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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

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

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

Each preproposal package should contain the following items: 

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

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

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

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

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

W. Corey Pittman, Research Grants Coordinator

The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc.

P.O. Box 20634

St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Express Delivery

110 Scranton Connector

Brunswick, GA 31525

Phone:  912-638-4900  

Fax:  912-638-7788

Email:  cpittman@cpbr.org  

URL:  www.cpbr.org

CPBR will acknowledge receipt of preproposals by email.  

 

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Editorial Support
Mountain West CTR-IN

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

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

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

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

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

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2015 Call for Proposals
The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF)

LOIs due June 30, 2015
Full submission due September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) is pleased to announce our 2015 Call for Proposals. We will consider proposals in three areas:

  • Behavioral Health (mental illness and drug and alcohol use) (Page 3-5)
  • American Indian Health (Page 6-8)
  • Partnerships for Better Health (Page 9-12)

If you have questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website. If you do not find an answer, please email info@mthcf.org.

Key Dates and Deadlines MHCF will accept letters of interest from eligible organizations through June 30, 2015. Please read the following information carefully to understand the timeline, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and focus areas for this Call for Proposals:

  • June 30, 2015 Letters of Interest due
  • July 15, 2015 Decisions on Letters of Interest (full proposals invited)
  • September 15, 2015 Full proposals due
  • October 15, 2015 Applicants notified of final funding decisions
  • November 2015 Anticipated start of funded projects

Eligibility MHCF will only fund Montana-based organizations. Montana-based organizations that are eligible to apply for funding include:

  • Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (excluding those classified as private foundations under section 509(a) of the Code.)
  • Tax-exempt educational institutions
  • State, tribal, or local government agencies For the American Indian focus area, additional eligibility requirements apply (pg. 6) *Under rare circumstances, MHCF may choose to fund organizations based outside of Montana. Such proposals must be invited by MHCF. See online CFP for details.

 

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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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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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Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship Program
American Indian Graduate Center

May 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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Foundation Past Presidents' Research Fellow Scholarship
American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation

August 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor provides a $5,000 scholarship for AAEP members beginning careers in equine research.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The sponsor provides funding for graduates of an AVMA-accredited school/college of veterinary medicine who have experience conducting equine research and are nearing completion of a residency or doctorate degree, or who have recently completed a residency or doctoral program, to conduct equine research projects.

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Sabbatical & Research Fellowships
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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DEED Scholarship Program
American Public Power Association

February 15, 2015 and October 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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Graduate Fellowships
Property and Environment Research Center

March 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Julian Simon Fellowship
Property and Environment Research Center

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Lone Mountain Fellowship
Property and Environment Research Center

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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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

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Other NSF Funding Opportunities

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

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Children's Advocacy Centers Membership and Accreditation Program
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention/Department of Justice

Internal MSU LOI due April 28, 2015
May 26, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor is seeking applications for funding under its FY 2015 Children's Advocacy Centers Membership and Accreditation Program. This program furthers the Department's mission by providing funding for a national membership and accreditation organization for children's advocacy centers.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This program will provide funding to support a national membership and accreditation organization for children's advocacy center programs. Children's advocacy centers provide a coordinated response to victims of child abuse through multidisciplinary teams composed of representatives from community agencies and professionals involved with intervention, prevention, prosecution, and investigation systems that respond to child abuse cases. The funding will enable the successful applicant to provide services to a national membership body and to implement standards for program accreditation.

The objectives of this program are to develop and promulgate membership criteria for eligibility, disseminate information among current and potential member organizations, and facilitate communication among members.

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

NOTE:

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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2016 Beckman Scholars Program
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

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2016 Beckman Scholars Program
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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First in the World Program - Development Grants
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education

Internal MSU LOI due June 1, 2015
Full submission due June 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Limits on the number of applications that an institution of higher education may submit under the FITW program: 

An applicant (MSU) may submit only one application (Development or Validation) in the 2015 FITW competition. An applicant will be considered for an award only in the competition for which it applies. This is done to allow all applicants to have an equal chance at an award.

The FITW program is designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions and evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs, including, but not limited to, adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students. The focus of the FITW program is to build evidence for what works in postsecondary education by testing the effectiveness of these strategies in improving student persistence and completion outcomes.

For FY 2015, the Department will award two types of grants under this program: "Development" grants and "Validation" grants. These grants differ in terms of the level of evidence of effectiveness required for consideration of funding, the level of scale the funded project should reach, and, consequently, the amount of funding available to support the project.

This notice invites applications for Development grants only. Development grants will support new or substantially more effective practices for addressing widely shared challenges. Applications for Development grants must be based on Strong Theory (as defined in this notice). The Department has published a separate notice inviting applications for Validation grants elsewhere in this issue of theFederal Register.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Priorities: This notice contains three absolute priorities and one competitive preference priority.

These priorities are from the notice of final priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criterion for this program (NFP), published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.

Absolute Priorities: For FY 2015 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, these priorities are absolute priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that address one of the three absolute priorities. Applicants must specify on the Abstract and Information page of their applications which absolute priority is addressed in the application. For Absolute Priority 2 and Absolute Priority 3, we have identified multiple subparts. Applicants that address one of these absolute priorities must select one subpart that the proposed project will address to meet the absolute priority.

These priorities are:

Absolute Priority 1: Improving Teaching and Learning

The Secretary gives priority to:

Projects designed to improve teaching and learning through:

Instruction-level tools or strategies such as adaptive learning technology, educational games, personalized learning, active- or project-based learning, faculty-centered strategies that systematically improve the quality of teaching, or multi-disciplinary efforts focused on improving instructional experiences.

Despite these challenges and opportunities, innovations in how students experience learning in college remain largely small scale or limited to a small number of institutions. With some exceptions, the same degrees and other credentials are offered in the traditional ways, by counting numbers of courses taken or hours taught. Methods of teaching have stayed largely static, with the traditional lecture as the core instructional design. New approaches to teaching and learning, such as tools and strategies that go beyond the traditional lecture to support active learning, and that actively engage learners or customize learning, must be tested and expanded to more postsecondary institutions to improve accessibility and quality and reduce cost.

Absolute Priority 2: Developing and Using Assessments of Learning

The Secretary gives priority to:

Projects that support the development and use of externally validated assessments of student learning and stated learning goals through one of the following:

(a) Alternative assessment tools or strategies such as micro- or competency-based assessments, assessments embedded in curriculum, or simulations, games, or other technology-based assessment approaches.

(b) Aligning assessments across sectors and institutions, such as across kindergarten through grade 12 and postsecondary education systems or across two-year and four-yearinstitutions, to improve college readiness and content delivery.

Absolute Priority 3: Facilitating Pathways to Credentialing and Transfer

The Secretary gives priority to:

Projects designed to develop and implement systems and practices to capture and aggregate credit or other evidence of knowledge and skills towards postsecondary degrees or credentials through one of the following:

(a) Seamless transfer of credits between postsecondary institutions; or

(b) Validation and transfer of credit for learning or learning experiences from non-institutional sources.

Alternate systems and methods of assessing, aggregating, and credentialing learning experiences are needed to help more students reach completion in accelerated timeframes. Additionally, new systems of portable, stackable postsecondary degrees and credentials along transparent career pathways must be designed and opportunities to obtain such degrees and credential must be expanded.

Competitive Preference Priority: For FY 2015, this priority is a competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award up to an additional five points to an application, depending how well the application meets this priority. Applicants must clearly mark the Abstract and Information page in the application package if they intend to address this competitive preference priority.

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, 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.   

 

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First in the World Program - Validation Grants
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education

Internal MSU LOI due June 1, 2015
Full submission due June 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Limits on the number of applications that an institution of higher education may submit under the FITW program: 

An applicant (MSU) may submit only one application (Development or Validation) in the 2015 FITW competition. An applicant will be considered for an award only in the competition for which it applies. This is done to allow all applicants to have an equal chance at an award.

The FITW program is designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions and evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs, including, but not limited to, adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students. The focus of the FITW program is to build evidence for what works in postsecondary education by testing the effectiveness of these strategies in improving student persistence and completion outcomes. For FY 2015, the Department will award two types of grants under FITW: ''Development'' grants and ''Validation'' grants. These grants differ in terms of the level of evidence of effectiveness required for consideration of funding, the level of scale the funded project should reach, and, consequently, the amount of funding available to support the project. This notice invites applications for Validation grants only. Validation grants provide funding to support the expansion and replication of projects supported by moderate evidence of effectiveness (as defined in this notice) to a scaled multi-site sample (as defined in this notice), which would include multiple institutions of higher education, including multiple institutions within a State system. All Validation grantees must evaluate the effectiveness of the project at each partner entity. The evaluation design will be assessed on the extent to which it could meet What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards (as defined in this notice) without reservations. The Department has published a separate notice inviting applications for Development grants elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This notice contains four absolute priorities. The first three absolute priorities are from the notice of final priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criterion for this program (NFP), published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. The fourth absolute priority is from the Department's notice of final supplemental priorities and definitions for discretionary grant programs (Supplemental Priorities), published in the Federal Register on December 10, 2014 (79 FR 73425).

Absolute Priority 1: Improving Success in Developmental Education The Secretary gives priority to: Projects designed to improve student success in developmental education or accelerate student progress into creditbearing postsecondary courses. Note: Many students arrive at college unprepared for college-level coursework. They often lack the critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills needed for success in college and preparation for the workforce. This priority invites applications for evidence-based interventions and solutions that engage students more quickly in credit-bearing courses, such as streamlined approaches through GED equivalency or high school credential equivalency for adult learners to allow them to begin taking formal postsecondary coursework.

Absolute Priority 2: Improving Teaching and Learning The Secretary gives priority to projects designed to improve teaching and learning. Note: Methods of teaching have stayed largely static, with the traditional lecture as the core instructional design. New approaches to teaching and learning that incorporate curriculum and course re-design, such as by using tools and strategies that go beyond the traditional lecture to support active learning or customize learning, must be tested and expanded to more postsecondary institutions to improve accessibility and quality and reduce cost.

Absolute Priority 3: Improving Student Support Services The Secretary gives priority to projects designed to improve the supports or services provided to students prior to or during the students' enrollment in postsecondary education. Note: Almost all institutions of higher education offer a diverse array of student support services to assist with financial aid, academic barriers and other issues related to persistence and completion. The range of services and support is extensive and includes interventions both inside and outside the classroom and campus. Many of these services are also provided by outside organizations, including non-profits. However, few student support services strategies are widely implemented on the basis of evidence of effectiveness. There is a great need to expand validated cost effective approaches, so that a greater number of students can be served.

Absolute Priority 4: Influencing the Development of Non-Cognitive Factors The Secretary gives priority to projects that are designed to improve students' mastery of non-cognitive skills and behaviors (such as academic behaviors, academic mindset, perseverance, self-regulation, social and emotional skills, and approaches toward learning strategies) and enhance student motivation and engagement in learning. Note: The development of non-cognitive factors is critical during the postsecondary years as students face new academic challenges, social comparisons, and stereotypes regarding their potential for success. How students negotiate these changes has major implications for their academic futures. The selection criteria for the FY 2015 Validation competition are designed to ensure that applications selected for funding have the best potential to generate substantial improvements and research in student outcomes, and include well-articulated plans for the implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of the proposed projects. Applicants should review the selection criteria and submission instructions carefully to ensure their applications address this year's criteria.

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, 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.   

 

 

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

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

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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Princess Grace Foundation Film Scholarships
Princess Grace Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

Film Guidelines
Film Application 

Internal MSU LOI Procedure:

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

 

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Objectives of the STC Program are to:

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

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Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

Internal MSU LOI due May 15, 2015
July 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Accelerating U.S Advanced Manufacturing (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/amp20_report_final.pdf), the October 2104 report to the President produced by the Steering Committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 (AMP 2.0) for the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), calls for the creation of a technology-focused consortium to provide coordinated private-sector input on national advanced manufacturing technology research and development priorities. This solicitation is to establish the Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights (the "Consortium") to implement that recommendation. The consortium will inform and promote regular and sustained communication and research coordination across the public and private sectors, provide federal decision-makers with timely access to top university and industry experts, and respond quickly to requests from federal decision-makers for detailed input on nascent opportunities and priorities in manufacturing. These activities will improve the coordination of federal advanced manufacturing technology and research and development strategies. The Consortium will cooperate with the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) of NIST, the President's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), and the U.S. Government Agencies that support advanced manufacturing to help provide the timely information needed to achieve that coordination. NSF is the program lead and is solely responsible for administration of the solicitation and the resulting award. NIST, acting on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, is the program co-sponsor with NSF and provides financial and administrative support to NSF.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The National Science Foundation (NSF), with support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is calling for the advanced manufacturing research community to unite in the establishment of the Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights (the "Consortium"). NSF is the program lead and is solely responsible for administration of the solicitation and the resulting award. NIST, acting on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, is the program co-sponsor with NSF and provides financial and administrative support to NSF. The Consortium will:

  • Embrace all fields of advanced manufacturing, including emerging areas and areas overlapping with other disciplines.
  • Serve as a catalyst and enabler for and give a voice to the national advanced manufacturing research community in shaping the future of advanced manufacturing.
  • Consider issues, challenges and opportunities facing U.S. advanced manufacturing, and source novel and unanticipated perspectives on technology priorities that can inform both the broad advanced manufacturing community and agency work.
  • Provide a resource for rapid response expert advice to help inform cross-cutting federal research and development initiatives in advanced manufacturing. It is anticipated that these responses might be provided within from several days for simple informational items to several months for more complex issues.
  • Serve as an intermediary for the Administration in soliciting the input of the broader manufacturing community and supply chains on technology strategies.

In fulfilling its roles, the Consortium will:

  • Enable the advanced manufacturing community to communicate to a broad audience the myriad ways in which advances in manufacturing will create a brighter future and encourage the alignment of advanced manufacturing research with pressing national priorities and national challenges.
  • Facilitate the generation of visions for advanced manufacturing research and education and communicate them to a wide range of stakeholders.   
  • Provide flexible mechanisms that allow single or multiple federal agencies to sponsor and participate in studies of specific agency interest.
  • Respond to federal agency requests and identify key technology challenges facing the private sector.
  • Convene experts from U.S. industry and academia to consider issues, challenges, and opportunities in advanced manufacturing.
  • Form focus teams to "deep dive" into particular technology areas.
  • Engage experts from the private sector (industry and academia), with the support of and participation from federal agency leadership.
  • Provide input to the federal government and engage with advisory committees and groups consistent with law and regulations, as appropriate for a body that is not chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

The Consortium may also be tasked with organizing and conducting activities that incorporate community outreach, such as advanced manufacturing national summits or regional workshops. It is expected that Consortium activities will employ, leverage or be co-located with events of other study groups, regional/national trade associations, or professional societies when it is efficient to do so. Activities can also be undertaken in cooperation with Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, to provide focused industry expertise from and visibility to the Institutes.

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CLARIFICATION on Application Process: Montana NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
National Science Foundation and the State of Montana

Internal MSU LOI due July 15, 2015
Agency LOI's due July 31, 3015 (MSU will submit on behalf of applicant)
Full submission by invitation only (deadline TBD)

CLARIFICATION ON APPLICATION PROCESS: 

When submitting whitepapers via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) please select "limited submission pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload documents as an attachment. Whitepapers and 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.


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

August 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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Montana Healthcare Foundation 2015 Call for Proposals
Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF)

Internal MSU LOI due June 15, 2015
Agency LOI's due June 30, 2015 (MSU will submit on behalf of applicant)
Full submission due September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) is pleased to announce our 2015 Call for Proposals in three areas:

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

If you have questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website. If you do not find an answer, please email info@mthcf.org. For questions related to MSU's internal submission process, please email Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandra Sward, Director of OSP at ssward@montana.edu. 

Eligibility

MHCF will only fund Montana-based organizations. Montana-based organizations that are eligible to apply for funding include:

  • Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (excluding those classified as private foundations under section 509(a) of the Code.
  • Tax-exempt educational institutions
  • State, tribal, or local government agencies
  • For the American Indian focus area, additional eligibility requirements apply

Total Awards

Grants awarded under this CFP will fund projects that must be completed in between 12 and 24 months. The minimum grant request is $10,000. The typical grant award is expected to be between $10,000 and $25,000 for a 12-24 month period. The maximum request is $25,000 for a one-year project, and $100,000 for a two-year project. The Foundation expects to award only a small number of grants between $50,000 and $100,000.
For grantees that are awarded a one-year grant award term, MHCF will consider making a limited amount of competitive funding available to grantees that successfully complete all year one deliverables, to allow these grantees to develop and implement a sustainability plan in year two.

Selection Criteria

Complete selection criteria can be found under each focus area.
What We Do Not Fund
The Montana Healthcare Foundation does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Operating deficits or retirement of debt
  • Construction projects, real estate acquisitions, or endowments unless part of a MHCF-invited proposal
  • Fundraising events
  • Organizations that discriminate by reason of race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, or political orientation
  • Lobbying as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC), section 4945(d)(1)
  • Activities supporting political candidates or voter registrations drives, as defined in IRC section 4945(d)(2)
  • Large equipment purchases (for example: medical equipment, vans)
  • Medical research or research lacking a direct, targeted, and practical benefit to Montanan's health
  • Organizations or foundations for redistribution of funds via sub-grants

In addition, please note that Montana Healthcare Foundation funds may not be used in any way that might supplant government funding of existing programs. All applicants must read our guidelines on supplanting, found at http://www.mthcf.org/resource/mhcf-guidance-on-supplanting-government-funds/.

Focus: Behavioral Health (Mental Illness and Drug & Alcohol Use)

Background

Behavioral health disorders (including mental illness and drug and alcohol use) are common, serious problems in Montana. In surveys of health needs carried out by Montana's rural hospitals, both hospitals and community members ranked these issues among the most important health challenges in their communities. A recent national survey examined the prevalence of behavioral health problems and access to services for treatment in each U.S. state: Montana ranked 44th among 50 states, and 49th for youth. Specific challenges include:

  • A high suicide rate. Montana consistently ranks in the top 5 states for the number of suicides per capita.
  • Montana ranks among the top three states nationally for exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Robust research shows that ACEs create a high risk of health and social problems later in life.
  • High rates of traffic injury and death related to driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
  • A shortage of behavioral health providers in remote rural communities.
  • Binge drinking and drug use among youth. Data suggest that children in "alternative high schools" and urban American Indian high school students are at particularly high risk.
  • Returning veterans are at high risk for traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other behavioral health issues. Montana has the nation's second highest per capita population of veterans.

In addition to the costs, in terms of suffering and loss of life, the economic costs of untreated mental illness and substance abuse are high. For example, among people who frequently use emergency department and hospital services, many have behavioral health issues. For youth, untreated mental illness and substance abuse are common causes of school failure and criminal justice problems.

Call for Proposals

Under this call for proposals, MHCF will support collaborative, systems-based solutions to behavioral health disorders in Montana. MHCF will emphasize interventions that are likely to become financially self-supporting through creating new partnerships between and among organizations, and through using existing resources more efficiently and effectively.

Examples of Types of Projects That Will Be Considered for Funding Under This Portfolio:

  • Collaboration between mental health centers, local health departments, rural hospitals, and community health centers: Rural communities face dual challenges of limited funding and difficulty recruiting professional staff. Creative programs that share staff, physical space, and financial resources among organizations can lead to savings and improved mental and physical health outcomes.
  • Jail diversion pilot projects: Evidence-based jail diversion programs can reduce arrest, incarceration, and recidivism rates at the same time as improving health outcomes. Several Montana counties have implemented such programs and are now funding them through the reductions in corrections costs. See a brief case study on jail diversion on our website.
  • Prevention and treatment for drug and alcohol use among pregnant women and parents: Programs that use evidence-based approaches to prevent or treat substance abuse during pregnancy and for parenthood, and can demonstrate a clear, feasible plan for sustainable funding beyond the grant period.
  • Treatment and care coordination for patients with dual diagnoses: The co-occurrence of mental illness, addiction, and chronic medical problems, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease presents a difficult and common problem, and patients with untreated behavioral health disorders are at risk for worse outcomes from chronic illnesses. Programs that address the needs of patients with complex, co-occurring behavioral and chronic illness--through, for example, collaboration among primary care, behavioral health, and hospitals, and through providing high-quality, evidence based care coordination and case management--can improve both mental health and chronic illness outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Providing behavioral health services to alternative high school students: Read MHCF's recent report on Alternative Schools on our website. Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey suggests that urban Indian students and students in alternative high school programs are at extremely high risk for behavioral health disorders and suicide. MHCF will support pilot projects that address the needs of these students and demonstrate an impact that will endure beyond the grant funding. For example, schools that provide behavioral health services for these students on site may be able to sustain funding for counselors by billing Medicaid.
  • Partnerships outside the health sector to address the upstream risk factors for mental illness: Programs that provide supportive housing (e.g. "Housing First") to people with chronic mental illness through partnerships with community developers, banks, and others; programs that address other community-level risk factors, such as poverty, unemployment, and poor educational outcomes.

Selection Criteria for Proposals in Behavioral Health:

Proposals for funding in this portfolio should meet the following selection criteria:

  • Importance of health issue to be addressed: The proposed project will address an important health issue, as defined by the burden of suffering it creates in terms of prevalence in the population, severity of the outcomes, and costs to families and communities.
  • Potential for lasting change: A short-term grant investment will catalyze improvements that endure long after the grant funding runs out. The strongest plans will rely primarily on resources available to the project partners, as opposed to depending on future grant funding that has not yet been secured. For brief case studies on initiatives that have become self-sustaining, please visit our website.
  • Strength of Partnerships: The proposed project will create or advance strong partnerships between organizations, such as healthcare providers (hospitals, clinics, behavioral health treatment centers), public health (local or tribal health departments), and other organizations (such as community developers, county Sheriffs, or schools).
  • Focus on at-risk populations and health disparities: The proposed project will serve a region or population of high need, as measured by the existence of health disparities, poor access to healthcare, health professional staffing shortages, geographic remoteness, or other factors clearly described in the proposal. Health disparities are defined as the higher rates of illness experienced by certain populations, including socially or economically disadvantaged families, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults. In all of our initiatives, MHCF seeks to decrease health disparities--and to improve health and wellbeing among those at greatest risk.
  • Solutions exist: Effective, evidence-based interventions exist to address the problem, but are not already being implemented.
  • Workable in Montana and culturally appropriate: Infrastructure, community support, and strong partners exist to implement the intervention here; the intervention is tailored to work well within the community(ies) that will be served.
  • Feasibility and Scale: There is a high probability that this MHCF investment will lead to success. The strongest proposals will also have a high potential for being replicated successfully in other communities.
  • Contribution to a diverse grantee portfolio: MHCF seeks to support a range of projects across Montana. We recognize that preparing a high-quality grant application may be more difficult for smaller communities that lack staff and resources. We may, therefore, also give preference to proposals based on their contribution to the overall diversity and balance of our portfolio, and in particular, to proposals from communities with the greatest demonstrated need.
  • Best Practices: Follow evidence-based guidelines and best practices, such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's guidelines for Recovery and Integrated Care.

Focus: American Indian Health

Background

Montana is home to federally-recognized Tribes on seven reservations, one state-recognized Tribe, and a large and diverse urban American Indian population. In a 2014 report on the health of Montanans, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services documented severe health disparities among American Indians living in Montana. The report found that American Indian people in Montana die at a median age of 50 years (more than 20 years earlier than white Montanans); death rates for specific illnesses including heart disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses, injuries, and suicide were all found to be substantially higher as well.

Statistics such as these are only a starting point for understanding the health challenges facing American Indians in Montana. Specific issues that MHCF has identified through additional data review and conversations with community leaders and health professionals include:

  • Inadequate funding of health services and disease prevention programs
  • Limited availability of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction
  • The challenges for young families, including lack of economic opportunity, smoking and drug and alcohol use, and adverse childhood experiences perpetuated by historical trauma
  • Traffic injury, with risk factors including DUIs and low rates of seatbelt and child safety seat use
  • Diabetes mellitus, obesity, and risks including limited access to healthy foods, dietary preferences, and lack of culturally-relevant dietary information
  • Suicide, and underlying problems of historical trauma, mental illness, and drug and alcohol use

These health disparities are rooted in longstanding challenges including poverty and unemployment, racial discrimination and historical trauma, inadequate housing, food insecurity, among others.

Eligibility Requirements

Special eligibility requirements apply to this focus area:

MHCF will only fund Montana-based organizations. Montana-based organizations that are eligible to apply for funding include: 

  • American Indian non-profit organizations and Urban Indian Centers based in Montana (organizations with an American Indian-controlled Board and a primary focus on programming serving Montana's American Indian communities), and tax exempt as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (excluding those classified as private foundations under section 509(a) of the Code).
  • Montana-based federally or state-recognized Tribal government agencies.

Call for Proposals

The Montana Healthcare Foundation is committed to working in partnership with Montana's American Indian people to help address these challenges and support healthy, vibrant communities. In our initial year of grantmaking, we will focus on establishing partnerships with Tribal organizations and agencies and identifying promising opportunities for longer-term investments in future grant cycles. We will also fund pilot projects to strengthen the funding and administration of Tribal health systems and services, and other projects that seek to address specific health needs.

Projects in this portfolio will strengthen the healthcare systems serving these communities, and address the upstream social, economic, and educational challenges that drive health disparities. MHCF places a priority on proposals that have a high potential for becoming financially self-sustaining.

Examples of Types of Projects That Will Be Considered for Funding Under This Portfolio:

  • Strengthening the funding and administration of health services and prevention programs: Proposals that seek to strengthen the financing and administration of Tribal health services by implementing specific changes to improve billing, coding, and reimbursement for services; proposals that would allow a Tribe to take advantage of Public Law 638 to assume responsibility for providing IHS services.
  • Health system planning: One-year planning grants that will result in a plan that outlines specific programming and policy changes that could be implemented with future grant funding.
  • Partnerships outside the health sector: Proposals that seek to build partnerships with organizations beyond the health sector (for example, schools, local businesses, community and economic developers, or departments of planning and transportation) to build strong, resilient communities and address issues, such as poor housing, limited opportunities for youth engagement, community support for seniors, unemployment, or access to healthful foods.
  • Improving maternal-child health outcomes: Proposals for programming to improve maternal-infant outcomes, and offer effective drug and alcohol treatment options to pregnant women and mothers. Proposals can include programs that would build on or strengthen existing services, or those that would develop a plan for a future program that could be implemented in the other sources of funding.
  • Injury prevention: Proposals for effective, culturally-relevant programming or policy changes intended to reduce injuries.
  • Addressing the needs of urban American Indian people: Proposals that focus on urban American Indian health, particularly those that seek to plan or pilot initiatives that involve collaboration between Urban Indian Centers, hospitals, community health centers, mental health centers, schools, and other organizations that serve this population.

Selection Criteria for Proposals in American Indian Health

The following general selection criteria apply to all proposals for funding from MHCF. However, for smaller projects and proposals, MHCF recognizes that applicants may not be able to meet each of these criteria. Although we suggest that applicants use these criteria as a guide, we will consider proposals that do not meet every requirement stated here.

  • Importance of health issue to be addressed: The proposed project will address an important health issue, as defined by the burden of suffering it creates in terms of prevalence in the population, severity of the outcomes, and costs to families and communities.
  • Lasting change and financial sustainability: For proposals that seek to create a new program or service, the proposal should show how a short-term grant investment will catalyze improvements that endure long after the grant funding runs out. The strongest proposals will rely primarily on resources available to the project partners, as opposed to depending on future grant funding that has not yet been secured.
  • Focus on at-risk populations and health disparities: The proposed project will serve a region or population of high need, as measured by the existence of health disparities, poor access to healthcare, health professional staffing shortages, geographic remoteness, or other factors clearly described in the proposal. Health disparities are defined as the higher rates of illness experienced by certain populations, including socially or economically disadvantaged families, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults. In all of our initiatives, MHCF seeks to decrease health disparities--and to improve health and wellbeing among those at greatest risk.
  • Solutions exist: Effective, evidence-based interventions exist to address the problem, but are not already being implemented.
  • Workable in Montana and culturally appropriate: Infrastructure, community support, and strong partners exist to implement the intervention here; the intervention is tailored to work well within the community(ies) that will be served.
  • Feasibility and scale: There is a high probability that this MHCF investment will lead to success. The strongest proposals will also have a high potential for being replicated successfully in other communities.
  • Contribution to a diverse grantee portfolio: MHCF seeks to support a range of projects across Montana. We recognize that preparing a high-quality grant application may be more difficult for smaller communities that lack staff and resources. We may, therefore, also give preference to proposals based on their contribution to the overall diversity and balance of our portfolio, and in particular, to proposals from communities with the greatest demonstrated need.
  • Involving stakeholders and community members: The proposed project includes a strong plan to ensure that community members and other stakeholders are engaged and included in the work.

Focus: Partnerships for Better Health

Background

"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members," said Mahatma Gandhi. MHCF is dedicated to improving the health status of Montanans and to increasing the quality and accessibility of healthcare services for people across the state. Health disparities--defined as the higher rates of illness experienced by certain populations, including socially or economically disadvantaged families, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults--are a particular focus of this portfolio.

Many communities, particularly in rural Montana, have limited access to some health services, and staffing and funding are often extremely limited. This portfolio supports collaborative, systems-based solutions to the most challenging health problems facing Montanans. In particular, we will emphasize new partnerships among the organizations and agencies that serve a given community that have a high potential to become financially self-supporting through using existing resources more efficiently and effectively.

Call for Proposals

Under this call for proposals, MHCF will support innovative pilot projects or community-based initiatives that demonstrate how collaboration between hospitals, community health centers, public health departments, and other community-based organizations, such as community developers, can yield synergistic improvements in health as well as a more efficient use of resources.

Projects in this portfolio will include those that focus on strengthening the healthcare system, and those that address the upstream social, cultural, economic, and educational challenges that drive health disparities. 

Examples of Types of Projects That Will Be Considered for Funding Under This Focus Area:

  • Care coordination: Nurse care coordination and community health worker programs. By helping patients understand and follow medical recommendations and keep appointments, and by identifying and helping to address the many the many social, economic, and educational barriers that patients face in their daily lives, these programs can improve health outcomes and reduce the costs associated with frequent emergency department visits and hospitalizations. For an example of successful care navigation programs in Montana, please visit our website.
  • Collaboration between local health departments, rural hospitals, and community health centers to address a major health issue: Initiatives that seek to address an important health challenge--such as serving the needs of the aging population, reducing childhood injuries, or improving diabetes outcomes--through new inter-agency collaborations. Given the challenges of recruiting health professionals and the limited funding available in many rural communities, health outcomes could be improved if the region's health-focused organizations sought ways to collaborate and share resources. For an example of a successful multi-agency collaboration, please see the Partnerships Case Study on our website.
  • Identifying and improving outcomes among patients with high needs: Projects focused on identifying people who utilize emergency department and hospital services frequently (often referred to as "super-utilizers"), and implementing evidence-based programs to improve health outcomes and address underlying problems such as complex chronic conditions and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues.
  • Partnerships outside the health sector (for example, with schools, community developers, departments of planning and transportation) to improve upstream risk factors for health disparities: Projects that will address health determinants--such as poor housing, limited opportunities for youth engagement, inadequate community support for seniors, unemployment, or lack of access to healthful foods--through partnerships with organizations outside the health sector.

Selection Criteria for Proposals in Partnerships for Better Health

MHCF will consider the following selection criteria in evaluating grant proposals under this focus area:

  • Importance of health issue to be addressed: The proposed project will address an important health issue, as defined by the burden of suffering it creates in terms of prevalence in the population, severity of the outcomes, and costs to families and communities.
  • Lasting change and financial sustainability: A short-term grant investment will catalyze improvements that endure long after the grant funding runs out. The strongest plans will rely primarily on resources available to the project partners, as opposed to depending on future grant funding that has not yet been secured.
  • Partnerships: The proposed project will create or advance strong partnerships between organizations, such as healthcare providers (hospitals, clinics, behavioral health treatment centers), public health (local or tribal health departments), and other organizations (such as community developers, county Sheriffs, or schools).
  • Focus on at-risk populations and health disparities: The proposed project will serve a region or population of high need, as measured by the existence of health disparities, poor access to healthcare, health professional staffing shortages, geographic remoteness, or other factors clearly described in the proposal. Health disparities are defined as the higher rates of illness experienced by certain populations, including socially or economically disadvantaged families, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults. In all of our initiatives, MHCF seeks to decrease health disparities--and to improve health and wellbeing among those at greatest risk.
  • Solutions exist: Effective, evidence-based interventions exist to address the problem, but are not already being implemented.
  • Workable in Montana and culturally appropriate: Infrastructure, community support, and strong partners exist to implement the intervention here; the intervention is tailored to work well within the community(ies) that will be served.
  • Feasibility and Scale: There is a high probability that this MHCF investment will lead to success. The strongest proposals will also have a high potential for being replicated successfully in other communities.
  • Contribution to a diverse grantee portfolio: MHCF seeks to support a range of projects across Montana. We recognize that preparing a high-quality grant application may be more difficult for smaller communities that lack staff and resources. We may, therefore, also give preference to proposals based on their contribution to the overall diversity and balance of our portfolio, and in particular, to proposals from communities with the greatest demonstrated need.

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, Proposal Servivces 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.   

 

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Searle Scholars Program
The Kinship Foundation (Searle Scholars Program)

Internal MSU LOI due June 22, 2015
Agency nominations due July (TBD) (MSU will submit on behalf of applicant)
Full submissions will be due late September, 2015 (TBD)

SYNOPSIS:

The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution. Today, 158 institutions are invited to participate in the Program, of which MSU is one.

The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the world-wide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle's wish that certain funds be used to support "...research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences."

Each year 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years. Since its inception, 542 Scholars have been named and over $115 million has been awarded.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: 

The Searle Scholars Program is currently moving to an online application platform. Online application forms and application instructions for awards are expected to be activated around July 1, 2015 will be available to participating institutions. Selected applicants should obtain the online application username and password from the appropriate administrative office at their institution. Applications are to be submitted by the institution on behalf of the individual candidate. MSU candidates should contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu and Sandra Sward, Director of OSP at ssward@montana.edu to indicate interest and receive application instructions. 

The full application materials for the current competition are expected to be available to nominated applicants in early September, 2015. Permission will be required to access online application materials. Selected applicants from participating institutions will receive information directly from our program on how to apply after official nominations have been submitted in September. Potential candidates should check with the institutional contact for further information on the nomination process.

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, 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.   

 

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Pew Biomedical Scholars
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Internal MSU LOI due June 1, 2015
Agency nomination due July 15, 2015 (MSU will submit on behalf of applicant)
Full submission due November 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Pew scholars program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $240,000 in flexible support - $60,000 per year for four years. 

The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a four-year period. In 2016, Pew will name the next Class of Pew Scholars. For the 32nd series of awards, to be made in 2016, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. Participating institutions have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research and recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the Program. The application for the 2016 awards will open on August 3, 2015.

Eligibility

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of November 16, 2015, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.)
  • On July 16, 2015, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 16, 2012), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2016 online application.
  • If an applicant's university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

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

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program. If you have questions concerning eligibility, please contact Anita Pepper, Program Director, Pew Biomedical Programs at 215-531-8135 in advance of applying.

Terms of the Award

An award of $60,000 per year will be provided to the sponsoring institution for use by the Scholar over the four-year period, subject to annual review of the Scholar's progress. Grant agreements will be issued in August 2016. Annual progress reports are required, describing research accomplishments, project status, and future directions. In addition, financial reports are required annually accounting for grant expenditures. Funding for the second, third and fourth years is contingent upon timely submission of acceptable financial and narrative progress reports and attendance at the annual meeting in March during the four-year term.

The awarded funds may be used at the discretion of the Pew scholar, for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the Scholar's research and as to best advance his or her research and career. Not more than $10,000 of the annual award may be used for the scholar's salary (including benefits). Should the funds not be immediately required, they may be accumulated (up to a maximum of $100,000 in any given year) and carried over through the four years of the grant period, and, with written approval of the program office, the grant may extended for one additional (fifth) year (without additional funds). Not more than 8 percent of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs. It is expected that Pew Scholars will spend at least 80 percent of their time in work related to the accomplishment of their overall research goals. However, Pew provides flexible support to the overall research aims of the Scholar and does not monitor or restrict percentage of effort or time of Pew scholars.

During the four-year scholarship term, program participants are required to attend an annual meeting held in March. All expenses for attendees' travel, lodging, and meals are paid by The Pew Trusts. The meeting provides Pew scholars with an opportunity to present their research and for scientific collaboration and exchange with other scholars and members of the National Advisory Committee.

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, 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.        

 

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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.   

 

Department of Defense (DOD)

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Click the related link to read more. 

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CDMRP Funding Opportunities
Department of Defense

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Breast Cancer Research Program

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

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Gulf War Illness Research Program

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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

Deadline: see program URL

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

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Department of Defense SBIR 15.2 and STTR 15.B Pre-release Announcement
Department of Defense

June 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The DoD SBIR 15.2 and the STTR 15.B Solicitations have been pre-released on the new DoD SBIR/STTR Small Business Portal -- https://sbir.defensebusiness.org. In addition to the new design, the site boasts exciting features to improve your experience such as:

  • Personal Account Integration:  Manage information and proposals with your personal account.
  • Better Search Engine:  Produce better search results.
  • Integrated SITIS:  You've got questions, we've got answers.
  • Save As You Go:  System crashes - No problem! Your progress is saved.
  • Improved Security:   Increased safety measures to secure your company's information.

To learn about all of the new features click here. 

ABOUT PRE-RELEASE

For SBIR 15.2 Army, Navy, CBD, DARPA, DLA, DMEA, DTRA, MDA invite small businesses to propose innovative solutions to topics in this solicitation. For STTR 15.B DHP and DMEA invite small businesses and research institutions to jointly propose cooperative research and development efforts in response to topics in this solicitation.

During the pre-release period you may contact the topic authors directly (contact information is listed with the topic) to ask technical questions about specific solicitation topics. The DoD will begin accepting proposals on May 26, 2015 6:00 a.m. ET and will close to proposals on June 24, 2015 at 6:00 a.m. ET. Plan ahead and submit your proposal early to avoid heavy traffic on the site during the final week.

IMPORTANT DATES

  1. SBIR 15.2 and STTR 15.B Pre-release: April 24, 2015
  2. SBIR 15.2 and STTR 15.B Open: May 26, 2015
  3. SITIS Close: June 10, 2015
  4. SBIR 15.2 and STTR 15.B Close: June 24, 2015

DOD SBIR/STTR HELP DESK

The DoD SBIR/STTR Help Desk is prepared to address general questions about this solicitation, proposal preparation, electronic submission process, and other program related areas. The Help Desk may be contacted from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday at 1-800-348-0787 or email sbirhelp@bytecubed.com.

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Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer
Department of Defense

June 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The DoD SBIR 15.2 and the STTR 15.B Solicitations have been pre-released on the new DoD SBIR/STTR Small Business Portal -- https://sbir.defensebusiness.org. In addition to the new design, the site boasts exciting features to improve your experience such as:

  • Personal Account Integration:  Manage information and proposals with your personal account.
  • Better Search Engine:  Produce better search results.
  • Integrated SITIS:  You've got questions, we've got answers.
  • Save As You Go:  System crashes - No problem! Your progress is saved.
  • Improved Security:   Increased safety measures to secure your company's information.

To learn about all of the new features click here. 

ABOUT PRE-RELEASE

For SBIR 15.2 Army, Navy, CBD, DARPA, DLA, DMEA, DTRA, MDA invite small businesses to propose innovative solutions to topics in this solicitation. For STTR 15.B DHP and DMEA invite small businesses and research institutions to jointly propose cooperative research and development efforts in response to topics in this solicitation.

During the pre-release period you may contact the topic authors directly (contact information is listed with the topic) to ask technical questions about specific solicitation topics. The DoD will begin accepting proposals on May 26, 2015 6:00 a.m. ET and will close to proposals on June 24, 2015 at 6:00 a.m. ET. Plan ahead and submit your proposal early to avoid heavy traffic on the site during the final week.

