Research Funding Opportunities



Internal Opportunities and Announcements

NIH Notice

PLEASE NOTE: Several PI's have notified OSP that they have not received reminder emails from NIH for their upcoming annual progress reports.  Please check the eRA Commons or call your OSP Fiscal Manager to see if you have a report due this summer.

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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Conservation Leadership Fellowships
Toyota TogetherGreen

August 15, 2014

This year, Audubon will award twenty Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowships to promising and proven individuals - from inside and outside the Audubon network - to help them advance their environmental vision and leadership skills.

The goals of the Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship Program are as follows: build capacity of current and future conservation leaders by providing them with skills, tools, and best practices to achieve conservation results; engage diverse and underrepresented audiences in conservation action; and achieve tangible conservation results that contribute to the overall conservation goals of Toyota TogetherGreen in a measurable way.

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Short-term Training Program - Visiting Immunology Scholar Program
U.S. Immunodefiency Network (USIDNET)

August 30, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The program is designed to support the clinical and laboratory training experiences of medical students, residents, and fellows.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

To increase the exposure of interested young physicians or scientists to these diseases, a visiting student elective is offered which provides the opportunity to spend one to two weeks at another medical center which specializes in the study of one or more aspects of primary immune deficiency.

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Sloan Research Fellows
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Deadline: September 15, 2014

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

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U.S. and Canadian Competition Fellowships
Guggenheim (John Simon) Memorial Foundation

September 19, 2014

Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them, and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

Eligible applicants are citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada. The Foundation understands advanced professionals to be those who as writers, scholars, or scientists have a significant record of publication, or as artists, playwrights, filmmakers, photographers, composers, or the like, have a significant record of exhibition or performance of their work.

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American Council of Learned Societies

September 24, 2014

The Fellowship Program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. The Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2015 and no later than February 1, 2016.

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Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships
American Council of Learned Societies

September 24, 2014

The Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships support advanced assistant professors and untenured associate professors in the humanities and related social sciences whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields and who have well-designed and carefully developed plans for new research.

The fellowships are intended to provide time and resources to enable these faculty members to conduct their research under optimal conditions. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

Ryskamp Fellowships are intended to support an academic year of research (nine months), plus an additional summer's research (two months) if justified. Fellows have three years from July 1, 2015 to use the fellowship funds, and considerable flexibility in structuring their research time: the nine-month period may be taken as one continuous leave, or divided into two single-semester leaves; the two months of summer research may be taken before, after, or between the semesters of the year's leave. Fellows are encouraged to spend substantial periods of their leaves in residential interdisciplinary centers, research libraries, or other scholarly archives in the United States or abroad. If personal circumstances preclude extended absence from their home campuses, applicants need to demonstrate that they will be released from all academic and administrative responsibilities, and that continual residence at home will successfully advance their projects in other ways -- through access to particular colleagues, for example, or to valuable research collections.

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Digital Innovation Fellowships
American Council of Learned Societies

September 24, 2014

This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that projects of successful applicants will help advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such works.

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships are intended to support an academic year dedicated to work on a major scholarly project that takes a digital form. Projects may: address a consequential scholarly question through new research methods, new ways of representing the knowledge produced by research, or both; create new digital research resources; increase the scholarly utility of existing digital resources by developing new means of aggregating, navigating, searching, or analyzing those resources; and propose to analyze and reflect upon the new forms of knowledge creation and representation made possible by the digital transformation of scholarship.

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

September 24, 2014 at 5:00PM ET

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2014 solicitation.  Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday September 24, 2014.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months--with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students' overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 100 awards in 2014, for project periods beginning anytime between January and September 2015.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science's Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

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Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program
Kauffman (Ewing Marion) Foundation

September 10, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program (KDFP) is an annual competitive program that awards up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $15,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A., or other doctoral students at accredited U.S. universities to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program is one of three academic recognition programs established by the Kauffman Foundation to aid the Foundation in achieving its goal of building a body of respected entrepreneurship research and making entrepreneurship a highly regarded academic field.

Proposals submitted to the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program must address research issues of theoretical and practical importance to the domain of entrepreneurship. While dissertations can be written on any topic of importance to entrepreneurship, for the 2014-2015 cycle, the Kauffman Foundation is particularly interested in regional dynamics, human capital dimensions of entrepreneurship, economic growth, entrepreneurship policy, and programmatic research (research that investigates and uses data from entrepreneurship programs such as accelerators, training programs, etc.).

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Research Report Stipends
IBM Center for The Business of Government

October 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor provides research stipends for individuals working in universities, nonprofit organizations, or journalism. Applications are reviewed in terms of the following criteria: Will the proposed report be of high value and timely to government executives and managers? Will the report provide practical insight and understanding of the topic? Does the applicant demonstrate the potential to produce a final report that will be clear, understandable and highly communicable to government executives and managers? Does the applicant demonstrate outstanding command and knowledge of the topic? $20,000 for each report may be awarded. The manuscript should be submitted no later than six months after the start of the project. Recipients will select the start and end dates. The report should be written for government executives and managers, providing them practical knowledge and insight.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The aim of the IBM Center for The Business of Government is to tap into the best minds in academe and the nonprofit sector who can use rigorous public management research and analytic techniques to help public sector executives and managers improve the effectiveness of government. The Centers looks for very practical findings and actionable recommendations - not just theory or concepts - in order to assist executives and managers to more effectively respond to mission and management challenges. 

The Center seeks to bridge the gap between research and practice by helping to stimulate and accelerate the production of research that points to actionable recommendations. For this reason, The Center solicits proposals that result in reports that have sound research, insightful findings, and actionable recommendations for government leaders and public managers in the following areas of interest:

--Fostering Innovation and Transformation;

--Aligning Mission Support with Mission Delivery;

--Developing Cost Savings Strategies That Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness;

--Making the Best Use of Performance and Results Management;

--Managing Risk in a Rapidly Changing World;

--Developing New Models of Public Leadership Within and Across Agencies.

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Academic Research Grant Program
Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging

October 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging provides up to 4 grants of $20,000 each year to further scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly. Each grant recipient is required to publish an article on the subject of their research in a top flight journal.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging recognizes the need for further research and scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly (including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by lack of education, language, culture, disability, or other barriers).

The Foundation expects grantees to meet the objectives of the grant program through individual or collaborative research projects that: analyze and recommend changes in one or more important existing public policies, laws, and/or programs relating to the elderly; or anticipate the need for and recommend new public policies, laws, and/or programs for the elderly necessitated by changes in the number and demographics of the country's and the world's elderly populations, by advances in science and technology, by changes in the health care system, or by other developments.

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Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Welder (Rob & Bessie) Wildlife Foundation

October 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation's graduate research fellowship program is designed to promote the education of exceptionally qualified students and provide research information to manage wildlife populations.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation will entertain research proposals in the following areas of study: animal behavior, biology, botany, conservation education, ecology, genetics, mammalogy, ornithology, parasitology, range science, veterinary pathology, and wildlife and fisheries sciences.

ELIGIBILITY: 

Fellowships are awarded directly to properly accredited U.S. colleges or universities for bona fide graduate students who are approved candidates for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees after project proposals have been submitted to and approved by the Foundation. Academic institutions are responsible for the competitive selection and supervision of fellowship recipients, subject to Foundation approval.

Studies are limited to the continental United States. Students must have a GPA of 3.0/4.0 and a combined verbal and analytical GRE score of 1100 or above. This award is directed to graduate study at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels only.

Other things being equal, proposals will be ranked in the following order of descending priority: 1. studies already in progress which need to be extended into or through the coming year; 2. new studies which would be initiated on the Foundation Refuge or within the south Texas region; and 3. proposals having to do with problems or species in which we have a special interest because of its relationship to our area or on which we have done some work previously. After consideration of the above three criteria and if funds remain, we then take into consideration projects originating elsewhere within the continental U.S. and those making the greatest contribution to wildlife management in general.

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Higher Education Research Experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for Students
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Applications are always open but for best results apply February 1 for summer, June 1 for fall, and October 1 for winter/spring.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education provides opportunities to students to participate in a broad range of science and engineering activities related to basic sciences, energy and the environment. Weekly stipends vary with academic level. Appointment durations vary with academic level. Full-time or part-time appointments are available.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Eligible disciplines include: computer science; earth, environmental, and marine sciences; engineering; life, health, and medical sciences; mathematics; physical sciences.

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Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Harvard School of Public Health

December 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

This initiative is geared toward expanding the diversity of those entering academic public health. The program creates a bridge between academic training in health-related disciplines and entry-level faculty positions at institutions throughout the United States. The goal of the program is to advance the intellectual and professional development of each Yerby fellow. Under the guidance of a senior HSPH faculty member with compatible interests, fellows develop their research agendas, gain experience in publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals and obtaining grant support, participate in a variety of professional development workshops, and increase their teaching expertise.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of the program is to advance the intellectual and professional development of each Yerby fellow. Under the guidance of a senior HSPH faculty member with compatible interests, fellows develop their research agendas, gain experience in publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals and obtaining grant support, participate in a variety of professional development workshops, and increase their teaching expertise.

Fellowship training is available throughout the broad range of the school's activities--laboratory sciences, population sciences, and social and policy sciences. Fellows have a home within one of the school's nine academic departments: Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Genetics and Complex Diseases; Global Health Population; Health Policy and Management; Immunology and Infectious Diseases; Nutrition; and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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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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Upcoming Deadlines

Undergraduate & Graduate Accounts in Commons & "Individual Development Plans (IDPs)"
Starting in October 2014, Commons User IDs will be required for these students. NIH will not accept RPPRs or PHS 2590s that do not have this information. Also, IDPs should be included for graduate students and postdocs.

Since August 15, 2013, the functionality to create accounts for students has been available.  However, as part of the NIH effort to improve data on the biomedical workforce (BMW), undergraduate and graduate students who participate in NIH-supported projects for at least one person-month of full-time work will eventually be required to have an eRA Commons account for reporting purposes.

Back in November of 2013, both the PHS 2590 Non-Competing Continuation Progress Report and Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) started checking to see if graduate and undergraduate students' Commons User IDs were included in the report.  They aren't quite mandatory at this point.  You will get a warning from the electronically submitted RPPR for students listed on the report, but who do not have a Commons name.

For more information on Commons User IDs for students, read the August 2, 2013, Guide Notice and the Extramural Nexus article. As Dr. Rockey points out in her Nexus article, it will be critical for all students to create their personal profile in Commons as this information will eventually "reduce burden in the long run by pre-populating some reporting fields and forms."  For more information on the Personal Profile, you can watch the Personal Profile Overview video.

NIH Encourages Institutions to Develop Individual
Development Plans for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

The purpose of this Guide Notice is to announce that NIH encourages institutions to assist graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to achieve their career goals within the biomedical research workforce through the use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs).  Institutions are encouraged to report on this in all progress reports submitted on/after October 1, 2014, using the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-093.html

 

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Limited Submissions

NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

Webcast: July 29, 12:30 (Montana Time)
The next PIRE solicitation will be issued within the next 2 weeks.

