support through the IBD Ventures (IBDV) Initiative to fund the discovery and development of products with potential for benefit in the IBD field. Funded programs may be led by investigators at companies or academic institutions. The IBDV program is not a traditional research grant mechanism. Its objective is to identify and support organizations that will benefit from partnership with the Foundation in pursuit of product discovery and development.

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation also seeks to engage with companies and investigators who are not necessarily interested in or eligible for the IBDV funding at this time, but who are actively seeking to discover and develop products for positive impact in the IBD field. Such companies and investigators are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent as an initial step in the identification of Foundation resources that may be of interest, including future funding opportunities.

Research & development (R&D) projects will be funded to advance the discovery or development of a specific product candidate with potential for positive impact in the IBD field. Funded projects should be approximately 12 months in duration, with specific intermediate and final milestones identified at project onset. Funding up to $500,000 per project per year will be considered, inclusive of all direct and indirect expenses. Indirect expenses may not exceed 10%. Project funding may be extended past the first year if milestones are met. Projects that require lower levels of funding are also welcome. Project cost-sharing, through which Foundation funds would be complemented using additional sources of funding to achieve project goals, is encouraged. The Foundation will not request intellectual property (IP) ownership in funded technologies. If the funded technology becomes commercially successful, the Foundation would receive a financial return.

In addition to direct funding, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation will provide accelerator resources to support for funded programs. Such support will be tailored to the specific program and may include scientific review; strategic advising; patient and clinician insights; assistance in identifying research resources; facilitation of strategic partnerships (including identification of and referral to specific potential partners); assistance with clinical trial recruitment; presentation opportunities; and consideration for future Foundation funding opportunities. Accelerator support will be provided by Foundation staff, advisors and partners.

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Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas
The Greenwall Foundation

Agency LOI due: July 1, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Aug. 27, 2019

The Greenwall Foundation is requesting proposals for the Fall 2019 cycle of its bioethics grants program, Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas, to support research to help resolve an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical, biomedical, or public health decision-making, policy, or practice. The Foundation's vision is to make bioethics integral to decisions in health care, policy, and research. Our mission is to expand bioethics knowledge to improve clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice. Projects funded under the Making a Difference program should promote the Foundation's vision and mission through innovative bioethics research that will have a real-world, practical impact.

While we welcome all innovative proposals that will have a real-world impact, we are particularly interested in proposals that address the ethical and policy issues raised by the following priority topics:

  • Developments in artificial intelligence;

  • Responses to the opioid epidemic;

  • Bias and discrimination in clinical care against patients or clinicians, based on a broad range of characteristics;

  • Advances in biomedical and clinical research and their translation into clinical practice; and

  • Healthcare access, costs, and resource allocation.

Proposals for projects that address other real-world, practical bioethics problems are also welcome.

Projects may be empirical, conceptual, or normative. All proposals should explain how they will help address a real-world bioethics dilemma. Projects to analyze the normative implications of already-completed empirical research are encouraged. The Foundation will support mentored projects in which a postdoctoral fellow or junior faculty member works closely with an experienced bioethics scholar. The Foundation will also consider pilot or feasibility projects to evaluate an innovative intervention to resolve a bioethics dilemma, with the goal of obtaining funding from other sources for a larger evaluation or demonstration project. Some highly promising projects may be funded for an initial phase, with additional funding contingent on achieving clear milestones.

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Career Catalyst Research Grants: Redefining Metastatic Breast Cancer through Liquid Biopsy
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Agency LOI due: July 10, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 25, 2019

For more than 10 years, Career Catalyst Research (CCR) Grants have fostered promising breast cancer researchers who are in the early stages of their faculty careers by providing support for up to three years of "protected time" for research career development under the guidance of a Mentor Committee. It is expected that following the successful completion of a CCR Grant, awardees will launch independent research careers, successfully compete for subsequent research project funding, and emerge as key leaders in the fight against breast cancer.

The goal of the FY20 Career Catalyst Research Grants: Redefining Metastatic Breast Cancer through Liquid Biopsy is to support outstanding research seeking to use liquid biopsy techniques to improve treatment, detection, and understanding of metastatic breast cancer. All proposals must have a primary focus on liquid biopsies in breast cancer.

A liquid biopsy is defined as the collection and analysis of a sample of blood to detect cancer cells or pieces of DNA from cancer cells that are circulating in the blood. When compared to tissue biopsy, liquid biopsy offers a non-invasive approach to improve the care of patients, if we can unlock the potential of this technology for breast cancer. Liquid biopsies could inform clinical decision-making in several ways, including early detection of metastatic disease even before symptoms arise, real-time monitoring of metastatic breast cancer treatment response, and more personalized treatment plans for metastatic breast cancer patients.

To unlock the potential of liquid biopsies for patients, Komen requests Letters of Intent for research projects that address one of the following focus areas: 1) Redefining treatment of metastatic breast cancer; or 2) Early detection of metastatic breast cancer.

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Moore-Simons Project on the Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell
Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and Simons Foundation

Proposal due: Sept. 30, 2019

The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and the Simons Foundation are partnering to support novel research on the origin of the eukaryotic cell. This major transition in the history of life, estimated to have occurred almost two billion years ago, remains an important yet unsolved puzzle in the biological sciences. We seek to support the international scientific community to explore why and how this symbiotic event occurred by conducting experiments that illuminate or eliminate possibilities regarding the events that led to the emergence of eukaryotes.

Our goal is to support creative individuals and collaborative teams to take risks in developing novel theoretical, informatic and experimental approaches that deepen understanding of the creation of the eukaryotic domain of life. We strongly encourage scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines to submit a proposal, including those who have not previously worked on this topic. Those new to exploring questions about eukaryogenesis may wish to consider collaborating with those who have previously done research in this area. Numerous disciplines and approaches have important contributions to make, including but not limited to cell biology, evolution, ecology, earth and aquatic sciences, paleontology, genomics, bioinformatics, synthetic biology, biophysics and chemistry.

The Moore Foundation and Simons Foundation seek to support novel research on the origin of the eukaryotic cell, including understanding the processes that may have led to the emergence of the first eukaryotic common ancestor (FECA) and how FECA evolved into the last eukaryotic common ancestor (LECA). These grants will advance understanding of the evolutionary, ecological and biological mechanisms that may have allowed emergence of the first eukaryotic cells almost two billion years ago and should aim to demonstrate progress towards clarifying or eliminating eukaryogenesis hypotheses. We also seek to support development of new hypotheses with potential to reveal novel but potentially unexpected insights into eukaryogenesis.

Researchers and collaborative teams will be selected based on their ability to clearly articulate which eukaryogenesis hypotheses frame the proposed research and how the work will inform understanding of different steps in eukaryotic cell evolution. We will support individuals and/or teams for two- to three-year research efforts. We aim to have scientists who represent both early and established career stages and include both current and emerging leaders in their fields. Researchers will convene at an annual symposium to share research findings and build connections across disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

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IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Ventures
Crohns & Colitis Foundation

Agency LOI due: Aug. 9, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): TBD

The Crohns & Colitis Foundation seeks to accelerate the development of products that aim to improve the quality of life of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. Toward that end, the Foundation has launched IBD Ventures, a new program and dedicated funding mechanism to support product-oriented research and development. Companies and academic investigators may apply. Funding up to $500,000 per project per year will be considered. In addition, funded programs will be offered accelerator resources and advising.

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Precision Nutrition in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Agency LOI due: Sept. 3, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Oct. 14, 2019

The long-term goal of the Precision Nutrition initiative is to be able to answer the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patient's key question: "What should I eat?" Based on the patient's personal response to different foods, diets can be tailored to the individual clinical, biological, and lifestyle characteristics of the patient.

The discovery of the relationship between dietary composition, the human gut microbiome, and immune response presents a tremendous opportunity for data-driven research to answer the question of managing IBD with diet. Learnings from the emerging field of nutrigenomics suggest that variations in our genome can influence the impact of food on the microbiome, immune response, and the lining of the gut, while individual compositional variation of gut microbiota leads to different microbe functional potential, microbial metabolite production, and modulation of host metabolism. Thus, interpersonal variability in gut microbiome, genetic background and lifestyle, are critical factors defining the mechanism by which nutrition plays a role in heath and disease.

Harnessing the knowledge from nutrigenomics and metabotyping analysis will be key to establishing the framework for implementation of precision nutrition in IBD management. Thus, the goal of the research initiative on precision nutrition in IBD is to develop approaches that will enable measuring and incorporating individual characteristics of a patient, together with the mechanistic understanding of food effects on disease outcomes, into a comprehensive personalized nutrition plan. All together this knowledge will be integrated into the discussion between patients and practitioners about personalized IBD management.

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation has identified the need to understand how diet affects IBD, particularly at the individual patient level, as a critical gap in the understanding and management of IBD, and as an area of opportunity to make a significant impact on the quality of life of patients. As such, proposals submitted to this RFP, should focus on one or both of the following approaches to advance the emerging field of precision nutrition in IBD:

  1. Patient-based prospective studies to identify signatures and/or mechanisms of response to food in IBD patients and their correlation with disease outcomes. These studies will focus on the identification of biological parameters that reflect and/or predict IBD patient's physiological response to food based on the analysis and integration of one or more patient's derived data such as: nutrigenomics, epigenomics, microbiomics, metabolomics, proteomics; together with food consumption, physical activity and relevant patient outcomes (e.g., exacerbation, relapse, remission, etc.).

  2. Experimental model-based preclinical studies to identify signatures and/or mechanisms of response to food and their correlation to IBD pathophysiological readouts. These studies will use state of the art humanized in vitro and/or in vivo models for identification of biological signatures that reflect and/or predict IBD patients' physiological responses to food challenges based on the analysis and integration of one or more experimental model-derived data such as: genomics, epigenomics, microbiomics, metabolomics, proteomics; together with food exposures and relevant IBD pathophysiological readouts (e.g., mucosal integrity/damage/healing, inflammatory response, disease severity index, EMC deposition, myofibroblast activation, etc.).

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Research Innovation Grants
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Application due: Nov. 15, 2019

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention welcomes innovative studies relevant to understanding and preventing suicide. Applications are open to biological, psychological, and sociological approaches, and multidisciplinary research is encouraged. These are investigator-initiated grants.

Distinguished Investigator Grants: Up to $125,000 over 2 Years

  • Investigators at the level of associate professor or higher with an established record of research and publication on suicide

Standard Research Grants: Up to $100,000 over 2 Years

  • Investigators at any level

Linked Standard Research Grants: Up to $300,000 over 2 Years

  • Investigators at any level performing research involving two or more institutions with each institution making a unique and significant research contribution

Young Investigator Grants: Up to $90,000 over 2 Years

  • Investigators at the level of assistant professor or lower

  • Up to $80,000 for the investigator\'s research, with an additional $10,000 ($5,000 per year) for an established suicide research mentor (AFSP can assist in matching mentors with mentees)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Up to $112,000 over 2 Years

  • Investigators who have received a doctoral degree within the preceding six years, and have not had more than three years of fellowship support

  • Fellows receive a stipend of $48,000 per year, with an institutional allowance of $8,000 per year

Pilot Research Grants: Up to $30,000 over 1-2 Years

  • Investigators at any level

  • Provides seed money for innovative new projects with potential impact; typically more feasibility than hypothesis-driven studies

For more information and instructions on how to apply, contact the Research Grants Manager, Carl Niedzielski, at grantsmanager@afsp.org.


The Focus Grants
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Agency LOI due: Aug. 1, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Dec. 7, 2019

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is accepting letters of intent for its 2019 Focus Grants. Funding will be offered in three subject areas:

1) Short-Term Risk

The Focus Grant for Short-Term Risk is open to innovative, potentially high-yield proposals that focus on short-term risk for suicide. The goal is to develop identification and/or intervention strategies for short-term suicide risk that can be implemented in clinical settings. Funding is up to $500,000 per year for up to three years.

2) Reaching 20% by 2025

AFSP has set a goal to reduce our nation's suicide rate 20% by 2025. We believe that by targeting areas known to contribute to suicide burden we can reach this goal. This Focus Grant RFA seeks applications that address potential biological, psychological, social and/or environmental pathways and interventions that can significantly reduce the national suicide rate if ultimately implemented on a large scale. The project seeks universal, selective or indicated interventions that target suicide prevention in healthcare systems, emergency departments, corrections settings, or among the gun owning community, that, if implemented on a large scale, would reduce the annual U.S. suicide rate. Funding is up to $500,000 per year for up to three years.

3) Blue Sky Research Grant

This grant supports an innovative, impactful study in an area of suicide research that will achieve significant goals. This mechanism is intended for studies that, by their very nature, are clearly beyond the financial scope of our Innovation Grants. AFSP seeks innovative projects in new areas of investigation with potentially high impact for the understanding and prevention of suicide. Open to all fields of inquiry.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, contact the Research Grants Manager, Carl Niedzielski, at grantsmanager@afsp.org.

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DEPSCoR: Defense Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research
EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation

White Paper and Supporting Documentation due: Oct. 25, 2019
Proposal due (by invitation only): Feb. 14, 2020

The objectives for the Defense Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) are to: (1) enhance the capabilities of institutions of higher education (IHE) in eligible States and Territories to develop, plan, and execute science and engineering (S&E) research that is relevant to the mission of the DoD and competitive under the peer-review systems used for awarding Federal research assistance; (2) increase the number of university researchers in eligible States/Territories capable of performing S&E research responsive to the needs of the DoD; and (3) increase the probability of long-term growth in the competitively awarded financial assistance that IHE in eligible States/Territories receive from the Federal Government for S&E research.

This funding opportunity aims to create basic research collaborations between a pair of researchers, namely (1) Applicant/Principal Investigator (PI), a non-previously DoD-funded, full-time faculty member with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct the proposed research as the principal investigator; and (2) Collaborator/co-Principal Investigator (co-PI), an investigator who will serve as a mentor to the Applicant and was previously funded by DoD within the last seven years. This structure is aimed at introducing potential PIs to the DoD's unique research challenges and its supportive research ecosystem.

To address the program's aim, DEPSCoR will focus on capacity building through human and technical resources by soliciting applications in a DEPSCoR competition. DEPSCoR seeks proposals that advance knowledge in fundamental science involving bold and ambitious research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes such as disrupting accepted theories and perspectives.

The Basic Research Office anticipates approximately $3.6 million in total funding will be made available for this program to fund approximately six awards up to $600,000 (total cost) each. Each award will be funded up to $200,000 (total cost) per year for three years in the form of a grant.

