Research Funding Opportunities



Internal Opportunities and Announcements

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

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

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

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October 16, 2014

Dear Colleague,

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Dr. France A. Córdova
Director

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Open Access Author Fund at MSU - Pilot Project
MSU Library

The Open Access Author Fund

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

Goals

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


The Application Process

Eligible Publications and Data repositories

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

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

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

Eligible Articles and Data

Articles/data should:

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

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

Eligible Authors

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

Eligible Fees

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

Fund Limits

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

Institutional Repository

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

How do I apply?

Complete the online form.

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Montana INBRE Request for Proposals #PUI3
Montana INBRE

February 7, 2016 by midnight

SYNOPSIS:

Montana INBRE is soliciting proposals for Pilot Projects or Major Research Projects in the areas of environmental health, infectious diseases, and rural and/or Native American health disparities.  Within these general areas, proposals must address at least one of Montana INBRE III's research priority areas:  1) social and behavioral aspects of rural and/or Native American health, 2) infectious disease and environmental health as they relate to rural and/or Native American health, and 3) interdisciplinary research focused on these research areas.  Projects can be developed within a single discipline (e.g., social sciences), but collaborative projects between biomedical and social and behavioral health investigators also can be developed and are encouraged.  As in all Montana INBRE-funded projects, the involvement of students in research is important and strongly encouraged, and projects should have a high likelihood of leading to independent funding.  Applicants should submit one proposal, for one of the four options listed below.  Submitting more than one proposal by the same applicant in response to this RFP, even if the proposals are in different categories, is strongly discouraged.  Funding will be awarded for one grant year with the possibility for competitive renewal in the subsequent year.  

Eligibility.  Faculty in the biomedical, social/behavioral/economic sciences.  Most successful applicants will not have independently funded programs, but established investigators wanting to develop a change of direction initiating research in Montana INBRE III research priority areas will be considered.  Interdisciplinary research proposals directed by multiple Project Leaders can consist of established investigators, but applications having at least one non-established investigator will be given special consideration.  All previously funded Montana INBRE III investigators whose projects have been funded for 2 or more years must submit, in addition to the proposal requirements listed below, a Specific Aims page for an extramural grant proposal. 

Applications will be accepted in four categories: Pilot Research Projects, Major Research Projects, Continuation Projects, and Resubmission ProjectsIt is recommended that potential applicants discuss with either Dr. Ann Bertagnolli or Dr. Allen Harmsen which of the 4 project types for which they should apply. (Contact information is provided below.)

Pilot Research Project:  Funded at $20,000 - $50,000 direct costs per year, pilot projects are designed for Project Leaders (PLs) who do not currently have significant preliminary data or established community partnerships.  However, having preliminary data and/or established community partnerships in place at the time of the application would be considered an advantage.  These projects can be competitively renewed for a second year and require that the PL submit a Major Research Project grant proposal by the end of the Pilot Project grant period.  The Major Research Project could be an application for a Montana INBRE III Major Research Project or an application to another funding agency. 

Major Research Project:  Funded at $65,000 - $100,000 direct costs per year, major research projects are designed for PLs who currently have preliminary data ( but insufficient to be competitive for external grant application) and established relationships with communities if doing community engagement research.  These projects can be competitively renewed annually for up to 3 years and require that PLs submit a formal grant application to NIH or another funding agency by year 3 of funding.  Interdisciplinary major research projects are strongly encouraged, such as those involving collaborations among social/behavioral/cultural and biomedical faculty.  Interdisciplinary projects can have multiple PLs, and budgets of multiple PL projects can exceed the $100,000 direct costs per year.  Applicants of multiple PL projects are advised to confer with Dr. Allen Harmsen, MT INBRE PI, before submitting (contact information provided below).

Continuation Project:  Funded at a variable total for direct costs, dependent on the project.  The Continuation Project targets those investigators who have been funded by Montana INBRE III over the past 2 or more years.  Researchers who have accumulated substantial preliminary data sufficient for a grant proposal may apply for this mechanism, which is designed to facilitate research publications and extramural grant proposals but not to accumulate more data.  The total direct costs generally will be lower than the total direct costs for the Pilot or Major Research Projects ($20 - $30K).

Resubmission Project:  Funded at a variable total for direct costs, dependent on the project.  This option is for INBRE investigators who have submitted a proposal for external funding but were not funded. These projects will fund the generation of new data required by the proposal review to make the proposal competitive for funding upon resubmission. These projects can be submitted at any time during the year and require discussion with Dr. Ann Bertagnolli and Dr. Allen Harmsen before applying to INBRE.

Proposal Requirements

The proposal narrative/description of the research plan (#1 below) should be 4-5 pp. The abstract and references are not included in this page limit.  If using Human Subjects or vertebrate animals in proposed research, documentation as indicated in #2 and/or #3 must be included.  These sections, the project's budget and budget justification (#4), project timeline (#5), and potential outcomes (#6) are not counted in this page limit and do not themselves have a page limit.

Proposal narrative/description of the research plan, written in the following order (4-5pp).  Each section should begin with a section header (e.g., Abstract, Specific Aims, etc.).

  • Abstract (not included in the page limit)
  • Specific Aims of the Project:  statement of problem, hypothesis, and specific aims that will address hypothesis.
  • Significance:  the importance and health relevance of the project, how it will improve our knowledge, and how it will improve the health of individuals.
  • Innovation:  how the project is creative, unique, and innovative.
  • Approach:  (Design and Methods) description of preliminary data (if such data are available) that support the hypothesis or aims and how the aims will be achieved   For both the Pilot and Major Research Projects, applicants should describe the rationale and scientific basis for the proposed research and provide a strong research plan. 

Human Subjects required information:

  • CITI human subjects training certification (for CITI training, see https://www.citiprogram.org/default.asp?language=english)
  • IRB approval letter (or IRB exemption letter) must be available for successful proposals by early spring 2016, when awards are announced.
  • Protection of Human Subjects Page (see attached guidelines for preparing this document)

Vertebrate Animals required information:

  • IACUC approval letter must be available for successful proposals by early spring 2016, when awards are announced.
  • The five points concerning Animal Welfare Assurance) (see attached guidelines for preparing this document)

Itemized budget (on attached NIH PHS 398 budget template) and budget justification (on attached NIH PHS 398 template) for the proposed grant year, May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.  

Project Timeline that clarifies the goals, objectives, and work to be accomplished by April 30, 2017.   

Potential outcomes (student/faculty involvement, curricular changes/additions, faculty research, etc.).

Deadline and Submission Requirements

An electronic version of the complete proposal in word format (not pdf) should be submitted no later than midnight on February 7 to Dr. Ann Bertagnolli (abertagnolli@montana.edu). Please feel free to contact her (994-5214) or Dr. Allen Harmsen, Montana INBRE PI, (994-7626, aharmsen@montana.edu) at any time if you have questions about the proposal format and/or instructions or would like to discuss potential project ideas. 

Proposal Review

Proposals will be reviewed by up to three experts in relevant disciplines from across and external to the Montana INBRE network soon after the submission deadline.  Reviewers will score the proposals on the NIH 1-9 scale and also include written strengths and weaknesses for significance, innovation, approach, and investigator.  Additionally, reviewers will be asked to comment on "potential to lead to outside funding" and "involvement of undergraduate students in research."  Reviewers' scores and comments will be considered by the Montana INBRE Council (comprised of core directors, the PI and Program Coordinator), which will then prioritize successful applications and forward them to the Montana INBRE External Advisory Committee, who will make the final prioritization of proposals.  The final list of successful applicants and the information required for each project (narrative, budget, human subjects and/or vertebrate animal approval) will be forwarded to the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS) for final approval, after which applicants will be informed of the funding decision regarding their projects.  Awards are contingent upon the availability of NIH funding and are expected to be announced by early spring 2016.  Funding for successful Montana INBRE applications must be expended by April 30, 2017.  No carryover will be allowed.  Successful first year applicants will need to apply for second year funding to continue their projects; renewal proposals will be solicited from PLs toward the end of the grant year and will be awarded through a competitive process.   

 

 

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CLARIFICATION: Research and Commercialization Projects
Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology

Internal MSU Submission Due February 16, 2016
March 1, 2016, 5:00 p.m. at the Helena Office (MSU will submit on applicant's behalf)

SYNOPSIS:

The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology encourages economic development through investment in research and commercialization projects. The board has about $850,000 available to grant in fiscal year 2017 (7/1/16 - 6/30/17) for such projects. The emphasis of the program is on projects that lead to marketable products or processes. Projects must be matched with non-Montana state government funds at an amount equal to at least 25% of the total project cost. This is a highly competitive funding program. To maximize the possibility of obtaining funding, applicants should carefully follow the instructions in this Request for Proposals. Incomplete proposals may be dropped from consideration.

UPDATED SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: 

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Office or Research and Economic Development must track and review the submissions that will be submitted to the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology. PI's will be notified of incomplete proposals and given an opportunity to make corrections. The OSP staff will also ensure that proposal documents that have been saved to CD's are mailed to the Helena office on time. Thus, an internal deadline of February 16, 2016 has been established to provide time for these tasks. The following instructions apply:

  • Prepare proposal documents according to the instructions provided by the agency. These can be found by clicking on the program link. 
  • Submit these documents via ePCF available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting " full proposal form" in the ePCF screen and upload the proposal as an attachment. Proposals will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. It is critical that PI's select "Montana Board of Research and Technology (MTCOTE)" as the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being submitted. 
  • After the VPRED and OSP offices review all submissions, the proposal documents will be provided to the MT Board of Research and Commercialization Technology for review and final selection. OSP will save the documents to CD's on behalf of the PI's and send them via FedEx. 
  • For Questions and Help: Contact David P. Desch, Executive Director at ddesch@mt.gov or call 406-841-2760. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 

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The Mountain West CTR-IN seeks to fund Visiting Scholars!
Mountain West Clinical Translational Research - Infrastructure Network

Submission window: August 3, 2015 to March 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Visiting Scholar Award recipients will have the opportunity for an immersion experience with mentoring by experienced clinical and translational investigators, which is concordant with the goal of the CTR-IN to increase NIH-funded clinical translational research in the region. This is a competitive application to identify and select candidates.  

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The Perfect Study Plan

March 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The CTR-IN is offering an immersion experience with mentoring provided by experienced clinical and translational investigators. They are looking for New/Early-Stage Investigators to apply for the Visiting Scholars program, providing opportunities for training in clinical and translational research. Faculty can apply for up to $10,000 in support towards travel, housing, and research supply costs (with all expenses posted by June 30, 2016). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with notification - no later than 6 weeks after submission.

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Research and Commercialization Projects
Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology

Internal MSU Submissions due February 16, 2016
March 1, 2016, 5:00 p.m. at the Helena Office (MSU will submit on applicant's behalf)

SYNOPSIS: 

The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology encourages economic development through investment in research and commercialization projects. The board has about $850,000 available to grant in fiscal year 2017 (7/1/16 - 6/30/17) for such projects. The emphasis of the program is on projects that lead to marketable products or processes. Projects must be matched with non-Montana state government funds at an amount equal to at least 25% of the total project cost. This is a highly competitive funding program. To maximize the possibility of obtaining funding, applicants should carefully follow the instructions in this Request for Proposals. Incomplete proposals may be dropped from consideration.

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  • Submit whitepapers via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting " full proposal form" in the ePCF screen and upload the proposal as an attachment. Proposals will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. It is critical that PI's select "Montana Board of Research and Technology (MTCOTE)" as the agency in the ePCF screen. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  • After the VPRED office reviews all submissions, all whitepapers will be provided to the MT Board of Research and Commercialization Technology for review and final selection. 
  • For Questions and Help: Contact David P. Desch, Executive Director at ddesch@mt.gov or call 406-841-2760. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

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

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

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

 

 

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Various

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Dear Faculty Members,

There are a number of Undergraduate Research Opportunities approaching that we would like you to be aware of - please share this information with students who may be interested/good candidates for these programs:

Spring Research Grants - Applications Due December 1, 2015

USP offers research grant funding through a competitive proposal process for undergraduates engaging in faculty mentored research, original creative works, and scholarly projects.  Students from all academic disciplines are welcome to apply.  For application guidelines and further details, please visit:  http://www.montana.edu/usp/apply/research-grants.html

National Conference on Undergraduate Research - Abstract Submissions Due December 2, 2015

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is an annual conference where students from across the country gather to present the results of their research and creative works.  It is open to undergraduate students conducting research and scholarship in all academic disciplines.  This year's event takes place at UNC Asheville April 7-9, 2016.  The Undergraduate Scholars Program will provide logistical support and coordination for MSU students accepted to present, as well as funding to help off-set the cost of student travel.  Please see the NCUR page on the USP website for more details:  http://www.montana.edu/usp/special-programs/NCUR.html

Smithsonian Spring Break Internships - Applications Due January 4, 2016

The Smithsonian Institution offers a number of opportunities for students to be involved in hands-on internship experiences at its various museums and research units in Washington DC.  The Honors College and Undergraduate Scholars Program are pleased to offer financial assistance through a competitive application process for students accepted by the Smithsonian to participate in internship opportunities during spring break week, March 2016.  Please see the Smithsonian page on the USP website for more details:  http://www.montana.edu/usp/special-programs/smithsonian-spring-break.html

Skyline Journal Publication Contest - Submissions Due April, 15, 2016

Undergraduate students conducting research and scholarship on topics that have application or relevance to sports and athletics are invited to submit papers for the 2016 Skyline Journal publication contest.  This opportunity is open to students in all academic disciplines including, but not limited to, exercise science, kinesiology, nutrition, biomedical sciences, economics, social sciences, history, philosophy, and creative writing.  Accompanying the call for papers is a call for cover designs.  Art and graphic design students are encouraged to consider making submissions.  Selected submissions are eligible for cash prizes.  For application guidelines and further details, please visit:   http://www.montana.edu/usp/special-programs/skyline.html

If you or your students have questions about any of these opportunities, please contact the USP office at 994-3561 or usp@montana.edu.  

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MSU Publications Update
Office of Research and Economic Development and the Library

SYNOPSIS:

A new feature, "Current Publications from Montana State", that was previously available via email updates is now live on the web. This new feature includes a searchable database of publications that were produced by MSU researchers and their colleagues. It is anticipated that this database will have numerous applications, and we look forward to hearing feedback from the faculty community on any suggested future evolutions.

ABOUT THE PAGE:

MSU Web Communications developed the web platform and the Montana State-authored publications are collected by the Library to highlight the achievements of Montana State researchers and more fully understand the research output of the University. They use a number of resources to pull together as complete a list as possible and understand that there may be publications that are missed. If you note the omission of a current publication or want to know more about the collection and display of this information email Leila Sterman.

 

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Cancer Research Institute

April 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in cancer immunology.

A panel of scientists drawn from our Scientific Advisory Council rigorously evaluates each candidate, the intended sponsor and training environment, and the nature and feasibility of the proposed project.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Institute seeks hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology. The applicant and sponsor must clearly state the potential of the proposed studies to directly impact our understanding of the immune system's role in cancer risk, tumor initiation, progression, metastasis, host response to tumors and/or the treatment of cancer.

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Graduate Travel Fellowships
Western Agricultural Economics Association

April 6, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Western Agricultural Economics Association offers Graduate Travel Fellowships for students presenting a paper or receiving an award at the annual meeting.

 

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Research Participation/Internship Program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education / EPA

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) offers opportunities to participate in research in environmental areas through internships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at various locations in the U.S.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Disciplines of interest include: life, health, and medical sciences; physical sciences; earth, environmental, and marine sciences; engineering; and related scientific disciplines.

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Limited Submissions

Macy Jr Foundation - Macy Faculty Scholars
Josiah Macy Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due December 14, 2015
Full submission due February 17, 2016

SYNOPSIS: 

The Macy Faculty Scholars Program - the first of its kind - launched in December 2010. The program aims to accelerate needed reforms in health professions education to accommodate the dramatic changes occurring in medical practice and health care delivery.

Under the program, the Foundation will select five faculty leaders each year. Each Scholar will receive salary support up to $100,000 per year over two years. Scholars must be nominated by the Dean of their institutions, who must commit to protecting at least 50 percent of the Scholars' time to pursue education reform projects at their institution. Each school may nominate only one candidate each year, and will be expected to provide a senior faculty member to mentor the Scholar.

The Foundation will support educational change in each Scholar's institution and develop a national network for the Scholars, who will receive career advice from a National Advisory Committee and participate in an Annual Meeting for the program.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (multiple directorates)

Internal MSU LOI due November 1, 2015
Full submission due February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS: 

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: 'What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a 'culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

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

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

Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) program accepts proposals for innovative research projects to foster ethical STEM research in all of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, including within interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international contexts. CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

Projects can include qualitative and/or quantitative approaches. Proposals should specify plans to deliver findings to appropriate research and educational communities and assist them to implement projects or programs based on the findings. CCE STEM awardees must share their findings with others via the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (Award #1355547) and at the biennial PI meetings held at NSF. PIs are responsible for covering the expenses of participating in these PI meetings throughout the tenure of their award and should indicate this in their budget.

MODES OF SUPPORT - STANDARD RESEARCH GRANTS AND INSTITUTIONAL TRANSFORMATION RESEARCH GRANTS

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

Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either 1) between or within institutional settings that differ along the factors suggested or other factors (Standard Research Grants), or 2) over time-- before and after an intervention (Institutional Transformation Research Grants (ITRG)). For ITRGs, investigators are expected to gather and report baseline data in the first annual report. Both Standard and ITRG proposals can be collaborative.

See the Additional Reporting Requirements section of this solicitation for additional reporting requirements for both types of awards.

Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Note: NSF does not consider proposals for medical research and hence, the program will not consider proposals focused on ethics for medical students or in medical education. It will consider proposals that address medical informatics, biomedical engineering, systems engineering and social scientific studies of health and medicine.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due January 4, 2016
Full submission due February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a 6th (sixth) year of a solicitation on collaborative research and education in the area of Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM). This solicitation is in response to and is a component of the NNI Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing - Creating the Industries of the Future (http://www.nano.gov/NSINanomanufacturing). Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to fabricate small quantities of nanomaterials and nanostructures for characterization and evaluation purposes, the emphasis of the Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) solicitation is on research on new manufacturing processes and methods to overcome the key scientific and engineering barriers that prevent the production of useful nanomaterials and nanostructures and their integration into nanodevices and nanosystems at an industrially relevant scale, reliably, and at low cost and within sustainability and environmental, health and safety (EHS) guidelines.

Proposals should target nanomanufacturing processes with a clear commercial relevance, and should consider addressing key aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain of nano-scale building-blocks to complex nanostructures to functional devices to integrated systems:

  • Novel scalable processes and techniques for large-area or continuous manufacturing of nano-scale materials and structures and their assembly and integration into higher order structures, devices and systems;
  • Fundamental scientific research in key, well-defined technical areas that are compellingly justified as approaches to overcome critical scientific and engineering barriers to scale-up and integration; and
  • Design principles for production systems leading to nanomanufacturing tools, systems and platforms; identification of metrology, instrumentation, standards and control methodologies needed for process control and to assess quality and yield; identification of environmental and energy footprints, as applicable.

Competitive proposals will incorporate three elements in their research plans:

  1. A persuasive case that the nanomaterials, nanostructures, nanodevices or nanosystems to be manufactured have or are likely to have sufficient demand to justify eventual scale-up;
  2. A clearly identified set of research issues requiring science and engineering solutions that must be addressed to enable the manufacture of high quality nano-enabled products in large quantities and at low cost; and
  3. A compelling research plan with clear objectives and approaches to overcome the identified research issues.

These elements should be carefully explained and justified in proposals, since both the scientific novelty and the feasibility of the methods being researched will be important evaluation factors.

Competitive proposals are expected to address the training and education of students in nanomanufacturing and related areas. Since Scalable Nanomanufacturing research will involve addressing multiple scientific challenges, an inter-disciplinary approach is strongly encouraged. Disciplines could range from mathematics to the physical sciences to engineering. While not required, collaborative activities with industrial or small business companies are welcome and collaborations in which industrial partners develop industrially relevant test-beds where university and company researchers can experiment and interact are encouraged. It is advisable that such firms be consulted early in the proposal preparation process and that their intellectual contributions be clearly explained in the proposal.

Other research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the appropriate programs and divisions.

Please see requirements for submitting proposals for collaborations; a single proposal with sub-contracts must be submitted for collaborations and the submission of separate proposals from multiple investigators for collaborative projects ('collaborative proposals') is not allowed.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This solicitation is seeking high-risk/high-reward research and education proposals. Its focus is on scalable nanomanufacturing challenges and societal and educational issues associated with continuing advances in nanomanufacturing and the ensuing increasing use of nanoscale materials, devices and systems. All proposals should clearly state what roadblocks to scale-up exist and what new approach or approaches will be investigated to overcome those roadblocks. The scientific and engineering barriers to commercialization, in terms of production rate, throughput, quality, reproducibility, yield, efficiency, sustainability, and cost should be addressed in the proposal.

In preparation of the proposal, the research team should consider one (or more) of the following elements of Scalable Nanomanufacturing:

  • Novel scalable processes and techniques for large-area or continuous manufacturing of nano-scale materials and structures and their assembly and integration into higher order structures, devices and systems.

    Processes could be top-down (deposition, lithography) or bottom-up (directed- and self-assembly) or an integration of the two. Deposition processes could be vapor-based or solution-based or a combination of the two. Self-assembly processes could be spontaneous or directed via physical, chemical, biological, thermal or other means. Research on creating nanostructures that will self-assemble or that can be easily assembled into large-scale nanosystems and systems of such nanosystems is encouraged. It is anticipated that such systems will comprise discrete elements that are differentiable in composition, structure, dimension, and/or geometry. The proposed methodologies should lead to the fabrication of complex heterogeneous nanostructures, which can be integrated into higher order devices and systems. The potential for high-volume production of industrially-relevant nano-enabled systems should be demonstrated. Research in computation, modeling and simulation, coupled with bench-scale experimentation in support of the scale-up and integration of nanomanufacturing processes is sought. Projects identifying specific technological roadblocks and proposing academic-industry research partnerships to overcome them are particularly encouraged. These may include research efforts inspired by promising fabrication approaches and tools recently demonstrated in industry or academia that likely have wider applicability. Examples of such areas include large area production, low-temperature solution-based processing, roll-to-roll processing, massively-parallel processing and other high-throughput methods.

    Processes producing heterogeneous nanostructures by conventional phase separation or multilayer deposition processes are not sought and will not usually meet this requirement.

  • Fundamental scientific research in well-defined technical areas that are compellingly justified as approaches to overcome critical scientific and engineering barriers to scale-up and integration.

    Approaches for the scale-up of both emergent and more well-established materials synthesis and processing methods are desired. For example, proposals that include new theoretical developments related to nanoscale materials, physics, chemistry or biology; ideas for creating mathematical models for commercial processes; experimental and computational methodologies for retaining nanoscale properties in materials after scale-up; and exploration of production-scale assembly approaches for device fabrication and system integration are welcome. High production rate, throughput, quality, reproducibility and yield are all required for commercial viability. Some emerging fields of application appear to be particularly well suited for scale-up. In more established areas, researchers should clearly state what roadblocks to scale-up exist and what new approach or approaches will be investigated to overcome these roadblocks.

  • Design principles for production systems leading to nanomanufacturing tools, systems and platforms; identification of metrology, instrumentation, standards and control methodologies needed for process control and to assess quality and yield.

    Research is encouraged on design principles, architectures and construction methods for nanoscale measurement and processing machines and systems, including their energy supply and control. Research in this area anticipates machines with integrated or stand-alone capabilities for the nanometer-scale resolution metrology of three-dimensional objects, new tools for sensing, assembling, processing, manipulating, manufacturing and integrating across length scales, new sensing modalities and algorithms for controlling and testing nanostructures and devices, and design automation tools for assembling devices and systems of large numbers of heterogeneous nanocomponents. This research should be strongly grounded in fundamental understanding of nanoscale processes and should integrate novel concepts for measurement, high-rate synthesis and processing, multi-scale integration, and scale-up of nanoscale synthesis and processing methods that derive from such understanding. Key factors in the progression to large-scale nanomanufacturing involve standardization and the development of measurement, control and quality monitoring methods. Towards that end, approaches are sought for reliable, high-speed, high-resolution on-line metrology, diagnostics, and adaptive (real-time) control methods and the process simulation and design methods needed in nanomanufacturing.

    In addition, proposals should address technological, societal, educational, sustainability and outreach implications in context of the solicitation. NSF has a strong interest in developing the infrastructure for nanoscale science and engineering. Accordingly, all proposals should address integration of research and education, for example, by including course development appropriate to the nature of the project. Collaborations between research universities and community colleges to provide curricula and research experiences to educate the future nanomanufacturing workforce are particularly encouraged.

    NSF does not normally support technical assistance, pilot plant efforts, research requiring security classification, or the development of products for commercial marketing or market research for a particular project or invention. Other research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant programs, divisions and directorates.

    Principal Investigators should ensure that their proposed project does not substantially overlap with ongoing federally-funded research. Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation may be shared by NSF with other federal agencies, including (but not limited to) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and the Intelligence Community. Reviews, including panel summaries, if applicable, may also be shared. The reasons for sharing these proposals and reviews include potential co-funding as well as avoiding duplication of federal funding for a particular research project. If the PI or awardee organization does not wish the proposal to be shared with a particular federal agency or agencies for funding purposes, they should provide a Single Copy Document with the proposal stating which federal funding agencies should be excluded. No explanations for exclusion are required.

    Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

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National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Directorate for Education Human Resources and Division of Graduate Education

Internal MSU LOI due October 26, 2015
Agency LOI due December 22, 2015
Full submission due February 22, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

A. Traineeship Track

    1. Focus and goals

The Traineeship Track is dedicated to highly effective training of STEM graduate students in an interdisciplinary research area through a comprehensive traineeship approach that comprises elements that are innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. The Traineeship Track is distinguished from other NSF graduate training initiatives by the identification of changing priority research themes, inclusion of both master's and doctoral students, broader definition of trainees, greater budgetary and programmatic flexibility, strong emphasis on the development of transferable professional skills, and explicit preparation for both research and research-related careers. Goals of the Traineeship Track program are to:

      • Catalyze and advance cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in high priority areas,
      • Increase the capacity of U.S. graduate programs to produce interdisciplinary STEM professionals with technical and transferable professional skills for a range of research and research-related careers within and outside academia, and
      • Develop innovative approaches and knowledge that will promote transformative improvements in graduate education.

Creation of sustainable programmatic capacity at institutions is an expected outcome. Proposals, accordingly, should describe mechanisms to institutionalize effective training elements after award closure.

    1. Traineeship and trainees

An NRT traineeship is dedicated to the comprehensive development of graduate students as versatile STEM professionals for a range of research and research-related careers within and outside academia. Proposals submitted to the Traineeship Track, accordingly, should focus on and demonstrate strong commitment to technical and professional training of STEM graduate students that emphasizes research training but extends well beyond it. In addition to research training, NRT projects are expected to develop trainees' technical skills broadly, including facility and/or familiarity with the techniques, languages, and cultures of fields integral to the interdisciplinary research theme; foster the development of transferable professional skills; and provide trainees with mentoring and vocational counseling from professionals both internal and external to the NRT institution(s), who have the backgrounds, experience, and skills to advise trainees on how to prepare for a variety of STEM career pathways, including the competencies required and the nature of the professions.

NRT is intended to benefit a population of STEM graduate students larger than just those who receive an NRT stipend; NRT trainees do not have to receive an NRT stipend. An NRT trainee, accordingly, is defined as a STEM graduate student, irrespective of funding source, who is accepted into an institution's NRT program and completes the required NRT elements (e.g., courses, workshops, projects, and other training activities specific to the NRT experience) set by the institution. In order to further maximize the number of students who benefit from NRT, proposers are expected to make available (within capacity and budget limitations) any NRT program elements to STEM graduate students who are not NRT trainees.

NRT trainees must be master's and/or doctoral STEM students in a research-based degree program that requires a thesis or dissertation. If an institution's NRT program includes both master's and doctoral students, the proposal should identify any differences in NRT program requirements, as well as mechanisms to foster the development of a collective NRT graduate student community. NRT stipends and support for customary costs of education (tuition and required fees) are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. However, international students can be non-stipend-supported NRT trainees, or as non-trainees can engage in any elements of an institution's NRT project.

    1. Key features of the Traineeship Track
      1. Development of innovative and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education, informed by evidence.
      2. Extension of individual NRT program elements to non-NRT trainees to benefit a larger population of STEM graduate students across an institution.
      3. Dissemination of outcomes and gained insights from NRT training approaches.
      4. Facilitation and advancement of potentially transformative interdisciplinary research in areas of high priority to the nation.
      5. Comprehensive training of STEM graduate students, including the development of technical and professional skills for both research and research-related careers within and outside academia.
      6. Evidence-based strategies to broaden participation of students from diverse backgrounds.
      7. Robust formative assessment that is central to the traineeship and routinely informs and improves practice.
    2. Research themes

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

a) Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE)

Across all areas of science and engineering, challenging computational problems and data of massive scale and complexity are being generated through experimental methods, observational studies, scientific instruments, administrative records, and computational simulations, leading to a growing need for new interdisciplinary advances in mathematical, computational, and statistical algorithms, prediction techniques, and modeling methodologies, as well as new approaches to data collection, data analysis and visualization, data integration and interoperability, and data stewardship. At the same time, computational models, methods, and algorithms, in the form of rich new software and computing systems, are playing a critical role in the solution of complex computational and data-based problems spanning the science and engineering communities. In light of these advances, NSF recognizes the need to address fundamental challenges advancing computational and data-enabled science and engineering, including educating and supporting a next generation of researchers in this space.

Of particular interest for this priority theme are focused interdisciplinary efforts that include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Partnerships between computational and mathematical sciences as well as all science and engineering domains supported by NSF, driving forward interdisciplinary research by effectively managing, using, and exploiting heterogeneous data sources and models to enable advances in these domains through advances in model-based analysis, data storage and management, analytics, and visualization.
      • Foundational and applied research on a variety of tools essential for advanced scientific and engineering discovery and technological innovation in collaboration with the domain sciences. Such tools could include computational models and the underlying computer science, mathematical, and statistical theory and methodology; novel algorithmic techniques; and effective utilization and optimization of computing and communications resources.
      • Research and development of novel end-to-end science-driven scenarios that integrate and leverage major cyberinfrastructure investments including high-end supercomputers, cloud environments, real-time and remote visualization, provisionable networks, distributed data archives, and software frameworks.
      • Integration of educational and training opportunities with major facilities and infrastructure investments in multiple STEM domains, such as:
        • Ongoing NSF Major Multi-User Research Facilities or other large-scale efforts such as the iPlant Collaborative, Engineering Research Centers (and other center-scale efforts), EarthCube, the Network for Computational Nanotechnology, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), etc.; and/or
        • Cyberinfrastructure-related facilities that are managed by NSF, by other US federal or state agencies, or by international consortia, including Blue Waters and Stampede, XSEDE, Open Science Grid, the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), NSFCloud, and International Research Network Connection (IRNC) sites.

In keeping with the broader goals of the NRT program, proposals responsive to this priority theme should demonstrate significant impact on new curricula and career-focused training approaches for data-enabled science and engineering.

DESE proposals must clearly articulate an overarching interdisciplinary research theme and how the emphasis on computational and data-enabled science and engineering, including the methods and theories of computational and data science, will foster high-return, interdisciplinary synergies.

b) Other crosscutting, interdisciplinary theme

A theme other than DESE should align with NSF or other national STEM research priority areas and have high potential for development of novel, innovative practices in graduate education. Proposers should describe the importance of the NRT project's thematic focus to the nation and the particular need to train students for a variety of careers in that thematic area, whether within or outside academia.

B. Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track

The IGE Track will extend the impact of the NRT Traineeship approach to generate other potentially transformative models for improvements in graduate education that prepare STEM graduate students for the full range of possible STEM career paths, as well as prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers who will advance the nation's STEM enterprise. The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating innovative, new approaches to graduate education and to generate the knowledge required for the customization, implementation, and scaling of the most successful, transformative ones. Master's students or doctoral students or both can be the target population. The IGE Track will not focus on foundational research examining how graduate students learn (see EHR Core Research Solicitation 13-555), but rather will promote pilot efforts that are informed by evidence, including findings from learning-sciences research, and that serve as a bridge to broader implementation and scale up. Activities proposed may include, but are not limited to, faculty training, student training, inventive partnerships, virtual networks, student professional development, mentoring, or bridges from undergraduate education to graduate education.

Goals of the IGE Track are to:

  • Catalyze rapid advances in STEM graduate education broadly as well as those responsive to the needs of particular disciplinary and interdisciplinary STEM fields, and
  • Generate the knowledge base needed to inform model implementation, adaptability, and scalability.

The IGE Track calls for proposals to:

  • Design, pilot and test new, innovative and transformative approaches to STEM graduate education,
  • Examine the potential to extend a successful approach developed in one discipline or context to other disciplines, or transfer an evidence-based approach to a new context, and
  • Develop test-bed projects that are informed by learning science and the body of knowledge about STEM graduate education.

Leadership teams (PI/Co-PIs) comprising professional expertise in the learning sciences and pedagogy, as well as in the principal science domain(s), are strongly encouraged.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

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Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences / NSF

Internal MSU LOI due July 15, 2015
LOI due September 16, 2015
Full submission due February 22, 2016 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

A vigorous Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) was recommended by the 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, citing "many highly promising projects for achieving diverse and timely science." As described in this solicitation, the Division of Astronomical Sciences has established a mid-scale program to support a variety of astronomical activities within a cost range up to $30M. This program will be formally divided into four subcategories: 1) limited term, self-contained science projects; 2) longer term mid-scale facilities; 3) development investments for future mid-scale and large-scale projects; and 4) community open access capabilities. The MSIP will emphasize both strong scientific merit and a well-developed plan for student training and involvement of a diverse workforce in instrumentation, facility development, or data management.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) is designed to fill the need for a well-defined budgetary and competitive selection process to support astronomical projects of intermediate to large cost (but below the MREFC threshold). This solicitation fills part of the mid-scale gap, from $4M to $30M. (The current, limited budget does not allow individual project costs greater than $30M.) The demand in this funding range covers a wide variety of activities, from highly focused short-term science experiments to long-term multi-use facilities. Other opportunities for support include major new instruments for existing telescopes, laboratory astrophysics experiments, and design and development programs for possible future mid-scale and MREFC initiatives. The makeup of MSIP includes "Open Access Capabilities", an addition to the decadal survey definition that was recommended by the 2012 MPS/AST Portfolio Review because of realized budgets for the Division of Astronomical Sciences that are far below those envisioned by the decadal survey.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

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National Creative Placemaking Fund
ArtPlace

Internal MSU LOI due February 1, 2016
The deadline for registration is February 16, 2016
Full submission due March 2, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This fund is one of several ArtPlace programs designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that involve cross-sector partners committed to strengthening the social, physical, and economic fabric of their communities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This national creative placemaking program supports projects across the country. Several of ArtPlace's foundation partners have deep commitments to their local and regional communities and have provided funding specifically to ensure grants are made in communities of all sizes in Alaska, California, and Minnesota; for rural communities throughout Arizona, Iowa, the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin; and for the cities of Akron, OH; Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, MA; Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI; Macon, GA; Miami, FL; Greater Philadelphia, PA; San Jose, CA; and St. Paul, MN. Several funders are also interested in ensuring the participation and representation of folk and traditional arts, Native American arts, and the performing arts.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Pilot Grant Program - Round Four
Mountain West Clinical Translational Research - Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN)

Internal MSU LOI due January 18, 2016
LOI due January 29, 2016
Full submissions will be due April 6, 2016 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

The CTR-IN Pilot Grant Program is a Limited Competition, Mentored Career Development funding opportunity. The mission of the CTR-IN is to build clinical and translational research capacity, and facilitate extramural funding success among investigators with faculty appointments at the 13 universities in the Mountain West Research Consortium. CTR-IN has a policy of funding the best science at each partner institution in each application cycle, concordant with the results of scientific peer review.

The program provides research funding and a mentored pathway of milestones leading to publications and expansion of research skills to help faculty achieve independent investigator status as reflected in the submission of an NIH R-type grant proposal (or equivalent) in clinical or translational research.

Pilot Grant support can be transformative in the Mountain West by helping existing programs reach national competitiveness by addressing regional health disparities, and by helping new investigators and established basic scientists achieve success in clinical or translational research.

KEY DATES: 

Final day for Submission of Nominating Packets by the Institutional OSP 
29 January 2016*
Invitations to investigators to submit full applications will be issued by 12 February 2016
Application Due Date 06 April 2016
Announcement of Applications Selected for Intent to Fund 10 June 2016
Earliest Start Date 15 July2016

PROJECT DURATION: 11½ months (July 15, 2016 through June 30, 2017). There is no possibility of carryover.

ELIGIBILITY: 

Applicants must be nominated by their institution and subsequently invited by CTR-IN to submit a full application. Potential applicants must contact their local CTR-IN Concierge CTR-IN Concierge Network for instructions on the nominating process.

  • Applicants must 1) have a faculty-level appointment with a minimum of 0.5 FTE support at a participating CTR-IN Institution, and 2) must be eligible to submit extramural grant applications from their institution as a Principal Investigator (PI).
  • Project content must be Clinical or Translational Research. The CTR-IN is unable to fund pre-clinical or basic science research.
  • Awardees must devote at least 20% effort (2.4 person months) to the Pilot Grant project. Per IDeA program policy, an awardee may not concurrently receive research funding through other IDeA mechanisms (e.g., COBRE or INBRE).
  • Only one proposal per investigator will be considered. Multi-PI projects are not allowable, but co-investigators may be included.
  • Early or New Stage Investigators (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/) are encouraged to apply.
  • Established researchers intending to move from basic science into translational or clinical research are encouraged to apply.
  • Nominated applicants must upload a researcher profile on VIVO, the researcher network supported by CTR-IN (see CTR-IN VIVO SITE).

INTERNAL MSU LOI PROCEDURE: 

Interested applicants must coordinate with their respective institution's Research Office and CTR-IN Concierge (see CTR-IN Concierge Network). Each institution may nominate up to four applicants. Nominating Packets must be submitted by the institution's OSP. Submission will be performed electronically through the CTR-IN Pilot Grant Application Portal at: Pilot Grant Evaluation Interface and initial packets must be received by 5:00 PM PST on January 29, 2016. Nominating Packets include a number of documents that will be due by January 29, 2016 (see full announcement), but the internal MSU LOI must include the following for each applicant:

  1. Submit Internal MSU Letters of Intent by the internal due date published in the opportunity announcement.
  2. Submit the documents described above via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Documents will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  3. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  4. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Proposal Services Office will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

 Please visit the program link for the full announcement. 

