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

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

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

The AI-AN CTRP seeks to:

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

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

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

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

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


2017 Request for Pilot Grant Proposals
COBRE Center for Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Application due: May 26, 2017

The purpose of the COBRE Center for Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases Pilot Grants Program is to provide funding for peer-reviewed and meritorious pilot projects to accelerate biomedical research in the area of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases at Montana State University. Pilot Grants must address an important problem in basic and/or translational research relevant to zoonotic and/or emerging infectious diseases, and there must be a clear explanation of how the Pilot Grant is consistent with the goals of the COBRE Center.

The Pilot Grants program is focused on research projects relevant to zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases, with specific emphasis on disease pathogenesis, innate and adaptive immune mechanisms in infectious disease, and development of novel immunotherapeutics for infectious disease. In addition, research on select agents or BSL-3 pathogens is encouraged. Of course, the structure of the program includes flexibility to address new and emerging areas of relevance to the Center, as well as address opportunities for developing larger collaborative programs. Projects are available to both junior- and senior-level investigators.

It is anticipated that competitive projects could either be: 1) a new research direction for the PI, 2) a key extension of current research that will make the Pl more competitive for federal biomedical research support, or 3) an essential component in the development of an interdisciplinary, cross-programmatic, or collaborative program-type initiative.

For complete information, click on the link below and select "Call for 2017 Pilot Grant Applicants."

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Fellowships

Student Internship Research Participant Program
National Renewable Energy Laboratory/DOE

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

Applications are accepted as positions become available.

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

Application due: May 15, 2017

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

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

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

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Uncovering New Patterns Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke
American Heart Association

Application due: June 1, 2017

The purpose of this fellowship is to train a generation of postdoctoral fellows in the scientific area of cardiovascular diseases and stroke and cloud computing. Specifically, this funding opportunity seeks to:

  • test methods for data harmonization across different datasets to allow critical questions to be asked in larger populations regarding biomarkers, genetic variants, or other variables in cloud computing;

  • test new methods for uncovering patterns within and across datasets in cloud computing;

  • test new hypotheses for old yet unsolved problems within and across existing datasets in cloud computing;

  • identify new biomarkers, genetic variants, behavioral influences, and environmental changes within and across existing datasets in cloud computing.

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2017 Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology
Simons Foundation

Application due: June 15, 2017

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 particular attention, applicants already involved in ocean research are also encouraged to apply. The foundation anticipates awarding five fellowships in 2017.

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Data Grant Portfolio: Institutional Data Fellowship Program
American Heart Association

Application due: June 29, 2017

The purpose of the Institutional Data Fellowship Program is to educate and train the next generation of researchers in cloud computing. Two different Institutional Data Fellowship Programs will be offered: The Cohort Fellowship Program and the Clinical Computational Fellowship Program. The Cohort Fellowship Program will educate and train computational biologists, mathematicians, and engineers alongside cardiovascular disease experts. The Clinical Computational Fellowship Program will educate and train clinical fellows within computational biology programs. A Program Director is the applicant for this award.

The Institutional Data Fellowship Program seeks to fund institutions to educate and train fellows in the following topics:

  • harmonizing and analyzing large datasets using cloud computing to enable best practices in efficient pipelines, methods and compute power within the Institution;

  • computational biology to enable a rigorous cross-training environment in the Institution.

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Upcoming Deadlines

2017 Call for Proposals Timeline Announcement
Montana Healthcare Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Limited Submissions

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

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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Princess Grace Foundation Film Scholarships
Princess Grace Foundation

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

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

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Internal MSU Procedure: 

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

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NIH Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25)
National Institutes of Health

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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Commercialization Initiation Program
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Internal MSU Letter of Intent due: Apr. 6, 2017
Agency Application due: June 1, 2017

Launched in 2015, the Commercialization Initiation Program supports the commercialization of bench discoveries at a select group of major research universities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington--critical work that helps bring valuable research discoveries to market. We consider only each institution's highest-priority project from the natural sciences, medicine and engineering, and we look to support projects that create a true inflection point for commercialization. (We will dismiss projects designed only to generate data for a subsequent research grant application.)

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "MJ Murdock Charitable Trust (MJMUR) [P]," and the program, "Commercialization Initiation Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Thursday, April 6, 2017.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by June 1, 2017.
  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.

Please note that the Trust does not encourage contact directly from potential PI's but prefers instead to communicate with one point of contact. The MSU point of contact is Sandra Sward, Director of Sponsored Programs, and you may send questions directly to her at ssward@montana.edu or call 406-994-2381.

Also note that the Trust is not interested in funding the following for this call:

  • Agricultural applications
  • Games and software
  • Generating further data

Funding is intended to support projects from the natural sciences, medicine, and engineering that are mature for commercialization.

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

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

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

The Rapid Response program will consider proposals in two areas:

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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2018 Beckman Scholars Program
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 24, 2017
Agency application due: Aug. 14, 2017

SYNOPSIS: 

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; 2) to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility to the biological research community; and 3) to transfer ownership of collections. The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, improves the accessibility of digitized specimen-related data, and develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management. Requests should demonstrate a clear and urgent need to secure the collection, and the proposed activities should address that need. Biological collections supported include established living stock/culture collections, vouchered non-living natural history collections, and jointly-curated ancillary collections such as preserved tissues and DNA libraries.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program funds activities that improve infrastructure for existing living stock/culture collections and specimen-based vouchered natural history collections that serve a broad community of biological researchers. Activities involving the application of new and improved curatorial techniques and tools related to the maintenance, provision, care, preservation, storage, and data management of collections are encouraged. Digitization activities such as databasing, georeferencing, and imaging may be funded as activities designed to secure and improve access to collections. Digitization activities focused on augmenting or enhancing large volumes of data from well-secured collections should consider other funding outlets. For example, the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) Program (www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503559) specifically seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States.

Proposals concerning the preservation and organization of tissues, DNA, images, and collection data that can be linked to vouchered specimens will be considered, as will proposals for innovative enhancements for diverse collections and workshops/symposia that will lead to improvements in the security, access, and maintenance of biological collections. As a part of the improvements to Natural History collections, all scientifically significant specimens handled, if not already digitized, should be digitized and the data shared with iDigBio (http://www.idigbio.org/), supported by the ADBC Program. The CSBR Program does not support building new collections, single-taxon natural history collections devoted to a narrow research focus, or collecting new specimens to augment collections; these are integral activities of research projects supported by other programs at NSF.

Please note that federally held and/or owned collections cannot be supported with NSF funds. As outlined in HR 5116, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Sec. 105.), the Office of Science and Technology Policy has developed guidelines for the management and preservation of federally owned collections.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation [NSF]", and the program, "NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by August 14, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is March 24, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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

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

Overview

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

Research Program

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

Undergraduate Education Program

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

New for this Cycle! 

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

Some examples of funded projects include the following:

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

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?

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

MEETING SCHEDULE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure: 

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

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

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

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

The Large Grant program will consider proposals in two areas:

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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

Internal LOI due: May 19, 2017
Full submission due: Sept. 19, 2017

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure: 

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

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Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Internal LOI due: May 26, 2017
Full submission due: Sept. 25, 2017

SYNOPSIS: 

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this NIGMS  R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.  To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development,  Research Experiences, and Curriculum or Methods Development. A proposed program must include each activity and describe how they will be integrated.

The Bridges to Baccalaureate Program is intended to provide these activities to community college students to increase transfer and retention to BS graduation in biomedical sciences. This program requires partnerships between community colleges or other two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree.   Applicants should directly address how the set of activities will complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical and clinical research needs by discussing 1) the rationale underlying the balance of effort and resources dedicated to each activity; 2) how the activities integrate; and 3) objective indicators that can measure the effectiveness of the program. Recruitment and retention plans are required elements of the program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

2.  Research Experiences: For example, for 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; for college science teachers: to enhance their science teaching.    

3.  Curriculum or Methods Development: For example, to improve biomedical science education, or develop novel instructional approaches or computer-based educational tools; to provide supplemental instruction for gateway courses; to develop "CURE" courses in community college first and second year classrooms.   

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health [NIH]", and the program, "Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25)".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is May 26, 2017.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 25, 2017.
  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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Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (U54)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure: 

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

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Division of Research Programs Summer Stipends
U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 24, 2017
Agency application due: Sept. 29, 2017

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Summer Stipends may not be used for:

  • projects that seek to promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
  • projects that advocate a particular program of social action;
  • specific policy studies;
  • research for doctoral dissertations or theses by students enrolled in a degree program;
  • the preparation or revision of textbooks;
  • curriculum development;
  • the development of teaching methods or theories;
  • educational or technical impact assessments;
  • empirical social science research, unless part of a larger humanities project;
  • inventories of collections;
  • works in the creative and performing arts (for example, painting, writing fiction or poetry, dance performance, etc.);
  • the writing of autobiographies, memoirs, or works of creative nonfiction; or
  • the writing of guide books, how-to books, and self-help books.

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

Note that the Common Good initiative incorporates the Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service. More information about the Common Good initiative is available here. Protecting our cultural heritage In response to the destruction of cultural heritage materials worldwide, NEH encourages applications for projects that study, document, or create digital representations of lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials. Proposed projects should be based on scholarly work and follow standards and best practices. Projects must demonstrate the capacity to be sustained and must be widely accessible to the public. For more information click here. The Summer Stipends program will give equal consideration to all applications in accordance with the program's evaluation criteria, whether or not they respond to the Common Good initiative or the Standing Together initiative or focus on lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials.

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]", and the program, "Division of Research Programs Summer Stipends".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 29, 2017.
  4. The deadline for the Internal MSU Submission is March 24, 2017.  The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Searle Scholars Program
Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust

Application due: Sept. 29, 2017

The Searle Scholars Program Scientific Advisory Board is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.

Applicants for the 2018 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2018 ) 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, 2016. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.

Please note: The Office of Sponsored Programs is awaiting a formal invitation on June 1, 2017 with the assigned number of applicants that MSU may select for participation in the competition; a separate announcement will be issued at that time. Questions regarding the program may be directed to OSP Director Sandy Sward at 994-2381 or ssward@montana.edu.

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NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections
National Science Foundation

Internal LOI due: May 12, 2017
Full submission due: Oct. 13, 2017

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Proposals that address the goals of specimen digitization through innovative plans, strong collaborations among large and small institutions, and mechanisms to build upon existing digitization projects are strongly encouraged. Proposals that increase efficiency and numbers of specimens digitized will have a stronger priority for funding (e.g. by reducing the time and cost per specimen, or by developing new workflows). Current practices cannot achieve a goal of digitizing the existing collections within a ten year period and if this goal of the community strategic plan is to be achieved, there must be new approaches applied to the effort.

