Research Funding Opportunities



Internal Opportunities and Announcements

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

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

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

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October 16, 2014

Dear Colleague,

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Dr. France A. Córdova
Director

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Open Access Author Fund at MSU - Pilot Project
MSU Library

The Open Access Author Fund

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

Goals

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


The Application Process

Eligible Publications and Data repositories

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

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

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

Eligible Articles and Data

Articles/data should:

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

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

Eligible Authors

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

Eligible Fees

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

Fund Limits

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

Institutional Repository

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

How do I apply?

Complete the online form.

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American Association of University
Great Falls Branch of the American Association of University Women

SYNOPSIS:

The Great Falls Branch of the American Association of University Women announces its scholarship competition for the 2015-2016 school year. Four $2,000 scholarships are available. Applications can be obtained from the Great Falls AAUW website at http://www.aauwgreatfalls.org.

Send questions to aauw.scholarship.cascade@gmail.com.

The scholarships are available to women from Cascade County who will be a college junior, senior, or graduate student by the 2015 Fall semester. Applicants can attend college inor outside of Montana. The awards are based on scholarship, character, and financial need.

Completed applications and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by March 30, 2015. The winners will be announced in April 2015.

 

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Student Research Celebration - Call for Abstracts
MSU Undergraduate Scholars Program

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, March 6, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Student Research Celebration. This event is open to graduate and undergraduate students engaging in research, scholarship, and original creative works in all academic disciplines.  Please encourage interested students to apply. This year's event is scheduled for Thursday, April 9. 

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, March 6. 

For more information, please visit: 

http://www.montana.edu/usp/student_research_celebration.html

 

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2016 Research Grants Competition: Bioenergy and Biomass Conversion
The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc. (CPBR)

LOI due December 19, 2014
Full proposals are by invitation only. Full submission due June 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc. ("CPBR"), is issuing the Request for Preproposals for its 2016 competitions. The CPBR is a non-profit organization that funds university peer-reviewed research on a competitive basis. CPBR facilitates research interactions among univesity and industry scientists. Member organizations include universities, companies and trade associations. Industry sectors represented include the seed, agrochemical, forestry, energy, bio-materials, and other food and non-food agricultural products industries. Preproposals are invited for research that (1) is related to plant biotechnology and (2) addresses industrial problems and opportunities related to bioenergy and biomass conversion. A specific interest in this year's competition will be centered around opportunities for the development of startup companies based on proposed innovation. 

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

*Application materials are not posted to the web and PI's will need to contact OSP, Micaela M. Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu for the full application package. Documents will be sent as an attachment.

PIs should send notice to CPBR, via email (info@cpbr.org) stating they plan to participate in the 2016 competition. Notice of intent should include name and university of PI and Co-PI(s), number of preproposals planning to submit and title(s) if available.  

Each preproposal package should contain the following items: 

  • CPBR Preproposal Cover Sheet (Appendix 3, also available as a Word file)
  • Project Summary
  • Code of Conduct Agreement for each PI and CoPI participating (Appendix 5, also available as a Word file)
  • Symposium Registration Form (Appendix 4, also available as a Word file)
  • Draft poster
  • Photos of PI and each Co-PI

The project summary should include, in two or three single-spaced pages:

  • Preproposal title
  • Objectives
  • Anticipated outcomes
  • Discussion of the perceived economic value or potential commercial applications
  • Discussion of containment if GM plants are used

CPBR requestselectronic submission of preproposals as Word documents. These must be sent as email attachments, to info@cpbr.org, Please compress all images prior to submitting.  

All electronic submission of preproposals, must be received in Word Format at CPBR by 5:00 p.m., December 19, 2014. Three hard copy signed submissions should be sent to:

W. Corey Pittman, Research Grants Coordinator

The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc.

P.O. Box 20634

St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Express Delivery

110 Scranton Connector

Brunswick, GA 31525

Phone:  912-638-4900  

Fax:  912-638-7788

Email:  cpittman@cpbr.org  

URL:  www.cpbr.org

CPBR will acknowledge receipt of preproposals by email.  

 

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National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Solicitations
National Science Foundation and MSU TechLink

SBIR proposals due June 16, 2015; STTR proposals due June 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

NSF has released new SBIR and STTR solicitations, due June 16th and 18th, respectively:

SBIR proposals are due June 16, 2015 (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15546/nsf15546.htm) - up to $150K/6 months Phase I, $750K/24 months for Phase II

STTR proposals are due June 18, 2015 (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15545/nsf15545.htm) - up to $225K/12 months Phase I, $750K/24 months for Phase II.  STTR proposals should have some connection to prior NSF-funded research.

NSF SBIR/STTR accepts proposals in any area of technology that shows high commercial potential, not just those listed below.

NSF SBIR/STTR funding is an outstanding opportunity for MSU faculty to work with their grad students or post-docs to create new spin-out companies and local jobs, as Gradient Engineering (http://www.gradienten.com/) did last year.

MSU TechLink can provide in-depth guidance and proposal assistance, including incentive grants of up to $1,000, for MSU faculty and Montana companies, including start-ups in the planning stage, who collaborate on SBIR/STTR proposals.  With TechLink's support, companies typically have one-in-three odds of winning Phase I, and then better than 2/3 odds of winning Phase II.  NSF has particularly strong interest in supporting university spin-outs. Contact Phillip Luebke or Ray Friesenhahn (x7726) for more info.  

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Editorial Support
Mountain West CTR-IN

The Mountain West CTR-IN wants to help you achieve success as an independent investigator in clinical and translational research. As you are probably keenly aware, publications are an essential element along that path.

We are here to help you polish manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed scientific journals, abstracts for national scientific meetings, and ultimately, research plan text for a successful NIH grant application.

The CTR-IN has an Editor on our staff who can help you ...

Composing a well-polished, professional scientific publication takes time, effort, and a fresh set of eyes! Following stylistic guidelines specific to each discipline, the CTR-IN Editor will review your draft proposal, scientific publication, or meeting abstract and assist you in polishing it.

Editing services include formatting, spelling and punctuation, rewriting sentences or reorganizing paragraphs to improve clarity and impact, eliminating jargon, and generally smoothing the language.

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

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

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

 

 

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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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Building Opportunities for Leadership & Development (BOLD) Immersion Program - United States
Google Inc.

March 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Building Opportunities for Leadership and Development (BOLD) Immersion program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a culture where great minds, cutting-edge technology and smart business intersect to make a difference--each and every day. BOLD Immersion US will take place July 2015 in Mountain View, CA.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The BOLD Immersion program provides: a rare glimpse into the business side of the technology industry; a chance to grow one's peer network; an environment for testing skills and collaborating on real business challenges; and, exposure and insight into Google's Internship program and non-technical career opportunities.

The BOLD Immersion program is open to all higher education students, and is committed to addressing diversity in Google and the technology industry. Students who are members of a group that is historically underrepresented in this field are encouraged to apply.

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Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences
Klingenstein (Esther A. & Joseph) Fund

March 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of these awards is to support, in the early stages of their careers, young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The sponsor realizes that to achieve its purpose it is necessary to encourage a variety of new approaches. Several areas within the neurosciences are of particular interest to the sponsor:

Cellular and molecular neuroscience--Studies of the mechanisms of neuronal excitability and development, and of the genetic basis of behavior.

Neural systems--Studies of the integrative function of the nervous system.

Clinical research--Studies designed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and our understanding of the causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

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Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program - Short-Term Projects
Department of Education

March 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The FulbrightHays Group Projects Abroad (FulbrightHays GPA) Program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for groups of teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Short-term projects may include seminars, curriculum development, or group research or study.

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Bullitt Environmental Fellowship
Bullitt Foundation

April 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is a two-year, $50,000/year fellowship for graduate students interested in pursuing leadership positions within the environmental field.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding, environmentally knowledgeable graduate student from a community underrepresented in the environmental movement, who has demonstrated exceptional capacity for leadership as well as scholarship. The Foundation encourages applications from a broad diversity of students, with a particular emphasis on students of color and others who have overcome discrimination or other significant hardships.

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Fellowships
Montana Space Grant Consortium

April 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Montana Space Grant Consortium offers graduate fellowships of $9,000 plus in-state tuition and fees for one semester. Awards are made on a competitive basis to graduate students working on research projects in fields of study relevant to NASA's mission.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Awards will be made on a competitive basis to students enrolled in fields of study relevant to NASA's mission.

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Summer Seminars
Institute for Humane Studies

March 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

IHS Summer Seminars take place on college campuses located across the United States. This year's locations are: Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA, and, Lake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. Three sessions are available: Exploring Liberty: An Introduction to Freedom; Liberty & Society: Beyond the Foundations of Freedom; and, Liberty & Scholarship: Critiques and Challenges.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

IHS Summer Seminars will cover history, economics, philosophy and other disciplines from the classical liberal perspective, offering new insights and inspiration for tackling the many issues facing our society. Participants will debate and discuss ideas with faculty and peers. Over the course of the seminar, one will build critical thinking skills, gain access to a great interdisciplinary network and discover potential career possibilities, all while learning about the ideas that helped bring about civil rights, greater human equality before the law, religious tolerance and freedom, women's suffrage, and more.

 

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Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

Deadlines vary depending on disciplinary category (see announcement)

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards Fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The Fields of Study listed in the Appendix are used to place applications in the most appropriate review panel and to track the disciplinary progress of Fellows and their career outcomes. Applicants may select "other" if their Field of Study is not represented in the list.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are awarded to individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. All applicants are expected to have adequate preparation to begin graduate-level study and research by summer or fall of 2015. This is nearly always demonstrated by a bachelor's degree in a science or engineering field earned prior to fall 2015. In addition, Fellowship awardees must be enrolled in a university, college, or non-profit academic institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States that offers graduate degrees in eligible science and engineering fields by fall 2015. Confirmation of acceptance in a program which grants a graduate degree in an eligible science or engineering field is required at the time of Fellowship acceptance, by May 1, 2015. Upon acceptance of an NSF GRFP Fellowship, Fellows must certify that they meet all of the eligibility requirements as described in this Program Solicitation. All Fellows from the date of Acceptance through Completion or Termination of the Fellowship must be affiliated with a graduate degree-granting institution accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States.

While applicants accepting the Fellowship must be affiliated with an institution having a campus located in the United States, NSF encourages United States graduate students to establish collaborative relationships with international researchers and institutions. GRFP offers the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) initiative to enable Fellows to take advantage of expertise, facilities, data, and field sites located abroad; to develop an international network of collaborators early in their career; to address problems of a global nature that require international cooperation; and to be prepared upon joining the United States science and engineering workforce to collaborate successfully in international teams.

GRFP supports individuals proposing a comprehensive holistic plan for graduate education that takes into account individual interests and competencies. Thus, an applicant must provide a detailed profile of her or his relevant educational and research experiences and plans for graduate education in such a way as to demonstrate potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.

Prospective applicants are advised that submission of an application implies a commitment to the pursuit of graduate study in a research-based program in science or engineering. Acceptance of a Fellowship award is an explicit agreement that the Fellow will be duly enrolled in a graduate degree program consistent with the field of study indicated in their application by the beginning of the following academic year.

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HSS/NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Science
History of Science Society

April 6, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) History Division, funds a nine-month research project that is related to any aspect of the history of space science, from the earliest human interest in space to the present.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The program is broadly conceived and includes the social, cultural, institutional and personal context of space-science history. Proposals of advanced research in history related to all aspects of the history of space science are eligible. Sciences of space and sciences affected by data and concepts developed in connection with space exploration include astronomy, Earth science, optics, meteorology, oceanography, and physiology. The Fellow will be expected to present a paper or public lecture on the findings of their research and will write a report at the term's conclusion.

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Research Participation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Receipt

SYNOPSIS:

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to conduct research in infectious diseases, environmental health, epidemiology, occupational safety and health, exposure and disease registries, health investigations, toxicology, emergency response, public health assessment, and health education at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, GA and other CDC locations); and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (Atlanta, GA).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Related disciplines include life, health, and medical sciences; physical sciences; economics; environmental health; epidemiology; occupational safety and health; pharmacology; toxicology; and related scientific disciplines.

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Dissertation Fellowship
Consortium for Faculty Diversity

Receipt

SYNOPSIS:

The dissertation fellowship is intended for scholars who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. or the M.F.A. except the dissertation. This fellowship is intended for scholars in the final stage of their dissertation and aims, above all, to help the fellow complete the final requirements for the degree during the year of residency.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The dissertation fellowship is intended for scholars who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. or the M.F.A. except the dissertation. Dissertation fellows will be expected to teach the equivalent of one semester-long course during the academic year, participate in functions such as departmental seminars, and interact regularly with students.

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Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship
American Society for Microbiology

May 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. The fellowship encourages students to continue and complete their research project in the microbiological sciences.

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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program
Department of Education

April 28, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The FulbrightHays DDRA Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States.

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Dielectrics & Electrical Insulation Society Graduate Student Fellowship
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

May 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

IEEE will award scholarships to support graduate research in the area of insulation or dielectrics in the US and Canada.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Dielectrics & Electrical Insulation Society Graduate Student Fellowship was designed to support graduate research in the area of insulation or dielectrics.

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Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship Program
American Indian Graduate Center

May 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship program is for college junior and senior students pursuing a career and degree in fields relating to banking, resort management, gaming operations, management and administration, including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This scholarship program, for American Indian and Alaskan Natives, is partially awarded based on financial need and academic achievement.

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SOM Prize and Travel Fellowship Awards in Architecture, Design and Urban Design
SOM Foundation

LOI due April 20, 2015
Full submission due July 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The SOM Prize and Travel Fellowship are two annual awards that are administered as a single competition. The awards are given to students and recent graduates of Architecture, Design (including interior design, landscape architecture, environmental graphics or industrial design), and Urban Design.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The SOM Prize enables one outstanding applicant the opportunity to travel in connection with carrying out in-depth research on a subject of their choosing; to meet with other professionals in the field; and to pursue study outside the realm of established patterns.

A second award offers an applicant the opportunity to expand their professional education beyond the classroom through the observation of buildings, design, culture and history that can only be achieved through travel.

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AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program (R36)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS

Deadlines are: May 1, August 1, November 1, and February 1

SYNOPSIS: 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces the continuation of AHRQ Health Services Research Dissertation Grant Program that provides support to individuals who are conducting research undertaken as part of an accredited academic program to qualify for a research doctorate degree. This FOA utilizes the dissertation research grant mechanism (R36).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Applications for dissertation research grants must be responsive to AHRQ's mission, which is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. The research sponsored and conducted by the Agency develops and presents scientific evidence regarding all aspects of health care. It addresses issues of organization, delivery, financing, utilization, patient and provider behavior, outcomes, effectiveness and cost. It evaluates both clinical services and the system in which these services are provided. These scientific results improve the evidence base to enable better decisions about health care, including such areas as disease prevention, appropriate use of medical technologies, improving diagnosis and treatment in cost-effective ways, long-term care, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. AHRQ has identified strategic goals as priority research areas. Research applications must address one of these areas. Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on topical areas unique to AHRQ, demonstrating how expected results can be used or made available for use to enhance healthcare quality. Results should be directly relevant to customers, such as providers and practitioners, administrators, payers, consumers, policymakers, and insurers. The strategic research goals are:

Safety/quality - Reduce the risk of harm from health care services by promoting the delivery of appropriate care that achieves the best quality outcomes;

Efficiency - Achieve wider access to effective health care services and reduce health care costs;

Effectiveness - Assure that providers and consumers/patients use beneficial and timely health care information to make informed decision choices.

AHRQ has specific research portfolio areas of interest which include comparative effectiveness/patient-centered outcomes, health information technology (health IT), value, patient safety, prevention and care management, and healthcare innovations. Candidates are required to address health services research issues critical to AHRQ priority populations, including: individuals living in inner city and rural (including frontier) areas; low-income and minority groups; women, children, the elderly; and individuals with special health care needs, including those with disabilities and those who need chronic or end-of-life health care. Candidates must conduct dissertation projects which focus on health care delivery in the United States. AHRQ will not accept international health care research projects.

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Sabbatical & Research Fellowships
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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DEED Scholarship Program
American Public Power Association

February 15, 2015 and October 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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Graduate Fellowships
Property and Environment Research Center

March 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Julian Simon Fellowship
Property and Environment Research Center

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Lone Mountain Fellowship
Property and Environment Research Center

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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Limited Submissions

Economic Studies of Immunization Policies and Practices (U01)
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases/CDC/DHHS

Internal MSU LOI deadline January 20, 2015
LOI due February 3, 2015
Full submission due March 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) invites applications for research to obtain economic information about vaccines and immunization policies, programs, and practices using economic and decision analyses and other appropriate methods. The results of these economic studies will be used to help inform policy and the development of effective interventions. A total of approximately $900,000 is available.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of this funding announcement is to obtain economic information about vaccines and immunization policies, programs, and practices using economic and decision analyses and other appropriate methods. The results of these economic studies will be used to help inform policy and the development of effective interventions. Three studies will be conducted.

The goal of Study 1 is to better understand the financial, economic, and epidemiologic relationships between vaccine preventable infectious diseases and chronic disease(s) in adult populations, and the opportunity costs for immunization of failure to prevent chronic diseases. The specific vaccine-preventable disease(s) (VPD) and chronic disease(s) in the first study may include, but need not be limited to, the following: influenza and pneumococcal diseases and diabetes.  

The goal of Study 2 is to proportionally attribute the health and economic burden of norovirus disease by viral strain, route of transmission, specific food commodities, and contamination pathways. Norovirus vaccines are under development. A cost analysis as proposed in this study will allow rapid conduct of vaccines are under development. A cost analysis as proposed in this study will allow rapid conduct of necessary cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, and cost-benefit analyses as soon as vaccines are available.

The goal of Study 3 is to develop a better understanding of health and economic issues related to provider reimbursement for adult vaccination services and their effects on vaccination of adults.

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Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator
National Energy Technology Laboratory/Department of Energy

Internal MSU LOI due January 30, 2015
Agency LOI due February 10, 2015
Full submission due March 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is continuing its ''Incubator'' program within its existing Offices and programs to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help meet existing goals but are not represented in a significant way in the Offices' existing Multi-Year Program Plans (MYPPs) or current portfolios. The Incubator programs will allow EERE to assess new technologies for their potential to be "on ramped" to future MYPPs. Successful incubator projects will reduce the risk associated with potentially breakthrough approaches and technologies so that they could be viable candidates for inclusion in future program roadmaps.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This Vehicle Technologies Incubator FOA is open to proposals that aim to bring to market a novel, non-incremental technology that facilitates one or more of the overall VTO goals but are not represented in a significant way in the Offices' existing Multi-Year Program Plans (MYPPs) or current portfolios. The full spectrum of technologies and non-hardware solutions relevant to efficient and environmentally friendly transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum will be considered for funding.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

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Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
Directorate for Engineering and Engineering Education and Centers

Internal MSU LOI due February 24, 2015
Full submission due April 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), have joined to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program. This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college and university faculty and students to bring knowledge of engineering or computer and information science and engineering as well as technological innovation to pre-college/community college classrooms. The goal of these partnerships is to enable K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty to translate their research experiences and new knowledge gained in university settings into their classroom activities. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Involvement of graduate students in support of academic-year classroom activities is particularly encouraged. Partnerships with inner city, rural or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

As part of the long-term partnership arrangements, university undergraduate/graduate students will partner with pre-college/community college faculty in their classrooms during the academic year to help teach engineering/computer science concepts.

This announcement features two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty: (1) RET supplements to ongoing ENG and CISE awards and (2) new RET Site awards. RET supplements may be included outside this solicitation in proposals for new or renewed NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) grants or as supplements to ongoing NSF ENG and CISE funded projects. RET in Engineering and Computer Science Sites, through this solicitation, are based on independent proposals from engineering or computer and/or information science departments, schools or colleges to initiate and conduct research participation projects for K-12 STEM teachers and/or community college faculty.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

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RFA-HG-15-002--Centers for Mendelian Genomics (UM1)
National Human Genome Research Institute/NIH/DHHS

Internal MSU LOI due February 13, 2015
LOI due March 7, 2015
Full submission due April 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) invites applications for the Centers for Mendelian Genomics Program (CMG Program). With this reissuance, NHGRI intends to achieve the following specific objectives. First, the Program will aim to discover as many genes that bear causal genetic variants ("causal genes") for human Mendelian diseases and non-disease Mendelian traits ("Mendelian conditions") as possible, using genome-wide sequencing and other complementary genomic approaches at the funded centers, and through collaborations with clinical and genetic researchers worldwide. Second, the Program will aim to enhance the chances of success in causal gene discoveries by improving sample solicitation strategies, discovery approaches, study designs, data analysis methods, and costs and efficiency of the discovery pipelines. Third, the Program will aim to enable others to discover more causal genes by disseminating the methods, tools, and other resources that will be developed under this FOA. Finally, the Program will facilitate common interests-based collaborations and avoid unproductive duplication of efforts on causal gene discoveries, through worldwide coordination. At a higher level, NHGRI intends that these activities will lead to insights on what methods, scale, and infrastructure will be necessary to discover all or most of the causal genes for human Mendelian conditions, and bring the field forward toward this goal. This FOA will use the NIH UM1 Research Project with Complex Structure Cooperative Agreement award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This FOA solicits applications for Centers for Mendelian Genomics (CMGs) with the following objectives: 1) discover as many causal genes for human Mendelian conditions as possible, 2) improve methods, costs, and efficiency to enhance the chances of success in causal gene discoveries, 3) enable others to discover more causal genes by disseminating tools, methods, and other resources that will be developed under this FOA, and 4) facilitate collaborations on gene discoveries and tool development, and avoid unproductive duplication of efforts, through worldwide coordination.

Under this FOA, NHGRI will only provide limited funds for necessary functional assays. Instead, NHGRI expects that the collaborators who provide samples to the funded centers will be responsible for conducting most of the functional assays. In the long run, NHGRI expects that such collaborations will lay the foundation for further characterization of the identified causal variants beyond what will be funded under this FOA. Centers funded under this FOA will be expected to collaborate effectively with each other to maximize the chances of the overall success of the CMG Program (see instructions for research strategy about activities that will be coordinated across the Program). Furthermore, NHGRI plans to fund a Genome Sequencing Program Coordinating Center (GSPCC) and also potentially a separate initiative for analysis activities. These will become components of the NHGRI Genome Sequencing Research Network (GSRN), along with the Centers for Common Disease Genomics (CCDG) Program and this CMG Program. The planned GSPCC will support administrative and logistical functions across the GSRN and participate in certain data analysis activities.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC) (P30)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Internal MSU LOI due February 24, 2015
Agency LOI due March 22, 2015
Full submission due April 22, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites grant applications from qualified institutions to support Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC). A Core Center Grant is an institutional award to support centralized scientific resources and facilities shared by investigators with existing research projects.  By providing intellectual leadership, advanced technologies/ methodologies, and supporting community engagement, a core center is intended to enhance the ability of scientists working in the field of environmental health sciences to identify and capitalize on emerging issues that will translate into advances improving the understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease.   

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC) Program provides funding for institutional infrastructure to support scientific equipment, facilities, and other resources shared among researchers tackling related environmental health questions. The centers foster interactions among researchers to allow them to take advantage of innovations and approaches beyond what individual scientists would be likely to attain by working independently. As intellectual hubs for environmental health research, the membership of EHS CC's is expected to be the thought leaders for the field and advance the goals of the NIEHS Strategic Plan (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/strategicplan/.)

The overall goals for the EHS CC Program are to enhance the capabilities of existing programs in environmental health sciences, assist with building programmatic and scientific capacity, lead in the development of novel research directions, recruit and groom future leaders in the field, and pioneer efforts in community engagement.  An EHS CC must be an identifiable organizational unit within a single university, medical center, or a consortium of cooperating institutions with a university affiliation.  The EHS CC grant provides facilities and resources to accelerate research along the spectrum from basic mechanistic and toxicological science to population and public health and dissemination. An EHS CC should foster integration, coordination, and translation by cooperation among investigators conducting high-quality research clearly related to the effects of environmental factors on human health. It should create a structure that allows center members with different expertise to come together in order to answer complex and/or emerging questions leading to improved strategies towards preventing environmentally-induced disorders. In addition, the structure of the Center should facilitate multi-directional interaction with communities.  While the EHS CC grant provides support for core resources and facilities, it does not provide direct funding for research projects, although limited funds are provided for pilot projects.

To maximize creativity, flexibility and capitalize on latest scientific trends, the EHS CC Director may develop a dynamic structure which meets the on-going intellectual needs of the members.  This structure can change as the intellectual needs change to accommodate new opportunities for collaboration.  Research Cores are not required as organizational units but are allowed.  

NIEHS considers community engagement and multi-directional communication as essential activities to advance the goals and relevance of an EHS CC. A Community Outreach and Engagement Core is therefore a required component. 

To qualify for an EHS CC, the applicant institution must have a base of ongoing, independently supported, peer-reviewed research projects clearly dedicated to the study of environmental health sciences or environmental medicine, a substantial portion of which should be supported by NIEHS.  This research base provides the major support for Center members who would benefit from shared resources.  The research base must exist prior to the submission of an application and will be considered by program staff.  Focus, relevance, interrelationships, quality, productivity, and, to some extent, quantity, are all considerations in judging the adequacy of the research base. See Section IV.2 Application and Submission Information under the Administrative Core component for more detailed description of EHS base support calculation.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

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National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)
Directorate for Engineering and others/NSF

Internal MSU LOI due January 5, 2015
LOI due February 2, 2015
Full submission due April 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Over the past decade of its authorized award life, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) has enabled major discoveries, innovations, and contributions to education and commerce by providing researchers from academia, small and large companies, and government with open access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The National Science Foundation is now moving forward with the new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) as the successor to the NNIN.

This solicitation establishes a competition for individual university user facility sites positioned across the nation. A Coordinating Office will then be selected competitively at a later stage from among the selected sites to enhance their impact as a national infrastructure of user facility sites. The ultimate selection of user facility sites will include capabilities and instrumentation addressing current and anticipated future user needs across the broad areas of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Overall Approach to the NNCI

The competition for individual sites will be for consideration of large and small university-based user facilities, including those at minority-serving institutions, that are geographically distributed and with diverse and complementary capabilities to support current and anticipated future user needs across the broad spectrum of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology domains. The selected individual sites will have autonomy in their operation and management, but will be required to act in concert with a Coordinating Office that will be separately competed and chosen at a later stage. Some sites may choose to partner with facilities at regional or smaller institutions that would bring specific capabilities for users and benefits to student training. The overall collection of selected sites and their capabilities will provide users with cost-effective access both to the specialized tools, processes, and expertise to support complex multi-step fabrication at the nanoscale level for structures, materials, devices, and systems, as well as to the associated instrumentation for characterization, analysis, and probing at these dimensions. The program aims to make these capabilities broadly available to the nation's researchers in academe, industry, and government to help catalyze new discoveries in science and engineering and to stimulate technological innovation.

Technical Capabilities in the Coordinated Infrastructure

The broad spectrum of domain capabilities in this coordinated infrastructure is intended to encompass: physical-, chemical-, and biological-based nanostructures, materials, devices, and systems; electronic, optical, photonic, magnetic, mechanical, thermal, chemical, bioengineering, biomedical, and fluidic nanodevices and systems; nanoscale building blocks and nanostructured materials, composites, coatings, and surfaces; geophysical, geochemical, and environmental nanostructures and processes; synthetic biology, and fabrication in soft matter including biological interfaces; heterogeneous integration of complex, three-dimensional nanoscale systems to create new functionality; hierarchical design and fabrication to build nanoscale systems across multiple dimensional scales, including modeling and simulation tools that complement and support these activities; prototyping, process integration, and testing of manufacturing concepts, including high-speed roll-to-roll fabrication processes; and other areas, as appropriate.

Some promising research opportunities that could be enabled include: formation of new system architectures and heterogeneous materials, engineered at the nanoscale to integrate formerly disparate electronic, photonic, mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties into nanosystems, for functions such as energy conversion and storage, dissipation of heat, precision sensing, and local actuation; bio-inspired, self-healing, responsive materials; structures and devices supporting research in the life sciences and biomedical applications; synthesis of nanoparticles for study of nanotoxicity; sensors for environmental science and monitoring; ultrafast sensors for imaging and recording of chemical, physiological, and biochemical processes; new, more energy efficient devices and circuits for communication, storage and processing of digital information, including quantum information; and devices and circuits for new information processing architectures such as neuromorphic computing.

Some of the sites will have widely used nanofabrication capabilities applicable to diverse areas, while some sites may offer critical, highly specialized tools and processes to support a focused subset of nanoscience and technology. They will enable support for exploration and development of potential new applications of nanotechnology. Appropriate characterization techniques should be intended principally in feedback control of fabrication processes, though access may be needed in specific fields to unique, valuable, and specialized characterization capabilities, either on-site or by remote operation.

Considerations for Individual Site Proposals

Proposing institutions are encouraged to include a broad range of technical capabilities in their individual user facility site proposals, but can also choose to focus on particular subfields within their areas of expertise. Some sites may choose to partner with facilities at regional or smaller institutions that would bring specific capabilities for users and benefits to student training. The Site Director, who is the Principal Investigator for the individual site proposal, will be the key individual for management of the individual site and will work in concert with the other Site Directors and the Coordinating Office, and with the NSF.

Important: Please see "Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources" section in this Solicitation for requirements of facilities and equipment.

Sites should demonstrate that they have the ability to manage shared user facilities and to understand and serve the needs of external users, including those from companies as well as from academia. They should highlight how they will support a rich user base with broad accessibility and affordable user fee structure. They should show how NSF funds will leverage those of the university and other resources to grow the numbers of external users. Sites must embrace a culture of open access to researchers for any research project of merit, with protection of intellectual property, and mechanisms for encouraging non-traditional users from diverse disciplines. They should have an organizational structure that allows coordination of complex process steps and tools for integrated tasks, and acceptance of experimental risks associated with non-standard processes and materials. They should have strong underlying internal research programs that provide critical research mass and knowledge base in developing new processes, methodologies, and instrumentation. They should have a plan for supporting a professional technical staff with requisite expertise to enable external users to plan and carry out experiments with a rapid cycle time, and to instruct in laboratory safety, process methods, and instrumentation usage. Sites should provide an accessible web portal to instruct potential users how to gain access to the facility, and to describe the facility's technical capabilities, tools, and instrumentation. They should have a plan for data management and sharing of the products of research. They should also have methods for assessment and quantifiable metrics of overall site performance and impact, including those for educational and outreach activities.

Nanotechnology facilities provide unique opportunities to infuse innovative education with research at the frontiers of the field. Sites should provide clear, focused strategies for integrating forefront science and engineering with education, including plans for assessing effectiveness and spreading promising practices. Learning experiences, resources, and tools for graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral associates, as well as educational outreach and workforce development plans, should leverage the unique strengths of their user facility. These may address, for example, engaging participants in community colleges, pre-college grades, informal science settings, and international education experiences. Sites should also provide outreach programs to potential users in the broader science and engineering communities, including those from startups and small businesses, whose work could benefit from advanced fabrication and instrumentation capabilities. They should assess and utilize regional needs and opportunities to broaden the participation of groups underrepresented in science and engineering among students, faculty, staff, management, and in outreach activities. The sites should have plans for knowledge dissemination to the broader research, education, and technology communities.  They should demonstrate how they will complement and connect to other local resources, such as business incubators, prototyping, and manufacturing facilities. The range and scope of the education and outreach activities are expected to be commensurate with the size of the requested budgets.

Sites having particular expertise in the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology are encouraged to integrate the instruction and study of those aspects into their proposals that can leverage their user community base, and which relate to the capabilities of their respective user facilities.

Role of the Coordinating Office

Following selection and award of the individual sites, NSF will hold a meeting of the Site Directors to discuss recommendations to significantly enhance the impact of this investment that will lead to a coordinated national infrastructure of user facility sites for nanotechnology. A Coordinating Office, to be located at one of the awarded institution sites, will then be competed and chosen to provide the coordinating function. The Director of the Coordinating Office will be a key individual for developing management strategies and operational plans in concert with the Site Directors of the individual user facilities, and will serve as a principal contact person with the NSF.

The Coordinating Office will be responsible for establishing a comprehensive web portal to ensure close linkage among the individual facility websites such that they present a unified face to the user community of overall capabilities, tools, and instrumentation. It will also work with all sites in ways to guide users regarding which site or sites, which instruments, and which processes would enable users to complete their projects most successfully. The Office will help to coordinate and disseminate best practices for national-level education and outreach programs across sites, as well as the instruction and study of social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. It will seek to harmonize capabilities for modeling and simulation in nanoscale fabrication and characterization across sites, and provide effective coordination with the NSF-supported Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN). The Office will establish an external advisory board of distinguished members from academia, industry, and government to provide advice and guidance through the Coordinating Office.

The Office will work with the individual sites to establish uniform methods for assessment and quantifiable metrics of overall site performance and impact, including those for educational and outreach activities. It will help to share best practices and laboratory safety and training procedures across all sites. It will engage all sites in a planning process to explore emerging areas of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology that can lead to future growth of the external user base. It will coordinate the acquisition needs for specialized instrumentation across all sites to enhance new areas of research growth. The Office will also coordinate data management across all sites and the dissemination of shared knowledge to research, education, and technology communities, as well as in enhancing connections with other nationally funded academic centers or networks and facilities supported by government, the private sector, and international partners.

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Research and Evaluation, Demonstrations, and Data Analysis and Utilization
Department of Housing & Urban Development

Internal MSU LOI due March 31, 2015
April 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This is a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of up to $5.20 million in Fiscal Year 2013 and 2014 funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for research and evaluations. The awards will be managed by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research and provided from the Transformation Initiative appropriations account. Funds will be awarded in the form of cooperative agreements.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

HUDRD seeks to further PD&R's mission to inform policy development and implementation to improve life in American communities through conducting, supporting, and sharing research, surveys, demonstrations, program evaluations, and best practices. This broad mission addresses the following Strategic Goals contained in HUD's Strategic Plan:

(1) Strengthen the Nation's Housing Market to Bolster the Economy and Protect Consumers;
(2) Meet the Need for Quality Affordable Rental Homes;
(3) Use Housing as a Platform to Improve Quality of Life; and
(4) Build Strong, Resilient, and Inclusive Communities.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

 

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RFA-HG-15-001--Centers for Common Disease Genomics (UM1)
National Human Genome Research Institute/NIH/DHHS

Internal MSU LOI due February 13, 2015
LOI due March 7, 2015
Full submission due April 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) invites applications to fund a collaborative large-scale genome sequencing effort to comprehensively identify rare risk and protective variants contributing to multiple common disease phenotypes. This initiative will explore a range of diseases with the ultimate goal of undertaking variant discovery for enough different examples of disease architectures and study designs to better understand the general principles of genomic architecture underlying common, complex inherited diseases; understand how best to design rare variant studies for common disease; and develop resources, informatics tools, and innovative approaches and technologies for multiple disease research communities and the wider biomedical research community. This FOA will use the NIH UM1 Research Project with Complex Structure Cooperative Agreement award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) seeks to fund several Centers for Common Disease Genomics (CCDG), which will constitute a collaborative large-scale genome sequencing effort to comprehensively identify rare risk and protective variants contributing to multiple common disease phenotypes. This initiative will explore a range of diseases with the ultimate goal of undertaking variant discovery for enough different examples of disease architectures and study designs to better understand the general principles of genomic architecture underlying common, complex inherited diseases; understand how best to design rare variant studies for common disease; and to develop resources, informatics tools, and innovative approaches and technologies for multiple disease research communities and the wider biomedical research community. This program will pursue these examples as comprehensively as possible---emphasizing whole genome sequencing over whole exome sequencing where feasible--- and also will drive the state-of-the-art in identifying rare variants underlying common disease. In this context, comprehensiveness will be considered broadly, including consideration of, e.g. statistical power, exploring a range of different populations (including those that are currently under-represented in sequencing studies), study designs, and the extent of the genome studied (e.g., whole genomes versus whole exomes). The program will include analysis of the data in order to identify variants associated with risk of, or protection from, disease, and to discern general principles of complex disease architecture. NHGRI expects that this program will need to be highly collaborative between investigators funded by this and other NHGRI programs that span the continuum from inherited disease variant discovery through understanding variant function. NHGRI also anticipates that this program will require a high degree of collaboration with researchers with an interest in particular inherited diseases, both to identify appropriate sample sets (collection of new samples will not be funded under this initiative), to provide domain expertise for study design and analysis, and to ensure that the data and ability to use it are widely disseminated as resources.

This FOA aims to fund a collaborative large-scale genome sequencing effort to identify risk and protective variants contributing to multiple specific common disease phenotypes; to explore a range of diseases with the ultimate goal of doing this as comprehensively as possible within the evolving state-of-the-art for enough different disease architectures and study designs to understand general principles of how best to design rare variant studies for common disease; to better understand the genomic architecture underlying inherited disease; and to develop resources for multiple disease research communities and the wider biomedical research community.

This FOA will support work of a scale and scope that will be as comprehensive as possible (see discussion below) for several diseases. The research network composed of investigators funded through this FOA will study several common diseases (see Selecting Projects, below) comprising a range of disease architectures that encompass, for example, differences in the number, population frequency, type, and effect size of underlying variations and that likely correlate with features of the disease phenotype, such as severity and age of onset. Within the limits of the funding provided, it is anticipated that at least five to ten architecturally diverse disorders will be explored comprehensively over the course of the program. A variety of study designs will also be encouraged including creative designs that may be more efficient (for example, choosing appropriate populations for study, in which some variants are enriched in frequency). Given NHGRI's unique role in propelling advances in large-scale sequencing, efforts funded in response to this FOA will be confined to questions that can only be answered at very large scales.

In addition to sequence data production, innovative analyses will be required to provide useful insights into the major questions about common disease genomic architecture outlined above; that is, to discover genome sequence variants underlying specific common diseases and to gain general insights into the genetic architecture and biology of common disease.

Finally, one scientific objective of this initiative is that the end result should be more than just quantitative, that is, more than just adding more and more variants of lower frequency and effect size as power increases. Rather, the program should deliver clear qualitative insights into the scientific questions considered. These might include, for example, understanding and establishing the value of the approach, and limits of our ability to understand common disease, in the context of different disease architectures, or practical limits, or other factors. Another example would be clearly defining "stopping points" for common disease sequencing studies, balancing scientific and practical considerations. In addition, it is an objective of this FOA that studies be designed so that even a negative result is informative.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
Department of Agriculture

Internal MSU LOI due March 15, 2015
Full submission due April 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Office of Advocacy and Outreach announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to compete for financial assistance through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program (OASDFR). This program will assist community-based organizations, higher education institutions and eligible tribal entities in providing outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $9.1 million.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The OASDFR Program provides funding for outreach and technical assistance projects designed to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in owning and operating viable agricultural enterprises. Proposed activities must achieve the goals of the program by addressing two or more of the following priority areas:

--1. Assist socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating successful farms and ranches;

--2. Improve participation among socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers in USDA programs;

--3. Build relationships between current and prospective socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers and USDA's local, state, regional and National offices;

--4. Introduce agriculture-related information to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers through innovative outreach and technical assistance techniques.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Research Program
W.M. Keck Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due November 1, 2014
Agency LOI due January 1 through February 15, 2015
Full submissions are by invitation only and will be due May 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Funding is awarded to universities and institutions nationwide for projects in research that:

  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
  • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development
  • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies
  • Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project's success 

 

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Health Careers Opportunity Program
Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS

Internal MSU LOI due April 1, 2015
May 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Health Careers and Financial Support is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). HCOP supports national efforts to diversify the health care workforce by funding projects to expand and support opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The purpose of this grant program is to: 1) promote the recruitment of qualified students and adult learners, including veterans from disadvantaged backgrounds into health or allied health professions programs; 2) improve retention rates by implementing tailored enrichment programs designed to address the academic and social needs of trainees from disadvantaged backgrounds ; 3) improve matriculation and graduation rates; and 4) provide opportunities for community-based health professions training, emphasizing experiences in underserved communities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The HCOP program aims to increase opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully access and complete the educational and training requirements to become a health professional. The program works by strengthening the academic and social preparation of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure their preparation for success in college and careers in health care. HCOP focuses on three key milestones of education: high school completion; acceptance, retention and graduation from college; and acceptance, retention and completion of a health professions degree program. The ultimate goal of the HCOP program is to diversify the health professions workforce by narrowing the educational achievement gaps between individuals from higher-income and lower-income households.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Archiving and Discovering of Data and Metadata Generated through Projects Funded by the NSF Arctic Sciences Section
Directorate for Geosciences

Internal MSU LOI due March 20, 2015
Agency LOI due April 17, 2015
Full submission due May 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals for a cooperative agreement for archival of data and access to data and metadata generated through projects funded by the NSF Arctic Sciences Section. Proposals should focus on providing data and metadata ingest services for NSF-funded data providers, data and metadata access services to scientists across disciplines and other Arctic stakeholders (including decision-makers), and data and metadata archival services to ensure that the data is accessible and discoverable in the future.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This solicitation invites the submission of proposals for the archival and access of data and metadata generated by projects funded by the NSF Arctic Sciences Section. Information about the current archive is available at: https://www.aoncadis.org/dashboard.html. It is anticipated that the selected project will:

  • Provide services and tools to enable Principal Investigators to meet NSF requirements for publication of metadata, data, and documentation
  • Document datasets to ensure preservation and broad, interdisciplinary reuse
  • Archive datasets in accordance with international standards
  • Enable broad discovery of NSF Arctic data through diverse national and international portals
  • Provide support services and help-desk functions for data providers and users
  • Conduct outreach to scientific and public user communities, to promote usage of the data
  • Solicit and respond to user community input

Priority should be given to the cataloging of data for ongoing projects and for projects that expired within the past 5 years. Datasets generated from projects that expired more than 5 years ago will also be cataloged once the high priority data are ingested. Proposers should include the timeline for cataloging in the management plan.

Proposers are strongly encouraged to consider the use of cloud-based services. Both commercial companies and academic institutions developed efficient cloud-based services that provide long-lived and publicly accessible data and metadata. Cloud service could be considered, for example, for backup purposes, to increase data transfer capabilities for download purposes and to benefit from available web services.

It is anticipated that the selected project will be funded as a cooperative agreement.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Other NSF Funding Opportunities

See Section IX on Other Programs of Interest and consult the NSF online program guide to browse for funding opportunities (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/browse_all_funding.jsp).

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF

Internal MSU LOI due March 1, 2015
LOI due March 25, 2015
Full submission due May 6, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. For this solicitation the Traineeship Track has one priority interdisciplinary research theme -- Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); proposals are encouraged also on any non-DESE interdisciplinary research theme that is a national priority. The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. Whereas the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to more effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports test-bed projects with high potential to enrich, improve, and extend the knowledge base with attention to transferability and innovation. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, museums, and academic partners are encouraged.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Traineeship Track is dedicated to highly effective training of STEM graduate students in an interdisciplinary research area through a comprehensive traineeship approach that comprises elements that are innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. The Traineeship Track is distinguished from other NSF graduate training initiatives by the identification of changing priority research themes, inclusion of both master's and doctoral students, broader definition of trainees, greater budgetary and programmatic flexibility, strong emphasis on the development of transferable professional skills, and explicit preparation for both research and research-related careers. Goals of the Traineeship Track program are to: catalyze and advance cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in high priority areas; increase the capacity of U.S. graduate programs to produce interdisciplinary STEM professionals with technical and transferable professional skills for a range of research and research-related careers within and outside academia; and develop innovative approaches and knowledge that will promote transformative improvements in graduate education. Creation of sustainable programmatic capacity at institutions is an expected outcome. Proposals, accordingly, should describe mechanisms to institutionalize effective training elements after award closure.

An NRT traineeship is dedicated to the comprehensive development of graduate students as versatile STEM professionals for a range of research and research-related careers within and outside academia. Proposals submitted to the Traineeship Track, accordingly, should focus on and demonstrate strong commitment to technical and professional training of STEM graduate students that emphasizes research training but extends well beyond it. In addition to research training, NRT projects are expected to develop trainees' technical skills broadly, including facility and/or familiarity with the techniques, languages, and cultures of fields integral to the interdisciplinary research theme; foster the development of transferable professional skills; and provide trainees with mentoring and vocational counseling from professionals both internal and external to the NRT institution(s), who have the backgrounds, experience, and skills to advise trainees on how to prepare for a variety of STEM career pathways, including the competencies required and the nature of the professions. NRT is intended to benefit a population of STEM graduate students larger than just those who receive an NRT stipend; NRT trainees do not have to receive an NRT stipend. An NRT trainee, accordingly, is defined as a STEM graduate student, irrespective of funding source, who is accepted into an institution's NRT program and completes the required NRT elements (e.g., courses, workshops, projects, and other training activities specific to the NRT experience) set by the institution. In order to further maximize the number of students who benefit from NRT, proposers are expected to make available (within capacity and budget limitations) any NRT program elements to STEM graduate students who are not NRT trainees. NRT trainees must be master's and/or doctoral STEM students in a research-based degree program that requires a thesis or dissertation. If an institution's NRT program includes both master's and doctoral students, the proposal should identify any differences in NRT program requirements, as well as mechanisms to foster the development of a collective NRT graduate student community. NRT stipends and support for customary costs of education (tuition and required fees) are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. However, international students can be non-stipend-supported NRT trainees, or as non-trainees can engage in any elements of an institution's NRT project.

The NRT program has priority interdisciplinary research themes that change periodically. In this solicitation the Traineeship Track has one priority theme -- Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); proposals are also encouraged on any non-DESE interdisciplinary research theme that is a national priority. In either case, proposals should describe the integration of training and research elements and the need for bold and innovative approaches to train graduate students in the targeted thematic area.

NOTE:

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

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NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)
Office of Research Infrastructure Programs/NIH/DHHS

Internal MSU LOI due March 15, 2015
LOI due 30 days prior to application due date
Full submission due May 22, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) invites applications to its SEPA program for the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), teachers and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development or Informal science Education (ISE) exhibits, and Outreach activities. This FOA will use the NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program is to invest in educational activities that complement or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. SEPA encourages interactive partnerships between biomedical and clinical researchers and P-12 pre-service and in-service teachers (Teachers), schools and other interested organizations. SEPA supports diversity in the workforce by providing opportunities for students from underserved communities to consider careers in basic or clinical research, provides teachers with professional development in science content and teaching skills and improves community health literacy through its science centers and museum exhibits. Applications that target P-12 or ISE topics that may not be addressed by existing school, community or ISE-based activities are encouraged. Educational activities supported under this FOA may include one or more of the following:

--Courses for Skills Development: professional Development activities for P-12 Teachers that will enhance their pedagogical skills and STEM content knowledge.

--Research Experiences: research experiences for P-12 Teachers and students that will provide hands-on exposure to training in research methods and concepts that are not available through conventional Teacher training or classroom activities.

--Mentoring Activities: programs that provide Mentors and Near-Peer role models, in terms of age, gender and ethnicity for P-12 students.

--Curriculum or Methods Development: innovative P-12 curricula that will increase student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics, understanding of the scientific research process and motivation to pursue careers in basic and medical research; veterinarian-based P-12 projects or ISE exhibits that will encourage students to consider careers in veterinary medicine and to educate students, Teachers, and the community on the need for, and the ethical use of, animals in research.Curriculum or Methods Development activities for P-12 Teachers that provide instruction in novel approaches to STEM curriculum that challenge the current knowledge base of pedagogy and STEM content; game-based projects where scientists partner with educators and game developers to create digital game-based learning resources for P-12 students, Teachers and the public solve significant STEM and health-related challenges such as the incidence of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, the spread of a new flu strain, or the impact of environmental pollution on community health; and innovative and rigorous evaluation tools to assess the effectiveness of P-12 projects or ISE exhibits.

--Outreach: collaborations with the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), Institutional Development Awards (IDeA), Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) or STEM programs at other government agencies, e.g., Department of Education (ED), Department of Defense (DOD), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA); Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) projects on important health prevention issues such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, e.g., non-clinical health fair format student and teacher-driven projects that bring information on food choices, exercise and health literacy to the community; public service announcements, documentaries, films, radio, TV and other media-based health literacy projects. Topics may include: lifestyle and health correlations; chronic diseases, emerging infectious disease, NIH-funded research, regenerative medicine or the clinical trials process; and science center and museum-based exhibits, traveling exhibits and public outreach activities, e.g., Science Cafes and Community Health Fairs, that will educate students, Teachers and the community on health-related topics.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences/NIH/DHHS

Internal MSU LOI due April 28, 2015
Full submission due May 28, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) invites applications for Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) research education grants (R25) from institutions focused on developing new or expanding existing effective institutional developmental programs designed to academically and scientifically prepare underrepresented (UR) students in the biomedical or behavioral sciences for competitive research careers. The RISE program provides grants to institutions with significant enrollment of students from populations underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences that propose well-integrated developmental activities designed to strengthen students' academic preparation, research training and professional skills that are critical to the completion of the Ph.D. degree in the biomedical and/or behavioral sciences. This FOA will use the NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of the RISE Program is to increase the number of students from UR groups in biomedical and behavioral research who successfully complete the Ph.D. degree in these fields. In doing so, the overarching expectation is that through its support of new and ongoing institutionally-designed student and faculty developmental programs, the RISE Program will help reduce the gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between UR and non-UR students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences at the national level. At the institutional level, it is expected that the following objectives will be achieved: a) an increase in the overall number of UR students that complete a Ph.D. and continue biomedical research careers; b) at least 50% of undergraduate (UG) and 75% of master's RISE-supported students will enter into a Ph.D. program within three years after graduation; and c) at least 80% of RISE-supported Ph.D. students will complete the degree.

RISE applications are institutional in nature and therefore they must reflect the plans and priorities of the participating institutions. Thus, each application must conduct a comprehensive institutional self-assessment relative to its capacity to support students in their efforts to attain undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. To that end, the self-assessment must provide baseline institutional data with respect to the baseline number of students retained and graduating in the sciences relevant to biomedical and/or behavioral research. In addition, the self-assessment must contain information pertaining to institutional mission and core themes, current institutional resources and capacity, and indicators of institutional effectiveness toward achieving its mission as it relates to the biomedical and behavioral science disciplines.

