Internal Opportunities and Announcements

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

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

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

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October 16, 2014

Dear Colleague,

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Dr. France A. Córdova
Director

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

Effective July 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Open Access Author Fund at MSU - Pilot Project
MSU Library

The Open Access Author Fund

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

Goals

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


The Application Process

Eligible Publications and Data repositories

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

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

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

Eligible Articles and Data

Articles/data should:

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

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

Eligible Authors

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

Eligible Fees

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

Fund Limits

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

Institutional Repository

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

How do I apply?

Complete the online form.

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Campus Advancement Toward Sustainability (CATS) Funding
MSU Campus Sustainability Advisory Council (CSAC)

Application due: Apr. 9, 2018

The MSU Campus Sustainability Advisory Council (CSAC) is seeking proposals from faculty, staff, and students for sustainability-oriented research or projects that support the mission of CSAC: "To promote the concept and practice of sustainability for MSU, including the community and MSU's satellite institutions." More information on CSAC can be found using the Program URL link below.

Up to $30,000 of funding will be allocated. Projects will be selected based on their benefits toward sustainability, promotion of the MSU strategic plan, and advancement of the CSAC mission. Applications are available from Alexandra Stimatze at alexandra.stimatze@montana.edu.

Project proposals are due April 9, 2018 and must have an MSU affiliated advisor. Applicants will be notified by April 11 if they have been selected for the next stage of approval. Proposals that make it to the next approval stage will provide a brief presentation to CSAC on April 12.

Applications can be submitted to alexandra.stimatze@montana.edu. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to CSAC Chair Ralph Johnson at ralphj@montana.edu.

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Year 3 of the American Indian-Alaska Native Clinical Translational Research Program: Request for Proposals
American Indian-Alaska Native Clinical Translational Research Program (AI-AN CTRP)

Pre-Proposal due: Feb. 21, 2018
New or Revised Proposal due: Mar. 21, 2018
Competitive Renewal due: Apr. 18, 2018

The American Indian-Alaska Native Clinical and Translational Research Program (AI-AN CTRP) is soliciting proposals from investigators and community groups to support and develop research programs relevant to AI-AN health disparities in Montana and Alaska.

The AI-AN CTRP has the goal of developing the capacity of several Montana and Alaska institutions to address health disparities that Native communities in these states face. The AI-AN CTRP seeks to: 1) Strengthen Montana's and Alaska's clinical and translational research infrastructure through continued development of shared facilities, intellectual resources, research collaborations, focused working groups, and training opportunities; 2) Increase the numbers of mentors while developing the careers of clinical investigators in Native health disparities research in Montana and Alaska; and 3) Expand and support sustainable and culturally responsible community-engaged research that will mitigate health disparities in Montana's and Alaska's Native communities.

New Special Emphasis: Priority will be given to proposals that address substance abuse, including but not limited to methamphetamine and opioid addiction. Proposals addressing all priority health issues in AI-AN communities will be considered; set aside funds are available for the special emphasis area on addiction.

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Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, Summer 2018
MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis, Department of Agricultural Economics & Economics

Application due: Apr. 27, 2018

The mission of the MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis (IRAEA) is to engage undergraduate and graduate students with faculty in academic research that will further the understanding of economic regulation and policy's impact on societal well-being. IRAEA facilitates research, analysis, and teaching of regulatory economics as applied to agriculture, healthcare, technology, finance, natural resources, education, public safety, and other sectors.

IRAEA funds research scholarships for undergraduate students from a wide range of disciplines to participate in faculty-led research projects that address issues relevant to the IRAEA mission. Awards are available for semester-, academic year-, and summer-length research projects. Additional support is available for student travel to regional or national conferences at which the student presents the results of the sponsored research project.

With IRAEA undergraduate research scholarships, faculty and students can explore academic interests beyond the classroom. Students get hands-on experience with research and acquire academic and professional skills and credentials, and faculty get help with their research projects. Tenured/tenure-track faculty at MSU must apply on behalf of student researchers.

Examples of potential research projects (note that these are examples, not recommendations or requirements; a full listing of previously funded projects is available at: http://www.montana.edu/regecon/undergraduate_research_scholars.html):

  • The impacts of regulation of biological and chemical pesticide control technologies in agriculture
  • The impacts of regulation, technology and/or health professional certification and licensing regulations on the development of healthcare-related products, healthcare access and healthcare quality

  • The impacts of technology and/or policy and regulation on educational services and educational quality

  • The impacts of technology and/or criminal justice policy and regulation on state and federal penal systems, recidivism, and crime rates

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Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap)Training
MSU Division of Health Sciences

Wed. & Thurs., May 2 & 3, 2018

The MSU Division of Health Sciences is hosting a Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) Training on May 2-3, 2018. The trainers will be here from the University of Washington (UW) and are a wealth of information. REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases and is HIPAA-compliant. Many of our researchers already use this tool. It is supported by UW as we are a WWAMI state and was developed at Vanderbilt University.

Two sessions (advanced and basic) will be offered on Thursday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  Opportunities for one-on-one sessions will be available on the afternoons of May 2 and 3. A complete schedule including the location is forthcoming; in the meantime, please save the dates.

Questions about these sessions may be directed to Rebecca Mahurin, Special Projects Manager, Division of Health Sciences, at rmahurin@montana.edu or 994-2752.


2018 Request for Pilot Grant Proposals
COBRE Center for Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Application due: May 15, 2018

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

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

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

For questions or to request a copy of the complete announcement, contact COBRE Program Coordinator Jennifer Hodges at jennifer.hodges3@montana.edu or 994-4903.


Research Fellows Program, 2018-2020
MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis, Department of Agricultural Economics & Economics and the Charles Koch Foundation

Application due: May 15, 2018

The mission of the MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis (IRAEA) is to engage undergraduate and graduate students with faculty in academic research that will further the understanding of economic regulation and policy's impact on societal well-being. IRAEA facilitates research, analysis, and teaching of regulatory economics as applied to agriculture, healthcare, technology, finance, natural resources, education, public safety, and other sectors.

IRAEA provides fellowships for MSU faculty members to pursue research programs related to the IRAEA mission; produce publicly accessible briefing papers and other communications that inform law makers, policy advisors and the public on policy and regulatory issues related to the research; and organize and participate in IRAEA workshops and conferences. Fellowships are awarded through an MSU-wide competitive process. Information on past Research Fellows is available at: www.montana.edu/regecon/researchfellows.

Consistent with the IRAEA mission, the involvement of students in research is important and strongly encouraged; research programs should focus on policy at the state, regional, and/or national level, and should have a high likelihood of leading to independent funding. Additional funding for student involvement in the research is available on a competitive basis through the IRAEA Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Additional funding to support research-related visits to MSU by visiting scholars is available through the IRAEA Visiting Scholars program.

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Research Grants Program, 2018-2019
MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis, Department of Agricultural Economics & Economics and the Charles Koch Foundation

Application due: May 15, 2018

The mission of the MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis (IRAEA) is to engage undergraduate and graduate students with faculty in academic research that will further the understanding of economic regulation and policy's impact on societal well-being. IRAEA facilitates research, analysis, and teaching of regulatory economics as applied to agriculture, healthcare, technology, finance, natural resources, education, public safety, and other sectors.

IRAEA provides annual research grants for MSU faculty members to conduct research projects related to the IRAEA mission. Grants are awarded through an MSU-wide competitive process.

Examples of potential research projects (note that these are examples, not recommendations or requirements; a full listing of previously funded projects is available at: http://www.montana.edu/regecon/researchgrants.html):

  • The impacts of regulation of biological and chemical pesticide control technologies in agriculture

  • The impacts of regulation, technology and/or health professional certification and licensing regulations on the development of healthcare-related products, healthcare access and healthcare quality

  • The impacts of technology and/or policy and regulation on educational services and educational quality

  • The impacts of technology and/or criminal justice policy and regulation on state and federal penal systems, recidivism, and crime rates

Consistent with the IRAEA mission, the involvement of students in research is important and strongly encouraged; research programs should focus on policy at the state, regional, and/or national level, and should have a high likelihood of leading to independent funding. Additional funding for student involvement in the research is available on a competitive basis through the IRAEA Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Additional funding to support research-related visits to MSU by visiting scholars is available through the IRAEA Visiting Scholars program.

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Meeting Series Announcement: MSU Researchers Collaborating with Indigenous Communities or Populations
College of Education, Health & Human Development

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2:00-3:15 p.m., SUB 233

A network of MSU researchers collaborating or aspiring to collaborate with Indigenous communities or populations to conduct research and/or provide service program support will meet every month through the summer on second Thursdays, 2:00-3:15 p.m. (day/time may change in September for new academic year). Meetings offer networking and a learning community.

MSU increasingly is a leader in partnership work with Indigenous communities. We believe it will help everyone's work if we know more about what each other is doing and are able to share best practices. Indigenous partners appreciate when different faculty and staff at the University are aware of each other's projects and, where appropriate, are collaborating with each other to reduce the burden and increase coordination and benefits for their communities. Near-term, the group will comprise MSU actors but soon will invite community partners to participate in meetings when feasible.

The discussion on Thursday, April 12, 2018 (2:00-3:15 p.m. in SUB 233) will focus on funding sources, travel, and other resource information, and lessons being learned in collaboration with Indigenous communities (including grant proposal processes).

To learn more or to be added to the group's listserv, contact Elizabeth Bird, coordinator/facilitator, at ebird@montana.edu or 994-2520.


Partners in Science Program
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Internal MSU Pre-Proposal due: Aug. 1, 2018
Full Agency Application due: Dec. 1, 2018

When high school science faculty can grow their skills and experience by participating in advanced research, their students and schools will benefit. The Murdock Trust created the Partners in Science Program to give these teachers this valuable learning opportunity.

This unique program pairs high school science teachers with a mentor doing cutting-edge research in an academic lab. The Trust awards approximately 25 Partners in Science grants each year to fund these teacher-mentor research opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. The goal is to help teachers bring knowledge from the research lab directly into the classroom to promote hands-on science education.

If eligible and awarded, MSU investigators who agree to host a high school science teacher in their lab over the Summer 2019 months will be offered a $2,500 incentive by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development.

In addition, participation by investigators in this program will be accepted as a Broader Impacts and Outreach strategy that is required to accompany their research.

Deadline and Submission Requirements:

  1. Applicants should complete an OSP Electronic Proposal Clearance Form (ePCF) via the Office of Sponsored Programs website: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" form. Select the Sponsor, "MJ Murdock Charitable Trust (MJMUR) [P]" and the Program, "MJ Murdock Partners in Science Program."

  2. Applicants should include their whitepaper as an attachment on the clearance form. Attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.

  3. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2018. The Vice President of Research and Economic Development will review the pre-proposals.

  4. Full proposals from selected MSU investigators will be due to the sponsor on December 1, 2018. The MJ Murdock board will review the applications in January 2019 and announce the selections in March for the Summer 2019 partnerships.

Click on the link below for more information about the Partners in Science Program. Questions may also be addressed to Sandy Sward, Director, MSU Office of Sponsored Programs, 994-2381 or ssward@montana.edu.

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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Equipment Grant and NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and the National Science Foundation

Whitepaper due to Department Head or Dean: April 30, 2018
Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 15, 2018
Agency due date: Jan. 1, 2019 (Murdock grant) and Jan. 22, 2019 (NSF grant)

This announcement is to alert PIs that their deans and department heads have been notified regarding the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Equipment Grant and NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program. Interested PIs should submit a whitepaper outlining their equipment/instrumentation needs to their department head or dean by Monday, April 30, 2018. Please note that equipment purchased with these grant funds is intended to be an institutional piece of equipment and should advance the research mission of MSU.

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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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Fellowships
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Apr. 11, 2018

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities.

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

All applications will be given equal consideration in accordance with the program's evaluation criteria, whether they respond to the Standing Together initiative or focus on lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials.

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NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
National Endowment for the Humanities & The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Application due: Apr. 11, 2018

Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication.

To be eligible for this special opportunity, an applicant's plans for digital publication must be essential to the project's research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics being addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Successful projects will likely incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan.

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

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

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Breast Cancer Research Program: Breakthrough Fellowship Award
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: May 16, 2018
Full Application due: May 30, 2018

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

The Breakthrough Fellowship Award supports recent doctoral or medical graduates in pursuit of innovative, high-impact breast cancer research during their postdoctoral fellowship and allows them to obtain the necessary experience for an independent career at the forefront of breast cancer research. Those individuals should be exceptionally talented researchers who have demonstrated that they are the "best and brightest"of their peers. Applicants for this award must exhibit a desire to pursue a career in breast cancer research, with evidence for a researcher development plan that will lead to a successful independent career in breast cancer. Applicants must also demonstrate that the proposed research has high potential to lead to or make breakthroughs in breast cancer.

Research supported by the Breakthrough Fellowship Award will have the potential for a major impact and accelerate progress toward ending breast cancer. The impact must move beyond a minor advancement and have the potential to lead to an approach that is fundamentally better than interventions already approved or in clinical development. Applications are expected to identify the breast cancer patients or at-risk individuals who would ultimately benefit from the proposed research.

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STEM Science Communication Fellowship Program
National Science Foundation and Montana State University

Application due: June 15, 2018

Become a STEM Storyteller!

 

A team of researchers, led by assistant professor of physics Shannon Willoughby, won nearly $500,000 from the NSF to help doctoral students learn how to better communicate their research through speaking.

 

Students interested in improving their oral communication skills while training to become a STEM professional can apply to this new program. Participants will learn improv skills from a professional actor, practice using less jargon while discussing their research, and get practice talking with the general public.

 

MSU doctoral students in STEM fields who are interested in participating in the program can email Dr. Willoughby for additional information at stemstorytellers@montana.edu.

 

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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Aug. 8, 2018

The purpose of this Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research award is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and those with disabilities.

Through this award program, promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual's potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

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Limited Submissions

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

Internal MSU LOI due: Oct. 6, 2017
Full Application due: Apr. 30, 2018

SYNOPSIS: 

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this NIBIB-NICHD R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development. This FOA encourages applications from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate Biomedical Engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with Biomedical Engineering tracks/minors. This FOA mainly targets undergraduate students but may also include first-year graduate students. Courses and programs that address innovative and/or ground-breaking development, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and clinical immersion are especially encouraged.

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 NIBIB-NICHD R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.  To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Courses for Skills Development: For example, courses and programs that address innovative and/or ground-breaking developments in Biomedical Engineering, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and the immersion of engineering students in a clinical environment.    

Research education programs may complement ongoing research training and education occurring at the applicant institution, but the proposed educational experiences must be distinct from those training and education programs currently receiving Federal support. R25 programs may augment institutional research training programs (e.g., T32, T90) but cannot be used to replace or circumvent Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs.

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH)", and the program, "Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is October 6, 2017.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by April 30, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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American National Election Studies Competition (ANES)
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Dec. 22, 2017
Agency LOI due: Feb. 21, 2018
Full Application due: Apr. 20, 2018

The American National Election Studies (ANES) produce high quality data from its own surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation. The mission of the ANES is to inform explanations of election outcomes by providing data that support rich hypothesis testing, maximize methodological excellence, measure many variables, and promote comparisons across people, contexts, and time. The ANES serves this mission by providing researchers with a view of the political world through the eyes of ordinary citizens.