For more information and/or a complete copy of the funding opportunity announcement, please contact Jessica Molesworth, Executive Director, EOSCoR/IDeA Foundation, at jmolesworth@eifdc.org or (202) 737-6567.

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Transatlantic Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Research
The Leducq Foundation

Agency LOI due: Sept. 5, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Feb. 14, 2020

The Leducq Foundation an international grant-making organization comprised of the Fondation Leducq in Paris, the Leducq Foundation for Cardiovascular Research in Houston (a U.S.-based 501(c)(3)), and the Leducq Corporation, in Boston, MA, which provides administrative services to the grant-making entities, dedicated to improving human health through international efforts to combat cardiovascular and neurovascular disease.

In support of this mission, the Leducq Foundation has created the Transatlantic Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Research Program, which promotes internationally collaborative basic, translational, and clinical research in cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. The principal aim of this program is to foster outstanding and innovative scientific research by bringing together international teams of researchers with complementary expertise and resources to work together on a common thematic problem.

The proposals should aim to generate new knowledge with the potential to advance the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular and/or 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.

In the 2019-2020 application cycle, the Leducq Foundation will award four Transatlantic Network of Excellence grants, each for an amount not to exceed U.S. $6,000,000 over five years.

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Global Navigation Satellite System Research
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency LOI due: July 31, 2019
Full Proposal due: Aug. 30, 2019

This announcement seeks innovative approaches to the development and use of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data, remote sensing techniques, and algorithms to advance Earth system science objectives. Significant growth in the number of GNSS satellites and the expansion of signals and frequencies available to civil applications are providing new opportunities for Earth science research. The combined GNSS/RNSS constellations along with the growth of Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) and the anticipated launch of the GPS block III (GPS III) satellites will provide opportunities for remote sensing of the Earth system with new ground-based systems and relatively simple and robust space-borne GNSS receivers.

NASA's Earth Science program includes many questions on which GNSS data can be brought to bear. Proposals are encouraged that use GNSS data and algorithms to advance our understanding of the Earth system; develop new processing and analysis approaches; improve positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) using GNSS/RNSS signals; and develop truly multi-GNSS capabilities.

Potential areas of consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Combining GEO (Geosynchronous and geostationary) and LEO (traditional GNSS orbits) GNSS data streams to rapidly characterize transient processes;

  • Advancing the understanding of geological hazards by probing the ionosphere using GNSS;

  • Expanding the use of GNSS signal and receiver technology to improve the precision of multi-technique geodetic positioning and the international terrestrial reference frame (ITRF);

  • Enhancing GNSS research with Signals of Opportunity (SoOp);

  • GNSS reflectometry (GNNS-R) for recovery of Earth surface or atmospheric characteristics; and

  • GNSS radio occultation (GNSS-RO) for recovery of atmospheric structure.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

 

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

Standard Due Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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NIAID Career Transition Award (K22)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

Nature of the career/research transition opportunity

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

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

 

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NIAID Research Education Program (R25)
National Institutes of Health

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is November 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

The NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose high-impact research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among drug abusers. The term avant-gardeĀ 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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Exploiting Genome or Epigenome Editing to Functionally Validate Genes or Variants Involved in Substance Use Disorders (R21/R33)
National Institutes of Health

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 24, 2019
Full Application due: June 24, 2019

Human genetic studies supported by NIDA and other entities have identified many statistically significant gene variants relevant to human substance use and abuse disorders (SUDs). Additionally, these studies frequently identify strong but non-statistically significant human gene variants that may warrant orthogonal functional testing. Similarly, the use of genetic, genomic or epigenomic assays in both human and model systems have identified candidate genes and pathways involved in addiction-relevant processes. However, rapid validation and functional characterization of these variants, genes, or pathways have been hampered in part by the time and effort needed to generate knock-out or knock-in cells or transgenic organisms. 

Revolutionary and rapidly evolving genome editing technologies (e.g. CRISPR, Zn finger, TALEN) can significantly decrease the time and effort it takes to generate knock-out, knock-down, or knock-in animals and can even be used in species that have previously been difficult or impossible to manipulate genetically (e.g., rat, primate). Additionally, technologies such as CRISPR inhibition (CRISPRi), CRISPR activation (CRISPRa), epigenome editing, and related technologies enable high throughput functional testing of candidate SUD variants.

The purpose of this initiative is to support projects which exploit genome or epigenome editing to functionally validate and characterize genes or variants involved in substance use disorder-relevant phenotypes. It is expected that any genetic resources generated will be made broadly available to the scientific community to enable investigation of the relevant neurobiological mechanisms involved and provide critical foundational knowledge for the development of future prevention, diagnostic, and therapeutic strategies.

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Geroscience Approaches to Alzheimer's Disease (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: June 3, 2019
Full Application due: July 2, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications proposing research on the specific role of aging biology in the development, etiology and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Aging is by far the main risk factor for most chronic diseases, a fact recognized by the field of geroscience. Recent advances in the fields of basic aging biology and geroscience now allow researchers to address mechanistically the role of aging in Alzheimer's disease. Applications that make use of geroscience principles and test the role of different hallmarks of aging biology are specifically appropriate, while those focused solely on aging biology, or solely on Alzheimer's disease will be deemed nonresponsive to the FOA.

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Novel RNAs in Virology (including HIV) and Immune Regulation: Basic Science and Therapeutic Discovery (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 17, 2019

Background

Recent advances in RNA sequencing technologies have revealed a myriad of novel biologically active RNA species (e.g., lncRNAs, vaultRNAs, circRNAs, snoRNAs, piRNAs, rRNAs, YRNAs, tRNA fragments, and many others). In addition to intracellular activity, these novel RNA species may also have functional activity in the extracellular milieu where these extracellular RNAs (exRNAs) are selectively packaged into extracellular vesicles (exosomes) and/or bound to RNA-binding proteins or lipids. These novel RNA species are hypothesized to have multiple functional roles and biological activities in basic biochemistry, molecular virology, cell biology, and regulation of both innate and adaptive immune responses. Leveraging innovative basic RNA biology will ultimately open new opportunities for discovery or design of novel therapeutic interventions.

Purpose and Research Objectives

The research objectives of this funding opportunity are to support innovative basic science aimed at discovering and characterizing novel biologically active viral and/or host RNAs involved in virology (including HIV biology) and immune regulation. This program announcement will also support discovery of novel functions of previously identified viral or host RNAs. These basic science objectives may extend to investigating the utility of these novel cellular or viral RNAs as drug targets through proof-of-concept studies. The overarching scientific goals are to 1) support basic research on novel RNA species, or novel functions of known RNAs, regulating viral infection or innate and/or adaptive immune pathways, and 2) enable exploratory studies for the identification of novel viral or cellular RNA targets for the discovery or design of interventions.

Specific Areas of Research Interest

The focus is on novel viral and/or host cellular RNA species, or new biological activities of previously identified RNAs, with regulatory functions or biological activity in virology, host cell biology, innate and adaptive immune signaling pathways, immune regulation, and/or immunopathogenesis.

Specific areas of research interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic research on the fundamental mechanisms of novel viral and/or host intra- or extracellular RNAs in the regulation of virus replication, immunopathogenesis, infection-associated expression patterns, virus latency, and/or persistence
  • Basic research in defining either roles of novel RNAs or novel functions of known RNAs in regulating innate or adaptive immunity and inflammation
  • Structural biology of novel RNAs in viral infections and immunity
  • Discovery and validation of the potential utility of novel RNAs as biomarkers
  • Therapeutic approaches utilizing or targeting novel RNAs
  • Developing novel RNA inhibitors and mimics as therapeutic interventions

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Research Project Grants in Pediatric Rehabilitation (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 27, 2019

In this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research within NICHD invites applications for research project grants addressing the rehabilitation needs of children with chronic, physical disabilities.

An estimated one million children in the United States have a chronic physical disability that limits the child's activity (National Health Interview Survey). Many of these children may benefit from physical rehabilitation therapies, however there are limited evidence-based practices and clinical practice guidelines due to a paucity of studies yielding high levels of clinical evidence to power systematic reviews. Consequently, the 2016 NIH Rehabilitation Research Plan calls for the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) at NICHD to address the gaps in knowledge particular to pediatric rehabilitation, including the effects of maturation and the impact of early intervention.

This FOA seeks to increase the number of researchers and projects in pediatric rehabilitation. It is anticipated that rehabilitation interventions will improve outcomes, quality of life, and reduce financial burden from secondary conditions for patients and their families. As many others have described, the pediatric population is unique with respect to critical periods, growth, maturation, and nutritional needs; care must be taken when translating therapies from the adult population to children.

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Research Projects to Improve the Predictive Value of Animal Models in Recapitulating Human Immunity to Influenza Infection and Vaccination (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 10, 2019

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support research to improve existing animal models or develop novel animal models that more accurately represent influenza immunity in humans, with an emphasis on increasing the predictive value of models for evaluating novel universal influenza vaccines.

Examples of such research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Modeling pre-existing immunity to better understand response to vaccination;
  • Development of novel animal models that more accurately represent influenza immunity in humans;
  • Characterization of the development and maintenance of protective immunity to influenza, including after sequential exposures/infections and/or vaccinations;
  • Genomic characterization of animal models to elucidate the impact of genotype on phenotype/susceptibility to influenza infection and/or vaccination outcomes;
  • Examination of more relevant routes of influenza infection (e.g., aerosol);
  • Utilization of appropriate influenza animal models that better mimic special/high-risk populations (e.g., neonates, pregnant women, elderly, etc.);
  • Determination of the impact of the microbiome on influenza immunity and/or vaccination.

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

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 20, 2019
Full Application due: June 20, 2019

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

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

It is anticipated that RIVER will improve long-term research outcomes and facilitate ambitious, creative research by providing a flexible and stable funding environment within a broad scientific domain with broadly stated 'goals' rather than specific aims and by stating the kinds of techniques that might be used to address them rather than providing specific experimental details.

Key features and benefits of the program fall into two large categories: (1) freedom from traditional focused specific aims and a structured research plan which will enable investigators to pursue new directions in their research as they arise throughout the funding period; and (2) the ability to devote increased effort to research, mentoring, and scientific service due to reduced time spent writing and managing multiple grant applications and awards.

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Posted July 19, 2019

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

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Tobacco Regulatory Science (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: May 20, 2019
Full Application due: July 19, 2019

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite R01 applications to support biomedical and behavioral research that will provide scientific data to inform regulation of tobacco products to protect public health. Research Projects must address the research priorities related to the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP).

The awards under this FOA will be administered by NIH using funds that have been made available through FDA CTP and the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Research results from this FOA are expected to generate findings and data that are directly relevant in informing the FDA regulation of the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health.

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Provocative Questions (PQs) in Multiple Myeloma Disparities Research (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: July 15, 2019

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites R01 applications for research projects designed to solve specific problems and paradoxes in multiple myeloma (MM) and disparities research identified as the NCI Multiple Myeloma Disparities Provocative Questions (MMD PQs). These problems and paradoxes phrased as questions are not intended to represent the full range of NCI's priorities in multiple myeloma research. Rather, they are meant to challenge cancer researchers to think about and elucidate specific problems in key areas of multiple myeloma and disparities research that are deemed important but have not received sufficient attention.

The FOA includes six Multiple Myeloma PQs that represent diverse fields relevant to multiple myeloma disparities research, but all are framed to inspire interested scientists to conceive new approaches and/or feasible solutions. Each research project (application) proposed in response to this FOA must be focused on addressing one particular research problem defined by one specific MMD PQ selected from the list. Projects proposed to address specific MMD PQs may use strategies that incorporate ideas and approaches from multiple disciplines, as appropriate. Transdisciplinary projects are encouraged as long as they serve the scientific focus of the specific PQ chosen.

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Research Projects in Cancer Systems Biology (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency Letter of Intent due: June 17, 2019
Full Application due: July 15, 2019

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC) supports systems biology approaches to cancer research and includes U54 CSBC Research Centers, a U24 CSBC Coordinating Center and, through this FOA, well-defined, discrete and circumscribed U01 Research Projects.

CSBC Research Projects are expected to involve interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, and cancer researchers who collaborate to advance our understanding of the mechanisms underlying cancer initiation, progression, and treatment. CSBC Research Projects proposed in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement must be based upon explicit integration of experimental biology and computational modeling to test and validate novel hypotheses in cancer research.

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BRAIN Initiative: Proof of Concept Development of Early Stage Next Generation Human Brain Imaging (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Aug. 5, 2019
Full Application due: Sept. 3, 2019

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA), in support of the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, aims to support early stage development of entirely new and novel noninvasive human brain imaging technologies and methods that will lead to transformative advances in our understanding of the human brain. The FOA solicits unusually bold and potentially transformative approaches and supports small-scale, proof-of-concept development based on exceptionally innovative, original and/or unconventional concepts.

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Computational Methods for Integrating Tissue and Single Cell Genomic Data from the Brain (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Aug. 5, 2019
Full Application due: Sept. 3, 2019

Mapping the relationship between genotype and phenotype requires understanding the proximate molecular effects of variation in the genome associated with normal and disease traits. The availability of large-scale genetic and molecular reference data enables identifying the relevant tissues, cell types and developmental periods implicated in a disease process or quantitative trait. Despite substantial progress, however, experimental and analytic challenges remain in delineating the causal chain of events linking differences in DNA sequence to organismal level phenotypes.

Almost all common genetic variation is associated with a change in gene expression in some tissue at some point in development. Yet, a large proportion of disease-associated variants do not credibly map to known expression Quantitative Trait Loci (QTLs). This is partly due to molecular reference datasets such as those from GTEx, ENCODE, and the PsychENCODE Consortium being largely restricted to tissue level analyses. With the advent of new cost-effective, single cell genomic profiling technologies, however, it is possible not only to generate new higher resolution reference datasets (e.g., BRAIN Cell Census, Allen Brain, and Human Cell Atlas), but also improve upon and extend the insights provided by existing tissue level data derived from larger numbers of individuals. Thus, in order to advance our understanding of the psychiatric disease relevant regulatory mechanisms that function in specific cell types, this FOA seeks novel application and development of theoretical frameworks and computational approaches for integrative analyses of bulk tissue and single-cell data from human and animal brain tissue.