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation [NSF]", and the program, "NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is May 12, 2017.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select the proposal to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by October 13, 2017.
  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 LOI due: May 19, 2017
MSU nomination due: July 7, 2017
Full submission due: Oct. 23, 2017

SYNOPSIS: 

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a four-year period. In 2017, Pew will name the next class of Pew scholars. One nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. Participating institutions have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research and recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the program. Applications for the 2017 awards are no longer being accepted.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of Oct. 23, 2017, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.)
  • On July 7, 2017, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 7, 2014), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2018 online application.
  • If an applicant's university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

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

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew scholars program. If you have questions concerning eligibility, please contact Kara Coleman, Project Director, Pew Biomedical Programs at 215-575-4925 in advance of applying.

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]", and the program, "Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is May 19, 2017.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select the proposal to go forward to the Sponsor. MSU will submit the nomination of the scholar in the Pew system on behalf of the applicant. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by October 23, 2017.
  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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Common Heritage
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: June 1, 2017

America's cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, archives, and other community organizations, but also in our homes, family histories, and life stories. The Common Heritage program aims to capture this vitally important part of our country's heritage and preserve it for future generations. Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on the community's history and culture.

The Common Heritage program recognizes that members of the public--in partnership with libraries, museums, archives, and historical organizations--have much to contribute to the understanding of our cultural mosaic. Together, such institutions and the public can be effective partners in the appreciation and stewardship of our common heritage.

The program supports events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information--provided by community attendees--about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials. With the owner's permission, digital copies of these materials would be included in the institutions' collections. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration.

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Digital Humanities and Advancement Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: June 6, 2017

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

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

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

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Digital Projects for the Public
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: June 7, 2017

Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that cogently interpret and analyze humanities content in formats that will attract broad public audiences.

Digital platforms--such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments--can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. The program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proof-of-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work). While projects can take many forms, shapes, and sizes, your request should be for an exclusively digital project or for a digital component of a larger project.

All Digital Projects for the Public projects should:

  • Present analysis that deepens public understanding of significant humanities stories and ideas;

  • Incorporate sound humanities scholarship;

  • Involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production;

  • Include appropriate digital media professionals;

  • Reach a broad public through a realistic plan for development, marketing, and distribution;

  • Create appealing digital formats for the general public; and

  • Demonstrate the capacity to sustain themselves.

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Research and Development
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: June 8, 2017

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage--from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence--and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.

This program recognizes that finding solutions to complex problems often requires forming interdisciplinary project teams, bringing together participants with expertise in the humanities; in preservation; and in information, computer, and natural science.

All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: July 20, 2017

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

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

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Department of Defense (DOD)

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Click the related link to read more. 

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CDMRP Funding Opportunities
Department of Defense

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Breast Cancer Research Program

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

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Gulf War Illness Research Program

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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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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Gulf War Illness Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Full Application (by invitation only) due dates TBA in May 2017

Due to the current Continuing Resolution, the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Defense Appropriations bill has not been passed. Although funds have not been appropriated for the Department of Defense Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP), the GWIRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY17 funding opportunities.

The following four award mechanisms are planned for release:

  • Qualitative Research Award
    Supports qualitative research on 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War (GW) Veterans with Gulf War illness (GWI) for the purpose of developing educational materials for Veterans, family members, caregivers, and health care providers.
  • Biospecimen Resource Network Award
    Provides infrastructure support for the development and maintenance of a GWI biorepository through a collaborative network across multiple institutions that will facilitate the collection of prospective and pre-existing biospecimens and biological data, biospecimen processing, annotation, storage, and distribution.
  • Clinical Consortium Award
    Supports a consortium that will conceive, design, develop, and conduct collaborative Phase I and II clinical evaluations of promising therapeutic agents for the management or treatment of GWI.
  • Investigator-Initiated Focused Research Award
    Supports research from idea generation through preclinical validation under two tiers:
    • Discovery Tier: Supports basic research and proof of concept research; preliminary data are not required.
    • Applied Research Tier: Supports applied research in GWI aimed at diagnosis or therapeutic advancement. Preliminary data from the field of GWI are required.

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Neurofibromatosis Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Full Application due dates TBA in May 2017

Due to the current Continuing Resolution, the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Defense Appropriations bill has not been passed. Although funds have not been appropriated for the Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP), the NFRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY17 funding opportunities.

Areas of Emphasis: The NFRP encourages applications that specifically address the critical needs of the NF community in one or more of the FY17 Areas of Emphasis. Not all Areas of Emphasis are applicable to each award mechanism offered by the FY17 NFRP. If the proposed research project does not address one of the FY17 Areas of Emphasis, justification that the proposed research project addresses an important problem related to NF research and/or patient care should be provided.

  • Health services research
    • Evidence-based clinical care pathways
    • Innovative healthcare delivery systems
    • Utilization of technology and informatics
  • Heterogeneity of neurofibromas and other NF-related tumors
  • Nontumor manifestations
    • Sleep, pain, hypotonia, communication, etc., including quality of life measures, self-reported and otherwise
  • Novel disease and treatment response markers using genomics, epigenetics, systems biology, metabolomics, or similar approaches
    • Transition from benign to malignant
  • Nutritional, environmental, and other modifiers of NF
  • Post-adolescent manifestations
  • Preclinical efficacy studies
  • Target identification, drug discovery, targeted and immunotherapies
  • Other

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Space Vehicles (RV) University Grants Program
Department of Defense

Application due: Open-ended; proposals due 15th of each month

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV) is seeking U.S. and U.S. Territory universities/colleges to propose grants for space-based basic and applied research that are of interest to the Department of Defense (DoD). Specifically, the objective is to encourage students' and professors' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to help meet long-term national defense needs of the United States for personnel proficient in STEM.

The focus of AFRL/RV is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national war-fighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in five overarching Core Technology Competences (CTCs): Space Electro-Optical and Infrared Sensing (EO/IR), Space Electronics, Space Environmental Impacts and Mitigation, Space Platforms & Operations Technologies, and Space Experiments.

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Precision Trauma Care Research Award
Department of Defense

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

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

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

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Dissemination & Implementation of Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Within the Military
Department of Defense

Application due date TBA around April 19, 2017

Please note: This notice is a pre-solicitation. A complete solicitation will be posted on or about April 19, 2017.

This requirement provides funding for research that will utilize D&I science principles and approaches to optimize dissemination and implementation of evidence-based tele-behavioral health within the military. D&I research studies typically involve both interdisciplinary cooperation and transdisciplinary collaboration, utilizing theories, empirical findings, and methods from a variety of fields not traditionally associated with health research. Relevant fields include but are not limited to: information science, clinical decision-making, organizational and management theory, economics, individual and systems-level behavioral change, public health, business and public administration, statistics, anthropology, learning theory, engineering, and marketing.

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Dissemination & Implementation Science to Optimize Select Evidence-Based Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment
Department of Defense

Application due date TBA around Apr. 19, 2017

Please note: This notice is a pre-solicitation. A complete solicitation will be posted on or about April 19, 2017.

This requirement provides funding for research that will utilize D&I science principles and approaches to optimize dissemination and implementation of evidence-based PTSD treatments within the military. D&I research studies typically involve both interdisciplinary cooperation and transdisciplinary collaboration, utilizing theories, empirical findings, and methods from a variety of fields not traditionally associated with health research. Relevant fields include but are not limited to: information science, clinical decision-making, organizational and management theory, economics, individual and systems-level behavioral change, public health, business and public administration, statistics, anthropology, learning theory, engineering, and marketing.

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Dissemination and Implementation of the DoD's Behavioral Health Data Portal Throughout the Military Health System
Department of Defense

Application due date TBA around Apr. 19, 2017

Please note: This notice is a pre-solicitation. A complete solicitation will be posted on or about April 19, 2017.

This requirement provides funding for research that will utilize D&I science principles and approaches to optimize dissemination and implementation of the DoD's Behavioral Health Data Portal throughout the Military Health System (MHS). D&I research studies typically involve both interdisciplinary cooperation and transdisciplinary collaboration, utilizing theories, empirical findings, and methods from a variety of fields not traditionally associated with health research. Relevant fields include but are not limited to: information science, clinical decision-making, organizational and management theory, economics, individual and systems-level behavioral change, public health, business and public administration, statistics, anthropology, learning theory, engineering, and marketing.

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Application due dates TBA in May 2017

Applications for the FY17 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP) funding opportunities are required to address at least one of the following Focus Areas:

  • Cardiac studies, including identifying mechanisms of pathology and therapeutic interventions
  • Clinical studies, novel interventions, and drug and biologic delivery technologies designed to improve clinical care and quality of life in areas such as:
    • Cognitive function
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastrointestinal issues
    • Immunology
    • Orthopaedics
    • Psychosocial issues
    • Pulmonology (including sleep-focused studies)
    • Skeletal muscle
  • Extension or expansion of existing preclinical translational data in support of a specific therapeutic development path (including drug exposure, independent replication, and comparative studies)

Please note: Due to the current Continuing Resolution, the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill has not been passed. Although funds have not been appropriated for the Department of Defense Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program, the DMDRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY17 funding opportunities.

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Tick-Borne Disease Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Application due dates TBA in May 2017

Due to the current Continuing Resolution, the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill has not been passed. Although funds have not been appropriated for the Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP), the TBDRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY17 funding opportunities.

Applications submitted to the FY17 TBDRP must address at least one of the following specific Focus Areas in Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases:

  • Diagnosis
    • Direct detection of agents of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases or their products in humans
    • Biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis, and cure
  • Pathogenesis
    • Mechanisms of persistence of Lyme disease
    • Host-pathogen interactions
    • New research tools to support studies of pathogenesis
  • Treatment
    • Innovative approaches to treatment
    • Studies aimed at safe and effective treatments for the cause(s) of persistent symptoms in Lyme disease
  • Prevention
    • Vaccines
    • Interrupting the cycle of the disease agents in nature

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program (ALSRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 9, 2017
Application due (by invitation only): Aug. 31, 2017

This solicitation includes the two following awards:

  • Therapeutic Idea Award
  • Therapeutic Development Award

The goal of the ALSRP is to fund innovative preclinical research to promote the development of new treatments that may contribute to a cure for ALS.

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Breast Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

Preapplication due: Varies by program
Application due (by invitation only): Varies by program

This solicitation includes the six following awards:

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

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Ovarian Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by program
Application due (by invitation only): Varies by program

This solicitation includes the four following awards:

  • Clinical Development Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Ovarian Cancer Academy Award: Early Career Investigator
  • Pilot Award

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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

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Gulf War Illness Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 30, 2017
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 21, 2017

The FY17 Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP) includes the following awards:

  • Biorepository Resouce Network Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Focused Research Award
  • Qualitative Research Award

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Lung Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by program
Full Application due: Varies by program

The FY17 Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP) includes the following awards:

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 30, 2017
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 28, 2017

The FY17 Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) includes the following awards:

  • Idea Award with Special Focus
  • Translational Team Science Award

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

Pre-Application due: July 13, 2017
Application due (by invitation only): Oct. 5, 2017

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.