The Political Science Program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences expects to make two awards for the 2020 Presidential election cycle with the award to run from fiscal years 2018 to 2021. We anticipate that NSF will make two awards totaling no more than $11.5 million over four years. One will be for the traditional face-to-face survey. The second will be for a web-based survey. While these will be independent awards, the two awardees will be expected to work closely together. The expected start date is July 2018.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "American National Election Studies Competition (ANES)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, December 22, 2017.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by April 20, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Commercialization Initiation Program
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Internal MSU LOI due: Dec. 8, 2017
Full submission due: June 1, 2018

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "MJ Murdock Charitable Trust", and the program, "Commercialization Initiation Program".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is December 8, 2017.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by June 1, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (P30)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal MSU LOI due: Oct. 6, 2017
Full Application due: June 1, 2018

SYNOPSIS: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (DDRCCs). The DDRCCs are part of an integrated program of digestive and liver diseases research support provided by the NIDDK.  The purpose of this Centers program is to bring together basic and clinical investigators as a means to enhance communication, collaboration, and effectiveness of ongoing research related to digestive and/or liver diseases.  DDRCCs are based on the core concept, whereby shared resources aimed at fostering productivity, synergy, and new research ideas among the funded investigators are supported in a cost-effective manner.  Each proposed DDRCC must be organized around a central theme that reflects the focus of the digestive or liver diseases research of the Center members. The central theme must be within the primary mission of NIDDK, and not thematic areas for which other NIH Institutes or Centers are considered the primary source of NIH funding.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The objective of the Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (DDRCCs) is to bring together, on a cooperative basis, basic and clinical investigators to enhance the effectiveness of their research related to digestive and/or liver diseases and their complications. DDRCCs are meant to improve communication among investigators and to integrate, coordinate, and foster interdisciplinary research involving the etiology, treatment, and prevention of digestive and /or liver diseases.  To accomplish this, the DDRCC supports a group of established investigators actively conducting programs of important, high-quality research that relates to a common theme in digestive diseases or liver diseases research. Thus, the purpose of a DDRCC is to provide the capability for accomplishments greater than those that would be possible by individual research project grant support alone.  Applicants should consult NIDDK staff concerning plans for the development of the DDRCC and the organization of the application.

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH)", and the program, "Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (P30)".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is October 6, 2017.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by June 1, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Princess Grace Foundation Film Scholarships
Princess Grace Foundation-USA

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Apr. 2, 2018
Full Application due: June 1, 2018

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

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

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Princess Grace Foundation (PRIGRA) [P]," and the program, "Princess Grace Foundation Film Scholarships."
  2. In lieu of a Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper), send the name of an undergraduate or graduate student along with a letter of recommendation (Department Chair/Dean), explaining why you consider this candidate to be currently outstanding in their field and deserving of a Princess Grace Award, and how they have demonstrated their excellence and future potential as an outstanding artist. The nomination may be up to two pages long.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, April 2, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by June 1, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship
Princess Grace Foundation-USA

Internal MSU LOI due: Apr. 2, 2018
Full Application due: June 1, 2018

The Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship will be awarded to support the animation project of one student at the undergraduate or graduate level in the field of animation. The grant is made in accordance with the student's animation project budget; no administrative charges, overhead or indirect costs incurred by the school may be charged against the grant. Should funding be awarded, acknowledgement of winning a Princess Grace Award, including the Princess Grace Awards logo, and recognition as a Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship recipient must appear in film credits/any related materials, and a copy of the completed film must be sent to the Foundation.

The Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship seeks to identify and support innovative, emerging animators who show outstanding artistic promise and a potential to have a lasting impact on the field of animation. PGF-USA is interested in identifying artists who push the boundaries of animation; creating new forms, as well as expanding the potential of classic technologies, narrative structures and methods. In evaluating applications, PGF-USA will consider the quality, originality and mastery of the subject and approach of the proposed animation project. Primary consideration will be given to the unique vision and talent of the artist.  Special consideration may be given to artists exploring innovative approaches within the practice of animation.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time student or matriculated but not yet have completed final project  
  • Have completed at least one piece of animation as the primary creator
  • Be the creator of the proposed project
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be nominated by the dean or department chair of the animation program

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Princess Grace Foundation (PRIGRA) [P]," and the program, "Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship."
  2. In lieu of a Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper), please send the name of an undergraduate or graduate candidate along with a letter of recommendation (Department Chair/Dean), explaining why you consider this candidate to be currently outstanding in their field and deserving of a Princess Grace Award, and how they have demonstrated their excellence and future potential as an outstanding artist. The nomination may be up to two pages long.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, April 2, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by June 1, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Beckman Scholars Program
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Mar. 15, 2018
Full Application due: June 15, 2018

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 U.S. These research activities shall be centered in 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. Research 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 award for 15 months, 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 Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation (BECKMAN) [P]," and the program, "Beckman Scholars Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Thursday, March 15, 2018. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by June 15, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Grants to Support Programs in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS)
Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development

Application due: Apr. 30, 2018

The Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development is pleased to announce this request for proposals for interdisciplinary, collaborative projects in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Collaborative grants are intended to be planning grants in anticipation of building programs, initiatives or centers that will enhance the national and international reputation of Montana State University.

The granting process will have two phases:

PHASE 1: We seek to fund up to 10 planning proposals between $2,000 and $10,000 with a maximum duration of 12 months in support of collaborative and/or interdisciplinary scholarship and creativity. A collaborative project must involve at least two full-time faculty members with a terminal degree. Final presentations by the grantees to the campus community and final reports describing the scholarly and creative accomplishments are required.

PHASE 2: At the end of the first year, a subset of awards (1-3) will be selected by a committee comprised of MSU faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences, who will review collaborative proposals and make recommendations to the VPRED for annual support of $50,000 to $150,000 for up to three years. (A phase 2 grant may be awarded in the first year in cases of exceptional merit.)

Questions about this program may be directed to your OSP fiscal manager.

Please note: These grants are not intended to replace grants in support of individual Scholarship & Creativity (S&C grants). A request for proposals for individual S&C grants will be issued by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development.

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MSU Research Expansion Funds
Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development

Application due: Apr. 30, 2018

To enable growth of our research base, we seek innovative proposals that reflect the best ideas of faculty across the campus. The proposals will provide the foundation for campus research strategies and priorities in FY 2019 and beyond. A subset of proposals will be funded; all will be prioritized for focused fundraising efforts from federal, state and/or private sources, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development. Please note that this is your opportunity to help determine the University's future research initiatives.

All research and tenure-track faculty of Montana State University are eligible and encouraged to apply. Funding level is up to $100,000 for one year, with a second-year negotiable pending progress as described in the proposal.

Proposals will be evaluated based on innovation, feasibility, scientific/academic merit, expected outcomes, ability to generate funding from federal, state, and/or private sources and anticipated impact with a strong focus on potential to contribute to the growth of the MSU research enterprise.

Questions about this program may be directed to your OSP fiscal manager.

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

Application due: Apr. 30, 2018 (Extended Deadline)

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

Criteria:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Procedure:

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

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

  3. Applications are due at OSP by April 30, 2018. Awards will be announced in May 2018.

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

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William T. Grant Scholars Program
William T. Grant Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 9, 2018
Mentor and Reference Letter due: June 27, 2018
Full Application due: July 5, 2018

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers' expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.

Awards are based on applicants' potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation's focus areas.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "William T. Grant Foundation (WTGFOU) [P]," and the program, "William T. Grant Scholars Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, March 9, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by July 5, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Apr. 30, 2018
Agency LOI due: June 8, 2018
Full Application due: July 9, 2018

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

To this end, this funding opportunity announcement encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), pre-service and in-service teachers (Teachers) and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development and Outreach.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, April 30, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by July 9, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Art Works
National Endowment for the Arts

Internal MSU LOI due: May 1, 2018
Full Application due: July 12, 2018

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

We encourage applications for artistically excellent projects that:

  • Celebrate America's creativity and cultural heritage.

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

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

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

Internal MSU LOI due: Dec. 8, 2017
Full submission due: Sept. 19, 2018

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health", and the program, "Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA)".
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is December 8, 2017.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 19, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal LOI due: Mar. 2, 2018
Full Agency submission due: Sept. 25, 2018

SYNOPSIS: 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.

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

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

2.  Research Experiences: For example, for graduate and medical, dental, nursing and other health professional students: to provide research experiences and related training not available through formal NIH training mechanisms; for postdoctorates, medical residents and faculty: to extend their skills, experiences, and knowledge base. 

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH)," and the program, "Bridges to the Doctorate."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is March 2, 2018. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 25, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 26, 2018
Full Application due: Sept. 26, 2018

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must not result solely in the collection of data; instead they must also incorporate analysis and interpretation.

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. These Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) [F]," and the program, "Division of Research Programs Summer Stipends."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, March 26, 2018.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 26, 2018.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu; Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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

Dear Colleagues:

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

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

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

Sincerely,

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

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Challenge America
National Endowment for the Arts

Application due: Apr. 12, 2018

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations--those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

This category encourages and supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation.

Challenge America grants:

  • Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.

  • Are limited to the specific types of projects outlined in the full announcement.

  • Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.

Partnerships can be valuable to the success of these projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as an appropriate way to engage with the identified underserved audience.

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Humanities Montana Regular Grants (greater than $1,000)
Humanities Montana

Application due: Apr. 20, 2018

Regular Grants offered by Humanities Montana are for applicants seeking funding for greater than $1,000.

Humanities Montana encourages proposals that stimulate statewide dialogue on humanities topics, foster discussion between humanities scholars and the public, strengthen cooperative relationships among communities and cultural organizations (museums, libraries, schools, tribal organizations, etc.), and enrich civic discourse among the state's diverse cultures and across its geographical distances.

Types of projects supported:

  • Book festivals

  • Conferences

  • Exhibits

  • Lectures

  • Media projects

  • Museum assistance

  • Oral histories

  • Panel discussions

  • Planning for humanities programs

  • Public debates

  • Reading and discussion programs

  • Workshops

  • "Other" (to encourage innovation)

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Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: May 1, 2018

The Preservation and Access Education and Training program supports the development of knowledge and skills among professionals responsible for preserving and establishing access to humanities collections. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture collections, electronic records, and digital objects. The challenge of preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is enormous, and the need for knowledgeable staff is significant and ongoing.

Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional education and training programs that reach audiences in more than one state. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to information and advances in preservation and access practices.

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Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets: A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Application due: May 14, 2018

The goal of the National Leadership Grant Programs (NLG) is to support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library, archive, and museum (LAM) fields and have the potential to advance theory and practice. Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets is a special NLG initiative with the goal of examining how LAMs can work with their communities to leverage their unique abilities to affect positive community change. Successful projects will demonstrate how LAMs can provide trusted spaces for, and learn from, ongoing community dialog to facilitate the discovery of mutual understanding and shared goals among individuals.

In addition, successful projects will demonstrate the viability of using and adapting existing approaches gleaned from the collective impact, social well-being, and community development arenas. A range of approaches are currently being employed in these fields that could be helpful as potential applicants consider their proposed projects.

Successful projects can encompass various components of initiating community work--including identifying the community opportunity and need, increasing collective understanding of the issues, and generating viable ideas for solutions--that are appropriate to the applicant's community context. Proposed activities should demonstrate a likelihood that the project will lay the groundwork for a breakthrough in addressing a community opportunity that is more effective, equitable, or sustainable than existing approaches, and will have the potential to enhance the quality of LAM services nationwide.

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Humanities Montana Opportunity Grants (up to $1,000)
Humanities Montana

Application due: Accepted online at any time, but at least four weeks prior to supported program

Opportunity Grants offered by Humanities Montana will award up to $1,000.

Humanities Montana encourages proposals that stimulate statewide dialogue on humanities topics, foster discussion between humanities scholars and the public, strengthen cooperative relationships among communities and cultural organizations (museums, libraries, schools, tribal organizations, etc.), and enrich civic discourse among the state's diverse cultures and across its geographical distances.

Types of projects supported:

  • Book festivals

  • Conferences

  • Exhibits

  • Lectures

  • Media projects

  • Museum assistance

  • Oral histories

  • Panel discussions

  • Planning for humanities programs

  • Public debates

  • Reading and discussion programs

  • Workshops

  • "Other" (to encourage innovation)

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Common Heritage
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: May 31, 2018

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

The Common Heritage program considers a community to be a city or town (or a part of a city or town) that has been strongly shaped by geographical and historical forces. Members of the public in that community may have diverse family histories and heritage, or they may share a historical, cultural, or linguistic heritage. The program recognizes that members of the public--in partnership with libraries, museums, archives, and historical organizations--have much to contribute to the understanding of our cultural mosaic. Together, such institutions and the public can be effective partners in the appreciation and stewardship of our common heritage.

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

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National Leadership Grants for Libraries - FY 2017 Cycle 2
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Preliminary Proposal due: Feb. 1, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): June 8, 2018

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archives fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

For the NLG-L program, all applications must designate one of the following project categories:

  • Community Anchors

  • National Digital Platform

  • Curating Collections

The application process for the NLG-L program is a two-phase process. In the first phase (Preliminary Proposal phase), all applicants must submit a two-page preliminary proposal by February 1, 2018. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals in the second phase (Invited Full Proposal phase) of the process. Only invited full proposals will be considered for funding.

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

Draft due (optional): Apr. 4, 2018
Full Application due: June 13, 2018

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

The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing or the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions.

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

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NEA Our Town, FY2019
National Endowment for the Arts

Application due: Aug. 9, 2018

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

To apply, choose a program area:

  • Place-Based Projects. Through arts engagement, cultural planning, design, and/or artist/creative industry support, these projects contribute to improved quality of life in local communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.

  • Knowledge Building Projects. These projects build and disseminate knowledge about how to leverage arts, culture, and design as mechanisms for strengthening communities. These grants are available to arts service or design service organizations, and/or other national or regional membership, policy, or university-based organizations. These projects require a partnership that will facilitate the knowledge sharing and/or exchange. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.

Through Our Town projects, the National Endowment for the Arts intends to achieve the following objective: Strengthening Communities: Provide opportunities for the arts to be integrated into the fabric of community life.

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Department of Defense (DOD)

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Click the related link to read more. 

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CDMRP Funding Opportunities
Department of Defense

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Breast Cancer Research Program

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

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Gulf War Illness Research Program

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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Epilepsy Research Program (ERP)
Department of Defense

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

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

  • Idea Development Award
  • Epilepsy Risk Factors Award

Click on the link below for details about each award.

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

Deadline: see program URL

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

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FY18 Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program (JWMRP)
Department of Defense

Response due: Apr. 9, 2018

The Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program (JWMRP) provides an opportunity to advance previously funded DoD or Service medical R&D projects that address the medical requirements of the Services. The JWMRP complements and enhances the Defense Health Program by facilitating the further development of promising industry and academic efforts.

Each year a broad spectrum of R&D initiatives are considered under the JWMRP. The efforts are aligned to one of the six Joint Program Committee (JPC) scientific domains. These are: Medical Simulation and Information Sciences (JPC-1), Military Infectious Diseases (JPC-2), Military Operational Medicine (JPC-5), Combat Casualty Care (JPC-6), Radiation Health Effects (JPC-7), and Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine (JPC-8).

Through research efforts focused in advanced technology development and product demonstration and validation, the JWMRP offers a pathway to transition maturing medical solutions to the Military Health System (MHS) for the benefit of our Service members and other MHS beneficiaries.

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Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) FY18 Funding Opportunities
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: TBA
Application due: TBA

Although funds have not been appropriated for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), this announcement is to notify the research community of recently released pre-announcements to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY18 funding opportunities.