IMPORTANT DATES

  1. SBIR 15.2 and STTR 15.B Pre-release: April 24, 2015
  2. SBIR 15.2 and STTR 15.B Open: May 26, 2015
  3. SITIS Close: June 10, 2015
  4. SBIR 15.2 and STTR 15.B Close: June 24, 2015

DOD SBIR/STTR HELP DESK

The DoD SBIR/STTR Help Desk is prepared to address general questions about this solicitation, proposal preparation, electronic submission process, and other program related areas. The Help Desk may be contacted from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday at 1-800-348-0787 or email sbirhelp@bytecubed.com.

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Fiscal Year 2014 Funding Opportunities
Department of Defense

Deadlines vary per program

The following programs are accepting applications for the 2014 Fiscal Year 

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

Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2:  

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

Pre-Application Due on December 3, 2014 

Full Submission Due on December 17, 2014 

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

Breakthrough Award Levels 3 and 4: 

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

Pre-Application Due on October 22, 2014 

Full Submission Due on January 29, 2015 

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

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

Reconstructive Transplantation Research Award (RTRA):  

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

Pre-Application Due on October 15, 2014 

Full Submission Due on October 29, 2014

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

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

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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

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

Whitepaper request
Open until June 2019

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

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Department of Education

Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education

June 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The purpose of this program is to encourage institutions of higher education (IHEs) to develop model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Projects must include the following required activities: (a) Establishing a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success on the campus of the institution to provide a single point of contact to coordinate comprehensive support services for veteran students; (b) Establishing a veteran student support team, including representatives from the offices of the institution responsible for admissions, registration, financial aid, veterans benefits, academic advising, student health, personal or mental health counseling, career advising, disabilities services, and any other office of the institution that provides support to veteran students on campus; (c) Providing a coordinator whose primary responsibility is to coordinate the model program; (d) Monitoring the rates of veteran student enrollment, persistence, and completion; and (e) Developing a plan to sustain the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success after the grant period. Invitational Priority: Under this competition we are particularly interested in applications that address the following priority. For FY 2015 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), we do not give an application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. This priority is: Projects that detail specific steps that will be taken to recruit, retain, and graduate veterans from groups with college completion rates that are below the national average--such as English language learners and homeless veterans--as well as veterans who are members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in postsecondary education based on race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.

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Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Education Research (CFDA Number 84.305A)
Department of Education

Applications Available: May 21, 2015. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 6, 2015.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Acting Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) announces the Institute's FY 2016 competitions for grants to support education research and special education research. The Acting Director takes this action under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. The Institute's purpose in awarding these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disability, and (2) education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The central purpose of the Institute's research grant programs is to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. These interested individuals include parents, educators, students, researchers, and policymakers. In carrying out its grant programs, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.

The Institute's National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold six competitions: one competition for education research, one competition for education research training, one competition for education research and development centers, one competition for statistical and research methodology in education, one competition for partnerships and collaborations focused on problems of practice or policy, and one competition for research networks. The Institute's National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold two competitions: one competition for special education research and one competition for special education research training.

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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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OPEN 2015
Department of Energy

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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Opportunity: University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (DE-FOA-0001267)
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Response required by June 8, 2015

The Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) intends to issue this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on behalf of the DOE Office of Fossil Energy. It is anticipated that the FOA will be available around March 2015.

 The objective of this FOA is to establish and administer a University-based Coalition for Basic and Applied Fossil Energy Research and Development (R&D). The Coalition will be operated by a fully accredited U.S. college or university, or group of universities, with the majority of the R&D funds to be utilized by university/academic members.  Projects conducted through the Coalition should be technically aligned with and complementary to the DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) goals and objectives.  The Coalition will rely on a multiple disciplinary collaboration of researchers from universities to address fundamental research underlying applied problems in fossil energy technologies. The Coalition will be a virtual institute making use of existing university facilities and should not be viewed as a platform on which to build research infrastructure.  However, participating researchers may consider leveraging work against infrastructure available at NETL.

 Research to be conducted through the Coalition will support FE's Strategic Center for Coal (SCC) and the Strategic Center for Natural Gas and Oil (SCNGO). Current active SCC program areas include: 1) Advanced Energy Systems, 2) CO2 Capture, 3) CO2 Storage, and 4) Crosscutting Research. SCNGO participating program areas will include: 1) Natural Gas Resources, 2) Natural Gas Infrastructure, 3) Deepwater Technology, 4) Enhanced Oil Recovery and 5) Methane Hydrates. NETL has expertise in coal, natural gas, and oil technologies; contract and project management; analysis of energy systems; and are actively involved in international energy issues.  (Additional details can be found on the NETL website - http://www.netl.doe.gov/.)

NETL is the lead implementing office for the FE R&D program responsible for a broad spectrum of energy and environmental R&D programs that will return benefits for generations to come. These include, but are not limited to: Enabling domestic coal, natural gas, and oil to economically power our Nation's homes, industries, businesses, and transportation.Protecting our environment and enhancing our energy independence.

In addition to research conducted onsite, NETL's project portfolio includes R&D conducted through partnerships, cooperative research and development agreements, financial assistance, and contractual arrangements with universities and the private sector. Together, these efforts focus a wealth of scientific and engineering talent on creating commercially viable solutions to national energy and environmental problems.

DOE is interested in innovative and novel approaches to engage academic institutional collaboration with ongoing NETL R&D.  The Coalition will be established to bridge the gap between the programmatic "pull" of the DOE Fossil Energy program and the technology "push" of universities and industries.  The FOA will require approaches and capabilities including, but not limited to: development/creation of an effective and efficient management and organizational structure; flexibility and maximization of university/academic participation; means to provide access to the broadest range of technical expertise; methods to track research progress and objectively and quantitatively assess research outcomes; potential for inclusion of meaningful industry involvement; development of a strong technology transfer component; providing flexibility to adapt to the dynamics of FE programs; providing a mechanism for substantial technical involvement and leadership of DOE personnel.

SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

DOE plans to make the Funding Opportunity Announcement available around March 2015.  The Funding Opportunity Announcement will be available for viewing at Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) and at FedConnect (http://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect). Applicants are strongly encouraged to register at these sites to receive notification of announcements posted by the National Energy Technology Laboratory. When the Funding Opportunity Announcement is released, applications will only be received through Grants.gov.

In anticipation of the Funding Opportunity Announcement being released shortly, there are several one-time actions prospective applicants must complete in order to submit an application through Grants.gov (e.g., obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, register with the System for Award Administration (SAM), register with the credential provided, and register with Grants.gov. Due to the likelihood of a short response period, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure these requirements have been met. Detailed information on registering in Grants.gov and the DUNS and SAM process can be found at http://www.grants.gov/documents/19/18243/GrantsgovApplicantUserGuide.pdf . Applicants may use the Grants.gov Organization Registration Checklist at http://www.grants.gov/documents/19/18243/OrganizationRegChecklist.pdf to guide them through the process. Designating an E-Business Point of Contact (E-Business POC) and obtaining a special password called an MPIN are important steps in the SAM registration process.  Applicants not yet registered with SAM and Grants.gov, should allow at least 21 days to complete these requirements. It is strongly recommended that the process be started as soon as possible.

If your organization does not have a DUNS number, go to the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) online registration located at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do to receive a number free of charge or call 1-866-705-5711.

The System for Award Management (SAM) collects, validates, stores, and disseminates business information about the Federal Government's trading partners in support of the contract award, grants, and the electronic payment processes.  To see if your organization is already registered with SAM, check the SAM website located at https://www.sam.gov. You will be able to search SAM by using either organization's DUNS Number or legal business name. If your organization is already registered, take note of who is listed as the organization's E-Business Point of Contact (E-Business POC). This person will be responsible for registering in FedConnect.  If your organization is not registered in SAM, go to the SAM Website at https://www.sam.gov and select "Create an Account" option to begin the registration process.  Please allow up to 14 days for processing of your registration which includes the IRS validating your Employer Identification Number (Taxpayer Identification Number or Social Security Number). The organization's E-Business POC will be designated during the SAM registration process. A special Marketing Partner ID Number (MPIN) is established as a password to verify the E-Business POC.

The DOE will not entertain questions at this time. Once the Funding Opportunity Announcement has been released, a "submit questions" feature will be defined.

DISCLAIMER

This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the DOE's intention to issue this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Any of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Research and Development of Innovative Technologies for Low Impact Hydropower Development (DE-FOA-0001286)
Department of Energy/Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

LOI due May 7, 2015
Full submission due June 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

A recent study by Oak Ridge National Lab1 has shown that there is up to 60 GW of new hydropower development potential available in the United States. Most of the available sites come with challenges with regard to environmental and social sustainability and cost effective development. To address these challenges, DOE's Water Program initiated a new technology program, HydroNEXT to focus on hydropower technology innovation that will foster development of potential new hydropower capacity in the U.S. The HydroNEXT effort continues in 2015, through this FOA, aimed at the development of suitable technologies to overcome environmental, social, and LCOE challenges.

DOE will solicit innovative ideas to harness hydropower that can be rapidly built, removed, and replaced when necessary. Applicants will be encouraged to provide new concepts for alternative hydropower systems that will lower costs of civil infrastructure development, can be deployed in a maximum of 2 years with relatively low environmental impacts, and can be removed or replaced after their intended life is completed. These concepts and systems will be able to operate at a cost that is competitive with traditional sources of generation. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Topic Area 1: Design and laboratory testing of new rapidly deployable hydropower technologies that can be easily removed or replaced at the end of their useful life, including, but not limited to, water impounding structures, water conveying systems, and innovative pre-fabricated structures.

These technologies should be scalable in a range of head from 10 to 50 feet. The applicant will be responsible for first developing a proof of concept design and then advancing the prototype to the next stage of laboratory testing. Specific testing methodologies performed in the laboratory may vary based on the technology being developed. Examples of testing may include tests for structural and hydraulic performance, water-tightness, stability, etc. Applications to this topic area would address Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) in the 3 to 6 range (3 anticipated awards, with an average award amount of $1,500,000).

Topic Area 2: Research on innovative methods and/or materials for construction of conventional hydropower facilities including, but not limited to, concrete alternatives, in- water construction, and innovative advanced tunneling methods. 

This topic area is focused on exploring new, novel concepts associated with civil works construction as it applies to hydropower facilities. Conceptual designs should be based on sound engineering, analysis, and modeling practices. The expectation is that these technologies will be presented in a research paper style document. Applications to this topic area would address TRLs in the 1 to 3 range (2 anticipated awards, with an average award amount of $250,000).

Topic Area 3: Design and laboratory testing of new and innovative conventional hydropower powertrain components such as composite and replaceable blade technologies for turbine runners, new generator technologies, and/or materials and coatings for powertrain components.

This topic area is focused on developments that could be used to extend powertrain component life, and reduce service and maintenance requirements. The applicant will be responsible for first developing a proof of concept design and then advancing component prototype to the next stage of laboratory testing. Specific testing methodologies performed in the laboratory may vary based on the technology being developed. Examples of testing may include tests for efficiency (mechanical/electrical), operating range, cavitation, vibration, etc. Applications to this topic area would address TRLs in the 3 to 6 range (2 anticipated awards, with an average award amount of $1,000,000). 

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Theoretical Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Science (OFES) (DE-FOA-0001336)
Office of Science/Department of Energy

LOI due May 15, 2015
Full submission due June 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving new or renewal grant applications for theoretical and computational research relevant to the U.S. magnetic fusion energy sciences program. Applications selected in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will be funded in Fiscal Year 2016, subject to the appropriation of funds by the Congress. The specific areas of interest are: Macroscopic Stability; Confinement and Transport; Boundary Physics; Plasma Heating & Non-inductive Current Drive; and Energetic Particles.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Magnetic Fusion Energy Sciences (MFES) theory program focuses on advancing the scientific understanding of the fundamental physical processes governing the behavior of magnetically confined plasmas and using this knowledge to improve the design and performance of future fusion power reactors. The efforts supported by this program range from analytical work to the development and application of advanced simulation codes capable of exploiting the potential of next generation high performance computational systems.

Applications responsive to this FOA should address one or more of the following areas:

1. Macroscopic Stability: This area focuses on the macroscopic (device-scale) equilibrium and stability of magnetically confined plasmas, including the prediction, avoidance, control and mitigation of deleterious or performance-limiting instabilities.

2. Confinement and Transport: This area focuses on the understanding and control of the collisional and turbulent physical processes responsible for the loss of heat, momentum and particles from the core of magnetically confined plasmas. Work focused on theory-based predictive transport modeling will also be considered.

3. Boundary Physics: This area focuses on the physical processes dominant in the edge region of magnetically confined plasmas, which is defined as the region from the top of the pedestal just inside the last closed flux surface to the material walls.

4. Plasma Heating & Non-inductive Current Drive: This area focuses on the physical mechanisms involved in the interaction of magnetically confined plasmas with radiofrequency (RF) waves and other external mechanisms used to heat and drive non-inductive current in them, including the interaction of the launching structures with the surrounding plasma.

5. Energetic Particles: This area focuses on the nonlinear interaction and coupling between background plasma, instabilities, and energetic particle populations--including the alpha particles generated by the fusion reactions--and the impact of this interaction on the confinement of the energetic particles and the overall plasma performance.

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SDN-Enabled Terabits Optical Networks for Extreme-Scale Science (DE-FOA-0001295)
Office of Science/Department of Energy

LOI due June 5, 2015
Full submission due July 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Through this program, the sponsor invites grant applications to develop a new generation of intelligent terabit optical network capabilities that will enable new modalities of network-intensive science. The specific focus of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is on addressing this complexity with intelligent and automated technologies that simplify network usage for scientists, automate complex network control and management functions, and improve the productivity and performance of network-intensive science.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Potential technical areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following three major technical areas:

a) SDN-HPON Control Plane Architecture and Protocols: Grant applications are sought to address the challenges of SDN deployment in large-scale networks. Specific areas of interest include but are not limited to the following: a) intra-domain/inter-domain SDN controller architectures requiring multiple controllers; b) controller placement and optimum number of controllers in large networks; c ) SDN network survivability, which covers self-healing, fault-tolerance, and recovery mechanisms for central controllers; d) multi-domain/multi-layer SDN services such as global topology discovery, inter-domain centralized path computation and other capabilities that extend or leverage Traffic Engineering (TE) frameworks, such as MPLS-TE (Multi-Protocol Lambda Switching), GMPLS (Generalized MPLS), OSCARS-TE (On-demand Secure Circuits and Advance Reservation System)-TE. Grant applicants may also focus on a unified approach to Southbound APIs that extend or leverage OpenFlow standards to accommodate different data planes or transport technologies such as packet switching, dynamic virtual circuits, and/or optical Flex-Grid.

b) Intelligent Services for SDN-HPON and Network-intensive Applications: Grant applications are sought to exploit SDN programmability in the development of automated controller services, northbound APIs, and network-aware workflow services to enable network-intensive applications to dynamically interact with networks. These may include but are not limited to a) intelligent bandwidth and storage system resource brokers; b) dynamic end-to-end carrier-class service orchestrators; c) QoS-based network and storage resource virtualization for efficient resource allocation and utilization; and e) smart middleware for data movement, including provisioning mechanisms for Data Transfer Node (DTN) used for ultra-high-speed data transfers.

c) Advanced Deployment of End-to-End SDN-HPON: The focus of this element of the FOA is on large pilot projects or advanced deployment projects designed to demonstrate and validate the end-to-end capabilities of an SDN-HPON in a scientific research environment. Such an effort might require the development or emulation of SDN middleware and services that are not included in the first generation of SDN-enabled devices. The advanced deployment environment should include the following: a) multiple controllers and multiple autonomous network domains that include a WAN and LAN federation with heterogeneous data planes (packet and dynamic virtual circuits); and b) at least two high-end data transfer nodes. Grant applicants are encouraged to propose an end-to-end SDN-HPON pilot project that leverages existing experimental networks or testbeds deployed in national laboratories and in research and educational networks such as ESnet, Internet2, and regional networks. The participation of vendors willing to commit resources to the project for the duration of a potential award is also encouraged. Funding for capital equipment will be very limited. Grant applicants are encouraged to seek research collaboration with vendors or labs that can provide the necessary equipment needed for the project.

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) (DE-FOA-0001329)
Golden Field Office/Department of Energy

LOI due June 26, 2015
Full submission due August 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This program will support many activities in solar training and education. Firstly, it will support coordination among the Solar Training Network (STN), military bases, and the solar industry. This will ensure that solar instructors are well connected to solar employers, the STN materials are up-to-date, and veterans are connected to solar training institutions. Secondly, it will establish new credentials in solar operations & maintenance and mid-scale installations. Next, this FOA will enable solar training and education for professionals in indirect and related fields such as real estate, finance, insurance, fire and code enforcement, and state regulations. Finally, it will support the expansion of the GEARED initiative.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

STEP will help drive down solar soft costs, and increase solar deployment by accomplishing the following objectives: 1. Enable a strong, diverse, and well trained solar workforce; 2. Ensure professionals involved with solar transactions have access to the up-to-date and credible information they need to do their jobs; 3. Ensure demand for power systems engineers is met with well trained and well educated candidates with expertise in Distributed Energy Resources.

This FOA will address pressing needs within three (3) Topics to fill gaps in solar training, credentialing, and education with the ultimate goal of further reducing solar soft costs.

Topic 1 - Solar Workforce Training: Topic 1 seeks to support 2-3 awards that will: 1.) establish an employment coordinator for the STN, 2.) establish a program to coordinate the training of veterans in solar jobs skills, and/or 3.) identify and create new solar credentials.

Topic 2 - Solar Training for Indirect and Related Professions: This topic area seeks to support 2-8 awards that will: 1.) support the development and dissemination of solar reference materials and training to professionals in related fields, and/or 2.) support the development and dissemination of solar reference materials and training to state regulators and policy makers.

Topic 3 - Power Systems Engineering Capacity Building (GEARED): Topic 3 seeks to support 1-3 awards to allow Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) Topic 1 awardees to expand their power systems engineering training activities and stakeholder services to additional utility, industry, and university partners, in order to ensure nationwide impacts, and provide training and workforce development resources where there is demand and interest.

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

September 28, 2015

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. Applications must propose concepts that are not covered by current ARPA-E FOAs and RFIs (Requests for Information) and that also do not represent incremental improvements over existing technology. IDEAS awards are defined as single-phase efforts of durations less than 12 months and cost less than $500,000 and will be issued through Grants.

This FOA is a continuation of the OPEN IDEAS Program announced as a one-year pilot in September 2013. ARPA-E has determined that that the OPEN IDEAS pilot program was a success and, therefore, intends to continue this FOA and has extended the closing date to September 28, 2015. Therefore, the original close date for this FOA - September 26, 2014 - is no longer applicable. Applications will be accepted through the new close date - September 28, 2015. Applications are accepted throughout the duration of this and any subsequent modifications of the IDEAS FOA. In addition ARPA-E has revised the name of this program and removed "OPEN" from the name to differentiate this continuous FOA intended to support proof-of-concept research from the periodic fully open solicitations issued by ARPA-E that support larger technology development projects (up to 36 months and $10,000,000).

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FY 2015 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program (DE-FOA-0001204)
Department of Energy - Office of Science

September 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work 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. On September 3, 1992, DOE published in the Federal Register the Office of Energy Research Financial Assistance Program (now called the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program), 10 CFR 605, as a Final Rule, which contained a solicitation for this program. Information about submission of applications, eligibility, limitations, evaluation and selection processes and other policies and procedures are specified in 10 CFR 605. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DE-FOA-0001204, is our annual, broad, open solicitation that covers all of the research areas in the Office of Science and is open throughout the Fiscal Year. This FOA will remain open until September 30, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern Time, or until it is succeeded by another issuance, whichever occurs first. This annual FOA DE-FOA-0001204 succeeds FOA DE-FOA-0000995, which was published October 1, 2013.

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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

Environmental Health Services Support for Public Health Drinking Water Programs to Reduce Drinking Water Exposures
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

LOI due June 17, 2015
Full submission due June 19, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This FOA seeks applications from state and local health departments and U.S. Territories and Native American tribal public health agencies. Funding these initiatives will improve the recipients' ability to identify and address drinking water (DW) program performance gaps, improve efficiency and effectiveness of DW programs, and to identify and reduce exposures associated with drinking water contamination. The intended audiences of this FOA are communities and populations using small drinking-water systems (e.g., private wells, springs, cisterns, tankered water) that are not covered under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). For example, approximately 13% of U.S. households, or about 43 million people, use private wells in the United States. CDC will fund as many as 20 awards to support DW programs to reduce exposure
to waterborne contaminants that affect public health.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Drinking water programs across the United States demonstrate considerable variation in capacity, partnerships, policy environment, programmatic focus, efficiency, and effectiveness. This programmatic variability is influenced by the type of water resources, the size of the community being served, and the many point and non-point sources of pollution affecting the resource. A particular area of concern for many water programs are the numerous private wells and other small drinking-water systems that are not regulated under the Federal Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). State, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) public health departments are usually the only agencies working to protect the health and well-being of community household members that rely on these systems. State laws and regulations for private wells vary widely and tend to focus only on licensing the entities that construct wells and the construction of those wells. More than half of states in the U.S. do not require testing of private wells
after they are constructed. Where state testing requirements do exist, the testing is usually infrequent (e.g., wells must be tested as part of a real estate transaction). Most DW programs offering services (e.g., water testing from wells and other unregulated drinking water sources) are voluntary and require strong outreach by the STLT health departments to assure the delivery of services.

NOTE: To see the full announcement click on the program link and search for CDC-RFA-EH15-1507. 

 

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Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (DHHS)

June 22, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to improve quality and health outcomes in rural communities through technical assistance to beneficiaries of FORHP quality initiatives such as grantees, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and other rural providers. Assistance will be provided in areas including: data collection and analysis, understanding measure specifications, benchmarking and target-setting, developing and implementing efficient and effective improvement strategies, and tracking the outcomes of quality improvement efforts.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

FORHP is the focal point for rural health activities within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). FORHP is statutorily required to advise the Secretary on the effects of current policies and proposed statutory, regulatory, administrative, and budgetary changes in the programs established under titles XVIII (Medicare) and XIX (Medicaid) on the financial viability of small rural hospitals, the ability of rural areas to attract and retain physicians and other health professionals, and access to (and the quality of) health care in rural areas. FORHP is also statutorily required to coordinate activities within DHHS that relate to rural health care and provide relevant information to the Secretary and other agencies. In addition, FORHP is authorized to provide technical assistance and other activities as necessary to support activities improving health care in rural areas. For more information about FORHP, please visit http://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth.


Within the current health care landscape, reporting and measurement to drive quality improvement has become a major component of health care delivery reform. However, understanding quality reporting and measurement to implement quality improvement initiatives can be a challenge for even the most sophisticated hospitals. Rural providers often experience a wider set of barriers and challenges when it comes to implementing quality improvement strategies, for example fewer personnel and available resources to devote to quality reporting and improvement initiatives or a wider variance in technical knowledge and experience related to quality reporting, measurement and improvement. The existing channels for the needed level of technical assistance and support are limited. Current available technical assistance for quality measurement challenges in low-volume, under-resourced rural hospitals and clinic settings is limited.

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National and Tribal Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Department of Health & Human Services

July 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Through this contract, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) plans to implement Federally-sponsored impact, outcome, and implementation studies of the second round of grants awarded under the extension of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program. The goal of these
studies is to rigorously evaluate approaches being used by HPOG grantees to provide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals with opportunities for education, training, and advancement that lead to jobs that pay well and address the healthcare professions' workforce needs by focusing on sectors expected to either experience labor shortages or have high demand. While these studies will institute a new portfolio of work around the new HPOG grants, they will build on what we have learned and continue to learn from OPRE's current career pathways portfolio (see the description of the components of this portfolio below).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The HPOG program has dual goals: to provide TANF recipients and other low-income individuals with opportunities for education and training that lead to employment and advancement in the healthcare workforce, and to address the increasing shortfall in the supply of healthcare professionals in the face of expanding demand. HPOG grantees are required to carry out their projects in coordination with the state or tribal TANF agency, relevant local and state WIBs, and the state apprenticeship agency. Further, the demonstrations are expected to: (1) target skills and competencies demanded by the healthcare industry; (2) support career pathways, such as an articulated career ladder; (3) result in an employer- or industry-recognized certificate or degree (which can include a license, as well as a Registered Apprenticeship certificate or degree); (4) combine supportive services with education and training services to help participants overcome barriers to employment, as necessary; and (5) provide training services at times and locations that are easily accessible to targeted populations.

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National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness
Office of Head Start/ACF/DHHS

July 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) in partnership with the Office of Child Care (OCC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)/Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)/Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems (DHVECS) announces the availability of an estimated $6,682,500 to be competitively awarded for a National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW). The NCECHW will disseminate high-quality, evidence-based, and research-informed resources, and will provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) agencies and State, Territory, and Tribal Lead Child Care Agencies. The resources and T/TA will address services to children from birth to 5 years, and their families, with additional services for expectant families and school-age children.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NCECHW will provide resources and T/TA that promote the health and developmental potential of children and families in the United States in order to get them school ready and live healthy, productive, and happy lives.  In addition, the NCECHW will provide resources and T/TA in order to: Improve the health and safety of Early Care and Education (ECE) settings; Promote positive child health outcomes for children participating in ECE programs; Increase preventive services related to health outcomes; Promote access to continuous, accessible health services for children and families; Promote mental wellness and resiliency for staff, children, pregnant women, and families; and Strengthen networks and coordination of ECE programs and child health professionals. The NCECHW will maximize the use of previously developed, web-based materials and resources that are consistent with OHS, OCC, and HRSA/MCHB national priorities. The NCECHW will work collaboratively and cooperatively with the other OHS, OCC, and MCHB National T/TA Centers and ACF's regional offices.

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National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement
Office of Head Start/ACF/DHHS

July 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS), in partnership with the Office of Child Care (OCC), announces the availability of an estimated $6,500,000 to be competitively awarded for the purpose of operating a National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement (NCPFCE).  The NCPFCE will develop and manage resources and provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) in a coordinated and collaborative manner to assist early childhood programs with the achievement of effective family and community engagement in support of children's school readiness. The NCPFCE will help programs support pregnant women and families with children ages birth to 5 years old, and the work of the NCPFCE will include, but will not be limited to, integrated and systemic family engagement approaches, relationship building practices with families, consumer education, family leadership, family financial stability, and individualized support for families facing adversity. Because of the complex work of the NCPFCE, the grantee will be expected to bring together a partnership and/or consortium of knowledgeable partners within the field of parent, family, and community engagement.  The NCPFCE will be awarded as part of a group of six National Centers.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Evidence continues to mount that children's earliest experiences have a profound influence on later success. Great changes occur in the developing brain in the early years of life, influenced by both genetic contributions and environmental experiences. Nurturing and stimulating care given in the early years builds optimal brain architecture that allows children to maximize their potential for learning. Interventions in the first years of life are capable of altering the course of development and shift the odds for those at risk of poor outcomes toward more adaptive outcomes.

To meet the needs of our nation's most vulnerable children and families, the ECE programs administered by ACF are designed to both provide enriching early childhood experiences that promote the long-term success of children and assist low-income working parents with the cost of child care. In partnership with families, all ECE programs should meet children's needs and support age-appropriate progress across domains of language and literacy development, cognition and general knowledge, approaches to learning, physical health and well-being and motor development, and social and emotional development that will improve readiness for kindergarten. Head Start (HS), Early Head Start (EHS), and child care programs aim to support the ability of parents, program leaders, early childhood educators, and other community members to interact positively with children in stable, nurturing, and stimulating environments to help create a sturdy foundation for later school achievement, economic productivity, and responsible citizenship. ACF strives to achieve the following goals in all of our early childhood programs:

  • Build successful Early Learning and Development Systems across EHS, HS, child care, and pre-kindergarten;
  • Promote high quality and accountable ECE programs for all children;
  • Improve the health and safety of ECE settings; Ensure a stable and effective early childhood workforce;
  • Improve the physical, developmental, mental health, and social well-being of children in ECE settings;
  • Promote family engagement and support in a child's development with the recognition that parents are their children's primary teachers and advocates; and
  • Build on the strengths and address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse children and families.

Our vision for what all children need to grow up healthy, happy, and successful is the same for all children and families.  However, sometimes the policy structures and funding streams through which ACF operates to support these goals add complexity. What follows are brief descriptions of federal HS/EHS and child care programs to clarify this complexity.

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Department of Justice (DOJ)

SMART FY 15 Campus-Focused Sexual Assault Perpetration Prevention and Education Program
Department of Justice

May 28, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor is seeking applications focused on reducing sexual violence perpetration on college and university campuses through the design and implementation of a comprehensive situational-based sexual assault prevention strategy, which may include educational, structural, environmental, and/or policy components.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of this project is to promote evidence-based knowledge to prevent and reduce sexual assault on college and university campuses. SMART seeks to achieve this goal by developing and implementing situational-based sexual assault prevention programs on college and university campuses. The applicant, in the narrative, will provide the name(s) of the college or university campus(es) intended for implementation. Additionally, applicants must collect information about sexual assault statistics, including rates of victimization and perpetration, adjudication processes and available sanctions, as well as other programs aimed at preventing sexual assault on the campus(es).

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National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime
Office for Victims of Crime/Department of Justice

June 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor is seeking applicants for funding the 15th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to assist OVC in planning and implementing the 15th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime, which will take place in 2016.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of this cooperative agreement is to provide timely training, best practices, and resources to increase and enhance the skills of victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and other allied professionals in order to improve their response to the needs of AI/AN crime victims. Objectives of this cooperative agreement are: (1) To assist OVC in conducting a pre-conference needs assessment. (2) To assist OVC in planning and developing a conference agenda. (3) To assist OVC in identifying a conference site that is cost effective and, preferably, on tribal property. (4) To administer and manage, in coordination with OVC, the planning and monitoring of project activities throughout the cooperative agreement. (5) To support the travel of tribal representatives to the conference through the award of scholarships approved by OVC. (6) To develop a conference Web site; provide speaker, exhibitor, and attendee conference support; provide online registration; and develop conference graphics and materials, all in conjunction with OVC. (7) To assist OVC in presenting a 3-day national conference. (8) To provide OVC with a comprehensive post-conference summary and evaluation reports.

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

Valuation of Fuel Economy of Medium Duty/Heavy Duty Vehicles
Department of Transportation Office/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

May 14, 2015 2:30 pm Eastern

SYNOPSIS:

One of the new rulemaking responsibilities required DOT to conduct a fuel efficiency improvement program for commercial medium- and heavy-duty (MD and HD) on-highway vehicles and work trucks, and to adopt and implement appropriate test methods, measuring metrics, fuel economy standards and compliance and enforcement protocols. On September 15, 2011, NHTSA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule that establishes fuel efficiency and GHG emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses beginning with model year 2014. These standards are expected to result in significant savings and benefits over the lifetime of vehicles built for model years 2014-2018, including, saving a projected 530 million barrels of oil and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by about 270 million metric tons, directly saving vehicle owners and operators an estimated $50 billion in fuel costs and yielding an estimated $49 billion in societal benefits.

There is a lack of data regarding how Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) value fuel economy when designing their vehicles, how customers of MD/HD vehicles value fuel economy and how this valuation affects the design process and customer acceptance of fuel economy technologies. The results of this study will be incorporated into the Volpe model which will estimate the response of manufacturers and customers to future Phase II MD/HD standards. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The primary objective of this study is to document how MD/HD OEMs value fuel economy when designing their vehicles, how customers of MD/HD vehicles value fuel economy when purchasing new vehicles and how this valuation affects the design process and customer acceptance of fuel economy technologies. 

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study (NCER)
Environmental Protection Agency

May 26, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor offers graduate fellowships for master's and doctoral level students in environmentally related fields of study. The sponsor plans to award approximately 80 new fellowships. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, with funding available, under certain circumstances, over a period of five years. The fellowship program provides up to $44,000 per year of support.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in an environmental field. This goal is consistent with the immediate and long-term mission of EPA, to protect public health and the environment. The program has proven to be beneficial to both the public and private sectors by providing a steady stream of well-trained environmental specialists to meet environmental challenges in our society. It has also provided new environmental research in physical, biological, health sciences, and social sciences and engineering.

Fellowship topics are as follows: EPA-2015-STAR-A1 Emerging Environmental Approaches & Challenges: Environmental Innovation (A1); EPA-2015-STAR-A2 Emerging Environmental Approaches & Challenges: Information Science (A2); EPA-2015-STAR-A3 Emerging Environmental Approaches & Challenges: Synthetic Biology for Environmental Purposes (A3); EPA-2015-STAR-B1 Air, Climate & Energy: Clean Air (B1); EPA-2015-STAR-B2 Air, Climate & Energy: Global Change (B2); EPA-2015-STAR-B3 Air, Climate & Energy: Green Energy/Natural Resources Production & Use (B3); EPA-2015-STAR-C1 Chemical Safety for Sustainability: Adverse Impacts from Exposures to Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (C1); EPA-2015-STAR-C2 Chemical Safety for Sustainability: Environmental Health and Safety of Engineered Nanomaterials (C2); EPA-2015-STAR-C3 Chemical Safety for Sustainability: Computational Chemistry for Predictive Technology (C3); EPA-2015-STAR-C4 Chemical Safety and Sustainability - Communicating and Translating Emerging Science for Evaluating Impacts of Chemicals (C4); EPA-2015-STAR-D1 Human Health Risk Assessment: Public Health (D1); EPA-2015-STAR-D2 Human Health Risk Assessment: Risk Assessment and Risk Management (D2); EPA-2015-STAR-E1 Safe and Sustainable Water Resources: Drinking Water (E1); EPA-2015-STAR-E2 Safe and Sustainable Water Resources: Water Quality--Coastal and Estuarine Processes (E2); EPA-2015-STAR-E3 Safe and Sustainable Water Resources: Water Quality--Hydrogeology and Surface Water (E3); EPA-2015-STAR-F1 Sustainable and Healthy Communities: Multidisciplinary Approaches To Optimize Decision Outcomes (F1); EPA-2015-STAR-F2 Sustainable and Healthy Communities - Tribes and American Indian/Alaska Native/Pacific Islander Communities (F2).

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National Farmworker Training (EPA-OPP-2015-001)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

June 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is soliciting applications from eligible parties for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cooperative agreement to provide financial assistance to an eligible organization for a pesticide safety program, including training and education, aimed at reducing exposure to pesticides for agricultural workers, their families and the agricultural community. The grantee will conduct a national program to educate farmworkers about how to reduce risks from pesticides. As part of this program, the grantee will also train pesticide safety educators who will work with farmworker service organizations, growers and other members of the agricultural community in key rural, agricultural areas with high pesticide use and large numbers of farmworkers to conduct interactive pesticide safety programs for agricultural workers and their families. The grantee may utilize existing EPA approved worker and children protection pesticide safety training and education materials or may develop new and/or improved materials to address pesticide safety issues for farmworkers and farmworker children. All training materials should be targeted at the low literacy, predominately non-English speaking agricultural worker population. This announcement provides qualification and application requirements to those interested in submitting applications for fiscal year 2015 through fiscal year 2019. Eligible applicants include: states, U.S. territories or possession, federally recognized Indian tribal governments and Native American Organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, local governments, and individuals and international entities.

The estimated funding available for award in fiscal year 2015 is expected to be approximately $500,000. Incremental funding estimated at $500,000 may be made available for each additional year, allowing the project to continue for a total of five (5) periods of performance (approximately 5 years) and a total of up to $2,500,000 for the five-year period, depending on funding availability, satisfactory performance and other applicable considerations that allow the project to continue.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

EPA expects that the recipient will use funding provided under this solicitation to:

a. Develop and improve pesticide safety training programs and materials for agricultural workers so they can better protect themselves and their children.  

b. Enhance safe working conditions for agricultural field workers, pesticide applicators and other members of the agricultural community at the local, state, national and international levels.

c. Promote environmental justice by improving health for low-income, low-literacy, and predominately non-English speaking farmworkers and farmworker children in rural agricultural areas by reducing exposure to pesticides.

d. Improve collaboration among members of the pesticide safety education and agricultural communities to develop improved pesticide safety programs for protecting farmworkers, pesticide applicators and others members of the agricultural community from the health risks associated with pesticide exposure.

e. Use existing national networks to establish collaboration, training, and education.

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National Tribal Toxics Council (NTTC) Technical Support (EPA-HQ-OPPT-2015-003)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)

June 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants (see Section III A.) to provide technical support to the National Tribal Toxics Council (NTTC) in order to: 1) Represent tribal interests in the development and implementation of chemical risk assessment, risk management and pollution prevention programs; and, 2) Facilitate tribal cooperation with EPA in resolving associated issues. The successful applicant will: 1) Assist federally-recognized tribes, Native Alaskan Villages and intertribal organizations in selecting and maintaining, a geographically diverse membership with a diversity of relevant and technical expertise in the NTTC; 2) Assist the NTTC in maintaining a viable charter that covers activities eligible for EPA funding; and, 3) Provide professional support and participant support costs to the NTTC in the conduct of its meetings and other activities. The National Tribal Toxics Council is intended to:

& raise and assess tribal chemical risk management and pollution prevention program development and implementation issues with OPPT;

& assess national chemical risk management policy and pollution prevention initiatives that affect tribes and Native Alaskan Villages;

& offer a network for tribal chemical risk management officials to share information and represent tribal interests on chemical risk assessment, risk management policy and pollution prevention initiatives that impact tribes; and,

& promote and enhance tribal chemical risk management and pollution prevention program development

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of this project is to improve tribal and EPA collaboration in improving environmental conditions and human health for tribal populations through chemical risk assessment, risk management, reduction and pollution prevention. The objectives of this project are to:

& strengthen tribal chemical risk management and pollution prevention programs where they already exist;

& assist tribes and Native Alaskan Villages that do not have chemical risk management and pollution prevention programs in assessing whether they need such programs and, if so, in developing and implementing such programs;

& facilitate communications between tribes, Native Alaskan Villages and intertribal organizations and other interested partners on chemical risk management and pollution prevention issues;

& increase tribal capacity to understand, assess and manage chemical risks and pollution prevention opportunities;

& enhance tribal consultation and coordination on national chemical risk assessment, risk management policy and pollution prevention initiatives;

& raise any chemical risk management and pollution prevention concerns, interests, inquiries and information communicated to the NTTC by tribes, Native Alaskan Villages, and intertribal organizations to EPA; and, & promote chemical risk management education and pollution prevention awareness and assist in the establishment, development, and implementation of comprehensive chemical risk assessment, risk management and pollution prevention programs in Indian country.

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FY15 and FY16 Region 2 Wetland Program Development Grants (EPA-REG2-WPDG-15-16)
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2

June 19, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. EDT

SYNOPSIS:

Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct and promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. WPDGs assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in building state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to build state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to build local (e.g. county or municipal) programs. All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs. Implementation of wetland protection programs is not an eligible project under this announcement. An implementation project is one that is accomplished through the performance of routine, traditional, or established practices, or a project that is simply intended to carry out a task rather than transfer information or advance the state of knowledge. All monitoring and mapping projects should transfer information or advance the state of knowledge and therefore are eligible under this grant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs as described in Section I. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goals of the EPA's wetland program include increasing the quantity and quality of wetlands in the U.S. by conserving and restoring wetland acreage and improving wetland condition. In pursuing these goals, the EPA seeks to build the capacity of all levels of government to develop and refine effective, comprehensive programs for wetland protection and management. WPDGs provide states, tribes, local governments, interstate agencies, and intertribal consortia (hereafter referred to as applicants or recipients) an opportunity to develop and refine comprehensive state/tribal/local government wetland programs. These programs are meant to:

& build the capacity of state/tribal/local governments to increase the quantity and quality of wetlands in the U.S. by conserving and restoring wetland acreage and improving wetland condition; and

& use one or more of the following "Core Elements" in order to achieve this goal. Core Elements. With the work of many states and tribes, the EPA has distilled a set of core elements, actions, and activities that together comprise a comprehensive wetland program. The EPA has summarized these common core elements, actions, and activities in the Core Elements of an Effective State and Tribal Wetland Program Framework, also called the Core Elements Framework.