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NEA Challenge America Application, FY2017
National Endowment for the Arts/National Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities

Internal MSU LOI due February 5, 2016
Full Submission due April 14, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This category encourages and supports the following two outcomes: Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art; and Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (P42)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) / NIH

Internal MSU LOI due November 6, 2015
Agency LOI due March 11, 2016
Full submission due April 11, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is announcing the continuation of the Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program, referred to as Superfund Research Program (SRP) Centers. SRP Center grants will support problem-based, solution-oriented research Centers that consist of multiple, integrated projects representing both the biomedical and environmental science and engineering disciplines; as well as cores tasked with administrative, community engagement, research translation, training, and research support functions.  The scope of the SRP Centers is taken directly from the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, and includes: (1) advanced techniques for the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effect on human health of hazardous substances; (2) methods to assess the risks to human health presented by hazardous substances; (3) methods and technologies to detect hazardous substances in the environment; and (4) basic biological, chemical, and physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invites qualified investigators from domestic institutions of higher education to submit an application for a Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center grant.  SRP legislation, under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986, allows NIEHS the flexibility to create university-based Centers to conduct scientific research to address the wide array of scientific uncertainties facing the national Superfund program.  The complex problems related to sites impacted by hazardous substances require the expertise of multiple biomedical and environmental science and engineering disciplines.  Applicants responding to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are expected to design a research Center that integrates environmental health science with environmental science and engineering (e.g., geochemical, ecological sciences).  The goal of the NIEHS SRP Center is to improve public health by supporting integrative, multidisciplinary research incorporating the following:

Responsiveness to Mandates:  SARA Section 311(a) "Hazardous Substances Research and Training," authorizes NIEHS to create a basic research and training program for the development of:

1) advanced techniques for the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effect of hazardous substances on human health;

2) methods to assess the risks to human health presented by hazardous substances;

3) methods and technologies to detect hazardous substances in the environment; and

4) basic biological, chemical, and physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances. 

To accomplish these mandates, Centers are expected to assemble interdisciplinary research and training teams with expertise in biomedical science, environmental science and engineering, research translation, and community engagement.

Relevance to Superfund:  SRP considers the diverse research and information needs of its stakeholders as important criteria for determining relevance.  The SRP's primary stakeholders are its sister Superfund programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, http://www.epa.gov/superfund/index.htm) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR, http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov).  Additional stakeholders include other Federal agencies, State, local, and Tribal communities impacted by hazardous substances.  SRP's ultimate goal is to protect human health by providing a rigorous scientific basis for effective decision-making by these stakeholders.  Consequently, SRP-funded research is expected to provide fundamentally sound science, while providing data, information, and knowledge to inform the risk assessment and remediation management processes.  Therefore, investigators should seek input from stakeholders during application development and identify critical issues for which fundamental science is needed. 

Problem-based, Solution-oriented Research Theme:  As an integrated research program, SRP Centers have the opportunity to tackle complex biomedical and environmental science and engineering issues identified by stakeholders, bringing a mechanistic understanding to solve some of the vexing problems associated with Superfund.  Applicants are expected to design Centers that will contribute to solving a particular problem (or set of problems) related to SRP's mandates: health effects, risk, detection, and/or remediation of hazardous substances.  Moreover, Centers are expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Innovation:  SRP strives to push the boundaries of science using the newest technologies and challenging the current scientific paradigms.  SRP firmly supports trans-disciplinary research, through the synthesis and extension of disciplinary boundaries that adapt technologies and approaches from one field and apply them to other fields in order to solve challenging environmental health problems.  Forward-looking or ''anticipatory'' research is critical to identify and address future stakeholder needs.  This may include utilizing cutting-edge research tools, developing new risk frameworks, or devising more sustainable solutions to address issues associated with hazardous substances.
  •  Integration: SRP considers integration of projects and cores as an important way to target problem(s) within the SRP's mandate areas.  Centers should demonstrate evidence that interaction between projects and cores is necessary to resolve a problem that the Center proposes.  Furthermore, integration and interaction should be demonstrated between the biomedical with the environmental science and engineering projects as they contribute to the Center goals.  The research emanating from the Center and the interaction between the projects and cores should be incorporated into sustainable solutions that take into account environmental, social, and economic issues.

Research Translation:  SRP is committed to fostering the translation of the scientific accomplishments emanating from an SRP Center to its stakeholders in order to support its mandates.  A required Research Translation Core (RTC) will facilitate and coordinate communication of the results, accomplishments, and implications of the Center's research to stakeholders, including NIEHS SRP staff and to other SRP Centers, in a context that makes the research applicable to the target audience.  In addition, the RTC functions as a resource to assist in identifying and facilitating potential investigator-initiated research translation opportunities. The RTC serves as a conduit to assist in moving project outcomes to end-users and is not meant to be a pilot project/activity program. 

Community Engagement: The SRP views Community Engagement as an effective way to inform and advance science for public health protection.  All applicants are required to include a Community Engagement Core (CEC). The purpose of the CEC is to direct best practices in community engagement for prevention and/or intervention - thereby providing potential solutions to communities to reduce or mitigate the impact of hazardous substance exposure. For the purposes of this FOA and to be consistent with its mandates, SRP refers to prevention/intervention as "basic biological, chemical, and physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances."  The CEC activities should complement the research strengths and problem-solving goals of the Center.

Training: The SRP requires applicants to include a Training Core to support graduate and postdoctoral level cross-disciplinary training in fields related to environmental health and environmental science and engineering. The SRP regards the Training Core as a vital component to the mentorship, education, and training of the next generation of environmental health and science professionals. 

Applicants are encouraged to refer to the SRP's Strategic Plan (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/dert/cris/programs/srp/about/register/index.cfm) which describes and defines the objectives and goals of the SRP in order to address its mandates.  The three primary objectives of the SRP are to (1) address issues of high relevance, (2) maximize the impact of SRP investments, and (3) foster innovation.  In addition, the SRP Mandates are provided on the following website:http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/dert/cris/programs/srp/about/program/index.cfm.

Scope of the SRP Center Grant

The scope of the SRP Center is defined by the SRP Mandates.  Research and supporting activities under this FOA may utilize a variety of approaches to achieve SRP mandates, listed here: 

1) Advanced techniques for the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effect of hazardous substances on human health. 

SRP seeks to support mechanistic and/or mode of action research that includes laboratory- and population-based studies for unraveling critical biological pathways that contribute to disease when perturbed by environmental contaminants.  Highly innovative approaches such as high-throughput screening techniques, systems biology, "-omics" approaches, tissue engineering, and in silico modeling are desired.  Also, discovery and validation of technologies useful for exposure assessment, indicators of biological response, and disease susceptibility are important research activities with translational opportunities for improved risk assessment.  Priority will be placed on research with a clear connection to understanding health effects relevant to populations living near or affected by sites impacted by hazardous substances.  In addition, applicants are encouraged to pursue toxicological endpoints for chemicals lacking toxicological data that are also found at Superfund (and related) sites.

2) Methods to assess the risks to human health presented by hazardous substances.

Within the interdisciplinary framework of its mandates, the SRP focuses on developing integrated human and ecologic risk models to assist in making cost-effective and protective decisions.  As a component of risk, understanding the complex phenomena that impact hazardous substance exposure is an important research focus for the SRP.  Exposure science research of interest includes: fate, transport, and transformation of contaminants in the environment; contaminant bioavailability in the environment and in biological systems; identifying biomarkers of exposure; and quantifying body burden.  SRP also recognizes the need for developing methods to integrate exposure over time and to characterize the attributable risk from multiple exposures experienced over one's lifetime.  Cumulative risk models could be used to synthesize findings from health effects research, susceptible life stages, the influence of non-chemical and other modifiers of stressors, indirect effects, and mode of action to support more complex exposure assessments in susceptible and underserved populations (e.g., medically and economically disadvantaged).  Studies that validate or confirm risk reduction due to prevention or intervention activities (e.g., remediation, nutritional intervention) are also within SRP scope.  Although SRP recognizes the important public health impact of research focusing on exposures to consumer product-related chemicals, non point-source air pollution, and non point-source drinking water, a higher priority will be placed on research with a clear connection to understanding exposures relevant to populations living near or affected by sites impacted by hazardous substances.

3) Methods and technologies to detect hazardous substances in the environment.

The SRP seeks to support the development and application of new and advanced technologies for detection and monitoring of hazardous substances.  Site characterization can be an expensive and invasive process.  The SRP seeks development of novel methods and devices that offer precise and low-cost measuring capabilities of hazardous substances, with relevance to Superfund.  This includes bioassays or ecological indicators that assess toxicity to biological systems at sites complicated by multiple contaminant streams or complex environmental media.  In addition, innovative tools that allow for real-time, minimally invasive, on-site monitoring are encouraged, including:  advanced sensors and probes, biosensors, new imaging modalities (e.g., geophysical imaging), self-contained miniaturized toxicity-screening kits, miniaturized analytical probes, and data analysis tools.  The SRP also seeks in situ devices that are capable of multi-analyte readings and/or determination of the degree of bioavailability of a contaminant (e.g., passive sampling devices).  Applicants are encouraged to develop sensor technologies applicable to complex media (e.g., soil, sediments, and groundwater).  Tool designs should take into account device reuse, waste generation, and utilization of non-toxic components (particularly for in situ devices).  Applicants are encouraged to propose technologies and methodologies that confer practical advantages over existing technologies (e.g., low-cost, user-friendly, readily accessible, and easily deployable for environmental disaster response).

4) Basic biological, chemical, and physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances.

The SRP supports the application of relevant research as a prevention strategy to improve human health by mitigating exposure and reducing toxicity of environmental contaminants.  SRP seeks research that is focused on the scientific principles and underlying processes that drive different remediation technologies as methods to clean up persistent toxicants in various media such as groundwater, sediments, fractured bedrock, and soils.  SRP encourages the continuum of research to focus on the translation of these basic principles into feasible, efficient, and cost-effective chemical, physical, and/or biological technologies that reduce and/or completely eliminate contamination present in the environment.  Combined remediation approaches are encouraged as a means to maximize the complete degradation of hazardous substances.  SRP also encourages development of greener and more sustainable remediation techniques that improve energy efficiency and reduce waste generation.  The multidisciplinary framework of SRP facilitates collaboration between health effects, ecological and remediation scientists to assess and mitigate unintended toxicological implications of the remediation technology as well as assess the efficacy of remediation activities for reducing exposures risk and disease incidence.

Examples of Research Topics:  As specified in the SRP Strategic Plan, the SRP seeks to improve relevance through encouraging applicants to design problem-based, solution-oriented research to address the needs of its primary stakeholders (e.g., Superfund-related agencies, as well as the individuals and communities impacted by hazardous substances).  Hence, applicants are encouraged to engage stakeholders as they develop research projects in order to identify critical gaps in knowledge for which basic research is needed.  Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to develop community engagement research projects to address any one of the above mandates.  For a listing of research areas of interest to the SRP, its sister Superfund agencies (i.e., EPA and ATSDR), and its stakeholders, please refer to the "Suggested Research and Activities" document on the following website (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/srp/funding/rfa.cfm).

Applicants are encouraged to propose research that fills gaps or needs not currently addressed within the SRP. A list of current grantees can be found at the following website:http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/srp/programs/index.cfm.

Hazardous Substances:  The SRP is not a site-specific program; however, in the most broad sense, hazardous substances found at Superfund sites are relevant to SRP. These substances include:

  • Hazardous substances found at Superfund sites. (Applicants may refer to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Priority List website for information on hazardous substances associated with Superfund sites: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/SPL/index.html).  
  • Hazardous breakdown products of the above substances formed in environmental media by physical, chemical or biological (e.g., plants, microorganisms) processes.
  • Hazardous metabolites of the above substances or their breakdown products formed after exposure in humans or in experimental animal models.

The applicant should refer to the "Materials for Applicants" link on the following website (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/srp/funding/rfa.cfm) for a list of hazardous substances, including emerging contaminants, that have been suggested for study by SRP's sister agencies (i.e., EPA and ATSDR). 

Applicants are encouraged to consult with SRP Scientific/Research staff for specific questions about the relevancy of a hazardous substance for this FOA as the presence of a compound on one of the lists mentioned above does not automatically make it relevant to the SRP. Per SARA Mandates, hazardous substances do not include petroleum, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas, or synthetic gas usable for fuel.

Activities on Hazardous Waste Sites

NOTE: SRP is not a site-specific program. Applicants are not required to work on Superfund or hazardous waste sites. 

Whether through project research or core activity, Centers are strongly encouraged to seek opportunities for interactions at Superfund and other managed hazardous waste sites. Superfund sites serve as a good conceptual model for research focusing on hazardous substances.

If on-site activities will be conducted, researchers must coordinate with appropriate Federal or State site officials and must observe best safety practices.  When applicable, applicants must:

  • propose a procedure for coordinating and documenting site activities including record of the research conducted, sample collected, or translation/engagement activities; and
  • delineate procedures for bi-directional communication and outcome reporting to appropriate site officials, site managers, and SRP staff at NIEHS.

In addition, engagement of site officials in the early stages of project development and throughout the process is recommended, as this greatly increases the positive impact of SRP research and its utility to stakeholders. Links to stakeholder points of contact and suggestions for Hazardous Waste Site access are included on the "Materials for Applicants" webpage accessible from the following website: (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/srp/funding/rfa.cfm).

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

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MSU Limited Submissions Process
Office of Research and Economic Development


The Basics

Many funding agencies place limits on the number of pre-proposals, proposals, or applications that any one university may submit in response to a request for proposals. In order to prevent any potential disqualification of submissions by Montana State University, the following policies and procedures have been established. These policies and procedures apply to all grants and contracts including awards made directly to faculty members.

Identifying a Limited Submission

In the request for proposals document, organizations will specify whether or not the opportunity is a limited submission. They will typically indicate the number of proposals allowed per institution and the process by which they must be submitted. The Office of Sponsored Programs has developed an internal process that aids the institution in processing limited submission applications. These policies and procedures must be followed carefully and are detailed below. 

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 


NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Directorate for Education & Human Resources Division of Undergraduate Education / NSF

Internal MSU LOI due February 1, 2016
Full submission due May 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (S-STEM) addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in areas of national priorities. The program seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships, and to enhance and study effective curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, student success, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of partners: Partnerships among different types of institutions, collaborations of STEM faculty and educational and social science researchers, or partnerships among institutions of higher education and business and industry. The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the STEM workforce or graduate study; 2) improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) advance understanding of the factors or curricular and co-curricular activities affecting the success of low-income students.

In this solicitation, the acronym STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that includes biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields); physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science); mathematical sciences; computer and information sciences; geosciences; engineering; and technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)

The S-STEM program particularly encourages proposals from 2-year institutions, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), and urban public and rural institutions.

Students who are interested in scholarships should contact their Institution's Office of Financial Aid to inquire about this and other scholarship opportunities. Students who are awarded S-STEM scholarships must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The S-STEM program provides Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) with funds for student scholarships to encourage and enable low income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need to enter the workforce or graduate study following completion of associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in STEM. Recognizing that scholarships alone cannot address low retention and graduation rates in STEM, the program also supports the implementation and testing of effective curricular and co-curricular activities (e.g., curriculum, professional, and workforce development activities) featuring: i) close involvement of faculty, ii) student mentoring, iii) provisions of academic and student support, iv) adaptation of evidence-based practices, and v) recognition of S-STEM Scholars. Successful projects include involvement of the Offices of Financial Aid, Student Services, and Offices of Institutional Research.

Proposers are strongly encouraged, but not required, to implement and adapt evidence-based practices and student supports that have been developed and/or promoted by NSF awardees and to utilize research on undergraduate or graduate STEM education conducted by NSF-supported educational, social science, or discipline-based educational researchers. Proposals with a strong focus on workforce development are encouraged to partner with business, industry, and local community organizations. Proposals with a strong focus on the transfer of students from one educational level to another are encouraged to collaborate with appropriate institutional partners (for, example proposals supporting and investigating the transfer of students from 2-year institutions to 4-year institutions should include 2-year institutions and 4-year institutions or universities).

Proposals must include a literature review that establishes the basis for the proposed projects and should be informed by the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

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Dreyfus Foundation Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

Internal MSU LOI due December 14, 2015
Full submission due February 10, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor's or higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2010. Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component. Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually. Renominations are accepted.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation seeks Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars who demonstrate leadership in research and education. Nominations must provide compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences by the nominee. Further, the nomination should describe dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates.

The nominee's scholarly research achievements are assessed by a panel of distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences. The letters of recommendation should address the nominee's research accomplishments as an independent faculty member. Other considered factors are: awards and honors, publication of research achievements in leading journals, and success in attracting research funding.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

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2016 Commercialization Initiation Program
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Internal MSU LOI due March 21, 2016
Agency deadline is June 1, 2016 (MSU will submit on behalf of applicant)

SYNOPSIS: 

This program is intended to support the commercialization of bench discoveries at a select group of major research universities in the five states typically funded by the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and translating the discoveries to the market. It is not designed to enable investigators to generate data for their next major research grant application, instead the Trust is looking at supporting projects that creates an inflection point for commercialization. Only the institution's highest priority project from the natural sciences, medicine, and engineering will be considered. This program will be launched for the first time in January 2015.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Please prepare an Executive Summary that answers the questions, 1) What is it that you propose to do, 2) How does your research and business plan address the objectives and outcomes of your project? Applicants are encouraged to visit the MJ Murdock program link to learn more about MJ Murdock's funding interests before answering these questions.
  2. Submit your Executive Summary and a current CV via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Be sure to select "MJ Murdock Charitable Trust" as the sponsor. These documents will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  3. If more than the allowed applications are received, the MSU Research Council (or subcommittee) will select the project(s) to be put forth on behalf of the university. Evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to quality of the proposal, key deliverables, what makes the project competitive, and eligibility of the investigator. Other key considerations include probability of successful funding and support of the mission of the University.
  4. For Questions and Help: The Office of Sponsored Programs, Proposal Services Office will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review and edit, budget development, broader impacts, evaluation, sustainability, compliance, and other assistance as needed. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) or to receive proposal assistance contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu. Applicants are encouraged to route any questions for the program officer through the above contact as the Trust prefers one point of contact per institution. 

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

Internal MSU LOI due February 1, 2016
LOI due 30 days before deadline
Full submission due June 22, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The goal of the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program is to invest in educational activities that enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.  To this end, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), teachers and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development or Informal science Education (ISE) exhibits, and Outreach activities. 

Details on current ORIP SEPA projects can be found at the following links: http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/orip/ose/sepa/science_education_partnership_awards_index and http://nihsepa.org.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the SEPA Scientific/Research Contact to be advised on the appropriateness of the intended P-12 STEM or ISE project for the SEPA program objectives and Office of Science Education/SEPA priorities.

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

Educational activities supported under this FOA may include one or more of the following: 

  • Courses for Skills Development  
    • Professional Development activities for P-12 Teachers that will enhance their pedagogical skills and STEM content knowledge.
  • Research Experiences
    • Research experiences for P-12 Teachers and students that will provide hands-on exposure to training in research methods and concepts that are not available through conventional Teacher training or classroom activities.
  • Mentoring Activities
    • Programs that provide Mentors and Near-Peer role models, in terms of age, gender and ethnicity for P-12 students.
  • Curriculum or Methods Development
    • Innovative P-12 curricula that will increase student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics, understanding of the scientific research process and motivation to pursue careers in basic and medical research.
    • Veterinarian-based P-12 projects or ISE exhibits that will encourage students to consider careers in veterinary medicine and to educate students, Teachers, and the community on the need for, and the ethical use of, animals in research.Curriculum or Methods Development activities for P-12 Teachers that provide instruction in novel approaches to STEM curriculum that challenge the current knowledge base of pedagogy and STEM content.
    • Game-based projects where scientists partner with educators and game developers to create digital game-based learning resources for P-12 students, Teachers and the public solve significant STEM and health-related challenges such as the incidence of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, the spread of a new flu strain, or the impact of environmental pollution on community health.
    • Innovative and rigorous evaluation tools to assess the effectiveness of P-12 projects or ISE exhibits.  
  • Outreach
    • Collaborations with the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), Institutional Development Awards (IDeA), Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) or STEM programs at other government agencies, e.g., Department of Education (ED), Department of Defense (DOD), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).
    • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) projects on important health prevention issues such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, e.g., non-clinical health fair format student and teacher-driven projects that bring information on food choices, exercise and health literacy to the community. 
    • Public service announcements, documentaries, films, radio, TV and other media-based health literacy projects.  Topics may include: lifestyle  and health correlations; chronic diseases, emerging infectious disease, NIH-funded research, regenerative medicine or the clinical trials process.
    • Science center and museum-based exhibits, traveling exhibits and public outreach activities,  e.g., Science Cafes and Community Health Fairs, that will educate students, Teachers and the community on health-related topics,

Proposed projects must focus on topics related to NIH-funded research.

SEPA funding does not support large scale STEM or ISE projects where the total cost of the project will exceed the total amount of the requested SEPA award.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Montana Healthcare Foundation 2016 Call for Proposals
Montana Healthcare Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due February 19, 2016 for both programs
Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) has announced the 2016 Call for Proposals. The Foundation will consider proposals in three areas:

  • American Indian Health 
  • Behavioral Health (mental illness and drug and alcohol use) (includes Integrated Behavioral Health Initiative) 
  • Partnerships for Better Health 

MSU may submit up to two applications under this call for proposals. 

Grants awarded under this CFP will fund projects that must be completed in between 12 and 24 months. The Foundation is offering two types of grants:

Rapid Response Grants:
Our Rapid Response program will offer grants between $10,000 and $50,000 for projects with a 12- to 24-month time period. These grants will be awarded through a one-step application process that is offered two times in 2016, with a possibility of a third opportunity this fall. The Rapid Response program is intended to support proposals focused on planning, training, and smaller-scale pilot projects. The typical grant award is expected to be between $10,000 and $25,000; the minimum request is $10,000. The maximum request is $25,000 for a one-year project, and $50,000 for a two-year project. The foundation expects to award only a small number of Rapid Response grants above $25,000.

Large Grants:
Our Large Grant program will offer grants above $50,000 and up to $150,000 for projects with a 12- to 24-month time period. These grants will be awarded through a two-step application process offered once in 2016. The typical grant award is expected to be between $50,000 and $100,000; the minimum request is $25,000 for a one-year project, and $150,000 for a two-year project. The Foundation expects to award only a small number of grants above $100,000.

ELIGIBILITY: MSU PI's are not eligible to apply for the American Indian Health program. Additional eligibility requirements apply. 

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

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

 

 

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Inclusive Excellence: 2017 Undergraduate Science Education Grants
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Internal MSU LOI due June 10, 2015
Intent to apply due July 14, 2015
Pre-proposals accepted starting July 16, 2015; Full submission due October 2016 (date TBD)

SYNOPSIS:

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announces a new competition for science education grants to colleges and universities. The goal of this initiative is to help institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via nontraditional pathways. HHMI expects to make up to 60 awards of up to $1 million each over five years.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The objective of this initiative is to increase institutional capacity for inclusion of students from all backgrounds in science. Institutions of higher education that aspire to lead in the 21st century must effectively engage all students, especially the increasing number of students who come to college through "nontraditional" pathways. Through this initiative, HHMI will support colleges and universities that commit to measurably increasing their infrastructure, resources, and expertise to involve undergraduate students in science, resulting in expanded access to excellence for all students and especially those who belong to the "new majority" in American higher education. Our long-term aim is for successful strategies pioneered by the grantee institutions to serve as models to be adapted and adopted by other institutions. We seek to catalyze the creation of lasting institutional capacity that will benefit all students well beyond the lifetime of the HHMI grant. By establishing practices and policies that ensure that students from nontraditional pathways can be successful, all students will benefit. An HHMI grant awarded through this competition will help the grantee institution achieve the following outcomes:

  • The institution clearly demonstrates that it values efforts to expand access to and achievement in science by all students.
  • The institution applies effective evidence-based teaching and learning practices across its science curriculum and for all students.
  • All students, especially students from the "new majority," have the opportunity to excel, complete the baccalaureate degree, and continue in science beyond the baccalaureate degree.
  • During the lifetime of the grant, the institution expands the project leadership team by increasing participation of faculty, including tenure-track and tenured faculty.
  • The institution provides faculty with opportunities to develop the skills needed to work effectively with nontraditional students and to contribute to the program.
  • The institution effectively uses program assessment that is systematic, ongoing, and informs improvements.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Amgen Grant Program
Amgen Inc.

Internal MSU LOI due January 1, 2016
Submissions accepted on a rolling basis but institutions may submit one funding request per year

SYNOPSIS: 

The Amgen Foundation, Inc. will consider grant requests from nonprofit organizations that are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax exempt public charities under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1), (2), (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, located in the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition, the Amgen Foundation will consider requests for funding from governmental organizations located in the United States where the purpose of the grant is to support a charitable, educational, scientific or literary purpose. Thus, eligible grantees may include public elementary and secondary schools, as well as public colleges and universities, public libraries and public hospitals. Successful requests will fall within both the current eligibility guidelines and funding priority areas established by the Amgen Foundation. The Amgen Foundation has established grantmaking partnerships with qualified intermediary partners to manage donations to organizations chartered in Europe.

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Prize Americana for Poetry
Americana--The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture

February 20, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture awards a prize for poetry.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Individual poems may have been published in literary reviews etc., but the work as a whole should be available for publication.

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Regular Grants
Humanities Montana

April 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Regular Grants support the following types of projects: book festivals; conferences; exhibits; lectures; media projects; museum assistance; oral histories; panel discussions; planning for humanities programs; public debates; reading and discussion programs; workshops; and "other" (to encourage innovation).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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 are encouraged. All Humanities Montana-funded projects must have: a central focus in the humanities; a clearly defined theme; professional humanists involved in planning/executing; no political advocacy; a public program; and publicity and evaluation plans where appropriate.

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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Data Challenge
National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities

June 15, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announces the Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Data Challenge under Section 105 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L.111-358). This challenge encourages the creation of web-based tools, data visualizations, and other creative uses of the information found in the Chronicling America historic newspaper database.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The subject of the competition is "How can you use open data to explore history?". NEH invites members of the public to produce creative web-based projects demonstrating the potential for using the data found in the Chronicling America Web site, available at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov. Chronicling America is a Web site providing access to digitized U.S. newspapers and to information about historic newspapers. The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a joint effort between NEH and the Library of Congress, produces the site. Visit the Chronicling America Web site at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.

NEH encourages contestants to develop data visualizations, web-based tools, or other innovative and interesting web-based projects using the open data found in Chronicling America. There are over ten million pages of digitized newspapers in Chronicling America, published between 1836 and 1922, from towns and cities across the United States. The newspapers illuminate 19th and 20th century American life, with stories about politics, sports, shopping, music, food, health, science, movies, and everything in between. Entries should uncover trends, display insights, explore a theme, or tell a story. For example, entries using the Chronicling America newspaper data could show how local news in various places covered the World Series of baseball; trace the developing motion picture industry across the country; follow the enactment of amendments to the Constitution; show coverage of a historic political campaign in various locations; map the travels of a president across the country based on local news coverage; show changes in advertising logos or newspaper mastheads over time; track the price or adoption of consumer goods over time in different locations; explore tourism in different locations in the United States; discover how various regions of the country celebrated Thanksgiving at different times. Projects could also create data mashups that juxtapose Chronicling America data with other datasets or translate newspapers into different languages. The Library of Congress has developed a user-friendly Application Program Interface (API), which can be used to explore the data contained in Chronicling America in many ways. You can learn more about the API at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/about/api. Entrants must use this API to access the data, but are welcome to use existing software or tools to create their projects.

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Department of Defense (DOD)

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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CDMRP Funding Opportunities
Department of Defense

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Breast Cancer Research Program

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

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Gulf War Illness Research Program

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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

Deadline: see program URL

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

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Joint Program Committee-2/ Military Infectious Diseases Research Program
Department of Defense Defense Health Program

LOI due January 25, 2016
Full submission due May 9, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Applications to the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Joint Program Committee-2/Military Infectious Diseases Research Program (JPC-2/MIDRP) are being solicited for the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development, and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate, by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA). As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs [OASD(HA)], the DHA RDA Directorate manages and executes the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) provides Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) execution management support for DHP core research program areas, including JPC-2/MIDRP. This Program Announcement and subsequent awards will be managed and executed by CDMRP with strategic oversight from JPC-2/MIDRP. The JPC-2/MIDRP is one of six major DHP core research program areas within the DHA RDA Directorate and is administered with oversight from JPC-2, which consists of Department of Defense (DoD) and non-DoD medical and military technical experts relevant to the program area. The JPC-2/MIDRP supports research and development leading to the fielding of effective, improved means of bacterial, parasitic and viral infection prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment to maintain maximal global operational capability with minimal morbidity and mortality. JPC-2/MIDRP's DHA-aligned mission is focused on polytrauma and blast injury, with a DHP core research program emphasizing wound infection prevention and management, as well as antimicrobial countermeasures.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

To meet the intent of the FY17 JPC-2/MIDRP Clinical Study Award (CSA) mechanism, applications MUST contain only one clinical trial/testing with a distinct study design and address at least one of the Focus Areas listed below. Applications focused on areas other than those listed below will not be considered for funding.

FOCUS AREAS:

  • Therapeutics. Evaluation of optimum preventive or directive therapies for combatrelated or trauma-induced wound infections using Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs, biologics, or devices either alone or in combination. Studies focusing on new indications of FDA-approved drugs/biologics/devices or investigational new drugs/biologics/devices will be accepted.
  • Rapid detection of pathogens and/or anti-microbial drug resistance markers. Evaluation of a functional prototype device or assay for the rapid detection of pathogens and/or anti-microbial drug resistance markers in combat-related or traumainduced wounds. Research outcomes should support the development of an FDAregulated device or assay.
  • Rapid detection of biomarkers. Evaluation of a functional prototype device or assay for the rapid detection of novel and specific in vivo or in vitro biomarkers (from wound, serum, saliva, or urine) that predict development of infection or discriminate between infection and colonization. Research outcomes should support the development of an FDA-regulated device or assay.

APPLICABLE TO ALL FOCUS AREAS:

  • Studies involving carbapenem-resistant organisms are particularly sought.
  • Preference will be given to approaches that address infections with one or more multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), particularly, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, extended-spectrum beta-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae (including Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and/or invasive fungal (mold) pathogens.

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Department of Defense LCRP and CRMRP Program Announcements
Department of Defense

Deadlines vary per program

Lung Cancer Research Program

Concept Award

Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program

Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are 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).

All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (https://eBRAP.org/) and (2) application submission through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/). Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and Grants.gov.

eBRAP is a multifunctional web-based system that allows PIs to submit their pre-applications electronically through a secure connection, to view and edit the content of their pre-applications and full applications, to receive communications from the CDMRP, and to submit documentation during award negotiations and period of performance. A key feature of eBRAP is the ability of an organization's representatives and PIs to view and modify the Grants.gov application submissions associated with them. eBRAP will validate Grants.gov application files against the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements and discrepancies will be noted in an email to the PI and in the Full Application Files tab in eBRAP. It is the applicant's responsibility to review all application components for accuracy as well as ensure proper ordering as specified in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. 

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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

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

Whitepaper request
Open until June 2019

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

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Department of 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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Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation (DE-FOA-0001395)
Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

LOI due December 21, 2015
Full submission due February 8, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests in high-risk, high-value research, development and deployment in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. EERE, through the Building Technologies Office (BTO) seeks to develop technologies, techniques, and tools for making buildings more energy efficient, productive, and affordable. BTO's strategic goal is to significantly improve the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings to reduce national energy demand and allow the nation to work toward greater energy independence and a cleaner environment.

Residential buildings accounted for 22% (21 quadrillion BTU) of the primary energy consumption in the United States in 2010, and space-heating and cooling accounted for the largest portion - over 43% (9 quadrillion BTU), of residential building primary energy use. Cost-effective increases to energy efficiency in our homes, particularly reducing space
conditioning loads, provides a tremendous opportunity to reduce national energy consumption, saving money for households, creating jobs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. McKinsey & Company's 2009 report2 estimates 71% of the end-use potential in residential buildings (53% of primary energy potential) resides in improving the building shell and heating and cooling equipment.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

BTO's overarching long-term goal is to reduce the energy use per square foot of U.S. buildings by 50% compared to 2010 levels. Based on current analysis of the building sector and BTO program planning, BTO has established a goal of reducing building energy use intensity (EUI) 30% by 20303. To deliver on these goals, BTO employs a three-pronged strategy for advancing building technologies and practices: 1) Research & Development of advanced technologies; 2)
Market Stimulation of Innovations; and 3) Codes and Standards development and implementation to raise minimum industry standards once higher performance technologies are proven cost-effective at scale.

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Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) (DE-FOA-0001383)
Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

LOI due February 5, 2016
Full submission due April 19, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

 

Buildings accounted for 40% (38.5 Quadrillion Units of BTUs, or Quads) of the primary energy consumption in the United States (US) in 2014, greater than that attributable to either industry (33%) or transportation (27%). Building energy consumption represents a cost of approximately $416 billion in 2012 dollars. This leads to buildings being responsible for 38% of the energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the USA [2014 Annual Energy Outlook, http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/]. It is clear that energy efficiency measures in the buildings sector provide a tremendous opportunity to reduce energy consumption and costs, and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Emerging Technologies (ET) Program of the Building Technologies Office (BTO) supports applied research and development (R&D) for technologies and systems that contribute to reductions in building energy consumption. The goal of the ET Program is to enable the development of cost-effective technologies that can reduce building energy use intensity by 30 percent by 2020, and 45 percent by 2030, relative to the consumption of 2010 energy-efficient technologies. The ET Program strives to meet this goal by researching and developing cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies for residential and/or commercial buildings that are to be introduced into the marketplace. A portion of the ET budget provides support for the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories in five areas; solid-state lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) (includes water heating and appliances), sensors & controls, windows & envelope, and modeling & tools. The majority of the remaining budget is distributed through competitive solicitations, including Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) like this one, to allow all interested parties (corporations, universities, non-profits, as well as the national labs) to help advance technologies that lead to reduced primary energy consumption in buildings.

 

 

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Mineral Recovery Phase III: Geothermal Concepts and Approaches to Validate Extraction Technologies (DE-FOA-0001376)
U.S. Department of Energy

LOI due January 6, 2016
Full submission due February 29, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This FOA invites responses in two (2) general topic areas, outlined below. Collaboration among industry, national laboratories, and academic institutions is encouraged; teaming will be strongly considered during the application reviews. Applicants will also be encouraged to coordinate activities with the Department of Energy (DOE) Critical Materials Institute led by Ames Laboratory.

Topic Area 1: Engineering Validation of Existing Extraction Technologies
Responses to this Topic Area are to validate processes or procedures to recover these materials from geothermal fluids or produced waters. Proposals may include processes currently effective in other industries that may be transferable to high value/critical material/strategic materials extraction from geothermal fluids, or processes that already experimentally demonstrate effectiveness for material recovery.

Topic Area 2: U.S. Regional or Nationwide Assessment of High Value Materials in U.S. Geothermal Fluids and Produced Fluids
For the this Topic Area, the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) seeks approaches to economically and quickly build a public, U.S.-wide resource assessment of dissolved critical and high-value materials that may be site-specific, region-wide, or a national assessment. A successful application will demonstrate expertise in geologic regimes as well as sampling and analysis.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to strengthen the role of geothermal energy development as an important part of the United States' (U.S.) energy strategy. Current geothermal energy production operations capture energy below the earth's surface and utilize it for electric power production, space conditioning or other thermal applications requiring elevated temperatures. The potential exists to enhance the value streams from these activities and to expand the market impact of geothermal operations by obtaining additional value from the operating fluids. Because recent studies and data indicate there is a growing U.S. reliance on materials which are high value or otherwise critical to the U.S. economy or National interests, there may be significant results from this FOA.
The intent of this FOA is to promote the advancement of geothermal energy conversion processes by validating technologies capable of providing a secondary income stream from the same geo-fluids.

Methods for economically capturing, concentrating, and/or purifying valuable materials contained within geothermal brines represent an opportunity to both meet critical U.S. materials needs and broaden, as well as strengthen, the value-proposition of geothermal energy operations. Results from this work can enhance current applications, support planned development, and potentially open additional regions in the U.S. for economic utilization of geothermal energy.
The need for secure supplies of high value, strategic, critical or near-critical materials for U.S. interests is well documented. The definition of what is a strategic, critical or high value material varies over time and is driven by the status of current suppliers, technologies of national interest and the resulting commodity demands, and the potential opportunities for substitutions.

A useful definition is provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which defines a strategic commodity as: "one that is important to the Nation's economy, particularly for defense issues; doesn't have many replacements, and primarily comes from foreign countries...the term implies a nation's perception of vulnerability to supply disruptions, and of a need to safeguard its industries (and security) from the repercussions of a loss of supplies."1 An expansion of this definition from a Department of Defense (DOD) report defines strategic and critical materials as those where: "more than 50% of the supply is from one producer. Risk increases when the controlling or monopoly supplier is a country that is not friendly to the U.S."2

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations (DE-FOA-0001412)
Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

LOI due January 15, 2016
Full submission due March 14, 2016

SYNOPSIS: 

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is a key component of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) portfolio. Fuel cells powered by hydrogen from renewable or lowâ€carbon resources can lead to substantial energy savings and reductions in imported petroleum and carbon emissions. The FCTO aims to provide clean, safe, secure, affordable, and reliable energy from diverse domestic resources, providing the benefits
of increased energy security and reduced criteria pollutants and greenâ€house gas emissions (GHG) by adopting a technologyâ€neutral approach toward research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to address both key technical challenges for fuel cells and hydrogen fuels (i.e. hydrogen production, delivery and storage) and institutional barriers such as hydrogen codes and standards.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA supports two FCTO general objectives:

(1) To address Research and Development (R&D) technology gaps, drive down cost and improve the performance of fuel cell and hydrogen fuel systems and technologies. This objective will be accomplished by supporting R&D projects focusing on advanced hightemperature water splitting (HTWS) for hydrogen production, advanced compression technologies for delivery infrastructure, and advanced insulation for cryogenic fuel storage for automotive applications. Further, this FOA will support the National Laboratory Consortia Strategy being launched by FCTO. The FOA will support projects that will work with Lab Consortia already established in the areas of fuel cell performance and durability, and advanced hydrogen storage materials. Further efforts in the areas of cost and performance analysis for Fuel Cells, Hydrogen Storage and Hydrogen Production and Delivery will be supported also. More detailed descriptions of
the FCTO Program, including technical and cost targets, can be found in the Multiâ€Year Research, Development and Demonstration Plan (MYRD&D) at http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/downloads/fuelâ€cellâ€technologiesâ€officeâ€multiâ€yearresearchâ€developmentâ€andâ€22.