All prospective PIRE applicants can attend a webcast that will be held on July 29, between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm (Eastern Time). The webcast will present additional information on the PIRE competition and will allow viewers to submit questions to the NSF PIRE program officers. The PIRE webcast can be accessed at http://www.tvworldwide.net/.

There will be a preliminary proposal phase followed by a full proposal phase.

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Beckman Scholars Program
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Internal Deadline: 06/18/2014
08/01/2014

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.

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NEH Summer Stipends

Internal MSU Deadline and Submission Requirement: August 18, Submit a MSU Limited Submission Pre-Proposal in the MSU ePCF System (1 page White Paper required)
Deadline: September 30, 2014

If you are interested in applying to this program, please submit a one page abstract outlining your proposed work via the electronic proposal clearance form with a copy to Research@montana.edu by Monday, August 18.  A screening committee will be formed to review abstracts submitted.

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.  Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.  Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. 

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

Internal MSU LOI Deadline: August 1, 2014. Submit a MSU Limited Submission Pre-Proposal in the MSU ePCF System (1 page White Paper required).
August 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution.

The program does not make scholarship awards directly to students; students should contact their institution's Office of Financial Aid for this and other scholarship opportunities.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The S-STEM program emphasizes the importance of recruiting students to STEM disciplines, mentoring and supporting students through degree completion, and partnering with employers to facilitate student career placement in the STEM workforce. Participating institutions are expected to support the goals of the S-STEM program including the following:

  • Improved educational opportunities for students;
  • Increased retention of students to degree achievement;
  • Improved student support programs at institutions of higher education; and
  • Increased numbers of well-educated and skilled employees in technical areas of national need.

Students to be awarded scholarships must demonstrate academic talent and financial need. In addition, they must be US citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees. Refer to Section IV.C. (Scholarship Recipients) in this Solicitation for details.

It is expected that scholarship recipients will achieve at least one of the following by the end of the scholarship award period:

  • Receive an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree in one of the S-STEM disciplines;
  • Transfer from an associate degree program to a baccalaureate degree program or from an undergraduate program to a graduate program in one of the S-STEM disciplines;
  • Successfully pass one or more of an institution's self-identified attrition points.

S-STEM grants may be made for up to five years and provide individual scholarships of up to $10,000 per year, depending on financial need.

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Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences/NIH/DHHS

July 14, 2014
September 25, 2014

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program provides an opportunity to develop new, or expand existing, effective institutional programs aimed at a key juncture within higher education, namely the transition from a two-year community college program to baccalaureate degree completion in biomedical and behavioral sciences. NIGMS anticipates that carefully planned interventions at this key point of the educational pathway will increase the supply of biomedical and behavioral science graduates, a necessary step in enhancing the diversity of the NIH-funded biomedial workforce.  The long-term goal of the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is to enhance the pool of community college students from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in these fields. The short-term goal of the program is to enhance the pool of students who transition from a two-year institution to a four-year institution, with subsequent baccalaureate degree completion. The specific objective of this program is to develop and implement an integrated plan of individual and institutional activities that will increase students' preparation and skills as they advance academically in the pursuit of the baccalaureate and subsequently more advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Additional Information on Eligibility:

institutions, including the lead applicant institution. One must be an institution that offers the assocate's degree as the primary degree in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Another institution must be a college or university granting the baccalaureate degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Two different scenarios are anticipated for these partnerships: a) one baccalaureate degree-granting institution as the lead applicant institution partnering with one or more associate's degree-granting institutions, or b) one ssociate's degree-granting institution as the lead applicant institution partnering with one or more baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. An eligible applicant or partner institution may participate in more than one Bridges to the Baccalaureate partnership if such multiple partnerships are strongly justified by the potential to magnify the programs' and institutions' outcomes.

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Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM (P01)
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Internal MSU LOI Deadline: August 11, 2014
September 25, 2014

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is issued by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) to enable submission of applications that propose to conduct research that is of high-priority to NCCAM that requires synergistic collaboration between outstanding scientists, and the synthesis of multiple research approaches by multi-disciplinary research teams. The CERC mechanism is designed to support research in which the funding of three or four synergistic, highly meritorious projects as a group offers significant scientific advantages over support of the same projects as individual research grants. Each CERC must consist, throughout the duration of the award, of three or four research projects, focused on basic, mechanistic, and/or translational research questions relevant to the research priorities described in the current NCCAM Strategic Plan.

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2015 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Pew Charitable Trust

Internal MSU Deadline and Submission Requirement: October 6, Submit a MSU Limited Submission Pre-Proposal in the MSU ePCF System (1 page White Paper required)
Deadline: November 3, 2014

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.

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Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)
Office of International and Integrative Activities / NSF

Internal MSU LOI Deadline: August 11, 2014
Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: October 21, 2014; Full Proposals by invitation only - Deadline Date: May 15, 2015

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.

International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different national environments and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.

This PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF.

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Amgen Foundation

Submit a MSU Limited Submission Pre-Proposal in the MSU ePCF System by October 1, 2014 (1 page White Paper required).
Receipt

The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education, improve quality of care and access for patients, and support resources that create sound communities where Amgen staff members live and work. The Foundation awards grants to regional, national, and Europe-based nonprofit organizations that are replicable, scalable and designed to have a lasting and meaningful effect in our communities. Grants should reflect Amgen's dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways.

Quality of Care and Access for Patients - The Foundation funds programs dedicated to providing patients, caregivers and health care practitioners with information, education and access. The two areas given priority consideration within quality of care are: Patient Empowerment: Programs that enable patients to become active partners in their health care, make informed decisions and contribute to a wider perspective in the health care system; and Health Care Disparities/Health Inequalities: Programs that aim to close gaps and address population-specific differences in the presence of disease, health outcomes, or access to health care - from prevention to survivorship. The types of interventions the Amgen Foundation seeks to fund include strategies that aim to address problems at the root cause, help make a difference on the widest scale, and have a general benefit beyond a single institution; and programs that develop a framework that have the potential to be effective across various diseases and populations.

Science Education - The Foundation is committed to raising the value of science literacy on a national and local level. The areas given priority consideration within science education are: Teacher quality and professional development in math and science: Comprehensive programs that enhance the quality of math and science teachers entering the classroom and support teachers with meaningful professional development opportunities that have a positive impact on student achievement; and Pivotal hands-on science experience: Support programs that provide students and teachers with opportunities for hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences that significantly impact students' excitement about science and scientific careers.

Community Life - The Foundation supports programs that align with its overall mission and priority giving areas in the communities where Amgen has a presence. Currently, the Amgen Foundation makes Community Life grants in and around the following U.S. and Puerto Rico communities: Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, CA; San Francisco Bay Area, CA; Counties along the Front Range of Colorado; Greater Boston Area, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties, MA; Juncos, Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; and King and South Snohomish Counties, WA. The foundation's focus is to fund programs that enhance civic engagement by supporting science and education based initiatives, environmental programs, health and social services, as well as culture and arts in an effort to strengthen and enrich communities.

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Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Internal MSU LOI Deadline: September 15, 2014
October 17, 2014

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) encourages Research Conference Grant (R13) applications to conduct health disparities-related meetings, workshops, and symposia. The purpose of the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series is to bring together academic institutions/organizations and community organizations to identify opportunities for addressing health disparities through the use of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The objectives of meetings conducted as part of this award will be to: (1) establish and/or enhance academic-community partnerships; (2) identify community-driven research priorities, and (3) develop long-term collaborative CBPR research agendas. Thus, it is expected these partnerships will lead to grant applications for the support of CBPR projects designed to meet identified community needs. The areas of focus for these partnerships may include one or more of the following community-health issues: infant mortality; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); fibroid tumors; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; health literacy; techniques for outreach and information dissemination; pediatric and maternal HIV/AIDS prevention; and violence prevention.

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Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Internal MSU Deadline and Submission Requirement: August 25, 2014. Submit a MSU Limited Submission Pre-Proposal in the MSU ePCF System (1 page White Paper required).
November 3, 2014

This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact.

The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program provides opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases.

The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study what happens at the points where human and microbial systems connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of this encounter: how colonization, infection, commensalism and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones. 

Note:

Applicants are always encouraged to contact the program officer directly about their planned proposal, their competitiveness for the award, or other questions.  The program officer, Victoria McGovern, Ph.D., can be reached at vmcgovern@bwfund.org or 919-991-5112.

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Department of Defense (DOD)

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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Research Associateship Programs
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

August 1, 2014

The objectives of the Research Associateship Programs are (1) to provide postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability opportunities for research on problems, largely of their own choice that are compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratories and (2) to, thereby, contribute to the overall efforts of the laboratories.  For recent doctoral graduates, the Research Associateship Programs provide an opportunity for concentrated research in association with selected members of the permanent professional laboratory staff.   For established scientists and engineers, the Research Associateship Programs afford an opportunity for research without the interruptions and distracting assignments of permanent career positions.

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DoD Rapid Innovation Fund FY2014
DOD

White Papers must be completely submitted by 3:00 p.m. ET August 8, 2014.
Full proposals by invitation only.

The RIF Program was established to facilitate the rapid insertion of innovative small business technologies into military systems or programs that meet critical national security needs. RIF also intends to facilitate innovative technologies that show a clear transition path to fielding the technology into existing defense acquisition programs.

The BAA will list the technology areas of interest for each participating component, instructions for submission of white papers, and source selection criteria. Subsequent RIF proposals will be invited based on the evaluation results of the white paper submission. Those selected for RIF awards may receive up to $3 million in funding. The period of performance for RIF awards shall not exceed 24 months.

This BAA is primarily for the validation and transition of technologies developed by small businesses, including those resulting from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and DoD reimbursed Independent Research and Development (IR&D). IR&D does not include R&D performed under a grant or contract from the Government. IR&D is defined in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 31.205-18(a).

The goals of the RIF reflect DoD's emphasis on rapid, responsive acquisition and the engagement of small, innovative businesses in solving defense needs. These include the technology transition of innovative technology into defense acquisition programs, primarily from small businesses (including Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) projects).