FY17 BMFRP Objective: To fund scientifically meritorious research focused on BMF diseases. Investigator-initiated research is encouraged in the areas of congenital or acquired BMF. Studies focused on BMF diseases and their 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.

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 26, 2017
Full Application due (by invitation only): Oct. 5, 2017

The FY17 Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP) includes the following awards:

  • Investigator Initiated Research Award
  • Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

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Vision Research Program: Technology/Therapeutic Development Award
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 12, 2017
Full Application due (by invitation only): Oct. 25, 2017

The Vision Research Program (VRP) was initiated in 2009 to fund innovative research that has the potential to make a significant impact on improving the health and well-being of military Service members, Veterans, their caregivers, family members, and the American public living with visual dysfunction.

The FY17 VRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will foster new directions for, and address neglected issues in, the field of vision research.

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Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
Department of Defense

White Paper due: July 17, 2017
Full Proposal due: Nov. 1, 2017

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

Basic research is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress.

DoD's basic research program invests broadly in many specific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.

Please Note: To access the complete announcement for this funding opportunity, please search by clicking on the link below and using the FOA number:

N00014-17-S-F006

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

Whitepaper request
Open until June 2019

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

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Department of Energy (DOE)

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

Application due: May 16, 2017

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

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

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Department of Health & Human Services

Health Information Technology (IT) to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes (R21)
Department of Health and Human Services

Application due: June 16, 2017

This FOA issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites grant applications for funding to conduct exploratory and developmental research grants (R21) for projects in the early and conceptual stages of development that will contribute to the evidence base of how health information technology (IT) improves health care quality and outcomes.

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Foundations

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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Education Reform - Shape Public Policy
Walton Family Foundation, Inc

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Environment Program
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Our Approach

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

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

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Grants for Organizations
Ford Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The foundation funds projects under the following focal areas: 

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

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Grants Program
National Endowment for Financial Education

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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Grants Program
Dell (Susan & Michael) Foundation

There is no deadline for grant applications.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The program areas are:

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

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

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Grants Program
RGK Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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Grants Program
Hearst Foundations

Proposals are accepted year round

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Learning & Leadership Grants
NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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Program Area Funding
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Program Areas: 

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

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

The Foundation makes grants year-round.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

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

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Research Grant
Brain Aneurysm Foundation

Application due: May 19, 2017

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

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

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

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Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Application due: July 6, 2017

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

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

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

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Grants for Mesothelioma Research
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

Application due: Aug. 5, 2017

The Meso Foundation is the non-profit dedicated to ending the suffering caused by mesothelioma. We are the international collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates, and researchers dedicated to eradicating the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma. In addition to raising awareness of the disease, advocating on behalf of the meso community, educating those newly diagnosed and providing support to those affected, we fund the most promising meso research projects through rigorous peer-review.

The Meso Foundation's research grant program offers grants for two years up to $50,000 per year. Eligible projects may relate to benchwork, translational or clinical research that is not presently funded and may be conducted through any not-for-profit academic, medical or research institution. We encourage all levels and degrees of scientists to apply.

Encouraged projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategies for early detection and prevention of mesothelioma

  • Definition of targetable differences between normal and transformed mesothelium and development of novel strategies for treatment taking advantage of these targets

  • Determination of clinical/molecular determinants for prognosis

  • Therapeutic intervention, including but not limited to: 1) Immune response targeted therapy; 2) Novel chemotherapeutic compounds; and 3) Novel radiation or surgical techniques

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is November 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NINDS Requirements for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Development and Resource Sharing

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Program Announcements

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

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

Program Notices

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

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

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

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

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

Request for Applications

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

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

Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health

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The Health and Retirement Study (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Apr. 16, 2017
Full Application due: May 16, 2017

The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for the next six-year cycle of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), which is the leading longitudinal data resource on patterns of age-related changes in the health and well-being of adults age 50 and older in the U.S.

The goals of the next cycle are to: 1) continue the current structure and design elements of the HRS while reducing respondent burden; 2) establish a repository of blood samples for future study; 3) enrich administrative linkages and collaborations with genetics consortia; 4) conduct follow-up dementia assessment using the Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol (HCAP) to update data on the prevalence of dementia including Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD); 5) enhance harmonization with comparable surveys of population aging; and 6) augment data dissemination and user support.

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Alcohol-PTSD Comorbidity: Preclinical Studies of Models and Mechanisms (R01)
National Institutes of Health

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

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and with possible collaboration with Cohen Veterans Bioscience, encourages Research Project Grant (R01) applications that will further the development, validation and/or application of animal models for mechanistic studies on the comorbidity of PTSD and alcohol use disorders.

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

Application due: May 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NICHD Research Education Programs (R25)
National Institutes of Health

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

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

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development, which are encouraged to include hands-on research experiences.

This FOA encourages applications to develop and conduct short-term research education programs to improve the knowledge and research skills of biomedical and behavioral scientists conducting research in areas relevant to the mission of NICHD, including reproductive, developmental, behavioral, social, and rehabilitative processes that determine the health and well-being of newborns, infants, children, adults, families, and populations.

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

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

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

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health

Posted May 26, 2017

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

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

Letter of Intent due: Apr. 27, 2017
Full Application due: May 27, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to promote research on food specific molecular signatures and biomarkers of dietary consumption and to promote collaborative interactions among NIH and USDA supported nutrition researchers.

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

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

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

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

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

Application due: May 31, 2017

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

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

Application due: May 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Family-Centered Self-Management of Chronic Conditions (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2017

This funding opportunity announcement seeks to build the science of family-centered self-management (FCSM) in chronic conditions.

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

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

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

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

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Development of Appropriate Pediatric Formulations and Pediatric Drug Delivery Systems (R01)
National Institutes of Health

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

This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages grant applications to address different and complementary research needs for the development and acceptability of pediatric drug formulations in different age groups. Development and testing of novel pediatric drug delivery systems is also part of this initiative.

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From Genomic Association to Causation: A Convergent Neuroscience Approach for Integrating Levels of Analysis to Delineate Brain Function in Neuropsychiatry (R01)
National Institutes of Health

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

The primary objective of this funding opportunity is to stimulate innovative Convergent Neuroscience (CN) approaches to establish causal and/or probabilistic linkages across contiguous levels of analysis (e.g., gene, molecule, cell, circuit, system, behavior) in an explanatory model of psychopathology. In particular, applicants should focus on how specific constituent biological processes at one level of analysis contribute to quantifiable properties at other levels, either directly or as emergent phenomena.  Although not required, it is preferable that applications link at least three levels of analysis and include an emphasis on genetics.

The projects under this opportunity will develop novel methods, theories, and approaches through a CN team framework, bringing together highly synergistic inter/transdisciplinary teams from neuroscience and the orthogonal fields of the physical sciences (e.g., data/computational science, physics, engineering, mathematics). Successful teams will combine, expand upon, or develop conceptual frameworks and theoretical approaches, and build explanatory computational models that connect contiguous levels of analysis. Such frameworks, theories, and computational explanatory models should be validated through experimental approaches to elucidate biological underpinnings of complex behavioral (including cognitive and affective) outcomes in psychopathology.

Additionally, a goal of this program is to advance research in CN by creating a shared community framework of resources which may be used by the broader research community to further research, as such, a successful team will be expected to have a robust plan for sharing data and other resources.

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Genetic Susceptibility & Variability of Human Structural Birth Defects (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2017

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to support innovative applications that will inform our understanding of structural birth defects through the use of animal models in conjunction with translational/clinical approaches.  Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of advances in genetics, biochemistry, molecular, and developmental biology to identify specific genetic, epigenetic, environmental, or gene/environment interactions associated with the susceptibility to and variability of structural birth defects in human populations.

Applicants funded through this FOA will join the NICHD Birth Defects Working Group and participate in annual meetings designed to provide a forum to discuss research progress, exchange ideas, share resources, and foster collaborations relevant to the goals of the NICHD's Birth Defects Initiative.

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

Application due: June 5, 2017

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

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Neuroimmune Signaling and Function in Substance Use Disorders (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to encourage the submission of research project grant applications that propose to examine the molecular, cellular, circuit, and behavioral responses to neuroimmune signaling within the central nervous system (CNS) as it pertains to the initiation, escalation, and maintenance of, and the neurological consequences resulting from, substance use disorders (SUDs), and to abstinence and withdrawal from, and subsequent relapse of, drug use.

The goal of this understudied area of research is to determine the extent to which neuroimmune responses contribute to or protect against current and future risk and consequences of SUDs.

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Nutrition and Alcohol-Related Health Outcomes (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications that propose to examine associations between nutrition and alcohol-related health outcomes in humans and animal models. The goal of this program announcement is to stimulate a broad range of research on the role of nutrition in the development, prevention, and treatment of a variety of alcohol-related health outcomes including alcohol use disorder and chronic disease.

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Obesity and Asthma: Awareness and Self-Management (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2017

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to stimulate research to examine the relationship between asthma, obesity and self-management. The prevalence of both asthma and obesity has significantly risen in the past few decades. Although the association between these two conditions has been found in many studies, the exact mechanisms for how this association arises are unresolved to include self-management and achieving control.

Because both of these conditions have their beginnings in early life, an aspect of the association between them that requires more understanding is their common exposures in early life and transition into adulthood.  Studies that investigate the molecular pathways linking asthma and obesity are encouraged as long as the studies describe how this relates to self-management. In addition, intervention studies targeting asthma or obesity and their effects on each other, and possible mechanisms of action and effect on behavior, are encouraged.

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Research Projects to Enhance Applicability of Mammalian Models for Translational Research (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications for projects to expand, improve, or transform the utility of mammalian cancer and tumor models for translational research. This FOA continues the goals of PAR-14-241, except that these goals are no longer limited to mouse models but are expanded to cover any mammalian cancer models.    

The NCI supports many hypothesis-driven, mechanistic R01 projects that employ mammals, or develop and use mammalian cancer models or transplanted tumor models for many aspects of oncology research.  However, the NCI has not previously supported projects devoted to ensuring that mammalian models used for translational research questions are appropriate for those purposes and that the models provide reliable and informative data for patient benefit.  Applications to this FOA could propose to overcome limitations of mammalian oncology models, define a new translational use of mammalian models or their genetics for unmet needs, advance standard practices for modeling human cancers and tumors and for validating and credentialing models, or develop widely applicable tool strains or resources that enable cross-species comparisons.