FY18 funding opportunities are anticipated for the following programs:

Gulf War Illness Research Program (http://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2018/18gwirppreann)

Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (http://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2018/18prcrppreann)

Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (http://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2018/18prorppreann)

Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (http://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2018/18tbdrppreann)

Lung Cancer Research Program (http://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2018/18lcrppreann)

Parkinson's Research Program (http://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2018/18prppreann)

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Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Broad Agency Announcement for Basic Scientific Research (2018)
Department of Defense

White Paper submission due: Apr. 4, 2018
Full Proposal submission due: June 15, 2018

The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences is the Army's lead agency for the conduct of research, development, and analyses for the improvement of Army readiness and performance via research advances and applications of the behavioral and social sciences that address personnel, organization, training, and leader development issues. The basic research program supports research projects that are designed to expand fundamental knowledge and discover general principles in the behavioral and social sciences.

In addition to looking for proposals that provide for programmatic efforts to develop and evaluate psychological and behavioral theory, we strongly encourage applicants to propose novel, state-of-the-art, and multidisciplinary approaches that address difficult problems. A key consideration in the decision to support a research proposal is that its findings are likely to stimulate new, basic behavioral research which, in turn, will lead to improved performance of Army personnel and their units. Proposals may address both traditional behavioral issues as well as psychophysiological (to include neuroscience) and network science approaches to social phenomena, memory, cognition, and personality.

For the complete announcement, click on the link below to grants.gov and search for Opportunity Number:

W911NF-18-S-0001

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Spinal Cord Injury Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Full Application deadlines TBA in May 2018

The Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) includes the following award mechanisms:

  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Qualitative Research Award
  • Translational Research Award

Please Note: The SCIRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY18 SCIRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions will be posted on the Grants.gov website in May 2018. 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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Autism Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Full Application deadlines TBA in May 2018

The Autism Research Program (ARP) will include the Clinical Translational Award and the Idea Development Award.

The ARP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The ARP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in May 2018. 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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Epilepsy Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Full Application deadlines TBA in May 2018

The Epilepsy Research Program includes the following awards:

  • Idea Development Award
  • Longitudinal Risk Factors Award

The Department of Defense is providing the information in this announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The Program Announcement and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in May 2018. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

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Hearing Restoration Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Full Application deadlines TBA in May 2018

The Hearing Restoration Research Program includes the following awards:

  • Translational Research Award
  • Focused Research Award

The Department of Defense is providing the information in this announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The Program Announcement and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in May 2018. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

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Neurofibromatosis Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Full Application deadlines TBA in May 2018

The Neutofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) will include the Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award, the Investigator-Initiated Research Award, the New Investigator Award, and the Early Investigator Research Award.

FY18 NFRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov website in May 2018. 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 and funding of research projects received in response to these Program Announcements is contingent on the availability of Federal funds appropriated for the NFRP.

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Peer Reviewed Alzheimer's Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Full Application deadlines TBA in May 2018

The Peer Reviewed Alzheimer's Research Program includes the following awards:

  • Convergence Science Research Award
  • Quality of Life Research Award
  • New Investigator Research Award
  • Research Partnership Award

The Department of Defense is providing the information in this announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The Program Announcement and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in May 2018. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Application deadlines TBA in late April/early May 2018

The Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) will include the Career Development Award, the Idea Award with Special Focus, the Translational Team Science Award, and the Impact Award.

FY18 PRCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in late April/early May 2018. 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, and funding of research projects received in response to these Program Announcements is contingent on the availability of Federal funds appropriated for the PRCRP.

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Prostate Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Full Application deadlines TBA in May 2018

The Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) will include the Impact Award, the Health Disparity Research Award, the Idea Development Award, the Physician Research Award, the Early Investigator Research Award, and the Health Disparity Scholar Award.

The PCRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY18 PCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in May 2018. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released.

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application and Full Application deadlines TBA in May 2018

The Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program includes the following awards:

  • Exploration - Hypothesis Development Award
  • Idea Development Award
  • Clinical Translational Research Award

The Department of Defense is providing the information in this announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The Program Announcement and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in May 2018. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

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Polyplexus Pilot
Department of Defense

Registration due: May 31, 2018
Abstract due: June 1, 2018
Full Proposal due: July 20, 2018

The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking participants for a pilot program designed to utilize modern connectivity to rapidly develop promising basic research pathways and then efficiently develop basic research proposals. DSO's intent is to fund some of the research proposals resulting from this pilot program.

As with other recent DARPA/DSO opportunity announcements, the intent of this program is to deliver research proposals that seek to investigate innovative approaches to enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Polyplexus is an online platform being developed under the DARPA Gamifying the Search for Strategic Surprise (GS3) program. The goal of the new Polyplexus platform is to fundamentally reshape the R&D process by reducing the time between concept emergence and worthy proposal submission. The Polyplexus platform aims to achieve this goal via efficiency gains that arise from collaborative activities focused on rigorous evidence collection and hypothesis generation, both of which are facilitated by online conversation.

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Breast Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense

LOI or Pre-Proposal due: May 15 or 16, 2018 (varies by program)
Full Application due (some programs by invitation only): May 30 or Aug. 14, 2018 (varies by program)

The Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs announces the FY18 Breast Cancer Research Program. Award mechanisms for this opportunity include the following:

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

Click on the program link below for details about each mechanism, including due dates for LOIs and full applications.

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StreamlinedML: An Extensible End-to-End Machine Learning System and Advanced Learning Algorithm Development
Department of the Air Force

White Paper/Pre-Proposal due: Sept. 28, 2018
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): TBA

The Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome Research Site, is seeking innovative research proposals in the development of an open, end-to-end machine learning framework to revolutionize how the AF/DoD designs, develops, trains, evaluates, and deploys machine learning capabilities.

Specifically, this effort is focused on addressing the engineering and research efforts necessary for the realization of a high-performance machine learning (ML) system with emphasis on extensibility, (re)usability, ease of deployment, and scalability. Additionally, this effort seeks to establish an ML ecosystem, built upon the framework, consisting of large-scale data and model repositories, diverse state-of-the-art ML methods, and comprehensive evaluation capabilities to be made available to and built upon by AF/DoD and partners. The Government calls the realization of this framework & ecosystem StreamlinedML, as the goal of this system is to streamline the end-to-end process of practically using machine learning for AF/DoD tasks.

The StreamlinedML program is divided into five technical areas (TAs). Proposers may submit offers on any technical area individually or any combination of technical areas thereof. Proposers who include multiple technical areas in their proposal should describe the work for each technical area separately and clearly identify the applicable TAs. Proposers should indicate their integration strategy for integration of components developed in other TAs when applicable.

The five technical areas are as follows:
TA1: Machine learning framework
TA2: Suite of state-of-the-art (SOTA) machine learning methods
TA3: Data-efficient machine learning methods
TA4: User Interface, machine learning workflows, performance evaluation and visualization
TA5: Data curation and demonstration

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Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative
Department of Defense

White Paper due: June 29, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 16, 2018

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

As defined by the DoD, basic research is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress. DoD's basic research program invests broadly in many fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.

The FY 2019 MURI competition is for the topics listed in the full announcement (click on URL below).

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

Whitepaper request
Open until June 2019

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

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Department of Energy (DOE)

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy
Department of Energy

Application due: Apr. 20, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research (BER) hereby announces interest in receiving applications for genomics-based research that will lead to the improved use of plant biomass and feedstocks for the production of biofuels and renewable chemical feedstocks.

Applications are sought for research on candidate herbaceous and woody plants with improved resistance/tolerance to disease and disease complexes, and non-food oil seed crops for improved winter cold tolerance/survivability and agronomic traits.

Research to overcome these biological barriers to the low-cost, high-quality, scalable and sustainable production of dedicated bioenergy biomass feedstocks using the tools of genetics and genomics are encouraged.

To access the full announcement for this opportunity, please go to grants.gov using the link below and search grants using the Opportunity Number DE-FOA-0001857.

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Department of Health & Human Services

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: College and Career Success for Students with Serious Mental Illness or Traumatic Brain Injury
Administration for Community Living

Application due: Apr. 9, 2018

The purpose of NIDILRR's Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP), funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to plan and conduct research and dissemination and utilization activities to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).

The purpose of this particular DRRP is to generate new knowledge about the effectiveness of interventions to improve college education and employment outcomes of people with serious mental illness or traumatic brain injury.

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Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and Their Families
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Application due: Apr. 10, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is accepting applications for FY 2018 Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and Their Families grant program. The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18), transitional aged youth (ages 16-25), and their families/primary caregivers with substance use disorders.

SAMHSA recognizes that effective and quality treatment for adolescent and transitional aged youth includes age and developmentally appropriate evidence-based assessments and practices. In addition, SAMHSA recognizes that family/primary caregiver involvement in the adolescent and transitional aged youth's treatment is a key factor in effective treatment and recovery programs. The recipient will be expected to provide a coordinated multi-system family centered approach that will enhance and expand comprehensive evidence-based treatment, including early intervention, and recovery support services to the population of focus.

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Identify, Analyze, and Evaluate Potential Risk Factors for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

LOI due: Apr. 2, 2018
Application due: Apr. 30, 2018

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is committed to protecting people's health from environmental hazards by investigating the relationship between environmental factors and health, developing guidance, and building partnerships to support healthy decision making. The intent of the ATSDR extramural research program is to fund research that promotes healthy community environments by assessing the available scientific data to determine if people are at risk because of their exposures to harmful chemicals in the environment.

ATSDR is soliciting investigator-initiated research that will further the understanding of potential risk factors for ALS, while supporting the National ALS Registry's mission. The National ALS Registry's goals are to estimate the number of new ALS cases each year, estimate the number of people who have ALS at a specific point in time, better understand who gets ALS, and identify what contributing factors, including environmental, may affect ALS.

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Injury Control Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Agency LOI due: May 3, 2018
Full Application due: Aug. 6, 2018

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Extramural Research Program Office (NCIPC) is seeking applications from qualified organizations for Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) grants. These Centers will support NCIPC's priorities and mission through high quality research, training, and outreach, as well as effective translation of scientific discoveries into practice for the prevention and control of fatal and nonfatal injuries, violence, and related disabilities.

The goals of the NCIPC ICRC program are to:

  • Build the scientific base for the prevention and control of fatal and nonfatal injuries and violence

  • Integrate professionals from a wide spectrum of disciplines such as epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, medicine, biostatistics, public health, health economics, law, criminal justice, and engineering to perform research and provide technical expertise to prevent and control injuries and/or violence more effectively

  • Encourage investigators to conduct research that involves intervention development, evaluation of promising interventions and strategies, or translation of effective programs

  • Engage in active collaboration with other injury and/or violence prevention and control programs, including other researchers; universities; medical institutions; community groups; state and local government agencies, public health agencies; and policy makers

  • Serve as a trusted source of injury and/or violence prevention and control information for their constituents and stakeholders at the local, state, tribal, and national levels, and the public

  • Provide high caliber training to students and injury and violence prevention professionals

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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Tribal-Researcher Capacity Building Grants
U.S. Department of Justice

Application due: Apr. 23, 2018

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) actively supports research that involves federally recognized tribes (or tribally based organizations) on issues of crime and justice in the United States. In doing so, NIJ is committed to ethical and engaged efforts in line with responsible research conduct and federal trust responsibilities. This solicitation seeks to enhance and expand such research through the provision of grants to support development of relevant, new, and innovative research projects. To ensure proposed projects result in tangible and mutually beneficial studies, they must include a new tribal-researcher partnership component.

Through this solicitation, NIJ will provide small grants to fund applicants who wish to both (1) initiate new and innovative research projects involving federally recognized tribes (or tribally based organizations); and (2) facilitate a new tribal-researcher investigator partnership.

Under this solicitation, grant funding may be awarded to cover costs associated with:

  • Engaging and conferring with tribal nations on criminal justice research, development, testing (e.g., technology), and evaluation aimed to improve public safety in tribal communities;

  • Establishing new tribal nation and tribal program partnerships and participation (e.g., technical and factual presentations to tribal leadership or governing bodies, including those requested by a tribe in connection with its process for providing its authorization to participate in the funded project; obtaining participatory agreements; and securing tribal Institutional Review Board approvals);

  • Developing research questions and study designs using community-based participatory research principles that involve the tribal partner in all aspects of the research process;

  • Conducting pilot, feasibility, or evaluability assessment studies that may involve collecting preliminary data and/or secondary data analysis; and

  • Drafting a tribal-researcher investigator criminal justice proposal for submission based on the new partnership.

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Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes
U.S. Department of Justice

Application due: Apr. 24, 2018

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals for basic or applied research and development projects. An NIJ forensic science research and development grant supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project that will: (1) increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice; or (2) lead to the production of useful material(s), device(s), system(s), or method(s) that have the potential for forensic application.

The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research; research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science; and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes.

Projects should address the challenges and needs of the forensic science community. While the goals and deliverables of proposed projects are not required to result in immediate solutions to the posted challenges and needs (see full announcement using link below), proposals should at a minimum address the foundational work that will lead to eventual solutions.

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NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY 2018
U.S. Department of Justice

Application due: Apr. 25, 2018

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals for applied research that examines the feasibility, impact, and cost efficiency of evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for State, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address two drug priorities: (1) drug trafficking, markets, and use related to heroin and other opioids (including fentanyl, diverted pharmaceuticals, synthetic drugs, and analogues); and (2) illegal marijuana markets and drug-related violent crime.

All proposed projects should examine novel approaches to common problems, demonstrate methods to generate actionable information, promote innovative partnerships between stakeholders, and add value to resources that can be sustained long-term and replicated by other jurisdictions for a national scale impact.

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Artificial Intelligence Technology Applied Research and Development for Law Enforcement Applications
U.S. Department of Justice

Application due: Apr. 30, 2018

With this solicitation, Artificial Intelligence Technology Applied Research and Development for Law Enforcement Applications, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for research to apply advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to support law enforcement in preventing, responding to, and investigating gang violence, human and drug trafficking, migrant smuggling, opioid trafficking, and/or child pornography.

NIJ is most interested in proposals that apply AI technology to combatting:

  • Street gang violence and victimization

  • Human trafficking

  • Migrant smuggling

  • Opioid trafficking

  • Child pornography

This solicitation supports five United States Department of Justice priorities:

  • Reducing violent crime

  • Reducing victimization, specifically with respect to human trafficking

  • Addressing the opioid epidemic

  • Enhancing investigations and prosecution

  • Enforcing our nation's immigration laws

NIJ may consider strong applications outside of the five areas of most interest, but which still address some aspect of the United States Department of Justice's priorities cited above. Proposals' descriptive titles must clearly identify the focus areas of the proposed projects.

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Programs and Services for Victims of Crime: Phased Evaluation Research
U.S. Department of Justice

Application due: May 4, 2018

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for rigorous program evaluation of specific services for victims of crime, including housing, legal assistance, and technology-based services. This solicitation is for a formative evaluation, not to exceed a 24-month period of performance. This solicitation supports the U.S. Department of Justice's priority of reducing victimization by examining interventions that may be effective in reducing revictimization and supporting victim needs.

With this solicitation, NIJ is collaborating with the Office for Victims of Crime to support a phased evaluation approach in three areas of victim services:

  1. Technology-based victim services;

  2. Housing and shelter models for victims of crime; and

  3. Legal assistance models for victims of crime.

Special Note: NIJ is interested in supporting researchers who are early in their careers and new to NIJ's research grant portfolios, specifically non-tenured assistant professors, or equivalent full-time staff scientist positions in a research institution, who propose research on topics relevant to NIJ's Office of Research and Evaluation and/or Office of Science and Technology. Applications that include a principal investigator (PI) who meets the criteria may, in appropriate circumstances, be given special consideration in award decisions.