The CEF describes in greater detail each of the four core elements that make up an effective state/tribal wetland program. These four core elements are:

1. monitoring and assessment;

2. voluntary restoration and protection;

3. regulatory approaches including CWA 401 certification; and

4. wetland-specific water quality standards. Eligible activities. Each of these four core elements is comprised of several broad "actions" that if collectively carried out would complete that core element. Of this broad array of actions, only some are program development actions (as opposed to implementation actions) that are eligible for funding under this RFP. Examples of actions eligible for funding are listed below as outputs. A larger list of examples of actions that are eligible for funding under this RFP can be found at http://www.epa.gov/cefdevelop/. The statutory authority for WPDGs is Section 104(b)(3) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. §1254(b)(3). Section 104(b)(3) of the CWA restricts the use of these funds to build or refine wetland programs by conducting or promoting the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects (including health and welfare effects), extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. Projects that are demonstrations must involve new or experimental technologies, methods, or approaches.

The EPA expects that the results of the project will be disseminated so that others can benefit from the knowledge gained in the demonstration project. Implementation projects are not eligible for funding under this announcement. A project that is accomplished through the performance of routine, traditional, or established practices, or a project that is simply intended to carry out a task rather than transfer information or advance the state of knowledge, however worthwhile the project might be, is not considered a demonstration project. Wetland mapping as part of a project to build or refine a state/tribal/local government program to research, investigate, experiment, train, demonstrate, survey, and study the causes, effects, extent,

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National Priorities: Life Cycle Costs of Water Infrastructure Alternatives (EPA-G2015-ORD-D1)
Environmental Protection Agency

July 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications that propose research focused on developing tools and models that compare the life-cycle costs of green, grey, and hybrid forms of water infrastructure. One of the high-priority research areas identified by the EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) is developing tools to protect the quantity and quality of water.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Research is needed to assist communities throughout the United States in evaluating investments in green infrastructure that can improve stormwater management in multiple ways, including reducing the volume of stormwater entering the sewer system to decrease the costs of grey infrastructure updates, and by managing stormwater runoff as a resource, not a waste, to enhance scarce water supplies.

EPA is interested in proposals that incorporate all of the following research needs and are national in scope: Development of methods, approaches and models to estimate the life-cycle cost of grey versus green or hybrid green/grey water infrastructure. These methods, approaches and models must have national applicability and focus on infrastructures across multiple scales--from individual practices, business-level practices, to the community sewer-shed scale. These methods, approaches and models should be transferable to different regions of the United States, be able to account for regional variations in costs, and be applicable to extreme weather events. They should allow individual communities to insert place-specific data on capital costs; labor cost; soil conditions; historical, current and forecasted weather conditions; and other local factors that contribute to variations in life cycle costs. These methods, approaches and models should help users to estimate the life-cycle costs of infrastructure projects in a simple and understandable manner. Furthermore, methods, approaches, and models should be scientifically robust and transparently convey uncertainties in the analyses. Models should be non-proprietary, open-source and based on open-access data. Principal investigators should describe how they intend to develop their life-cycle cost models in a manner that can be shared with the general public in a programming language that is generally accessible, including spreadsheet-based models as well as Python or C .

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Field Implementation Meeting Support (EPA-OPP-2015-005)
Environmental Protection Agency

July 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor is soliciting applications from eligible parties for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cooperative agreement to provide financial assistance to an eligible organization to facilitate dialogue and collaboration on pesticide safety programs for the performance period of October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2020. The grantee will plan and coordinate meetings, workshops and conferences ("meetings") that include "partners" (i.e., state, tribal, and territorial pesticide regulatory agencies and university-based extension pesticide safety education programs) and "stakeholders" (e.g., healthcare professionals, nonprofit and professional organizations, associations and others) involved in the safe use of pesticides.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The EPA expects the recipient will use the funding provided under this solicitation to support meetings of EPA's partners and stakeholders. The goal is to advance the protection of humans, communities and ecosystems from the risk of pesticide poisonings, illness and injuries. The objectives are to: a. Improve collaboration on programs and projects among partners and stakeholders that promote the safe use of pesticides; b. Utilize and expand existing networks of partners and stakeholders to enhance pesticide safety programs; and c. Promote environmental justice by protecting underserved and minority populations from health risks associated with pesticide exposure.

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

(Diagnostics) 

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

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Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

&               New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission

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

&               Enable Merchant Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOI due June 5, 2015
Full submission by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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Novice Researcher Program
Gerber Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Amgen Healthcare Donations
Amgen Foundation, Inc.

Receipt

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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Large Companion Animal (Horses and Llamas/Alpacas) - Pilot Study Grants
Morris Animal Foundation

July 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Morris Animal Foundation's Pilot Study Program for large companion animals provides timely funding for innovative ideas to speed up discovery and further the foundation's mission of advancing the health and welfare of large companion animals (Horses and Llamas/Alpacas). Preliminary data are not required to successfully compete for a pilot-study grant.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Pilot-study proposals are evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, relevance to the sponsor's mission and innovativeness of the idea or approach. Proposals on topics relevant to large companion animal health and welfare are welcomed.

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STEM Higher Education
Sloan (Alfred P.) Foundation

The Foundation makes grants year-round.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

There are two subprograms:

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

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

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

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Established Investigator Awards
LAM Foundation

LOI due July 15, 2015
Full submission due September 15, 2015 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

The LAM Foundation provides support for researchers at the post-doctoral level to conduct studies in a field pertinent to lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare lung disease that affects almost exclusively women and strikes in the prime of their lives. Awards are granted for three years. The maximum award amount for each year is $50,000.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Foundation provides support for researchers at the post-doctoral level to conduct studies in a field pertinent to LAM. The goal of this award is to enable investigators to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for more substantial funding from federal agencies. The sponsor or scientific mentor should be a recognized authority in a field of research pertinent to LAM and possess the adequate laboratory and training resources.

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Pilot Project Awards
LAM Foundation

LOI due July 15, 2015
Full submission due September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The LAM Foundation provides support for research projects in regard to lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a progressive lung disease that typically strikes women in the prime of their lives. Eligible candidates must have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree. Awards of up to $25,000 are available, and are granted for one year.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Foundation provides support for investigators to gather sufficient preliminary data for more substantial LAM funding. Examples of competitive LAM proposals include those that focus on the genetic regulation of smooth muscle growth or the development of a smooth muscle cell line that is representative of the LAM lesion. Mechanistic, hypotheses driven approaches of all types are welcomed.

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Wiley Prize in the Biomedical Sciences
Wiley Foundation

July 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor provides an award to recognize breakthrough research in pure or applied life science research that is distinguished by its excellence, originality, and impact on our understanding of biological systems and processes. The award will consist of a $35,000 grant and each year's recipient will deliver a lecture at The Rockefeller University -- the venue for the awards.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences is intended to recognize breakthrough research in pure or applied life science research that is distinguished by its excellence, originality, and impact on our understanding of biological systems and processes. The award may recognize a specific contribution or a series of contributions that demonstrate the nominee's significant leadership in the development of research concepts or their clinical application. Particular emphasis will be placed on research that champions novel approaches and challenges accepted thinking in the biomedical sciences.

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Research Program
Vasculitis Foundation

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of the Vasculitis Foundation Research Program is to provide one or two year seed grants to support pilot studies in researching the: etiology; epidemiology; diagnosis; and treatment, including approaches that would prevent complications, and development of coping skills for living with this disease.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goals of the Research Program are to improve the quality of life for patients with vasculitis and ultimately find the cause/s and cure for vasculitis. The purpose of the Vasculitis Foundation Research Program is to provide one- or two-year seed grants to support pilot studies in researching:

--Etiology/Pathogenesis (could include a broad range of studies of immunity, inflammation, or vascular biology. Relevance to human vasculitis will be taken into account by the reviewers.)

--Epidemiology, including genetics.

--Diagnosis, including identification of disease subtypes.

--Treatment/Management, including therapeutics to treat vasculitis or prevent complications, biomarkers, and psychosocial outcomes.

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Human Rights and International Justice Grants
MacArthur Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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Grants Program
Arca Foundation

August 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Arca Foundation is dedicated to advancing social equity and justice, particularly given the growing disparities in our world. The Foundation supports innovative and strategic efforts that work to advance equity, accountability, social justice and participatory democracy in the US and abroad.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Foundation believes that access to knowledge, vigorous public education and citizen engagement are essential to democracy. However, there exist structures and private interests that serve to limit the transparency of the government, stifle public debate on critical issues, and foster an environment where government is not effectively serving the interests of its citizens.

Domestically, the Foundation is concerned about the promotion of a more equitable, accountable, and transparent economic recovery, and believes that the increasingly dominant role of corporations in our Democracy is serving as a barrier to that recovery. Proposals that engage citizens in the promotion of greater corporate accountability, and that work to build a movement to advance a more just economy and Democracy will be considered. The scope of the Foundation's work is national, therefore it will only consider local and state-based efforts that are part of a national campaign or project.

Internationally, the Foundation has a long history of supporting policy advocacy that advances more just US foreign policies and human rights.

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Research Grants
Guggenheim (Harry Frank) Foundation

August 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Awards normally range from $15,000 to $40,000 per year for one or two years.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.

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

September 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Grants Program
Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

LOI due July 1, 2015
Full submission due September 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to promote the conservation of natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and improve health in the developing world. The foundation helps build capacity within developing countries in its three areas of interest with grants that support research or projects that solve specific problems. The foundation supports projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem in the field. It prefers to support projects addressing underfunded issues and geographic areas.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The foundation's geographic focus is the developing world. It prefers to support organizations located in developing countries or to developed country organizations whose activities are of direct and immediate benefit to developing countries. The foundation does not consider the states of the former Soviet Union or former Eastern Bloc countries as within its geographic focus.

The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation supports special projects and programs of nongovernmental organizations in three primary fields of interest: conservation, food, and health.

Conservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in the developing world. The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that: help conserve viable ecosystems and protect biological diversity in developing countries; and train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training.

Food grants support focused efforts to improve access to food for consumption in developing countries. Areas of interest include projects that: promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries; develop new approaches that address fuel and resource problems related to food production and preparation in developing countries; explore and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale food producers and farmers; and advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops of developing countries.

Health grants support public health programs that are preventive rather than curative in nature. It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that: improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health; and increase the understanding and treatment of tropical diseases.

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Pilot and Feasibility Awards
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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Post Doctoral Fellowship Awards
LAM Foundation

LOI due July 15, 2015
Full submission due September 15, 2015 by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

The LAM Foundation provides support for researchers at the post-doctoral level to conduct studies in a field pertinent to lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare lung disease that affects almost exclusively women and strikes in the prime of their lives. Awards are in the amount of $50,000 per year maximum, renewable for two additional years.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Foundation provides support for researchers at the post-doctoral level to conduct studies in a field pertinent to LAM. The goal of this award is to enable investigators to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for more substantial funding from federal agencies. The sponsor or scientific mentor should be a recognized authority in a field of research pertinent to LAM and possess the adequate laboratory and training resources.

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CFF/NIH-unfunded Grant Award
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

October 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Society for Human Resource Managment Foundation Research Grants
SHRM Foundation

April 1, 2015 and October 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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Mini Projects
Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

 

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Research Grants: 2015 Opportunities
Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Grants Program
Toyota USA Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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ROSES 2015: Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist Program
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Mandatory Step 1 proposals are due May 6, 2015, and full Step 2 proposals are due June 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This solicitation is for investigations in the MSL Participating Scientist (PS) program to enhance the scientific return from the mission by broadening participation in the mission to include new investigations that broaden and/or complement the funded Principal Investigator (PI)-led instrument investigations, thus maximizing the contribution of MSL to the future exploration and scientific understanding of Mars. Participating Scientist proposals can include investigations that are instrument specific or multiinstrument in nature and, in all cases, must include both science analysis and an operational component (commitment to participate in daily operations) in order to be considered. Because the intention is to enhance and broaden the scientific return, investigations submitted by MSL Instrument PIs and Instrument Co-Investigators (Co-Is) will not be considered. Existing Participating Scientists and their PS investigation team members, if they are interested in continuing as Participating Scientists, must propose and successfully recompete.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Selected PSs will become members of the MSL science team and be required to fulfill responsibilities similar to those of current science team members. The PSs will be assigned to the Project Scientist, rather than to an instrument PI. However, the PSs will be invited to attend instrument team meetings relevant to their investigation. The PSs are intended to function primarily as part of an integrated MSL science team during operations, contributing their particular expertise to the mission's ongoing scientific exploration and data analysis. As part of operations, participation of PSs in a Science Theme Group is particularly important. The selected PSs will coordinate their activities and analyses with the MSL science team to achieve the scientific objectives of their PS investigation, within the scope and resources of the MSL project, and ensure dissemination of the results of the investigation to the scientific community and the general public.

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ROSES 2015: Emerging Worlds (step II proposals)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

June 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Emerging Worlds program solicits research proposals to conduct scientific investigations related to understanding the formation and early evolution of our Solar System. It covers the physics and chemistry of events and materials that are relevant to the formation of planets, satellites, and minor bodies, including dust, and to the early history of these bodies.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

For the purposes of this solicitation, formation encompasses events and processes that result in a significant change to the physical or chemical structure of the Solar System, the inventory of bodies in the Solar System (planets, satellites, minor bodies, rings, and dust), or the distribution of bodies in the Solar System. This includes, but is not limited to: Protoplanetary disk formation and evolution; Nebular transport mechanisms; Large-scale chemical and isotopic fractionation processes; Chemical and physical processing of gas, dust, and ice; Formation of organic molecules in space; Formation, accretion, and stability of Solar System bodies; The bulk properties of Solar System bodies; The chemical and physical properties of ancient materials (including asteroids and comets); and The origins of meteorites and meteorite groups.

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ROSES 2015: Exobiology
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Step 1 proposals are due May 22, 2015. Step 2 proposals are due June 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The goal of NASA's Exobiology is to understand the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the Universe. Research is centered on the origin and early evolution of life, the potential of life to adapt to different environments, and the implications for life elsewhere. This research is conducted in the context of NASA's ongoing exploration of our stellar neighborhood and the identification of biosignatures for in situ and remote sensing applications.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The areas of research emphases in this solicitation are as follows: Prebiotic Evolution; Early Evolution of Life and the Biosphere; Evolution of Advanced Life; Large scale environmental change and Macro-evolution; and Biosignatures and Life Elsewhere.

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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Space Technology Research Grants - Early Stage Innovations (ESI) (NNH15ZOA001N-15ESI-B2)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

LOI due June 12, 2015
Full submission due July 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) hereby solicits proposals from accredited U.S. universities for innovative, early-stage space technology research of high priority to NASA's Mission Directorates.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This Appendix seeks proposals on specific space technologies that are currently at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). Investment in innovative low-TRL research increases knowledge and capabilities in response to new questions and requirements, stimulates innovation, and allows more creative solutions to problems constrained by schedule and budget. Moreover, it is investment in fundamental research activities that has historically benefited the Nation on a broader basis, generating new industries and spin-off applications.

Our Nation's universities couple fundamental research with education, encouraging a culture of innovation based on the discovery of knowledge. Universities are, therefore, ideally positioned to both conduct fundamental space technology research and diffuse newly-found knowledge into society at large through graduate students and industrial, government, and other partnerships. STMD investments in space technology research at U.S. universities promote the continued leadership of our universities as an international symbol of the country's scientific innovation, engineering creativity, and technological skill.

This ESI Appendix challenges universities to examine the theoretical feasibility of new ideas and approaches that are critical to making science, space travel, and exploration more effective, affordable, and sustainable.

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

This Appendix exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to one of the following seven topics: Topic 1 - Payload Technologies for Assistive Free-Flyers; Topic 2 - Robotic Mobility Technologies for the Surfaces of Icy Moons; Topic 3 - Integrated Photonics for Space Optical Communication; Topic 4 - Discrete Cellular Materials Assembly, Repair, and Reconfiguration; Topic 5 - Computationally Guided Structural Nanomaterials Design; Topic 6 - Atmospheric Entry Modeling Development Using Orion EFT-1 Flight Data; and Topic 7 - High Voltage PMAD Electronics for Space Applications.

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SPACETECH-REDDI 15 NRA Appendix Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies (NNH15ZOA001N-15STMD-001)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

August 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NASA continues to embrace public-private partnerships to achieve its strategic goals for expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. With the recent increase of U.S. private sector companies interested in space applications, NASA is seeking commercial space technologies that are at a "tipping point" in their development.For the purpose of this Appendix, a space technology is at a tipping point if an investment in a ground development / demonstration or a flight demonstration will result in a significant advancement of the technology's maturation, a high likelihood for utilization of the technology in a commercially fielded space application, and a significant improvement in the offerors' ability to successfully bring the space technology to market. NASA is interested in advancing these new capabilities to a point that industry would develop and qualify them for market without further government investments.

These technologies should have a substantial benefit to both the commercial and government sectors once the validation/demonstration project completes. NASA does not envision supporting the final qualification and acceptance of operational systems, but instead views STMD's role as providing support for key system-level development and demonstration beyond which industry could proceed without additional government investments.

The following topics are anticipated: Topic 1: Robotic In-Space Manufacturing andAssembly of Spacecraft and Space Structures Topic 2: Low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) Instruments for Remote Sensing Applications Topic 3: Small Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control (ADC) Sensors and Actuators Topic 4: Small Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Proposed efforts to this Appendix must be led by U.S. industry. The offeror may propose any teaming arrangement (e.g. academia, non-profit, FFRDC, NASA civil servants, JPL) that optimizes the potential for rapid development and infusion of the space technology. Partnerships with NASA civil servants and Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees are highly encouraged.

It is anticipated the resultant awards will be firm fixed price contracts that will require a minimum 25 percent corporate or customer contribution. All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES by an authorizedorganizational representative (AOR). Detailed submission instructions are provided in the SpaceTech-REDDI-2015 NRA, as well as the Guidebook for Proposers Responding to a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) or Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) (Edition January 2015). Potential proposers and their proposing organizationsare urged to familiarize themselves with the submission system, ensure they areregistered in NSPIRES, and submit the required proposal materials well in advance of the deadline. Interested proposers should monitor the NSPIRES website or subscribe to the electronic notification system for release of the SpaceTech-REDDI-2015 Appendices.

Technical, programmatic, and procurement comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to HQ-STMD-TippingPointAppendix@nasaprs.com. Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the Appendix; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved. CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/NASA/HQ/OPHQDC/NNH15ZOA001N-15STMD-001/listing.html

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Grants for Organizations: Art Works
National Endowment for the Arts

July 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

 

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Student Achievement Grants
NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education

June 1, 2015 and October 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Challenge Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

May 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

June 11, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

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

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Humanities in the Public Square
National Endowment for the Humanities

June 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Humanities in the Public Square program supports scholarly forums, public discussions, and educational resources related to the themes of a new NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

Designed to demonstrate the vital role that humanities ideas can play in our civic life, the Humanities in the Public Square program invites projects that draw on humanities scholarship to engage the public in understanding some of today's most challenging issues and pressing concerns. As NEH launches a year-long celebration of its fiftieth anniversary in September 2015, the Common Good initiative seeks to demonstrate the vital role that the humanities can play in our public life. NEH's enabling legislation speaks eloquently of the need to attend to "the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." Today, as our country grapples with both remarkable opportunities and extraordinary challenges, the "conditions of our national life" suggest that this need is greater than ever.

The Common Good initiative envisions humanities scholars and organizations turning their attention and expertise to topics that have widespread resonance with the American people and that lend themselves to humanistic methods and concerns. Organizations are encouraged to think creatively about what discussion topics would be meaningful to their community. A list of questions that exemplify promising subjects might include the following:

  • How can the humanities illuminate both the positive and worrisome ways in which the remarkable advances in information technology are affecting individuals and communities in contemporary American life?
  • How can the humanities enrich the debate over the appropriate balance of security and privacy that technological advances have placed before us?
  • How can the humanities deepen public understanding of the meaning of democratic citizenship in the twenty-first century in relationship to our founding principles and values, our political history, and our current circumstances?
  • How can the humanities contribute to the understanding of the relationships between humans and the natural world?
  • How can the humanities illuminate the legacies of recent wars and conflicts and contribute to the achievement of a deeper and broader public understanding of the experience and lessons of war? (For more details, see NEH's Standing Togetherinitiative.)
  • How can the humanities contribute to the full incorporation of veterans into civilian life and help all of us appreciate their unique perspectives? (For more details see NEH's Standing Together initiative.)
  • How can the humanities assist the country in addressing the challenges and opportunities created by the changing demographics in many American communities?
  • How can the humanities illuminate the enormous promise of new biomedical technologies and procedures and deepen our understanding of the complex ethical and personal questions they raise? 
  • How can the humanities address the various forms of cultural and political polarization that have become so prevalent in contemporary American life and thereby contribute to the building of new forms of community and understanding?

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Humanities in the Public Square program, a key part of the Common Good initiative, welcomes projects addressing a significant humanities theme that is important to a particular community, region, or state. The theme may be based on one of the questions above or it may address another significant public issue that is informed by the humanities in ways that will appeal to public audiences and concerns.

The project should consist of:

  1. a public forum that engages scholars and humanities practitioners in discussion with a public audience about a theme;
  2. subsequent public programs that would use creative formats to engage audiences in reflection on and discussion of a humanities theme for an extended period of time; and
  3. educational resources that disseminate materials for ongoing use by teachers, students, and/or lifelong learners.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to forge partnerships with other institutions as appropriate (especially state humanities councils), to ensure that the scholarly, public programming, and educational elements are all well conceived and realized. More information on state humanities councils is available here.

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

June 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

 

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

Standard Due Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NIAID Career Transition Award (K22)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

Nature of the career/research transition opportunity

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

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

 

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is November 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Announcement $1.5M DP2 Award
See Program Annoucement

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
See Program Announcement

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

30 days prior to due date
May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

NIDDK Mission: to conduct and support medical research and research training and to disseminate science-based information on diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases, nutritional disorders and obesity; and kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases, to improve people's health and quality of life.

ODS Mission: to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population.

In addition to their respective missions, these institutes and offices recognize that the entry of New Investigators into the ranks of independent, NIH-funded researchers is essential to improve the overall health of this country's biomedical research enterprise. As a result, NIH and the participating components of the organization are deeply committed to the research support of New Investigators. This program will enable New Investigators to successfully gain additional research experience while transitioning to independence, and obtain preliminary data on which to base a subsequent research grant application (i.e., R01-equivalent) within the scientific mission areas of the NIDDK, NIMH and ODS.

 

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Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects for Prevention and Management of Healthcare-Associated Infections (R18)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites applications for Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects focused on prevention, reduction, and effective management of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). This FOA will utilize the AHRQ Large Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grant (R18) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for grant funding to conduct Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination (R18) Projects focused on prevention, reduction, and effective management of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). HAIs are infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a healthcare setting. This FOA announces the availability of funds to support Large Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects, using the R18 mechanism, in the following broad areas of HAI research: development, demonstration, implementation, and evaluation of strategies and approaches for prevention and management of HAIs; and research regarding adoption and implementation (including sustainment and spread/scale-up) of evidence-based approaches for prevention of HAIs.

AHRQ is interested in R18 projects directed to any of the healthcare settings, as scientifically warranted, and is interested in all aspects of HAI prevention and management, including, but not limited to, ambulatory care, ambulatory surgery, long-term care, linkage between the various settings of care to improve tracking of HAIs, antibiotic stewardship, and multidrug resistant organisms and C. diff. AHRQ is interested in R18 projects conducted in under-resources health care settings.

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NIAID Resource-Related Research Projects (R24)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

LOI due 30 days prior to application due date
Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites submission of investigator-initiated Resource-Related Research Projects (R24) applications. The proposed resource must provide a significant benefit to currently funded high priority projects in need of further coordination and support in the areas specified. Under rare circumstances, this mechanism may be used to support development of a new resource to the broader scientific community of the NIAID. It is anticipated that the request for resource support through the R24 activity code will occur on an infrequent basis and only in circumstances where other mechanisms of support from the NIAID are not appropriate. The proposed resources should be relevant to the scientific areas of the NIAID mission including the biology, pathogenesis, and host response to microbes, including HIV; the mechanisms of normal immune function and immune dysfunction resulting in autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, allergy, asthma, and transplant rejection; and translational research to develop vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to prevent and treat infectious, immune-mediated, and allergic diseases. This FOA will utilize the NIH R24 Resource-Related Research Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) requests investigator-initiated Resource-Related Research Projects (R24) applications that may be critical to enhancing synergies among existing programs that address the specific mission of NIAID, as described above. Investigators are encouraged to visit the NIAID website for additional information about the research mission and high-priority research areas of the NIAID http://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/organization/Pages/default.aspx.

The purpose of the Resource-Related Research Projects (R24) grant is to support investigator-initiated research projects that will develop resources to serve biomedical research. A resource is a non-hypothesis-driven activity to provide data, materials, tools, or services that are essential to making the most timely, high quality, and cost-efficient progress in a field. The resource should be available to any qualified investigator, and should be highly quality controlled, replenishable, and not duplicate resources available commercially or through other sources. In providing the resource the grantee should also operate under and maintain procedures for proper storage and shipping of reagents in compliance with domestic and non-domestic laws and regulations (Federal regulations and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements for the shipment of dangerous goods (http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dangerous_goods/Pages/index.aspx).

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Hepatitis C Cooperative Research Centers: Immunity to HCV Infection (U19)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

LOI due May 22, 2015
Full submission due June 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications for research on the host immunological response to Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection with the goal of defining the immune requirements critical to a) protection against HCV infection, and b) successful clearance of HCV infection, conducted through Hepatitis C Cooperative Research Centers (HepC Center(s)). This FOA will use the NIH U19 Research Program - Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA will focus on identifying the protective elements of the immunological response to HCV infection. Readily testable models that integrate robust clinical and laboratory observations are needed to generate new hypotheses to help 1) explain clinical outcomes in HCV infection and 2) design vaccines. Research areas supported under this FOA include, but are not limited to, the following examples:

--The role of non-parenchymal liver cells (e.g. Kupffer cells, NK cells, dendritic cells, hepatic stellate cells) and hepatocytes in HCV infection; in initiating and maintaining antiviral immune responses; their regulation of T-cell and B-cell responses; and the mechanisms of inhibition of those responses.

--The role of virus specific CD4 helper T cells in antiviral responses and the significance of their rapid depletion with the onset of chronicity; development and use of technological advancements for the purification of scarce cells, and multiple analyses of limited amounts of samples.

--The nature of HCV induced T cell exhaustion and their potential recovery both through interferon containing regimens and interferon-free DAA.

--The role of neutralizing and non-neutralizing antibodies against HCV in protection against infection and virus control.

--Identifying critical, minimum elements of a robust immune response against HCV for incorporation into vaccine candidates.

Each Hepatitis C Cooperative Research Center (hereafter, Hep C Center(s)) must incorporate studies using well-defined cohorts of HCV-infected patients and well characterized clinical samples. Studies may include the use of relevant in vitro and available in vivo models. The proposed research should be in the context of the current clinical understanding of HCV infection and may include cohorts of acute infection, chronic infection, successfully treated individuals, individuals who have failed treatment, and other relevant groups. This will provide relevance to findings and potentially aid the development of prophylactic and therapeutic candidates.

 

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Undiagnosed Diseases Gene Function Research (R21) (RFA-RM-15-004)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

LOI due May 24, 2015
Full submission due June 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support gene function studies in collaboration with the NIH Intramural Undiagnosed Diseases Program (NIH-UDP) to investigate the underlying genetics, biochemistry and pathophysiology of newly diagnosed diseases (Diseases of Interest) in association with the respective gene variant(s) identified through the NIH-UDP. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

UDP patients present compelling research questions since clarification of the underlying genetics, biochemistry, cell biology and physiology of these disorders will lead to a better understanding of their disease processes and those of related disorders. Investigation of function of the suspected abnormal allele is a critical step in the process leading to diagnosis and potential treatment of patients with these rare diseases. These studies provide the causal link between the genetic defects and patient phenotypes. Over half of the UDP newly diagnosed diseases (Diseases of Interest) involve neurological dysfunction or developmental delay; the remaining phenotypes span metabolic, skeletal and inflammatory disease among others. A current list of UDP Diseases of Interest and the associated gene variant(s) linked to these diseases is provided through the UDN website (http://www.genome.gov/27551936).
 

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Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia (R15)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications for clinical research focused on biobehavioral or technological interventions to attenuate cognitive decline in individuals with dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or disease- or age-related cognitive decline. There is particular interest in interventions that can be implemented in community settings by the affected individual, informal caregivers, or others in the community. Research to inform the development of such interventions is also of interest, as well as research examining underlying mechanisms and biomarkers associated with response to interventions. It is anticipated that the results of this research will help affected individuals maintain independence and quality of life, improve their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), and additionally help to reduce stress, burden, and other poor outcomes in their caregivers. This FOA will use the NIH R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to stimulate clinical research in order to 1) develop and test biobehavioral or technological interventions designed to attenuate cognitive decline in individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias (e.g., Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or disease- or age-related cognitive decline, 2) inform the development of such interventions, and 3) elucidate the underlying mechanisms and biomarkers associated with response to interventions. Intervention strategies include those that restore or enhance cognitive functioning, prevent or delay the progression of cognitive impairment, or enable individuals to compensate for, or "work around" their cognitive deficits. This FOA is particularly interested in interventions that can be delivered in community settings by individuals, caregivers, or others in the community.

Research projects of interest include, but are not limited to, those that address:

--Biobehavioral interventions aimed at attenuating cognitive decline in individuals with dementia or cognitive impairment, particularly those that can be implemented in community settings by the affected individual, informal caregivers, or others in the community;

--Technology-based interventions that can be used to attenuate cognitive decline, or to deliver biobehavioral or other non-pharmacological interventions aimed at attenuating cognitive decline in individuals with dementia or cognitive impairment;

--The long term effects of cognitive training, physical activity, nutrition, sleep or other modifiable lifestyle and environmental factors that have shown potential to affect cognitive decline in individuals with dementia or cognitive impairment;

--The biological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying the positive effects of biobehavioral or technological interventions; biomarkers that can indicate effectiveness of such interventions;

Interdisciplinary collaborations that include nurse scientists in the project team are strongly encouraged. Additionally, applicants should consider engaging the resources and expertise of nearby or otherwise available Clinical and Translational Science Award grant sites (CTSAs) and/or federally funded research centers where possible.

Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants are intended to create a research opportunity for scientists at institutions that have not previously been major recipients of NIH grant awards. It is anticipated that investigators supported under the AREA program will benefit from the opportunity to conduct independent research; that the grantee institution will benefit from a research environment strengthened through AREA grants and furthered by participation in the diverse extramural programs of the NIH; and that students at recipient institutions will benefit from exposure to and participation in scientific research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

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Exploratory/Developmental Grants Program for Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R21)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications from investigators interested in conducting basic research studies into the biological/genetic causes and mechanisms of cancer health disparities. These awards will support pilot and feasibility studies designed to investigate biological/genetic bases of cancer disparities, such as (1) mechanistic studies of biological factors associated with cancer disparities, (2) the development and testing of new methodologies and models, and (3) secondary data analyses. This FOA is also designed to aid and facilitate the growth of a nationwide cohort of scientists with a high level of basic research expertise in cancer health disparities research who can expand available resources and tools, such as biospecimens, cell lines and methods that are necessary to conduct basic research in cancer health disparities. In addition, the FOA will further the development of scientific areas, providing support for early-stage exploratory projects that lead to future in-depth mechanistic studies (such as R01 projects) of the biology of cancer health disparities.   

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)  encourages grant applications from investigators interested in conducting basic research studies into the biological/genetic causes and mechanisms of cancer health disparities. These awards will support pilot and feasibility studies designed to investigate biological/genetic bases of cancer disparities, such as (1) mechanistic studies of identified biological factors associated with cancer disparities, (2) the development and testing of new methodologies and models, and (3) secondary data analyses. This FOA is also designed to aid and facilitate growth of a nationwide cohort of scientists with a high level of basic research expertise in cancer health disparities who can expand available resources and tools, such as biospecimens, cell lines and methods that are necessary to conduct basic research in cancer health disparities. In addition, the FOA will further the development of scientific areas, providing support for early-stage exploratory projects that lead to future in-depth mechanistic studies (such as R01 projects) of the biology of cancer health disparities.

This FOA will use R21 mechanism and runs in parallel with the companion R01 FOA, PAR-15-093.

The R21 activity code is intended to encourage new exploratory and developmental research projects. For example, such projects could assess the feasibility of a novel area of investigation or a new experimental system that has the potential to enhance cancer disparities-related research. Another example could include the unique and innovative use of an existing methodology to explore a new scientific area. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on cancer disparities research.

Applications for R21 awards should describe projects distinct from those supported through the traditional R01 activity code. For example, long-term projects, or projects designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area, will not be considered for R21 awards. Applications submitted to this FOA should be exploratory and novel. These studies should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications. Projects of limited cost or scope that use widely accepted approaches and methods within well-established fields are not suited to the R21 activity code.

 

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NIH Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)
National Institutes of Health and National Institute of General Medical Sciences

May 28, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of the RISE Program is to increase the number of students from UR groups in biomedical and behavioral research who successfully complete the Ph.D. degree in these fields. In doing so, the overarching expectation is that through its support of new and ongoing institutionally-designed student and faculty developmental programs, the RISE Program will help reduce the gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between UR and non-UR students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences at the national level. At the institutional level, it is expected that the following objectives will be achieved:

  • An increase in the overall number of UR students that complete a Ph.D. and continue biomedical research careers;
  • At least 50% of undergraduate (UG) and 75% of master's RISE-supported students will enter into a Ph.D. program within three years after graduation; and
  • At least 80% of RISE-supported Ph.D. students will complete the degree.

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NIMHD Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH/DHHS

June 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites applications for the NIMHD Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). The purpose of the program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators conducting minority health and health disparities research. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers. This FOA will use the NIH K99/R00 Career Transition Award/Research Transition Award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The objective of the NIMHD Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) is to help outstanding postdoctoral researchers complete needed, mentored training and transition in a timely manner to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. The K99/R00 award is intended to foster the development of a creative, independent research program that will be competitive for subsequent independent funding and that will help advance the mission of the NIMHD.

Health disparities science is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that seeks to develop an integrated understanding of the myriad determinants of health in and across diverse populations. Health disparities researchers view health as the outcome of multiple factors acting at the biological, behavioral, social, and environmental levels across the lifespan and across generations. The field also emphasizes the translation, implementation, and dissemination of such knowledge to improve population health and reduce or eliminate health disparities. The research project must include a focus on one or more NIH-designated health disparity populations, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and rural populations.

The K99/R00 award will provide up to 5 years of support in two phases. The initial (K99) phase will provide support for up to 2 years of mentored postdoctoral research training and career development. The second (R00) phase will provide up to 3 years of independent research support, which is contingent on satisfactory progress during the K99 phase and an approved, independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty position. The two award phases are intended to be continuous in time. Therefore, although exceptions may be possible in limited circumstances, R00 awards will generally only be made to those K99 PDs/PIs who accept independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty positions by the end of the K99 award period.

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Prevention Research in Mid-Life Adults (R01)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and National Institute on Aging (NIA) invite applications for research on mid-life adults (those 50 to 64 years of age) that can inform efforts to optimize health and wellness as individuals age, and prevent illness and disability in later years. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to 1) Identify the unique characteristics of mid-life adults that impact health and wellness and contribute to the prevention of disease and disability; 2) Identify characteristics, influences, and indicators that are important for optimal health in mid-life adults; and 3) Develop strategies that promote health and wellness and prevent illness in this population.

Interventions that promote health, maximize wellness, and prevent illness and disability hold potential for improving long-term health trajectories for this population. This FOA particularly encourages interventions that can be delivered in multiple settings. Studies in disparate groups, such as African American, Native American, and Hispanic populations who have a greater prevalence of illness related to multiple chronic conditions, are especially needed. Research projects of interest include, but are not limited to, those that:

--Identify risk and protective factors (genetic, behavioral, lifestyle, environmental, sociodemographic) during mid-life that promote health and wellness;

--Determine barriers to effective strategies to prevent illness in health disparate mid-life populations;

--Describe patterns of early indicators of disease and disability in mid-life adults and the sequence of preventive strategies that provide maximum benefit;

--Elucidate how age-related perturbations in the microbiome influence biological processes that predispose mid-life adults to chronic illness; develop and test interventions that shift the microbiome toward a protective state;

--Perform observational studies to determine motivational factors that promote wellness in mid-life adults;

--Determine how mid-life status moderates or mediates the link between multiple responsibilities and health related biological risk;

--Develop interventions tailored to the unique challenges faced by mid-life adults that can reverse early signs and symptoms of chronic disease.

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Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R21)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply: February 16, June 16, and October 16 annually

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) invite applications to conduct research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. Specific targeted areas of research include biobehavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities such as biological (e.g., genetics, cellular, organ systems), lifestyle factors, environmental (e.g., physical and family environments) social (e.g., peers), economic, institutional, and cultural and family influences; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known health condition and/or disability; and studies that test and evaluate the comparative effectiveness of health promotion interventions conducted in traditional and nontraditional settings. This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This initiative is designed to stimulate research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. For purposes of this initiative, "health disparities" applies to children who have limited access to resources and privileges that impact their health. As such, this initiative includes a focus on ethnic and racial minority children and populations of underserved children to include: children from low literacy, rural and low-income populations, geographically isolated children, hearing and visually impaired children, physically or mentally disabled children, children of migrant workers, children from immigrant and refugee families, and language minority children. The NIH defines children as individuals 0-21 years of age. The primary purpose of this initiative, therefore, is to encourage intervention studies targeting one of the aforementioned groups. Rather than a singular approach, interventions using a multilevel approach (individual, health system, community, societal) are encouraged. In addition, basic studies designed to further delineate mechanisms/pathways of disparities that lead to the development of interventions are also encouraged. Specific targeted areas of research include biobehavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities such as biological (e.g., genetics, cellular, organ systems), lifestyle factors, environmental (physical and family environments) social (e.g. peers), economic, institutional, and cultural and family influences; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known illness and/or disability; and studies that test and evaluate the comparative effectiveness of health promotion interventions conducted in traditional and nontraditional settings. 

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RFA-CA-15-003--Advanced Development and Validation of Emerging Molecular Analysis Technologies for Cancer Research (R33)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

Optional letters of intent are due 30 days prior to application due date.
Full submission due March 17, 2015 and June 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications proposing research projects on the advanced development of emerging molecular and cellular analysis technologies and technical/analytical validation in an appropriate cancer-relevant biological system. An emerging technology is defined as one that has passed the pilot developmental stage and shows promise, but has not yet been significantly evaluated within the context of its intended use. If successful, these technologies would accelerate research in cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, early detection and screening, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. This FOA solicits projects where proof-of-principle of the proposed technology or methodology has been established and supportive preliminary data are available. Projects proposed to this FOA should reflect the potential to produce a molecular analysis technology with a major impact in a broad area of cancer-relevant research. Projects proposing to use established technologies where the novelty resides in the biological or clinical question being pursued are not appropriate for this solicitation and will not be reviewed. This program will use the NIH R33 Exploratory/Developmental Grants Phase II award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The proposed projects must be focused on the validation and advanced development of an innovative molecular analysis technology that targets the needs of basic, preventative, diagnostic, translational, epidemiological, and/or clinical cancer research or for broad potential use in cancer research. In addition, all projects proposed in response to this FOA must involve all of the following general attributes:

--Potential for substantial Improvements over conventional approaches and/or adding qualitatively new research capabilities not provided by current technologies..