Projects should develop new or apply existing in silico methods to mine and conduct integrative analysis of available multi-omic tissue-level and single-cell brain data (whole genomes, genotypes, transcriptomes, chromatin state, histone modifications, transcription factor binding, etc). Projects are encouraged to incorporate results from existing large-scale, genome-wide studies of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders as well as related traits in combination with large-scale molecular reference data-sets from NIH consortia (e.g.,PsychENCODE, ENCODE, GTEx, Roadmap, BICCN) as well as datasets from other organizations and sources (e.g., Human Cell Atlas, Tablula Muris, Single Cell Portal). Special emphasis should be placed on developing open source tools and resources for the scientific community.The focus should be on secondary analyses, but limited data generation is permitted when necessary for experimental validation and should not exceed 20% of proposed direct costs. Regardless of scope, applications should employ open and reproducible research practices.

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Mechanistic Basis of Diffuse White Matter Disease in Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID) (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: July 15, 2019
Full Application due: Aug. 14, 2019

Diffuse brain white matter disease is highly prevalent in the elderly, and has been clinically associated with vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) in both men and women. Diffuse white matter disease is thought to include a variety of pathologies including demyelination and/or fiber loss due to multifocal infarction and local ischemia. It is often accompanied by arteriosclerosis in deep penetrating arteries, multiple infarcts in the basal ganglia, brainstem or cerebellum. Though most commonly extending out from the periventricular surfaces, it may also occur in subcortical white matter.

Diffuse white matter disease is typically detected in clinical settings as hyperintensity on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or signal loss on computed tomography x-ray (CT) scan; diffuse white matter disease can be detected histologically as well, for example in human pathology and in studies using animal models. Despite the prevalence and potential significance of white matter disease for cerebrovascular disease etiology and cognitive outcomes, much remains to be learned about the cellular and molecular causes, regional vulnerability, and progression over time. The physiological consequences of diffuse white matter disease on local axon and neural circuit function are almost completely unknown.

The purpose of this FOA is to address some of the many gaps in knowledge of the biologic mechanisms of the commonly occurring, cerebrovascular disease and age-related diffuse white matter disease at the molecular, cellular, tissue and brain circuit level. The ultimate goal of this fundamental research is to inform future efforts to reduce the burden of illness due to age-related vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia. This FOA is informed by the outcomes of the 2013 Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementias Conference (ADRD 2013) held in response to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, and by the 2014 Small Blood Vessels: Big Health Problems Workshop.

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Undergraduate Research Education Program (UP) to Enhance Diversity in the Environmental Health Sciences (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: July 30, 2019
Full Application due: Aug. 30, 2019

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

The over-arching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Research Experiences for undergraduate students: To provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research.

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Advancing Novel Research Models to Study Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 3, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 1, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support the development of collaborative research projects to establish a set of complementary model systems that reproduce essential disease-defining features of human idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The purpose of this initiative is to unify a series of projects encompassing multiple complementary model systems that each effectively reproduces essential disease features of human IPF. This FOA encourages applications to develop research models that will advance our understanding of the pathogenesis of IPF from its onset through disease progression and serve as a resource for the broader research community including investigators testing novel therapies to treat this disease.

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Cognitive Systems Analysis of Alzheimers Disease Genetic and Phenotypic Data (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 5, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 7, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued in response to National Alzheimers Project Act (NAPA) milestones for the genetics of Alzheimers disease (AD) to support the Alzheimers Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP). The overarching goals of the ADSP and of this FOA are to: (1) identify new genes involved in AD, (2) identify gene alleles contributing to increased risk for or protection against the disease, (3) provide insight as to why individuals with known risk factor genes escape from developing AD, and (4) identify potential avenues for therapeutic approaches to and prevention of the disease. This study of human genetic variation and its relationship to health and disease involves a large number of study participants and will capture not only common single nucleotide variations but also rare copy number and structural variants that are increasingly thought to play an important role in complex disease.

Current technologies are producing massive amounts of data. These data cannot reasonably be investigated via current methods; automated, computer-based technologies are needed for such data analysis. The essential need at this time is to develop fast and efficient cognitive systems approaches to identify changes in AD genetic architecture that increase risk of and protection against the disease. NIA seeks approaches to automate genetic data analysis operations to the greatest extent possible. For the purpose of this announcement, the phrase cognitive systems will be used as a global term that includes artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning/neural networks (DL) approaches to analysis of AD genetic and related data.

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Molecular Mechanisms of Blood-Brain Barrier Function and Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 9, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 9, 2019

The purpose of this initiative, which is responsive to Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's related dementias (AD/ADRD) implementation milestones in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's disease, is to elucidate the mechanistic links between blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction and dementia, and how related comorbidities such as diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, high blood pressure, and changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and CBF regulation impact the basic molecular mechanism of BBB health and function.

Examples of areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Functional differences in the BBB in white vs. gray matter in AD/ADRD

  • The impact of known subtypes of vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) including cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), white matter disease, lacunar strokes, cerebral microbleeds, and post-stroke dementia

  • The role of aberrant aggregate proteins (e.g., amyloid, a-synuclein aggregates, etc.) on BBB function

  • Mechanisms underlying the involvement of the BBB in the clearance of misfolded proteins in dementia

  • Interactions between disease pathology and the immune system, and how immune cell activation contributes to BBB dysfunction in AD/ADRD, including in amyloid-related imaging abnormalities (ARIA)

  • The impact of AD/ADRD genetic and vascular risk factors on BBB function

  • BBB repair processes and targeted mechanisms of neuroprotection involving the BBB in the context of AD/ADRD

  • Mechanistic studies of cell-cell junction breakdown during BBB dysfunction, including the role played by mural cells such as pericytes and smooth muscle cells in AD/ADRD models

  • Mechanisms of aberrant protein clearance and interaction between the BBB and glymphatic system in AD/ADRD

  • Cell signaling pathways that ultimately regulate transcription to impact BBB biology in various AD/ADRD models

  • Development of disease-specific three-dimensional BBB models of AD/ADRD-related neurovascular dysfunction and in silico prediction models of BBB permeability

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Aging, Driving and Early Detection of Dementia (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 23, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 22, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications to conduct new research on automobile technology for signaling early signs of cognitive impairment in older drivers. Specifically, applications should propose research on using automobile technology coupled with other modes of assessing an individual's health and/or functional status to detect early signs of cognitive impairment.

Two general kinds of research are envisioned: 1) Basic - intended to identify unobtrusive technology for monitoring driving performance and integrating it with other data to detect cognitive impairment; and 2) Methodological - intended to integrate driving-related data (and databases) with data on an individual's health and functional status to detect cognitive impairment.

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Brain Initiative: Research to Develop and Validate Advanced Human Cell-Based Assays To Model Brain Structure and Function (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Oct. 1, 2019
Full Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications directed toward developing next-generation human cell-derived assays that replicate complex nervous system architectures and physiology with improved fidelity over current capabilities. This includes technologies that do not rely on the use of human fetal tissue. Supported projects will be expected to enable future studies of complex nervous system development, function and aging in healthy and disease states.

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Exploratory Clinical Neuroscience Research on Substance Use Disorders (R61/R33)
National Institutes of Health

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Sept. 10, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 10, 2019

According to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2017, approximately 19.7 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in the past year, including 7.5 million people who had an illicit drug use disorder. Increased negative health consequences from opioid use are a leading public health problem in the U.S. In addition to this ongoing opioid crisis, the drug use landscape has witnessed several other recent developments: an increase in the use of psychostimulants, the growing popularity of e-cigarette consumption, and the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. Together, these factors have renewed attention to the need for novel approaches to understanding the mechanisms underlying SUD, including clinical research studies that illuminate the neurobiological underpinnings of the disease.

This FOA invites clinical research applications that are exploratory and developmental in nature, focus on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying SUD. For example, such projects could assess the feasibility of a novel area of investigation or a new experimental system that has the potential to enhance health-related research. Another example could include the unique and innovative use of an existing methodology to explore a new scientific area. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.

This funding opportunity uses a R61/R33 Phased Innovation Award mechanism. Support will be provided for up to five years, which includes initial support of up to two years of the R61 phase, followed by up to three years of support for the R33 phase upon successfully meeting R61 milestones. For transition to the R33 phase, awardees must submit the transition package no less than two months before the completion of the R61 phase. The transition plan should include the R61 progress report describing in detail the progress towards the R61 milestones and a description of how research proposed for the R33 phase will be supported by the completion of the R61 phase milestones. These materials will be evaluated by NIH Program staff. R33 funding decisions will be based on the original R61/R33 peer review recommendations, successful completion of transition milestones, Program priorities, and availability of funds.

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NIBIB Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Oct. 16, 2019

This FOA will support exploratory/developmental research projects of interest to the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) (https://www.nibib.nih.gov/research-funding). These studies are expected to lead to breakthroughs in development of innovative techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or their applications. These studies may involve considerable risk that should be balanced by the potential high impact on human-health and related research.

Applicants are expected to propose novel biomedical research approaches for which there is no preliminary data to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed project. A project may be exploratory, developmental, proof of concept, or high risk-high impact, and may be technology design-directed, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven.

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Oscillatory Patterns of Gene Expression in Aging and Alzheimers Disease (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 23, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 23, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications that seek to enhance existing transcriptome and proteome data sets by revealing oscillatory patterns of gene expression in aging and in Alzheimers disease (AD), by uncovering their molecular significance, and by identifying rhythmic gene and/or protein profiles associated with the risk for AD. Outcomes of this research may suggest novel opportunities for translational research to allow development of individualized, optimized treatment based on circadian phase and amplitude.

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Regulation of Brain Regional and Cell Type Specific Proteome Dynamics in Alzheimers Disease (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 23, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 23, 2019

The overall goal of Regulation of Brain Regional and Cell Type Specific Proteome Dynamics in Alzeimer's Disease is to invite research projects that will use the next generation of synthetic enzymes, chemical biology, and bioorthogonal amino acid whole-animal-labeling techniques to obtain the spatial and temporal proteome dynamics information that will also inform brain anatomical and genetic changes in intact mammals during aging and Alzeimer's Disease (AD).

Areas of research interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The consequences of normal and pathological brain aging in regulating cell-specific newly synthesized proteome dynamics in, for example, synaptic plasticity
  • Methods by which genetic risk factors affect molecular, cellular, and physiological aspects of neuronal proteome in aging and AD
  • The roles of astrocytes and microglia in modulating proteome dynamics in synaptic degeneration and accumulation of AD-related pathologies
  • Impact of microenvironment, such as plaque accumulation, on the proteome dynamics in glial, microglia, and neuroinflammation

It is expected that applications responding to this initiative will use the latest cell-type-specific labeling, imaging, and proteomic techniques with suitable model systems to understand the etiology of brain aging and AD. Therefore, applications that will only provide a global view of gene expression without any subcellular, cell-type, and brain regional specificity will be considered non-responsive. Examples of non-responsive studies that would be outside of the scope of this FOA include, but are not be limited to, the following:

  • Studies that use model organisms expressing AD-related genes in peripheral and non-CNS tissues
  • Studies that solely propose to use single and cell-type-specific RNAseq, transcriptomic and epigenetic analyses
  • Studies that propose to generate new animal models and methodologies without a clear connection to the proteome dynamics of brain aging and AD

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Leveraging Big Data Science to Elucidate the Neural Mechanisms of Addiction and Substance Use Disorder (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Oct. 14, 2019
Full Application due: Nov. 14, 2019

Drug addiction is a complex neuroadaptive process that begins with a molecular event that is amplified to cellular, circuit, and network changes that govern cognition and behavior. Additionally, changes in gene activity produced by chronic drug administration may underlie the enduring behavior. A primary goal of research at NIDA is to elucidate how drugs of abuse alter brain biology and function to engender a state of physical dependence and/or promote the compulsive behavior that characterizes addiction. The answers to these questions are within the substantial data that has been, and continues to be, generated by NIDA-funded studies regarding the effects of drugs of abuse at these various levels of analysis. The untapped power of data emerging from these studies lies in their mining, integration and analysis.

The young field of big data science is providing computational tools, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms that can be used to mine data across levels of experimental analysis in innovative ways and extract new information to help elucidate the biological underpinnings of substance use disorder. Additionally, combining large data sets from different sources can be used to answer research questions in a way that was previously not feasible. Computational approaches can be used to link changes in gene networks to cellular function and to neural systems and to gain insight into state changes that predispose to compulsive substance use or resilience to it.

The purpose of this FOA is to attract data and computational scientists to propose novel ways to integrate data from various levels to allow new types of analysis through big data science approaches.  It is expected that with the development and application of novel computational, bioinformatics, statistical, and analytical approaches, previously inaccessible insights will reveal new aspects of addiction biology.

Analyses may involve two or more basic and/or clinical data types or knowledge sources and should address fundamental research questions associated with substance abuse research, as well as develop computational tools (e.g., aggregated datasets, standards, analytic software) facilitating future analyses of substance abuse research data. Primary data may be of multiple types and formats, and available through sources which include, but are not limited to, large databases and repositories of existing data, publicly available information (e.g., Twitter data), images, videos, electronic health record (EHR) data, and free text from published manuscripts. Analysis should include at least 1 type of basic biological data (e.g. imaging, genetic, physiological, molecular, etc.).

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Stimulating Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Research for Cancer Prevention and Control (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Oct. 16, 2019
Full Application due: Nov. 18, 2019

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for the development of innovative interventions that improve cancer-related health behaviors across diverse racial/ethnic populations. Specifically, this FOA is intended to stimulate research aimed at 1) testing new theories and conceptual frameworks; 2) developing and evaluating novel strategies to improve cancer-related health behaviors; 3) investigating multi-level and multi-behavioral approaches; and 4) utilizing innovative research designs, methodologies, and technologies. The cancer-related health behaviors to be targeted are diet, obesity, physical activity and sedentary behavior, smoking, sleep and circadian dysfunction, alcohol use, and/or adherence to cancer-related medical regimens. Research can involve several stages of the cancer continuum and any phase of the translational spectrum.

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Lipid Signaling in Healthspan and Longevity Regulation (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Jan. 3, 2020
Full Application due: Feb. 3, 2020

Lipids are small, hydrophobic molecules with important roles in nutrition, health, and disease. Numerous lipids also act as important intra- and inter-cellular signaling molecules, including as ligands to G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and transcription factors, as allosteric modulators, and by direct covalent modification of proteins where heterogeneity of acyl chains within general classes of lipids can result in distinct cellular signaling properties. To date, limited evidence suggests that diverse lipid signaling pathways can modulate lifespan. Interestingly, human lipidomics studies hint at an association between plasma lipid composition and long life, where higher ratios of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) to polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) appear to favor longevity.