The RISE Program recognizes and values the heterogeneity in institutional settings and institutional missions. Based on this, various strategies may be utilized to attain the objective of increasing the number of UR individuals engaged in research via the RISE program. These may include, but are not limited to, student development, academic enhancement and research training activities. Applicant institutions have wide latitude in the design of the program; however, each applicant institution must establish the proposed program's specific aims, which should be consonant with the RISE Program goals and objectives, based on the findings of the self-assessment. These specific aims should inform the design of an institutional research education program with potential for significant institutional impact and contribution to the overall RISE goals.

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Next Generation Electric Machines: Megawatt Class Motors (DE-FOA-0001208)
Golden Field Office/Department of Energy

Internal MSU LOI due March 31, 2015
Agency LOI due April 16, 2015
Full submission due June 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM) program is an RD&D effort leveraging recent technology advancements in power electronics and motors to develop a new generation of energy efficient, high power density, high speed integrated MV drive systems for a wide variety of critical energy applications. This specific funding opportunity is focused on developing medium voltage (MV) integrated drive systems that leverage the benefits of state of the art power electronics (i.e., wide band gap devices) with high RPM, high power density and energy efficient megawatt (MW) class electric motors in three primary areas: (1) chemical and petroleum refining industries; (2) natural gas infrastructure; and (3) general industrial applications.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

In all three primary areas of interest, the technology development goals are the same - integrating a MW scale high speed motor with WBG power electronics based MV class VSD. Applicants may pursue applications different than the aforementioned primary application markets. If other applications are proposed, the proposals should contain a statement clearly identifying which application areas or markets are being targeted for technology development.

Traditionally the fundamental operating frequency of electric motors has been limited to the line frequency of 60 Hz. The emergence of variable speed drive (VSD) power electronics, which enabled higher operating frequencies of around 200 Hz in applications such as electric vehicle, aerospace, and marine propulsion. However, the technologies available today are only for low voltage (

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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2016 Beckman Scholars Program
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due March 15, 2015
Full submission due June 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

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2016 Beckman Scholars Program
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due March 15, 2015
Full submission due June 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)
Office of International and Integrative Activities

Internal MSU LOI due March 1, 2015
Full submission due June 9, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

  • Nurture students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace. I-Corps Sites will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants (see NSF Innovation Corps Program, NSF 12-602).
  • Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.

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

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Princess Grace Foundation Film Scholarships
Princess Grace Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due April 15, 2015
Full submission due June 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Princess Grace Awards is a national program dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the outset of their careers or at early stages of professional development. All nominees must be U.S. citizens or have obtained permanent residency status. All nominees (except playwrights, who may apply individually through www.newdramatists.org), must be nominated by a school department chair/dean or company artistic director. The nominating organization must be a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships must be completed in the United States. The current grant period for all Princess Grace Awards is September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016.

Scholarships are available through a nomination process for students enrolled in university at graduate and undergraduate film programs. Nominations for film scholarships are invited from Deans or Department Chairs of these film programs. (open to select film schools by invitation only)

Please note, a school may only submit one nominee per category (undergraduate or graduate scholarship).

Film Guidelines
Film Application 

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

Internal MSU LOI due December 5, 2014
Agency LOI due December 11, 2014
Full submission due June 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake significant investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any area of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of creating and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education.

Centers provide a rich environment for encouraging future scientists, engineers, and educators to take risks in pursuing discoveries and new knowledge. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.

NSF expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers) within the Center. Centers use either proven or innovative mechanisms to address issues such as recruitment, retention and mentorship of participants from underrepresented groups.

Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors. Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer with the intention of supporting innovation, providing key information to public policy makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Objectives of the STC Program are to:

  • Support research and education of the highest quality in a Center-based environment in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts;
  • Exploit opportunities in science, education, engineering and/or technology where the complexity of the research agenda requires the advantages of scope, scale, flexibility, duration, equipment, and facilities that a Center can provide;
  • Support innovative frontier investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or investigations that will lead to fresh approaches within disciplines;
  • Engage and develop the Nation's intellectual talent, including groups underrepresented in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, in the conduct of research and education activities;
  • Promote organizational connections and linkages within and between campuses, schools and/or the world beyond (e.g., state, local, Federal agencies, national labs, industry, international collaborations), capitalizing upon cyberinfrastructure to facilitate these linkages;
  • Focus on integrative learning and discovery and the preparation of U.S. students for a broad set of career paths; and
  • Foster science and/or engineering in service to society especially with respect to new research areas and promising new instrumentation and technologies.

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

August 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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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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Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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

Deadline: see program URL

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

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Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
Department of Defense

January 8, 2015 or March 10, 2015 depending on mechanism

SYNOPSIS: 

The Department of Defense's (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals.  SERDP is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations.  The Program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. 

Proposals responding to focused Statements of Need (SON) in the following areas are requested:

  • Environmental Restoration -- Research and technologies for the characterization, risk assessment, remediation, and management of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water.
  • Munitions Response -- Technologies for the detection, classification, and remediation of military munitions on U.S. lands and waters.
  • Resource Conservation and Climate Change -- Research that advances DoD's management of its natural and cultural resources and improves understanding of climate change impacts.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms -- Research and technologies to reduce, control, and understand the sources of waste and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 SONs will be selected through a competitive process.  Separate solicitations are available to Federal and non-Federal proposers.  The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website at www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/SERDP-Solicitations.

The Core SERDP Solicitation provides funding in varying amounts for multi-year projects.  All Core Solicitation pre-proposals are due to SERDP Thursday, January 8, 2015.

SERDP also will be funding environmental research and development through the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation.  The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide a limited amount of funding (not to exceed $150,000) for projects up to approximately one year in duration to investigate innovative approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept.  This year, SERDP is requesting SEED proposals for the Munitions Response and Weapons Systems and Platforms program areas.  All SEED proposals are due Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Participate in the webinar "SERDP Funding Opportunities" conducted by SERDP Acting Executive Director and Deputy Director on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET.  This "how to play" briefing will offer valuable information for those who are interested in new funding opportunities with SERDP.  During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current SERDP solicitation, and the proposal submission process.  Pre-registration for this webinar is required.  To register, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/r/kt3xmzjy9fvo&eom.  If you have difficulty registering, please contact the SERDP Support Office at partners@hgl.com or by telephone at 703-736-4547.

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DARPA BAA-14-38 Biological Technologies

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Here are a few examples: leveraging new computational techniques from computer science, big data, and biology to enable investigation and generation of knowledge from biological data at scale; Developing radical new techniques and technologies to optimally restore and maintain the health and abilities of military service members; Discovering and leveraging novel insights from neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science and related disciplines to advance treatment and resilience in neurological health and optimize human aptitude and performance.

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Fiscal Year 2014 Funding Opportunities
Department of Defense

Deadlines vary per program

The following programs are accepting applications for the 2014 Fiscal Year 

Breast Cancer Research Program(BCRP): The BCRP is currently accepting applications for two award mechanisms, the Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2 and Breakthrough Award Levels 3 and 4. 

Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2:  

Applications to the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) are being solicited for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Defense Health Program (DHP), by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA). The BCRP was initiated in fiscal year 1992 (FY92) to support innovative, high-impact research focused on ending breast cancer. Appropriations for the BCRP from FY92 through FY13 totaled $2.9 billion. The FY14 appropriation is $120.0 million (M). The BCRP challenges the scientific community to design research that will address the urgency of ending breast cancer. Specifically, the BCRP seeks to accelerate high-impact research with clinical relevance, encourage innovation and stimulate creativity, and facilitate productive collaborations.

Pre-Application Due on December 3, 2014 

Full Submission Due on December 17, 2014 

Link to Program Announcement: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/14bcrpbreakthrough12_2_pa.pdf

Breakthrough Award Levels 3 and 4: 

Applications to the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) are being solicited for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Defense Health Program (DHP), by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA). The BCRP was initiated in fiscal year 1992 (FY92) to support innovative, high-impact research focused on ending breast cancer. Appropriations for the BCRP from FY92 through FY13 totaled $2.9 billion. The FY14 appropriation is $120.0 million (M).The BCRP challenges the scientific community to design research that will address the urgency of ending breast cancer. Specifically, the BCRP seeks to accelerate high-impact research with clinical relevance, encourage innovation and stimulate creativity, and facilitate productive collaborations.

Pre-Application Due on October 22, 2014 

Full Submission Due on January 29, 2015 

Link to Program Announcement: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/14bcrpbreakthrough34_2_pa.pdf

Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP): The CRMRP is currently accepting applications for the Reconstructive Transplantation Research Award (RTRA). 

Reconstructive Transplantation Research Award (RTRA):  

Applications to the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP) are being solicited for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Defense Health Program (DHP), by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA). The goal of the CRMRP is to fund innovative projects that have the potential to make a significant impact on improving the function, wellness, and overall quality of life for injured military Service Members and Veterans, their caregivers and family members, and the American public. CRMRP has oversight of the $15 million (M) Congressional appropriation for FY14 Reconstructive Transplantation Research (RTR). The executing agents for this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity are the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) and the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA). The CRMRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will foster new directions for and address neglected issues in the field of reconstructive transplantation (RT), specifically vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA)-focused research, also known as composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA). VCA refers to the transplantation of multiple tissues such as muscle, bone, nerve, and skin, as a functional unit (e.g., a hand, or face) from a deceased donor to a recipient with a severe injury. Applications from investigators within the military Services and applications involving multidisciplinary collaborations among academia, industry, the military Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other
Federal Government agencies are highly encouraged. Though the RTR Award mechanism supports groundbreaking research, all projects must demonstrate solid scientific rationale with military-relevant utility. The CRMRP is one of six major program areas within the Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP). The CRMRP is administered with oversight from Joint Program Committee 8 (JPC-8), which consists of Department of Defense (DoD) and non-DoD medical and military technical experts relevant to the program area. The CRMRP mission is to focus on definitive and rehabilitative care innovations required to reset our wounded warriors, both in terms of duty performance and quality of life.

Pre-Application Due on October 15, 2014 

Full Submission Due on October 29, 2014

Link to Program Announcement: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/14dmrdpcrmrprtra_pa.pdf

For all current FY 2014 funding opportunities, visit: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prgdefault.shtml

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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

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

Whitepaper request
Open until June 2019

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

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Department of Education

Rehabilitation Services Admin - Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations - Vocational Rehab Training Institute Prep of Personnel in American Indian Vocational Rehab Services Project
Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services/Department of Education

March 9, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor announces the availability of funds for the Rehabilitation Services Administration -- Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations -- Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Training Institute for the Preparation of Personnel in American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects. The Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations under section 21(b)(2)(C) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act) (29 U.S.C. 718(b)(2)(C)), provides outreach and technical assistance (TA) to minority entities and American Indian tribes to promote their participation in activities funded under the Rehabilitation Act, including assistance to enhance their capacity to carry out such activities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This notice includes two absolute priorities. These priorities are: Absolute Priority 1 -- Vocational Rehabilitation Training Institute for the Preparation of Personnel in American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects; and Absolute Priority 2 -- Partnership Between a Four-Year Institution of Higher Education and a Two-Year Community College or Tribal College.

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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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Exploratory Research for Extreme-Scale Science (DE-FOA-0001250)
Office of Science/Department of Energy

LOI due January 15, 2015
Full submission due March 19, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Through this program, the sponsor invites grant applications with the potential to enable significant research and computational advances for extreme-scale science. The purpose of this FOA is to invite exploratory basic research applications with the potential to deliver significantly advanced or improved science capabilities in light of emerging and disruptive technology changes.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This Exploratory Research for Extreme-Scale Science (EXPRESS) FOA aims to stimulate early investigations of potentially high-impact approaches for extreme-scale science research across ASCR basic research subprograms. EXPRESS focuses on topic areas related to exascale computing or data-intensive science.

EXPRESS is not intended to incrementally extend current research in the area of the proposed project. The exploratory nature of the proposed research should reflect substantially different scientific directions from those already being pursued in the investigator's research or elsewhere. While the research direction may have its foundation in the investigator's prior work and expertise, it cannot be an obvious extension or scale up of a current research enterprise which could be anticipated to be competitive as a new or renewal project. Rather, the proposed project must reflect fundamentally new strategies toward the potential solution of a challenging problem in extreme-scale science research. It is expected that the proposed project will derive and significantly benefit from the exploration of innovative ideas and/or from the development of unconventional approaches. Applications for more broadly focused research, larger award sizes, or longer periods of performance (more than two years) should be submitted to other funding opportunity announcements.

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Lab and Bench-Scale Applications for Research and Development of Transformational CO2 Capture (DE-FOA-0001235)
National Energy Technology Laboratory/Department of Energy

March 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks development and testing of transformational post-combustion and pre-combustion CO2 capture systems for new and existing coal-based power plants in the USA. This announcement is not soliciting applications for oxy-combustion approaches.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The overall technical goal of this funding opportunity is to advance CO2 capture and separation systems beyond 2nd Generation economic performance predictions. Applications are sought for transformational technologies, which are defined as those that make progress towards meeting overall fossil energy performance goals of 90% CO2 capture rate with 95% CO2 purity at a cost of electricity 30% less than baseline capture approaches. Solutions proposed are expected to overcome limitations of singular, standard gas treatment systems, such as those based on solvents, sorbents or membranes alone. Hybrid systems, intensified processes and novel capture concepts are highly encouraged.

Applications must address (1) material compatibility, (2) process engineering, (3) tasks that will resolve currently identified technical risks, and (4) development pathways for the proposed capture system to approach DOE performance, cost, and schedule targets. It is expected that at the end of the project, applicants would have the necessary information to advance to the next stage of development.

Specifically, applications are sought for the following Areas of Interest:

Area of Interest 1: Lab-Scale (TRL 3-4) CO2 Capture Development and Testing (Subtopics 1L1 Post-Combustion and 1L2 Pre-Combustion) - The objective of lab-scale (TRL 3-4) development and testing is to initiate applied R&D of transformational CO2 capture technologies capable of transcending the cost and performance limitations of 2nd Generation systems imposed by designs utilizing conventional equipment and processes.

Area of Interest 2: Bench-Scale (TRL 5) CO2 Capture Development and Testing (Subtopics 2B1: Post-Combustion and 2B2: Pre-Combustion) - The objective of bench-scale (TRL 5) development and testing is to advance the science and technology of transformational CO2 capture technologies capable of transcending the cost and performance limitations of 2nd Generation systems to a sufficient maturity level that existing or future industrial partners can adopt the technology for small pilot-scale testing.

Area of Interest 3: Low Concentration, Coal-Relevant CO2 Sources - The objective of this topic area is to initiate applied R&D of cost-effective CO2 capture, utilization and/or conversion solutions for low concentration (1-5 vol%), coal-relevant CO2 sources. Technology proposed in this topic area may include, but is not limited to: coal-relevant lifecycle GHG emissions such as those from mining operations; approaches that are part of hybrid CO2 capture/utilization/conversion strategies; and CO2 "polishing" steps that address the lower concentrations of residual CO2 resulting from less than 100% capture.

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Support of Advanced Coal Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities (DE-FOA-0001245)
National Energy Technology Laboratory/Department of Energy

March 6, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor provides awards intended to maintain and upgrade the educational, training, and research capabilities of U.S. colleges and universities in the fields of coal science and technology. The FOA will offer areas of research that address specific problems for overcoming barriers in technology development for Fossil Energy's Crosscutting Research Program in an environmentally acceptable manner.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The objective of the program is threefold: to improve the understanding of the chemical and physical processes involved in the conversion and utilization of coal in an environmentally acceptable manner; to maintain and upgrade the coal research capabilities at facilities of U.S. colleges and universities; and to support the education of students in the areas of coal science.

Grant applications are sought for the following two Areas of Interest:

Area of Interest 1: Sensors and Controls: Applications are sought that incorporate novel fabrication techniques - either through the elimination and/or replacement of traditional manufacturing process steps, or, in concert with commonly used assembly strategies - for the rapid production of fully integrated, wireless smart sensors for harsh environments.

Area of Interest 2: Simulation-Based Engineering: Proposals are requested to replace the MFIX native linear equation solvers with a publicly available, open-source linear equation solver library, such as (but not limited to) Trilinos. The proposed replacement library should 1) demonstrate good scalability on current high-performance computing (HPC) systems (e.g. DOE leadership computing facilities), 2) illustrate plans for continued maintenance and development, and 3) include support for new hardware technologies (e.g., Intel Xeon Phi and/or NVIDIA Tesla GPU).

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Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) (DE-FOA-0001108)
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

LOI due December 15, 2014
Full submission due March 19, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks projects enabling the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective technologies for solar that incorporate energy storage and work seamlessly to meet both consumer needs and the needs of the electricity grid. Successful projects will utilize smart inverters and will be capable of working with smart buildings, smart appliances, and utility communication and control systems. Solutions developed in SHINES will enable widespread sustainable deployment of low-cost, flexible, and reliable PV generation, and will provide for successful integration of PV power plants with the electric grid.

These projects will directly support SunShot's mission supporting the development of technologies and processes that will lead to the sustainable and holistic integration of hundreds of gigawatts of solar generation into the power grid. The total federal funding for this opportunity will be approximately $15 million with a minimum 50% required awardee cost share. Individual awards can range from $500,000 to $5,000,000.

 

 

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Small Business Innovation Research Program FY 2015 Phase II Release 2 (DE-FOA-0001258
Office of Science/Department of Energy

LOI due March 11, 2015
Full submission due March 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Support is provided for research or research and development regarding advanced concepts on energy-related scientific or engineering problems and opportunities that could lead to significant public benefit. Eligible applicants are small business concerns located in the U.S. The Department of Energy (DOE) invites eligible Phase I and Phase II grantees to apply for Phase II grants (both initial and sequential) under the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The objectives of the SBIR program include increasing private sector commercialization of technology developed through sponsor-supported R&D, stimulating technological innovation in the private sector, and improving the return on investment from federally funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. The sponsor will support high-quality research or research and development (R&D) on advanced concepts concerning important mission-related scientific or engineering problems and opportunities that are likely to lead to significant public benefit if the research is successful.

Technical topics are: electric transmission and distribution; biological and environmental research; fossil energy; basic energy sciences; nuclear energy; energy efficiency and renewable energy; fusion energy; high energy physics; advanced scientific computing research; nuclear physics; and nuclear nonproliferation.

Sequential Phase II grants:

There are two types of DOE Sequential Phase II awards:

1. Phase IIA: A Phase II grantee may request additional financial support for new R&D tasks and activities that are aligned with the original scope of work for the Phase II grant. The purpose of the Phase IIA grant is to allow the awardee to complete the R&D associated with initial prototype, product, or process development.

2. Phase IIB: A Phase II grantee may request additional financial support for new R&D tasks and activities that extend beyond the scope of the original Phase II grant. The purpose of the Phase IIB grant is to assist the grantee in transitioning the innovation towards commercialization.

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U.S. Department of Energy SBIR/STTR Opportunities (DE-FOA-0001258)
Department of Energy

LOI due March 11, 2015
Full submission due March 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Department of Energy (DOE) invites eligible Phase I and Phase II grantees to apply for Phase II grants (both initial and sequential) under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). INITIAL PHASE II GRANTS Only currently active DOE SBIR or STTR Phase I grantees with grants resulting from FOA DE-FOA-0001046 and having a June 9, 2014, grant start date are eligible to apply for an Initial Phase II grant under this DOE FOA.

The purpose of an Initial Phase II grant is to perform the research and development (R&D) required to meet the DOE objectives stated in the topic and subtopic of the Phase I FOA. In addition, it is intended that the small business grantee would be in a position to pursue commercial applications of the R&D at the end of Phase II. In many cases, Phase II results in a prototype, product, or a working process that can be demonstrated to a potential investor or customer (either in the private sector or in the Federal government, including the DOE). This FOA is supplemental to the FY 2014 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2 FOA (DE-FOA-0001046); therefore, general information already provided in the Phase I FOA also applies to this Phase II process. If a conflict arises, this Phase II FOA will govern.

SEQUENTIAL PHASE II GRANTS: There are two types of DOE Sequential Phase II awards:

1. Phase IIA: A Phase II grantee may request additional financial support for new R&D tasks and activities that are aligned with the original scope of work for the Phase II grant. The purpose of the Phase IIA grant is to allow the grantee to complete the R&D associated with initial prototype, product, or process development. The review criteria (see PART V.A.) for Phase IIA applications will be the same as for Initial Phase II grants submitted to this FOA. Only grantees from the FY 2013 SBIR/STTR Phase II Release 2 FOAs (DE-FOA-0000880 and DE-FOA-0000782) and pre-selected Topics detailed in Part III.A. of this FOA may apply for sequential Phase IIA awards. In addition, Phase IIA applications will only be accepted from Phase II grantees that have an active Phase II grant at time of application. Applicants will not be able to resubmit at a later date, if a Phase IIA application is declined for award.

2. Phase IIB: A Phase II grantee may request additional financial support for new R&D tasks and activities that extend beyond the scope of the original Phase II grant. The purpose of the Phase IIB grant is to assist the grantee in transitioning the innovation towards commercialization. The review criteria for Phase IIB awards (see PART V.A.) will be different from both Initial Return to Top of FOA 6 Phase II and Phase IIA applications submitted to this FOA. The review of Phase IIB applications will place greater emphasis on impact and applicants are expected to demonstrate a well-planned path to commercialization as evidenced in commercialization activities conducted in parallel with or after Phase IIB R&D. Only grantees from the three FY 2012 and FY 2013 SBIR/STTR Phase II FOAs AND pre-selected Topics detailed in Part III.A. may apply for sequential Phase IIB awards.

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Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar 2 (PREDICTS2) (DE-FOA-0001195)
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

LOI due January 7, 2015
Full submission due March 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This FOA solicits proposals on research and development for increased or more fully characterized reliability and durability of photovoltaic modules, with the purpose of decreasing the risk and uncertainty in photovoltaic performance due to the severe conditions and long time periods in which photovoltaic modules are required to operate. The resulting research will ultimately decrease risk and uncertainty and should lower the cost of photovoltaic power through higher power outputs of the lifetime of the PV system, lower financing costs, and greater volume of installations due to increased appetite for photovoltaic projects for investors, developers, integrators, and utilities.

Topics of interest are listed in Section I.B of the FOA:

  1. Field Failure/Degradation Prediction Correlation with Current Accelerated Tests
  2. Field Failure/Degradation Prediction Correlation with Novel Accelerated Tests
  3. Rapid Analysis in Field or Factory
  4. Module Service Lifetime Models 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The first PREDICTS program, launched in 2013, specifically focused on the development of models that could be used to understand and predict failure. This FOA, PREDICTS2, expands the scope of the initial PREDICTS program to focus on any fundamental physical or advanced data analysis study that will be used to improve accelerated lifetime tests, develop rational acceleration factors, gain mechanistic understanding of relevant failure modes, develop new rapid testing techniques or instruments (outdoor or during module manufacturing) for module reliability indicators, or develop an improved model to extrapolate performance through time.     

The reliability or performance over the lifespan of a technology is determined by both failure modes caused by natural deterioration in the materials that are manufactured and deployed within the correct specification limits, and failure modes that occur due to a manufacturing process or deployment situation that does not comply with the manufacturer's specifications. 

It is the intent that this FOA will support research that addresses degradation modes in the photovoltaic materials when manufactured and deployed according to specification. Successful applicants will have a coherent strategy to adequately identify sources of necessary data on PV performance, degradation rates, and observed failures that will validate their approach.      The resulting research can then be used to create improved accelerated tests, more reliable products, or a better understanding of the necessary manufacturing specifications in order to achieve improved lifetime. However, increasing reproducibility in manufacturing is not of interest for this FOA.  

As a result of this funding opportunity, the PV community and investors will have access to improved predictive models, relevant accelerated testing techniques, and more reliable products that will ultimately lead to reduced uncertainty and risk in photovoltaic performance. This will lower the cost of photovoltaic energy through potentially higher power outputs over the lifetime of the PV system, lower financing costs, and/or greater volume of installations due to increased appetite for photovoltaic projects for investors, developers, integrators, and utilities.

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Sunshot Technology to Market (Incubator Round 10, Solarmat Round 3, Sunpath Round 2) (DE-FOA-0001225)
Department of Energy

LOI due February 13, 2015; Concept paper due February 24, 2015
Full submission due April 22, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The mission of the Solar Energy Technology Office's Tech-to-Market sub-program is to enable the widespread market penetration of highly impactful solar technologies and solutions through technology research, development and demonstration to overcome technical, institutional and market challenges.  Historically, annual funding opportunities have been separated by stage of technology development (Incubator, SolarMat, and SUNPATH). In the interest of optimizing the application and selection process, these funding opportunities have been combined into a single FOA, with the goal of bringing disruptive innovation to the solar industry in the near term that will take root in the U.S.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this funding program is to help remove barriers that are addressable by technology and business innovation. These solutions cover hardware innovation and manufacturing, software, cost-reductions throughout the value chain, and non-cost (capability) related solutions. These solutions are expected to aid in achieving a ubiquitous solar energy solution and provide a clear path for these highly impactful technologies and solutions to rapidly reach market success. This funding program seeks to fund for-profit entities to develop products and solutions which will further reduce the price of solar energy and de-risk the integration of solar energy to the electricity grid.

This FOA will be separated into Tiers based on the stage and type of technology development:

Hardware Tiers:

Tier 0: SunShot Incubator Program Round 10, 20% cost share, up to $500k in funding, up to 12 month project periods - Accelerate transition from a proof-of-concept of all critical components to an early stage functional prototype.

Tier 1: SunShot Incubator Program Round 10, 20% cost share, up to $1M in funding, up to 12 month project period- Accelerate transition of an early stage functional prototype to a lab made, manufacturing- and commercially-relevant prototype whose full functionality has been proven in all possible commercial use cases.

Tier 2: SunShot Incubator Program Round 10, 50% cost share, up to $2M in funding, up to 18 months project periods - Accelerate transition of a lab made, manufacturing- and commercially-relevant prototype to a full developed prototype whose initial reliability and certification testing has been passed and is ready to begin/develop pilot manufacture.

Tier 3: Solar Manufacturing Technology (SolarMat) Round 3, 50% cost share, up to $4M in funding, up to 24 month project periods - Develop and demonstrate innovative manufacturing technology, step process(es), or equipment that enable a globally best-in-class cost advantage.

Tier 4: SunPath Round 2, 50% cost share, up to $10M in funding, up to 24 month project periods - Catalyze the demonstration of a pilot-scale manufacturing line that enables a commercially relevant product to be manufactured at globally best-in-class costs when scaled.

Soft Cost (Non-Hardware) Tiers:

Tier 1S: SunShot Incubator Round 10, 20% cost share, up to $500k in funding, 12 month project periods - Accelerate the transition of a proof-of-concept solution or business plan to alpha capability and early customer trials.

Tier 2S: SunShot Incubator program Round 10, 50% cost share, up to $2M in funding, 18 month project periods - Transition alpha capability through beta launch and full commercialization. 

An informational webinar for the Concept Paper stage of this Funding Opportunity will be taking place at 3:00 PM ET on February 12, 2015. To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2562591433059460097

Questions about this Funding Opportunity can be sent to SunShot.T2M@ee.doe.gov

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DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
DOE Office of Science

April 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science's Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the 6 Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories. Online application and awards administration support is provided by Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) under Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.

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Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) (DE-FOA-0001241)
Department of Energy (EERE)

LOI due March 5, 2015
Full submission due April 27, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will establish a prominent national recognition and technical assistance program for local governments that will signal to installers and the public that a community is receptive to solar businesses and has established a supportive solar market environment.  This, in turn, will reduce market barriers and lower soft costs, thus contributing to SunShot goals. The program will also assist communities who are just beginning to improve their solar markets. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA has the goal of creating a designation program that possesses the following characteristics:

  • Compelling:  A federal stamp of approval; an offering of access to an exclusive peer network and resources, and the competitive nature of communities will compel participation.
  • Enduring: SPARC will establish an identity that will ultimately become self-sustaining in order to provide consistency and reliability to program participants and to continue to incentivize market expansion.
  • Simple, Straightforward: requirements and benefits will be clear to participating communities, citizens, and the solar industry.
  • Accessible, Expandable: the designation will be attainable by market leaders and new entrants alike and consideration will be given to providing designation to stakeholders beyond communities. The program will be geographically diverse and encompass a wide variety of communities.
  • Robust, Reliable: the designation will be validated by a distinguished body of solar and energy experts and program evaluation/design specialists (e.g., International Standards Organization) and will be updated on an ongoing basis to retain market relevance and aid in the rapid diffusion of best practices; participants and administrators will also be independently audited to ensure program integrity.
  • Highly visible: program administrator will promote the program to communities, solar industry groups, and beyond to ensure that pursuing and maintaining the designation remains compelling.

The program, in turn will help drive down solar costs, and increase deployment by accomplishing the following objectives:

  1. To build strong solar markets by incentivizing communities across the country to implement transformative, locally-generated solutions for cutting red tape and building local solar markets;
  2. To enable solar companies to grow their local solar workforces while more efficiently managing their labor, material and cash flows, and customer interactions by introducing process predictability and standardization at the local level;
  3. To increase affordability and accessibility of solar to a range of consumers at various market scales; and
  4. Enlist communities that represent over half of the US population participating in program.

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Topical Collaborations in Nuclear Theory (DE-FOA-0001269)
Department of Energy

LOI due March 20, 2015
Full submission due April 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Office of Nuclear Physics (NP), Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving proposals for Topical Collaborations in Nuclear Theory. Topical Collaborations are fixed-term, multi-institution collaborations established to investigate a specific topic in nuclear physics of special interest to the community, which is aligned with programmatic NP goals and has not been addressed by a previous Topical Collaboration. Topical Collaborations also provide a mechanism for maintaining a robust community, by encouraging the creation of tenured university appointments and permanent laboratory positions in nuclear theory.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The mission of the Nuclear Physics (NP) Program is to discover, explore, and understand all forms of nuclear matter. The NP program supports experimental and theoretical research and the development and operation of accelerator facilities and advanced technologies. The NP Program is also responsible for the development and production of critical isotopes for the Nation. The Nuclear Theory subprogram supports theoretical research at universities and DOE national laboratories with the goal of improving our fundamental understanding of nuclear physics, interpreting the results of experiments carried out in part under the auspices of the experimental nuclear physics program, and identifying and exploring important new areas of research. This subprogram addresses all three of the field's scientific frontiers, as described in the NSAC 2007 Long Range Plan. A major theme of this subprogram is an understanding of the mechanisms and effects of quark confinement and de-confinement; a quantitative description of these phenomena starting from the fundamental theory of quantum chromodynamics remains one of the Nuclear Theory subprogram's great intellectual challenges. New theoretical and computational tools are being developed to describe nuclear many-body phenomena, which may also have important applications in other areas of the physical sciences. Another major research area is nuclear astrophysics, which includes efforts to understand the origins of the elements and the consequences that neutrino masses have for nuclear astrophysics. The Nuclear Theory subprogram also provides theoretical support for the recently created Fundamental Symmetries subprogram, which seeks to contribute to a better understanding of fundamental interactions via studying the properties of neutrons and neutrinos and their implications on the Standard Model by using tools unique to the discipline of nuclear physics.

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Academic Collaboration for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Research and Development for the Energy Sector (DE-FOA-0001252)
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability/DOE

May 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

DOE/OE is seeking an academic collaboration to perform R&D that combines multi-disciplinary expertise including but not limited to power system engineering and the computer science of cybersecurity to innovate and transition capabilities that reduce the risk of power disruption resulting from a cyber-incident for energy delivery systems. The Energy Sector's Roadmap identifies five program goals needed to strengthen the resilience of energy delivery control systems in the event of a cyber-incident. Successful applicants will collaborate with sector stakeholders to identify long- and mid-term research priorities that are aligned with the Energy Sector's Roadmap.  Applicants must work toward the goal in this Roadmap that: "By 2020, resilient energy delivery systems are designed, installed, operated, and maintained to survive a cyber-incident while sustaining critical functions."   

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The primary objective of this Funding Opportunity is to select an academic collaboration of domestic academic institutions (two or more) that have demonstrated expertise in multiple relevant disciplines, including but not limited to, power systems engineering and the computer science of cybersecurity. 

  • The application should propose a multi-disciplinary research plan that will result in innovative tools and technologies that will reduce the risk that a cyber-incident might disrupt energy delivery, and that will not interfere with the function of the device(s) they are designed to protect.
  • The application should propose a plan for engaging energy utilities and suppliers of energy delivery systems and components in the earliest research stages, including identification of priority research areas and research project selection, throughout the conduct of the research and through the eventual transition to practice of the research results.
  • The application should propose a plan to establish an industry advisory board with members representing energy utilities and suppliers of energy delivery systems and components.
  • The applicant should possess demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of cybersecurity tools and technologies available to the energy sector today which is a prerequisite for identifying priority research areas and selecting research projects that are truly innovative and that will be useful and used by the energy sector.
  • The application should propose a research program that includes long- and mid-term research that results in new cybersecurity tools and technologies being made available to the energy sector to reduce the risk that a cyber-incident might disrupt energy delivery.  As research needs are expected to change and can be hard to predict, detailed research program plans should be described for the first year with a discussion of anticipated trends for the following four years.
  • This collaboration is expected to become self-sustaining after five years, and applications should contain initial plans on how this can be accomplished.
  • The application should propose a plan for conducting academic outreach including but not limited to ensuring technical knowledge transitions to the energy sector in addition to transitioning technical capabilities and tools.

To find the full announcement: click the arrow under the heading "Search Criteria" to open the drop-down menu box. Choose "Reference Number" from the menu box (this will be your Search Criterion). Click in the long white box at the top of the table and enter the text "DE-FOA-0001252".

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Recuperator Technology Development and Assessment for Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (SCO2) Based Power Cycles (DE-FOA-0001239)
National Energy Technology Laboratory/Department of Energy

May 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NETL invites applications for the development of high temperature recuperator technologies that are capable of handling the SCO2 RCBC system requirements while also maintaining a cost effectiveness required for commercial adaptation. Modular concepts and or strategies that are capable of scalability to address the wide variation in size, capacity and temperature anticipated for the varied applications are of particular interest. Responsive applications will provide a plan for focused research and development of innovative designs, materials and manufacturing methods to produce scalable, cost- effective recuperators suitable for deployment in large-scale SCO2 power cycle applications.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Successful applications will propose multiple design concepts that represent various approaches to high temperature and high pressure energy (heat) recuperation. Proposed recuperator concepts must be mature and able to meet the goals of this FOA.

The applicant selected as a result of this FOA will have an award with two Budget Periods (BPs):

BP1 - Component Development Plan and Conceptual Design, and

BP2 - Component Detailed Design and Fabrication.

During Budget Period 1, the applicant will produce a recuperator development plan, an engineering design, and a planned cost and schedule. The recuperator development plan must address SCO2 power cycle efficiency objectives. The applicant will define recuperator cost and performance baselines, based on the current state of the art, and document anticipated performance improvements relative to these baselines, for multiple potential recuperator concepts. The applicant will perform the component level R&D necessary to result in a detailed engineering design of the most promising configuration for a compact, cost effective, high temperature recuperator technology for commercially relevant SCO2 power cycles. The subsequent detailed design in Budget Period 2 may be subject to the design conditions, requirements and specifications to be established in collaboration with a potential component technology demonstration facility (referenced above as the STEP facility.)

In Budget Period 2, the applicant will complete the component detailed design for a commercially relevant high temperature recuperator including a detailed cost and schedule necessary for manufacture at a commercial scale application.

Upon completion of the detailed design, DOE anticipates an opportunity for recuperator component demonstration at the STEP facility, or other relevant demonstration facility.

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OPEN 2015
Department of Energy

LOI due February 20, 2015
Full submission due (TBD) May 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This program will fund innovative energy research and development projects that fall outside of the topics of the focused technology programs or that develop after focused solicitations have closed.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The objective of an ARPAâ€E OPEN FOA is simple, yet comprehensive: to support the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. Areas of research responsive to this FOA include (but are not limited to) electricity generation by both renewable and nonâ€renewable means; electricity transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing and commerce, and personal use; and all aspects of transportation, including the production and distribution of both renewable and nonâ€renewable fuels, electrification, and energy efficiency in transportation.

Applications are sought that address one or more of the sponsor's mission areas. Technical Categories and subcategories of interest include: Category 1: Renewable Power (Non-Bio) - Subcategories: Wind-Energy capture, Wind-Energy Conversion, Geothermal Energy, Hydro Energy, Solar - PV/CPV, Solar - Non-PV, Power electronics - Renewable Generation, and Renewable Power - other. Category 2: Bioenergy - Subcategories: Bomass Production, Biofuel Production - Biological Methods, Biofuel Production - Nonbiological methods, Bioenergy Supply Chain, Bioenergy - Other. Category 3: Transportation - Subcategories: Alternative fuels (Non-Bio), Engines - Transportation, Electric Motors - transportation, Fuel Cells - transportation, Advanced Vehicle Designs and Materials, Transportation Management, Power Electronics - Transportation, Non-Vehicular transportation, Batteries - Transportation, Non-Battery Storage for Transportation, Transportation - Other. Category 4: Conventional Generation (Non-Renewable) - Subcategories: Combined Processes †Conventional Generation, Stationary Engines/Turbines For Conventional Generation, Stationary Fuel Cells For Conventional Generation, Nuclear Power Generation And Materials, Carbon Capture, Use, And Storage, Exploration And Extraction (Nonâ€Geothermal) Of Conventional Resources, Planning And Operations For Conventional Generation, Combustible Gas Infrastructure, Chemical and Biological Conversions from Fossil, Water Conservation in Conventional Generation, Conventional Generation - Other. Category 5: Grid - Subcategories: Grid Transmission, Grid Distribution, Modeling, Software, Algorithms, and Control for the Grid, Batteries - Grid Scale, Grid Scale (Non-Battery) Storage, Grid Reliability, Grid - Other. Category 6: Building Efficiency - Subcategories: Combined Heat and Power, Building Heating and Cooling, Building Energy Demand Management, Lighting, Building Envelope, Building efficiency - Other. Category 7: Other - Subcategories: Water Production/Reuse, Thermal Energy Storage, Advanced Manufacturing,Behavior/Education, Appliance and Consumer Electronics Efficiency (end use), Date Centers and Computation, industrial Efficiency - Materials, Industrial Efficiency - Other, Heat Recovery, High Temperature Materials, Semiconductors, Portable Power, Critical Materials. Category 8: None of the Above - Subcategory: Technologies that do not fit in any of the above categories and subcategories.

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U.S. Wind Manufacturing: Larger Blades to Access Greater Wind Resources and Lower Costs (DE-FOA-0001214)
Golden Field Office/Department of Energy

LOI due April 17, 2015
Full submission due May 28, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to support Research and Development (R&D) partnerships leading to innovative designs and processes for wind blade manufacturing and installation to enable deployment of the next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbines. Supported projects will develop cost-competitive integrated solutions that address the challenges of fabricating, transporting overland and assembling rotor blades longer than 60m, with design concepts scalable to greater lengths, and installing them at wind turbine hub heights of at least 120m. Multi-discipline teams including blade design, manufacturing, and installation/logistics capabilities are expected. A total of approximately $1.8 million is available.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The FOA supports Research and Development (R&D) partnerships leading to innovative designs and processes for the manufacturing and assembly of wind turbine blades in order to facilitate deployment of the next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbines. Supported projects will develop cost-competitive integrated solutions that address the challenges of fabricating, transporting overland, and assembling rotor blades longer than 60m, with design concepts scalable to greater lengths, and installing them at wind turbine hub heights of at least 120m. Continued turbine up-scaling and design advancements are expected to increase turbine performance and expand the areas across the United States where wind energy can be viable. Scaling to taller towers allows wind turbines to capture less turbulent and often stronger wind resources thereby increasing productivity from existing viable land areas and improving the economics and development potential of lower wind-speed land areas in the United States.) The objectives of this FOA are to:

1. Reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of land-based wind power in appropriate wind regimes by enabling the use of taller towers over their entire lifecycle, allowing wind turbines to capture stronger wind resources aloft.

2. Increase the wind turbine deployment opportunities in lower wind speed regions across the country where wind energy has previously been more expensive to deploy.

3. Increase U.S. competitiveness in alignment with the EERE Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI).

Single Topic Area: This FOA is focused solely on R&D projects intended to raise the technology readiness level of large wind turbine blade manufacturing and installation concepts. New innovations in blade design as well as improvements in manufacturing and assembly processes are expected outcomes of this FOA. Solutions may include, but are not limited to, modular, segmented or site-fabricated blade technologies. Resulting designs and associated manufacturing, logistics and installation requirements may be applicable to both land-based and offshore wind plants. In their proposals, applicants should characterize the current Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of their innovation and indicate to what level they expect the TRL to be after completing the incremental steps described in the proposed scope of work.

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SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar
Department of Energy

LOI due April 2, 2015
Full submission due July 22, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The $10 million SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar challenges the ingenuity of America's communities and businesses to make installing solar energy systems in the U.S. faster, easier, and cheaper. The goal is to reduce by 75% the total time required to permit, install, inspect, and grid-interconnect solar PV systems while increasing process certainty and enriching the going- solar experience. Contestants will work towards reducing this permit-to-plug-in time from current durations to a swift seven days (small systems) or seven weeks (large systems). DOE designed this competition to motivate communities, local jurisdictions, solar installers and utility companies to collaborate towards one goal of improving the going solar experience.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

DOE envisions solar developers, local jurisdictions, communities, and utility companies forming teams to purse the goals of this competition. No one entity can achieve the goal of improving the going solar customer experience single-handedly; close coordination among communities, cities, installers, customers, and utility companies is critical. With this prize competition DOE hopes to create the right conditions and opportunities for collaboration among all stakeholders. See Section 6. Contestant Eligibility for more details.

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Department of Health & Human Services

Indian Health Preparatory Scholarship Program
Indian Health Service/DHHS

March 28, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Support is provided for American Indians and Alaska Natives who have successfully completed high school education or high school equivalency and who have been accepted for enrollment in a compensatory, pre-professional general education course or curriculum. Support is limited to two years for full-time students and the part-time equivalent of two years, not to exceed four years for part-time students.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The following is a list of health professions that will be considered for funding in each scholarship program in FY 2015: Pre-Clinical Psychology (Jr. and Sr. undergraduate years only); Pre-Nursing; Pre-Pharmacy; and Pre-Social Work (Jr. and Sr. preparing for an MS in social work).

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RFP -- AMENDMENT -- Advanced Development of More Effective/Universal Influenza Vaccines
Department of Health and Human Services

May 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Prevention of disease caused by seasonal and novel influenza strains of pandemic potential continues to be a public health challenge. Vaccination is the primary medical intervention for prevention of infection with these viruses. Seasonal influenza vaccines, which are produced and administered annually, are only 30% to 70% effective. Excess morbidity and mortality caused by seasonal influenza virus disease can be devastating in terms of years of life lost and economic productivity. The emergence of novel strains of influenza viruses presents a public health threat, with potential rapid global spread among people with no pre-existing immunity to the virus, causing catastrophic morbidity and mortality. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), is launching a new initiative supporting the advanced development of influenza vaccine candidates with the goal to provide enhanced, long-lasting protection from a broad range of antigenically divergent influenza viruses within and across subtypes. These new vaccines will be more effective than current vaccines in providing protection from influenza infection in people of all ages and in people generally considered high-risk for severe disease associated with influenza infection. Additionally, these new vaccines may serve as a priming dose during non-pandemic periods to enable a single dose of a pandemic influenza vaccine to be effective.

As such, promising experimental data providing evidence that the new vaccine may serve as a primer for a pandemic influenza vaccine booster will be evaluated favorably. Offerors are required to develop these vaccine candidates towards final FDA licensure for prophylaxis against disease caused by seasonal and pandemic influenza. HHS/ASPR Acquisition Management, Contracts and Grants (AMCG) intends to publish a Request for Proposal (RFP) to support the advanced development of new influenza vaccines that are more effective than currently licensed vaccines as a step towards development of a universal influenza vaccine with potential prime- boost vaccine properties for pandemic influenza. This RFP will provide additional details regarding the desired characteristics for the development towards a universal influenza vaccine candidate through a defined target product profile (TPP). BARDA contemplates a single or multiple contract award(s) to develop, manufacture, and evaluate more effective influenza vaccine candidate(s) toward US licensure. Offeror(s) shall demonstrate their ability to meet the following mandatory criteria:

& Evidence of greater cross-reactive immune responses elicited by the proposed influenza vaccine candidates compared to U.S.-licensed seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines from proof-of-concept in-vitro and relevant animal studies,

& Evidence of progress towards advanced development of proposed influenza vaccine candidates from Phase 1 dose-ranging clinical studies that demonstrates the vaccine candidate is well tolerated and able to induce cross-reactive immune responses to a range of antigenically divergent influenza viruses,

& Evidence of commitment for U.S. licensure of vaccine product from documentation of an investigational new drug (IND) submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, AND

& Evidence of domestic manufacturing capability, either alone or in partnership with other manufacturers, or plans for technology transfer to a domestic production site.

The anticipated period of performance includes a four to five year base period with a four to five year option period. Additional details and requirements will be described in the solicitation. The RFP will be available electronically through the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website (www.fbo.gov) on or about February 11, 2015, with proposals being due on or about April 11,2015. Any responsible offeror may submit a proposal that will be considered by the Government. This notice does not commit the Government to the award of a contract. It is the Offeror's responsibility to monitor this website (www.fbo.gov) for the release of the solicitation as well as any subsequent amendments to the solicitation. Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and any amendments via www.fbo.gov. No collect calls will be accepted. No facsimile transmissions of proposals will be accepted. All responses and/or inquiries concerning this requirement MUST be identified with the RFP number, name of firm, name of requestor, mailing address, telephone number, email address and should be submitted to the primary and/or secondary point of contact identified in this notice. Multiple awards may result from this solicitation with an estimated award date of September 2015. 

AGENCY CONTACTS: Matthew A. McCord, Contracting Officer, Email matthew.mccord@hhs.gov - Kevin Nilles, Contracting Officer, Email kevin.nilles@hhs.gov

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Building the Evidence for Family Group Decision-Making in Child Welfare
Administration on Children, Youth and Families/ACF/DHHS

April 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to solicit proposals for 36-month demonstration projects which will:

1. Conduct a Family Group Decision-Making (FGDM) program which effectively supports family connections and engages family members in ways that achieve positive outcomes for the target population of children who are in, or at risk of entering, foster care and their families; and

2. Analyze the implementation, impact and cost of the FGDM program, through a rigorous local evaluation and cross-site evaluation participation, and produce high level evidence of what worked and why, in order to contribute to the evidence base for FGDM practice.

Grant projects will implement and evaluate a FGDM program, which includes essential elements required under this FOA. Grant projects will be designed to support families in making decisions and developing plans that nurture children in the target population, protect them from abuse and neglect, and, when appropriate, address domestic violence issues in a safe manner. Throughout the project period, grantees will devote a substantial amount of resources to the effective collection and analysis of data for evaluation purposes, and to the dissemination of evaluation findings regarding the impact of the FGDM process on safety, permanency and well-being outcomes for the target population of children and their families.

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PV Provider Network: Engaging the Health Care Provider Response to Interpersonal Violence Against Women Provider Response to Interpersonal Violence Against Women
Assistant Secretary for Health/DHHS

May 12, 2105

SYNOPSIS:

The mission of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) is to provide national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education and innovative model programs. The Department of Health and Human Services has identified violence prevention as a major goal for improving health across several initiatives, including Healthy People. Further efforts are needed to ensure that all aspects of the health care system respond appropriately to women and girls who are victims of interpersonal violence. According to data from the CDC, women are disproportionately affected by intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking; and victims experience many negative impacts and health consequences. (http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs-fact-sheet-2014.pdf; accessed January 10, 2015). Preliminary work supported by OWH highlighted the need for more collaborative violence prevention and health-related programs and projects. Previous work sponsored by OWH has illustrated the need to connect health care providers and public health programs to IPV programs. Strategies have included train-the-trainer methods, clear messaging, and development of services. OWH work also supports the importance of including geographically and ethnically diverse sites to maximize impact and social responsibility to underserved populations. Across all strategies and sites, the over-riding goal has been to develop the connection and support the linkage between systems that provide health care services and IPV programs for women. The next step is to test models that implement the linkages using robust methodologies to test interventions and evaluate programs.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This initiative will continue work focused on integrating interpersonal violence assessment and intervention into basic care, as well as encouraging collaborations between healthcare providers and IPV Programs. OWH encourages applicants with 5-10 partners, which represent healthcare providers and domestic and sexual violence programs to apply.

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

U.S. Department of Transportation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program FY15
U.S. Department of Transportation

March 9, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) welcomes small businesses to participate in the U.S. DOT's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite small businesses (with their valuable resources and creative capabilities) to submit innovative research proposals that address high priority requirements of the U.S. DOT as described in Section IX herein. Under the SBIR Program, the U.S. DOT will
not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goals and objectives of the SBIR Program are:

& Stimulate technological innovation;
& Meet Federal research and development needs;
& Foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by socially and
economically disadvantaged persons; and
& Increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research
and development funding.

The SBIR Program encourages small businesses to engage in research or research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization and meets Federal R/R&D objectives. The Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 (P.L. 97-219 codified at 15 U.S.C. 638) established the SBIR program. In October 1986, through Public Law 99-443, Congress amended the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 638, to extend the SBIR program through September 30, 1993. The Small Business R&D Enhancement Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-564), repealed the SBIR Program under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 and extended the SBIR Program under the Small Business Act through September 30, 2000. The Small Business Reauthorization Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-554) extended the SBIR Program through September 30, 2008. After a series of continuing resolutions, the SBIR/Small Business Technical Transfer (STTR) Reauthorization Act of 2011 under Public Law 112-81, Section E extended the SBIR Program through September 30, 2017. The SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 required the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to amend the SBIR Program Policy Directive and related regulations. A summary of the key changes can be viewed on the SBA website: http://www.sba.gov/about-sba-info/174308.

NOTE: The MSU TechLink Center can provide assistance with SBIR/STTR opportunities. Please contact Phillip Luebke at phillip.luebke@techlinkcenter.org or 994-7748. 