(2) To encourage early adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through development, demonstration, and deployment of hydrogen delivery infastructure and fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technologies. To support this objective the FOA will develop and demonstrate hydrogen infastructure technologies through component manufacturing. To further encourage early adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, the FOA will recognize America's Climate Action Champions that are implementing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

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Financial Assistance Program (DE-FOA-0001414)
Office of Science/Department of Energy

Applications accepted until September 30, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor provides support for research in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The scientific and technical areas of interest include:

Advanced Scientific Computing Research--The mission of the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program is to advance applied mathematics and computer science; deliver, in partnership with disciplinary science, the most advanced computational scientific applications; advance computing and networking capabilities; and develop, in partnership with U.S. industry, future generations of computing hardware and tools for science. A particular challenge of this program is fulfilling the science potential of emerging computing systems and other novel computing architectures, which will require numerous and significant modifications to today's tools and techniques to deliver on the promise of exascale science.

Basic Energy Sciences--The mission of this program is to support fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels in order to provide the foundations for new energy technologies and to support DOE missions in energy, environment, and national security. The portfolio supports work in the natural sciences by emphasizing fundamental research in materials sciences, chemistry, geosciences, and biosciences. BES-supported scientific facilities provide specialized instrumentation and expertise that enable scientists to carry out experiments not possible at individual laboratories.

Biological and Environmental Research Program--The mission of the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program is to support fundamental research and scientific user facilities to achieve a predictive understanding of complex biological, climatic, and environmental systems for a secure and sustainable energy future.

Fusion Energy Sciences--The mission of the Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) program is to expand the fundamental understanding of matter at very high temperature and density and to build the scientific foundation needed to develop a fusion energy source. This is accomplished by studying plasma and its interaction with its surroundings across wide ranges of temperature and density, developing advanced diagnostics to make detailed measurements of its properties and dynamics, and creating theoretical and computational models to resolve the essential physics principles.

High Energy Physics--This program's mission is to understand how the universe works at its most fundamental level, which is done by discovering the elementary constituents of matter and energy, probing the interactions between them, and exploring the basic nature of space and time.

Nuclear Physics--The mission of the Nuclear Physics (NP) program is to discover, explore, and understand all forms of nuclear matter. The fundamental particles that compose nuclear matter--quarks and gluons--are relatively well understood, but exactly how they fit together and interact to create different types of matter in the universe is still largely unknown. It is one of the enduring mysteries of the universe: What, really, is matter? What are the units that matter is made of, and how do they fit together to give matter the properties we observe?

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Scientific User Facilities (SUF) Division
Department of Energy

SYNOPSIS:

The Scientific User Facilities (SUF) Division supports the R&D, planning, construction, and operation of scientific user facilities for the development of novel nano-materials and for materials characterization through x-ray, neutron, and electron beam scattering; the former is accomplished through five Nanoscale Science Research Centers and the latter is accomplished through the world's largest suite of synchrotron radiation light source facilities, neutron scattering facilities, and electron-beam microcharacterization centers. (details)

These facilities provide unique capabilities to the scientific community and are a critical component of maintaining U.S. leadership in the physical sciences. Annually, the BES user facilities are visited by more than 15,000 scientists and engineers.pdf file (16KB) in many fields of science and technology.

The SUF staff members are responsible for construction project management, managing the funding of operations of these facilities, reviewing proposals, and assessing productivity. The Division also supports research activities leading to the improvement of today's facilities, paving the foundation for the development of next generation facilities.

USER FACILITIES AVAILABLE: 

The BES user facilities provide open access to specialized instrumentation and expertise that enable scientific users from universities, national laboratories, and industry to carry out experiments and develop theories that could not be done at their home institutions. These forefront research facilities require resource commitments well beyond the scope of any non-government institution and open up otherwise inaccessible facets of Nature to scientific inquiry. For approved, peer-reviewed projects, instrument time is available without charge to researchers who intend to publish their results in the open literature. These large-scale user facilities have made significant contributions to various scientific fields, including chemistry, physics, geology, materials science, environmental science, biology, and biomedical science. Over 16,000 scientists and engineers(16KB) conduct experiments at BES user facilities annually. Thousands of other researchers collaborate with these users and analyze the data measured at the facilities to publish new scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals.

 

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Wave Energy Prize
U.S. Department of Energy

Registration closes June 15, 2015; Design submission deadline is July 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Wave Energy Prize is a public prize challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Water Power Program. The prize is designed to increase the diversity of organizations involved in Wave Energy Converter (WEC) technology development, while motivating and inspiring existing stakeholders. DOE envisions this competition will achieve game-changing performance enhancements to WEC devices, establishing a pathway to sweeping cost reductions on a commercial scale.

The wave energy industry is young and is experiencing many new innovations as evidenced by a sustained growth in patent activity. While the private industry is developing these early-concept WEC devices through design and benchtop prototype testing, funding is hard to secure for performance testing and evaluation of WEC devices in wave tanks at a meaningful scale. This is a problem for the industry since scaled WEC prototype tank testing, validation, and evaluation are key steps in the advancement of WEC technologies through the technical readiness levels to reach commercialization.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Wave Energy Prize will encourage the development of more efficient WEC devices that double the energy captured from ocean waves, which in turn will reduce the cost of wave energy, making it more competitive with traditional energy solutions. 

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Department of Health & Human Services

Increasing Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Rural Primary Care Practices (R18)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS

LOI due February 1, 2016
Full submission due March 4, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites applications for demonstration research projects that implement Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in primary care practices in rural areas of the United States. In addition to expanding access to this evidence-based therapy in underserved communities, this initiative will discover and test solutions to overcoming known barriers to implementation of MAT in primary care and create training and implementation resources to support future efforts to expand access to MAT. This FOA will use the R18 Research Demonstration and Disseminations Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an evidence-based approach to treating opioid use disorder that uses FDA-approved medications (e.g., buprenorphine, buprenorphine/naloxone or injectable extended release naltrexone), in combination with psychosocial treatments. MAT is a safe and effective strategy for decreasing the frequency and quantity of opioid use and reducing the risk of overdose and death. In addition to medication, MAT involves psychosocial treatment and engagement with the community. This type of treatment can include social skills training; individual group and couples counseling; cognitive behavioral therapy; motivational interviewing; and family therapy. The 2015 American Society of Addiction Medicine practice guideline stipulates that at minimum the psychosocial treatment should include: an assessment of psychosocial needs; supportive individual and/or group counseling; linkages to existing family support systems; and referrals to community-based services. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition, and thus MAT should include assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, psychosocial treatment, medication monitoring to promote adherence, and social services to support patients as they build new drug-free lives and enter long-term recovery. Although MAT has evidence to support it as an effective treatment for opioid use disorders, it remains underutilized, being used by fewer Americans than who might benefit from receiving it. Researchers have identified a significant gap between treatment need and capacity.

This FOA recognizes that primary health care settings offer another tremendous opportunity for expanding access to MAT, especially in areas that may lack access to community-based, specialty treatment centers. The majority of physicians who are certified to prescribe buprenorphine-naloxone practice in urban counties. Half of US counties, mainly rural, lack a physician certified to prescribe the medications used in MAT. For these reasons, this FOA specifically targets rural primary care practices. The goals of this FOA are to:

1. Study the planning, initiation, and delivery of MAT by primary care clinicians, teams, and practices in rural communities.

2. Develop and test resources and training materials to assist primary care practices and physicians in overcoming barriers to initiating and sustaining the delivery of MAT in rural primary care practices.

As part of this Research Dissemination and Implementation grant, applicants must:

1. Define a rural region or set of rural communities that will be served and describe the current availability of opioid use disorder treatment services and the degree of unmet need.

2. Describe in detail a comprehensive model or models for the delivery of MAT that utilizes primary care providers and practices that will be implemented in the region or communities. The model must include the provision of both medications and supportive psychosocial services. Consistent with recommendations from Federal Agencies such as the NIDA and SAMHSA, the primary medications of interest under this initiative are buprenorphine, buprenorphine/naloxone, and extended-release injectable naltrexone. While methadone is an important option for treating opioid addiction, models proposing to include methadone will be deemed non-responsive to the RFA and will not undergo peer view.

3. Describe in detail a plan for recruiting and engaging primary care providers and practices, providing necessary prescriber and staff training, and supporting physicians and practices in initiating and implementing the proposed MAT model. AHRQ is particularly interested in approaches that leverage health IT, tele-health, and tele-training to address the needs of rural primary care practices. This includes both the potential use of Project ECHO-like models (http://echo.unm.edu/) for providing training and support for primary care professionals and office staff and the potential use of tele-health and mobile technologies to provide patients with psychosocial support services.

4. Identify at least five major barriers to the provision of MAT by rural primary care physicians, teams, and practices and explain how the proposed MAT model and implementation intervention is expected to address and overcome these barriers.

5. Propose a robust, multi-level intervention evaluation that will examine the ability of recruited primary care practices to deliver MAT, the effect of the initiative of expanding access to MAT within the region or communities, the experience of primary care physicians and staff members in implementing the MAT model, and the effectiveness of the initiative to address recognized barriers to the implementation of MAT in rural primary care practices.

6. Detail a comprehensive dissemination plan that will ensure that stakeholders, including health care decision makers, health care systems, primary care professionals, and the public, are informed of the initiative's progress and findings in an on-going and timely manner.

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Department of Labor

Tech Hire Partnership Grants (FOA-ETA-16-01)
Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration

March 11, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, or the Department, or we), announces the availability of approximately $100,000,000 in grant funds for the TechHire partnership grant program. This grant program is designed to equip individuals with the skills they need through innovative approaches that can rapidly train workers for and connect them to well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across a diversity of H-1B industries such as Information Technology (IT), healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and broadband. Projects funded by this grant program will help participants begin careers in H-1B occupations and industries which are in-demand and/or high growth in the area applicants are proposing to serve.

On a limited basis, this grant program will also enable applicants to work with companies on increasing the skills of existing workers in lower-skilled jobs to move into more highly skilled positions requiring technology-related skills. These grants will pilot and scale public-private partnerships among the workforce investment system, education and training providers, and business-related nonprofit organizations to address the following goals for the target populations: 1) Expand access to accelerated learning options that provide the fastest paths to good jobs, such as "bootcamp" style programs, online options, and competency-based programs to give people the skills required for employment in three months to two years among people with historic barriers to accessing employment and training; 2) Improve the likelihood that those populations complete training and enter employment, through specialized training strategies, supportive services and other focused participant services that assist targeted populations to overcome barriers, including networking and job search, active job development, transportation, mentoring, and financial counseling; 3) Connect those who have received training or who already have the skills required for employment, but are being overlooked, to employment, paid internships, or Registered Apprenticeship opportunities that allow them to get work experience and prove themselves to hiring employers; 4) Demonstrate strong commitment to customer-centered design and excellence in customer experience, so that the programs and services reflect real need of employers and participants, through human centered design methodology and other methods of design thinking; and 5) Ensure that innovations form the basis for broader change and sustainability over time and that a clear strategy exists for adapting to rapidly changing market needs after the initial period of the grant.

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): Advancing Travel Behavior Information Gathering Through Public Domain Data
Federal Highway Administration

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA): ADVANCING TRAVEL BEHAVIOR INFORMATION GATHERING THROUGH PUBLIC DOMAIN DATA SOL DTFH6115R00038 POC Samantha A Reizes, Phone (202) 366-4227, Fax (202) 366-3705, Email samantha.reizes@dot.gov - Matthew M. Carr, Contract Specialist, Phone 2023668404, Emailmatthew.carr@dot.govThis is a pre-solicitation notice (synopsis) for a broad agency announcement (BAA).

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Highway Policy Information has the responsibility to collect, analyze, and publish a wide range of data covering roadway inventory, performance and conditions, finance, vehicle, fuel, driver, travel behavior and future outlooks. The FHWA, through the Office of Highway Policy Information, is seeking proposals for research and development projects that could lead to innovative changes and revolutionary advances for travel behavior data and information-gathering through using public domain data rather than the traditional "survey" approach (for example through the National Household Travel Survey).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The selected research projects would explore new methods and approaches in deciphering travel behavior data and information in metropolitan areas in the United States covering public transportation usages, private vehicles, for hire vehicles, bicycles and pedestrian movements. The research shall be in the area of travel behavior data and information acquisition methods. Research work in this area is considered foundational and therefore not all metropolitan areas in the United States need to be tested out. It is recommended that two to three metropolitan areas are to be selected by contractors for methods exploration and development.

The FHWA may award either contracts or cooperative agreements as a result of this BAA. The BAA will be released electronically only via this Government Point of Entry (GPE) otherwise known as Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) or www.fbo.gov. As such, no written, telephonic or other type of request for an advance copy of the solicitation will be entertained at this time. Potential offerors are encouraged to register on www.fbo.gov to receive any further information in reference to the subject action inclusive of any announcements, and/or amendments to the BAA after its release. CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOT/FHWA/OAM/DTFH6115R00038/listing.html

 

 

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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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Foundation Grants
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation supports strategic initiatives that help address health disparities in the following key areas: HIV/AIDS in Africa, hepatitis in Asia, serious mental illness (veterans mental health and well-being) in the United States, specialty care for vulnerable populations, diabetes, and cancer in central and eastern Europe.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The mission of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is to help reduce health disparities by strengthening community-based health care worker capacity, integrating medical care and community-based supportive services, and mobilizing communities in the fight against disease. 

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Breast Cancer Crusade Research Program
Avon Foundation for Women

LOI due January 7, 2016
Full submission due June 13, 2016 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

The Avon Foundation for Women provides funding for the development of new preventive strategies to address the growing number of breast cancer cases around the globe. To develop new strategies to prevent breast cancer, the Avon Foundation for Women needs to understand the causes of breast cancer in people, changes in breast cells that give rise to cancer, markers for disease, and how breast cancer progresses. The 2016 Avon Foundation Research Program seeks proposals in these areas to advance understanding of causes of breast cancer, prevention and developing treatments for metastatic breast cancer.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Avon Foundation for Women has identified the following research priorities for 2016 to further the development of breast cancer prevention strategies:

1. Understanding the potential causes of breast cancer and research to develop new preventative strategies; and 2. Understanding metastases and developing new treatments for metastatic breast cancer.

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Grants Program
JRS Biodiversity Foundation

February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for multi-year projects focused upon biodiversity data, knowledge and information services related to freshwater biodiversity and pollinator biodiversity in eastern and southern Africa.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The JRS strategy to advance biodiversity informatics in sub-Saharan Africa is to connect data to knowledge use in critical domains of conservation and sustainable development where the demand for information can sustain investment in knowledge, technology, people, and institutions. The goal is to expand biodiversity informatics in sub-Saharan Africa as evidenced by increases in access to and use of biodiversity data, investment in biodiversity information resources, and human and institutional capacity to generate and use biodiversity data and information services. This call for proposals supports grantmaking programs in Freshwater Biodiversity and Resources and in Pollinator Biodiversity and Services.

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Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies (PRIS)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

February 19, 2016 (3 p.m. ET)

SYNOPSIS:

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded public and private coverage options, created online Marketplaces to foster competition among health insurance plans, and stimulated payment and delivery system reform efforts in an attempt to make health care more affordable, more accessible and of higher quality. The online Marketplaces provide an opportunity for consumers to shop for health insurance and potentially receive a tax credit. Yet, despite a significant reduction in the uninsured rate, millions of eligible individuals remain uninsured, many with important concerns about affordability. At the same time, a number of carriers are experiencing financial difficulties in these new marketplaces, while impending mergers among large carriers create concerns about the price effects of further consolidation in health care.   

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This call for proposals (CFP) will focus on empirical and policy-relevant analyses that address the issue of affordability of health insurance.

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Research Grants: 2015 Opportunities
Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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2017 McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

March 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

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.

 

 

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Grants Program
Toyota USA Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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BIRD Awards
Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation

March 9, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor provides support for projects between U.S. and Israeli companies.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

To be considered, a project should include: R&D cooperation between two, unrelated companies, one registered in Israel and the other in the U.S. The companies should jointly apply for BIRD support; Research and development topics within the scope of this call include but are not limited to: Agrotechnology, Cleantech and Environment, Communications, Electronics, FinTech, Gas, Homeland Security and Cyber Security, Life Sciences, Software, etc.; The jointly developed technology or product(s) must have considerable innovation; and Significant commercial potential.

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Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health
Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation

LOI due January 12, 2016
Full submission due March 11, 2016 (by invitation only)

SYNOPSIS:

Systems for Action (S4A) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that studies novel ways of aligning the delivery and financing systems that support a Culture of Health. Twelve and twenty four month studies that identify system innovations and interactions that drive collaboration and integration across the multiple financing and delivery systems that support a Culture of Health will be funded. Investigators will generate and disseminate rigorous scientific evidence on ways to optimize delivery and financing systems for sustained improvements in health and well-being.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Building on a foundation of scientific progress from both health services research (HSR) and public health services and systems research (PHSSR), S4A uses rigorous methods to test strategies for improving the reach, quality, efficiency, and equity of services and supports that promote health and well-being on a population-wide basis. S4A uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health systems to incorporate sectors such as housing, transportation, social services, community services and supports, education, criminal and juvenile justice, and economic and community development.

Each funded study will be expected to distribute its resources for research and stakeholder engagement in the most productive and equitable ways among partnering institutions and collaborating investigators based on the division of effort, expertise and capabilities. Study teams also will be expected to work closely with the National Coordinating Center and RWJF to disseminate and translate findings to targeted knowledge users to maximize real-world impact. Funded investigators are encouraged to leverage resources from other sources to support both research and engagement activities.

Of particular interest are studies that exploit novel existing data sources such as electronic health and social service records, other public records, restricted-access government survey data, social media data, commercial transaction data, environmental monitoring and sensor data, and satellite or other imaging data.

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Career Development Awards for Translational Research
LUNGevity Foundation

LOI due February 17, 2016
Full submission due March 23, 2016 (by invitation only)

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Projects that will be funded in 2016 are expected to have a direct impact on the early detection of lung cancer or on the outcomes of lung cancer, or to provide a clear conceptual or experimental foundation for the future development of methods for early detection and/or individualized treatment, including through immuno-oncology. LUNGevity will grant only one Career Development Award application per institution.

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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St. Baldrick's Spring Grant Cycle
St. Baldrick's Foundation

LOI due January 29, 2016
Full submission due April 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

  • St. Baldrick's Fellows: The Foundation funds years 3-5 of a pediatric oncology research fellowship, with an opportunity for one additional year of funding. This mechanism is designed to support a Fellow's salary and benefits only. The Foundation encourages applications from institutions with fellowship programs which have not previously received St. Baldrick's funding for this grant mechanism.
  • St. Baldrick's Scholars: This career development award is to help develop the independent research of highly-qualified individuals still early in their careers (no more than seven years as a faculty member, post-fellowship). (Up to $110,000/year, three-year minimum, with an opportunity for two additional years.) This award is for a Scholar's salary and benefits only; adjustments may be allowed if the Scholar receives other funds after applying, upon Foundation approval.
  • St. Baldrick's International Scholars: This three-year award, with an option for two additional years based on progress, is available to train researchers from low- and middle-income countries (according to classification made by the World Bank) to prepare them to fill specifically stated needs in an area of childhood cancer research.
  • Research Grants: These one-year grants are for specific research projects which are hypothesisdriven and may be laboratory, clinical or epidemiological research. While the average grant is $100,000 or less, the proposed budget must be realistic for the project.
  • Supportive Care Research grants: These are for research projects which are hypothesis driven and focus on areas related to the supportive care of children and adolescents with cancer. Examples include studies related to symptom clusters, patient-reported outcomes/quality of life, health communication, health promotion, and psychosocial support across the trajectory from diagnosis to survivorship or end-of-life care. While the average grant is $50,000 or less, the proposed budget must be realistic for the project.
  • Consortium Research grants: These grants are to support a multi-institutional (3-5 or more) program project that is thematic--to solve key questions in childhood cancer. These grants may be for up to five years. Applicants should propose a realistic budget to accomplish the project's goal.
  • St. Baldrick's Summer Fellows: These awards offer a $5,000 stipend (one per institution) for a student to work on pediatric oncology research. Summer fellowship program directors can contact Grants@StBaldricks.org for application information. The above are funded based on scientific review.

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Graduate Student Scholarship
American Indian Education Foundation

April 4, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Scholarships are awarded to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian graduate students.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Scholarships are awarded to graduate student of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian descent.

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Fisheries Innovation Fund Grants
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

LOI due February 8, 2016
Full submission due April 7, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will award grants to foster innovation and support effective participation of fishermen and fishing communities in the implementation of sustainable fisheries in the United States. Proposals submitted to the Fisheries Innovation Fund may seek to either: develop or pilot innovative ideas; or, implement a proven innovation at-scale.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This program seeks to support fishermen and communities as they work to meet the sustainable fisheries goals of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006, including provisions to help: 1) rebuild overfished stocks, 2) sustain fishermen, communities, and vibrant working waterfronts, 3) promote safety, fishery conservation and management, and 4) promote social and economic benefits.

Projects aimed at implementing proven innovations at-scale will be given priority if they occur within: the New England groundfish fishery; the West Coast groundfish fishery; the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish fishery; or, the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries.

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Research Grant
Brain Aneurysm Foundation

May 18, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Any project with the potential to advance basic scientific, translational, and clinical brain aneurysm research will be considered. Grants are available for research conducted in the United States and Canada.

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Colleges and Universities Grant Programs
Alavi Foundation

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

The Alavi Foundation has been giving grants to colleges and universities since 1984. These grants were made in support of Shia studies, Iranian studies and the teaching of Persian language. In the past twenty five years, Alavi Foundation has distributed over several millions of dollars in the form of grants to over thirty colleges and universities in North America.

Among the academic institutions that have received grants are: Harvard University, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of California, McGill University, Rutgers University, Catholic University of America, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Arizona, Portland State University, Binghamton State University, San Diego State University, Sacred Heart University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, Boston University, Georgia State University, Ohio State University, University of Virginia, University of Texas, Carleton University, University of Alberta, University of Southern California, California State University, Kutztown University, Hunter College, Bard College, Lake Forest College, and Hartford Seminary.

The absence of diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States has resulted in a substantially diminished exchange of scholars and students between the two countries. As a result, Shia studies, Iranian studies, and especially the teaching of Persian language have all drastically been reduced or even eliminated from many university programs. Therefore, the Alavi Foundation's academic grant program has been vital to the community and toward the preservation of Shia studies, Iranian studies, and the teaching of persian language.

The Alavi Foundation encourages universities in North America to offer courses on Persian language, Iranian studies and the Islamic culture with a focus on Shi'ite studies. Alavi Foundation grants are instrumental in building the continuity and quality of such higher education programs.

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Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

LOI due March 15, 2016
Full submission due June 17, 2016 (by invitation only)

SYNOPSIS:

Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health (P4A) was created to help build an evidence base for policies that can lead to a Culture of Health. P4A seeks to engage long-standing health and health care researchers, as well as experts in fields like housing, education, transportation, and the built environment, to name a few, who have not worked in health before. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

We welcome applications from all investigators, and the following are especially encouraged to apply:

  • Interdisciplinary or cross-sector research teams;
  • Investigators from a variety of areas and disciplines, including but not limited to architecture, business, community planning, data scientists, economics, epidemiology, health policy, medicine, public health, social work, sociology; urban planning and system engineers;
  • First-time applicants to RWJF.

The goal is to develop research that generates actionable evidence--the data and information that can guide legislators and other policymakers, public agencies, educators, advocates, community groups, and individuals. The research may examine established laws, regulations, and policies as well as potential new policies and approaches. The research funded under this call for proposals (CFP) should inform the significant gaps in our knowledge regarding what policies can serve as levers to improve population health and well-being, and achieve greater levels of health equity. Additional information on this program can be found at policiesforaction.org.

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Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health is a national program of RWJF that supports the Foundation's commitment to building a Culture of Health in the United States. The program aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework. In addition, Evidence for Action will also support efforts to assess outcomes and set priorities for action.  It will do this by encouraging and supporting creative, rigorous research on the impact of innovative programs, policies and partnerships on health and well-being, and on novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes.

Approximately $2.2 million will be awarded annually. We expect to fund between five and 12 grants each year for periods of up to 30 months. We anticipate that this funding opportunity will remain open for at least a period of three years; however, decisions about modifications to the program and the duration of the program will be made by RWJF at its sole discretion.

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Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Simons Foundation, Mathematics and Physical Sciences Division

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

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

Applicants may submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through proposalCENTRAL (https://proposalcentral.altum.com/default.asp) beginning August 1, 2015. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time.

Please coordinate submission of the proposal with the appropriate officials in accordance with institution policies. Please refer to the Application Instructions for further information on and requirements for submitting an application.

For projects with Principal Investigator (PIs) at different institutions, the LOI should be signed submitted by the PI designated as the main PI and his/her institution.

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Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA)

Specialty Crop Block Grant
The Montana Department of Agriculture

February 24, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Providing Farmer Education on Specialty Crop:

  • Farm to institution practices
  • Value-added production
  • Disease and pest management
  • Farm and food safety
  • Commercial seed production
  • Organic and non-organic food production
  • Use of beneficial organisms

Supporting Research in the areas of Specialty Crop:

  • Disease and pest management
  • Variety testing and selection
  • Organic and non-organic food production
  • Use of beneficial organisms

Planning and supporting Infrastructures that creates or supports Specialty Crop:

  • Storage
  • Processing
  • Farm to institute 
  • Pest management assistance for farmers

Increasing Consumer Awareness of the Value of Specialty Crops through Education

Representing a Geographic Diversity of Projects Across the State

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

ROSES 2015: Planetary Major Equipment
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

April 30, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This program element allows proposals for new or upgraded analytical, computational, telescopic, and other instrumentation required by investigations in eligible Planetary Science research programs, as offered in this solicitation. Eligible programs are: Emerging Worlds (C.2); Solar System Workings (C.3); Habitable Worlds (C.4); Exobiology (C.5); Solar System Observations (C.6); Planetary Science and Technology from Analog Research (C.14); Planetary Protection Research (C.15); Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples (C.18); and Exoplanets (E.3). A Planetary Major Equipment (PME) proposal may be submitted in one of two ways: (1) as a special section that is appended to a new science research proposal to one of the eligible programs in this NRA; or (2) as a stand-alone equipment proposal submitted to one of the eligible programs. A stand-alone PME proposal must be explicitly affiliated with an existing "parent" award in the eligible program. A stand-alone PME proposal may also be affiliated with an existing award in the following list of "grandfathered" (discontinued) programs that were solicited under ROSES announcements from previous years. See program link for additional details. 

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Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) (NNJ15ZSA001N)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

September 3, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO)-2015, solicits research in support of NASA's Human Research Program. The HRP contains six Elements: Space Radiation, Human Health and Countermeasures, Exploration Medical Capability, Behavioral Health and Performance, Space Human Factors and Habitability, and International Space Station Medical Project.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Fourteen disciplines or areas support the Program: Behavioral Health and Performance, Bone, Cardiovascular, Extravehicular Activity, Immunology, Medical Capabilities, Muscle, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Radiation, Sensorimotor, Advanced Food Technology, Advanced Environmental Health, and Space Human Factors Engineering. National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is a nonprofit organization competitively selected by NASA that uses an integrated team approach to advance biomedical research and countermeasure development. NSBRI works in close partnership with the HRP through a Cooperative Agreement. This NRA covers all aspects of research to provide human health and performance countermeasures, knowledge, technologies, and tools to enable safe, reliable, and productive human space exploration, and to ensure safe and productive human spaceflight.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

February 17, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

In recent years, research published by Humanities Indicators, among others, has revealed that humanities PhDs pursue careers in many different professions--both inside and outside academia. Yet most humanities PhD programs in the United States still prepare students primarily for tenure-track professor positions at colleges and universities. The increasing shortage of such positions has changed students' expected career outcomes. NEH therefore hopes to assist universities in devising a new model of doctoral education, which can both transform the understanding of what it means to be a humanities scholar and promote the integration of the humanities in the public sphere.

Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants support universities in preparing to institute wide-ranging changes in humanities doctoral programs. Humanities knowledge and methods can make an even more substantial impact on society if students are able to translate what they learn in doctoral programs into a multitude of careers. Next Generation PhD Planning Grants are designed to bring together various important constituencies to discuss and strategize, and then to produce plans that will transform scholarly preparation in the humanities at the doctoral level. Students will be prepared to undertake various kinds of careers, and humanities PhD programs will increase their relevance for the twenty-first century.

 

 

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Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions
National Endowment for the Humanities

August 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Grants for Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) support fellowships at institutions devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities. Recognizing that at times scholars need to work away from their homes and institutions, the FPIRI program sponsors fellowships that provide scholars with research time, a stimulating intellectual environment, and access to resources that might otherwise not be available to them.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States; American overseas research centers; and American organizations that have expertise in promoting research in foreign countries. Individual scholars apply directly to the institutions for fellowships. A list of currently funded institutions is available.

In evaluating applications consideration is given to the library holdings, archives, special collections, and other resources--either on site or nearby--that institutions make available to fellows.

FPIRI grants provide funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months. The fellowships are held at the U.S. grantee institutions or--in the case of overseas research centers and organizations--abroad.

FPIRI grants support fellowship stipends at a rate of $4,200 per month and a portion of the costs of selecting the fellows, up to $7,000. Indirect costs are not allowed in this program.

 

 

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

 

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

Standard Due Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NIAID Career Transition Award (K22)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

Nature of the career/research transition opportunity

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

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

 

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is November 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NINDS Requirements for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Development and Resource Sharing

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Program Announcements

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

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

Program Notices

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

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

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

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

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

Request for Applications

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

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

Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE): Development and Validation of Model Systems and/or Pharmacodynamic Markers to Facilitate the Discovery of Neurotherapeutics (R21/R33)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) / NIH

February 18, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the development and validation of: 1) animal models and human tissue ex vivo systems that recapitulate the phenotypic and physiologic characteristics of a defined neurological disorder and/or 2) clinically feasible pharmacodynamic markers for therapeutics designed to treat neurological disease.  The goal of this FOA is to promote a significant improvement in the translational relevance of animal models, ex vivo systems, testing paradigms, and endpoints that will be utilized to facilitate the development of neurotherapeutics. Ideally, endpoints proposed in applications for this FOA would have the potential to provide feasible and meaningful assessments of efficacy following therapeutic intervention that would be applicable in both preclinical and clinical settings.  This FOA is not intended to support the development of animal and ex vivo model systems for the interrogation of disease etiology or for the identification of new drug targets. It is also not intended to support human clinical validation of model systems or pharmacodynamic markers. This FOA is part of a suite of Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE) focused on enabling the exploratory and early stages of drug discovery.   

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA will also support the development of PD markers that indicate the biologic effect of therapeutics administered to treat neurological disease.  PD markers typically represent a component of the molecular pathway mediating the biological effects of therapeutic target modulation. Some examples of PD markers include receptor occupancy, phosphorylation of proteins in the target signaling pathway, changes in substrate or product levels as a result of target enzyme modulation, gene transcription, physiological changes, etc.  These PD markers are intended to: 1) represent endpoints that can be measured in both preclinical and clinical settings, and 2) represent a significant advance over PD measurements that may already exist for the therapeutic agent and targeted neurological disorder.  Since PD markers must represent meaningful and quantitative indices of a therapeutic agent's effects in humans, these indices typically have demonstrated external validity,   in that the PD marker represents a component of disease etiology and/or therapeutic target mechanism of action.  For example, manipulation of the therapeutic target (i.e., knockdown, silencing, activation) should result in a quantitative change in the PD marker that is consistent with knowledge of the target pathway. In addition, manipulation of the target with a therapeutic agent that has been in clinical testing (if any are available) should have the same effects on the PD marker in preclinical and clinical settings.

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Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE): Pharmacodynamics and In vivo Efficacy Studies for Small Molecules and Biologics/Biotechnology Products (R21/R33)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications to conduct pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and in vivo efficacy studies to demonstrate that proposed therapeutic agent(s) have sufficient biological activity to warrant further development to treat neurological disorders. Therapeutic agents may include but are not limited to small molecules, biologics or biotechnology-derived products. This FOA is part of a suite of Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE) to advance projects to the point where they can meet the entry criteria for NINDS Cooperative Research to Enable and Advance Translational Enterprises program (CREATE) for biologics, biotechnology products, the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN) for small molecules, or other translational program. This program will use the NIH R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA is part of a suite of Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE) to encourage the translation of research discoveries into new treatments for disorders that fall under the NINDS mission. This FOA provides funding to conduct pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and in vivo efficacy studies to demonstrate that proposed therapeutic agent(s) have sufficient biological activity to warrant further development to treat neurological disorders. Therapeutic agents may include but are not limited to small molecules, biologics or biotechnology-derived products. It is expected that upon completion, investigators will have strong evidence of target engagement and/or in vivo efficacy for selected therapeutic agent(s) that meet the entry criteria for the NINDS Cooperative Research to Enable or Advance Translational Enterprises program (CREATE) or the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN).

This funding opportunity is intended to support projects with a strong biological rationale that includes: 1) evidence that the therapeutic agent(s) has the potential to be therapeutically viable, 2) evidence to support the robustness of the pharmacodynamic measures and/or efficacy models, 3) a description of the unmet need for the therapeutic agent(s), and 4) a clear justification for how the findings from these studies are relevant to treatments for disorders that are within the NINDS mission. Studies proposed must be part of a well-thought out and clearly defined therapeutic development plan.

This FOA uses the R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award mechanism. The R21 phase will support planning and preparation and the R33 phase will support execution of the pharmacodynamics and/or in vivo efficacy studies. Transition from the R21 to the R33 phase is contingent upon the successful completion of one set of proposed milestones. The specific milestones proposed in the application will depend on the entry stage, prior information on the therapeutic agent(s), and the goals of the application. The milestones should be clearly defined, quantifiable, and scientifically justified to allow the investigator and program staff to assess progress in the R21 phase.

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Novel Tools for Investigating Brain-derived GPCRs in Mental Health Research (R41/R42)
National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is April 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites applications for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose to develop technologies and approaches (i.e., novel ways to use new or existing technologies) that will enable researchers to study the structure and/or function of brain localized G-protein coupled receptor proteins (GPCRs) and/or potentially identify novel selective and specific agonists/antagonists to these receptor subtypes, with a focus on mental health function or dysfunction, including HIV-related neurocognitive disorders. Technologies and approaches aimed at known receptor subtypes or orphan receptors would be of potential interest to NIMH. This FOA will utilize the R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track applications.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage small businesses to develop technologies and approaches (i.e., novel ways to use new or existing technologies) that will enable researchers to better study the dynamic structure and/or function of brain localized GPCRs and/or potentially identify novel selective and specific agonists/antagonists to these receptor subtypes, with a focus on mental health function or dysfunction. Technologies and approaches aimed at either known receptor subtypes or orphan receptors would be of potential interest to NIMH. Examples include, but are not limited to:

--Novel technologies and approaches to further elucidate the function of GPCRs and/or to identify selective agonists/antagonists may include one or more of the following: computational models, high throughput molecular or cell-based assays, behavioral models, high resolution molecular imaging techniques, novel crystallization strategies, novel technologies and/or approaches to increase the yield of GPCR protein, etc.

--Specific tool applications to: define structural relationships of GPCRs with small molecules, identify orphan GPCRs with mental health relevance, identify conformational changes in GPCRs, measure cell signaling, receptor purification, crystallization and/or 3-D structure identification, etc.

--Studies that may address a variety of mental health disorders including: schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Tourette's syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorders, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, etc.

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Human Immunology Project Consortium (U19)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

LOI due February 17, 2016
Full submission due March 17, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on the Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) solicits applications from single institutions, or consortia of institutions, to participate in a network of human immunology profiling research groups in the area of infectious diseases, including HIV. The purpose of this FOA is to characterize human immune responses/mechanisms elicited by vaccinations, adjuvants or natural infection by capitalizing on recent advances in immune profiling technologies. Studies supported under this FOA will measure the diversity and commonalities of human immune responses under a variety of conditions using high-throughput systems biology approaches coupled with detailed clinical phenotyping in well-characterized human cohorts. The long-term goal is to develop molecular signatures that define immune response categories/ fingerprints/profiles that correlate with the outcomes of vaccinations, adjuvants or natural infections in humans. An additional goal of this program is to advance research by promoting rapid public access to HIPC-supported data and results through public portals such as ImmPort and ImmuneSpace, as well as the development of new methods for data integration, analysis, presentation, and visualization to further research and development in this field. Ultimately, this foundation of knowledge can also be applied to human immune-mediated diseases, such as allergy, asthma, transplant rejection, autoimmune syndromes and other inflammatory conditions. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on the Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) invites applications from single institutions, or consortia of institutions, to participate in a network of human immunology profiling research groups in the area of infectious disease. Applications are sought that propose to study the human immune system (1) before and after vaccination against an infectious disease, including HIV; (2) before and after administration of an adjuvant that selectively targets immune components; and (3) during or following natural infection, including HIV. The purpose of this FOA is to characterize human immune responses/mechanisms triggered by vaccines, adjuvants, and naturally occurring infection by capitalizing on recent advances in immune profiling technologies. Studies supported under this FOA will measure the diversity and commonalities of human immune responses under a variety of conditions using high-throughput systems biology approaches coupled with detailed clinical phenotyping in well-characterized human cohorts. The long-term goal is to develop molecular signatures that define immune response categories/ fingerprints/ profiles that correlate with (1) effective responses to vaccines, (2) adjuvants or (3) the outcome of naturally-occurring infection. However, this FOA will not support examination of pathogen-specific immune responses where the primary focus of the application is for vaccine development/testing or to understand microbial pathogenesis or microbial mechanisms to evade host immunity.

The human population is diverse with respect to age, ethnicity, gender, sub-clinical disease, genetic pre-disposition to disease, medication use, environmental exposures, and nutritional status. Each of these factors is known to influence the activation and regulation of the immune system, and it is important to establish baseline immune profiles in different subpopulations. However, it is not the goal of this FOA to simply describe baseline profiles. Rather, the goals are: to determine how these profiles are perturbed and eventually returned to a new homeostatic state after challenge with an antigen (e.g., vaccination or natural infections) and/or adjuvant(s); to rapidly disseminate these data, results, and analyses to the broader scientific community as a foundation for further study; and to integrate these findings with other studies on human immune profiling.

An additional goal of this program is to advance research by promoting rapid public access to HIPC-supported data and results through public portals such as ImmPort and ImmuneSpace, as well as the development of new methods for data integration, analysis, presentation, and visualization to further research and development in this field.