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Breast Cancer Innovator Award
Dept. of the Army -- USAMRAA

August 15, 2014

The Innovator Award supports visionary individuals who have demonstrated creativity, innovative work, and leadership in any field including, but not limited to, breast cancer. The Innovator Award will provide these individuals with the funding and freedom to pursue their most novel, visionary, high-risk ideas that could ultimately lead to ending breast cancer. Since the intent of the Innovator Award mechanism is to recognize creative and innovative individuals rather than projects, the central feature of the award is the innovative contribution that the Principal Investigator (PI) can make toward ending breast cancer. The PI should have a past record of creativity, promise for continued innovation in future work, and a vision that challenges current dogma and demonstrates an ability to look beyond tradition and convention. The PI is also expected to be established in his/her field and have demonstrated success at forming and leading effective partnerships and collaborations. To further the development of innovative individuals and spark the generation of novel ideas, applications are required to incorporate the mentoring of promising junior investigators. Experience in breast cancer research is not required; however, the application must focus on breast cancer, and the PI must maintain a 50% dedication of his/her full-time professional effort during the award period to breast cancer research. This professional effort in breast cancer research can be through a combination of this award and other current support. Individuals from other disciplines who will apply novel concepts to breast cancer are encouraged to submit. The PI is expected to assemble a research team that will provide the necessary expertise and collaborative efforts toward accomplishing the research goals. The PI's research team must include two or more breast cancer consumer advocates. As lay representatives, the consumer advocates must be individuals who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are actively involved in a breast cancer advocacy organization. Their role should be independent of their employment, and they cannot be employees of any of the organizations participating in the application. Their role should be focused on providing objective input on the research and its potential impact for individuals with, or at risk for, breast cancer.

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Bone Marrow Failure Idea Development Award
Dept. of the Army -- USAMRAA

August 28, 2014

The BMFRP Idea Development Award is intended to support innovative ideas and high-impact approaches based on scientifically sound evidence to move toward the BMFRP vision of understanding and curing BMF diseases. This award mechanism is designed to support new ideas. Proposed research studies should have a high probability of revealing new avenues of investigation. Research projects should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale and a developed and well-articulated research approach. Personnel on the proposed team should have a strong background in BMF research.

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Microsystems Technology Office-Wide
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Deadline: Open Period through September 1, 2014

This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published BAA solicitations. This BAA is primarily, but not solely, intended for early stage research (studies) that may lead to larger, focused, MTO programs in the future. Studies are defined as single phase efforts of short duration (< 12 months) costing less than $1,000,000. Whereas proposers are strongly encouraged to submit studies to this BAA, multi-phase efforts will also be considered. Multiphase efforts are defined as efforts with more than one phase that may span longer than 12 months and that may cost more than $1,000,000. Multi-phase efforts must also cover clearly identifiable research topic areas with quantitative technical metrics. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice, or that commercial industry is likely to develop on its own.

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Microsystems Technology Office-Wide
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

September 1, 2014 4:00pm EST

This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published BAA solicitations. This BAA is primarily, but not solely, intended for early stage research (studies) that may lead to larger, focused, MTO programs in the future. Studies are defined as single phase efforts of short duration (< 12 months) costing less than $1,000,000. Whereas proposers are strongly encouraged to submit studies to this BAA, multi-phase efforts will also be considered. Multiphase efforts are defined as efforts with more than one phase that may span longer than 12 months and that may cost more than $1,000,000. Multi-phase efforts must also cover clearly identifiable research topic areas with quantitative technical metrics. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice, or that commercial industry is likely to develop on its own.

Research areas of current interest in MTO include, but are not limited to, the following topics: Heterogeneous Integration; Emerging MEMs Technologies; Energy-Efficient Computing; Non-Silicon Electronics; Novel Photonic Devices; Quantum Devices; Hardware Assurance, Reliability & Validation; Low Volume Microsystems Manufacturing; Signal Processing Hardware; Low Power Electronics; Thermal Management; Advanced Imaging Architectures; Photonic & Electronic Interconnects; Microsystem Design & CAD; Biological & Biomedical Microsystems; Chip Scale Sensors; Microsystems for Directed Energy; Microsystems for Precision Navigation & Timing; Microsystems for RF/Optical Transceivers; Other Microsystems Technology Topic Areas.

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DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP)

Pre-application (required) deadline: Sept. 11, 2014, 5pm p.m. ET via https://ebrap.org/
Full proposal: Sept. 25, 2014, 11:59 p.m. ET via http://www.grants.gov

Applicants can apply for one of three categories:

  • Transitioning Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Early-Career Investigators
  • New GWI Researchers

Purpose:  Supports investigators new to the field of GWI research at different stages of career development.  Preliminary or published data that is relevant to GWI and the proposed project are required.  Previous experience in GWI research is allowed, but not required.  However, PIs with a limited background in GWI research are strongly encouraged to have a collaborator who is experienced in the GWI research field.

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Young Investigator Research Program
Air Force Office of Scientific Research

September 15, 2014

The Young Investigator Research Program supports young scientists and engineers in Air Force relevant disciplines and is designed to promote innovative research in science and engineering. The awards foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities to recognize Air Force mission and challenges in science and engineering.

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

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DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Career Development Award

Deadline: September 17, 2014

The PRCRP Career Development Award supports independent, early-career investigators to conduct impactful research with the mentorship of an experienced cancer researcher (i.e., the Designated Mentor) as an opportunity to obtain the funding, guidance, and experience necessary for productive, independent careers at the forefront of cancer research. This award supports impactful research projects with an emphasis on discovery. Under this award mechanism, the early-career investigator is considered the Principal Investigator (PI), and the application should focus on the PI's research and career development. It should be clear that the proposed research is intellectually designed by the PI and not a product of the Designated Mentor. Preliminary data are not required.

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Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) New Application Receipt System (eBRAP)

Program Announcement

For FY14, CDMRP has replaced eReceipt with the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP). As in the past, application submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the eBRAP (https://eBRAP.org/) and (2) application submission through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/), with application status available on eBRAP.

A key feature of eBRAP is that organizational representatives and Principal Investigators (PIs) will be able to view and modify their Grants.gov application submissions, but only if their organization, Business Officials, and PIs are registered and affiliated in eBRAP.

Submission of either the pre-application to eBRAP or the application to Grants.gov does not require registering an organization and affiliating its Business Officials and PIs in eBRAP; however, the ability to view and modify the Grants.gov application in eBRAP is contingent upon this registration and affiliation process.

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Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP)

Program Announcement

To support research focused on optimizing recovery and restoration of function for military personnel with orthopaedic injuries sustained in combat or combat-related duties.

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FY14 ACQUISITION RESEARCH PROGRAM

Deadline: September 30, 2014

The Government is interested in stimulating and supporting scholarly research in academic disciplines that bear on public policy and management in the field of government acquisition. These include economics, finance, financial management, information systems, organization theory, operations management, human resources management, risk management, and marketing, as well as the traditional acquisition areas such as contracting, program/project management, logistics, test and evaluation and systems engineering management. The ARP primarily supports scholarly research through assistance vehicles that will benefit the general public and/or private sector to a larger extent than any direct benefits that may be gained by the Department of Defense (DOD). Studies of government processes, systems, or policies should focus on expanding the body of knowledge, theory and/or research methodologies that are also relevant to processes, systems, or policies outside the DOD. The Government in this BAA is interested only in proposals that will provide unclassified and non-proprietary findings suitable for publication in open scholarly literature. Offerors bear prime responsibility for the design, management, direction, and conduct of research, and exercise judgment and original thought toward attaining the goals within broad parameters of the research areas proposed and the resources provided.

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Research Participation Program for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (USAFRL)
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

N/A

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)-HQ is the Air Force's only organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. They trace their roots to the vision of airpower pioneers who understood science as key to air supremacy. The passionate commitment of AFRL people to realize this vision has helped create the world's best air, space and cyberspace force. The Air Force Research Laboratory's Human Effectiveness Directorate is a key component of the 711th Human Performance Wing. The directorate is composed of a diverse group of scientists and engineers studying developing technologies specific to the human element of warfighting capability. We are leading the Air Force in its human-centered research, and we integrate biological and cognitive technologies to optimize and protect the Airman's capabilties to Fly, Fight, and Win in Air, Space, and Cyberspace.

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DARPA BAA-14-38 Biological Technologies

Deadline: April 30, 2015

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

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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

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

Whitepaper request
Open until June 2019

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

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Department of Energy (DOE)

Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator - Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuel Technologies
Golden Field Office/Department of Energy

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 7/7/2014 12:00 PM ET
Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/3/2014 5:00 PM ET

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is an organization focused on achieving aggressive and well-defined mid-to-long term clean energy goals for the United States of America. In that context, EERE has established multi-year plans and roadmaps. EERE focuses the majority of its resources on a limited number of "highest probability of success" pathways/approaches to ensure that the program initiatives are supported at a critical mass (both in terms of dollars and time) for maximum impact.

This roadmap-based approach is one of EERE's greatest strengths, which can create challenges in recognizing and exploring unanticipated, game changing pathways/approaches which may ultimately be superior to the pathways/approaches on our existing roadmaps.

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Research Opportunities in Accelerator Stewardship
Office of Science/Department of Energy

Required letters of intent are due July 3, 2014
September 4, 2014

Track 1: Accelerator Stewardship Topical Areas - This track includes three topic areas (Particle Therapy Beam Delivery Improvements, Ultrafast Laser Technology Program, and Energy Efficiency Improvements for Office of Science Accelerators) under this funding opportunity.

A. Particle Therapy Beam Delivery Improvements--Proposals in this topical area should address ideas for providing one or more of the following: 1. less massive and more compact beam delivery systems capable of delivering ion beams from protons up to carbon that are suitable for patient therapy; 2. technology that can provide for rapid (seconds) scanning of the beam over a tumor volume in three dimensions, that is both transversely and longitudinally; 3. beam diagnostic technologies for ion beam therapy, with emphasis on increased readout speed and accuracy of position and dose.

B. Ultrafast Laser Technology Program--The primary goals of the Ultrafast Laser Technology Program are to develop the enabling technologies that will ultimately lead to construction of demonstration prototypes for one or more of the principal types of ultrafast lasers needed for accelerator applications, and to enhance industry's capability to produce the necessary technologies.

C. Energy Efficiency Improvements for Office of Science Accelerators--Grant applications are sought for R&D leading to new concepts in very high efficiency power conversion systems in two categories: 1. Plug-Compatible Concepts - Developments in this area are targeted at upgrading existing power supplies, modulators and/or klystrons that are currently in service. Designs must be as close to plug-compatible as possible. 2. Revolutionary Concepts - Developments in this area must offer revolutionary gains in efficiency. While plug-compatibility is not required, a cost/benefit analysis must be included in the application to support the claim that the differential cost of developing, deploying, and operating the new power system components will generate a positive return on investment over a 10-year time period.

Track 2: Long-Term Generic Accelerator R&D--Long-term generic accelerator R&D is basic research aimed at improving the theory, computational tools, and fundamental physical and technical understanding of accelerator science. Grant applications are sought for high-impact advances in the following general areas: beam physics, advanced computational methods for accelerator design and analysis, beam diagnostics and feedback control, new superconducting materials, new materials and coatings for accelerator components, novel power sources for accelerators, new particle sources, novel magnet designs, novel lattice designs, and novel technologies for secondary beam production. Applications that will lead to significant increases in performance (flux, brightness, polarization, coherence, stability, reliability, flexibility) and decreases in cost (construction cost, operating cost, physical size, complexity) are sought.