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Tribal Training and Outreach Support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program
Environmental Protection Agency

April 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to provide tribal training, technical and outreach support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program. The American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP) provides workshop training, internships and technical support to tribal governments seeking to
investigate, develop and establish air quality management programs for lands under their jurisdiction and provides opportunity for American Indian students to pursue environmental careers in the field of air quality management. The Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center is a component of the AIAQTP, and is a partnership effort between the selected grant recipient and EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, hosted by the Radiation and Indoor Environments National (R&IEL) laboratory in Las Vegas, to provide a full spectrum of technical support to tribes undertaking air quality monitoring and related activities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Of the 570 federally-recognized tribes nationwide, roughly 120 currently receive funding support from EPA to investigate their air quality and make informed decisions about how to best restore, protect and preserve air resources for lands within their jurisdiction. While some tribal governments have completed air quality assessments and determined they had no further needs, many more do require support to conduct air quality related activities. The purpose of the Tribal
Training and Outreach Support for the American Indian Air Quality Training Program is to provide continuous and comprehensive air quality training, technical support and outreach programs for EPA's tribal partner governments and American Indian students considering pursuing environmental careers in the field of air quality. The program has been in place since the mid 1990's, and includes five essential elements: (1) The American Indian Air Quality Training Program provides timely, essential and tribally appropriate culturally sensitive inperson, hands-on workshop style training; (2) The Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center provides comprehensive training and technical support for tribal monitoring activities; (3) The Professional Assistance element supports Tasks 1 and 2 by providing additional technical
resources that enhance and supplement the other tasks, (4) The Tribal Environmental Education, Outreach and Support Program provides environmental outreach, education and associated support to tribes that will encourage tribal students to develop interest, understanding and abilities to pursue careers in the field of air quality management and; (5) The Internship Program is expected to enhance and solidify the learning experience, and to offer a perspective of broader
opportunities in air quality environmental careers.

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Environmental Finance Center Grant Program (EPA-OFCO-CEF-15)
Environmental Protection Agency

April 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities for regional Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) that provide multi-media environmental finance expertise and outreach to regulated communities. EPA recognizes that given the trends of growing costs and increasing resource pressures, the need to support the environmental work of regulated communities through vehicles such as the regional Environmental Finance Centers is as important and timely as ever. The EFC's will be established and supported in EPA regions across the country to provide regulated parties with finance-related training, technical assistance, finance studies, and other analytical support (eligible services) to help them develop sustainable solutions to the critical "how-to-pay" issues associated with meeting environmental standards and goals.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Tasks under the awards expected under this RFA will support the following goals in the EPA Strategic Plan:

Goal 1 Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality

Goal 2 Protecting America's Waters

Goal 3 Cleaning Up Communities and Advancing Sustainable Development

Goal 4 Ensuring the Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution

Goal 5 Protecting Human Health and the Environment by Enforcing Laws and Assuring Compliance

The EPA Strategic Plan also sets forth the following four cross-agency strategies which set clear expectations for changing the way EPA does business in achieving its results:

-- Working Toward a Sustainable Future

-- Working to Make a Visible Difference in Communities

-- Launching a New Era of State, Tribal, Local, and International Partnerships

-- Embracing EPA as a High-Performing Organization

Applications must demonstrate how the proposed project will support all of these goals.

Expected outputs from the project(s) to be funded under this announcement may include: the development and implementation of environmental finance training courses, on-line environmental finance information exchanges and forums, computerized models and software tools focused on paying for environmental protection, case studies, and direct consultations, all related to environmental finance. It is expected that these outputs will be provided to state, tribal, and local governments, and the private sector as appropriate.

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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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Basil O' Connor Starter Scholar Research Award (2015 Program)
March of Dimes Foundation

March 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

This award is designed to support young scientists just embarking on their independent research careers. The applicants' research interests should be consonant with those of the March of Dimes' mission: The Mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes defines a birth defect as any abnormality of structure or function, whether inherited, or acquired in utero and presenting in infancy or early childhood. Deviations from reproductive health of women and men as an underlying basis of birth defects, i.e. preconceptional events, perinatal course, and premature births, are appropriate subjects for research support. Relevance is interpreted broadly to include fundamental cell biology (embryogenesis, cell lineage, differentiation), genetics and genomics, fundamental cellular and clinical pathogenesis of disorders of importance to mothers and infants, biomedical engineering and imaging, and social and behavioral aspects. Each application should be accompanied by a Letter of Support from a Nominator (see below). The award is $150,000 for two years, including 10 percent indirect costs to sponsoring institutions.

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Career Development Awards for Translational Research
LUNGevity Foundation

LOI due December 12, 2014
Full submissions are by invitation only and will be due March 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

LUNGevity's Career Development Awards for Translational Research program was created to support a cohort of future research leaders who will keep the field of lung cancer research vibrant with new ideas. Applicants must be within the first five years of their faculty appointment. The Career Development Awards are mentored awards; a mentoring plan is part of the required submission.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Projects that will be funded in 2015 are expected to have a direct impact on the early detection of lung cancer or on the outcomes of lung cancer, or to provide a clear conceptual or experimental foundation for the future development of methods for early detection and/or individualized treatment, including through immuno-oncology. LUNGevity will grant only one Career Development Award application per institution.

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Klaus J Jacobs Research Prize
Jacobs Foundation

March 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The The Jacobs Foundation annually bestows the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all disciplines aiming at the improvement of young people's development and perspectives worldwide.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Jacobs Foundation explicitly addresses all scholarly disciplines contributing to a productive development of children and youth. This includes, but is not limited to, psychology, education, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, and medical sciences.

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Project Awards
Sage (Russell) Foundation

LOI due January 16, 2015
Full submissions are by invitation only and will be due March 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Foundation's awards are restricted to support for basic social science research within our announced programs, which are: Social Inequality; Behavioral Economics; Future of Work; Immigration; and Cultural Contact.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Russell Sage Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the social sciences as a means of achieving more informed and rational social policy. The Foundation's agenda includes research on the causes and consequences of various social problems, as well as basic research aimed at improving the methods, data, and theoretical foundation of social science. The Foundation currently pursues five principal programs: a program of research on the Future of Work concerned principally with the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of low-wage work in the United States and other advanced economies; a program of research on current U.S. Immigration aimed at discovering how well immigrants and their children are adapting socially, politically, and economically to life in the United States, particularly as they move beyond the traditional immigrant gateway cities; a program on Cultural Contact concerned with understanding and improving relations between racial and ethnic groups in schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and other key institutional settings; a program on Social Inequality, focused on the social effects of rising economic inequality, with particular attention to the ways in which the U.S. political and educational systems have responded to growing economic disparities; and a program of research on Behavioral Economics which incorporates the insights of psychology and other social sciences into the study of economic behavior.

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Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
Simons Foundation

LOI due October 31, 2014
Full submission due March 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Simons Foundation invites applications for the Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences (MPS) program. The aim of the Simons Collaborations in MPS program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in the broad area of mathematics, theoretical physics, and theoretical computer science. A Simons Collaboration in MPS should address a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance, where a significant new development creates a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The foundation expects to make up to two awards in 2015.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

A Simons Collaboration will be led by a Collaboration Director, who is expected to determine the scientific agenda, to coordinate the scientific activities, and to organize Collaboration meetings as appropriate, including a one-day annual conference at the foundation. The Director will be the main point-of-contact for the foundation and will be responsible for coordinating all administrative deliverables. Principal Investigators (PIs) are expected to perform research that advances the goals of the Collaboration. Proposals should specify a core group of founding PIs. Additional PIs may be added at later stages, as the Collaboration evolves.

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Stem Cell Investigator Awards
New York Stem Cell Foundation

March 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator awards to be used for exploring the basic biology and translational potential of stem cells.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of this initiative is to foster bold and innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field of stem cell research, and advance understanding and use of stem cells in the development of treatments for human disease. In addition to providing funding, NYSCF partners with investigators to advance and translate their research.

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Innovation in Regulatory Science
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

LOI due November 18, 2014
Full submission due April 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

BWF's Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards provide up to $500,000 over five years to academic investigators developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others make.

These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have a faculty or adjunct faculty appointment at a North American degree-granting institution.  Awards are made to degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada on behalf of the awardee. 

The application process consists of two phases: a preproposal followed by a full proposal invitation.  Preproposal applicants selected by the Advisory Committee deemed to meet the goals of this initiative will be invited to submit full proposals.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund identified Innovation in Regulatory Science as an important, underfunded area. This initiative is designed to provide financial support to stimulate research efforts in this area.

The process of translating biomedical discoveries into new therapies has become increasingly complex in light of evolving science and technology, and requires that the science of regulation keep up with the advances in biomedical science and technology. For example, existing animal models of human disease are often poor predictors of efficacy of new therapeutic approaches in humans. As new technologies produce new types of preclinical models, innovation is needed in the evaluation of these models to justify movement into clinical studies. Over the last decade, numerous reports [1] have documented the importance of this area of research to the future of the biomedical enterprise, however it remains inadequately supported.

Regulatory science has been defined as the "development and use of new tools, standards, and approaches to more efficiently develop products and to more effectively evaluate product safety, efficacy, and quality". [2] It is has become the centerpiece of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) strategy for fostering innovation, and the academic and foundation communities have been called to take an active role in building this emerging field.

This initiative of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund is focused on providing support for academic researchers developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions FDA and others make.  This would necessarily draw upon the talents of individuals trained in mathematics, computer science, applied physics, medicine, engineering, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and systems pharmacology, to name a few.

[1] FDA Science and Mission at Risk: Report of the Subcommittee on Science and Technology, FDA Science Board, 2007; Innovation or Stagnation: Challenge and Opportunity on the Critical Path to New Medical Products, Food and Drug Administration 2004; Building a National Framework for the Establishment of Regulatory Science for Drug Development, Institute of Medicine Workshop Report; Advancing Regulatory Science at the FDA, 2011.

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Grand Challenges: New Interventions for Global Health
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Applications will be accepted beginning on November 4, 2014. Please check the program website at that time for the latest information, including the Letter of Inquiry form (under five pages) for submission.

SYNOPSIS: 

Under this new Grand Challenge we seek original and innovative concepts for vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics with the potential to be translated into safe, effective, affordable and widely utilized interventions to protect against the acquisition, progression or transmission of infectious diseases or provide a cure for infectious diseases in resource limited settings. This request for proposals will fund full awards that could include grants, program related investments and/or contracts up to USD $10,000,000 per awardee for up to four years but must include an industry, biotech or other translational partner. We will also consider funding pilot awards of up to USD $2,000,000 for up to four years with the anticipation that successful applicants will apply for a full award in subsequent years.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

(Vaccines) The goal of this challenge is to identify novel vaccine concepts for generating protective immune responses to global health pathogens of interest-- to solicit creative, novel approaches to the identification and generation of protective immune responses in order to move the best vaccine concepts and candidates forward into clinical development. Unconventional approaches to effectively drive or harness immune responses to protect against infection and disease will be considered.

(Therapeutics) With this topic we also seek to explore new therapeutic approaches that limit the emergence of resistance -- by limiting evolutionary pressure on drug targets, blocking potential evolutionary paths, or other novel mechanisms. In all cases, proposals must articulate how the emergence of drug resistance would be limited and how the likelihood for emergence of resistance could be tested.

(Diagnostics) 

In addition to vaccines and therapeutic concepts, we seek innovative diagnostics that have the potential to drastically change how we measure a patient's health condition in developing world settings. Proposals may offer methods to detect disease-causing pathogens as well as biomarkers, indicators of metabolic status, and micronutrients. They may employ existing platform technologies or detection modalities, but they must be accompanied by credible biophysical signatures or biomarkers specific for global health conditions.

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Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

The Gates foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications for the following grant programs - for more information please visit the grant opportunities page at www.grandchallenges.org  

1. Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round.  Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015 on the following topics:

&               Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering

&               Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data

&               Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control

&               New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission

&               Reducing Pneumonia Fatalities Through Innovations that Improve Pneumonia Diagnosis & Referral of                           Malnourished Children

&               Enable Merchant Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at www.grandchallenges.org

2. Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched its fifth round for innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the world. Saving Lives at Birth partners will fund transformative approaches that cut across three main domains: (i) science & technology, (ii) service delivery, and (iii) demand-side innovation.

The application deadline is March 27, 2015. Details on how to apply for a grant can be found at http://response.notifications.gatesfoundation.org/t?ctl=4C60472:2627D3ED682923C8E13CEA374FCC135D2B785AAF7A4109CC&

3. All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched two grant opportunities:

- As part of the Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Settings Ideation Challenge, it is seeking technology-supported approaches to provide basic education in one or more of the following situations: health crisis, natural disaster, and conflict zone. Proposed solutions should be usable within the first six months after the onset of the crisis or conflict and be usable within the context of a developing country.  

The application deadline is March 30, 2015.  Details on how to apply can be found at http://response.notifications.gatesfoundation.org/t?ctl=4C60473:2627D3ED682923C8E13CEA374FCC135D2B785AAF7A4109CC&

- The Tracking & Tracing Books Prize Competition is seeking innovations to track books destined for early-grade classrooms and learning centers in low-income countries and allow stakeholders, ranging from parents to Ministries of Education and donor agencies, to quickly and easily access tracking information.

The application deadline is April 1, 2015. Details on how to apply for a grant can be found at http://response.notifications.gatesfoundation.org/t?ctl=4C60474:2627D3ED682923C8E13CEA374FCC135D2B785AAF7A4109CC&

4. The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT) as part of its new Grand Challenges Japan initiative has launched a Target Research Platform to fund bold ideas in drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for a set of priority neglected infectious diseases. Applications must be from a partnership between Japanese and non-Japanese organizations.

The application deadline is March 13, 2015.  Additional Information can be found at http://response.notifications.gatesfoundation.org/t?ctl=4C60475:2627D3ED682923C8E13CEA374FCC135D2B785AAF7A4109CC&

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines.  If you have a great idea, please apply.  If you know someone who may have a great idea, please forward them this information.  

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Innovations in International Education
Longview Fndn. for Education in World Affairs & International Understanding

LOI due June 5, 2015
Full submission by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

This program supports strategic, field-building activities that help address gaps in knowledge or capacity. Projects will also be reviewed for their potential to have a broad impact and remain sustainable beyond the grant period.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Trustees have identified K-12 education in the U.S. as their primary area of interest and fund projects that directly support building global perspectives in teachers and students.

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Novice Researcher Program
Gerber Foundation

LOI due December 1, 2014
Full submissions are by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

The Gerber Foundation has an interest in promoting the development of new investigators. Recognizing that many developing researchers may find it difficult to obtain initial funding to establish their line of investigation, a Novice Researcher program has been initiated. The purpose is to encourage the development of medical research in infant and early childhood health and nutrition by awarding small grants to new researchers.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose is to encourage the development of medical research in infant and early childhood health and nutrition by awarding small grants to new researchers. These awards follow the Foundation's current focus on clinical/translational research in infant and early childhood health and nutrition. Emphasis is placed on projects with relatively short clinical applicability.

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Amgen Healthcare Donations
Amgen Foundation, Inc.

Receipt

SYNOPSIS:

Amgen makes donations to qualified members of the U.S. healthcare community for the following purposes: the support of science, technology, medicine, healthcare or education; or, education of the public on disease states, medical conditions, science or technology; or, in furtherance of other genuine philanthropic and charitable purposes that are consistent with Amgen's scientific and disease interests.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Types of donations include, but are not limited to: Endowed Professorships; Fellowships; Fundraising Events; Patient Advocacy Programs; Public Education Programs; and, Scholarships.

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STEM Higher Education
Sloan (Alfred P.) Foundation

The Foundation makes grants year-round.

SYNOPSIS: 

Grants in the Science Education program area promote access to the scientific enterprise, provide information about scientific and technical careers, and encourage innovation to the structure of scientific training. The Foundation does not make grants to projects aimed at pre-college students.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

There are two subprograms:

Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups - Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and women are underrepresented among M.S. and Ph.D. recipients in the natural sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, a trend that continues throughout the academic pipeline - from starting assistant professors to senior academic administrators. Grantmaking in this Foundation program aims to increase the diversity of higher education in STEM fields through college and university initiatives to support the education and professional advancement of high-quality scholars from underrepresented groups. Grantmaking is divided into three subprograms. In the Sloan Minority Ph.D. program (MPHD), the Foundation partners with select faculty, departments, and universities with proven track records of successfully recruiting and graduating minority Ph.D. candidates in STEM fields. Funds provide fellowships to minority students, allowing successful degree programs to enroll, train, and eventually graduate more students than would otherwise be possible. In the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP), the Foundation provides fellowships and administrative funds to four regional centers that foster supportive, interconnected communities devoted to successfully training Native American and Native Alaskan graduate students in STEM Master's and Ph.D. programs. In the Leadership Diversity program, the Foundation supports college and university efforts to promote the effective professional development of women and minority faculty for positions of academic leadership.

The Science of Learning STEM - Grantmaking in this program aims to improve the quality of higher education in STEM fields through the support of original, high-quality research on the factors affecting undergraduate and graduate student learning and retention in STEM fields. Grants primarily support consortia of colleges, universities, and other educational institutions with plans to develop and to study the impact and effectiveness of new approaches to STEM pedagogy, especially in "gateway" courses, with an explicit commitment to institutionalize successful initiatives. Successful proposals are expected to be hypothesis-driven, sensitive to the heterogeneity of STEM disciplines, attentive to differences in student motivations to choose STEM majors and persist in STEM careers, and concerned with the dissemination and portability of results to other institutions. 

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

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Human Rights and International Justice Grants
MacArthur Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

September 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Pilot and Feasibility Awards
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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CFF/NIH-unfunded Grant Award
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

October 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Society for Human Resource Managment Foundation Research Grants
SHRM Foundation

April 1, 2015 and October 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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Mini Projects
Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

 

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Research Grants: 2015 Opportunities
Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Grants Program
Toyota USA Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)

Rockfall Hazard Rating Process Assessment (15-3059V)
Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)

March 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The STATE OF MONTANA, Department of Transportation (MDT) is seeking a consultant to provide an evaluation of the existing rockfall hazard rating process and recommend updates as necessary for a more effective asset management system that can be used as a planning tool to guide MDT on rockfall mitigation projects. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

In 2005, MDT implemented a rockfall management system for use on the MDT's state-maintained roadways. The system selected and customized for MDT was the Rockfall Hazard Rating System (RHRS) and is in an Oracle Forms and Reports application using an Oracle database. This current system was developed as a result of the MDT Rockfall Hazard Classification and Mitigation System research project initiated in February 2003. Attached is a link to the previous study final report http://www.mdt.mt.gov/other/research/external/docs/research_proj/rockfall/final_report.pdf.

For the initial project, over 2,600 sites statewide were visited and rated. Sites with no to very little risk were excluded, resulting in 1,869 significant rockfall sites being entered into the database. The top 100 sites, based on the Rockfall Hazard Rating System, were determined and had conceptual mitigation design and cost estimates developed.

The current database and system is useful; however, it has been nearly ten years since the rating system was developed. Several sites have been mitigated and rating criteria appears to need refinement. MDT recognizes the need to revisit sites and reassess our rating criteria to ensure that best practices are being followed; MDT and needs are met, with the ultimate objective being the efficient management of MDT's maintenance and construction funds related to rockfall projects.

The consultant will identify comparable States with valid rockfall classification and mitigation programs. In addition, the consultant will review and report on the latest innovations, "Best Practices", including their costs, compatibility with MDT's existing databases and program systems and applicability to MDT. This analysis will aid in refining the rating criteria to make it more specific to Montana and MDT's needs. Identified rating criteria modifications include targeting rockfall mitigation projects where the greatest benefit versus cost can be realized by investigating mitigation cost versus maintenance costs, highway user costs, and safety components.

This Project will assess current and state of the art practices and review MDT's current practices to make recommendations on the best ways to incorporate wanted and needed refinements to MDT's Rockfall Hazard Rating Process and System. MDT would also like to assess the functionality of our existing database and system to determine if it will meet our future needs along with taking advantage of newer information technology (IT) technology, specifically geographic information system (GIS) mapping capabilities and be compatible with a future geotechnical risk-based Transportation Asset Management Plan.

POINT OF CONTACT: 

From the date this Request for Proposal (RFP) is issued until an Offeror is selected and announced by the procurement officer, Offerors shall not communicate with any State of Montana Employees regarding this procurement, except at the direction of Rick Dorvall, the procurement officer in charge of the solicitation. Any unauthorized contact may disqualify the Offeror from further consideration. Contact information for the single point of contact is:

Procurement Officer: Rick Dorvall

Telephone Number: 406-444-3366

Fax Number: 406-444-2529

E-mail Address: rickdorvall@mt.gov

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program: 2015/2016 Academic Year
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

February 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This call for graduate fellowship proposals, entitled NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program - 2015/2016 Academic Year, solicits applications from accredited U.S. Universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Masters or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, at respective institutions. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA's scientific goals outlined above. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities with the advisor serving as the principal investigator.The financial support for the NESSF Program comes from SMD's four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. For the 2015/2016 academic year, NASA expects to award approximately 50 new graduate fellowships in Earth Science, 3-5 in Heliophysics, 10 in Planetary Science, and 6-10 in Astrophysics.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) supports basic and applied research in Earth and space science. The SMD research program includes the development of major space flight missions; analysis of data from prior missions; conduct of major field campaigns; and the Supporting Research and Technology (SR&T) program which includes development of instruments for suborbital flights and potential missions, detector development, complementary laboratory research, data assimilation, computational modeling, and theoretical studies. The SMD also supports the use of scientific knowledge, data, and modeling to support science-based policy and management decisions. The fundamental questions and goals for NASA's Earth and space science research activities are given in a series of Strategic Plans and Science Roadmaps; these documents can be accessed at http://science.hq.nasa.gov/strategy and http://science.hq.nasa.gov/strategy/roadmaps/.

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ROSES 2014: Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

March 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This program element solicits proposals that advance the goals and objectives of NASA's Earth Science Division by conducting unique research to investigate 1) unforeseen or unpredictable Earth system events and opportunities that require rapid response, and 2) novel new ideas of potential high merit and relevance for ESD science that have not otherwise been solicited by NASA in the past three years.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Targets of Opportunity: Rapid Response to Earth System Events and Opportunities to Collaborate (Rapid Response) -- This subelement is focused on research proposals having great urgency for action 1) involving quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic extreme events, disasters, and/or similar unanticipated or unpredictable events, and 2) requiring a quick funding decision to take advantage of an opportunity for research collaboration that is only available for a short time. Examples of unanticipated or unpredictable events are major fires, volcanic eruptions, 100-year floods, episodes of severe and large-scale environmental pollution, harmful algal blooms, coral bleaching events, and other events causing large-scale and rapid environmental change. Examples of opportunities for collaboration that can be on short notice and time critical are major airborne campaigns sponsored by international partners that have unexpected capacity to host additional instruments or support NASA satellite calibration/validation activities, and single-season field studies or ocean cruises sponsored by other agencies that, with short notice, offer collaborations that can be exploited to address NASA objectives. The research activities proposed must require rapid, near-term data acquisition, field work, and/or other such research activities. Proposers are strongly encouraged to contact the NASA program officer(s) whose expertise best matches the proposal topic before submitting a proposal in order to determine whether the proposed work is appropriate for this ROSES program element and if funding is likely to be available for a meritorious proposal.

First-Time Development of Innovative, Novel Ideas in Earth Remote Sensing (Novel Earth Science) -- This subelement is intended to provide an open, systematic, competitive process for NASA's ESD to consider proposals for exceptionally novel scientific research on remote sensing of the Earth that cannot be considered relevant to any other NASA solicitation. ESD recognizes that such proposals offer the possibility for major scientific breakthroughs and new approaches to remote sensing. ESD offers this sublement as a mechanism for researchers to develop their ideas and justify near-term investment through an important new capability or scientific application that will advance ESD goals and objectives. Proposals must be focused on topics that offer fundamental scientific research to advance Earth remote sensing. Instrument or technology development, data and information systems research, or educational activities are discouraged.

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ROSES 2014: Terrestrial Ecology
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

LOI due January 20, 2015
Full submission due March 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

NASA Terrestrial Ecology research addresses changes in Earth's carbon cycle and ecosystems using space-based observations in order to improve understanding of the structure and function of global terrestrial ecosystems, their interactions with the atmosphere and hydrosphere, and their role in the cycling of the major biogeochemical elements and water. The focus of this solicitation is the initial research to begin the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign -- a large-scale study of ecosystem responses to environmental change in western North America's Arctic and boreal region and the implications for social-ecological systems. The Overarching Science Question for ABoVE is: How vulnerable or resilient are ecosystems and society to environmental change in the Arctic and boreal region of western North America? Research for ABoVE will link field-based, process-level studies with geospatial data products derived from airborne and satellite sensors, building a foundation for improving the analysis and modeling capabilities needed to understand and predict ecosystem responses and societal implications. It is envisioned that a successful ABoVE will (1) contribute to greater scientific understanding of the vulnerability and resilience to environmental change of Arctic and boreal ecosystems in western North America, and (2) provide the scientific basis for informed decision-making to guide societal responses at local-to-international levels.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This solicitation primarily invites proposals for research investigations to begin the field program and to develop the ABoVE Implementation Plan, further refining the ABoVE study design. The ABoVE Implementation Plan will detail the specific activities to be carried out (what, when, where, how, for how long, etc.) based upon the investigator studies that are selected for participation by NASA and its partner organizations in ABoVE. It will be used by ABoVE managers to organize and manage their support to ABoVE researchers and by ABoVE researchers as a resource for communication and coordination. Research proposed must address one or more of the following science questions: What processes are contributing to changes in disturbance regimes and what are the impacts of these changes?; How are flora and fauna responding to changes in biotic and abiotic conditions, and what are the impacts on ecosystem structure and function?; How are the magnitudes, fates, and land-atmosphere exchanges of carbon pools responding to environmental change, and what are the biogeochemical mechanisms driving these changes? What processes are controlling changes in the distribution and properties of permafrost and what are the impacts of these changes?; What are the causes and consequences of changes in the hydrologic system, specifically the amount, temporal distribution, and discharge of surface and subsurface water?; and How are environmental changes affecting critical ecosystem services - natural and cultural resources, human health, infrastructure, and climate regulation - and how are human societies responding?

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Early Career Faculty
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

LOI due March 20, 2015
Full submission due April 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

ECF is focused on supporting outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers as they conduct space technology research of high priority to NASA's Mission Directorates.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The STRG Program within STMD is fostering the development of innovative, low-TRL technologies for advanced space systems and space technology. The goal of this low-TRL endeavor is to accelerate the development of groundbreaking, high-risk/high-payoff space technologies, not necessarily directed at a specific mission, to support the future space science and exploration needs of NASA, other government agencies, and the commercial space sector.

This Appendix seeks proposals to develop unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies that have the potential to lead to dramatic improvements at the system level -- performance, weight, cost, reliability, operational simplicity, or other figures of merit associated with space flight hardware or missions. Although progress under an award may be incremental, the projected impact at the system level must be substantial and clearly defined. This Appendix does not seek literature searches, survey activities, or incremental enhancements to the current state of the art.

This Appendix exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to these topics: Topic 1 - Dynamic Tensegrity Technologies for Space Science and Exploration; Topic 2 - High Temperature Solar Cells; Topic 3 - Fundamental Aerothermodynamic Model Development; and Topic 4 - Synthetic Biology Technologies for Space Exploration.

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ROSES 2015: Heliophysics Living With a Star Science
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Step 1 proposals are due March 13, 2015. Step 2 proposals are due May 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of NASA's Living With a Star (LWS) Program is to develop the scientific understanding needed for the U.S. to effectively address those aspects of Heliophysics science that may affect life and society. LWS Science solicits proposals for fundamental science that will lead to a physics-based understanding of the integral system linking the Sun to the Solar System, including the impact on the heliosphere, planetary magnetospheres, and ionospheres. Achieving an understanding of those aspects of the Sun-Solar System that have direct impact on life and society behooves the LWS program to tackle strategic large-scale problems that cross (traditionally separate) discipline and technique boundaries (e.g., data analysis, theory, modeling, etc.).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

LWS Science is a crosscutting initiative that addresses the following LWS strategic goals: to deliver the understanding and modeling required for useful prediction of the variable solar particulate and radiative environment at the Earth, Moon, Mars, and throughout the solar system; to deliver the understanding of how and to what degree variations in the solar radiative and particulate output contribute to changes in global and regional climate over a wide range of time scales; to deliver the understanding and modeling required for effective forecasting/specification of magnetospheric radiation and plasma environments; and to deliver understanding and predictive models of upper atmospheric and ionospheric responses to changes in solar electromagnetic radiation and to coupling above and below.

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ROSES 2015: Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

LOI or "Step 1 proposals" due April 24, 2015
"Step 2 proposals" due June 26, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of the Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples (LARS) Program is to maximize the scientific return from the samples provided by missions such as Genesis, Stardust, and Hayabusa through development of laboratory instrumentation and advanced analytical techniques required for the complete analyses of the samples they return. In addition, this program supports analytical work on samples returned by recent Planetary Science Division missions, including Genesis and Stardust, as well as samples returned by Hayabusa.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Proposals solicited under this program include those that seek to develop new analytical instrumentation or combinations of analytical instruments, or new components of analytical instruments, leading to significant improvements in the precision, resolution, or sensitivity of measurements compared to the existing state of the art. Also of interest are proposals for the development of new analytical techniques for existing instrumentation that will push the limits of current technology, for example, by the elimination of analytical interferences or contamination problems. In all cases, both the development efforts and the clear relevance to NASA sample return missions must be clearly documented in the proposals. Proposals may seek to develop analytical capabilities for future sample-return missions. However, work that addresses the needs of current or selected missions have the highest priority.

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

NEA Literature Fellowships: Prose, FY 2016
National Endowment for the Arts

March 11, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Fellowships in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Non-matching grants are for $25,000. These guidelines are for creative writing fellowships in prose. 

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National Endowment for the Arts 2015 Funding Guidelines Posted
National Endowment for the Arts

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

Guidelines and application materials for two National Endowment for the Arts funding categories have been posted on the NEA's website. The 2015 Art Works and Challenge America programs support projects anticipated to take place beginning in 2016. Any non-profit 501(c)3 organization, unit of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal community with at least a three year programming history is eligible to apply for project-based support through these two programs. Together, Art Works and Challenge America constitute approximately 75 percent of the NEA's annual direct grantmaking (exclusive of state and regional partnership agreements).

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

Art Works is the NEA's largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. In fiscal year 2014, the NEA supported 1799 grants totaling $49.4 million through Art Works. The deadlines for Art Works applications are February 19 and July 23, 2015 depending on the artistic discipline and/or type of project for which an organization seeks support.

Challenge America offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations-those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. In fiscal year 2014, Challenge America funded 147 grants totaling $1.47 million. The deadline for Challenge America is April 16, 2015.

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Grants for Organizations: Art Works
National Endowment for the Arts

July 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The guiding principle of "Art Works" is at the center of everything we do at the NEA. "Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field.

Art works by enhancing the value of individuals and communities, by connecting us to each other and to something greater than ourselves, and by empowering creativity and innovation in our society and economy. The arts exist for beauty itself, but they also are an inexhaustible source of meaning and inspiration.

The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them. To deepen and extend the arts' value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, we welcome projects that:

  • Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
  • Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
  • Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

Beyond encouraging projects that demonstrate these characteristics, we want to achieve the following four objectives through the Art Works category:

  • Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
  • Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
  • Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
  • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

  • Partnerships can be valuable to the success of projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project.
  • American arts and design organizations must be inclusive of the full range of demographics of their communities, as well as individuals of all physical and cognitive abilities. Toward that end, we encourage projects for which NEA support is sought to strive for the highest level of inclusiveness in their audiences, programming, artists, governance, and staffing. We also welcome projects that will explicitly address the issue of inclusion.
  • We are interested in projects that extend the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. This is achieved in part through the use of Challenge America funds.
  • We are interested in projects, regardless of the size or type of applicant organization, that are of national, regional, or field-wide significance; that tour in several states; or that provide an unusual or especially valuable contribution because of geographic location. This includes local projects that can have significant effects within communities or that are likely to serve as models for a field.
  • We urge organizations that apply under these guidelines to involve artists in their projects and to provide specific information on the participating artists in their applications.
  • We are committed to supporting equitable opportunities for all applicants and to investing in diversity in the arts including works of all cultures and periods.
  • We recognize that the significance of a project can be measured by excellence and invention, not solely by budget size, institutional stature, or the numbers of people or areas that are reached.
  • We urge applicants to make accommodations for individuals with disabilities an integral part of their projects.
  • To mark the 50th anniversary of the NEA in 2015, and the National Park Service's (NPS) Centennial in 2016, both agencies are working together to encourage the creation of and greater public engagement with art relating to the work and mission of our national park system. Projects might include the commissioning and presentation of new work in or adjacent to a national park, performances, or festivals in these settings. Additional project examples are listed in these guidelines for each artistic discipline. Applicants also may consider NPS managed trails, rivers, designated landmarks, historic sites, and heritage areas as sites of activity in a project proposal. Collaborative partnerships with the selected park area or program are strongly encouraged. For a project being proposed within a national park, applicants must first consult with the appropriate NPS official. See "NEA-NPS Imagine Your Parks Funding Collaboration" for more details.

The Art Works category does not fund direct grants to individuals. Direct grants to individuals are offered only in the category of Literature Fellowships.

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

 

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Student Achievement Grants
NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education

June 1, 2015 and October 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Public Scholar Program
National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities

March 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Public Scholar program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Public Scholar program aims to encourage scholarship that will be of broad interest and have lasting impact. Such scholarship might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship. They must address significant humanities themes likely to be of broad interest and must be written in a readily accessible style. Making use of primary and/or secondary sources, they should open up important and appealing subjects for wider audiences. The challenge is to make sense of a significant topic in a way that will appeal to general readers.

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Challenge Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

May 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term support for their humanities programs and resources. Through these awards, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Grantee institutions may also expend up to 10 percent of total grant funds (federal funds plus matching funds) to defray costs of fundraising to meet the NEH challenge. Because of the matching requirement, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support.

Applications are welcome from colleges and universities, museums, public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit humanities entities. Programs that involve collaboration among multiple institutions are eligible as well, but one institution must serve as the lead agent and formal applicant of record.

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Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics
National Endowment for the Humanities

June 11, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NEH's Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports films that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities. The films are meant to spark Americans' engagement with the broader world by exploring countries and cultures outside of the United States.

The Division of Public Programs encourages innovative nonfiction storytelling that presents multiple points of view in creative formats. At the center of every NEH-funded film is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring the humanities alive for people of all ages and all walks of life. The proposed film must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship. It may be as short as thirty minutes or as long as a feature-length film.

We invite a wide range of approaches to international and transnational topics and themes, such as

  • an examination of a critical issue in ethics, religion, literature, or history, viewed through an international lens;
  • an exploration of a topic that transcends a single nation-state;
  • a biography of a foreign leader, writer, artist, or historical figure; or
  • an exploration of the history and culture(s) of a specific region, country, or community outside of the United States.

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Humanities Open Book Program
National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities

June 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

NEH and Mellon are soliciting proposals from academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions that publish books in the humanities to participate in the Humanities Open Book Program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Applicants will provide a list of previously published humanities books along with brief descriptions of the books and their intellectual significance. Depending on the length and topics of the books, the number to be digitized may vary. However, NEH and Mellon anticipate that applicants may propose to digitize a total that ranges from less than fifty to more than one hundred books. Awards will be given to digitize these books and make them available as Creative Commons-licensed "ebooks" that can be read by the public at no charge on computers, mobile devices, and ebook readers. The final ebook files must be in EPUB version 3.0.1 (or later) format, to ensure that the text is fully searchable and reflowable and that fonts are resizable on any e-reading device.

NEH invites proposals to digitize books on topics 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.

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

September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

 

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

Standard Due Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NIAID Career Transition Award (K22)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

Nature of the career/research transition opportunity

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

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

 

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is November 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

The NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose high-impact research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among drug abusers. The term avant-gardeÂť 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
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts / March 13, 2015

Requests for Applications

Program Announcements
Notices

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BRAIN Initiative: Development and Validation of Novel Tools to Analyze Cell-Specific and Circuit-Specific Processes in the Brain (U01)
Multiple Participating Institutes

LOI due February 18, 2015
Full submission due March 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The purpose of this Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is to encourage applications that will develop and validate novel tools to facilitate the detailed analysis of complex circuits and provide insights into cellular interactions that underlie brain function. The new tools and technologies should inform and/or exploit cell-type and/or circuit-level specificity. Plans for validating the utility of the tool/technology will be an essential feature of a successful application. The development of new genetic and non-genetic tools for delivering genes, proteins and chemicals to cells of interest or approaches that are expected to target specific cell types and/or circuits in the nervous system with greater precision and sensitivity than currently established methods are encouraged. Tools that can be used in a number of species / model organisms rather than those restricted to a single species are highly desired. Applications that provide approaches that break through existing technical barriers to substantially improve current capabilities are highly encouraged. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is designed to support development and validation of novel tools to facilitate the detailed analysis of cells and circuits and provide insights into the neural circuitry and structure underlying complex behaviors. The human brain consists of an estimated one hundred billion neurons and more than one trillion supporting glial cells that are uniquely organized to confer the extraordinary computational activities of the brain. Cell types are categorized by their anatomical position, neurotransmitter content, dendritic and axonal connections, receptor profile, gene expression profile and distinct electrical properties. Although the human brain has long been the focus of numerous studies with many major achievements along the way, to date we remain largely ignorant about the specific details such as cell types and connections that are responsible for rapid information processing. Defining cellular and circuit-level function is dependent on detailed knowledge about the components and structure of the circuit. Such knowledge, in turn, is fundamental to understanding how these features underlie cognition and behavior, which should aid in the development of targeted cell-type and circuit-specific therapeutics to treat brain disorders. This initiative is focused on developing tools (or vastly improving existing tools) to enable access to individual cells and defined groups of cells within neuronal circuits. The tools sought through this FOA can include novel genetic or non-genetic methods for targeted delivery of genes, proteins, and chemicals to specific cells or tightly defined cell types and circuits.

Development of novel tools that will delineate anatomical connections between cells and expand our knowledge of circuit architecture and function is an area well poised for additional investment. Several efforts are currently underway to study large-scale, long-range connections, such as the NIH Human Connectome Project, as well as large scale rodent connectional studies. Recent development of new technologies (e.g., CLARITY, Lumos) that render the brain essentially transparent while maintaining the integrity of cellular and subcellular components, allow an unprecedented three-dimensional view into the post-mortem brain. While still at an early stage, these exciting technologies hold promise for mapping short- and long-range connections throughout the brain. Coupled with improved activity monitoring technologies in awake, behaving animals, these new tools promise an understanding of circuitry in action. Further development of these technologies is crucial to push the envelope beyond our current capabilities. To this end, applicants from the biological sciences are encouraged to establish collaborations with nanobiologists, material scientists, engineers and colleagues in other disciplines to develop groundbreaking approaches to study brain activity.

This FOA solicits applications to develop next-generation, innovative technologies to define and target specific cell types in the brain. Of particular interest are first-in-class and/or cross-cutting non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques that permit repeated measurements from cells over time in a non-destructive manner. Tools/technologies relevant for this initiative are expected to be transformative, either through the development of novel tools that may be high-risk or through major advances in current approaches that break through technical barriers and will significantly improve current capabilities. While an emphasis of the BRAIN initiative is the development of novel tools to study the brain, here we highlight the need for innovative approaches to bridge experimental scales. Studies that are able to explore molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural activity permitting improved precision and sensitivity in the analysis of micro-and macro-circuits are strongly encouraged. Progress in understanding how the activity of the brain translates to complex behaviors will be facilitated by non-invasive approaches for both monitoring and manipulating neural activity in awake, behaving organisms.

 

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Exploratory Clinical Trial Grants in Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (R21)
National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is March 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) invites applications for development and implementation of interventional exploratory clinical trials aimed at providing clinically meaningful improvements in symptoms, function or disease course for patients with rheumatic, musculoskeletal or skin diseases. The trials must address research questions related to the mission and goals of the NIAMS and may evaluate drugs, biologics, devices, or surgical, dietary, behavioral or rehabilitation therapies. This Exploratory Clinical Trials Grants Program is designed to facilitate the execution of creative, short-term interventional studies to obtain the experimental data needed to launch future clinical trials. The proposed trials should strive to investigate new ideas and may use creative trial designs. Proposed studies should focus on research questions that have the potential to contribute critical clinically-relevant data in support of a future, more robust clinical trial, or that can impact and benefit clinical decision making at the patient level. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This Exploratory Clinical Trials Grants Program is designed to facilitate the execution of creative, short-term interventional studies that may utilize emerging novel clinical trials designs to obtain the experimental data needed to launch future clinical trials. The objectives may require a more flexible (i.e., adaptive) approach to design so that changes can be made in response to accumulating results, and the analysis may entail data exploration that is pre-specified in the protocol. The rationale for the proposed exploratory study should be supported by strong preclinical data. Preliminary data specifically related to clinical effect of the proposed intervention in the targeted condition are not required for R21 applications; however, they may be included if available. The proposed trials should strive to investigate new ideas and/or clinical trial approaches designed to focus on research questions that have the potential to contribute critical, clinically-relevant data in support of a future, more robust clinical trial, or that can impact clinical decision making at the patient level. Ideally, these studies are expected to generate data of value to future clinical trials or patient care by gathering evidence of a clinically-meaningful improvement in the efficacy, tolerability, dose response, and/or toxicity of a new or available therapeutic intervention (or their combination) in a population relevant to the NIAMS mission.

Rare diseases research groups are especially encouraged to use this mechanism for pilot trials to be conducted at multiple Institutions necessary to obtain an adequate number of patients. A high priority is the use of such studies to help stimulate the translation and implementation of promising research developments from laboratory, preclinical and early human testing into clinical practice.

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NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Research Education: Open Educational Resources for Sharing, Annotating and Curating Biomedical Big Data (R25)
National Library of Medicine and other participating organizations

LOI due February 17, 2015
Full submission due March 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this BD2K R25 funding announcement is to 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 focus on Curriculum or Methods Development. In particular, this FOA seeks applications for development of open educational resources. 

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 NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) 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, by creating educational resources to foster sharing, curating, and annotating of biomedical Big Data. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Curriculum or Methods Development: Development of open educational resources that cover concepts, approaches, relevant use cases and requirements for sharing, annotating and curating biomedical Big Data research resources, for use by librarians and other instructors to train researchers and graduate students for active roles in the connected biomedical enterprise.

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Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center (U01)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS

March 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for collaborative translational research projects aligned with NIH efforts to enhance the translation of basic biological discoveries into clinical applications that improve health. It encourages high quality science demonstrating the potential to result in understanding an important disease process or lead to new therapeutic interventions, diagnostics, or prevention strategies within the research interests and priorities of the participating NIH Institutes/Centers (ICs). Specifically, the program seeks to broaden and strengthen translational research collaborations between basic and clinical researchers both within and outside NIH to accelerate and enhance translational science by promoting partnerships between NIH intramural investigators (e.g., those conducting research within the labs and clinics of the NIH) and extramural investigators (e.g., those conducting research in labs outside the NIH), and by providing support for extramural investigators to take advantage of the unique research opportunities available at the NIH Clinical Center by conducting research projects in collaboration with NIH intramural investigators. The companion FOA (PAR-13-357, SPIN Program #: 35571) encourages X02 pre-applications for Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center. The X02 pre-application is the recommended (not required) first step in the application process for this FOA. Potential applicants should read both FOAs. Investigators whose X02 pre-applications are meritorious, can be supported by the resources of the NIH Clinical Center, and align with the research missions of the participating NIH ICs, will be notified of the opportunity to submit a U01 application to this FOA. This FOA will use the NIH U01 Research Project - Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

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RFA-RM-15-001--Metabolomics Core for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) (U01)
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences/NIH/DHHS

LOI due March 15, 2015
Full submission due April 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications to establish a Metabolomics Core to augment clinical and laboratory findings of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) and to assist the Network in the diagnosis of patients with undiagnosed diseases. Responsive applications will describe a plan to provide comprehensive analytical methods, analyses, technologies, and metabolomics expertise to the UDN to aid in clinical diagnosis and investigate potential mechanisms underlying phenotypic changes in patients. Due to the rare, even unique, disorders of UDN patients, the application should describe the need to develop specialized, "boutique" assays and methods of measurement in analyses of both normal and abnormal compounds of the diseased metabolome. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is developed as a (Common Fund) initiative through the NIH Office of the NIH Director, Office of Strategic Coordination. The FOA will be administered by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) on behalf of the NIH. This program will use the NIH U01 Research Project Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to establish a Metabolomics Core to evaluate patients' metabolic changes to aid the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) in reaching final patient diagnoses. The Network expects to identify 150-250 clinical cases per year from patients enrolled at the UDN Clinical Sites (CSs) that require more intensive study than the routine panel of metabolomics assays. The Network does not need laboratory services that can provide routine clinical metabolite analyses, such as urinary organic acids, blood carnitine profiles, quantitative amino acids, electrolytes, and lactate concentrations. Applications responsive to this FOA will propose a metabolomics consultative and research service that provides the UDN with comprehensive and complementary analytical tools, analyses, technologies and the expertise to identify and quantitate non-traditional metabolites found to be important in clinical studies of these rare and undiagnosed diseases. The complementary metabolic procedures developed with the funds from this FOA are expected to aid in developing a diagnosis for UDN patients, contribute to the joint UDN investigation of rare and under-described diseases, and benefit the study of pathogenicity of candidate gene variants.

This funding opportunity is designed to be part of several funded core laboratories to provide a high level of expertise in specialized technical areas in support of the UDN. These core laboratories will be comprised of a Sequencing Core, Model Organisms Screening Core and the Metabolomics Core. The Network will increase the availability of diagnostic services, expand the geographic distribution of patient access sites, foster opportunities for collaboration between laboratory and clinical investigators, and provide the resulting data and protocols to the broader community. These efforts will lead to new knowledge regarding the biochemistry, physiology, and mechanisms of these diseases and improve diagnostic and management options for patients afflicted with them. The most competitive applications in response to this FOA will need to address a number of important challenges:

1. Establish a Metabolomics Core capable of collaborative consultation with UDN investigators and the conduct of an optimal metabolomics approach to individual patients, especially with novel analytical methods to examine changes in non-traditional metabolites from a broad range of sample sources.

2. Identify rare, abnormal and novel metabolites as defined by a patient's disease. The project plan for the Metabolomics Core is not expected to develop new technology but should propose cutting edge, innovative approaches that will allow identification and measurement of these novel metabolites.

3. Participate in co-interpretation of metabolomics data alongside other data, in particular genomics data, to help identify candidate causal mutations and critical metabolites.

4. Apply state-of-the-art metabolomics technology and instrumentation for analyzing 150-250 clinical cases per year in support of an integrated Network approach to improve patient diagnostic and management options. Each clinical case may require the testing of multiple samples from patient and additional testing of relatives as determined by the Metabolomics Core.

5. Participate in an integrated and collaborative research community across multiple UDN Clinical Sites (CSs) and core laboratories with laboratory and clinical investigators as they investigate the pathophysiology of these unknown and rare diseases and share this understanding to improve patient diagnosis and management.

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NIH Summer Research Experience Programs (R25)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is April 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsors invite applications to provide a high quality research experience for high school and college students and for science teachers during the summer academic break. The NIH expects that such programs will: help attract young students to careers in science; provide opportunities for college students to gain valuable research experience to help prepare them for graduate school; and enhance the skills of science teachers and enable them to more effectively communicate the nature of the scientific process to their students. The programs would also contribute to enhancing overall science literacy. Summer Research Programs that expand and complement existing summer educational and training programs are encouraged. This FOA will utilize the R25 Education Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The objectives of the NIH Summer Research Experience Programs (referred to as the "Summer Research Program") are to provide high quality research experiences for high school and college students and for science teachers during the summer academic break. The NIH expects that such programs will: help attract young students to careers in science; provide opportunities for college students to gain valuable research experience to help prepare them for graduate school; and enhance the skills of science teachers and enable them to more effectively communicate the nature of the scientific process to their students. The programs should also contribute to enhancing overall science literacy. Summer Research Programs that complement or expand existing summer educational and training programs are encouraged.

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Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease prevention in Native American Populations (R01)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

Letters of Intent due 30 days before application due date
April 12, 2015

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications to develop, adapt, and test the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention interventions in Native American (NA) populations. NA populations are exposed to considerable risk factors that significantly increase their likelihood of chronic disease, substance abuse, mental illness, oral diseases, and HIV-infection. The intervention program should be culturally appropriate and promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles, improve behaviors and social conditions and/or improve environmental conditions related to chronic diseases, the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, mental illness, oral disease, or HIV-infection. The intervention program should be designed so that it could be sustained within the entire community within existing resources, and, if successful, disseminated in other Native American communities. The long-term goal of this FOA is to reduce mortality and morbidity in NA communities. For the purposes of this FOA Native Americans include the following populations: Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian. The term 'Native Hawaiian' means any individual any of whose ancestors were natives, prior to 1778, of the area which now comprises the State of Hawaii. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

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RFA-MH-15-220--BRAIN Initiative: Short Courses in Research Tools and Methods (R25)

LOI due February 18, 2015
Full submission due March 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative 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 that will build participants' foundational knowledge and skills in the rigorous use of state-of-the art scientific tools and methods that contribute to, and are developed in response to, the major goals of the BRAIN Initiative. Each short course is expected to include both didactics and in-person / hands-on experiences. This FOA is intended for participants who are graduate students, medical students, postdoctoral scholars, medical residents, and/or early-career faculty. This FOA will use the NIH R25 Education Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The over-arching goal of this BRAIN Initiative 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 will support short courses to facilitate the development of a sophisticated cadre of investigators with the requisite knowledge and skills in theoretical neuroscience, computational and mathematical modeling of neural systems, and/or statistical perspectives and techniques for analyzing and interpreting complex, high-dimensional neuroscience data to advance the BRAIN Initiative.

The goal of this FOA is to support the development and implementation of short, intensive courses that will prepare a cohort of graduate students, medical students, postdoctoral scholars, medical residents, and/or early career faculty to expertly use state-of-the-art technologies and prepare to adopt transformative new scientific tools and methods under development in the major research areas identified for the BRAIN Initiative. By preparing a new, highly expert cohort, this FOA will have additional impact as this cohort collaborates, trains and interacts with other scientists.

Course content must include one or more of the following BRAIN high-priority areas:

--Tools for cell census including genetic and non-genetic tools to deliver genes, proteins, and chemicals to cell populations of interest

--Technologies for anatomic reconstruction of neural circuits that vary in resolution from synapses to the whole brain

--Tools for neuronal recording including methods based on electrodes, optics, molecular genetics, and nanoscience

--Tools for circuit manipulation including optogenetics, chemogenetics, and biochemical and electromagnetic modulation

--Each short course is expected to include both didactics and hands-on research experiences so that course participants will be poised to take advantage of the training and to quickly and effectively apply emerging tools and methods to their own research. Partnering with device manufacturers may be necessary to provide the required equipment for hands-on training of the participants.