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Women & Sex/Gender Differences in Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to advance research on male-female differences in drug and alcohol abuse and addiction and on factors specific to women. Both human and animal model studies are sought.

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Academic-Industrial Partnerships to Translate and Validate in vivo Cancer Imaging Systems (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 7, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate translation of scientific discoveries and engineering developments in imaging or spectroscopic technologies into methods or tools that address problems in cancer biology, risk of cancer development, diagnosis, treatment, and/or disease status.

A distinguishing feature of each application will be formation of an academic-industrial partnership, which is a strategic alliance of investigators in academic, industrial, and any other entities who work together as partners to identify and translate a technological solution or mitigation of a cancer-related problem.

The goals for proposed technologies are imaging applications in clinical trials, clinical research, non-clinical research, and/or patient care. Among other possibilities, they may include pre-clinical imaging investigations or investigations that combine patient specimens and pre-clinical methods, or optimizations of methods across different commercial platforms, sites, or time.

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NIA Academic Leadership Career Award (K07)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 12, 2017

The objective of the NIA Academic Leadership Career Award (K07) is to provide support for senior investigators who have the expertise and leadership skills to enhance aging and geriatric research capacity within their academic institution.

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

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

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

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

Application due: June 16, 2017

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

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

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Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications focused on palliative care in geriatric populations. This FOA emphasizes studies in a variety of settings including ambulatory care, hospitals (and specific sites within hospitals including specialty wards, intensive care units and emergency departments), assisted living facilities, and short- and long-term care facilities; however, hospice and end-of-life settings are not included within the scope of this FOA, as they are the subject of other NIH programs.

Rather, this FOA highlights research on palliative care in settings and at time points earlier in geriatric patients' disease or disability trajectories. Types of studies may include observational, quasi-experimental, or interventional studies using primary data collection and/or secondary analyses. Leveraging on-going cohorts, intervention studies, networks, data and specimen repositories, and other existing resources and infrastructure are encouraged.

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Community Partnerships to Advance Research (CPAR) (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

This funding opportunity announcement seeks to encourage researchers to partner with communities using Community Engaged Research (CEnR) methodologies that will enhance relationships leading to better interventions and positive health outcomes.

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Drug Abuse Prevention Intervention Research (R03)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages R03 grant applications for research that will employ rigorous scientific methods to test theoretically derived hypotheses to increase understanding of the science of drug use prevention within diverse populations and settings and across the lifespan.

The FOA seeks applications that encompass investigations of cognitive, behavioral, and social processes as they relate to: 1) development of novel prevention approaches; 2) efficacy and effectiveness of prevention interventions or programs; 3) processes that optimize the selection, integration, implementation and sustainability of science-based prevention, including systems-level and health economic factors; and 4) methodologies appropriate for studying complex aspects of prevention science.

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Epidemiology of Drug Abuse (R21)
National Institutes of Helath

Application due: June 16, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to support research projects to enhance our understanding of the nature, extent, distribution, etiology, comorbidities, and consequences of drug use, abuse, and addiction across individuals, families, communities, and diverse population groups.

This FOA strongly encourages applications that reflect the breadth of epidemiology research by addressing multiple levels of risk, resilience, and causation across scientific disciplines; by applying novel methods to advance knowledge of the interplay among genetic, environmental, and developmental factors and between social environments and associated health and disease outcomes; and by building on the research investments of NIH and sister HHS agencies to harness existing data on the epidemiology and etiology of drug abuse to improve public health prevention and treatment programs.

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Exploratory/Developmental Investigations on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support innovative exploratory/developmental investigations on primary immunodeficiency diseases focusing on ex vivo studies with human specimens and on studies with current or new animal models including novel clinical strategies for detecting, identifying the molecular basis of, or developing innovative therapies for primary immunodeficiency diseases. In addition, this FOA aims to encourage analyses of clinical data and samples maintained in primary immunodeficiency registries, consortium databases and repositories to address questions relevant to primary immunodeficiency research.

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Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to encourage applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 21). Applications to promote positive health behavior(s) should target social and cultural factors, including, but not limited to: schools, families, communities, population, food industry, age-appropriate learning tools and games, social media, social networking, technology and mass media.

Topics to be addressed in this announcement include: effective, sustainable processes for influencing young people to make healthy behavior choices; identification of the appropriate stage of influence for learning sustainable lifelong health behaviors; the role of technology and new media in promoting healthy behavior; identification of factors that support healthy behavior development in vulnerable populations, identification of barriers to healthy behaviors; and, identification of mechanisms and mediators that are common to the development of a range of habitual health behaviors.

Given the many factors involved in developing sustainable health behaviors, applications from multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. The ultimate goal of this FOA is to promote research that identifies and enhances processes that promote sustainable positive behavior or changes social and cultural norms that influence health and future health behaviors.

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Hearing Health Care for Adults: Improving Access and Affordability (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

This FOA encourages exploratory and developmental research applications for research on hearing health care in adults in support of improving access and affordability.  Further research is needed to strengthen the evidence base with a goal of delivering better hearing health care outcomes in adults.

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Mechanisms of Alcohol-Associated Cancers (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which alcohol increases cancer risk.

Alcohol consumption is classified as carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC; 2010, 2012) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP; 2014) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Target sites for alcohol-related carcinogenesis include the upper aerodigestive tract, breast, liver, and colon. A better understanding of the molecular basis by which alcohol increases cancer risk for certain tissues and organs could lead to improved therapeutic approaches and preventative strategies and would provide guidance on safe levels of alcohol consumption.

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Neurobiology of Migraine (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement is issued by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in conjunction with the NIH Pain Consortium. It solicits R21 grant applications from institutions/organizations to perform innovative research that will elucidate the mechanisms underlying migraine, expand our current knowledge of the role of genetic, physiological, biopsychosocial, and environmental influences in migraine susceptibility and progression, and explore new therapeutic targets and therapies for acute migraine management and longer term prevention.

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

Application due: June 16, 2017

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Exploratory/Developmental Grant program supports exploratory and developmental research projects that fall within the NICHD mission by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. 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.

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

Application due: June 16, 2017

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

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

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

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Synthetic Psychoactive Drugs and Strategic Approaches to Counteract Their Deleterious Effects (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 16, 2017

The purpose of this FOA is to support research to deepen our knowledge of the use of synthetic psychoactive drugs, their mechanisms of action, their health effects, and development of prevention strategies and strategies to treat patients in emergency departments and long range treatment.

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

Application due: June 16, 2017

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

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

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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Neoantigen-Based Therapeutic Targeting of Head and Neck Cancers (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 19, 2017
Full Application due: June 19, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support basic and preclinical research aimed at developing novel immunotherapeutic targets for head and neck cancers (HNC), including salivary gland cancers. Research supported by this FOA will identify human HNC-specific neoantigens, and will test the utility of these neoantigens as targets for eliciting anti-tumor immune responses in affected patient populations.

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Resource-Related Research Projects in the Epidemiology and Prevention of Pediatric Injury (R24)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 19, 2017
Full Application due: June 19, 2017

This FOA invites applications to develop research resources, for use by the broader scientific community, for furthering research in the scientific area of epidemiology and/or prevention of childhood injuries. Consistent with the research priorities of the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch and the portfolio on Injury Prevention, Trauma and Emergency Care, the research resource should focus on areas most likely to cause death or disability, including, but not limited to, motor vehicle crashes, firearms, poisonings, drowning, self-injurious behavior, fires, burns, and suffocation.

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

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

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

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

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Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 27, 2017
Full Application due: June 27, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites grant applications for research to examine 1) the impact of Human-Animal Interaction on typical and atypical child development and health; 2) the evaluation of animal-assisted intervention for children and adults with disabilities or in need of rehabilitative services; 3) the effects of animals on public health, including cost effectiveness of involving animals in reducing and preventing disease.

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Research Answers to NCI's Provocative Questions (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 28, 2017
Full Application due: June 28, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research projects designed to solve specific problems and paradoxes in cancer research identified by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Provocative Questions initiative. These problems and paradoxes phrased as questions are not intended to represent the full range of NCI's priorities in cancer research. Rather, they are meant to challenge cancer researchers to think about and elucidate specific problems in key areas of cancer research that are deemed important but have not received sufficient attention.

Some of these "Provocative Questions" (PQs) stem from intriguing but older, neglected observations that have never been adequately explored. Other PQs are built on more recent findings that are perplexing or paradoxical, revealing important gaps in current knowledge. Finally, some PQs reflect problems that traditionally have been thought to be intractable but that now may be open to investigations using new strategies and recent technical advances.

The current issuance of the PQ Initiative includes an updated set of 12 PQs. Each research project proposed in response to this FOA must be focused on addressing one particular research problem defined by one specific PQ selected from the list. Projects proposed to address specific 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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Environmental Influences on Placental Origins of Development (ePOD) R01
National Institutes of Health

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

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

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

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

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

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Integrative Computational Biology for Analysis of NHLBI TOPMed Data (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: June 6, 2017
Full Application due: July 6, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support integrated analysis of whole genome, large scale "omic" data generated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) program and associated phenotype and clinical data using systems approaches. Ultimately, these studies will advance our understanding of the molecular underpinnings of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disease.

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PsychENCODE: Non-Coding Functional Elements in the Human Brain and their Role in the Development of Psychiatric Disorders (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: June 6, 2017
Full Application due: July 6, 2017

The objective of this FOA is to support research in the discovery and characterization of the full spectrum of human-specific non-coding functional genomic elements across brain regions, cell types, and developmental time periods to elucidate their role(s) in the molecular pathophysiology of mental illness.

It is expected that projects under this FOA will apply unbiased genome-wide approaches, computational methods, and experimental assays to identify and characterize functional genomic elements in both healthy and diseased human brains to correlate findings with development of mental illnesses and outcomes relevant to brain function and dysfunction.

Projects should work towards developing comprehensive maps of functional elements, including insulators, enhancers, promoters, silencers, transcription binding factors, non-coding RNAs (e.g., long non-coding RNAs [lncRNAs], microRNAs [miRNAs], piwi-interacting RNAs [piRNAs]), modifications to RNA, RNA spliceoforms, long-range chromatin interactions, DNA methylations, etc.

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Mechanisms and Consequences of Sleep Disparities in the U.S. (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: June 9, 2017
Full Application due: July 11, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote exploratory and developmental research to understand the underlying mechanisms of sleep deficiencies among health disparity populations and how sleep deficiencies may lead to disparities in health outcomes.