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BRAIN Initiative: Clinical Studies to Advance Next-Generation Invasive Devices for Recording and Modulation in the Human Central Nervous System (UH3)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

April 26, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications to pursue a small clinical study to obtain critical information necessary to advance recording and/or stimulating devices to treat central nervous system disorders and better understand the human brain (e.g., Early Feasibility Study). Clinical studies supported may consist of acute or short-term procedures that are deemed Non-Significant Risk (NSR) by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), or Significant Risk (SR) studies that require an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) from the FDA, such as chronic implants. The clinical study should provide data to answer key questions about the function or final design of a device. This final device design may require most, if not all, of the non-clinical testing on the path to more advanced clinical trials and market approval. The clinical study is expected to provide information that cannot be practically obtained through additional non-clinical assessments (e.g., bench top or animal studies) due to the novelty of the device or its intended use. Activities supported by this Funding Opportunity include a small clinical study to answer key questions about the function or final design of a device. This FOA will use the NIH UH3 Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement Phase II mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a Presidential project aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. It is expected that the application of these new tools and technologies will ultimately lead to new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders.

This FOA utilizes a UH3 cooperative agreement mechanism to support a small clinical study to obtain critical information necessary to advance recording and/or stimulating devices to treat central nervous system (CNS) disorders and better understand the human brain (e.g., Early Feasibility Study, see http://www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulati onandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/UCM279103.pdf2 for details/definition). Studies supported may consist of acute or short-term procedures that are deemed Non-Significant Risk (NSR) by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), or Significant Risk (SR) studies that require an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) from the FDA, such as chronic implants. The clinical study should provide data to answer key questions about the function or final design of a device. This final device design may require most, if not all, of the non-clinical testing on the path to more advanced clinical trials and market approval. The clinical study is expected to provide information that cannot be practically obtained through additional non-clinical assessments (e.g., bench top or animal studies) due to the novelty of the device or its intended use, yet is critical to enable next-generation diagnostic or therapeutic devices.

Projects appropriate for this FOA must have completed all non-clinical testing necessary to obtain an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) for a Significant Risk (SR) clinical study or obtained Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for a Non-Significant Risk (NSR) clinical study prior to entry. In addition, projects must obtain the necessary approval to conduct the clinical study prior to entry or within the first year of the award.

Types of research NIH plans to support with these partnerships include:

--IRB-approved Non Significant-Risk (NSR) clinical research studies

--New Significant Risk (SR) clinical studies requiring amendments to existing Investigational Devices Exemptions (IDEs) from the FDA

--SR clinical studies in which a new IDE would require no or minimal additional non-clinical testing

--SR clinical studies in which a new IDE would require significant additional non-clinical testing, but leverages existing company device data.

For entry to the program, projects should have:

--Comprehensive Supporting Data: Proof-of-concept data of device function are required using a prototype device equivalent to the final device design anticipated for clinical testing, ideally obtained using an in vivo model representative of the intended patient population

--Completed all non-clinical testing necessary for approval to conduct the clinical study

--A compelling case for a successful IDE submission to support the clinical component, or IRB approval for an NSR study, within the first year of the award

--Overall device development plan, including timeline for contact and interaction with appropriate regulatory bodies, clinical considerations, and a needs assessment

--Identification of one or more clinically meaningful device outcome measures based on input from both clinicians and patients

The FOA will support a small clinical study to answer key questions about the function or final design of a device. Examples of studies that can be proposed during the clinical phase include, but are not limited to:

--Optimization of the device design with respect to the human functional anatomy

--Identification of the most simple, reliable, and cost effective device configuration for more advanced clinical trials and eventual market approval

--Basic proof-of-concept testing in human patients

--Studies of the key physiological variables that may impact the function of the device in humans

--Initial assessments of device safety are expected, but only in conjunction with obtaining enabling data about device design or function

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BRAIN Initiative: Next-Generation Invasive Devices for Recording and Modulation in the Human Central Nervous System (UG3/UH3)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

April 26, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for translational and clinical studies for recording and/or stimulating devices to treat nervous system disorders and better understand the human brain. The program will utilize a cooperative agreement mechanism to support the submission of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) for a Significant Risk (SR) study or obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for a Non-Significant Risk (NSR) study, and a subsequent small clinical study (e.g., Early Feasibility Study). The small clinical study should provide data to answer key questions about the function or final design of a device. This final device design may require most, if not all, of the non-clinical testing on the path to more advanced clinical trials and market approval. The clinical study is expected to provide information that cannot be practically obtained through additional nonclinical assessments (e.g., bench top or animal studies) due to the novelty of the device or its intended use. Activities supported in this program include implementation of clinical prototype devices, non-clinical safety and efficacy testing, design verification and validation activities, and pursuit of regulatory approval for, and implementation of, a single small clinical study. This FOA will use the NIH UG3/UH3 Phase 1 Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a Presidential project aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. It is expected that the application of these new tools and technologies will ultimately lead to new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders.

This FOA utilizes a UG3/UH3 cooperative agreement mechanism to support non-clinical testing to enable IRB approval and/or a successful IDE submission necessary to conduct a small clinical study, and the subsequent small clinical study (e.g., Early Feasibility Study, see http://www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulati onandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/UCM279103.pdf2 for details/definition). For NSR clinical studies that do not require an IDE, IRB approval is considered sufficient. This funding opportunity supports non-clinical testing and clinical studies to answer key questions about the function or final design of a device. This final device design may require most, if not all, of the non-clinical testing on the path to more advanced clinical trials and market approval. The clinical study is expected to provide information that cannot be practically obtained through additional nonclinical assessments (e.g., bench top or animal studies) due to the novelty of the device or its intended use, yet is critical to enable next-generation diagnostic or therapeutic devices. Activities that can be supported in this program include implementation of clinical prototype devices, design verification and validation activities, demonstration of non-clinical safety and efficacy, pursuit of U.S. regulatory approval for clinical study, and a single small clinical study. As applicants must have comprehensive supporting data, including proof-of-concept demonstration with a near final prototype in a relevant animal model prior to entry, innovation will in part be judged on presenting a credible path towards an IDE or an NSR clinical study.

All projects will have two phases, UG3 and UH3. The initial UG3 phase will support nonclinical testing to support the filing of an IDE for an SR study or to obtain IRB approval for an NSR clinical study. All projects will start at the UG3 phase, and the length of UG3 phase will depend on the maturity of the project at entry. Only those UG3 projects that have met specific criteria (see below) will transition to the subsequent UH3 phase after NIH administrative review. The UH3 phase will support a small clinical study.

This FOA for UG3/UH3 phased awards, along with companion FOAs (PAR-15-345 for X02 pre-applications, RFA-NS-16-010 for UH3 clinical research applications), is part of an NIH BRAIN Public-Private Partnership Program (BRAIN PPP), which aims to facilitate partnerships between clinical investigators and manufacturers of latest-generation stimulating and/or recording devices that are FDA-designated as Class III (invasive, posing significant risk of harm), to conduct clinical research in the CNS. Through the BRAIN Initiative, NIH is interested in reducing barriers to negotiating such partnerships, and ensuring that new clinical studies leverage manufacturers' existing data. Data demonstrating safety and utility of these devices are very costly to obtain and pose a substantial barrier to research progress.

Types of research NIH plans to support with these partnerships include:

--IRB-approved Non Significant-Risk (NSR) clinical research studies;

--New Significant Risk (SR) clinical studies requiring amendments to existing Investigational Devices Exemptions (IDEs) from the FDA ;

--SR clinical studies in which a new IDE would require no or minimal additional non-clinical testing;

--SR clinical studies in which a new IDE would require significant additional non-clinical testing, but leverages existing company device data.

For entry to the program, projects should have:

--Comprehensive Supporting Data: Proof-of-concept data of device function are required using a prototype device equivalent to the final device design anticipated for clinical testing, ideally obtained using an in vivo model representative of the intended patient population.;

--A compelling case for a successful IDE submission to support the clinical component, or IRB approval for an NSR study, within the period of the award;

--Overall device development plan, including timeline for contact and interaction with appropriate regulatory bodies, clinical considerations, and a needs assessment;

--Identification of one or more clinically meaningful device outcome measures based on input from both clinicians and patients.

Examples of studies that can be proposed during the non-clinical phase include, but are not limited to:

--Non-GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) animal studies to develop surgical techniques relevant to the device, define relevant therapeutic parameters, and refine device design in preparation for subsequent GLP testing for regulatory approval;

--In vitro and animal testing to meet FDA recognized ISO/ASTM Standards;

--Activities to become GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) compliant;

--Activities to bring the development process under Design and Quality Systems Control;

--Device, software, and firmware design verification and validation activities;

GLP compliant large animal model safety and/or testing of an implanted device;

--Activities to support submission of an IDE.

The UH3 phase will support a small clinical study to answer key questions about the function or final design of a device. Examples of studies that can be proposed during the clinical phase include, but are not limited to:

--Optimization of the device design with respect to the human functional anatomy;

--Identification of the most simple, reliable, and cost effective device configuration for more advanced clinical trials and eventual market approval;

--Basic proof-of-concept testing in human patients;

--Studies of the key physiological variables that may impact the function of the device in humans;

--Initial assessments of device safety are expected, but only in conjunction with obtaining enabling data about device design or function.

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NIA Revision and Resubmission Program Project Applications (P01)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites revision applications to ongoing NIA-supported program project (P01) awards and resubmissions of unfunded program project applications (including unfunded revision requests). The applications should address scientific areas relevant to the NIA mission. Revision applications should include expansion of (an) existing, or proposal of (a) new project or projects within a program project. Revision applications may not request support beyond the end date of the parent P01 award. This FOA will use the Program Project P01 award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites (i) resubmitted applications for Program Project Grant (P01) awards and (ii) revision requests to active P01 awards in areas relevant to its mission. These include: genetic, biological, neuroscientific, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. The proposed topic must both be related to the current focus of the funded research and be relevant to the mission of NIA. The revision may propose to expand existing projects or create new projects within the existing P01. However, NIA will not accept applications that are proposed to expand existing cores or to create new cores, with no changes to projects.

Program project awards represent synergistic research programs that are designed to achieve results that cannot be attained by investigators working independently. They consist of at least three projects and an administrative core all of which are active through all years of the program project. The Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) of the program project t must serve as the lead of at least one project and the Administrative Core.

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NIH NIAID Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program (VAP) Small Research Grant Program (R03) PA-13-179
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Standard R03 small grant deadlines: June 16, Oct. 16; Standard AIDS-related deadlines: May 7, Sept. 7, Jan. 7; Expiration date: May 8, 2016

Applications are encouraged from organizations/institutions that propose to conduct vaccine-related research through U.S.-Indo collaborations on the following: dengue, influenza (including avian influenza), malaria, enteric diseases, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. Basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological vaccine research may be proposed. 

Only U.S. and India Organizations are eligible to apply. 

Eligibility: faculty with PI eligibility and CE faculty (with an approved CE Faculty PI waiver)

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

LOI due April 25, 2016
Full submission due May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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Imaging and Biomarkers for Early Detection of Aggressive Cancer (U01)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply; next deadline is June 11, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites collaborative research project (U01) applications to improve cancer screening, early detection of aggressive cancer, assessment of cancer risk and cancer diagnosis aimed at integrating multi-modality imaging strategies and multiplexed biomarker methodologies into a singular complementary approach, and (ii) establish a Consortium for Imaging and Biomarkers (CIB) to perform collaborative studies, exchange information, share knowledge and leverage common resources. The research will be conducted by individual multi-disciplinary research teams, hereafter called Units. All Units are expected to participate in collaborative activities with other Units within the Consortium. This FOA will utilize the NIH U01 Research Project - Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to: (i) invite researchers to submit collaborative research project (U01) applications to improve cancer screening, early detection of aggressive cancer, assessment of cancer risk and cancer diagnosis aimed at integrating multi-modality imaging strategies and multiplexed biomarker methodologies into a singular complementary approach, and (ii) establish a Consortium for Imaging and Biomarkers (CIB) to perform collaborative studies, exchange information, share knowledge and leverage common resources. The research will be conducted by individual multi-disciplinary research teams, hereafter called Units. All Units are expected to participate in collaborative activities with other Units within the Consortium.

The specific objective of this FOA is to stimulate and support cancer imaging and biomarker research to develop, optimize, and clinically validate novel methods to:

--Detect aggressive cancers at the earliest stages possible;

--Reduce overdiagnosis;

--Reduce false positive tests; and

--dentify lethal cancers from non-lethal disease.

-These goals can be met by a research strategy involving preclinical and clinical investigations to improve early cancer detection and diagnosis where validated cancer biomarkers can be combined with experimental imaging methods, or conversely, where established clinical imaging methods can be combined with experimental biomarkers. It is also possible that experimental imaging and biomarker integration strategies may be combined in such a manner that a clear path to clinical application is maintained. For example, clinically established imaging approaches or validated multiplexed biomarker(s) tests may not be currently available, well defined and suitable for direct incorporation into multi-site validation studies, i.e., experimental imaging combined with experimental biomarker(s) or the development of novel imageable biomarkers. For grant applications involving such a strategy, an established reference standard or gold standard (e.g., histology or immunohistochemistry) is required and should be clearly defined within the grant application in order to perform ongoing or future verification, pre validation and clinical validation studies.

This FOA will support collaborative research focused on the integration of imaging and biomarker(s) applied specifically toward improving current clinical methods used for cancer screening, early detection of aggressive cancer, assessment of cancer risk and diagnosis.

Applicable clinical research directions could include, but not be limited to, the following:

--Use of molecular diagnostic tests to evaluate lesions observed by imaging and biomarker(s) to distinguish aggressive from indolent cancer or benign lesion from cancer.

--Use of imaging to evaluate biomarker results to improve sensitivity and specificity of early detection and diagnostic tests.

--Correlation of imaging with genomic results (radiogenomics) or other 'omics' results, such as the rich TCGA database.

Combine and develop multiplexed panels of both multimodality molecular imaging and multiplexed biomarker panels that could improve current standards-of-care for screening, early detection of aggressive cancer, assessment of risk or diagnosis.

Appropriate strategies used to optimize the performance of imaging and biomarker approaches for ultimate clinical validation include:

--Leveraging advances in novel imaging methods that can perform across wide resolution scales from the molecular, cellular and organ level either by external

--tomography, localized detectors or implanted devices in vivo or as applied to laboratory methods;

--Leveraging advances in novel multi-parametric biomarker detection technologies and approaches including genomics, proteomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, radiogenomics, and histologic approaches; and/or

--The development of informatics resources to help optimize the above strategies and support sharing of data and validation methods to promote more standardized approaches for data integration and clinical decision support for combining laboratory, imaging and/or imageable biomarkers.

The optimization, application and validation of emerging imaging or biomarker approaches targeted specifically for clinical application are appropriate and can include:

--Novel imaging probes or contrast (enhancing) agents applied to established, commercially available imaging instrumentation would be considered if used to answer a well-defined clinically significant question, and, quantitative reference standards are used for verification and validation.

--Customized imaging probes or approaches incorporated into commercially available imaging instrumentation that might be acceptable include, but not limited to: positron emission tomography (PET), single photon-emission computed tomography (SPECT), magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, computed tomography (CT), ultrasound (US), photo acoustic imaging (PAI), nuclear polarization (NP) and photonic based approaches.

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Oocyte Mitochondrial Function in Relation to Fertility, Aging, and Mitochondrial Diseases (R21)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply; next deadline is June 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications for outstanding research in the area of oocyte mitochondrial function in relation to fertility, aging, and mitochondrial disease transmission to offspring. The overarching goal is to gain fundamental insight into the role of mitochondria and long-term consequences of their dysfunction in the oocyte, and to develop therapeutic or alternative approaches to treat mitochondrial dysfunction for improving oocyte quality and competency, and health of the resultant offspring. It is anticipated that the results from studies supported by this FOA will provide women, suffering from infertility or subfertility and other illnesses due to mitochondrial dysfunction, practical approaches to enhance their fertility and the well-being of their offspring. This FOA will use the NIH R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

A major goal of this FOA is to stimulate research that will broaden our understanding of how stage-specific formation and function of mitochondria impact upon the oocyte quality and fertility in women, and on mitochondrial disease transmission to the offspring. Possible research topics that may be addressed in response to this FOA include, but are not limited to, the following:

--Mitochondrial function in all aspects of mammalian reproduction including oocyte development and maturation, fertilization, and embryonic development;

--Role of mitochondria in stem cell maintenance and lineage specification in the embryo;

--Assisted reproductive technologies and their impact on mitochondrial function in oocytes and embryos;

--Mitochondrial function in oocytes and embryos during maternal aging;

--Studies on the link between diminished ovarian follicle reserve and mitochondrial function;

--Metabolic disorders and their impact on mitochondrial function in oocytes and embryos;

--Fundamental studies on mitochondrial mutations and their transmission to the offspring, and characterization of mitochondrial diseases;

--Studies on the interaction of nuclear and mitochondrial genomes and its impact on oocyte and fertility, development and disease processes;

--Approaches to enhance mitochondrial function in the oocyte through therapeutic agents;

--Preclinical studies in animal model systems for development of novel procedures for mitochondrial replacement in the oocytes.

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NIH NIAID International Research in Infectious Diseases, including AIDS (R01) (PAR-14-080)

Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): May 22, 2014; May 22, 2015; May 20, 2016 AIDS Date: August 22, 2014; August 21, 2015; August 19, 2016

Eligibility:  This FOA will accept applications from organizations/institutions in eligible foreign countries that propose research related to infectious diseases that are of interest/importance to that country. 

Collaborative projects involving investigators and institutions from international sites and the U.S. are particularly encouraged; however, a U.S. partner is not required. 

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Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R21)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is January 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIH participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U. S. population. Health disparities between, on the one hand, racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents and, on the other hand, the overall U.S. population are major public health concerns. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention. Particular attention is given to reducing "health gaps" among groups. Applications that utilize an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods such as systems science or community-based participatory research are particularly encouraged. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

NIH issues this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to encourage research project grant applications (R21) employing behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and methods (1) to improve understanding of the causes of disparities in health and disability among the various populations of the United States and (2) to develop and test interventions for reducing and eventually eliminating health disparities. The goal is to move beyond documenting the existence of health and disability disparities to addressing causes and solutions.

This announcement calls for research to address and to improve understanding of the causes of health disparities. In so doing, the announcement stresses the explicit employment of concepts and models from the behavioral and social sciences to guide applications in basic social and behavioral, and applied social and behavioral research by focusing on three action areas: public policy, health care, and disease/disability prevention. It emphasizes (1) basic social and behavioral research -- acting with or through biological -- pathways that give rise to disparities in health and (2) applied or translational research on the development, testing, adaptation, and delivery of interventions to reduce disparities. It encourages a multi-level analytic framework (i.e., ranging from individuals to societies) in investigating public health issues and their interactions (e.g., multiple morbidities rather than single illnesses) as well as attention to risk factors or causal processes common to various health conditions (e.g., smoking, diet, exercise, environmental risk, and access to health care).

Moreover, this announcement encourages research on the causes of and solutions to the "health differences" between a focus-population group and a reference-population group. By definition, health disparities refer to the health of a group in comparison to that of other groups. Although improving the absolute level of a group's health is a laudable goal, it may not result in changing the group's relative level of health. The reference population's health might also improve, thereby maintaining or widening the gap. The study of a single population group, in order to elucidate the circumstances that may contribute to health disparities or to test an intervention targeting a particular group, may be included under this announcement; however, the relevance to disparities must be addressed explicitly.

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Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/NIH/DHHS

LOI due 30 days prior to application due date
Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies. Additionally, this FOA seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health researchers and experts in computational approaches to further the development of modeling- and simulation-based systems science methodologies and their application to important public health challenges. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA encourages R01 applications that apply system science approaches such as system dynamic modeling, agent-based modeling, social network analysis, discrete event analysis, and Markov modeling to better understand complex and dynamic behavioral and social sciences processes and problems relevant to health. Research projects applicable to this FOA are those that are either applied or basic in nature (including methodological development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ systems science methodologies, a suite of methods suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena.

This FOA is intended to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies. Additionally, this FOA seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health researchers and experts in computational approaches to further the development of modeling- and simulation-based systems science methodologies and their application to important public health challenges.

Systems science methodologies are specific methodological approaches that have been developed to understand connections between a system's structure and its behavior over time. "Systems science methodologies" is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of such methodologies including, but not limited to, agent-based modeling, microsimulation, system dynamics modeling, network analysis, discrete event analysis, Markov modeling, control systems engineering and related engineering methods, and a variety of other dynamic and computational modeling and simulation approaches.

A system, in this context, refers to the particular configuration of all relevant entities, resources, and processes that together adequately characterize the problem space under study (i.e., a system is defined by the boundaries that stakeholders use to determine which acts/observations are relevant for their inquiry as well as the interpretations/judgments that they use to guide decisions or actions). Systems science methodologies are valued for their ability to address the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena. For example, these approaches excel at identifying non-linear relationships, bi-directional feedback loops, time delayed effects, emergent properties of the system, and oscillating system behavior. Examples of research topics encouraged under this FOA include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

NCI is interested in research projects that address the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

NIA supports genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process and the life course, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans.

NIAAA conducts and supports research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment.

NIBIB is dedicated to improving health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies http://www.nibib.nih.gov/About. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care. This is achieved through: research and development of new biomedical imaging and bioengineering techniques and devices to fundamentally improve the detection, treatment, and prevention of disease; enhancing existing imaging and bioengineering modalities; supporting related research in the physical and mathematical sciences; encouraging research and development in multidisciplinary areas; supporting studies to assess the effectiveness and outcomes of new biologics, materials, processes, devices, and procedures; developing technologies for early disease detection and assessment of health status; and developing advanced imaging and engineering techniques for conducting biomedical research at multiple analytic scales.

NICHD is interested in basic and applied research on models of behavioral and social processes associated with health, disability, and developmental outcomes from pre-conception to adulthood.

NIDCR supports research that examines community characteristics, the organization of health care systems, and the social contexts that contribute to oral health. Many of the opportunities for improving oral health lie in achieving behavioral, lifestyle and social changes--objectives that are shared with many other scientific areas. The NIDCR supports systems science projects that explain the determinants of and/or methodologies to improve dental, oral, and craniofacial health.

NIEHS supports research that spans the range from basic mechanistic research, research involving laboratory animal models and systems, to clinical and epidemiologic studies using human subjects (see http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/index.cfm). NIEHS is particularly interested in projects that address complex, multi-faceted problems related to how environmental pollutants impact human health. Projects should involve environmental scientists and test scientific questions and/or develop simulations models to examine how environmental exposures (physical, chemical, and biological) interact with social and behavioral conditions to influence the development and progression of human disease. The ultimate goal of this research should be to generate knowledge that can inform the development and prioritization of environmental policies, interventions, and programs that are designed to promote healthier lives.

NIMH supports research to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic, translational, clinical, and services research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

NINR is interested in research projects that promote and improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The Institute supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and improve palliative and end-of-life care.

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Exploratory Clinical Trials of Mind and Body Interventions for NCCAM High Priority Research Topics (R34)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) invites applications for early phase clinical trials of mind and body approaches for conditions that have been identified by NCCAM as high priority research topics. This funding opportunity is intended to support exploratory clinical trials, which will provide data that are critical for the planning and design of a subsequent controlled cohort study, clinical efficacy or effectiveness study, or a pragmatic trial. The data collected should be used to fill gaps in scientific knowledge necessary to develop a competitive full-scale clinical trial. This FOA is not appropriate for support of randomized clinical trials to test or determine efficacy or effectiveness. Applications that propose solely to write a protocol or manual of operations or to develop infrastructure for a clinical trial are not appropriate for this announcement. The subsequent larger trial should have the potential to make a significant impact on public health. This FOA will use the NIH R34 Planning Grant award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of this FOA is to provide support to investigators for such early phase clinical trials on mind and body approaches that have been identified as priority areas of research for NCCAM (see below). Applicants are encouraged to submit R34 grant applications that focus on exploratory clinical trials of mind and body approaches, using a variety of study designs (e.g., intervention refinement, feasibility testing, or assessing acceptability and adherence to various doses of the intervention).

Mind and body interventions are widely used by the public. They are increasingly recognized to meet the need for non-pharmacological approaches to the management of common troublesome symptoms refractory to standard care such as pain. Since its establishment as a Center at the National Institutes of Health, NCCAM has supported a strong portfolio of meritorious investigator-initiated projects on mind and body interventions for specific indications. These studies have yielded evidence that, for certain indications, mind and body approaches show promise and a beneficial risk/benefit ratio. Nevertheless, although a number of systematic reviews support the inference of benefit, the small size and variability of these studies has limited the ability to combine data for meta-analyses and to develop the definitive evidence-base.

There is a critical need for research studies to evaluate these practices as they are used and delivered to determine whether or not they provide benefit, as the public believes, or if they have any deleterious side effects. For larger trials to be impactful, they must be well designed and test hypotheses that will guide decisions about their inclusion into the delivery of health care. A series of early-phase clinical trials can be conducted to gather the multiple types of preliminary data needed to design large and rigorous efficacy and effectiveness studies. This FOA will support early-phase clinical trials in the area of mind and body research.

As NCCAM's mind and body clinical research portfolio matures, NCCAM is identifying targeted areas of investigation for complementary health approaches as part of the clinical research program. There are many areas of research with scientific promise and potential. However, for this funding opportunity applications will be considered of high programmatic priority if they meet the following two criteria:

The mind and body or integrated approach must include one or more of the following: spinal manipulation, mobilization, massage, tai chi, qi gong, yoga, acupuncture, hypnosis, guided imagery, light therapy, breathing activity, progressive relaxation, meditation, biofeedback, or mindfulness techniques. Integrated approaches to care could include one or more of these complementary health approaches added to standard care or other interventions such as a natural product, pharmacological approach, and/or another conventional behavioral approach (e.g. health coaching, physical activity or nutritional recommendations).

In addition, proposed projects must study a mind and body or integrated approach for one of the following high priority topic areas: symptom management, particularly for chronic pain syndromes; reduction of prescription drug (opioid) use or abuse in patients with chronic pain; medication adherence; post-traumatic stress (disorder); traumatic brain injury; sleep disorders or disturbances; anxiety; depression; promotion of psychological resilience; weight loss and weight loss maintenance; smoking cessation; and promotion of healthy eating and physical activity.

In view of the preliminary work required to initiate research activity for exploratory clinical testing of mind and body interventions, this NCCAM R34 can provide support for an early administrative period of the award, prior to implementation of the preliminary clinical trial. This early administrative period of the award can be up to 12 months in length and could include support for, but is not limited to, developing tools for data management and clinical safety oversight (including the Data and Safety Monitoring Plan [DSMP]), finalizing the clinical protocol and informed consent documents, developing the manual of operations/procedures, and obtaining appropriate regulatory approvals (e.g., IRB, FDA). Investigators are encouraged to review the NCCAM Clinical Research Toolbox (http://nccam.nih.gov/grants/toolbox) to learn more about NCCAM's requirements for clinical trials. Successful achievement during the early administrative period will be a requirement for initiating clinical testing and continued support of the project.

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Announcement of NIH Plans for the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

not applicable

SYNOPSIS:

Following the closure of the National Children's Study in fiscal year (FY) 2015, Dr. Francis Collins, the NIH Director, emphasized the importance of and need for research addressing the links between the environment and child health and development. A working group of NIH staff with expertise in these areas was established, and sought input from the community through multiple mechanisms, including a Request for Information, roundtable meetings, webinars, and a feedback blog. Informed by the feedback received, the new program for FY 2016 - Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) - continues to leverage investments made in extant programs, while providing the flexibility to investigate key questions of interest at the intersection of environmental health and pediatric research. NIH will support multiple synergistic, longitudinal studies using extant maternal/pediatric cohorts that represent a broad range of environmental exposures (e.g., physical, chemical, biological, behavioral, social). All longitudinal studies will collect a standardized, targeted set of data (Core Elements), such as demographics, normative development, patient/person reported outcomes (PRO), environmental exposures, and genetic influences. The studies will focus on four key pediatric outcomes (Focus Areas) - upper and lower airway; obesity; pre-, peri-, and postnatal outcomes; and neurodevelopment. Basic mechanistic studies that can only be done using human cohorts will be an important aspect of the ECHO program. An additional, but significant, element is an IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network. This network also will leverage the existing IDeA infrastructure by embedding clinical trials experts at IDeA state locations and facilitating their partnership with other academic institutions.

The NIH will explore a variety of options to support the development of relevant ECHO program components: cohort sites, a coordinating center, a data analysis center, a genetics core, a PRO core, and IDeA data coordination and operating center and research sites. Interested entities with expertise and insights into the four Focus Areas and Core Elements are encouraged to watch the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for further information.

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Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) (R21)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

August 20, 2015; December 18, 2015; August 19, 2016; December 20, 2016; August 18, 2017; and December 20, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

SYNOPSIS: 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Cutting-Edge Basic Research Award (CEBRA) is designed to foster highly innovative or conceptually creative research related to drug abuse and addiction and how to prevent and treat them. It supports research that is high-risk and potentially high-impact that is underrepresented or not included in NIDA's current portfolio. The proposed research should: (1) test a highly novel and significant hypothesis for which there are scant precedent or preliminary data and which, if confirmed, would have a substantial impact on current thinking; and/or (2) develop or adapt innovative techniques or methods for addiction research, or that have promising future applicability to drug abuse research.  

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Basic science discoveries have consistently been the basis for many major advances in both clinical and applied drug abuse research and have contributed to the development and implementation of successful treatment strategies for drug addiction and pain. Pharmacological, neurobiological, behavioral, cell biological and genetic research has provided insight into questions such as how drugs of abuse exert their actions on the brain and other organs to produce addiction. Systems neurobiological, behavioral and cognitive studies have shown how drugs of abuse affect behavior and information processing in the brain, and they have elucidated the normal behavioral and neurobiological processes that are "hijacked" by drugs of abuse.  They have also helped us understand motivational aspects of drug use and other behaviors, emotional regulation, and decision-making processes. Basic research has also led to the discovery of new targets for medications, non-addictive treatments for pain, the development of new technologies that enhance prevention and treatment programs for drug addiction, and new approaches for statistical analysis of epidemiological and clinical trials data. Basic research to establish new animal models and new methods to synthesize small molecules and immunotherapies has supported the development of new medications to treat addiction. Basic research has also addressed how abused substances interact with viral infections such as HIV, HBV, and HCV. In addition, new technologies and approaches, such as nanobiology, bioengineering, epigenetics, computational science, and imaging methods, have had a significant impact on cutting-edge research as they have emerged. However, there is still a need to increase our understanding of drug abuse and related disorders through basic research in all these areas in order to develop effective treatment and prevention interventions to alleviate the pain and devastation of addiction.

The goal of NIDA's CEBRA program is to accelerate the pace of discoveries that can advance addiction research by encouraging scientifically sound applications that focus on innovation. The CEBRA seeks to encourage researchers to explore new approaches, test imaginative new ideas, and challenge existing paradigms in drug addiction research in both humans and animal models. The CEBRA program will support high-risk, high impact research that either: (1) tests a highly novel and significant hypothesis for which there are scant precedent or preliminary data and which, if confirmed, would have a substantial impact on current thinking; or (2) develops or adapts innovative techniques or methods for addiction research, or of potential future use in addiction research.

 

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

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

Applications accepted until November 13, 2017

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

--Evaluate biological activity relative to clinical endpoints.

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

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning)

Deadline: Various, see program announcement

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

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

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

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

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

90 Days after publication date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

November 13, 2014

Dear Colleague:

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

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

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

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

Questions about this specific DCL should be addressed to:

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

Sincerely,

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

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

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: Not Specified

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

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

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recompetition of the Management of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Deadline: TBD

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

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

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

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Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering / NSF

February 9, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, geosciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science. The solicitation invites two types of proposals:"Foundations" (F): those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to big data problems; and"Innovative Applications" (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies, and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application. Projects in this category must be collaborative, involving researchers from domain disciplines and one or more methodological disciplines, e.g., computer science, statistics, mathematics, simulation and modeling, etc. While IA proposals may address critical big data challenges within a specific domain, a high level of innovation is expected in all proposals which should, in general, strive to provide solutions with potential for a broader impact on data science and its applications. IA proposals may focus on novel theoretical analysis and/or on experimental evaluation of techniques and methodologies within a specific domain. Proposals in all areas of sciences and engineering covered by participating directorates at NSF are welcome.

While notions of volume, velocity, and variety are commonly ascribed to big data problems, other key issues include data quality and provenance. Data-driven solutions must carefully ascribe quality and provenance to results in a manner that is helpful to the users of the results. For example, in some cases, such as in education research, data quality may aggregate to test or measurement instrument quality, where a composite of variables may be used to describe one or more constructs.

In addition to approaches such as search, query processing, and analysis, visualization techniques will also become critical across many stages of big data use--to obtain an initial assessment of data as well as through subsequent stages of scientific discovery. Research on visualization techniques and models will be necessary for serving not only the experts, who are collecting the data, but also those who are users of the data, including "cross-over" scientists who may be working with big data and analytics for the first time, and those using the data for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches related to all of these areas of study.

Before preparing a proposal in response to this BIGDATA solicitation, applicants are strongly urged to consult other related programs and solicitations and review the respective NSF program officers listed in them should those solicitations be more appropriate. In particular, applicants interested in deployable cyberinfrastructure pilots that would support a broader research community should see the Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation Program (CC*DNI) program (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504748&org=ACI&from=home). Applicants should also consider the Computational and Data Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) program (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813) for work not specifically addressing big data issues, and the Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) program (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504842) for work focused on scaling of software.

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Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

February 9, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy.  The program funds research to develop models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process and concern the use and allocation of scarce scientific resources. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across the broad array of science and innovation policy challenges.  Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science, technology and innovation data, and to usefully convey that information to a variety of audiences. Proposals that create and improve science, engineering and innovation data, including the design of new metrics and indicators, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations, are encouraged.

The SciSIP program welcomes proposals from individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, experimental research, and data collection and dissemination. The SciSIP program places a high priority on interdisciplinary research. The program places a high priority on broadening participation and encourages proposals from junior faculty, women, other underrepresented minorities, Research Undergraduate Institutions, and EPSCoR states. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (see Chapter II.D.2 of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg) for guidance on submitting Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)).

The SciSIP program funds conferences and interdisciplinary research activities that strengthen research topic ideation and dissemination among the social and behavioral sciences, policy community and the larger scientific community.

The Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants funding opportunity is designed to improve the quality of dissertation research. DDRIG awards provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university such as enabling doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus. DDRIGs do not provide cost-of-living or other stipends or tuition. Outstanding DDRIG proposals specify how the knowledge to be created advances science and innovation policy.

For program specific guidelines on the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDRIGs) in SciSIP, please review the SciSIP DDRIG solicitation which may be accessed via the SciSIP DDRIG web site.

If you have additional questions, please contact the program director listed above.

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Cognitive Neuroscience (CogNeuro)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

February 11, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The National Science Foundation announces the area of Cognitive Neuroscience within the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

Cognitive neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of research dedicated to the understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying human cognition. As this field continues to grow, the National Science Foundation intends for cognitive neuroscience emphases to spur the development of highly novel theories, techniques and models directed toward enabling basic scientific understanding of a broad range of issues involving brain, cognition, and behavior. The emphasis at NSF is on the integration of cognitive, social and economic science in service of insights into healthy functions of brain, cognition, and behavior.  Additionally, NSF highly values the exploration of new methodologies, utilization of the latest analytic approaches, and the convergence of cutting edge techniques for addressing basic questions about human cognition.  

Research topics in Cognitive Neuroscience have included sensory processes (including olfaction, touch, multi-sensory integration), higher perceptual processes (for faces, music, rhythm etc.), higher cognitive functions (e.g., consciousness, decision-making, mathematics, mental imagery, navigation, reasoning), language (e.g., discourse, multi-lingualism, syntax), affect, attention, executive functions, learning, memory, motor control, prediction, sleep, social processes, timing, and uncertainty. Cognitive neuroscientists further clarify their findings by examining developmental and transformational aspects of such phenomena across the span of life, in healthy young and aging populations, as well as in neurological and psychiatric disorders (Autism, Schizophrenia, Parkinson's Disease) that provide models for understanding healthy brain function. 

New frontiers in cognitive neuroscience research have emerged from investigations that integrate data at different spatial and temporal scales from a variety of techniques.  The scientific study of cognitive neuroscience includes neuroimaging techniques for measuring or inferring neural activity, such as positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); optical imaging techniques for measuring vascular changes, such as near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS); techniques for sampling large population-level activity with superb temporal resolution, such as electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG), and electrocorticography (ECoG); and techniques for determining structure-function relationships, such as diffusion imaging techniques (tensor, weighted, spectral).  Additional techniques include non-invasive brain stimulation methods, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electrical stimulation (tES) techniques that may use direct current (tDCS), alternating current (tACS) or random noise (tRNS) modes of stimulation.  Other techniques include brain lesion-symptom mapping, neurogenetic approaches and computational modeling.  The data from such varied sources can be further clarified by comparison with invasive neurophysiological recordings in non-human primates and other mammals.  Additional recent advances include machine-learning and multivariate analysis methods, resting-state and task-based connectomics and large-scale data analysis. Combinatorial techniques now allow for the simultaneous application of research methodologies, such as TMS, EEG and fMRI; other advances have led to model-based approaches, wherein computational cognitive models may directly inform neuroimaging results.  With the advent of new techniques and combinations, current progress in the field of cognitive neuroscience has moved from a modular, region-of-interest (ROI), correlative approach, to a network-based description of neural states, with a focus on causal mechanisms and connectivity.  The cognitive neuroscience program seeks to emphasize that although ROI approaches may still be necessary, such approaches will only be considered competitive if they provide an advance in understanding causal mechanisms. 

Findings from cognitive neuroscience can elucidate functional brain organization, such as the operations performed by a particular brain area within a network of distributed, discrete neural areas supporting specific cognitive, perceptual, motor, or affective operations or representations. Moreover, these findings can reveal the effect on brain organization of individual differences (including genetic variation), plasticity, and recovery of function following damage to the nervous system. Cognitive neuroscience can also elucidate the duration and sequencing of sub-processes, for example, by integrating high temporal resolution MEG data with high spatial resolution fMRI within subject and task. Such finely calibrated data can then inform cognitive and behavioral process models. Finally, subsequent comparisons of brain organization across species may allow the neural basis of such processes to be understood in a biological context.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Cognitive Neuroscience program seeks highly innovative proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of human cognition, including how the human brain mediates action, affect, creativity, decision making, intentionality, perception, social processes, and thought.  Topics may bear on core functions such as attention, emotion, empathy, executive processes, language, learning, memory, music, sensory processing, sleep, representation of self and other, reasoning and rhythm. Topics may also include how human cognition develops and changes in the brain across the lifespan.

The program is particularly interested in supporting the development of new techniques and technologies for recording, analyzing, and modeling complex brain activity and human brain mapping. Such projects should include a plan for sharing new software and other technologies with the research community at large.  Additionally, the program is interested in supporting projects addressing the growing amount of data collected across disparate lab environments, which may require new standardization, curation, and sharing solutions. 