The rapid pace of technological and conceptual change in neuroscience requires that course material be dynamically modifiable over time. As transformative tools and methods are developed in response to the BRAIN Initiative, these tools should be incorporated into courses supported by this FOA so that the educational programs continue to disseminate the most cutting-edge technology.

This FOA will support workshops and courses from an introductory to an advanced level for participants of a broad national audience. The course length and approach will be guided by the stated goals of the course. Approaches may include 1) intensive on-site education that could vary from one week or less to a maximum of 12 weeks; or 2) blended on-line and on-site education components that may meet in intervals, but the duration of the program may not exceed a total of 12 months. Whereas Program Director(s)/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s)) are required to nationally disseminate any findings resulting from or materials developed under the auspices of the research education program. PD/PIs are particularly encouraged to disseminate course materials online for widespread use and adoption. In addition, it is encouraged that programs make an online forum available to encourage future collaborations among faculty and participants.

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Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences (R21)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/NIH/DHHS

Optional letters of intent are due 30 days prior to application due date.
Deadlines for receipt of full applications are: January 2, 2015; February 2, 2015; March 2, 2015; April 1, 2015; May 1, 2015; June 1, 2015; July 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invites applications for environmental health research in which an unpredictable opportunity has arisen to collect human biosample or exposure data (e.g., following natural or made-made disasters, health care policy changes, etc). The three distinguishing features of an eligible study are: 1) the unforeseeable nature of the opportunity; 2) the clear scientific value and feasibility of the study; and 3) the need for rapid review and funding (substantially shorter than the typical NIH grant review/award cycle) in order for the scientific question to be approached and for the research design to be implemented. The shortened time frame will be achieved by more frequent application due dates and expediting peer review, council concurrence and award issuance. The entire cycle from submission to award is expected to be within 3-4 months. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to support research in environmental health science in which an unpredictable event has occurred that provides a limited window of opportunity to collect human and environmental exposure data and human biospecimens. The goal of the program is to characterize initial exposures (measured either by sampling air, water, soil, etc.), collect human biospecimens, or collect human health and exposure information in order to provide critical information to understand long term exposure health outcome relationships following the event. Applications should help provide information necessary for rapid translation into public health action. The primary motivation of the FOA is to understand the consequences of natural and man-made disasters or emerging environmental public health threats in the U.S. and abroad.

The three distinguishing features of an eligible study are: 1) the unforeseeable nature of the opportunity; 2) the clear scientific value and feasibility of the study; and 3) the need for rapid review and funding (substantially shorter than the typical NIH grant review/award cycle) in order for the scientific question to be approached and for the research design to be implemented. It should be clear that the event offers an opportunity with unique and important research questions that could only be answered if the project is initiated with minimum delay. For these reasons, applications in response to this time-sensitive mechanism are eligible for only one submission.

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

--Assessing short-term health impacts resulting from environmental exposures following a natural or man-made disaster, using biomarkers, survey instruments, medical assessments, or other appropriate methods. Examples might include acute toxic responses or exacerbation of existing diseases. Subjects in these studies could include local residents or early responders.

--Collecting biospecimens and/or data on exposures to environmental agents immediately following a natural or man-made disaster to use in assessment of the effects of these exposures on short- or longer-term health outcomes. The application should discuss analysis of the longer term health outcomes, although funding of these analyses would likely not be appropriate for this mechanism, but rather for regular application processes.

--Collecting data on the release of environmental toxicants that could result in exposures and consequently to adverse health outcomes. Applications should discuss how these data might be used in health outcome or exposure research.

--Examining the environmental health impact of rapid changes in policy or legislation that affect air or water treatment, content and quality. For example, a Port Authority announces that in six months the number of ships in the facility at one time would be substantially expanded, potentially increasing air and water pollution. An application proposing to collect baseline and/or post levels of environmental and/or human biospecimens to look at the before/after effects of this policy, would be considered responsive.

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RFA-HS-15-001--Patient Safety Learning Laboratories: Innovative Design and Development to Improve Healthcare Delivery Systems (P30)
RFA-HS-15-001--Patient Safety Learning Laboratories: Innovative Design and Development to Improve Healthcare Delivery Systems (P30)

LOI due March 27, 2015
Full submission due April 27, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites applications for the creation and utilization of Patient Safety Learning Laboratories. These learning laboratories are places and professional networks where closely related threats to patient safety can be identified, where multidisciplinary teams generate new ways of thinking with respect to the threats, and where environments are established conducive to brainstorming and rapid prototyping techniques that stimulate further thinking. Learning laboratories further enable multiple develop-test-revise iterations of promising design features and subsystems of the sort that can be found in larger-scale engineering projects. Once the closely aligned projects or subsystems are developed, integrated, and implemented as an overall working system, the ultimate function of the learning laboratory is to evaluate the system in a realistic simulated or clinical setting with its full complement of facility design, equipment, people (patients, family members, and providers), new procedures and workflow, and organizational contextual features, as appropriate. Applicants will select two to four closely related projects that focus on well-known, costly, patient safety harms in a given clinical area, and for which new and innovative design approaches are needed. While applicants will select the area of patient safety focus they consider of high significance, a flexible methodology - problem analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation - is provided that parallels the system development process to give an underlying structure to the four-year level of effort. This FOA will use the P30 Center Core Grants award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

In recognizing both the successes and limitations of patient safety efforts thus far, there remains a need to create opportunities for new ways of thinking and learning, and for fresh approaches that can be tested, revised and further developed when considered promising. As conceived in this FOA, learning laboratories are places and professional networks that allow multidisciplinary teams to identify closely related threats to patient safety, stretch professional boundaries, envision bold design innovations, and take advantage of brainstorming and rapid prototyping techniques that other leading-edge sectors of the economy employ. Further, opportunities are needed to refine promising design interventions by engaging in multiple develop-test-revise iterations as occur in systems engineering projects. The ultimate goal of the Learning Laboratories is to test the integrated system in simulated clinical settings or in the context of actual clinical settings. Applicants that focus upon significant related patient safety harms while simultaneously addressing frequent and high-cost care that occurs in under-resourced communities are also welcomed.

Applicants will identify and propose two to four closely related projects for which new and innovative approaches are needed. Given the intent of closely related efforts to have synergistic impacts, more than a singular patient safety issue or harm needs to be addressed. Greater improvements and system-wide effects are likely to be realized when two or more projects or subsystems are purposefully designed and integrated into a working system to enhance overall safety and quality for patients, providers, family members and other caregivers alike. Consider the opportunity to redesign and create a new emergency department or primary care office. What are the two or more projects that multidisciplinary teams could embark upon to address several patient harms? Foremost, the design of unit floor plans, patient rooms, storage areas, and equipment should be based on the activities and needs of patients, family members, and providers, rather than assuming the humans in the system simply will adapt to what is provided. In brief, competitive applications are likely to be those that tailor the design of facilities and workflow to the needs of people as they interact with devices, technology, and other physical features of the care environment.

While the areas of patient safety harms to focus upon are to be determined by the applicant, AHRQ foresees the need for a flexible and broadly defined methodology or approach that provides some rudimentary structure to the design and development projects to be undertaken. At a high level of abstraction, the following five phases provide a reasonable parallel or approximation to the successive phases that larger-scale design innovation and system engineering projects entail. In the interest of using terminology more familiar to the health care research community, the following terminology is used.

--Problem analysis

--Design

--Development

--Implementation

--Evaluation

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BRAIN Initiative: Optimization of Novel Tools and Technologies for Neuroscience Research ( R44)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

April 28, 2015, then Standard dates apply

SYNOPSIS:

In this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) we seek applications through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for the optimization of existing and emerging technologies and approaches including 1) technologies and novel approaches for large scale recording and manipulation of neural activity, at or near cellular resolution, at multiple spatial and/or temporal scales, in any region and throughout the entire depth of the brain, 2) tools to facilitate the detailed analysis of complex circuits and provide insights into cellular interactions that underlie brain function. This FOA is intended for the iterative refinement of emergent technologies and approaches that have already demonstrated their transformative potential through initial proof-of-concept testing, and are appropriate for accelerated development with an end-goal of broad dissemination and incorporation into regular neuroscience practice.   

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Based on the priority areas identified by the BRAIN 2025, two general technology areas were identified to be appropriate for commercial development and are outlined below. While some of the markets for these products may be small, NIH is supportive of developing these technologies towards sustainable commercial manufacture.  This will enable novel hypothesis-driven experiments to understand the brain that are currently infeasible, or will reduce barriers to these experiments that currently are costly, difficult, or take too long to perform widely.  This FOA seeks to highlight two central themes for exploration: 1) Technologies to understand the dynamic activity of neural circuits and 2) Novel tools to facilitate the detailed analysis of complex circuits and provide insights into cellular interactions that underlie brain function.

Technologies to understand the dynamic activity of neural circuits. 

Although invention and proof-of-concept testing of new technologies is a key component of the BRAIN Initiative, to achieve their potential these technologies must also be optimized through feedback from end-users in the context of the intended experimental use, and scalable manufacture platforms/processes developed to enable reliable, broad, sustainable dissemination and incorporation into regular neuroscience practice. This FOA seeks SBIR  applications for optimization and validation of emergent technologies and approaches for large scale recording and manipulation of neural activity, to enable transformative understanding of dynamic signaling in the nervous system.

In particular, we seek exceptionally creative approaches to address major challenges associated with recording and manipulating neural activity, at or near cellular resolution, at multiple spatial and/or temporal scales, in any region and throughout the entire depth of the brain. It is expected that the proposed research may be high risk, but if successful could profoundly change the course of neuroscience research. Technologies may engage diverse types of signaling beyond neuronal electrical activity for large-scale analysis, and may utilize any modality such as optical, electrical, magnetic, acoustic or genetic recording/manipulation.  Applications that seek to integrate multiple approaches are encouraged.  Where appropriate, applicants are encouraged to integrate multiple domains of expertise, including biological, chemical and physical sciences, engineering, computational modeling and statistical analysis. 

Examples of priority topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Probes for Large Scale Sensing and/or Manipulation of Neural Activity in Vivo
  • Imaging Instrumentation for Recording and/or Manipulating Neural Activity in Vivo
  • Development of Electrodes for Large-Scale Recording and/or Circuit Manipulation in Vivo
  • Techniques and Approaches for Recording/Manipulating Neural Activity during Behaviors

Novel tools to facilitate the detailed analysis of complex circuits and provide insights into cellular interactions that underlie brain function

In addition to the topics above, this FOA seeks first-in-class and/or cross-cutting non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques that permit repeated measurements from cells over time in a non-destructive manner. The new tools and technologies should confer a high degree of cell-type and/or circuit-level specificity. Tools/technologies relevant for this initiative are expected to be transformative, either through the development of novel tools or through major advances in current approaches that break through technical barriers and will significantly improve current capabilities. In addition, tools developed through this initiative that can be used in a number of species/model organisms rather than those restricted to a single species are also highly desired as are tools that can be used in any point in the lifespan.

Examples of priority topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel methods (non-genetic and genetic) to deliver active agents to specific neurons in particular neural circuits or brain areas with no or minimal cytotoxic effects.
  • Significantly improved viral-mediated gene delivery that targets specific cells or cell types in the nervous system.
  • Innovative ways to use multiple vectors to deliver "split" gene products to limit and/or control expression in specific cell types.
  • Novel, transgenic methods in multiple model species and for use across the lifespan to allow more refined cell-specific and circuit-specific manipulation.
  • Chemical or genetic engineering of BBB-crossing carrier agents (such as tagged antibodies) or other tools) to allow inclusion of specific cargoes (e.g., neuronal activity effectors or sensors)
  • Novel methods for non-invasive, targeted access to, or manipulation of, distinct cell types in defined circuits with spatio-temporal control
  • Novel trans-synaptic tracers that can work in retrograde and anterograde direction, or deliver cargoes to cells in the nervous system.
  • Enhanced temporal and spatial resolution techniques for noninvasive molecular imaging of neuronal cells for in situ brain studies.
  • Unique combinations of tools for multiplex analysis and/or manipulation of single cells in situ to maximize data content over many parameters (e.g., RNAs, proteins, metabolites, organelles, electrochemical dynamics, signal secretion/reception/transduction, cytoarchitecture or migratory changes).
  • Tools that provide significant advances in sensitivity, selectivity or spatiotemporal resolution of molecules/structures/activities within single cells in the brain and between ostensibly similar cells in situ (e.g., high resolution imaging of molecular interactions within single cells).
  • Novel automated and scalable assays for high-throughput analysis of single cells in situ in the brain, including scalability of measured parameters in parallel, cell numbers and/or speed of processing.
  • Systems-level single cell dataset analysis, including computational approaches, in the context of a functional circuit.
  • New tools and approaches that minimize tissue and cell perturbations so that cell viability is maintained, allowing for multiple repeated measures in the same cell over time.
  • Methods for tagging neurons to create identified cells.
  • Development of in situ sequencing using FISH and other sequencing methodologies.
  • Novel methods for visualizing epigenomic marks in neural cells.

This includes the iterative refinement of emergent technologies and approaches that have already demonstrated their transformative potential through initial proof-of-concept testing, with an end-goal of broad dissemination and incorporation into neuroscience labs. 

Projects with non-exempt human subjects research, including clinical trials, are not included in this FOA. 

The goal of this FOA is to enable a small business that has accomplished the equivalent objectives of a Phase I SBIR or STTR grant through non-SBIR/STTR funds to initiate the Phase II SBIR stage of development, without needing to perform more early stage, Phase-I-SBIR-type research. For this FOA, the small business should have demonstrated the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the prototype, including proof-of concept studies in an appropriate in vivo animal model.

This FOA will also not accept 'regular' Phase II submissions from SBCs that have received a Phase I SBIR or STTR award from NIH or any other agency that participates in the SBIR/STTR programs for projects for which applicants now seek follow-on research and development funding.

For this FOA, it is expected that the technology, prototype, or method will have passed the proof of principle stage and that the product has demonstrated feasibility and supports a Phase II effort. Data or evidence of the capability (including a statement of any Phase I-like quantitative milestones), completeness of design, and efficacy must be provided in the application, along with the rationale for selection of the criteria used to validate the technology, prototype, or method, similar to a Phase I final report required in standard Phase II applications. 

 

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NIAID Clinical Trial Implementation Grant (R01)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

LOI due April 13, 2015
Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications that propose implementation of investigator-initiated non-high-risk clinical trials. The trials must be hypothesis-driven, related to the research mission of the NIAID and considered a high priority by the Institute. Investigators are encouraged to visit the NIAID website for additional information about the research mission and high-priority research areas of the NIAID (http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/about/whoWeAre/planningPriorities/.) Only one clinical trial may be proposed in each NIAID Clinical Trial Implementation (R01) Grant application. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NIAID Clinical Trial Implementation (R01) Grant supports implementation of non-high-risk clinical trials that address research areas that are well matched with the mission and goals of NIAID. Each NIAID Clinical Trial Implementation (R01) award will support the implementation of a single clinical trial; applications that include more than one clinical trial will not be reviewed. An overview of the state of the science, current status and relevance of the trial, and discussion of the clinical protocol must be presented in the application. Applicants must propose a time-sensitive, milestone-driven clinical trial and describe the clinical trial stages, criteria for completion of the stages and contingency plans for each stage. Applications must include a series of milestones for completion of the clinical trial and provide contingency plans should there be delays in attaining them.

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NIAID Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

LOI due April 13, 2015
Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications that propose the complete planning, design, and preparation of the documentation necessary for implementation of investigator-initiated clinical trials. The trials must be hypothesis-driven, milestone-defined, related to the research mission of the NIAID and considered high priority by the Institute. Investigators are encouraged to visit the NIAID website for additional information about the research mission and high-priority research areas of the NIAID (http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/about/whoWeAre/planningPriorities/). This FOA will utilize the NIH clinical trial planning (R34) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NIAID Clinical Trial Planning Grant invites applications that propose planning, design, and preparation of documentation necessary for implementation of investigator-initiated clinical trials. The NIAID Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34) is available to support planning activities associated with either high- or non-high-risk clinical trials. However, the NIAID Clinical Trial Planning (R34) Grant is not a prerequisite for either NIAID implementation award. The planning grant is designed to: (1) permit early peer review of the rationale for the proposed clinical trial; (2) permit assessment of the design/protocol of the proposed trial in a preliminary form; (3) provide support for the development of a complete study protocol and associated documents, including a manual of operations and (4) support the development of other essential elements of a clinical trial. The R34 planning grant will not support planning for more than one clinical trial or collection of preliminary (clinical or pre-clinical) or prospective data to support the rationale for a clinical trial.

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International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research (R21)
National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) solicits collaborative research proposals on drug abuse and addiction that take advantage of special opportunities that exist outside the United States. Special opportunities include access to unusual talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions in other countries that will speed scientific discovery. Projects should have relevance to the mission of NIDA and where feasible should address NIDAs scientific priority areas. While the priorities will change from year to year, in FY12 priority areas include: linkages between HIV/AIDS and drug abuse, and prevention, initiation, and treatment of nicotine and tobacco use (especially among vulnerable populations such as children, adolescents, pregnant women, and those with co-morbid disorders). This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The overall purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to support state-of-the-science collaborative research between investigators from domestic U.S. institutions and researchers in other countries. Priority will be given to projects that address linkages between HIV/AIDS and drug abuse, amphetamine type stimulant abuse and synthetic and other designer drug abuse, inhalant abuse, smoking during pregnancy, and drugged driving; as well as research projects that address tNIDA's Divisional research priorities and crosscutting research issues within the frameworks of NIDA. This funding opportunity announcement is open to researchers in all areas of NIDA-supported science, including basic laboratory studies, clinical studies, epidemiological studies, community-based studies, and services research. Funds are being made available to take advantage of new opportunities to establish collaborative relationships with scientists conducting research or with a potential to conduct research in other countries as well as to support new research projects from established collaborators. NIDA is also very interested in establishing relationships with science-funding organizations in other countries, and so programmatic priority funding will be given to projects that are collaboratively funded by an agency of the foreign country. Research priority areas have been identified that are international in scope, are associated with substantial detrimental health consequences, and for which an international collaborative research may provide a unique opportunity to expand our knowledge and ability to effectively respond. While this call is meant to be very broad and inclusive, the following areas of research are current priority areas:

HIV/AIDS and drug abuse - studies are needed to discern the best strategy to reach and test high-risk individuals and initiate and monitor HAART therapy for those who test positive. Known as Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain, this approach has been shown to reduce viral load and also HIV incidence at the population level.

Amphetamine - amphetamine type stimulant abuse and synthetic and other designer drug abuse are growing problems in the United States and around the world. Studies are encouraged to assess the nature and extent of amphetamine type stimulant abuse and synthetic and other designer drug abuse, its long term sequela, and prevention and treatment options.

Inhalant abuse - inhalants continue to be an under-recognized public health problem in many countries. Studies are encouraged to improve epidemiological data on the nature and extent of abuse, to develop and implement effective prevention programs, to better understand the neurobiological impacts of these agents, and to increase public awareness of their impact.

Smoking during pregnancy - studies are encouraged to increase our knowledge of the prenatal impact of smoking and the effects of early exposure to tobacco in young people and adolescents on development of addiction and other diseases and on cognitive development.

Drugged driving - studies are encouraged to develop and utilize accurate drug testing technologies to assess the prevalence of driving under the influence of drugs, the role of drugs in accidents, and to assess the costs and benefits of laws and other programs to reduce the incidence and impact of drugged driving.

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Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) (RM1)
National Human Genome Research Institute/NIH/DHHS

LOI due 30 days before deadline
Full submission due May 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invite applications for the Centers of Excellence in Genomic Sciences (CEGS) program. The program establishes academic Centers for advanced genome research. Each CEGS grant supports a multi-investigator, interdisciplinary team to develop innovative genomic approaches to address a particular biomedical problem. A CEGS project will address a critical issue in genomic science or genomic medicine, proposing a solution that would be a very substantial advance. Thus, the research conducted at these Centers will entail substantial risk, balanced by outstanding scientific and management plans and very high potential payoff. A CEGS will focus on the development of novel technological or computational methods for the production or analysis of comprehensive data sets, or on a particular genome-scale biomedical problem, or on other ways to develop and use genomic approaches for understanding biological systems and/or significantly furthering the application of genomic knowledge, data and methods towards clinical applications. Exploiting its outstanding scientific plan and team, each CEGS will nurture genomic science at its institution by facilitating the interaction of investigators from different disciplines, and, by providing training to new and experienced investigators, it will expand the pool of highly-qualified professional genomics scientists and engineers. This FOA will utilize the Specialized P50 Center grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Centers of Excellence in Genomic Sciences (CEGS) program establishes academic Centers for advanced genome research. Each CEGS grant supports a multi-investigator, interdisciplinary team to develop innovative genomic approaches to address a particular biomedical problem. A CEGS project will address a critical issue in genomic science or genomic medicine, proposing a solution that would be a very substantial advance. Thus, the research conducted at these Centers will entail substantial risk, balanced by outstanding scientific and management plans and very high potential payoff. A CEGS will focus on the development of novel technological or computational methods for the production or analysis of comprehensive data sets, or on a particular genome-scale biomedical problem, or on other ways to develop and use genomic approaches for understanding biological systems and/or significantly furthering the application of genomic knowledge, data and methods towards clinical applications. Exploiting its outstanding scientific plan and team, each CEGS will nurture genomic science at its institution by facilitating the interaction of investigators from different disciplines, and by providing training to new investigators it will expand the pool of professional genomics scientists and engineers.

CEGS will develop new approaches that will foster the integration of genomics with biomedical research. It will investigate novel ways to apply existing genomic-scale, comprehensive technologies to study a biological problem, or develop new concepts, methods, technologies, or ways to analyze data, that will advance the state of the art in applying genomic approaches to biomedical studies. It must be tightly focused on a single biomedical problem or on an approach to solving biomedical problems, using genomic concepts and methods.

The research plan for a CEGS must encompass a very high level of innovation. The product of CEGS research is expected to dramatically enhance the biomedical research community's capabilities for conducting comprehensive, cost-effective, high-throughput biomedical studies related to the DNA sequence and sequence products of organisms, with particular focus on human biology and disease. A CEGS grant application is expected to describe a specific and substantive "product" - e.g., a concept, method, technology or way to analyze data - that can be identified as having been the outcome of CEGS funding. NHGRI and NIMH will consider funding such an effort up to a maximum of ten years, but as the goal of the program is to stimulate rapid progress in genomics, it is expected that the "product" or its precursors (e.g., publications, methods, data) will become available to the community throughout the duration of the grant; thus active and early sharing of data and resources is a central tenet of the program. In achieving that product, a CEGS has the obligation to take on challenging aspects of a problem, including ones that have slowed progress in the chosen area of research. Other investigators might solve some of the problems on which a CEGS project has set its sights; a CEGS should be sufficiently nimble as to be able to adopt those solutions, so that CEGS resources can continually be applied toward tackling the unsolved challenges. If the product is likely to be generated by other projects over the same timeframe as the proposed CEGS, it is generally not appropriate for a CEGS. If a problem is well recognized in the field and multiple laboratories are engaged in solving it, then the project probably doesn't meet the innovation standard required for a CEGS, though very specific and novel ways to solve the problem may be considered.

Proposing to change the way genomic science will be done in the future entails a substantial level of risk because the research will, by definition, not be incremental. To balance this risk, the application must present a well-developed scientific and management plan to achieve a high pay-off result. Collaborations to develop genomic approaches require proficiency in several disciplines; a CEGS application should engage the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team, drawing from specialists in a wide range of fields such as biology, genetics, clinical medicine, physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, and engineering, as appropriate for the project. The various activities of the program must be synergistic and interdependent, not simply related; each activity must produce results that are required for progress by the other activities. Applications that employ state-of-the-art science that fill in knowledge but do not break substantially new ground are not appropriate for this FOA.

The unifying theme for this program will be that the Centers will address important biological problems in a comprehensive manner and on a "genomic scale." In this context, the term "genomics" is not limited to studies directly related to DNA sequence, but instead encompasses global, comprehensive, high-throughput, cost-effective approaches to studying biological systems, including for example DNA, RNA, proteins, metabolites, and regulatory and biochemical pathways and networks. Some projects may result in new analyses of existing data sets, while others may result in technologies and methods that provide the ability to collect, analyze, and present effectively new types of genomic data sets. The genomic approaches and technologies that are proposed to be developed under CEGS support should be applicable to a wide variety of cell types or organisms, and should be usable in a global, high-throughput, cost-effective manner. Methods and concepts that are applicable only to a particular genetic locus, disease, or organ system will not be supported under this program. Model systems, such as a limited number of gene families, regulatory networks, or pathways, may be used to develop the genomic approach, as long as the approach is scalable and broadly applicable. The grant application must clearly justify how the model study will be expandable beyond the particular model(s) used in the developmental research, to ultimately support global analyses. For example, if a particular pathway is being modeled, the application must explain how the modeling algorithms will be extended to other pathways. To the extent that cost-effective, global approaches can be developed and also applied within the context of the CEGS budget, such application of the new approach is acceptable. However, the budget limits under this FOA may preclude both developing and globally applying the genomic approach that is the subject of the research.

Each CEGS application is required to include an education and outreach activity that leverages the strengths of the Center and its investigators to further educate interdisciplinary scientists, including students and faculty, who will bring creativity to studying biomedical problems through a genomic approach. To maximize the impact of these Centers, they should integrate the education of new investigators and perform outreach to broaden the expertise of established investigators. This might, for example, include plans for investigators who are already accomplished in other fields of research and engineering to acquire expertise in genomics. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, at a minimum, should participate in the research; however, such participation alone will be considered insufficient to meet the educational and outreach goals of the CEGS program. Applicants are expected to develop creative approaches, complementing the standard training vehicles used by academic institutions (e.g., training grants, fellowships, research education programs, seminar programs, course work) and, in addition, more novel avenues. This education and outreach program should take advantage of unique aspects of the research program, the combination of participating investigators' talents, and other unique institutional resources that underpin the CEGS, to offer innovative, substantive opportunities for pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and other investigators to develop expertise in genomics.

NIMH is especially interested in novel genomic approaches that have high potential for accelerating our understanding of the genetic basis of the nervous system and mental disorders. Thus, these systems may provide appropriate models for developing the genomic approach, as described above, and similarly, CEGS project outcomes are generally expected to advance these goals because of their broad applicability.

For CEGS research projects that raise substantial ethical, legal, or social concerns (e.g., the study of sequence variation in specific populations), the Center may include research that focuses on analysis of such concerns as they relate to the particular research proposed. Each CEGS application is required to include an education and outreach activity that leverages the strengths of the Center and its investigators to train interdisciplinary scientists, including students and faculty, who will bring creativity to studying biomedical problems through a genomic approach.

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Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) (RM1)
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

LOI due 30 days prior to due date
Full submission due May 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invite applications for the Centers of Excellence in Genomic Sciences (CEGS) program. The program establishes academic Centers for advanced genome research. Each CEGS grant supports a multi-investigator, interdisciplinary team to develop innovative genomic approaches to address a particular biomedical problem. A CEGS project will address a critical issue in genomic science or genomic medicine, proposing a solution that would be a very substantial advance. Thus, the research conducted at these Centers will entail substantial risk, balanced by outstanding scientific and management plans and very high potential payoff. A CEGS will focus on the development of novel technological or computational methods for the production or analysis of comprehensive data sets, or on a particular genome-scale biomedical problem, or on other ways to develop and use genomic approaches for understanding biological systems and/or significantly furthering the application of genomic knowledge, data and methods towards clinical applications. Exploiting its outstanding scientific plan and team, each CEGS will nurture genomic science at its institution by facilitating the interaction of investigators from different disciplines, and, by providing training to new and experienced investigators, it will expand the pool of highly-qualified professional genomics scientists and engineers. This FOA will utilize the Specialized P50 Center grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Centers of Excellence in Genomic Sciences (CEGS) program establishes academic Centers for advanced genome research. Each CEGS grant supports a multi-investigator, interdisciplinary team to develop innovative genomic approaches to address a particular biomedical problem. A CEGS project will address a critical issue in genomic science or genomic medicine, proposing a solution that would be a very substantial advance. Thus, the research conducted at these Centers will entail substantial risk, balanced by outstanding scientific and management plans and very high potential payoff. A CEGS will focus on the development of novel technological or computational methods for the production or analysis of comprehensive data sets, or on a particular genome-scale biomedical problem, or on other ways to develop and use genomic approaches for understanding biological systems and/or significantly furthering the application of genomic knowledge, data and methods towards clinical applications. Exploiting its outstanding scientific plan and team, each CEGS will nurture genomic science at its institution by facilitating the interaction of investigators from different disciplines, and by providing training to new investigators it will expand the pool of professional genomics scientists and engineers.

CEGS will develop new approaches that will foster the integration of genomics with biomedical research. It will investigate novel ways to apply existing genomic-scale, comprehensive technologies to study a biological problem, or develop new concepts, methods, technologies, or ways to analyze data, that will advance the state of the art in applying genomic approaches to biomedical studies. It must be tightly focused on a single biomedical problem or on an approach to solving biomedical problems, using genomic concepts and methods.

The research plan for a CEGS must encompass a very high level of innovation. The product of CEGS research is expected to dramatically enhance the biomedical research community's capabilities for conducting comprehensive, cost-effective, high-throughput biomedical studies related to the DNA sequence and sequence products of organisms, with particular focus on human biology and disease. A CEGS grant application is expected to describe a specific and substantive "product" - e.g., a concept, method, technology or way to analyze data - that can be identified as having been the outcome of CEGS funding. NHGRI and NIMH will consider funding such an effort up to a maximum of ten years, but as the goal of the program is to stimulate rapid progress in genomics, it is expected that the "product" or its precursors (e.g., publications, methods, data) will become available to the community throughout the duration of the grant; thus active and early sharing of data and resources is a central tenet of the program. In achieving that product, a CEGS has the obligation to take on challenging aspects of a problem, including ones that have slowed progress in the chosen area of research. Other investigators might solve some of the problems on which a CEGS project has set its sights; a CEGS should be sufficiently nimble as to be able to adopt those solutions, so that CEGS resources can continually be applied toward tackling the unsolved challenges. If the product is likely to be generated by other projects over the same timeframe as the proposed CEGS, it is generally not appropriate for a CEGS. If a problem is well recognized in the field and multiple laboratories are engaged in solving it, then the project probably doesn't meet the innovation standard required for a CEGS, though very specific and novel ways to solve the problem may be considered.

Proposing to change the way genomic science will be done in the future entails a substantial level of risk because the research will, by definition, not be incremental. To balance this risk, the application must present a well-developed scientific and management plan to achieve a high pay-off result. Collaborations to develop genomic approaches require proficiency in several disciplines; a CEGS application should engage the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team, drawing from specialists in a wide range of fields such as biology, genetics, clinical medicine, physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, and engineering, as appropriate for the project. The various activities of the program must be synergistic and interdependent, not simply related; each activity must produce results that are required for progress by the other activities. Applications that employ state-of-the-art science that fill in knowledge but do not break substantially new ground are not appropriate for this FOA.

The unifying theme for this program will be that the Centers will address important biological problems in a comprehensive manner and on a "genomic scale." In this context, the term "genomics" is not limited to studies directly related to DNA sequence, but instead encompasses global, comprehensive, high-throughput, cost-effective approaches to studying biological systems, including for example DNA, RNA, proteins, metabolites, and regulatory and biochemical pathways and networks. Some projects may result in new analyses of existing data sets, while others may result in technologies and methods that provide the ability to collect, analyze, and present effectively new types of genomic data sets. The genomic approaches and technologies that are proposed to be developed under CEGS support should be applicable to a wide variety of cell types or organisms, and should be usable in a global, high-throughput, cost-effective manner. Methods and concepts that are applicable only to a particular genetic locus, disease, or organ system will not be supported under this program. Model systems, such as a limited number of gene families, regulatory networks, or pathways, may be used to develop the genomic approach, as long as the approach is scalable and broadly applicable. The grant application must clearly justify how the model study will be expandable beyond the particular model(s) used in the developmental research, to ultimately support global analyses. For example, if a particular pathway is being modeled, the application must explain how the modeling algorithms will be extended to other pathways. To the extent that cost-effective, global approaches can be developed and also applied within the context of the CEGS budget, such application of the new approach is acceptable. However, the budget limits under this FOA may preclude both developing and globally applying the genomic approach that is the subject of the research.

Each CEGS application is required to include an education and outreach activity that leverages the strengths of the Center and its investigators to further educate interdisciplinary scientists, including students and faculty, who will bring creativity to studying biomedical problems through a genomic approach. To maximize the impact of these Centers, they should integrate the education of new investigators and perform outreach to broaden the expertise of established investigators. This might, for example, include plans for investigators who are already accomplished in other fields of research and engineering to acquire expertise in genomics. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, at a minimum, should participate in the research; however, such participation alone will be considered insufficient to meet the educational and outreach goals of the CEGS program. Applicants are expected to develop creative approaches, complementing the standard training vehicles used by academic institutions (e.g., training grants, fellowships, research education programs, seminar programs, course work) and, in addition, more novel avenues. This education and outreach program should take advantage of unique aspects of the research program, the combination of participating investigators' talents, and other unique institutional resources that underpin the CEGS, to offer innovative, substantive opportunities for pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and other investigators to develop expertise in genomics.

NIMH is especially interested in novel genomic approaches that have high potential for accelerating our understanding of the genetic basis of the nervous system and mental disorders. Thus, these systems may provide appropriate models for developing the genomic approach, as described above, and similarly, CEGS project outcomes are generally expected to advance these goals because of their broad applicability.

For CEGS research projects that raise substantial ethical, legal, or social concerns (e.g., the study of sequence variation in specific populations), the Center may include research that focuses on analysis of such concerns as they relate to the particular research proposed. Each CEGS application is required to include an education and outreach activity that leverages the strengths of the Center and its investigators to train interdisciplinary scientists, including students and faculty, who will bring creativity to studying biomedical problems through a genomic approach.

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Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research Regular Research Program (R01)
National Institutes of Health/NHGRI and others

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014 and February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites Research Project Grant (R01) applications that propose to study the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genome research.  Applications should propose well-integrated studies using either single or mixed methods.  Proposed methods may include, but are not limited to, data-generating qualitative or quantitative approaches, legal, economic or normative analyses, or other analytical or conceptual research methodologies.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Continuing advances in genomic technology are transforming the way genomic research is conducted.  These advances, coupled with rapid declines in the cost of sequencing, are also beginning to transform the practice of medicine.  As the amount of genomic data generated continues to grow, an increasing array of broader societal implications will also be raised.  The purpose of this FOA is to encourage research applications that identify, analyze, and address the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of these advances in genomic research, health care and technology for individuals, families, communities and society more broadly. 

To address the broad scope and reach of genomics in society, applications are invited from investigators representing a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to the social, behavioral and communication sciences, ethics, philosophy, history, economics, and epidemiology as well as the basic, clinical and computational sciences.  Applications may propose well-integrated single or multi-disciplinary studies using either single or mixed methods.  Proposed methods may program-specific instructions noted in include, but are not limited to, data-generating qualitative or quantitative approaches, legal, economic and normative analyses, or other analytical or conceptual research methodologies.  

For small projects, especially those involving single investigators, applicants may wish to consider the ELSI R03 FOA, which provides a total of up to $50,000 in direct costs per year for two years.  For projects that are primarily exploratory in nature, or designed to generate pilot data in preparation for a larger study, applicants should consider the ELSI R21 FOA, which provides a total of up to $275,000 in direct costs over two years.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Scientific/Research staff prior to developing an application.

 

 

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International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award (R25)
Fogarty International Center/NIH/DHHS

LOI due April 22, 2015
Full submission due May 22, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsors invite applications from institutions/organizations that propose to develop masters level curricula and provide educational opportunities for developing country academics, researchers and health professionals in ethics related to performing research involving human subjects in international resource poor settings. This FOA will use the NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of this initiative is to increase the number of developing country scientists, health professionals and relevant academics with in-depth knowledge of the ethical considerations, concepts and applications in clinical and public health research. It is expected that such master's level training will enhance the career development of individuals from developing countries, as well as strengthen and sustain the capacity to support ethical clinical and public health research at their home institutions and countries.

Proposed masters degree or non-degree masters level comprehensive international research ethics education programs should equip academics, health professionals and researchers from developing countries with the critical skills that are needed to subsequently provide research ethics education, ethical review leadership and expert consultation to their institutions, national governments and international bodies and pursue research on ethical practice in clinical and public health research in developing countries. Proposed comprehensive programs should contain a balance of master's level didactic and practicum research ethics training experiences innovatively designed to build appropriate and sustainable research ethics capacity at developing country institutions. Proposed curricula should provide a core set of masters level study courses that primarily focus on the internationally relevant aspects of ethical, legal and moral principles guiding the responsible conduct of research. Proposed masters level curriculum may be delivered by interactive distance learning technology, if appropriate and sustainable for the developing country individuals and institutions involved. Educational activities should include practicum experiences, such as participation in ethical review committees, development of research ethics education/training courses for researchers and ethical review committee members at their home institutions, analysis of ethical review guidelines or processes and research on ethical practices in biomedical or behavioral research in the participants' countries.

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NIAID Clinical Trial Implementation Cooperative Agreement (U01)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

LOI due 30 days prior to application due date
Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites cooperative agreement applications for implementation of investigator-initiated, high-risk clinical trials and mechanistic studies associated with high-risk clinical trials. Mechanistic work in clinical trials may be of great value because it promotes the understanding of human diseases and the development of future therapeutic modalities. This FOA will utilize the NIH U01 Research Project - Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA invites cooperative agreement applications for implementation of investigator-initiated, milestone driven, high-risk clinical trials and mechanistic studies associated with high-risk clinical trials. Mechanistic work in clinical trials may be of great value because it promotes the understanding of human diseases and the development of future therapeutic modalities. The NIAID Clinical Trial Implementation (U01) Grant supports implementation of clinical trials that address high-priority research areas that are well matched with the mission and goals of NIAID. A high-risk clinical trial is defined by the NIAID as having one or more of the following attributes: provision of a non-routine intervention, that is, an intervention or non-routine use of an intervention that would not otherwise be provided for the condition under study in the local facility where the study is being conducted; administration of an unlicensed product; or administration of a licensed product for an unapproved indication.

Each NIAID Clinical Trial Implementation (U01) award will support the implementation of a single clinical trial. Applicants must propose a time-sensitive, milestone-driven clinical trial and describe the clinical trial stages, criteria for completion of the stages and contingency plans for each stage. Any anticipated impediments that could require a revision in the timeline must be identified and accompanied by a discussion of alternative approaches. The trial must be hypothesis-driven and have clear primary and secondary endpoints. A description of the study population, why it is an appropriate group to study the research question(s) posed, subject eligibility, inclusion and exclusion criteria, and a feasible recruitment and enrollment plan must also be included. Statistical methods appropriate for the study design, and adequate plans for data monitoring and safety are required.

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NIDDK Education Program Grants (R25)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIH invites applications from from applicant organizations that propose to create educational opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in areas of biomedical or behavioral research of particular interest to the NIDDK, while fostering the career development of these students and fellows. The structure of the educational opportunity can include an intensive summer research program, a curriculum-based program or a combination of both experiences. The NIDDK is especially interested in attracting students and postdoctoral fellows from scientific disciplines underrepresented in disease-oriented biomedical research, such as engineering, informatics, computer science, and computational sciences, to encourage them to apply their expertise to research relevant to diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases; digestive and liver diseases; nutrition; obesity research and prevention; and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. This program will use the NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The overall goal of the NIDDK's Research Education program is to ensure that highly trained scientists will be available in adequate numbers and in appropriate scientific areas to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs in the NIDDK's mission areas. The NIH encourages all proposed programs to foster the participation of individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, and women.

NIDDK R25 grants support the development and implementation of educational activities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or postdoctoral fellows before, during or after the completion of a doctoral level degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DPH, DDS, OD), as long as the educational experience is targeted to areas within the research mission of the NIDDK. The unique, innovative, education program may be in the form of a summer research experience for undergraduates and medical students, a course, seminar series, yearly symposium, or other appropriate educational tool. Evaluation of the proposed educational program must be integrated into the design. Inclusion of faculty currently involved in research activities related to the mission of NIDDK will be necessary to provide the highest quality information and to introduce role models and future colleagues into the educational experience. The proposed research education program may complement other, ongoing, research training and education occurring at the applicant institution, but the proposed educational experiences must be distinct from those research training and research education programs currently receiving federal support. Applications that propose a summer research experience may expand an existing summer educational program, as long as the expanded scope includes experiences relevant to the research mission of the NIDDK and, ideally, include joint seminars, career development workshops or similar activities to promote the networking amongst the participants and institutional faculty.

Examples of specific programmatic themes include, but are not limited to: specific disease processes of interest to NIDDK (e.g. diabetes, cystic fibrosis, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, hepatitis, renal diseases or hematological disorders); the translation of basic science discoveries to patient care ("bench to bedside" research); the relationships of specific organ systems (e.g. endocrine, digestive, renal, hematopoietic) to health and illness; the appreciation and integration of whole animal physiology in current biomedical research; information on how molecular and genomic techniques may be applied to NIDDK-relevant diseases and research; the development of therapeutics related to diseases relevant to the NIDDK (e.g., how does one move from a genome sequence to health benefits?).

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RFA-HG-13-013--Interpreting Variation in Human Non-Coding Genomic Regions Using Computational Approaches and Experimental Assessment (R01)
National Human Genome Research Institute/NIH/DHHS

LOI due April 21, 2015
Full submission due May 21, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invite applications to develop highly innovative computational approaches for interpreting sequence variants in the non-protein-coding regions of the human genome. The goal is to develop methods that analyze whole-genome sequence data by integrating data sets, such as ones on genome function, phenotypes, patterns of variation, and other features, to identify or substantially narrow the set of variants that are candidates for affecting organismal function leading to disease risk or other traits. The accuracy of the computational approaches developed should be assessed using experimental data. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This initiative will support the development of computational methods to interpret whole-genome sequence data by integrating data sets, such as ones on genome function, phenotypes, patterns of variation, and other features, to identify, or to substantially narrow, the set of variants that are candidates for affecting organismal-level traits or diseases. The methods should be new or substantial improvements, rather than incremental improvements in existing approaches.

The scale of analysis should be genome-wide interpretation of the variants that may contribute to the trait or disease being studied, rather than variants found in a particular gene, gene family, or chromosome region. The initial approaches should start with the entire genome and narrow the focus to sets of regions for more analysis, such as by using data from whole-genome sequencing studies, GWAS studies, or scans for natural selection. (The focus is on interpreting germline variants; somatic mutations, e.g., in tumors, raise issues such as heterogeneity that are important but not the focus of this FOA.)

The focus may be on variants in specific classes of sites, such as CNVs, transcription-factor binding sites, or CpG islands. The focus of the proposed methods should be on variants in non-protein-coding regions, although the genome-wide analysis results may also include variants in coding regions. (For example, any variants in coding regions should not be studied for non-synonymous amino acid changes, but may be studied as part of the general approach or class of sites, such as studying how insertions or deletions affect chromatin domains rather than their frameshift effects.) The approaches must be generalizable beyond the specific data sets and traits or diseases studied.

Applications may identify one or more organismal traits or diseases to study, such as a human disease, disease resistance, pharmacologic responses, or physiological traits. Any traits or diseases chosen should be well-justified, such as by the potential for generalizable results and data availability. NHGRI solicits applications that investigate any disease or trait. NCI solicits applications for studies focusing on germline variants related to cancer susceptibility. NIDA solicits applications for studies related to drug addiction.

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Silvio O. Conte Centers for Basic or Translational Mental Health Research (P50)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

30 days prior to due date
May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites applications for Silvio O. Conte Centers for Basic or Translational Mental Health Research. The institute seeks teams of researchers working at different levels of analysis and employing integrative, novel, and creative experimental approaches to address high-risk, high-impact questions with the primary objective of: (a) advancing the state of the science in brain and behavior research that will ultimately provide the foundation for understanding mental disorders; (b) supporting the integration and translation of basic and clinical neuroscience research on severe mental illnesses; and/or (c) advancing our understanding of the neurobehavioral developmental mechanisms and trajectories of psychopathology that begin in childhood and adolescence. The Conte Centers program is intended to support interdisciplinary basic and/or translational research demonstrating an extraordinary level of synergy, integration, and potential for advancing the state of the field. This program is intended only for projects that could not be achieved using other, more standard grant mechanisms. The Conte Centers program also provides an opportunity to establish interdisciplinary basic and/or translational research experiences for individuals in training. This FOA will utilize the NIH Specialized Centers (P50) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of these Centers is to support interdisciplinary teams of researchers engaged in integrative, novel, and creative experimental approaches to address high-risk, high-impact scientific questions that will significantly advance the state of the science in brain and behavioral research that will ultimately provide the foundation for understanding mental disorders and/or transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses, as well as developing data and other research resources that are available to the scientific community to further advance research in this field. Conte Centers exemplify a collaborative, cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research program conducted at multiple levels of analysis spanning genes to circuits to behavior to disease in model systems and humans, from the prenatal period through adulthood. Successful centers address a well-defined and unified scientific question (hypothesis) or problem. Areas of interest span the full range of basic neuroscience, basic behavioral science and genetics, and the translational integration of neuroscience. They also include testing in humans to identify the etiology, pathogenesis, developmental progression, potential biomarkers and/or the mechanistic substrates of potential interventions with a view towards the eventual prevention or cure of mental disorders across the lifespan. Proposed Centers should be directed towards a well-defined and unified scientific question or problem and, in some instances, may include discovery-based as well as technology development components in support of the primary scientific question. The Conte Centers program is intended to support research that demonstrates an extraordinary level of synergy, integration, and potential impact on our understanding of basic brain mechanisms and/or the pathophysiology, progression, and treatment of mental disorders. The program is intended only for projects that could not be achieved using other, more standard grant mechanisms. Support is provided both for individual research projects and for cores that are critical for the integration across Center components. Centers must be characterized by an interdisciplinary framework guiding highly integrated programs of cutting-edge research, and provide plans for rapid, widespread sharing of the resulting data, methods, and resources to accelerate basic or translational research relevant to mental disorders. A strong vision of how the Center will advance the field beyond the goals of the individual projects is essential for successful applications.

Conte Center applications should integrate research projects at multiple levels of analysis, but it is not necessary for an individual Conte Center to include both basic and translational components. A Conte Center may comprise basic research projects only, both basic and translational research projects, or translational research projects only. Conte Centers may include exploratory or high risk projects that add value to the Center and increase the potential for fundamentally important new discoveries towards understanding brain mechanisms directing the development and expression of behaviors including pathophysiology across the lifespan. Exploratory component projects using patient populations to test biomarkers or interventions developed/identified elsewhere within the Conte Center may be included in a Conte Center application if they conform fully with NIMH policies for clinical trials. Conte Centers may include technology development as a component, but not as the main focus, of the Center. When technology development is an integral part of the scientific goals, it should be proposed as a project. When technology development is part of a standard service provided to support Center projects, it should be proposed as a Research Support Core. Research Support Cores provide research support functions, including administrative, animal, analytical, data management, diagnostic, recruitment, informatics, etc. Conte Centers should comprise three or more research projects and one (administrative) or more cores. Newer groups are encouraged to form smaller, shorter duration feasibility centers to establish workability and collaborations. Centers may comprise projects and cores at a single institution or at multiple institutions. Collaborations between highly active laboratories using state-of-the-art methods are encouraged, even if this means that the investigators are geographically distributed. Plans for the synergistic integration of projects and cores within a Center, whether at a single institution or geographically distributed, should be clearly described.

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Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (R03)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS

LOI due May 16, 2015
Full submission due June 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

NIDDK, NIMH and ODS invite applications for support of New Investigators from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical research to conduct small research projects in the scientific mission areas of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). NIDDK, NIMH and ODS recognize the need to promote diversity in the health-related research workforce by increasing the pool of highly trained researchers from diverse backgrounds conducting research in areas of importance to these Institutes and Office. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. The R03 is intended to support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources with the ultimate goal of providing the preliminary data for a R01-equivalent application.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This FOA is intended to provide support for New Investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented nationally in biomedical research who are interested in conducting research projects in the scientific mission areas of the NIDDK, the NIMH and the ODS, with the purpose of providing the preliminary data to support a R01-equivalent application.

NIDDK Mission: to conduct and support medical research and research training and to disseminate science-based information on diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases, nutritional disorders and obesity; and kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases, to improve people's health and quality of life.

ODS Mission: to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population.

In addition to their respective missions, these institutes and offices recognize that the entry of New Investigators into the ranks of independent, NIH-funded researchers is essential to improve the overall health of this country's biomedical research enterprise. As a result, NIH and the participating components of the organization are deeply committed to the research support of New Investigators. This program will enable New Investigators to successfully gain additional research experience while transitioning to independence, and obtain preliminary data on which to base a subsequent research grant application (i.e., R01-equivalent) within the scientific mission areas of the NIDDK, NIMH and ODS.

 

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Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects for Prevention and Management of Healthcare-Associated Infections (R18)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites applications for Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects focused on prevention, reduction, and effective management of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). This FOA will utilize the AHRQ Large Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grant (R18) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for grant funding to conduct Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination (R18) Projects focused on prevention, reduction, and effective management of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). HAIs are infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a healthcare setting. This FOA announces the availability of funds to support Large Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects, using the R18 mechanism, in the following broad areas of HAI research: development, demonstration, implementation, and evaluation of strategies and approaches for prevention and management of HAIs; and research regarding adoption and implementation (including sustainment and spread/scale-up) of evidence-based approaches for prevention of HAIs.

AHRQ is interested in R18 projects directed to any of the healthcare settings, as scientifically warranted, and is interested in all aspects of HAI prevention and management, including, but not limited to, ambulatory care, ambulatory surgery, long-term care, linkage between the various settings of care to improve tracking of HAIs, antibiotic stewardship, and multidrug resistant organisms and C. diff. AHRQ is interested in R18 projects conducted in under-resources health care settings.