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

Application due: July 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Translational Research in Pediatric and Obstetric Pharmacology and Therapeutics (R03)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: July 7, 2017
Full Application due: Aug. 7, 2017

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications for translational and clinical research as well as clinical trials that will advance our knowledge about the underlying mechanisms of drug action, response, and safety in children at various developmental stages, and in women during pregnancy and lactation.

The overall goals of the FOA are to improve the safety and effectiveness of current drugs for pediatric or obstetric patients, and to enhance the development of new drugs or a safer usage of the existing drugs for tailored therapies to meet emerging clinical needs for these special populations.

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Inter-Organelle Communication in Cancer (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: July 16, 2017
Full Application due: Aug. 16, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research projects that examine how inter-organelle communication in cancer cells and/or tumor-associated cells affects cellular function, adaptation, and phenotypic plasticity.

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Tobacco Regulatory Science (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: June 16, 2017
Full Application due: Aug. 17, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite research project 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 (P.L. 111-31). Research results from this FOA are expected to generate findings and data that are directly relevant in informing the FDA's regulation of the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health.

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Arts-Based Approaches in Palliative Care for Symptom Management (R01)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for mechanistic clinical studies aimed at understanding the impact of arts-based approaches in palliative care for symptom management. This FOA is intended to support mechanistic clinical studies to provide an evidence base for the use of the arts in palliative care for symptom management. The objective is to understand the biological, physiological, neurological, psychological, and/or sociological mechanisms by which the arts exert their effects on symptom management during and throughout the palliative care continuum. The goal is for the research supported under this FOA to develop an evidence-base that could be used as a basis for the uptake of arts-based therapies in palliative care settings, among individuals across the lifespan, with a wide variety of serious chronic conditions and their accompanying symptoms. This FOA is not intended to determine efficacy or the comparative effectiveness of interventions, or to assess interventions designed to treat the underlying cause of a particular disease state. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This FOA is intended to foster research on the potential for arts-based approaches to enhance palliative care for individuals living with multiple symptoms related to serious chronic or terminal illness. The objective is to encourage research to determine how the specific arts intervention might be working mechanistically in managing or ameliorating patients' serious chronic symptoms related to quality of life (QoL). Mechanism refers to the biological, physiological, neurological, psychological, and/or sociological manner by which the arts exert its purported effect(s) on selected outcomes. Also of interest is the comparison of differences in mechanisms in male and female sample populations. The term "arts" refers not only to artistic activities, but also to creative activities, such as literature, rituals, oral histories, storytelling, etc. The intent of palliative care is multifaceted and includes relieving the myriad of disease-related symptoms (such as pain), mitigating the impact of co-morbidities, and enabling a positive influence on the course of illness. Palliative care integrates and coordinates the emotional, psychological, social, and physical aspects of care with a focus on enhanced QoL. Throughout the course of illness, a team approach composed of a variety of practitioners is used to achieve this end - to prevent suffering by managing stressful clinical complications and improving the patient's sense of well-being.

NIH encourages applications to this FOA that also address health disparities, symptom management in patients with HIV/AIDS, evaluate the use of the arts in under-represented individuals/groups, focus on the caregivers of individuals who receive palliative care, and utilize special populations such as older adults, children, women, individuals in the military, or veterans. Also of interest is the comparison of male and female sample populations with respect to mechanistic outcomes. Of particular interest is research which will increase the understanding of sex and gender differences, as well as sex and gender factors in health and disease, to support implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research (http://orwh.od.nih.gov/research/strategicplan/index.asp).

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

Application due: Sept. 1, 2017

The NIH Director's Pioneer Award 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 enhancing health, lengthening life, and reducing illness and disability. 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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NIA MSTEM: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research through Undergraduate Education (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Aug. 25, 2017
Full Application due: Sept. 25, 2017

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

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

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Neuroskeletal Biology of the Dental and Craniofacial Skeletal System (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Aug. 28, 2017
Full Application due: Sept. 28, 2017

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research on the role of the nervous system in metabolism, homeostasis, remodeling and/or regeneration of the postnatal dental and craniofacial skeletal system (DCS) in health and disease. The objectives are to enhance basic science knowledge about interactions between the peripheral and central nervous systems (PNS/CNS) and the DCS, and facilitate development of strategies to optimize normal function, reduce the impact of disease, and develop capacity to repair and regenerate injured teeth and craniofacial bones.

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

Applications accepted until November 13, 2017

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

--Evaluate biological activity relative to clinical endpoints.

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

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Addressing Suicide Research Gaps: Aggregating and Mining Existing Data Sets for Secondary Analyses (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Oct. 2, 2017
Full Application due: Nov. 2, 2017

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks to leverage data from existing basic, clinical, and intervention research on suicide risk and behaviors as well as social media and healthcare records data, by encouraging the integration of existing data sets for novel secondary analyses aimed at identifying potential biological, experiential, and other predictors and moderators of suicide risk. The use of dimensional variables and inclusion of multiple levels of analyses is particularly encouraged.

A secondary goal of this FOA is to support innovative projects that will generate foundational work for research studies on suicide-related behaviors that inform a Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) approach in this area. Projects supported by this FOA will help address gaps identified in the 2014 Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention.

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning)

Deadline: Various, see program announcement

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

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

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

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

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Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM)
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

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

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

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

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

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

90 Days after publication date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

November 13, 2014

Dear Colleague:

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

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

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

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

Questions about this specific DCL should be addressed to:

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

Sincerely,

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

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

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: Not Specified

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

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

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recompetition of the Management of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Deadline: TBD

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

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

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

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Antarctic Research
National Science Foundation

Application due: May 23, 2017

The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) supports scientific research in Antarctica and provides operational research support. The NSF Office of Polar Programs Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) supports research to: 1) expand fundamental knowledge of the Antarctic region, 2) improve understanding of interactions between the Antarctic region and global earth systems, and 3) utilize the unique characteristics of the Antarctic continent as an observing platform.

Antarctic fieldwork is supported for research that can only be performed or is best performed in Antarctica. ANT encourages research using existing samples, data, and models that do not require fieldwork. ANT encourages research that crosses and combines disciplinary perspectives and approaches.

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Simulated and Synthetic Data for Infrastructure Modeling (SSDIM)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: June 1, 2017

Dear Colleague:

With this Dear Colleague letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF), in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announces its intention to fund EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals as well as supplements to existing relevant NSF awards from the Directorate for Engineering and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering in support of research to develop and make available simulated and synthetic data on interdependent critical infrastructures (ICIs), and thus to improve understanding and performance of these systems.

This DCL invites proposals for research that would contribute significantly to the scientific basis of simulated and synthetic data on ICIs. Representative topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • mathematical foundations, including algorithms and heuristics for creating simulated or synthetic data;

  • development of specific data creation techniques, such as localization/homogenization and downsampling/aggregation;

  • approaches to data verification and validation;

  • innovations in data science and engineering (e.g., data integration, fusion, scaling);

  • model-based and other approaches to simulation of plausible network topologies; and

  • incorporation of existing or new approaches for simulating data on human cognition and/or behavior within ICIs.

Proposals should address mechanistic and human aspects within at least two distinct critical infrastructures, along with interdependencies among them; proposals that do not address interdependencies or that address only human or only mechanistic aspects of infrastructures will not be considered. PIs are encouraged to propose research that considers a broad range of ICIs.

Sincerely,

Barry W. Johnson
Assistant Director (Acting)
Directorate for Engineering

Jim Kurose
Assistant Director
Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering

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Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC)
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Apr. 19, 2017
Full Proposal due: June 21, 2017

The Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center.

Each Center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the Center faculty. An IUCRC contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. As appropriate, an IUCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

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Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-CorpsTM Teams)
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

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

In order to maintain, strengthen and grow a national innovation ecosystem, NSF has established the Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-Corps Teams). The NSF I-Corps Teams Program purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support in the form of entrepreneurial education, mentoring and funding to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding.

The purpose of the NSF I-Corps Teams grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently funded NSF projects. The outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold: 1) a clear go /or no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan for those projects to move forward, and 3) a definition of a compelling technology demonstration for potential partners.

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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
National Science Foundation

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

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

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Tectonics
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime after July 24, 2017

The Tectonics Program supports a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical investigations aimed at understanding the deformation of the terrestrial continental lithosphere (i.e., above the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary). The Program focuses on deformation processes and their tectonic drivers that operate at any depth within the continental lithosphere, on time-scales of decades/centuries (e.g., active tectonics) and longer, and at micro- to plate boundary/orogenic belt length-scales.

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GeoPRISMS Program
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: July 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.

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

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

The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

The Program intends to support decadal projects. Funding for an initial, 5-year period requires submission of a preliminary proposal and, if invited, submission of a full proposal that includes a 15-page project description. Proposals for the second five years of support (renewal proposals) are limited to a ten-page project description and do not require a preliminary proposal.

Continuation of an LTREB project beyond an initial ten year award will require submission of a new preliminary proposal that presents a new decadal research plan.

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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
National Science Foundation

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

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties.

Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems Core Programs
National Science Foundation

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

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties.

Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

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

Full Proposal due: Aug. 9, 2017

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

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

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International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Aug. 15, 2017

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. IRES projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the IRES program.

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Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Aug. 29, 2017

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

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

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Plant Biotic Interactions (Replaces NSF 16-551)
National Science Foundation

Extended Application due date: Sept. 1, 2017

Please note: This FOA replaces NSF 16-551, announced in a previous issue of MSU's Research Funding Opportunities.

The Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF-NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems, and agriculturally relevant plants. The program's scope extends from fundamental mechanisms to translational efforts, with the latter seeking to put into agricultural practice insights gained from basic research on the mechanisms that govern plant biotic interactions.

Projects must be strongly justified in terms of fundamental biological processes and/or relevance to agriculture and may be purely fundamental or applied, or include aspects of both perspectives. All types of symbiosis are appropriate, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, and host-pathogen interactions. Research may focus on the biology of the plant host, its pathogens, pests or symbionts, interactions among these, or on the function of plant-associated microbiomes. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and outcome of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune recognition and signaling, host-symbiont regulation, reciprocal responses among interacting species and mechanisms associated with self/non-self recognition such as those in pollen-pistil interactions.

Explanatory frameworks should include molecular, genomic, metabolic, cellular, network and organismal processes, with projects guided by hypothesis and/or discovery driven experimental approaches. Strictly ecological projects that do not address underlying mechanisms are not appropriate for this program. Quantitative modeling in concert with experimental work is encouraged. Overall, the program seeks to support research that will deepen our understanding of the fundamental processes that mediate interactions between plants and the organisms with which they intimately associate and advance the application of that knowledge to benefit agriculture.

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

Full Proposal due: Sept. 15, 2017

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

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

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

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Geophysics (PH)
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime after July 24, 2017

The Geophysics Program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes from the Earth's surface to its deepest interior. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported.