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High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasma Science
Office of Science/Department of Energy

LOIs due August 1, 2014
Full proposals due October 1, 2014 (by invitation)

SYNOPSIS: 

The Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) program of the Office of Science (SC) and the Defense Program (DP) of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), both of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), jointly announce their interests in receiving grant applications for new awards for research in the SC-NNSA Joint Program in High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP). All individuals or groups planning to submit applications for new funding in Fiscal Year 2015 should submit in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Principal Investigators who currently have awards through the joint HEDLP program should not apply.

OBJECTIVES: 


This FOA seeks grant applications that address the recommendations of the 2003 report Frontiers in High-Energy-Density Physics: The X Games of Contemporary Science, the intentions of the 2007 Report of the Interagency Task Force on High-Energy-Density physics, the recommendations of the 2009 Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee report on Advancing the Science of High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasmas, and the research needs identified by the Report of the 2009 Workshop on Basic Research Needs for High-Energy-Density Laboratory Physics. Proposed research efforts can include experimental, theoretical, and/or computational science. Applications integrating experiments, theory, and simulation are encouraged. Grant applications are sought in the following subfields and cross-cutting areas of HED laboratory plasmas.

The specific areas of interest are: 1. High-Energy-Density Hydrodynamics 2. Radiation-Dominated Dynamics and Material Properties 3. Magnetized High-Energy-Density Plasma Physics 4. Nonlinear Optics of Plasmas and Laser-Plasma Interactions 5. Relativistic HED Plasmas and Intense Beam Physics 6. Warm Dense Matter; 7. High-Z, Multiply Ionized HED Atomic Physics; 8. Diagnostics for HED Laboratory Plasmas.

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NSF/DOE Partnership on Advanced Frontiers in Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Production Via Solar Water Splitting Technologies 2014-2016
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

LOIs due October 6, 2014
Full Proposals due December 11, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF) has established a partnership with the Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Office of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in order to address critical fundamental and applied research challenges associated with advanced technologies for the production of hydrogen fuel via solar water splitting processes. The goal of the partnership is to leverage the complementary missions of applied research, development and demonstration (DOE) and use-inspired fundamental research and education (NSF) to address issues of national importance that impact the sustainable production of fuels using renewable resources. The Directorate for Engineering seeks proposals with transformative ideas that meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.

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Visiting Scientist Program, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, InnoVision Basic and Applied Research Division
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Receipt

SYNOPSIS: 

The NGA Visiting Scientist Program solicits applications from current students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty members for full-time residency appointments to conduct research into the use of process models and tools to support NGA's GEOINT analysis. Visiting Scientists exploit and analyze imagery, intelligence, and geospatial information to describe, assess, and characterize physical features and a wide range of geographically referenced activities on the Earth.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Available disciplines include: geography, statistics, economics, geospatial information science, physics, mathematics, chemistry or a closely related field. Appointments will be at various NGA locations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and St. Louis, MO.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 

Submissions are accepted on a continuing basis. Applicants should apply at least 8 months before their desired start date.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

National Priorities: Systems-Based Strategies to Improve the Nation's Ability to Plan and Respond to Water Scarcity and Drought Due to Climate Change
National Center for Environmental Research

August 5, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications that take a systems view to investigate how drought (seasonal and prolonged), exacerbated, by climate change, may impact surface water and groundwater quality and availability. EPA is interested in characterizing and predicting water quality as it relates to drought and subsequent drought related events, such as changes in surface runoff and wildfire. The Agency is also seeking information on changes in water quality that are driven by other variations in the hydrologic cycle (extreme events or climate change). For example, flooding following drought and wildfires, timing and intensity of spring runoff, etc. EPA is also interested in research that investigates management options for communities to plan and adapt to these changing scenarios. The goal of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to provide information on these complex interactions and devise innovative and sustainable management strategies for communities, municipalities, water managers, natural resource managers, and other stakeholders to protect our nation's ground and surface water resources from potential decrease in water quality and availability.

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Air, Climate and Energy (ACE) Centers

Deadline: September 4, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, announces the posting of the Request for Applications (RFA), Air, Climate and Energy (ACE) Centers.  EPA is seeking to support research that will systematically inform policy makers at state and local levels regarding the deployment of innovative approaches to enable implementation of air pollution control strategies.  This research aims to achieve the greatest public health benefits possible by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution.

This program features four main research topics:

  1. Enhancing understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and pollutant mixtures within and across different areas (including urban areas, or between urban, suburban, and rural areas) or geographic regions;
  2. Identifying and improving the characterization of the most important factors contributing to regional or city-to-city differences or similarities in air pollution and health impacts beyond topography and meteorology;
  3. Improving the ability to understand and project how these contributing factors and differences may change over the next one to several decades; and
  4. Advancing scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop robust strategies for air pollution control to improve public and environmental health under a variety of conditions, including consideration of approaches for addressing climate change preparedness.

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AIR, CLIMATE AND ENERGY (ACE) CENTERS: SCIENCE SUPPORTING SOLUTIONS
Environmental Protection Agency

Sep 4, 2014 Please refer to the announcement, including Section IV, for additional information on submission methods and due dates.

Given the common objective to develop sensible strategies to reduce air pollution and to improve public health and welfare, this RFA asks applicants to take an integrated approach and to focus on efforts that will support successful solutions to reduce the public health effect of the complex air pollution mixture. Within this approach, a variety of health or ecosystem impacts should be considered in concert with multiple criteria pollutants and air toxics to the greatest extent possible.

The specific Strategic Goal and Objectives from the EPA's Strategic Plan that relate to this solicitation are:

Goal 1: Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality, Objective 1.1: Address Climate Change and Objective 1.2: Improve Air Quality

The overarching objective of this research is to exploit regional differences in health effects and air quality to help improve understanding of observed health or environmental impacts, which subsequently will better inform the development of implementation strategies. Specifically, using multidisciplinary science, researchers will develop tools and information to explore various approaches to reach state and local air quality and climate protection regulatory goals in ways that maximize improvements in public health.

The expected outputs from this research will be scientific data, information, and insights on the human health effects of exposures to air pollutants and the development of innovative approaches and information to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. These outputs are expected to include articles in peer-reviewed journals, websites, modeling tools, periodic reports, and presentations at scientific conferences. The desired outcomes of this effort include: increased understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and pollutant mixtures within and across different areas or geographic regions; improved characterization of the most important factors contributing to regional or city-to-city differences in air pollution and health effects; improved ability to understand and project how these contributing factors and differences may change over the next one to several decades; and scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop robust strategies for air pollution control to improve public and environmental health under a variety of conditions, including consideration of approaches for addressing climate change preparedness.

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Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities
Environmental Protection Agency

October 7, 2014 Please see the announcement, including Section IV, for additional submission information.

This RFA encourages collaboration among universities; non-profit organizations;
state, tribal, and local agencies; and communities to propose and conduct air
pollution monitoring studies relevant to community needs. This RFA supports the
research, development, deployment and/or demonstration of air pollution
monitoring networks to engage and inform communities of their exposure to air
pollution, providing them with scientific and technical tools traditionally
used by universities and regulatory agencies. This RFA focuses not on
regulatory monitoring, but rather on the information low-cost air pollution
sensors can provide for communities. Specifically, this RFA explores how useful
scientific data can be gathered and used by communities, whether low-cost portable
air pollution sensors' data are reliable if compared to sophisticated or
state-of-the-art monitoring technology (such as those that employ federal
reference methods), and whether communities become more engaged in and with
their environmental surroundings through such technical efforts.

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Foundations

Grants Program
Mountaineers Foundation

September 1, 2014

The Mountaineers Foundation promotes the study of the mountains, forests and streams of the Pacific Northwest, and contributes to preserving its natural beauty and ecological integrity. The sponsor provides funding for modest, short-term projects consistent with those purposes.

The sponsor supports: research about the natural environment: studies that will yield new data aimed at protecting Northwest wilderness and wildlife; biologic, economic, legal, or policy studies; direct educational programs and materials related to environmental preservation; lectures, conferences, and seminars; written or audiovisual awareness materials; curriculum or other instructional materials; publication of conference proceedings and journal articles; other fundable projects: seed or pilot studies that can be continued with funding from other sources; and selected capital improvement projects (e.g., restoration; assistance in purchasing equipment/materials).

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Grants To Individuals
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts

September 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts supports innovative, thought-provoking investigations in architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and related fields of inquiry. Its interest also extends to work being done in the fine arts, humanities, and sciences that expands the boundaries of thinking about architecture and space. In an effort to bridge communities and different fields of knowledge, the sponsor supports a wide range of practitioners (such as architects, scholars, critics, writers, artists, curators, and educators).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Its priorities are to: Provide opportunities to create, develop, and communicate a project about architecture and the designed environment that will contribute to the individual's creative, intellectual, and professional growth at crucial or potentially transformative stages in his career; Support efforts to take positions, develop new forms of expression, and engage debate; Help individuals communicate their work in the public realm and reach new and wider audiences; Support new voices by giving priority to first-time applicants. Overall, the sponsor is most interested in opportunities which enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or career.

Given its priorities, the sponsor believes projects of the greatest potential should fulfill the following criteria:

Originality: the project demonstrates an innovative, challenging idea; critical, independent thinking; advanced scholarship; a new or experimental approach.

Potential for impact: the project makes a meaningful contribution to discourse and/or to the field; expands knowledge; is a catalyst for future inquiry; raises awareness of an understudied issue; promotes diversity in subject matter, participants, and audience.

Feasibility: the project has clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget/

Capacity: applicant possesses strong qualifications and/or knowledge; demonstrates ability to carry out the project successfully; has access to necessary resources outside of the grant request.

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Ford Foundation

Receipt

The Ford Foundation is committed to achieving lasting change that transforms people's lives. Through grant making, the sponsor supports innovative thinkers, leaders and organizations that are working to reduce poverty and injustice and to promote democratic values, free expression and human achievement. When making grants, they think about long-term strategies, knowing that lasting social change requires decades of effort. And because their mission is broad and resources are limited, the sponsor carefully targets their support so it can be used most effectively and leverage the greatest amount of impact.

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Mellon (Andrew W.) Foundation Grant Program

Proposals by Invitation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports grantees within four defined program areas: higher education and scholarship; scholarly communications and information technology; art history, conservation, and museums; and performing arts.

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Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics
Sage (Russell) Foundation

Receipt

The Russell Sage Behavioral Economics Roundtable offers small grants to support high quality research in behavioral economics and to encourage young investigators to enter this developing field. There are no limitations on the disciplinary background of the principal investigator, and the proposed research may address any economic topic. Interdisciplinary efforts are welcome. Appropriate projects will demonstrate explicit use of psychological concepts in the motivation of the design and the preparation of the results.