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NIAID Resource-Related Research Projects (R24)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

LOI due 30 days prior to application due date
Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites submission of investigator-initiated Resource-Related Research Projects (R24) applications. The proposed resource must provide a significant benefit to currently funded high priority projects in need of further coordination and support in the areas specified. Under rare circumstances, this mechanism may be used to support development of a new resource to the broader scientific community of the NIAID. It is anticipated that the request for resource support through the R24 activity code will occur on an infrequent basis and only in circumstances where other mechanisms of support from the NIAID are not appropriate. The proposed resources should be relevant to the scientific areas of the NIAID mission including the biology, pathogenesis, and host response to microbes, including HIV; the mechanisms of normal immune function and immune dysfunction resulting in autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, allergy, asthma, and transplant rejection; and translational research to develop vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to prevent and treat infectious, immune-mediated, and allergic diseases. This FOA will utilize the NIH R24 Resource-Related Research Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) requests investigator-initiated Resource-Related Research Projects (R24) applications that may be critical to enhancing synergies among existing programs that address the specific mission of NIAID, as described above. Investigators are encouraged to visit the NIAID website for additional information about the research mission and high-priority research areas of the NIAID http://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/organization/Pages/default.aspx.

The purpose of the Resource-Related Research Projects (R24) grant is to support investigator-initiated research projects that will develop resources to serve biomedical research. A resource is a non-hypothesis-driven activity to provide data, materials, tools, or services that are essential to making the most timely, high quality, and cost-efficient progress in a field. The resource should be available to any qualified investigator, and should be highly quality controlled, replenishable, and not duplicate resources available commercially or through other sources. In providing the resource the grantee should also operate under and maintain procedures for proper storage and shipping of reagents in compliance with domestic and non-domestic laws and regulations (Federal regulations and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements for the shipment of dangerous goods (http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dangerous_goods/Pages/index.aspx).

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Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia (R15)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications for clinical research focused on biobehavioral or technological interventions to attenuate cognitive decline in individuals with dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or disease- or age-related cognitive decline. There is particular interest in interventions that can be implemented in community settings by the affected individual, informal caregivers, or others in the community. Research to inform the development of such interventions is also of interest, as well as research examining underlying mechanisms and biomarkers associated with response to interventions. It is anticipated that the results of this research will help affected individuals maintain independence and quality of life, improve their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), and additionally help to reduce stress, burden, and other poor outcomes in their caregivers. This FOA will use the NIH R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to stimulate clinical research in order to 1) develop and test biobehavioral or technological interventions designed to attenuate cognitive decline in individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias (e.g., Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or disease- or age-related cognitive decline, 2) inform the development of such interventions, and 3) elucidate the underlying mechanisms and biomarkers associated with response to interventions. Intervention strategies include those that restore or enhance cognitive functioning, prevent or delay the progression of cognitive impairment, or enable individuals to compensate for, or "work around" their cognitive deficits. This FOA is particularly interested in interventions that can be delivered in community settings by individuals, caregivers, or others in the community.

Research projects of interest include, but are not limited to, those that address:

--Biobehavioral interventions aimed at attenuating cognitive decline in individuals with dementia or cognitive impairment, particularly those that can be implemented in community settings by the affected individual, informal caregivers, or others in the community;

--Technology-based interventions that can be used to attenuate cognitive decline, or to deliver biobehavioral or other non-pharmacological interventions aimed at attenuating cognitive decline in individuals with dementia or cognitive impairment;

--The long term effects of cognitive training, physical activity, nutrition, sleep or other modifiable lifestyle and environmental factors that have shown potential to affect cognitive decline in individuals with dementia or cognitive impairment;

--The biological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying the positive effects of biobehavioral or technological interventions; biomarkers that can indicate effectiveness of such interventions;

Interdisciplinary collaborations that include nurse scientists in the project team are strongly encouraged. Additionally, applicants should consider engaging the resources and expertise of nearby or otherwise available Clinical and Translational Science Award grant sites (CTSAs) and/or federally funded research centers where possible.

Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants are intended to create a research opportunity for scientists at institutions that have not previously been major recipients of NIH grant awards. It is anticipated that investigators supported under the AREA program will benefit from the opportunity to conduct independent research; that the grantee institution will benefit from a research environment strengthened through AREA grants and furthered by participation in the diverse extramural programs of the NIH; and that students at recipient institutions will benefit from exposure to and participation in scientific research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

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Exploratory/Developmental Grants Program for Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R21)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications from investigators interested in conducting basic research studies into the biological/genetic causes and mechanisms of cancer health disparities. These awards will support pilot and feasibility studies designed to investigate biological/genetic bases of cancer disparities, such as (1) mechanistic studies of biological factors associated with cancer disparities, (2) the development and testing of new methodologies and models, and (3) secondary data analyses. This FOA is also designed to aid and facilitate the growth of a nationwide cohort of scientists with a high level of basic research expertise in cancer health disparities research who can expand available resources and tools, such as biospecimens, cell lines and methods that are necessary to conduct basic research in cancer health disparities. In addition, the FOA will further the development of scientific areas, providing support for early-stage exploratory projects that lead to future in-depth mechanistic studies (such as R01 projects) of the biology of cancer health disparities.   

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)  encourages grant applications from investigators interested in conducting basic research studies into the biological/genetic causes and mechanisms of cancer health disparities. These awards will support pilot and feasibility studies designed to investigate biological/genetic bases of cancer disparities, such as (1) mechanistic studies of identified biological factors associated with cancer disparities, (2) the development and testing of new methodologies and models, and (3) secondary data analyses. This FOA is also designed to aid and facilitate growth of a nationwide cohort of scientists with a high level of basic research expertise in cancer health disparities who can expand available resources and tools, such as biospecimens, cell lines and methods that are necessary to conduct basic research in cancer health disparities. In addition, the FOA will further the development of scientific areas, providing support for early-stage exploratory projects that lead to future in-depth mechanistic studies (such as R01 projects) of the biology of cancer health disparities.

This FOA will use R21 mechanism and runs in parallel with the companion R01 FOA, PAR-15-093.

The R21 activity code is intended to encourage new exploratory and developmental research projects. For example, such projects could assess the feasibility of a novel area of investigation or a new experimental system that has the potential to enhance cancer disparities-related research. Another example could include the unique and innovative use of an existing methodology to explore a new scientific area. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on cancer disparities research.

Applications for R21 awards should describe projects distinct from those supported through the traditional R01 activity code. For example, long-term projects, or projects designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area, will not be considered for R21 awards. Applications submitted to this FOA should be exploratory and novel. These studies should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications. Projects of limited cost or scope that use widely accepted approaches and methods within well-established fields are not suited to the R21 activity code.

 

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NIH Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)
National Institutes of Health and National Institute of General Medical Sciences

May 28, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will award Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) research education grants (R25) to institutions focused on developing new or expanding existing effective institutional developmental programs designed to academically and scientifically prepare underrepresented (UR) students in the biomedical or behavioral sciences for competitive research careers. The RISE program provides grants to institutions with significant enrollment of students from populations underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences that propose well-integrated developmental activities designed to strengthen students' academic preparation, research training and professional skills that are critical to the completion of the Ph.D. degree in the biomedical and/or behavioral sciences.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of the RISE Program is to increase the number of students from UR groups in biomedical and behavioral research who successfully complete the Ph.D. degree in these fields. In doing so, the overarching expectation is that through its support of new and ongoing institutionally-designed student and faculty developmental programs, the RISE Program will help reduce the gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between UR and non-UR students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences at the national level. At the institutional level, it is expected that the following objectives will be achieved:

  • An increase in the overall number of UR students that complete a Ph.D. and continue biomedical research careers;
  • At least 50% of undergraduate (UG) and 75% of master's RISE-supported students will enter into a Ph.D. program within three years after graduation; and
  • At least 80% of RISE-supported Ph.D. students will complete the degree.

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Prevention Research in Mid-Life Adults (R01)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and National Institute on Aging (NIA) invite applications for research on mid-life adults (those 50 to 64 years of age) that can inform efforts to optimize health and wellness as individuals age, and prevent illness and disability in later years. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to 1) Identify the unique characteristics of mid-life adults that impact health and wellness and contribute to the prevention of disease and disability; 2) Identify characteristics, influences, and indicators that are important for optimal health in mid-life adults; and 3) Develop strategies that promote health and wellness and prevent illness in this population.

Interventions that promote health, maximize wellness, and prevent illness and disability hold potential for improving long-term health trajectories for this population. This FOA particularly encourages interventions that can be delivered in multiple settings. Studies in disparate groups, such as African American, Native American, and Hispanic populations who have a greater prevalence of illness related to multiple chronic conditions, are especially needed. Research projects of interest include, but are not limited to, those that:

--Identify risk and protective factors (genetic, behavioral, lifestyle, environmental, sociodemographic) during mid-life that promote health and wellness;

--Determine barriers to effective strategies to prevent illness in health disparate mid-life populations;

--Describe patterns of early indicators of disease and disability in mid-life adults and the sequence of preventive strategies that provide maximum benefit;

--Elucidate how age-related perturbations in the microbiome influence biological processes that predispose mid-life adults to chronic illness; develop and test interventions that shift the microbiome toward a protective state;

--Perform observational studies to determine motivational factors that promote wellness in mid-life adults;

--Determine how mid-life status moderates or mediates the link between multiple responsibilities and health related biological risk;

--Develop interventions tailored to the unique challenges faced by mid-life adults that can reverse early signs and symptoms of chronic disease.

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Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R21)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

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

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) invite applications to conduct research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. Specific targeted areas of research include biobehavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities such as biological (e.g., genetics, cellular, organ systems), lifestyle factors, environmental (e.g., physical and family environments) social (e.g., peers), economic, institutional, and cultural and family influences; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known health condition and/or disability; and studies that test and evaluate the comparative effectiveness of health promotion interventions conducted in traditional and nontraditional settings. This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This initiative is designed to stimulate research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. For purposes of this initiative, "health disparities" applies to children who have limited access to resources and privileges that impact their health. As such, this initiative includes a focus on ethnic and racial minority children and populations of underserved children to include: children from low literacy, rural and low-income populations, geographically isolated children, hearing and visually impaired children, physically or mentally disabled children, children of migrant workers, children from immigrant and refugee families, and language minority children. The NIH defines children as individuals 0-21 years of age. The primary purpose of this initiative, therefore, is to encourage intervention studies targeting one of the aforementioned groups. Rather than a singular approach, interventions using a multilevel approach (individual, health system, community, societal) are encouraged. In addition, basic studies designed to further delineate mechanisms/pathways of disparities that lead to the development of interventions are also encouraged. Specific targeted areas of research include biobehavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities such as biological (e.g., genetics, cellular, organ systems), lifestyle factors, environmental (physical and family environments) social (e.g. peers), economic, institutional, and cultural and family influences; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known illness and/or disability; and studies that test and evaluate the comparative effectiveness of health promotion interventions conducted in traditional and nontraditional settings. 

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RFA-CA-15-003--Advanced Development and Validation of Emerging Molecular Analysis Technologies for Cancer Research (R33)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

Optional letters of intent are due 30 days prior to application due date.
Full submission due March 17, 2015 and June 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications proposing research projects on the advanced development of emerging molecular and cellular analysis technologies and technical/analytical validation in an appropriate cancer-relevant biological system. An emerging technology is defined as one that has passed the pilot developmental stage and shows promise, but has not yet been significantly evaluated within the context of its intended use. If successful, these technologies would accelerate research in cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, early detection and screening, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. This FOA solicits projects where proof-of-principle of the proposed technology or methodology has been established and supportive preliminary data are available. Projects proposed to this FOA should reflect the potential to produce a molecular analysis technology with a major impact in a broad area of cancer-relevant research. Projects proposing to use established technologies where the novelty resides in the biological or clinical question being pursued are not appropriate for this solicitation and will not be reviewed. This program will use the NIH R33 Exploratory/Developmental Grants Phase II award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The proposed projects must be focused on the validation and advanced development of an innovative molecular analysis technology that targets the needs of basic, preventative, diagnostic, translational, epidemiological, and/or clinical cancer research or for broad potential use in cancer research. In addition, all projects proposed in response to this FOA must involve all of the following general attributes:

--Potential for substantial Improvements over conventional approaches and/or adding qualitatively new research capabilities not provided by current technologies..

--Transformative Potential. The emphasis of the IMAT program is on technologies that have significant potential to transform research in laboratory and/or clinical settings.

Responsive technologies include relevant techniques, tools, instrumentation, devices, and associated methods. These technologies may be intended for molecular and cellular analyses in vitro, in situ, and/or in vivo (with some exceptions listed below), and may be targeted for the needs of basic, translational, epidemiology, and/or clinical cancer research. However, it must be clear that proposed projects are focused on the development of generally applicable technologies to facilitate research in certain areas (e.g., drug development, biomarker discovery and validation, or epidemiology), NOT on pursuing specific discoveries in those areas. In addition, NCI has an interest in innovative technologies that can facilitate studies on factors contributing to cancer health disparities and thus aiding the goal of reducing the unequal burden of cancer. Projects in any area of cancer-related technology are encouraged provided that the technology proposed meets the requirements stated above, including transformative potential for cancer research and/or oncologic practice. Technologies may target atomic, molecular, sub-cellular, and cellular levels of detection and/or analysis. At the core of any project must be a novel molecular analysis technology (encompassing novel devices, materials, or chemical/biochemical approaches).

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RFA-MH-16-150--Lifespan Human Connectome Project: Development (U01)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

LOI due May 15, 2015
Full submission due June 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applicationshat propose to extend the experimental protocols developed through the HCP to children and adolescents to investigate the structural and functional changes that occur in the brain during typical development. A companion FOA is soliciting applications that apply the HCP protocols to middle age and elderly adults to explore changes that occur during normal aging. This program will use the NIH U01 Research Project Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued as an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research. The Neuroscience Blueprint is a collaborative framework through which 15 NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices jointly support neuroscience-related research, with the aim of accelerating discoveries and reducing the burden of nervous system disorders (for further information, see http://neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/). The Neuroscience Blueprint is supporting a Lifespan Human Connectome Project (L-HCP) to extend the Human Connectome Project (HCP) (http://www.neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/connectome) to map connectivity in the developing, adult, and aging human brain.

The purpose of this FOA is to extend and build on the methods and findings from the ongoing HCP to comprehensively and systematically map structural and functional connectivity of the brain in healthy children and adolescents using protocols comparable to those developed by the HCP. A companion FOA (RFA-AG-16-004, SPIN Program # 45691) will extend and adapt the HCP protocols to middle age and elderly adults. The overall goal of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project (L-HCP) reflected in these two funding opportunities is to advance research by collecting and sharing knowledge of the connectivity of the developing and aging brain. The cumulative outcomes include:

--Integrate 'developmental' and 'aging' connectome with HCP data via comparable neuroimaging and data acquisition and analysis protocols

--Determine the structural and functional connectivity of the brain in typical development, adulthood, and aging

--Assess the variability in brain connectivity across the lifespan

--Link changes in brain connectivity to behavior and genetic variation

--Share knowledge of the lifespan connectome by aggregating, storing and disseminating data via the Connectome Coordination Facility

--Provide a reference dataset of the normative change in brain connectivity across the lifespan that would provide baseline data for, and insights to, understanding normal and pathological changes in brain circuits and networks.

This L-HCP FOA aims to collect structural and functional connectome data representative of the healthy adult and aging brain. Subjects will span the age range of 36 to 90 years old. It is expected that cross-sectional, multi-cohorts of different ages will be identified and that connectome data will be collected from at least 1500 subjects across the adult lifespan. Lifespan projects are strongly encouraged to include multiple timepoints, for at least a subset of participants, allowing for longitudinal (within-subject) analysis of aging trajectories in addition to cross-sectional comparisons.

L-HCP data collection must use neuroimaging and behavioral protocols compatible with the HCP centered at Washington University. The WU-Minn HCP project is using cutting-edge magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) hardware, acquisition and analysis methods and other neuroimaging protocols to collect task-activated functional MRI (t-fMRI), resting-state fMRI (rs-fMRI), advanced diffusion MRI (dMRI), and high resolution structural MRI (s-MRI) data. Demographic data and data regarding sensory, motor, cognitive, emotional, and social function are collected for each subject, as well as blood samples for biochemical analysis and DNA genotyping or sequencing. Extensive description and details on the HCP protocols can be found at Project Overview | Human Connectome Project and 500 Subjects Data Release Reference | Human Connectome Project. HCP FAQs can be found at HCP FAQ: Disease-related Connectome Research | Human Connectome Project. Applicants are urged to consult these documents. Lifespan projects must include rs-fMRI, t-fMRI, dMRI, and sMRI. Tasks chosen for t-fMRI should aim to balance compatibility with tasks employed in the HCP, age-appropriate adaptations, and relevance to scientific hypotheses about sensitive periods in aging.

The L-HCP may include a number of diverse units and activities. Since this initiative seeks to engage outstanding expertise for each of the units and since it is possible that such expertise will not be concentrated at a single site, it is possible that collaborators will be located across disparate locations. All units will need to be carefully overseen and coordinated in order to achieve the specified goals within the project period. This complex effort will require robust administrative structures and processes, objective and independent advice by appropriate experts, and strong professional project management by the grantee. It is anticipated that a dedicated project manager will be needed for the aging component of the L-HCP. In addition, the use of a cooperative agreement mechanism will allow significant involvement of NIH staff in the conduct of this award.

The Lifespan Human Connectome projects will consist of two progressive sets of activities. Year 1 of award, with milestones, will entail the optimization and integration of HCP imaging and behavioral technologies, including pilot data collection, and IRB approval and initiation of subject recruitment. Years 2-4 of award, with milestones, will entail acquisition of connectome data and deposition of data with the Connectome Coordination Facility.

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Advancing Translational and Clinical Probiotic/Prebiotic and Human Microbiome Research (R01)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for nterdisciplinary collaborations across scientific disciplines engaged in microbiome and pro/prebiotic research including, but not limited to: nutritional science, microbiology, virology, microecology and microbiome, genomics, immunology, computational biology, chemistry, bioengineering, as well as integration of omics and computational approaches in DNA technologies. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is twofold: 1. to accelerate translational and clinical Phase I and II a/b safety and efficacy studies for substantiating measurable functional benefits of probiotic/prebiotic components and/or their combinations; and; 2. to understand the underlying mechanisms of their action(s), and variability in responses to these interventions. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA encourages translational and clinical studies using a variety of pro/prebiotic carriers (foods, dietary supplements, etc.) to generate measurable functional evidence for the safety and effectiveness use of pro/prebiotics in maintaining health and/or prevent and treat diseases. If food is used, information should be readily available regarding the food matrix or relevant dietary and microbial composition of it.

Selection of probiotic strains will follow the FAO/WHO recommendations that probiotic microorganisms should not harbor transmissible drug resistance genes encoding resistance to clinically used drugs. Screening and selection criteria for probiotics(s) prebiotics should be focused on probiotic strains with demonstrated quality for a number of parameters in animals and fit for human consumption. Phase I and II a/b studies will require further proof of concept and testing assessments for a number of parameters, including antibiotic resistance assays, screening for virulence factors, resistance to host defense mechanisms and induction of hemolysis.

To ensure valid and reproducible results, appropriate animal models or human subjects enrolled in these studies must be characterized in terms of metabolic, biochemical, microbial, and health or disease status. The FOA will also support studies to develop new or to refine known biomarkers of health and disease with respect to the pro/prebiotics interventions. The impact of pro/prebiotic interventions must be measured and objectively documented for health and/or disease. Where needed, it is mandatory that the applicant (s) proposing clinical studies should provide sufficient details of plans and appropriately documented evidence of pre-IND (Investigational New Drug) status or other relevant regulatory correspondence at the time of application. Prior to any funded award being implemented in humans, investigators would be responsible for obtaining the approval for an IND from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Probiotics, as defined, should be able to survive the passage through the digestive system and proliferate in the gut. Importantly, rigorous genomic and molecular identification and taxonomic profiling using omics based technologies of the species and the strain is crucial. The ability to remain viable at the target site and to be effective should be demonstrated for the strain used (including colony formation units, strain identification and characterization, transient adhesion or interaction with the intestinal epithelium and colonization of the colon, if pertinent). This shows the importance of the food matrix, including the amount of food that must be ingested in order to obtain the health benefit and proof for stability and viability of the strain in the food, until the consumption time. Food and supplements may be transporters of their own microbiomes as ingested and this aspect has to receive appropriate attention, due to microbe-microbe interactions. Understanding the functional niche, evolutionary and ecologic interplay among gut microflora and host physiology including its genetics is critical for designing therapeutic/preventive manipulations of the gastrointestinal microbiota.

Common NIH research areas of interest may include, but are not limited to and are not in any priority order, the following:

1. Identification of the underlying mechanisms of action of pro/prebiotic formulation(s) to prevent and/or treat human diseases including conditions caused by emerging pathogens, such as bacteria, fungi and viruses;

2. Studies of pro/prebiotics interventions on: microbial composition, co-metabolism, microbial-host interactions, and microbiome resilience, as it affects local and systemic metabolism, gene expression and signaling pathways;

3. Interactions of pro/prebiotic formulations with diet, dietary supplements and/or dietary components, which produce microbial metabolites with measurable effects in risk reduction and disease prevention;

4. Development of predictive models to understand variability in response to pro/prebiotic interventions, as influenced by variables such as: nutritional status, dietary patterns, health status, age, gender, race, or other factors;

5. Characterization of probiotic strain activities on glycans and identification of glycan-mediated signaling pathways in health and disease, including further clarification of the effect of probiotics on mucin degradation and its consequences;

6. Examination of the effects of drug abuse (narcotics/opiates) on the efficacy of pre/probiotics and intestinal microbiome/microflora in populations with co-occurring infections including HIV, HCV and others; study how manipulation of the microbiome would alter the human virome and pathogenesis of complications of drug use such as HIV, HCV-related disease, and interactions with pro/prebiotics;

7. Studies of probiotics pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics in healthy and immunocompromised subjects;

8. Development and validation of diagnostic tests and biomarkers to evaluate early response to pro/prebiotics interventions;

9. Analysis of pro/prebiotic effect on resident biofilm-growing pathogens;

10. Analysis of interaction between pro/prebiotics with medications including antibiotics and other chemotherapeutic agents as it relates to bioavailability, treatment outcome, efficacy and adverse events;

11. Metabolomic profiling in samples from individuals/populations undergoing pro/prebiotic intervention to identify individuals/populations susceptible to the intervention;

12. Microbial comparison of oral cavity and gut of individuals undergoing pro/prebiotic intervention.

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Bridging the Gap Between Cancer Mechanism and Population Science (U01)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

LOI due May 17, 2015
Full submission due June 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) invite applications for projects that bridge biological mechanism to population level scales. By incorporating insights and data from one end of the cancer research spectrum into the framework of the other, projects should be able to cross-validate data gathered at different scales, and explore links between basic biology, population science, and potential health applications in treatment, prevention, diagnosis, and/or screening. Proposed projects should pose a challenging cancer research question that can be addressed by connecting these two ends of the research spectrum that would be difficult to address or explain through biological or epidemiological investigation alone. Only a single cohesive project integrating aspects from these two areas is allowed in each application. This program will use the NIH U01 Research Project Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

To be responsive to this FOA, each application is expected to pose a challenging cancer research question that can be addressed by connecting these two ends of the research spectrum (but would be difficult to address or explain through biological or epidemiological investigation alone). Projects addressing such questions will require expertise that crosses boundaries of either area. Therefore, it is anticipated that responsive projects will require teams of biologists and epidemiologists along with their computational collaborators and others, as necessary, to address the question posed by the investigators. It is anticipated that some form of model will be included in the project. Thus, projects may connect biological mechanism models and population models, or inform population models with mechanistic insights, or inform mechanistic models with population science insights.

The scope of the FOA includes any project that poses and addresses a challenging cancer question that can only be addressed by linking these two ends of the cancer spectrum -- biological mechanism and population. These attributes are essential for the proposed project to be considered responsive to this FOA.

Applicants may propose projects to address any of the numerous technical challenges involved in linking models and data across these scales. Possible technical challenges include but are not limited to developing methods that accommodate the different mathematical methods to explain data at the different scales, lack of quantitative data at intermediate scales (cell, tissue, etc.), difficulty in finding effective interface parameters or bridges (both conceptual and technical), and solving computational demands when transitioning from single tumor to a population of individuals. Technical challenges inherent in crossing scales or informing one scale with data, models, and/or insights from the other scale should be effectively formulated, and strategies for solution of these technical challenges should be conceptualized in an innovative and practical manner.

This FOA encourages collaborations between epidemiologists and biologists along with their computational and technical collaborators who would together identify and pose new methods to address an important problem spanning these two ends of the research spectrum. The projects should develop and apply new methods to bridge the scales and inform the chosen question. It is anticipated that projects will add new expertise, data, insights, and/or models to current successful projects. For example, investigators may propose to validate or recalibrate their biological mechanism model using orthogonal population level data, to validate their population data using orthogonal biological data, or to find a method of bridging a model of biological mechanism and a population model to explain or explore a cancer question that spans these models. Investigators may also propose to explore provocative observations at the population scale to inform further biological experimentation and mechanistic understanding of the population level phenomenon or to reconcile mechanistic observations or models that are inconsistent with population level data.

Note: Only a single, cohesive project per application is allowed in response to this FOA.

Examples of projects that would be considered responsive to this FOA include but are not limited to the following:

--Explaining unexpected population level observations through an understanding or exploration of the biological mechanistic underpinning;

--Using mechanistic models of tumor initiation and progression to refine and optimize biopsy sampling (in terms of, e.g., the timing, number, and location of biopsies);

--Using modeling to move from descriptive epidemiology to a mechanistic understanding of cancer epidemiology informed by biology (e.g., understanding disparate demographics in a precursor lesion relative to the subsequent cancer); and

--Modeling prognosis and/or cancer therapy strategies with validation against independently collected population data, such as SEER survival data.

NIAAA Areas of Interest. The NIAAA is interested in applications that will meet all the requirements specified in the FOA but with the topic of the project relevant to the intersection of alcohol and cancer. Examples of topics of interest include but are not limited to the relationship between alcohol consumption and cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract, breast, colon/rectum, and pancreas. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIAAA program officer prior to preparing an application to discuss topicality and responsiveness.

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Juvenile Protective Factors and Their Effects on Aging (R01)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

March 5, 2015 or July 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of this FOA is to invite both descriptive studies to identify putative juvenile protective factors, experimental studies to test hypotheses about their effects on aging, and translational studies to explore the potential risks and benefits of maintaining or modulating the level of juvenile protective factors in adult life.  Juvenile protective factors are physiological factors that maintain or enhance certain functions across all or some stages of post-natal maturation, but which diminish or disappear during transitions between developmental stages (e.g., infancy, adiposity rebound, adrenarche, puberty, growth cessation).  This FOA is uniquely focused on studies which involve comparisons between post-natal developmental stages or pre- vs. post-maturational changes to identify potential juvenile protective factors and their effects on aging.  Studies in in vitro models, in laboratory animals or in humans may be proposed.  

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this FOA is to invite both descriptive studies to identify putative juvenile protective factors, experimental studies to test hypotheses about their effects on aging, and translational studies to explore the potential risks and benefits of maintaining or modulating the level of modulating juvenile factors in adult life. This FOA is uniquely focused on studies which involve comparisons between post natal developmental stages or pre- vs. post-maturational changes to identify potential juvenile protective factors and their effects on aging. Studies in in vitro models, laboratory animals or humans may be proposed.

Examples of approaches include but are not limited to:

Identifying factors during post-natal growth and development that change during maturation (e.g., at specific maturational stages) and may subsequently influence aging changes in adult life.  Attention to a variety of maturational stages and transitions between stages (e.g., cessation of whole-body or specific organ growth) at which changes in factors of interest could occur is encouraged.  For example, studies of potential juvenile protective factors may involve comparisons of pre- and post-developmental stages, transitional phases during a specific developmental stage (e.g., pubertal transition or adiposity rebound), or pre- and post- maturity (e.g., comparison pre- and post- closure of the epiphyseal plates in bone). Studies on specific "candidate" protective factors that may affect aging processes, as well as genomic, proteomic and metabolomic screening approaches for possible changes in multiple factors are encouraged. 

Exploration of possible links between maturational changes and progression of aging changes by examining the relationships between polymorphisms or mutations that influence/alter maturational changes and post-maturational aging changes.

Explore the role of epigenetics in the control of the prolongation or cessation of the synthesis and release of juvenile factors and their receptors.

Elucidate the relationships between sexual dimorphism in maturational changes and their subsequent contribution to gender differences in the progression of aging changes in adult life.

Epidemiologic approaches using existing longitudinal cohorts or biospecimen repositories may also be proposed to explore whether possible juvenile protective factors are associated with preserved health/function with advancing age or reduced risk factors for age-related outcomes.

In vitro experimental studies using cells, tissues, or circulating factors from humans (including human cord blood or saliva samples) or laboratory animals of differing maturational stages and from adults, to determine effects of juvenile factors (and age-related changes in activity of such factors) on in vitro properties of adult cells or tissues. 

Characterization of postnatal developmental changes (factors that constrict or expand those changes) in specific populations of stem/progenitor cells (e.g., circulating, heart, skeletal muscle, bone, and brain).

Identification of juvenile protective factors that could maintain or enhance nervous system structure and function in aging.  Juvenile neuroprotective factors might prevent age-related brain atrophy, neurodegeneration, myelin loss, synaptic dysfunction or metabolic decline, or promote neuroplasticity and improvement in sensory, motor and cognitive function.

Intervention studies to determine effects of maintaining specific juvenile factors into adulthood, or of restoring levels of such factors to juvenile levels on the development or severity of age-related pathologies, functional impairments, and alterations in responses to stressors.   Such studies could include studies of the effects of interventions such as genetic manipulations (e.g., transgenic or knockout animal models with altered maturational changes), administration of circulating or tissue factors, heterochronic cell or tissue transplants, and parabiotic studies. Studies using pharmacological manipulations of putative juvenile protective factors (i.e., drugs which restore levels of a "candidate" juvenile protective factor) are also welcomed. Both beneficial and adverse effects of such interventions are of interest.

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is April 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

--Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

--Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine.

--Maternal and Child Health.

--Contraception, Reproduction, and Population Research.

--Medical Rehabilitation Research.

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

--Research on the mechanisms underlying impaired functioning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

October 17, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

 

 

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

November 13, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) invites applications that assemble an interdisciplinary, collaborative team of creative, independent, and funded investigators to address a complex and important problem relevant to the mission of NIDDK. The team should be able to provide an integrative plan of working together to effectively address the complex challenge at hand. The team science approach encouraged by this FOA could be used to generate a research resource, which may include discovery-based or hypothesis-generative approaches, to advance the relevant area of biomedical research. This FOA will use the NIH Research Resource Grant Mechanism (R24).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

In this FOA, the R24 is will be used to provide a mechanism by which interdisciplinary expertise is brought together to focus on a single complex problem in biomedical research relevant to the mission of NIDDK. The purpose of this FOA is to provide support for interdisciplinary research teams focused on innovative approaches to answer a single critically important research question or problem relevant to the mission of NIDDK. An R24 project is expected to support discovery or hypothesis-generating research or to develop unique resources or technologies that are needed to move a particular field forward. Collectively, the team should bring together the necessary, and appropriate, expertise to answer one complex problem, or challenge. Formation of the team of investigators should result in a greater contribution to meeting the challenge than would occur if each team member worked individually, and submission of a multi-PD/PI application is encouraged if it facilitates the team aspect of the approach. R24s can support basic, translational, or clinical science. Teams may also support integrated basic and clinical studies with the intent of accelerating translation of basic science to the clinic. NIDDK expects investigators forming collaborative teams to be funded and productive investigators who now wish to integrate their interests and efforts to facilitate a synergistic approach to the challenge not possible through other grants mechanisms. Support for resource development, generation, or utilization can be included to enhance the catalytic and transformative nature of the proposed studies. However, individual projects and cores are not allowed.

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices - New NIH Biosketch Format
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts / November 28, 2014

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or After January 25, 2015 (NOT-OD-15-024) Office of the Director, NIH. 

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RFA-HL-14-024--Basic Research in the Pathogenesis of HIV-Related Heart, Lung, and Blood (HLB) Diseases in Adults and Children (R01)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS

January 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invites basic research project grant (R01) applications to investigate the fundamental mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of HIV-related heart, lung, and/or blood (HLB) diseases alone and in the context of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Investigations may be conducted on various primary cell types, biospecimens, computational models, and animal models, particularly those used for HIV research. The goal is to provide the critical basic science foundation and guide the design of new therapeutic approaches for HIV-related HLB conditions in adults and children. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage basic research to investigate the fundamental mechanisms of HIV-related heart, lung, and/or blood (HLB) diseases alone and in the context of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Investigations may be conducted on various primary cell types (e.g., hematopoietic stem cells and the surrounding niche), biospecimens, computational models, and animal models, particularly those used for HIV research. The use of HIV specimens in existing biorepositories and other human samples is highly encouraged, and their analyses should be directed towards basic research questions. The goal is to provide the critical basic science foundation and guide the design of new therapeutic approaches for HIV-related HLB conditions.

The primary goal of this FOA is to support research that will provide the critical basic science foundation to understand the mechanisms and pathogenesis underlying the development of HLB conditions in patients with HIV who are or are not receiving ART. A secondary goal is to enhance understanding of HLB disease processes in the general population. Basic research is defined as research that will answer fundamental mechanistic questions focused on the impact of HIV and ART on HLB disease progression, such as, but not limited to, alterations in metabolism, biomarkers, and tissue/cellular pathology. Investigations may be conducted on various cell types (e.g., hematopoietic stem cells as well as other cells involved in HLB diseases), biospecimens, computational models, and animal models, particularly those used for HIV research. The use of HIV specimens in existing biorepositories (e.g., NHLBI BioLINCC Biorepository https://biolincc.nhlbi.nih.gov/home/) and other human samples is highly encouraged, and their analyses should be directed towards basic research questions rather than epidemiological/clinical studies evaluating incidence, prevalence, risk assessment, and patterns/outcomes of care. Applications proposing to conduct clinical trials or epidemiological research will be deemed non-responsive to this announcement.

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Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the availability of administrative supplements to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved award, but were unforeseen when the new or renewal application or grant progress report for non-competing continuation support was submitted. Although requests for administrative supplements may be submitted through this FOA, there is no guarantee that funds are available from the awarding IC or for any specific grant. All applicants are encouraged to discuss potential requests with the awarding IC. Additionally, prior to submission, applicants must review the awarding IC's web site to ensure they meet the IC's requirements.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hereby notify Principal Investigators holding specific types of NIH research grants, listed in the full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that funds may be available for administrative supplements to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved award, but that were unforeseen when the new or renewal application or grant progress report for non-competing continuation support was submitted. Additional funds may be awarded as supplements to parent awards using the following Activity Code(s):

Administrative supplement requests must be submitted on paper for the following activity codes:

G12 Research Centers in Minority Institutions Award

P01 Research Program Projects

P20 Exploratory Grants

P30 Center Core Grants

P40 Animal (Mammalian and Nonmammalian) Model, and Animal and Biological Material Resource Grants

P41 Biotechnology Resource Grants

P50 Specialized Center

P51 Primate Research Center Grants

P60 Comprehensive Center

P2C Resource-Related Research Multi-Component Projects and Centers

PM1 Program Project or Center with Complex Structure

PN2 Research Development Center

S06 Research-Related Programs

U10 Cooperative Clinical Research - Cooperative Agreements

U19 Research Program - Cooperative Agreements

U41 Biotechnology Resource Cooperative Agreements

U42 Animal (Mammalian and Nonmammalian) Model, and Animal and Biological Materials Resource Cooperative Agreements

U45 Hazardous Waste Worker Health and Safety Training Cooperative Agreements

U54 Specialized Center- Cooperative Agreements

U56 Exploratory Grants - Cooperative Agreements

UC2 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure Cooperative Agreement Programs

UC3 Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur the Acceleration of New Technologies (BRDG-SPAN) Cooperative Agreement Program

UC7 National Biocontainment Laboratory Operation Cooperative Agreement

UM1 Research Project with Complex Structure Cooperative Agreement

UM2 Program Project or Center with Complex Structure Cooperative Agreement

Administrative supplement requests may be submitted electronically for the following activity codes:

C06 Research Facilities Construction Grant

D43 International Training Grants in Epidemiology

D71 International Training Program Planning Grant

DP1 NIH Director's Pioneer Award (NDPA)

DP2 NIH Director's New Innovator Awards

DP3 Type 1 Diabetes Targeted Research Award

DP4 NIH Director's Pathfinder Award- Multi-Yr Funding

DP5 Early Independence Award

DP7 NIH Director's Workforce Innovation Award

F05 International Research Fellowships

F30 Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/PhD Fellowships

F31 Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Grant Award

F32 Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

F33 National Research Service Awards for Senior Fellows

G08 Resources Project Grant (NLM)

G13 Health Sciences Publication Support Awards (NLM)

G20 Grants for Repair, Renovation and Modernization of Existing Research Facilities

K01 Research Scientist Development Award - Research & Training

K02 Research Scientist Development Award - Research

K05 Research Scientist Award

K06 Research Career Awards

K07 Academic/Teacher Award (ATA)

K08 Clinical Investigator Award (CIA)

K12 Physician Scientist Award (Program) (PSA)

K18 Career Enhancement Award

K22 Career Transition Award

K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

K24 Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research

K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award

K26 Midcareer Investigator Award in Biomedical and Behavioral Research

K99/R00 Career Transition Award/Research Transition Award

KL2 Mentored Career Development Award

KM1 Institutional Career Enhancement Awards

R01 Research Project Grant

R03 Small Grant Program

R13 Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings

R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)

R18 Research Demonstration and Disseminations Projects

R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award

R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award

R24 Resource-Related Research Projects

R25 Education Projects

R33 Exploratory/Developmental Grants Phase II

R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program

R36 Dissertation Award

R37 Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award

R41 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I only

R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track

R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I and Phase II

R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase II only

R43 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase I only

R43/R44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track

R43/R44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase I and Phase II

R44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase II only

RC1 NIH Challenge Grants and Partnerships Program - Phase I

RC2 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure Programs

RC3 Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur the Acceleration of New Technologies (BRDG-SPAN) Program

RC4 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure Programs - Multi-Yr Funding

RM1 Research Project with Complex Structure

S07 Biomedical Research Support Grants

S10 Biomedical Research Support Shared Instrumentation Grants

S11 Minority Biomedical Research Support Thematic Project Grants

S21 Research and Institutional Resources Health Disparities Endowment Grants - Capacity Building

SC1 Research-Enhancement Award

SC2 Pilot Research Project

SC3 Research Continuance Award

T14 Conferences

T15 Continuing Education Training Grants

T32 Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA)

T34 MARC Undergraduate NRSA Institutional Grants

T35 National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short -Term Research Training

T36 MARC Ancillary Training Activities Grant

T37 Minority International Research Training Grants

T42 Educational Resource Center Training Grants

T90/R90 Interdisciplinary Research Training Award/Interdisciplinary Regular Research Training Award

TL1 Linked Training Award

U01 Research Project - Cooperative Agreements

U13 Conferences Cooperative Agreements

U18 Research Demonstration - Cooperative Agreements

U2R International Training Cooperative Agreement

U24 Resource-Related Research Projects - Cooperative Agreements

U34 Clinical Planning Grant Cooperative Agreement

U44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Cooperative Agreements - Phase II

UC4 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure - Cooperative Agreement Programs

UH2 Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement Phase I

UH2/UH3 Phase Innovation Awards Cooperative Agreement

UH3 Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement Phase II

UL1 Linked Specialized Center Cooperative Agreement

UP5 Early Independence Award/Cooperative Agreement

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Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE): Pharmacodynamics and In vivo Efficacy Studies for Small Molecules and Biologics/Biotechnology Products (R21/R33)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications to conduct pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and in vivo efficacy studies to demonstrate that proposed therapeutic agent(s) have sufficient biological activity to warrant further development to treat neurological disorders. Therapeutic agents may include but are not limited to small molecules, biologics or biotechnology-derived products. This FOA is part of a suite of Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE) to advance projects to the point where they can meet the entry criteria for NINDS Cooperative Research to Enable and Advance Translational Enterprises program (CREATE) for biologics, biotechnology products, the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN) for small molecules, or other translational program. This program will use the NIH R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA is part of a suite of Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE) to encourage the translation of research discoveries into new treatments for disorders that fall under the NINDS mission. This FOA provides funding to conduct pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and in vivo efficacy studies to demonstrate that proposed therapeutic agent(s) have sufficient biological activity to warrant further development to treat neurological disorders. Therapeutic agents may include but are not limited to small molecules, biologics or biotechnology-derived products. It is expected that upon completion, investigators will have strong evidence of target engagement and/or in vivo efficacy for selected therapeutic agent(s) that meet the entry criteria for the NINDS Cooperative Research to Enable or Advance Translational Enterprises program (CREATE) or the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN).

This funding opportunity is intended to support projects with a strong biological rationale that includes: 1) evidence that the therapeutic agent(s) has the potential to be therapeutically viable, 2) evidence to support the robustness of the pharmacodynamic measures and/or efficacy models, 3) a description of the unmet need for the therapeutic agent(s), and 4) a clear justification for how the findings from these studies are relevant to treatments for disorders that are within the NINDS mission. Studies proposed must be part of a well-thought out and clearly defined therapeutic development plan.

This FOA uses the R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award mechanism. The R21 phase will support planning and preparation and the R33 phase will support execution of the pharmacodynamics and/or in vivo efficacy studies. Transition from the R21 to the R33 phase is contingent upon the successful completion of one set of proposed milestones. The specific milestones proposed in the application will depend on the entry stage, prior information on the therapeutic agent(s), and the goals of the application. The milestones should be clearly defined, quantifiable, and scientifically justified to allow the investigator and program staff to assess progress in the R21 phase.

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Novel Tools for Investigating Brain-derived GPCRs in Mental Health Research (R41/R42)
National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is April 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites applications for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose to develop technologies and approaches (i.e., novel ways to use new or existing technologies) that will enable researchers to study the structure and/or function of brain localized G-protein coupled receptor proteins (GPCRs) and/or potentially identify novel selective and specific agonists/antagonists to these receptor subtypes, with a focus on mental health function or dysfunction, including HIV-related neurocognitive disorders. Technologies and approaches aimed at known receptor subtypes or orphan receptors would be of potential interest to NIMH. This FOA will utilize the R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track applications.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage small businesses to develop technologies and approaches (i.e., novel ways to use new or existing technologies) that will enable researchers to better study the dynamic structure and/or function of brain localized GPCRs and/or potentially identify novel selective and specific agonists/antagonists to these receptor subtypes, with a focus on mental health function or dysfunction. Technologies and approaches aimed at either known receptor subtypes or orphan receptors would be of potential interest to NIMH. Examples include, but are not limited to:

--Novel technologies and approaches to further elucidate the function of GPCRs and/or to identify selective agonists/antagonists may include one or more of the following: computational models, high throughput molecular or cell-based assays, behavioral models, high resolution molecular imaging techniques, novel crystallization strategies, novel technologies and/or approaches to increase the yield of GPCR protein, etc.

--Specific tool applications to: define structural relationships of GPCRs with small molecules, identify orphan GPCRs with mental health relevance, identify conformational changes in GPCRs, measure cell signaling, receptor purification, crystallization and/or 3-D structure identification, etc.

--Studies that may address a variety of mental health disorders including: schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Tourette's syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorders, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, etc.

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NIA Revision and Resubmission Program Project Applications (P01)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites revision applications to ongoing NIA-supported program project (P01) awards and resubmissions of unfunded program project applications (including unfunded revision requests). The applications should address scientific areas relevant to the NIA mission. Revision applications should include expansion of (an) existing, or proposal of (a) new project or projects within a program project. Revision applications may not request support beyond the end date of the parent P01 award. This FOA will use the Program Project P01 award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites (i) resubmitted applications for Program Project Grant (P01) awards and (ii) revision requests to active P01 awards in areas relevant to its mission. These include: genetic, biological, neuroscientific, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. The proposed topic must both be related to the current focus of the funded research and be relevant to the mission of NIA. The revision may propose to expand existing projects or create new projects within the existing P01. However, NIA will not accept applications that are proposed to expand existing cores or to create new cores, with no changes to projects.

Program project awards represent synergistic research programs that are designed to achieve results that cannot be attained by investigators working independently. They consist of at least three projects and an administrative core all of which are active through all years of the program project. The Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) of the program project t must serve as the lead of at least one project and the Administrative Core.

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NIH NIAID Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program (VAP) Small Research Grant Program (R03) PA-13-179
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Standard R03 small grant deadlines: June 16, Oct. 16; Standard AIDS-related deadlines: May 7, Sept. 7, Jan. 7; Expiration date: May 8, 2016

Applications are encouraged from organizations/institutions that propose to conduct vaccine-related research through U.S.-Indo collaborations on the following: dengue, influenza (including avian influenza), malaria, enteric diseases, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. Basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological vaccine research may be proposed. 

Only U.S. and India Organizations are eligible to apply. 

Eligibility: faculty with PI eligibility and CE faculty (with an approved CE Faculty PI waiver)

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NIH NIAID International Research in Infectious Diseases, including AIDS (R01) (PAR-14-080)

Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): May 22, 2014; May 22, 2015; May 20, 2016 AIDS Date: August 22, 2014; August 21, 2015; August 19, 2016

Eligibility:  This FOA will accept applications from organizations/institutions in eligible foreign countries that propose research related to infectious diseases that are of interest/importance to that country. 

Collaborative projects involving investigators and institutions from international sites and the U.S. are particularly encouraged; however, a U.S. partner is not required. 

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Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R21)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is January 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIH participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U. S. population. Health disparities between, on the one hand, racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents and, on the other hand, the overall U.S. population are major public health concerns. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention. Particular attention is given to reducing "health gaps" among groups. Applications that utilize an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods such as systems science or community-based participatory research are particularly encouraged. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

NIH issues this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to encourage research project grant applications (R21) employing behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and methods (1) to improve understanding of the causes of disparities in health and disability among the various populations of the United States and (2) to develop and test interventions for reducing and eventually eliminating health disparities. The goal is to move beyond documenting the existence of health and disability disparities to addressing causes and solutions.

This announcement calls for research to address and to improve understanding of the causes of health disparities. In so doing, the announcement stresses the explicit employment of concepts and models from the behavioral and social sciences to guide applications in basic social and behavioral, and applied social and behavioral research by focusing on three action areas: public policy, health care, and disease/disability prevention. It emphasizes (1) basic social and behavioral research -- acting with or through biological -- pathways that give rise to disparities in health and (2) applied or translational research on the development, testing, adaptation, and delivery of interventions to reduce disparities. It encourages a multi-level analytic framework (i.e., ranging from individuals to societies) in investigating public health issues and their interactions (e.g., multiple morbidities rather than single illnesses) as well as attention to risk factors or causal processes common to various health conditions (e.g., smoking, diet, exercise, environmental risk, and access to health care).

Moreover, this announcement encourages research on the causes of and solutions to the "health differences" between a focus-population group and a reference-population group. By definition, health disparities refer to the health of a group in comparison to that of other groups. Although improving the absolute level of a group's health is a laudable goal, it may not result in changing the group's relative level of health. The reference population's health might also improve, thereby maintaining or widening the gap. The study of a single population group, in order to elucidate the circumstances that may contribute to health disparities or to test an intervention targeting a particular group, may be included under this announcement; however, the relevance to disparities must be addressed explicitly.

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Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/NIH/DHHS

LOI due 30 days prior to application due date
Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies. Additionally, this FOA seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health researchers and experts in computational approaches to further the development of modeling- and simulation-based systems science methodologies and their application to important public health challenges. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Exploratory Clinical Trials of Mind and Body Interventions for NCCAM High Priority Research Topics (R34)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) invites applications for early phase clinical trials of mind and body approaches for conditions that have been identified by NCCAM as high priority research topics. This funding opportunity is intended to support exploratory clinical trials, which will provide data that are critical for the planning and design of a subsequent controlled cohort study, clinical efficacy or effectiveness study, or a pragmatic trial. The data collected should be used to fill gaps in scientific knowledge necessary to develop a competitive full-scale clinical trial. This FOA is not appropriate for support of randomized clinical trials to test or determine efficacy or effectiveness. Applications that propose solely to write a protocol or manual of operations or to develop infrastructure for a clinical trial are not appropriate for this announcement. The subsequent larger trial should have the potential to make a significant impact on public health. This FOA will use the NIH R34 Planning Grant award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of this FOA is to provide support to investigators for such early phase clinical trials on mind and body approaches that have been identified as priority areas of research for NCCAM (see below). Applicants are encouraged to submit R34 grant applications that focus on exploratory clinical trials of mind and body approaches, using a variety of study designs (e.g., intervention refinement, feasibility testing, or assessing acceptability and adherence to various doses of the intervention).

Mind and body interventions are widely used by the public. They are increasingly recognized to meet the need for non-pharmacological approaches to the management of common troublesome symptoms refractory to standard care such as pain. Since its establishment as a Center at the National Institutes of Health, NCCAM has supported a strong portfolio of meritorious investigator-initiated projects on mind and body interventions for specific indications. These studies have yielded evidence that, for certain indications, mind and body approaches show promise and a beneficial risk/benefit ratio. Nevertheless, although a number of systematic reviews support the inference of benefit, the small size and variability of these studies has limited the ability to combine data for meta-analyses and to develop the definitive evidence-base.

There is a critical need for research studies to evaluate these practices as they are used and delivered to determine whether or not they provide benefit, as the public believes, or if they have any deleterious side effects. For larger trials to be impactful, they must be well designed and test hypotheses that will guide decisions about their inclusion into the delivery of health care. A series of early-phase clinical trials can be conducted to gather the multiple types of preliminary data needed to design large and rigorous efficacy and effectiveness studies. This FOA will support early-phase clinical trials in the area of mind and body research.

As NCCAM's mind and body clinical research portfolio matures, NCCAM is identifying targeted areas of investigation for complementary health approaches as part of the clinical research program. There are many areas of research with scientific promise and potential. However, for this funding opportunity applications will be considered of high programmatic priority if they meet the following two criteria:

The mind and body or integrated approach must include one or more of the following: spinal manipulation, mobilization, massage, tai chi, qi gong, yoga, acupuncture, hypnosis, guided imagery, light therapy, breathing activity, progressive relaxation, meditation, biofeedback, or mindfulness techniques. Integrated approaches to care could include one or more of these complementary health approaches added to standard care or other interventions such as a natural product, pharmacological approach, and/or another conventional behavioral approach (e.g. health coaching, physical activity or nutritional recommendations).