--Transformative Potential. The emphasis of the IMAT program is on technologies that have significant potential to transform research in laboratory and/or clinical settings.

Responsive technologies include relevant techniques, tools, instrumentation, devices, and associated methods. These technologies may be intended for molecular and cellular analyses in vitro, in situ, and/or in vivo (with some exceptions listed below), and may be targeted for the needs of basic, translational, epidemiology, and/or clinical cancer research. However, it must be clear that proposed projects are focused on the development of generally applicable technologies to facilitate research in certain areas (e.g., drug development, biomarker discovery and validation, or epidemiology), NOT on pursuing specific discoveries in those areas. In addition, NCI has an interest in innovative technologies that can facilitate studies on factors contributing to cancer health disparities and thus aiding the goal of reducing the unequal burden of cancer. Projects in any area of cancer-related technology are encouraged provided that the technology proposed meets the requirements stated above, including transformative potential for cancer research and/or oncologic practice. Technologies may target atomic, molecular, sub-cellular, and cellular levels of detection and/or analysis. At the core of any project must be a novel molecular analysis technology (encompassing novel devices, materials, or chemical/biochemical approaches).

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RFA-MH-16-150--Lifespan Human Connectome Project: Development (U01)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

LOI due May 15, 2015
Full submission due June 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applicationshat propose to extend the experimental protocols developed through the HCP to children and adolescents to investigate the structural and functional changes that occur in the brain during typical development. A companion FOA is soliciting applications that apply the HCP protocols to middle age and elderly adults to explore changes that occur during normal aging. This program will use the NIH U01 Research Project Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued as an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research. The Neuroscience Blueprint is a collaborative framework through which 15 NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices jointly support neuroscience-related research, with the aim of accelerating discoveries and reducing the burden of nervous system disorders (for further information, see http://neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/). The Neuroscience Blueprint is supporting a Lifespan Human Connectome Project (L-HCP) to extend the Human Connectome Project (HCP) (http://www.neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/connectome) to map connectivity in the developing, adult, and aging human brain.

The purpose of this FOA is to extend and build on the methods and findings from the ongoing HCP to comprehensively and systematically map structural and functional connectivity of the brain in healthy children and adolescents using protocols comparable to those developed by the HCP. A companion FOA (RFA-AG-16-004, SPIN Program # 45691) will extend and adapt the HCP protocols to middle age and elderly adults. The overall goal of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project (L-HCP) reflected in these two funding opportunities is to advance research by collecting and sharing knowledge of the connectivity of the developing and aging brain. The cumulative outcomes include:

--Integrate 'developmental' and 'aging' connectome with HCP data via comparable neuroimaging and data acquisition and analysis protocols

--Determine the structural and functional connectivity of the brain in typical development, adulthood, and aging

--Assess the variability in brain connectivity across the lifespan

--Link changes in brain connectivity to behavior and genetic variation

--Share knowledge of the lifespan connectome by aggregating, storing and disseminating data via the Connectome Coordination Facility

--Provide a reference dataset of the normative change in brain connectivity across the lifespan that would provide baseline data for, and insights to, understanding normal and pathological changes in brain circuits and networks.

This L-HCP FOA aims to collect structural and functional connectome data representative of the healthy adult and aging brain. Subjects will span the age range of 36 to 90 years old. It is expected that cross-sectional, multi-cohorts of different ages will be identified and that connectome data will be collected from at least 1500 subjects across the adult lifespan. Lifespan projects are strongly encouraged to include multiple timepoints, for at least a subset of participants, allowing for longitudinal (within-subject) analysis of aging trajectories in addition to cross-sectional comparisons.

L-HCP data collection must use neuroimaging and behavioral protocols compatible with the HCP centered at Washington University. The WU-Minn HCP project is using cutting-edge magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) hardware, acquisition and analysis methods and other neuroimaging protocols to collect task-activated functional MRI (t-fMRI), resting-state fMRI (rs-fMRI), advanced diffusion MRI (dMRI), and high resolution structural MRI (s-MRI) data. Demographic data and data regarding sensory, motor, cognitive, emotional, and social function are collected for each subject, as well as blood samples for biochemical analysis and DNA genotyping or sequencing. Extensive description and details on the HCP protocols can be found at Project Overview | Human Connectome Project and 500 Subjects Data Release Reference | Human Connectome Project. HCP FAQs can be found at HCP FAQ: Disease-related Connectome Research | Human Connectome Project. Applicants are urged to consult these documents. Lifespan projects must include rs-fMRI, t-fMRI, dMRI, and sMRI. Tasks chosen for t-fMRI should aim to balance compatibility with tasks employed in the HCP, age-appropriate adaptations, and relevance to scientific hypotheses about sensitive periods in aging.

The L-HCP may include a number of diverse units and activities. Since this initiative seeks to engage outstanding expertise for each of the units and since it is possible that such expertise will not be concentrated at a single site, it is possible that collaborators will be located across disparate locations. All units will need to be carefully overseen and coordinated in order to achieve the specified goals within the project period. This complex effort will require robust administrative structures and processes, objective and independent advice by appropriate experts, and strong professional project management by the grantee. It is anticipated that a dedicated project manager will be needed for the aging component of the L-HCP. In addition, the use of a cooperative agreement mechanism will allow significant involvement of NIH staff in the conduct of this award.

The Lifespan Human Connectome projects will consist of two progressive sets of activities. Year 1 of award, with milestones, will entail the optimization and integration of HCP imaging and behavioral technologies, including pilot data collection, and IRB approval and initiation of subject recruitment. Years 2-4 of award, with milestones, will entail acquisition of connectome data and deposition of data with the Connectome Coordination Facility.

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Advancing Translational and Clinical Probiotic/Prebiotic and Human Microbiome Research (R01)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for nterdisciplinary collaborations across scientific disciplines engaged in microbiome and pro/prebiotic research including, but not limited to: nutritional science, microbiology, virology, microecology and microbiome, genomics, immunology, computational biology, chemistry, bioengineering, as well as integration of omics and computational approaches in DNA technologies. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is twofold: 1. to accelerate translational and clinical Phase I and II a/b safety and efficacy studies for substantiating measurable functional benefits of probiotic/prebiotic components and/or their combinations; and; 2. to understand the underlying mechanisms of their action(s), and variability in responses to these interventions. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA encourages translational and clinical studies using a variety of pro/prebiotic carriers (foods, dietary supplements, etc.) to generate measurable functional evidence for the safety and effectiveness use of pro/prebiotics in maintaining health and/or prevent and treat diseases. If food is used, information should be readily available regarding the food matrix or relevant dietary and microbial composition of it.

Selection of probiotic strains will follow the FAO/WHO recommendations that probiotic microorganisms should not harbor transmissible drug resistance genes encoding resistance to clinically used drugs. Screening and selection criteria for probiotics(s) prebiotics should be focused on probiotic strains with demonstrated quality for a number of parameters in animals and fit for human consumption. Phase I and II a/b studies will require further proof of concept and testing assessments for a number of parameters, including antibiotic resistance assays, screening for virulence factors, resistance to host defense mechanisms and induction of hemolysis.

To ensure valid and reproducible results, appropriate animal models or human subjects enrolled in these studies must be characterized in terms of metabolic, biochemical, microbial, and health or disease status. The FOA will also support studies to develop new or to refine known biomarkers of health and disease with respect to the pro/prebiotics interventions. The impact of pro/prebiotic interventions must be measured and objectively documented for health and/or disease. Where needed, it is mandatory that the applicant (s) proposing clinical studies should provide sufficient details of plans and appropriately documented evidence of pre-IND (Investigational New Drug) status or other relevant regulatory correspondence at the time of application. Prior to any funded award being implemented in humans, investigators would be responsible for obtaining the approval for an IND from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Probiotics, as defined, should be able to survive the passage through the digestive system and proliferate in the gut. Importantly, rigorous genomic and molecular identification and taxonomic profiling using omics based technologies of the species and the strain is crucial. The ability to remain viable at the target site and to be effective should be demonstrated for the strain used (including colony formation units, strain identification and characterization, transient adhesion or interaction with the intestinal epithelium and colonization of the colon, if pertinent). This shows the importance of the food matrix, including the amount of food that must be ingested in order to obtain the health benefit and proof for stability and viability of the strain in the food, until the consumption time. Food and supplements may be transporters of their own microbiomes as ingested and this aspect has to receive appropriate attention, due to microbe-microbe interactions. Understanding the functional niche, evolutionary and ecologic interplay among gut microflora and host physiology including its genetics is critical for designing therapeutic/preventive manipulations of the gastrointestinal microbiota.

Common NIH research areas of interest may include, but are not limited to and are not in any priority order, the following:

1. Identification of the underlying mechanisms of action of pro/prebiotic formulation(s) to prevent and/or treat human diseases including conditions caused by emerging pathogens, such as bacteria, fungi and viruses;

2. Studies of pro/prebiotics interventions on: microbial composition, co-metabolism, microbial-host interactions, and microbiome resilience, as it affects local and systemic metabolism, gene expression and signaling pathways;

3. Interactions of pro/prebiotic formulations with diet, dietary supplements and/or dietary components, which produce microbial metabolites with measurable effects in risk reduction and disease prevention;

4. Development of predictive models to understand variability in response to pro/prebiotic interventions, as influenced by variables such as: nutritional status, dietary patterns, health status, age, gender, race, or other factors;

5. Characterization of probiotic strain activities on glycans and identification of glycan-mediated signaling pathways in health and disease, including further clarification of the effect of probiotics on mucin degradation and its consequences;

6. Examination of the effects of drug abuse (narcotics/opiates) on the efficacy of pre/probiotics and intestinal microbiome/microflora in populations with co-occurring infections including HIV, HCV and others; study how manipulation of the microbiome would alter the human virome and pathogenesis of complications of drug use such as HIV, HCV-related disease, and interactions with pro/prebiotics;

7. Studies of probiotics pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics in healthy and immunocompromised subjects;

8. Development and validation of diagnostic tests and biomarkers to evaluate early response to pro/prebiotics interventions;

9. Analysis of pro/prebiotic effect on resident biofilm-growing pathogens;

10. Analysis of interaction between pro/prebiotics with medications including antibiotics and other chemotherapeutic agents as it relates to bioavailability, treatment outcome, efficacy and adverse events;

11. Metabolomic profiling in samples from individuals/populations undergoing pro/prebiotic intervention to identify individuals/populations susceptible to the intervention;

12. Microbial comparison of oral cavity and gut of individuals undergoing pro/prebiotic intervention.

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Bridging the Gap Between Cancer Mechanism and Population Science (U01)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

LOI due May 17, 2015
Full submission due June 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) invite applications for projects that bridge biological mechanism to population level scales. By incorporating insights and data from one end of the cancer research spectrum into the framework of the other, projects should be able to cross-validate data gathered at different scales, and explore links between basic biology, population science, and potential health applications in treatment, prevention, diagnosis, and/or screening. Proposed projects should pose a challenging cancer research question that can be addressed by connecting these two ends of the research spectrum that would be difficult to address or explain through biological or epidemiological investigation alone. Only a single cohesive project integrating aspects from these two areas is allowed in each application. This program will use the NIH U01 Research Project Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

To be responsive to this FOA, each application is expected to pose a challenging cancer research question that can be addressed by connecting these two ends of the research spectrum (but would be difficult to address or explain through biological or epidemiological investigation alone). Projects addressing such questions will require expertise that crosses boundaries of either area. Therefore, it is anticipated that responsive projects will require teams of biologists and epidemiologists along with their computational collaborators and others, as necessary, to address the question posed by the investigators. It is anticipated that some form of model will be included in the project. Thus, projects may connect biological mechanism models and population models, or inform population models with mechanistic insights, or inform mechanistic models with population science insights.

The scope of the FOA includes any project that poses and addresses a challenging cancer question that can only be addressed by linking these two ends of the cancer spectrum -- biological mechanism and population. These attributes are essential for the proposed project to be considered responsive to this FOA.

Applicants may propose projects to address any of the numerous technical challenges involved in linking models and data across these scales. Possible technical challenges include but are not limited to developing methods that accommodate the different mathematical methods to explain data at the different scales, lack of quantitative data at intermediate scales (cell, tissue, etc.), difficulty in finding effective interface parameters or bridges (both conceptual and technical), and solving computational demands when transitioning from single tumor to a population of individuals. Technical challenges inherent in crossing scales or informing one scale with data, models, and/or insights from the other scale should be effectively formulated, and strategies for solution of these technical challenges should be conceptualized in an innovative and practical manner.

This FOA encourages collaborations between epidemiologists and biologists along with their computational and technical collaborators who would together identify and pose new methods to address an important problem spanning these two ends of the research spectrum. The projects should develop and apply new methods to bridge the scales and inform the chosen question. It is anticipated that projects will add new expertise, data, insights, and/or models to current successful projects. For example, investigators may propose to validate or recalibrate their biological mechanism model using orthogonal population level data, to validate their population data using orthogonal biological data, or to find a method of bridging a model of biological mechanism and a population model to explain or explore a cancer question that spans these models. Investigators may also propose to explore provocative observations at the population scale to inform further biological experimentation and mechanistic understanding of the population level phenomenon or to reconcile mechanistic observations or models that are inconsistent with population level data.

Note: Only a single, cohesive project per application is allowed in response to this FOA.

Examples of projects that would be considered responsive to this FOA include but are not limited to the following:

--Explaining unexpected population level observations through an understanding or exploration of the biological mechanistic underpinning;

--Using mechanistic models of tumor initiation and progression to refine and optimize biopsy sampling (in terms of, e.g., the timing, number, and location of biopsies);

--Using modeling to move from descriptive epidemiology to a mechanistic understanding of cancer epidemiology informed by biology (e.g., understanding disparate demographics in a precursor lesion relative to the subsequent cancer); and

--Modeling prognosis and/or cancer therapy strategies with validation against independently collected population data, such as SEER survival data.

NIAAA Areas of Interest. The NIAAA is interested in applications that will meet all the requirements specified in the FOA but with the topic of the project relevant to the intersection of alcohol and cancer. Examples of topics of interest include but are not limited to the relationship between alcohol consumption and cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract, breast, colon/rectum, and pancreas. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIAAA program officer prior to preparing an application to discuss topicality and responsiveness.

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Innovations for Healthy Living - Improving Population Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R43/R44)
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

LOI due June 23, 2015
Full submission due July 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to develop    a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes and in preventing disease and improving health. Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

NIMHD is committed to supporting a wide range of research aimed at the development of innovative diagnostics, treatments, and preventative strategies and making these products available and accessible to those individuals and communities bearing disproportionate burdens of illness. Technologies to address the unique challenges encountered in rural areas are of particular interest, including technologies to support healthy eating and active living, access and utilization of important government services and new scientific information and technologies that can help improve their quality of life; decrease food insecurity and decrease childhood obesity rates. Technologies to be developed may be new and innovative or they may arise from existing technologies that by redesign create increased and more attractive opportunities for health disparity populations to experience better health, improve their current health, prevent and treat disease, and maintain a long and healthy lifestyle. Nutrition related technologies should not duplicate existing information and should use science-based nutrition content from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 or from sources of federal nutrition communications for the public, such as http://www.choosemyplate.gov

or http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/team-nutrition. Empowering technologies are appealing, attractive, accessible, easy to use, adoptable, affordable and sustainable. To be effective, a technology should provide users improvements in access, affordability, health status and well-being relative to their current health status and well-being. The technology should be reliable, robust, and have reproducible outcomes. Ideally, the proposed technology should improve health through increased opportunities for enhanced access to: 

  • Healthcare institutions and providers, including those in geographically remote or physically difficult to access locations;
  • New or increased patient populations especially, those located in geographically remote or physically difficult to access locations;
  • Medical and health knowledge through increased opportunities for individuals with limited English proficiency or low health, food or media literacy;
  • Diverse medical and non-medical providers and organizations, including medical specialists, appropriately resourced small or large centers with access to advanced medical technologies,  and organizations dedicated to health promotion through access to nutritious food, such as farmers markets, etc.;  
  • Publicly available resources including free and/or affordable and sustainable insurance coverage, enrollment in social safety net programs, such as the women, infants, and children special supplemental nutrition program (WIC), Medicaid, social security, school meals, etc.;
  • Healthcare delivered in culturally acceptable and respectful manners and in safe environments; and
  • Quality healthcare appropriately priced for diverse providers, hospitals, community-health care centers, primary care physicians, etc., and patients. 
Specific Areas of Research Interest

Technologies that might achieve the objectives of this initiative include but are not limited to:                

  • Innovative products or services that facilitate or enhance multisectorial or multigenerational interventions, such as coordinated enrollment or delivery of benefits and services, or care coordination between primary care providers, hospital emergency department staff, specialty physicians, nurse practitioners, providers of mental health and behavioral health services, patient navigators, nutrition counselors, etc., in medically underserved communities and regions;
  • Culturally attuned behavioral interventions or low-cost tools and technologies (e.g. software apps for mobile devices) that empower and promote opportunities for individuals and communities to  engage in health-seeking behaviors (healthy eating and cooking, diet choice, grocery shopping, meal planning and budgeting,  nutrition counseling, exercise/physical activity, oral hygiene, medication adherence, child immunizations, breast feeding, etc.) and to avoid risky behaviors (smoking, alcohol/drug misuse, unsafe sex, etc.);
  • Tools, technologies, and methods for detecting, measuring, and assessing a broad array of unhealthy social and environmental exposures (stress, pollutants, allergens, noise, crime, etc.), and for characterizing cumulative exposures to these environments (exposomes) for individuals and communities and linking this information to physiological responses and health indicators at the individual and population levels. These technologies may include efforts to improve data collection and data integration across disparate data sources, including clinical patient data, public health data, census data, housing data, employment data, crime statistics, etc., and overcome data/information barriers and thus increase opportunities and ease of use electronic and digitized data. Technologies increasing ease of learning about and applying for supplemental nutrition benefits, enrolling children for school meals and meeting eligibility requirements for Medicaid, are of priority interest;     
  • Products or services that expand opportunities to access and utilize high-quality pre or postnatal care, including nutrition promotion and breastfeeding support, and thereby reduce the frequency of high-risk pregnancies in health disparities populations;
  • Products or services that engage, empower, and motivate individuals and communities to enhance the quality of life and reduce health disparities among people with disabilities;
  • Culturally appropriate survey instruments, tools, modules and databases to promote community-based research engaging racial/ethnic minorities, rural and other medically underserved communities;
  • Culturally appropriate, evidence-based health empowering promotion and disease prevention educational media such as software, informational videos, printed materials for health disparities populations and disadvantaged communities;
  • Innovative software, tools and technology for promoting healthy food selection, preparation, and consumption, community gardening, nutrition, cooking, and science and health education, such as curriculum materials, interactive teaching aids, models for classroom instruction for early childhood, K-12,  undergraduate students, and the general public;
  • Mobile health (mHealth), mobile nutrition, and telehealth/telemedicine technologies and apps for communication, diagnosis, monitoring, evaluation, medical management, tracking and treatment in underserved community settings and rural and remote locations.

 

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Discovery of the Genetic Basis of Structural Birth Defects and of Childhood Cancers: Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (X01)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS

LOI due June 27, 2015
Full submission due July 27, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications to use whole genome sequencing at an NHGRI-supported sequencing center to investigate the genetic etiology of structural birth defects, and to further elucidate the genetic contribution to childhood cancers and the genomic contributions to treatment failure for childhood sarcomas. These data will become part of a data resource for the pediatric research community. Information from this activity will be used to help design future activities of the Gabriella Miller Kids First (Kids First) Pediatric Research Program. This FOA will use the NIH X01 Resource Access Award mechanism. This FOA is a Common Fund initiative (http://commonfund.nih.gov) through the NIH Office of the Director, Office of Strategic Coordination (http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/osc/). The FOA will be administered by a trans-NIH team led by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) on behalf of the NIH Common Fund.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

In response to The Gabriella Miller Kids First Act https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2019/text), NIH, through the Common Fund, has established the Gabriella Miller Kids First (Kids First) Pediatric Research Program. The Program seeks to develop an integrated Pediatric Research Data Resource populated by genomic and phenotypic data that will be of high value for the pediatric research community. The Kids First program is expected to be a ten-year effort with the building of an integrated data resource establishing the capability to effectively mine data across diverse conditions to uncover shared developmental pathways. The overall goal is to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of disease, leading to more refined diagnostic capabilities and ultimately more targeted therapies or interventions.

As an initial step toward this goal, this FOA is intended to identify samples for genome sequencing that will help elucidate the etiology of structural birth defects and the genetic contribution to childhood cancers. As a "jumpstart" for the larger Precision Medicine initiative, expected to begin in FY16, there is a special opportunity to propose cohorts of pediatric sarcoma patients in which the cancer has failed to respond to therapy. Data obtained from these projects will contribute to the Kids First Data Resource, and PDs/PIs of these projects will participate in a Kids First Consortium that is expected to be established in FY 2016. Members of this consortium will work collaboratively to establish the integrated Data Resource.

This FOA invites X01 applications that will propose DNA samples from subjects with structural birth defects that are appropriate for genome sequencing. Although it is anticipated that study populations will consist of samples collected from participants with structural birth defects and their parents (trios), other study designs will be considered. Unless strongly justified, a minimum sample set of 100 trios is expected in each application. Study populations with defects that affect multiple organ systems are especially encouraged. Populations with syndromic conditions that exhibit intellectual or neurobehavioral disabilities as part of the phenotype are acceptable, as long as the focus of the project is on associated structural birth defects.

This FOA also invites X01 applications that will propose DNA samples from childhood cancer cohorts for which a genetic basis is suspected but not identified, or cohorts of pediatric sarcoma patients where the cancer has failed to respond to therapy. Study populations should be proposed for which important questions about the genetics/genomics of childhood cancers through the application of whole genome sequencing can be addressed. It is anticipated that study populations will consist of samples collected from participants with cancer and their parents (trios), other study designs will be considered. Note that submission of tumor DNA is encouraged when whole genome sequencing of the tumor will provide additional insight into the genetic contribution to the cancer(s) under study. Study populations of cohorts with treatment-resistant sarcomas are expected to submit both normal germline and tumor DNA for sequencing.

The samples selected under this FOA must have existing genomic DNA and participants must have given consent to allow sharing of resulting genome sequence and relevant phenotype data through dbGaP or other NIH-approved repository. No funds will be provided to collect samples, perform additional phenotyping, acquire other data types, or obtain new consent for existing samples. However, future initiatives within the Kids First program may provide support for these activities; cohorts that have provided consent to be recontacted for additional studies are therefore encouraged.

Projects selected under this FOA will be expected to work with the genome sequencing component(s) selected by the NIH for this initiative in a collaborative manner; that component(s) will produce the genome sequence and variant data sets.

Current plans are to produce whole genome sequence data. Genome sequence data production will be carried out by a separate component of the Kids First Pediatric Research Program; genomic and phenotypic data will be made available through the Data Resource.

For childhood cancers, applicants are expected to identify informative cohorts with specimens suitable for sequencing, with a focus on cancers with a suspected genetic basis. Note that submission of tumor DNA is encouraged when whole genome sequencing of the tumor will provide additional insight into the genetic contribution to the cancer(s) under study.

In order to rapidly initiate this effort, the Kids First Program seeks applications for sample sets that can be ready for genomic sequencing as soon as possible after the receipt date of this FOA. After approval to access the genome sequencing capacity, X01 applicants will work with the NIH and the designated sequencing center to determine the timing and number of DNA samples to be sequenced. Details of sample requirements (amount, concentration, quality) will be provided to investigators. It is expected that the sequencing center(s) will provide reasonable funds to cover costs of shipping of samples.

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Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery (R01)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

LOI due June 29, 2015
Full submission due July 29, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications proposing innovative, high risk, high impact research to identify novel HIV vaccine concepts and targets. A further focus is to answer important scientific questions that will aid in the design and development of an effective immunogen that may provide long-term safe protection from either acquisition of or ongoing infection by HIV.  Thus, this FOA aims to support early discovery research by supporting the testing of novel hypotheses and approaches, and to reward initial success with continued funding that is dependent upon achieving applicant-proposed and pre-award negotiated "Go/No-Go criteria" by the year-2 progress report.  

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate research on innovative, high risk/high impact vaccine approaches, and on critical questions related to vaccine discovery that may provide long term safe protection from acquisition of, or ongoing infection by, HIV.  Developing an effective vaccine requires a better understanding of how to optimally trigger multiple adaptive T and B cell responses, and possibly innate immunity as well, so as to prevent or limit the initial infection and/or elicit responses that contain and eliminate virus that manages to establish infection and latent reservoirs.

Projects proposed will be expected to explore and test novel hypotheses to significantly impact the design of immunogens or immunization strategies leading to an effective HIV vaccine.  Advances in biomedical technologies, such as molecular and structural imaging, high-throughput deep sequencing, new ways of probing antibody and cellular gene repertoires, improved animal models, novel adjuvants and more efficient vaccine delivery systems, have generated insights into the virology and immunology of HIV.  Thus, it is critically important that the vaccine discovery efforts being encouraged by this FOA continue to exploit and advance these evolving research tools. While aiming to support novel approaches that significantly impact our understanding of how to create an effective HIV vaccine, this FOA explicitly encourages applications from new investigators and investigators new to the HIV vaccine field, and seeks to promote interdisciplinary cross-collaborations among virologists, immunologists, molecular and systems biologists, microbiologists, clinical scientists and other relevant specialists.

 

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Juvenile Protective Factors and Their Effects on Aging (R01)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

March 5, 2015 or July 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of this FOA is to invite both descriptive studies to identify putative juvenile protective factors, experimental studies to test hypotheses about their effects on aging, and translational studies to explore the potential risks and benefits of maintaining or modulating the level of juvenile protective factors in adult life.  Juvenile protective factors are physiological factors that maintain or enhance certain functions across all or some stages of post-natal maturation, but which diminish or disappear during transitions between developmental stages (e.g., infancy, adiposity rebound, adrenarche, puberty, growth cessation).  This FOA is uniquely focused on studies which involve comparisons between post-natal developmental stages or pre- vs. post-maturational changes to identify potential juvenile protective factors and their effects on aging.  Studies in in vitro models, in laboratory animals or in humans may be proposed.  

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this FOA is to invite both descriptive studies to identify putative juvenile protective factors, experimental studies to test hypotheses about their effects on aging, and translational studies to explore the potential risks and benefits of maintaining or modulating the level of modulating juvenile factors in adult life. This FOA is uniquely focused on studies which involve comparisons between post natal developmental stages or pre- vs. post-maturational changes to identify potential juvenile protective factors and their effects on aging. Studies in in vitro models, laboratory animals or humans may be proposed.

Examples of approaches include but are not limited to:

Identifying factors during post-natal growth and development that change during maturation (e.g., at specific maturational stages) and may subsequently influence aging changes in adult life.  Attention to a variety of maturational stages and transitions between stages (e.g., cessation of whole-body or specific organ growth) at which changes in factors of interest could occur is encouraged.  For example, studies of potential juvenile protective factors may involve comparisons of pre- and post-developmental stages, transitional phases during a specific developmental stage (e.g., pubertal transition or adiposity rebound), or pre- and post- maturity (e.g., comparison pre- and post- closure of the epiphyseal plates in bone). Studies on specific "candidate" protective factors that may affect aging processes, as well as genomic, proteomic and metabolomic screening approaches for possible changes in multiple factors are encouraged. 

Exploration of possible links between maturational changes and progression of aging changes by examining the relationships between polymorphisms or mutations that influence/alter maturational changes and post-maturational aging changes.

Explore the role of epigenetics in the control of the prolongation or cessation of the synthesis and release of juvenile factors and their receptors.

Elucidate the relationships between sexual dimorphism in maturational changes and their subsequent contribution to gender differences in the progression of aging changes in adult life.

Epidemiologic approaches using existing longitudinal cohorts or biospecimen repositories may also be proposed to explore whether possible juvenile protective factors are associated with preserved health/function with advancing age or reduced risk factors for age-related outcomes.

In vitro experimental studies using cells, tissues, or circulating factors from humans (including human cord blood or saliva samples) or laboratory animals of differing maturational stages and from adults, to determine effects of juvenile factors (and age-related changes in activity of such factors) on in vitro properties of adult cells or tissues. 

Characterization of postnatal developmental changes (factors that constrict or expand those changes) in specific populations of stem/progenitor cells (e.g., circulating, heart, skeletal muscle, bone, and brain).

Identification of juvenile protective factors that could maintain or enhance nervous system structure and function in aging.  Juvenile neuroprotective factors might prevent age-related brain atrophy, neurodegeneration, myelin loss, synaptic dysfunction or metabolic decline, or promote neuroplasticity and improvement in sensory, motor and cognitive function.

Intervention studies to determine effects of maintaining specific juvenile factors into adulthood, or of restoring levels of such factors to juvenile levels on the development or severity of age-related pathologies, functional impairments, and alterations in responses to stressors.   Such studies could include studies of the effects of interventions such as genetic manipulations (e.g., transgenic or knockout animal models with altered maturational changes), administration of circulating or tissue factors, heterochronic cell or tissue transplants, and parabiotic studies. Studies using pharmacological manipulations of putative juvenile protective factors (i.e., drugs which restore levels of a "candidate" juvenile protective factor) are also welcomed. Both beneficial and adverse effects of such interventions are of interest.

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Research on Children in Military Families: The Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration on Child and Family Functioning (R13)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is April 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsors invite applications for support of interdisciplinary conferences and meetings to examine critical questions regarding the impact of parental military deployment, combat-related stress and reintegration with the family on child social and affective development outcomes as well as on family functioning. This FOA will utilize the NIH R13 Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support high quality conferences/scientific meetings that are relevant to its scientific mission and to the public health. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is interested in applications which focus on behavioral, cognitive and neurobiological factors as antecedents to, or impacting on, consequences of drug abuse. Of particular interest are studies aimed at reducing drug abuse and addiction and its associated adverse social, behavioral, and health consequences. There are few research studies targeting particular concerns of military families, especially the effect of military life on neurodevelopment and substance use outcomes for children. NIDA co-sponsorship of this PA would encourage scientific meetings on parental military deployment, combat-related stress and reintegration with the family which is likely to affect cognitive, behavioral, social and affective processes that are known to influence substance use, abuse, and addiction in the children within these families. This knowledge may also inform novel treatments that are sensitive to the effects of stress and trauma from military deployment on child development outcomes and risk for drug abuse. Relevant questions include but are not limited to the following:

--What is known about the impact of parental military deployment on child outcomes? Are there specific impacts on child adjustment when the mother or female head of household is deployed?

--How do parenting practices change when the military parent returns home from combat? Are there gender differences? Are there differences among racial/ethnic groups? How do these changes in parenting practices affect child adjustment and mental health outcomes?

--To what extent do combat related PTSD and co-morbid conditions such as substance use disorders, depression, sleep disturbance, and other anxiety disorders interfere with parenting?

--What is known about the ways in which combat exposure affects marital relations, family roles and responsibilities, and family dynamics? Are there gender differences in the ways in which combat-related stress and PTSD affect family functioning and child adjustment outcomes?

--What is the process of adjustment when military personnel return home and the long-term consequences of separation and reintegration on children's development?

--What effect does the anticipation of deployment or multiple deployments have on family functioning and child adjustment?

--What is known about the health and adjustment of children and families in National Guard and Reserves versus Active Duty military?

--Are there particular family/child vulnerabilities or risk factors that are exacerbated by parental military service and combat related PTSD? Are there particular protective factors that may buffer against challenges associated with combat related PTSD?

--To what extent do parental military deployment, combat-related stress and reintegration with the family affect cognitive, behavioral, social and affective processes that are known to influence substance use, abuse, and addiction in the children within these families?

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NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) provides the Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research to provide junior faculty support and protected time (up to three years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in neuroscience research. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will utilize the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of the Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research is to support an intensive, supervised career development and scientific mentoring experience for promising senior postdoctoral or junior investigators to obtain research independence during the performance period of the award. The proposed career development experience is expected to substantially contribute to the research capabilities of the applicant, and research should be in a mission related area of interest to the NINDS. The Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research will support an intensive, supervised research career development experience for underrepresented career neuroscientists that will provide them with the skills necessary to develop competitively funded and independent research programs. The expectation is that through this sustained period of protected research career development and training, awardees will launch independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (R01) funding.

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Global Omics Approaches Targeting Adverse Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes Utilizing Existing Cohorts (R01)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

Submission Window: September 7, 2015 to October 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications utilizing state of the science "Omics" technologies (such as genomics epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics), coupled to powerful bioinformatics tools, to target important pregnancy and neonatal health problems by using existing cohorts. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage the research community to develop applications for applying the state of the science "Omics" technologies to address important pregnancy and neonatal health issues by using existing cohorts that are of sufficient size to obtain meaningful results using these technologies. "Omics" approaches will be used to delineate the molecular mechanisms as well as to identify new biomarkers that predict adverse pregnancy or neonatal outcomes. The goal of this initiative is to hasten the discovery of the pathophysiology of adverse health pregnancy outcomes, discover novel target molecules and diagnostic biomarkers, and ultimately aid in formulating more effective interventional strategies for their management and prevention. It is anticipated that this initiative will help discoveries concerning major maternal and neonatal health problems by using state of the science technologies by analyzing archived materials from existing, well-characterized cohorts. The FOA encourages applicants to propose how they will utilize such existing cohorts, and how they will comply with the data sharing policies so that the resulting outcomes will further maximize our return on our research investment.

This FOA invites research projects that utilize large, existing, well-phenotyped cohorts in conjunction with global "Omics" approaches. The scope of the FOA includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

--Adverse pregnancy outcomes to include preterm birth, preeclampsia, stillbirth and fetal growth restriction.

--Neonatal topics to develop biomarkers for predicting the development and short-and long-term outcomes of major neonatal conditions, such as sepsis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, intracranial hemorrhage, periventricular leukomalacia and neonatal encephalopathy, necrotizing enterocolitis, and retinopathy of prematurity. Studies with neurodevelopmental follow up are desirable.

--Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

--The study of biologic processes and their trajectories that determine a healthy pregnancy and infant outcome that would provide a foundation to better understand the pathophysiology of adverse outcomes. Cohorts addressing this topic should have longitudinal measures to serve as basis for understanding disease processes.

In the interest of stimulating research that will lead to new breakthroughs in maternal, fetal and infant health, the following types of studies are highly encouraged:

--"Omic" approaches that encompass an initial unbiased discovery phase in one cohort followed up with a validation phase of the identified candidate markers in an alternate cohort(s).

--System biology approaches that integrate multiple "Omic" analyses from the genome, transcriptome, proteome, and/or the metabolome.

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NICHD Research Short Courses (R25)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

LOI's are due 30 days before the full application date
Full submissions are due January 25, 2015, May 25, 2015 and September 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications for grants to develop and conduct short-term research education programs to improve the knowledge and skills of a broad-based community of biomedical and behavioral researchers conducting research on reproductive, developmental, behavioral, social, and rehabilitative processes that determine the health and well-being of newborns, infants, children, adults, families, and populations. The program should include both didactic and hands-on experiences. If appropriate, the program may include activities to disseminate course materials and instructional experience to the scientific community. Programs focusing on uses of model organisms are encouraged. This FOA will utilize the NIH R25 Education Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NICHD Research Education Grants (R25) are designed to assist institutions to establish, expand, or improve programs of continuing professional education, especially for programs dealing with new developments in the science or technology of the profession. The mechanism is intended for the support of short, advanced-level courses, to emphasize new techniques and enhance skills of scientists. Depending on the goals of the proposed training programs, the duration of the short courses can vary from one week or less to a maximum of 12 weeks. Recurring courses are welcome. Although research education grants are not typical research instruments, they do involve experiments in education and/or dissemination of research knowledge that require an evaluation plan in order to determine their effectiveness. As such, each application must include a plan to evaluate the activities proposed. For some types of projects, a plan for disseminating results may also be appropriate and may be required as well. The NICHD invites R25 applications in any research area relevant to the mission of the Institute as represented by its program areas:

--Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine.

--Maternal and Child Health.

--Contraception, Reproduction, and Population Research.

--Medical Rehabilitation Research.

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NINDS Research Education Opportunities (R25)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

January 25, 2015; May 25, 2015; September 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for the initiation or continuation of nationally-available neuroscience research education programs that will significantly advance the mission of NINDS. This FOA will utilize the NIH R25 Education Projects award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports applications from organizations that propose neuroscience research education programs that will significantly advance the mission of the NINDS. The NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism is designed to support the development and implementation of creative and innovative neuroscience research education programs for biomedical, behavioral, and clinical researchers. Educational programs in all areas of research (basic, clinical and translational) are eligible. Programs must provide a critical educational experience not already available at a local or national level. Such research education programs might include courses that bring together national and international leaders in a field, or multiple fields, to provide intellectual, technical, theoretical and/or practical knowledge to trainees, to promote the conduct of cutting edge scientific inquiry. Alternatively, research education programs might include narrowly focused courses that provide an in-depth understanding of, and practical experience with, a research process, such as that required for a technology-driven research area, clinical trial design or pre-clinical, translational research. Regardless of focus, it is anticipated that programs submitted to this FOA will involve a practicum as a significant part of the experience.

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Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/NIH/DHHS

LOI due 30 days prior to application due date
Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies. Additionally, this FOA seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health researchers and experts in computational approaches to further the development of modeling- and simulation-based systems science methodologies and their application to important public health challenges. This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Development of Measures of Fatigability in Older Adults (R21)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

LOI due September 1, 2015
Full submission due October 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute on Aging (NIA) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) invite applications to develop and evaluate measures of fatigability. This FOA is not intended to support the addition of one more instrument to the extensive assortment of existing fatigue measures. Rather, this FOA is intended to substantially advance the science of disability measurement through development of a qualitatively different construct -- fatigability -- by addressing the inherent problem of self-pacing that confounds most measures of fatigue. This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Fatigue is a symptom, defined in this FOA as "a subjective lack of physical and/or mental energy that is perceived by the individual or caregiver to interfere with usual or desired activities". The mainstay of fatigue measurement has been self-report; more than 25 self-report measures of fatigue are in use. Such tools capture individual perceptions (severity, distress, interference, or bother) of the sensation of fatigue; however they neglect the important context of physical and functional performance demands in daily life.

Fatigability, however, is not a symptom; rather, fatigability is defined in this FOA as a characteristic describing an individual's susceptibility to experiencing fatigue for a given quantifiable demand. Fatigability is an attribute reflecting the magnitude of fatigue that an individual experiences as a function of the magnitude of demand he/she undertakes. Fatigability in this FOA is operationally defined at the individual or "whole person" level; that is, in relation to functional limitations or disabilities as articulated in Nagi's disablement model. Functional limitations refer to restrictions in basic physical or cognitive actions, such as walking, climbing stairs, or speaking, and disabilities refer to inability to perform these actions in specific contexts of daily life (e.g., home, work, recreation). In contrast, measurements below the whole person level, such as organ system, tissue, or cellular levels (e.g., decline in muscle force with repeated contractions), lie outside the scope of this FOA.

This FOA invites applications to develop and evaluate measures of fatigability. This FOA is not intended to support the addition of one more instrument to the extensive assortment of existing fatigue measures. Rather, this FOA is intended to substantially advance the science of disability measurement through development of a qualitatively different construct -- fatigability -- by addressing the inherent problem of self-pacing that confounds most measures of fatigue.

Target populations include: (a) individuals with fatigue attributable to one or more underlying diseases or conditions, (b) individuals with fatigue without any apparent underlying cause or subclinical conditions (idiopathic fatigue), and (c) healthy individuals (as comparators). This FOA includes populations across the lifespan, particularly older adults.

Measures developed for this FOA may be adaptations of existing tools or de novo instruments. Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies may be appropriate depending on the type of study proposed. In general, new data collection is expected, though secondary analyses of existing data may be performed where appropriate.