Topics include (but are not limited to) seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of geophysical hazards; the Earth's magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the Earth's thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research also includes geophysical studies of active deformation, including geodesy, and theoretical and experimental studies of the properties and behavior of Earth materials.

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Petrology and Geochemistry (CH)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Accepted anytime after July 24, 2017

The Petrology and Geochemistry Program supports basic research on the formation of planet Earth, including its accretion, early differentiation, and subsequent petrologic and geochemical modification via igneous and metamorphic processes.

Proposals in this program generally address the petrology and high-temperature geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks (including mantle samples), mineral physics, economic geology, and volcanology. Proposals that are focused on the development of analytical tools, theoretical and computational models, and experimental techniques for applications by the igneous and metamorphic petrology, and high temperature geochemistry and geochronology communities are also invited.

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Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Sept. 27, 2017

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the twenty-first Century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession in order to improve quality of life for all peoples. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; and it must be equally open and accessible to all.

The goal of the Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) program is to advance our understanding of professional formation. It seeks to both deepen our fundamental understanding of the underlying processes and mechanisms that support professional formation and to demonstrate how professional formation is or can be accomplished. Ultimately, RFE aims to transform the engineering formation system. Therefore, the impact of proposed projects on this system must be described in the proposal. Proposers should provide a roadmap detailing how they envision the proposed research will eventually broadly impact practice within the engineering formation system, even if these activities are not within the scope of the submitted proposal.

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Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing and Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Oct. 18, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has established a partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), through its Global Research Collaboration (GRC) program, and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to announce a solicitation on the "Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing and Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio)".

Future ultra-low-energy computing, storage and signal-processing systems can be built on principles derived from organic systems that are at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and engineering. New information technologies can be envisioned that are based on biological principles and that use biomaterials in the fabrication of devices and components; it is anticipated that these information technologies could enable stored data to be retained for more than 100 years and storage capacity to be 1,000 times greater than current capabilities. These could also facilitate compact computers that will operate with substantially lower power than today's computers.

Research in support of these goals can have a significant impact on advanced information processing and storage technologies. This focused solicitation seeks high-risk/high-return interdisciplinary research on novel concepts and enabling technologies that will address the scientific issues and technological challenges associated with the underpinnings of synthetic biology integrated with semiconductor technology. This research will foster interactions among various disciplines including biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, computer science, and information science that will enable heretofore-unanticipated breakthroughs as well as meet educational goals.

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Research on Integrated Photonics Utilizing AIM Photonics Capabilities
National Science Foundation

CAREER Proposal due: July 20, 2017
Standard Proposal due: Nov. 1, 2017

Dear Colleague:

With this Dear Colleague letter, the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) within the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation seek to encourage innovative exploratory and translational research by academic faculty and small businesses in all aspects of integrated photonics that utilize the current silicon photonics capabilities resident in AIM Photonics.

The American Institute of Manufacturing (AIM) of Integrated Photonics was established in July 2015 by the U.S. government as a manufacturing innovation institute to advance integrated photonics. AIM Photonics is an industry-led public-private partnership that focuses the nation's premiere capabilities and expertise to capture and mature critical manufacturing leadership for integrated photonics. The Institute's goal is to emulate the dramatic successes experienced by the electronics industry over the past 40 years and transition key lessons, processes, and approaches to the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) industry.

AIM Photonics supports providing practical access and technology on-ramps for academic communities, as well as for industry and government. AIM Photonics is creating a National PIC manufacturing infrastructure, widely accessible and inherently flexible to meet the challenges of the future marketplace with practical, innovative PIC manufacturing oriented solutions. 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.

Sincerely,

Barry Johnson
Assistant Director (Acting)
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)

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Ideas Lab: Practical Fully-Connected Quantum Computer Challenge (PFCQC)
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: June 19, 2017
Full Proposal due: Nov. 30, 2017

This solicitation describes an Ideas Lab focused on the Practical Fully-Connected Quantum Computer (PFCQC) challenge. Ideas Labs are intensive meetings that bring together multiple diverse perspectives to focus on finding innovative cross-disciplinary solutions to grand challenge problems. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab is to facilitate the development and operation of a practical-scale quantum computer.

The aspiration is that bringing together researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds will engender fresh thinking and innovative approaches that will provide a fertile ground for new ideas on the design and fabrication of quantum devices and processors and implementation of quantum information processing algorithms. This will enable the solution of science problems that are currently beyond the reach of modern high-performance computing applications on classical computers.

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CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Scholarship Track - July 31, 2017; Capacity Track - Dec. 5, 2017

The CyberCorps(R): Scholarship for Service (SFS) program seeks proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development.

The Scholarship Track provides funding to award scholarships to students in cybersecurity. All scholarship recipients must work after graduation for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. A proposing institution must provide clearly documented evidence of a strong existing academic program in cybersecurity. Such evidence can include: designation by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD), in Cyber Operations or in Research (CAE-R); a specialized designation by a nationally recognized organization (for example, in forensics); or equivalent evidence documenting a strong program in cybersecurity.

The Capacity Track seeks innovative proposals leading to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals. Proposals are encouraged that contribute to the expansion of existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity and focus on efforts such as research on the teaching and learning of cybersecurity, including research on materials, methods and interventions; curricula recommendations for new courses, degree programs, and educational pathways with plans for wide adoption nationally; teaching and learning effectiveness of cybersecurity curricular programs and courses; integration of cybersecurity topics into computer science, data science, information technology, engineering and other existing degree programs with plans for pervasive adoption; and partnerships between institutions of higher education, government, and relevant employment sectors leading to improved models for the integration of applied research experiences into cybersecurity degree programs.

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Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Dec. 8, 2017

The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. New and innovative models are encouraged, as are models that reproduce and/or replicate existing evidence-based alliances in significantly different disciplines, institutions, and participant cohorts.

The AGEP program goal is to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty, in specific STEM disciplines and STEM education research fields, by advancing knowledge about pathways to career success. The program objectives include: To support the development, implementation and study of innovative models of doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields; and to advance knowledge about the underlying issues, policies and practices that have an impact on the participation, transitions and advancement of historically underrepresented minorities in the STEM academy.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: May 15, 2017

There has been an increase in the number and severity of disaster type critical incidents, including but not limited to, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, drought, contagious diseases, invasive mosquito-borne diseases (i.e. Zika virus), and terrorist events.

The purpose of the SLSNCGP is to support innovative, education-based approaches to addressing emergency preparedness and specific responses related to natural and human-made disasters. The SLSNCGP supports quality of life in communities across the United States by addressing disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in the context of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. The SLSNCGP provides information and tools to the USDA, stakeholders, and collaborators to improve decision-making in handling disasters.

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Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: May 19, 2017

The purpose of the Veterinary Services Grant Program is to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services and relieve veterinarian shortage situations in the U.S., which includes insular areas. Grants will be made available on a competitive basis to:

  • Establish or expand accredited veterinary education programs, veterinary residency and fellowship programs, or veterinary internship and externship programs carried out in coordination with accredited colleges of veterinary medicine.
  • Provide continuing education and extension, including veterinary telemedicine and other distance-based education, for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other health professionals needed to strengthen veterinary programs and enhance food safety.
  • Cover travel and living expenses of veterinary students, veterinary interns, externs, fellows, and residents, and veterinary technician students attending training programs in food safety or food animal medicine.

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

Application due: May 24, 2017

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

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Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: May 30, 2017

The Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (HEC) is an NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, baccalaureate or master's degree level food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH) education and first professional degree-level education in veterinary medicine (DVM). HEC projects provide funding to eligible applicants to help ensure a competent, qualified and diverse workforce will exist to serve the FANH sciences system.

At the same time, HEC-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of communities through the development of degree programs emphasizing new and emerging employment opportunities. Finally, HEC projects address the national challenge to increase the number and diversity of students entering the FANH sciences (i.e., having a FANH sciences workforce representative of the Nation's population).

Please note: This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for FY 2017. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program.

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Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program in Montana
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: May 26, 2017 (electronic); June 2, 2017 (paper)

The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program helps improve the economic condition of rural areas by helping non-profit corporations or higher education institutions in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses through cooperative development. Grants are awarded through a national competition.

Grant and matching funds can be used for developing and operating a Rural Cooperative Development Center. Examples of technical and other services that the Centers can provide:

  • Conducting feasibility studies

  • Developing business plans

  • Providing leadership and operational improvement training

  • Facilitating strategic planning

Note that the Center can be located in any area, but the individuals and business assisted must be located in an eligible rural area.

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Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: June 6, 2017

The Food Safety Outreach Program will support projects that encourage local communities, community-based and non-governmental organizations, universities, extension, and state and federal agencies to develop and implement food safety outreach programs that facilitate the integration of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) food safety guidelines into a variety of agricultural production and processing systems, including conventional, sustainable, and organic systems, among others.

In FY 2017, new projects will focus on, but are not limited to, addressing knowledge and resource gaps for the target audience in the areas of pre- and post-harvest water testing and sampling, soil amendments, developing supply chain programs, and/or developing food safety plans. Proposals that address bilingual and culturally sensitive training resources are encouraged.

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Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: June 8, 2017

The purpose of this program is to support research and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture intends this program to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences and related disciplines.

Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize a competent and qualified workforce to guide the food and agricultural sciences system. WAMS-funded projects should improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Hence, the goal of WAMS projects is to meet the national challenge to increase the number and diversity of students entering food and agriculture-related STEM disciplines (i.e., having a food and agricultural sciences workforce representative of the nation's population). Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged.

All WAMS projects are required to provide leadership skills opportunities. The development of leadership skills, knowledge, and qualities are necessary to prepare students for agricultural and related careers in the private sector, government, and academia. WAMS education/teaching applications must demonstrably incorporate a leadership development component to equip students with technical and leadership abilities upon graduation.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Foundational Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

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

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America's flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences.

In this RFA, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational Program for FY 2017. 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 2017, 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

  • Agriculture economics and rural communities

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Food Safety Challenge Area
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: June 21, 2017

The purpose of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, and urban agricultural systems. These include farm efficiency, profitability and sustainability, ranching, bioenergy, forestry, aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, mitigating impacts of biotic and abiotic constraints on food production, food safety, mitigating food waste and food loss, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and classical breeding.

Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to end users, allowing them to make informed, practical decisions. This AFRI RFA provides funding for integrated research, education, and/or extension projects addressing challenges about Food Safety.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: June 28, 2017

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America's flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The long-term goal of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area (AFRI COP) is to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents ages 2-19 years or any subset of this age range.