In addition, proposed projects must study a mind and body or integrated approach for one of the following high priority topic areas: symptom management, particularly for chronic pain syndromes; reduction of prescription drug (opioid) use or abuse in patients with chronic pain; medication adherence; post-traumatic stress (disorder); traumatic brain injury; sleep disorders or disturbances; anxiety; depression; promotion of psychological resilience; weight loss and weight loss maintenance; smoking cessation; and promotion of healthy eating and physical activity.

In view of the preliminary work required to initiate research activity for exploratory clinical testing of mind and body interventions, this NCCAM R34 can provide support for an early administrative period of the award, prior to implementation of the preliminary clinical trial. This early administrative period of the award can be up to 12 months in length and could include support for, but is not limited to, developing tools for data management and clinical safety oversight (including the Data and Safety Monitoring Plan [DSMP]), finalizing the clinical protocol and informed consent documents, developing the manual of operations/procedures, and obtaining appropriate regulatory approvals (e.g., IRB, FDA). Investigators are encouraged to review the NCCAM Clinical Research Toolbox (http://nccam.nih.gov/grants/toolbox) to learn more about NCCAM's requirements for clinical trials. Successful achievement during the early administrative period will be a requirement for initiating clinical testing and continued support of the project.

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Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) (R21)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

August 20, 2015; December 18, 2015; August 19, 2016; December 20, 2016; August 18, 2017; and December 20, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

SYNOPSIS: 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Cutting-Edge Basic Research Award (CEBRA) is designed to foster highly innovative or conceptually creative research related to drug abuse and addiction and how to prevent and treat them. It supports research that is high-risk and potentially high-impact that is underrepresented or not included in NIDA's current portfolio. The proposed research should: (1) test a highly novel and significant hypothesis for which there are scant precedent or preliminary data and which, if confirmed, would have a substantial impact on current thinking; and/or (2) develop or adapt innovative techniques or methods for addiction research, or that have promising future applicability to drug abuse research.  

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Basic science discoveries have consistently been the basis for many major advances in both clinical and applied drug abuse research and have contributed to the development and implementation of successful treatment strategies for drug addiction and pain. Pharmacological, neurobiological, behavioral, cell biological and genetic research has provided insight into questions such as how drugs of abuse exert their actions on the brain and other organs to produce addiction. Systems neurobiological, behavioral and cognitive studies have shown how drugs of abuse affect behavior and information processing in the brain, and they have elucidated the normal behavioral and neurobiological processes that are "hijacked" by drugs of abuse.  They have also helped us understand motivational aspects of drug use and other behaviors, emotional regulation, and decision-making processes. Basic research has also led to the discovery of new targets for medications, non-addictive treatments for pain, the development of new technologies that enhance prevention and treatment programs for drug addiction, and new approaches for statistical analysis of epidemiological and clinical trials data. Basic research to establish new animal models and new methods to synthesize small molecules and immunotherapies has supported the development of new medications to treat addiction. Basic research has also addressed how abused substances interact with viral infections such as HIV, HBV, and HCV. In addition, new technologies and approaches, such as nanobiology, bioengineering, epigenetics, computational science, and imaging methods, have had a significant impact on cutting-edge research as they have emerged. However, there is still a need to increase our understanding of drug abuse and related disorders through basic research in all these areas in order to develop effective treatment and prevention interventions to alleviate the pain and devastation of addiction.

The goal of NIDA's CEBRA program is to accelerate the pace of discoveries that can advance addiction research by encouraging scientifically sound applications that focus on innovation. The CEBRA seeks to encourage researchers to explore new approaches, test imaginative new ideas, and challenge existing paradigms in drug addiction research in both humans and animal models. The CEBRA program will support high-risk, high impact research that either: (1) tests a highly novel and significant hypothesis for which there are scant precedent or preliminary data and which, if confirmed, would have a substantial impact on current thinking; or (2) develops or adapts innovative techniques or methods for addiction research, or of potential future use in addiction research.

 

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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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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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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Archaeology and Archaeometry
Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences

Deadlines vary per program. See announcement

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of the Archaeology Program is to fund research which furthers anthropologically relevant archaeological knowledge. In accordance with the National Science Foundation's mission such research has the potential to provide fundamental scientific insight. While within the broad range of "archaeology" the focus is on projects judged to be significant from an anthropological perspective, the Program sets no priorities based on time period, geographic region or specific research topic. The Program administers four competitions each of which is described below. It also supports projects submitted under NSF-wide competition guidelines. These include CAREER, EAGER, RAPID and Research Experiences for Undergraduates Supplement requests.

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (DDRI)

For a detailed description of the Archaeology Program DDRI competition, see Solicitation NSF 14-566 which can be accessed via the Archaeology DDRI web site. It contains additional rules not presented in this synopsis. The DDRI competition provides up to $20,000 ( university indirect/overhead costs) to permit graduate students enrolled in US universities to conduct dissertation research. The student need not be a US citizen or national. While the student writes the proposal and conducts/supervises the research, the dissertation advisor serves as the Principal Investigator and the student is listed as the co-PI. Salary and normal living expenses are not eligible costs but per diem and most other research expenses are allowable. Both field and non-field projects are funded.  Proposals may be submitted at any time and applicants are normally informally notified of the likely outcome within three months. Applications are sent for evaluation to six individuals ("ad hoc reviewers") specifically selected for subject matter expertise. Students are allowed to resubmit one time if their original proposal is declined.

Senior Archaeological Research

The Archaeology Program holds a twice yearly competition to provide support for senior investigator archaeological research. The target dates, as noted above, are July 1 and December 20. (In contrast to "deadlines", "target dates" permit leeway as determined by the Program Director.) Each proposal is sent to a set of ad hoc reviewers and is also evaluated together with the other applications submitted in that round by a broadly based panel of anthropological archaeologists. Grants are normally two to three years in duration. In the US Government fiscal year 2014 (FY14), the average award (including both direct and indirect costs) was approximately $178,000 with individual grants ranging from $48,872 to $349,964 in size.

Archaeometry Research Awards

The Archaeology Program administers an annual "archaeometry" competition with a target date of December 1. The goal is to fund projects either to develop/refineanthropologically relevant archaeometric techniques and/or support laboratories which provide relevant services. Examples of the former include the development of methods to identify specific types of organic residues on ceramics and sample pre-treatment techniques for radiocarbon analysis. Service laboratories which, for example provide trace element, isotopic and dendrochronological analyses illustrate the latter. Projects which apply standard archaeometic techniques with the goal to answer specific archaeological questions should be submitted to the "senior" archaeology competition. Proposals are evaluated by both ad hoc reviewers and a panel composed of individuals who combine both archaeological and archaeometric expertise. Awards (including indirect costs) are normally two to three years in duration and in FY14 ranged from $89,868 to $207,879 in size. The average award was $179,120.

High Risk Research in Biological Anthropology and/or Archaeology (HRRBAA)

(See Solicitation NSF 08-523 which can be accessed via the HRRBAA program web site.)

This competition is designed to permit the submission of high-risk, exploratory proposals that can lead to significant new anthropological knowledge. Because of a highly competitive environment, proposals that have both a high risk of failure and the potential for significant payoffs are less able to compete with standard research proposals. This program is designed to provide a mechanism whereby risky proposals with a great potential for advancement of the discipline can compete for funding. The risk involved in such endeavors must significantly exceed that associated with regular archaeology research projects. "Risk" in this context refers to risk of project failure and not risk of site destruction. The competition is also not intended to provide "start-up" grants. Maximum awards are limited to $35,000 in total cost and proposals may be submitted at any time. They are evaluated by ad hoc reviewers only.  In FY14 the Program funded a single award of $34,090.

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Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation Program (CC*DNI)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

March 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation (CC*DNI) program invests in campus-level data and networking infrastructure and integration activities tied to achieving higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.

CC*DNI awards will be made in seven areas:

  1. Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) - Multi-Campus/Multi-Institution Model Implementations awards will be supported at up to $5,000,000 total for up to 5 years.
  2. Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards will be supported at up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years.
  3. Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions awards will be supported at up to $350,000 total for up to 2 years.
  4. Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years.
  5. Campus CI Engineer awards will be made at up to $400,000 total for up to 2 years.
  6. Regional Coordination and Partnership in Advanced Networking awards will be made at up to $150,000 for up to 2 years.
  7. Instrument Networking awards will be supported at up to $400,000 for up to two years.

 

 

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Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP)
Directorate for Engineering

March 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Critical infrastructures are the mainstay of our nation's economy, security and health. These infrastructures are interdependent. For example, the electrical power system depends on the delivery of fuels to power generating stations through transportation services, the production of those fuels depends in turn on the use of electrical power, and those fuels are needed by the transportation services.

The goals of the Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) solicitation are to: (1) foster an interdisciplinary research community of engineers, computer and computational scientists and social and behavioral scientists, that creates new approaches and engineering solutions for the design and operation of infrastructures as processes and services; (2) enhance the understanding and design of interdependent critical infrastructure systems (ICIs) and processes that provide essential goods and services despite disruptions and failures from any cause, natural, technological, or malicious; (3) create the knowledge for innovation in ICIs so that they safely, securely, and effectively expand the range of goods and services they enable; and (4) improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which they deliver existing goods and services. These goals lead to the following specific objectives for this solicitation:

  • To create new knowledge, approaches, and engineering solutions to increase resilience, performance, and readiness in ICIs.
  • To create theoretical frameworks and multidisciplinary models of ICIs, processes and services, capable of analytical prediction of complex behaviors, in response to system and policy changes.
  • To develop frameworks to understand interdependencies created by the interactions between the physical, the cyber (computing, information, computational, sensing and communication), and social, behavioral and economic (SBE) elements of ICIs. These could include, but are not limited to, approaches for: better physical design of ICIs and their placement; the use of new materials; software frameworks for better integration of the software and computing systems embedded in ICIs; software frameworks for modeling and simulation, management, monitoring and control of interdependent ICIs; and novel software engineering methodologies.
  • To understand organizational, social, psychological, legal, and economic obstacles to improving ICIs, and identifying strategies for overcoming those obstacles.

The CRISP solicitation seeks proposals with transformative ideas that will ensure ICI services are effective, efficient, dependable, adaptable, resilient, safe, and secure. Successful proposals are expected to study multiple infrastructures focusing on them as interdependent systems that deliver services, enabling a new interdisciplinary paradigm in infrastructure research. To meet the interdisciplinary criterion, proposals must broadly integrate across engineering, computer, information and computational science, and the social, behavioral and economic (SBE) sciences. Proposals that do not meet this criterion may be returned without review. Projects supported under this solicitation may undertake the collection of new data or use existing curated data depending on the category of award, and must recognize that a primary objective is integrative, predictive modeling that can use the data to validate the models and that can be integrated into decision making.

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Genealogy of Life (GoLife)
Directorate for Biological Sciences

March 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

All of comparative biology depends on knowledge of the evolutionary relationships (phylogeny) of living and extinct organisms. In addition, understanding biodiversity and how it changes over time is only possible when Earth's diversity is organized into a phylogenetic framework. The goals of the Genealogy of Life (GoLife) program are to resolve the phylogenetic history of life and to integrate this genealogical architecture with underlying organismal data.

The ultimate vision of this program is an open access, universal Genealogy of Life that will provide the comparative framework necessary for testing questions in systematics, evolutionary biology, ecology, and other fields. A further strategic integration of this genealogy of life with data layers from genomic, phenotypic, spatial, ecological and temporal data will produce a grand synthesis of biodiversity and evolutionary sciences. The resulting knowledge infrastructure will enable synthetic research on biological dynamics throughout the history of life on Earth, within current ecosystems, and for predictive modeling of the future evolution of life.

Projects submitted to this program should emphasize increased efficiency in contributing to a complete Genealogy of Life and integration of various types of organismal data with phylogenies.

This program also seeks to broadly train next generation, integrative phylogenetic biologists, creating the human resource infrastructure and workforce needed to tackle emerging research questions in comparative biology. Projects should train students for diverse careers by exposing them to the multidisciplinary areas of research within the proposal.

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Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC)
Directorate for Engineering, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

LOI due on January 5, 2015
Full submission due on March 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The centers are catalyzed by a small 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 I/UCRC 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 I/UCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

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Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
Directorate for Education & Human Resources and Division of Undergraduate Education

March 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

In this solicitation, the acronym STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; STEM includes computer science.

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers. Track 1: The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track provides funds to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate STEM professionals to become highly effective STEM teachers; these individuals commit to teaching for 2 years in high-need local educational agencies for every year of scholarship/stipend support. Track 2: The NSF Teaching Fellowships Track provides funds to support fellowships, academic programs, professional development, and salary supplements for STEM professionals, including retirees from STEM professions, who enroll in a master's degree program leading to teacher certification or licensing; these individuals, referred to as NSF Teaching Fellows, commit to teaching for four years in high-need local educational agencies. Track 3: The NSF Master Teaching Fellowships Track provides funds to support professional development and salary supplements for K-12 STEM teachers, who are experienced and exemplary and who already have a master's degree in their field, to become NSF Master Teaching Fellows; these individuals commit to teaching for five years in high-need local educational agencies. Tracks 1, 2, and 3 welcome Phase 1, Phase 2, and Capacity Building proposals.

Track 4: Research on the Preparation, Recruitment, and Retention of K-12 STEM Teachers provides funds to support planning, exploratory research, and full scale research proposals that address (1) a set of research priorities identified by and stated in the 2010 National Research Council's report, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy and (2) issues identified in the literature on effective teachers and the retention of effective STEM teachers and teacher leaders. This track provides funding for two categories of proposals: Research Type A Noyce Partnerships for Research on STEM Teacher Preparation and Research Type B Research on Preparing STEM Teachers for the Future.

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Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks (SL-CN)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

LOI due February 6, 2015
Full submission due March 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This solicitation launches the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) next phase of research in the Science of Learning (SL). The new SL Program is designed to capitalize on the momentum created by the Science of Learning Centers (SLC) Program to continue developing an integrated, interdisciplinary SL community. The goals of the SL Program are to: advance fundamental knowledge about learning through integrated research; connect the research to specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges; and enable research communities to capitalize on new opportunities and discoveries. The Program is designed to support projects that - due to the activities supported and their interdisciplinarity and integrative breadth - do not fit into existing NSF programs.

This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of new research networks to address important questions in the SL. Networks will focus on:

  • Advancing basic research through integrative, interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies, through integration of theory and experiment, and across scales of analysis; and/or
  • Translating findings from basic research on learning to applications to benefit society and further inform fundamental theories of learning.

Each network is expected to engage in both of the following activities:

  1. Partnership-building activities among the network participants to optimize scientific exchange for the co-design and execution of network goals; and
  2. Collaborative, exploratory research to be conducted by the network participants.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Learning is central to advancing performance and capability in humans, other animals, and machines. It is critical throughout the lifespan, enabling development and adaptation to changing environments. Advances in fundamental knowledge about learning are urgently needed for development of innovative technology, gains in productivity and economic growth, improvement of educational practices, and preparation of a next generation workforce able to meet challenges yet unknown.

Learning is complex, and many investigators from multiple disciplinary perspectives conduct research on this topic. Advances in the integration and accumulation of this knowledge notwithstanding, key knowledge remains fragmented across and within disciplines. A deep and comprehensive understanding of learning requires integration across multiple perspectives and levels of analysis. NSF is uniquely positioned to lead efforts in this area, as the SL Program builds on and integrates knowledge relevant to learning gained by NSF investments in all of the scientific disciplines, education and engineering. The full ambition of this Program links the science, engineering and education efforts to achieve NSF's strategic goals to: 1) transform the frontiers of science and engineering, and 2) stimulate innovation and address societal needs through research and education.

The NSF Science of Learning Centers (SLC) Program launched in 2003 was designed to catalyze and elevate the scope, scale, and vigor of interdisciplinary research on learning. The cohort of Centers has served as the nucleus that attracted others to form a nascent, international community of established and junior investigators and practitioners poised to translate the knowledge gained from the basic science of learning into applications in education, robotics, national security, health, space exploration and other areas.

As the SLCs graduate from NSF support, this solicitation launches NSF's next phase of investments in the SL through the development of new collaborative networks. It is designed to capitalize and build on the intellectual and collaborative momentum created by the SLC Program and to develop, on a national scale, an integrated, interdisciplinary SL community. Investigators responding to this solicitation need not have participated directly or indirectly in the SLC Program and new collaborations are encouraged. This solicitation is jointly issued and managed by four NSF directorates: Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE); Education & Human Resources (EHR); Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE); and Engineering (ENG). Its goal is to foster the creation of new networks of investigators who will integrate scientific ideas across disciplines and professions to conduct novel, exploratory research that has the potential to provide transformative advances in our understanding of learning. The Program places high value on creativity, inventive uses of technology, integration of theoretical and empirical work, and innovative models of research that capture the multiple dimensions of learning.

This solicitation is designed to support projects that - due to the activities supported and their interdisciplinarity and integrative breadth - do not fit into existing NSF programs. Although the SL program construes learning broadly, including that of humans, other animals and machines, this SL-CN solicitation will support exploratory research in animals only if it is strongly tied to and will specifically inform learning in humans.

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United States-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science (USICCS)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering and Division of Computing and Communication Foundations

Submission Window: March 2, 2015 - March 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The United States-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science (USICCS) program is a joint program of NSF and the United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). The program supports research projects that develop new knowledge in the areas of theory of computing; algorithm design and analysis; design, verification, and evaluation of software systems; and revolutionary computing models based on emerging scientific ideas.

Through this program, NSF and BSF will jointly support collaborations among US-based researchers and Israel-based researchers. US-based researchers will receive funds from NSF to support travel to Israel to interact with their Israeli counterparts. Israel-based and US-based researchers will receive funds allowable under the BSF program described athttp://www.bsf.org.il/.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

USICCS supports transformative research in the following areas of theoretical computer science and the foundations of software design and systems:

Theoretical Computer Science

The USICCS program supports potentially transformative research projects advancing the design and analysis of algorithms and characterized by algorithmic thinking accompanied by rigorous analysis. Research on algorithms for problems that are central to computer science and new techniques for the rigorous analysis of algorithms are of interest. USICCS supports theoretical research that bounds the intrinsic difficulty of problems to determine the measures of complexity in formal models of computation, classical or new. The goal is to understand the fundamental limits of resource-bounded computation and to obtain efficient solutions within those limits. Specifically, the time and space complexity of finding exact and approximate solutions in deterministic and randomized models of computation is a central concern of the program.

Research on resource usage other than time and space, such as communication complexity and energy cost, is also encouraged. In addition to the traditional sequential computing paradigm, USICCS supports research on the design and analysis of novel algorithms in parallel and distributed models, in particular, in heterogeneous multi-core and many core machines; the computational models and algorithms that capture essential aspects of computing over massive data sets; game theory; and alternative forms of computation and information processing, including quantum computing and biological models of computation.

The program supports research in algorithms needed in all areas, both within and outside computer science. Algorithmic research with applications in databases, information retrieval, machine learning, data mining, natural language processing, networks, communications, operating systems, languages, compilers, and machine abstractions is supported. New techniques for the design and analysis of algorithms in areas such as cryptography, computational geometry, computational biology, game theory and numerical, symbolic, and algebraic computing are appropriate for this program.

Software Foundations

USICCS supports research projects on the science of design, verification, operation, utilization, and evaluation of computer systems through novel approaches, robust theories, high-leverage tools, and lasting principles. Such advances may offer models, methods, languages, logics, novel software artifacts, algorithms to enable new or enhanced functionality, and formal methods and tools for the design, implementation, and verification of computer systems and their applications.

The USICCS program seeks transformative ideas that reformulate the relationship between requirements, design, and evolution of software and software-intensive systems. The program welcomes research projects focusing on program analysis and synthesis, compositionality, verifiability and certifiability of software, as well as research on static, dynamic, functional and non-functional analysis and testing techniques in all stages of the software life cycle. USICCS supports fundamental research on formal and semi-formal methods for the specification, development, and verification of software systems. The program seeks proposals that enhance the applicability, usability, and efficiency of techniques such as model checking, theorem proving, automated decision procedures, static analysis and constraint solving. Research topics involving the semantics, logics, verification, and analysis of concurrent systems are welcome. USICCS supports the entire range of programming language and compiler research, ranging from foundations to design to implementation and application, including new approaches to languages and compilers for parallel and concurrent programming.

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EarthCube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences
Directorate for Geosciences and Division of Polar Programs

March 19, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

This umbrella solicitation for EarthCube allows funding opportunities to be flexible and responsive to emerging needs and collaborative processes. The EarthCube vision and goals do not change over time, and this section of the solicitation will remain constant. Funding opportunities to develop elements of the EarthCube environment will be described in Amendments to this solicitation. Amendments will appear in the Program Description section of the solicitation and will include details on the parameters, scope, conditions, and requirements of the proposal call. Researchers who receive alerts related to solicitation releases will receive notification when the EarthCube solicitation is updated with an Amendment.

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Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants (IPG)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

April 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Biological Anthropology and Archaeology Programs are pleased to announce the continuation in 2015 of the Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants (IPG) competition. Prior competitions were held in 2012 and 2013. In 2015, contingent on availability of funds, the Programs plan to make a single award for a maximum total cost of $1,000,000 to support a multi-year project of up to five years in duration.

The goal of the competition is to further innovative, integrative research to elucidate hominin biological and behavioral evolution. The particular focus is on long term processes within hominin evolution and how they relate to major questions of paleoanthropological significance. While the intellectual scope of the competition is thus constrained, the potential methodologies and disciplines are not. It is understood, for example, that fields such as (but not limited to) cognitive science, genetics, and spatial or mathematical modeling may be directly relevant to such an endeavor. 

Competition organizers recognize that much paleoanthropological research is currently interdisciplinary and integrative in nature. However, the competition is intended to stimulate research that is integrative and crosses intellectual/disciplinary boundaries in novel ways, above and beyond current practice. As general examples, an integrative and interdisciplinary project might: 1) encompass broader perspectives, not previously synthesized, on regional and large-scale comparative issues, or 2) result in the development and application of an innovative method informed by multiple disciplines. Proposals are required to address this issue directly in the project description by using up to two pages of the 15 to specifically speak to how the proposed research is both integrative and novel beyond norms currently in practice and how the proposed research could not be accomplished otherwise. Reviewers and Program Officials will place significant weight on this criterion.

Applicants must submit their proposal to either the Biological Anthropology or Archaeology Program by 5:00 PM local time on April 2, 2015. Proposals should follow standard Program guidelines (except for the listed submission dates) that are available on the Programs' web sites. The prefix "IPG" should be included in the application title. Proposals will be reviewed through both outside review and a specially constituted panel. In addition to the specifics discussed above, standard NSF review criteria apply.

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Antarctic Research
Directorate for Geosciences and Division of Polar Programs

April 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Scientific research, along with operational support of that research, is the principal activity of the U.S. Antarctic Program in Antarctica. The National Science Foundation's Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT), Division of Polar Programs, fosters research on globally and regionally important scientific problems. In particular, the Antarctic Sciences Section supports research that expands fundamental knowledge of the region as well as research that relies on the unique characteristics of the Antarctic continent as a platform from which to support research. Antarctic fieldwork will only be supported for research that can only be performed or is best performed in Antarctica. The Antarctic Sciences Section strongly encourages research using existing samples, models, and data as well as research at the intersection between disciplines.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Antarctic Astrophysics and Geospace Science

The Antarctic Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences (AAGS) Program sponsors cutting-edge, transformative, and emerging research areas that either use Antarctica as an observing platform, or contribute to an understanding of the role played by the Antarctic upper atmosphere in global environmental processes. Interdisciplinary studies that might help improve our understanding of potential solar activity forcing on properties and dynamics of the polar atmosphere are especially encouraged.

Emphasis areas include but are not limited to:

    • Antarctic aeronomy that focuses on the polar mesosphere and thermosphere where processes of dissociation and ionization are important for studies of: (a) atmospheric temperature changes and dynamics of neutral winds at altitudes from 30 to a few hundred kilometers, particularly in the context of planetary atmospheric tides and climate change dynamics, and (b) interactions of the middle and upper atmosphere with the stratosphere and Antarctic ozone layer.
    • Antarctic geospace research that focuses on deriving characteristics and physical mechanisms from the interplay of the solar wind's energetic charged particles with and within the Earth's magnetic field.
  • Antarctic astrophysical studies, including cosmic rays and solar physics that focus on fundamental physics and evolution of the Universe. Cosmic Microwave Background radiation studies, galactic astronomy, solar and cosmic-ray physics, and high-energy neutrino physics research are primarily conducted at the South Pole Station and with NASA's long-duration balloon flights launched from McMurdo Station.

Antarctic Earth Sciences

Antarctica is a dynamic and diverse continent with mountains, volcanoes, deserts, fossils, and some of the Earth's most ancient crust. The continental shelves and ocean basins surrounding Antarctica record ice-sheet histories as well as unique geodynamic processes and other geologic phenomena. Much of this geology is hidden beneath thick ice sheets or beneath the sea; therefore, innovative approaches are needed to decipher its history. Projects supported by the Antarctic Earth Sciences (AES) Program provide insights into Antarctica's rich history and lead to increased understanding of the processes that shape it today.

AES encourages and supports field, laboratory, and theoretical work in both terrestrial and marine settings in the fields of geology, geophysics, and other areas of earth sciences.

Emphasis areas include but are not limited to:

  • Understanding the evolution of Antarctic ice sheets using remote sensing and sediment records from continental margins to reconstruct their history and determine the geologic controls on their stability;
  • Deciphering paleoenvironmental and paleobiological records to understand global climate, ocean circulation, and the evolution of life;
  • Exploring Antarctica's tectonic evolution, from its central role in Gondwana's breakup to the present-day processes driving volcanism, rifting, and orogenesis; and
  • Investigating unique Antarctic processes, such as the landscape evolution of the Transantarctic Mountains and formation of subglacial lakes.

Antarctic Glaciology

The Antarctic Glaciology (AG) Program supports interdisciplinary research concerned with the history and dynamics of the Antarctic ice sheet and its surrounding ice shelves. Studies of the processes controlling the mass balance and dynamics of the Antarctic ice sheet are also an important component of the Program. The Program supports both field and laboratory based research as well as remote sensing and modeling studies to better understand the East and West Antarctic ice sheets, and the glaciers draining the interior of the continent. Work on previously collected ice core samples and data is also encouraged. Proposers should investigate the availability of existing samples through individual researchers and existing data and sample repositories such as the National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL).

Emphasis areas include but are not limited to:

  • The study of global climate change from newly drilled Antarctic ice cores (including development of new ice-core processing and analysis methods) and analysis of existing archived ice samples from the National Ice Core Lab (NICL);
  • The study of ice sheet dynamics (including its sub-glacial hydrology) from ground-based measurements and from remote sensing data obtained from aircraft and satellites, as well as numerical modeling of the ice sheet, glaciers and ice streams around the continent;
  • The study of the recent (last few million year) Antarctic glacial geologic record preserved in land-based sediments and exposed in outcrops around the continent; and
  • The study of subglacial lakes and the mechanisms that form and sustain them.

The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), a Science and Technology Center established by the NSF in 2005, has developed new tools to measure and predict the response of sea-level change to the mass balance of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. CReSIS scientists collaborate extensively with others in the U.S. (including scientists at other agencies) as well as internationally. Proposals that exploit these tools are encouraged.

Antarctic Integrated System Science

Proposals submitted to the Antarctic Integrated System Science (AISS) Program will focus on critical elements ofi) an Antarctic system (such as the McMurdo Dry Valleys, or a subglacial lake system) or ii) the Antarctic system as a whole, or iii) the Antarctic system's interactions with the broader Earth system. AISS proposals must demonstrate how the research will contribute to a broad system understanding, and proposers are encouraged to include at least one conceptual or detailed system diagram within the project description. In addition to programs that require interdisciplinary field work, AISS supports efforts that synthesize existing knowledge, often through modeling, of how the Antarctic system operates across appropriate spatial and temporal scales. NSF and the Antarctic community are expecting release of an NRC report in spring 2015, which should include prioritization of Antarctic research topics for the next decade. The AISS program anticipates drawing on those priorities for this, and future, solicitations.

Projects that can be co-reviewed between disciplinary programs should not list AISS as the primary submitting program, although AISS can be listed as a secondary program as appropriate. AISS will not support projects that recast disciplinary questions into a form requiring minimal expertise from other disciplines or projects that simply combine separate disciplinary questions without attention to the integration of results. In addition, projects that are overly broad in scope, and for which tractable research and logistical strategies are impractical, are discouraged.

Those considering submission to AISS are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director in advance.

Antarctic Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

The Antarctic atmosphere and surrounding oceans play a major role in global transport of heat, momentum, and biogeochemical cycles. They are key components of global ocean circulation as well as in planetary climate dynamics. As a coupled system they serve both as indicators and determinants of climate and ecosystem variability and change. The Antarctic Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (AOAS) Program is intended to foster advances in understanding of the physics and chemistry of both oceanic and lower atmospheric processes, and environments at high southern latitudes and their links at local, regional and global scales across the Antarctic continent and Southern Ocean. Innovative approaches involving field and/or remotely sensed observations and modeling are particularly encouraged.

Emphasis areas include but are not limited to:

  • Physical oceanography
  • Meteorology
  • Climate dynamics
  • Marine and atmospheric chemistry
  • Sea ice studies

Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems

The Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (AOE) Program supports research at all levels of biological organization, from molecular, cellular, and organismal to communities and ecosystems. Accordingly, the program welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to address fundamental questions in biological and environmental science.

Emphasis areas include but are not limited to:

    • Marine ecosystems. Studies that examine food webs, primary and secondary production, the interplay between ecology and biogeochemistry, and the relationship between environmental change and ecosystems are welcomed.
    • Terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. The McMurdo Dry Valleys of southern Victoria Land are of particular interest due to the large body of data available through ongoing research programs, including the McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER, but other locations can be proposed. Research in support of future field exploration of subglacial lakes will also be considered.
  • Population dynamics, physiological ecology, and adaptation. Research concerning metabolic, physiological and behavioral adaptations of marine and terrestrial organisms, their population dynamics, and their diversity is supported. Long-term observations are also supported, with the goal of understanding the impact of environmental change on organismic and ecological processes.

Antarctic Instrumentation and Technology Development

As encouraged in the National Research Council's report "Future Science Opportunities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean" and the Blue Ribbon Panel Report "More and Better Science in Antarctica Through Increased Logistical Effectiveness", the Antarctic Instrumentation and Technology Development Program supports development of instrumentation for use in the polar regions, as well as focused field-tests needed to commission an instrument for its intended use.

EAGER funds may be requested to support initial conceptual designs for complex instrumentation where proof-of-concept work is needed to estimate the costs and feasibility of a full-scale development proposal. Instrumentation development does not provide support for technique development, model development, or operations and maintenance of existing instrumentation.

Emphasis areas include but are not limited to:

  • Development of instrumentation and technologies for broad, multi-disciplinary community use;
  • Instrument development that will result in reduction of the on-ice footprint in Antarctica; and
  • Development of instrumentation and technologies that will enhance current capabilities for in situobserving on the continent and in the surrounding ice-covered waters as recommended by the NRC and BRP reports highlighted above.

Instrumentation and technology development may also be included in proposals submitted to disciplinary programs in the Antarctic Sciences Section. However, investigators are reminded that such proposals must be for development and/or acquisition of instrumentation needed for research in the Antarctic. It is recommended that investigators contact their cognizant Program Director to discuss possible funding pathways prior to any instrumentation and technology submission. Specific proposal preparation instructions and additional review criteria are outlined below that apply to all Antarctic Instrumentation and Technology Development proposals.

Investigators are also encouraged to participate in NSF's annual Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260), conducted through the Office of International and Integrative Activities (IIA).

Polar Cyberinfrastructure

NSF's concept of cyberinfrastructure (CI) encompasses high-performance computing (HPC), stewardship and use of scientific data, and virtual organizations (VOs). The Antarctic Sciences Section works in partnership with the Arctic Sciences Section in this area and will consider proposals that promote effective collaboration between polar and cyberinfrastructure researchers. Priority for Antarctic Sciences funds will be given to proposals that provide significant benefit to the Antarctic research community including:

  1. cost-effective transfer of data from remote field locations,
  2. long-term sustainable curatorship, standardization, management and discovery of data and metadata,
  3. visualization, manipulation, and analysis, particularly for understanding complexity,
  4. access and interoperability across scientific disciplines,
  5. promote effective use of HPC for direct and sustainable advances in current polar research and
  6. e-learning and educational tools based on cyberinfrastructure components.

Proposals that establish or enhance VO resources for polar research, and its broader impacts, are also encouraged. It is anticipated that the Program will work collaboratively with NSF's Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure and NSF's EARTHCUBE Program for reviewing and funding purposes. Interested proposers are encouraged to visit the web site for NSF's Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=ACI) to obtain current reports that explain NSF's expectations for the various components of CI. Researchers are also encouraged to visit the website (http://www.nsf.gov/geo/earthcube/) for NSF's EARTHCUBE activities and initiatives.

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Broadening Participation in Engineering
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

April 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) Program is a Directorate-wide activity to support the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of engineering graduates, particularly those with advanced degrees. The BPE Program supports projects to engage and develop diverse teams that can offer unique perspectives and insights to challenges in engineering research and education.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The BPE Program has two synergistic elements:

The BPE Opportunity Track (BPE-OT) establishes mentoring, networking, and other career development opportunities for anyone intending to pursue or already employed as an early career engineering faculty member. BPE-OT allow them to engage with, learn from, and network with diverse individuals and groups in ways that will demonstrably enhance their long term career success. This track would include projects for developing graduate student pathways to the doctorate, and through that, to post-doctoral and faculty positions. The track is particularly interested in creating opportunities for groups typically underrepresented in engineering departments. Funds will be utilized primarily to seed new networking and mentoring opportunities rather than fund ongoing efforts; thus all projects are expected to develop a plan for sustainability independent of further NSF support.

BPE Strategy Track (BPE-ST) projects should explore, develop and implement research-based strategies that promote a more diverse engineering workforce. The overarching goal is to broaden participation of under-represented groups. These strategies should demonstrate strong evidence of sustainability, scalability, and wide applicability. A BPE-ST award should also seek to establish measureable success in more than one institution. Therefore, institutional partnerships are strongly encouraged with the objective being adaptation of the strategy across different institutional types. Encouragement of the partnerships among disparate institutions lends greater credibility to the adaptability of the strategy. This development of a networked adaptation community will ensure that the strategies demonstrate promise in dissimilar venues, supporting broader implementation beyond the initial institutional model.

Given the breadth of targeted groups (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty) it is expected that all institutions have at least one, if not more, targeted population group where they could propose a strategy for improving diversity. A successful proposal would therefore provide appropriate benchmark data to support selection of the targeted group with specific and appropriate objectives, demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the relevant literature on underrepresentation, and describe a clear strategy for improving representation. All funded projects should integrate assessment and evaluation protocols capable of measuring how well the stated objectives are achieved as part of the project management plans. The effectiveness of the proposed evaluation is one aspect of a project's intellectual merit. Similarly, there should be evidence of clear, measureable outcomes and consideration of how the strategy will work for disparate institutions.

BPE-ST accepts unsolicited proposals to support research projects that seek to create and study new models and innovations related to the participation and success of groups underrepresented in engineering undergraduate or graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic engineering careers. The track is seeking larger scale investigations with a broad, systemic scope capable of initiating and sustaining substantial improvements in diversity. Proposals are sought from all eligible organizational types including educational institutions and organizations as well as professional and diversity organizations that seek to broaden participation. Competitive proposals should clearly demonstrate the ability to adapt the project to disparate institutions, facilitating the creation of a networked adaptation community. Source: Grants.gov (02/07/14). 

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Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE: RIEF)
Directorate for Engineering and Engineering Education and Centers

April 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, theProfessional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all.

Engineering faculty possess both deep technical expertise in their engineering disciplineand the primary responsibility for the process of professional formation of future engineers. As such, engineering faculty are in a unique position to help address critical challenges in engineering formation. The Professional Formation of Engineers: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program enables engineering faculty who are renowned for teaching, mentoring, or leading educational reform efforts on their campus to initiate collaborations with colleagues in the social and/or learning sciences to address difficult, boundary-spanning problems in the professional formation of engineers.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

A wide range of research topics related to the Professional Formation of Engineers can be addressed in PFE: RIEF proposals; the emphasis of PFE: RIEF is on initiating research projects in professional formation of engineers rather than supporting research on any specific topic. Proposals are encouraged on any topic that explores engineering formation from an inter-disciplinary perspective. PFE: RIEF projects should combine engineering approaches with those from learning and cognitive sciences, engineering education, social sciences, and related fields in synergistic ways and enable engineering faculty to develop expertise in engineering education research.

PFE: RIEF awards are intended to expand the community of engineering faculty conducting research related to professional formation of engineers. Possible outcomes commensurate with the goals of this program are:

  • Enable engineering faculty to develop collaborative, first-stage, inter-disciplinary efforts to address boundary-spanning challenges in the professional formation of engineers.
  • Support engineering faculty in developing expertise in professional formation of engineers.
  • Increase the number of faculty and universities who will initiate projects and programs in research on professional formation of engineers.

The intent of the PRE: RIEF program is to expand the community of engineering faculty conducting research related to engineering formation rather than create an additional funding channel for established researchers in this area.

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STEM Computing Partnerships (STEM C)
Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF

April 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The STEM C Partnerships program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computing by K-12 students and teachers, through research on, and development of, courses, curriculum, course materials, pedagogies, instructional strategies, or models that innovatively integrate computing into one or more STEM disciplines, or integrate STEM content into the teaching and learning of computing. In addition, STEM C seeks to build capacity in K-12 computing education with foundational research and focused teacher preparation. Projects in the STEM C Partnerships program should build on research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Pre-service and in-service teachers who participate in STEM C projects are expected to enhance their understanding and teaching of STEM and computing content, practices, and skills. STEM C invites creative and innovative proposals that address emerging challenges in the learning and teaching of STEM and computing. The program offers proposers two tracks: (1) Integration of Computing in STEM Education and (2) Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building. The second track is discipline-specific and may be expanded to include additional disciplines in future releases of the solicitation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The STEM C program is a joint research and development effort of the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). STEM C seeks to (1) significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computing by K-12 students and teachers through research on, and development of, innovative courses, curriculum, course materials, pedagogies, strategies, or models that integrate computing into one or more STEM disciplines (Track 1), and (2) build capacity in K-12 computing education through foundational research and focused teacher preparation (Track 2).

Projects proposed for the STEM C program should build on research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that will provide theoretical and empirical justification. Preservice and inservice teachers who participate in STEM C are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM and computing content, practices, and skills.

The program offers two Tracks: (1) Integration of Computing in STEM Education and (2) Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building.

Track 1: Integration of Computing in STEM Education -- As computing has become an integral part of the practice of modern science, mathematics, and engineering, this track seeks proposals that will (1) integrate computing into STEM disciplinary teaching and learning, and/or (2) integrate STEM into computer science disciplinary teaching and learning The program seeks new models for teaching and learning, innovative courses, curriculum, course materials, and the design, development, and study of potentially new pedagogical strategies. Proposers should seek to make significant advancement in teaching and learning by leveraging as applicable, multidisciplinary collaborations across one or more STEM disciplines normally supported by NSF.

Exploratory Integration (EI): (up to $1,250,000); maximum duration two years -- Exploratory proposals might: address the development of prototypes; conduct pilot testing; study areas of practice; or conduct research to provide proof-of-concept and preliminary evidence. It is expected that some of the funded projects in this category will serve as prototypes or pilots for ideas that may be expanded in future proposals to the STEM C Partnerships program. Proposals should include detailed information on the process for identifying, adapting or designing appropriate instruments to measure outcomes of the project, including ways to determine appropriate levels of technical quality. Exploratory proposals should be consistent with the Early Stages and Exploratory type of research and development in the Common Guidelines for Educational Research and Development.

Design and Development (DD): (up to $2,500,000); maximum duration three years -- Design and development proposals should build on evidence from education research and prior practice. Proposals may build upon prior work demonstrating promise in classrooms, schools, or other learning settings, or propose entirely new innovative interventions for design and testing. Projects are expected to result in a completed product ready for further research or implementation by the field. These proposals should be consistent with the Design and Development type of research and development in the Common Guidelines for Educational Research and Development.

Field-Building Conferences and Workshops (CW): (up to $250,000); maximum duration two years. -- The program will support a small number of conferences, workshops, and special projects that lead to a better understanding of issues around the integration of STEM and computing, as expressed in the solicitation. Budgets for conferences and workshops are expected to be consistent with the duration of the event, and the number of participants. It is expected that proposed work will be outcome based. The program encourages meetings that address emerging research and practice useful to integrating STEM and computing.

All Track 1 project types must include: a literature review that establishes the basis for the proposed study; a clear description of the alignment of research and evaluation questions with methodologies; alignment of research and evaluation with anticipated project outcomes; and a budget that clearly supports these activities. The publication, Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development, offers guidance on building the evidence base in STEM learning.

Collaborations -- Track 1 requires a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach that will call upon a range of expertise and research perspectives, including engagement of STEM and computing educators and researchers, as well as learning scientists, cognitive scientists, education researchers, discipline-specific teachers and faculty, educational, developmental and social psychologists, social scientists, education technologists, out of school practitioners and researchers, education media and technology developers, and representatives from business and industry. Multidisciplinary collaborations should be substantive--seeking to create innovative pedagogical solutions and strategies and research advancing both knowledge and practice of computing within STEM education and computer science. Collaborations should include expertise from computing and at least one other STEM discipline, as a basis for the work. The needs of the proposed work should drive the scope of collaboration with thought to evolving a broader ecology of learning that extends beyond the classroom, and should seek solutions for engaging teachers and students in activities that include, as examples, virtual and game-based learning, and engagement of informal STEM learning venues and/or organizations. Such expanded opportunities can potentially evolve a more seamless and robust curriculum for learning anytime, anywhere. Proposers might want to consult http://www.informalscience.org as a resource on informal learning and informal collaborations. Projects may consider including in their evaluation plan a study of the collaboration process itself and the effects of the collaboration on project results.

Research -- Projects are required to include research advancing STEM and computing education. Discussion of the research should explicitly state the research question(s) and why such research is important in STEM, computing, and/or in the field. Projects should discuss in detail the methods used to answer research questions and/or test the hypotheses posed, along with the types of data to be collected and methods for data collection. If a population sample is used, this should be described along with the rationale for sample selection and access to the sample. The proposal should address whether the design is premised on special needs and interests due to educational level, gender, race, ethnicity, economic status, or disability, and to what extent data will be disaggregated for multiple characteristics. Proposals should include a strategy for reaching a broad audience for the findings of the project including, where appropriate, researchers in education and other fields, practitioners, and public audiences. The potential results of the proposed research are expected to be of sufficient significance to merit peer-review and broader publication. (For additional information on dissemination and communication see the resources available from the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology and the Dissemination and Communication Resources available from the Center for Advancing Research & Communication.)

Intervention types -- The range of anticipated projects is quite broad in this track. Projects could invent, pilot, or modify one or more STEM courses--infusing computational approaches into traditional STEM courses or infusing traditional STEM content into computer science courses, or both. Proposers might develop curriculum, course materials, assessments, pedagogy, or new foci for pre-service and in-service teacher preparation. Projects could: identify practices for working with datasets and iteratively refine models; develop competencies for student analysis, interpretation, and synthesis of data and self-made discoveries using scientific visualizations for instruction; and/or study engagement in collaborative learning methods. Proposers could use types of media, technologies, and/or design new tools to create, build, and invent products or computational solutions to domain-specific problems, including interventions needed for learning in and out of school. Products and tools might engage learners in reasoning, systems thinking, and understanding of scientific models, simulations, and visualizations that depict phenomena. As noted above, the range of anticipated projects is quite broad; however, common to each project is that it should articulate research questions, the importance of the research to the field, formative and summative assessment, and data collection that, in aggregate, will provide evidence-based insights to inform and advance the field.

Teacher Preparation -- The preparation of future teachers who can effectively facilitate students' computational learning and thinking, and cultivate an interest in pursuing STEM and computing careers is essential to the Nation. Projects can engage two- and four-year institutions to improve prospective teachers' understanding of computation and computational thinking sufficient to engage Pre-K-12 students in real world science and engineering problems. Projects are expected to build on the extensive research literature on teacher preparation. The evaluation must measure the effectiveness of efforts to enhance teachers' ability to improve the computational understanding of their students in STEM disciplines.

Examples of research topics applicable to Track 1 are indicated below. Proposers are encouraged to also consider other research topics: How do students acquire skills in the use of computing methods and computational ways of knowing within the Pre-K-12 learning environment?; What are the powerful strategies and resources for developing computing skills within the context of specific STEM disciplines for both teachers and students? How do strategies need to be modified for different disciplines?; What formal and informal learning strategies and models are most effective for making computing more inclusive for diverse student communities as they acquire skills?; Under what conditions is integrating specific STEM content in computer science curricula effective as a strategy to improve student engagement, improve acquisition of computing skills, and/or broaden participation of women and minorities in computer science?; To what extent does taking STEM-relevant computer science courses increase student interest, motivation, persistence, and performance in other STEM fields?; What professional development models are most effective for preparing teachers to cultivate computing skills?

Project evaluation -- Proposals must include a strategy for objective external review and feedback processes, including theoretical frameworks, any data collection plans, analysis plans, and reporting plans. Objective external feedback can be provided through an advisory board or through an independent external evaluator outside the proposing institution or in different organizational units than the PIs and Co-PIs. The external critical review or evaluation should be sufficiently independent and rigorous to influence the project's activities, formatively, and improve the quality of its findings. Proposals should; (1) describe the expertise of the external reviewer(s); (2) explain how that expertise relates to the goals and objectives of the proposal; and (3) specify how the PI will report and use results of the project's external, critical review process. Proposals must provide for a formative and summative evaluation that includes assessments of student/teacher learning outcomes and attitudinal changes, as appropriate.

Track 2: Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building -- In recognition of the fact that computing has a low presence in K-12, this track supports discipline specific efforts in computing. These efforts should be designed to (1) build an evidence base for the teaching and learning of computing in K-12 within diverse populations or (2) create scalable models for teacher professional development and sustainable, ongoing teacher support. Proposed efforts should have a strong theoretical and/or empirical rationale informed by the current literature.

Research on Education and Broadening Participation Projects (EBP): (up to $600,000 maximum); duration three years -- These projects focus on foundational research on the teaching and learning of computing. Specifically, this track aims to build an evidence base on how diverse K-12 student populations are engaged and retained, how they learn fundamental computational concepts, and how they develop the computational competencies needed to pursue degree programs in computing-related and computationally intensive fields of study. The research results could be relevant to teacher preparation or student learning in K-12 computer science courses, or infused across the K-12 STEM curricula, in formal or informal settings. Research on Education and Broadening Participation projects must include a literature review that establishes the basis for the proposed study; a clear description of the alignment of research and evaluation questions with methodologies; and alignment of research and evaluation with anticipated project outcomes.

CS 10K (CS10K): (up to $1,000,000); duration three years -- Projects from this track will develop the knowledge and evidence-based foundation needed to prepare teachers for the CS 10K Project[1], which aims to have rigorous, academic computing courses taught in 10,000 high schools by 10,000 well-prepared teachers. CS 10K proposals will focus on high school computer science teachers, providing preservice and inservice teachers with courses, professional development opportunities, and long-term, ongoing support. Proposals must focus on efforts that enable teachers to successfully offer either or both of two new courses: Exploring Computer Science (ECS) or the new Advanced Placement (AP) CS Principles.

Collaborations -- The proposing team for these proposals must include expertise appropriate to the project. In most cases, this will require discipline-specific expertise in computing from teachers and faculty, combined with expertise in educational research, learning sciences, cognitive science, developmental and social psychology, and/or the social sciences. The proposing team for these proposals must include expertise in educational research, learning sciences and/or issues of underrepresentation that is sufficient for the proposed work.

Attention to diversity. To ensure that advances in computing education are inclusive of our diverse student populations, all Track 2 proposals must address, as a significant component, the longstanding underrepresentation in computing of women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and indigenous peoples. It will not be considered sufficient, for example, to situate the work in schools with a high minority enrollment, or to include a member of an underrepresented group on the project team, or to propose interventions that appeal to "all students." While these are all potentially strong aspects of any proposal, successful Track 2 proposals will likely also describe the demographics of their target audience, demonstrate knowledge of the relevant literature on underrepresentation and awareness of best practices and related efforts, have a concrete plan for improving representation, and have clear metrics and methodologies for documenting outcomes. Data gathered in all proposals must be disaggregated by gender and ethnicity.

Research -- All of the Research on Education and Broadening Participation proposals must focus on research. CS 10K proposers are encouraged to include a research component. Research components must include a discussion of the education research grounding the proposed work, and well-focused research questions and/or testable hypotheses. Consistent with the Common Guidelines, rigorous quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approaches are welcome. The proposal should discuss in detail the methods used to answer the research questions and/or test the hypotheses posed, along with the types of data to be collected and methods for data collection. If a population sample is used, this should be described along with the rationale for sample selection and access to the sample. The proposal should address whether the design is premised on special needs and interests due to educational level, gender, race, ethnicity, economic status, or disability, and to what extent data will be disaggregated for multiple characteristics. Proposals should include a strategy for reaching a broad audience for the findings of the project including, where appropriate, researchers in education and other fields, practitioners, and public audiences. (For additional information on dissemination and communication see the resources available from the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology and the Dissemination and Communication Resources available from the Center for Advancing Research & Communication.)

Possible Research on Education and Broadening Participation topics include: What strategies and resources are most effective in teaching computer science concepts and skills? How can these strategies be sequenced across K-12 education?; How can we best serve diverse student communities in learning computing?; To what extent does taking computer science courses improve students' quantitative, spatial, and/or systems thinking skills? Their persistence in problem solving? Their perceptions of self-efficacy?; What professional development models are most effective for preparing teachers to cultivate computing skills and ways of knowing by students? What factors contribute to successful scaling of effective models? How do methods need to be modified for teachers who start with different backgrounds? What types of ongoing support are necessary for sustained success in student learning or teacher effectiveness?