Studies of disease states (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, Autism, brain damaged patients, Parkinson's disease and Schizophrenia) may be components of projects supported by this program. However, the emphasis in such projects must be to advance basic scientific understanding of healthy neural mechanisms, and not on disease etiology, diagnosis, or treatment.

The program also intends to foster projects that integrate perspectives across disciplines, e.g., from the cognitive sciences, psychology, developmental sciences, biology, computer science, engineering, education, anthropology, physics, mathematics and statistics. For example, projects that involve collaborations among individuals with expertise in one of the cognitive sciences, neuroimaging, neural microcircuitry, and modeling complex systems are strongly encouraged.

Examples of appropriate grant proposals include, but are not be limited to, the following. It is to be expected that scientific advances will overtake many of the following issues, and that other research and development matters will emerge as key enablers to progress in basic cognitive neuroscience.

  • Proposals related to the development of new, or integration of, existing methodologies to address cognitive questions involving human or non-human primates.
  • Application of computational techniques or models for addressing cognitive questions or issues of data analysis.
  • Connectivity and network-based examinations to characterize distinct or overlapping cognitive processes.
  • Proposals examining non-stationary effects across different time windows spanning several orders of magnitude, such as learning and developmental paradigms in young, aging, healthy or impaired groups.
  • Development and utilization of brain stimulation or symptom-mapping methods in conjunction with advanced behavioral analysis for determining causal linkages between neural networks and cognitive functions.
  • Comparative gene expression studies in humans or non-human primates of neural regions governing higher cognitive functions within a biological framework.

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Geography and Spatial Sciences Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (GSS-DDRI)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

February 11, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

As specified in the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program strategic plan, the goals of the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program are the following:

  • To promote scientific research in geography and the spatial sciences that advances theory and basic understanding and that addresses the challenges facing society.
  • To promote the integration of geographers and spatial scientists in interdisciplinary research.
  • To promote education and training of geographers and spatial scientists in order to enhance the capabilities of current and future generations of researchers.
  • To promote the development and use of scientific methods and tools for geographic research.

The Geography and Spatial Sciences Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth. Investigators are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects on a variety of topics qualify for support if they offer promise of contributing to scholarship by enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns.

As part of its effort to encourage and support projects that explicitly integrate education and basic research, GSS provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities when the dissertation research is conducted in a scientifically sound manner and it offers strong potential for enhancing more general scientific knowledge.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Through its competitive grants competitions, the Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program of the U.S. National Science Foundation seeks to advance basic understanding and methods in geography, other spatial sciences, and related fields to enhance fundamental knowledge and address societal problems. GSS is committed to supporting basic geographic and spatial scientific research as well as wider-ranging interdisciplinary research in which geographers and spatial scientists may play critical roles. In alignment with the NSF strategic plan for Fiscal Years 2012 through 2016, Empowering the Nation Through Discovery and Innovation and with the strategic plan for the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) of which it is a part, GSS expects that the research it supports will draw upon and enhance fundamental theory in geography and/or other spatial sciences, and it will encourage and support potentially transformative research that has potential larger-scale, longer-term significance for both basic understanding and for societal benefit. As noted in the GSS strategic plan, GSS will seek to identify and support research projects that may potentially transform geography, other spatial sciences, and related fields by trying to assess the longer-term potential as well as the more immediate significance of research projects.

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Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Full Proposal Window: February 1, 2016 - February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operating and protecting efficient, resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. Research that recognizes the role that these systems play in societal functioning and accounts for how human behavior and social organizations contribute to and affect the performance of these systems is encouraged. While component-level, subject-matter knowledge may be crucial in many research efforts, this program focuses on the civil infrastructure as a system in which interactions between spatially-distributed components and intersystem connections exist. Thus, intra- and inter-physical, information and behavioral dependencies of these systems are also of particular interest. Topics pertaining to transportation systems, construction engineering, infrastructure systems and infrastructure management are a focus of this program. Research that considers either or both ordinary and disrupted operating environments is relevant. Methodological contributions pertaining to systems engineering and design, network analysis and optimization, performance management, vulnerability and risk analysis, mathematical and simulation modeling, exact and approximate algorithm development, control theory, statistical forecasting, dynamic and stochastic systems approaches, multi-attribute decision theory, and incorporation of behavioral and social considerations, not excluding other methodological areas or the integration of methods, specific to this application are encouraged. Additional research of interest exploits data/information, and takes advantage of relevant technological advances, such as social media. In general, research that has the promise of long-lasting, cascading (hopefully escalating) impact on the wider research community through its theoretical, scientific, mathematical or computational contributions is valued.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The program does not support research with a primary contribution pertaining to individual infrastructure components, materials, sensor technology, extreme event modeling, climate modeling, human factors, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental sciences, or hydrologic engineering, since these topics do not fall within the scope of the CIS program. Researchers focused in these areas are encouraged to contact the Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE), Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM), or Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM) programs. Additionally, researchers may consider contacting the Hydrologic Sciences program in the Earth Sciences Division (EAR) or the Physical and Dynamic Meteorology (PDM) program in the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Division (AGS) of the Directorate for Geosciences.

The CIS program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for provision of physical civil infrastructure systems.

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Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Directorate for Engineering / NSF

Full Proposal Window: February 1, 2016 - February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Mechanics of Materials and Structures program supports fundamental research in mechanics as related to the behavior of deformable solid materials and respective structures under internal and external actions. A diverse and interdisciplinary spectrum of research is supported with emphasis on research that leads to advances in i) theory, experimental, and/or computational methods in mechanics, and/or ii) uses contemporary mechanics methods to address modern challenges in materials and structures. Proposed research can focus on existing or emerging materials and structural systems, across time and length scales.

Proposals related to material response are welcome, and would propose, but not limited to, advances in fundamental understanding of deformation, fracture, fatigue, as well as on contact and friction through constitutive modeling, multi-scale (spatial or temporal) and multi-physics analysis, computational methods, or experimental techniques. Proposals that relate to structural response are welcome and would propose, but not limited to, advances in the understanding of nonlinear deformation, instability and collapse in the context of large deformation, wave propagation, multi-scale (spatial or temporal) and multi-physics analysis, computational methods, or experimental techniques.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Proposals at the intersection or considerate of the integration of material and structure (such as, but not limited to, metamaterials, hierarchical, microarchitectured and low-dimensional materials) are especially welcome. Of particular interest are research questions that address the integration and combination of geometry, topology of material distributions, lengthscales and deformation/failure mechanics. Within this context, the challenge of the notion of what constitutes a "material" or a "structure" is expected to lead to unique opportunities in terms of analysis and experimentation of novel response characteristics.

While the research results should contribute to ultimately guiding assessment of current engineering systems as well as developments of future innovative engineering material and structures with unusual, unprecedented and/or superior physical properties as identified in [1-2], the program emphasis is primarily on making fundamental new advances at the forefront of the field of mechanics.

Proposals with a focus on buildings and civil infrastructure system are welcome in CMMI and should be submitted to the program on Structural and Architectural Engineering (SAE). Proposals addressing processing and mechanical performance enhancements should be submitted to the Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program. Investigators with proposals focused on design methodological approaches and theory enabling the accelerated development and insertion of materials should consider the Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS) program.

Proposers who wish to discuss their proposed research related to the Mechanics of Materials and Structures program should discuss it with the Program Directors after sending a one-page white paper by email.

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Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB) / NSF
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The BMMB Program supports fundamental research in biomechanics and mechanobiology. An emphasis is placed on multiscale mechanics approaches in the study of organisms that integrate across molecular, cell, tissue, and organ domains. The influence of in vivo mechanical forces on cell and matrix biology in the histomorphogenesis, maintenance, regeneration, and aging of tissues is an important concern. In addition, the relationships between mechanical behavior and extracellular matrix composition and organization are of interest. Funded projects may include theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches. The program encourages the consideration of diverse living tissues as smart materials that are self-designing. 

 

 

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Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operating and protecting efficient, resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. Research that recognizes the role that these systems play in societal functioning and accounts for how human behavior and social organizations contribute to and affect the performance of these systems is encouraged. While component-level, subject-matter knowledge may be crucial in many research efforts, this program focuses on the civil infrastructure as a system in which interactions between spatially-distributed components and intersystem connections exist. Thus, intra- and inter-physical, information and behavioral dependencies of these systems are also of particular interest. Topics pertaining to transportation systems, construction engineering, infrastructure systems and infrastructure management are a focus of this program. Research that considers either or both ordinary and disrupted operating environments is relevant. Methodological contributions pertaining to systems engineering and design, network analysis and optimization, performance management, vulnerability and risk analysis, mathematical and simulation modeling, exact and approximate algorithm development, control theory, statistical forecasting, dynamic and stochastic systems approaches, multi-attribute decision theory, and incorporation of behavioral and social considerations, not excluding other methodological areas or the integration of methods, specific to this application are encouraged. Additional research of interest exploits data/information, and takes advantage of relevant technological advances, such as social media. In general, research that has the promise of long-lasting, cascading (hopefully escalating) impact on the wider research community through its theoretical, scientific, mathematical or computational contributions is valued.

The program does not support research with a primary contribution pertaining to individual infrastructure components, materials, sensor technology, extreme event modeling, climate modeling, human factors, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental sciences, or hydrologic engineering, since these topics do not fall within the scope of the CIS program. Researchers focused in these areas are encouraged to contact the Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE), Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM), or Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM) programs. Additionally, researchers may consider contacting the Hydrologic Sciences program in the Earth Sciences Division (EAR) or the Physical and Dynamic Meteorology (PDM) program in the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Division (AGS) of the Directorate for Geosciences.

The CIS program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for provision of physical civil infrastructure systems.

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Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) / NSF

February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program supports fundamental research to understand and mitigate the impact of natural hazards on constructed civil infrastructure.  Natural hazards considered by the ENH program include earthquakes, windstorms (such as tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis, and landslides.  The constructed civil infrastructure supported by the ENH program includes building systems, such as the soil-foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural system, as well as the façade and roofing, and other structures, geostructures, and underground facilities, such as tunnels.  While a project may focus on a single natural hazard, research that considers civil infrastructure performance over its lifetime in the context of multiple hazards, that is, a multi-hazard approach, is encouraged.  Research may integrate geotechnical, structural, and architectural engineering advances with discoveries in other science and engineering fields, such as earth and atmospheric sciences, materials science, mechanics of materials, dynamical systems and control, systems engineering, decision theory, risk analysis, high performance computational modeling and simulation, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences.  Multi-disciplinary and international collaborations are encouraged.

 PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Research areas supported by the ENH program include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  • Understanding and modeling the underlying physics of the performance of civil infrastructure subjected to natural hazards; 
  • Advances in design and decision theory for existing and new sustainable civil infrastructure to achieve desired system-level performance under lifetime single natural hazard or multiple hazard loadings;
  • Advances in geotechnical engineering for design and construction of natural hazard-resistant foundations and geostructures, liquefaction mitigation, soil-foundation-structure interaction, levee and earth dam stability, and landslide, mudflow and debris flow analysis and mitigation, with a focus on field or system performance; and
  • Advances in computational modeling and simulation that integrate theory, computation, experimentation, and data, as appropriate, to advance natural hazard mitigation for civil infrastructure.  

While the ENH program supports research that utilizes the NSF-supported Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) cyberinfrastructure and earthquake and wind engineering experimental facilities, it also supports research that does not require the use of NHERI.  NHERI resources are the following:

All ENH awardees are strongly encouraged to utilize the NSF-supported NHERI cyberinfrastructure resources (http://www.designsafe-ci.org) for archiving and sharing of their research data in the NHERI Data Depot as part of their proposal's Data Management Plan, using and contributing computational modeling and simulation tools, accessing high performance computing resources, and broadly disseminating research outcomes.

The ENH program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for natural hazard mitigation for civil infrastructure.   As appropriate to the awards supported under the ENH program, ENH-supported research will contribute to NSF's role in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program and the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program.

The ENH program does not support research on hazard characterization and impact of explosions, blast loading, wildfires and other types of fire, solar wind and storms, and drought on civil infrastructure; sensor and measurement technologies; long-term structural and field site instrumentation and health monitoring; induced seismicity; and applied research more appropriate for mission-oriented federal and state agencies, such as hazard mitigation of nuclear power plant, transportation (including bridges), and wind energy infrastructure.

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Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE)
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and extreme events upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Community and societal resilience and sustainability are important topics within the research portfolio of IMEE. The program is deeply multidisciplinary and attempts to integrate multiple issues from civil, mechanical, transportation, and system engineering, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, political science, urban planning, epidemiology, natural and physical science, and computer science. With regard to the four core emphasis areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, a variety of topics are supported. The following list provides examples of the kinds of topics and issues that may be supported, though the list is not exhaustive and other, innovative topics may be proposed. Mitigation research may focus upon issues such as the analysis of structural and non-structural mitigation effectiveness, local capacity building for risk reduction, and social and physical vulnerability analyses. Preparedness research may involve studies on warning and risk communication, evacuation, multi-hazard emergency planning, and the effectiveness of pre-disaster planning. Response research may examine such issues as infrastructure interdependencies and cascading disasters, innovation and improvisation in emergency management, and the use of new communication technology and social media in emergency management. Recovery research may examine linking disaster recovery to the mitigation of future disasters, resilience metrics and models, resilience of interdependent infrastructure processes and systems, and social factors related to economic recovery and resilience.

The program does not support research on the normal, day-to-day operation of infrastructure systems. Such research should be submitted to the Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program. It also does not support basic research on non-hazard or disaster related structural engineering and geotechnical engineering. Such research should be submitted to the Structural & Architectural Engineering (SAE) and Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM) program. In addition, the program does not support hazard and disaster research that is mechanistic and embedded in traditional, engineering disciplinary frameworks. Such research should be submitted to the Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program.

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Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)
Directorate for Engineering / NSF

February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a 6th (sixth) year of a solicitation on collaborative research and education in the area of Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM). This solicitation is in response to and is a component of the NNI Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing - Creating the Industries of the Future (http://www.nano.gov/NSINanomanufacturing). Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to fabricate small quantities of nanomaterials and nanostructures for characterization and evaluation purposes, the emphasis of the Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) solicitation is on research on new manufacturing processes and methods to overcome the key scientific and engineering barriers that prevent the production of useful nanomaterials and nanostructures and their integration into nanodevices and nanosystems at an industrially relevant scale, reliably, and at low cost and within sustainability and environmental, health and safety (EHS) guidelines.

Proposals should target nanomanufacturing processes with a clear commercial relevance, and should consider addressing key aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain of nano-scale building-blocks to complex nanostructures to functional devices to integrated systems:

  • Novel scalable processes and techniques for large-area or continuous manufacturing of nano-scale materials and structures and their assembly and integration into higher order structures, devices and systems;
  • Fundamental scientific research in key, well-defined technical areas that are compellingly justified as approaches to overcome critical scientific and engineering barriers to scale-up and integration; and
  • Design principles for production systems leading to nanomanufacturing tools, systems and platforms; identification of metrology, instrumentation, standards and control methodologies needed for process control and to assess quality and yield; identification of environmental and energy footprints, as applicable.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Competitive proposals will incorporate three elements in their research plans:

  1. A persuasive case that the nanomaterials, nanostructures, nanodevices or nanosystems to be manufactured have or are likely to have sufficient demand to justify eventual scale-up;
  2. A clearly identified set of research issues requiring science and engineering solutions that must be addressed to enable the manufacture of high quality nano-enabled products in large quantities and at low cost; and
  3. A compelling research plan with clear objectives and approaches to overcome the identified research issues.

These elements should be carefully explained and justified in proposals, since both the scientific novelty and the feasibility of the methods being researched will be important evaluation factors.

Competitive proposals are expected to address the training and education of students in nanomanufacturing and related areas. Since Scalable Nanomanufacturing research will involve addressing multiple scientific challenges, an inter-disciplinary approach is strongly encouraged. Disciplines could range from mathematics to the physical sciences to engineering. While not required, collaborative activities with industrial or small business companies are welcome and collaborations in which industrial partners develop industrially relevant test-beds where university and company researchers can experiment and interact are encouraged. It is advisable that such firms be consulted early in the proposal preparation process and that their intellectual contributions be clearly explained in the proposal.

Other research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the appropriate programs and divisions.

Please see requirements for submitting proposals for collaborations; a single proposal with sub-contracts must be submitted for collaborations and the submission of separate proposals from multiple investigators for collaborative projects ('collaborative proposals') is not allowed.

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National Robotics Initiative (NRI)
NSF, NASA, NIH, USDA, DOD, DARPA, DOE

Internal MSU LOI due January 4, 2016
Full submission due March 7, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside or cooperatively with people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots working in symbiotic relationships with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The purpose of this program is to support the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire lifecycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment. Questions concerning a particular project's focus, direction and relevance to a participating funding organization should be addressed to that agency's point of contact listed in section VIII of this solicitation.

Methods for the establishment and infusion of robotics in educational curricula and research to gain a better understanding of the long-term social, behavioral and economic implications of co-robots across all areas of human activity are important parts of this initiative. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and technology development, deployment and use.

Only one class of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation; there will not be separate competitions for small, medium, and large proposals. Please refer to section III of this solicitation for budget size information.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The primary purposes of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) are to provide leadership in research fundamental to the development of the next generation of robots and co-robots, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas where robots collaborate productively with humans. The NRI looks to stimulate partnering arrangements necessary to create next-generation operational systems in such areas as manufacturing, space and undersea exploration, healthcare and rehabilitation, military and homeland security, civil and environmental infrastructure protection, food production, processing, and distribution, assistive devices for improving independence and quality of life, and safer driving. It covers the entire life cycle from fundamental research and development to industry manufacturing and deployment. Methods for the establishment and infusion of robotics in educational curricula and research to gain a better understanding of the long-term social, behavioral and economic implications of co-robots across all areas of human activity are important parts of this initiative. The scope of the application domains perceived as worthy and viable adopters of this technology include robotic systems that serve as co-workers, co-inhabitants, co-explorers, and co-defenders.

Collaboration among academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and technology development and use, through partnerships among researchers, applications developers, users and industry. While the NRI encourages projects that include some aspects of technology development, fundamental research should dominate. Proposers focused on developmental work are encouraged to consider submission to SBIR and STTR programs.

 

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Atmospheric Chemistry
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Full proposals accepted anytime

SYNOPSIS:

Supports research to measure and model the concentration and distribution of gases and aerosols in the lower and middle atmosphere. Also supports research on the chemical reactions among atmospheric species; the sources and sinks of important trace gases and aerosols; the aqueous-phase atmospheric chemistry; the transport of gases and aerosols throughout the atmosphere; and the improved methods for measuring the concentrations of trace species and their fluxes into and out of the atmosphere.

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Paleoclimate
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

SYNOPSIS:

Supports research on the natural evolution of Earth's climate with the goal of providing a baseline for present variability and future trends through improved understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence climate over the long-term.

Competitive proposals will address specific aspects of scientific uncertainty for their proposed research.

All four Divisions in the Geosciences Directorate have joined in creating the annual Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) competition in paleoclimate global change research.  Researchers are encouraged to consider the P2C2 competition as a possible source of support for their global change research. 

Since proposals eligible for funding in the P2C2 competition are not eligible for funding in the Paleoclimate Program, researchers are strongly advised to contact the Director of the Paleoclimate Program for guidance as to the suitability of their proposed research for either program.

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Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates), USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

March 22, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services. Factors contributing to stresses in the food, energy, and water (FEW) systems include increasing regional and social pressures and governance issues as result of land use change, climate variability, and heterogeneous resource distribution. These interconnections and interdependencies associated with the food, energy and water nexus create research grand challenges in understanding how the complex, coupled processes of society and the environment function now, and in the future. There is a critical need for research that enables new means of adapting to future challenges. The FEW systems must be defined broadly, incorporating 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), social/behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), and cyber elements. 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 and novel technologies to solve the challenges of scarcity and variability.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed specifically to attain the following goals:

  1. Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
  2. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
  3. Enable research that will lead to innovative system and technological solutions to critical FEW problems; and
  4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

This activity enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium - understanding interactions across the food, energy and water nexus - how it is likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for its consequences. It allows the partner agencies - National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) and others - to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions, while eliminating duplication of effort and fostering collaboration between agencies and the investigators they support.

NSF and USDA/NIFA are interested in promoting international cooperation that links scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines and organizations to solve the significant global challenges at the nexus of food, energy and water systems. Proposals including international collaboration are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. The U.S. team's international counterparts generally should have support or obtain funding through other non-NSF sources.

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EarthCube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences
Directorate for Geosciences / NSF

March 24, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

EarthCube is a community-driven activity sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) and the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) to transform research in the academic geosciences community. EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating our ability to understand and predict the Earth system. Achieving EarthCube will require a long-term dialog between NSF and the interested scientific communities to develop cyberinfrastructure that is thoughtfully and systematically built to meet the current and future requirements of geoscientists. New avenues will be supported to gather community requirements and priorities for the elements of EarthCube, and to capture the best technologies to meet these current and future needs. The EarthCube portfolio will consist of interconnected projects and activities that engage the geosciences, cyberinfrastructure, computer science, and associated communities. The portfolio of activities and funding opportunities will evolve over time depending on the status of the EarthCube effort and the scientific and cultural needs of the geosciences community. This umbrella solicitation for EarthCube allows funding opportunities to be flexible and responsive to emerging needs and collaborative processes. The EarthCube vision and goals do not change over time, and this section of the solicitation will remain constant.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

EarthCube Prototypes: This opportunity supports a further cycle of agile development of this framework for EarthCube architecture. It seeks to build on these previous efforts, taking advantage of what has been learned in the past 24 months, and informing design of the EarthCube architecture through prototyping. Prototype projects are larger than previous EarthCube awards in the scale of the collaboration, expected to combine capabilities and resources in new ways, and expected to produce broader technological and scientific outcomes. This opportunity encourages new partnerships, cross-fertilization of ideas, and the engagement of new facilities and technologies. Prototypes do not need to involve past EarthCube projects, and it is recognized that other efforts, agencies, institutions and resources can provide technical capabilities that would be elements of EarthCube architecture. However, Prototypes may build upon the capabilities exposed in other EarthCube projects, and link to continuing EarthCube efforts.

EarthCube Capabilities: The goal of this activity is to support ongoing development of elements of the EarthCube framework. Projects are intended to allow a broader segment of the geosciences and cyberinfrastructure communities to participate and help shape future EarthCube activities and outcomes. Awards will range in scale and effort and will have similar scopes to the Building Blocks and Integrative Activities of past solicitations. Building Blocks will be those that best serve the needs of academic geoscientists in more than one domain and that closely involve geoscientists, and their recognized community organizations in the planning, development and testing of cyberinfrastructure. Successful proposals will demonstrate collaborative and community-oriented solutions, as well as innovative combinations of technology that can potentially be implemented across the entire geosciences community. Awards must also demonstrate how the capability/project is relevant and extensible across the geosciences and fits within the ecosystem of geosciences cyberinfrastructure. Standards Developments and Data Infrastructure projects are smaller-scale awards, that may impact a single domain or community, or may provide critical support for activities needed to carry out EarthCube Governance activities. A sustainability plan for any infrastructure beyond the project time period should be included that may include integration into long-term data systems either supported by NSF or other institutions. Standards Developments are opportunities for communities to develop standards and best practices for data, models, and other research tools in a way that makes these resources more interoperable within a scientific community and within EarthCube, enabling research communities to better participate in EarthCube development. Proposals may provide platforms, such as testbeds, or develop other temporary and provisional tools or cyberinfrastructure for the purpose of reaching these standards. Proposals may involve existing capabilities in EarthCube projects or other existing cyberinfrastructure resources and can develop tools to explore how these resources will meet (or fail to meet) user requirements or community research challenges. The outcomes of these awards may be data or modeling standards or other guidelines that become apparent through the proposed testing. Proposals must describe how these standards will then be adopted as best practices by a research community, and how these standards will make geosciences resources more available or interoperable across the geosciences.

EarthCube Research Coordination Networks (RCN): The goal of 2016 EarthCube Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) is to be closely tied to the science and cyberinfrastructure needs of core geosciences programs and domains supported by GEO. To that end, potential proposers must coordinate EarthCube RCN ideas and discuss submission of any EarthCube RCN proposal with the relevant GEO program directors as well as at least one EarthCube program director. EarthCube RCNs are intended to advance geosciences cyberinfrastructure through interaction, discussion and planning between geoscientists and cyberinfrastructure experts. RCNs provide opportunities for academic geosciences communities to organize, seek input, come to consensus and prioritize data, modeling, and technology needs, as well as standards and interoperability within and across domains. Other opportunities exist to realize cyberinfrastructure development and build tools and services. Outcomes must be tangible and directed towards moving geoscientists closer to shared goals. RCNs are an important information and feedback mechanism within the EarthCube process. Results from these projects will provide feedback for the direction of EarthCube, including architecture and geosciences-wide cyberinfrastructure developments. Awards will support geosciences communities to organize and partner with like geosciences communities to discuss, plan and coordinate the standards, policies and cyberinfrastructure that will meet their end users' common data, software, computation, networking and training needs. EarthCube RCNs should 1) build and strengthen partnerships between geo- and cyber/computer scientists; 2) foster new collaborations that lead to better scientific outcomes; 3) expose participants to new ideas, methodologies, approaches, tools, and utilities; 4) reduce redundancies and duplication of effort; and 5) expose best practices and "lessons learned" in data management.

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Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA)
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

March 28, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

These simultaneous technical and organizational challenges have never been as complex or as critically important as they are now. The urgency of solving the multi-disciplinary technical challenges will require new methods of collaboration and organization among researchers.

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

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

The jointly supported research effort aligns with interagency initiatives and priorities, including the National Strategic Computing Initiative and the Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing.

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Dear Colleague Letter: CPS EAGERs Supporting Participation in the Global City Teams Challenge
National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The deadline for submission of EAGERs is April 1, 2016, but earlier submissions are encouraged

SYNOPSIS:

Dear Colleague:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched the 2016 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC; seehttp://www.nist.gov/cps/sagc.cfm) with a kickoff meeting on November 12-13, 2015, in Gaithersburg, MD. This meeting brought together city planners and representatives from technology companies, academic institutions, and non-profits with the aim of fostering teams that will contribute to an overall vision for Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) - effectively integrating networked information systems, sensing and communication devices, data sources, decision-making, and physical infrastructure to transform communities by improving quality of life, environmental health, social well-being, educational achievement, or overall economic growth and stability.

NIST's GCTC builds upon the National Science Foundation's (NSF) longstanding investments in cyber-physical systems (CPS). NSF established the CPS program in 2008 to develop the principles, methodologies, and tools needed to deeply embed computational intelligence, communications, and control, along with new mechanisms for sensing, actuation, and adaptation, into physical systems. The NSF CPS program, which today includes the participation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Institutes of Health, has funded a strong portfolio of projects that together have pushed the boundaries of fundamental knowledge and systems engineering in core science and technology areas needed to support an ever-growing set of application domains. CPS investments are enabling systems that are central to emerging S&CC infrastructure and services, including in areas such as intelligent transportation systems (ground, aviation, and maritime), building control and automation, advanced manufacturing (including cyber-manufacturing), healthcare and medical devices, and the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT). Dependability, security, privacy, and safety continue to be central priorities for the program in pursuing the vision of a world in which CPS dramatically improve quality of life. Along the way, the CPS program has also nurtured a vibrant CPS research community.

With this Dear Colleague letter (DCL), NSF is announcing its intention to fund EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to support NSF researchers participating in the NIST GCTC, with the goal of pursuing novel research on the effective integration of networked computing systems and physical devices that will have significant impact in meeting the challenges of Smart and Connected Communities. Researchers must be members of, or be seeking to establish, GCTC teams that build upon the results of previous or active NSF-funded projects, and must provide evidence of active team membership and participation as part of the submission. [Note that, while this DCL is aligned with NSF's broader efforts in Smart and Connected Communities (seehttp://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf15120), a key requirement for this DCL is active participation in a GCTC team.] Proposals should emphasize the fundamental research inherent to the real-world problems being addressed; the manner in which the proposed solutions will be adopted by one or more local communities; and the potential challenges with respect to both research and deployment. Successful proposals will quantify the magnitude of potential societal impacts; and will result in transformative, long-term benefits rather than incremental advances. Finally, proposals must address why the work is appropriate for EAGER funding (see details below), including what key risks will be mitigated to facilitate future high-reward advances and why the timing of the project will maximize the potential for success.

The deadline for submission of EAGERs is April 1, 2016, but earlier submissions are encouraged, and decisions will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Submission of EAGER proposals will be via Fastlane or Grants.gov. EAGER submissions should follow the NSF's Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) II.D.2 (see http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg). (As noted in the GPG, EAGER is a funding mechanism for supporting exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work may be considered especially "high-risk/high-reward," for example, in the sense that it involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.)

An investigator may be included in only one submission in response to this DCL; if more than one is submitted, only the first one will be considered.

For further information, please contact the cognizant CPS program directors:

Sincerely,
Jim Kurose
Assistant Director, CISE

Pramod Khargonekar
Assistant Director, ENG

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Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) / NSF
Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems

April 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Recent advances in communications, computation, and sensing technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for the design of cyber-physical systems with increased responsiveness, interconnectivity and automation. To meet new challenges and societal needs, the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) Program invests in systems and control methods for analysis and design of cyber-physical systems to ensure stability, performance, robustness, and security. Topics of interest include modeling, optimization, learning, and control of networked multi-agent systems, higher-level decision making, and dynamic resource allocation as well as risk management in the presence of uncertainty, sub-system failures and stochastic disturbances. EPCN also invests in adaptive dynamic programing, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, and neuromorphic engineering. EPCN supports innovative proposals dealing with systems research in such areas as energy, transportation, and nanotechnology. EPCN places emphasis on electric power systems, including generation, transmission, storage, and integration of renewables; power electronics and drives; battery management systems; hybrid and electric vehicles; and understanding of the interplay of power systems with associated regulatory and economic structures and with consumer behavior. Also of interest are interdependencies of power and energy systems with other critical infrastructures. Topics of interest include energy scavenging and alternate energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydrokinetic. The program also supports innovative tools and test beds, as well as curriculum development integrating research and education. In addition to single investigator projects, EPCN encourages cross-disciplinary proposals that benefit from active collaboration of researchers with complementary skills.

Proposals for the EPCN program may involve collaborative research to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. ECCS will consider supporting a limited number of small team proposals of three or more Investigators from different disciplines and/or universities.

Areas covered by the EPCN Group (Abed, Baheti, and Werbos):

  • Control Theory and Hybrid Dynamical Systems
  • Networked Multi-agent Systems
  • Cyber Physical Systems Modeling and Control
  • System Theory for Biology and Medicine; Modeling of the Brain
  • Control and Optimization in Buildings, Transportation, and Robotics
  • Adaptive and Intelligent Systems; Neural Networks
  • Energy Harvesting, Storage Devices and Systems
  • Solar and Wind Energy and Integration of Renewables with Grid
  • Monitoring, Protection and Cyber Security of Power Grid
  • Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines
  • Electric and Hybrid Vehicles; Integration with Grid
  • Policy, Economics, Consumer Behavior and the Power Grid
  • Quantum, Molecular and High Performance Modeling and Simulation for Devices and Systems (QMHP) (Paul Werbos)

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Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs)
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

April 4, 2016

SYNOPSIS: 

The NSF vision for a Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) considers an integrated, scalable, and sustainable cyberinfrastructure to be crucial for innovation in science and engineering (seewww.nsf.gov/cif21). The Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program is an integral part of CIF21. The DIBBs program encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities, to accelerate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data.

DIBBs investments enable new data-focused services, capabilities, and resources to advance scientific discoveries, collaborations, and innovations. The investments are expected to build upon, integrate with, and contribute to existing community cyberinfrastructure, serving as evaluative resources while developments in national-scale access, policy, interoperability and sustainability continue to evolve.

Effective solutions will bring together cyberinfrastructure expertise and domain researchers, to ensure that the resulting cyberinfrastructure address researchers' data needs. The activities should address the data challenges arising in a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary context. (Throughout this solicitation, 'community' refers to a group of researchers interested in solving one or more linked scientific questions, while 'domains' and 'disciplines' refer to areas of expertise or application.) The projects should stimulate data-driven scientific discoveries and innovations, and address broad community needs.

This solicitation includes two classes of science data pilot awards:

  1. Early Implementations are large "at scale" evaluations, building upon cyberinfrastructure capabilities of existing research communities or recognized community data collections, and extending those data-focused cyberinfrastructure capabilities to additional research communities and domains with broad community engagement.
  2. Pilot Demonstrations address advanced cyberinfrastructure challenges across emerging research communities, building upon recognized community data collections and disciplinary research interests, to address specific challenges in science and engineering research.

Prospective PIs should be aware that DIBBs is a multi-directorate activity, and are encouraged to submit proposals that have broad, interdisciplinary interest. PIs are encouraged to refer to NSF core program descriptions, Dear Colleague Letters, and recently posted initiatives on directorate and divisional home pages to gain insight as to the priorities for the relevant area(s) of science and engineering in which their proposal may be responsive. It is strongly recommended that a prospective PI contact a Cognizant Program Officer in the organization(s) closest to the major disciplinary impact of the proposed work to ascertain whether the scientific focus and budget of the proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation.

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Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities
Directorate for Engineering / NSF

LOI due November 9, 2015
Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required): January 14, 2016; Full Proposal Deadline(s) April 8, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

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

INFORMATION WEBCAST: The Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) Office will hold an information workshop on October 23, 2015 to discuss the EFRI program and answer questions about this solicitation. Details will be posted on the EFMA website (www.nsf.gov/eng/efma).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The "Required Elements" listed below for each topic are expected to be addressed in both the preliminary proposals as well as in the full proposals.

1) Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE)
 - This emerging engineering area and the ensuing interdisciplinary activities will leverage established Quantum Information Science (QIS) and will impact fields such as materials science, mathematics, physics and engineering in the next decade. The lessons learned from QIS research will accelerate engineering of systems on a chip, and help define goals for successfully addressing the scientific and engineering challenges of ACQUIRE , as further outlined in Thrust Areas 1-3 below.

To date research on QIS has mostly remained at the fundamental level, demonstrating the promises of quantum information technology in performing tasks that cannot readily be performed using classical approaches. With the recent progress in fabrication and integration of optoelectronics at the nanoscale, a bridge between quantum physics and engineered quantum communication networks is foreseeable. As the leading enabler of innovation, NSF seeks to empower transformative research that combines all layers of quantum components, circuits and systems, to develop practical, robust, and scalable controlled communication systems. Quantum communication systems require a mix of competencies in theoretical and experimental physics, computer science, electrical and communication engineering. In addition, leveraging national initiatives, such as the new Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute, will accelerate the progress towards industrial implementation.

Thrust Areas
Each of the proposals in response to this EFRI solicitation must address at least two of the three thrusts outlined below:

  • Develop reproducible room temperature single photon sources and detectors on a chip
  • Develop low-energy quantum devices such as repeaters, memories, and other photonics
  • Develop scalable quantum entangled Qbits, robust and secure communication links, and demonstrate a fiber-based quantum circuit network, with noise correction algorithms

The various functions must be engineered towards integration at the chip level at or near room temperature and electrical pumping over optical pumping are strongly preferred. A competitive proposal must have a collaborative and highly integrated approach with innovative solutions.

Thrust 1
Any two-level quantum system can be the foundation of quantum technology, but quantum states are highly impacted by the environment. Over the past thirty years there has been active research in the area of quantum bits (Qbits) based on various platforms, such as cold atoms, superconducting Qbits, Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) in diamond, or Quantum Dots (QD) in photonic crystals, and several other configurations. Those platforms have enabled proof-of-concept of quantum information science. Significant progress has been made in recent years in enhancing Qbit lifetime. However, most platforms are plagued by high complexity or lack of scalability. This program seeks chip-scale platforms that can sustain robust, repeatable multi-Qbit sources, which allow quantum information communication via coherent photons. For example, the efficient information transfer between a single-atom and a single-photon requires that the atom is trapped in a high-reflectivity cavity, which sustains a strong atom-photon interaction. The trapped atom must emit a single coherent photon that communicates the information through an optical fiber.

This Thrust requires fundamental understanding of material and device properties at the quantum level, characterization at the nanoscale level, and engineered devices that can provide quantum bits with superior stability and coherence. Additionally, fundamental understanding of light-matter interfaces at the quantum state is required. Reproducible design tool kits, chip fabrication and integration with electronic controls, and characterization tools are important aspects of the research. Facilities that can provide the necessary design kits, integration, and testing tools, for reproducible fabrication, are recommended. Partnering with government laboratories such as NIST or industrial collaborators equipped with the appropriate metrology capabilities, is encouraged.

Thrust 2
The generation and engineering of entangled Qbits requires development of the appropriate platform. For example photon pairs can be obtained by down-conversion of a pump laser through a nonlinear crystal. Current devices suffer from severe performance limitations. Efficient coupling of the photons into and out of a waveguide, polarization control, and low loss links are critical requirements of entangled photons quantum circuit engineering. Recent demonstrations of point-to-point direct quantum communication indicate the potentials of this technology. However some transmission losses are unavoidable. In order to increase the distance over which the Qbits can communicate, quantum repeaters (both quantum relay and quantum memories) must be developed. Quantum repeaters are typically based on photon detection and conversion by light-matter interaction. Critical functionalities include the development of chips providing efficient quantum frequency conversion to telecom wavelengths for transmission over optical fibers. Quantum memory nodes integrated on a chip with special properties will need to be developed for effective memory storage. These nodes must be able to store a Qbit for a period long enough to allow successful transmission of photons between several of them. Additionally, the photons must be releasable in an energy-efficient manner. This allows links concatenation as a means to extend the distance over which quantum information can be transported. The nodes can also provide means to purify the Qbit pairs to provide a highly entangled pair to the next link.

This Thrust requires non-linear light-matter interaction at the nanoscale, integratable non-linear materials, reproducible nano-scale controls in the fabrication stages, and high precision characterization tools.

Thrust 3
Since device performance requirements are being driven by the systems application, exploration of the sub-systems is highly pertinent to this program. The importance of secure communication is a clear requirement in most communication systems. In the conventional Alice-to-Bob (sender to receiver) communication links, secure communication is achieved by means of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). Advanced quantum cryptography that is practical, inherently robust and implementable in actual fully secure fiber-optic communication links should be considered. Quantum communication systems based on single photon circuits and novel protocols, will provide means to securely communicate data over long distances over the existing fiber-optic infrastructure. While an entangled state in a lossless environment can ensure secure communication, detection with appropriate noise correction algorithms provides the distance information transportation. Realistic quantum communication networks integrating the above thrusts, and engineered to be compatible with current fiber optic networks are sought.

Thrust 3 requires expertise in fiber communication networks, quantum cryptography, and access to an adequate testbed demonstration platform.