Despite recent advancements in lipidomics, few studies have utilized these technologies toward the characterization of age-associated changes in lipid classes or species, especially outside of the domain of plasma contents. Moreover, lipid flux studies that would likely provide key information on how new or existing lipid metabolic pathways are altered in the aging process are largely lacking. In the context of lipid changes, it would be important to identify specific cells and organelles responsible for the generation of lipid signaling molecules. Emerging evidence has shown that lipid droplets, lysosomes, and mitochondria are key organelles responsible for generating lipid signaling molecules that modulate key cellular networks and ultimately influence healthspan. Yet much work is needed to identify the lipid molecules and the pathways responsible for their production and modes of action during aging. Finally, dietary lipid composition, while important in determining the composition of downstream lipid metabolites, has largely been overlooked in dietary studies, including caloric restriction and various fasting regimens. These apparent gaps provide opportunities to further expand upon both the mechanism and translational aspects of MUFAs and other beneficial dietary lipids.

The goal of Lipid Signaling in Healthspan and Longevity Regulation (R01) is to enhance our understanding of mechanistic links connecting lipid metabolism and signaling to aging and longevity regulation including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Characterization of the relative abundance and flux of lipid species in various tissues and sub-cellular compartments across the lifespan to provide information needed to drive more hypothesis-driven studies
  • Identification of the lipid species generated by mitochondria, lipid droplets, and lysosomes and the pathways responsible for their mechanisms of action in influencing healthspan and longevity
  • Investigation of mechanisms by which lipid metabolic pathways and associated organelles impact healthspan regulation
  • Characterization of cell autonomous and cell non-autonomous regulatory roles of known lipids (ketone bodies, MUFAs, oleolethanolamide (OEA), endocannabinoids, etc.) in influencing the aging process
  • Evaluation of the importance of dietary lipid composition as a modulator of dietary interventions

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning)

Deadline: Various, see program announcement

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

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

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

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

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Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM)
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

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

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

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

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

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

90 Days after publication date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

November 13, 2014

Dear Colleague:

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

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

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

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

Questions about this specific DCL should be addressed to:

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

Sincerely,

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

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

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: Not Specified

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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NSF Program on Fairness in Artificial Intelligence in Collaboration with Amazon (FAI)
National Science Foundation and Amazon

Agency LOI due: May 10, 2019
Full Proposal due: June 25, 2019

NSF has long supported transformative research in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The resulting innovations offer new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, and health and wellness. At the same time, broad acceptance of large-scale deployments of AI systems relies critically on their trustworthiness which, in turn, depends upon the collective ability to ensure, assess, and ultimately demonstrate the fairness, transparency, explainability, and accountability of such systems. Importantly, the beneficial effects of AI systems should be broadly available across all segments of society.

NSF and Amazon are partnering to jointly support computational research focused on fairness in AI, with the goal of contributing to trustworthy AI systems that are readily accepted and deployed to tackle grand challenges facing society. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to transparency, explainability, accountability, potential adverse biases and effects, mitigation strategies, validation of fairness, and considerations of inclusivity. Funded projects will enable broadened acceptance of AI systems, helping the U.S. further capitalize on the potential of AI technologies. Although Amazon provides partial funding for this program, it will not play a role in the selection of proposals for award.

Advancing AI is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor drawing on fields such as computer science, information science, engineering, statistics, mathematics, cognitive science, and psychology. As such, NSF and Amazon expect these varied perspectives to be critical for the study of fairness in AI. NSF's ability to bring together multiple scientific disciplines uniquely positions the agency in this collaboration, while building AI that is fair and unbiased is an important aspect of Amazon's AI initiatives. This program supports the conduct of fundamental computer science research into theories, techniques, and methodologies that go well beyond today's capabilities and are motivated by challenges and requirements in real systems.

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Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
National Science Foundation

Application due: July 10, 2019

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.

PFI has five broad goals, as set forth by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017: (1) identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education in undertaking proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-sponsored research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; and (5) providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.

This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals in pursuit of the aforementioned goals:

The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers the opportunity to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact.

The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration.

The intended outcomes of both PFI-TT and PFI-RP tracks are: a) the commercialization of new intellectual property derived from NSF-funded research outputs; b) the creation of new or broader collaborations with industry (including increased corporate sponsored research); c) the licensing of NSF-funded research outputs to third party corporations or to start-up companies funded by a PFI team; and d) the training of future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders.

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Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure-2 (Mid-Scale RI-2)
National Science Foundation

Agency LOI due: Feb. 8, 2019
Preliminary Proposal due: Mar. 11, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Aug. 2, 2019

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of "Big Ideas," 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, when responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted to the Office of Integrative Activities, once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

The need for a well-defined NSF mid-scale funding program has been recognized by stakeholders in the scientific community and by Congress in the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) of 2017. As one of four "process ideas" in the NSF suite of 10 Big Ideas, the Mid-scale Research Infrastructure Program is aimed at transforming scientific and engineering research fields as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education research fields by making available new capabilities, while simultaneously training early-career researchers in the development, design, and construction of cutting-edge infrastructure.

The NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2 Program (Mid-scale RI-2) supports implementation of projects that comprise any combination of equipment, instrumentation, computational hardware and software, and the necessary commissioning and human capital in support of implementation of the same. The total cost for Mid-scale RI-2 projects ranges from $20 million to below the minimum award funded by the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) Program, currently $70 million. Mid-scale RI-2 projects will directly enable advances in any of the research domains supported by NSF, including STEM education. Projects may also include upgrades to existing research infrastructure.

The Mid-scale RI-2 Program emphasizes strong scientific merit and response to an identified need of the research community, technical and managerial readiness for implementation, and a well-developed plan for student training and involvement of a diverse workforce in mid-scale facility development, and/or associated data management.

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Research on Integrated Photonics Utilizing AIM Photonics Capabilities
National Science Foundation

AIM Photonics Proposal due: Accepted anytime
CAREER Proposal due: July 2019

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage innovative exploratory and translational research by academic researchers in all aspects of integrated photonics that utilize the current silicon photonics capabilities resident in AIM Photonics.

The American Institute of Manufacturing of Integrated Photonics (AIM) was established in July 2015 by the U.S. government under Department of Defense (DoD) leadership as a manufacturing innovation institute to advance integrated photonics. The Institute's goal is to emulate the dramatic successes experienced by the semiconductor industry over the past 40 years and transition key lessons, processes, and approaches to the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) industry.

Research projects utilizing the AIM Photonics fabrication process technologies via multi-project wafer runs should have an objective to bring a specific innovation to integrated photonics circuits and components or to demonstrate a new approach that uses integrated photonics as its differentiator. Examples of such challenges may include:

  • Research into new applications of PICs that have promise of breakthrough performance due to the use of an integrated photonic component;
  • New devices that are realizable within AIM Photonics standardized integrated silicon photonics processes;
  • PIC implementations that have innovative contributions to advancements of photonics circuits (i.e., low power, greater bandwidths and dynamic ranges, better tolerances, new topologies, etc.);
  • Innovative design approaches and new models of integrated photonics devices/circuits; and
  • Materials and attachment technologies for incorporating integrated photonics into novel packages.

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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: July 17, 2019 (BIO, CISE, EHR); July 18, 2019 (ENG); July 19, 2019 (GEO, MPS, SBE)

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the most prestigious NSF 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.

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the future of the Nation. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to 20 nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the 21st century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

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

Proposal due: Aug. 14, 2019

The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to award grants intended to support research independence among early-career academicians who specifically lack access to adequate organizational or other resources. It is expected that funds obtained through this program will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the Ph.D., but not more than five years after completion of their Ph.D. Applicants for this program may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the PI role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-Ph.D., regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions as noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule.

Importantly, the CRII program seeks to provide essential resources to enable early-career PIs to launch their research careers. For the purposes of this program, CISE defines essential resources as those that (a) the PI does not otherwise have, including through organizational or other funding and (b) are critical for the PI to conduct early-career research that will enable research independence. In particular, this program is not appropriate for PIs who already have access to resources to conduct any early-career research.

It is expected that these funds will allow the new CRII PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years. Faculty at undergraduate and two-year institutions may use funds to support undergraduate students, and may use the additional RUI designation (which requires inclusion of a RUI Impact Statement). In addition, submissions from all institutions may use funds for postdoctoral scholars, travel, and/or research equipment.

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Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Aug. 28, 2019

The OPUS program seeks to provide opportunities for mid- to later-career investigators to develop new understanding of science in the fields supported by the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) through two tracks of synthesis activities.

OPUS: Mid-Career Synthesis. This track aims to provide a mid-career researcher, defined as a candidate at the associate professor rank (or equivalent), with new capabilities to enhance their productivity, improve their retention as a scientist, and ensure a diverse scientific workforce that remains engaged in active research (including more women and minorities at high academic ranks). This track provides an opportunity for the mid-career scientist to enable a new synthesis of their ongoing research. Synthesis is achieved by developing new research capabilities through collaboration with a mentor to enable new understanding of the research system and questions of interest.

OPUS: Core Research Synthesis. This track provides an opportunity for an individual or a group of investigators to revisit and synthesize a significant body of their prior research in a way that will enable new understanding of their research system and questions of interest. This track would also be appropriate early enough in a career to produce unique, integrated insight useful both to the scientific community and to the development of the investigator's future career.

All four clusters within the Division of Environmental Biology (Ecosystem Science, Evolutionary Processes, Population and Community Ecology, and Systematics and Biodiversity Science) encourage the submission of these proposals enabling researchers to expand understanding and develop new insights in their research.

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

Agency LOI due: Aug. 6, 2019
Full Proposal due: Sept. 6, 2019

Communities in the United States (US) and around the world are entering a new era of transformation in which residents and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through rapidly-changing intelligent technologies. This transformation offers great promise for improved wellbeing and prosperity but poses significant challenges at the complex intersection of technology and society. The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life.

The S&CC program encourages researchers to work with communities and residents to identify and define challenges they are facing, enabling those challenges to motivate use-inspired research questions. The S&CC program supports integrative research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and develops solutions together with communities. Importantly, the program is interested in projects that consider the sustainability of the research outcomes beyond the life of the project, including the scalability and transferability of the proposed solutions.

This S&CC solicitation will support research projects in the following categories:

  • S&CC Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRGs) Tracks 1 and 2. Awards in this category will support fundamental integrative research that addresses technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and develops solutions together with communities. Track 1 is for budgets greater than $1,500,000 with no recommended budget limit, and for up to four years of support. Track 2 is for budgets not to exceed $1,500,000, and for up to three years of support.

  • S&CC Planning Grants (SCC-PGs). Awards in this category are for capacity building to prepare project teams to propose future well-developed SCC-IRG proposals. Each of these awards will provide support for a period of one year and may be requested at a level not to exceed $150,000 for the total budget.

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Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Apr. 12, 2019 (Small and Medium); Sept. 26, 2019 (Frontier)

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computation and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will expand the horizons of these critical systems. CPS technologies are transforming the way people interact with engineered systems, just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New, smart CPS drive innovation and competition in a range of application domains including agriculture, aeronautics, building design, civil infrastructure, energy, environmental quality, healthcare and personalized medicine, manufacturing, and transportation. Moreover, the integration of artificial intelligence with CPS creates new research opportunities with major societal implications.

While tremendous progress has been made in advancing CPS technologies, the demand for innovation across application domains is driving the need to accelerate fundamental research to keep pace. At the same time, the CPS program seeks to open new vistas for the research community to think beyond the usual cyber-physical paradigms and structures and propose creative ideas to address the myriad challenges of today's systems as well as those of the future that have not yet been designed or fielded.

The CPS program aims to develop the core research needed to engineer these complex CPS, some of which may also require dependable, high-confidence, or provable behaviors. Core research areas of the program include control, data analytics, autonomy, design, information management, internet of things (IoT), mixed initiatives including human-in- or on-the-loop, networking, privacy, real-time systems, safety, security, and verification. 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 domains. The program additionally 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. This program also fosters a research community that is committed to advancing education and outreach in CPS and accelerating the transition of CPS research into the real world.

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International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Track I - Sept. 10, 2019; Track II - Sept. 17, 2019; Track III - Sept. 24, 2019

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally-engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.

The overarching, long-term goal of the IRES program is to enhance U.S. leadership in research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness through training the next generation of research leaders.

This solicitation features three mechanisms; proposers are required to select one of the following tracks to submit their proposal.

Track I focuses on the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences. Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research. Track III supports U.S. institutional collaborations to develop, implement and evaluate innovative models for high-impact, large-scale international research and professional development experiences for U.S. graduate students.

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

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: July 15, 2019
Full Application due: Sept. 16, 2019

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

  • LEAP HI supports fundamental research projects involving collaborating investigators, of duration up to five years, with total budget between $1 million and $2 million.
  • LEAP HI proposals must articulate a fundamental research problem with compelling intellectual challenge and significant societal impact, particularly on economic competitiveness, quality of life, public health, or essential infrastructure. One or more CMMI core topics must lie at the heart of the proposal, and integration of disciplinary expertise not typically engaged in CMMI-funded projects is encouraged.
  • LEAP HI proposals must highlight engineering research in a leadership role.
  • LEAP HI proposals must demonstrate the need for a sustained research effort by an integrated, interdisciplinary team, and should include a research integration plan and timeline for research activities, with convincing mechanisms for frequent and effective communication.

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Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Oct. 21, 2019

The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, atmospheric (gas in ice cores), and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized past climate variability of the Earth, the sensitivity of climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes.

Important scientific objectives of P2C2 are to: 1) provide comprehensive paleoclimate data sets that can serve as model test data sets analogous to instrumental observations; and 2) enable transformative syntheses of paleoclimate data and modeling outcomes to understand the response of the longer-term and higher magnitude variability of the climate system that is observed in the geological and cryospheric records.

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Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Nov. 20, 2019

The multi-agency Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and social principles and processes that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems.

Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of transmission among humans, non-human animals, and/or plants. This includes, for example, the spread of pathogens; the influence of environmental factors such as climate; the population dynamics and genetics of reservoir species or hosts; the feedback between ecological transmission and evolutionary dynamics; and the cultural, social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of pathogen transmission. Research may be on zoonotic, environmentally-borne, vector-borne, or enteric pathogens of either terrestrial or freshwater systems and organisms, including diseases of animals and plants, at any scale from specific pathogens to inclusive environmental systems.