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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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Affordable, Accessible, and Appealing: The Next Generation of Nutrition
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Application due: May 2, 2018

Consumers in low- and middle-income countries purchase over $3T worth of food and beverages through formal food markets each year. Nearly half ($1.2T) of that total is spent by consumers in the lowest two global income quintiles. For low-income urban consumers, 75-90% of their food is purchased (as opposed to home grown), and 50-70% of the monetary value of that purchased food is processed. For low-income rural consumers, about 40% of their food is purchased. However, because many of today's processed foods tend to lack nutritional density, the quality of low-income consumer diets remains an issue, despite the consumer's regular engagement with formal food markets.

Lack of availability of affordable nutritious foods, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, is a major issue. In the U.S., the average fortified infant cereal is relatively affordable, at 3.7x the cost of our staple grain food product (bread). In India, that ratio is 11.1x and in Nigeria, 30.3x. Beyond the products themselves, ensuring access to nutritious foods through the distribution and retail channels that reach low-income consumers is a challenge. Lack of knowledge about nutritious food choices, or low appeal of those food products, further compounds the problem.

We desire to advance innovative technologies to enhance the availability and accessibility of affordable, nutritious foods for low-income consumers, working within the key constraint that these innovations must be relevant to market-based food systems in low and middle-income countries. Overall, our target population is young women, mothers, and children from 6-23 months of age. Accordingly, the proposed technologies funded must not undermine exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life.

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Innovations in Immunization Data Management, Use, and Improved Process Efficiency
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Application due: May 2, 2018

Immunization represents one of public health's most valuable and cost-effective interventions, and delivers positive health, social, and economic benefits. Globally, an estimated two to three million child deaths and 600,000 adult deaths are prevented by vaccination on an annual basis. Vaccination has been shown to contribute to improved childhood physical development, higher educational outcomes, reduced poverty and household spending, and enhances equity.

Despite these successes, considerable gaps remain in our ability to fully harness the potential value of immunization data in informing program management. As health care systems--and immunization systems in particular--evolve, we see an increasing opportunity to take lessons learned from other sectors to improve the efficiency of data-driven vaccination systems.

Within this call to promote the effective use of timely and relevant data to drive programmatic performance, and thus increase the number of children vaccinated globally, we are looking for innovative ideas in the following specific areas:

  • Innovative ideas for improving the measurement approaches for immunization data (e.g., process, equity, coverage indicators) with a focus on data use by program managers, triangulation across data sources, and methods to measure and quantify data use.

  • Novel approaches for improving process efficiency that will lead to improved quality of service delivery.

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Tools and Technologies for Broad-Scale Disease Surveillance of Crop Plants in Low-Income Countries
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Application due: May 2, 2018

Farmers in every region of the world struggle to protect their crops from pests and disease. Nowhere is the situation more dire than for farmers in low-income countries. Inconsistent access to crop protection products, inadequate knowledge of best-practice control strategies, and a lack of awareness of pest and disease outbreaks leave most farmers unprepared and ill-equipped to respond effectively. Infestations of plant pests and epidemics of plant diseases can destroy crop yields completely, devastating low-income farming families who depend upon the harvest for their food and livelihoods.

The goal of this topic is to solicit innovative tools and technologies for crop pests and disease surveillance over large geographic regions in low-income countries. We are looking for tools and approaches that have the potential to transform crop pest and disease surveillance globally, with a focus on low-income countries. Ideas that result in increased coverage of geographic area will be prioritized over ideas that increase diagnostic accuracy. Ideas that are applicable or adaptable to multiple crops and diseases/pests will be prioritized over ideas that are specific to only one crop or pathogen. Because we are focused on low-income countries, successful proposals will consider small-scale, difficult-to-reach, intercropped farming systems with multiple pests and diseases. Preliminary data is not required, but proposals should clearly demonstrate how the idea is an innovative leap in progress from current practices with the potential to be transformative at scale.

To be considered, proposals must closely align with the goals of the foundation's Agricultural Development team. As such, we are looking for proposals that:

  • Offer an innovative and transformative solution for surveillance and early detection of crop pests and diseases;
  • Offer potential for dramatic cost reductions or increases in efficiency or precision compared to current strategies;
  • Be amenable to integration into a national or regional pest and disease surveillance and response system for crop plants;
  • Have potential applicability to at least two of the following crops: maize, wheat, rice, millet, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, bananas, beans, cowpeas, chickpeas, and groundnuts; and
  • Convey a clear potential for achieving broad geographic scale.

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Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship
American Psychological Foundation

Application due: May 15, 2018

The American Psychological Foundation Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship supports graduate-level scholarly projects that use a psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. The scholarship helps address research which shows that stigma is a significant barrier to treatment and recovery for many of the 50 million Americans living with mental illness.

The amount of the scholarship is $5,000. The Franks Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Violet Franks, Ph.D., and Cyril Franks, Ph.D.

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David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition
American Psychological Foundation

Application due: June 15, 2018

The David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition supports early career psychologists pursuing innovative work in neuropsychology, intelligence and/or the assessment aspects of cognition. Those who work on positive applied neuropsychology are encouraged to apply. 

The grant is for up to $25,000.

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Research in Sustainable Solid Waste Management
Environmental Research and Education Foundation

Topic Approval due (if required; see full announcement): May 18, 2018
Pre-Proposal due: June 1, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Following review of pre-proposal

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation is accepting pre-proposals for its Research in Sustainable Solid Waste Management grants program.

The program supports research projects related to sustainable solid waste management practices, including waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals, or other useful products; strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g., organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.); and landfilling.

Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to more than $500,000, with the average grant amount about $160,000.

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Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award
The McKnight Foundation

Agency LOI due: Mar. 26, 2018
Full Application due: Sept. 10, 2018

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award assists scientists working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders that affect memory or cognition.

We are interested in proposals that address memory or cognition under normal and pathological conditions. This includes proposals that address mechanisms of memory or cognition at the synaptic, cellular, molecular, genetic or behavioral level in animals, including humans. We are particularly interested in proposals that incorporate fundamentally new approaches, as well as those that involve human experimentation. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged.

Projects restricted to the creation of conventional mouse knockouts in candidate disease genes identified by association studies, or to broadly overexpress those genes, are discouraged. In addition, projects to perform genetic interaction screens on disease genes in model organisms (yeast, worm, fly, fish) will not be considered, unless the project includes substantive specific aims that investigate the disease relevance of any new genes discovered in human or mammalian model systems.

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2018
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Letter of Intent due: Mar. 23, 2018
Full Application due: May 22, 2018

The Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) for Sustainability and Innovation Collaborative (MUSIC) is a two-year cooperative agreement that seeks two to three blended Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and non-profit organization teams to provide workshops and training materials that establish a structure of sustainable support for MSIs that desire to develop their institution's capacity for competition for federal funds and implementation of NASA-focused development and contracting opportunities by MSIs.

The workshop events should connect MSI administrators and university STEM leaders to cutting-edge initiatives at NASA that will increase interest in securing research and contracting opportunities while assembling MSIs and their stakeholders around common interests and challenges, and then provide effective tools to optimize resources and develop formal and informal partnerships. Ultimately, the proposed workshops should result in institutions that submit funding applications to NASA contracts and grants, as well as publishable, quality training materials designed to accomplish the goals of this solicitation with the intent of free distribution to all MSIs.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

 

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

Standard Due Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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NIAID Career Transition Award (K22)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

Nature of the career/research transition opportunity

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

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

 

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NIAID Research Education Program (R25)
National Institutes of Health

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is November 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NINDS Requirements for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Development and Resource Sharing

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Program Announcements

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

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

Program Notices

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

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

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

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

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

Request for Applications

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

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

Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health

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Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Apr. 11, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to encourage innovative health services research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the improvement of minority health and/or the reduction of health disparities at the health care system-level as well as within clinical settings.

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Leveraging Cognitive Neuroscience to Improve Assessment of Cancer Treatment-Related Cognitive Impairment (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Apr. 11, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement encourages transdisciplinary research that will leverage cognitive neuroscience to improve traditional measurement of cognitive impairment following cancer treatment, often referred to as "chemobrain." A better understanding of the acute- and late-term cognitive changes following exposure to adjuvant chemotherapy and molecularly-targeted treatments, including hormonal therapy, for non-central nervous system tumors can inform clinical assessment protocols with downstream implications for survivorship care plans.

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Research on Current Topics in Alzheimer's Disease and Its Related Dementias (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Apr. 17, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to invite applications proposing research on current topics in Alzheimer's disease and its related dementias.

Further information on the high priority topics of interest will be announced through a series of notices published in early February 2018.

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health

Posted Apr. 27, 2018

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

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NHLBI Clinical Ancillary Studies (R01)
National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Agency LOI due: Mar. 30, 2018
Full Application due: Apr. 30, 2018

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to accelerate the pace and expand the breadth of scientific research on the clinical course, prevention, and treatment of diseases within NHLBI's mission by leveraging ongoing clinical research studies through ancillary studies. This FOA invites research project applications to conduct ancillary studies to clinical research studies, including clinical trials,  prospective observational studies, and/or registries.

Applications submitted to this FOA should propose to collect new information and/or biological samples from participants of the ongoing parent study, and should address new research questions that are beyond those specified in the approved protocol of the parent study and are within the scientific mission of the NHLBI. Applications submitted to this FOA should not be used to extend the duration of the parent study or to provide funds solely for parent study enrollment, capitation, or study performance.

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Structural Biology of Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementias (ADRDs) Proteinopathies (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Mar. 30, 2018
Full Application due: Apr. 30, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to support the structural characterization of protein species associated with Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementias (ADRDs) through the utilization of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) of proteins expressed in human tissue and cell sources. Studies in response to this RFA should also include the development of research tools and resources to further characterize/validate the protein species.

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BRAIN Initiative: New Concepts and Early - Stage Research for Large - Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: May 1, 2018

A central goal of the BRAIN Initiative is to understand how electrical and chemical signals code information in neural circuits and give rise to sensations, thoughts, emotions and actions. While currently available technologies can provide some understanding, they may not be sufficient to accomplish this goal. For example, non-invasive technologies are low resolution and/or provide indirect measures such as blood flow, which are imprecise; invasive technologies can provide information at the level of single neurons producing the fundamental biophysical signals, but they can only be applied to tens or hundreds of neurons, out of a total number in the human brain estimated at 85 billion.

In addition to experimental approaches, the support provided under this opportunity might enable calculations, simulations, computational models, or other mathematical techniques for demonstrating that the signal sources and/or measurement technologies are theoretically capable of meeting the demands of large-scale recording or manipulation of circuit activity in humans or in animal models. The support might also be used for building and testing phantoms, prototypes, in-vitro or other bench-top models in order to validate underlying theoretical assumptions in preparation for future FOAs aimed at testing in animal models.

Invasive or non-invasive approaches are sought that will ultimately enable or reduce the current barriers to large-scale recording or manipulation of neural activity, and that would ultimately be compatible with experiments in humans or behaving animals. Applications are encouraged from any qualified individuals, including physicists, engineers, theoreticians, and scientists, especially those not typically involved with neuroscience research.

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Immune System Engineering For Targeted Tolerance in Type 1 Diabetes (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Apr. 10, 2018
Full Application due: May 10, 2018

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) results in part from the autoimmune-mediated dysfunction or destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. This funding opportunity is for projects that seek to discover ways to change the course of the disease by directly establishing tolerance. Immune responses could be engineered for tolerance induction through the manipulation of antigens, cells, or cellular microenvironments. Collaborations between T1D experts and investigators from other fields, including (but not limited to) cancer immunology and biomaterials engineering, are especially encouraged.

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Research to Improve Native American Health (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Apr. 16, 2018
Full Application due: May 14, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage exploratory developmental research to improve Native American health. Such research can include: conducting secondary analysis of existing data (such as databases that the Tribal Epidemiology Centers have collected); merge various sources of data to answer critical research questions; conduct pilot and feasibility studies; and/or assess and validate measures that are being developed and/or adapted for use in NA communities.

Studies should: be culturally appropriate and result in promoting the adoption of healthy lifestyles; improve behaviors and social conditions and/or improve environmental conditions related to chronic disease; prevent or reduce the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs; improve mental health outcomes; reduce risk of HIV infection; improve treatment adherence and/or health-care systems adopting standards of care to improve overall quality of life.

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New Directions in Hematology Research (SHINE-II) (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2018

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is calling for R01 grant applications in nonmalignant hematology research.  The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have joined together to build and promote research activities in nonmalignant hematology.

Innovative research project applications that will steer the field in new directions are invited. Each project will propose proof of principle research that is tightly focused into one specific aim and is directed at validating novel concepts and approaches that promise to open up new pathways for discovery. Research applications submitted under this FOA should be more limited in scope (a single central aim) and duration (1-3 years) than typical R01 grant applications.

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Perception and Cognition Research to Inform Cancer Image Interpretation (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Apr. 30, 2018
Full Application due: May 30, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to facilitate research on the perceptual and cognitive processes underlying the performance of cancer image observers in radiology and pathology, in order to improve the accuracy of cancer detection and diagnosis.

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

Application due: May 31, 2018

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

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Early-Life Factors and Cancer Development Later in Life (R01)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: May 4, 2018
Full Application due: June 5, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to stimulate research focused on the role of early-life factors (maternal-paternal, in-utero, birth and infancy, puberty, adolescence, and young adult years) in cancer development later in life.

Given that the current emerging evidence from limited research indicates a potentially important role for early-life events and exposures in cancer development, it is necessary to better understand 1) the early-life (maternal-paternal, in utero, birth and infancy, puberty, adolescence, and young adult years) factors that are associated with later cancer development; 2) how early-life factors mediate biological processes relevant to carcinogenesis; and 3) whether predictive markers for cancer risk based on what happens biologically at early life can be measured and developed for use in cancer prevention strategies.

Markers that predict malignancy or pre-malignant conditions would allow assessment of early-life exposures with relevant outcomes without having to wait decades for cancer development. Ultimately, a better mechanistic understanding of how early-life events and exposures contribute to the etiology of cancer later in life will allow for the development of effective interventions during pregnancy or early life that may have a profound impact on cancer prevention.

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Epidemiologic Research on Emerging Risk Factors and Liver Cancer Susceptibility (R01)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: May 4, 2018
Full Application due: June 5, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to promote epidemiologic research investigating novel and innovative hypotheses on emerging risk factors (biological, environmental, and social) and their interplay with established risk factors (e.g., viral hepatitis) associated with the development of liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma and other histological subtypes) in the United States.

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Generating New Insights and Mechanistic Understanding of Antibiotic Resistance Development (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to advance select areas of research recognized as critical in the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB), including research focused on understanding the nature of microbial communities, how antibiotics affect them, and how they can be harnessed to prevent disease, as well as research exploring combination therapies to address the emergence of resistance.

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Genetics of Alcohol Sensitivity and Tolerance (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2018

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to seek applications on novel genetic mechanisms underlying the development of tolerance and the progression to alcohol use disorder. Alcohol use disorders is complex, multifactorial, and influenced both by genetic and environmental factors. The purpose of this FOA is to stimulate and support efforts on identifying genetic, genomic and epigenetic factors contributing to the development of sensitivity and tolerance to alcohol.

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Improving Patient Adherence to Treatment and Prevention Regimens to Promote Health (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement calls for research grant applications that address patient adherence to treatment and prevention regimens to promote health outcomes. Applications may address healthcare regimen initiation, implementation, and/or persistence by patients. Descriptive and intervention research may address adherence determinants at one or more levels of ecologic influence, including the patient, caregiver/family, provider and/or healthcare system, and community levels.