Deadlines
Please note that there is no deadline for the small grants programs; applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Initiative on Philosophy in Education Policy and Practice
Spencer Foundation

Receipt

SYNOPSIS: 

The Spencer Foundation will make awards of up to $40,000 for research projects in Philosophy as it relates to educational policy and practice.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Applicants are encouraged to understand educational policy and practice in broad terms, including issues that directly relate to K-12 schools and higher education institutions, but also concerning policies that influence children's growth and development in the family and in other areas of social life including children's upbringings, educational issues in family life and in the workplace, the educational effects of welfare policy. The Foundation also encourages diverse kinds of philosophical research ranging from the highly abstract to the highly applied. Proposals might concern any of the following topics: the proper content of moral education and of the rights of parents to constrain it; the place of religion in schools; justice and efficiency in the allocation of public funds across schools and school districts; the content of the curriculum; assessment of competing conceptions of equality in educational resources and outcomes; the commercialization of schools and childhoods generally; the obligations to students with special educational needs; the proper content of sex education in particular and "education for living" more generally (concerning, eg, parenting, financial self-management, etc) and the extent to which it is right for schools to defer to parental preferences regarding these matters; the moral rights of school students to privacy, to freedom of expression, to freedom of association, etc.; the rights and obligations of teachers with respect to abusive or violent children; and the distribution and content of higher education.

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Transatlantic Networks of Excellence
Fondation Leducq

September 5, 2014, 11:59 pm Paris time
February 2015 upon notification of LOI approval

Fondation Leducq announces a call for applications for the 2014-2015 Transatlantic Networks of Excellence Program. Under this program the Fondation Leducq awards grants of up to U.S. $6,000,000 over five years for internationally collaborative research in cardiovascular and neuro-vascular disease. As of 2014, the foundation has supported 43 networks, representing more than 390 investigators at 128 institutions in 18 countries. For the 2014-2015 application cycle, Fondation Leducq will use a web-based application system hosted by Altum proposalCENTRAL. Information about the application process and details about important dates in the 2014-2015 application cycle can be found on our website at flcq.org under Transatlantic Networks of ExcellenceDue date for letters of intent is Friday, September 5, 2014, 11:59 pm Paris time.

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

ROSES 2014: Mars Data Analysis Program

Deadline: August 4, 2014

This ROSES-2014 NRA (NNH14ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station, CubeSat, and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.

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ROSES 2014: Atmospheric Composition: Laboratory Research

Deadline: August 14, 2014

This ROSES-2014 NRA (NNH14ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station, CubeSat, and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.

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ROSES 2014: Lunar Data Analysis Program

Deadline: August 29, 2014

This ROSES-2014 NRA (NNH14ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station, CubeSat, and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.

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ROSES 2014: Planetary Protection Research Grant
NASA

September 5, 2014

This ROSES-2014 NRA (NNH14ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station, CubeSat, and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.

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RFP--National Lab Opportunity
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

December 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is operating a share of the United States accommodations on the International Space Station (ISS) as a national laboratory in accordance with Section 507 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2005 (P.L.109-155) and seekS to increase the utilization of the ISS by other federal entities andthe private sector. To facilitate and increase such utilization of the ISS, NASA isproviding access to the ISS for the conduct of basic and applied research, technology development and industrial processing (collectively, R&D) to U.S. federal, state and local government entities, and to U.S. private entities (including, but not limited to, commercial firms, non-profit entities, and academic institutions) as part of the national laboratory. In preparation for the ISS post-assembly phase and during the post-assembly completephase, NASA is seeking proposals from domestic entities other than U.S. federal government agencies for the conduct of R&D activities on the ISS as a national laboratory. NASA anticipates using its authority to enter into Space Act Agreements to support national laboratory activities, including providing necessary access to NASA facilities, personnel and technical information, however, there will be no provision of funds in connection with this opportunity. Respondents will be responsible for financing their own activities. Participation in this National Lab Opportunity will be contingent upon selection by NASA and negotiation of an appropriate Agreement between NASA and the proposer. Proposed activities should involve R&D, including, but not limited to: life sciences, sensors, communication equipment, engineering testbeds, spacecraft design and testing, or education and should demonstrate potential benefit to the public, such as development of future products and services contributing to U.S. industrial capacity and economic growth or improving STEM education. 

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ROSES 2014: Astrophysics Research and Analysis (APRA)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Deadline: January 23, 2015

The Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program (APRA) program solicits basic research proposals for investigations that are relevant to NASA's programs in astronomy and astrophysics and includes research over the entire range of photons, gravitational waves, and particle astrophysics. Awards may be for up to four years' duration (up to five years for suborbital investigations), but shorter-term proposals are typical; four-year or five-year proposals must be well justified. Proposals for suborbital investigations are particularly encouraged.

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ROSES 2014: Strategic Astrophysics Technology
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Deadline: January 23, 2015

Over the next decade and beyond, NASA's Astrophysics Division expects to undertake space flight missions that will explore the nature of the universe at its largest scales, its earliest moments, and its most extreme conditions; missions that will study how galaxies and stars formed and evolved to shape the universe we see today; and missions that will search out and characterize the planets and planetary systems orbiting other stars. As compelling as these future missions will be, implementing them presents many daunting technological challenges. To overcome these challenges and pave the way to ever more ambitious missions, NASA's Astrophysics Division has established the Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) program to support the maturation of key technologies to the point at which they are feasible for implementation in space flight missions.

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations--Planning Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities

August 13, 2014

Grants support the following formats: exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues; interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions; book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and interpretive websites and other digital formats.

Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations--Implementation Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities

August 13, 2014

Grants support the following formats: exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues; interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions; book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and interpretive websites and other digital formats.

Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.

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Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations--Planning Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities

August 13, 2014

Grants support the following formats: exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues; interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions; book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and interpretive websites and other digital formats.

Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.

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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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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)


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)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NINDS Requirements for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Development and Resource Sharing

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

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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

NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)

LOI Due: 30 days before the application due date
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): July 30, 2014

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

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for July 11, 2014

 
Requests for Applications
 
Program Announcements
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research Regular Research Program (R01)
    (PA-14-276)
    National Human Genome Research Institute
    National Cancer Institute
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement. 

     

  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research Small Research Grant Program (R03)
    (PA-14-277)
    National Human Genome Research Institute
    John E. Fogarty International Center
    National Cancer Institute
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement. 

     

  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research Exploratory/Developmental Research Program (R21)
    (PA-14-278)
    National Human Genome Research Institute
    National Cancer Institute
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement. 

     

  • Discovery of in vivo Chemical Probes (R01)
    (PAR-14-279)
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Cancer Institute
    National Eye Institute
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement. 
 
Notices

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for July 25, 2014

Requests for Applications
 
 
 
Program Announcements

 

  • Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN): Small Molecule Drug Discovery and Development for Disorders of the Nervous System (U44)
    (PAR-14-292)
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research
    National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt Date(s): Application Due Date(s): October 21, 2014, February 11, 2015, August 11, 2015, February 11, 2016, August 11, 2016, February 8, 2017 AIDS Application Due Date(s): January 7, 2015, May 7, 2015, September 7, 2015, May 7, 2016, September 7, 2016, and May 7, 2017 

     

  • Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN): Small Molecule Drug Discovery and Development for Disorders of the Nervous System (UH2/UH3)
    (PAR-14-293)
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research
    National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    National Institute on Aging
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    National Institute of Mental Health
    Application Receipt Date(s): Application Due Date(s): October 21, 2014, February 11, 2015, August 11, 2015, February 11, 2016, August 11, 2016, February 8, 2017 AIDS Application Due Date(s): January 7, 2015, May 7, 2015, September 7, 2015, May 7, 2016, September 7, 2016, and May 7, 2017 

     

  • Arts-Based Approaches in Palliative Care for Symptom Management (R01)
    (PAR-14-294)
    National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    National Institute of Nursing Research
    Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
    Office of Research on Women's Health
    Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement. 
 
 
Notices

 

 
 

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts / 06-20-2014

Requests for Applications
Program Announcements
Notices

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Disseminating and Implementing Evidence from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Clinical Practice Using Mobile Health Technology (R21)

Application Receipt Date(s): August 04, 2014

This FOA invites R21 grant applications for developmental research projects on using mobile health technology (mHealth) to facilitate the dissemination and implementation of findings from patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) into clinical practice.  The purposes of this FOA are to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of novel approaches that use mHealth tools to enable the timely incorporation and appropriate use of PCOR evidence in clinical practice.

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Improvement of Animal Models and Development of Technologies for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine (STTR)(R41/R42)
Office of Research Infrastructure Programs/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

The sponsors invite applications for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants from small business concerns (SBCs) for that propose to develop or improve technologies for obtaining, characterizing and testing animal and human stem cells and their derivatives as models for stem cell-based regenerative medicine using animal models. The program is intended to support projects devoted to the creation of informative animal models for regenerative medicine, which will facilitate testing the safety and therapeutic potential of animal and human stem cells and their derivatives for pre-clinical evaluation. The initiative focuses on the following areas: 1) comparative analysis of animal and human stem cells to provide information for selection of the most predictive and informative model systems; 2) development of new technologies for stem cells and their derivatives, including production, characterization and transplantation; and 3) improvement of animal disease models for stem cell-based therapeutic applications. The ultimate objective of these efforts should be to provide commercial products and technologies that can help develop future clinical therapies. This FOA will utilize the R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track applications.

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Reminder to Fellowship Applicants!

Planning on submitting an Fellowship application? Don't forget that Fellowship applications must be submitted using updated application forms (FORMS-C as announced in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-027).

In addition to the updated forms, the Parent F30, Parent F31, Parent F31 - Diversity and Parent F32 require a new "Additional Educational Information" attachment to be included on the Other Attachments section of the Other Project Information form. We've updated the Fellowship FAQs to address the most common questions received by our help desks regarding this new attachment.

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NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13/U13)
NIH

Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

The purpose of the NIH Research Conference Grant (R13) and NIH Research Conference Cooperative Agreement (U13) Programs is to support high quality conferences that are relevant to the public health and to the scientific mission of the participating Institutes and Centers.

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Targeting Therapeutics Development to Relieve Bottlenecks
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Early email to Contract Specialist requested
Aug 13, 2014 3:30 pm Eastern

The primary objective of this BAA is to support the advancement of promising lead therapeutics to the clinical drug candidate stage for the treatment of emerging infectious and biodefense diseases as listed in NIAID Category A, B and C Priority Pathogens(http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/BiodefenseRelated/Biodefense/research/pages/cata.aspx).
Only candidate products against NIAID Category A, B and C Priority Pathogens are eligible under this solicitation.

Activities supported under this BAA include medicinal chemistry and preclinical in vitro and in vivo testing of a lead compound series in order to produce profiles of their efficacy, synthetic feasibility, stability, and toxicity,
which will be used to identify a novel small molecule drug candidate for future clinical development. Of particular interest are broadspectrum anti-virals, and broad-spectrum anti-bacterials.

For the purposes of this BAA, the ideal lead compound for development is defined as a small molecule with demonstrated activity in appropriate in vitro assays or in vivo models against one or more selected bacterial or viral pathogens. The lead compound should have a demonstrated path in the synthesis of derivatives at
multiple sites on its core molecular scaffold. A lead compound is more advanced in development than hit compounds and lead candidates. Hit compounds are potent modulators that are identified via in vitro or in vivo screening. Lead candidates are selected among the hit compounds for further evaluation. This evaluation may include determination of the activity, selectivity, ADMET properties as well as chemical synthesis of derivatives in order to develop a structure-activity relationship. A lead compound is selected among the lead candidates and their derivatives, and a lead compound typically exhibits the best panel of activity, selectivity, ADMET properties and chemical feasibility. Further in vitro and in vivo testing of a lead compound may be performed in order to verify its selection.