Proposals for research on disease systems of public health concern to developing countries are strongly encouraged, as are disease systems of concern in agricultural systems. Investigators are encouraged to develop the appropriate multidisciplinary team, including for example, modelers, ecologists, bioinformaticians, genomics researchers, social scientists, economists, epidemiologists, evolutionary biologists, entomologists, parasitologists, microbiologists, bacteriologists, virologists, pathologists or veterinarians, with the goal of integrating knowledge across disciplines to enhance our ability to predict and control infectious diseases.

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Supporting Research at the Intersection of Agricultural Science, Big Data, Informatics, and Smart Communities
National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA)

Agency LOI due: Aug. 6, 2019 (Smart and Connected Communities program)
Full Proposal due: Varies by program and program size

Dear Colleagues:

Building on NSF's history of investments in data and computational sciences and USDA/NIFA's history of investments in agricultural science, NSF and USDA/NIFA wish to notify the community of their intention to jointly fund convergent research that combines methods in agricultural, biological, and computer and information science and engineering to address pressing challenges and opportunities in digital agriculture. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is aligned with NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution Big Idea, and aims to build capacity across disciplinary boundaries in preparation for larger scale investments at the intersection of computational, agricultural, and biological sciences.

Motivated by the increasing volumes of data, faster computation, and algorithmic advances, there is an opportunity to apply transformative, data-driven research methods to the agriculture sector that are responsive to and will yield meaningful insights for farmers, other stakeholders, and society at large. Of interest for this DCL are applications focused on economically important plants, animals, and their environments--food, fuel, feed, and health--and where research outcomes in a particular application area may be transferable to, or informative for, other agricultural application areas. Relevant stakeholders can be integrated into the proposed research activities, including as partners in the project, if appropriate for the project.

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Methods for analyzing existing, large datasets, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision, for example, leveraging environmental, imaging, and genomic data;

  • Models for genetic x environment x management x socioeconomic interactions (G x E x M x S) in order to predict livestock, aquaculture, and plant phenotypic outcomes and sustainability--such as yield, survivability, resistance to environmental stressors, pest resistance, drought resistance, and nutritional value;

  • Data storage, management, and integration across a range of data types to enable a systems-level approach, including integration of big data in real-time systems;

  • Wired and wireless networking challenges in rural settings, including computation at the edge;

  • Security, privacy, and management for access and sharing of farm and community data; and

  • Learning science innovations, which may include development of computational skills for biological and agricultural science majors, and communities of agricultural practice for a diverse and innovative future workforce.

Principal Investigators may also consider the design of instructional materials or workforce development pathways, combining computational and agricultural expertise, in the broader impacts of proposals. The intention is to encourage students in biological, agricultural and engineering programs in two- and four-year colleges and universities, across all education levels, to acquire data and/or computational science skills and, vice versa, to expose students in data and/or computational science to agricultural challenges. Additionally, activities could aim to improve retention and capabilities of a region's agricultural workforce.

Proposals pursuant to this DCL may be submitted to one of the three programs listed below:

  • Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) program;

  • Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs--Information Integration and Informatics (III) program; and

  • Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

National Food and Agricultural Sciences Teaching, Extension, and Research Awards (TERA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: June 14, 2019

The purpose of the Teaching, Extension, and Teaching Awards is to recognize and promote excellence in teaching in the food and agricultural sciences within U.S. colleges and universities. For the purposes of this RFA, teaching is defined to include all aspects of developing human capital in order to help meet current and future national food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH) workplace needs.

Examples of relevant activities under this project type include (but are not limited to) the following: formal classroom instruction; laboratory instruction; and practicum experience such as faculty development, student recruitment and services, curriculum development, and innovative teaching methodologies. It also includes activities that directly or indirectly contribute to student learning such as research, extension/outreach, and organizational arrangements needed for the proper functioning of the educational institution.

Annually, NIFA will make awards to three categories of teachers:

Category 1 - Teachers who are primarily excellent in instruction; but who also conduct significant research and/or Extension activities, and contribute to the academic environment at the University.

Category 2 - Teachers who are new to the teaching profession and have less than seven years of teaching experience.

Category 3 - Teachers who are not required to conduct research and/or Extension/outreach but who comparatively have a higher teaching load.

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Sun Grant Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: June 27, 2019

The purpose of the Sun Grant Program (SGP) is to provide a consortium of universities made up of a university from each of the sun grant regions and sub-center region with a grant to support a consortium of North-Central, Southeastern, South-Central, Western, and Northeastern Sun Grant Centers and a Western Insular Pacific Sub-center. Each of the five Sun Grant centers or the sub-center will use 75 percent of grant funds to provide competitive grants within each region that are multi-institutional and integrated, multistate research, Extension, and education programs on technology development and technology implementation and address bioenergy, biomass, or bio-products research priorities.

The consortium must describe the efforts of Centers they fund, and their Regional Competitive Grants programs will target specific elements of the priorities set forth in the legislation, implementing national priorities in the context of regional scale biogeographic and climatic conditions. Each application submitted in response to this solicitation must demonstrate how core competencies among scientific disciplines will be maximized to include research, education and outreach on regional production of bio-based energy feedstocks, and the elements that determine the sustainability of a range of possible feedstocks will be investigated.

SGP encourages (but does not require) projects that develop content and programs suitable for delivery through the Cooperative Extension System's eXtension Initiative. You may use funds to contribute to existing Communities of Practice (CoP) focused on biomass, bioenergy, or biobased product technologies. Projects must align with the eXtension vision, mission, and values. You must have a letter of acknowledgement from eXtension; you may also need a letter of support from one or more of the Communities of Practice.

NIFA supports global engagement that advances U.S. agricultural goals. To attain the agency's goals for U.S. agriculture, global competence of our nation's agricultural workforce, and safe and nutritious food security in a growing world, NIFA recognizes that collaboration with international partners can contribute to advances in U.S. agriculture. In an increasingly interconnected world, these U.S. advances may have global importance. Thus, applications in response to this RFA may include collaborations with international partners but may only be submitted by eligible U.S. institutions. Such applications may include subcontracts to international partners or other institutions and must clearly demonstrate benefits to the U.S.

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Specialty Crop Multi-State Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due (Multi-State Partners to Participating States): Sept. 1, 2019
Application due (Participating States to Agricultural Marketing Service): Oct. 1, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the FY19 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP).

AMS will competitively award funds to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional or national level specialty crop issues: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion.

Project(s) must enhance the competitiveness of U.S. or U.S. territory-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Specialty crops are fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Research Projects

Research projects are systematic studies directed toward fuller scientific knowledge or understanding of the subject studied. Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research in plant breeding, genetics, and genomics to improve crop characteristics;

  • Improving production, processing, storage, and distribution efficiencies for conventionally or organically grown specialty crops;

  • Reducing environmental impacts; and/or

  • Conducting research to determine consumer preferences, including studies of willingness to pay, sensory evaluations, focus groups, and other evaluative research methods that will then be disseminated to specialty crop growers in multiple States.

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Sustainable Agricultural Systems
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agency LOI due: June 4, 2019
Full Application due: Sept. 26, 2019

The purpose of the Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Program Area is to promote the sustainable supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food and other agricultural products, while enhancing economic opportunities and improving the long-term health and well-being of all Americans.

This RFA solicits applications for projects focused on: (1) increasing profitability in agriculture through reducing input costs, increasing productivity, and reducing losses due to environmental and biological stresses, including pests and diseases; (2) fostering economic development and prosperity in rural America by catalyzing production of high-value bio-based chemicals and other products using agricultural feedstocks; and/or (3) enhancing rural prosperity and health by ensuring access to affordable, safe and nutritious food to sustain healthy lifestyles. This RFA is soliciting creative and visionary project applications developed by transdisciplinary teams that integrate research, education, and extension activities and effectively use a systems approach to promote convergence of science and technology to solve present and future food and agricultural production system challenges.

Applications must address one or more of the following long-term goals:

  • Increase profitability in agriculture by reducing input use, expanding existing and creating new markets, increasing productivity, and curbing production losses due to environmental and biological stresses, including pests and diseases.

  • Foster economic development and prosperity in rural America by catalyzing the bioeconomy through value added innovation, including production of high-value bio-based chemicals and other products using agricultural feedstocks.

  • Enhance the contribution of food and agriculture to health of the nation through development, adoption, and application of new or existing technologies, tools, education, and other resources to ensure access to sufficient quantities of safe, nutritious, and affordable food.

Descriptions and examples of goals given above are meant to be guidance for project development, rather than being prescriptive. The project teams are expected to define the scope of their systems, system components, and detailed metrics that are directed at achieving one or more of the three goals in this RFA.

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Foundational and Applied Science Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agency LOI due: Varies by program area (June/July 2019)
Full Application due: Varies by program area

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is the U.S. flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and Extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for FY 2019 and FY 2020.

The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and Extension projects for more sustainable, productive, and economically viable plant and animal production systems. The global agricultural output needs to be expanded significantly to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050; thus, it is imperative to develop innovative, safe and sustainable management strategies for livestock, crops, and critical underlying resources.

In FY 2019 and FY 2020, applications are sought in the following priority areas:

  • Plant health and production and plant products;

  • Animal health and production and animal products;

  • Food safety, nutrition, and health;

  • Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;

  • Agriculture systems and technology; and

  • Agriculture economics and rural communities.

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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

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

LOI due October 30, 2014
Full submission deadline TBA

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS/NEW TOPICS: 

Network Topic Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offered by:
 AHA National Research Program 

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

POLICY UPDATES: 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

Letter of intent Deadline: accepted anytime

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

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Charitable Giving Program
Community Works

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

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

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

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

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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Ecological Services Program Fiscal Year 2014 Recovery Implementation Fund
Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Program

July 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The FWS Endangered Species Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to States, other Federal agencies, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers, and other partners to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is part of the Department of Commerce's NOAA Fisheries office, share Endangered Species Act responsibilities for several species such as sea turtles. Projects for NMFS-managed species are not included in this funding opportunity.

OBJECTIVES: 

This Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is intended for projects that will contribute to the recovery of FWS-managed endangered and threatened species in the United States, and is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species response to climate change. For example: securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species, implementing restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species, help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of a species. Projects that address species response to climate change will receive additional consideration.

Special Instructions: Applicants must contact their regional FWS office to coordinate the letter of intent and application. 

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General Grants
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

General Grants

The Trust awards grants for projects that are of strategic importance to the organization and consistent with its mission. Awards are made in the following four areas:

Arts and Culture

Performance and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region are of interest to the Trust. There is a high value placed on educational outreach efforts.

Education

The Trust considers educational projects offered in both formal and informal settings. Special interest is afforded to private higher education.

Health and Human Services

The Trust is interested in a diverse range of projects to enhance the quality of life in the region. Preventive efforts that address physical, spiritual, social, and psychological needs, especially those focused on youth, are preferred.

Research

Most of the Trust's funding for scientific research is limited to specific organizations and projects. However, the Trust does consider other science-based initiatives.

The Trust makes grants for building the capacity of non-profit groups in these primary ways for the following three types of projects:

Capital

The Trust regularly funds projects that involve construction, renovation, land purchase, and more. Requests for capital projects are preferred once a portion of the funds needed have been secured.

Program

Both new programs and the expansion of existing programs are considered. Requests may be for start-up costs and/or related additional staff members. The Trust prefers to fund these grants on a declining basis over three years (100/67/33 percent).

Equipment

Scientific research instrumentation, technology, and other essential equipment items are often funded. In every case, the Trust requires a cost share of 50 percent or more.

Before proceeding, interested parties should review the Guidelines for Grantseekers to learn more and determine the organization's eligibility and the appropriate nature of the project to the Trust.

 

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MCubed Diamond Program
University of Michigan

SYNOPSIS: 

The MCubed Diamond Program provides an unprecedented opportunity for donors to invest in research projects that align exactly with their interests, from global health to education, and sustainability to social justice.  Funders set the parameters for each project, interact with the University of Michigan to identify faculty experts to lead their project, and receive compelling updates about the work of the team through the MCubed website.

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Media Grantmaking
MacArthur Foundation

Deadline: No fixed deadlines

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

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Michelson Grants in Reproductive Biology
Found Animals Foundation

Deadline: Letters of intent are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis and, if approved, researchers are invited to submit grant proposals for a March, July, or November deadline

Funding for promising proposals in pursuit of non-surgical sterilization products or technologies for use in dogs and cats. The foundation encourages scientists from any and all fields to compete for the Michelson Grants, including but not limited to researchers in disciplines such as biology, biotechnology,cell biology, endocrinology, gene silencing, immunology, materials science, nanotechnology, neuroscience, pharmacology, reproductive biology, theriogenology, and more.

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Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology

Deadline: none specific

The $25 million Michelson Prize will be offered to the first entity to provide Found Animals Foundation with a single dose, safe and effective non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs.

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Pioneering Ideas Unsolicited Proposals
Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation

Deadline: There are no specific submission deadlines for unsolicited proposals

The Pioneer Portfolio is uniquely suited to invest in innovation at many different stages. The sponsor seeks to: Identify and explore new issues and approaches; Accelerate progress on issues and approaches that have significant potential to create breakthroughs in health and health care; and Support projects that use original, unconventional, or cross-sectoral approaches to create transformative change.

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Priority Grantmaking Program
United States Institute of Peace

Deadline is on a rolling basis

The Grant Initiative will focus on the following regions:

Afghanistan--Grantmaking in Afghanistan will support projects designed to promote public understanding of peaceful alternatives to the violent resolution of conflict, the rule of law, transitional justice, and to improve local capacities for dialogue and peacebuilding.

Pakistan--Grantmaking in Pakistan will strengthen civil society capacities for conflict prevention and promote greater understanding of issues related to identity, tolerance, diversity, and sectarian extremism in Pakistan through education, training, research, and the media.

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Promoting International Arts Engagement
Clark (Robert Sterling) Foundation

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's aim is to strengthen cultural organizations of the highest artistic quality by enabling them to participate in the global marketplace. The Foundation hopes that the Promoting International Arts Engagement program will help leverage new support in this area and introduce American culture to communities around the world, as well as bring diverse world cultures to American audiences.

While the Foundation considers support for projects that bring international artists to the U.S., preference is given to projects that send American arts abroad. While there are no restrictions on countries or regions, the Foundation is more inclined to support activities that involve underserved or underrepresented parts of the world. Favor is given to projects having lasting impact and value, including international tours that lead to new engagements, programs that broaden audiences and attract new sources of income, documentation of work that is disseminated widely, and arts engagement activities that benefit the community.