Attention to scientific rigor in all applications is paramount, with emphasis on appropriate sample sizes, valid outcome measures, and testing intervention mechanisms of action. The specific research interests of participating NIH Institutes and Centers are detailed within the full announcement (click on URL below).

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Innovative Therapies and Tools for Screenable Disorders in Newborns (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 4, 2018
Full Application due: June 5, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages research relevant to the development of therapeutic interventions for potentially fatal or disabling conditions that have been identified through newborn screening, as well as "high priority" genetic conditions where screening may be possible in the near future.

Demonstrating the benefits of treatment is often a primary criterion for including a condition on a newborn screening panel; therefore, for this FOA, a "high priority" condition is one where screening is not currently recommended but would significantly benefit from early identification and treatment.

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Integration of Imaging and Fluid-Based Tumor Monitoring in Cancer Therapy (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 5, 2018

Through this funding opportunity announcement, the National Cancer Institute seeks research project (R01) grant applications describing projects that integrate imaging and fluid-based tumor monitoring (liquid biopsy) assays during cancer therapy in patients to determine the optimal use of those modalities in the characterization of therapy response and/or emergence of resistance.

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Mechanistic Investigations of Psychosocial Stress Effects on Opioid Use Patterns (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: May 4, 2018
Full Application due: June 5, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites innovative research to characterize the consequences of psychosocial stress on affective/cognitive functioning and/or pain processing as it relates to opioid use disorder (OUD). This FOA encourages research that elucidates mechanisms of action and determinants of vulnerability and/or resilience by which psychosocial stress influence OUD trajectories. Research using basic or clinical approaches is appropriate.

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Selective Cell and Network Vulnerability in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease (R01)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: May 4, 2018
Full Application due: June 5, 2018

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to define and characterize neural cell populations, neural circuits, and brain networks and regions that are vulnerable to brain aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Understanding mechanisms underlying selective vulnerability from cells to networks in AD is critical to fully define the disease process and to develop effective therapies.

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Traceback Testing: Increasing Identification and Genetic Counseling of Mutation Carriers through Family-Based Outreach (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: May 4, 2018
Full Application due: June 5, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to support pilot research projects using a "Traceback" approach to genetic testing of women with a personal or family history of ovarian cancer and reaching out to family members to identify unaffected individuals at increased risk for cancer in different clinical contexts and communities, including racially/ethnically diverse populations.

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

Application due: June 5, 2018

The purpose of this FOA is two-fold: (1) to advance identification of male-female differences in drug and alcohol research outcomes, to uncover the mechanisms of those differences, and to conduct translational research on those differences; and (2) to advance research specific to women or highly relevant to women.  Both preclinical and clinical studies are sought across all areas of drug and alcohol research.

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Partnership for Aging and Cancer Research (U01)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: May 8, 2018
Full Application due: June 8, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement is a joint effort between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to promote research that will advance current understanding of the mechanisms by which aging impacts cancer onset, progression, metastasis, and therapeutic response.

To maximize collaborative interactions for this program, NIH extramural scientists will collaborate with investigators in the NCI Center for Cancer Research (NCI CCR) and/or the NIA Intramural Research Programs (NIA IRP) to address key questions on the aging contribution to cancer. These collaborating NCI CCR and NIA IRP investigators should be tenured or tenure-track scientists with whom the NIH extramural NIH scientist has made prior contact regarding the collaborative project.

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

Agency LOI due: May 11, 2018
Full Application due: June 11, 2018

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to promote research on food specific molecular signatures and biomarkers of dietary consumption and to promote collaborative interactions among NIH and the U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute on Food Safety (USDA-NIFA) supported nutrition researchers.

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Innovative Approaches to Studying Cancer Communication in the New Media Environment (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 13, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites applications that seek to apply one or more innovative methodologies in communication research across the cancer control continuum, from prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, to end of life.

Applications to this FOA should utilize one or more of the following analytic approaches, methods, and data sources, including but not limited to: social media data mining, Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques, online social network analysis, crowdsourcing research tools (e.g., mTurk), online search data, Ecological Momentary Assessment, neuroscience and biobehavioral approaches to communication, and geographic information systems.

Studies should assess outcomes related to cancer prevention and control (e.g., knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, perceived risk, decision making in screening and treatment, information inequalities, social support, shared decision making, persuasion, caregiving, behavioral intentions, preventive behaviors, and policy support, among others).

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Addressing the Challenges of the Opioid Epidemic in Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in the U.S. (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 15, 2018
Full Application due: June 14, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement seeks to support investigative and collaborative research focused on determining the mechanisms for the variation in the prevalence of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), and understanding and reducing disparities in opioid care in minority health and health disparity populations in the U.S. This initiative will also seek to identify multi-level intervention strategies at the institutional and systems level for addressing OUD in these populations.

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Exploratory/Developmental Clinical Research Grants in Obesity (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 15, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct exploratory/developmental clinical studies that will accelerate the development of effective interventions for prevention or treatment of overweight or obesity in adults and/or children. Exploratory epidemiological research with a goal of informing translational/clinical research will also be supported within this program.

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Age-Related Microbiota Changes and their Implications in Chronic Disease Prevention, Treatment and Progression (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: May 16, 2018
Full Application due: June 15, 2018

The overall purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to assess the role of the microbiome in health and disease during aging. This initiative will support research projects designed to evaluate changes in the microbiota during lifetime and its influence in health and disease status in the elderly, including those from racial/ethnic minority and underserved populations and understand the underlying mechanisms of microbiota interactions in aged subjects as relate to health and disease. This FOA will accept basic mechanistic and preclinical studies in animal models in accordance with the state of the science.

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

Application due: June 16, 2018

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

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Basic Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 19, 2018

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications from investigators interested in conducting basic, mechanistic research into the biological/genetic causes of cancer health disparities.

These research project grants (R01) will support innovative studies designed to investigate biological/genetic bases of cancer disparities, such as (1) mechanistic studies of biological factors associated with cancer disparities, including those related to basic research in cancer biology or cancer prevention strategies, (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, patient derived models, and methods that are necessary to conduct basic research in cancer health disparities.

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Investigator-Initiated Genomic Medicine Research (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: May 18, 2018
Full Application due: June 20, 2018

This opportunity supports research opportunities that will advance our understanding of, and the implementation of, the use of genomic information about an individual to inform clinical care, and the health outcomes of that clinical use.

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

Agency LOI due: May 18, 2018
Full Application due: June 20, 2018

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

This award seeks to assist these individuals in launching an innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders.

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

Agency LOI due: May 18, 2018
Full Application due: June 20, 2018

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

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

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Training Modules to Enhance the Rigor and Reproducibility of Biomedical Research (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: June 29, 2018

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this 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 developing courses for skills development--specifically, exportable training modules designed to enhance the rigor and reproducibility of biomedical research, targeted to trainees and researchers at any level.

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Elucidating the Effect of Glycemic Excursions on Patient Well-Being and Cognitive Status in People with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) (R01)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: June 10, 2018
Full Application due: July 10, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement encourages applications from institutions/organizations proposing research on the use of current and emerging technologies for monitoring of blood glucose levels to capture the relationship between blood glucose excursions, perception of wellbeing, and cognitive status in people with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

This information will inform the design of more effective interventions that may improve patient reported outcomes (PROs), including quality of life measures, and validate glycemic measures that may serve as outcomes in clinical trials to improve glucose management in T1D.

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Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) (R21)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: July 20, 2018
Full Application due: Aug. 20, 2018

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 the etiology, pathophysiology, prevention, or treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs). It supports high-risk and potentially high-impact research that is underrepresented or not included in NIDA's current portfolio.

The proposed research should: (1) test an innovative and significant hypothesis for which there are scant precedent or preliminary data and which, if confirmed, would transform current thinking; and/or (2) develop, and/or adapt, revolutionary techniques or methods for addiction research or that show promising future applicability to SUD research.

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Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2/R00)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Aug. 31, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement encourages applications for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program for the purpose of supporting the research activities during the early stage careers of independent clinical researchers. 

The program offers the opportunity for a unique bridge between the NIH intramural and extramural research communities and contains two phases. In the first phase, Lasker scholars will receive appointments for up to five to seven years as tenure-track investigators within the NIH Intramural Research Program with independent research budgets. In the second phase, successful scholars will receive up to three years of NIH support for their research at an extramural research facility; or, the scholar can be considered to remain as an investigator within the intramural program.

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Harnessing Big Data to Halt HIV (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Sept. 7, 2018

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote research that transforms understanding of HIV transmission, the HIV care continuum, and HIV comorbidities using Big Data Science (BDS). This FOA will support projects to assemble diverse big data sources, conduct robust and reproducible analyses, and create meaningful visualizations of big data, as well as, engage ethical experts where appropriate to ensure the development of this scientific area is guided by ethical principles.

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Interdisciplinary Research Teams to Investigate Reciprocal Basic Behavioral and Social Linkages Between Sleep and Stress (R24)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: Sept. 29, 2018
Full Application due: Oct. 29, 2018

This funding opportunity announcement encourages applications that develop, strengthen, and evaluate transdisciplinary approaches, methods, and investigative teams in basic behavioral, social, and/or biobehavioral research to generate fundamental knowledge of the reciprocal linkages between sleep and stress.

Stress can result in sleep disruption due to both psychological as well as physiological changes. Sleep disruption can result in physiological changes; however, individuals may not recognize or identify impairment due to sleep disruption. This initiative supports the development of research teams to understand how basic individual, social, biological, and environmental factors interact in a dynamic relationship between sleep patterns and psychosocial stress to influence health, wellness, disease, and/or treatment adherence.

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning)

Deadline: Various, see program announcement

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

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

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

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

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Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM)
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

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

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

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

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

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

90 Days after publication date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

November 13, 2014

Dear Colleague:

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

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

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

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

Questions about this specific DCL should be addressed to:

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

Sincerely,

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

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

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: Not Specified

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NCS)
National Science Foundation

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Feb. 20, 2018
Full Application due: Apr. 17, 2018

The complexities of brain and behavior pose fundamental questions in many areas of science and engineering, drawing intense interest across a broad spectrum of disciplinary perspectives while eluding explanation by any one of them. Rapid advances within and across disciplines are leading to an increasingly interwoven fabric of theories, models, empirical methods and findings, and educational approaches, opening new opportunities to understand complex aspects of neural and cognitive systems through integrative multidisciplinary approaches.

This program calls for innovative, convergent, boundary-crossing proposals that can best capture those opportunities and map out new research frontiers. NSF seeks proposals that are bold, risky, and transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research efforts. This cross-directorate program is one element of NSF's broader effort directed at Understanding the Brain, a multi-year activity that includes NSF's participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

NCS projects must advance the foundations of one or more of these focus areas, as described further within the solicitation:

  1. Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs

  2. Individuality and Variation

  3. Cognitive and Neural Processes in Realistic, Complex Environments

  4. Data-Intensive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

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Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) - Data and Software: Elements and Frameworks
National Science Foundation

Application due: Apr. 18, 2018

The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program encompasses the long-running Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) and Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) programs, as NSF seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in data and software cyberinfrastructure.

The CSSI umbrella program anticipates four classes of awards:

  1. Elements (either Data Elements or Software Elements): These awards target small groups that will create and deploy robust capabilities for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering.
  2. Framework Implementations (either Data Frameworks or Software Frameworks): These awards target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common infrastructure aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering, resulting in a sustainable community framework serving a diverse community or communities.
  3. Planning Grants for Community Cyberinfrastructure (either Community Data Cyberinfrastructure Planning Grants or Community Software Cyberinfrastructure Planning Grants):Planning awards focus on the establishment of long-term capabilities in cyberinfrastructure, which would serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.
  4. Community Cyberinfrastructure Implementations (either Community Data Cyberinfrastructure Implementations or Community Software Cyberinfrastructure Implementations): These Community Software Cyberinfrastructure Implementations focus on the establishment of long-term hubs of excellence in cyberinfrastructure and technologies, which will serve a research community of substantial size and disciplinary breadth.

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NSF Announcement Regarding Proposal Submission in Research.gov System
National Science Foundation

Effective Date: Apr. 30, 2018

Beginning on April 30, 2018, proposers will be able to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Research.gov system. The initial release of this new Research.gov capability will run in parallel with existing FastLane proposal preparation and submission capabilities. As a result, proposers can choose to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in Research.gov or in FastLane starting on April 30, 2018.  Other proposal types will be added to Research.gov in the future. Please note, proposals initiated in the new system will not be available in FastLane and proposals prepared in FastLane will not be available in the new system. This new system is being developed incrementally and as capabilities are migrated from FastLane to Research.gov, the system features will expand until it eventually replaces FastLane for proposal preparation and submission. There will be no impact to Grants.gov and Application Submission Web Services (ASWS), and NSF will continue to fully support these proposal submission methods.

Research.gov Proposal Preparation Site Preview

On February 26, 2018, NSF began previewing the new Research.gov proposal preparation site to the research community to collect preliminary feedback and to provide the community an opportunity to become familiar with the new interface before the official site launch on April 30, 2018. The preview will continue until 8:00PM EDT on April 27, 2018, and allows any research community user with a FastLane or Research.gov account to test the new Research.gov proposal preparation features.

We encourage you to check out the preview site before April 27, 2018. Please keep in mind that all test data entered on the Research.gov proposal preparation site during the preview period (February 26, 2018 through April 27, 2018) will be deleted before the full site is launched on April 30, 2018. 

Feedback on Proposal Preparation Site Preview

Feedback from the research community and NSF staff about proposal preparation in Research.gov during the preview period is critical to NSF and will be used to enhance and expand Research.gov incrementally. Feedback on the Research.gov preview site may be submitted via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ProposalPreparation.

Additional Information

Resources including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and a system capabilities release timeline are available on the Research.gov Proposal Preparation and Submission page using the link below. A series of short instructional videos is currently in development and will also be posted on the same page.

For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

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US-EU Internet Core & Edge Technologies (ICE-T)
National Science Foundation

Application due: May 7, 2018

The Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) within the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) supports research and education activities that seek to develop a better understanding of the fundamental properties of computer and network systems. The Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program in the CNS division supports transformative research on fundamental scientific and technological advances leading to the development of Next Generation Internet (NGI) and Advanced Wireless Networking (AWN) systems and technologies.

NSF/CISE and the European Commission's (EC) Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) seek to enable US and European Union (EU) researchers to collaborate to address compelling research challenges in NGI and AWN. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, software-defined infrastructures; network function virtualization; resource management in support of content delivery; open data architectures for shared, federated research infrastructures; advanced wireless technologies; and research software tools to support advanced wireless and smart city/community testbeds.

This NSF solicitation is expected to align with a related effort in the EC's Horizon 2020's Work Programme for 2018-2020. For funding under this solicitation, US investigators must describe: 1) collaborative research, 2) research collaboration initiation activities, or 3) research fellowships with counterpart EU investigators who have received, or are requesting funding separately under the EC Horizon 2020 Programme area on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

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Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
National Science Foundation

Application due: May 8, 2018

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computation and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will expand the horizons of these critical systems. CPS technologies are transforming the way people interact with engineered systems, just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New, smart CPS drive innovation and competition in a range of application domains including agriculture, aeronautics, building design, civil infrastructure, energy, environmental quality, healthcare and personalized medicine, manufacturing, and transportation. Moreover, the integration of artificial intelligence with CPS creates new research opportunities with major societal implications.