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HIV/AIDS, Drug Use, and Vulnerable Populations in the US (R01)
National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS

September 7, 2014

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites applications for research to identify the role(s) that drug abuse plays in fueling the epidemic in vulnerable groups (racial/ethnic minorities, men who have sex with men (MSM), youth) in the United States and to develop effective interventions to prevent new infections and to improve the health and well-being of those living with HIV/AIDS. This FOA will support studies in vulnerable populations to: 1) understand the contribution of drug abuse (both injection and non-injection) to the acquisition and/or transmission of HIV; 2) study disease progression and disease outcomes; 3) develop and/or improve prevention and treatment interventions, particularly comprehensive, integrated interventions; 4) improve the availability, delivery and quality of evidence-based prevention and treatment services across a variety of settings; and 5) address organizational, structural, and/or community level factors including social, drug-using, and sexual networks associated with health disparities.  This program will use the (R01) grant mechanism.

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HIV/AIDS, Drug Use, and Vulnerable Populations in the US (R21)
National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS

September 7, 2014

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites applications for  research to identify the role(s) that drug abuse plays in fueling the epidemic in vulnerable groups (racial/ethnic minorities, men who have sex with men (MSM), youth) in the United States and to develop effective interventions to prevent new infections and to improve the health and well-being of those living with HIV/AIDS. This FOA will support studies in vulnerable populations to: 1) understand the contribution of drug abuse (both injection and non-injection) to the acquisition and/or transmission of HIV; 2) study disease progression and disease outcomes; 3) develop and/or improve prevention and treatment interventions, particularly comprehensive, integrated interventions; 4) improve the availability, delivery and quality of evidence-based prevention and treatment services across a variety of settings; and 5) address organizational, structural, and/or community level factors including social, drug-using, and sexual networks associated with health disparities. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

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Resource-Related Research Projects for Development of Animal Models and Related Materials (R24)
Office of Research Infrastructure Programs/NIH/DHHS

September 7, 2014

Synopsis: 

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) invites applications aimed at developing, characterizing or improving animal models of human diseases or improving diagnosis and control of diseases of laboratory animals.  The animal models and related materials to be developed must address the research interests of two or more of the categorical NIH Institutes and Centers.  In addition, projects that predominantly address the research interests of one NIH Institute or Center, but that are peripherally related to the research interests of other Institutes and Centers will not be considered appropriate for this FOA. An example of an inappropriate request is one exclusively involving an animal model of cancer.  This FOA will utilize the R24 grant mechanism.

Program Objectives:

The translation of basic biomedical knowledge for prevention or new treatments often requires the use of animals as models for human disease or as a means to test therapies or vaccines.  Efficient use of animal models is facilitated by development of specific resources for characterizing, archiving and distributing animals and/or related biological materials such as cell cultures, tissues, proteins and nucleic acids.  Animal-related resources of use to the biomedical community can also comprise the information needed for optimal use of animal models such as physical and genetic maps or computer models and databases, without actually archiving animals or animal-based materials. The Division of Comparative Medicine in ORIP supports these various types of resources related to animal models of human disease.  Examples of potential research topics include, but are not limited to, development of the following:

--Antibodies or other reagents for quantitating or characterizing macromolecules or cells in animal models of specific diseases;

--Animal-based genetic, genomic and proteomic tools;

--Methods to improve cryopreservation of animal cells and germ plasm;

--Methods and tools for advancing the techniques of regenerative medicine;

--Methods and tools for studying the behavior of animals in captive breeding colonies;

--Methods and tools for identifying, developing, screening and/or archiving specific animal models, such as genetically engineered strains of mice, mutant nonhuman primates and specific aquatic models;

--Databases or informatics tools related to use of animal models;

--Systems biology approaches to make the data generated from use of animal models more globally discoverable and useful;

--Methods to identify emerging or potential pathogens in animal resource facilities.

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Secondary Analyses of Existing Data Sets and Stored Biospecimens to Address Clinical Aging Research Questions (R01)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

September 7, 2014

National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications employing secondary analysis of existing data sets or stored biospecimens, to address clinically-related issues on aging changes influencing health across the life span, and/or on diseases and disabilities in older persons. This FOA will support activities addressing specific hypotheses in clinical aging research and/or to inform the design and implementation of future epidemiologic or human intervention studies, or current geriatric practice in maintenance of health, management of disease, and prevention of disability. Existing data sets may also be used to develop and test new statistical analytical approaches. Costs for archiving of data to be made publicly available may be included in the budget, as long as the archival activities are pertinent to the proposed secondary analyses.  This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

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Methods Development in Natural Products Chemistry (STTR) (R41)
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Optional letters of intent due August 10, 2014
September 10, 2014

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) solicits Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) to address problems associated with the methods of collection, bioassay, isolation, purification, de-replication, yield, and supply that hamper the full utilization of natural products. This FOA will utilize the R41 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I only.

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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Etiology, Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent Deadline: May 16, 2014, September 24, 2014
Application Deadline: See Program Annoucement

The sponsors invite applications that propose to examine the etiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), sometimes referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), in diverse groups and across the lifespan. Applications that address gaps in the understanding of the environmental and biological risk factors, the determinants of heterogeneity among patient populations, the common mechanisms influencing the multiple body systems that are affected in ME/CFS are encouraged. The NIH is particularly interested in funding interdisciplinary research that will enhance our knowledge of the disease process and provide evidence based solutions to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life of all persons with ME/CFS. This interdisciplinary research may include the building of scientific teams to study and develop biomarkers, innovative treatment modalities, and/or the modifiable risk and protective processes specifically targeted by preventive and/or treatment interventions. This program will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

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Renewal of Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence [COBRE] (P20)

Deadline: September 25, 2014

The goals of the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program are (1) to strengthen an institution's biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic multi-disciplinary center and (2) to enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for NIH individual research grants or other external peer-reviewed support. COBRE support consists of three sequential five-year phases. Phase I focuses on developing research infrastructure and providing junior investigators with formal mentoring and research project funding to help them acquire preliminary data and successfully compete for independent research grant support. Phase II, which is the focus of this FOA, is intended to strengthen the center through further improvements in research infrastructure and to continue development and support of a critical mass of investigators with shared scientific interests. It is therefore expected that progress will have been made toward establishing centers that can compete independently for external peer-reviewed center or program project grant support. In some instances centers may be more effectively maintained by the centers' investigators competing for individual investigator-initiated research support. Phase III provides support for maintaining COBRE research cores developed during phases I and II.

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Bioengineering Research Grants (BRG) (R01)
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering/NIH/DHHS

September 7, 2014 (AIDS-related); October 5, 2014 (other)

The sponsors invite applications for collaborations between the life and physical sciences that: 1) apply a multidisciplinary bioengineering approach to the solution of a biomedical problem; and 2) integrate, optimize, validate, translate or otherwise accelerate the adoption of promising tools, methods and techniques for a specific research or clinical problem in basic, translational, or clinical science and practice. An application may propose design-directed, developmental, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven research and is appropriate for small teams applying an integrative approach that can increase our understanding of and solve problems in biological, clinical or translational science.  This program will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

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Mechanisms, Models, Measurement and Management in Pain Research (R01)

Deadlines: September 7, 2014; October 5, 2014

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 injury 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. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism. 

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Mechanisms, Models, Measurement and Management in Pain Research (R03)

Deadlines: May 7, 2014; June 5, 2014; September 7, 2014; October 5, 2014

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. This program will use the NIH Small Research Grant (R03) award mechanism. 

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Mechanisms, Models, Measurement and Management in Pain Research (R21)

Deadlines: May 7, 2014; June 5, 2014; September 7, 2014; October 5, 2014

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. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism. 

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Obesity Policy Evaluation Research (R01)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease

October 5, 2014

The sponsors invite applications that propose to evaluate large scale policy or programs that are expected to influence obesity related behaviors (e.g., dietary intake, physical activity, or sedentary behavior) and/or weight outcomes in an effort to prevent or reduce obesity. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism. Obesity is a major contributor to many serious health conditions that increase morbidity and mortality and reduce quality of life. The prevalence of obesity in children and adults in the United States has dramatically increased in the past four decades. Nationally there is an imperative to take action at local, state and federal levels, especially related to obesity in children. While helping people achieve and maintain a healthy weight is a critical public health goal, relatively little is known about the effectiveness of large scale policies and programs that could help achieve this goal at the population level, or any differential effects on sub-populations. As noted in the 2010 Institute Of Medicine (IOM) report, Bridging the Evidence Gap in Obesity Prevention: A Framework to Inform Decision Making (http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Bridging-the-Evidence-Gap-in-Obesity-Prevention-A-Framework-to-Inform-Decision-Making.aspx), rigorous scientific evaluation of these policies and programs can help build an evidence base to better inform policy public health approaches to prevent excess weight gain and/or improve weight management.

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Research On Ethical Issues In Human Subjects Research (R01)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

September 7, 2014 (AIDS-related); October 5, 2014 (other)

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 Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

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. 

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NIMH Career Transition Award for Tenure-Track and Tenured Intramural Investigators (K22)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

October 9, 2014

The intent of the NIMH Career Transition (K22) Program is to assist investigators in the NIMH Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP) in achieving their research career goals. The specific goals of this program are to: 1) support tenure-track and tenured scientists conducting research in the NIMH DIRP who aim to transition to independent research positions in the extramural community where they intend to continue already successful biomedical research careers as independent scientists; and 2) foster the further career advancement of these independent scientists and enable them to expand their potential to contribute significantly to mental health-related research.

Each application to the NIMH Career Transition (K22) Program must reflect the individual needs of the Candidate (PD/PI). Phase 1 of the award will be sponsored by the NIMH DIRP while Phase 2 will be sponsored by the domestic, extramural institution to which the Candidate will transition. The application will be submitted for peer review of the scientific and technical merit while the Candidate is a tenured or tenure-track investigator in the NIMH DIRP. The outcome of this review will be the primary determinant of whether the application will be supported. However, it is the Phase 2 application that will be awarded. Phase 2 of the NIMH Career Transition (K22) award will provide up to three years of support to conduct research as an independent scientist at a domestic, extramural institution/organization to which the Candidate has been recruited, been offered  and has accepted an independent research position. The institution sponsoring the Phase 2 award must demonstrate a commitment to provide the environment, resources, and at least 6 person-months (equivalent to 50% full-time professional effort) of protected time during the Phase 2 award period for the Candidate to conduct the proposed research. This commitment will enable the Candidate to maintain and develop further an independent research program and to prepare a competitive application for research grant support (R01) during the K22 award period.