The objectives of Promoting International Arts Engagement are to: strengthen performing and visual arts organizations by helping to make possible international touring and collaborations that offer broad audience outreach and build lasting partnerships; provide presenting organizations with the opportunity to showcase important international artists from underrepresented regions, and introduce audiences to new artistic perspectives from world cultures; assist organizations that organize significant exchanges or forums bringing together U.S. artists and their international counterparts to inform the creative process; and sustain arts service organizations that advance global arts engagement, through new Internet technologies, program documentation and dissemination, translations, and technical assistance for artists, among other activities. 

Other Information: The Foundation receives and reviews proposals year-round.  The Board of Directors meets four times per year: January, April, July, and October to review submissions. 

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Proposal Deadline: Open

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports investigator-initiated research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include: examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

This call for proposals is intended to stimulate projects that: examine significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and explore or test major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

Grants will be awarded in two categories: Small grants for projects requiring $100,000 or less and projected to take up to 12 months or less; and Large grants for projects requiring more than $100,000 and/or projected to take longer than 12 months. 

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Saudi American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grant
Department of State

June 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants support innovative forms of collaboration between Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations and qualified individuals to expand the diversity of activities in the U.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders, especially among youth, young professionals and women, to promote mutual understanding and respect through long-term partnership and cooperation between our two countries. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now accepting proposals from Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations or qualified individuals who propose to work together to develop or expand educational, professional and cultural exchange activities and promote dialogue and partnership between the people of the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Embassy is especially interested in identifying and supporting U.S-Saudi partnerships that include a focus on the development of exchanges, projects and partnerships between U.S. and Saudi youth or women; or that involve the development of professional linkages in business, healthcare or media, including social media; or that build on Saudi efforts to modernize and build a knowledge-based economy; or that expand Saudi-U.S. educational partnerships; or that are submitted by or involve alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. or Saudi governments. Projects may include, but are not limited to:

& Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs;

& Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;

& Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;

& Cultural, professional and academic exchanges and projects;

& Professional development workshops and training.

Requests for funding provided by the U.S. Embassy should be at least $3000 and not more than $25,000; the most competitive proposals will include significant funding from other sources as cost-share in the project budget. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis from qualified U.S. or Saudi individuals and organizations. Proposals must include a letter of support from the proposed U.S. or Saudi partner, whether a qualified individual or organization. The proposal or letter of support from the Saudi partner must confirm the ability and willingness of the Saudi partner to sponsor the visa(s) for the U.S. partner, if necessary, and to assume responsibility for all travel and logistics within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia is not able to assist with visas or travel arrangements funded through the grant. Proposals will be evaluated for funding by an Embassy committee on a monthly basis. The committee will identify projects with outstanding educational, artistic, or cultural merits for funding. In deciding which projects to support, the committee will give consideration to the full range and diversity of American and Saudi educational and cultural traditions and seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences. Projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration and that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation will receive priority. The proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

& The proposal demonstrates that the Saudi and U.S. individuals and/or organizations have sufficient expertise, skills and capacity to implement the project.

& The project will make a substantive contribution to the expanding types of partnerships between Saudi and U.S. individuals, organizations and institutions.

& The individuals and/or organizations demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of the topic or issue that the project is aiming to address.

& The individuals and/or organizations have identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups to maximize project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope.

& The project idea and approach is innovative yet proposed project activities are concrete and detailed and supported by a work plan.

& The project budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable. There are no budget lines labeled "miscellaneous expenses." The budget demonstrates that the individual or organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates. No grant funds are proposed for the purchase of food, drink, or entertainment.

& The proposal clearly articulates how the partners will assess and measure performance throughout the project implementation phase using quantitative and qualitative assessment tools.

& The proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure the sustainability of the project or partnership. The following types of projects are not eligible for funding:

& Requests by organizations and individuals who are neither Saudi nor American;

& those relating to partisan political activity;

& humanitarian or charitable activities;

& conferences and individual trips abroad;

& trade activities;

& fund-raising campaigns;

& commercial projects;

& scientific research;

& projects aiming only at primary institutional development of the organization; or

& projects that duplicate existing projects.

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Simons Foundation for Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis

Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. We especially encourage applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism, but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.

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Statistical Consulting Services - Assistance with study design and statistical analysis
MSU

Available Fall 2014

In Fall 2014 formal statistical consulting services will be available to all researchers on campus.  This includes assistance in study design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results.  The inaugural statistical consultant will serve as the director of statistical consulting services on campus and help guide the future direction and growth of the service.  This position is funded for the first five years through an NIH-INBRE grant.

We encourage researchers to think about the future availability of this service as they are preparing research proposals.  Many funding agencies highly value demonstrated collaboration with statistical consultants in research design, data analysis, and dissemination of results.   The success of the service will depend on demonstrated need and use of its resources.  Therefore, we encourage researchers who anticipate using the service to assist in their research to consider including a budget item for MSU Statistical Consulting Services in their proposals.  A great place to start is with proposals submitted under the recent call from the VPR due May 9.  If you have questions about what to include please contact Megan Higgs (higgs@math.montana.edu) or any other Statistics faculty member (http://www.math.montana.edu/faculty/index.html#statistics).

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Sustainable Development Program
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

Ongoing

SYNOPSIS: 

The Sustainable Development program advances global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. Human activity is causing global warming, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the program focuses its grantmaking on advancing solutions to climate change.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Human activity is causing climate change, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. These developments threaten the livelihoods, health, and security of people in all nations and cultures as well as the well-being of the greater community of life. The RBF's sustainable development grantmaking endeavors to address these challenges by supporting development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The program supports global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. The Fund encourages government, business, and civil society to work collaboratively on climate change, to acknowledge the moral and ethical consequences of inaction, and to make it an integral part of all development planning and activity. Recognizing the global nature of many environmental problems, the Fund also promotes international cooperation in addressing these challenges.

The Sustainable Development program maintains a significant focus on the United States in light of its disproportionate impact on the global economy, politics, and the environment. The program's work is also advanced in collaboration with the Fund's "pivotal place" programs--New York City, Southern China, and the Western Balkans--and with the Democratic Practice program's Global Governance portfolio. Pivotal place programs support work in specific countries or regions to build the knowledge, policies, organizational capacity, and leadership needed to advance sustainable development in locally appropriate ways. The Fund's Global Governance portfolio supports broad participation in forging the international agreements and institutional arrangements needed to encourage investment in sustainable development. Fund staff work to ensure that global developments inform work in specific places and that locally grounded efforts generate lessons and innovations needed for global impact.

With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the Sustainable Development program focuses its U.S. grantmaking on building a green economy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Grant Inquiries are accepted throughout the year.

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Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA)

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Nationally, Toyota focuses in three areas: environment, safety and education. National programs in these areas must have a broad reach by impacting several major U.S. cities, communities or groups.

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Competitive Grant Program in Bone Research
Amgen, Inc.

Application due: June 28, 2019

The Amgen Competitive Grant Program in Bone Research supports innovative research focused on improving the quality of osteoporosis care and patient outcomes.

Specific areas of research eligible for funding through the program include longitudinal data describing long-term (5 years) osteoporosis care relative to the diverse guidelines; effectiveness of post-fracture care programs demonstrated at a regional or global level (e.g., successfully implemented approaches and techniques, cost savings realized); delivery of optimal care for osteoporosis in the primary care setting (e.g., patient/physician dialogue, patient disease education, disease recognition); impact of osteoporosis on patient quality of life, including loss of independence; health system interventions to improve screening rates in high-risk osteoporosis patients; novel tools and approaches beyond bone-density scanning (dual X-ray absorptiometry) to identify high-risk osteoporosis patients; and solutions to improve patient adherence to their osteoporosis care regimen (e.g., ways to recognize and correct non-compliance).

Grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded through the program.

To be eligible, principal investigators should hold a doctoral degree (e.g. M.D., Ph.D., or PharmD) and have an academic or institutional appointment. Both established and junior investigators may apply, although junior investigators should be within five years of completing their training (instructors, assistant professors, interns, residents, fellows, healthcare professionals) and should provide a letter of recommendation from their department or laboratory head.

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Early Investigator Catalyst Awards
Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)

Application due: July 1, 2019

The ITHS Early Investigator Catalyst Award program is designed to provide "just-in-time" resources to investigators looking to complete a project or collect pilot data for a larger grant application. Investigators can receive a maximum of $5,000 (direct costs only) toward the purchase of supplies or core services not provided by ITHS. If your research includes Human Subjects or Animals, you can apply if your IRB or IACUC is currently approved or exempt.

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Early Investigator Voucher Awards
Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)

Application due: July 1, 2019

The ITHS is offering Voucher Awards as "in-kind" service vouchers in support of outstanding translational research. Our goal is to provide translational research studies with critical support needed for a project. Most facilities/resources that provide services on a fee-for service basis are eligible for participation in this program. These services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each investigator and can include assistance with biostatistics, bioethics, research coordination, data and safety monitoring, regulatory monitoring, biomedical informatics, or clinical support. Research involving human subjects or animals must have their IRB and/or IACUC protocols approved or have proof of exemption in order to be eligible for this award.

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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Application due: June 21, 2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement program.

Initiated in 2010, the Feed the Future Initiative works to sustainably reduce global poverty and hunger, recognizing the need to increase global agricultural production significantly by the year 2050 to provide sufficient nutritious food for the growing population of the world. The Global Food Security Act (GFSA) builds on what we learned through Feed the Future and reflects changes in the global context since its launch. Assistance authorized under the GFSA continues to be branded as Feed the Future (FTF). The signature, top-line goal of the GFSA is to sustainably reduce global hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

To meet the challenge of producing more and nutritious food with fewer natural resources while also adapting to increasingly erratic weather patterns and market price swings, the international community will need to fully harness the benefits of agricultural science and technology.

The U.S. Government Global Food Security Research Strategy directs research investments toward three major themes:

  1. Technologies and practices that advance the productivity frontier to drive income growth, improve diets and promote natural resource conservation;

  2. Technologies and practices that reduce, manage and mitigate risk to support resilient, prosperous, well-nourished individuals, households and communities; and

  3. Improved knowledge of how to achieve human outcomes: generating evidence on how to sustainably and equitably improve economic opportunity, nutrition and resilience.

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Montana / Dakotas 2019 Invasive and Noxious Plant Management
Department of Interior / Bureau of Land Management

Application due: May 23, 2019 (Round One); June 22, 2019 (Round Two)

One of the BLM\'s highest priorities is to promote ecosystem health and one of the greatest obstacles to achieving this goal is the rapid expansion of weeds across public lands. These invasive plants can dominate and often cause permanent damage to natural plant communities. If not eradicated or controlled, noxious weeds will continue to jeopardize the health of the public lands and to constrain the myriad activities that occur on public lands.

BLM Invasive and Noxious Plant Management Programs work to prevent, detect, inventory, control and monitor weed populations on public lands.

Program Strategic Goals:

A successful noxious weed control program is essential to maintaining the health of our native landscapes and consists of the following goals:

  • Inventory and documentation of locations of noxious weeds and other invasive species

  • Using an Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) approach to determine the most effective method of weed control (herbicides, grazing, mechanical removal)

  • Selecting the most effective and targeted herbicide for treatment

  • Stabilization and rehabilitation of disturbed areas

  • Implementation and monitoring of weed control and site rehabilitation measures

  • Conducting post application monitoring to determine herbicide effectiveness

  • Prioritization and treatment of target undesirable plant species or groups of species to be controlled or contained within a specific geographic area

  • Monitoring and evaluation of treatments, site rehabilitation, outreach activities and integrated weed management strategies to determine rate of success and to inform future efforts

  • Development and dissemination of public education and outreach activities and materials

  • Promoting public engagement, learning opportunities, through resources education and outreach programs, events, and products

  • Adaptive management for controlling new weed species and use of new and approved treatments

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Montana / Dakotas Wildland Urban Interface Community Fire Assistance
Department of Interior / Bureau of Land Management

Application due: May 23, 2019 (Round One); June 22, 2019 (Round Two)

The National Fire Plan was implemented in 2001 to assist communities at risk from catastrophic wildland fires by assisting in the following areas:

  • Implement hazardous fuel reduction activities, including the training, monitoring or maintenance associated with such hazardous fuel reduction activities, on federal land, or on adjacent nonfederal land for activities that mitigate the threat of catastrophic fire to communities and natural resources in high risk areas;

  • Community programs that develop local capability including assessment and planning, and mitigation activities;

  • Community/homeowner education and action plans; and

  • Enhance local and small business employment opportunities.

This program is in support of protecting the American family, being a good neighbor and creating a conservation stewardship legacy second only to Teddy Roosevelt by providing an opportunity to support planning and implementation of hazardous fuels reduction projects in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas and education and outreach programs that help create fire adapted communities and resilient landscapes.

Projects also support Secretarial Order 3372, Reducing Wildfire Risks on Department of the Interior Land through Active Management, intended to enhance the Department of the Interior management of federal lands to: 1) better protect people, communities, wildlife, habitat and watersheds by actively managing lands to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire; and promote the sustainable recovery of damaged lands.

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2019 Introduction to Clinical Research Boot Camp Travel Awards
Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)

Application period currently open
Boot Camp dates: July 30-31, 2019

Introduction to Clinical Research Boot Camp
Tuesday & Wednesday, July 30-31, 2019
University of Washington Campus, Seattle

Introduction to Clinical Research Boot Camp is an annual, two-day workshop designed as an introduction for faculty, staff, and post-doctoral fellows to learn all that is involved in designing and managing a clinical trial. The content of the Boot Camp also applies to some of the community participatory research currently being conducted at MSU.

While the keynote and closing sessions are held jointly, most of the sessions will be separate in order to feature content that is specific to faculty and staff roles. Sessions will be highly interactive, including opportunities to practice skills and receive feedback.

Featured content is based on best practices in the following areas:

  • Study start-up

  • Financial management

  • Informatics

  • Human subjects research

  • Law and ethics

  • PI responsibilities

  • Coordinator responsibilities

  • Research compliance

  • Research results reporting

  • Study operations

  • Engaging the research team

Travel Awards

To support regional engagement, the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) is offering a limited number of $500 travel awards for both faculty and staff to attend the Boot Camp. Travel awards include waiver of the registration fee and up to $500 for reimbursement for travel and/or lodging. Early application for a travel award is encouraged.