EFRI-ACQUIRE Programmatic Considerations
Quantum communication is beginning to emerge with recent advances in quantum information science and nanotechnology fabrication, allowing table top experiments to translate to early engineered systems. We strongly encourage developing solid-state quantum communication devices and circuits operating at or near room temperature and characterizing any trade-offs between robust and secure communication links and device temperature. Progress in this field will greatly benefit from active collaboration from experts on materials, components, device integration on a chip, and communication networking.

Interdisciplinary Research: While the quantum communication research should be led by engineering investigators, innovative concepts to advance the field will gain from teams with synergistic expertise in the following fields: photonics, physics of quantum materials and information, mathematics, and quantum cryptography. Preference will be given to teams that address all three thrusts.

International Exchange: We encourage collaboration with scientifically international teams that are leaders in the field. Travel support for the Principal Investigators and students may be considered under the proposal application, or through travel supplements, during the course of the award.

2) New Light and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW) - This emerging technical area and the ensuing interdisciplinary activities should be coordinated by engineering-led teams that include contributions from researchers in material, mathematical and physical sciences. Highly innovative proposals are sought that build upon established and emerging research in non-reciprocity and topologically protected wave propagation, and that impact fields such as acoustics, mechanics, electromagnetics, opto-mechanics, material science, and dynamics and control. The exploration of concepts over a broad range of scales is expected to lead to new findings that support the design of "topologically nontrivial" photonic, electronic and acoustic systems. Projects should include relevant activities in the following three thrust areas, with clear innovation in at least one: 1) modeling, 2) analysis, design and control, and 3) fabrication, testing and characterization.

Background
Frequency, wave-vector, polarization and phase are properties often used to describe wave phenomena and the characteristics of the associated physical domains. Careful tailoring of these properties has led to exciting advances in the areas of electronics, photonics, acoustics and thermal transport. The application of topology has recently emerged as an additional degree of freedom for the analysis and design of new systems and for the discovery of states associated with unusual wave properties. In the context of this solicitation, topology refers to the properties that characterize the quantized behavior of some topological invariants, a specific property of the wavefunctions over the associated dispersion bands. Topological states in electronic materials have inspired recent developments in photonics, where studies have shown how the use of carefully designed systems with nontrivial topologies in the wave-vector (reciprocal) space can lead to the emergence of new states of light at their interfaces, with potentially useful properties. Topological insulators are characterized by dissipation-free interfacial electrons transport exhibiting robust propagation in the presence of impurities. Similarly, unidirectional waveguides that allow light to flow around defects without back-reflection have been pursued as potential enablers of numerous technological applications and devices. In recent years, topological effects have been investigated in photonic crystals, coupled resonators, metamaterials and quasicrystals. Investigations have also extended these concepts to photonics, mechanics and acoustics, where topologically protected propagation is obtained by exploiting rotating fluids, or Coriolis and gyroscopic effects.

Thrusts
The objective of this solicitation is to support the investigation of novel concepts guided by inspiration from condensed matter analogues or by exploration of new approaches to time/space symmetry breaking, non-reciprocity and topologically protected field transport. Highly interdisciplinary projects are sought that pursue breakthroughs in the following three thrusts:

  1. Modeling
  2. Analysis, design and control
  3. Fabrication, testing and characterization

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their ability to describe activities relevant to all three thrust areas, and their effectiveness to define clear innovations in at least one thrust area.

Thrust 1: Modeling
Many of the preliminary studies rely on conceptual, simplified models that are often characterized by lumped parameters and low-dimensionality. While effective for physical insight and to illustrate key concepts, such models do not capture the full complexity of the physical systems under consideration, and cannot address outstanding challenges associated, for example, with the presence of multiple, coupled bands and polarizations, or with high dimensionality. A strong modeling component is needed to support analysis, design and control activities, and to subsequently guide fabrication and experimentation. Based on the available literature, it is envisioned that most configurations will consist of basic units, e.g. unit cells, assembled to form lattice-type structures. The properties of these assemblies, including several different media sustaining the transport of various field quantities (acoustic, electromagnetic, mechanical), should be inferred based on analyses conducted on unit cells, representative elements, or finite domains.

Proposals responding to this solicitation should discuss modeling approaches and analytical/numerical tools employed to predict and characterize dispersion topology in complex optical, acoustic, mechanical and coupled domains. Researchers may consider, for example, the application of innovative numerical techniques for the discretization of continuous systems, dynamic network models, or homogenization techniques that capture the complex dynamic behavior of lattice assemblies. Analytical and numerical procedures for the estimation of dispersion may need to account for spatially and time-varying properties, or for the presence of nonlinearities associated with constitutive properties or of geometrical nature, resulting from large deformations or exposure to high amplitude fields. Modeling efforts are expected to provide significant opportunities for leveraging multi-physics interactions, for example, through combined photo-elastic, magneto-elastic, piezo-elastic, electro-optical, and electro-mechanical effects, or by exploiting wave mode interactions across different polarizations. It is expected that the tools arising from this effort will encompass levels of complexity from low-dimension conceptual models, up to high-fidelity 3D models. Projects may also propose homogenized or continuum models to accelerate performance assessment and design studies.

Thrust 2: Analysis, design and control
The models developed in Thrust 1 will support new results in analysis, design and control of non-reciprocal systems. Proposers should investigate conditions, configurations and physical systems that enable symmetry breaking, non-reciprocity and topologically protected transport to occur -- and potentially be controlled -- in various physical domains of interest. The objective is to define mechanisms that lead to non-conventional wave motion, such as magnetic spins, resonating systems and passive lattices possibly with internal rotational degrees of freedom and non-center symmetric geometries. Proposers are also encouraged to explore alternative approaches relying on the coupling among physical domains, among different propagation modes, or based on active control concepts. Control of local symmetries may be investigated in the framework of networked structures, with the goal of exploring the possibilities afforded by the ability to introduce "defects", "boundaries" or "interfaces" that are controllable and that can be adapted based on feedback information. Innovations that leverage the ability of limited local actuation to achieve overall performance characteristics in terms of the propagation of perturbations within the network are relevant to this solicitation. Studies that are of interest within this context include distributed control concepts for reconfigurable non-reciprocal systems, optimal placement strategies for defect states and boundaries, and dynamics of reconfigurable systems over multiple time scales. These investigations could open new opportunities whereby the effects of local symmetries and symmetry breaking have implications on synchronization effects, stability and localization. Furthermore, nonlinear dynamic interactions among the constituents, or internal to the units, could lead to amplitude-dependent responses, time-dependent properties, stability, internal resonances -- in particular in the form of self-trapped states in the bulk and at interfaces -- multi-harmonic responses, and coupling across frequencies. Opportunities may also arise from symmetry breaking configurations resulting from spatial topological changes resulting from instability, or due to the presence of multiple stable equilibrium configurations.

While the areas above are presented as examples of potential research avenues, proposers are strongly encouraged to consider alternative mechanisms, configurations, materials and physical systems that enable topological states associated with symmetry engineering and reduction, to occur and potentially be controlled in various physical domains of interest.

Thrust 3: Fabrication, testing and characterization
It is expected that the analysis, design and control studies of thrust 2 will be followed by experimental demonstration of the conceptual solutions. Experiments should support the validation of models developed in thrust 1. Because the level of technology readiness varies greatly across fields such as photonics, acoustics, mechanics, opto-mechanics etc., it is further expected that these experimental activities will span a broad range of objectives. In less developed areas, experimentation may be limited to demonstrating particular phenomena predicted by theory and modeling, such as one-way propagation, very large isolation, topological protected wave propagation, and scattering-free propagation. Other relevant dynamic behaviors may be explored as they are uncovered. In disciplines where substantial preliminary work already exists, for example, photonics, investigators may demonstrate device prototypes based on the uncovered functionalities. Concepts enabling or facilitating integration should be investigated in support of development efforts for integrated nanophotonic elements based on topological insulators with robust one-way propagation, integrated circuits for full-duplex communications, or defect-insensitive waveguiding. Competitive teams addressing such disciplines should demonstrate expertise in the appropriate supporting functions, such as micro and nano fabrication, circuit integration, and experimentation and characterization of the envisioned devices. Testing and fabrication efforts should be also focused on the integration of symmetry breaking units within an equivalent acoustic or elastic material systems, possibly avoiding the need for external sources of energy that induce mean flows or internal rotations. Advancements in this area are expected to require innovations in fabrication and manufacturing of complex material configurations and structures that involve several length scales. Applications that may drive innovation and that may benefit from the findings in this area include new venues for ultrasound imaging, sonar interrogation, and acoustic-based signal conditioning and processing. Size and weight may become important driving factors for application of NewLAW concepts to novel sound absorbing materials, protective layers for impact protection, or stealth systems. If applicable, practical advantages provided by concepts relevant to this solicitation should be addressed. Moreover, multi-physics interactions are likely to play important roles in controlling symmetries and wavefunctions topology. Thus, the fabrication techniques to be employed may consider the integration of active or smart materials with photo-elastic, magneto-elastic, piezo-elastic, electro-optical, and electro-mechanical properties. Furthermore, the integration of soft-materials compatible with large deformations and engineered instabilities should be considered as means to explore the importance of geometry and spatial topology and their adaptation in response to external stimuli.

To maximize the chances for post-EFRI support and the transition of most promising concepts, collaboration with industrial partners is highly encouraged. Proposals should demonstrate understanding of challenges in manufacturing, processing, scaling and commercialization. Projects that show a clear pathway to applications, including scalability, are especially encouraged. When appropriate, proposers may consider a formal mechanism for academic-industry collaboration, such as the NSF GOALI program.

EFRI-NewLAW Programmatic Considerations
Among the programmatic considerations, the following features are deemed important under this NewLAW research area in order to realize the promise of this field over the coming years:

Interdisciplinary Research: Progress in this field of will benefit tremendously from research that draws on many disciplines including physics, chemistry and engineering; thus it is only natural to enable scientists and engineers to work together more effectively in research teams involving theory, modeling, design, characterization, and/or device fabrication and testing. Each team must address all 3 thrust areas, with clear indication of innovation in at least one of the thrust areas.

Industrial Partnerships: Reaching out to American industry partners will be critical to developing scalable techniques for synthesizing these materials and for outreach in training students who can work with the industrial partners. Creation of academia-industry axis in the development of applications and subsequent commercialization of technologies based on NewLAW concepts is therefore encouraged.

Mathematical Sciences Partnerships: The ideas, tools, and language of mathematics and statistics play important roles in engineering research, and it is widely recognized that interactions between the mathematical sciences and engineering catalyze developments in both. Collaborative research projects involving mathematical scientists have the potential to lead to transformative results in EFMA projects. Researchers from mathematics and statistics are especially encouraged to participate in new collaborative projects in this important interdisciplinary area.

International Exchange: We encourage collaboration with scientifically international teams that are leaders in the field. Travel support for the Principal Investigators and students may be considered under the proposal application, or through travel supplements, during the course of the award.

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Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics
Directorate for Geosciences (Division of Earth Sciences) / NSF

Proposals accepted anytime

SYNOPSIS:

The Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics Program supports innovative research into processes that shape and modify landscapes over a variety of length and time scales. The program encourages research that quantitatively investigates the coupling and feedback among such processes, their rates, and their relative roles, especially in the contexts of variation in climatic, biologic, and tectonic influences and in light of changes due to human impacts. Such research may involve fieldwork, modeling, experimentation, theoretical development, or combinations thereof.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics Program is committed to supporting the most meritorious research in any area relevant to the Program Description, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, as well as research involving international collaborations. The Program is especially interested in proposals from emerging fields. Where appropriate, proposals may be considered for joint support with other programs in The Division of Earth Sciences and/or with other Divisions at the National Science Foundation. In some cases, proposals may be transferred to other programs within EAR or to other Divisions within the National Science Foundation when it is deemed appropriate by Program Officers from the respective programs or divisions. Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the cognizant program officers regarding proposals that may cross disciplinary boundaries before submission.

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Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (SGP)
Directorate for Geosciences (Division of Earth Sciences) / NSF

Proposals accepted anytime

SYNOPSIS:

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology supports studies of: (1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in geologic time based on fossil plants, animals, and microbes; (2) all aspects of the Earth's sedimentary lithosphere - its insights into the geological processes and rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences; (3) the science of dating and measuring the sequence of events and rates of geological processes as manifested in Earth's past sedimentary and biological (fossil) record; (4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of modern and ancient physical and chemical sediments; and (5) understanding Earth's deep-time (pre-Holocene) climate systems.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

General Description: The Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program (SGP) supports studies of: (1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in geologic time based on fossil plants, animals, and microbes; (2) all aspects of the Earth's sedimentary lithosphere - its insights into the geological processes and rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences; (3) the science of dating and measuring the sequence of events and rates of geological processes as manifested in Earth's past sedimentary and biological (fossil) record; (4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of modern and ancient physical and chemical sediments; and (5) Earth's deep-time (pre-Holocene) climate system.

Track 1: General Program (annual): Please refer to the general description above for research areas supported by SGP. Examples of projects supported by the SGP Program can be found using the NSF Award Search (Program Information) engine by entering Element Code 7459. This track is competed annually.

Track 2: Earth-Life Transitions: The Earth-Life Transitions (ELT) track will be held bienniallybeginning in FY 2016. Projects should involve collaborations among investigators from different geoscience disciplinary specialties and PIs are encouraged to include a modeling component. Collaboration with other science fields is welcome and encouraged. ELT also strongly encourages the involvement of early-career investigators. ELT awards will be made for projects that bring together interdisciplinary teams of researchers to address a specific earth-life transitions research problem. Activities should address the research challenges identified in the program solicitation. In addition to research awards, activities, such as initial data collection, creation of coordinated working groups and workshops to organize groups around a central ELT theme will be considered for support.

All SGP projects are expected to meet NSF's broader impacts review criteria by fostering integration of research and education, broadening participation of underrepresented groups, enhancing infrastructure for research and education and/or disseminating scientific results to the broader scientific community and to the general public. All SGP projects (Track 1 and Track 2) should attempt to attract students and involve early career researchers. Successful projects from both tracks will include creative, integrative, and effective broader impact activities developed within the context of the mission, goals, and resources of the organizations involved. Partnerships with institutions serving students under-represented in the Geosciences are especially encouraged. Broader impacts activities must be an integral part of the proposed research and this should be reflected in the expertise of collaborators, the proposal budget, and budget justification.

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GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD)
Directorate for Geosciences / NSF

LOI due February 1, 2016
Full submission due June 2, 2016

SYNOPSIS: 

The geosciences continue to lag other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in the engagement, recruitment and retention of traditionally underrepresented and underserved minorities, requiring more focused and strategic efforts to address this problem. Diversity is a vital priority for the geosciences community because it promotes innovation, strengthens the community's ability to tackle complex geoscience research problems, and engenders widespread public Earth and environmental science literacy.

Prior investments made by the National Science Foundation (NSF) related to broadening participation in STEM have identified many effective strategies and model programs for engaging, recruiting, and retaining underrepresented students in the geosciences. These investments also have documented clearly the importance of committed, knowledgeable, and persistent leadership for making local progress in broadening participation in STEM and the geosciences. Achieving diversity at larger and systemic scales requires a network of diversity "champions" who can catalyze widespread adoption of these evidence-based best practices and resources. Although many members of the geoscience community are committed to the ideals of broadening participation, the skills and competencies that empower people who wish to have an impact, and make them effective as leaders in that capacity for sustained periods of time, must be cultivated through professional development. But, it is not sufficient to educate prospective leaders on the issues and resources related to broadening participation in STEM. Research on leadership development has documented the complex interplay of personal traits, motivating factors, and environmental contexts that must also be considered in making such professional development efforts successful.

This solicitation describes an Ideas Lab on "GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity." Ideas Labs are intensive workshops focused on finding innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab, organized by the NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), is to facilitate the design, pilot implementation, and evaluation of innovative professional development curricula that can unleash the potential of geoscientists with interests in broadening participation to become impactful leaders within the community. The expectation is that mixing geoscientists with experts in broadening participation research, behavioral change, social psychology, institutional change management, leadership development research, and pedagogies for professional development will not only engender fresh thinking and innovative approaches for preparing and empowering geoscientists as change agents for increasing diversity, but will also produce experiments that contribute to the research base regarding leader and leadership development. U.S. scientists and educators may submit preliminary proposals only via FastLane as an application to participate in the Ideas Lab, through which a set of multidisciplinary ideas will be developed. The Ideas Lab will be held March 20-24, 2016 in the Washington, DC metro region. Promising approaches developed through the Ideas Lab process will be submitted as full proposals from invited participants.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

GEO is using the Ideas Lab mechanism described in Chapter II Section D.3 of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf16001/nsf16_1.pdf) to achieve its goals of preparing new leaders within the geosciences community who can catalyze progress in broadening participation within their local spheres of influence and, ideally, foster transformative impact at community-wide scales through collective action and scale up of their individual efforts. An Ideas Lab is a mechanism to provide NSF funding that is designed to support the development and implementation of creative and innovative project ideas with potential to transform research paradigms and/or solve intractable problems. This mechanism was developed collaboratively within NSF, modeled on the "sandpit" workshops that are a key component of the United Kingdom Research Council's "IDEAs Factory" program.

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Gen-3 Engineering Research Centers (ERC)
Directorate for Engineering, Engineering Education and Centers / NSF

LOI due October 3, 2015
Full submission due June 16, 2016 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of the ERC Program is to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health, and security. ERCs create an innovative, inclusive culture in engineering to cultivate new ideas and pursue engineering discovery that achieves a significant science, technology, and societal outcome within the 10-year timeframe of NSF support. For information on individual ERCs and their achievements, go to:http://www.ERC-assoc.org.

Those who submit proposals in response to this solicitation will need to address the following questions:

  1. What is the compelling new idea and how does it relate to national needs?
  2. Why is a center necessary to tackle the idea?
  3. How will the ERC's infrastructure integrate and implement research, workforce development and innovation ecosystem development efforts to achieve its vision?

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of the ERC Program is to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health, and security. It links scientific discovery to technological innovation and supports engineering graduates who can be leaders in industrial practice and creative pioneers in a global economy. The ERCs awarded through this solicitation shall have an infrastructure that integrates and implements the key features (research, workforce development, and innovation ecosystem development) to address the following gaps/barriers:

  • Research
    • To conduct an interdisciplinary research program that aligns systems-motivated fundamental and applied research with enabling and systems technologies to demonstrate proofs-of-principle of the engineered systems developed in test beds
    • To translate interdisciplinary advances from research in fundamental knowledge, enabling technology, and transformational engineered systems to innovation
  • Workforce Development
    • To implement research-based education programs that produce a diverse, globally competitive, and team-oriented engineering workforce that has experience in research, industrial practice, technology advancement, entrepreneurship, and innovation
    • To broaden pathways to engineering for underrepresented students
  • Innovation Ecosystem Development
    • To create an innovation ecosystem that brings industrial/practitioner perspectives in research and workforce development to the ERC by leveraging industry resources and research capacity
    • To accelerate transfer of ERC advances in knowledge, technology, and systems to impact key sectors of industry and professional engineering practices and academic curricula

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Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC)
Directorate for Engineering, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships / NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

The Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center. Each Center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the Center faculty. An I/UCRC contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. As appropriate, an I/UCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

A comprehensive range of disciplines and skills is often necessary to address research issues of interest to industry, and thus it is often necessary to form a consortium of universities to achieve a critical mass of interdisciplinary research capabilities for the formation of an I/UCRC. The NSF encourages multiple universities to come together to form an I/UCRC, with each university constituting a Site of the Center. The Center is a logical entity, with a defined leadership spanning the Center's constituent Sites.

An Institution that wants to be part of a Center applies to become an NSF I/UCRC Site. Upon award, this Site will become part of the Center. If this is the only Site within the Center, then it will be a single Site I/UCRC with the corresponding membership obligations. If there are additional sites that are or can be part of the Center, then the new Site will be part of a multi-Site I/UCRC.

The first stage in forming an I/UCRC involves the successful completion of an I/UCRC planning grant. Planning grants for Site additions to existing I/UCRCs may be waived by NSF, provided the proposed research Site meets the minimum membership and financial requirements and has the approval of the leadership of the existing I/UCRC.

Upon successful completion of the Planning Grant, the proposed Site of the Center submits an application to join the Center in its current Phase. New I/UCRCs start at Phase I that lasts five-years. This initial five-year period of support allows for the development of a strong partnership between the academic researchers and interested industrial and government parties. A significant proportion of the Center's support is expected to come from industrial, state, and other funds. As a Center progresses, it is likely to have increased opportunities for funding from additional firms, other federal agencies and laboratories, and state and local governments; thus, increasing the leverage of NSF funds. After five years, Sites within Centers that continue to meet the I/UCRC Program requirements may request support for a second five-year (Phase II) period. Phase II grants allow Centers to continue to grow, and to leverage and diversify their memberships and research portfolio during their Phase II period. After ten years, Sites within Centers may apply for a third five-year (Phase III) period. Phase III awards are provided for Centers that demonstrate significant impact on industry research as measured through robust and sustained membership, student impact, annual reports, Site visits, and adherence to I/UCRC requirements. Centers are expected to be fully supported by private and public partners after fifteen years as an I/UCRC.

All Sites within a Center may apply for a Phase II (years 6 through 10 of the Center) grant if each Site meets the Phase II minimum requirements specified in the solicitation as well as having satisfactorily completed the Phase I grant.

All Sites within a Center may apply for a Phase III (years 11 through 15 of the Center) grant if each Site meets the minimum Phase III requirements specified in the solicitation as well as having satisfactorily completed the Phase II grant.

A Site joining an existing Center will apply for the current Phase of the Center. For example, if a Center is in Phase II, the Site can only apply to join that Center provided it meets the minimum Phase II requirements specified in the solicitation. Similarly, if a Center is in Phase III, the Site can only apply to join that Center provided it meets the minimum Phase III requirements. New Site awards are limited to the remaining duration of the Phase of the Center (for example, if founding Sites of the Center were awarded three years prior to a new Site coming onboard, the new Site will receive funds for only the two years that remain in the duration of that Phase).

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Perception, Action & Cognition (PAC)
Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences / NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

The PAC program funds theoretically motivated research on a wide-range of topic areas focused on typical human behavior. The aim is to enhance the fundamental understanding of perceptual, motor, and cognitive processes and their interactions. Central research topics for consideration by the program include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken language, and motor control. The program welcomes a wide range of perspectives, such as individual differences, symbolic computation, connectionism, ecological, genetics, nonlinear dynamics, and complex systems, and a variety of methodologies including both experimental studies and modeling. The PAC program is open to co-review of proposals submitted to other programs both within the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate and across other directorates. Proposals may involve clinical populations, animals, brain imaging, or computational modeling, or factors such as emotion and sleep, only if the work has direct impact on our understanding of basic processes underlying human perception, action, or cognition. 

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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Integrative Organismal Systems / NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

Proposals are welcomed in all of the core scientific program areas supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. Proposals may be submitted to the two tracks described in this solicitation. All investigator-initiated proposals submitted to the Core track of this solicitation must now be invited based on merit review of preliminary proposals. There is a single submission deadline with a limit of 2 preliminary proposals per investigator per year as PI or Co-PI in response to the Core track of this solicitation.Please see the GPG for definition of roles for PI and Co-PI. There are no limits on the number of proposals you can participate on as collaborator. These PI/Co-PI limits do not apply to full proposals submitted to the EDGE track of this solicitation, which has no PI or Co-PI limits on number of proposals submitted. The PI/Co-PI limits apply only to the preliminary proposals submitted to the Core track of this solicitation and do not pertain to proposals submitted in response to other NSF solicitations.

Unsolicited full research proposals are no longer accepted into the IOS Core Programs. Full proposals submitted on a single deadline to the EDGE track of this solicitation do not require prior submission of a preliminary proposal. A Letter of Intent is required before submission of a full proposal to the EDGE track of this solicitation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

A. Core Track

Proposals are welcomed in all of the core scientific program areas supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, including projects that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. The core scientific programs in IOS are organized into four clusters. Click on the cluster name to go to the cluster web page to learn more about each cluster.

Proposers should note that substantial changes have been made to the description of the Symbiosis, Defense, and Self-recognition (SDS) Program in the Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster of IOS to be able to accommodate changes in this solicitation about plant-microbial symbiosis proposals. Proposals focused on plant-microbial symbioses of all types that were formerly accepted for review in the SDS Program in response to this Core Programs solicitation will not be accepted for review in the Core track. Proposals in this area of research should be submitted to a new solicitation that will be jointly managed by NSF/IOS and USDA NIFA. Information about this new solicitation will become available in late 2015. However, researchers who wish to develop functional genomic tools aimed at enabling genome manipulation of plant-microbial symbioses are eligible to submit proposals to the EDGE track of this solicitation.

After reading the cluster and program descriptions, discuss any questions about the potential fit of a project to one of the clusters with the Program Director you believe is most closely associated with your field of interest. Biological questions, rather than techniques or approaches, should guide program selection.

Please consult the IOS web page (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=IOS) for information about Program Directors associated with each programmatic area. This interaction can be a critical aspect for ensuring that your proposal is assigned to the most appropriate program for review.

The core scientific programs in IOS are organized into four clusters:

Behavioral Systems Cluster

The Behavioral Systems Cluster consists of the Animal Behavior Program and the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant program (DDIG). Only the Animal Behavior Program is part of the IOS Core Programs Solicitation.

Developmental Systems Cluster

Programs within the Developmental Systems Cluster are: the Plant, Fungal and Microbial Developmental Mechanisms Program, the Animal Developmental Mechanisms Program and the Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms Program.

Neural Systems Cluster

Programs within the Neural Systems Cluster are the Organization Program, the Activation Program and the Modulation Program.

Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster

Programs within the Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster are: the Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition Program (SDS), the Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics Program (PMB), and the Integrative Ecological Physiology Program (IEP). Substantial changes have been made to the description of the SDS Program. Proposers to the SDS Program are advised to examine those changes carefully and to be aware of the relevant changes to this Core Programs solicitation.

Please note that you must select a program name on the Fastlane cover page during submission.

REVIEW PROCESS FOR THE CORE TRACK

A two-stage review process is used fore applications to the Core track of the IOS core programs, including RUI proposals:

Preliminary Proposals: All proposers must submit a preliminary proposal that outlines the major goals of the project including the components described below. Preliminary proposals will typically be reviewed by a panel of outside experts. The Program Directors will communicate the decision to Invite/Not Invite full proposals via FastLane and these decisions will be based on the panel recommendations and additional portfolio considerations. Invite/Do Not invite decisions are binding.

Full Proposals: Invited full proposals will receive ad hoc and/or panel review at the discretion of the Program, as described in Section VI of this Solicitation. Full proposals that were not invited (except as noted for RCN, CAREER and ABR) will be returned without review.

B. Enabling Discovery Through Genomic Tools (EDGE) Track

IOS recognizes that a lack of functional genomic tools, approaches, and associated infrastructure in emerging model organisms is a significant impediment to progress in a wide array of basic research fields focused on the structure and function of organisms and to the advancement of our understanding of the relationship between genomes and phenomes -- a grand challenge in biology. Therefore, a new track, "Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools" (EDGE), is incorporated in this solicitation to help overcome these obstacles.

Researchers addressing important questions in organismal biology are using a wide array of organisms because their unique features make them especially well-suited to address many fundamental questions in biology. Moreover, support for research on diverse organisms is essential to developing strong inferences about the principles or rules governing the interaction between genomes and phenomes. Although lower costs now make it possible for many PIs to obtain genome and transcriptome sequences, these researchers are frequently blocked from testing hypotheses about cause-and-effect mechanisms because they lack tools to manipulate their systems' genomes. Consequently, investigations often come to a standstill at the stage of correlation (e.g., transcriptomic studies in which gene expression is correlated with experimental and/or environmental conditions), rather than proceeding to testing of causal relationships between genes, genomes and phenotypes. IOS recognizes that establishing causal relationships is essential to understanding the genomes to phenomes relationship.

To address these constraints, EDGE will support projects from individual investigators, small groups of collaborators, or larger collaborative teams who aim to develop functional genomic tools and infrastructure for manipulating genes in diverse organisms. EDGE-supported investigators are expected to rapidly disseminate their tools and train other researchers in their use, thereby catalyzing a broad-scale improvement in the community's capacity to test mechanistic hypotheses. Examples of relevant tools, approaches, and infrastructure include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative approaches for establishing gene function
  • Development and testing of transformation approaches
  • Expansion of the use of gene editing, knock-out, and overexpression approaches in diverse organisms
  • Development of approaches and establishment of conditions for maintaining organisms to test and manipulate genetic function.

PIs may use taxonomic, question-based, and/or technology-based strategies to develop tools that will be used by larger communities of researchers. Projects may include instrumentation development in the context of developing functional genomic tools to enable emerging model organisms but should not be exclusively limited to instrumentation development. Tools, approaches, and infrastructure that will have significant catalytic effect in enabling large numbers of PIs to overcome bottlenecks in testing function will receive priority. EDGE proposals must include training and rapid dissemination plans, as well as a rationale for support that is based on an assessment of current impediments and the potential impact of proposed projects on the relevant research communities. PIs are encouraged to bring together novel combinations of expertise to achieve the greatest impact of the proposed tools and infrastructure.

EDGE projects are aimed at rapid development and dissemination of functional genomic tools for use in emerging model organisms. Consistent with this overarching goal, budget requests up to $3,000,000 over a project period of up to three years will be considered.

REVIEW PROCESS FOR THE EDGE TRACK

Letter of Intent (LOI): All proposers intending to submit an EDGE track full proposal must submit a LOI, which contains the names of senior personnel, a proposed title, a list of participating organizations (if applicable), and a synopsis that describes the work in sufficient detail to permit an appropriate selection of reviewers. Letters of Intent are not externally evaluated or used to determine funding.

Full Proposals: EDGE track full proposals will receive ad hoc and/or panel review at the discretion of the Program, as described in Section VI of this Solicitation. EDGE track full proposals do not require submission of a preliminary proposal. However, EDGE track full proposals that were not preceded by submission of the required Letter of Intent will be returned without review.

Special Information for:

Research in Undergraduate Institution (RUI) Proposals

Both the Core track and the EDGE track of this solicitation will accept Research in Undergraduate Institution (RUI) proposals. RUI submissions to the Core track must start with a preliminary proposal, and RUI submissions to the EDGE track must start with a Letter of Intent. The preliminary proposal or Letter of Intent must be received by the deadlines listed in this solicitation. Information on the scope of RUI projects and the format of these proposals can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5518&from=fund.

Research Coordination Network (RCN) Proposals

The Core track of this solicitation will accept Research Coordination Network (RCN) Proposals. RCN proposals do not start with a preliminary proposal and instead should be submitted at the deadline for the Core track invited full proposals listed in this solicitation. Information on the scope of RCN projects and the format of these proposals can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11691.

Accomplishment Based Renewal (ABR) Proposals

The Core track of this Core Programs solicitation will accept Accomplishment Based Renewal Proposals. ABR proposals do not start with a preliminary proposal and instead should be submitted at the deadline for Core track invited full proposals listed in this IOS solicitation. Information on eligibility and the scope and format for ABR submissions can be found in the GPG. If you are considering an ABR submission you MUST contact a program officer in the relevant cluster prior to submission. Failure to do so may result in your proposal being returned without review.

U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Collaborative Proposals

Both the Core and EDGE tracks of this solicitation will accept proposals for international research in accordance with the IOS Dear Colleague Letter that announced this international collaborative activity with the BSF (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15090/nsf15090.jsp). These international collaborative proposal submissions to the Core track (whether reviewed by NSF or the international partner) will be subject to the submission limits in the Core track of this solicitation for any PI or Co-PI. International collaborative submissions to the EDGE track must start with a Letter of Intent. There are no submission limits to the EDGE track. The preliminary proposal (Core track) or Letter of Intent (EDGE track) must be received by the deadlines listed in this IOS solicitation. Questions about this activity should be directed to NSF-IOS-BSF@nsf.gov.

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Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)
Directorate for Geosciences / NSF

Applications 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 (seehttp://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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Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF)
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences / NSF

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) Program oversees a portfolio of multi-user national facilities that are sponsored by NSF for use by the geosciences research community. Program management resides within AGS in the NCAR and Facilities Section (NFS) which provides a single point for coordination of planning and resources.

The LAOF program enables geoscience research through the provision of specialized facilities, instrumentation, and field support services necessary to carry out the scientific field work associated with investigations of a wide range of geophysical phenomena. The program is actively involved in decisions about the acquisition, operation, maintenance, upgrading and replacement of these facilities based on input from the scientific community. LAOF funding supports both the planning for scientific field programs (e.g., experimental design, operational plans, logistical support) and the actual deployment of NSF-sponsored facilities.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Interagency and International Research on North Atlantic - Arctic Oceanographic Processes
NSF Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) and Division of Polar Programs (PLR) / NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

October 13, 2015

Dear Colleague:

The oceanography and ecology of the North Atlantic Ocean are fundamentally linked to the health, economy, and overall well-being of North America and Europe, and to the global climate system. The trilateral Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation of May, 2013, between the European Union (EU), Canada, and the United States (US) (available athttp://www.coopeus.eu/galway-statement/) emphasizes the need for international cooperation in discovering and understanding processes influencing this dynamic region of the oceans. In April 2014, NSF and the European Commission cosponsored a workshop on the coupled North Atlantic-Arctic System to identify critical research questions, discuss common research interests, and explore areas of potential collaboration. Participants included multidisciplinary scientists from Canada, the EU, and the US and representatives from ocean-relevant US and EU government agencies. The workshop report is available at http://www.whoi.edu/fileserver.do?id=208864&pt=2&p=192971.

This Dear Colleague Letter provides guidance for US scientists who will request support from the NSF Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) and Division of Polar Programs (PLR) over the next 18 months to conduct research related to the workshop goals in collaboration with scientists from Canada or the European Union.

PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION

  1. NSF proposals should be basic-research oriented and focused on discovery at the cutting-edge of science. NSF-funded activities must be focused on basic research. Research performed by EU, Canadian, or other collaborators may involve applied science.
  2. Once the project scope is clearly defined, contact the appropriate OCE or PLR program officer by email (seehttp://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=OCE and http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?org=PLR for program foci). Include a brief description of your research goals, work plan, and anticipated collaborative arrangements. If the project is interdisciplinary, consider contacting multiple programs for joint consideration. If the work is primarily Subarctic contact OCE or if primarily Arctic (ARC) contact PLR. Contact program managers well in advance of the submission date, as coordination among programs or funding agencies may be required.
  3. For proposals submitted via FastLane, standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation and submission guidelines apply. For proposals submitted via Grants.gov, the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at:http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide). Additional requirements with regard to logistics, data submission, etc. apply as specified in the OCE and PLR Arctic solicitations.
  4. Collaborative arrangements, including funding status and logistical arrangements for both US and non-US investigators should be thoroughly documented in the Special Information / Supplementary Documents section of the proposal.

TARGET DATES FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

Annual OCE Proposal Submission Target Dates * for unsolicited proposals:

February 15 and August 15.
See http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=OCE

PLR\ARC: Proposal Submission Deadline for the Arctic Research Opportunities program solicitation:

October 18, 2016 
October 18, Annually Thereafter
See http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14584

*If either falls on a weekend day or on a federal holiday, the target date is automatically transferred to the next available weekday.

PEER REVIEW AND FUNDING

North Atlantic proposals will be reviewed alongside and compete for funding with the other proposals submitted to the same funding competition. There will not be a separate or special review process. The normal NSF review criteria as described in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide will apply.

For further information, please contact the appropriate program(s) by visiting http://nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?org=OCE and/or http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?org=PLR.

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Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering and Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure / NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system. Proposers must show a compelling science or engineering challenge that will require petascale computing resources. Proposers must also be prepared to demonstrate that they have a science or engineering research problem that requires and can effectively exploit the petascale computing capabilities offered by Blue Waters. Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged, as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build a community capable of using petascale computing.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This solicitation seeks proposals to make use of Blue Waters for breakthrough research in any domain supported by the National Science Foundation or any other federal agency.

Blue Waters includes the largest NSF-funded system and staff dedicated to supporting a small number of projects at the frontiers of computational science. The system is a heterogenous Cray XE6/XK7 consisting of more than 22,000 XE6 compute nodes (each containing two AMD Interlagos processors) augmented by more than 4000 XK7 compute nodes (each containing one AMD Interlagos processor and one NVIDIA GK110 "Kepler" accelerator) in a single high speed Gemini interconnection fabric. This configuration enables sustained petascale simulations on hundreds of thousands of traditional CPUs for science and engineering discovery, while also supporting development and optimization of cutting-edge applications capable of leveraging the compute power of thousands of GPUs. The system incorporates extremely large memory and a tightly integrated I/O subsystem and is suitable for both integer and floating point computations with very large data requirements. The system is also designed to directly support visualization of large-scale datasets produced by computations that use the system. A large amount of archival storage is associated with the system. The system design responds to input from researchers in a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. Non-proprietary details of the system design may be obtained from https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/hardware-summary .

Trends in HPC architectures are such that current and anticipated production systems typically consist of hundreds of thousand to millions of processor cores with each core capable of executing multiple threads, and, often, arithmetic units that support small vector instructions. These features present a programmer with a variety of mechanisms to exploit the levels of parallelism within algorithms. Optimizing performance involves a number of challenges, including discovering and exploiting parallelism within codes and overlapping different types of operations. Multi-level caches, local and remote main memory, intra-nodal and inter-nodal communication networks and parallel I/O interfaces offer an increasingly deep hierarchy of latency within computing systems. In addition, increasingly, commercial HPC system designs such as Blue Waters, are hybrid systems offering general purpose processors coupled with specialized co-processors, either on-chip or separate. Recent and ongoing developments attempt to simplify the challenge of developing scientific and engineering computer codes that scale.

To effectively use computation at sustained rates of a petaflop/s or more, with memory-resident data of order one petabyte and correspondingly large input-output datasets is a considerable computational science challenge in itself. Some algorithms readily scale across large numbers of processing elements. In general, though, the design and implementation of computing codes that can harness all of the resources of a system like Blue Waters to address complex science and engineering problems that are not readily amenable to attack by other means is not trivial. It is anticipated that research groups may require several years of preparation before being ready to exploit a sustained petaflop/s systems. A number of research groups are currently or have been recently funded by federal agencies and/or industry to develop petascale applications. The purpose of this solicitation is to identify groups who require petascale computing for ground-breaking science or engineering research, who have a need for the unique resource that Blue Waters represents, and that are able to use Blue Waters effectively. Because of the intrinsic value of the Blue Waters resources, a research group will only be granted significant access to the production system after its request for a resource allocation has been successful in a competitive, merit review managed by NSF. Successful proposers to this solicitation will be granted an allocation of Blue Waters resources together with a small amount of funds to cover travel costs. The Blue Waters project team will offer consulting support and assistance to each project team that is granted access through this solicitation. This consulting support includes assistance in performance analysis and prediction.