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Academic Career Award (Parent K07)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS

October 12, 2014

The purpose of the NIH Academic Career Award (K07) is to provide support to increase the pool of individuals with academic and research expertise to become academic researchers and to enhance the educational or research capacity at the grantee sponsoring grantee institution. The Academic Career Award supports K07 Development awards for more junior level candidates and K07 Leadership awards for more senior individuals with acknowledged scientific expertise and leadership skills. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact the relevant NIH staff for IC-specific programmatic and budgetary information: Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts.

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Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements (Admin Supp)

Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): October 15, 2014

The mission of the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) is 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.

Dietary supplements can have an impact on the prevention of disease and on the maintenance of health. In the US, these ingredients are usually defined as including plant extracts, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and hormonal products that are available without prescription and are consumed in addition to the regular diet. Although vitamin and mineral supplements have been available for decades, their health effects have been the subject of detailed scientific research only within the last 15-20 years. It is important to expand this research to include the health effects of other bioactive factors consumed as dietary supplements to promote health and prevent disease.

Considerable research on the effects of botanical and herbal dietary supplements has been conducted in Asia and Europe where plant products have a long tradition of use. The overwhelming majority of these supplements, however, have not been studied using modern scientific techniques. Nor have they been extensively studied in population groups that may be at risk for chronic diseases.

For many reasons, therefore, it is important to enhance research efforts to determine the benefits and risks of dietary supplements.

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Development of Novel Therapeutics for Select Pathogens (R21/R33)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Letter of intent due September 19, 2014
Full application due October 20, 2014

Rising resistance to anti-infective agents in healthcare and community settings is an increasing contributor to morbidity, mortality and rising healthcare costs. In addition to antimicrobial stewardship, vaccinations and hospital/community hygiene measures, there is a critical need for the development of novel therapeutic approaches to treat antimicrobial-resistant infections. This initiative seeks to stimulate innovation in the discovery and early development of novel therapies for the treatment of infections caused by drug resistant gram-negative bacteria or subtypes of influenza A, including currently drug-resistant strains.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will provide support for discovery and translational research aimed at making use of new or unexploited drug target(s), proof-of-concept studies, lead-to-candidate development and/or progression of a candidate compound towards IND submission. Only applications targeting drug resistant Gram-negative bacteria or Influenza A sub-types will be supported under this FOA.

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NIGMS National Centers for Systems Biology (P50)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Open 30 days prior to the application due date
September 23, 2014, October 23, 2014

The purpose of this funding opportunity (FOA) is to promote the use of Systems Biology approaches for studying complex biological phenomena, where these phenomena are relevant to the NIGMS mission. The Centers of Excellence program is intended to facilitate pioneering research, research training, and outreach programs in this area and therefore stimulate the field as a whole. The NIGMS mission includes research portfolios in the areas of bioinformatics and computational biology, molecular and cell biology, biophysics, genetics and developmental biology, biological chemistry, pharmacology, anesthesiology, basic social and behavioral sciences, and human physiology in the areas of shock, trauma, burn, wound healing, inflammation, and multi-organ system failure (http://www.nigms.nih.gov/About/). NIGMS does not support research focused on diseases or organ systems that are the domain of other Institutes and Centers within the NIH (http://www.nih.gov). The modeling of emergence of infectious diseases, a systems-related area, is the subject of another NIGMS program (http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Initiatives/MIDAS).

Successful Centers will be characterized by unique, exceptional contributions to existing areas of systems biology research, and/or by extension of systems approaches into emerging areas of opportunity.

Examples of NIGMS mission areas that are relevant to systems biology include, but are not limited to, the following:

--Development of multi-scale modeling approaches to understanding basic physiological processes;

--Quantitative and systems pharmacology approaches to understanding drug action where the focus is on understanding the context which controls and responds to the drug target;

--Fundamental mechanisms of cellular processes, such as transcriptional and translational regulation, cell cycle control, apoptosis, cell differentiation, cell division, cell migration, intracellular transport, membrane and organelle biogenesis, energy generation and utilization, host-symbiont interactions, intercellular communications, etc;

--Genetic variation as contributing to the understanding of complex phenotypes and their evolutionary and environmental context;

--Pattern formation and other developmental processes in model systems, e.g., Drosophila and C. elegans, as well as the role of stem cells in organ and tissue development;

--Organ-system networks involved in multi-organ failure in shock, trauma, and burn injury, and inflammatory processes;

--Computational modeling of complex systems of behavior such as, e.g., altruism, dynamic social networks, or migration, that are relevant to basic biomedical sciences; research on relationship between behavior and human health and complex diseases;

--Design and construction of synthetic biological systems to better understand the underlying organizational principles of biological networks, and to obtain new features and utilities relevant to biomedicine.

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Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R01) & (R21)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

Earliest submission date of October 5, 2014

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) invite applications that propose to stimulate and expand research in the health of minority men. Specifically, this initiative is intended to: 1) enhance our understanding of the numerous factors (e.g., sociodemographic, community, societal, personal) influencing the health promoting behaviors of racial and ethnic minority males and their subpopulations across the life cycle, and 2) encourage applications focusing on the development and testing of culturally and linguistically appropriate health-promoting interventions designed to reduce health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse males and their subpopulations age 21 and older. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism. Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

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mHealth Tools for Individuals with Chronic Conditions to Promote Effective Patient-Provider Communication, Adherence to Treatment and Self-Management (R01)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

The purpose of this initiative is 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. These 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. There is also an interest in studying mHealth technologies in underserved populations. 

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Research to Characterize and Reduce Stigma to Improve Health (R01) (R21) & (R03)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

Vary by mechanism

NIH invites applications to characterize the role of stigma in health, life course development, and aging, both in the U.S. and globally, and to test interventions to prevent or reduce the impact of stigma at the individual, community, health care system, and policy levels.  The goal of this FOA is to promote research addressing the health-related aspects of stigma, including the etiology and perpetuation of stigma; its impact on physical and mental health, well-being, life course development, and aging; its influence on health behaviors and on use, access to, and quality of received healthcare services; its contribution to health disparities affecting vulnerable demographic groups; and intervention strategies to reduce health-related stigma and/or the negative health and life course developmental impacts of stigma.  This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism. Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

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Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

November 20, 2014

The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) and the Division of Cancer Biology (DCB) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), invite applications by investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in basic and biomedical cancer research. The NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the NIH-funded research workforce. The purpose of this FOA is to improve the diversity of the NCI-funded research workforce by supporting and recruiting eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have recently and demonstrably inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research. This funding opportunity will also provide a bridge to investigators that have completed their research training and may need extra time to develop a research project grant application. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

The purpose of this FOA is to close the gap that currently exists between new investigators and NCI R01-funded investigators and to ensure that individuals from underrepresented backgrounds who have entered the research pipeline remain in the pipeline. This initiative will also provide a bridge to investigators that have completed their training and may need extra time to develop a research project grant (e.g., R01) application. This FOA seeks to enhance funding opportunities for all investigators including investigators supported by the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) such as the Career Development Awards, Diversity Supplements and those investigators participating as co-leaders on research projects in the Comprehensive Partnership program to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CPRCHD) formerly Minority Serving Institution (MSI)/Cancer Center Partnership (MI/CCP) program, and any eligible investigators interested in developing innovative studies in basic cancer biology.

Research applications should focus on basic cancer research and cancer health disparities, consistent with the research interests of both the Division of Cancer Biology (DCB, http://dcb.nci.nih.gov/), and the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD, http://crchd.cancer.gov/). The DCB supports research in the areas of cancer cell biology, cancer etiology, cancer immunology, and hematology, DNA and chromosome aberrations, structural biology, and the tumor microenvironment.

The CRCHD supports cancer health disparity research that is focused on basic, hypothesis-driven studies that explicitly address the unequal burden of cancer amongst racial/ethnic minorities or other underserved populations across the cancer continuum (prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship).

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Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Exploratory/Developmental Projects in Translational Research (R21)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

LOI (Optional) December 30, 2014
January 30, 2015

The sponsors invite applications for exploratory/developmental translational research on therapeutics for reducing mortality and morbidity caused by acute exposures to chemical threat agents. Chemical threats include chemical warfare nerve agents such as sarin and VX, toxic industrial chemicals such as cyanide and phosgene, and toxic agricultural chemicals such as parathion and sodium fluoroacetate. Projects supported by this FOA are expected to generate preliminary preclinical, screening and efficacy data that would enable the development of competitive applications for more extensive support from the NIH CounterACT program (see www.ninds.nih.gov/counteract for a description) and other related translational research programs.  This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

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Home and Family Based Approaches for the Prevention or Management of Overweight or Obesity in Early Childhood (R01)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS

October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsors invite applications from institutions/organizations that propose randomized clinical trials testing novel home- or family-based interventions for the prevention or management of overweight in infancy and early childhood. Tested interventions can use behavioral (including dietary and physical activity), environmental, or other relevant approaches. Applications should focus on infants and young children (to age six years) and emphasize the role of home environment and the influence of family/extended family members and parents (including guardians/substantial care-providers) within the child's home environment. The direct goal of this initiative is to fund research that will advance knowledge for innovative approaches to the prevention or management of overweight in children less than 6 years of age, with potential for future translation to applications either in the home or linked to a community setting. Research should consider the familial mechanisms of behavior such as the role of families in the initiation, support, and reinforcement of fundamental food and beverage consumption, physical activity practices, and sedentary behaviors. In addition it is of interest to elucidate various underlying behavioral determinants that are crucial to initiate or sustain changes in behaviors that impact energy balance. Research designs may include linkages with other settings (e.g., daycare, pre-school, or other community venues) or other care providers (e.g., health care providers or teachers) but must include infants or children less than age six years as the primary study participant along with parents, and/or other family members residing with the child. The overarching goal is to identify interventions that influence parent and child behaviors that contribute to inappropriate weight gain, and thereby improve subsequent health status in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood for which overweight is a known risk factor. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This FOA requests innovative applications for randomized controlled trials to test novel approaches for the prevention or management of overweight in infants and children (up to six years of age at the time of enrollment) in the context of the home environment, including parental/family involvement. Prevention and management are generally guided by levels of age-appropriate weight status based on the 2000 CDC weight-for-length or BMI-for-age growth charts for boys or girls. Primary prevention is the prevention of inappropriate weight gain in children currently at a healthy weight (BMI or weight-for-length below the eighty-fifth percentile). Secondary prevention is the prevention of inappropriate weight gain in youths currently at risk of overweight (BMI greater than or equal to the eighty-fifth percentile to less than the ninety-fifth percentile). Tertiary prevention in children already overweight (BMI greater than or equal to the ninety-fifth percentile) includes the prevention of further weight gain (i.e., weight maintenance) or the prevention of weight regain among those who have lost weight. Secondary and tertiary prevention are consistent with interventions for the management of overweight. Behavioral intervention approaches that include weight loss in overweight children are considered a part of overweight management and therefore, would be appropriate for this FOA. An Expert Committee has recommended that for primary care practice, in general weight maintenance should be the goal for children ages 2-5 years unless the BMI is greater than 21 kg/m2, in which case weight loss of up to 1 lb/mo may be acceptable; weight goals to improve BMI percentile in children less than 2 years of age were indicated as not applicable (Barlow, 2007). Intervention strategies for prevention or management must be assessed by the child's weight status as the primary outcome measure, based on the 2000 CDC BMI-for-age or weight-for-length growth charts for boys and girls (percentiles or corresponding z-scores). For this FOA, the home or primary physical residence of the child is the target site for intervention research that focuses on the role and mechanism of the parents, family, and/or the home environment in the initiation, support, and reinforcement of fundamental food and beverage consumption, physical activity practices, and sedentary behaviors, or other behavioral determinants associated with these practices. However, the "research" intervention (e.g. delivery of information) might occur elsewhere. "Parents" may be the biological or adoptive parent(s), legal guardian(s), or persons otherwise acting in the role as primary caregiver(s) of the child.