Teacher Preparation -- Proposals can focus on a wide range of activities in support of teaching; for CS10K projects the activities must support the teaching of ECS or CS Principles. Possible activities, include, for example, local accommodations to either the ECS or CS Principles curricula, advances to pedagogy or teaching practices, introduction of methods courses for pre-service teachers and/or teacher certification programs, creation and evaluation of mechanisms for providing scalable professional development including online modalities, and development of sustainable ongoing support for teachers.Projects are expected to build on the extensive research literature on teacher preparation. Proposals must include an evaluation component to measure the effectiveness of their proposed interventions, and CS 10K awardees will be required to participate in the program-wide CS 10K evaluation. In addition, PIs are encouraged to include a research component, as described above, looking at questions, such as: What professional development models are most effective for preparing teachers to cultivate computing skills and ways of knowing within students? How do they scale?; What strategies for teacher preparation are most effective for teachers from diverse backgrounds?; and What types of follow-up learning may be needed to build upon and enhance achievements made through teacher professional development models?

Evaluation -- Track 2 proposals that include an intervention (some Research on Education and Broadening Participation in Computing and most CS10K projects) must provide for a formative and summative evaluation of that intervention that includes assessments of student/teacher learning outcomes and attitudinal changes as appropriate. The evaluation should be designed and performed by an independent evaluator, though data collection and routine tasks are acceptable to be carried out by other members of the project team. In most cases, the independent evaluator will be from outside the proposing institution, or at least from a different organizational unit than the PIs and Co-PIs. Collected data must be disaggregated by gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and disability unless precluded by state or local laws.

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Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD)
Directorate for Biological Sciences

April 27, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program was established in 2009 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) program supported in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The goal of BREAD is to support innovative basic scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. Proposals submitted to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed basic research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world.

In FY 2015, activities in two focus areas will be supported: (1) Developing High Throughput, Low Cost Phenotyping Tools and Devices to facilitate assessment of field-based phenotypes, especially for root and tuber crops (PHENO), and (2) Advancing Basic Research in Crop Plants Relevant to Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries (ABRDC) to develop critically needed sequence and functional genomics resources to enable basic and applied research in crop plants important for smallholder agriculture.

As in past competitions, proposals are expected to address project outcomes in the context of broader societal impacts, and as appropriate to the research proposed, engage international partners in scientific collaborations.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The advances made through the PGRP have led to the development of resources with potential benefit far beyond U.S. agriculture. The BREAD program represents an additional opportunity within the PGRP that allows for a broader engagement of researchers across multiple disciplines and across international boundaries to form a new community of scientists who may not have worked together before by enabling funding to be provided to eligible, U.S. or non-U.S. institutions through subawards. A major distinction between the BREAD program and other programs at NSF is that proposals to the BREAD program must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed basic research and its direct relevance and potential application to smallholder farming in the developing world.

The BREAD program is a component of the PGRP, which was established in FY1998 as part of the NPGI. The PGRP has followed the long-range plans for the NPGI and, working closely with the other agencies participating in the NPGI, has contributed to tremendous advances in plant genomics and plant sciences through support of new, innovative ideas in the form of basic research and tool development projects. The program is currently following the fourth five-year plan (National Plant Genome Initiative: 2014-2018;http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/NSTC/npgi_five-year_plan_5-2014.pdf). While the focus of the PGRP is on plants of agricultural importance and plant processes of potential agronomic value, the goals of the BREAD program have extended beyond crop plants to include such broad basic research areas involving animals, microbes, soils, weather forecasting, and technology development. The awards made through earlier BREAD competitions can be found athttp://www.nsf.gov/bio/pubs/awards/bread10.htm?_pims_id=503285.

From its inception, one focus of the BREAD program has been to support original proposals that address major constraints to the productivity of crops important to smallholder farmers, or on the development of novel and efficient production practices. In the FY 2015 competition, the BREAD program specifically solicits innovative basic research proposals in two key focus areas: (1) Development of high throughput, low cost tools and devices for capturing phenotypic data, especially for root and tuber crops (PHENO) and (2) Advancing Basic Research in Crop Plants Relevant to Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries (ABRDC) to develop critically needed sequence and functional genomics resources to enable basic and applied research in crop plants important for smallholder agriculture.

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Dear Colleague Letter: SaTC EAGERs Enabling New Collaborations
Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)

December 1, 2014 and March 2, 2015
Full submissions are by invitation only and will be due February 17, 2015 and May 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

October 23, 2014

The National Science Foundation is announcing its intentions to build upon the success of previous Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) in the area supported by the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program (see solicitation 14-599: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14599) and to accept additional EAGER proposals that encourage novel interdisciplinary research resulting from new collaborations between one or more Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) researchers and one or more Social, Behavioral and Economic Science (SBE) researchers. (Research teams with a history of collaborating together should instead submit directly to the SaTC solicitation.) The proposed research should fit both the Trustworthy Computing (TWC) and the Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences perspectives within the SaTC solicitation.

Below are some examples of the types of topics that computer and social and behavioral scientists could conceivably study together under such an EAGER project. This list is by no means intended to be complete, nor is it meant to suggest what topics are of interest to the NSF. Instead, it is meant to give some notion of the broad spectrum of possibilities for such research. The respective role of social and computer scientists under different topics may vary from fully interdisciplinary involvement of both, which would be ideal, to varying degrees of mutual consultation and resource provision.

  • Incentive, communication, and profitability mechanisms of attackers.
  • Modeling and experimentation to identify the strengths and weaknesses of incentive mechanisms for enhancing security, particularly in realistic cyber-contexts.
  • Methods, including automated methods, for detecting deception or adverse intentions relevant to attacks on cyberinfrastructure.
  • Social network analysis and other methods of detecting malware propagation, for instance via social media.
  • Socio-technical solutions to reduce end-user risk exposure, such as crowdsourcing.
  • Research to ascertain the tradeoffs between security and privacy and how better mixtures of these could be found or negotiated.
  • Methods, including automated methods, to train, incentivize, or nudge end-users to improve their cybersecurity position.
  • The impact of norms and other factors on promoting good citizenship with respect to cyberspace.
  • End-user motivating factors that allow successful security invasion tactics and countermeasures.
  • Cyber-security insurance: obstacles and solutions.
  • The privacy needs of end-users and organizations and how these constrain or do not constrain cybersecurity efforts.
  • Motivators and indicators of insider threat and countermeasures to such threat among end-users, user communities, national and international communities, and so forth.
  • Factors behind susceptibility of subpopulations to cybercrime e.g., youth, the elderly and countermeasures.
  • The impact of trust and institutional design on cybersecurity decisions.
  • Incentives and motivators for cybersecurity in firms and other organizations.
  • International norms, rules of engagement, and escalation dynamics of cyber-attacks and cyber-warfare.
  • Systemic and structural factors that promote or undermine a secure cyberspace.

The above topics could involve an array of social science fields, including, but not limited to: economics, sociology, psychology, political science, science of organization (organizational research/management science), communication research, education research, linguistics, and anthropology. The subfields that may be relevant are many, and can include such areas as behavioral economics, behavioral decision theory, behavioral game theory, game theory, political psychology, social network analysis and theory, social psychology, cognitive psychology, online communication research, and criminology.

Two rounds of submissions are anticipated, with approximately 4 to 5 EAGERs to be awarded during each round, subject to the availability of funds.

The process for submission is as follows:

  • Investigators should e-mail a two-page summary of their research idea(s) (plus references and CVs on additional pages, if desired) to jepstein@nsf.gov. The deadline for consideration in the first round is December 1, 2014; the deadline for consideration in the second round is March 2, 2015. There is no specified format for these summaries, but a brief statement of any prior collaboration between the proposing PIs should be included.
  • NSF Program Directors will review the two-page summaries, and will invite those of most interest to submit EAGER proposals. Notifications for first-round submissions are expected by January 16, 2015, and for second-round submissions by April 1, 2015.
  • The anticipated deadlines for submission of invited EAGER proposals are February 17, 2015, and May 1, 2015 for the first and second rounds, respectively. Submission of EAGER proposals will be via Fastlane or Grants.gov. EAGER submissions should follow the NSF's Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) II.D.2 (seehttp://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg). Additionally, they must indicate that the collaboration is new and should clarify how the proposed collaboration will take place. (As noted in the GPG, EAGER is a funding mechanism for supporting exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work may be considered especially "high risk high payoff," for example, in the sense that it involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.)

Investigators are encouraged to review the abstracts of projects funded under the previous Dear Colleague Letters (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf13037 and http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14016) to understand representative topics and approaches that may be of interest to NSF1.

An investigator may be included in only one submission in response to this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL); if more than one is submitted, only the first one submitted will be considered. Submission in response to the previous Dear Colleague Letters does not preclude submission in response to this DCL.

For further information, please contact the cognizant SaTC program directors at satc@nsf.gov.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Iacono
Assistant Director (Acting), CISE

Fay Lomax Cook
Assistant Director, SBE

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Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2015
Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Environmental Biology

April 9, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core programs in BIO and GEO, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes.

The Dimensions of Biodiversity program again includes partnerships with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil in fiscal year 2015.

Investigators wishing to inquire about the suitability of potential projects for Dimensions of Biodiversity are encouraged to email a brief summary and contact information to Dimensions@nsf.gov.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Dimensions of Biodiversity program currently targets three fundamental dimensions of biodiversity - genetic diversity, phylogenetic diversity, and functional diversity. Integration among these three dimensions is an essential aspect of all proposals. Genetic diversity includes nucleotide sequence diversity at neutral or coding loci as well as genomic (proteomic, transcriptomic) diversity. Phylogenetic diversity refers to reconstructing evolutionary relationships among lineages at and above the level of the population and how these relationships compare to current taxonomic understanding. Functional diversity includes aspects of organismal, population, community and ecosystem traits and functions, and the role of key innovations in the generation and maintenance of biodiversity (see examples below). Investigators are encouraged to study the dynamic relationships among these three dimensions and their associated feedbacks. How does functional biodiversity relate to the phylogenetic or taxonomic dimension in a particular study system? How does population genetic diversity influence the functional role of a species or group of species in their habitat? Because these relationships are not static, proposals should seek to understand how these relationships adjust and evolve over time. In addition, a primary goal of the program is to describe the largest unknown mechanisms driving the origin, maintenance, and functional roles of biodiversity; proposals that have the potential to fill large gaps in our understanding of biodiversity are particularly encouraged.

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Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE: RIEF)
Engineering Education and Centers

April 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, theProfessional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all.

Engineering faculty possess both deep technical expertise in their engineering disciplineand the primary responsibility for the process of professional formation of future engineers. As such, engineering faculty are in a unique position to help address critical challenges in engineering formation. The Professional Formation of Engineers: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program enables engineering faculty who are renowned for teaching, mentoring, or leading educational reform efforts on their campus to initiate collaborations with colleagues in the social and/or learning sciences to address difficult, boundary-spanning problems in the professional formation of engineers.

NOTE: Full solicitation to be published (TBA). 

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Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME)
Division of Graduate Education

April 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME) program seeks to support research on evaluation with special emphasis on: (1) exploring innovative approaches for determining the impacts and usefulness of STEM education projects and programs; (2) building on and expanding the theoretical foundations for evaluating STEM education and workforce development initiatives, including translating and adapting approaches from other fields; and (3) growing the capacity and infrastructure of the evaluation field. Three types of proposals will be supported by the program: Exploratory Projects that include proof-of-concept and feasibility studies; more extensive Full-Scale Projects; and conferences.

NOTE: Full solicitition to be published (TBA). 

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STEM Computing Partnerships (STEM C)
Directorate for Education & Human Resources and Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

April 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The STEM C Partnerships program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computing by K-12 students and teachers, through research on, and development of, courses, curriculum, course materials, pedagogies, instructional strategies, or models that innovatively integrate computing into one or more STEM disciplines, or integrate STEM content into the teaching and learning of computing. In addition, STEM C seeks to build capacity in K-12 computing education with foundational research and focused teacher preparation. Projects in the STEM C Partnerships program should build on research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Pre-service and in-service teachers who participate in STEM C projects are expected to enhance their understanding and teaching of STEM and computing content, practices, and skills.

STEM C invites creative and innovative proposals that address emerging challenges in the learning and teaching of STEM and computing. The program offers proposers two tracks: (1) Integration of Computing in STEM Education and (2) Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building. The second track is discipline-specific and may be expanded to include additional disciplines in future releases of the solicitation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The STEM Computing (STEM C) Partnerships program seeks to advance a 21st century conceptualization of education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that includes computing. The " Computing" notation emphasizes that computing is integral to the practice of all the other STEM disciplines. In this solicitation, computing refers to the whole set of fundamental concepts and skills that will allow students to creatively apply and adapt computation across a range of application domains, to "bend digital technology to one's needs, purposes, and will."[1]

For the purposes of this solicitation, the term computing is defined quite broadly to refer to the range of understandings, concepts, and competencies that are used in computational approaches to problem solving. It therefore includes computational thinking, computational science, data science, and as is consistent with common usage in schools, computer science.

Computing has become an integral part of the practice of modern science, math, and engineering. As a result, computational approaches are dramatically increasing our understanding of the world and ourselves, from particle physics to biological and social systems to Earth systems science. Computation is now so central to the practice of science and engineering that the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee's Report to the President, Computational Science: Insuring America's Competitiveness (2005), called computation the "third pillar of scientific practice," joining the two classical approaches of theoretical/analytical and experimental/observational. The translation of mathematical models of phenomena into computer simulations allows scientists to analyze systems, predict the future and reconstruct the past, on a scale far greater in complexity than previously possible. In addition, scientists now have the ability to collect, query, visualize and analyze unprecedented amounts of data. These computational capabilities are revolutionizing the science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF CAREER Awardees
National Science Foundation

April 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

To further scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the United States, an Implementing Arrangement was signed on July 13, 2012 to enable U.S.-based scientists and engineers with NSF-funded CAREER awards and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to pursue research collaboration with European colleagues supported through EU-funded European Research Council (ERC) grants. Connecting researchers with complementary strengths and shared interests promotes scientific progress in solving some of the world's most vexing problems. This international research opportunity is mutually beneficial to the U.S. participants and their hosts through cooperative activities during research visits and also by establishing international research partnerships to enrich future research activities in Europe and the U.S.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

NSF CAREER awardees may apply for a single short-term or long-term research visit or multiple short-term visits, e.g., for joint experiments. Multiple short-term visits should aggregate to an agreed-upon number of visits and minimum time, e.g., 6 months. CAREER awardees will continue to receive NSF funding during the period of the European visit, and their salaries will be covered in accordance with the award terms and conditions. NSF will provide supplemental funding to the CAREER award for the foreign travel expenses of the awardee for short-term visits and, if requested, for the awardee plus qualified family members (as defined in the Federal travel regulations) for long-term visits.

 

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NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

April 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences are a series of five-day conferences each of which features a distinguished lecturer delivering ten lectures on a topic of important current research in one sharply focused area of the mathematical sciences. CBMS refers to the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences which publicizes the conferences and administers the resulting publications. Support is provided for about 30 participants at each conference.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The continuing success and strength of this conference series over the past decades owes to certain distinguishing features which differentiate these conferences from typical research conferences. These are: Focus on a single important and timely area of research by a leading practitioner. Each conference lecturer is a major contributor to the subject area of the conference and has a broad perspective on that area. The lectures pull together the major ideas and recent results and chart the possible future directions for the field. The purpose of this format is to ensure that the participants, especially the new or recent entrants to the field, gain a deeper understanding of the major outstanding problems and current directions of research in the field than they would get from the typical conference format, where many people present talks on their own results; Published monograph for a wider audience. The monograph based on the lectures presents, to a much wider audience than the conference alone provides, a carefully prepared synthesis of and perspective on an active field of research by one of its leading contributors; and Continued effect and local stimulation through regional emphasis. The purpose of the regional emphasis, with many of the participants drawn from areas geographically proximate to the host institution, is to provide a strong stimulus for increased local research activity and to assure that the contacts made during the conference will continue. Participants include not only established researchers but also newcomers to the field, such as graduate students, postdocs, and faculty wishing to learn a new area. The competence of the conference organizer (principal investigator) and the thematic and organizational appropriateness of the host institution (including arrangements for housing, meals, etc.) are essential to the conference's success.

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Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA)
Crosscutting / NSF

May 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, geosciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science.  The solicitation invites two types of proposals:"Foundations" (F): those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and"Innovative Applications" (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application.  Therefore, projects in this category must be collaborative, involving researchers from domain disciplines and one or more methodological disciplines, e.g., computer science, statistics, mathematics, simulation and modeling, etc. WhileInnovative Applications (IA) proposals may address critical big data challenges within a specific domain, a high level of innovation is expected in all proposals and proposals should, in general, strive to provide solutions with potential for a broader impact on data science and its applications. IA proposals may focus on novel theoretical analysis and/or on experimental evaluation of techniques and methodologies within a specific domain. Proposals in all areas of sciences and engineering covered by participating directorates at NSF are welcome.

While notions of volume, velocity, and variety are commonly ascribed to big data problems, other key issues include data quality and provenance. Data-driven solutions must carefully ascribe quality and provenance to results in a manner that is helpful to the users of the results. For example, in some cases, such as in education research, data quality may aggregate to test or measurement instrument quality, where a composite of variables may be used to describe one or more constructs.

In addition to approaches such as search, query processing, and analysis, visualization techniques will also become critical across many stages of big data use--to obtain an initial assessment of data as well as through subsequent stages of scientific discovery. Research on visualization techniques and models will be necessary for serving not only the experts, who are collecting the data, but also those who are users of the data, including "cross-over" scientists who may be working with big data and analytics for the first time, and those using the data for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches related to all of these areas of study.

Before preparing a proposal in response to this BIGDATA solicitation, applicants are strongly urged to consult the list of related solicitations available at:http://www.nsf.gov/cise/news/bigdata.jsp and consult the respective NSF program officers listed in them should those solicitations be more appropriate.  In particular, applicants interested in deployable cyberinfrastructure pilots that would support a broader research community should see the Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation Program (CC*DNI) solicitation (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15534/nsf15534.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click). Applicants should also consider the Computational and Data Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E, PD 12-8084) (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813) and Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS, NSF 15-511) (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15511/nsf15511.htm) solicitations for potential fit.

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Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Submission Window: April 20, 2015 - May 04, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

The December 2010 report of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) titled Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology calls for continued investment in CPS research because of its scientific and technological importance as well as its potential impact on grand challenges in a number of sectors critical to U.S. security and competitiveness such as the ones noted above. These challenges and technology gaps are further described in a CPS Vision Statement published in 2012 by the federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) CPS Senior Steering Group.

Tremendous progress has been made in advancing CPS technology over the last five-plus years. We have explored foundational technologies that have spanned an ever-growing set of application domains, enabling breakthrough achievements in many of these fields. At the same time, the demand for innovation in these domains continues to grow, and is driving the need to accelerate fundamental research to keep pace.

Despite significant inroads into CPS technology in recent years, we do not yet have a mature science to support systems engineering of high-confidence CPS, and the consequences are profound. Traditional analysis tools are unable to cope with the full complexity of CPS or adequately predict system behavior. For example, minor events that trip the current electric power grid -- an ad hoc system -- can escalate with surprising speed into widespread power failures. This scenario exemplifies the lack of appropriate science and technology to conceptualize and design for the deep interdependencies among engineered systems and the natural world. The challenges and opportunities for CPS are thus significant and far-reaching. New relationships between the cyber and physical components require new architectural models that redefine form and function. They integrate the continuous and discrete, compounded by the uncertainty of open environments. Traditional real-time performance guarantees are insufficient for CPS when systems are large and spatially, temporally, or hierarchically distributed in configurations that may rapidly change. With the greater autonomy and cooperation possible with CPS, greater assurances of safety, security, scalability, and reliability are demanded, placing a high premium on open interfaces, modularity, interoperability, and verification.

The goal of the CPS program is to develop the core system science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems which people can use or interact with and depend upon. Some of these may require high-confidence or provable behaviors. The program aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education in CPS and to transitioning CPS science and technology into engineering practice. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application sectors. To expedite and accelerate the realization of cyber-physical systems in a wide range of applications, the CPS program also supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds. We have also seen a convergence of CPS technologies and research thrusts that underpin "Smart Cities" and the Internet of Things (IoT). These domains offer new and exciting challenges for foundational research and provide opportunities for maturation at multiple time horizons.

In 2015, NSF is working closely with multiple agencies of the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), and several National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutes and centers [including the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)], to identify basic research needs in CPS common across multiple application domains, along with opportunities for accelerated transition to practice.

Three classes of research and education projects -- differing in scope and goals -- will be considered through this solicitation:

  • Breakthrough projects must offer a significant advance in fundamental CPS science, engineering and/or technology that has the potential to change the field. This category focuses on new approaches to bridge computing, communication, and control. Funding for Breakthrough projects may be requested for a total of up to $500,000 for a period of up to 3 years.
  • Synergy projects must demonstrate innovation at the intersection of multiple disciplines, to accomplish a clear goal that requires an integrated perspective spanning the disciplines. Funding for Synergy projects may be requested for a total of $500,001 to $1,000,000 for a period of 3 to 4 years.
  • Frontier projects must address clearly identified critical CPS challenges that cannot be achieved by a set of smaller projects. Funding may be requested for a total of $1,000,001 to $7,000,000 for a period of 4 to 5 years.

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Long Term Ecological Research (LTER)
Directorate for Biological Sciences

May 6, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

NSF invites proposals for a Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) National Communications Office. This office will coordinate research, education, and outreach programs across the current 25 LTER projects, communicate these activities to diverse audiences, and provide centralized representation of the LTER network to the broad scientific community and the public. The lead PI of the successful proposal will serve as the Office Director and will work with the LTER Science Council and research community to develop and implement strategic goals and future initiatives. The Office will serve as the primary point of contact for information about the LTER program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The LTER National Communications Office is expected to work with the LTER and broader research communities to share discoveries, research opportunities, and education and outreach activities. It will have two main responsibilities: A) facilitate communication and coordination among all LTER projects and with a diverse range of stakeholders, and B) foster synthesis through organization of meetings, provide access to synthesis and other meeting products, and facilitate future LTER initiatives and directions in collaboration with the LTER Science Council. It is intended to be a service organization and should not promote its own scientific or outreach agendas. While acknowledging the LTER Science Council's leadership role in guiding current and future Network priorities, NSF welcomes novel and creative approaches to advancing this Newtork, defining essential activities or committees, and seeking advice from both within and outside the LTER community.

The Principal Investigator (PI) will serve as Director of the office and will work closely with all LTER PIs and co-PIs to achieve the following goals:

  • Foster communication and collaboration across all projects
  • Foster the development of strategic plans and future LTER visioning
  • Promote the dissemination of information and resources among projects and to additional stakeholder communities, including outreach to local, regional, national, and international audiences of scientists, educators, students, landowners, policymakers, and the general public
  • Identify opportunities to leverage resources
  • Foster synthesis activities across research communities using a variety of means that could include small workshops, larger working groups, or postdoctoral research initiatives
  • Organize a limited number of scoping workshops, short courses, or sessions at international and national meetings, and support the Network's committees and working groups
  • Organize regular meetings of the LTER Science Council, an LTER advisory board, and the All Scientists' Meeting
  • Serve as the liaison among LTER and other scientific groups or organizations as well as NSF
  • Represent the LTER program at research and educational conferences, and at public outreach events
  • Maintain and update LTER websites, a centralized personnel database, and a cumulative catalogue of LTER products
  • Serve as the primary source for communication ( e.g., research highlights, press releases, media coverage, research opportunities) with diverse communities on behalf of the LTER Network

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Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

May 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, geosciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science. The solicitation invites two types of proposals:"Foundations" (F): those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and "Innovative Applications" (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application. Therefore, projects in this category must be collaborative, involving researchers from domain disciplines and one or more methodological disciplines, e.g., computer science, statistics, mathematics, simulation and modeling, etc. While Innovative Applications (IA)proposals may address critical big data challenges within a specific domain, a high level of innovation is expected in all proposals and proposals should, in general, strive to provide solutions with potential for a broader impact on data science and its applications. IA proposals may focus on novel theoretical analysis and/or on experimental evaluation of techniques and methodologies within a specific domain. Proposals in all areas of sciences and engineering covered by participating directorates at NSF are welcome.

While notions of volume, velocity, and variety are commonly ascribed to big data problems, other key issues include data quality and provenance. Data-driven solutions must carefully ascribe quality and provenance to results in a manner that is helpful to the users of the results. For example, in some cases, such as in education research, data quality may aggregate to test or measurement instrument quality, where a composite of variables may be used to describe one or more constructs.

In addition to approaches such as search, query processing, and analysis, visualization techniques will also become critical across many stages of big data use--to obtain an initial assessment of data as well as through subsequent stages of scientific discovery. Research on visualization techniques and models will be necessary for serving not only the experts, who are collecting the data, but also those who are users of the data, including "cross-over" scientists who may be working with big data and analytics for the first time, and those using the data for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches related to all of these areas of study.

Before preparing a proposal in response to this BIGDATA solicitation, applicants are strongly urged to consult the list of related solicitations available at:http://www.nsf.gov/cise/news/bigdata.jsp and consult the respective NSF program officers listed in them should those solicitations be more appropriate. In particular, applicants interested in deployable cyberinfrastructure pilots that would support a broader research community should see the Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation Program (CC*DNI) solicitation (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15534/nsf15534.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click). Applicants should also consider the Computational and Data Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E, PD 12-8084)

(http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813) and Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS, NSF 15-511) (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15511/nsf15511.htm) solicitations for potential fit.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Proposals submitted in response to the BIGDATA solicitation must focus on the development of the scientific discovery processes, novel systems, novel computational, statistical, or mathematical techniques and technologies, or novel theoretical analyses or experimental evaluations of techniques for big data and knowledge management and analytics. BIGDATA proposals submitted under the "Foundations" (F) category must be highly innovative and broadly applicable. BIGDATA proposals submitted under the "Innovative Applications" (IA) category must address a big data challenge of key importance to at least one application domain from one of the participating NSF directorates, and involve a substantial collaboration between researchers in the application domain and computational disciplines. When possible, submitted proposals are expected to support efforts for the preparation of scientists to confront new challenges in data science, through training and education activities, and research on learning how to model, understand and communicate insights possible in big data.

Foundations: Proposals submitted to the "Foundations" (F) category are expected to address the development of highly innovative fundamental techniques, theories, methodologies, and technologies for big data management or analytics, including knowledge management and semantic technologies; or, novel analyses of existing techniques and methodologies, whose solutions have wide applicability beyond specific narrow domains. Proposals that focus only on the scaling up of existing methods should not be submitted under this category unless the technique used to scale the existing method is itself highly innovative. Assembly and analysis of specific datasets may be part of these efforts, provided that the purpose is the development and testing of algorithms, techniques, technologies, and methodologies, developed in these projects. Proposals aimed at the development and deployment of big data infrastructure can be responsive to this solicitation if the work proposed to accomplish these aims includes substantial innovation.

Innovative Applications: Proposals submitted to the "Innovative Applications" (IA) category must address a big data problem of key importance to at least one domain discipline. Such problems require close interactions among computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, and domain scientists and engineers in order to address complex, data-driven questions, including development of domain knowledge structures and ontologies, in one or more domains. Early engagement with domain scientists/engineers provides a partnership design and development model to help focus on the right problems to solve, and to help assess the quality of the solution in a realistic setting, while providing a fuller understanding of the real constraints of the applications and data in the domains. Therefore, projects in this category must be collaborative, involving researchers from domain disciplines and one or more methodological disciplines. e.g., computer science, mathematics, statistics, simulation and modeling, etc., stimulating further research on all sides of the collaboration.

Proposals in this category must demonstrate a linkage to needs and challenges in one or more domains. The proposed research can range from technology transfer, including the scaling up of existing methods to analyze larger or more complex data, to the development of fundamentally new methods. However, innovation is an important criterion and proposals should identify the technical challenges involved in the development of the proposed methods. Research in this category is expected to be multi-faceted, and may include the development of a computational infrastructure or the assembly and analysis of large or complex datasets. However, the development of innovative new techniques, innovative computational methods and analyses, or improved understanding of existing techniques, must be a major goal of the project, and should be integrated with the other research goals of the project.

Proposals awarded in this category are expected to be substantially funded by the NSF directorate(s), or participating agencies (in this case, the Office of Financial Research, OFR), interested in the application area. Therefore, applicants considering submitting proposals in this category are strongly encouraged to discuss their planned research with a program officer from the directorate, or participating agency (OFR), in advance of submitting the proposal, and state the name of the directorate(s), or agency, on a separate line at the bottom of the broader impacts text box. (See instructions in section V.A.2, under Project Summary).

Proposals may involve both themes, i.e., Foundations as well as Innovative Applications. See section V.A.1 Proposal Titles, below, on how to identify such proposals.

II.A Office of Financial Research-specific Topics

The Office of Financial Research (OFR) is a participant in the current NSF BIGDATA solicitation. OFR has a mandate to research, identify and assess risks to the financial stability of the United States and to monitor, investigate, and report such risks to Congress and the Financial Stability Oversight Council ("Council"). Consequently, OFR's primary collaborative interest is in the area of Financial Research and Data Analysis. OFR and NSF have shared interests at the intersection of these two areas, centered around computational and information processing approaches as referenced below.

II.A.1 OFR Topic Areas of Interest

Topics of research interest to OFR include, but are not limited to: Analysis of financial networks; Algorithms and methods for measuring threats to financial stability; Representation and standardization of financial data and information; Formal methods for representation and analysis of financial contracts and regulations, e.g., logics, ontologies, and rule-based approaches; Complexity of financial systems and relationships; Technologies for modeling and monitoring financial systems and infrastructure; Aggregation methods for complex financial data; Visualizations of the financial system and its attendant risks; Financial risk management techniques for the quantification of uncertainty and risk, including stress testing, risk and volatility forecasting, and the modeling of statistical distributions, processes, and dependence structures; Representation and querying of uncertain financial data, such as marks to model for infrequently traded instruments; Storage and query tools and techniques applicable to financial data; Assembly, integration, and analysis of new datasets for financial research; Techniques for ensuring the security and confidentiality of sensitive financial data, including approaches for selective sharing; Technologies and methodologies to support investigations of failures and disruptions in financial markets, such as those that might arise from (or be exacerbated by) automated high frequency trading systems; Simulation of financial systems, for example using Monte Carlo and agent-based methods; and Tools to support financial policymaking and decision-making.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Support for Agenda Setting Conferences for the SciSIP Program
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

June 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program, now entering its seventh year, began with a Roadmap (http://www.scienceofsciencepolicy.net/event/sosp-workshop-2008-federal-research-roadmap) to address the need for better tools, methods, and data for improving our understanding of the efficacy and impact of science and technology policy decisions. Significant progress has been realized. Much remains to be done. The SciSIP program plans to support at least three agenda setting conferences in calendar year 2015. The goal of these conferences is to facilitate the generation and execution of a new Roadmap for the Science of Science Policy community and a strategic plan for the SciSIP program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this letter is to invite the submission of exceptionally creative conference proposals. The SciSIP program invites organizers and participants from all of the social, behavioral and economic sciences as well as those working in domain-specific applications such as chemistry, biology, physics, or nanotechnology. 

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Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences (EDT)
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

July 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The long-range goal of the Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences (EDT) program is to strengthen the nation's scientific competitiveness by increasing the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other professions in which expertise in the mathematical sciences plays an increasingly important role. The EDT program will achieve this by supporting efforts to enrich research training in the mathematical sciences at the doctoral level by preparing Ph.D. students to recognize and find solutions to mathematical challenges arising in other fields and in areas outside today's academic setting. Graduate research training activities supported by EDT will prepare participants for a broader range of mathematical opportunities and career paths than has been traditional in U.S. mathematics doctoral training.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The long-range goal of the Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences (EDT) program is to strengthen the nation's scientific competitiveness by increasing the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other professions in which expertise in the mathematical sciences plays an increasingly important role. As indicated in the introduction, the EDT program will serve this long-range goal by supporting efforts by academic institutions or other qualified organizations to meet the objective of preparing doctoral students in the mathematical sciences who: will be well-equipped to recognize opportunities for the development of mathematics and statistics in problems from other disciplines, especially in challenges arising in business, industry, and government; and can effectively apply advanced mathematics and statistics to solve problems originating outside the traditional academic mathematical sciences setting.

The EDT program will support projects that include training in areas supplementary to the dissertation research theme and that are instrumental for connections with business, industry, government, and the non-profit sector. Supplementary training may for example include internships, research projects, consulting, and participation in complementary courses or summer schools. Projects are expected to train students to work in teams to refine, attack, and solve problems that are open-ended, not initially sharply formulated, and originate outside the academic mathematical realm. Projects should also provide opportunities that allow the students to develop strong oral and written communication skills in an interdisciplinary setting. While the solicitation allows requests for projects that vary in scope, the intention of this program is to support awards that will each benefit a cohort of students. The Division of Mathematical Sciences intends that the collection of projects funded will benefit students whose dissertation topics lie in all sub-fields of the mathematical sciences.

As a rule, EDT funding will not support entirely new doctoral student lines for departments, but rather will provide support for activities involving Ph.D. students that supplement their traditional training. Proposals should describe, and plans should attempt to minimize, any potential increase in the students' time to degree. EDT is not intended to support activities for students who might already be receiving this type of enriched training through a regular course of study. Instead, EDT projects should augment the experience of students who would not generally have the type of experience described.

The EDT program encourages collaborations that bring together investigators from different disciplines or from different sectors: academia, private industry, government laboratories, and non-profit organizations. In addition to proposals from institutions of higher education, the EDT program encourages the submission of proposals from professional organizations for activities that aim to enhance connections at the graduate level. Multiple models of implementation are possible, and the community is encouraged to be creative in this regard. EDT aims to develop a suite of pilot projects that will eventually be adapted more widely and grow into mainstream activities.

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Petrology and Geochemistry
Directorate for Geosciences/NSF

July 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Petrology and Geochemistry program supports basic research on Earth's history of planetary accretion and differentiation through time via igneous and metamorphic processes occurring at high temperatures and pressures, at a variety of scales operating in the Earth's crust, mantle, and core. This program also supports projects that study: 1) chemical properties of natural minerals, fluids, and melts at high pressures and temperatures; 2) formation of magma at depth, their physical and chemical properties, their transport to the surface, and eruption dynamics; 3) chemical reactions and diffusion in the lower crust and mantle; 4) linkages between volcanic and plutonic systems, and time residence of minerals in magmatic systems; 5) geochemical models for the bulk Earth and development of geochemical reservoirs; 6) formation of ore deposits; 7) modern and ancient volcanic activity. The CH program is open to a variety of scientific ideas. If a PI is unclear about the relevance of a proposal topic to this program, s/he should contact one of the CH Program Directors.

Projects supported through this program employ analytical methods such as major and trace element geochemistry; stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry and geochronology. This program also supports experimental studies on the chemical properties of minerals and rocks at high temperatures, laboratory experiments on volcanic systems; thermodynamic modeling of high temperature geochemical and mineral-forming processes; spectroscopy and crystallography of high pressure and temperature phases; physical and chemical volcanology. Proposals to study meteorites and other extra-terrestrial materials are considered only if the work is applicable to understanding processes that led to the formation and evolution of Planet Earth. Analytical method development for applications in high temperature geochemistry, and disciplinary-focused or research-based GeoInformatics proposals may be considered by this program or co-reviewed with other programs in EAR or GEO (Directorate of Geosciences).

Regarding terrestrial vs. marine samples: Proposals that use volcanic samples and xenoliths from continental environments and from islands above the waterline that target a broader understanding of the composition of the mantle and evolution of igneous rocks are considered primarily by the CH program. Proposals in solid earth petrology and high temperature geochemistry that use a combination of samples from the below and above the waterline may be considered jointly with the Marine Geology and Geophysics program (MGG - in the Division of Ocean Sciences). The CH program also co-reviews many proposals with the Geophysics program in the areas of high pressure mineral physics, and in the application of geophysical methods to understand volcanic systems. As per the GPG, proposals that are not viewed as appropriate for the program will be transferred to another program across NSF, when it is deemed appropriate by Program Directors from the respective programs. Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the cognizant Program Directors regarding proposals that may cross disciplinary boundaries before submission.

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Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)
Directorate for Biological Sciences & Division of Environmental Biology

LOI due January 23, 2015
Full submission due August 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

 

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Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Workshop Opportunities (EPS-WO)
National Science Foundation

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF Research and Development (R&D) funding. Thirty jurisdictions, including twenty-eight states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands, currently participate in EPSCoR. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, R&D capacity, and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. The EPSCoR Office welcomes unsolicited proposals from EPSCoR jurisdictions for workshops involving the EPSCoR community. These workshops will focus on innovative ways to address multi-jurisdictional efforts on themes of regional to national importance with relevance to EPSCoR's goals/objectives and NSF's mission.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Workshops should address multi-jurisdictional efforts that need collaboration for optimal success. Speakers from non-EPSCoR institutions can be involved in the workshop, and funding for their travel expenses can be provided by the workshop award, but funding cannot go to non-EPSCoR institutions. Workshops should address major regional or national themes of relevance to EPSCoR's goals/objectives and NSF's mission. Workshops may have as their goal the development of high quality collaborations that are capable of competing for major funding from non-EPSCoR programs. Workshops should address multi/interdisciplinary perspectives common to major initiatives in science and engineering. Workshops should have appropriate representation of underrepresented groups. Workshops are not intended solely for within-jurisdiction or single institution planning activities. Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) planning efforts by EPSCoR jurisdictional committees accomplish these types of activities. Workshops are not to be used for new RII proposal development by a single jurisdiction. However, in those cases where multiple jurisdictions have similar thematic plans and there is value in collaboration among jurisdictions on a common theme, then a workshop might be appropriate. Jurisdictions considering such collaborative projects should contact the NSF EPSCoR Office to outline their plan and to obtain advice on the suitability of a potential workshop proposal. A successful workshop proposal will demonstrate a compelling rationale, with clear goals, a committed leadership team, institutional support, leveraged resources, and strategic planning. Inclusivity of groups underrepresented in STEM must be evident at all levels, from the planning committee to the final participants. The level of inclusivity, and measures of workshop programmatic success, must be obtained through evaluation and feedback. A plan for long-term and widespread dissemination of results must also be included.

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Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF

Deadlines vary depending on project size, see announcement

SYNOPSIS: 

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective, or from the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective. In addition, the sponsor welcomes proposals that integrate research addressing all of these perspectives.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

With the exception of Cybersecurity Education proposals described below, any proposal submitted to this solicitation must be consistent with one of three project classes defined below. Proposals will be considered for funding within their project classes.

Small Projects are well suited to one or two investigators (PI and one co-PI or other Senior Personnel) and at least one student and/or postdoc.

Medium Projects are well-suited to one or more investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel) and several students and/or postdocs. Medium project descriptions must be comprehensive and well-integrated, and should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of their individual contributions. Rationale must be provided to explain why a budget of this size is required to carry out the proposed work. Since the success of collaborative research efforts is known to depend on thoughtful coordination mechanisms that regularly bring together the various participants of the project, a separate Collaboration Plan is required for all Medium proposals with more than one investigator. Up to 2 pages are allowed for Collaboration Plans. The length of and level of detail provided in the Collaboration Plan should be commensurate with the complexity of the proposed project. Medium projects may be submitted to the Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) and/or the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspectives.

Large Projects are well suited to two or more investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel), and a team of students and/or postdocs. They should be large, multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational, and/or multi-institution projects that provide high-level visibility to grand challenge research areas in cybersecurity. Project descriptions must be comprehensive and well-integrated, and should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of the individual participants' contributions. Rationale must be provided to explain why a budget of this size is required to carry out the proposed work. Since the success of collaborative research efforts is known to depend on thoughtful coordination mechanisms that regularly bring together the various participants of the project, a separate Collaboration Plan is required for all Large proposals. Large projects may be submitted to the Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) and/or the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspectives. A Large proposal should have a long-term vision, with objectives that could not be attained simply by a collection of small or medium proposals provided similar resources. Such research may or may not be multidisciplinary. A successful Large project could also be a deep, intensively focused effort on a single cybersecurity problem in a single discipline.

Proposals addressing Cybersecurity with a Trustworthy Computing Systems perspective aim to provide the basis for designing, building, and operating a cyberinfrastructure with improved resistance and resilience to attack that can be tailored to meet a wide range of technical and policy requirements, including both privacy and accountability. Within its scope, the program supports all research approaches from theoretical to experimental, including human factors aspects of systems. Theories, models, cryptography, algorithms, methods, architectures, languages, software, tools, systems and evaluation frameworks are all of interest. Of particular interest is research addressing how better to design into components and systems desired security and privacy properties, as well as principled techniques for composing security mechanisms. Methods for raising attacker costs by incorporating diversity, misdirection/confusion, and change or self-adaptation into systems, while preserving system manageability, are also relevant. Approaches and methods for securing cyber-physical systems (CPS) are also welcome, including, but not limited to, critical infrastructure such as power and water, health care, transportation, and manufacturing. Submissions relating to CPS should be specific about the threat model, in particular addressing the sophistication of expected adversaries. Research that studies the tradeoffs among trustworthy computing properties, e.g., security and usability, or accountability and privacy, as well as work that examines the tension between security and human values such as openness and transparency is also welcomed. Also, methods to assess, reason about, and predict system trustworthiness, including observable metrics, analytical methods, simulation, experimental deployment and, where possible, deployment on live testbeds for experimentation at scale are considered. Statistical, mathematical and computational methods in the area of cryptographic methods, new algorithms, risk assessments and statistical methods in cybersecurity are also welcome.

Proposals addressing the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective of Cybersecurity may include research at the individual, group, organizational, market, and societal levels, identifying cybersecurity risks and exploring the feasibility of potential solutions. All research approaches, including (but not limited to) theoretical, experimental, observational, statistical, survey, and simulation-based are of interest. A variety of methods can be used in research from the SBE perspective, including field data, laboratory experiments, observational studies, simulations, and theoretical development, among others. Not all proposals that examine aspects involving people are from the SBE perspective. Proposals in which such aspects are not the primary focus of the proposal or that merely apply rather than make contributions to the SBE sciences might fit under "Trustworthy Computing Systems" as human factors research. A proposal with SBE as its primary perspective must have SBE science as its main focus and must involve theoretical or methodological contributions to the SBE sciences. Contributions to the SBE sciences include identifying generalizable theories and regularities and "pushing the boundaries" of our understanding of social, behavioral, or economic phenomena in cybersecurity and beyond. We seek research that is generalizable, identifies scope conditions, or provides an advance in SBE science methods. We seek research that holds the promise of constructing new SBE theories that would apply to a variety of domains, or new generalizations of existing theory which clarify the conditions under which such generalizations hold (scope conditions). More inductive or interpretative approaches may contribute to the SBE sciences as well, especially if they set the groundwork for generalizable research or reveal broad connections that forward SBE science understandings. SBE / SaTC proposals should clearly state and elaborate how the proposed research will contribute to SBE sciences. A proposal that involves SBE, but not as its primary perspective, must include at least an application of the SBE sciences, but need not involve a theoretical or methodological contribution. All SBE primary or non-primary proposals must, like all SaTC proposals, also contribute toward the goal of creating a secure and trustworthy cyberspace. The SBE science contribution of any SBE / SaTC proposal must be related to bringing about that goal. It is not sufficient for a proposal submitted under SBE / SaTC to have an SBE science contribution alone or one that is not related to bringing about a secure and trustworthy cyberspace. Such proposals are perhaps best submitted to a standing (core) SBE program. Strong proposals will demonstrate the capabilities of the research team to bring to bear state-of-the-art research in the human sciences. In particular, they will seek to understand, predict and explain prevention, attack and/or defense behaviors and contribute to developing strategies for remediation. Proposals that contribute to the design of incentives, markets or institutions to reduce either the likelihood of cyber attack or the negative consequences of cyber attack are especially welcome, as are proposals that examine incentives and motivations of individuals.

The STARSS perspective is a joint effort of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). A STARSS proposal is similar to other Small proposals submitted to the TWC and/or SBE perspective except that it must include a statement of consent authorizing NSF to share the proposal and any reviews and ancillary documents with SRC. As noted previously, STARSS proposals may not include the TWC or SBE perspective, but may include a TTP Option. Trends in semiconductors and their application pose challenges to security and trustworthiness. On one hand, leading edge processors are the "brains" behind critically-important systems and infrastructure, including networking and communications, electric power grids, finance, military and aerospace systems. On the other hand, smaller embedded processors, sensors and other electronic components provide "smart" functionality and connectivity in a variety of applications, such as automotive braking and airbag systems, personal healthcare, industrial controls, and the rapidly growing list of other connected devices often referred to as the Internet of Things. The wide range of devices and applications and the exponential growth in the number of connected "things" has made security and trustworthiness a prime concern. Design and manufacture of today's complex semiconductor circuits and systems requires many steps and involves the work of hundreds of engineers, typically distributed across multiple locations and organizations worldwide. Moreover, today's semiconductor chip is likely to include design modules or blocks (also referred to as intellectual property, or IP, blocks) from multiple sources. Detailed specifications are converted into schematic and then physical designs that may include billions of transistors. Many processes have been developed, and considerable resources are invested along the design and manufacture path to verify, test and validate that the product performs as intended. However, to date, these processes do not provide confidence about whether the chip is altered such that it provides unauthorized access or control. Such undesirable behavior can be due to a weakness in the design that results in an unintentional side channel or due to maliciously inserted functionality or "Trojan" hardware.

Proposals for Small, Medium or Large projects may include a Transition to Practice (TTP) option. Proposed activities under the TTP option MUST NOT be described in the project description, and instead MUST be described in a supplementary document of no more than five pages. The objective of the TTP program is to support the proposed research activities and ideas whose outcomes at the end of the award are capable of being implemented, applied, experimentally useable, or deployed in an operational environment. The TTP option supplementary document should specifically describe how the successful research results will be further developed and experimentally deployed in organizations or industries, including in networks and end systems.

On occasion, the results of SaTC funded research lead to widespread changes in our understanding of the fundamentals of cybersecurity that can, in turn, lead to fundamentally new ways to motivate and educate students about cybersecurity. Proposals submitted to this perspective leverage successful results from previous and current basic research in cybersecurity and research on student learning, both in terms of intellectual merit and broader impact, to address the challenge of expanding existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity.

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Law and Social Sciences
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

Deadlines vary - please see full announcement

SYNOPSIS: 

The Law & Social Sciences Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to: Crime, Violence and Punishment; Economic Issues; Governance; Legal Decisionmaking; Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice; and Litigation and the Legal Profession. LSS provides the following modes of support: Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research; Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants; Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships; and Workshop and Conference Proposals.

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Decision, Risk and Management Sciences
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

August 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (ddrigs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical (Rapid Response Research - RAPID) and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research - EAGER).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (ddrigs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design.

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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

LOI due January 16, 2015
Full submission due August 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

Proposals are welcomed in all areas of science supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. All investigator-initiated proposals to the core programs in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems must now be invited based on merit review of preliminary proposals. There is a single submission deadline with a limit of 2 preliminary proposals per investigator per year as PI or Co-PI in response to this solicitation. Please see the GPG for definition of roles for PI and Co-PI. There are no limits on the number of proposals you can participate on as collaborator. The PI/Co-PI limits apply only to this solicitation and do not pertain to proposals submitted in response to other NSF solicitations.

Unsolicited full research proposals are no longer accepted into the IOS Core Programs.


PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Proposals are welcomed in all areas of science supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, including projects that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Please read the cluster descriptions below and then discuss any questions about the potential fit of a project to one of the clusters with the Program Director you believe is most closely associated to your field of interest.

Please consult the IOS web page (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=IOS) for information about Program Directors associated with each programmatic area. This interaction can be a critical aspect for ensuring that your proposal is assigned to the most appropriate program for review.

The core scientific programs in IOS are organized into four Clusters:

Behavioral Systems Cluster

The Behavioral Systems Cluster consists of the Animal Behavior Program which supports research in the area of integrative animal behavior to understand how and why individuals and groups of animals do what they do in nature. Research in this area occurs in field, laboratory and captive environments and covers a wide range of scientific fields and levels of analysis to study the development, mechanisms, adaptive value, and evolutionary history of behavior. The Cluster encourages species specific and comparative studies as well as modeling and theoretical approaches that use animal systems to discover and explore overarching principles of the biology of behavior and to advance a fully integrated understanding of the behavioral phenotype from genes to ecosystems.

The Cluster supports these goals through the core program in Animal Behavior and the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant program (DDIG).

Developmental Systems Cluster

The Developmental Systems Cluster supports research aimed at understanding how interacting developmental processes give rise to the emergent properties of organisms. Systems level approaches to understanding these processes at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of organization, combining the use of molecular, genetic, biochemical, and physiological techniques as well as techniques from outside biology are encouraged. The Developmental Systems Cluster is also particularly interested in understanding how emergent properties result in the development of complex phenotypes and lead to the evolution of developmental mechanisms.

Proposals should be submitted to one of the three programs below:

The Plant, Fungal and Microbial Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research that addresses developmental processes in plants from algae to angiosperms, microbes and fungi.

The Animal Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research that seeks to understand the processes that result in the complex phenotypes of animals. Because different organisms may be more amenable to certain approaches than others, analyses of development in a wide range of different species are encouraged. Proposals directed to study the development of the Nervous System should be submitted to the Organization Program of the Neural Systems Cluster (see below).

The Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research to discover the developmental processes that are shared by all organisms, and also those processes that produce diversity (phenotypic variation within a species and/or between species). For example, the program is interested in elucidating how gene networks are modified to generate different phenotypic outcomes. Understanding these processes will likely require inter-disciplinary and collaborative approaches using a wide range of organisms.

Neural Systems Cluster

The Neural Systems Cluster focuses on the basic functions of the nervous system and its interactions with the physical and social environments. The neuronal mechanisms underlying organismal responses and adaptation to an ever-changing biosphere are also of interest. The Cluster encourages the use of comparative species approaches to better understand how organisms perceive their environment, transduce that information in the nervous system and respond appropriately. Projects supported by the Neural Systems Cluster span multiple levels of analysis ranging from the molecular and cellular to the complex behavioral aspects of organisms functioning in their natural environments. The use of comparative and evolutionary studies, as well as the development of novel theoretical, computational, and transdisciplinary approaches to guide and instruct experimental design, are particularly encouraged. Interdisciplinary research in neuroscience at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering is also supported.