While tremendous progress has been made in advancing CPS technologies, the demand for innovation across application domains is driving the need to accelerate fundamental research to keep pace. At the same time, the CPS program seeks to open new vistas for the research community to think beyond the usual cyber-physical paradigms and structures and propose creative ideas to address the myriad challenges of today's systems as well as those of the future that have not yet been designed or fielded.

The CPS program aims to develop the core research needed to engineer these complex CPS, some of which may also require dependable, high-confidence, or provable behaviors. Core research areas of the program include control, data analytics, autonomy, design, information management, internet of things (IoT), mixed initiatives including human-in- or on-the-loop, networking, privacy, real-time systems, safety, security, and verification. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting, fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application domains. The program additionally supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds. This program also fosters a research community that is committed to advancing education and outreach in CPS and accelerating the transition of CPS research into the real world.

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Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF)
National Science Foundation

Application due: May 8, 2018

The Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF) program aims to bring together researchers in formal methods with researchers in other areas of computer and information science and engineering to jointly develop rigorous and reproducible methodologies for designing and implementing correct-by-construction systems and applications with provable guarantees. FMitF encourages close collaboration between two groups of researchers.

The first group consists of researchers in the area of formal methods, which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is broadly defined as principled approaches based on mathematics and logic, including modeling, specification, design, program analysis, verification, synthesis, and programming language-based approaches.

The second group consists of researchers in the "field," which, for the purposes of this solicitation, is defined as a subset of areas within computer and information science and engineering that currently do not benefit from having established communities already developing and applying formal methods in their research.

Initially the program will limit the field to these four areas that stand to directly benefit from a grounding in formal methods: computer networks, cyber-human systems, machine learning, and operating/distributed systems. However other field(s) may emerge as priority areas for the program in future years, subject to the availability of funds.

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

Application due: May 9, 2018

This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS and CT to all schools.

Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses; preK-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS and CT into their teaching; and schools and districts the resources needed to define and evaluate multi-grade pathways in CS and CT.

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

Application due: May 14, 2018

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics leading towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science. The program also seeks innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, physical sciences, and engineering, where data science and the availability of big data are creating new opportunities for research and insights not previously possible.

The solicitation invites two categories of proposals:

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

Proposals are expected to be well motivated by specific big data problems in one or more science and engineering research domains. All proposals are expected to clearly articulate the big data aspect(s) that motivate the research. Innovative Applications proposals must provide clear examples of the impacts of the big data techniques, technologies and methodologies on applications in one or more domains.

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Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Proposals accepted anytime

The Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) program is a broad-based research program with the goal of understanding the behavior of atmospheric regions from the middle atmosphere upward through the thermosphere and ionosphere into the exosphere in terms of coupling, energetics, chemistry, and dynamics on regional and global scales. These processes are related to the sources of perturbations that propagate upward from the lower atmosphere as well as to solar radiation and particle inputs from above. The activities within this program combine observations from ground based and space based platforms, theory and modeling.

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Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Proposals accepted anytime

Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) is a broad-based research program investigating the physics of the Earth's magnetosphere and the coupling of the magnetosphere to the atmosphere and to the solar wind. The goal of the GEM program is to make accurate predictions of the geospace environment by developing physical understanding of the large-scale organization and dynamics from observations, theory, and increasingly realistic models.

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NSF/VMware Partnership on Edge Computing Data Infrastructure (ECDI)
National Science Foundation

Application due: May 22, 2018

Edge computing is broadly defined as a networked systems architectural approach in which compute and storage resources are placed at the network edge, in proximity to the mobile and IoT devices. The approach offers advantages, such as improved scalability as local computation reduces the volume of data transported, reduced network latency and faster compute response times as data is processed on local compute nodes, and arguably improved security and privacy where data requirements preclude access and exchanges beyond the edge. Edge computing infrastructure may consist of IoT gateways, telephone central offices, cloudlets, micro data centers, or any number of schemes that support the provisioning of communication, compute and storage resources near edge devices.

This solicitation seeks to advance the state of the art in end-to-end networked systems architecture that includes edge infrastructures. The central challenge is to design and develop data-centric edge architectures, programming paradigms, runtime environments, and data sharing frameworks that will enable compelling new applications and fully realize the opportunity of big data in tomorrow's mobile and IoT device environments. Researchers are expected to carefully consider the implications of edge computing's multi-stakeholder context, and the need for security and privacy as first order design and operational considerations.

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Smart and Connected Health (SCH): Connecting Data, People and Systems
National Science Foundation

Application due: May 22, 2018

The goal of the interagency Smart and Connected Health (SCH): Connecting Data, People and Systems program is to accelerate the development and integration of innovative computer and information science and engineering approaches to support the transformation of health and medicine. Approaches that partner technology-based solutions with biomedical and biobehavioral research are supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The purpose of this program is to develop next-generation multidisciplinary science that encourages existing and new research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of areas of value to health, such as networking, pervasive computing, advanced analytics, sensor integration, privacy and security, modeling of socio-behavioral and cognitive processes, and system and process modeling.

Effective solutions must satisfy a multitude of constraints arising from clinical/medical needs, barriers to change, heterogeneity of data, semantic mismatch and limitations of current cyberphysical systems and an aging population. Such solutions demand multidisciplinary teams ready to address issues ranging from fundamental science and engineering to medical and public health practice.

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Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Advancing Cognitive and Physical Capabilities (FW-HTF)
National Science Foundation

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Apr. 16, 2018
Full Proposal due: June 4, 2018

The landscape of jobs and work is changing at unprecedented speed, driven by the development of new technologies that have moved from the factory floor to an expanding array of knowledge and service occupations. These changes promise benefits to the Nation in the creation of new industries and occupations, increased productivity, opportunity for innovation, and sustained global leadership. But there are risks as well. Technological advances scale back the need for some workers, and in some cases, eliminate job sectors, with consequences to displaced workers who must adapt to emerging new technologies and the changing economy through retraining and reskilling.

The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF) is one of 10 new and far-sighted Big Ideas for Future Investments announced by NSF in 2016. NSF aims to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the changing landscape of jobs and work by supporting convergent research to: understand and develop the human-technology partnership; design new technologies to augment human performance; illuminate the emerging socio-technological landscape and understand the risks and benefits of new technologies; and foster lifelong and pervasive learning with technology. In order to be nimble and responsive to new opportunities and challenges as they are recognized, focus areas for the FW-HTF solicitation, the centerpiece of the FW-HTF Big Idea, may change from year to year.

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Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: June 6, 2018

The ERC program is placing greater emphasis on research that leads to societal impact, including convergent approaches, engaging stakeholder communities, and strengthening team formation, in response to the NASEM study recommendations. The ERC program intends to support planning activities leading to convergent research team formation and capacity-building within the engineering community.

This planning grant pilot initiative is designed to foster and facilitate the engineering community's thinking about how to form convergent research collaborations. To participate in the upcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant.

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CubeSat-Based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research
National Science Foundation

Application due: June 13, 2018

Lack of essential observations from space is currently a major limiting factor in many areas of geospace and atmospheric research. Recent advances in sensor and spacecraft technologies make it feasible to obtain key measurements from low-cost, small satellite missions. A particularly promising aspect of this development is the prospect for obtaining multi-point observations in space that are critical for addressing many outstanding problems in space and atmospheric sciences. Space-based measurements from small satellites also have great potential to advance discovery and understanding in geospace and atmospheric sciences in many other ways. To take full advantage of these developments, NSF is soliciting research proposals centered on small satellite missions.

The overarching goal of the CubeSat-Based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research program is to support the development, construction, launch, operation, and data analysis of small satellite science missions to advance geospace and atmospheric research. Equally important, it will provide essential opportunities to train the next generation of experimental space scientists and aerospace engineers.

To facilitate launch of the satellites as secondary payloads on existing missions, the focus of the program is on CubeSat-based satellites. Launch of the satellites will mainly be through the standardized CubeSat deployment system, the Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD). Launch of the P-PODS will be as auxiliary payloads on DOD, NASA, or commercial launches. This will be arranged after selection and is not part of this solicitation. This solicitation covers proposals for science missions to include satellite development, construction, testing and operation as well as data distribution and scientific analysis.

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Archaeology and Archaeometry
National Science Foundation

Deadlines vary by program

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 in the complete announcement. It also supports projects submitted under NSF-wide competition guidelines. These include CAREER, EAGER, RAPID and Research Experiences for Undergraduates Supplement requests.

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STEM plus Computing K-12 Education (STEM plus C)
National Science Foundation

Application due: July 2, 2018

The STEM plus C Program focuses on research and development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the integration of computing within STEM teaching and learning for preK-12 students in both formal and informal settings. The STEM C program supports research on how students learn to think computationally to solve interdisciplinary problems in science and mathematics.

The program supports research and development that builds on evidence-based teacher preparation or professional development activities that enable teachers to provide excellent instruction on the integration of computation and STEM disciplines. Proposals should describe projects that are grounded in prior evidence and theory, are innovative or potentially transformative, and that will generate and build knowledge about the integration of computing and one or more STEM disciplines at the preK-12 level.   

A proposal submitted to this program description should describe the integration of computing with one or more STEM disciplines. A proposal may focus on studies on the effects of integrating computational thinking with STEM disciplines or the challenges of implementing these potentially disruptive educational interventions. Proposed projects may develop models, assessments, and technological tools to support teaching and learning in this area as well as conduct research on these models, assessments, and tools.

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

Application due: Aug. 8, 2018

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

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

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

Application due: Sept. 26, 2018

Humanity depends upon the Earth's physical resources and natural systems for food, energy, and water (FEW). However, both the physical resources and the FEW systems are under increasing stress. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate social, ecological, physical and built environments to provide for growing demand for food, energy and water in the short term while also maintaining appropriate ecosystem services for the future. Known stressors in FEW systems include governance challenges, population growth and migration, land use change, climate variability, and uneven resource distribution. The interconnections and interdependencies associated with the FEW Nexus pose research grand challenges. To meet these grand challenges, there is a critical need for research that enables new means of adapting societal use of FEW systems.

The INFEWS program seeks to support research that conceptualizes FEW systems broadly and inclusively, incorporating social and behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), and cyber-components (such as sensing, networking, computation and visualization for decision-making and assessment). Investigations of these complex systems may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone. It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge, novel technologies, and innovative predictive capabilities.

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Expeditions in Computing
National Science Foundation

Preliminary Proposal due: Apr. 25, 2018
Full Proposal due: Jan. 16, 2019

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has established the Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program to provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information.

Funded at levels up to $2,000,000 per year for five years, Expeditions projects represent some of the largest single investments currently made by the CISE directorate. Together with the Science and Technology Centers that CISE supports, Expeditions projects form the centerpiece of the directorate's center-scale award portfolio.

With awards funded at levels that promote the formation of large research teams, CISE recognizes that concurrent research advances in multiple fields or sub-fields are often necessary to stimulate deep and enduring outcomes. The awards made in this program will complement research areas supported by other CISE programs, which target particular computer and information science and engineering fields.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Children, Youth and Families At-Risk Sustainable Community Projects
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Apr. 9, 2018

The mission of the Children, Youth and Families At-Risk Sustainable Community Projects (CYFAR) Program is to marshal resources of the Land-grant and Cooperative Extension Systems so that, in collaboration with other organizations, they can develop and deliver educational programs that equip youth who are at-risk for not meeting basic human needs with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, and contributing lives.

The purpose of Sustainable Community Projects (SCP) funding is to improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System. Collaboration across disciplines, program areas, and geographic lines, as well a holistic approach that views the individual in the context of the family and community, are central to SCP.

The CYFAR SCP has two strategic objectives:

  • To support community educational programs for at-risk, low income children, youth, and families which are based on locally identified needs, grounded in research, and which lead to the accomplishment of one of four CYFAR National Outcomes; and

  • To integrate CYFAR programming into ongoing Extension programs for children, youth, and families - insuring that at-risk, low income children, youth, and families continue to be part of Extension and/or 4-H programs, and/or Family and Consumer Science Programs and have access to resources and educational opportunities.

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Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Apr. 18, 2018

The Alfalfa Forage and Research Program (AFRP) is an alfalfa-oriented, integrated research and Extension program that supports technology transfer to improve overall agricultural productivity, profitability, and conservation of natural resources through conventional and organic forage and seed production systems.

The AFRP encourages applicants to establish interdisciplinary and multi-location regional research and Extension networks to address national priorities or regional science needs of the U.S. alfalfa forage industry. By bringing together expertise across multiple university, federal agency, and industry organizations and states, AFRP projects seek to enhance the effectiveness of limited state, federal, and industry resources and so produce greater long-lasting impacts.

In FY 2018, AFRP will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems, practices, and supporting technologies. NIFA is soliciting applications for the FY 2018 under the following areas:

  1. Increase alfalfa forage and seed yields and forage quality through improved management practices, plant breeding, and other strategies to reduce biotic and abiotic stresses and costs of production.

  2. Improve alfalfa forage and seed harvest and storage systems to optimize economic returns to alfalfa producers as well as end-users including milk producers.

  3. Develop methods to estimate alfalfa forage yield and quality to support marketing as a livestock feed and instruments to reduce producer risks.

  4. Explore new uses for alfalfa such as in fish feeds, nutritive supplements, high-value chemical manufacturing, or other novel uses.

  5. Conduct life cycle analysis for all or a part of an alfalfa production system for enhancing field to market opportunities.

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Supplemental and Alternative Crops (SACC)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Apr. 18, 2018

The Supplemental and Alternative Crops (SACC) Competitive Grants Program is an integrated research and Extension program to improve canola productivity and profitability for expanded use as a component in sustainable production systems.

The SACC applicants are required to establish interdisciplinary, research and Extension networks to address national or regional science priority needs of the U.S. canola industry. By bringing together expertise across multiple university, federal agency, and industry organizations and states, the SACC seeks to enhance the effectiveness of limited state, federal, and industry resources to produce greater impacts.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is soliciting applications for the FY 2018 SACC under the following areas:

  1. Testing germplasm and breeding to develop superior performing canola varieties that increase productivity, profitability, and adaptation to an expanded range of U.S. growing environments.

  2. Conducting fundamental and applied research and extension activities to develop innovative planting, cultivating, harvesting methods for use in production systems that include canola to improve input cost efficiencies and increase total factor productivity.

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Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grants Program (FBMB)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Apr. 20, 2018

The goal of the Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grant Program (FBMB) is to strongly support the intellectual talent and collaborative efforts to maintain the national, publicly available farm financial management database needed to meet the challenges facing the nation's agriculture and food systems.

Meeting these challenges will require innovative approaches that foster multi-disciplinary projects. This means that farm management producers must be educated and prepared to work effectively across disciplines to work to solve agricultural and educational challenges. The FBMB program engages producers in improving the United States farm management knowledge and skills by encompassing the USDA/NIFA's food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences.

FBMB supports social and behavioral science disciplines, as well as leadership skills development opportunities. Incorporation of social/behavioral sciences and leadership development is important for addressing many of the challenges facing agriculture and farm communities, such as increasing global demand for food production in the face of limited natural resources; improving health and reducing obesity by engaging in heathy diets; and alleviating poverty by fostering economic opportunity.

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Agriculture Risk Management Education Partnerships (ARME) Competitive Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Apr. 27, 2018

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Agriculture Risk Management Education Partnerships (ARME) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2018 to provide resources for four regional risk management education centers for the purpose of developing and delivering agricultural risk management education materials. In addition, this program will also provide one grant for a Risk Management Education Electronic Support Center to provide associated support to the regional centers.