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Automated Environmental Data Collection for Listed and Sensitive Species in San Diego Bay, California
Department of the Navy (DoN) through Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (RM-CESU)

Statement of Interest due: Apr. 15, 2019

San Diego Bay (SDB) is part of a highly urbanized ecosystem that has become subject to anthropogenic watershed development, subsequent resource degradation, and eutrophication. Despite the anthropogenic influence on the Bay, it serves as a crucial ecosystem for several sensitive marine species. The shallow water habitats of SDB support seagrass beds (Zostera marina) that provide vital spawning, nursery areas, and migration routes for nearshore marine fishes and invertebrates, many of which are protected species.

The Department of the Navy (DoN) is seeking statements of interest that address the Navy requirement to collect SDB-specific environmental data to improve the current understanding of the mechanisms driving SDB circulation patterns and their role in the ecological functions of the Bay. Generally, the Navy BASE monitoring requirements include collecting and analyzing environmental data from various locations within SDB by deploying various oceanographic instrumentation, including CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth, and current meters).

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Mr. Reagan Pablo, Contract Specialist, Environmental Conservation and Compliance Team, at the email address: reagan.s.pablo@navy.mil.

The DoN is sponsoring this project through the Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (RM-CESU).  For information about the RM-CESU, visit their website at https://www.cfc.umt.edu/cesu/.


Dear Colleague Letter: Research Protection
National Science Foundation

Posted July 11, 2019

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant and diverse research community that thrives on the values of openness, transparency, and merit-based competition. The U.S. research and engineering enterprise, however, is put at risk when another government endeavors to benefit from the global research ecosystem without upholding these values. Currently faced with such a risk, NSF has responded by issuing multiple policies in concert with other agencies and stakeholders.

The steps NSF is taking are aimed at protecting your research and continuing the kinds of international collaborations needed to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare, and to secure the national defense. In order to make the changes needed to address this new challenge to the research community, NSF is seeking your input and support.

To read the complete Letter on Research Protection, and for information on how to submit related questions and/or input to NSF, please click on the program link below.

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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Concept Paper due: May 24, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): July 24, 2019

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish (FTF) is the global hunger and food security initiative of the U.S. Government. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the FTF Innovation Lab for Fish (Fish Innovation Lab or FIL) has the overarching goal of alleviating poverty and improving nutrition through the reliable provision of fish as an animal protein source. To achieve this goal, the FIL will fund country-focused research and capacity building projects implemented through competitive research grants. These grants will form an integrated and multidisciplinary research program that enables the long-term sustainable development of private infrastructure and small farm/fisheries producers in Africa and Asia. Mississippi State University (MSU), the FIL Management Entity (ME), will coordinate and manage this global research for development program.

Fish are a nutrient-rich and highly traded food commodity; as such, they are a unique global resource that offers opportunity for the Feed the Future (FTF) Initiative to accomplish the goals of the Global Food Security Strategy for sustainable and equitable agriculture-led economic growth, strengthened resilience in people and systems, and improved nutrition--particularly for women and children. In the developing world, more than 2.6 billion people depend on fish and aquaculture products for more than 20% of their total animal protein--and in the FTF countries of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Indonesia, fish constitute over 50% of animal protein intake. To meet the growing demand for food and quality protein (especially animal source protein), reduce potential conflicts over natural resources, and ensure equitable access to fish in developing countries, innovations are needed in both aquaculture and fisheries to foster sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and profitable production and marketing systems.

The aquaculture and fisheries sectors are important to global food security because: 1) Fish provide high-quality animal protein and micronutrients, including vitamins A, B12, zinc, iron, and selenium. In many of the FTF countries, fish are the primary source of animal protein; thus, increased consumption of fish and/or fish products has potential to reduce childhood stunting and improve brain development and function. 2) Fish are one of the most widely traded agricultural commodities worldwide; thus, increased trade (local and regional) has potential to improve livelihoods and increase incomes. 3) Aquaculture and fisheries provide formal and informal employment opportunities for women and youth. 4) Aquaculture enables diversification of farming systems through opportunities such as integrated aquaculture, providing increased economic resilience for producers.

This Request for Applications (RFA) focuses on FTF target and aligned countries in West Africa, East Africa, and Asia. Current FIL activities are in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya, and Zambia. The research for development priorities in this RFA were developed through stakeholder consultations in each country. Other FTF target and aligned countries may be considered if sound justification is provided.

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Impact of Transformational Technologies on Underserved Populations
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Proposal due: July 18, 2019

Changes in technology provide opportunities and risk to mobility, particularly as it relates to traditionally and newly underserved populations. In recent years, economic, environmental, and social forces have quickly given rise to shared and on-demand mobility--a collective of entrepreneurs and consumers leveraging technology to maximize transportation and financial resources and generate capital. Many of the new mobility tools, however, require smartphone ownership or mobile bank accounts, so not everyone is included in this technology revolution.

There are concerns that new and emerging technologies and modal alternatives will exacerbate the disparity between the have and have nots, further isolating growing numbers of diverse populations. Rural areas and tribal reservations may lack even basic cell phone services and be excluded from accessing such services. Moreover, many rural areas are deficient in access to broadband services. Lack of smartphone ownership is mainly concentrated on traditionally disadvantaged groups such as minority, seniors, and low income. From a transportation perspective, these populations are considered to be underserved.

Research is needed to help public and private entities to assess, plan, and measure their progress toward achieving transportation equity and mobility inclusion in the era of transformational technology. Focusing narrowly on specific technologies and their benefits can enlarge our blind spots with respect to the underserved and with respect to consequences for travelers and others who are not direct users of these technologies.

The research is anticipated to have three focus areas:

  1. Inclusion of, or equivalent facilitation for, underserved communities to access and use mobility services.
  2. Impacts of transformational technologies on mobility accessibility, travel behavior, and travel metrics.
  3. Impacts of the lack of infrastructure on access and future financial implications to achieve inclusion (e.g., cell tower coverage in rural areas).

OBJECTIVE

The objective of this project is to develop a playbook with guidance on corrective actions with data, methods, and metrics to achieve inclusive mobility.

To achieve the objective, it will be necessary to examine how new and existing technology-enabled mobility services impact a community's capacity to meet the mobility needs of all residents, with a special focus on how a community can ensure traditionally and newly underserved residents will benefit from those technology-enabled mobility services.

The playbook and associated products should inform transportation policymakers at planning organizations, and at public and private transportation entities with

  • Data analysis on the impacts of new technologies on travel behavior,
  • Strategic guidance,
  • Design requirements to inform policy and regulatory options to effect selected strategies, and
  • Recommended metrics and decision-making processes that will evaluate inclusion of the entire population of the state, regional, local, tribal, or territorial service area in accessing technology-enabled mobility services.

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Innovations in Malaria Vaccine Development (IMV)
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Expression of Interest (EOI) due: June 21, 2019
Concept Paper due (by invitation only): TBD

Despite successes in malaria control over the past several decades, more than 436,000 people still die from malaria annually, and the 2108 World Malaria Report estimates 219 million cases of malaria in 2017. Malaria control programs face several challenges including drug and insecticide resistance and the need for sustained investment to maintain gains in malaria control. The development of a safe, effective, and durable malaria vaccine would provide an additional tool for global malaria control and elimination programs.

USAID initiated a Malaria Vaccine Development Program (MVDP) in the 1960s in response to the end of the first malaria eradication program with the goal of accelerating the development of efficacious, durable, and affordable vaccines for use in malaria control programs in endemic areas of the developing world. Several milestones in the malaria vaccine development pathway were achieved with support from the MVDP, including malaria parasite culture, early development and clinical evaluation of circumsporozoite protein (CSP) and blood stage vaccines, and the first field trials of blood stage vaccines in East and West Africa.

USAID is seeking to enhance our malaria vaccine investments through a collaborative design process. The goal of the USAID MVDP is to demonstrate the proof of concept of a vaccine to reduce morbidity and mortality due to malaria caused by infection with Plasmodium falciparum. Target malaria vaccine end characteristics will include at least 75% efficacy and evidence of affordability. USAID intends to support efforts towards vaccines that have the potential to directly protect recipients against disease caused by P. falciparum such as vaccines that target the pre-erythrocytic (sporozoite and liver stage) and erythrocytic stages of the life cycle.

The purpose of this Addendum is to solicit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for novel and innovative approaches to malaria vaccine development that would encompass preclinical development through proof of principle clinical studies to motivate advanced development of a deployable, effective malaria vaccine.

USAID is looking for EOIs that clearly include one or more of the following:

  • The potential to accelerate malaria vaccine development efforts and/or enhance the effectiveness of current malaria vaccine candidates targeting pre-erythrocytic (sporozoite and liver) and erythrocytic stages through strategic research, prototype vaccine development, preclinical, and early stage clinical testing (through proof of principle efficacy studies).

  • A continuation or enhancement of USAID's current funded R&D activities (as described above) or that support novel approaches that could add or replace elements of current USAID MVDP R&D investments.

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State-Wide Forest and Woodlands Resource Management Program
Montana / Dakotas Bureau of Land Management

Application due: July 22, 2019

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Forest and Woodland Resource Management Program manages and conserves 58 million acres of forest and woodland in 12 western States and Alaska. These forests provide a range of ecosystem services including wildlife habitat, hydrologic function, and sustainable harvest of forest products valued by society. A primary activity of the program is to maintain and improve the resilience of forest and woodland ecosystems to wildfire, insects, disease, and drought through density management using timber sales, Stewardship agreements, and Good Neighbor (GNA) agreements.

Funded projects under this program will focus on high priority work such as activities that promote forest and woodland health, sustainable forest management, fire resiliency, infrastructure development for future sustainable timber harvest, biomass utilization, habitat conservation needs, and insect, disease and fire recovery. These activities could include, but are not limited to: planting trees, pre-commercial and commercial thinning, salvage/sanitation forest treatments, control of competing vegetation, fuels reduction, riparian or upland restoration, project development and layout, planning analysis and document preparation needed in concert with or to carry out Land Use Planning Decisions, Endangered Species Act or cultural clearances, data collection, and monitoring.

BLM, Montana/Dakotas has an opportunity to work with partner organizations to assist and collaborate with a recipient to access additional resources outside of the federal government, which not only furthers the BLM mission, but also reduces BLM staffing costs and improves our responsiveness to the public.  In addition, efficiencies can be gained by working across jurisdictional boundaries, which results in greater public and private participation.  Lastly, the BLM can maximize cost savings to the public by utilizing a recipient that shares similar goals of local economic improvement, environmental enhancement, and resource sustainability.

Program Strategic Goals:

  • Implement science-based forest restoration projects to improve forest health and resilience to wildfires, insects, disease, and drought.

  • Sustainable harvest of forests and woodlands to produce a continuous supply of wood products and biomass for renewable energy.

  • Salvage dead and dying timber to reduce fuels, in balance with the need for wildlife habitat, watershed function, and soil stability, while supporting local economies.

  • Provide the public with commercial and personal use opportunities to harvest products such as firewood, Christmas trees, boughs, greenery, medicinal plants, fence posts, and pinyon pine nuts from forests and woodlands.

  • Expedite the NEPA processes to accelerate the removal of beetle-killed timber to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire and minimize risks to the recreating public.

  • Implement projects collaboratively with a Governor or any other appropriate executive official of an affect State, county official, or Indian Tribe under the Good Neighbor authority by implementing project under authorized restoration services, which means similar and complementary forest and watershed restoration services carried out on Federal land, non-Federal land, and land owned by an Indian tribe.

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State-Wide Wildlife Program
Bureau of Land Management / Montana-Dakotas

Application due: Round One - June 27, 2019; Round Two - July 27, 2019

The BLM, Montana-Dakotas Wildlife Program helps ensure self-sustaining populations and a natural abundance and diversity of wildlife on public lands for the enjoyment and use of present and future generations. The Program is responsible for maintaining, restoring, and conserving species and their habitats in cooperation with the Federal and State wildlife agencies, and other partner organizations. BLM-administered public lands are home to thousands of mammal, reptile, avian, amphibian, and invertebrate species over some of our nation\'s most ecologically diverse and essential habitat.

The BLM will work with partners and maintain close collaboration with States, Tribes, other Federal agencies, and other organizations in conserving and restoring wildlife habitats to support wildlife and wildlife uses under a shared conservation stewardship approach. The BLM uses the latest geospatial data technologies to share wildlife and wildlife data within BLM and with partners to work more efficiently.

The Wildlife Program leverages funds with other BLM programs to address vegetation restoration that not only improves wildlife habitat, but also increases forage for livestock, improves water quality, removes invasive weed species, and reduces the threat for catastrophic wildfires.

In 2019, the BLM, Montana-Dakotas is focusing work in areas to facilitate meeting the priorities of the Administration, Secretary, Congressional appropriations, and the BLM. This would include but not be limited to expanding hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities and identifying areas to increase access for these purposes; working with State agencies to meet State wildlife population objectives and working with rural communities to enhance economic opportunities related to wildlife; working to enhance habitat for upland game, waterfowl, big game and watchable wildlife species; providing employment opportunities for youths and veterans; providing consistent data to streamline energy and grazing permitting, and working with partners to provide data to streamline land use planning; and partnering with conservation stewardship organizations to increase habitat quality.

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White-Nose Syndrome Research Grants, 2019
Department of the Interior / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Application due: Aug. 6, 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for research in 2019 to investigate issues and enact strategies related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS).  The Service provides financial and technical assistance to non-governmental and university researchers, as well as state and local governments and Native American tribes, for the management of WNS and conservation of bats. Funded projects will investigate priority questions about WNS to improve our ability to manage the disease and implement management actions that will help to conserve affected and potentially vulnerable bat species.

Priorities for this funding opportunity are developed to maximize persistence of WNS-affected bat populations, minimize the spread and impacts of Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), and inform management decisions in preparation for our collective response to WNS.  Projects are considered for funding on a rolling basis; i.e., proposals may be evaluated and decided on prior to the closing date for this Notice of Funding Opportunity, if they are received early in the open period.

Priorities for this funding opportunity will fall into the following main categories:

  1. Address important gaps in knowledge of ecological needs of bat species known or anticipated to be susceptible to WNS to inform management strategies.

  2. Understand patterns of survival and population dynamics within and between bat species, including sublethal effects of Pd infection and vulnerability to WNS. Underlying mechanisms may involve environmental, physiological, behavioral, genetic and/or other factors affecting host or pathogen.

  3. Develop and implement strategies to improve survival and persistence of species impacted by or likely susceptible to WNS. These efforts should consider quantifying non-target effects of implementing the strategies.