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The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (R01)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

Standard deadlines apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for research that will increase scientific understanding of the health status of diverse population groups and thereby improve the effectiveness of health interventions and services for individuals within those groups. Priority is placed on understudied populations with distinctive health risk profiles. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) focuses on sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex populations. Basic, social, behavioral, clinical, and services research relevant to the missions of the sponsoring Institutes and Centers may be proposed. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA calls for research on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and related populations. This FOA encourages research that describes the biological, clinical, behavioral, and social processes that affect the health and development of SGM populations and individuals and their families, and that leads to the development of acceptable and appropriate health interventions and health service delivery methods that will enhance health and development of these populations. Research submitted to this FOA should focus on clearly defined health outcomes, rather than on general measures of "well-being" or "adjustment." This FOA encourages researchers to investigate new research questions related to the health and development of SGM populations and individuals and their families and to develop and/or apply innovative methodologies to improve understanding of mechanisms affecting their health and development.

This FOA encourages four main types of research:

--Basic social and behavioral science studies addressing the processes involved as individuals discover, uncover, address and/or adapt to their sexual orientation and claim or do not claim identity as SGM, and how these processes affect the mental and physical health of the individual.

--Research leading to interventions to ameliorate health disparities in SGM populations. Formative research may be necessary because evidence-based preventive and treatment interventions for SGM individuals, particularly for adolescents and young adults, are scarce.

--Large-scale design, implementation and evaluation of preventive and/or treatment interventions addressing health issues in SGM populations.

--Research on how family structures and processes-including both families of origin and families of choice-affect the health of SGM individuals and their family members, including whether and how being raised in a family headed by SGM individuals affects the health, development, and well-being of children.

Research should be designed so that it is readily discernable whether the findings from the study sample can be generalized to other populations. Applicants should provide a precise description of the target population and of the sampling methods to be employed, paying attention not only to sexual behavior, identity, orientation, and gender characteristics, but to such variables as age, generational cohort, race/ethnicity, culture, geography, socioeconomic status, and physical and psychological qualities. Given the diversity of SGM populations, and their unknown distribution in the general population, it is expected that most projects will focus on one or a few well-defined groups.

Proposed research may draw from the full range of approaches within biological, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Applicants are encouraged to build on and/or incorporate approaches and findings from research on other types of health disparities and from research on the influences of sex and gender in biological and behavioral functioning. Proposed research projects must consider the potential risks to and vulnerability of research participants and must ensure their confidentiality and protection. The ethical and legal implications of the proposed research on SGM populations must be considered. While the primary domain of interest is populations within the United States, research with non-U.S. populations is acceptable if the applicant can demonstrate the proposed work will contribute to scientific understanding of U.S. SGM populations.

Examples of research areas include but are not limited to the following and combinations of these approaches:

--Epidemiology and Epidemiological Methods;

--Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Human Development, cross-sectional and longitudinal ;

--Health Concerns and Conditions;

--Biological and Clinical Factors;

--Intervention and Services Research.

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NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

October 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for the Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research. This award provides junior faculty with research cost support, protected research time and career stage appropriate professional development mentorship in neuroscience research. Individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for support under this award if they have doctoral research degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and are in the first 3 years of a faculty tenure track or equivalent position at the time of award. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will utilize the NIH K01 Research Scientist Development Award - Research & Training mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of the Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research is to support an intensive, supervised career development and scientific mentoring experience for promising junior investigators (defined as = 3 years of a first time tenure track or equivalent faculty position) from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. The proposed career development experience is expected to substantially contribute to the research capabilities of the applicant, provide protected time from teaching/other duties and provide resources to hone skills in grant writing and publication of high impact research. The expectation is that through this sustained period of protected research time and career development exposure, awardees will be able to accelerate their independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (R01) funding. Applicants must justify the need for this award and provide a convincing case that the proposed period of support will substantially enhance their careers as independent investigators in neuroscience research. Mentoring is expected to be appropriate for this stage of career and should focus on enhancing tenure track (or equivalent) activities or metrics (i.e., helping the junior faculty member to navigate institutional expectations, scientific networks, and practices that are relevant to productivity and advancement at the institution). The sponsoring Institution must also be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of the candidate as a productive, independent investigator by providing protected research time and space needed to perform the proposed research.

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Research On Ethical Issues In Human Subjects Research (R03)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply: February 16, June 16, and October 16

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsors invite applications that propose to study high priority bioethical challenges and issues associated with the types of biomedical, social, and behavioral research supported by the participating NIH Institutes/Centers. The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) joins this FOA as part of its efforts to promote research on the behavioral and social aspects of health and illness. However, only participating ICs will provide direct grant support under this FOA. This program will use the NIH Small Research Grant (R03) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA seeks applications for research projects that propose to analyze and address ethical challenges and issues related to the conduct and output of biomedical, clinical, social and behavioral research within the NIH mission. The results of projects funded under this program announcement should enhance the ethical conduct and social value of research within the NIH mission, optimize the protection of human research participants, ensure research burdens and benefits are equitably distributed across populations, and contribute to policy development regarding the implementation and oversight of new research discoveries and methods. Proposals to conduct empirical research as well as those that propose to develop new theoretical and conceptual ethical frameworks will be considered. Interdisciplinary and collaborative projects utilizing multiple approaches are strongly encouraged. 

Applications should address bioethical challenges and ethical issues relevant to the research mission area(s) of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). The participating ICs have identified specific bioethics topics below as the highest priority for consideration. These are organized into seven categories: 1) ethical considerations of new and emerging technologies; 2) research study design issues; 3) issues associated with therapeutic misconception and the interface between treatment and research; 4) research involving vulnerable populations and urgent situations; 5) research with existing specimens, data, and health information; 6) dissemination and translation of research findings; and 7) oversight of research. In addition, a description of the research mission areas of the participating ICs is also provided below. Applications that address other bioethical issues directly related to these mission areas will also be considered.

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Rapid Assessment Post-Impact of Disaster (R03)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Within six weeks of the identified disaster - opportunity expires October 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides support for a rapid funding mechanism for research n the aftermath of disasters and mass casualty events. RAPID grants described in this FOA may be used to facilitate initial research for investigators who intend to follow up with a full research application, using the preliminary time sensitive data from a RAPID grant as the basis for their subsequent application. This program will use the NIH Small Research Grant (R03) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide an expedited funding mechanism for research in the aftermath of disasters The regular grant submission, review, and funding process is lengthy, such that it requires investigators who would conduct such studies to wait eight months or more after the submission of the application to obtain the research funds, during which time important scientific opportunities may be lost. An emergency event of potential significance for mental health may occur with little or no warning (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, bombings, terrorist attacks, or industrial accidents) and therefore modified procedures are required to expedite the funding consideration of research applications focused on obtaining time sensitive data in the wake of such events. Applications for research support may include, but are not limited to, a substantive emphasis in any one or more of the following areas:

--Early assessment of dimensions of psychological, biological, and behavioral reactions to injury, loss of life, contaminated facilities, loss of social and economic resources and other stressors to lay the foundation for translational research on trauma related mental disorders.

--Research on the mechanisms underlying impaired functioning.

--Research on the settings in which survivors present for care, including the impact of co-locating mental health services into non-traditional mental health settings (e.g., shelters, churches, community centers, work settings, health clinics, schools, etc) on access, referral, acceptability, use and outcome of services

--Research to identify optimal screening approaches for identifying those at greatest risk for adverse outcomes in culturally diverse localities/settings

--Research to identify factors that promote or impede effective health provider training in screening, assessment, referral and treatment.

--Research on the recruitment, training, deployment, and supervision of "psychiatric extenders" such as the Medical Reserve Corps to provide emotional support, screening and referral for acute anxiety disorders, major depression, suicidality, and serious mental illness.

--Research on the organization, delivery and outcome (intended and unintended) of individual and public-health level interventions by mental health and non-mental health providers.

--Research on prevention/intervention and treatment to reduce the risk of psychopathology, symptom severity, and disability.

--Research on minimizing exacerbation and/or recurrence and improving access to care for survivors with pre-existing serious conditions.

--Research on technology enabled registries of services/resources (e.g., in-patient behavioral health, pharmacies, antipsychotic medications, community mental health providers, web-based and other self-care resources, telephone-based therapy, etc) for use by personnel who screen survivors.

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Family and Interpersonal Relationships in an Aging Context (R01)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages innovative, hypothesis-driven R01 research grant applications that can expand understanding of the role and impact of families and interpersonal relationships on health and well-being in midlife and older age. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issue to encourage innovative, hypothesis-driven R01 research grant applications that can expand understanding of the role and impact of families and interpersonal relationships on health and well-being in midlife and older age. The FOA encourages research that evaluates rigorous, quantifiable predictive models for estimating the causal pathways by which family process and structure and intimate relationships might mediate or moderate well-documented social determinants of health, above and beyond other established risk or protective health factors, and that can increase knowledge of the independent and unique contributions of family and intimate relationship variables to healthy aging. Following from the above, the FOA seeks to support research into both the origins and the amelioration of family and intimate relationship factors that have adverse consequences for health, as well as the origins and promotion of factors that have protective or beneficial health consequences. To these ends, the FOA encourages research that takes a life span perspective, including studies which focus on early life influences on later life outcomes and on processes in midlife that impact subsequent trajectories of health and function. NIA is particularly interested in research that can inform the design of interventions that target the maintenance and improvement of aging-relevant outcomes for the following: satisfying, high quality intimate relationships, compliance and adherence to healthy behaviors; adaptive caregiving relationships, shared decision-making, and economic security. 

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Academic Research Enhancement Award (Parent R15)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS

The deadlines for receipt of standard AREA applications are: February 25, June 25 and October 25 annually.

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program. The purpose of the program is to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. AREA grants create opportunities for scientists and institutions, otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH research programs, to contribute to the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. AREA grants are intended to support small-scale research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible, domestic institutions, to expose students to meritorious research projects, and to strengthen the research environment of the applicant institution. This FOA will utilize the R15 grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

AREA funds are intended to support new and renewal biomedical and behavioral research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible colleges, universities, schools, and components of domestic institutions. The AREA program will enable qualified scientists to receive support for small-scale research projects. These grants are intended to create a research opportunity for scientists and institutions otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH programs that support the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. It is anticipated that investigators supported under the AREA program will benefit from the opportunity to conduct independent research; that the grantee institution will benefit from a research environment strengthened through AREA grants and furthered by participation in the diverse extramural programs of the NIH; and that students at recipient institutions will benefit from exposure to and participation in scientific research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The application should include plans to involve undergraduate or graduate students in the proposed research. However, the AREA program is a research grant program, not a training or fellowship program. The application should include plans to expose students to hands-on research and should not include training plans.

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NINDS Exploratory/Developmental Projects in Translational Research (R21)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply: February 16, June 16, and October 16 annually

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for research activities required to advance candidate therapeutics through Investigational New Drug (IND), Investigational Device Exemption (IDE), or 510(K) submission to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and ready them for clinical testing for neurological disorders. Projects should include a strong biological rationale for the intended approach, supporting data from rigorously designed experiments, and proposed studies that exhibit methodological rigor. Such projects, if successful, should lead directly to or support another project (e.g. cooperative agreement in translational research) that will include all remaining activities for submission of an IND, IDE, or 510(k) application to the FDA. The scope includes only preclinical development activities for therapeutic drugs, devices, and biologics; development of diagnostics or rehabilitation strategies cannot be supported. Clinical research, basic research, and studies of disease mechanism are outside the program scope. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of the NINDS Exploratory/Developmental Projects in Translational Research (R21) program is to support any research activities required to advance candidate therapeutics through Investigational New Drug (IND), Investigational Device Exemption (IDE), or 510(K) submission to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and ready them for clinical testing for neurological disorders. Translational R21 projects, if successful, should lead directly to or support another project (e.g. cooperative agreement in translational research) that will include all remaining activities for submission of an IND, IDE, or 510(k) application to the FDA. The program will facilitate therapy-directed projects to accelerate the translation of basic research discoveries into therapeutic candidates for clinical testing. Translational R21 projects should include a strong biological rationale for the intended approach, supporting data from rigorously designed experiments, and proposed studies that exhibit methodological rigor. In order to assess the predictive value of preclinical research, sufficient information should be available about study design, execution, analysis, and interpretation.

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Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON): Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers (PS-OC) (U54)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

The deadlines for receipt of optional letters of intent are: January 15, 2015; and October 14, 2015
Full submissions will be due February 26, 2015; and November 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications for Physical Science-Oncology Centers (PS-OCs). The PS-OCs will serve as hubs for the collaborative Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON). The goal of the PS-OC Program and broader Network is to promote a physical sciences perspective of cancer and foster the convergence of physical science and cancer research by, forming transdisciplinary teams of physical scientists (e.g., engineers, chemists, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists) and cancer researchers (e.g., cancer biologists, oncologists, pathologists) to work closely together to advance our understanding of cancer biology and oncology. The PS-OCs, individually and as a Network, will support transdisciplinary research that: (1) establishes a physical sciences perspective within the cancer research community; (2) facilitates team science and field convergence at the intersection of physical sciences and cancer research; and (3) collectively tests physical sciences-based experimental and theoretical concepts of cancer and promotes innovative solutions to address outstanding questions in cancer research. This FOA will use the NIH U54 Specialized Center- Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to build a cadre of Physical Science-Oncology Centers (PS-OCs, or Centers) to serve as hubs for the collaborative Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON, or Network). The PS-OCs will conduct transdisciplinary research integrating the perspectives of physical scientists (e.g., engineers, chemists, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists) and cancer researchers (e.g., cancer biologists, oncologists, pathologists) to study cancer using approaches and theories from the physical sciences. The PS-OCs are expected to assemble and develop transdisciplinary teams, research and training programs, and infrastructure organized around a physical sciences-based framework to address fundamental questions in cancer research. These transdisciplinary Centers will develop and test, individually and through collaborative Network activities, physical sciences-based experimental and theoretical concepts that complement and advance our current understanding of cancer biology and oncology. The initiative is expected to further develop emerging fields of study in cancer research that are based on physical sciences principles and approaches. Potential areas of investigation include but are not limited to:

--The Physical Dynamics of Cancer: Traditionally, cancer is thought of primarily as a genetic disease that is modulated by biochemical cues from the tumor and microenvironment. However, physical properties across many length-scales (e.g., subcellular, cell, tissue, organ, whole organism) also play an important but poorly understood role. This physical perspective can be integrated with the molecular and genetic understanding of cancer to generate a more comprehensive view of the complex and dynamic multiscale interactions of the tumor-host system. Physical properties such as mechanical cues, transport phenomena, bioelectric signals, and thermal fluctuations can modulate the behavior of cancer cells, the microenvironment, tumors, and the host. In developmental biology, studying how these physical factors regulate embryogenesis and tissue patterning has augmented existing approaches and knowledge. Techniques from the physical sciences can be used to measure physical properties of single-cells, discrete multicellular structures, and tissues. These measurements can be integrated with orthogonal data using high-dimensional analysis and computational physics models to complement current approaches and potentially identify new physical properties that could be exploited for cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy.

--Spatio-Temporal Organization and Information Transfer in Cancer: Appropriate spatial and temporal organization of structures across many length scales (e.g., subcellular, cell, tissue, organ, whole organism) and time scales is required for managing the transfer of information that is critical for regulated growth. For example, cells must position billions of molecules in the right place and time to facilitate the proper function of signaling pathways and complexes. Additionally, cells regulate the size, number, and spatial distribution of organelles, and the three-dimensional architecture of the genome and nucleus. Intrinsic and extrinsic factors in turn regulate the size, shape, and heterogeneity of tissues. Metastasis occurs on a system level and the dispersion and dissemination of tumor cells depends in part on the architecture of both primary and metastatic sites. Disruption of spatial and temporal organization at each of these scales is associated with the development and progression of cancer and may influence the evoultion of therapeutic resistance. Techniques and perspectives from the physical sciences are particularly well-suited to exploring the complexity of these multiscale processes. For instance, advanced imaging and analysis techniques facilitate measurements at length scales ranging from subcellular to tissue-level with a high degree of spatial and temporal precision. These data can be complemented using tissue mimetics or three-dimensional tissue engineering tools; and, computational physics models or evolutionary theories can be used to integrate data across scales and iteratively inform subsequent studies.

Each Center will consist of the following components: administrative core; research projects; shared resources cores; and education and outreach unit.

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

October 17, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NIH Director's New Innovator Award addresses two important goals: stimulating highly innovative research and supporting promising new investigators. New investigators may have exceptionally innovative research ideas, but not the preliminary data required to fare well in the traditional NIH peer review system. As part of NIH's commitment to increasing opportunities for new scientists, it has created the NIH Director's New Innovator Award to support exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative research projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. This award complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund new investigators through R01 grants and other mechanisms.

The NIH Director's New Innovator Award program is different from traditional NIH grants in several ways. It is designed specifically to support unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant application. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included. No detailed, annual budget is requested in the application. The review process emphasizes the individual's creativity, the innovativeness of the research approaches, and the potential of the project, if successful, to have a significant impact on an important biomedical or behavioral research problem.

The research proposed for a New Innovator Award may be in any scientific area relevant to the mission of NIH (biological, behavioral, clinical, social, physical, chemical, computational, engineering, and mathematical sciences). Investigators who were not selected for an award in prior years may submit applications this year as long as they retain their ESI (early stage investigator) eligibility; however, all applications must be submitted as "new" applications regardless of any previous submission to the program.

 

 

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Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team Science in NIDDK Research Areas (R24)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

November 13, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) invites applications that assemble an interdisciplinary, collaborative team of creative, independent, and funded investigators to address a complex and important problem relevant to the mission of NIDDK. The team should be able to provide an integrative plan of working together to effectively address the complex challenge at hand. The team science approach encouraged by this FOA could be used to generate a research resource, which may include discovery-based or hypothesis-generative approaches, to advance the relevant area of biomedical research. This FOA will use the NIH Research Resource Grant Mechanism (R24).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

In this FOA, the R24 is will be used to provide a mechanism by which interdisciplinary expertise is brought together to focus on a single complex problem in biomedical research relevant to the mission of NIDDK. The purpose of this FOA is to provide support for interdisciplinary research teams focused on innovative approaches to answer a single critically important research question or problem relevant to the mission of NIDDK. An R24 project is expected to support discovery or hypothesis-generating research or to develop unique resources or technologies that are needed to move a particular field forward. Collectively, the team should bring together the necessary, and appropriate, expertise to answer one complex problem, or challenge. Formation of the team of investigators should result in a greater contribution to meeting the challenge than would occur if each team member worked individually, and submission of a multi-PD/PI application is encouraged if it facilitates the team aspect of the approach. R24s can support basic, translational, or clinical science. Teams may also support integrated basic and clinical studies with the intent of accelerating translation of basic science to the clinic. NIDDK expects investigators forming collaborative teams to be funded and productive investigators who now wish to integrate their interests and efforts to facilitate a synergistic approach to the challenge not possible through other grants mechanisms. Support for resource development, generation, or utilization can be included to enhance the catalytic and transformative nature of the proposed studies. However, individual projects and cores are not allowed.

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices - New NIH Biosketch Format
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts / November 28, 2014

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or After January 25, 2015 (NOT-OD-15-024) Office of the Director, NIH. 

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RFA-HL-14-024--Basic Research in the Pathogenesis of HIV-Related Heart, Lung, and Blood (HLB) Diseases in Adults and Children (R01)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS

January 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invites basic research project grant (R01) applications to investigate the fundamental mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of HIV-related heart, lung, and/or blood (HLB) diseases alone and in the context of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Investigations may be conducted on various primary cell types, biospecimens, computational models, and animal models, particularly those used for HIV research. The goal is to provide the critical basic science foundation and guide the design of new therapeutic approaches for HIV-related HLB conditions in adults and children. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage basic research to investigate the fundamental mechanisms of HIV-related heart, lung, and/or blood (HLB) diseases alone and in the context of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Investigations may be conducted on various primary cell types (e.g., hematopoietic stem cells and the surrounding niche), biospecimens, computational models, and animal models, particularly those used for HIV research. The use of HIV specimens in existing biorepositories and other human samples is highly encouraged, and their analyses should be directed towards basic research questions. The goal is to provide the critical basic science foundation and guide the design of new therapeutic approaches for HIV-related HLB conditions.

The primary goal of this FOA is to support research that will provide the critical basic science foundation to understand the mechanisms and pathogenesis underlying the development of HLB conditions in patients with HIV who are or are not receiving ART. A secondary goal is to enhance understanding of HLB disease processes in the general population. Basic research is defined as research that will answer fundamental mechanistic questions focused on the impact of HIV and ART on HLB disease progression, such as, but not limited to, alterations in metabolism, biomarkers, and tissue/cellular pathology. Investigations may be conducted on various cell types (e.g., hematopoietic stem cells as well as other cells involved in HLB diseases), biospecimens, computational models, and animal models, particularly those used for HIV research. The use of HIV specimens in existing biorepositories (e.g., NHLBI BioLINCC Biorepository https://biolincc.nhlbi.nih.gov/home/) and other human samples is highly encouraged, and their analyses should be directed towards basic research questions rather than epidemiological/clinical studies evaluating incidence, prevalence, risk assessment, and patterns/outcomes of care. Applications proposing to conduct clinical trials or epidemiological research will be deemed non-responsive to this announcement.

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Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements (Admin Supp)
Office of Dietary Supplements/NIH/DHHS

October 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for administrative supplements to support research in which the supplemental funding would investigate the role of dietary supplements and/or their ingredients in health maintenance and disease prevention. Parent awards need not be focused on dietary supplements; this FOA may provide support to include dietary supplements within the scope of relevant research projects. Research interests of ODS are not limited to specific health conditions, organ systems or population groups. ODS supports all types of research, including pre-clinical, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological. Additionally, ODS supports research and training programs that build future research capacity for studying the role of dietary supplements in health and disease prevention. Primary consideration for support will be given to applications that stimulate dietary supplement research where it is lacking or lagging, clarify gaps, opportunities and balance between benefits and risks where data are in conflict, target special population groups where additional science on dietary supplements is needed, and focus on the use of dietary supplements in improving or maintaining health and reducing the risk of chronic disease. This FOA will use the NIH Administrative Supplement award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FY 2016 Administrative Supplement program is designed to provide supplemental funds to relevant, active, NIH-supported research projects to incorporate dietary supplement research that is within the scope of the parent project. Research interests of ODS are not limited to specific health conditions, organ systems or populations groups. ODS supports all types of research, including pre-clinical, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological. Additionally, ODS supports research that builds future research capacity for studying the role of dietary supplements in health and disease prevention. Primary consideration for support will be given to applications that stimulate dietary supplement research where it is lacking or lagging, clarify gaps, opportunities and balance between benefits and risks where data are in conflict, target special population groups where additional science on supplements is needed, and focus on the use of dietary supplements in improving or maintaining health and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

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Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the availability of administrative supplements to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved award, but were unforeseen when the new or renewal application or grant progress report for non-competing continuation support was submitted. Although requests for administrative supplements may be submitted through this FOA, there is no guarantee that funds are available from the awarding IC or for any specific grant. All applicants are encouraged to discuss potential requests with the awarding IC. Additionally, prior to submission, applicants must review the awarding IC's web site to ensure they meet the IC's requirements.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hereby notify Principal Investigators holding specific types of NIH research grants, listed in the full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that funds may be available for administrative supplements to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved award, but that were unforeseen when the new or renewal application or grant progress report for non-competing continuation support was submitted. Additional funds may be awarded as supplements to parent awards using the following Activity Code(s):

Administrative supplement requests must be submitted on paper for the following activity codes:

G12 Research Centers in Minority Institutions Award

P01 Research Program Projects

P20 Exploratory Grants

P30 Center Core Grants

P40 Animal (Mammalian and Nonmammalian) Model, and Animal and Biological Material Resource Grants

P41 Biotechnology Resource Grants

P50 Specialized Center

P51 Primate Research Center Grants

P60 Comprehensive Center

P2C Resource-Related Research Multi-Component Projects and Centers

PM1 Program Project or Center with Complex Structure

PN2 Research Development Center

S06 Research-Related Programs

U10 Cooperative Clinical Research - Cooperative Agreements

U19 Research Program - Cooperative Agreements

U41 Biotechnology Resource Cooperative Agreements

U42 Animal (Mammalian and Nonmammalian) Model, and Animal and Biological Materials Resource Cooperative Agreements

U45 Hazardous Waste Worker Health and Safety Training Cooperative Agreements

U54 Specialized Center- Cooperative Agreements

U56 Exploratory Grants - Cooperative Agreements

UC2 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure Cooperative Agreement Programs

UC3 Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur the Acceleration of New Technologies (BRDG-SPAN) Cooperative Agreement Program

UC7 National Biocontainment Laboratory Operation Cooperative Agreement

UM1 Research Project with Complex Structure Cooperative Agreement

UM2 Program Project or Center with Complex Structure Cooperative Agreement

Administrative supplement requests may be submitted electronically for the following activity codes:

C06 Research Facilities Construction Grant

D43 International Training Grants in Epidemiology

D71 International Training Program Planning Grant

DP1 NIH Director's Pioneer Award (NDPA)

DP2 NIH Director's New Innovator Awards

DP3 Type 1 Diabetes Targeted Research Award

DP4 NIH Director's Pathfinder Award- Multi-Yr Funding

DP5 Early Independence Award

DP7 NIH Director's Workforce Innovation Award

F05 International Research Fellowships

F30 Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/PhD Fellowships

F31 Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Grant Award

F32 Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

F33 National Research Service Awards for Senior Fellows

G08 Resources Project Grant (NLM)

G13 Health Sciences Publication Support Awards (NLM)

G20 Grants for Repair, Renovation and Modernization of Existing Research Facilities

K01 Research Scientist Development Award - Research & Training

K02 Research Scientist Development Award - Research

K05 Research Scientist Award

K06 Research Career Awards

K07 Academic/Teacher Award (ATA)

K08 Clinical Investigator Award (CIA)

K12 Physician Scientist Award (Program) (PSA)

K18 Career Enhancement Award

K22 Career Transition Award

K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

K24 Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research

K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award

K26 Midcareer Investigator Award in Biomedical and Behavioral Research

K99/R00 Career Transition Award/Research Transition Award

KL2 Mentored Career Development Award

KM1 Institutional Career Enhancement Awards

R01 Research Project Grant

R03 Small Grant Program

R13 Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings

R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)

R18 Research Demonstration and Disseminations Projects

R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award

R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award

R24 Resource-Related Research Projects

R25 Education Projects

R33 Exploratory/Developmental Grants Phase II

R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program

R36 Dissertation Award

R37 Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award

R41 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I only

R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track

R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I and Phase II

R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase II only

R43 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase I only

R43/R44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track

R43/R44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase I and Phase II

R44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase II only

RC1 NIH Challenge Grants and Partnerships Program - Phase I

RC2 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure Programs

RC3 Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur the Acceleration of New Technologies (BRDG-SPAN) Program

RC4 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure Programs - Multi-Yr Funding

RM1 Research Project with Complex Structure

S07 Biomedical Research Support Grants

S10 Biomedical Research Support Shared Instrumentation Grants

S11 Minority Biomedical Research Support Thematic Project Grants

S21 Research and Institutional Resources Health Disparities Endowment Grants - Capacity Building

SC1 Research-Enhancement Award

SC2 Pilot Research Project

SC3 Research Continuance Award

T14 Conferences

T15 Continuing Education Training Grants

T32 Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA)

T34 MARC Undergraduate NRSA Institutional Grants

T35 National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short -Term Research Training

T36 MARC Ancillary Training Activities Grant

T37 Minority International Research Training Grants

T42 Educational Resource Center Training Grants

T90/R90 Interdisciplinary Research Training Award/Interdisciplinary Regular Research Training Award

TL1 Linked Training Award

U01 Research Project - Cooperative Agreements

U13 Conferences Cooperative Agreements

U18 Research Demonstration - Cooperative Agreements

U2R International Training Cooperative Agreement

U24 Resource-Related Research Projects - Cooperative Agreements

U34 Clinical Planning Grant Cooperative Agreement

U44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Cooperative Agreements - Phase II

UC4 High Impact Research and Research Infrastructure - Cooperative Agreement Programs

UH2 Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement Phase I

UH2/UH3 Phase Innovation Awards Cooperative Agreement

UH3 Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement Phase II

UL1 Linked Specialized Center Cooperative Agreement

UP5 Early Independence Award/Cooperative Agreement

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is June 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is April 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is January 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

 

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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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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Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)
Directorate for Biological Sciences / NSF

May 27, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

This program is a continuation of the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) that began in FY 1998 as part of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). Since the inception of the NPGI and the PGRP, there has been a tremendous increase in the availability of functional genomics tools and sequence resources for use in the study of key crop plants and their models. Proposals are welcomed that build on these resources to develop conceptually new and different ideas and strategies to address grand challenge questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale. There is also a critical need for the development of novel and creative tools to facilitate new experimental approaches or new ways of analyzing genomic data. Especially encouraged are proposals that provide strong and novel training opportunities integral to the research plan and particularly across disciplines that include, but are not limited to, plant physiology, plant breeding, quantitative genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and engineering.

Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2015: (1) Genomics-empowered plant research (RESEARCH-PGR) to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research (TOOLS-PGR) including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; (3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, (4) Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (ECA-PGR) to increase the participation of early-career scientists in plant genome research.

Proposals addressing these opportunities are welcomed at all scales, from single-investigator projects through multi-investigator, multiinstitution projects, commensurate with the scope and scale of the work proposed. The PGRP encourages proposals from investigators and institutions that have not participated in the program before.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Since 1998, the PGRP and the NPGI have contributed to advancing basic knowledge in plant genomics with broad impact on the scientific research community and society in general. The resulting wealth of plant genomic resources, along with advances in technology and bioinformatics, have enabled plant scientists to address fundamental questions and achieve a systems-level understanding of economically important plants and plant processes, critical for advancing crop improvement. Despite these exciting achievements, new tools and methodologies are still needed to advance plant biology, to tackle questions that are intractable using current approaches, and to facilitate the translation of this newfound knowledge to improve the practice of agriculture, reduce demands on environmental resources, and address challenges posed by global climate change. Finally, there remains a critical need for training in the use of these new tools and technologies, especially for those scientists who possess expertise in traditional fields of plant biology, such as plant anatomy, breeding, physiology, and biochemistry.

Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2015: (1) Genomics-empowered basic research (RESEARCH-PGR) to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research (TOOLS-PGR) including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; (3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, (4) Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (ECA-PGR) to increase the participation of scientists at the early stage of their careers in plant genome research.

Proposals in all four focus areas are solicited from single investigators, small groups, or multi-institution "virtual centers." To be eligible, projects should be relevant to and include significant research activities in a crop plant(s). The scope of the project should be developed on a whole genome, whole organelle or whole network scale. The management plan should be appropriate for the proposed activities and include a carefully crafted budget and timetable with objectives linked to outcomes. Proposers are encouraged to think creatively, select appropriate experimental systems and take advantage of all available genomics tools and resources to address novel and important questions in economically important crop plants. This could include the limited use of model plant systems if necessary to rapidly test hypotheses and/or gene function.

Proposers should clearly justify the relevance of the research activities to the overarching goals of the PGRP as well as their potential downstream impacts. Proposals focused on individual genes or gene families and/or the exclusive use of a non-crop model plant system are more appropriate for funding through other BIO programs (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_list.jsp?org=BIO&ord=rect). Proposals that fall outside the scope of the PGRP will be returned without review. Proposers are strongly encouraged to contact a Program Director prior to submission to determine the suitability of the project for the PGRP.

The PGRP is committed to broadening participation. Currently, research tools and resources are widely available and should enable any institution to take part in plant genome research. Investigators who have not participated in the PGRP in the past and/or are from Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) are especially encouraged to apply Early- and mid-career investigators considering submission of a ECA-PGR or MCA-PGR proposal, respectively, should contact a PGRP Program Director for further guidance.

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Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA)
Crosscutting / NSF

May 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

Before preparing a proposal in response to this BIGDATA solicitation, applicants are strongly urged to consult the list of related solicitations available at:http://www.nsf.gov/cise/news/bigdata.jsp and consult the respective NSF program officers listed in them should those solicitations be more appropriate.  In particular, applicants interested in deployable cyberinfrastructure pilots that would support a broader research community should see the Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation Program (CC*DNI) solicitation (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15534/nsf15534.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click). Applicants should also consider the Computational and Data Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E, PD 12-8084) (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813) and Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS, NSF 15-511) (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15511/nsf15511.htm) solicitations for potential fit.

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Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Submission Window: April 20, 2015 - May 04, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today. CPS technology will transform the way people interact with engineered systems -- just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New smart CPS will drive innovation and competition in sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation, building design and automation, healthcare, and manufacturing.

The December 2010 report of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) titled Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology calls for continued investment in CPS research because of its scientific and technological importance as well as its potential impact on grand challenges in a number of sectors critical to U.S. security and competitiveness such as the ones noted above. These challenges and technology gaps are further described in a CPS Vision Statement published in 2012 by the federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) CPS Senior Steering Group.

Tremendous progress has been made in advancing CPS technology over the last five-plus years. We have explored foundational technologies that have spanned an ever-growing set of application domains, enabling breakthrough achievements in many of these fields. At the same time, the demand for innovation in these domains continues to grow, and is driving the need to accelerate fundamental research to keep pace.

Despite significant inroads into CPS technology in recent years, we do not yet have a mature science to support systems engineering of high-confidence CPS, and the consequences are profound. Traditional analysis tools are unable to cope with the full complexity of CPS or adequately predict system behavior. For example, minor events that trip the current electric power grid -- an ad hoc system -- can escalate with surprising speed into widespread power failures. This scenario exemplifies the lack of appropriate science and technology to conceptualize and design for the deep interdependencies among engineered systems and the natural world. The challenges and opportunities for CPS are thus significant and far-reaching. New relationships between the cyber and physical components require new architectural models that redefine form and function. They integrate the continuous and discrete, compounded by the uncertainty of open environments. Traditional real-time performance guarantees are insufficient for CPS when systems are large and spatially, temporally, or hierarchically distributed in configurations that may rapidly change. With the greater autonomy and cooperation possible with CPS, greater assurances of safety, security, scalability, and reliability are demanded, placing a high premium on open interfaces, modularity, interoperability, and verification.

The goal of the CPS program is to develop the core system science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems which people can use or interact with and depend upon. Some of these may require high-confidence or provable behaviors. The program aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education in CPS and to transitioning CPS science and technology into engineering practice. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application sectors. To expedite and accelerate the realization of cyber-physical systems in a wide range of applications, the CPS program also supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds. We have also seen a convergence of CPS technologies and research thrusts that underpin "Smart Cities" and the Internet of Things (IoT). These domains offer new and exciting challenges for foundational research and provide opportunities for maturation at multiple time horizons.

In 2015, NSF is working closely with multiple agencies of the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), and several National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutes and centers [including the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)], to identify basic research needs in CPS common across multiple application domains, along with opportunities for accelerated transition to practice.

Three classes of research and education projects -- differing in scope and goals -- will be considered through this solicitation:

  • Breakthrough projects must offer a significant advance in fundamental CPS science, engineering and/or technology that has the potential to change the field. This category focuses on new approaches to bridge computing, communication, and control. Funding for Breakthrough projects may be requested for a total of up to $500,000 for a period of up to 3 years.
  • Synergy projects must demonstrate innovation at the intersection of multiple disciplines, to accomplish a clear goal that requires an integrated perspective spanning the disciplines. Funding for Synergy projects may be requested for a total of $500,001 to $1,000,000 for a period of 3 to 4 years.
  • Frontier projects must address clearly identified critical CPS challenges that cannot be achieved by a set of smaller projects. Funding may be requested for a total of $1,000,001 to $7,000,000 for a period of 4 to 5 years.

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Long Term Ecological Research (LTER)
Directorate for Biological Sciences

May 6, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

NSF invites proposals for a Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) National Communications Office. This office will coordinate research, education, and outreach programs across the current 25 LTER projects, communicate these activities to diverse audiences, and provide centralized representation of the LTER network to the broad scientific community and the public. The lead PI of the successful proposal will serve as the Office Director and will work with the LTER Science Council and research community to develop and implement strategic goals and future initiatives. The Office will serve as the primary point of contact for information about the LTER program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The LTER National Communications Office is expected to work with the LTER and broader research communities to share discoveries, research opportunities, and education and outreach activities. It will have two main responsibilities: A) facilitate communication and coordination among all LTER projects and with a diverse range of stakeholders, and B) foster synthesis through organization of meetings, provide access to synthesis and other meeting products, and facilitate future LTER initiatives and directions in collaboration with the LTER Science Council. It is intended to be a service organization and should not promote its own scientific or outreach agendas. While acknowledging the LTER Science Council's leadership role in guiding current and future Network priorities, NSF welcomes novel and creative approaches to advancing this Newtork, defining essential activities or committees, and seeking advice from both within and outside the LTER community.

The Principal Investigator (PI) will serve as Director of the office and will work closely with all LTER PIs and co-PIs to achieve the following goals:

  • Foster communication and collaboration across all projects
  • Foster the development of strategic plans and future LTER visioning
  • Promote the dissemination of information and resources among projects and to additional stakeholder communities, including outreach to local, regional, national, and international audiences of scientists, educators, students, landowners, policymakers, and the general public
  • Identify opportunities to leverage resources
  • Foster synthesis activities across research communities using a variety of means that could include small workshops, larger working groups, or postdoctoral research initiatives
  • Organize a limited number of scoping workshops, short courses, or sessions at international and national meetings, and support the Network's committees and working groups
  • Organize regular meetings of the LTER Science Council, an LTER advisory board, and the All Scientists' Meeting
  • Serve as the liaison among LTER and other scientific groups or organizations as well as NSF
  • Represent the LTER program at research and educational conferences, and at public outreach events
  • Maintain and update LTER websites, a centralized personnel database, and a cumulative catalogue of LTER products
  • Serve as the primary source for communication ( e.g., research highlights, press releases, media coverage, research opportunities) with diverse communities on behalf of the LTER Network

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

May 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

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

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

Before preparing a proposal in response to this BIGDATA solicitation, applicants are strongly urged to consult the list of related solicitations available at:http://www.nsf.gov/cise/news/bigdata.jsp and consult the respective NSF program officers listed in them should those solicitations be more appropriate. In particular, applicants interested in deployable cyberinfrastructure pilots that would support a broader research community should see the Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation Program (CC*DNI) solicitation (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15534/nsf15534.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click). Applicants should also consider the Computational and Data Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E, PD 12-8084)

(http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813) and Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS, NSF 15-511) (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15511/nsf15511.htm) solicitations for potential fit.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Proposals submitted in response to the BIGDATA solicitation must focus on the development of the scientific discovery processes, novel systems, novel computational, statistical, or mathematical techniques and technologies, or novel theoretical analyses or experimental evaluations of techniques for big data and knowledge management and analytics. BIGDATA proposals submitted under the "Foundations" (F) category must be highly innovative and broadly applicable. BIGDATA proposals submitted under the "Innovative Applications" (IA) category must address a big data challenge of key importance to at least one application domain from one of the participating NSF directorates, and involve a substantial collaboration between researchers in the application domain and computational disciplines. When possible, submitted proposals are expected to support efforts for the preparation of scientists to confront new challenges in data science, through training and education activities, and research on learning how to model, understand and communicate insights possible in big data.

Foundations: Proposals submitted to the "Foundations" (F) category are expected to address the development of highly innovative fundamental techniques, theories, methodologies, and technologies for big data management or analytics, including knowledge management and semantic technologies; or, novel analyses of existing techniques and methodologies, whose solutions have wide applicability beyond specific narrow domains. Proposals that focus only on the scaling up of existing methods should not be submitted under this category unless the technique used to scale the existing method is itself highly innovative. Assembly and analysis of specific datasets may be part of these efforts, provided that the purpose is the development and testing of algorithms, techniques, technologies, and methodologies, developed in these projects. Proposals aimed at the development and deployment of big data infrastructure can be responsive to this solicitation if the work proposed to accomplish these aims includes substantial innovation.