The purpose of this competitive grants program is to educate agricultural producers about the full range of risk management activities. These activities include futures, options, agricultural trade options, crop insurance, cash forward contracting, debt reduction, production diversification, marketing plans and tactics, farm resources risk reduction, and other appropriate risk management strategies. The ARME program brings the existing knowledge base to bear on risk management issues faced by agricultural producers and expands the program throughout the Nation on a regional and multi-regional basis.

Special emphasis will be placed on risk management strategies, education, and outreach specifically targeted at: (A) beginning farmers or ranchers; (B) legal immigrant farmers or ranchers that are attempting to become established producers in the United States; (C) socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers; (D) farmers or ranchers that (i) are preparing to retire; and (ii) are using transition strategies to help new farmers or ranchers get started; and (E) new or established farmers or ranchers that are converting production and marketing systems to pursue new markets.

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

Application due: Apr. 30, 2018

The AgrAbility program supports the United States rural communities by encompassing the USDA/NIFA's agricultural, social and human sciences. AgrAbility increases the likelihood that individuals with disabilities and their families engaged in production agriculture will become more successful. The program supports cooperative projects in which State Cooperative Extension based at either 1862 or 1890 Land Grant universities subcontract to private, non-profit direct service disability organizations.

To address the specialized needs of AgrAbility customers, the program builds service capacity on national, regional, state, and local levels through education and networking. To accommodate disability in farming in individuals who engage in farming and farm-related occupations, the program provides direct assistance. Assistance addresses AgrAbility customers' immediate needs that are inadequately addressed by health, farm, and government service providers. Finally, AgrAbility projects use marketing activities to direct the public to initiatives in AgrAbility-related education, networking and assistance.

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Agriculture in the Classroom
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: May 1, 2018

The purpose of Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is to award a cooperative agreement to:

  • ensure that future generations are agriculturally literate;
  • encourage K-12 educators to integrate information about the food and agricultural system across curricula to assist students in understanding the pivotal role of agriculture in the U.S. and world economies, to introduce students to environmental and social issues impacting food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences, and to expose them to higher education and career opportunities in the FANH sciences; and
  • support a network of partners to carry out the program at the State and local levels, by fostering the development of active and effective AITC programs in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands of the United States, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

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Farmers Market Promotion Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: May 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP).

FMPP's purpose is to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets, by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs (CSA), agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.

The intent of this funding opportunity is to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets, by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of: domestic farmers markets; roadside stands; CSA programs; agritourism activities; and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.

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

Application due: May 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP).

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. agricultural marketing system. FSMIP funds a wide range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transportation, and distribution of U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally.

Applicants must align their proposal to one of the four project types:

  1. Agricultural Product Distribution (handling, storage, processing, transportation, and distribution)

  2. Cooperative Development (cooperation among Federal and State agencies, producers, industry organizations, and others in the development and effectuation of research and marketing programs to improve the distribution processes)

  3. Economic Research to Clarify Marketing Barriers and Opportunities, including regulatory compliance costs

  4. Agricultural Product Development

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Higher Education Challenge Grants Program
U.S. Departmnt of Agriculture

Application due: May 7, 2018

Higher Education Challenge (HEC) is a NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, baccalaureate or master's degree level food, agricultural, natural resources, and human FANH sciences 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).

The HEC projects are expected to: (a) produce measurable impacts aligned with HEC program goals, (b) promote innovative, educational practices within the FANH sciences that improve how students learn, and (c) include a rigorous evaluation component to assess that project outcomes are met. Institutions must demonstrate capacity for, and a significant ongoing commitment to, the teaching of food, agricultural and human sciences generally, and to the specific need and/or discipline(s) for which a grant is requested. An application must convince a peer panel of a compelling educational challenge; clearly indicate how your methodology is both unique and with merit; offer significant promise of adoption by others; and include a plan for how the project impacts will be sustained once grant funds end.

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Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: May 8, 2018

The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) program is to address high priority issues related to pests including insects, nematodes, pathogens, weeds, and other pests and their management using integrated pest management (IPM) approaches at the state, regional and national levels.

The CPPM program supports projects that will ensure food security and respond effectively to other major societal pest management challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally-sound IPM practices and strategies needed to maintain agricultural productivity and healthy communities.

The CPPM program provides support for research to develop new IPM approaches, extension to disseminate IPM knowledge and improve adoption of IPM practices, and coordination of IPM activities at the regional and national levels to increase the adoption and implementation of IPM practices on a broad scale. The CPPM program provides support for these functions with three linked program areas that emphasize research and development for discovery of IPM knowledge; extension activities for IPM adoption and implementation; and enhanced coordination, collaboration and communications among related CPPM programs and awardees.

Together the Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP), the Extension Implementation Program Area (EIP), and the Regional Coordination Program Area (RCP) represent a comprehensive approach for developing IPM practices and strategies and extending this new knowledge across many environments through a coordinated national network.

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

Application due: May 18, 2018

The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is designed to support education and Extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students to gain specialized skills and provide practices with additional resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U.S. Ultimately, this program will bolster the capacity of private practitioners to provide food animal veterinary services in designated rural veterinarian shortage situations.

The purpose of VSGP is to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services and relieve veterinarian shortage situations in the U.S., which includes insular areas (see full announcement for definition of "insular area").

Grants will be made available on a competitive basis to:

  • Establish or expand accredited veterinary education programs, veterinary residency and fellowship programs, or veterinary internship and externship programs carried out in coordination with accredited colleges of veterinary medicine.

  • Provide continuing education and Extension, including veterinary telemedicine and other distance-based education, for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other health professionals needed to strengthen veterinary programs and enhance food safety.

  • Cover travel and living expenses of veterinary students, veterinary interns, externs, fellows and residents, and veterinary technician students attending training programs in food safety or food animal medicine.

Grants will also be made available to establish, expand and better equip for-profit or nonprofit veterinary practices or individuals operating a veterinary clinic or providing veterinary services in a certain veterinarian shortage situation that is situated in a rural area (see full announcement for definition of "rural area").

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

Application due: May 24, 2018

The Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grants Program addresses the health and well-being of rural America through supporting the development and/or implementation of projects focused on (1) individual and family health education programs with specified contents; (2) rural health leadership development education programs to assist rural communities in developing health care services and facilities and assist community leaders and public officials in understanding their roles and responsibilities; and (3) farm safety education programs to provide information and training to farm workers, timber harvesters, and farm families.

In FY 2018, NIFA is soliciting applications for RHSE in Individual and Family Health Education.

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

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

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

  • Information about and access to health promotion activities; and

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

In FY 18, proposals will also be accepted which focus on the prevention and/or reduction of opioid misuse and abuse.

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Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Summary Letter due: Mar. 14, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): July 9, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have established a joint funding opportunity to support the development of breakthrough technologies that will enable significant advances in crop breeding. This opportunity aims to make high impact changes in the ability to translate basic knowledge of plant genomics to practical outcomes in crops of economic importance to the participating countries.

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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

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

LOI due October 30, 2014
Full submission deadline TBA

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS/NEW TOPICS: 

Network Topic Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offered by:
 AHA National Research Program 

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

POLICY UPDATES: 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

Letter of intent Deadline: accepted anytime

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

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Charitable Giving Program
Community Works

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

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

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

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

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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Ecological Services Program Fiscal Year 2014 Recovery Implementation Fund
Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Program

July 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The FWS Endangered Species Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to States, other Federal agencies, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers, and other partners to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is part of the Department of Commerce's NOAA Fisheries office, share Endangered Species Act responsibilities for several species such as sea turtles. Projects for NMFS-managed species are not included in this funding opportunity.

OBJECTIVES: 

This Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is intended for projects that will contribute to the recovery of FWS-managed endangered and threatened species in the United States, and is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species response to climate change. For example: securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species, implementing restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species, help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of a species. Projects that address species response to climate change will receive additional consideration.

Special Instructions: Applicants must contact their regional FWS office to coordinate the letter of intent and application. 

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General Grants
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

General Grants

The Trust awards grants for projects that are of strategic importance to the organization and consistent with its mission. Awards are made in the following four areas:

Arts and Culture

Performance and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region are of interest to the Trust. There is a high value placed on educational outreach efforts.

Education

The Trust considers educational projects offered in both formal and informal settings. Special interest is afforded to private higher education.

Health and Human Services

The Trust is interested in a diverse range of projects to enhance the quality of life in the region. Preventive efforts that address physical, spiritual, social, and psychological needs, especially those focused on youth, are preferred.

Research

Most of the Trust's funding for scientific research is limited to specific organizations and projects. However, the Trust does consider other science-based initiatives.

The Trust makes grants for building the capacity of non-profit groups in these primary ways for the following three types of projects:

Capital

The Trust regularly funds projects that involve construction, renovation, land purchase, and more. Requests for capital projects are preferred once a portion of the funds needed have been secured.

Program

Both new programs and the expansion of existing programs are considered. Requests may be for start-up costs and/or related additional staff members. The Trust prefers to fund these grants on a declining basis over three years (100/67/33 percent).

Equipment

Scientific research instrumentation, technology, and other essential equipment items are often funded. In every case, the Trust requires a cost share of 50 percent or more.

Before proceeding, interested parties should review the Guidelines for Grantseekers to learn more and determine the organization's eligibility and the appropriate nature of the project to the Trust.

 

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MCubed Diamond Program
University of Michigan

SYNOPSIS: 

The MCubed Diamond Program provides an unprecedented opportunity for donors to invest in research projects that align exactly with their interests, from global health to education, and sustainability to social justice.  Funders set the parameters for each project, interact with the University of Michigan to identify faculty experts to lead their project, and receive compelling updates about the work of the team through the MCubed website.

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Media Grantmaking
MacArthur Foundation

Deadline: No fixed deadlines

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

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Michelson Grants in Reproductive Biology
Found Animals Foundation

Deadline: Letters of intent are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis and, if approved, researchers are invited to submit grant proposals for a March, July, or November deadline

Funding for promising proposals in pursuit of non-surgical sterilization products or technologies for use in dogs and cats. The foundation encourages scientists from any and all fields to compete for the Michelson Grants, including but not limited to researchers in disciplines such as biology, biotechnology,cell biology, endocrinology, gene silencing, immunology, materials science, nanotechnology, neuroscience, pharmacology, reproductive biology, theriogenology, and more.

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Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology

Deadline: none specific

The $25 million Michelson Prize will be offered to the first entity to provide Found Animals Foundation with a single dose, safe and effective non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs.

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Pioneering Ideas Unsolicited Proposals
Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation

Deadline: There are no specific submission deadlines for unsolicited proposals

The Pioneer Portfolio is uniquely suited to invest in innovation at many different stages. The sponsor seeks to: Identify and explore new issues and approaches; Accelerate progress on issues and approaches that have significant potential to create breakthroughs in health and health care; and Support projects that use original, unconventional, or cross-sectoral approaches to create transformative change.

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Priority Grantmaking Program
United States Institute of Peace

Deadline is on a rolling basis

The Grant Initiative will focus on the following regions:

Afghanistan--Grantmaking in Afghanistan will support projects designed to promote public understanding of peaceful alternatives to the violent resolution of conflict, the rule of law, transitional justice, and to improve local capacities for dialogue and peacebuilding.

Pakistan--Grantmaking in Pakistan will strengthen civil society capacities for conflict prevention and promote greater understanding of issues related to identity, tolerance, diversity, and sectarian extremism in Pakistan through education, training, research, and the media.

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Promoting International Arts Engagement
Clark (Robert Sterling) Foundation

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's aim is to strengthen cultural organizations of the highest artistic quality by enabling them to participate in the global marketplace. The Foundation hopes that the Promoting International Arts Engagement program will help leverage new support in this area and introduce American culture to communities around the world, as well as bring diverse world cultures to American audiences.

While the Foundation considers support for projects that bring international artists to the U.S., preference is given to projects that send American arts abroad. While there are no restrictions on countries or regions, the Foundation is more inclined to support activities that involve underserved or underrepresented parts of the world. Favor is given to projects having lasting impact and value, including international tours that lead to new engagements, programs that broaden audiences and attract new sources of income, documentation of work that is disseminated widely, and arts engagement activities that benefit the community.

The objectives of Promoting International Arts Engagement are to: strengthen performing and visual arts organizations by helping to make possible international touring and collaborations that offer broad audience outreach and build lasting partnerships; provide presenting organizations with the opportunity to showcase important international artists from underrepresented regions, and introduce audiences to new artistic perspectives from world cultures; assist organizations that organize significant exchanges or forums bringing together U.S. artists and their international counterparts to inform the creative process; and sustain arts service organizations that advance global arts engagement, through new Internet technologies, program documentation and dissemination, translations, and technical assistance for artists, among other activities. 

Other Information: The Foundation receives and reviews proposals year-round.  The Board of Directors meets four times per year: January, April, July, and October to review submissions. 

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Proposal Deadline: Open

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports investigator-initiated research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include: examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

This call for proposals is intended to stimulate projects that: examine significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and explore or test major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

Grants will be awarded in two categories: Small grants for projects requiring $100,000 or less and projected to take up to 12 months or less; and Large grants for projects requiring more than $100,000 and/or projected to take longer than 12 months. 

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Saudi American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grant
Department of State

June 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants support innovative forms of collaboration between Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations and qualified individuals to expand the diversity of activities in the U.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders, especially among youth, young professionals and women, to promote mutual understanding and respect through long-term partnership and cooperation between our two countries. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now accepting proposals from Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations or qualified individuals who propose to work together to develop or expand educational, professional and cultural exchange activities and promote dialogue and partnership between the people of the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Embassy is especially interested in identifying and supporting U.S-Saudi partnerships that include a focus on the development of exchanges, projects and partnerships between U.S. and Saudi youth or women; or that involve the development of professional linkages in business, healthcare or media, including social media; or that build on Saudi efforts to modernize and build a knowledge-based economy; or that expand Saudi-U.S. educational partnerships; or that are submitted by or involve alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. or Saudi governments. Projects may include, but are not limited to:

& Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs;

& Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;

& Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;

& Cultural, professional and academic exchanges and projects;

& Professional development workshops and training.

Requests for funding provided by the U.S. Embassy should be at least $3000 and not more than $25,000; the most competitive proposals will include significant funding from other sources as cost-share in the project budget. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis from qualified U.S. or Saudi individuals and organizations. Proposals must include a letter of support from the proposed U.S. or Saudi partner, whether a qualified individual or organization. The proposal or letter of support from the Saudi partner must confirm the ability and willingness of the Saudi partner to sponsor the visa(s) for the U.S. partner, if necessary, and to assume responsibility for all travel and logistics within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia is not able to assist with visas or travel arrangements funded through the grant. Proposals will be evaluated for funding by an Embassy committee on a monthly basis. The committee will identify projects with outstanding educational, artistic, or cultural merits for funding. In deciding which projects to support, the committee will give consideration to the full range and diversity of American and Saudi educational and cultural traditions and seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences. Projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration and that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation will receive priority. The proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

& The proposal demonstrates that the Saudi and U.S. individuals and/or organizations have sufficient expertise, skills and capacity to implement the project.

& The project will make a substantive contribution to the expanding types of partnerships between Saudi and U.S. individuals, organizations and institutions.

& The individuals and/or organizations demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of the topic or issue that the project is aiming to address.

& The individuals and/or organizations have identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups to maximize project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope.

& The project idea and approach is innovative yet proposed project activities are concrete and detailed and supported by a work plan.

& The project budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable. There are no budget lines labeled "miscellaneous expenses." The budget demonstrates that the individual or organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates. No grant funds are proposed for the purchase of food, drink, or entertainment.

& The proposal clearly articulates how the partners will assess and measure performance throughout the project implementation phase using quantitative and qualitative assessment tools.