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Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Varies by program (June 21 or June 28, 2017)

The purpose of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, and urban agricultural systems. These include farm efficiency, profitability and sustainability, ranching, bioenergy, forestry, aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, mitigating impacts of biotic and abiotic constraints on food production, food safety, mitigating food waste and food loss, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and classical breeding.

Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to end users, allowing them to make informed, practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for research, education, extension, or integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

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Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: June 28, 2017

The purpose of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grants program is to support research, education, and extension efforts by awarding grants to address key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional and organic food and agriculture systems, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, bioenergy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, mitigating impacts of biotic and abiotic constraints on food production, food safety, mitigating food waste and food loss, physical and social sciences, home economics and human ecology, biotechnology, and classical/conventional breeding.

Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in the fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. It also supports education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for research-only projects, and integrated research, education, and/or extension projects addressing challenges about Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts.

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Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: June 30, 2017

Part of the overall purpose of Title V of the Rural Development Act of 1972 is to foster quality of life in rural communities by providing the essential knowledge necessary for successful programs of rural development, improving coordination among Federal agencies, other levels of government, and institutions and private organizations in rural areas, and developing and disseminating information about rural conditions.

The Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE) supports quality of life in rural communities across the United States by addressing the relationship between rural prosperity and rural health and safety in the context of food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences.

The RHSE program proposals in the individual and family health education area are expected to be health education projects that provide individuals and families living in rural areas with:

  • Information as to the value of good health at any age;

  • Information to increase individual or families' motivation to take more responsibility for their own health;

  • Information about and access to health promotion activities; and

  • Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.

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Renewable Resource Extension Act: National Focus Fund Projects (RREA-NFF)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: July 10, 2017

The goal of the NFF program is to enhance the sustainability of the nation's forest and rangeland resources and to enable landowners and managers to achieve their desired goals and objectives by making resource management decisions based on sound research findings. Forest and rangeland resources include vegetation, water, fisheries and wildlife, soil, and recreation.

These projects must maximize the capacity, reach, and impact of the Cooperative Extension System - Extension Forestry and Rangeland Programs and must directly work across state boundaries to share expertise to address common problems. The NFF addresses the sustainable use of natural resources, by providing funding to the Cooperative Extension System to conduct educational programs for private forestland owners that contribute to well-managed forests and the nation's and world's fiber supply in support of rural economic systems.

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Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: July 13, 2017

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive grants program supports research, education, and extension efforts by awarding grants to address key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional and organic food and agriculture systems.

These include farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, bioenergy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, mitigating impacts of biotic and abiotic constraints on food production, food safety, mitigating food waste and food loss, physical and social sciences, home economics and human ecology, biotechnology, and classical/conventional breeding.

Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in the fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The education and extension activities supported through AFRI deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for integrated research, education, and/or extension projects addressing the challenges of Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate.

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Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Letter of Intent due: May 17, 2017
Full Application due: Aug. 2, 2017

This program area focuses on multidisciplinary systems approaches regarding the integration of new technologies and strategic management that solve water availability and quality challenges in food production systems. The projects are expected to transform how abundant, safe and nutritious food is produced, processed, distributed and consumed within the limits of available water from traditional and non-traditional sources.

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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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No FY 2017 Indian Demonstration or Professional Development Grant Competitions
U.S. Department of Education

The Office of Indian Education has announced that there will be no new grant competition for either the Indian Demonstration Grant program or the Indian Professional Development Grant program for FY 2017. Both grant programs held competitions and grants were awarded in FY 2016.

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Implementing Actions in Support of Recovery of Atlantic Salmon and Their Ecosystems
Department of Commerce

Application due: May 19, 2017

The Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic salmon is one of the eight critically endangered species included in the Species in the Spotlight: Survive to Thrive initiative. This initiative involves targeted efforts vital for stabilizing these species and preventing their extinction.

The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) are collaborating to celebrate salmon restoration and recovery with an International Year of the Salmon in 2019. The overall theme is salmon and people in a changing world. During the International Year of the Salmon, our outreach efforts will raise awareness of what humans can do to better ensure salmon and their varied habitats are conserved and restored in light of increasing environmental variability.

The International Year of the Salmon will also stimulate an investment in research and leave a legacy of knowledge, data/information systems, tools, and a generation of scientists better equipped to provide timely advice to inform rational management of salmon. We are also soliciting competitive proposals for grants and cooperative agreements to develop outreach and education tools and activities to help raise awareness of the plight of Atlantic salmon and their ecosystems consistent with the International Year of the Salmon initiative.

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Pompeys Pillar Visitor Services
Bureau of Land Management-Montana

Application due: May 23, 2017

This agreement provides for multifaceted support to the Bureau of Land Management and the public through collaborative implementation of a variety of programs that support the visitor experience at Pompeys Pillar National Monument (PPNM), including interpretation and outreach, fundraising through gift shop sales and special events, raising public awareness of the site, recognition of volunteerism, maintenance/grounds keeping, and assistance with the fee collection program.

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White-Nose Syndrome Research Grants 2017
Department of the Interior

Application due: May 30, 2017

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the availability of research funding in 2017 to investigate issues related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS). This opportunity is open to non-governmental, university, and private researchers, as well as State and Federal agencies, and Tribes.

As of March 10, 2017, WNS has been confirmed in bats in 30 states and the causative fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has also been detected in two additional states without confirmation of the disease. Twelve North American and 21 Eurasian species of bats have been confirmed with WNS or detected carrying Pd. Surveys in affected areas continue to reveal population declines associated with the disease at most contaminated sites in North America.

The Service has targeted up to $1.2 million for an open funding opportunity in 2017 to investigate high priority questions about WNS that will improve our ability to manage the disease and conserve affected bats. Available funds are internally directed for Fiscal Year 2017.

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Carbon and Stillwater County Community Assistance for Hazardous Fuels Projects
Bureau of Land Management-Montana

Application due: June 1, 2017

The Community Assistance program was established to develop the local capability at a county level that will promote a community-wide wildfire protection plan. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to promote programs that will be used to develop local capability in Carbon and Stillwater Counties. These programs include, but are not limited to, wildfire planning, wildfire mitigation actions, and wildland fire education/prevention.

The award recipient shall provide supervision and oversight, and to coordinate with other public, private organizations, agencies and individuals to accomplish the following tasks:

  1. Conduct Community Wildfire Protection Planning

  2. Develop and implement public wildfire education, training, and/or community action/involvement programs

  3. Wildland hazardous fuels reduction

  4. Structure landscaping fuel modification

  5. Identify and obtain appropriate permits and clearances to accomplish work

  6. Expand community capabilities to enhance local employment opportunities

  7. Develop short and long term monitoring and maintenance plans

  8. Provide quarterly performance reports

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The Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Data Grants
American Heart Association

Application due: Jan. 31, 2017 or June 1, 2017 (varies with grant)

Through these grants and fellowships, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) hope to enable the scientific, mathematics and technology community to discover solutions to overcome the current obstacles in accessing and utilizing cardiovascular data.

The AHA will supply the funding for salaries, travel, and supplies. AWS has provided service credits to be used toward computational storage and analysis. AHA will offer four grant mechanisms to investigators:

  • Innovative Development Grants (deadline January 31, 2017)
  • Data Mining Grants (deadline January 31, 2017)
  • Methods Validation Grants (deadline June 1, 2017)
  • Fellowships (deadline June 1, 2017)

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Uncovering New Patterns in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Grant
American Heart Association

Application due: June 1, 2017

The purpose of this award is to uncover new patterns and make new discoveries within and across existing datasets using cloud computing. Specifically, this funding opportunity seeks to:

  • test methods for data harmonization across different datasets to allow critical questions to be asked in larger populations regarding biomarkers, genetic variants, or other variables using cloud computing;

  • test new methods for uncovering patterns within and across datasets using cloud computing;

  • test new hypotheses for old yet unsolved problems within and across existing datasets using cloud computing;

  • identify new biomarkers, genetic variants, behavioral influences, and environmental changes within and across existing datasets using cloud computing.

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NCET2 and Haiyin Capital Partner to Create the American-Chinese University Growth Fund
National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer

University Startups Conference and Demo Day: Apr. 18-19, 2017, Washington, DC

Washington, D.C. April 4, 2017 --  Haiyin Capital, a leading Chinese venture capital firm, and the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), an association of entrepreneurial students and university startup officers, have agreed to form a joint venture called "The American-Chinese University Growth Fund" to provide Chinese venture funding to startups formed at American universities. The expectation is that the Fund will provide at least $1 billion of funding from Chinese investors to American university startups over the next decade.

NCET2 produces the "University Startups Demo Day" (TM) where American universities submit the very best startups they create based on the $37 billion of university research funded annually by the federal government. Every six months, 200 of those submitted companies are scored by a Corporate Selection Committee consisting of a rotating group of Fortune 500 member companies to select the 40 "Best University Startups" (TM) with industry alignment for presentation at the Demo Day. These companies are double curated by academia and industry and represent the very top startups coming out of American universities. The American-Chinese University Growth Fund will be the sole source syndicator of venture capital from China to invest in these startups alongside American venture capital firms.

"China has over three trillion dollars in foreign reserves resulting from decades-old trade imbalances, and we would like to get some of that money back to fund the commercialization of federally-funded university research and to create jobs in the U.S.," says Tony Stanco, NCET2 executive director, "and partnering with Haiyin Capital to systematically syndicate the venture capital deals in China allows us to do just that. With appropriate technology safeguards, this joint venture is a tremendous win-win situation where Chinese investors can invest in America's high-performing innovation economy for financial returns, and American university-based startups receive much needed gap funding to commercialize research and create American jobs." 

To ensure that the deals are strictly for financial returns and to protect U.S. strategic technologies and assets, NCET2 will work closely with the Committee on Foreign Investments in the U.S. (CFIUS), Congress, the White House and the Department of Defense to clear each transaction. "These international technology deals are particularly hard for individual universities and startups to assess, so providing a review pathway through a vehicle like The American-Chinese University Growth Fund is very important to ensure that national strategic interests are protected, while at the same time giving the universities and startups the peace of mind that the transactions are safe," said Tony Stanco. Historically, foreign investments in startups have not been the focus of CFIUS review leaving considerable risk for universities and startups in self-assessing, especially in the case of Chinese venture capital that has shown increasing interest in university startups in recent years, raising national security concerns in some quarters in Washington. Alleviating these concerns for all parties is a major objective of The American-Chinese University Growth Fund.