Innovative Applications: Proposals submitted to the "Innovative Applications" (IA) category must address a big data problem of key importance to at least one domain discipline. Such problems require close interactions among computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, and domain scientists and engineers in order to address complex, data-driven questions, including development of domain knowledge structures and ontologies, in one or more domains. Early engagement with domain scientists/engineers provides a partnership design and development model to help focus on the right problems to solve, and to help assess the quality of the solution in a realistic setting, while providing a fuller understanding of the real constraints of the applications and data in the domains. Therefore, projects in this category must be collaborative, involving researchers from domain disciplines and one or more methodological disciplines. e.g., computer science, mathematics, statistics, simulation and modeling, etc., stimulating further research on all sides of the collaboration.

Proposals in this category must demonstrate a linkage to needs and challenges in one or more domains. The proposed research can range from technology transfer, including the scaling up of existing methods to analyze larger or more complex data, to the development of fundamentally new methods. However, innovation is an important criterion and proposals should identify the technical challenges involved in the development of the proposed methods. Research in this category is expected to be multi-faceted, and may include the development of a computational infrastructure or the assembly and analysis of large or complex datasets. However, the development of innovative new techniques, innovative computational methods and analyses, or improved understanding of existing techniques, must be a major goal of the project, and should be integrated with the other research goals of the project.

Proposals awarded in this category are expected to be substantially funded by the NSF directorate(s), or participating agencies (in this case, the Office of Financial Research, OFR), interested in the application area. Therefore, applicants considering submitting proposals in this category are strongly encouraged to discuss their planned research with a program officer from the directorate, or participating agency (OFR), in advance of submitting the proposal, and state the name of the directorate(s), or agency, on a separate line at the bottom of the broader impacts text box. (See instructions in section V.A.2, under Project Summary).

Proposals may involve both themes, i.e., Foundations as well as Innovative Applications. See section V.A.1 Proposal Titles, below, on how to identify such proposals.

II.A Office of Financial Research-specific Topics

The Office of Financial Research (OFR) is a participant in the current NSF BIGDATA solicitation. OFR has a mandate to research, identify and assess risks to the financial stability of the United States and to monitor, investigate, and report such risks to Congress and the Financial Stability Oversight Council ("Council"). Consequently, OFR's primary collaborative interest is in the area of Financial Research and Data Analysis. OFR and NSF have shared interests at the intersection of these two areas, centered around computational and information processing approaches as referenced below.

II.A.1 OFR Topic Areas of Interest

Topics of research interest to OFR include, but are not limited to: Analysis of financial networks; Algorithms and methods for measuring threats to financial stability; Representation and standardization of financial data and information; Formal methods for representation and analysis of financial contracts and regulations, e.g., logics, ontologies, and rule-based approaches; Complexity of financial systems and relationships; Technologies for modeling and monitoring financial systems and infrastructure; Aggregation methods for complex financial data; Visualizations of the financial system and its attendant risks; Financial risk management techniques for the quantification of uncertainty and risk, including stress testing, risk and volatility forecasting, and the modeling of statistical distributions, processes, and dependence structures; Representation and querying of uncertain financial data, such as marks to model for infrequently traded instruments; Storage and query tools and techniques applicable to financial data; Assembly, integration, and analysis of new datasets for financial research; Techniques for ensuring the security and confidentiality of sensitive financial data, including approaches for selective sharing; Technologies and methodologies to support investigations of failures and disruptions in financial markets, such as those that might arise from (or be exacerbated by) automated high frequency trading systems; Simulation of financial systems, for example using Monte Carlo and agent-based methods; and Tools to support financial policymaking and decision-making.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Support for Agenda Setting Conferences for the SciSIP Program
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

June 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program, now entering its seventh year, began with a Roadmap (http://www.scienceofsciencepolicy.net/event/sosp-workshop-2008-federal-research-roadmap) to address the need for better tools, methods, and data for improving our understanding of the efficacy and impact of science and technology policy decisions. Significant progress has been realized. Much remains to be done. The SciSIP program plans to support at least three agenda setting conferences in calendar year 2015. The goal of these conferences is to facilitate the generation and execution of a new Roadmap for the Science of Science Policy community and a strategic plan for the SciSIP program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this letter is to invite the submission of exceptionally creative conference proposals. The SciSIP program invites organizers and participants from all of the social, behavioral and economic sciences as well as those working in domain-specific applications such as chemistry, biology, physics, or nanotechnology. 

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Dear Colleague Letter: Belmont Forum Multilateral International Opportunities Fund Initiative
Directorate for Geosciences / NSF

LOI due June 1, 2015
Full submission due August, date TBD

SYNOPSIS:

Dear Colleague:

The Directorate for Geosciences announces a new Multilateral Research Funding Initiative through the Belmont Forum 1 on Mountains as Sentinels of Change. This partnership will provide international collaborative research opportunities that address the Belmont Challenge: "To deliver knowledge needed for action to mitigate and adapt to detrimental environmental change and extreme hazardous events". This call of the International Opportunities Fund will focus on addressing issues of climate, environmental and related societal change in mountain regions that are best addressed through a coupled interdisciplinary and multinational approach.

The Belmont Forum will support on a competitive basis, collaborative projects co-designed by teams of researchers from at least three participating countries. These interdisciplinary teams will bring together natural scientists, social/economic scientists and research users, such as policy makers, regulators, NGOs and industry. Proposals will be jointly reviewed by the participating funding organizations and successful projects are expected to demonstrate added value through multilateral collaboration. Support for U.S.-based researchers will be provided through awards made by the National Science Foundation.

Through this Call, the Belmont Forum seeks to bring together integrated teams of natural scientists, social scientists, and stakeholders to develop projects that address hydrological, ecological, societal and economic implications of the ongoing and expected environmental changes in mountain regions. The Belmont Forum seeks to support projects that are based on inter- and trans-disciplinary research involving robust end user community engagement.

This Call of the International Opportunities Fund seeks to advance research within the following themes utilizing and developing both the relevant information streams and the sustainability science necessary to assess, predict, inform, and communicate resilient pathways.

  1. Drivers of change - the variety of natural and anthropogenic drivers that generate the observed and expected environmental changes in the mountains.
  2. Ecosystems and Biodiversity - the changes in ecosystem functions in response to drivers and the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  3. Water - the mountain water resources and the changes in water availability due to environmental changes related to the different driving factors.
  4. Hazards, Vulnerability and Risks - The hazards that affect mountain regions and their impacts; the vulnerability of natural and human systems to drivers of change and impacts on society; the aggregated and cascading effects of multiple hazards.
  5. Adaptation and Resilience - the adaptation and mitigation strategies and implications for future generations, economies, and environments.

All proposals for this call will be submitted to the central Belmont Forum Grant Operations website. The U.S. National Science Foundation and the Italian National Research Council will serve as the joint Program Office for the call and will maintain the official call webpage. Information specific to U.S. researchers will be posted as a U.S. National Annex.

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Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs): Accelerating the Big Data Innovation Ecosystem
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering / NSF

June 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

In March 2012, the Administration announced the National Big Data Research and Development Initiative, which aims to solve some of the Nation's most pressing R&D challenges related to extracting knowledge and insights from large, complex collections of digital data. As part of this initiative, the Administration encouraged multiple stakeholders including federal agencies, private industry, academia, state and local governments, non-profits, and foundations, to develop and participate in Big Data research and innovation projects across the country.

To augment ongoing activities and to ignite new Big Data public-private partnerships across the Nation, NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is seeking to establish a National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs). Each BD Hub would be a consortium of members from academia, industry, and/or government. This solicitation aims to establish four Hubs across distinct geographic regions of the United States, including the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West, as defined later in the Program Description section. Each BD Hub should focus on key Big Data challenges and opportunities for its region of service. The BD Hubs should aim to support the breadth of interested local stakeholders within their respective regions, while members of a BD Hub should strive to achieve common Big Data goals that would not be possible for the independent members to achieve alone.

To foster collaboration among prospective partners within a region, NSF is sponsoring a series of regional, intensive, one-day workshops (called "charrettes"). One charrette will be held in each geographic region to convene stakeholders, explore Big Data challenges, and aid in the establishment of that consortium. For more information on these charrettes, see the following webpage: http://www.usenix.org/BDHubs15. To facilitate discussion among interested parties, a HUBzero community portal has been established athttp://bdhub.info. Interested parties may leverage this portal to communicate with members within their region or other stakeholders nationwide.

This solicitation is the first of a multi-phase process meant to develop a National Network of BD Hubs. The first phase will set up the governance structure of each BD Hub's consortium of members as well as develop approaches to ensure cross-hub collaboration and sustainability over the long term. The next phase will focus on building out various sectors of particular interest to each BD Hub (e.g., transportation, smart cities, health, energy, public safety, and education) so as to advance sector innovation in that region. The final phases will focus on connecting the BD Hubs and their regional sectors into a national Big Data innovation ecosystem.

This solicitation is part of NSF's Big Data program, which includes: research and infrastructure development; education and workforce development; and multi-disciplinary collaborative teams and communities that address complex science and engineering grand challenges. Before preparing a proposal in response to this or any other Big Data solicitation, applicants are strongly encouraged to review those solicitations and consult with cognizant NSF program officers to determine appropriateness of fit. For example, this solicitation funds the establishment and coordination of a BD Hubs National Network, but is not meant to be a source of funding for new research. By contrast, the BIGDATA solicitation may be more relevant for research funding.

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Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences (EDT)
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

July 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The long-range goal of the Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences (EDT) program is to strengthen the nation's scientific competitiveness by increasing the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other professions in which expertise in the mathematical sciences plays an increasingly important role. The EDT program will achieve this by supporting efforts to enrich research training in the mathematical sciences at the doctoral level by preparing Ph.D. students to recognize and find solutions to mathematical challenges arising in other fields and in areas outside today's academic setting. Graduate research training activities supported by EDT will prepare participants for a broader range of mathematical opportunities and career paths than has been traditional in U.S. mathematics doctoral training.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The long-range goal of the Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences (EDT) program is to strengthen the nation's scientific competitiveness by increasing the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other professions in which expertise in the mathematical sciences plays an increasingly important role. As indicated in the introduction, the EDT program will serve this long-range goal by supporting efforts by academic institutions or other qualified organizations to meet the objective of preparing doctoral students in the mathematical sciences who: will be well-equipped to recognize opportunities for the development of mathematics and statistics in problems from other disciplines, especially in challenges arising in business, industry, and government; and can effectively apply advanced mathematics and statistics to solve problems originating outside the traditional academic mathematical sciences setting.

The EDT program will support projects that include training in areas supplementary to the dissertation research theme and that are instrumental for connections with business, industry, government, and the non-profit sector. Supplementary training may for example include internships, research projects, consulting, and participation in complementary courses or summer schools. Projects are expected to train students to work in teams to refine, attack, and solve problems that are open-ended, not initially sharply formulated, and originate outside the academic mathematical realm. Projects should also provide opportunities that allow the students to develop strong oral and written communication skills in an interdisciplinary setting. While the solicitation allows requests for projects that vary in scope, the intention of this program is to support awards that will each benefit a cohort of students. The Division of Mathematical Sciences intends that the collection of projects funded will benefit students whose dissertation topics lie in all sub-fields of the mathematical sciences.

As a rule, EDT funding will not support entirely new doctoral student lines for departments, but rather will provide support for activities involving Ph.D. students that supplement their traditional training. Proposals should describe, and plans should attempt to minimize, any potential increase in the students' time to degree. EDT is not intended to support activities for students who might already be receiving this type of enriched training through a regular course of study. Instead, EDT projects should augment the experience of students who would not generally have the type of experience described.

The EDT program encourages collaborations that bring together investigators from different disciplines or from different sectors: academia, private industry, government laboratories, and non-profit organizations. In addition to proposals from institutions of higher education, the EDT program encourages the submission of proposals from professional organizations for activities that aim to enhance connections at the graduate level. Multiple models of implementation are possible, and the community is encouraged to be creative in this regard. EDT aims to develop a suite of pilot projects that will eventually be adapted more widely and grow into mainstream activities.

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Petrology and Geochemistry
Directorate for Geosciences/NSF

July 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Petrology and Geochemistry Program supports basic research on the formation of planet Earth, including its accretion, early differentiation, and subsequent petrologic and geochemical modification via igneous and metamorphic processes. Proposals in this program generally address the petrology and high-temperature geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks (including mantle samples), mineral physics, economic geology, and volcanology. Proposals that are focused on the development of analytical tools, theoretical and computational models, and experimental techniques for applications by the igneous and metamorphic petrology, and high temperature geochemistry and geochronology communities are also invited.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Petrology and Geochemistry program supports basic research on Earth's history of planetary accretion and differentiation through time via igneous and metamorphic processes occurring at high temperatures and pressures, at a variety of scales operating in the Earth's crust, mantle, and core. This program also supports projects that study: 1) chemical properties of natural minerals, fluids, and melts at high pressures and temperatures; 2) formation of magma at depth, their physical and chemical properties, their transport to the surface, and eruption dynamics; 3) chemical reactions and diffusion in the lower crust and mantle; 4) linkages between volcanic and plutonic systems, and time residence of minerals in magmatic systems; 5) geochemical models for the bulk Earth and development of geochemical reservoirs; 6) formation of ore deposits; 7) modern and ancient volcanic activity. The CH program is open to a variety of scientific ideas. If a PI is unclear about the relevance of a proposal topic to this program, s/he should contact one of the CH Program Directors.

Projects supported through this program employ analytical methods such as major and trace element geochemistry; stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry and geochronology. This program also supports experimental studies on the chemical properties of minerals and rocks at high temperatures, laboratory experiments on volcanic systems; thermodynamic modeling of high temperature geochemical and mineral-forming processes; spectroscopy and crystallography of high pressure and temperature phases; physical and chemical volcanology. Proposals to study meteorites and other extra-terrestrial materials are considered only if the work is applicable to understanding processes that led to the formation and evolution of Planet Earth. Analytical method development for applications in high temperature geochemistry, and disciplinary-focused or research-based GeoInformatics proposals may be considered by this program or co-reviewed with other programs in EAR or GEO (Directorate of Geosciences).

Regarding terrestrial vs. marine samples: Proposals that use volcanic samples and xenoliths from continental environments and from islands above the waterline that target a broader understanding of the composition of the mantle and evolution of igneous rocks are considered primarily by the CH program. Proposals in solid earth petrology and high temperature geochemistry that use a combination of samples from the below and above the waterline may be considered jointly with the Marine Geology and Geophysics program (MGG - in the Division of Ocean Sciences). The CH program also co-reviews many proposals with the Geophysics program in the areas of high pressure mineral physics, and in the application of geophysical methods to understand volcanic systems. As per the GPG, proposals that are not viewed as appropriate for the program will be transferred to another program across NSF, when it is deemed appropriate by Program Directors from the respective programs. Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the cognizant Program Directors regarding proposals that may cross disciplinary boundaries before submission.

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Dear Colleague Letter: ACI & Career
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) / NSF

July 21, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Dear Colleague:

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) invites proposals from junior faculty within the community of scientists, engineers, and educators involved with cyberinfrastructure research to apply to the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program (http://www.nsf.gov/career). ACI's research interests include use-inspired and/or applied multidisciplinary research. Additional context for ACI's interests in this solicitation can be found in "Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21)" at http://www.nsf.gov/cif21. These proposals are due this year on July 21, 2015 and next year on July 20, 2016.

CAREER is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's (NSF) 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.

Within this context, ACI encourages proposals that are either of:

  1. primary interest to ACI, or
  2. primary interest to another division of NSF, and of secondary interest to ACI.

In both cases, to be of interest to ACI, proposals should promote research, education, and the integration of research and education in projects that:

  1. Contribute to exploration, experimentation, development, and/or deployment of comprehensive, integrated, sustainable, and secure cyberinfrastructure at the campus, regional, national, and/or international scale,
  2. Have an effective cyberinfrastructure impact with clearly defined benefits across multiple research disciplines, and
  3. Build on or complement the existing or upcoming ACI investments, as well as major cyberinfrastructure investments from other NSF divisions.

CAREER proposals that seek ACI support should clearly address these issues within the body of the proposal, and should designate ACI as the primary or secondary program during proposal submission.

Many general questions are answered in the program's FAQ document, which is available from the CAREER program page (http://www.nsf.gov/career). The FAQ question #34 relates to ACI (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15057/nsf15057.jsp#b34).

ACI-specific questions regarding the solicitation should be addressed to Sushil Prasad, sprasad@nsf.gov.

Sincerely,

James Kurose,
Assistant Director, CISE

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GeoPrisms Program
Directorate for Geosciences/NSF

July 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) Program investigates the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management. The GeoPRISMS Program includes two broadly integrated science initiatives (Subduction Cycles and Deformation and Rift Initiation and Evolution), linked by five overarching scientific topics and themes, where transformative advances are likely to occur in the decade 2011-2020, and where a focused scientific program could be most effective. These overarching science topics include 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 3) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and geodynamics. Each of the initiatives has identified primary sites for focused investigations, as well as thematic studies that will complement primary site studies.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The GeoPRISMS science objectives were established by the broader geosciences community through a series of community workshops with the aim that GeoPRISMS carry out interdisciplinary investigations of the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of time scales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management. GeoPRISMS investigations should be aimed towards a comprehensive understanding of the observable system properties, and can include theoretical, numerical and experimental studies, as well as field investigations. GeoPRISMS objectives must be achievable with existing technological capabilities or reasonable increments beyond present capabilities, but should be open to a range of integrative and interdisciplinary community experiments. Finally, broader impacts such as societal relevance, contribution within the discipline, and education and outreach are important elements of the GeoPRISMS Program.

Subduction Cycles and Deformation (SCD) -- The SCD initiative takes a holistic approach to the deformation processes and material cycles governed by subduction. It integrates and expands the former SEIZE and SubFac initiatives of the MARGINS Program, building on a growing recognition that the two systems are tightly linked and responding to many of the same forcing functions, although manifest in different ways. The SCD Initiative focuses on the coupled processes responsible for both long-term margin evolution and material transfer and short-term plate boundary deformation and volcanism. For example, SCD studies can examine the properties, mechanisms, and manifestations of strain build-up and release along the plate boundary, the transport and release of volatiles such as H2O and CO2 through the thrust zone and sub-arc mantle, and the ways in which these processes affect the long-term growth and evolution of continents. In so doing, SCD will provide fundamental scientific understanding of the processes that generate some of the largest natural hazards on the planet, including great earthquakes, tsunamis, and explosive volcanic eruptions.

Rift Initiation and Evolution (RIE) -- The RIE initiative provides a new and broad perspective on the processes by which continents break apart. It expands the former RCL (Rupturing Continental Lithosphere) initiative of the MARGINS Program to include all stages of continental breakup, with increased emphasis on the interaction between surface processes, sedimentation, and continental evolution. It includes early-stage rifts, but also the study of passive margins, which archive the entire history of rift zone construction and evolution. This approach provides direct relevance to understanding both mineral and hydrocarbon resources. The RIE initiative seeks to determine the parameters and physical properties that control the processes of continental evolution, with particular emphasis on the initiation of continental rift zones, feedbacks between tectonics, magmatism and surficial processes, and the resulting stratigraphic and tectonic architecture of rifted margins.

Overarching Themes -- In addition to the two initiatives listed above, a suite of five overarching themes has been identified by the science community that will serve as the basis for integrative studies and provide a framework for cross-initiative programs: (1) Origin and Evolution of Continental Crust; (2) Fluids, Magmas and Their Interactions; (3) Climate-Surface-Tectonic Feedbacks; (4) Geochemical Cycles; and (5) Plate Boundary Deformation and Geodynamics. Details of the overarching scientific topics and themes can be seen in the science plans posted on the GeoPRISMS web site at http://www.geoprisms.org/.

Continued Community Input and Phased Funding Model -- The geosciences community has made substantial effort to produce both a Science Plan and an Implementation Plan for the two initiatives of the GeoPRISMS Program. The former represents a broad outline of science priorities and future directions. The latter includes more detail on studies, including possible community experiments at each of the primary sites for the two initiatives (i.e., the operations plans). In order to target the limited available resources in a practical and cost-effective manner, NSF is implementing a phased funding model to address the extensive science objectives and numerous primary research sites identified by the community during their planning activities. With this phased implementation model, NSF advises that some of the primary sites will be prioritized for certain types of proposals each year. This model allows proponents to self-organize, plan, and coordinate their research. This also allows GeoPRISMS program officers to better leverage the limited available funds each year. The community will continue to provide recommendations to the Foundation through community workshops and the GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee (GSOC). Based on this input, program funding priorities and focus may continue to evolve. The GSOC is tasked with continually monitoring the operations and reviewing progress towards the stated goals within each initiative's science plan, as well as developing the next set of priorities with the community's involvement, while encouraging attempts at integration and syntheses of results. The phased funding model adopted for GeoPRISMS has defined windows of opportunity during which proposals of certain types will be accepted for given primary sites. Large and costly field experiments can only be supported in one site at a time, for up to two sequential years. Smaller studies (such as preparatory work, data analysis and synthesis, or thematic studies), requiring a lower percentage of the overall annual budget, will be considered for all sites each year. For example, during the early years of GeoPRISMS, the Cascadia primary site received high levels of funding. So while data acquisition for that site will now be phased out within this program, data synthesis may still be supported.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program -- GeoPRISMS Postdoctoral Fellowship program is aimed at providing opportunities for early-career scientists to solidify research skills, build a track record, establish peer relationships, and acquire professional self-confidence. NSF's GeoPRISMS Program provides support for postdoctoral researchers to conduct up to two years of multi-disciplinary research at higher education institutions in the United States. The intention is to encourage individuals, typically within five years after award of their Ph.D., to diversify their expertise relative to that used in their thesis research. The GeoPRISMS Postdoctoral Fellowship is designed so that recipients can choose the research environment most beneficial for their scientific development and that of the GeoPRISMS Program. To this end, applicants are encouraged to establish a relationship with a proposed advisor (mentor) well in advance of proposal submission. Although awards must be held at U.S. institutions, there is no citizenship requirement and nationals of countries involved in the NSF-GeoPRISMS Program are encouraged to apply. It is expected that candidates will write their own materials for submission, except where otherwise required. There is no fixed dollar amount for a postdoctoral proposal; rather, the budget should be for the candidate's direct work only and should be appropriate to the postdoctoral research project, including salary commensurate with the experience of the candidate, institutional standards and local cost of living. NSF enables career-life balance through a variety of mechanisms. Support to address dependent care issues may be available for awardees. For more information, please see http://www.nsf.gov/career-life-balance/. GeoPRISMS Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals are subject to the same submission and review criteria as other proposals for GeoPRISMS funding. Submissions should state that the proposal is for a GeoPRISMS Postdoctoral Fellowship and must be submitted by the institution to which an award would be made. In addition to the standard NSF proposal requirements, applicants should also include: a short abstract of your dissertation research and planned publications (not to exceed one single-spaced page); any fellowships, scholarships, teaching, and other positions relevant to your field held since entering college/university; any academic honors you have received relevant to your major field of study; your native language and fluency in other languages; and a statement of your long-term career goals and (particularly for international fellowship candidates) the ways the GeoPRISMS Fellowship will lead to development of long-term collaborative activities in GeoPRISMS science.

Conferences, Theoretical Institute and Rapid Response Proposals -- The GeoPRISMS Program will also continue to support science synthesis and planning conferences and Theoretical and Experimental Institutes, to facilitate integration within and between the initiatives. In addition, proposals that require rapid response to events that create opportunities (RAPID - see PAPPG for a description and guidance) for the study of extant processes at GeoPRISMS primary sites and are compatible with GeoPRISMS science plans will also be accepted. RAPID proposals may be submitted at any time.

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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

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.

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation's future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who are most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This premier program emphasizes the importance the Foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning. Effective integration of research and education generates a synergy in which the process of discovery stimulates learning, and assures that the findings and methods of research and education are quickly and effectively communicated in a broader context and to a larger audience.

The CAREER program embodies NSF's commitment to encourage faculty and academic institutions to value and support the integration of research and education. Successful Principal Investigators will propose creative, integrative and effective research and education plans, developed within the context of the mission, goals, and resources of their organizations, while building a firm foundation for a lifetime of contributions to research, education and their integration.

Integration of Research and Education - All CAREER proposals must have an integrated research and education plan at their core. NSF recognizes that there is no single approach to an integrated research and education plan, but encourages all applicants to think creatively about how their research will impact their education goals and, conversely, how their education activities will feed back into their research. These plans should reflect the proposer's own disciplinary and educational interests and goals, as well as the needs and context of his or her organization. Because there may be different expectations within different disciplinary fields and/or different organizations, a wide range of research and education activities may be appropriate for the CAREER program. Proposers are encouraged to communicate with the CAREER contact or cognizant Program Officer in the Division closest to their area of research to discuss the expectations and approaches that are most appropriate for that area (see http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/career/contacts.jsp for a list of CAREER contacts by division).

B. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent research careers. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of the sponsoring organization or agency, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation's future. Please note that individuals cannot apply for a PECASE. Rather, these awards are initiated by participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among recent CAREER awardees deemed most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education for the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Recompetition of Operations and Management of NSF-supported Facilities to Succeed the GAGE and SAGE Facilities
The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) / NSF

August 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Dear Colleague:

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) currently supports two large multi-user facilities -- the Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope (GAGE) Facilityand the Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geosciences and EarthScope (SAGE) -- that provide geodetic, seismic, and related geophysical instrumentation, data, and educational capabilities to a wide range of EAR-supported communities. NSF is preparing for a competition for future Cooperative Agreement(s) to support management and operations of one or more facilities to provide geodetic, seismic, and/or related geophysical capabilities following expiration of the current GAGE and SAGE cooperative agreements. The planned competition is the second stage in a two-stage integration and recompetition process that NSF developed, presented to the National Science Board (NSB), and described to the community in 2009 (Dear Colleague Letter NSF 10-021).

The planned competition will be held via an open, merit-based, external peer-review process consistent with the NSF Grant Proposal Guide and the NSB Resolution on Competition and Recompetition of NSF Awards (NSB-08-12). EAR is currently preparing the program solicitation for this competition, which is expected to lead to one or more cooperative agreement(s) for one or more facilities following the end of the current GAGE and SAGE cooperative agreements on 30 September 2018.

This letter provides general information regarding the upcoming competition and invites interested members of the community to contact designated NSF representatives to provide information those community members believe is important for the planned competition.

The competition for management and operation of a facility or facilities to provide geodetic, seismic, and/or related geophysical capabilities will be open to U.S. universities, colleges, and other non-profit, non-academic organizations, and any industrial firm operating as an autonomous organization or as an identifiable, separately operating unit of a parent organization. Consortia may include international partnerships; NSF would expect the U.S. organization to be the lead organization.

Any facility or facilities resulting from the planned competition must be managed in the public interest with objectivity and independence, free from organizational conflicts of interest, and with full disclosure of its affairs to NSF. The NSF will have overall responsibility for oversight of award(s), including technical, programmatic, financial, and administrative performance. NSF anticipates that periodic programmatic and business systems reviews would be conducted.

The range of geodetic, seismic, and/or related geophysical capabilities for which proposals will be requested has not yet been fully defined, and will depend partially on community input. However, the current capabilities comprising GAGE and SAGE may serve as a preliminary guide for the possible range of facility capabilities for which proposals may be sought via the planned competition.

GAGE comprises a distributed, multi-user, national facility for the development, deployment, and operational support of modern geodetic and related geophysical instrumentation to serve national goals in basic research and education in the Earth sciences. GAGE also plays a significant role in providing geodetic infrastructure support to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) investigators, the international community, and commercial surveyors and engineering firms, all of whom use geodetic data from GAGE to support precise positioning for an increasingly wide range of uses.

SAGE comprises a distributed, multi-user, national facility for the development, deployment, and operational support of modern digital seismic and related geophysical instrumentation to serve national goals in basic research and education in the Earth sciences, global real-time earthquake monitoring, and nuclear test ban verification. SAGE also supports activities undertaken by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in global earthquake, volcano, and tsunami monitoring and warning.

In summary, GAGE and SAGE currently provide:

  • Global and regional networks of continuously operating geodetic, seismic, and related geophysical instrumentation;
  • Pools of portable seismic, geodetic, and related geophysical instrumentation primarily for use by NSF-funded investigators for targeted research projects;
  • Systems for archiving, managing, and distributing large volumes of diverse geophysical data; and
  • Education and outreach materials and capabilities for a wide range of audiences.

GAGE is currently managed by UNAVCO (www.unavco.org), and SAGE is currently managed by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS; www.iris.edu). Each facility is managed under a cooperative agreement with NSF that began 1 October 2013 and is anticipated to end 30 September 2018. NSB has authorized maximum five-year total funding of $92M for GAGE and $152M for SAGE.

NSF anticipates that the awardee organization(s) will work closely with stakeholders to ensure that, within available resources, any facility or facilities resulting from the planned competition would support, sustain, and advance frontier world-class research and education. Those stakeholders include NSF; researchers and educators that can benefit from geodetic, seismic, and/or related geophysical capabilities currently provided via GAGE and SAGE; and our Federal agency partners. Awardee(s) would be expected to meet the highest standards for service to the scientific community and to demonstrate proactive and effective approaches to performance management. Awardee(s) would be expected to ensure that such a facility operates/such facilities operate with integrity and transparency while maintaining high-quality and responsive administration and management.

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 intends to follow this general schedule:

  • 1 August 2015: Deadline for submission to NSF of written comments on desired capabilities for future facility or facilities resulting from the planned competition. NSF will consider comments received by this date when developing the final solicitation for this anticipated competition. Comments should be submitted as a PDF document not to exceed 2 pages in length, sent as an attachment to an email to the Primary Contacts listed below. NSF does not intend to respond directly to any specific written submission. NSF will also consider community input from workshop reports and other relevant documents.
  • First quarter of calendar year 2016: Release of program solicitation. The solicitation will specify program guidelines and proposal requirements, including eligibility and budgetary information, review criteria, exceptions to NSF Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation instructions, and other information that may be useful to proposing organizations. Also provided as part of the solicitation will be descriptions of the scope of the program, the physical and intellectual property, the expected level of service and expertise, and the nature of international agreements, property arrangements and leases, labor agreements, etc. This information will be provided in a fashion designed to ensure equal access by all proposers.
  • December 2016: Anticipated due date for full proposals in response to the planned solicitation.

NSF anticipates that any award recommendation(s) made following the merit review of proposals submitted under the expected solicitation would require NSB approval. NSF further anticipates that successful proposer(s), if any, would be contacted for award negotiation beginning within the first half of calendar year 2018, and that any resulting award(s) would commence on or before 1 October 2018.

All inquiries regarding this Dear Colleague Letter and the anticipated competition should be directed in email to the Primary Contacts listed below. NSF will consider requests for individual meetings with NSF from eligible organizations interested in this anticipated competition. At such meetings, interested organizations may request clarification of general aspects of the competition or identify to NSF any information needed for proposal preparation; however, the program solicitation and any accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) shall serve as the ultimate reference. Any such requests should be submitted via email to the Primary Contacts.

Greg Anderson, Program Director, EAR-Instrumentation and Facilities/SAGE, greander@nsf.gov
Russell Kelz, Program Director, EAR-Instrumentation and Facilities/GAGE, rkelz@nsf.gov

Sincerely,

Carol D. Frost
Director
Division of Earth Sciences
National Science Foundation

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Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)
Directorate for Biological Sciences & Division of Environmental Biology

LOI due January 23, 2015
Full submission due August 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

 

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Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Workshop Opportunities (EPS-WO)
National Science Foundation

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF Research and Development (R&D) funding. Thirty jurisdictions, including twenty-eight states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands, currently participate in EPSCoR. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, R&D capacity, and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. The EPSCoR Office welcomes unsolicited proposals from EPSCoR jurisdictions for workshops involving the EPSCoR community. These workshops will focus on innovative ways to address multi-jurisdictional efforts on themes of regional to national importance with relevance to EPSCoR's goals/objectives and NSF's mission.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Workshops should address multi-jurisdictional efforts that need collaboration for optimal success. Speakers from non-EPSCoR institutions can be involved in the workshop, and funding for their travel expenses can be provided by the workshop award, but funding cannot go to non-EPSCoR institutions. Workshops should address major regional or national themes of relevance to EPSCoR's goals/objectives and NSF's mission. Workshops may have as their goal the development of high quality collaborations that are capable of competing for major funding from non-EPSCoR programs. Workshops should address multi/interdisciplinary perspectives common to major initiatives in science and engineering. Workshops should have appropriate representation of underrepresented groups. Workshops are not intended solely for within-jurisdiction or single institution planning activities. Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) planning efforts by EPSCoR jurisdictional committees accomplish these types of activities. Workshops are not to be used for new RII proposal development by a single jurisdiction. However, in those cases where multiple jurisdictions have similar thematic plans and there is value in collaboration among jurisdictions on a common theme, then a workshop might be appropriate. Jurisdictions considering such collaborative projects should contact the NSF EPSCoR Office to outline their plan and to obtain advice on the suitability of a potential workshop proposal. A successful workshop proposal will demonstrate a compelling rationale, with clear goals, a committed leadership team, institutional support, leveraged resources, and strategic planning. Inclusivity of groups underrepresented in STEM must be evident at all levels, from the planning committee to the final participants. The level of inclusivity, and measures of workshop programmatic success, must be obtained through evaluation and feedback. A plan for long-term and widespread dissemination of results must also be included.

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Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF

Deadlines vary depending on project size, see announcement

SYNOPSIS: 

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective, or from the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective. In addition, the sponsor welcomes proposals that integrate research addressing all of these perspectives.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

With the exception of Cybersecurity Education proposals described below, any proposal submitted to this solicitation must be consistent with one of three project classes defined below. Proposals will be considered for funding within their project classes.

Small Projects are well suited to one or two investigators (PI and one co-PI or other Senior Personnel) and at least one student and/or postdoc.

Medium Projects are well-suited to one or more investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel) and several students and/or postdocs. Medium project descriptions must be comprehensive and well-integrated, and should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of their individual contributions. Rationale must be provided to explain why a budget of this size is required to carry out the proposed work. Since the success of collaborative research efforts is known to depend on thoughtful coordination mechanisms that regularly bring together the various participants of the project, a separate Collaboration Plan is required for all Medium proposals with more than one investigator. Up to 2 pages are allowed for Collaboration Plans. The length of and level of detail provided in the Collaboration Plan should be commensurate with the complexity of the proposed project. Medium projects may be submitted to the Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) and/or the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspectives.

Large Projects are well suited to two or more investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel), and a team of students and/or postdocs. They should be large, multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational, and/or multi-institution projects that provide high-level visibility to grand challenge research areas in cybersecurity. Project descriptions must be comprehensive and well-integrated, and should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of the individual participants' contributions. Rationale must be provided to explain why a budget of this size is required to carry out the proposed work. Since the success of collaborative research efforts is known to depend on thoughtful coordination mechanisms that regularly bring together the various participants of the project, a separate Collaboration Plan is required for all Large proposals. Large projects may be submitted to the Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) and/or the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspectives. A Large proposal should have a long-term vision, with objectives that could not be attained simply by a collection of small or medium proposals provided similar resources. Such research may or may not be multidisciplinary. A successful Large project could also be a deep, intensively focused effort on a single cybersecurity problem in a single discipline.

Proposals addressing Cybersecurity with a Trustworthy Computing Systems perspective aim to provide the basis for designing, building, and operating a cyberinfrastructure with improved resistance and resilience to attack that can be tailored to meet a wide range of technical and policy requirements, including both privacy and accountability. Within its scope, the program supports all research approaches from theoretical to experimental, including human factors aspects of systems. Theories, models, cryptography, algorithms, methods, architectures, languages, software, tools, systems and evaluation frameworks are all of interest. Of particular interest is research addressing how better to design into components and systems desired security and privacy properties, as well as principled techniques for composing security mechanisms. Methods for raising attacker costs by incorporating diversity, misdirection/confusion, and change or self-adaptation into systems, while preserving system manageability, are also relevant. Approaches and methods for securing cyber-physical systems (CPS) are also welcome, including, but not limited to, critical infrastructure such as power and water, health care, transportation, and manufacturing. Submissions relating to CPS should be specific about the threat model, in particular addressing the sophistication of expected adversaries. Research that studies the tradeoffs among trustworthy computing properties, e.g., security and usability, or accountability and privacy, as well as work that examines the tension between security and human values such as openness and transparency is also welcomed. Also, methods to assess, reason about, and predict system trustworthiness, including observable metrics, analytical methods, simulation, experimental deployment and, where possible, deployment on live testbeds for experimentation at scale are considered. Statistical, mathematical and computational methods in the area of cryptographic methods, new algorithms, risk assessments and statistical methods in cybersecurity are also welcome.

Proposals addressing the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective of Cybersecurity may include research at the individual, group, organizational, market, and societal levels, identifying cybersecurity risks and exploring the feasibility of potential solutions. All research approaches, including (but not limited to) theoretical, experimental, observational, statistical, survey, and simulation-based are of interest. A variety of methods can be used in research from the SBE perspective, including field data, laboratory experiments, observational studies, simulations, and theoretical development, among others. Not all proposals that examine aspects involving people are from the SBE perspective. Proposals in which such aspects are not the primary focus of the proposal or that merely apply rather than make contributions to the SBE sciences might fit under "Trustworthy Computing Systems" as human factors research. A proposal with SBE as its primary perspective must have SBE science as its main focus and must involve theoretical or methodological contributions to the SBE sciences. Contributions to the SBE sciences include identifying generalizable theories and regularities and "pushing the boundaries" of our understanding of social, behavioral, or economic phenomena in cybersecurity and beyond. We seek research that is generalizable, identifies scope conditions, or provides an advance in SBE science methods. We seek research that holds the promise of constructing new SBE theories that would apply to a variety of domains, or new generalizations of existing theory which clarify the conditions under which such generalizations hold (scope conditions). More inductive or interpretative approaches may contribute to the SBE sciences as well, especially if they set the groundwork for generalizable research or reveal broad connections that forward SBE science understandings. SBE / SaTC proposals should clearly state and elaborate how the proposed research will contribute to SBE sciences. A proposal that involves SBE, but not as its primary perspective, must include at least an application of the SBE sciences, but need not involve a theoretical or methodological contribution. All SBE primary or non-primary proposals must, like all SaTC proposals, also contribute toward the goal of creating a secure and trustworthy cyberspace. The SBE science contribution of any SBE / SaTC proposal must be related to bringing about that goal. It is not sufficient for a proposal submitted under SBE / SaTC to have an SBE science contribution alone or one that is not related to bringing about a secure and trustworthy cyberspace. Such proposals are perhaps best submitted to a standing (core) SBE program. Strong proposals will demonstrate the capabilities of the research team to bring to bear state-of-the-art research in the human sciences. In particular, they will seek to understand, predict and explain prevention, attack and/or defense behaviors and contribute to developing strategies for remediation. Proposals that contribute to the design of incentives, markets or institutions to reduce either the likelihood of cyber attack or the negative consequences of cyber attack are especially welcome, as are proposals that examine incentives and motivations of individuals.

The STARSS perspective is a joint effort of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). A STARSS proposal is similar to other Small proposals submitted to the TWC and/or SBE perspective except that it must include a statement of consent authorizing NSF to share the proposal and any reviews and ancillary documents with SRC. As noted previously, STARSS proposals may not include the TWC or SBE perspective, but may include a TTP Option. Trends in semiconductors and their application pose challenges to security and trustworthiness. On one hand, leading edge processors are the "brains" behind critically-important systems and infrastructure, including networking and communications, electric power grids, finance, military and aerospace systems. On the other hand, smaller embedded processors, sensors and other electronic components provide "smart" functionality and connectivity in a variety of applications, such as automotive braking and airbag systems, personal healthcare, industrial controls, and the rapidly growing list of other connected devices often referred to as the Internet of Things. The wide range of devices and applications and the exponential growth in the number of connected "things" has made security and trustworthiness a prime concern. Design and manufacture of today's complex semiconductor circuits and systems requires many steps and involves the work of hundreds of engineers, typically distributed across multiple locations and organizations worldwide. Moreover, today's semiconductor chip is likely to include design modules or blocks (also referred to as intellectual property, or IP, blocks) from multiple sources. Detailed specifications are converted into schematic and then physical designs that may include billions of transistors. Many processes have been developed, and considerable resources are invested along the design and manufacture path to verify, test and validate that the product performs as intended. However, to date, these processes do not provide confidence about whether the chip is altered such that it provides unauthorized access or control. Such undesirable behavior can be due to a weakness in the design that results in an unintentional side channel or due to maliciously inserted functionality or "Trojan" hardware.