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

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

The Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) pilot continues to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research in FY16. 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 award 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.

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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)
Directorate for Education & Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Education / NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. Both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in evidence-based and evidence-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying instruction and curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals of these investments include: increasing the number and diversity of STEM students, preparing students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and improving students' STEM learning outcomes.

The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR) program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The IUSE: EHR program recognizes and respects the variety of discipline-specific challenges and opportunities facing STEM faculty as they strive to incorporate results from educational research into classroom practice and work with education research colleagues and social science learning scholars to advance our understanding of effective teaching and learning.

Toward these ends the program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation. Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (i) Exploration and Design and (ii) Development and Implementation.

Note: Because it addresses undergraduate STEM education, the IUSE: EHR funding opportunity is offered in alignment with the NSF-wide undergraduate STEM education initiative, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (NSF-IUSE). More information about NSF-IUSE can be found in the Introduction of this solicitation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The IUSE: EHR program envisions all undergraduate students fully engaged in their STEM learning, within institutions of higher education deeply committed to the broad use of practices of teaching and learning that are rooted in a solid research base of demonstrated effectiveness. Towards this vision, the program recognizes the key role faculty play both as creators of innovative learning materials and teaching approaches, and implementers of promising practices. To achieve this vision, two goals guide the IUSE: EHR program: 1) to promote the development, use, and testing of instructional practices and curricular innovations that engage and improve student learning and retention in STEM, and 2) to promote community and institutional transformation that will increase opportunities for the application of highly effective STEM teaching methods.

The National Science Foundation is committed to agency-wide investments to increase the numbers, to broaden the diversity, and to improve the preparation of STEM professionals through undergraduate education. Projects supported by IUSE: EHR can serve to build evidence, adding to the literature on what works and the conditions under which success is achieved. Equally important, projects can serve to generate new knowledge about how to continue to transform undergraduate STEM teaching and learning. Moreover, projects can lead to new understanding of how to apply and encourage the application by others of such improved practices at an institution-wide scale, and how to sustain such applications across and within discipline specific communities. Indeed, transferability and propagation are critical aspects for IUSE: EHR-supported efforts and should be addressed throughout a project's lifetime by ensuring attention to designing for use in a large variety of institutions. Principal Investigators are encouraged to consider the value of the project from the perspective of the end users as well as the relationships, partners, and structures which would eventually be needed to sustain the improvement on a wide scale.

IUSE: EHR supports a broad range of projects, including: research and development of innovative learning resources; design research to understand the impact of such resources; strategies to implement effective instruction in a department or multiple departments, within or across institutions; faculty development projects; design and testing of instruments for measuring student outcomes; and proposals for untested and unconventional activities that could have a high impact on learning and contribute to transforming undergraduate STEM education. Proposals are particularly encouraged that address immediate challenges and opportunities facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, Cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise.

Included among such projects are conferences that explore revolutionary ideas to improve undergraduate STEM education, proposals to increase the diversity of the institutions and faculty participating in the IUSE: EHR enterprise, and efforts involving collaborations of education researchers and discipline scientists, to ensure that undergraduate STEM education benefits from both cutting-edge STEM and educational research and the development of a healthy community of STEM education researchers and practitioners. Indeed, through all of its projects, the IUSE: EHR program recognizes and respects the variety of discipline-specific challenges and opportunities facing STEM faculty as they strive to incorporate results from educational research into classroom practice and work with education research colleagues and social science learning scholars to advance knowledge and adoption of evidence-based teaching and learning practices. Results and findings of IUSE: EHR projects, in turn, contribute to NSF's and EHR's larger themes that focus attention on STEM workforce development, STEM literacy across the population, and increasing participation and persistence in STEM, especially by members of underrepresented groups.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Funding Opportunity Announcement USDA, DOE
U. S. Department of Energy Office of Science Office of Biological and Environmental Research / USDA-NIFA

LOI due December 11, 2015
Full submission due February 2, 2016 (by invitation only)

SYNOPSIS:

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), hereby announce their interest in receiving applications for genomicsbased research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of fuels such as ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks. Applications are sought for research on candidate bioenergy plants with improved resistance/tolerance to disease and disease complexes. Research to overcome these biological barriers to the low-cost, high-quality, scalable and sustainable production of bioenergy feedstocks using the tools of genetics and genomics are encouraged.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Renewable energy from plants, from lignocellulosic biomass and from seed oils, has the potential to reduce or remove dependency on fossil fuels as well as reduce negative environmental impacts from emissions of greenhouse gases and toxic pollutants. Realizing this potential will require the development of high biomass yielding crops that can be sustainably grown, requiring few inputs. The growth of such newly developed crops as dedicated bioenergy feedstocks, many of which may possess modified cell wall structures, will likely present previously unseen challenges such as the potential for increased pressure from known and newly identified diseases/disease complexes. Opportunities exist as well in the development of highyielding oilseed crops producing high quality oil that can provide a ready source of renewable fuels such as biodiesel and jet fuel; such crops have been understudied but with increased research have the potential for large genetic gains. This FOA continues a commitment initiated in 2006 to conduct a fundamental research program in biomass genomics, providing the scientific foundation to facilitate the use of plant materials for bioenergy and biofuels. In 2016, the program continues to build upon gains in genetic and genomic resources for bioenergy and biofuels by supporting research to investigate potential challenges and to exploit new opportunities in order to accelerate breeding of dedicated bioenergy feedstocks, specifically 1) identification and characterization of the molecular mechanisms underlying plant resistance/tolerance to pathogens, and 2) a new request for research on non-food oilseed feedstock crops:

o Genomics-based research to identify and functionally characterize plant genes/alleles influencing plant response to pathogens, with a long-term focus on crop improvement. Targeted crops include perennial grasses, sorghum, energy cane, woody biomass, and oilseed crops. The long-term goal is to develop a clearer understanding of the key genes and processes responsible for superior feedstock plant performance under increasing pathogen pressure and with minimal impacts on the surrounding ecological landscape, and use the results to inform breeding programs. Specific areas include:

o Discovery and characterization of key plant genes/alleles that confer disease resistance/tolerance;

o Research to develop new cultivars of regionally adapted energy feedstocks with enhanced biomass yield and resistance/tolerance to pathogens.

o Genomics-based research to identify and functionally characterize plant genes/alleles influencing agronomic, yield, and quality traits of non-food oilseed crops including, but not limited to: pennycress, Lesquerella, Brassica, Camelina (soybean and food-grade canola are not targets of this FOA). Specific areas include:

o Discovery and characterization of key plant genes/alleles that confer agronomic traits, such as reduced seed shattering, optimized germination and growth under a range suboptimal conditions of nutrient and water availability (mild-moderate water deficit, flooding)

o Research to develop new cultivars of regionally adapted oilseed feedstocks with enhanced biomass yield and desirable oil qualities. Applicants are encouraged to work with existing public stands of feedstocks, i.e. ARPAETERRA Integrated Phenotyping Network, Feedstock Partnerships, Sun Grants, Biomass R&D Centers, National Labs, AFRI CAPS, etc.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase II
USDA - NIFA

February 25, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The USDA SBIR program is carried out in three separate phases. Phase I is to determine the scientific or technical feasibility of ideas submitted by applicants on research topic areas solicited by this program. Phase II applications require a more comprehensive application, outlining the proposed effort in detail. Phase II awards may not request more than $600,000 (see section 2.3.5 of this solicitation for details on budget requirements) for a period normally not to exceed 24 months. Only those small businesses previously receiving SBIR Phase I awards that have not previously applied for a Phase II are eligible to submit Phase II proposals in FY 2016. Please note that for each Phase I project funded, the awardee may apply for a Phase II award only once. At the appropriate time, the SBIR Program will send a letter to FY 2013, 2014 and 2015 Phase I awardees eligible to submit Phase II applications with instructions for preparing these applications and a deadline date for submitting applications. Phase I awardees that were funded before 2013 and have not submitted for a Phase II before are also eligible to apply. This program solicitation is only for the preparation and submission of Phase II applications. USDA recognizes that Phase II awards may not be sufficient in either dollars or time for the firm to complete the total Research/ Research and Development (R/R&D) required to bring the project results to commercialization in the market place. Therefore, completion of the research under these circumstances may have to be carried into Phase III.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of Phase III is to stimulate technological innovation and the national return on investment from research through the pursuit of commercialization objectives resulting from the USDA-supported work carried out in Phases I and II. Federal SBIR funds may not be used to support Phase III projects. However, firms are strongly encouraged to secure Phase III funding from their own resources or from other public and private sources. Additionally, Phase III is to be conducted by the small business firm, including joint ventures and limited partnerships. This SBIR program funding opportunity for FY 2016 Phase II applications has a closing date of February 25, 2016.

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Prize Competition - The Hackathon
Food and Nutrition Service/Department of Agriculture

Submission Window: December 1, 2015 to March 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) invites submissions for a prize competition to produce an open source electronic school meal application that States and school districts can adapt for their own use.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of the prize competition (also described as "the hackathon'') is to produce an open source electronic school meal application that States and school districts can adapt for their own use. FNS hopes to develop a prototype that incorporates the best ideas from the innovation community at large. The application will contain a minimum FNS-defined package of design features that target applicant error and reduce applicant burden. FNS looks to innovators in design, human behavior, and software development to build upon these goals and give life to a model application that is visually appealing, easy to use, fast and efficient, and technically sound.

FNS recognizes that a well-designed electronic application holds promise as a tool to both facilitate access to program benefits and reduce certification error. Electronic applications have the potential to reduce applicant error by providing prompts and feedback to the user during the application process. For example, an electronic application can be designed to:

  • Guide applicants through a process that prompts for all includable income types,
  • Alert applicants to missing information, and
  • Prompt applicants to confirm the accuracy of a final monthly income total.

The agency believes that inviting ideas from a broad community of design experts and programmers may be the best way to develop the most effective final product. Through this challenge, FNS hopes to develop a prototype that incorporates the best ideas from the innovation community at large. The challenge model gives the agency access to the talents of individuals that we are unlikely to reach through the traditional contracting process.

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Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
USDA - NIFA

March 10, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. OREI funds research, education, and extension programs that enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2016 is approximately 18 million. This notice identifies the objectives for OREI projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an OREI grant.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The OREI seeks to solve critical organic agricultural issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund high priority research, education and extension projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics.

The OREI has eight goals that were legislatively-defined by the Farm Bill:

1. Facilitating the development and improvement of organic agriculture production, breeding, and processing methods.

2. Evaluating the potential economic benefits of organic agricultural production and methods to producers, processors and rural communities.

3. Exploring international trade opportunities for organically grown and processed agricultural commodities.

4. Determining desirable traits for organic commodities.

5. Identifying marketing and policy constraints on the expansion of organic agriculture.

6. Conducting advanced on-farm research and development that emphasizes observation of, experimentation with, and innovation for working organic farms, including research relating to production, marketing, food safety, socioeconomic conditions, and farm business management.

7. Examining optimal conservation and environmental outcomes relating to organically produced agricultural products.

8. Developing new and improved seed varieties that are particularly suited for organic agriculture.

Priorities for FY 2016: Proposals addressing any of the legislatively defined goals listed above will be accepted for consideration by panels. In FY 2016, proposals are encouraged in the following areas as defined in the legislation:

1. Conduct advanced on-farm crop, livestock, or integrated livestock-crop research and development that emphasize observation of, experimentation with, and innovation for organic farms, including production, marketing and socioeconomic issues. These issues could include both identification of factors reducing yields, efficiency, productivity, and economic returns on organic farms and the economic and socioeconomic contributions of organic farming to producers, processors and local communities.

2. Develop and demonstrate educational tools for Cooperative Extension personnel and other agricultural professionals who advise producers on organic practices. Applications bringing end-users together with OREI-funded research, education, and extension teams are encouraged. Coordination of the development of online content with eXtension and the eOrganic Community of Practice is encouraged but is not a requirement for a successful application.

3. For both plant and animal-based organic products: evaluate, develop and improve allowable post-harvest handling, processing and food safety practices to reduce toxins and microbial contamination, while increasing shelf-life, quality and other economically important characteristics.

4. Strengthen organic crop seed systems, including seed and transplant production and protection, and plant breeding for organic production, with an emphasis on publically available releases. Breeding and selection characteristics for organic systems may be different from those in conventional systems. Goals of organic seed systems proposals can include, but are not limited to: disease and pest resistance, stress tolerance, quality and yield improvement, and genetic mechanisms to prevent inadvertent introduction of GMO traits

 

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Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA)
USDA - NIFA

March 18, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K12 Classroom (SPECA) Challenge Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to promote and strengthen agriscience and agribusiness education. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2016 is approximately $858,500.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education and Ag in the K-12 Classroom (SPECA) Challenge Grants Program is a NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, K-14 food, agricultural, natural resource, and human (FANH) sciences education. SPECA-funded projects ensure a competent and qualified workforce will exist to serve the FANH sciences system. At the same time, SPECA-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of communities through the development of degree programs emphasizing new and emerging employment opportunities. Finally, SPECA projects address the national challenge to increase the number and diversity of students entering the FANH sciences (i.e., having a FANH sciences workforce representative of the Nation's population).

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA) program directly aligns with the Research, Education, and Economics Action Plan (March 2014 version). (http://www.ree.usda.gov/ree/news/USDA_REE_Action_Plan_03-2014.pdf) and specifically addresses: Goal 6 - Education and Science Literacy. The SPECA program is also aligned with the NIFA Strategic Plan (2014-2018) (http://nifa.usda.gov/about/pdfs/strat_plan_2014.pdf ), specifically addressing Strategic Goal No 1, (Science - Catalyze exemplary and relevant research, education, and extension programs); Sub-goal 1.7 - (Ensure the development of human capital, communities, and a diverse workforce through research, education, extension and engagement programs in food and agricultural sciences to support a sustainable agriculture system).

SPECA-funded projects encourage academic institutions, in partnership with organizations and employers, to work collectively to identify and address a state or regional challenge or opportunity facing the FANH sciences education and workforce community. SPECA-funded projects with the potential to demonstrate a state or regional impact on increasing the number, quality, diversity, and retention of K-14 level students who pursue a higher FANH sciences degree, are highly encouraged. As noted in the December 2012 President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness and the Agriculture Research Enterprise, the talent pipeline for the agriculture workforce begins well before college admission and a focus on secondary programs holds tremendous potential to increase not only the number, but the diversity, of students entering baccalaureate programs, a requisite for the innovation needed in the FANH sciences. 

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative
USDA - NIFA

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

NIFA requests applications for the AFRI's Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to provide fellowships to undergraduate students, predoctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and professional development opportunities for secondary school teachers and educational professionals. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2016 is approximately $18.9 million. There is no commitment by USDA to fund any particular application or to make a specific number of awards.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Program Goals are as follows:

  • Prepare the next generation of scientists through fellowships for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars.
  • Promote research and extension experiential learning for undergraduates such that upon graduation they may enter the agriculture workforce with exceptional skills.
  • Provide immersive learning experiences for secondary school educators, enabling them to identify and replicate best practices to enhance student outcomes.

Funded projects will encompass NIFA's AFRI Challenge Area and AFRI Foundational Programs, through well-developed and highly engaged mentoring and/or training activities. The AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (AFRI ELI) focuses on developing the following:

  • technical and functional competence for predoctoral candidates; and the research independence and teaching credentials of postdoctoral scholars
  • opportunities for undergraduate students at colleges and universities, including those from underrepresented ethnicities and economically disadvantaged groups at minority-serving institutions, community colleges, and other universities to obtain hands-on research and extension experiences at land-grant and non-land-grant universities and USDA facilities/laboratories and obtain training to join the agricultural workforce or pursue graduate studies in food, agriculture, natural resources and the human sciences.
  • the development of pathways, which will enhance collaboration among secondary schools and with non-governmental organizations, to identify and replicate best practices to engage youth in STEM fields within the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences; with a focus on immersive learning experiences in non-formal educational programs to help secondary school teachers create and integrate best practices into their classes. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2016 is approximately $18.9 million. This notice identifies the objectives for AFRI ELI projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI ELI grant.

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Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)
USDA - NIFA

LOI due February 12, 2016
Full submission due April 15, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to support environmental assessment research concerning the introduction of genetically engineered (GE) organisms into the environment. The anticipated appropriated amount available for NIFA to support this program in FY 2016 is approximately $4 million. This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for FY 2016. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants (BRAG) program directly aligns with the Research, Education, and Economics Action Plan (March 2014 version) (http://www.ree.usda.gov/ree/news/USDA_2014_REE_Action_Plan_08-2014_Final.pdf) and specifically addresses: Goal 1 - Sustainable Intensification of Agricultural Production, Subgoals 1A, 1B, and 1C (which focus on Crop and Animal Production, Crop and Animal Health, and Crop and Animal Genetics, Genomics, Genetic Resources, and Biotechnology, respectively); Goal 2 - Responding to Climate and Energy Needs, Subgoal 2B (which focuses on Bioenergy/Biofuels and Biobased Products). The BRAG program is also aligned with the NIFA Strategic plan (2014-2018) (http://nifa.usda.gov/about/pdfs/strat_plan_2014.pdf ), specifically addressing Strategic Goal 1 (Science), Advance Our Nation's Ability to Fight Hunger and Ensure Global Food Security (Subgoal 1.1). The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the environmental effects of introducing organisms genetically engineered (GE) by recombinant nucleic acid techniques. Such organisms can include plants, microorganisms (including fungi, bacteria, and viruses), arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant. The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing Federal regulatory agencies with relevant scientific information.

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Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement: AFRI FASE & EPSCoR Program
USDA - NIFA

TBA

SYNOPSIS: 

The Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) grants are designed to help institutions develop competitive projects, and to attract new scientists and educators into careers in high-priority areas of national need in agriculture, food, and environmental sciences. FASE Grants consist of New Investigator Grants, Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants, and Strengthening Grants. Strengthening Grants are further divided into Sabbatical Grants, Equipment Grants, Seed Grants, Strengthening Standard Grants, Strengthening CAP (Coordinated Agricultural Project) Grants and Strengthening Conference Grants. Ten percent of AFRI funding is set aside for Strengthening Grants and Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants.

Webinars

NIFA periodically offers webinars to EPSCoR states on funding opportunities and other programmatic information.

NOTE: To keep up to date on the AFRI FASE & EPSCoR Programs, you may subscribe for notifications: 

& http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/notification.html
& http://www.grants.gov/search/subscribeAdvanced.do

The VPRED office will also update MSU via the Funding Opportunity Announcement. 

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Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Organic Transitions
USDA - NIFA

April 15, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Organic Transitions RFA (ORG) for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2016 is approximately $3,800,000. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of the ORG program is to support the development and implementation of research, extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. In FY 2016, ORG anticipates funding standard Integrated Research, Education, and Extension projects with a project period of 1 to 3 years. Budgets may not exceed $200,000 per year with the total amount awarded not to exceed $500,000. NIFA expects to make a total of seven to eight awards. Practices and systems to be addressed include those associated with organic crops, organic animal production (including dairy), and organic systems that integrate plant and animal production. Applications are expected to contain descriptions of stakeholder involvement in problem identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to assemble project teams that include those with expertise in Research, Education, Extension, and Evaluation and to utilize a systems approach. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers, students, or their information providers, such as Extension agents/educators, agricultural consultants, or college teaching faculty. 

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National Institute of Food and Agriculture International Wheat Yield Partnership Program
USDA - NIFA

LOI due March 1, 2016
Full submission due May 3, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA in coordination with the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP), requests applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to seek breakthroughs for cereal breeding using new technologies and also discoveries that lead to significantly greater grain size, grain set and grain filling duration following embryo formation, in diverse environments, without compromising grain protein concentration in Triticeae species. The anticipated amount available for NIFA to support this program in FY 2016 is approximately $3,446,000. NIFA intends to provide additional support of approximately $12 million during FY 2017-2019. The intent of future funding provides an anticipated total amount of funding of approximately $15.4 million to support this program during FY 2016-2019, provided appropriations are available for this purpose.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

NIFA aims to support the G20 nations' Wheat Initiative which is committed to coordinate wheat research in the areas of genetics, genomics, physiology, breeding and agronomy internationally. One of the Wheat Initiative's key aims - increasing the genetic component of wheat yield and developing new wheat varieties adapted to different geographical regions - will be delivered by the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) - an international partnership of research funders and research organizations that includes the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom (BBSRC), Grains Research and Development Corporation of Australia (GRDC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (USDAARS), Department of Biotechnology of India (DBT), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, in Spanish, Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA).

NIFA's programs are intended to promote advances in U.S. food, agriculture and forestry. Agriculture, for instance, is increasingly worldwide in scope and reach. If appropriate, applicants to NIFA-IWYP may include international partnerships or engagement in proposals. In doing so, applicants are to keep in mind that any international activity included in a proposal (e.g., partnerships, exchanges, training, travel) must first and foremost support NIFA-IWYP program goals. Applicants must clearly describe and demonstrate how international activities proposed in the application will contribute to and support the objectives and desired outcomes within the United States while also benefiting the international partner.

 

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Outreach and Education, Technical Assistance, and Financial Education for FSA Programs, Functions, and Activities
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency

Application window open until May 27, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

As part of our mission supporting farmers and ranchers, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides extensive education and outreach for producers. This typically involves public meetings, mailings, news releases, and interactions with individual producers seeking additional information or to enroll in a program. However, there remains a need for additional outreach and education that could benefit potential participants in FSA's portfolio of programs. This RFA seeks proposals to further support and expand FSA's existing outreach and education efforts. The additional outreach and education could, for example, be public meetings, training sessions, and/or workshops for producers including new and beginning farmers, veterans, underserved communities, and/or established producers. Emphasis will be afforded to proposals that propose to address producers who are ethnic minorities, women, new and beginning, veterans, urban, or who grow non-commodity crops (e.g., fruits and vegetables or specialty crops). Proposals may include innovative outreach approaches that ease the learning curve for farmers and ranchers through training on best practices, common challenges and solutions, and local networking opportunities. The subject matter should include an introduction to FSA, its programs, and common provisions that generally apply. FSA's common provisions include maintenance of producer-level records regarding payment eligibility and limitations, conservation compliance, and name and address, payments, and farm and tract information.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Due to the complex nature of some of FSA's programs, FSA intends for this RFA to focus additional outreach and education to those producers in those areas who could benefit from the additional outreach. The goal of this RFA is to provide additional outreach and education to producers related to Agency programs and operations and thereby: (1) increase access to FSA programs and services; and (2) improve technical assistance and financial education related to FSA farm and farm loan programs.

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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

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

LOI due October 30, 2014
Full submission deadline TBA

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS/NEW TOPICS: 

Network Topic Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offered by:
 AHA National Research Program 

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

POLICY UPDATES: 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

Letter of intent Deadline: accepted anytime

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

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Charitable Giving Program
Community Works

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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Ecological Services Program Fiscal Year 2014 Recovery Implementation Fund
Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Program

July 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The FWS Endangered Species Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to States, other Federal agencies, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers, and other partners to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is part of the Department of Commerce's NOAA Fisheries office, share Endangered Species Act responsibilities for several species such as sea turtles. Projects for NMFS-managed species are not included in this funding opportunity.

OBJECTIVES: 

This Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is intended for projects that will contribute to the recovery of FWS-managed endangered and threatened species in the United States, and is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species response to climate change. For example: securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species, implementing restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species, help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of a species. Projects that address species response to climate change will receive additional consideration.

Special Instructions: Applicants must contact their regional FWS office to coordinate the letter of intent and application. 

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General Grants
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

General Grants

The Trust awards grants for projects that are of strategic importance to the organization and consistent with its mission. Awards are made in the following four areas:

Arts and Culture

Performance and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region are of interest to the Trust. There is a high value placed on educational outreach efforts.

Education

The Trust considers educational projects offered in both formal and informal settings. Special interest is afforded to private higher education.

Health and Human Services

The Trust is interested in a diverse range of projects to enhance the quality of life in the region. Preventive efforts that address physical, spiritual, social, and psychological needs, especially those focused on youth, are preferred.

Research

Most of the Trust's funding for scientific research is limited to specific organizations and projects. However, the Trust does consider other science-based initiatives.

The Trust makes grants for building the capacity of non-profit groups in these primary ways for the following three types of projects:

Capital

The Trust regularly funds projects that involve construction, renovation, land purchase, and more. Requests for capital projects are preferred once a portion of the funds needed have been secured.

Program

Both new programs and the expansion of existing programs are considered. Requests may be for start-up costs and/or related additional staff members. The Trust prefers to fund these grants on a declining basis over three years (100/67/33 percent).

Equipment

Scientific research instrumentation, technology, and other essential equipment items are often funded. In every case, the Trust requires a cost share of 50 percent or more.

Before proceeding, interested parties should review the Guidelines for Grantseekers to learn more and determine the organization's eligibility and the appropriate nature of the project to the Trust.

 

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MCubed Diamond Program
University of Michigan

SYNOPSIS: 

The MCubed Diamond Program provides an unprecedented opportunity for donors to invest in research projects that align exactly with their interests, from global health to education, and sustainability to social justice.  Funders set the parameters for each project, interact with the University of Michigan to identify faculty experts to lead their project, and receive 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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Major Project Initiative Grants
American Society for Aesthetics

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

The American Society for Aesthetics offers grants to support projects that promote goals of the Society. These grants should foster projects that involve collaboration with or the participation of a spread of the society's members or outreach to the wider community. The types of support include: the establishment of regional workshops that promote regular interaction and collaboration between members of the Society and others interested in aesthetics and the arts; assistance to existing regional workshops in bringing in speakers from further afield to raise the profile of the workshop in the community at large; regional one-off conferences that promote interactions between members of the Society and others who share their interests in aesthetics and the arts; the establishment of a summer institute to provide assistance in more effectively teaching aesthetics at the undergraduate level to graduate students, junior faculty, and regular faculty in small colleges who are asked to teach courses in aesthetics but lack a professional background in the field; and the setting up of websites or other open forums for the dissemination of information about activities organized by members of the Society and/or to provide a medium of exchange for members of the Society who find themselves lacking local colleagues with whom to discuss issues relating to aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goals of the sponsor include, but are not limited to: promoting research in aesthetics and the philosophy of art by members of the American Society for Aesthetics (ASA); attracting students, graduates, and junior faculty to work in the fields of aesthetics and the philosophy of art; building diversity and inclusiveness in these fields; raising the profile of aesthetics and the philosophy of art within the profession of philosophy; collaborating with academic societies of aesthetics in other countries; fostering common interests with philosophers who work in other areas; and building bridges with academics and practitioners whose work is art-relevant.

Commencing in November 2015, proposals for projects outside North America must demonstrate international scope and a high potential for significant impact on the research or teaching of aesthetics scholars in North America.

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Strengthening the Public's and/or K-12 Students' Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Other Environmental Hazards
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce

February 8, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) is to strengthen the public's and/or K-12 students' environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Many U.S. communities are contending with issues related to preventing, withstanding, and recovering from disruptions caused by environmental threats and vulnerabilities (U.S. Department of Commerce FY2014-FY2018 Strategic Plan). These threats and vulnerabilities include but are not limited to severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, heavy precipitation events, persistent drought, heat waves, increased global temperatures, acidification of the ocean, and sea level rise (Weather-ready Nation: NOAA's National Weather Service Strategic Plan 2011; The Third National Climate Assessment, 2014). Preparing for and responding effectively to present and future environmental challenges enhances the resilience of communities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Projects should build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community's location. In order for communities to become more resilient, their members must have the ability to reason about the ways that human and natural systems function and interact; to understand the scientific process and uncertainty; to reason about the ways that people and places are connected to each other across time and space; and to weigh the potential impacts of their decisions systematically. Projects will be firmly based on the established scientific evidence about current and future natural hazards and stresses facing communities and consider socio-economic and ecological factors. Projects should also (1) leverage and incorporate relevant state and local hazard mitigation and/or adaptation plans and (2) collaborate with institutions that are involved in efforts to develop or implement those plans. Projects may focus on a single type of environmental hazard or a range of hazards that may impact a community or communities. NOAA will consider funding a wide range of project types, but all projects must actively engage participants in learning and addressing real-world issues. In addition, projects must utilize NOAA's vast scientific data, data access tools, data visualizations, and/or other physical and intellectual assets available on these topics. In order to facilitate the use of NOAA's assets, projects are strongly encouraged to partner with relevant NOAA entities (offices, programs, etc.) and/or NOAA employees and affiliates. NOAA's education website (www.education.noaa.gov) and an additional list of relevant assets (http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/resilience_assets.html) provide links to NOAA datasets, potential NOAA partners, and other resilience-related assets from federal and non-federal organizations.

Project topics must relate to NOAA's mission in at least one of the areas of ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences and stewardship and should focus on one or more of the goals of NOAA's Next Generation Strategic Plan (http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/goals/): healthy oceans; weather-ready nation; climate adaptation and mitigation; and resilient coastal communities and economies.

Projects must be implemented within the United States and its territories. They may be implemented on local to regional scales. The project description should include a justification of the proposed geographic scale of a project and discussion of the project components that might be applicable to projects in other places.

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Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research
Global Probiotics Council

February 12, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The purpose of the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research (YIGPRO) is to contribute to the advancement of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota research in the United States.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The program objectives are: to stimulate innovative research relevant to the field of gastrointestinal microbiota in the United States; to impact academic and career development of young investigators in the United States and attract them into the field of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota; and to provide preliminary data for future funding from NIH and other funding sources.

The focus of the 2016 grant is to improve understanding of mechanisms by which potential probiotics, including beneficial commensals, interact with the host and gastrointestinal microbiota to improve host physiology and function. Proposals on a dietary intervention to improve physiological function, health status and reduce disease risk are preferred over proposals on disease pathogenesis, drugs and therapies. 

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Exploratory Grants - Award Year 2016
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

LOI due February 17, 2016
Full submission due April 13, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This funding opportunity seeks proposals for innovative projects that explore the development and testing of new approaches, strategies, technologies, and/or methods that improve the use of scenario planning to advance the development of a safety culture that can prevent and mitigate risks related to offshore oil and gas operations (drilling, production, well integrity, transportation) on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. Projects should seek to identify scenarios that could lead to high consequence, process-safety related incidents and to inform efforts to prevent and respond to these incidents, and/or mitigate potential harms to people and the environment.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Scenario planning (also known as scenario assessment, scenario thinking, or strategic forecasting) is an element of risk assessment that involves exploring scenarios where potentially dangerous incidents might occur, considering risks to be mitigated and possible actions that could be taken, and identifying weaknesses in response planning. Scenario planning is commonly used in risk assessments of oil and gas operations, but innovation is needed in the use of this tool to identify aspects of risk associated with human and organizational factors. 

This RFA challenges applicants to conduct exploratory research that develops and tests ways to improve the use of scenario planning as a tool to explore risks related to high consequence, process-safety related incidents in offshore oil and gas operations (see below in What we are looking for), and to identify opportunities to prevent these incidents or minimize related harms. Of particular interest are scenarios that lead to a better understanding of how the actions of organizations and individuals influence safety culture. Developing a strong safety culture was identified as a critical opportunity in the 2011 Report to the President from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. See the Final Safety Culture Policy Statement issued in 2013 by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement for more information. 

What we are looking for:
Below are examples of the types of innovations that may be needed to advance this work. This list is not comprehensive but illustrative. It is intended to challenge proposers to consider the range of opportunities that could be supported through these grants: 

  • Strategies and methods for ensuring that the experience and insights of operators, drilling contractors, and/or service providers are factored into the process of scenario planning.
  • Decision support systems that include explanations for the choice of scenarios as the basis for identifying effective responses.
  • Scenarios that help identify, from a human and organizational factors standpoint, strategies for preventing and preparing for the next major offshore spill, fire, or explosion, and how to mitigate the consequences.
  • New approaches, tools, or technologies to integrate human factors into scenario planning to decrease the frequency and severity of loss of containment incidents in offshore operations.
  • New approaches, tools, or technologies that use scenario planning to support education and training activities to prevent incidents and improve preparedness for oil-spill containment and or fires and explosions on offshore installations, response, and harm mitigation.
  • Scenarios that help explore how a common set of values and behaviors among stakeholders (e.g., industry, operators, regulators) can contribute to the prevention of high consequence, process-safety related offshore incidents.

To be considered responsive to this RFA, proposed projects must:

  • Clearly describe the logic and context for scenario planning.
  • Clearly describe how plausible scenarios for high consequence, process-safety disasters that are representative of the kinds of risks encountered in offshore operations along the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf will be developed or used. While not required, cross-sector and cross-disciplinary approaches, particularly those that include human factors, are encouraged.
  • Clearly articulate how systems approaches are used to identify scenarios (i.e., scenarios should not focus on one specific aspect of oil and gas operations).
  • Clearly describe how scenario outputs may be used to identify opportunities to improve prevention, response, and harm mitigation efforts that could be addressed through research, education, or training
  • Clearly describe why the proposed project is appropriate for Exploratory Grant funding (i.e., what is innovative about the proposed project?)

We will not consider funding for:

  • Activities or programs that are simply a continuation of efforts already underway.
  • Scenario planning for personal-safety related events (e.g., slips, trips, and falls)

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Addressing Disparities - Cycle 3 2015
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due November 12, 2015
Full submission due February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

In this PFA, we seek to fund comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies that evaluate and compare new and/or enhanced interventions to reduce or eliminate disparities in health and health care. Studies in the Addressing Disparities program should focus on overcoming barriers that may disproportionately affect the outcomes of specific groups of patients or should identify best practices for sharing results and information about patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) across patient groups.

 

 

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Clinical Strategies for Managing and Reducing Long-Term Opioid Use for Chronic Pain - Cycle 3 2015
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due November 12, 2015
Full submission due February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This Notice encourages research institutions or consortiums of institutions with expertise in clinical comparative effectiveness research (CER)/patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and in clinical and epidemiological research related to chronic opioid treatment, to consider applying for this new PFA. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks to fund randomized clinical trials (RCTs) that compare two or more alternative clinical strategies for reducing/eliminating opioid use while managing pain or strategies used to limit dose escalation.  There is a shortage of high-quality evidence demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of long-term opioid therapy for the management of chronic pain, and to date no large-scale studies have assessed strategies for managing and reducing chronic opioid use in a real-world setting. The upcoming research initiative is expected to examine direct comparisons of different treatment strategies and modalities in patients with chronic non-cancer pain.  PCORI is interested in studies that include important comorbidities such as mental health disorders, and past or current substance use disorders. Other key subgroup analyses that examine various pain sources or important disparities in the management of long-term opioid therapy are welcome.

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Google RISE Awards
Google Inc.

February 19, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Google RISE Awards is an annual grants program for nonprofit organizations worldwide that promote computer science education opportunities. These efforts reach K-12/pre-university students, with an emphasis on girls and minorities who have historically been underrepresented in the field.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The focus of the RISE Awards program is to support computer science (CS) initiatives. For reference, the Computer Science Teachers Association's definition of computer science is: the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society. Examples include programming, coding, and computational thinking. We do not fund web literacy programs, IT troubleshooting, computer literacy programs or ITC training programs. While the focus is on Computer Science, one goal of the Google RISE awards is to promote interest and excitement in CS fields. If an organization runs STEM outreach programs and would like to add a CS component, they are eligible.

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Improving Healthcare Systems - Cycle 3 2015
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due November 12, 2015
Full submission due February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

PCORI is seeking applications to study the comparative effectiveness of alternative features of healthcare systems (e.g., innovative technologies, incentive structures, service designs) that are intended to optimize the quality, outcomes, and/or efficiency of care for patients and that have the most potential for sustained impact and replication within and across healthcare systems. Healthcare systems encompass multiple levels (e.g., national, state, and local health environments; organization and/or practice settings; family and social supports; and the individual patient) and include entities organized to deliver, arrange, purchase, and/or coordinate healthcare services. PCORI seeks to fund studies that will provide information of value to patients, their caregivers, clinicians, and healthcare leaders on which features of delivery systems lead to better patient-centered outcomes, so that those features proven to make a difference ultimately impact health care delivery.

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Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research - Cycle 3 2015

LOI due November 12, 2015
Full submission due February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

In this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA), we seek to fund projects to address gaps in methodological research relevant to conducting patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). The improvement of existing methods will benefit all stakeholders, including researchers planning investigations, policy makers weighing the value of healthcare interventions, and patients, clinicians, and caregivers facing healthcare decisions.

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Management Strategies for Treatment-Resistant Depression - Cycle 3 2015
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due November 12, 2015
Full submission due February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This Notice encourages research institutions or consortiums of institutions with expertise in comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) as well as clinical and epidemiological research related to the management of treatment-resistant depression to consider applying for a forthcoming funding announcement.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks to fund randomized clinical trials (RCTs) or observational studies that compare two or more alternatives for addressing the management of treatment-resistant depression among patients who have failed to obtain adequate remission after two adequate trials of antidepressant medications. The research is expected to examine direct comparisons of different treatment strategies and modalities (e.g., augmentation strategies versus switching to other treatment modalities, etc.) in patients with treatment-resistant depression.

Currently, there are few studies on the pharmacological management of treatment-resistant depression. Additionally, few studies exist that compare behavioral, cognitive, and other psychological therapies. Clear evidence is needed to guide decisions on treatment choices by clinicians and patients. Optimizing treatment for each individual, particularly for those in underserved subgroups, is of particular interest.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

PCORI's mission is to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions. Specifically, we fund comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, as well as support work that will improve the methods used to conduct such studies.

PCORI relies on input from multiple stakeholders to set its research priorities. Members of its advisory panels include patients, clinicians, researchers, purchasers, payers, industry, and other healthcare stakeholders. Several stakeholders have asked PCORI to consider funding research on the management of major depressive disorder (MDD). Through extensive stakeholder outreach and engagement efforts (see topic brief and multi-stakeholder workshop), the topic was refined to treatment-resistant depression for patients who have failed to obtain adequate remission after two adequate trials of antidepressant medications.

PCORI's Board of Governors approved this treatment-resistant depression topic on August 18, 2015 for a targeted funding initiative.

This Notice of a PCORI Funding Announcement is being provided to allow potential applicants additional time to identify collaborators, obtain stakeholder inputs on the research question(s), and develop responsive, high quality proposals.

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New Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) in the Extended Treatment of Venous Thromboembolic Disease - Cycle 3 2015
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due November 12, 2015
Full submission due February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This Notice encourages research institutions or consortiums of institutions with expertise in CER/PCOR as well as clinical and epidemiological research related to extended anticoagulation treatment to consider applying for this forthcoming funding announcement.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks to fund randomized clinical trials (RCTs) or observational studies that compare two or more alternatives for addressing management of DVT or PE with extended anticoagulation treatment. The research is expected to examine how different strategies for extended anticoagulation treatment compare for patients who have completed a course of anticoagulation treatment for an initial episode of DVT or PE.