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Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Agency LOI due: May 29, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 4, 2019

In this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA), we seek to fund studies that address important methodological gaps and lead to improvements in the strength and quality of evidence generated by patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER).

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ITHS Pilot Award Program
Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)

Agency LOI due: July 15, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Aug. 30, 2019

The Institute of Translational Health Science (ITHS) Pilot Award Program is designed to help investigators with one of the biggest challenges they face: where to get funding for new projects. ITHS wants to support researchers in translational science--the area of health research that focuses on speeding discoveries from lab to patient--as they take the first steps along the path of discovery. Funds are offered to develop novel technologies and methodologies; to test the feasibility of new approaches; to support new interdisciplinary, multi-institutional teams; and to help form partnerships between academic researchers and community organizations.

The awards are disease-agnostic and meant to catalyze promising new research projects and partnerships across multiple research disciplines. Dr. Ken Cornell of Boise State University used his 2013 ITHS pilot funds to research novel antibiotics to treat Giardia intestinalis infections. The preliminary data he obtained helped him successfully apply for an R15 grant from the NIH. "Really it all started because of ITHS support, which allowed us to launch the project," Dr. Cornell said. "The ITHS grant was a great opportunity for us."

Besides receiving funding, each pilot awardee also becomes a member of ITHS's multi-disciplinary community, with access to resources for career development, mentorship, and ongoing support for their research projects. Letters of intent are due July 15, and investigators from across the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region are encouraged to apply.

Funding mechanisms for the ITHS Pilot Award Program include the Research Innovation Award; the Collaboration Innovation Award; and the Academic/Community Partnership Award.

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Pew Biomedical Programs: Informational Webinar
Pew Biomedical Programs

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, 12:00 p.m. MST

The Pew Scholars Program and Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research are national funding initiatives designed to support assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Each award provides $300,000 in flexible support--$75,000 per year for a four-year period.

This year, Pew Biomedical Programs staff will host an informational webinar for institutional nomination committees and potential applicants from the list of participating institutions for each program so that they may learn more about both programs in advance of our summer 2019 call for nominations. We highly encourage you to register for this event, even if your institution has nominated a candidate in the past.

Topics covered will include:

  • Overview of the Pew Charitable Trusts Mission and Current Work

  • Biomedical Funding Opportunities

  • Program Eligibility Criteria for both the Pew Scholars and Pew-Stewart Programs

  • Similarities and differences between the Scholars and Pew-Stewart programs

  • Keys to Selecting a Competitive Candidate

  • Application Process Overview and Timeline

There will also be a Q&A session for clarification of any additional questions.

For complete program information visit:

Pew Scholars Program Site (https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/pew-biomedical-scholars)

Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Site (

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/pew-stewart-scholars-for-cancer-research)

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. MST. To join the program, please complete the registration form using the program link below.

Questions should be directed to scholarsapp@pewtrusts.org.

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Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership Grant
Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership (RFHP)

Proposal due: Aug. 15, 2019

The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership (RFHP) is pleased to request proposals for partial funding of reservoir fisheries habitat enhancement projects. The RFHP is a national partnership established to promote and facilitate the conservation of habitat for fish and other aquatic species in reservoir systems through collaborative actions that contribute to:

  • Protect, restore and enhance fish habitat in reservoir systems to support productive fisheries and healthy aquatic ecosystems including techniques to account for climate change effects on reservoir fisheries habitat;

  • Continue to develop/refine the science behind reservoir habitat conservation/restoration, including development and communication of Best Management Practices;

  • Manage reservoir systems to provide, protect and enrich quality of life for the American people;

  • Develop and foster partnerships that implement landscape-scale approaches to the conservation of fish habitat in reservoir systems;

  • Develop and sustain institutional arrangements and sources of funding to support the long-term conservation of fish habitat in reservoir systems;

  • Support education and outreach initiatives that advance public awareness and understanding of the value of healthy reservoir systems.

Proposed projects can be focused on habitat issues in the reservoir proper and/or in watersheds above the reservoir and/or tailwaters below.

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Treatment Options for Age-Related Hearing Loss
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Applicant Town Hall Session: May 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m. MDT
Agency LOI due: May 29, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 4, 2019

PCORI seeks to fund comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) that will generate new evidence to address important decisional dilemmas regarding treatment options for age-related hearing loss. Proposed interventions may include hearing devices and/or support/rehabilitation services that have either documented evidence of efficacy or of widespread use. PCORI encourages rigorous, high-impact studies that evaluate the comparative effectiveness of hearing loss interventions on relevant patient-centered outcomes to inform decisions encountered by patients, their caregivers, and other healthcare stakeholders.

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Plant Conservation and Restoration Management
Bureau of Land Management (Montana/Dakotas), Department of the Interior

Round One Application due: Aug. 11, 2019
Round Two Application due: Sept. 11, 2019

The Plant Conservation and Restoration Management Program was created in response to large-scale wildfires in the Western U.S. Because of a lack of native seed, in 2001 Congress directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to establish a native plant material program and recommended that federal and non-federal partners coordinate efforts through the Plant Conservation Alliance, which provides leadership in identifying, maintaining, and restoring Western native plant communities on public lands. 

Public lands contain a diversity of wildlife that need habitat of native plant communities comprised of more than 50 ecoregions across BLM administered lands. Each ecoregion contains native plants that have adapted to those environments. The Program will continue to work with agencies and partners to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the plant program. Into the future, the BLM would continue to work with partners to focus on more diverse forbs and grasses for restoration of wildlife habitats and rehabilitation after wildfires.

In 2019, the Montana/Dakotas BLM is focusing work in areas to facilitate meeting the priorities of the Administration, Secretary, Congressional appropriations, and the Bureau. Accessibility to native plant materials is crucial for the restoration of keystone wildlife habitats. Healthy habitats will lead to expanded recreational access, and hunting and fishing opportunities have improved habitat for western big-game winter range and migration corridors and recovery of lands damaged by wildfire.

Program Strategic Goals:

  • Restoring or improving wildlife habitat or reducing threats to habitat or species;

  • Developing genetically appropriate native plant material for use in habitat restoration;

  • Inventory and prioritization of plant populations;

  • Implementing and assessing restoration efforts through monitoring;

  • Collaborating with farmers and conservationists to increase BLM Stock and Foundation seed amounts to use on larger Seed Increase IDIQ contracts so that commercial availability of genetically diverse, locally sourced seed for restoration, rehabilitation and reclamation projects is increased at a larger and provenance specific scale;

  • Initiating or refining Source Identified Seed Certification programs via partnerships with state seed certifying agencies;

  • Inventorying, monitoring and restoring rare plant species and their associated communities to include development of conservation strategies/plans that include best management strategies and reporting on the condition and trend of rare plant species and their habitat;

  • Increasing and improving pollinator habitat;

  • Expanding public education programs and outreach; and

  • Database creation, and management and analyses, including geospatial, collaborative web service or support and training.

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Practice Research Training Scholarship
American Academy of Neurology

Application due: Oct. 1, 2019

The American Academy of Neurology is pleased to offer a two-year award to support practice-based research, which is defined as "clinical research that evaluates translation of evidence into best clinical practice." This may include evaluation of health services, quality of care, implementation of therapies, physician performance, or patient adherence. It is intended to create unique training opportunities previously difficult to access for neurologists.

This award aims to recognize the importance of good practice-based research or comparative effectiveness research (CER) and encourage young investigators to use studies to improve health systems and services. The AAN Research Program demonstrates the AAN Board of Directors' dedication to promoting neurology and neuroscience research and training.

This award consists of a commitment of $65,000 per year for two years, plus a $10,000 per year stipend to support education and research-related costs for a total of $150,000. Supplementation of the award with other grants is permissible, but to be eligible to apply for this award, the other grant source(s) cannot exceed $75,000 annually.

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Technology Research Grants
Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: June 10, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 16, 2019

The purpose of the Technology Research Grants is to support technology research in the field of surgical robotics or related fields. Successful proposals will address clinically-relevant technology development. Grants will be awarded to researchers at non-profit academic institutions worldwide. Awards will be conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application.

Principal Investigators are encouraged, although not required, to submit proposals that fall into one or more of the following Grant Categories:

  • Instruments and Accessories: Research focused on instruments and accessories (I&A) that, together with a robotic surgical system, enable surgeons to deliver improved therapy for better treatment of patients.
  • Intelligent Systems: Research focused on new technologies or algorithms that improve the capabilities of da Vinci systems based on data-driven models of the surgeon, the da Vinci system, and/or the environment.
  • Navigation and Guidance: Research focused on developing technology to improve surgical outcomes by navigation and guidance solutions.
  • Novel System Architecture: Exploration of novel system-level concepts for robot-assisted intervention.
  • Training Technologies: Research focused on developing and testing computerized hardware and software to train or evaluate the technical skills required by members of a da Vinci surgical team.
  • User Interface/Controls: Pursue research on methods that augment human-in-the-loop perception, decision-making and control when performing minimally invasive surgical tasks.
  • Vision: Research focused on developing and testing imaging hardware and software to augment surgeon knowledge about anatomy, tissue or disease state.

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7-12 Classroom Research Grants
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

The National Committee of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All suggests that teachers must identify what counts as evidence of student progress toward mathematics learning goals and reflect on evidence to inform the planning of future instruction. In addition, teachers should work collaboratively with colleagues, families, and community members to ensure that all students have the support they need to maximize success in the mathematics classroom.

To that end, the NCTM is accepting applications for classroom-based research in pre-college mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. Grants of up to $6,000 each will be awarded to mathematics educators or classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grade 7-12 level. The research must be a collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grade 7-12 classroom teachers (individuals who spend half or more of their work time teaching in the classroom).

The proposal may include but is not restricted to research on curriculum development and implementation, involvement of at-risk or minority students, student thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts, connection of mathematics to other disciplines, focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant), and/or innovative assessment or evaluation strategies.

Involvement of pre-service teachers is encouraged but not required. This research should lead to a draft article suitable for submission in the Mathematics Teacher Educator, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, or other NCTM school journal. Proposals must also address the following: research design, the plan for collecting and analyzing data, and the anticipated impact on students' learning.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a current Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM.

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Call for Pre-Proposals for Research and Education
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program

Pre-Proposal due: May 28, 2019, 12:00 noon MDT
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Nov. 8, 2019

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program announces the Call for Pre-Proposals for Research and Education grants for 2020.

Western SARE funds proposals that examine creative and innovative research and extension/outreach approaches, and technologies that advance Western SARE goals that are economically viable, protect the environment, and are socially responsible. Western SARE projects must contain both research and education components and involve agricultural producers from inception to finish in the planning, design, implementation, and educational outreach of any Western SARE-funded project.

Requirements for Research and Education Pre-Proposals:

  • Incorporate both research and education
  • Bring together a team of researchers, ag professionals, and producers to plan and implement the project
  • Include a minimum of three separate producers
  • Outline educational outreach plans for producers and agricultural professionals
  • Produce quantifiable scholarly and educational products for producers and agricultural professionals
  • Address the goals of Western SARE

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/.

    * Prepare a Pre-Proposal.
    * The Organization is the Home Org of the PI.
    * If there are Co-PIs on the Pre-proposal, their organization(s) should be added for approval using the Add Approval tab in the ePcf.
    * Contact/Accountant Add Jenifer von Sehlen.
    * Select the sponsor Western Sare Host Institution (WESSAR).
    * Enter the Program ID as WS1RE.

  2. Include your Project Basic Information, Project Team, Project Summary and Narrative as attachments on the proposal clearance form.
  3. Pre-proposals are due to the Sponsor by Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 12:00 noon MDT and must be submitted online at http://projects.sare.org.
  4. For assistance with your MSU electronic proposal clearance form, please contact Jennifer Nesbitt in the MSU Office of Sponsored programs at jnesbitt@montana.edu.

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Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Pre-Proposal due: July 15, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Nov. 15, 2019

The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award provides $500,000 over five years to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters.

The PATH program provides opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study what happens at the points where the systems of humans and potentially infectious agents connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of these encounters: how colonization, infection, commensalism, and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones.

From this year forward, microbiome-related proposals must be infectious disease focused to compete well in this program.

PATH is a highly competitive award program that provides $500,000 over a period of five years. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry, stimulating higher risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing understanding of how infectious diseases work and how health is maintained.

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NSF Approves Biographical Sketch Format for Proposal Submissions
National Science Foundation

Anticipated Effective Date: January 2020

Beginning with the next iteration of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (anticipated effective date, January 2020), the National Science Foundation will only accept PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format. NSF has designated the National Institutes of Health's Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an approved format and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF.

Use of an NSF-approved format aims to reduce administrative burden and improve efficiencies by providing proposers with a compliant and reusable way to maintain this information for subsequent proposal submissions to NSF, while also ensuring that the information is submitted in a searchable composition.

A description of NSF-approved format will be posted on the NSF website (https://www.nsf.gov/ when the final version of the PAPPG is issued. A draft version is currently available by clicking on the program URL, below.

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Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP)
Cancer Research Institute

Agency LOI due: Nov. 1, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Feb. 17, 2020

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) funds research aimed at furthering the development of immunological approaches to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer. The Institute's mission is to bring effective immune system-based therapies to cancer patients sooner. To this end, CRI offers its Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP) grants to qualified scientists who are working to explore clinically relevant questions aimed at improving the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapies. The program supports pre-clinical and translational research that can be directly applied to optimizing cancer immunotherapy in the clinic.

In partnership with the Chordoma Foundation, CRI has secured designated funding that will provide for additional CLIP grants focused on topics related to accelerating the development of effective treatments and ultimately a cure for chordoma, a rare type of cancer that occurs in the bones of the skull base and spine. Proposals in this area are encouraged.  Please be advised that the Chordoma Foundation has chordoma models and banked tumor samples that are available to the research community.

The development of new and effective cancer treatment requires the translation of basic laboratory discoveries into novel therapies that can be tested in patients. This area of translational research--where laboratory findings move into clinical testing, and where questions from clinical studies are brought back into the lab--is critical to bringing new and better immunotherapies to patients.

The Cancer Research Institute established CLIP to support investigators who are studying critical topics at the intersection of laboratory and clinical research. CLIP grants provide up to $200,000 over a two-year period. CRI has obtained designated funding that will provide for a limited number of additional CLIP grants focused on topics related to biomarkers, including such topics as tumor mutational burden, microbiome, host genomic factors, and others. Proposals in this area are encouraged.

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