Proposals for Small, Medium or Large projects may include a Transition to Practice (TTP) option. Proposed activities under the TTP option MUST NOT be described in the project description, and instead MUST be described in a supplementary document of no more than five pages. The objective of the TTP program is to support the proposed research activities and ideas whose outcomes at the end of the award are capable of being implemented, applied, experimentally useable, or deployed in an operational environment. The TTP option supplementary document should specifically describe how the successful research results will be further developed and experimentally deployed in organizations or industries, including in networks and end systems.

On occasion, the results of SaTC funded research lead to widespread changes in our understanding of the fundamentals of cybersecurity that can, in turn, lead to fundamentally new ways to motivate and educate students about cybersecurity. Proposals submitted to this perspective leverage successful results from previous and current basic research in cybersecurity and research on student learning, both in terms of intellectual merit and broader impact, to address the challenge of expanding existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity.

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

August 13, 2015

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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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; and 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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Law and Social Sciences
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

Deadlines vary - please see full announcement

SYNOPSIS: 

The Law & Social Sciences Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to: Crime, Violence and Punishment; Economic Issues; Governance; Legal Decisionmaking; Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice; and Litigation and the Legal Profession. LSS provides the following modes of support: Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research; Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants; Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships; and Workshop and Conference Proposals.

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Decision, Risk and Management Sciences
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

August 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (ddrigs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical (Rapid Response Research - RAPID) and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research - EAGER).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (ddrigs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design.

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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

LOI due January 16, 2015
Full submission due August 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

Proposals are welcomed in all areas of science supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. All investigator-initiated proposals to the core programs in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems must now be invited based on merit review of preliminary proposals. There is a single submission deadline with a limit of 2 preliminary proposals per investigator per year as PI or Co-PI in response to this solicitation. Please see the GPG for definition of roles for PI and Co-PI. There are no limits on the number of proposals you can participate on as collaborator. The PI/Co-PI limits apply only to this solicitation and do not pertain to proposals submitted in response to other NSF solicitations.

Unsolicited full research proposals are no longer accepted into the IOS Core Programs.


PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Proposals are welcomed in all areas of science supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, including projects that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Please read the cluster descriptions below and then discuss any questions about the potential fit of a project to one of the clusters with the Program Director you believe is most closely associated to your field of interest.

Please consult the IOS web page (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=IOS) for information about Program Directors associated with each programmatic area. This interaction can be a critical aspect for ensuring that your proposal is assigned to the most appropriate program for review.

The core scientific programs in IOS are organized into four Clusters:

Behavioral Systems Cluster

The Behavioral Systems Cluster consists of the Animal Behavior Program which supports research in the area of integrative animal behavior to understand how and why individuals and groups of animals do what they do in nature. Research in this area occurs in field, laboratory and captive environments and covers a wide range of scientific fields and levels of analysis to study the development, mechanisms, adaptive value, and evolutionary history of behavior. The Cluster encourages species specific and comparative studies as well as modeling and theoretical approaches that use animal systems to discover and explore overarching principles of the biology of behavior and to advance a fully integrated understanding of the behavioral phenotype from genes to ecosystems.

The Cluster supports these goals through the core program in Animal Behavior and the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant program (DDIG).

Developmental Systems Cluster

The Developmental Systems Cluster supports research aimed at understanding how interacting developmental processes give rise to the emergent properties of organisms. Systems level approaches to understanding these processes at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of organization, combining the use of molecular, genetic, biochemical, and physiological techniques as well as techniques from outside biology are encouraged. The Developmental Systems Cluster is also particularly interested in understanding how emergent properties result in the development of complex phenotypes and lead to the evolution of developmental mechanisms.

Proposals should be submitted to one of the three programs below:

The Plant, Fungal and Microbial Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research that addresses developmental processes in plants from algae to angiosperms, microbes and fungi.

The Animal Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research that seeks to understand the processes that result in the complex phenotypes of animals. Because different organisms may be more amenable to certain approaches than others, analyses of development in a wide range of different species are encouraged. Proposals directed to study the development of the Nervous System should be submitted to the Organization Program of the Neural Systems Cluster (see below).

The Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research to discover the developmental processes that are shared by all organisms, and also those processes that produce diversity (phenotypic variation within a species and/or between species). For example, the program is interested in elucidating how gene networks are modified to generate different phenotypic outcomes. Understanding these processes will likely require inter-disciplinary and collaborative approaches using a wide range of organisms.

Neural Systems Cluster

The Neural Systems Cluster focuses on the basic functions of the nervous system and its interactions with the physical and social environments. The neuronal mechanisms underlying organismal responses and adaptation to an ever-changing biosphere are also of interest. The Cluster encourages the use of comparative species approaches to better understand how organisms perceive their environment, transduce that information in the nervous system and respond appropriately. Projects supported by the Neural Systems Cluster span multiple levels of analysis ranging from the molecular and cellular to the complex behavioral aspects of organisms functioning in their natural environments. The use of comparative and evolutionary studies, as well as the development of novel theoretical, computational, and transdisciplinary approaches to guide and instruct experimental design, are particularly encouraged. Interdisciplinary research in neuroscience at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering is also supported.

Proposals should be submitted to one of the three programs below, each of which reflects one of three conceptual domains in neurobiology:

The Organization Program supports research focused on how the nervous system is organized along developmental, genetic, molecular and cellular lines; exploring developmental mechanisms and determining how experiential/environmental interactions affect the basic structural and functional characteristics of the nervous system.

The Activation Program supports research focused on how signals from the external environment activate the nervous system to produce motor responses; investigating how the internal state of the organism reaches a decision threshold, integrates sensorimotor responses, and triggers an action.

The Modulation Program supports research focused on how various factors modulatethe nervous system to produce complex behavior, and how that complex behavior, in turn, feeds back to have an impact on the nervous system; examining basic neural mechanisms underlying neuroendocrine and neuroimmune function, learning and memory, biological rhythms, and other complex behavior.

Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster

The Physiological and Structural Systems (PSS) Cluster supports research to advance understanding of physiological mechanisms and functional morphology. PSS supports hypothesis- and discovery-based research encompassing a wide range of approaches at levels of organization from molecules to populations. The Cluster encourages submission of proposals aimed at identifying fundamental design principles of physiological and structural systems and at understanding why particular patterns of morphology and physiological mechanisms have evolved and how they are integrated at the level of the whole organism. The Cluster encourages modeling and theoretical approaches to augment experimental approaches. Multidisciplinary research at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering is encouraged. Normally, the PSS Cluster will not consider projects that are primarily focused on environmental toxicology or endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Proposals should be directed to one of the three programs described below:

The Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition Program (SDS) supports research on processes mediating both antagonistic and beneficial symbiotic interactions, as well as mechanisms of self/non-self recognition within and between species. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and dissolution of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune defenses (especially involving comparative studies, new systems or novel mechanisms), host-symbiont regulation, and recognition, signaling, communication, and reciprocal responses among interacting species. Integrative approaches and attention to emergent effects of symbiotic interactions are encouraged. All aspects of symbiosis are supported, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, host-pathogen interactions, and mechanisms of foreign organelle acquisition.

The Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics Program (PMB) supports research on the physiological and structural features that contribute to life processes in plants, animals, microbes, and other organisms. Broad thematic areas include, but are not limited to sensing and signaling mechanisms, transport, energetics and metabolism, growth and development, stress adaptation mechanisms, biomaterials, muscle physiology, endocrinology, biomechanics, functional morphology, coordination of reproductive processes, gas exchange, circulation and osmoregulation. Systems approaches that predict or reveal the nature of coordination among functional processes and/or structural components as a means to further the understanding of organismal integrity are particularly encouraged.

The Integrative Ecological Physiology Program (IEP) supports research on the structural and physiological traits of organisms that underlie their capacities to live in various ecological settings. A central focus of the program is research on physiological mechanisms underlying organism responses to biotic and abiotic components of their environments. The program seeks proposals framed in explicit ecological or evolutionary contexts, and therefore projects may address time scales ranging from the short-term to evolutionary. Projects focused on understanding how genetic, biochemical, morphological and physiological processes integratively result in the capacities of organisms to live in dynamic environments are encouraged. The IEP Program particularly encourages proposals focused on using physiological traits to improve predictive models of organismal responses to global change.

OTHER SOLICITATIONS THAT USE THE IOS CORE CLUSTER DEADLINES

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Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Environmental Biology

LOI due on January 30, 2015
Full submission due August 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

Successful LTREB proposals address three essential components:

A Decadal Research Plan that clearly articulates important questions that cannot be addressed with data that have already been collected, but could be answered if ten additional years of data were collected. This plan is not a research timeline or management plan. It is a concise justification for ten additional years of support in order to advance understanding of key concepts, questions, or theories in environmental biology.

Core Data: LTREB proposals require that the author has studied a particular phenomenon or process for at least six years up to the present or for long enough to generate a contemporary time series that contains six data points. These data constitute Core Data on which the new project should be based, and analysis of these data should generate new questions, on the same phenomenon or process, that provide the focus of the LTREB project.

A Plan for Data Management and Dissemination that details information management and plans for data sharing with the broader research community and the interested public. Data from long-term research projects have value beyond the peer-reviewed and other publications generated by the investigators collecting the data.

Specific review criteria for LTREB proposals and renewals are explained in Section VI of the current program solicitation. Prospective applicants are advised to read this solicitation carefully.

All proposals submitted to the LTREB program are co-reviewed by participating Clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology: Ecosystem Science, Population and Community Ecology, and Evolutionary Processes. Proposals must address topics supported by these programs. Researchers who are uncertain about the suitability of their project for the LTREB Program are encouraged to contact the cognizant program director.

Beginning in January 2014, the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) will no longer accept proposals submitted to the LTREB solicitation. Long-term projects that address questions of a) development, mechanisms, adaptive value, or evolutionary history of behavior, b) mechanisms and processes mediating antagonistic and beneficial symbioses, c) growth, development, stress adaptation mechanisms, energetics and metabolism, or other physiological processes, and d) structural and physiological traits that underlie organisms' capacities to live in various environments will no longer be supported through LTREB. Core IOS programs supporting all of these areas will entertain proposals based on long-term data http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503623&org=IOS&from=home.

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Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education (BCC-EHR)
Directorate for Education & Human Resources / NSF

September 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

As part of NSF's Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to enable research communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to creating new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research for EHR areas of research. Successful proposals will outline activities that will have significant impacts across multiple fields by enabling new types of data-intensive research. Investigators should think broadly and create a vision that extends intellectually across multiple disciplines and that includes--but is not necessarily limited to--EHR areas of research.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

For information about EHR fields to which proposals might be relevant, investigators should consult EHR's main home page. Prospective PIs are encouraged to consult the list of previously funded awards (available on the BCC-EHR Program web site) to better understand the topics that have been funded and to evaluate the innovativeness of their own proposed project.

The purpose of this solicitation is to encourage submission of proposals for activities that will enable communities to develop visions for data-intensive EHR areas of research. In some cases large scale data repositories may already exist, but the infrastructure such as tools and communities to utilize the data may be in need of development. In other cases appropriate activities may include the design of large scale data repositories and/or associated analytic tools.

Data repositories could include traditional relational data, collections of interactions data, video data, or one of many other forms of structured sets of data. The primary objectives of proposals under this solicitation are to organize a research community or engage an existing research community to design and, perhaps, prototype data-intensive research infrastructure for EHR areas of research. The BCC-EHR program will not support implementation of such infrastructure. For the purpose of this competition, data-intensive research is defined as research involving data resources that are well beyond the storage requirements, computational intensiveness or complexity that is currently typical of the EHR areas of research. Proposals should make clear how the proposed activities will enable promising EHR research that would not otherwise be possible.

Submitted proposals for FY 2015 should focus on the development of communities, or the utilization of existing communities, to develop plans for data repository design or utilization, and to develop infrastructure (including analytic tools) within which identified research may effectively proceed. The NSF's Research Coordination Network (RCN) solicitation and past RCN awards may provide helpful examples of ways to structure community building activities. RCN solicitation requirements, however, do not apply to BCC proposals. While the development of a prototype is permissible, the focus of FY 2015 projects should NOT be the implementation of a full-scale data resource, but rather building a broader community and/or capacity to design and eventually use a resource.

This will be the final BCC-EHR solicitation. Established research communities in EHR that have already identified the need for specific large scale data resources and/or associated analytics may also consider submitting to the Data Infrastructure Building Blocks area of the Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation Program, NSF 15-534, or to submit a research proposal to EHR Core Research, NSF 15-509.

Successful proposals will outline activities that will have significant impacts across multiple fields by enabling new types of data-intensive research. Investigators should think broadly and create a vision that extends intellectually across multiple disciplines and that includes--but is not necessarily limited to--the EHR areas of research. Proposals will need to describe the bodies of data and other resources that will be involved in the infrastructure. Infrastructure includes data, data structures, metadata, analytics and those tools needed to facilitate research in EHR areas of research. Investigators should think creatively about data and consider new data collections, repurposed existing data, and new approaches to data as appropriate for the research questions of interest. Novel approaches are encouraged. Proposals should have a well-defined work plan with steps sufficiently detailed.

An explicit goal of this competition is to focus on building the community and capacity to enable broad and large scale infrastructure which extends well beyond a single discipline and which will be utilized by a large number and wide range of researchers. While it is acceptable, for example, to focus data collection on a single city or geographic region, the relevance of the proposed work should be of interest to a national or international community.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Directorate for Biological Sciences/NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

REU projects offer an opportunity to tap the nation's diverse student talent pool and broaden participation in science and engineering. NSF is particularly interested in increasing the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in research. REU projects are strongly encouraged to involve students who are members of these groups. (Underrepresented minorities are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.) When designing recruitment plans, REU projects are also encouraged to consider students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Services. Historically, the vast majority of REU participants have been junior- or senior-level undergraduates--students who have typically already committed to a major in science or engineering. So that the REU program can succeed in attracting students into science and engineering who might not otherwise consider those majors and careers, projects are also encouraged to involve students at earlier stages in their college experience. Some REU projects effectively engage first-year and second-year undergraduates by developing partnerships with community colleges. REU projects may be carried out during the summer months, during the academic year, or both. Three years is the typical duration for REU Site awards in most NSF directorates; however, a duration of up to five years may be allowed in some cases. The term of REU Supplements may not exceed that of the underlying research project.

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Cultural Anthropology
Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated research in all sub-fields of cultural anthropology. Because the National Science Foundation's mandate is to support basic research, the NSF Cultural Anthropology Program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal improved clinical practice or applied policy. Program research priorities include, but are not limited to, research that increases our understanding of:

  • Socio-cultural drivers of critical anthropogenic processes such as deforestation, desertification, land cover change, urbanization, and poverty
  • Resilience and robustness of socio-cultural systems
  • Conflict, cooperation, and altruism
  • Economy, culture, migration, and globalization
  • Variability and change in kinship and family norms and practices
  • Cultural and social contexts of health and disease
  • Social regulation, governmentality, and violence
  • Origins of complexity in socio-cultural systems
  • Language and culture: orality and literacy, sociolinguistics, and cognition
  • Human variation through empirically grounded ethnographic descriptions
  • Mathematical and computational models of sociocultural systems such as social network analysis, agent-based models, and integration of agent-based models with geographic information systems (GIS)

A. General Research The Cultural Anthropology Program supports a broad portfolio of research by both senior scholars and by graduate students. Information on recent awards can be found at the bottom of this page via the "What Has Been Funded" link. All proposals must be submitted using either Fastlane (as described in the Grant Proposal Guide) or Grants.gov. All proposals must explicitly address both the Intellectual Merit and the Broader Impacts of the research in the one-page project summary.

  1. The Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG) Program (see Solicitation 14-560) supports doctoral dissertation research by anthropology graduate students enrolled at U.S. institutions. Proposals are accepted for both the January 15 and the August 15 target dates. Grants are intended to support the extraordinary expenses of conducting research, not the normal daily expenses of graduate education. 

  2. Senior proposals support individual, team, or collaborative research by scholars who hold a PhD, or other equivalent or appropriate credential. Proposals are accepted for both the January 15 and the August 15 target dates. Senior proposal project descriptions may be up to 15, single-spaced pages. There is no ceiling on senior proposal budgets, but a typical award rarely exceeds $100,000 per year of the award, including indirect costs. Researchers may propose empirically grounded and theoretically engaged projects in any sub-field and theoretical area of cultural anthropology.

  3. General guidelines. All researchers should take care to explain very clearly why the research is needed; what it will contribute to the scientific understanding of human society and culture; and how it will lead to the development of theory extending beyond the particular cases to be investigated. They should be clear about the question or questions that the research is addressing; how the research design will address those questions; what information or data will be collected, how, and why; and how the information or data will be analyzed to address the research questions. Finally, researchers should also explain why they are able to conduct the research successfully. A good research proposal is interesting, clear, explicit, tightly integrated, and confidence inspiring.

B. Other Programs

  1. The Faculty Scholars Program (see Solicitation 07-544) supports methodological training for cultural anthropologists who wish to learn new skills that are needed as part of an ongoing research program. For example, support may be requested to learn new methods of cross-cultural research, demography, remote sensing and GIS, ecological field survey, linguistics, or modeling. Support may be requested to learn any methodological skill that is necessary to advance the scholar's research agenda, as justified in the proposal with reference to published results from prior work. Proposals are accepted for both the January 16 and the August 16 target dates. Normal proposal guidelines apply. Awards are for up to 12 months and for a maximum of $50,000.

  2. Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER). The RAPID funding mechanism is used for proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events. The EAGER funding mechanism may be used to support exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work may be considered especially "high risk-high payoff" in the sense that it, for example, involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. For detailed information concerning these two types of grants, please review Chapter II.D of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (http://nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?gpg). There are no deadlines or target dates associated with these types of awards and the Cultural Anthropology program funding limit for them is $25,000 including direct costs.

  3. Research Experience for Graduate Students (REG) and Reserch Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplements. (see Dear Colleague Letter NSF 14-031). Senior PIs with current NSF awards, may request supplements to support closely mentored but independent research projects by undergraduates intending to pursue graduate work in anthropology or graduate students at the pre-dissertation phase of their education. The supplement request should include a two to three-page description of the project to be undertaken, the qualifications of the student, and the plan for mentoring. PIs are encouraged to submit proposals by March 1, each spring, although they will be considered at other times, as well. Awards are limited to $5000 for REGs and $4000 for REUs.

  4. Workshops. Workshops are sometimes needed to allow researchers to work together. Proposals for workshops with research goals may be submitted in the normal grant cycle (target dates: January 15 and August 15). Under exceptional circumstances and with prior permission from the Program Officer, workshop proposals may be considered out of cycle, as well.

  5. Training Programs. The Cultural Anthropology Program supports the dissemination of the most current research tools available for social science research. Consequently, as budget permits, the Cultural Anthropology Program funds a limited number of proposals for training workshops, short courses, and fieldwork programs, through the regular proposal review cycle. For more information, please contact the Program Officer.

  6. Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Grants. The Cultural Anthropology Program participates in this NSF-wide activity offering prestigious awards in support of the early development of academic faculty as both educators and researchers. Consult the CAREER solicitation for more information

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NSF 13-570 Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences

Deadlines: September 15, 2014 and September 15, 2015

The Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health plan to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need and urgency for promoting research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. This competition is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support existing ones.

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Structural and Architectural Engineering (SAE)
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The overall goal of the Structural and Architectural Engineering (SAE) program is to evolve sustainable structures, such as buildings, that can be continuously occupied and /or operational during the structure's useful life. The SAE program supports fundamental research for advancing knowledge and innovation in structural and architectural engineering that enables holistic approach to design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, repair and end-of-life disposal of structures. For buildings, holistic approach incorporates the foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural system, as well as the façade and roofing. Research topics of interest for sustainable structures include the following: strategies for structures that over their lifecycle are cost-effective, make efficient use of resources and energy, and incorporate sustainable structural and architectural materials; deterioration due to fatigue and corrosion; serviceability concerns due to large deflections and vibrations; and advances in physics-based computational modeling and simulation.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Research is encouraged that integrates discoveries from other science and engineering fields, such as materials science, building science, mechanics of materials, dynamic systems and control, reliability, risk analysis, architecture, economics and human factors. The program also supports research in sustainable and holistic foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural systems and materials as described in the following reports: National Science and Technology Council, High Performance Buildings; Final Report: Federal R & D Agenda for Net Zero Energy, High-Performance Green Buildings. Building Technology Research and Development (BTRD) Subcommittee, OSTP, U.S. Government, September 2008. http://www.whitehouse.gov/files/documents/ostp/NSTC Reports/Federal RD Agenda for Net Zero Energy High Performance Green Buildings Oct2008.pdf; and Ochsendorf, John, Challenges and Opportunities for Low-Carbon Buildings, The Bridge; National Academy of Engineering, Vol. 42, No. 1; Spring 2012 http://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/57865/58544.aspx.

Structural health monitoring that focuses on decision-making systems for civil structures is of interest; however, research for new sensor technologies and data collection should be submitted to other programs. Proposals that focus on the performance and mitigation of structures subjected to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, windstorms (tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis, and landslides, should be submitted to the Engineering for Natural Hazards Program. Research addressing blast loads and fire effects on building systems, and computational modeling and simulation supported by the multi-Directorate Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering, program are not supported by SAE.

The SAE program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for provision of sustainable structures. 

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Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research (SMOR)
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation / NSF

Full Proposal Window: September 1, 2015 - September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research (SMOR) program supports fundamental research leading to the creation of innovative mathematical models, analysis, and algorithms for decision-making related to design, planning, and operation of service, manufacturing, and other complex systems. Specifically, the program supports two main types of research: (i) innovations in general-purpose methodology related to optimization, stochastic modeling, and decision and game theory; and (ii) research grounded in relevant applications that require the development of novel and customized analytical and computational methodologies. Application areas of interest include supply chains and logistics; risk management; healthcare; environment; energy production and distribution; mechanism design and incentives; production planning, maintenance, process monitoring and quality control; and national security. Of particular interest are methods that incorporate increasingly rich and diverse sources of data to support decision-making.

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Dear Colleague Letter: US-South Korea Collaborative Research in Advanced Manufacturing
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation and Directorate for Engineering

Proposal window: February 1st through February 15th, 2015 and September 1st through September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Dear Colleagues:

In May, 2013, in Pohang, Korea, and August, 2014, in Reno, Nevada, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the National Research Foundation of Korea hosted workshops to identify areas of mutual interest for research in advanced manufacturing. The final report of these workshops is forthcoming and will be posted on the NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) web site. As a result of these workshops, the NSF Engineering Directorate (ENG) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea Division of Engineering are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S. - Korean teams collaborating on fundamental research in advanced manufacturing. The workshops identified opportunities potentially beneficial to both countries for collaborative research in the following areas:

  1. Robotics for manufacturing
  2. Materials Processing
  3. Manufacturing Mathematics and Smart Manufacturing
  4. Micro/nano Manufacturing
  5. Additive Manufacturing

U.S.-based researchers, through their U.S. institutions, may submit unsolicited proposals to collaborate with Korea-based researchers on any of the topics listed above to appropriate programs in CMMI. All unsolicited proposals directed to CMMI must be submitted during one of two annual unsolicited proposal submission windows, February 1-15 and September 1-15, and they must be submitted in accordance with the current version of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide. Each of these proposal submission windows opens at 12:01 AM on the first day of the window, and closes at 5 PM submitter's local time on the last day of the window. In the event that the last day of the window is a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday, the window closes at 5 PM submitter's local time on the following Federal government work day. Unsolicited proposals submitted at any other time will be returned without review.

Questions concerning this opportunity may be emailed to the CMMI Manufacturing Machines and Equipment program director, ZJ Pei (zpei@nsf.gov) or the CMMI Nanomanufacturing program director, Khershed Cooper (khcooper@nsf.gov).

Sincerely,

George Hazelrigg
Acting Division Director
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation
Directorate for Engineering

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Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE)
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

September 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and extreme events upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Community and societal resilience and sustainability are important topics within the research portfolio of IMEE. The program is deeply multidisciplinary and attempts to integrate multiple issues from civil, mechanical, transportation, and system engineering, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, political science, urban planning, epidemiology, natural and physical science, and computer science. With regard to the four core emphasis areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, a variety of topics are supported.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The following list provides examples of the kinds of topics and issues that may be supported, though the list is not exhaustive and other, innovative topics may be proposed. Mitigation research may focus upon issues such as the analysis of structural and non-structural mitigation effectiveness, local capacity building for risk reduction, and social and physical vulnerability analyses. Preparedness research may involve studies on warning and risk communication, evacuation, multi-hazard emergency planning, and the effectiveness of pre-disaster planning. Response research may examine such issues as infrastructure interdependencies and cascading disasters, innovation and improvisation in emergency management, and the use of new communication technology and social media in emergency management. Recovery research may examine linking disaster recovery to the mitigation of future disasters, resilience metrics and models, resilience of interdependent infrastructure processes and systems, and social factors related to economic recovery and resilience.

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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)
Directorate for Geosciences / NSF

LOI due August 14, 2015
Full submission due October 5, 2015

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.

NSF's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, launched in Fiscal Year 2014, supports a coherent set of investments to 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 NSF-wide IUSE initiative acknowledges 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.

The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) contributes to the IUSE initiative through theImproving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) funding opportunity. IUSE: GEOPATHS invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community. The primary goal of the IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority. The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding Tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity invites creative proposals to broaden and strengthen the pathways that will engage and retain undergraduate students in geoscience education and career pathways, and help prepare them for a variety of careers. The long-term goal of this program is to dramatically increase the number and diversity of students earning undergraduate degrees or enrolling in graduate programs in geoscience fields, as well as ensure that they have the necessary skills and competencies to succeed as next generation professionals in a variety of employment sectors. IUSE: GEOPATHS projects are expected to utilize effective, evidence-based strategies for improving student engagement and retention, and to expose students to meaningful experiences in the geosciences through leveraging of academic and/or non-academic research and instrumentation infrastructure. The underlying "theory of change" for this solicitation is that using novel ways of engaging a larger population of students and exposing them to authentic, career-relevant geoscience experiences that augment the formal curriculum will increase their desire to earn degrees and pursue careers in the field.

The overarching questions being address through this solicitation are:

  • Which strategies are most effective for increasing the number and diversity of students entering the geoscience workforce pipeline?
  • Which approaches are most effective in retaining undergraduate students in the geoscience pipeline?
  • Which activities are most effective in preparing undergraduate geoscience majors for the workforce, and smoothing their transition post-graduation?
  • Which strategies are most effective for increasing the number and diversity of non-geoscience undergraduate majors that pursue post-baccalaureate degrees in geoscience?

IUSE: GEOPATHS projects also offer an opportunity to tap the nation's diverse student talent pool and broaden participation in science and engineering. NSF is particularly interested in increasing the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in professional experiences related to the geosciences. IUSE: GEOPATHS projects are strongly encouraged to involve students who are members of these groups. (Underrepresented minorities are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.) When designing recruitment plans, IUSE: GEOPATHS projects are also encouraged to consider students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Services.

The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation offers two distinct funding Tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training (GEOPATHS-EXTRA) and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).

GEOPATHS-EXTRA Projects

GEOPATHS-EXTRA projects are focused on providing individual undergraduate students with sustained or catalytic experiences that develop their expertise in geoscience, enhance their professional skills, increase their access to professional networks, and demonstrably deepen their interest in, and knowledge of, geoscience career pathways. Introducing students to the geosciences through extra-curricular experiential learning, internships, field trips, and culturally-relevant or problem-based learning scenarios, are well-documented as successful approaches for recruitment. More than a decade of empirical research has demonstrated the benefits to students from participating in undergraduate research, in particular, because it not only socializes undergraduates into scientific thinking and practices, it may also play a significant role in students' educational and career trajectories, especially among Hispanic/Latino students (e.g., References 19 to 22). AGI reports that more than 80% of Bachelor's and Master's graduates in the geosciences who participated in some form of internship during their education felt it was very important for their academic and professional development; yet, less than half of undergraduate geoscience majors participated in an internship-like experience. Increasing the number and types of opportunities that provide individual undergraduate students with authentic, career-relevant experiences - across all employment sectors - may increase both student engagement and retention in the pipeline. Many academic, private sector and government-managed facilities within the geosciences community could be leveraged to provide such experiences.

GEOPATHS-EXTRA proposals can be submitted by institutions of higher education that offer undergraduate courses or bachelor's degrees in any of the geoscience fields, with some restrictions (see eligibility criteria). GEOPATHS-EXTRA projects are expected to focus on the needs of individual students, primarily by offering cohort-based, extra- or co-curricular experiences that complement the submitting institution's existing Bachelor's degree curriculum. Each cohort should involve a minimum of 6 students per institution. Collaborations with other academic and non-academic institutions that create opportunities to expose participating students to a variety of working environments are strongly encouraged, as are collaborations that engage diverse undergraduate students from local community colleges and MSI's. While requests to support academic year undergraduate research as one component of a GEOPATHS-EXTRA project will be considered, they must not duplicate the types of undergraduate research experiences that can be supported through the REU Site and Supplement program solicitation.

Specific activities that might be supported through the GEOPATHS-EXTRA track include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Establishing new multi-year, academic-year geoscience research opportunities for cohorts of undergraduate students at the awardee institution
  • Partnering with large research facilities, to provide students with hands-on training and experience using sophisticated geoscience instrumentation, large data sets, and/or models
  • Creating mentored geoscience-related internships, externships, or apprenticeship programs in collaboration with the private sector
  • Engaging students in large, ongoing, and separately funded field-based research campaigns and subsequent data analysis and synthesis
  • Providing students with service-learning or community-based opportunities related to the geosciences
  • Creating competitions and prizes that offer capstone experiences at large or unique geoscience research facilities
  • Engaging pre-service science teachers in activities that foster their interest in becoming secondary Earth science teachers
  • Providing experiences that help pre-college students transition more successfully into undergraduate geoscience programs
  • Conducting novel outreach programs aimed at recruiting more diverse students into undergraduate and graduate geoscience pathways

Proposals submitted to this Track should be designed to build on the evidence-base for effective strategies for undergraduate engagement, recruitment and retention, particularly among underrepresented student populations. Similarly, they should be designed to contribute to the evidence base through formative and summative assessment and documenting the impacts of the experiences on student attitudes, learning outcomes, and persistence in the pipeline. Competitive proposals will clearly articulate how the proposed activities scaffold to, and integrate with, the instructional program(s); carefully describe methods for recruitment and selection of students; and, discuss professional development activities that better prepare faculty and other professional participants for their role as mentor/supervisor.

GEOPATHS-IMPACT Projects

GEOPATHS-IMPACT projects are expected to establish new, or strengthen existing, institutional partnerships and collaborations that provide sustainable pathways and support mechanisms for facilitating transitions of undergraduate students at critical junctions: between high school and undergraduate geoscience programs; between two-year undergraduate institutions and four-year institution geoscience degree programs; between baccalaureate degrees in geoscience and the geoscience workforce; or, between baccalaureate degrees (in any field) and post-baccalaureate geoscience programs. GEOPATHS-IMPACT projects are expected to focus less on the engagement of individual students in the geosciences and focus more on implementing systemic and sustainable approaches that can increase access to geoscience education and research opportunities and open doors to education and career pathways over time. The emphasis is on using NSF funding to establish programs, structures, and collaborations that can have lasting impact. For example, formal articulation agreements, e.g., between four-year and two-year institutions, can ease student transfers into geoscience Bachelor's degree programs. Education and research collaborations between institutions may also help first and second year students, who might otherwise not encounter geoscience before deciding on a major, explore the possibilities within the field. Providing reliable and current information about career paths and opportunities, as well as sustained mentoring, networking, and professional development, are also important strategies, especially in helping students make the transition from undergraduate to graduate study and beyond.

Specific activities that might be supported through the GEOPATHS-IMPACT track include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Creating mechanisms to engage upper level high school or community college students in experiences that demonstrate the geosciences as a viable career path before applying for college admission or transfer to a 4-year program
  • Creating summer bridge programs that expose incoming undergraduate freshmen to the geosciences
  • Leveraging large research infrastructure (e.g., ships, Critical Zone Observatories) to expose non-geoscience and pre-service teacher majors to geoscience content and opportunities
  • Cross-listing and/or co-teaching introductory geosciences classes between 2-year and 4 year institutions
  • Creation of enrichment programs that develop undergraduate skills required by the evolving job market for geoscientists and increase their matriculation into jobs classified as geoscientists
  • Formalizing collaborations between geoscience departments and education schools that strengthen the preparation of pre-service geoscience teachers
  • Developing career-aligned collaborations between academia and the local private sector or state/local government that facilitate transitions between undergraduate programs and the geoscience workforce
  • Convening small workshops or strategic planning activities to establish new institutional collaborations
  • Designing and testing novel bridge programs that help post-undergraduate students from non-geoscience fields transition into geoscience graduate programs

Proposers seeking to engage community college students through this track are reminded of some of the specific barriers to attainment that these students must confront (e.g., References 16, 21, 22). These include: limited knowledge about college navigation; financial concerns; insufficient academic preparation, especially in math; misalignment of core courses across community colleges and four-year schools; limited advising, orientation, and mentoring; constraints affecting the academic and social integration of working students; and lack of self-efficacy.

Competitive proposals submitted to the GEOPATHS-IMPACT track will show evidence that all institutional partners are committed and have been engaged intellectually in the design and execution of the proposed work. A management plan, a sustainability plan, and a plan for tracking students should be described. Proposals seeking funds to support an existing institutional collaboration must clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of current activities being implemented through the partnership and identify the gaps that would be addressed if additional resources are made available.

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NSF 14-504 Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)
Innovative Approaches to Science and Engineering Research on Brain Function

Deadlines: Oct. 28, 2014, Oct. 29, 2015

Co-sponsors: 

-NSF Directorates of : Computer & Information Science & Engineering, Biological Sciences, Social, Behavioral and Economic Scienes, Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Engineering, International and Integrative Services; -NIH NINDS, NIMH, NIDA, NEI, NIDCD, NIBIB, NAAA, NICHD, NCCAM; Federal MInistry of Education and Research Germany; French National Research Agency; United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation: Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.

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Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

CISE's Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: the Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program; the Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and the Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

CCF supports three core programs as described below - Algorithmic Foundations (AF), Communications and Information Foundations (CIF), and Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF).

Algorithmic Foundations (AF) -- The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program supports potentially transformative research and education projects advancing design and analysis of algorithms and characterized by algorithmic thinking accompanied by rigorous analysis. Research on algorithms for problems that are central to computer science and engineering as well as new techniques for the rigorous analysis of algorithms are of interest. AF supports theoretical research that bounds the intrinsic difficulty of problems to determine the measures of complexity in formal models of computation, classical or new. The goal is to understand the fundamental limits of resource-bounded computation and to obtain efficient solutions within those limits. Specifically, the time and space complexity of finding exact and approximate solutions in deterministic and randomized models of computation is a central concern of the program. Research on resources other than time and space, such as communication and energy, is also encouraged. In addition to the traditional, sequential computing paradigm, AF supports research on the design and analysis of novel algorithms in parallel and distributed models, in particular, in heterogeneous multi-core and many-core machines; the computational models and algorithms that capture essential aspects of computing over massive data sets; game theory and social networks; and alternative forms of computation and information processing, including quantum computing and biological models of computation. The program supports research in algorithms needed in all areas, both within and outside computer science. Algorithmic research with applications in databases, machine learning, data mining, networks, communications, operating systems, languages, compilers, and machine abstractions is supported. New techniques for the design and analysis of algorithms in areas such as cryptography, computational geometry, computational biology, game theory, social networks and numerical, symbolic, and algebraic computing are appropriate for this program. Relevance to application areas is important and collaborations with researchers in those areas are encouraged. However, research funded by this program must advance the study of algorithms.

Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) -- The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program supports potentially transformative research that addresses the theoretical underpinnings and current and future enabling technologies for information acquisition, transmission, and processing in communications and information processing systems. As a result, CIF research and education projects strengthen the intellectual foundations of communications and information theory and signal processing in a variety of types of networks such as sensor networks, wireless and multimedia networks, biological networks, and networks of quantum devices. Research outcomes are expected to lead to more secure and reliable communications and advanced mathematical capabilities that are applicable throughout science and engineering. The program supports basic research in wireless communications, information theory and coding. Included in the CIF program is the reliable transmission of information, in both analog and digital form, in the presence of a variety of channel impairments (noise, multipath, eavesdroppers, interference, etc.). A number of channel architectures are of interest, including multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) channels, feedback channels, optical channels, quantum channels, and biological channels. CIF has a strong interest in the theoretical performance limits for various communication systems architectures and in the presence of various channel impairments. Also of interest are performance metrics and tradeoffs. An important example is the tradeoff between error probability and latency resulting from coding/decoding algorithms, diversity techniques, interference management, and other types of signal processing. The CIF program also supports fundamental research in networking including network information theory, network coding, and cross-layer research at the lower layers. The CIF research program in networking focuses on the MAC layer and below and emphasizes research in which the physical-layer attributes play an important role in overall network design and performance such as the impact of physical-layer characteristics on higher network layers. CIF supports research at the intersection of communications and information theory, signal processing, and networking. Examples include sensor networks with applications to environmental monitoring, civil infrastructure monitoring, data communications system monitoring, and power grid monitoring. A further example is network tomography, which involves detecting and classifying spatially distributed anomalies within complex large-scale systems from multiple monitoring (sensor) sites. In addition to the contemporary signal processing topics that have enabled the IT revolution, there is growing interest within the CIF program in new paradigms that enlarge the scope of signal and information processing from the domain of the linear to the realm of the nonlinear - from linear algebra to algebra, from Euclidean to curved spaces, from uniform to highly non-uniform time and space sampling, to signal processing on graphs. Research that will develop efficient power aware and hardware-friendly algorithms and research on signal/information processing algorithms for the new network science of distributed, decentralized, and cooperative algorithms that avoid global communications is encouraged. The exploration of new approaches to manage massive datasets, such as compressive sampling/sensing, also promises advances in the field.

Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) -- All fields of science and engineering - and society at large - depend on fundamental advances in scientific foundations and engineering methods for computer hardware and software. The SHF program supports research and education projects on the design, verification, operation, utilization, and evaluation of computer hardware and software through novel approaches, robust theories, high-leverage tools, and lasting principles. Such advances may offer formal methods, languages, logics, novel software and/or hardware artifacts, or algorithms to enable new or enhanced functionality, verification, usability, and scale. Proposals should clearly describe a plan for evaluating the research. The SHF program supports all aspects of the science and engineering of software, seeking transformative ideas that reformulate the relationships between requirements, design and evolution of software, and software-intensive systems. SHF supports research projects focusing on program analysis and synthesis, compositionality, verifiability and adaptability of software, as well as research on software analysis and testing techniques for all stages of the software life cycle. SHF also seeks research to increase the automation of software engineering capabilities to attain significant advances in quality and sustainability of software, which may require new representations and processes. Empirical research that increases understanding of software and software creation is also in scope. SHF supports fundamental research on formal and semi-formal methods for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems. This includes, but is not limited to, abstraction, compositional, refinement-based, and probabilistic methods for the modeling and validation of systems involving discrete and continuous behavior. SHF seeks proposals that enhance the applicability, usability, and efficiency of techniques such as abstract interpretation, model checking, theorem proving, automated decision procedures, and constraint solving. Research topics involving the semantics, logics, verification, and analysis of concurrent systems are in scope. SHF supports foundations, algorithms, and tools for software and hardware synthesis. SHF supports the entire range of programming languages research, from foundations to design to implementation. Fundamental research in both science and engineering of programming languages is highly encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, language semantics and type theory, design and implementation of advanced languages and language features, compilers and runtime systems for advanced languages, program analysis and optimization, design and implementation of domain-specific languages, and implementation issues related to locality, synchronization and communication. Research in programming languages and models that go beyond mainstream practice, such as concurrent, functional, logic programming and probabilistic languages, are particularly encouraged. Foundational research that exposes novel synergies between programming languages and other areas of computing is also encouraged. SHF seeks proposals that address foundational issues in computer architecture and the key challenges in computer hardware and systems design, including, but not limited to, performance, energy efficiency, reliability, scalability, concurrency, and heterogeneity. The program supports fundamental and transformative research in processors, interconnects, memory and storage architectures. SHF seeks research that takes holistic and cross-layer approaches to fully harness the promises and address the challenges of new and emerging substrate technologies and materials as well as considering emerging trends in application environments including computation-intensive, data-intensive, and I/O-intensive applications. SHF supports foundational research in high-performance computing that is aware of, driven by, and inspired by applications, as well as heterogeneity-aware and architecture-aware. SHF does not support research in domain applications. SHF seeks novel research on enabling technologies and tools to balance and optimize performance goals including scalability, power, productivity, repeatability, reliability, and validity. SHF supports all topics in design automation including, but not limited to logical, physical, behavioral, and high level synthesis methods, interplay between synthesis and verification, design methodologies for scalable, low power and energy efficient circuits, and physical design in silicon technologies. Also of interest is pre- and post-silicon validation, possibly by using a blend of techniques from testing and verification. SHF seeks research in emerging technologies, including optical interconnects, quantum computing, optical computing, bio-computing, bio-inspired devices, nanotubes and nanophotonics, which have the potential to take computation beyond Moore's Law.

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Energy for Sustainability
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

November 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. 

Current topics of interest in sustainable energy technologies are:

  • Biomass Conversion, Biofuels & Bioenergy: Fundamental research on innovative approaches that lead to the intensification of biofuel and bioenergy processes is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: biological, thermochemical, or thermocatalytic routes for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to advanced biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol; microbial fuel cells for direct production of electricity from renewable carbon sources; hydrogen production from autotrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms; hydrocarbons and lipids from phototrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms.  Proposals that focus primarily on chemical reactor analysis related to biomass conversion should be submitted to Process and Reaction Engineering (CBET 1403), and proposals related to the combustion of biomass should be sent to Combustion and Fire Systems (CBET 1407).  Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of catalysis or biocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401).
  • Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Fundamental research on innovative processes for the fabrication and theory-based characterization of future PV devices is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: nano-enabled PV devices containing nanostructured semiconductors, plasmonic materials, photonic structures, or conducting polymers; earth-abundant and environmentally benign materials for photovoltaic devices; photocatalytic or photoelectrochemical processes for the splitting of water into H2gas, or for the reduction of CO2 to liquid or gaseous fuels.  Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of photocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401). The generation of thermal energy by solar radiation is not an area supported by this program, but may be considered by Thermal Transport Processes (CBET 1406).
  • Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage: Radically new battery systems or breakthroughs based on existing systems can move the US more rapidly toward a more sustainable transportation future. The focus is on high-energy density and high-power density batteries suitable for transportation and renewable energy storage applications.  Advanced systems such as lithium-air, sodium-ion, as well as lithium-ion electrochemical energy storage are appropriate. Work on commercially available systems such as lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride batteries will not be considered by this program.  Fuel-cell related proposals should be directed to other CBET programs, depending on emphasis:  electrocatalysis (Catalysis and Biocatalysis, CBET 1401); membranes (Chemical and Biological Separations, CBET 1417); systems (Process and Reaction Engineering, CBET 1403).
  • Wind Energy: This program no longer supports wind, wave, tidal, or hydrokinetic energy research.  The proposer is encouraged to contact the program director for suggestions on a possible program home for proposal submission.

NOTE: For proposals involving any aspect of chemistry, including but not limited to biochemistry or physical chemistry, consider making proposal submissions to this program (7644) with the Proposal Title as: 'SusChEM: Name of Your Proposal'.  For more information on SusChEM-related proposals visit this link.  The same applies for proposals involving sustainable engineering.

The duration of unsolicited awards is typically three years.  The typical award size for the program is $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered. However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review or transferred to another program.

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Computational Physics
Division of Physics / NSF

December 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Computational Physics (CP) supports research for computational and data-enabled science. The program emphasizes novel methods for high-performance computing that require significant code development. Priority will be given to proposals that, in addition to compelling scientific goals, have a computational advance or new enabling capability. Proposals should include either innovation in computing, such as algorithm development and efficient use of novel architectures, or provide significant improvement to community codes.

Computational Physics is the program through which the Physics Division participates in the Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) program. 
The computational physics program is focused on investigations relevant to disciplines supported by the Physics Division, while encouraging broader impacts on other disciplines. Disciplines within the purview of the Physics Division include: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, gravitational and biological physics, particle astrophysics, and accelerator science.
Proposals with intellectual focus in areas supported by other NSF Divisions should be submitted to those divisions directly. Proposals that cross Divisional lines are welcome, but the Physics Division encourages PIs to request a co-review by naming other Divisional programs on the cover sheet. This facilitates the co-review and participation of other programs in the review process.

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Quantum Information Science
Division of Physics / NSF

December 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Quantum Information Science (QIS) supports theoretical and experimental proposals that explore quantum applications to new computing paradigms or that foster interactions between physicists, mathematicians, and computer scientists that push the frontiers of quantum-based information, transmission, and manipulation.

The quantum information science program is focused on investigations relevant to disciplines supported by the Physics Division, while encouraging broader impacts on other disciplines. Disciplines within the purview of the Physics Division include: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, gravitational and biological physics, particle astrophysics, and accelerator science.

Proposals with intellectual focus in areas supported by other NSF Divisions should be submitted to those divisions directly. Proposals that cross Divisional lines are welcome, but the Physics Division encourages PIs to request a co-review by naming other Divisional programs on the cover sheet. This facilitates the co-review and participation of other programs in the review process.

 

 

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Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2015 Clean Energy Technologies Funding Opportunities
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

Dear Colleagues:

It is critical to provide sustainable and economical energy systems on a scale sufficient to power all of society's needs. The development of clean energy technologies is an important step in that direction as it addresses the interrelated challenges of producing safe and responsible energy sources while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and minimizing the impact on the environment.

All of the Divisions in the following Directorates are participating in clean energy technology research and education through ongoing funding opportunities: Biological Sciences (BIO)Engineering (ENG), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS).

For BIO: fundamental research topics of interest in clean energy technology include, but are not limited to: systems and synthetic biology to streamline and scale the metabolic and energetic potential of living organisms such as microbes, fungi, algae and plants to produce non-petroleum based sources of important chemicals/materials, feedstocks and fuels. Investigations to assess the impact of fuel and/or bio-renewable chemical production on genome stability, fitness, and phenotype of the production organisms are of interest, as are studies to assess the potential environmental impacts of these technologies.

For ENG and MPS: examples of fundamental research topics of interest in clean energy technologies include, but are not limited to: hydrogen generation and storage; biological, chemical, and catalytic conversion of renewable carbon sources (such as biomass, methane, and carbon dioxide); the development of methods and materials that increase energy efficiency, such as the replacement of stoichiometric with catalytic processes; energy storage, transmission, or distribution (e.g. smart grid); power-electronic and energy-conversion devices; fuel cells; solar energy capture and conversion (including biological and bio-inspired processes for the conversion of sunlight to fuels, electricity, or thermal energy); wind/wave/tidal energy; nuclear energy; studies of energy efficiency and use; and carbon dioxide sequestration and storage.

Within these general guidelines, the Directorates encourage the submission of proposals in the areas of clean energy research. Proposals should be submitted to the NSF program appropriate to the disciplinary area of the proposed research in accordance with the submission window and conditions of that program.

Proposals are welcome from either single or multiple investigators. Interdisciplinary proposals that involve principal investigators traditionally supported by different participating divisions are encouraged. Please follow the guidelines and program descriptions located on the NSF website.

Proposals may be submitted in combination with other solicitations. For example, if there are strong collaborations with industry, the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) solicitation can be used in conjunction with this effort. Similarly, proposals may be submitted in combination with the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) or the Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) solicitation. Other NSF funding mechanisms such as Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) and Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) may also be appropriate. Principal investigators are urged to consult with the cognizant program officers for additional guidance.

To see examples of awards made in this area visit the NSF Award Abstracts Database and perform a key word search. Alternatively, please visit the webpages of the disciplinary programs of interest in the participating divisions.

We are excited by the opportunities in the clean energy technologies area and encourage our communities to contribute to our sustainable and secure energy future.

Fleming Crim
Assistant Director
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Pramod Khargoneker
Assistant Director
Directorate for Engineering

John Wingfield
Assistant Director
Directorate for Biological Sciences

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Atmospheric Chemistry
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Full proposals accepted anytime

SYNOPSIS:

Supports research to measure and model the concentration and distribution of gases and aerosols in the lower and middle atmosphere. Also supports research on the chemical reactions among atmospheric species; the sources and sinks of important trace gases and aerosols; the aqueous-phase atmospheric chemistry; the transport of gases and aerosols throughout the atmosphere; and the improved methods for measuring the concentrations of trace species and their fluxes into and out of the atmosphere.

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Paleoclimate
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

SYNOPSIS:

Supports research on the natural evolution of Earth's climate with the goal of providing a baseline for present variability and future trends through improved understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence climate over the long-term.

Competitive proposals will address specific aspects of scientific uncertainty for their proposed research.

All four Divisions in the Geosciences Directorate have joined in creating the annual Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) competition in paleoclimate global change research.  Researchers are encouraged to consider the P2C2 competition as a possible source of support for their global change research. 

Since proposals eligible for funding in the P2C2 competition are not eligible for funding in the Paleoclimate Program, researchers are strongly advised to contact the Director of the Paleoclimate Program for guidance as to the suitability of their proposed research for either program.

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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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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program
United States Department of Agriculture, NIFA

May 27, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

: NIFA requests applications for the Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to improve the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers, and maintain the national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $1.35 million.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

As specified in 7 U.S.C. 5925f, NIFA is soliciting applications for the FBMB under the following areas:

& Improving the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers; and

& Establishing and maintaining a national, publicly available farm financial management database. The assistance provided by these programs, to the extent practicable, shall be coordinated with and delivered in cooperation with similar services or assistance by other Federal Agencies or programs supporting improved farm management. The Secretary may give priority to applicants that:

& Demonstrate an ability to work directly with agricultural producers;

& Collaborate with farm management and producer associations;

& Address the farm management needs of a variety of crops and regions of the United States; AND

& Use and support the national farm financial management database http://www.finbin.umn.edu/default.aspx The goal of the Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grant Program is to strongly support the intellectual talent and collaborative efforts to maintain the national, publicly available farm financial management database needed to meet the challenges facing the nation's agriculture and food systems. Meeting these challenges will require innovative approaches that foster multi-disciplinary projects. This means that farm management 4 producers must be educated and prepared to work effectively across disciplines in order to work to solve agricultural and educational challenges. The goal of this program is to engage producers in improving the United States farm management knowledge and skills by encompassing the USDA/NIFA's food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences.

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Rural Health and Safety Education Grants Program
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

May 21, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grant Program for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to address the needs of rural Americans by providing individual and family health education programs. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $1.4 million.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

--Information to increase individual or family's motivation to take more responsibility for their own health; 

--Information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact on human health; 

--Information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and 

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

In order to achieve these program goals, in FY 2015 the RHSE program will focus on supporting projects proposing to scale-up new or established Extension programs in the area of individual and family health and safety education to rural communities State-wide.

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Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research
U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

June 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants program (henceforth, Aquaculture Research program) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 to fund applied aquaculture research projects in the areas of: 1) genetics; 2) disease; 3) production systems; and 4) economics. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $1,350,000. This notice identifies the objectives for Aquaculture Research program projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an Aquaculture Research grant.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of the Aquaculture Research program is to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the U.S. by generating new science-based information and technology to address industry constraints. Results of projects supported by this program are intended to help improve the profitability of the U.S. aquaculture industry, reduce the U.S. trade deficit, increase domestic food security, provide markets for U.S.- produced products, increase domestic aquaculture business investment opportunities, and provide more jobs for rural and coastal America. Aquaculture contributes more than half of the seafood consumed globally, and this contribution is expected to grow to about two-thirds by 2030 (World Bank, 20141 ). Although U.S. aquaculture production has shown growth in the past decade, the U.S. currently still has an approximately $12 billion trade deficit in seafood products and imports more than 85% of seafood consumed. The factors that limit aquaculture in the U.S. are complex and multifaceted. Applied research in genetics, disease, production systems, and economics is needed to develop practical solutions that will facilitate growth of the U.S. aquaculture industry. This research will help reduce the U.S. trade deficit in seafood products and enhance the capacity of the U.S aquaculture industry to contribute to domestic and global food security and economic growth.

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Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)
United States Department of Agriculture, NIFA

May 29, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) for FY 2015 to support research and Extension activities that increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $400,000.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The WAMS grants program is soliciting applications that will align to the mission and goal of REE and NIFA. The WAMS Program directly aligns with the USDA Research, Education and Economics Action Plan (http://www.ree.usda.gov/ree/news/USDA_REE_Action_Plan_03- 2014.pdf ), and specifically addresses Goal 6 - Education and Science Literacy, by recruiting, cultivating, and developing the next generation of scientists, leaders, and highly-skilled workforce for food, agriculture, natural resources, forestry, environmental systems, and life sciences to out-educate our global competitors.

The program contributes to the USDA NIFA Strategic Goal #1 "Catalyze exemplary and relevant research, education and extension programs," (http://nifa.usda.gov/about/pdfs/strat_plan_2014.pdf) and Sub-Goal #1.7: "Ensure the 4 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 agricultural system."

The FY 2015 WAMS grant opportunity should be aligned with the six NIFA Priority Areas: 1. Agricultural & Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change 2. Food Security and Hunger 3. Food Safety 4. Water for Agriculture 5. Childhood Obesity Prevention; and, 6. Sustainable Bioenergy. The legislative purpose of this program is to support research and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). NIFA intends this program to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences and related disciplines.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program - Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) - CARE
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

LOI due March 18, 2015
Full submission due June 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

In FY 2015, AFRI invites Integrated Research and Extension Project applications for Standard and FASE Grant types relevant to Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) -- CARE.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for research only projects and integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

Each application must address the following:

--Develop and implement solutions to critical producer problems associated with animal and crop production, protection, or product quality. Emphasis will be placed on achieving results that can be applied by the producer as quickly as possible following project completion. Applications should include justification of why the issue is critical and how project outcomes will rapidly impact the stakeholder community. The project must include stakeholders.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program: Food Security
USDA - NIFA

LOI due April 2, 2015
Full submission due June 4, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for AFRI Food Security Challenge Area Program for FY 2015. Because the global agricultural output needs to expand by at least 70 percent to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050, it is imperative to develop innovative and sustainable management strategies for livestock, crops, and critical underlying resources. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension programs for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. In FY 2015, applications are sought in the following priority areas: 1. Agricultural Production Systems 2. Breeding and Genomics of Crops and Livestock3 3. National Strategy for Sustainable Crop and Livestock Production in the United States The amount anticipated to be available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $16.8 million. This notice identifies the objectives for AFRI Food Security Challenge Area projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI Food Security Challenge Area grant. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for fundamental research, applied research, and integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

Supporting the many components of agriculture under the constraints of a growing population, pressure on natural resources, and the challenges of climate variability and change, requires research, education, extension, and integrated programs that increase agricultural and natural resource sustainability. The term ''sustainable agriculture'' (National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA), 7 U.S.C. 3103)) means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long-term, achieve the following goals: 1) satisfy human food and fiber needs; 2) enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends; 3) make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; 4) sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and 5) enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

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FY 2015 Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change
USDA - AFRI

LOI due April 2, 2015
Full submission due June 4, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for AFRI Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change (AFRI ANRCVC) Challenge Area Program for FY 2015. The goal of this program is to support research to facilitate the adaptation of 3 agroecosystems and natural resource systems to climate variability and the implementation of mitigation strategies in those systems. In FY 2015, applications are sought in the following priority areas: 1) Climate and Microbial Processes in Agroecosystems; 2) Climate Resilient Land Use for Agriculture and Forestry; or 3) Synthesis and Assessment of USDA NIFA's Climate Investments. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $5 million This notice identifies the objectives for ANRCVC projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI ANRCVC Challenge Area grant.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, bioenergy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for integrated, research, education, and/or extension projects.

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FY 2015 Food Safety
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS:

AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area Program for FY 2015. Because public health is directly impacted by the safety of the food supply, it is imperative to understand potential food safety threats and develop innovative and sustainable technologies and control and mitigation strategies to protect the Nation's food supply 3 from foodborne contaminants. The long-term outcome for this program is to invest in research, education and extension/outreach projects that reduce foodborne hazards in the U.S. food supply producing positive impacts on both public health and the economy.

In FY 2015, applications are sought in the following priority areas: 1) Enhancing Food safety through Improved Processing Technologies 2) Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance The amount available for support of the AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area program in FY 2015 is approximately $6 million. This notice identifies the objectives for the AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area program projects, eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area grant. Project types supported by AFRI within this Challenge Area are multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants, and conferences. This RFA identifies program objectives, eligibility criteria, and matching requirements for each project type. Funding in FY 2015 does not obligate NIFA to any future-year commitments.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

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National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

June 29, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to develop and implement a comprehensive food safety training, education and technical assistance program for those affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The intention of this program is to begin building an infrastructure that will support a national food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance system and provide significant opportunities for funding through subcontracts and for partnerships with eligible stakeholder groups, including community-based and non-governmental organizations. The amount available to support this program in FY 2015 (for the establishment of up to 2 NIFA Regional Centers) is approximately $2.3 million.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

For FY 2015, the National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety are expected to describe Regional Centers that have a leading role in coordinating the development and implementation of FSMA-related training, education, and outreach programs and resources for small and medium-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors, and/or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. An outreach plan for conducting education and training to a cadre of regional FSMA trainers must be developed, along with an implementation plan for extending both training and technical assistance to the targeted audiences of farmers, processors and vendors in the respective regions. The implementation plan must include details about how the project teams will assemble and prepare training teams that are required to include representatives from non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations. The National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety program will fund projects that provide significant funding opportunities through subcontracts to or partnerships with eligible stakeholders, including community-based and non-governmental organizations and others who work directly with the target audiences, for the purpose of providing training and outreach to small and medium-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small food processors, and small fruit and vegetable vendors, and for the various production and processing systems. Project teams are highly encouraged to include representatives from Extension, food hubs, local farm cooperatives, and others who can address specific needs of the communities they serve.

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Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG)
Rural Business - Cooperative Service/Department of Agriculture

July 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Rural Business-Cooperative Service announces the availability of $3,000,000 in competitive grant funds for the FY 2015 Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program. Rural Business-Cooperative Service proposals from applicants who will provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. The Agency is encouraging applications that direct grants to projects based in or serving census tracts with poverty rates greater than or equal to 20 percent. This emphasis will support Rural Development's (RD) mission of improving the quality of life for rural Americans and commitment to directing resources to those who most need them.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The primary objective of the SDGG program is to provide Technical Assistance to Socially-Disadvantaged Groups. Grants are available for Cooperative Development Centers, individual Cooperatives, or Groups of Cooperatives that serve Socially-Disadvantaged Groups and where a majority of the boards of directors or governing board is comprised of individuals who are members of Socially-Disadvantaged Groups.

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FY2015 Water for Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

LOI due April 9, 2015
Full submission due July 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) under which the Secretary of Agriculture may make competitive grants for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension to address food and agricultural sciences (as defined under section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103)), as amended, in six priority areas. The six priority areas include: 1) plant health and production and plant products; 2) animal health and production and animal products; 3) food safety, nutrition, and health; 4) renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; 5) agriculture systems and technology; and 6) agriculture economics and rural communities. NIFA anticipates $30 million will be available to support the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area program designed to help solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States (FY 2014 - FY 2018). Future (over next 3 years) research, education and extension areas that may be supported by the Water for Agriculture Program are found on page 5 of this RFA. In FY 2015 approximately $9 million will be available in support of new awards for this program. Funding of projects beyond FY 2015 is contingent upon the availability of funds, and the best interests of the U.S. government. Funding in FY 2015 does not obligate NIFA to any future-year commitments.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

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Regional Conservation Partnership Program (USDA-NRCS-NHQ-RCPP-15-01)
Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service

LOI due July 8, 2015
Full submission due upon invitation only (date TBD)

SYNOPSIS:

NRCS is the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) conservation agency working with farmers,ranchers, and private forest landowners nationwide to identify and address natural resource objectives in balance with operational goals in order to benefit soil, water, wildlife, and related natural resources locally, regionally, and nationally. NRCS works in partnership with other entities to accelerate getting conservation on the ground. Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), NRCS seeks to co-invest with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching, and forest operations, local economies, and the communities and resources in a watershed or othergeographic area. RCPP partners develop project applications, as described in this notice, to address specificnatural resource objectives in a proposed area or region. Partnering organizations design,promote, implement, and evaluate the project outcomes. NRCS will select final RCPP projects following a two-phase application process that includes:(1) a pre-proposal application; and (2) a full proposal application. NRCS will assess andevaluate RCPP project applications against four criteria--solutions, contributions, innovation,and participation.

The full proposal process is only open to applicants whose pre-proposalapplications are selected by the agency to go forward from the pre-proposal stage. All RCPPapplications become the property of NRCS for use in the administration of the program and willnot be returned to the applicant.RCPP federal assistance is delivered in accordance with the authorities of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), and Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP), and in certain geographic areas, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention program. NRCS and partners implement RCPP projects by working with agricultural producers and owners of agricultural and forestland.The purpose of this notice is to announce the availability of CCC funding for RCPP and to solicit applications from potential partners.

Subject to fiscal year (FY) 2016 appropriations, NRCS anticipates the availability of about $225 million in funding for RCPP. If the Sequester were not in effect in FY 2016, as proposed in the President's FY 2016 Budget, available funding would be about $235 million. The FY 2015 proposal process offered up to $394 million in funding, reflecting two years of funding (FY2014 and FY2015), not a higher level of annual funding.Applications will be accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and U.S.Virgin Islands), and U.S. territories in the Pacific Island Areas (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

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Specialty Crop Research Initiative/Citrus Disease Research and Extension
United States Department of Agriculture, NIFA

LOI due June 1, 2015
Full submission due August 14, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

NIFA requests applications for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative/Citrus Disease Research and Extension (SCRI/CDRE) program for fiscal year 2015 to solve critical United States specialty crop issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities that use systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches. The intent of the SCRI program is to solve the needs of the various specialty crop industries through the promotion of collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information, and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology. The total amount available for support of the SCRI program in FY 2015 will be approximately $23 million.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

SCRI/CDRE supports Goals 1, 3 and 4 of the USDA Strategic Plan; Goal 1 of the REE Action Plan; and NIFA science goals 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7. Based on consultation with the Citrus Disease Sub-committee (CDS) of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEEAB), which occurred on December 9 and 10, 2014, only applications that deal with the huanglongbing (HLB, citrus greening) complex or its management will be considered in FY 2015. Pre-applications proposing research and extension on other citrus diseases or citrus disease vectors will be returned without review. The CDS has further identified 4 areas of particular interest, which are presented in order of importance to the industry: 1. Bacterial therapy systems that either kill or suppress Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) 2. Development of techniques and substrates that allow for CLas to be cultured in artificial media 3. Development of methodologies that allow for the early detection of CLas in nonsymptomatic citrus plants and in Diaphorina citri, the insect vector of the pathogen 4. Development of rootstocks resistant to, or tolerant of, CLas that are suitable for a wide range of growing environments. 6 The four priorities listed above are not intended to be exclusive but represent those areas that the CDS considers to be of highest priority for fiscal year 2015. Applications that deal with other areas of HLB/vector management will also be considered.

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FY 2015 Foundational Program
USDA - AFRI

LOIs must be received by 5:00 EST on the deadline indicated in the program area description
Varies by program area

SYNOPSIS: 

AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational Program for FY 2015. Because the global agricultural output needs to expand by at least 70 percent to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050, it is imperative to 3 develop innovative, safe and sustainable management strategies for livestock, crops, and critical underlying resources. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. In FY 2015, applications are sought in the following US agriculture priority areas: 1. Plant health and production and plant products; 2. Animal health and production and animal products; 3. Food safety, nutrition, and health; 4. Renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; 5. Agriculture systems and technology; and 6. Agriculture economics and rural communities. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $116 million. This notice identifies the objectives for AFRI Foundational Area projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI Foundational Area grant.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and conventional breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences that is important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. This AFRI RFA is announcing funding opportunities for research only projects and integrated research, education, and/or extension projects.

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2015 USDA AFRI Grants Update
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

SYNOPSIS: 

AFRI will solicit its core program through seven separate RFAs. Applicants are encouraged to review each RFA to explore all the opportunities available to them. Additional AFRI information is available on the AFRI More Information Page.

FY 2015 Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative
Request for Application 
Text Version | PDF

FY 2015 Foundational Program
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Agricultural and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Food Security 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Food Safety 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Water for Agriculture 
Anticipated publication date January 2015

FY 2015 Sustainable Bioenergy 
No FY 2015 RFA for new awards (Link for more information)

The Funding Opportunity will publish these Request for Applications as they become available. 

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Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement: AFRI FASE & EPSCoR Program
USDA - NIFA

TBA

SYNOPSIS: 

The Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) grants are designed to help institutions develop competitive projects, and to attract new scientists and educators into careers in high-priority areas of national need in agriculture, food, and environmental sciences. FASE Grants consist of New Investigator Grants, Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants, and Strengthening Grants. Strengthening Grants are further divided into Sabbatical Grants, Equipment Grants, Seed Grants, Strengthening Standard Grants, Strengthening CAP (Coordinated Agricultural Project) Grants and Strengthening Conference Grants. Ten percent of AFRI funding is set aside for Strengthening Grants and Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants.

Webinars

NIFA periodically offers webinars to EPSCoR states on funding opportunities and other programmatic information.

NOTE: To keep up to date on the AFRI FASE & EPSCoR Programs, you may subscribe for notifications: 

& http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/notification.html
& http://www.grants.gov/search/subscribeAdvanced.do

The VPRED office will also update MSU via the Funding Opportunity Announcement. 

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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

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

LOI due October 30, 2014
Full submission deadline TBA

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS/NEW TOPICS: 

Network Topic Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offered by:
 AHA National Research Program 

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

POLICY UPDATES: 

AHA OPEN SCIENCE POLICIES ARE NOW IN EFFECT
New AHA Open Science policies will go into effect with applications due in July 2014 and new awards beginning January 2015. 

AHA's public access policy
The AHA requires that all journal articles resulting from AHA funding should be made freely available in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.

AHA's open data policy
The AHA requires grant applicants to include a data sharing plan as part of the application process. Any data that is needed for independent verification of research results must be made freely and publically available within 12 months of the end of the funding period (and any no-cost extension).

Specific early career awards are currently exempt from this requirement (Undergraduate Fellowships, Medical Student Research Fellowships, Predoctoral Fellowships, Mentor/AHA Mentee Awards, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Mentored Clinical & Population Research Awards).

View more information about AHA Open Science policies and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  

 

 

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Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

Letter of intent Deadline: accepted anytime

The Trailblazer Award mechanism supports highly novel "out of the box" autism-relevant research that open new avenues to understanding the causes, diagnosis, subtyping, prevention, treatments, and cure of autism spectrum disorders. The Trailblazer Award mechanism is designed to fund small investigator-initiated high risk/high impact projects that are potentially transformative, paradigm shifting, and/or will overcome significant roadblocks in autism research within a 12 month period.

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Charitable Giving Program
Community Works

Ongoing

The charitable programs are among the ways that NorthWestern Energy participates as an active participant in the communities where they do business. Donations will generally be made to those non-profit groups that have the greatest opportunity for positively affecting the communities served by NorthWestern Energy and are focused in one of the following categories: 

- Education: Education remains a primary focus of the company. Donations to education will primarily be made through university system foundations, scholarship programs, and employee matching gifts. Donations will also be made in support of local colleges, and special primary and secondary education programs in the fields of math, science and youth leadership. 

- Health and Human Services: Donations will be considered for organizations serving human needs such as the United Way, youth homes and special community health and safety needs. Donations will generally not be made to national health organizations or for medical equipment or research funds. 

- Civic & Community: Donations will be considered for civic improvment, special events, and youth and senior citizen organizations. 

- Culture & The Arts: Donations will be considered for local museums, libraries, cultural centers, and the performing arts. 

- Resource Conservation: Donations will be considered in the areas of habitat preservation, and fish and wildlife protection. 

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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Ecological Services Program Fiscal Year 2014 Recovery Implementation Fund
Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Program

July 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The FWS Endangered Species Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to States, other Federal agencies, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers, and other partners to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is part of the Department of Commerce's NOAA Fisheries office, share Endangered Species Act responsibilities for several species such as sea turtles. Projects for NMFS-managed species are not included in this funding opportunity.

OBJECTIVES: 

This Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is intended for projects that will contribute to the recovery of FWS-managed endangered and threatened species in the United States, and is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species response to climate change. For example: securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species, implementing restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species, help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of a species. Projects that address species response to climate change will receive additional consideration.

Special Instructions: Applicants must contact their regional FWS office to coordinate the letter of intent and application. 

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General Grants
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

General Grants

The Trust awards grants for projects that are of strategic importance to the organization and consistent with its mission. Awards are made in the following four areas:

Arts and Culture

Performance and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region are of interest to the Trust. There is a high value placed on educational outreach efforts.

Education

The Trust considers educational projects offered in both formal and informal settings. Special interest is afforded to private higher education.

Health and Human Services

The Trust is interested in a diverse range of projects to enhance the quality of life in the region. Preventive efforts that address physical, spiritual, social, and psychological needs, especially those focused on youth, are preferred.

Research

Most of the Trust's funding for scientific research is limited to specific organizations and projects. However, the Trust does consider other science-based initiatives.

The Trust makes grants for building the capacity of non-profit groups in these primary ways for the following three types of projects:

Capital

The Trust regularly funds projects that involve construction, renovation, land purchase, and more. Requests for capital projects are preferred once a portion of the funds needed have been secured.

Program

Both new programs and the expansion of existing programs are considered. Requests may be for start-up costs and/or related additional staff members. The Trust prefers to fund these grants on a declining basis over three years (100/67/33 percent).

Equipment

Scientific research instrumentation, technology, and other essential equipment items are often funded. In every case, the Trust requires a cost share of 50 percent or more.

Before proceeding, interested parties should review the Guidelines for Grantseekers to learn more and determine the organization's eligibility and the appropriate nature of the project to the Trust.

 

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MCubed Diamond Program
University of Michigan

SYNOPSIS: 

The MCubed Diamond Program provides an unprecedented opportunity for donors to invest in research projects that align exactly with their interests, from global health to education, and sustainability to social justice.  Funders set the parameters for each project, interact with the University of Michigan to identify faculty experts to lead their project, and receive 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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Arts Writers Grants Program
Creative Capital

May 21, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants issued directly to individual authors. The Arts Writers Grant Program aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent, and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the Arts Writers Grant Program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. The Arts Writers Grant Program supports five project types: Article, Blog, Book, New and Alternative Media, and Short-Form Writing.

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FY2015 TechWomen Program
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs/Department of State

May 4, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The award recipient will be responsible for arranging appropriate and meaningful mentorships for all the participants at U.S.-based science and technology companies, and for monitoring the safety and well-being of the participants while they are on the program. The mentoring experience will focus on advancing the status of professional women in the fields of science and technology through project-based mentorships, networking opportunities, and enhancement activities. Funding will also support activities in the participants' home countries that encourage the interest of girls and university-age women in science and technology-based careers, and that engage young women using technology in their professions.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, Public Law 87-256, as amended, also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act. The purpose of the Act is "to enable the Government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries...; to strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations...and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and the other countries of the world."

Since 2011, TechWomen has supported women engaged in the fields of science and technology from specific countries by providing mentorships in the United States with professional women representing leading science and technology companies and institutions. With FY 2015 funding, TechWomen will link approximately 90 emerging female leaders who have at least two years of professional experience in the field of science and/or technology, with female peer mentors in the United States for a five- to six-week mentorship program.

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SPRING CYCLE: Addressing Disparities
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due March 6, 2015
Full submission due May 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

In this PFA, the sponsor seeks to fund comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies that evaluate and compare new and/or enhanced interventions to reduce or eliminate disparities in health and healthcare. Studies in the Addressing Disparities program should focus on overcoming barriers that may disproportionately affect the outcomes of specific groups of patients, or identify best practices for sharing results and information about patient-centered research across patient groups.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

In this PFA, the sponsor seeks to fund comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies that evaluate and compare new and/or enhanced interventions to reduce or eliminate disparities in health and healthcare.

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SPRING CYCLE: Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due March 6, 2015
Full submission due May 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

PCORI is seeking applications for comparative effectiveness research designed to provide information that would inform critical decisions that face patients and caregivers, clinicians, policy makers, and healthcare system leaders. These decisions must be consequential and be occurring now in the absence of sound evidence about the comparative effectiveness of alternative approaches. There must be substantial potential that patients/caregivers will benefit from the new knowledge in ways that are important to them. The premise of this research is that the new knowledge will inform critical choices by patients and stakeholders in health care. This knowledge will provide insight about the comparative benefits and harms of the options and provide information about outcomes that are important to patients.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

PCORI is seeking applications for comparative effectiveness research designed to provide information that would inform critical decisions that face patients and caregivers, clinicians, policy makers, and healthcare system leaders.

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SPRING CYCLE: Improving Healthcare Systems
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due March 6, 2015
Full submission due May 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

PCORI is seeking applications to study the comparative effectiveness of alternate features of healthcare systems (e.g., innovative technologies, incentive structures, service designs) intended to optimize the quality, outcomes, and/or efficiency of care for the patients they serve 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 regarding which features of delivery systems lead to better patient-centered outcomes so they may ultimately impact healthcare delivery.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

PCORI is seeking applications to study the comparative effectiveness of alternate features of healthcare systems (e.g., innovative technologies, incentive structures, service designs) intended to optimize the quality, outcomes, and/or efficiency of care for the patients they serve and that have the most potential for sustained impact and replication within and across healthcare systems.

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SPRING CYCLE: Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due March 6, 2015
Full submission due May 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

In this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA), the sponsor seeks projects to address gaps in methodological research relevant to conducting patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). Results of these projects will inform future iterations of PCORI's Methodology Report. 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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

In this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA), the sponsor seeks projects to address gaps in methodological research relevant to conducting patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).

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Aquatic Invasive Species Program (F15AS00194)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Fish and Aquatic Conservation

June 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Quagga and Zebra Mussels are aquatic invasive species that are rapidly expanding their range in the Western United States. Popular recreational reservoirs on or connected to the lower Colorado River are a major source of invasive mussels, which are easily transported via trailered watercraft to areas that have not yet been invaded.

This Request For Proposals (RFP) will fund proposals in three principal areas:

-Limiting the spread of invasive mussels through containment, especially by inspection and decontamination of watercraft moving from invaded water bodies to jurisdictions currently free of dreissenid mussels;

-Limiting the spread of invasive mussels through containment by increasing compliance with state and tribal laws;

-Increasing the effectiveness of outreach and education efforts;

Proposals focusing on research may also be considered if the research is specifically tied to explicit actions that will clearly improve our ability to limit the spread of these species.

Efforts to address the risks and impacts of these invasive species are on-going.  They include development of 2010 Quagga-Zebra Mussel Action Plan for Western U.S. Waters (QZAP), and funding by Fish & Wildlife Service to address waters at highest risk for spreading invasive mussels.  In FY2015 the Service plans to allocate approximately $930,000 to projects that will reduce or minimize the threat of quagga and zebra mussels to Western U.S. waters.

Federal funds will be made available in fiscal year 2015 to prevent further spread of quagga and zebra mussels into the western United States. Approximately $930,000 is available for a limited number of projects that target containment of quagga or zebra mussels in areas already infested, e.g., the lower Colorado River and connected waters, by minimizing the potential for trailered boats to carry invasive mussels to other waters.

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Research on Millennial Entrepreneurship (SBAHQ-15-Q-0029)
Small Business Administration

June 4, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Research on Millennial Entrepreneurship SOL SBAHQ-15-Q-0029 DUE 052815 POC John R. Babcock, Contracting Officer, Phone 3038447253, Email john.babcock@sba.gov - Christine Kymn, Phone 2022056972, Email christine.kymn@sba.govThis is a combined synopsis/solicitation prepared in accordance with the formatin Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This procurement is being conductedunder Simplified Acquisition procedures pursuant to the authority in FAR Part 13, and FAR Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items (Title VII of the Federal Acquisition Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-355)). This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; therefore a written solicitation will not be issued. This solicitation is a request for quotation (RFQ). The period of performance for services is for a one year period of performance. The NAICS classification is 541720 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The small businesssize standard is $19M. This is a partial small business set-aside where the Office of Advocacy and NWBC expect to award the majority of research contracts to 68% small businesses but recognize that in certain instances, university or other non-profit organizations may be in the best position to fulfill technical responsibilities in a cost-effective way that maximizes federal dollars. The Small Business Administration (SBA) Acquisition Division, Office of Advocacy, intends to procure a Purchase Order for Professional Services for researchon millennial entrepreneurship. See the attached Statement of Work for details. The selected Offeror must comply with the following commercial item terms and conditions, which are incorporated herein by reference: 52.212-1,Instructions to Offerors - Commercial Items; 52.212-2 Evaluation - Commercial Items (Tradeoff), FAR 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items; FAR 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items; FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items, paragraph (a) and the following clauses in paragraph (b): 52.219-13; 52.219-28; 52.222-3,19, 21, 22, 35, 36 and 40; 52.223-18; 52.225-13, and; 52.232-33; 52.232-39, Unenforceable or Unauthorized Obligations. The full text of the referenced FAR clauses may be accessed electronically at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/. The contractor's quote will be incorporated by reference. Interested vendors capable of furnishing the specified services in this combined synopsis/solicitation shall submit their questions by email to: John Babcock Contract Specialist, at john.babcock@sba.gov not later than 12:30 PM, Mountain, May 21, 2015.PLEASE SEE INSTRUCTION TO OFFERORS ATTACHMENT FOR QUOTE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUTION FACTORS. CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/SBA/OOA/OPGM/SBAHQ-15-Q-0029/listing.html. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

NOTE: This program has been amended per the May 16, 2015 edition of FedBizOpps. Please see below.

AMENDMENT: B -- Research on Millennial Entrepreneurship SOL SBAHQ-15-Q-0029COMBINE DUE 060415 POC John R. Babcock, Contracting Officer, Phone 3038447253, Email john.babcock@sba.gov - Christine Kymn, Phone 2022056972, Email christine.kymn@sba.gov*ATTENTION: The response date for this solicitation (SBAHQ-15-Q-0029) has been extended out to 12:30 PM, Mountain, June 4, 2015.CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/SBA/OOA/OPGM/SBAHQ-15-Q-0029/listing.html

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Clinical Management of Hepatitis C Infection
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

LOI due March 6, 2015
Full submission due May 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks to fund pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs), or large-scale observational studies that compare two or more alternatives for addressing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or management of hepatitis C infection; PCORI is interested in comparative studies that evaluate alternative strategies for planning, implementing and managing care for hepatitis C. The research is expected to examine treatment options as well as systems-level interventions or those aimed at eliminate health or healthcare disparities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Proposed studies must address clinical and healthcare delivery choices faced by patients, their caregivers, clinicians, and/or delivery systems. Proposed studies must compare two or more active interventions. They must involve patient populations that are representative of the U.S. population 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.

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