Extending anticoagulation beyond the recommended treatment of three to six months is associated with a reduction in the risk of recurrence as long as treatment is continued but is also associated with increased bleeding. Data are lacking to guide clinical practice, and there have been no studies comparing NOACs for extended treatment of DVT/PE. Clinical decision-making is particularly difficult in elderly patients and those with renal dysfunction, in whom data are particularly sparse and because NOACs are at least partially excreted by the kidney.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

PCORI's mission is to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions. Specifically, we fund comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, as well as support work that will improve the methods used to conduct such studies.

PCORI relies on input from multiple stakeholders to set its research priorities. Members of its advisory panels include patients, clinicians, researchers, purchasers, payers, industry, and other healthcare stakeholders. Stakeholders have asked PCORI to consider funding research on the use of new oral anticoagulants. Through stakeholder engagement efforts and discussions with PCORI's Science Oversight Committee (see topic briefList 6: Approved for a Targeted Funding Announcement, and multi-stakeholder workshop), the topic was narrowed to extended use of anticoagulation treatment for patients who have completed of a course of treatment after an initial episode of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).

PCORI's Board of Governors approved this topic on August 18, 2015, for a targeted funding initiative.

This Notice of a PCORI Funding Announcement is provided to allow potential applicants additional time to identify collaborators, obtain stakeholder input on the research question, and develop responsive, high-quality proposals.

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Pragmatic Clinical Studies to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes - Cycle 3 2015
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due November 12, 2015
Full submission due February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (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; or eliminating health or healthcare disparities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Proposed studies must address critical clinical choices faced by patients, their caregivers, clinicians, and/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.

For this solicitation, PCORI is not requiring that relevant national patient organizations, professional organizations, and/or payer or purchaser organizations be formally included as partners and active participants prior to contract award. However, applicants should document that they have consulted with patients and other stakeholders to identify the important decisional dilemmas and evidence needs that will drive development of the research questions or reference previously documented decisional dilemmas. Successful applicants are required to work in collaboration with PCORI staff upon award of the studies to establish a project Study Advisory Committee (SAC) that is comprised of national or regional organizations that represent, at minimum, patients and/or families with lived experience, relevant clinicians, payers, and health plans. Other representation may be recommended in collaboration with PCORI including individual patients with lived experience and other relevant stakeholders, including scientific and methodological experts. The SAC serves to advise and assist the research team with further refinement of the study questions, outcomes and protocol. PCORI expects that most awards will be made for study designs that use randomization, either of individual participants or clusters, to avoid confounding bias. However, we recognize that exceptional opportunities may arise, by virtue of natural experiments and/or the existence of large registries, to address pragmatic questions using observational designs. Please note that this funding program does not support applications to conduct cost-effectiveness analyses, systematic reviews (with or without meta-analyses), or development and/or evaluations of shared decision making or decision support tools.

This announcement is a collaborative effort of PCORI's Clinical Effectiveness Research, Improving Healthcare Systems, and Addressing Disparities research programs. Thus, applications for pragmatic studies may fit within any of these three priority areas.

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Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis - Cycle 3 2015
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due November 12, 2015
Full submission due February 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This Notice encourages research institutions or consortiums of institutions with expertise in comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER)/patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and in clinical research related to the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), to consider applying for this new PFA. 

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks to fund randomized clinical trials (RCTs) or large observational studies that compare two or more alternative clinical strategies for treatment of MS that address the following questions:

  1. What are the comparative benefits and harms of different disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) or therapeutic strategies in patients with relapsing, remitting multiple sclerosis on symptoms, functioning, quality of life, disease activity, and disease progression? Strategies may include comparisons of initial DMT treatment or comparisons of follow-on treatments in patients for whom initial DMT treatment has failed, including strategies for sequencing or combining agents, changing to a different DMT, or escalating DMT dose.
  2. What are the comparative benefits and harms of different approaches, other than DMTs, for ameliorating important symptoms in people with MS? Symptoms of interest include fatigue, difficulty walking, memory or attention problems (cognition), bladder problems, numbness or tingling, and pain. Studies of patients with progressive forms of MS are of particular interest.
  3. What is the comparative effectiveness of telerehabilitation vs. conventional direct care interventions for improving outcomes in people with MS, such as functional status, fatigue, and quality of life?

 

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AHA Programs for Winter 2015
American Heart Association

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

Several programs have a broad target audience. You should always refer to the program description for details.
 
Undergraduate Student Research Program
Midwest USRP | SouthWest USRP | Western States USRP
The purpose of this undergraduate research training program is to encourage promising students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Offered by: Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Making the decision - undergraduate student classified as junior or senior.


Predoctoral Fellowship
Helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Gaining credentials - doctoral student
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Helps trainees initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research while obtaining significant research results under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor; supports individuals before they are ready for some stage of independent research.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow
Mentored Clinical & Population Research Award (formerly Clinical Research Program)
Encourages early career investigators who have appropriate and supportive mentoring relationships to engage in high quality introductory and pilot clinical studies that will guide future strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease and stroke while fostering new research in clinical and translational science, and encouraging community- and population-based activities.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, National, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Directed step/first independent step - master's degree. Healthcare professionals with a master's degree or certain doctoral degrees.
National Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award
This program provides funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial period of career development that spans the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position.
Offered by: AHA National Research Program
Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow
Beginning Grant-In-Aid
Promotes the independent status of promising beginning scientists.  
Offered by: SouthWest and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: First independent step - instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent.

Scientist Development Grant
Supports highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and National Affiliates
Career Stage: First independent step - instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent

Western States Affiliate Medical Student Research Program
Encourages promising students, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, from all disciplines to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. The research opportunity will allow students to work for 8, 10 or 12 weeks with a faculty/staff member on any project broadly related to cardiovascular disease/function or stroke. The goal is to encourage students to consider a future academic career in this area.
Offered by: Western States Affiliate
Grant-In-Aid
Encourages and adequately funds the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators. 
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: First independent step, intermediate level or recognized investigator - instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent, associate professor or equivalent, professor or equivalent. Applicants are expected to be independent investigators.
Collaborative Sciences Award
This program allows two or more primary investigators from disparate disciplines, with histories of innovative collaborations, to work on a project that is achievable only with efforts from both disciplines. Collaboration should foster innovative, unique and novel discoveries and may combine basic, clinical, population and/or translational research.
Offered by: AHA National Research Program
Mentor/AHA Mentee Award
This unique program funds mentors to work with AHA early career grantees who are:
  • working in new/difficult areas of inquiry or potential for new discovery,
  • underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science, or
  • conducting research at NIH AREA-designated institutions.

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Gulf Research Program
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

Over its 30-year duration, the Gulf Research Program works to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf areas by seeking to improve understanding of the region's interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and fostering application of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the Nation. 

2016 Gulf Research Program Fellowship Opportunities

The Gulf Research Program is committed to the long-term task of capacity building in the Gulf and other coastal regions, including the development of future generations of scientists, engineers, and health professionals prepared to work at the intersections of oil system safety, human health and wellbeing, and environmental resources.
Two fellowship opportunities from the Gulf Research Program seek to enhance the breadth and leadership capacity of early-career science, engineering, and health professionals--Early-Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships. Applications for the 2016 fellowship sessions are open now.

2016 Early-Career Research Fellowships

Early-Career Research Fellowships will recognize professionals at the critical pretenure phase of their careers for exceptional leadership, past performance, and potential for future contributions to improving oil system safety, human health and wellbeing, or environmental protection. These two-year fellowships will be awarded to assistant professors (or equivalent) at colleges, universities, and research institutions. Fellowship funds--$76,000 paid to the fellow's institution in the form of a two-year grant--will be used primarily for research-related expenses and professional development. Up to ten fellows will be selected in 2016.

2016 Science Policy Fellowships

Science Policy Fellowships will contribute to leadership development and capacity building by providing recipients with a valuable educational experience at the science-policy interface. Fellows will spend one year on the staff of a state environmental, natural resources, oil and gas, or public health agency; or regional offices of relevant federal agencies in the Gulf region. Fellows will participate in and contribute to the state or federal policy-making process. Depending on placement, duties are likely to include performing background research, analyzing and synthesizing scientific information to support host office activities, writing policy memos, and meeting with stakeholders. Up to ten Fellows will be chosen in 2016. Fellows who have completed an MA, MS, or MPH degree or who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program will receive an annual stipend of $45,000. Fellows who have completed a PhD, ScD, MD, or DVM will receive an annual stipend of $55,000. Stipends will be paid directly to the fellow in monthly disbursements. Fellowship benefits will also include support for professional development activities and professional travel.

Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria for Gulf Research Program Fellowships:

& The fellowships will be awarded to applicants whose research/work relates to the mission and objectives of the Gulf Research Program (available at www.nas.edu/gulf/about).

& Areas of research/study may include social and behavioral sciences, health and medicine, engineering, earth and life sciences, or relevant interdisciplinary fields.

& Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action status under the Department of Homeland Security Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.

& Federal employees are not eligible for the fellowships.

Additional Eligibility Criteria for the Early-Career Research Fellowship:

& Applicants must hold an Assistant Professor position (or equivalent) at a college, university, or research institution.

& Applicants must not receive tenure before September 1, 2016.

& Applicants must identify a senior-level faculty member at their affiliated institution willing to serve as a career mentor.

& Applicants must be affiliated with a U.S. institution that has a valid tax ID number.

Additional Eligibility Criteria for the Science Policy Fellowship:

& Doctoral students and those who received their graduate degree on or after September 1, 2011 are eligible to apply. Eligible degrees include MA/MS, PhD, ScD, MPH, MD, or DVM. Applicants currently enrolled in a doctoral program must be prepared to take a leave of absence from their graduate program during the fellowship period (September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017).

& Applicants are not required to have direct public policy experience but should have a demonstrable interest in applying science to public policy.

The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful applicants:

& Evidence of a strong scientific and technical background and superior scholarship

& Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills

& Demonstrated leadership experience

& Membership in one or more groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the applicant's scientific discipline

& Experience working in an interdisciplinary field or participating in interdisciplinary collaborations

 

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Transatlantic Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research Program
Fondation Leducq

LOI due September 6, 2015
Full submission due February 14, 2016 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

Fondation Leducq is a French non-profit health research foundation, the mission of which is to improve human health through international efforts to combat cardiovascular disease. To this end Fondation Leducq has created the Transatlantic Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research Program, which is designed to promote collaborative research involving centers in North America and Europe in the areas of cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. The principal aims of this program are to develop international cardiovascular and neurovascular research networks that benefit from a demonstrable collaborative advantage; to advance science in the areas of cardiovascular and neurovascular disease; to apply the knowledge gained through research to promote the development of technology and therapeutics to improve human health; and to support the career development of young investigators in cardiovascular and neurovascular disease.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Support from Fondation Leducq under the Transatlantic Networks program allows investigators to work collaboratively on research problems in cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. Each network aims to advance knowledge on a defined theme, by pooling a critical mass of competence and skills. The theme of a network may cover a variety of interrelated topics or subjects. Network activities are oriented towards long-term goals, not at producing predefined results. With the objective of creating a virtual center of excellence, each network implements a joint program of activities, a research plan that capitalizes on the resources and multidisciplinary expertise in the network by coordinating an integrated, multi-centered approach to the thematic research questions.

Each network is built around a transatlantic research alliance involving two network coordinators, the European Coordinator and the North American Coordinator. These coordinators are responsible for the design of the research program, the composition of the network, the execution of the research plan, and the oversight and allocation of the award budget. Fondation Leducq recognizes the two coordinators as the leaders of, and point of contact with, the network. Coordinators are allowed considerable flexibility in their management of the network, and jointly may modify the research program, make budgetary changes, and add or remove members from the network, with the approval of the foundation. Each network includes other member investigators who may participate in the scientific program and in the administration of the network to varying degrees. Members are those whose contribution to the research program is of an importance justifying an independent budget allocation of network grant funds. Other investigators, such as junior investigators, may participate in the network research under the supervision or support of the members. The role of each member is set out in the application that the network submits to the foundation and may vary over the duration of the grant. Network membership is not fixed. Network members may be added or removed from the network, as mutually agreed by the two coordinators and approved by the Foundation.

The size of the network may vary depending on the theme and on the type of research, and may not be determined fully at the outset. Care should be taken in organizing the network to ensure that it does not become unwieldy. As a general recommendation, the total number of institutions should not be greater than six. Applicants proposing to include more than six institution should, like all applicants, demonstrate how the composition of the network advances the scientific objectives of the research program, and discuss how the coordinators propose address the administrative and governance challenges associated with a larger network.

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ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships
American Council of Learned Societies

Varies by program

SYNOPSIS: 

ACLS continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. In the 2013-14 competition year, ACLS made awards totaling over $15 million to nearly 300 scholars selected from more than 3,000 submitted applications.

Fellows and grantees in all programs are selected by committees of scholars appointed for this purpose. (See What is peer review?)

The 2014-15 competition offered fellowships and grants in 12 programs; program descriptions are available for information purposes here.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or are based at institutions outside the U.S. should see the information we provide international applicants here.

With the exception of the Public Fellows program, an individual may apply to as many fellowship and grant programs as are suitable. However, not more than one ACLS or ACLS-joint award may normally be accepted in any one competition year.

For the purpose of these competitions, the humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art history and architectural history; classics; economics; ethnic studies; film; gender studies; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies.

However, proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches and qualitative/interpretive methodologies (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy, history of psychology). Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary humanities and related social sciences are welcome, and most programs do not restrict the focus of research to any geographic region or to any cultural or linguistic group of study.

For more information, see "What are the humanities."

As many of our programs have more specific eligibility criteria, please read the program pages carefully and review their specific FAQ if you have further questions as to what types of applications are or are not eligible.

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American Heart Association Merit Award
American Heart Association

LOI due September 30, 2015
Full submission due March 1, 2016 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

To fund highly promising investigators with track records of accomplishment (demonstrated by federal or equivalent funding [NIH, AHRQ, HRSA, etc.] and strong publication records with accelerating impact), who have the potential to move a field of science forward with creative approaches.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This award will support individual scientists with a trajectory of success, who propose novel approaches to major research challenges in the areas of CV and stroke that have the potential to produce unusually high impact.  This competition will enable AHA to further develop and strengthen the community of CV and stroke researchers and bring innovative approaches to basic, clinical, population and translational studies through funding a variety of disciplines.  Applications are encouraged from all basic disciplines as well as epidemiological, behavioral, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems. 

Awarded investigators are expected to demonstrate a combination of the following attributes that distinguish them from other highly competent scientists in their field:

  • Potential to transform and advance the future of CV and stroke science.
  • Potential to move their research field into new areas of inquiry, being consistently at its forefront.
  • Ability to develop new tools and methods that enable creative experimental approaches to biological questions, bringing to bear, when necessary, concepts or techniques from other disciplines.
  • Capacity to forge links between disparate disciplines.
  • Demonstration of great promise for future original and innovative contributions.

The proposed research direction must reflect ideas substantially different from those already being pursued in the investigator's research program or elsewhere.  This award is not intended to expand a current research program's funding.  Rather, the proposed direction must reflect fundamentally new insights into potential solutions, which may derive from the development of exceptionally innovative approaches and/or from the posing of radically unconventional hypotheses.  The research does not need to be described in the detail that would be expected in an NIH RO-1, since the track record and promise of the investigator are the primary award criteria, but it must be adequate.

This investigator competition places no restrictions on the number of applications from any eligible institution.  It is anticipated that the competition for these awards will be extremely keen.  Candidates with outstanding records who have shown evidence of significant originality and accomplishments are encouraged to apply.  AHA encourages applications from women and members of minority groups that are under-represented in biomedical sciences.

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Education Research Conferences Program
American Educational Research Association

March 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS: 

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites proposals for conferences in education research. AERA supports research conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research.

PROGGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Conferences may focus on conceptual, empirical, or methodological issues important to understanding the state of the knowledge and charting directions for future research. It is anticipated that research conferences will draw upon diverse disciplines and fields of inquiry where there is relevant scientific and scholarly expertise. The purpose of this program is to foster the accumulation of knowledge, to enhance dissemination, to encourage innovation, and to advance studies of the highest quality in education research.

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Education Grants Program
NorthWestern Energy

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

The NorthWestern Energy's main charitable focus being on education, they primarily make donations 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. Donations will generally be monetary only.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Education remains a primary focus of the company. Grants to education will primarily be made through university system foundations, scholarship programs, and employee matching gifts. Grants 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. Single-year funding is preferred.

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Paul Celan Fellowships for Translators
Institute for Human Sciences

March 6, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Paul Celan Fellowships support East-West, West-East and East-East translations of canonical texts as well as contemporary key works in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The aim of the Paul Celan Fellowship Program is to help overcome deficits and asymmetries in the exchange of ideas and reception of scholarly literature which resulted from the division of Europe in the 20th century. Therefore, the program supports translations of canonical texts and contemporary key works in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies from Eastern to Western, Western to Eastern, or between two Eastern European languages. Special emphasis is put on translations of relevant works written by East European authors and/or by female scholars. A thematic relation to one of the research fields of the IWM is likewise welcomed. Please note that fiction and poetry will not be accepted.

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Innovation in Regulatory Science
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund

March 9, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund identified Innovation in Regulatory Science as an important, underfunded area. This initiative is designed to provide financial support to stimulate research efforts in this area.  The program's focus is on providing support for academic researchers developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions FDA and others make.  This would necessarily draw upon the talents of individuals trained in mathematics, computer science, applied physics, medicine, engineering, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and systems pharmacology, to name a few.

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Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award
March of Dimes

March 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

This award is designed to support young scientists just embarking on their independent research careers. The applicants' research interests should be consonant with those of the March of Dimes' mission: The Mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes defines a birth defect as any abnormality of structure or function, whether inherited, or acquired in utero and presenting in infancy or early childhood. Deviations from reproductive health of women and men as an underlying basis of birth defects, i.e. preconceptional events, perinatal course, and premature births, are appropriate subjects for research support.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Relevance is interpreted broadly to include fundamental cell biology (embryogenesis, cell lineage, differentiation), genetics and genomics, fundamental cellular and clinical pathogenesis of disorders of importance to mothers and infants, biomedical engineering and imaging, and social and behavioral aspects.

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ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent Ph.D.s
American Council of Learned Societies

March 24, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

ACLS invites applications for the sixth competition of the Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, with individual health insurance and up to $3,000 to be used toward professional development activities over the course of the fellowship term.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, development, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media.

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Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award
American Federation for Aging Research

LOI due December 15, 2015
Full submission due late March (TBD) by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

Sponsored by The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, in collaboration with the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), the "Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG)" initiative provides timely support to a small number of research projects that are building on early discoveries that show translational potential for clinically-relevant strategies, treatments and therapeutics, addressing human aging and health span.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The following types of studies using one or more of these models will be considered: Human subjects; Human cells and tissues; and Mice or other mammals. Proposals using other types of models (i.e. yeast, drosophila melanogaster, c. elegans, etc.) will only be considered when there is compelling justification that these studies may be directly relevant to human health and aging (or "the human condition").

Recipients of this award are expected to attend the AFAR Grantee Conference. The purpose of the meeting is to promote scientific and personal exchanges among recent AFAR grantees and experts in aging research.

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National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness (NCB-P)
Department of Homeland Security

May 31, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The National Collaborative for BioPreparedness (NCBP) is a functional system that has the ability to collect extensible data sets and offer deeper insight into an emerging health incident of national concern through data analytics and anomaly algorithms, rather than rearticulate already known and existing information. This is a continuation of the program that supports the development of a comprehensive, statewide system to analyze public health trends and detect incidents that may threaten homeland security. This program works toward a national preparedness system to guide activities that will enable the Nation to achieve the National Preparedness Goal. The system will allow the Nation to track the progress of our ability to build and improve the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation.

As identified in the Quadrennial Homeland Security Report (QHSR) 2014: "A Homeland Security Strategy for Countering Biological Threats and Hazards. Biological threats and hazards--ranging from bioterrorism to naturally occurring pandemics--are a top homeland security risk. They have the potential to significantly impact the health and well-being of the Nation's people, animals, and plants. These threats and hazards may also be highly disruptive to our efforts to pursue the homeland security missions. They may overwhelm our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners and may threaten our ability to maintain essential functions and carry out day-to-day operations." This program directly supports the Homeland in combating/deterring the four (4) priority biological threats and hazards: - Pathogens posing particular bioterrorism concerns (e.g., anthrax, plague, and smallpox), including enhanced and advanced pathogens; - Emerging infectious diseases that are highly disruptive (e.g., viruses that could cause human pandemic); - Animal diseases and plant pathogens or pests that are highly disruptive (e.g., foot- and-mouth disease); and - Bioterrorist contamination of the food supply chain and water systems. NCBP utilizes an array of bio surveillance information sources to integrate local and State data to provide early warning and enhanced situational awareness of events within the Homeland.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

DHS expects the project to meet the following objectives during the period of performance: 1. Operate, maintain, and improve an already functional NCBP system architecture including its ability to effectively detect and analyze private health data for rapid warning and disseminate information to federal, State, and local stakeholders for interventional decision making. 2. Develop, in collaboration with DHS OHA, a plan including intermediate and final milestones, performance metrics, risk assessments and mitigation plan, timelines for data integration, and funding requirements, to grow NCBP into a sustainable national model for biosurveillance. 3. Expand the NCBP geographic footprint toward a national biosphere surveillance capability and enhance collaboration between federal, State, local, tribal, and private sector partners using IT systems, communications, and networks that possess the required information, information policies, and governances. a. Maintain existing Data Use Agreements with key agencies and jurisdictions. b. Seek geographic expansion in partnership with OHA to strategically target BioWatch jurisdictions to enhance interpretation of BioWatch Actionable Results. c. Continue ongoing negotiations for data acquisition and establish new Data Use Agreements with priority cities and states as identified in collaboration with DHS OHA. This includes, but is not limited to: California (San Diego), Georgia (Atlanta), New York, Texas, and West Virginia. d. Obtain and incorporate 911/EMS (NEMSIS) data into the NCBP system. e. Rapidly, in near real-time, share information, queries, searches and observations among federal, state, and local users to support early warning, situational awareness, and interventional decision-making. 4. Expand NCBP to include other necessary data sets for biosphere surveillance across the spectrum of human, animal health, food, and the environment. This includes publicly available data as well as integrating private data sets from organizations identified in collaboration with DHS OHA. 5. Demonstrate the ability to access and employ surveillance, health-related information systems and sensors engaged in bio-surveillance, emergency response, recovery, and population health research data from a variety of public and private repositories.

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Mentored Research Scholar Grants
American Cancer Society, Inc

April 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Mentored Research Scholar Grant provides support for mentored research and training to full-time junior faculty, typically within the initial four years of their first independent appointment. The goal is for these beginning investigators to become independent researchers as either clinician scientists or cancer control and prevention researchers. Awards are for up to five years and for up to $135,000 per year (direct costs), plus 8% allowable indirect costs. A maximum of $10,000 per year for the mentor(s) (regardless of the number of mentors) is included in the $135,000.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Mentored Research Scholar Grant provides support for mentored research and training to full-time junior faculty, typically within the initial four years of their first independent appointment. The goal is for these beginning investigators to become independent researchers as either clinician scientists or cancer control and prevention researchers.

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ISLAND Hill House Artist Residency Program
ISLAND: Institute for Sustainable Living, Art, & Natural Design

April 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Hill House Artist Residency supports talented artists with a two, three or four week stay in a semi-secluded log cabin near East Jordan, Michigan.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Hill House Artist Residency supports talented artists with a two, three or four week stay in a semi-secluded log cabin near East Jordan, Michigan. It includes a well-stocked kitchen, a selection of instruments and some basic recording gear, as well as opportunities for community exchange through performance, readings and workshops (by request).

The residency lasts a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four weeks. The Hill House hosts artists 50 weeks out of the year (but is closed the week of Thanksgiving and the week after Christmas). Residencies typically begin on a Wednesday and end on a Monday. Deep winter residencies (December to March) are a maximum of two weeks long.

Musicians, there is not a recording studio at the Hill House, and the residency is not designed to support recording an album. There is, however, a selection of consumer level instruments and basic recording gear available for use while in residence, including a piano, telecaster, electric bass and keyboard. Writers, a printer and paper are available, but artists will need to bring their own computer. Others, there is no formal studio, rehearsal space, performance space or any specialized equipment. In that way, the residency is limited to those who can use carpeted rooms and can bring their own equipment and materials. No particular room is designated as a work space.

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Research Scholar Grants
American Cancer Society

April 1, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Research Scholar Grants support investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum. Awards are for up to four years and for up to $165,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs. Independent investigators in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Research Scholar Grants support investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum.

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Innovative Basic Science Award (IBS)
American Diabetes Association, Inc.

April 15, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

These awards support basic research with novel and innovative hypotheses in any area relevant to the etiology or pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications that holds significant promise for advancing the prevention, cure or treatment of diabetes. Applications proposing high-risk projects with the potential for high-impact results are encouraged, as are studies that may not be sufficiently developed for traditional funding sources.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

These awards support basic research with novel and innovative hypotheses in any area relevant to the etiology or pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications that holds significant promise for advancing the prevention, cure or treatment of diabetes.

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SMART Scholars Programme for Postdoctoral Research
Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

April 15, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Scholars Programme provides a unique opportunity for recent or soon to be Ph.D. graduates to participate in the SMART Centre in Singapore, and to become members of an alumni network that is anticipated to continue to evolve and expand over the years.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The fellowship recipient will be able to conduct research of his/her own choice in Singapore within, but not necessarily tied closely to, a current project in one of the five existing SMART Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs): BioSystems and Micromechanics (BioSyM); Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM); Future Urban Mobility (FM); Infectious Diseases (ID); or Low Energy Electronic System (LEES).

The BioSystems and Micromechanics (BioSyM) IRG aims to establish Singapore as the center of innovation for healthcare technologies of the future by merging diverse engineering and bioscience disciplines. The Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM) IRG aims to develop a model of the natural and built environment of Singapore. The "virtual Singapore" model will be an invaluable tool in areas such as urban planning, environmental forecasting and environment impact assessment. The Future Urban Mobility (FM) IRG aims to develop, in and beyond Singapore, a new paradigm for the planning, design, and operation of future urban passenger and freight transportation systems that enhance sustainability and societal well-being. The Infectious Diseases (ID) IRG aims to develop an integrated research programme to study pathogen-host interactions of infectious diseases such as respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria and dengue. The Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES) IRG aims to identify new integrated circuit technologies that become the new added value for reduced energy per function, lower power consumption and higher performance in our electronics infrastructure.

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Grants Program - Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA)
Toyota USA Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS: 

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. supports community-based programs in the New York City area; and programs in the Continental U.S. for national programs in the areas of environment, safety and education.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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.

In the local New York City area, Toyota also focuses on those three major areas, and provides other local assistance as well, including arts & culture, civic & community, health and human services and leadership development.

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Pipeline to Proposal Awards Tier I Cycle 3 - Pre-Engagement/Community Projects
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due January 18, 2016
Full submission due April 18, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Awards Initiative supports the development of patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) research ideas and proposals designed by partnerships of patients, caregivers, and other key stakeholders. Tier I - Pre-Engagement/Community Projects fund the building of a partnership and expansion of skills necessary to develop a patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) project.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Pipeline Awards are intended for those individuals or groups that are not usual applicants for developing research questions, particularly individuals and groups that have important ideas but don't have other opportunities to develop research ideas. Any individual or group that meets the eligibility requirements and is focused on health-related topics that could become research ideas and align with the goals of the Pipeline Awards program is welcome to apply. Funding will support projects aimed at accelerating research proposal submissions, facilitating research results dissemination, and expanding the number of patients, stakeholders, and researchers able and ready to participate in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).

Tier I awards are not research awards; the purpose of this funding is to build capacity and engage individual patients, stakeholders, researchers, and others who care about a particular health topic that can lead to a CER question--even if that question cannot yet be articulated.

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Fatigue in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Receipt

SYNOPSIS:

Fatigue in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems SOL DTNH2215R00022 POC Brian Jenkins, Email NhtsaOam@dot.gov The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). NHTSA's mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce traffic-related health care and other economic costs. The agency develops, promotes, implements, and supportseffective educational, engineering and enforcement programs with the goal of ending preventable tragedies and reducing economic costs associated with vehicle use and highway travel. The availability of medical care provided by EMS workers is necessary at all times, day or night.

This requirement has led to circumstances where EMS workers across the entire industry are working in sleep deprived andfatigued states - a very dangerous situation. A number of recently published scientific articles have demonstrated that not only is severe fatigue present in around 50% of EMS providers surveyed but that drowsy or fatigued EMS providers are substantially more likely to be injured on the job, commit a medical error, or perform a safety-compromising behavior. In 2013, the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) issuedan advisory proposing that NHTSA explore the issue of fatigue in EMS systems. The following three recommendations were submitted to NHTSA: 1. The NHTSA Office of EMS (OEMS) should cross-validate findings from studies and reports of fatigue in other professions with that of fatigue in EMS.

This effort should involve a convening of subject matter experts, individual providers of EMS services, and representatives from local, state, and federal organizations, national organizations (e.g., NAEMT, NAEMSP, and NASEMSO) that play a role in EMS oversight or care delivery. The effort should clarify the evidence linking EMS provider fatigue and safety and health outcomes of patients, providers, and the public. The effort should include an analysis of regulatory requirements of the employer and employee and legal framework with respect to the threat of fatigue on safety. 2. The NHTSA Office of EMS (OEMS) should work through its federal and non-federal partners to address the lack of a standardized method for investigating the role of fatigue in ground and air-medical crashes, clinical errors, and provider injuries. This effort may include developing a valid and reliable measurement tool and check list for investigators. 3. The NHTSA Office of EMS (OEMS) should disseminate (evidence-based) information to the EMS community to aid development of fatigue management programs / interventions to fit local needs.

 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The overall objectives of this contract are to:1. Bring together a panel of experts to define the specific fatigue related clinical questions and outcomes to be addressed in an Evidence Based Guidelines creation process. Develop Questions and Expected Outcomes 2. Perform a literature review, generate an annotated bibliography, and create evidence tables; 3. Develop evidence based guidelines on fatigue mitigation in EMS; 4. Develop performance measures for tracking the effectiveness of the fatigue EBGs;5. Produce a final report, a conference presentation, and a manuscript for submission toa peer-reviewed journal; 6. Produce a Publication for EMS Systems and Personnel 7. Optional Task 1: Create a Software/Web Tool to Assist in EMS Workforce Scheduling; 8. Optional Task 2: Develop a Fatigue Reporting Instrument for the EMS Community; 9. Optional Task 3: Disseminate fatigue EBGs to stakeholders. NHTSA seeks a contractor to assist NHTSA in generating anddisseminating evidence-based information and tools to the EMS community. These findings and tools will empower the EMS community to develop fatigue management programs at the local level in order to improve ambulance safety on the road as well as for more effective and safer patient care.

This acquisition is being offered for full and open competition. The NAICS Code for the anticipated contract is 541720. Contractors must be registered in the Systems for Award Management Database located at http://www.sams.gov, and must complete electronic representations and certification on the ORCA database located at http://orca.bpn.gov to be considered for contractaward. It is the Government's intent to award a Time & Material type contract resulting from the solicitation, with or without discussions, to the responsible offeror whose proposal, conforming to the solicitation, is most advantageous to the Government based on the evaluation factors contained in the solicitation. It is the Offeror's responsibility to monitor the FedBizOpps Internet site for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential Offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Requests forpaper copies of the RFP will not be accepted. The estimated date for release ofthe solicitation is on or about April 20, 2015. Period of Performance: Base period of twenty-four (24) months. Contract Award: The anticipated award date for the resultant contract is expected to be on or about July 2015. 

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Unrestricted Education Grants
Allergan Foundation

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

Allergan recognizes the importance of independent medical education programs that enhance the level of patient care in the United States. As such, Allergan funds educational activities through its extensive unrestricted educational grant program to foster increased understanding of scientific, clinical, or health care issues. They seek to provide an efficient and effective grant review process to help facilitate grant requests for quality independent education.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Allergan's goal is to advance the development of medicine to improve patient care. Allergan is committed to supporting independent educational activities that foster increased understanding of scientific, clinical, and healthcare issues.They seek to conduct an efficient, effective, and compliant review process to support high-quality education. Grants are awarded to support legitimate education and scientific activities within the following areas: Ophthalmics - Glaucoma, Ocular Surface Disease/Dry Eye, and Retinal Diseases; Neurosciences; Urologics; Medical Dermatology; Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics and Rejuvenation; Plastic Surgery; Surgical Scaffold for Soft Tissue Support and Repair; Breast Augmentation and Reconstruction.

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Instrument Grant Program
Micromeritics Instrument Corp.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

The Instrument Grant Program provides materials characterization instruments to nonprofit universities and research organizations for the purpose of fostering and supporting meritorious research projects.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The objective of the Program is to make Micromeritics' particle characterization instruments available to nonprofit universities and institutions for use in the conduct of meritorious research projects. This Program is designed to promote and advance the acquisition and use of expensive particle characterization instrumentation not generally available through other means.

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Democratic Practice Program
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

The Democratic Practice program seeks to strengthen the vitality of democracy in the United States and in global governance. The program's core ideas--that for democracy to flourish and deliver on its promises its citizens must be engaged, empowered, and assertive, and institutions of governance must be inclusive, transparent, accountable, and responsive--provide a frame for the Fund's Democratic Practice work in the United States and in global governance.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Fund's Democratic Practice program has two parts: advancing a vital and inclusive democracy in the United States and strengthening democratic practice in global governance. Based on a careful assessment of local needs and priorities, the Fund also pursues one or more of the democratic principles underlying the program in its "pivotal places." Recognizing that there is no single model of effective democratic practice, the Fund emphasizes flexibility and adaptability to different contexts in these pivotal places.

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Grants Program
Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor awards grants to provide financial assistance to visual artists, who are painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The sponsor awards grants to provide financial assistance to visual artists, who are painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. The sponsor's dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and financial need, whether professional, personal, or both.

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Chemical/Biological Technologies Department Ebola Broad Agency Announcement
Defense Threat Reduction Agency

October 23, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

The purpose of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is to solicit research proposals for Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) requirements for the CBDP Ebola BAA for the FY2015-2016 program.

DTRA, with industry and government partners, has been working aggressively for the past decade to understand and counter Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV). DTRA's program is currently supporting the accelerated development of a therapeutic through preclinical Investigational New Drug (IND) enabling activities as well as the clinical evaluation for one EBOV vaccine. The program co-developed the rapid field deployable diagnostic systems currently in use in West Africa. The program has also been adapting and improving upon North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) approved and high performance computing methods of modeling EBOV to perform analysis of the current EBOV outbreak. Recognizing that industry may have solutions applicable to the current EBOV outbreak in West Africa, this BAA has been released to ensure that all potential near-term solutions are considered.

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently reports an ongoing outbreak ofEbola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa. The West African countries currently affected include Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, with past cases occurring inNigeria and Senegal. There are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medical countermeasures for EBOV, the causative strain of the ongoing EVD epidemic in West Africa. Although diagnostic capabilities are available and are being utilized in West Africa, limitations with these current capabilities must beaddressed. Similarly, improved modeling data, methods, and/or tools are required to better understand and predict the course of the current outbreak.

The primary objective of this BAA is to support development of near-term solutions such as therapeutic and vaccine candidates; diagnostic capabilities; modeling capabilities; and data gaps. For Medical Countermeasures (MCMs), only late stage development products for EBOV that can be completed and implemented in thenear-term; defined as in time to assist with the current EBOV outbreak will be considered under this solicitation.

  CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DTRA/DTRA01/HDTRA1-15-EBOLA-BAA/listing.html

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A Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing
Office of Science and Technology

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In June, the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a Request for Information seeking suggestions for Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade. After considering over 100 responses, OSTP is excited to announce the following grand challenge that addresses three Administration priorities--the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), and the BRAIN initiative:

Create a new type of computer that can proactively interpret and learn from data, solve unfamiliar problems using what it has learned, and operate with the energy efficiency of the human brain.

While it continues to be a national priority to advance conventional digital computing--which has been the engine of the information technology revolution--current technology falls far short of the human brain in terms of both the brain's sensing and problem-solving abilities and its low power consumption. Many experts predict that fundamental physical limitations will prevent transistor technology from ever matching these twin characteristics. We are therefore challenging the nanotechnology and computer science communities to look beyond the decades-old approach to computing based on the Von Neumann architecture as implemented with transistor-based processors, and chart a new path that will continue the rapid pace of innovation beyond the next decade.

There are growing problems facing the Nation that the new computing capabilities envisioned in this challenge might address, from delivering individualized treatments for disease, to allowing advanced robots to work safely alongside people, to proactively identifying and blocking cyber intrusions. To meet this challenge, major breakthroughs are needed not only in the basic devices that store and process information and the amount of energy they require, but in the way a computer analyzes images, sounds, and patterns; interprets and learns from data; and identifies and solves problems.

Many of these breakthroughs will require new kinds of nanoscale devices and materials integrated into three-dimensional systems and may take a decade or more to achieve. These nanotechnology innovations will have to be developed in close coordination with new computer architectures, and will likely be informed by our growing understanding of the brain--a remarkable, fault-tolerant system that consumes less power than an incandescent light bulb.

Recent progress in developing novel, low-power methods of sensing and computation--including neuromorphic, magneto-electronic, and analog systems--combined with dramatic advances in neuroscience and cognitive sciences, lead us to believe that this ambitious challenge is now within our reach. The Federal government is driving many of these initial advances through programs such as Expeditions in Computing and Robust Intelligence at the National Science Foundation (NSF);Computational Cognition and Machine IntelligenceNanoscale Computing Devices and Systems,DARPA SyNAPSEDARPA UPSIDE, and DARPA STARnet (a public-private partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corporation) at the Department of Defense; and MICrONS at IARPA.

Some of the problems to be addressed by this grand challenge are highlighted in a recent reportsponsored by the Semiconductor Industry Association and Semiconductor Research Corporation with support from NSF, and white papers released today by the IEEE and the Computing Community Consortium. Over the coming months, Federal agencies, professional societies, industry groups, and non-profit organizations will be coming together in workshops and other forums to determine the best path forward to address this grand challenge, with the first Department of Energy study group roundtable discussion planned for next week. Information about agency activities and other relevant resources are available at a new grand challenges portal at nano.gov.

We look forward to working with colleagues from across the nanotechnology, computer science, and neuroscience communities to transform future computing. If you'd like to help organize or participate in a planning activity, let us know at NNIChallenges@nnco.nano.gov.

Lloyd Whitman is Assistant Director for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Randy Bryant is Assistant Director for Information Technology Research and Development at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tom Kalil is Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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