Proposals should be submitted to one of the three programs below, each of which reflects one of three conceptual domains in neurobiology:

The Organization Program supports research focused on how the nervous system is organized along developmental, genetic, molecular and cellular lines; exploring developmental mechanisms and determining how experiential/environmental interactions affect the basic structural and functional characteristics of the nervous system.

The Activation Program supports research focused on how signals from the external environment activate the nervous system to produce motor responses; investigating how the internal state of the organism reaches a decision threshold, integrates sensorimotor responses, and triggers an action.

The Modulation Program supports research focused on how various factors modulatethe nervous system to produce complex behavior, and how that complex behavior, in turn, feeds back to have an impact on the nervous system; examining basic neural mechanisms underlying neuroendocrine and neuroimmune function, learning and memory, biological rhythms, and other complex behavior.

Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster

The Physiological and Structural Systems (PSS) Cluster supports research to advance understanding of physiological mechanisms and functional morphology. PSS supports hypothesis- and discovery-based research encompassing a wide range of approaches at levels of organization from molecules to populations. The Cluster encourages submission of proposals aimed at identifying fundamental design principles of physiological and structural systems and at understanding why particular patterns of morphology and physiological mechanisms have evolved and how they are integrated at the level of the whole organism. The Cluster encourages modeling and theoretical approaches to augment experimental approaches. Multidisciplinary research at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering is encouraged. Normally, the PSS Cluster will not consider projects that are primarily focused on environmental toxicology or endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Proposals should be directed to one of the three programs described below:

The Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition Program (SDS) supports research on processes mediating both antagonistic and beneficial symbiotic interactions, as well as mechanisms of self/non-self recognition within and between species. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and dissolution of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune defenses (especially involving comparative studies, new systems or novel mechanisms), host-symbiont regulation, and recognition, signaling, communication, and reciprocal responses among interacting species. Integrative approaches and attention to emergent effects of symbiotic interactions are encouraged. All aspects of symbiosis are supported, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, host-pathogen interactions, and mechanisms of foreign organelle acquisition.

The Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics Program (PMB) supports research on the physiological and structural features that contribute to life processes in plants, animals, microbes, and other organisms. Broad thematic areas include, but are not limited to sensing and signaling mechanisms, transport, energetics and metabolism, growth and development, stress adaptation mechanisms, biomaterials, muscle physiology, endocrinology, biomechanics, functional morphology, coordination of reproductive processes, gas exchange, circulation and osmoregulation. Systems approaches that predict or reveal the nature of coordination among functional processes and/or structural components as a means to further the understanding of organismal integrity are particularly encouraged.

The Integrative Ecological Physiology Program (IEP) supports research on the structural and physiological traits of organisms that underlie their capacities to live in various ecological settings. A central focus of the program is research on physiological mechanisms underlying organism responses to biotic and abiotic components of their environments. The program seeks proposals framed in explicit ecological or evolutionary contexts, and therefore projects may address time scales ranging from the short-term to evolutionary. Projects focused on understanding how genetic, biochemical, morphological and physiological processes integratively result in the capacities of organisms to live in dynamic environments are encouraged. The IEP Program particularly encourages proposals focused on using physiological traits to improve predictive models of organismal responses to global change.

OTHER SOLICITATIONS THAT USE THE IOS CORE CLUSTER DEADLINES

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Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Environmental Biology

LOI due on January 30, 2015
Full submission due August 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

Successful LTREB proposals address three essential components:

A Decadal Research Plan that clearly articulates important questions that cannot be addressed with data that have already been collected, but could be answered if ten additional years of data were collected. This plan is not a research timeline or management plan. It is a concise justification for ten additional years of support in order to advance understanding of key concepts, questions, or theories in environmental biology.

Core Data: LTREB proposals require that the author has studied a particular phenomenon or process for at least six years up to the present or for long enough to generate a contemporary time series that contains six data points. These data constitute Core Data on which the new project should be based, and analysis of these data should generate new questions, on the same phenomenon or process, that provide the focus of the LTREB project.

A Plan for Data Management and Dissemination that details information management and plans for data sharing with the broader research community and the interested public. Data from long-term research projects have value beyond the peer-reviewed and other publications generated by the investigators collecting the data.

Specific review criteria for LTREB proposals and renewals are explained in Section VI of the current program solicitation. Prospective applicants are advised to read this solicitation carefully.

All proposals submitted to the LTREB program are co-reviewed by participating Clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology: Ecosystem Science, Population and Community Ecology, and Evolutionary Processes. Proposals must address topics supported by these programs. Researchers who are uncertain about the suitability of their project for the LTREB Program are encouraged to contact the cognizant program director.

Beginning in January 2014, the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) will no longer accept proposals submitted to the LTREB solicitation. Long-term projects that address questions of a) development, mechanisms, adaptive value, or evolutionary history of behavior, b) mechanisms and processes mediating antagonistic and beneficial symbioses, c) growth, development, stress adaptation mechanisms, energetics and metabolism, or other physiological processes, and d) structural and physiological traits that underlie organisms' capacities to live in various environments will no longer be supported through LTREB. Core IOS programs supporting all of these areas will entertain proposals based on long-term data http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503623&org=IOS&from=home.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Directorate for Biological Sciences/NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

REU projects offer an opportunity to tap the nation's diverse student talent pool and broaden participation in science and engineering. NSF is particularly interested in increasing the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in research. REU projects are strongly encouraged to involve students who are members of these groups. (Underrepresented minorities are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.) When designing recruitment plans, REU projects are also encouraged to consider students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Services. Historically, the vast majority of REU participants have been junior- or senior-level undergraduates--students who have typically already committed to a major in science or engineering. So that the REU program can succeed in attracting students into science and engineering who might not otherwise consider those majors and careers, projects are also encouraged to involve students at earlier stages in their college experience. Some REU projects effectively engage first-year and second-year undergraduates by developing partnerships with community colleges. REU projects may be carried out during the summer months, during the academic year, or both. Three years is the typical duration for REU Site awards in most NSF directorates; however, a duration of up to five years may be allowed in some cases. The term of REU Supplements may not exceed that of the underlying research project.

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Cultural Anthropology
Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated research in all sub-fields of cultural anthropology. Because the National Science Foundation's mandate is to support basic research, the NSF Cultural Anthropology Program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal improved clinical practice or applied policy. Program research priorities include, but are not limited to, research that increases our understanding of:

  • Socio-cultural drivers of critical anthropogenic processes such as deforestation, desertification, land cover change, urbanization, and poverty
  • Resilience and robustness of socio-cultural systems
  • Conflict, cooperation, and altruism
  • Economy, culture, migration, and globalization
  • Variability and change in kinship and family norms and practices
  • Cultural and social contexts of health and disease
  • Social regulation, governmentality, and violence
  • Origins of complexity in socio-cultural systems
  • Language and culture: orality and literacy, sociolinguistics, and cognition
  • Human variation through empirically grounded ethnographic descriptions
  • Mathematical and computational models of sociocultural systems such as social network analysis, agent-based models, and integration of agent-based models with geographic information systems (GIS)

A. General Research The Cultural Anthropology Program supports a broad portfolio of research by both senior scholars and by graduate students. Information on recent awards can be found at the bottom of this page via the "What Has Been Funded" link. All proposals must be submitted using either Fastlane (as described in the Grant Proposal Guide) or Grants.gov. All proposals must explicitly address both the Intellectual Merit and the Broader Impacts of the research in the one-page project summary.

  1. The Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG) Program (see Solicitation 14-560) supports doctoral dissertation research by anthropology graduate students enrolled at U.S. institutions. Proposals are accepted for both the January 15 and the August 15 target dates. Grants are intended to support the extraordinary expenses of conducting research, not the normal daily expenses of graduate education. 

  2. Senior proposals support individual, team, or collaborative research by scholars who hold a PhD, or other equivalent or appropriate credential. Proposals are accepted for both the January 15 and the August 15 target dates. Senior proposal project descriptions may be up to 15, single-spaced pages. There is no ceiling on senior proposal budgets, but a typical award rarely exceeds $100,000 per year of the award, including indirect costs. Researchers may propose empirically grounded and theoretically engaged projects in any sub-field and theoretical area of cultural anthropology.

  3. General guidelines. All researchers should take care to explain very clearly why the research is needed; what it will contribute to the scientific understanding of human society and culture; and how it will lead to the development of theory extending beyond the particular cases to be investigated. They should be clear about the question or questions that the research is addressing; how the research design will address those questions; what information or data will be collected, how, and why; and how the information or data will be analyzed to address the research questions. Finally, researchers should also explain why they are able to conduct the research successfully. A good research proposal is interesting, clear, explicit, tightly integrated, and confidence inspiring.

B. Other Programs

  1. The Faculty Scholars Program (see Solicitation 07-544) supports methodological training for cultural anthropologists who wish to learn new skills that are needed as part of an ongoing research program. For example, support may be requested to learn new methods of cross-cultural research, demography, remote sensing and GIS, ecological field survey, linguistics, or modeling. Support may be requested to learn any methodological skill that is necessary to advance the scholar's research agenda, as justified in the proposal with reference to published results from prior work. Proposals are accepted for both the January 16 and the August 16 target dates. Normal proposal guidelines apply. Awards are for up to 12 months and for a maximum of $50,000.

  2. Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER). The RAPID funding mechanism is used for proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events. The EAGER funding mechanism may be used to support exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work may be considered especially "high risk-high payoff" in the sense that it, for example, involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. For detailed information concerning these two types of grants, please review Chapter II.D of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (http://nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?gpg). There are no deadlines or target dates associated with these types of awards and the Cultural Anthropology program funding limit for them is $25,000 including direct costs.

  3. Research Experience for Graduate Students (REG) and Reserch Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplements. (see Dear Colleague Letter NSF 14-031). Senior PIs with current NSF awards, may request supplements to support closely mentored but independent research projects by undergraduates intending to pursue graduate work in anthropology or graduate students at the pre-dissertation phase of their education. The supplement request should include a two to three-page description of the project to be undertaken, the qualifications of the student, and the plan for mentoring. PIs are encouraged to submit proposals by March 1, each spring, although they will be considered at other times, as well. Awards are limited to $5000 for REGs and $4000 for REUs.

  4. Workshops. Workshops are sometimes needed to allow researchers to work together. Proposals for workshops with research goals may be submitted in the normal grant cycle (target dates: January 15 and August 15). Under exceptional circumstances and with prior permission from the Program Officer, workshop proposals may be considered out of cycle, as well.

  5. Training Programs. The Cultural Anthropology Program supports the dissemination of the most current research tools available for social science research. Consequently, as budget permits, the Cultural Anthropology Program funds a limited number of proposals for training workshops, short courses, and fieldwork programs, through the regular proposal review cycle. For more information, please contact the Program Officer.

  6. Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Grants. The Cultural Anthropology Program participates in this NSF-wide activity offering prestigious awards in support of the early development of academic faculty as both educators and researchers. Consult the CAREER solicitation for more information

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NSF 13-570 Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences

Deadlines: September 15, 2014 and September 15, 2015

The Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health plan to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need and urgency for promoting research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. This competition is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support existing ones.

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Structural and Architectural Engineering (SAE)
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The overall goal of the Structural and Architectural Engineering (SAE) program is to evolve sustainable structures, such as buildings, that can be continuously occupied and /or operational during the structure's useful life. The SAE program supports fundamental research for advancing knowledge and innovation in structural and architectural engineering that enables holistic approach to design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, repair and end-of-life disposal of structures. For buildings, holistic approach incorporates the foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural system, as well as the façade and roofing. Research topics of interest for sustainable structures include the following: strategies for structures that over their lifecycle are cost-effective, make efficient use of resources and energy, and incorporate sustainable structural and architectural materials; deterioration due to fatigue and corrosion; serviceability concerns due to large deflections and vibrations; and advances in physics-based computational modeling and simulation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Research is encouraged that integrates discoveries from other science and engineering fields, such as materials science, building science, mechanics of materials, dynamic systems and control, reliability, risk analysis, architecture, economics and human factors. The program also supports research in sustainable and holistic foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural systems and materials as described in the following reports: National Science and Technology Council, High Performance Buildings; Final Report: Federal R & D Agenda for Net Zero Energy, High-Performance Green Buildings. Building Technology Research and Development (BTRD) Subcommittee, OSTP, U.S. Government, September 2008. http://www.whitehouse.gov/files/documents/ostp/NSTC Reports/Federal RD Agenda for Net Zero Energy High Performance Green Buildings Oct2008.pdf; and Ochsendorf, John, Challenges and Opportunities for Low-Carbon Buildings, The Bridge; National Academy of Engineering, Vol. 42, No. 1; Spring 2012 http://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/57865/58544.aspx.

Structural health monitoring that focuses on decision-making systems for civil structures is of interest; however, research for new sensor technologies and data collection should be submitted to other programs. Proposals that focus on the performance and mitigation of structures subjected to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, windstorms (tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis, and landslides, should be submitted to the Engineering for Natural Hazards Program. Research addressing blast loads and fire effects on building systems, and computational modeling and simulation supported by the multi-Directorate Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering, program are not supported by SAE.

The SAE program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for provision of sustainable structures. 

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Dear Colleague Letter: US-South Korea Collaborative Research in Advanced Manufacturing
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation and Directorate for Engineering

Proposal window: February 1st through February 15th, 2015 and September 1st through September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Dear Colleagues:

In May, 2013, in Pohang, Korea, and August, 2014, in Reno, Nevada, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the National Research Foundation of Korea hosted workshops to identify areas of mutual interest for research in advanced manufacturing. The final report of these workshops is forthcoming and will be posted on the NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) web site. As a result of these workshops, the NSF Engineering Directorate (ENG) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea Division of Engineering are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S. - Korean teams collaborating on fundamental research in advanced manufacturing. The workshops identified opportunities potentially beneficial to both countries for collaborative research in the following areas:

  1. Robotics for manufacturing
  2. Materials Processing
  3. Manufacturing Mathematics and Smart Manufacturing
  4. Micro/nano Manufacturing
  5. Additive Manufacturing

U.S.-based researchers, through their U.S. institutions, may submit unsolicited proposals to collaborate with Korea-based researchers on any of the topics listed above to appropriate programs in CMMI. All unsolicited proposals directed to CMMI must be submitted during one of two annual unsolicited proposal submission windows, February 1-15 and September 1-15, and they must be submitted in accordance with the current version of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide. Each of these proposal submission windows opens at 12:01 AM on the first day of the window, and closes at 5 PM submitter's local time on the last day of the window. In the event that the last day of the window is a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday, the window closes at 5 PM submitter's local time on the following Federal government work day. Unsolicited proposals submitted at any other time will be returned without review.

Questions concerning this opportunity may be emailed to the CMMI Manufacturing Machines and Equipment program director, ZJ Pei (zpei@nsf.gov) or the CMMI Nanomanufacturing program director, Khershed Cooper (khcooper@nsf.gov).

Sincerely,

George Hazelrigg
Acting Division Director
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation
Directorate for Engineering

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Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE)
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and extreme events upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Community and societal resilience and sustainability are important topics within the research portfolio of IMEE. The program is deeply multidisciplinary and attempts to integrate multiple issues from civil, mechanical, transportation, and system engineering, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, political science, urban planning, epidemiology, natural and physical science, and computer science. With regard to the four core emphasis areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, a variety of topics are supported.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The following list provides examples of the kinds of topics and issues that may be supported, though the list is not exhaustive and other, innovative topics may be proposed. Mitigation research may focus upon issues such as the analysis of structural and non-structural mitigation effectiveness, local capacity building for risk reduction, and social and physical vulnerability analyses. Preparedness research may involve studies on warning and risk communication, evacuation, multi-hazard emergency planning, and the effectiveness of pre-disaster planning. Response research may examine such issues as infrastructure interdependencies and cascading disasters, innovation and improvisation in emergency management, and the use of new communication technology and social media in emergency management. Recovery research may examine linking disaster recovery to the mitigation of future disasters, resilience metrics and models, resilience of interdependent infrastructure processes and systems, and social factors related to economic recovery and resilience.

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NSF 14-504 Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)
Innovative Approaches to Science and Engineering Research on Brain Function

Deadlines: Oct. 28, 2014, Oct. 29, 2015

Co-sponsors: 

-NSF Directorates of : Computer & Information Science & Engineering, Biological Sciences, Social, Behavioral and Economic Scienes, Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Engineering, International and Integrative Services; -NIH NINDS, NIMH, NIDA, NEI, NIDCD, NIBIB, NAAA, NICHD, NCCAM; Federal MInistry of Education and Research Germany; French National Research Agency; United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation: Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.

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Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

CISE's Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: the Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program; the Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and the Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

CCF supports three core programs as described below - Algorithmic Foundations (AF), Communications and Information Foundations (CIF), and Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF).

Algorithmic Foundations (AF) -- The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program supports potentially transformative research and education projects advancing design and analysis of algorithms and characterized by algorithmic thinking accompanied by rigorous analysis. Research on algorithms for problems that are central to computer science and engineering as well as new techniques for the rigorous analysis of algorithms are of interest. AF supports theoretical research that bounds the intrinsic difficulty of problems to determine the measures of complexity in formal models of computation, classical or new. The goal is to understand the fundamental limits of resource-bounded computation and to obtain efficient solutions within those limits. Specifically, the time and space complexity of finding exact and approximate solutions in deterministic and randomized models of computation is a central concern of the program. Research on resources other than time and space, such as communication and energy, is also encouraged. In addition to the traditional, sequential computing paradigm, AF supports research on the design and analysis of novel algorithms in parallel and distributed models, in particular, in heterogeneous multi-core and many-core machines; the computational models and algorithms that capture essential aspects of computing over massive data sets; game theory and social networks; and alternative forms of computation and information processing, including quantum computing and biological models of computation. The program supports research in algorithms needed in all areas, both within and outside computer science. Algorithmic research with applications in databases, machine learning, data mining, networks, communications, operating systems, languages, compilers, and machine abstractions is supported. New techniques for the design and analysis of algorithms in areas such as cryptography, computational geometry, computational biology, game theory, social networks and numerical, symbolic, and algebraic computing are appropriate for this program. Relevance to application areas is important and collaborations with researchers in those areas are encouraged. However, research funded by this program must advance the study of algorithms.

Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) -- The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program supports potentially transformative research that addresses the theoretical underpinnings and current and future enabling technologies for information acquisition, transmission, and processing in communications and information processing systems. As a result, CIF research and education projects strengthen the intellectual foundations of communications and information theory and signal processing in a variety of types of networks such as sensor networks, wireless and multimedia networks, biological networks, and networks of quantum devices. Research outcomes are expected to lead to more secure and reliable communications and advanced mathematical capabilities that are applicable throughout science and engineering. The program supports basic research in wireless communications, information theory and coding. Included in the CIF program is the reliable transmission of information, in both analog and digital form, in the presence of a variety of channel impairments (noise, multipath, eavesdroppers, interference, etc.). A number of channel architectures are of interest, including multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) channels, feedback channels, optical channels, quantum channels, and biological channels. CIF has a strong interest in the theoretical performance limits for various communication systems architectures and in the presence of various channel impairments. Also of interest are performance metrics and tradeoffs. An important example is the tradeoff between error probability and latency resulting from coding/decoding algorithms, diversity techniques, interference management, and other types of signal processing. The CIF program also supports fundamental research in networking including network information theory, network coding, and cross-layer research at the lower layers. The CIF research program in networking focuses on the MAC layer and below and emphasizes research in which the physical-layer attributes play an important role in overall network design and performance such as the impact of physical-layer characteristics on higher network layers. CIF supports research at the intersection of communications and information theory, signal processing, and networking. Examples include sensor networks with applications to environmental monitoring, civil infrastructure monitoring, data communications system monitoring, and power grid monitoring. A further example is network tomography, which involves detecting and classifying spatially distributed anomalies within complex large-scale systems from multiple monitoring (sensor) sites. In addition to the contemporary signal processing topics that have enabled the IT revolution, there is growing interest within the CIF program in new paradigms that enlarge the scope of signal and information processing from the domain of the linear to the realm of the nonlinear - from linear algebra to algebra, from Euclidean to curved spaces, from uniform to highly non-uniform time and space sampling, to signal processing on graphs. Research that will develop efficient power aware and hardware-friendly algorithms and research on signal/information processing algorithms for the new network science of distributed, decentralized, and cooperative algorithms that avoid global communications is encouraged. The exploration of new approaches to manage massive datasets, such as compressive sampling/sensing, also promises advances in the field.

Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) -- All fields of science and engineering - and society at large - depend on fundamental advances in scientific foundations and engineering methods for computer hardware and software. The SHF program supports research and education projects on the design, verification, operation, utilization, and evaluation of computer hardware and software through novel approaches, robust theories, high-leverage tools, and lasting principles. Such advances may offer formal methods, languages, logics, novel software and/or hardware artifacts, or algorithms to enable new or enhanced functionality, verification, usability, and scale. Proposals should clearly describe a plan for evaluating the research. The SHF program supports all aspects of the science and engineering of software, seeking transformative ideas that reformulate the relationships between requirements, design and evolution of software, and software-intensive systems. SHF supports research projects focusing on program analysis and synthesis, compositionality, verifiability and adaptability of software, as well as research on software analysis and testing techniques for all stages of the software life cycle. SHF also seeks research to increase the automation of software engineering capabilities to attain significant advances in quality and sustainability of software, which may require new representations and processes. Empirical research that increases understanding of software and software creation is also in scope. SHF supports fundamental research on formal and semi-formal methods for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems. This includes, but is not limited to, abstraction, compositional, refinement-based, and probabilistic methods for the modeling and validation of systems involving discrete and continuous behavior. SHF seeks proposals that enhance the applicability, usability, and efficiency of techniques such as abstract interpretation, model checking, theorem proving, automated decision procedures, and constraint solving. Research topics involving the semantics, logics, verification, and analysis of concurrent systems are in scope. SHF supports foundations, algorithms, and tools for software and hardware synthesis. SHF supports the entire range of programming languages research, from foundations to design to implementation. Fundamental research in both science and engineering of programming languages is highly encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, language semantics and type theory, design and implementation of advanced languages and language features, compilers and runtime systems for advanced languages, program analysis and optimization, design and implementation of domain-specific languages, and implementation issues related to locality, synchronization and communication. Research in programming languages and models that go beyond mainstream practice, such as concurrent, functional, logic programming and probabilistic languages, are particularly encouraged. Foundational research that exposes novel synergies between programming languages and other areas of computing is also encouraged. SHF seeks proposals that address foundational issues in computer architecture and the key challenges in computer hardware and systems design, including, but not limited to, performance, energy efficiency, reliability, scalability, concurrency, and heterogeneity. The program supports fundamental and transformative research in processors, interconnects, memory and storage architectures. SHF seeks research that takes holistic and cross-layer approaches to fully harness the promises and address the challenges of new and emerging substrate technologies and materials as well as considering emerging trends in application environments including computation-intensive, data-intensive, and I/O-intensive applications. SHF supports foundational research in high-performance computing that is aware of, driven by, and inspired by applications, as well as heterogeneity-aware and architecture-aware. SHF does not support research in domain applications. SHF seeks novel research on enabling technologies and tools to balance and optimize performance goals including scalability, power, productivity, repeatability, reliability, and validity. SHF supports all topics in design automation including, but not limited to logical, physical, behavioral, and high level synthesis methods, interplay between synthesis and verification, design methodologies for scalable, low power and energy efficient circuits, and physical design in silicon technologies. Also of interest is pre- and post-silicon validation, possibly by using a blend of techniques from testing and verification. SHF seeks research in emerging technologies, including optical interconnects, quantum computing, optical computing, bio-computing, bio-inspired devices, nanotubes and nanophotonics, which have the potential to take computation beyond Moore's Law.

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Energy for Sustainability
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

November 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. 

Current topics of interest in sustainable energy technologies are:

  • Biomass Conversion, Biofuels & Bioenergy: Fundamental research on innovative approaches that lead to the intensification of biofuel and bioenergy processes is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: biological, thermochemical, or thermocatalytic routes for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to advanced biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol; microbial fuel cells for direct production of electricity from renewable carbon sources; hydrogen production from autotrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms; hydrocarbons and lipids from phototrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms.  Proposals that focus primarily on chemical reactor analysis related to biomass conversion should be submitted to Process and Reaction Engineering (CBET 1403), and proposals related to the combustion of biomass should be sent to Combustion and Fire Systems (CBET 1407).  Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of catalysis or biocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401).
  • Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Fundamental research on innovative processes for the fabrication and theory-based characterization of future PV devices is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: nano-enabled PV devices containing nanostructured semiconductors, plasmonic materials, photonic structures, or conducting polymers; earth-abundant and environmentally benign materials for photovoltaic devices; photocatalytic or photoelectrochemical processes for the splitting of water into H2gas, or for the reduction of CO2 to liquid or gaseous fuels.  Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of photocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401). The generation of thermal energy by solar radiation is not an area supported by this program, but may be considered by Thermal Transport Processes (CBET 1406).
  • Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage: Radically new battery systems or breakthroughs based on existing systems can move the US more rapidly toward a more sustainable transportation future. The focus is on high-energy density and high-power density batteries suitable for transportation and renewable energy storage applications.  Advanced systems such as lithium-air, sodium-ion, as well as lithium-ion electrochemical energy storage are appropriate. Work on commercially available systems such as lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride batteries will not be considered by this program.  Fuel-cell related proposals should be directed to other CBET programs, depending on emphasis:  electrocatalysis (Catalysis and Biocatalysis, CBET 1401); membranes (Chemical and Biological Separations, CBET 1417); systems (Process and Reaction Engineering, CBET 1403).
  • Wind Energy: This program no longer supports wind, wave, tidal, or hydrokinetic energy research.  The proposer is encouraged to contact the program director for suggestions on a possible program home for proposal submission.

NOTE: For proposals involving any aspect of chemistry, including but not limited to biochemistry or physical chemistry, consider making proposal submissions to this program (7644) with the Proposal Title as: 'SusChEM: Name of Your Proposal'.  For more information on SusChEM-related proposals visit this link.  The same applies for proposals involving sustainable engineering.

The duration of unsolicited awards is typically three years.  The typical award size for the program is $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered. However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review or transferred to another program.

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Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2015 Clean Energy Technologies Funding Opportunities
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

Dear Colleagues:

It is critical to provide sustainable and economical energy systems on a scale sufficient to power all of society's needs. The development of clean energy technologies is an important step in that direction as it addresses the interrelated challenges of producing safe and responsible energy sources while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and minimizing the impact on the environment.

All of the Divisions in the following Directorates are participating in clean energy technology research and education through ongoing funding opportunities: Biological Sciences (BIO)Engineering (ENG), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS).

For BIO: fundamental research topics of interest in clean energy technology include, but are not limited to: systems and synthetic biology to streamline and scale the metabolic and energetic potential of living organisms such as microbes, fungi, algae and plants to produce non-petroleum based sources of important chemicals/materials, feedstocks and fuels. Investigations to assess the impact of fuel and/or bio-renewable chemical production on genome stability, fitness, and phenotype of the production organisms are of interest, as are studies to assess the potential environmental impacts of these technologies.

For ENG and MPS: examples of fundamental research topics of interest in clean energy technologies include, but are not limited to: hydrogen generation and storage; biological, chemical, and catalytic conversion of renewable carbon sources (such as biomass, methane, and carbon dioxide); the development of methods and materials that increase energy efficiency, such as the replacement of stoichiometric with catalytic processes; energy storage, transmission, or distribution (e.g. smart grid); power-electronic and energy-conversion devices; fuel cells; solar energy capture and conversion (including biological and bio-inspired processes for the conversion of sunlight to fuels, electricity, or thermal energy); wind/wave/tidal energy; nuclear energy; studies of energy efficiency and use; and carbon dioxide sequestration and storage.

Within these general guidelines, the Directorates encourage the submission of proposals in the areas of clean energy research. Proposals should be submitted to the NSF program appropriate to the disciplinary area of the proposed research in accordance with the submission window and conditions of that program.

Proposals are welcome from either single or multiple investigators. Interdisciplinary proposals that involve principal investigators traditionally supported by different participating divisions are encouraged. Please follow the guidelines and program descriptions located on the NSF website.

Proposals may be submitted in combination with other solicitations. For example, if there are strong collaborations with industry, the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) solicitation can be used in conjunction with this effort. Similarly, proposals may be submitted in combination with the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) or the Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) solicitation. Other NSF funding mechanisms such as Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) and Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) may also be appropriate. Principal investigators are urged to consult with the cognizant program officers for additional guidance.

To see examples of awards made in this area visit the NSF Award Abstracts Database and perform a key word search. Alternatively, please visit the webpages of the disciplinary programs of interest in the participating divisions.

We are excited by the opportunities in the clean energy technologies area and encourage our communities to contribute to our sustainable and secure energy future.

Fleming Crim
Assistant Director
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Pramod Khargoneker
Assistant Director
Directorate for Engineering

John Wingfield
Assistant Director
Directorate for Biological Sciences

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Atmospheric Chemistry
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Full proposals accepted anytime

SYNOPSIS:

Supports research to measure and model the concentration and distribution of gases and aerosols in the lower and middle atmosphere. Also supports research on the chemical reactions among atmospheric species; the sources and sinks of important trace gases and aerosols; the aqueous-phase atmospheric chemistry; the transport of gases and aerosols throughout the atmosphere; and the improved methods for measuring the concentrations of trace species and their fluxes into and out of the atmosphere.

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Paleoclimate
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

SYNOPSIS:

Supports research on the natural evolution of Earth's climate with the goal of providing a baseline for present variability and future trends through improved understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence climate over the long-term.

Competitive proposals will address specific aspects of scientific uncertainty for their proposed research.

All four Divisions in the Geosciences Directorate have joined in creating the annual Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) competition in paleoclimate global change research.  Researchers are encouraged to consider the P2C2 competition as a possible source of support for their global change research. 

Since proposals eligible for funding in the P2C2 competition are not eligible for funding in the Paleoclimate Program, researchers are strongly advised to contact the Director of the Paleoclimate Program for guidance as to the suitability of their proposed research for either program.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
National Institute of Food and Agriculture

March 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to support the development of educational outreach curricula, workshops, educational teams, training, and technical assistance programs to assist beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States and its territories with entering, establishing, building and managing successful farm and ranch enterprises. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $18.54 million.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The primary goal of BFRDP is to enhance food security, community development and sustainability by providing beginning farmer and ranchers (includes beginning managers of private, nonindustrial forest land, hereafter) and their families in the United States and its territories with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to make informed decisions for their operations, and enhance their sustainability. The term "farmer" is used in the broadest sense and should be interpreted to include agricultural farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial private forest owners and managers. Applications from partnerships and collaborations that are led by or include nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), and school-based agricultural educational organizations (SAEOs) with expertise in new agricultural producer training and outreach will be given priority in funding. The expected short-term (five year) outcomes of BFRDP are the training and development of more than 60,000 beginning farmers and ranchers through the evaluation, development and use of beginning farmer and rancher education curricula and support for programs that address the various needs of different audiences and geographical areas ("educational enhancement" projects); and projects that support new and established local and regional training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers and ranchers on topics described further in this RFA ("standard" projects).

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Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program
USDA - NIFA

March 19, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program is a 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).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Applications submitted to this grants program must state how the funded project will address the HEC Program Goals: 1. To enhance the quality of instruction for baccalaureate degrees, master's degrees, and first professional degrees in veterinary sciences, in order to help meet current and future national food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences workplace needs. 2. To increase the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in the food, agricultural, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences. 

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Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom (SPECA) Challenge Grants Program
USDA - NIFA

March 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education and Ag in the K-12 Classroom (SPECA) Challenge Grants Program is a NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, K-14 food, agricultural, natural resource, and human (FANH) sciences education. SPECA-funded projects ensure a competent and qualified workforce will exist to serve the FANH sciences system. At the same time, SPECA-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of communities through the development of degree programs emphasizing new and emerging employment opportunities. Finally, SPECA projects address the national challenge to increase the number and diversity of students entering the FANH sciences (i.e., having a FANH sciences workforce representative of the Nation's population).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA) program directly aligns with the Research, Education, and Economics Action Plan (March 2014 version) (http://www.ree.usda.gov/ree/news/USDA_REE_Action_Plan_03-2014.pdf) and specifically addresses: Goal 6 - Education and Science Literacy. The SPECA program is also aligned with the NIFA Strategic Plan (2014-2018) (http://nifa.usda.gov/about/pdfs/strat_plan_2014.pdf ), specifically addressing Strategic Goal No 1, (Science - Catalyze exemplary and relevant research, education, and extension programs); Subgoal 1.7 - (Ensure the development of human capital, communities, and a diverse workforce through research, education, extension and engagement programs in food and agricultural sciences to support a sustainable agriculture system).

This RFA incorporates comments received in previous years, including: 1. Focus: All SPECA-funded projects shall focus on improving the quality of academic instruction within the K-14 FANH sciences education system in order to develop graduates who are capable of (a) entering the FANH sciences workforce with occupational competencies expected by employers, or (b) pursuing an advanced degree within the FANH sciences. 2. Scale: All SPECA-funded projects shall create ways to maximize available educational resources, encourage partnerships, and reduce duplication of efforts among participating academic institutions. Projects shall also demonstrate the potential for adoption by other academic institutions. 3. Impact: All SPECA-funded projects shall seek to create measurable impacts or outcomes. Impacts are defined as anticipated benefits to the target project audience. Measuring impacts begins with a comprehensive Project Evaluation Plan that includes developing assessment instruments. The Project Evaluation Plan explained in Part I, C.3., provides further, specific guidance on the importance of measuring impacts.

SPECA-funded projects encourage academic institutions, in partnership with organizations and employers, to work collectively to identify and address a state or regional challenge or opportunity facing the FANH sciences education and workforce community. An application submitted to the SPECA grants program shall propose comprehensive and coordinated activities to address that challenge or opportunity. SPECA-funded project activities with the potential to demonstrate a state or regional impact on increasing the number, quality, diversity, and retention of K-14 level students who pursue a higher FANH sciences degree, are highly encouraged. SPECA-funded activities could include, but are not limited to, developing, evaluating, and disseminating:  

  • Exceptional educational, laboratory, or related curricular materials in areas that contribute to any of the FANH sciences disciplines;
  • Instructional delivery methods to improve student retention of academic content, and/or
  • Professional development approaches to improve the capacity of faculty and teaching assistants to provide effective and up-to-date instruction.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program - Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) - Small and Medium-Sized Farms
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

April 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

In FY 2015, AFRI invites Integrated Project applications for Standard, Conference and FASE Grant types relevant to Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) -- Small and Medium-Sized Farms.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for research only projects and integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

This Program Area Priority focuses on work that develops and/or fosters adoption of new disciplinary or multidisciplinary modelsto assist agricultural (farm, forest, or ranch) landowner/manager decision making with respect to appropriate scale management strategies and technologies to enhance economic efficiency and sustainability, including the viability and competitiveness of small and medium-sized dairy, poultry, livestock, crop, forestry, and other commodity operations. 

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FY 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

April 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area (COP) for fiscal year 2015 to achieve the long-term outcomes of reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents. Project types supported by AFRI within this Challenge Area will propose multifunction Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Projects, Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants, and conferences and/or workshops. This RFA identifies integrated and conference/workshop program objectives, eligibility criteria and application instructions for each project type. A successful project will include all three functions of the agricultural 3 knowledge system (i.e., research, education and extension) within a project, focused around a problem or issue. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $6 million.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

AFRI research, education, and Extension grants address key problems of agricultural sustainability at national, regional, and multi-state levels. Issues include farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through these grants, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The grants also allow AFRI to support education and Extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. Research, Education, Extension, and Integrated programs must increase agricultural and natural resource sustainability. The National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA) defines ''sustainable agriculture'' as an integrated system of plant and animal production practices with site-specific applications that will, over time, achieve the following goals: 1. Satisfy human food and fiber needs; 2. Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends; 3. Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; 4. Sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and 5. Enhance the quality of life for farmers and the society as a whole. Progress in achieving these goals requires the development of robust systems that adapt to and continue to function in the face of stresses, are productive, use resources efficiently, and balance all the goals across all scales of farms and enterprises.

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Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

April 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive (SACC) Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to significantly increase crop production and/or acreage by developing and testing superior germplasm, improving methods of planting, cultivation, and harvesting, and transferring new knowledge to producers (via Extension) as soon as practicable. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $768,000.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

In FY 2015, the SACC program will support the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. Proposals submitted to this program should be comprehensive and integrated in nature. Successful applicants will have experience with stakeholder involvement in priority setting, project development and implementation, and national coordination of research. Priority will be given to applications that provide evidence of multi-state cooperation and will use the expertise and resources of other Federal agencies and land grant colleges and universities.

The goal of the SACC program is to significantly increase canola production by developing and testing superior germplasm, methods of planting, cultivation, and harvesting, and then transferring new knowledge to producers as soon as possible. Extension, education, and/or communication activities related to the research areas above must be addressed in the project proposal.

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Conservation Innovation Grants Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Announcement for Program Funding
Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service

LOI due February 24, 2015
Full submission by invitation only and will be due April 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Proposals will be accepted from all 50 States, the District of
Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 will be up to $20 million. Proposals are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between 1
and 3 years in duration.

Funds will be awarded through a two-phase nationwide competitive grants process that will include (1) a pre-proposal process and (2) a full proposal process. The full proposal process will only be open to applicants whose pre-proposals are selected by NRCS. Both phases are described in this announcement, but only pre-proposals are being solicited at this time. This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for CIG projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant. NRCS will request a full proposal package only from those applicants selected in the pre-proposal phase.

NOTE:

For additional information, please visit the CIG website or www.grants.gov

A webinar for potential applicants will be hosted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm EST. Please find webinar access information below.

Call in to 1-888-844-9904 and use access code 8496135#

All questions will be taken via the webinar interface in order to deliver the best audio quality.

Note: No prior registration is required, but checking equipment and software requirements prior to the beginning of the scheduled event is recommended. If more than one participant from the same location is planning on attending, please conserve lines for others by calling in as a group.

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Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Organic Transitions (ORG)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

LOI due March 26, 2015
Full submission due April 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Organic Transitions (ORG) for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities in program areas. The amount available to support this program in FY 2015 is approximately $4.0 million.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The overall goal of the ORG program is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. In FY 2015, ORG will continue to prioritize environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the area of soil conservation, pollinator health, and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases (GHG), as well as the development of educational tools for Cooperative Extension personnel and other agricultural professionals who advise producers on organic practices, and the development of cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National Organic Program's National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. It is expected that all projects will integrate research, education and extension activities, as appropriate to project goals, although some projects may be weighted more heavily than others in one or more of these areas. However, all proposals should have activities and impact in at least two of these three areas: research, education and extension.

Practices and systems to be addressed include those associated with organic crops, organic animal production (including dairy), and organic systems that integrate plant and animal production. Applications are expected to contain descriptions of stakeholder involvement in problem identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to assemble project teams that include those with expertise in Research, Education, Extension, and Evaluation and to utilize a systems approach. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers, students, or their information providers, such as Extension agents/educators, agricultural consultants, or college teaching faculty.

In FY 2015, priority will be given to proposals in the following areas (1-4 below):

Priority 1: Documenting and understanding the effects of organic practices such as crop rotation, organic manure, mulch and/or compost additions, cover crops, and reduced or conservation tillage on ecosystem services, greenhouse gas mitigation, and biodiversity.

Priority 2: Improved technologies, methods, model development, and other metrics to document, describe, and optimize the environmental services and climate change mitigation ability of organic farming systems.

Priority 3: Develop cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from NOP's National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop). This may include effective substitutes or new technologies, cultural practices, cultivars, or breeds that render the substance in question less limiting to production under organic growing conditions. NIFA encourages a systems approach, but will also consider proposals that are narrower in scope.

Priority 4: Barriers to organic transition: Projects under this priority should address major barriers that limit the transition to organic agriculture in a given region or specific crop or animal production systems. The constraint must be identified by growers and other stakeholders. Project examples include: 1) Innovative crop management strategies, including those that limit unintended contamination from genetically engineered material (GMO); and/or 2) Development and validation of new tools (machine, equipment, product) or adaptation of existing technology to address unique issues in organic production.

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Local Food Promotion Program Grants
Agricultural Marketing Service/Department of Agriculture

May 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to competitively award grants to eligible applicants to plan or implement projects that assist in the development, improvement, and/or expansion of local and regional food business enterprise supply chain activities (activities that are not direct-to-consumer). Approximately $13.0 million is available to fund applications under this solicitation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

LFPP provides funds on a competitive basis to support planning or implementing projects designed to assist in the development, improvement, and/or expansion of local and regional food business enterprises that have the capacity to:

1. Increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products; and

2. Develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets.

LFPP offers both planning and implementation awards:

Planning Awards are used in the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local and regional food business enterprise. Eligible activities can include but are not limited to market research, feasibility studies, and business planning.

Implementation Awards are used to establish a new local and regional food business enterprise, or to improve or expand an existing local or regional food business enterprise. Eligible activities can include but are not limited to training and technical assistance for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise; outreach and marketing to buyers and consumers; and non-construction infrastructure improvements to business enterprise facilities or information technology systems.

Priority consideration will be given to projects that benefit communities located in areas of concentrated poverty with limited access to supermarkets, and projects that involve Promise Zone Lead Applicant Organizations. LFPP will award at least 10 percent of its total funding to these projects. All applications, whether requesting consideration under the priority areas or not, will be given equal weight in the evaluation process. It is not a requirement that projects are implemented in the priority area or involve Promise Zone partnerships.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program - Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) - CARE
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

LOI due March 18, 2015
Full submission due June 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

In FY 2015, AFRI invites Integrated Research and Extension Project applications for Standard and FASE Grant types relevant to Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) -- CARE.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for research only projects and integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

Each application must address the following:

--Develop and implement solutions to critical producer problems associated with animal and crop production, protection, or product quality. Emphasis will be placed on achieving results that can be applied by the producer as quickly as possible following project completion. Applications should include justification of why the issue is critical and how project outcomes will rapidly impact the stakeholder community. The project must include stakeholders.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program: Food Security
USDA - NIFA

LOI due April 2, 2015
Full submission due June 4, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for AFRI Food Security Challenge Area Program for FY 2015. Because the global agricultural output needs to expand by at least 70 percent to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050, it is imperative to develop innovative and sustainable management strategies for livestock, crops, and critical underlying resources. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension programs for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. In FY 2015, applications are sought in the following priority areas: 1. Agricultural Production Systems 2. Breeding and Genomics of Crops and Livestock3 3. National Strategy for Sustainable Crop and Livestock Production in the United States The amount anticipated to be available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $16.8 million. This notice identifies the objectives for AFRI Food Security Challenge Area projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI Food Security Challenge Area grant. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for fundamental research, applied research, and integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

Supporting the many components of agriculture under the constraints of a growing population, pressure on natural resources, and the challenges of climate variability and change, requires research, education, extension, and integrated programs that increase agricultural and natural resource sustainability. The term ''sustainable agriculture'' (National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA), 7 U.S.C. 3103)) means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long-term, achieve the following goals: 1) satisfy human food and fiber needs; 2) enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends; 3) make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; 4) sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and 5) enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

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FY 2015 Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change
USDA - AFRI

LOI due April 2, 2015
Full submission due June 4, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for AFRI Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change (AFRI ANRCVC) Challenge Area Program for FY 2015. The goal of this program is to support research to facilitate the adaptation of 3 agroecosystems and natural resource systems to climate variability and the implementation of mitigation strategies in those systems. In FY 2015, applications are sought in the following priority areas: 1) Climate and Microbial Processes in Agroecosystems; 2) Climate Resilient Land Use for Agriculture and Forestry; or 3) Synthesis and Assessment of USDA NIFA's Climate Investments. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $5 million This notice identifies the objectives for ANRCVC projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI ANRCVC Challenge Area grant.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, bioenergy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for integrated, research, education, and/or extension projects.

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FY 2015 Food Safety
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area Program for FY 2015. Because public health is directly impacted by the safety of the food supply, it is imperative to understand potential food safety threats and develop innovative and sustainable technologies and control and mitigation strategies to protect the Nation's food supply 3 from foodborne contaminants. The long-term outcome for this program is to invest in research, education and extension/outreach projects that reduce foodborne hazards in the U.S. food supply producing positive impacts on both public health and the economy.

In FY 2015, applications are sought in the following priority areas: 1) Enhancing Food safety through Improved Processing Technologies 2) Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance The amount available for support of the AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area program in FY 2015 is approximately $6 million. This notice identifies the objectives for the AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area program projects, eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area grant. Project types supported by AFRI within this Challenge Area are multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants, and conferences. This RFA identifies program objectives, eligibility criteria, and matching requirements for each project type. Funding in FY 2015 does not obligate NIFA to any future-year commitments.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

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FY2015 Water for Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

LOI due April 9, 2015
Full submission due July 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) under which the Secretary of Agriculture may make competitive grants for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension to address food and agricultural sciences (as defined under section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103)), as amended, in six priority areas. The six priority areas include: 1) plant health and production and plant products; 2) animal health and production and animal products; 3) food safety, nutrition, and health; 4) renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; 5) agriculture systems and technology; and 6) agriculture economics and rural communities. NIFA anticipates $30 million will be available to support the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area program designed to help solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States (FY 2014 - FY 2018). Future (over next 3 years) research, education and extension areas that may be supported by the Water for Agriculture Program are found on page 5 of this RFA. In FY 2015 approximately $9 million will be available in support of new awards for this program. Funding of projects beyond FY 2015 is contingent upon the availability of funds, and the best interests of the U.S. government. Funding in FY 2015 does not obligate NIFA to any future-year commitments.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

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FY 2015 Foundational Program
USDA - AFRI

LOIs must be received by 5:00 EST on the deadline indicated in the program area description
Varies by program area

SYNOPSIS: 

AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational Program for FY 2015. Because the global agricultural output needs to expand by at least 70 percent to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050, it is imperative to 3 develop innovative, safe and sustainable management strategies for livestock, crops, and critical underlying resources. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. In FY 2015, applications are sought in the following US agriculture priority areas: 1. Plant health and production and plant products; 2. Animal health and production and animal products; 3. Food safety, nutrition, and health; 4. Renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; 5. Agriculture systems and technology; and 6. Agriculture economics and rural communities. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $116 million. This notice identifies the objectives for AFRI Foundational Area projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI Foundational Area grant.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for research only projects and integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

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2015 USDA AFRI Grants Update
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

SYNOPSIS: 

AFRI will solicit its core program through seven separate RFAs. Applicants are encouraged to review each RFA to explore all the opportunities available to them. Additional AFRI information is available on the AFRI More Information Page.

FY 2015 Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative
Request for Application 
Text Version | PDF

FY 2015 Foundational Program
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Food Security 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Food Safety 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Water for Agriculture 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Sustainable Bioenergy 
No FY 2015 RFA for new awards (Link for more information)

The Funding Opportunity will publish these Request for Applications as they become available. 

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Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement: AFRI FASE & EPSCoR Program
USDA - NIFA

TBA

SYNOPSIS: 

The Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) grants are designed to help institutions develop competitive projects, and to attract new scientists and educators into careers in high-priority areas of national need in agriculture, food, and environmental sciences. FASE Grants consist of New Investigator Grants, Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants, and Strengthening Grants. Strengthening Grants are further divided into Sabbatical Grants, Equipment Grants, Seed Grants, Strengthening Standard Grants, Strengthening CAP (Coordinated Agricultural Project) Grants and Strengthening Conference Grants. Ten percent of AFRI funding is set aside for Strengthening Grants and Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants.

Webinars

NIFA periodically offers webinars to EPSCoR states on funding opportunities and other programmatic information.

NOTE: To keep up to date on the AFRI FASE & EPSCoR Programs, you may subscribe for notifications: 

& http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/notification.html
& http://www.grants.gov/search/subscribeAdvanced.do

The VPRED office will also update MSU via the Funding Opportunity Announcement. 

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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

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

LOI due October 30, 2014
Full submission deadline TBA

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS/NEW TOPICS: 

Network Topic Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offered by:
 AHA National Research Program 

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

POLICY UPDATES: 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

Letter of intent Deadline: accepted anytime

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

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Charitable Giving Program
Community Works

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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Ecological Services Program Fiscal Year 2014 Recovery Implementation Fund
Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Program

July 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The FWS Endangered Species Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to States, other Federal agencies, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers, and other partners to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is part of the Department of Commerce's NOAA Fisheries office, share Endangered Species Act responsibilities for several species such as sea turtles. Projects for NMFS-managed species are not included in this funding opportunity.

OBJECTIVES: 

This Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is intended for projects that will contribute to the recovery of FWS-managed endangered and threatened species in the United States, and is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species response to climate change. For example: securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species, implementing restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species, help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of a species. Projects that address species response to climate change will receive additional consideration.

Special Instructions: Applicants must contact their regional FWS office to coordinate the letter of intent and application. 

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General Grants
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

General Grants

The Trust awards grants for projects that are of strategic importance to the organization and consistent with its mission. Awards are made in the following four areas:

Arts and Culture

Performance and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region are of interest to the Trust. There is a high value placed on educational outreach efforts.

Education

The Trust considers educational projects offered in both formal and informal settings. Special interest is afforded to private higher education.

Health and Human Services

The Trust is interested in a diverse range of projects to enhance the quality of life in the region. Preventive efforts that address physical, spiritual, social, and psychological needs, especially those focused on youth, are preferred.

Research

Most of the Trust's funding for scientific research is limited to specific organizations and projects. However, the Trust does consider other science-based initiatives.

The Trust makes grants for building the capacity of non-profit groups in these primary ways for the following three types of projects:

Capital

The Trust regularly funds projects that involve construction, renovation, land purchase, and more. Requests for capital projects are preferred once a portion of the funds needed have been secured.

Program

Both new programs and the expansion of existing programs are considered. Requests may be for start-up costs and/or related additional staff members. The Trust prefers to fund these grants on a declining basis over three years (100/67/33 percent).

Equipment

Scientific research instrumentation, technology, and other essential equipment items are often funded. In every case, the Trust requires a cost share of 50 percent or more.

Before proceeding, interested parties should review the Guidelines for Grantseekers to learn more and determine the organization's eligibility and the appropriate nature of the project to the Trust.

 

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MCubed Diamond Program
University of Michigan

SYNOPSIS: 

The MCubed Diamond Program provides an unprecedented opportunity for donors to invest in research projects that align exactly with their interests, from global health to education, and sustainability to social justice.  Funders set the parameters for each project, interact with the University of Michigan to identify faculty experts to lead their project, and receive co