Haiyin has invested in more than a dozen high-tech companies in the US, mostly university spin-offs, including medical devices companies such as Wicab, Cerevast and MC10, robotic companies such as Soft Robotics and Hanson Robotics, and energy companies such as WiTricity and 1366 Tech. Through The American-Chinese University Growth Fund, Haiyin will bring more Chinese investors to explore the investment opportunities in American university startups. "Obviously the hi-tech innovation of US companies, especially university spin-offs, is much higher than in China. As a private investment fund getting money from institutional investors and private business sectors in China, Haiyin Capital believes that our investments in US hi-tech startups by partnering with NCET2 will bring consistently high returns to our investors, and should at the same time help the U.S. startups become successful," said Yuquan Wang, Founding Partner of Haiyin. 

The next University Startups Conference and Demo Day is in Washington, D.C. on April 18-19, 2017.

About Haiyin Capital: Headquartered in Beijing, China, Haiyin Capital actively invests worldwide in technology teams whose innovations are poised for global impact. Yuquan Wang, Founding Partner of Haiyin, is a respected mentor in the venture capital industry in China. He lectures frequently on tech market trends, and on Sina, Tencent and tech media within China. Prior to Haiyin, Wang founded Consultech in 1993, which was acquired by Omnicom Group. In 1998, he founded Frost & Sullivan China and served as President.

About NCET2: Headquartered in Washington, DC, the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer is the leading organization for creating and funding university startups. Tony Stanco, Esq., is founder and executive director of the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) and was a senior attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He works with universities and governments around the world on innovation policy, startup policy, software policy, open source, cyber security, and e-government issues. He has appeared before the U.S. Congress, various U.S. defense and civilian agencies, the World Bank, the European Commission, United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank, and Organization of American States. He has an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and is licensed as a lawyer in New York state.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

FOR NCET2:
Ms. Ria Ancheta-Adrias
National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer
Media Director
Tel: 1 (202) 580 8382
Email: mediacontact@ncet2.org
http://ncet2.org/

FOR HAIYIN CAPITAL:
Mr. Yuquan Wang
Haiyin Capital
Founding Partner
Tel: 1 (914) 316 4805
Email: yuquan.wang@haiyinfund.com
http://www.haiyincapital.comhttps://master.mailbutler.io/tracking/CA2D1330-9D8A-4D01-9D8F-378F10308A45


BLM-MT, Air Monitoring, North Central District
Bureau of Land Management-Montana

Application due: June 19, 2017

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Montana State Office (MTSO) purchased two new air monitoring stations in 2012 which were installed in the Lewistown area and the Malta area and have continuously operated to date. The air monitoring stations continuously collect data on ambient concentrations of four air pollutants as well as several meteorological parameters. In addition to providing initial capital funds for the stations, BLM MTSO has provided funding for operation and maintenance costs associated with the stations from 2012-2016 through a cooperative agreement. The air monitoring data obtained from these stations fills a large spatial gap in air quality information and the data are used to support BLM air analyses and planning implementation.

The purpose of this project is to provide air quality data used to determine compliance with air quality standards and protect public health by continuously operating two air monitoring stations in central (Lewistown) and northern (Malta) Montana.

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2018 HHMI Investigator Competition
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Application due: June 27, 2017

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to announce a national competition for the appointment of outstanding scientists as HHMI investigators. This competition will enable HHMI to strengthen its community of basic researchers and physician scientists who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological problems in biomedical disciplines, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology.

From this competition, HHMI expects to appoint up to 20 new investigators who will be among the most creative and promising in the nation. HHMI investigators are expected to demonstrate a combination of the following attributes that distinguish them from other highly competent scientists in their field:

  • They identify and pursue significant biological questions in a rigorous and deep manner.

  • They push their chosen research field into new areas of inquiry, being consistently at its forefront.

  • They develop new tools and methods that enable creative experimental approaches to biological questions, bringing to bear, when necessary, concepts or techniques from other disciplines.

  • They forge links between basic biology and medicine.

  • They demonstrate great promise of future original and innovative contributions.

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Data Grant Portfolio: Methods Validation Grants
American Heart Association

Application due: June 29, 2017

The purpose of the Methods Validation Grants is to identify methods to improve the integration and analysis of data within and across large and diverse datasets using cloud computing. A successful grant will include information on how the previous method or tool was used, the evaluation and validation of the proposed method, and the plan for utilizing the AHA Precision Medicine Platform http://precision.heart.org to serve the greater scientific community.

The award seeks to test and validate:

  • new machine learning algorithms to curate and harmonize data in the cloud;

  • new natural language processing methods for electronic health records in the cloud;

  • new pipelines to enable more effective and efficient workflows for analyzing data in the cloud;

  • new pipelines for data curation in the cloud.

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Pipeline to Proposal Awards Tier A Pre-Engagement/Community Projects
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Letter of Intent due: Apr. 20, 2017
Full Application due (by invitation only): June 30, 2017

The purpose of the Pipeline to Proposal (P2P) Awards program is to help people form new collaborations with the goal of developing proposals for research with sound scientific rigor and robust patient engagement. We are interested in research teams that include patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders, as well as researchers.

The P2P program now has two tiers. The first (Tier A) is designed to support the development of research partnerships as they identify a comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) question (or series of questions) that is important to patients, researchers, and other members of the healthcare community. The second tier (Tier B) is designed to help research partnerships refine their CER questions and prepare an application for research funding.

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Pipeline to Proposal Awards Tier A Pre-Engagement/Community Projects
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Letter of Intent due: Apr. 20, 2017
Full Application due: June 30, 2017

The purpose of the Pipeline to Proposal (P2P) Awards program is to help people form new collaborations with the goal of developing proposals for research with sound scientific rigor and robust patient engagement. We are interested in research teams that include patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders, as well as researchers.

The P2P program now has two tiers. The first (Tier A) is designed to support the development of research partnerships as they identify a comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) question (or series of questions) that is important to patients, researchers, and other members of the healthcare community. The second tier (Tier B) is designed to help research partnerships refine their CER questions and prepare an application for research funding.

The program previously had three tiers. The current program has a shorter timeline, but the same overall funding.

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University/College Resource Management Partnership
Bureau of Land Management-Montana

Application due: June 30, 2017

The Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been working with University and College partners on mutually beneficial projects on public lands for many years. BLM provides conservation, natural and cultural resource management opportunities by engaging these partners to perform a variety of projects and activities on public lands. This partnership will allow the University or College to work alongside with BLM staff to develop educational programs and conservation projects in Montana/Dakotas.

The primary objective of this program is to engage a University or College partner to assist with the development and implementation of natural and cultural resource projects on public lands. This partnership will create a positive impact on public land management and the natural and cultural resource fields. Specific examples of potential projects include, but are not limited to, enhanced recreation opportunities at public sites and improved conditions of watersheds and cultural resource sites. While students are engaged in these projects, they will learn about natural and cultural resource management.

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Forest Collaboration Network Facilitation
Bureau of Land Management-Montana

Application due: July 3, 2017

The objective of this funding opportunity is to support the Montana Forest Collaboration Network (MFCN) in order to strengthen existing community-based collaborative organizations and increase collaborative capacity. This increase in capacity will result in more forest treatments across Montana landscape.

The Recipient shall assist the MFCN collaborative through the following actions:

  • Identify ways to serve collaborative groups

  • Share best practices and learn from one another's accomplishments and challenges

  • Support opportunities that will help with relationship building

  • Discuss the successes of organizations and people when they work together and how they can be made more productive

The Recipient, through MFCN, shall host an annual meeting open to all participants of community-based collaborative groups, such that its services can keep up with the dynamic demands and interests of local groups.

Specifically, the following tasks will assist the MFCN in carrying out its mission:

  • Internal Communication - Offering information to collaborative groups

  • External Communication - Promoting collaboration across the state

  • Generate tools, techniques, and workshops to support best practices in collaboration

  • Advocate for funding for collaborative groups

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Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program (D43)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: June 27, 2017
Full Application due: July 27, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for the Global Infectious Disease (GID) Research Training Program from U.S. and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions. The application should propose a collaborative training program that will strengthen the capacity of an LMIC institution to conduct infectious disease research. FIC will support research-training programs that focus on major endemic or life-threatening emerging infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, infections that frequently occur as co-infections in HIV infected individuals or infections associated with non-communicable disease conditions of public health importance in LMICs.

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2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars

Application due: Aug. 1, 2017

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers more than 500 teaching, research, or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants.

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Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy
Flinders University and Carnegie Mellon University Australia

Application due: Aug. 1, 2017

The Distinguished Chair will undertake comparative and collaborative research at Flinders University and Carnegie Mellon University Australia in the field of applied public policy. The Distinguished Chair will be encouraged to collaborate with the host institution but should not teach intensive seminars or coursework. At Carnegie Mellon University Australia, the Distinguished Chair will give guest lectures in both programs and teach a mini-course on applied public policy. Paid work cannot be undertaken in Australia while on a Fulbright Scholarship in accordance with visa regulations.

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Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Competence
National Centre for Cultural Competence, The University of Sydney

Application due: Aug. 1, 2017

The Distinguished Chair will lead a specific, collaborative research project in cultural competence at the University of Sydney to build capacity in skills, knowledge and capabilities in cultural competence (the ability to participate ethically and effectively in personal and professional intercultural settings). They are also encouraged to collaborate with the host institution and give workshops or short seminars, but should not teach intensive seminars or coursework.

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Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria

Application due: Aug. 1, 2017

The Distinguished Chair will undertake collaborative research related to entrepreneurship and innovation.

Scholars are encouraged to collaborate with the host institution and give workshops or short seminars, but should not teach intensive seminars or coursework. Paid work cannot be undertaken in Australia while on a Fulbright Scholarship in accordance with visa regulations.

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2017 Advanced Research Training Courses
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

Dates vary by course

Participants in the 2017 Advanced Research Training Courses on Cape Cod in Woods Hole, MA, will investigate contemporary research problems and learn cutting-edge approaches from an internationally renowned faculty.

Each year, these Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) courses from the University of Chicago attract a diverse population of over 500 of the best and brightest students in the world, from more than 300 institutions and over 30 countries. Applicants must be in training for, or possess, a Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

Discover Courses are six- to eight-week full immersion courses for those who seek advanced, hands-on training in pioneering research fields.

Special Topics Courses are one- to four-week long courses that provide intense training in specialized research areas.

Substantial financial assistance is available.

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Partners in Science Program
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Internal MSU Pre-Proposals due: Aug. 1, 2017
Full Application to Agency due: Dec. 1, 2017

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

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

If eligible and awarded, MSU investigators who agree to host a high school science teacher in their lab over the Summer 2018 months will be offered a $2,500 incentive by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development.

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

Deadline and Submission Requirements:

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

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

  3. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2017. The Vice President of Research and Economic Development will review the pre-proposals.

  4. Full proposals from selected MSU investigators will be due to the sponsor on December 1, 2017. The MJ Murdock board will review the applications in January 2018 and announce the selections in March for the Summer 2018 partnerships.

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

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