& The proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure the sustainability of the project or partnership. The following types of projects are not eligible for funding:

& Requests by organizations and individuals who are neither Saudi nor American;

& those relating to partisan political activity;

& humanitarian or charitable activities;

& conferences and individual trips abroad;

& trade activities;

& fund-raising campaigns;

& commercial projects;

& scientific research;

& projects aiming only at primary institutional development of the organization; or

& projects that duplicate existing projects.

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Simons Foundation for Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis

Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. We especially encourage applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism, but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.

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Statistical Consulting Services - Assistance with study design and statistical analysis
MSU

Available Fall 2014

In Fall 2014 formal statistical consulting services will be available to all researchers on campus.  This includes assistance in study design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results.  The inaugural statistical consultant will serve as the director of statistical consulting services on campus and help guide the future direction and growth of the service.  This position is funded for the first five years through an NIH-INBRE grant.

We encourage researchers to think about the future availability of this service as they are preparing research proposals.  Many funding agencies highly value demonstrated collaboration with statistical consultants in research design, data analysis, and dissemination of results.   The success of the service will depend on demonstrated need and use of its resources.  Therefore, we encourage researchers who anticipate using the service to assist in their research to consider including a budget item for MSU Statistical Consulting Services in their proposals.  A great place to start is with proposals submitted under the recent call from the VPR due May 9.  If you have questions about what to include please contact Megan Higgs (higgs@math.montana.edu) or any other Statistics faculty member (http://www.math.montana.edu/faculty/index.html#statistics).

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Sustainable Development Program
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

Ongoing

SYNOPSIS: 

The Sustainable Development program advances global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. Human activity is causing global warming, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the program focuses its grantmaking on advancing solutions to climate change.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Human activity is causing climate change, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. These developments threaten the livelihoods, health, and security of people in all nations and cultures as well as the well-being of the greater community of life. The RBF's sustainable development grantmaking endeavors to address these challenges by supporting development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The program supports global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. The Fund encourages government, business, and civil society to work collaboratively on climate change, to acknowledge the moral and ethical consequences of inaction, and to make it an integral part of all development planning and activity. Recognizing the global nature of many environmental problems, the Fund also promotes international cooperation in addressing these challenges.

The Sustainable Development program maintains a significant focus on the United States in light of its disproportionate impact on the global economy, politics, and the environment. The program's work is also advanced in collaboration with the Fund's "pivotal place" programs--New York City, Southern China, and the Western Balkans--and with the Democratic Practice program's Global Governance portfolio. Pivotal place programs support work in specific countries or regions to build the knowledge, policies, organizational capacity, and leadership needed to advance sustainable development in locally appropriate ways. The Fund's Global Governance portfolio supports broad participation in forging the international agreements and institutional arrangements needed to encourage investment in sustainable development. Fund staff work to ensure that global developments inform work in specific places and that locally grounded efforts generate lessons and innovations needed for global impact.

With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the Sustainable Development program focuses its U.S. grantmaking on building a green economy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Grant Inquiries are accepted throughout the year.

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Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA)

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Nationally, Toyota focuses in three areas: environment, safety and education. National programs in these areas must have a broad reach by impacting several major U.S. cities, communities or groups.

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Commercial Air Service Improvement Plan
Wyoming Department of Transportation

Letter of Interest due: Apr. 3, 2018
Interview (by invitation only): Apr. 13, 2018

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is requesting letters of interest (LOI) for facilitating the Aeronautics Division's Commercial Air Service Improvement Plan. Letters are limited to a maximum of two pages and must be submitted on company letterhead. Cover pages are included in the maximum pages. Your Letter of Interest should address the capabilities of your firm to provide the scope of work listed and discuss why your firm is best suited for this project-specific solicitation. The LOI may be scanned and emailed, but must be received no later than Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

Additionally, a single resume of the person proposed to perform the work, limited to a maximum of two pages, must be submitted with the LOI. WYDOT will acknowledge receipt of LOI submittals, but the burden of submittal and confirmation of receipt prior to the submittal deadline is the sole responsibility of respondents.

Contact with WYDOT personnel other than those from the Engineering Services Section regarding this request, during this phase of the selection process, will be cause for disqualification.

LOIs will be used to determine a list of the most qualified firms (three minimum, if at least three LOIs are received) who will be scheduled for an interview on April 13, 2018. A formal ranking and selection will be done directly from the short-listed firms. Notification of the short-listed firms is anticipated as soon as possible after a preliminary selection meeting on April 10, 2018.

Questions regarding this opportunity, or requests for a document outlining the preliminary Scope of Work, may be directed to Juli Monahan, Engineering Services, at julianne.monahan@wyo.gov or (307) 777-3820; or David Griffin, Engineering Services, at david.griffin@wyo.gov or (307) 777-4488.


Innovative Clinical or Translational Science Award (ICTS)
American Diabetes Association

Application due: Apr. 16, 2018

Innovative Clinical or Translational Science Awards (ICTS) support creative and novel projects that hold significant promise for advancing the prevention, cure or treatment of diabetes. These awards are intended to support proposals that: 1) are high-risk but have potential for high-impact results; 2) extend existing knowledge into a new area or application; 3) utilize novel technological or cross-disciplinary approaches; and/or 4) may not be sufficiently developed for traditional funding sources (e.g., NIH R01). Early and established investigators, including those who have not previously worked in the field of diabetes, may apply for this award.

To qualify for classification as a clinical or translational project, studies are expected to involve human subjects or human samples and/or data. For the purposes of this award, clinical science is defined as research where the effect of a change in the individual's external or internal environment is evaluated, and includes therapeutic interventions, educational, psychosocial and behavioral research, health services/care delivery research and epidemiology. Epidemiological research is defined as research aimed at identifying the distribution and determinants of disease in a population.

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Remote Sensing for Snowpack and Soil Moisture
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce

Application due: Apr. 26, 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the opportunity Remote Sensing for Snowpack and Soil Moisture, is soliciting research to operations proposals in the following three priority areas focusing on snowpack (snow water equivalent) and soil moisture remote sensing data that can be used to expand and improve the National Water Model and contribute directly to the mission of NOAA's National Water Center over the next one to two years:

  • Priority 1: Sensor Technology: Advancements leading to improved remote sensing observing capabilities of snowpack (snow water equivalent) and soil moisture that can be used to improve the initial conditions and/or validation of the National Water Model (NWM) and Weather Research and Forecasting Model Hydrological Modeling System (WRF-Hydro). New satellite sensors are out of scope of this initiative. Example focus areas could include advancements to airborne snow survey technologies.

  • Priority 2: Hydrologic Data Algorithms and Fusion: Advancements leading to improved data algorithms and fusion techniques to create new hydrological data sets of snowpack (snow water equivalent) and soil moisture that may be used for inputs, blended output products, or validation of the NWM and WRF-Hydro. Example focus areas could include data from airborne snow surveys and from NOAA's current and future operational satellites such as GOES-16, GOES-S, and JPSS.

  • Priority 3: Hydrologic Data Assimilation and Physics Parameterization: Advancements leading to improved hydrologic data assimilation and physics parameterization of snowpack (snow water equivalent) and soil moisture into the NWM and WRF-Hydro. Example focus areas could include advancements to assimilate remotely sensed snowpack estimates using NOAA-20 (JPSS-1) satellite data.

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Hot Water Grant Review Workshop
University of Montana and Montana State University

Registration due: Mar. 28, 2018 or once 13 proposals are registered
Workshop Dates: May 5-6, 2018

The Hot Water Grant Review Workshop is an overnight, working meeting for those who wish to have their upcoming grant submissions reviewed prior to NIH/NSF deadlines. This workshop is usually held one month prior to major NIH/NSF deadlines: January (February deadlines) and May (June deadlines). Feedback is constructive, and everyone participates in discussion of each individual grant.

Participants include faculty from basic and applied biomolecular, chemical, cellular and biomedical sciences, computational biology and related disciplines at the University of Montana, Montana State University and other institutions around the state. If this is your first time attending a hot water grant writing workshop, please contact Stephen Sprang or Thom Hughes prior to registration to ensure we have the capacity to provide a quality review. 

Due to a high demand, please register as soon as you can make a commitment. Last minute cancellations cause unnecessary chaos; please register if you are committed to attending. Registration will close once 13 proposals are registered OR on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 12:00 noon, whichever comes first.

Faculty who do not have proposals to submit but who would be willing to provide critiques as a reviewer only are welcome to attend.

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Broad PCORI Funding: Addressing Disparities, Assessment of Options, Communication and Dissemination Research, Improving Healthcare Systems
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Online System Opens: Jan. 16, 2018
Agency LOI due: Feb. 13, 2018
Full Application due: May 16, 2018

The Broad PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) will seek investigator-initiated applications for patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) projects aligned with our priority areas for research. This PFA covers the following four priority areas:

  • Addressing Disparities
  • Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options
  • Communication and Dissemination Research
  • Improving Healthcare Systems

This notice provides information about upcoming PCORI funding announcements which will be released by PCORI on January 16, 2018.

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Pharmacological Treatment for Anxiety in Children, Adolescents, and/or Young Adults
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Online System opens: Jan. 16, 2018
Agency LOI due: Feb. 13, 2018
Full Application due: May 16, 2018

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks to fund high-quality clinical studies that compare the effectiveness of two or more pharmacological treatments for moderate to severe anxiety in children, adolescents, and/or young adults (e.g., comparisons of shorter-acting to longer-acting selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or comparisons of SSRIs to selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)) delivered in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or an alternative evidence-based psychological intervention.

While prior research, including the landmark Child-Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Study (CAMS), has demonstrated the role of combined pharmacological and psychological treatment in youth with moderate to severe anxiety, more head-to-head comparisons of pharmacological treatment options are needed to increase the actionable evidence base for the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders. Moreover, studies to date have generally included relatively small sample sizes and short follow-up periods. Larger studies and those with lengthier follow-up periods are needed to assess the longer-term safety of medications and advance patient care.

For this PFA, PCORI is broadly interested in comparisons that are relevant and applicable to a spectrum of developmental stages represented by patients in the age range of 7 through 25 years. Applicants will be asked to clearly define the specific age range to be studied, and to provide a scientific rationale for the proposed study population.

This PFA preannouncement is provided to allow potential applicants additional time to identify collaborators, obtain stakeholder input on the research question, and develop responsive, high-quality proposals. Further details will be available in the full announcement to be released on January 16, 2018.

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Pragmatic Clinical Studies to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Online System Opens: Jan. 16, 2018
Agency LOI due: Feb. 13, 2018
Full Application due: May 16, 2018

Notice of Upcoming PCORI Funding Announcement

PCORI seeks to fund pragmatic clinical trials, large simple trials, or large-scale observational studies that compare two or more alternatives for addressing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or management of a disease or symptom; improving healthcare system-level approaches to managing care; communicating or disseminating research results to patients, caregivers, or clinicians; or eliminating health or healthcare disparities.

Proposed studies must address critical healthcare choices faced by patients, their caregivers, clinicians, or delivery systems. They must involve broadly representative patient populations and be large enough to provide precise estimates of hypothesized effectiveness differences and to support evaluation of potential differences in treatment effectiveness in patient subgroups.

PCORI's multi-stakeholder panels have identified 16 high-priority topics and research questions. PCORI will give first consideration to applications that directly address one or more of the 16 PCORI-identified topics. Note that PCORI is open to receiving and reviewing LOIs for studies on investigator-initiated CER questions as well.

Please note that this funding program does not support applications to conduct cost-effectiveness analyses, systematic reviews (with or without meta-analyses), the development of clinical practice guidelines, or developing or evaluating shared decision making or decision-support tools. In general, PCORI will not cover costs for interventions that are being compared in the proposed study.

This PFA preannouncement is provided to allow potential applicants additional time to identify collaborators, obtain stakeholder input on the research question, and develop responsive, high-quality proposals. Further details will be available in the full announcement when released on January 16, 2018.

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White-Nose Syndrome Research Grants
Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Application due: May 31, 2018

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the availability of research funding in 2018 to investigate issues related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS).The WNS Program provides financial and technical assistance to non-governmental, university, and private researchers, as well as state and local governments, Native American tribes, and federal agencies, for the management of WNS and conservation of bats. Funded projects will investigate priority questions about WNS to improve our ability to manage the disease and implement management actions that will help to conserve affected bat species.

Funding through WNS Research Grants provides critical information and resources for maximizing the benefits of conservation efforts for bats. These actions are focused on minimizing the impacts of WNS and compounding stressors on already listed species, prioritizing actions to conserve species that may be assessed for listing due to the impacts of WNS and understanding how various species are likely to respond when exposed to the pathogen. Although WNS has decimated several species of bats in eastern North America, efforts taken with support of funding from the Service's WNS program has allowed the management community to focus efforts where there is the greatest need and benefit.

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Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program
U.S. Geological Survey, National Institutes for Water Resources, and the Montana Water Center

Pre-Proposal due to the Montana Water Center: Feb. 15, 2018
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): June 1, 2018

The Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program seeks proposals on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation's water supply and availability, and promoting the exploration of ideas that address or expand the understanding of water problems, including the following specific areas of inquiry:

  • Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management and replacement.

  • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes; including associated economic, environmental, social, and/or infrastructure costs.

  • Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical and/or economic supply of water.

  • Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management.

  • Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation practices, as well as adoption, penetration and permanence.

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STTI/Doris Bloch Research Award
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Application due: July 1, 2018

The Sigma Theta Tau International/Doris Bloch Research Award encourages nurses to contribute to the advancement of nursing through research.

Allocation of funds is based on the quality of the proposed research, the future promise of the applicant and the applicant's research budget. Applications from novice researchers who have received no other national research funds are encouraged and will receive preference for funding, other aspects being equal. Preference will be given to Sigma Theta Tau International members, other qualifications being equal. Funding is provided by a gift to the honor society's Research Endowment from the Doris Bloch estate.

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2018 Applied Research Competition
Organization for Autism Research

Pre-Proposal due: Mar. 26, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Aug. 6, 2018

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) seeks to fund studies that expand the body of knowledge related to autism intervention and treatment, produce practical and clearly objective results, have the potential to impact public policy, and provide outcomes that offer to enhance quality of life for persons with autism and their families. 

While applicants are always free to submit on any relevant area of research or intervention, this year OAR is placing an emphasis on research that addresses the following targeted areas:

  • Healthcare transition

  • Generalization of technology-based intervention

  • Community-based intervention

  • Residential services and supports

  • Literacy

  • Sexuality education

While there is no guarantee of funding, studies that address these topics will receive additional scoring credit during the review process. Studies may range from one to two years.

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Applied Research Competition
Organization for Autism Research

Pre-Proposal due: Mar. 26, 2018
Full Application due (by invitation only): Aug. 6, 2018

The Organization for Autism Research is seeking pre-proposals for its 2018 Applied Research Competition.

The annual program aims to promote innovative research that directly supports the autism community by expanding the body of knowledge related to autism intervention and treatment, producing practical and objective results, and providing outcomes that enhance the quality of life for persons with autism and their families.

Preference will be given to the analysis, evaluation, or comparison of current models of assessment, intervention, or systems of service delivery, including policy analysis; applied aspects of educational, behavioral, or social/communicative intervention; effective intervention across the lifespan for individuals considered to be severely impacted by autism; adult issues such as continuing education, employment, residential supports, sexuality instruction, quality-of-life determinants, and "later intervention"; and issues related to family support, social and community integration, assessment and intervention with challenging behavior, and the use of technology in support of learners with ASD.

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