This initiative is predicated on the belief that within the home environment, parents of infants and young children can be taught to recognize children's weight status and can serve as highly influential role models for dietary and physical activity behaviors, as gatekeepers for foods and beverages that are brought into the home environment, and as regulators of portion size, of foods eaten away from home, and of screen time (e.g., television viewing, computer use, video games, etc.), free play time, and other sedentary and physical activity behaviors. Parents have the ability to influence the development of fundamental eating, physical activity, and other influential behaviors at an early age for their children and they have the ability to provide or withhold reinforcement for these behaviors. Additionally it is likely important that the rest of the family follows the principles of a healthy lifestyle so they can serve as capable teachers, facilitators, and role models. This FOA encourages creative ways to explore the potential of parents and other caregivers including in-home day-care providers and older siblings in the home, as conduits to reach children with appropriate energy balance messages and behaviors, modify the physical environment of the home to make it more conducive to energy balance, or otherwise have a positive impact on appropriate weight gain of young children through various mediating behavioral factors.

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Investigations on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (R01)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications for innovative investigations in primary immunodeficiency diseases. Of particular interest are the detection of primary immunodeficiency diseases, the identification of the molecular basis of these diseases, and the design and pre-clinical development of innovative therapies for these diseases. Clinical trials will not be supported by this FOA. Studies using samples obtained from humans and studies on animal models are encouraged. Investigators who have not received independent NIH funding in this field are encouraged to apply. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The primary objective of this FOA is to support innovative studies of primary immunodeficiency diseases with a focus on ex vivo studies with human specimens and on studies with existing or new animal models. A secondary objective is to expand the field by attracting investigators new to primary immunodeficiency diseases research. Investigators are expected to present preliminary data supporting their research plan and to demonstrate expertise in applying immunologic, genetic, biochemical and molecular biologic principles to primary immunodeficiency diseases research. Research areas supported by this FOA include, but are not limited to:

--Identifying the clinical, immunological, and molecular characteristics of primary immunodeficiency diseases, including disorders in which immunodeficiency is associated with hepatic, enteric, and other organ dysfunction;

--Identifying the molecular basis of primary immunodeficiency diseases, including disorders in which immunodeficiency results from abnormalities in hematopoietic stem cell development;

--Advancing our understanding of how a genetic variant results in immunodeficiency;

--Discovering/developing improved diagnostic/newborn screening tools for primary immunodeficiency diseases; and

--Discovering/developing animal models for primary immunodeficiency diseases, including models appropriate to test novel clinical strategies.

Other research areas supported by this FOA include studies aimed at discovering novel therapeutic approaches to primary immunodeficiency diseases.

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Molecular and Cellular Substrates of Complex Brain Disorders (R01)
National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS

October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor invites applications directed toward the discovery of the impact of alterations associated with complex brain disorders on the fundamental cellular and molecular substrates of neuronal function. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA encourages research grant applications that seek to identify the most promising and innovative leads at the interface between cellular and molecular mechanisms and disease-associated processes, with the goal of accelerating progress in emerging areas of research relevant to complex brain disorders. Applications in response to this FOA can be fundamentally discovery based rather than hypothesis driven, and should seek to develop a better understanding of the molecular and cellular changes in neurons and their signaling mechanisms potentially associated with disease. Applications aimed at the molecules and cellular mechanisms associated with these brain disorders may include studies of perturbations in neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, bioactive lipids, neuromodulators, and neurotrophins; receptors and ion channels; second and third messenger systems; protein translation, modification, degradation; membrane biology; bioenergetics; neuron-glia communication; oxidative, immunological, and inflammatory mechanisms; and alterations in spine morphology and/or synaptic connectivity. NIAAA is interested in how ethanol perturbs cellular and molecular processes in the brain and encourages hypothesis-generating discovery based approaches. 

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

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

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

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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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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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: 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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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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Dear Colleague Letter - Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) aims to enhance the synergistic relationships between the mathematical sciences and other NSF-supported disciplines through the Mathematical Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII) activity. The MSII activity encourages and supports new research collaborations among mathematical scientists and other scientists and engineers working in NSF-supported research areas of high national priority by:

  • Facilitating DMS co-review and co-funding of multi-disciplinary research collaborations involving mathematical scientists;
  • Providing leverage for investments of non-DMS NSF programs in projects that include mathematical scientists; and
  • Providing a uniform mechanism through which collaborative research teams involving mathematical scientists can request DMS co-review.

The ideas, tools, and language of mathematics and statistics play important roles in every area of science and engineering research supported by the NSF, and it is widely recognized that interactions between the mathematical sciences and other fields catalyze developments in both.

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Cybersecurity Education EAGERs - Pushing the Dimensions of the Domain

August 1, 2014

EAGER is a mechanism for supporting  exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work may be considered especially "high risk - high payoff" in the sense that it, for example, involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.

In particular, with this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), we wish to alert you that we are interested in using the EAGER mechanism to encourage new collaborations between the cybersecurity research and computing education research communities. The proposed research  should fit the Cybersecurity Education (EDU) perspective within the SaTC solicitation.

Investigators are encouraged to review the final report of a recent cybersecurity education workshop at https://research.gwu.edu/sites/research.gwu.edu/files/downloads/CEW_FinalReport_040714.pdf.

Investigators should e-mail a two-page summary of their idea(s) (plus references and CVs on additional pages, if desired) to Victor Piotrowski, Valerie Barr, Jeremy Epstein, and Harriet Taylor at satc-edu@nsf.gov. The deadline for consideration is August 1, 2014. There is no specified format for these summaries, but a brief statement of how the proposed work furthers cybersecurity education should be included. The two-page summary should not include any budget information.


Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)
Directorate for Geosciences/NSF

Proposals Accepted Anytime

EAR/IF will consider proposals for: 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 $1,000,000. The maximum request for upgrade of research group computing facilities is $75,000; Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques or Software that will extend current research and research training capabilities in the Earth sciences. The maximum request is $1,000,000; Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities that will make complex and expensive instruments or systems of instruments broadly available to the Earth sciences research and student communities; and Support for Early Career Investigators to facilitate expedient operation of new research infrastructure proposed by the next generation of leaders in the Earth Sciences. This opportunity allows for submission of a proposal for Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that includes budget line items associated with support of a new full-time technician who will be dedicated to manage the instrument(s) being requested. Any request for technical support under this opportunity is limited to three years duration. The maximum request is $1,000,000.

Planned research uses of requested instruments, software, and facilities must include basic research on Earth processes. 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.

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Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis

Deadline: August 1, 2014

All four clusters within the Division of Environmental Biology (Population and Community Ecology, Ecosystem Science, Evolutionary Processes, and Systematics and Biodiversity Science) encourage the submission of proposals aimed at synthesizing a body of related research projects conducted by a single individual or a group of investigators over an extended period. OPUS proposals will often be appropriately submitted in mid-to-late career, but will also be appropriate early enough in a career to produce unique, integrated insight useful both to the scientific community and to the development of the investigator's future work. In cases where multiple scientists have worked collaboratively, an OPUS award will provide support for collaboration on a synthesis.

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SESYNC - National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
University of Maryland/National Science Foundation

August 4, 2014

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites proposals for data-intensive analysis and/or modeling projects that advance socio-environmental synthesis research. This funding opportunity covers two types of projects: (1) The pursuit of novel, question-driven, and synthetic research into linkages between social and environmental system dynamics that would not be otherwise possible without the use of computationally-intensive data analysis and/or modeling; OR (2) The development of advanced data analysis and/or modeling tools that enable cutting-edge socio-environmental synthesis research.

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EarthScope / Directorate for Geosciences

Deadline: August 25, 2014

EarthScope is an Earth science program to explore the 4-dimensional structure of the North American continent. The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets. The EarthScope Facility, consisting of the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD), and the USArray, is a multi-purpose array of instruments and observatories that greatly expands the observational capabilities of the Earth sciences and permits us to advance our understanding of the structure, evolution and dynamics of the North American continent. This Solicitation calls for single or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that make use of capabilities and/or data provided through the EarthScope Facility to further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope, as described in the 2010 EarthScope Science Plan and/or EarthScope Education and Outreach Implementation Plan.

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NSF 14-514 Cognitive Neuroscience

Deadline: Aug. 27, 2014

To fund highly innovative and interdisciplinary proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of how the human brain supports thought, perception, affect, action, social processes, and other aspects of cognition and behavior, including how such processes develop and change in the brain and through time.

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Dear Colleague Letter: International Collaboration Opportunities related to the NSF Investments in Understanding the Brain
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

N/A

NSF has recently established a Foundation-wide effort to enable scientific understanding of the full complexity of the brain through targeted, cross-disciplinary investments in research, technology, and workforce development. This broad multi-year effort includes NSF's participation in the multi-agency Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative (see thematic areas at http://nsf.gov/understandingthebrain).

A growing number of complementary international activities are underway, such as the European Union's Human Brain Project, that are designed to enable discoveries that will change our fundamental understanding of the structure and function of the brain.

NSF is interested in promoting international scientific cooperation that links scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines and organizations across international borders. The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to identify existing NSF funding opportunities that are available for U.S. researchers working in cognitive science, neuroscience, and other related areas of brain research and technology development to enhance their research through international collaboration. Such partnerships may be bilateral or multilateral. The U.S. team's international counterparts should have support or obtain funding through their own national or regional sources.

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Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS): Supplemental Funding to Current SBIR/STTR Phase II Awards to Broaden Participation in Science and Engineering
NSF

No deadlines for RAHSS supplemental funding - but see Program Announcement.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs invite supplemental funding requests from current SBIR/STTR Phase II awards that aim to:

  • Give high school students a mentored research experience designed to increase their interest in pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and  mathematics (STEM) disciplines; and
  • Broaden participation of high school students, particularly those underrepresented in STEM (women, Hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians Natives and persons with disabilities).

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

August 27, 2014

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.

Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

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Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF

Deadline: September 02, 2014 (Small Projects - up to $500,000 total budget with durations up to three years)

The Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports transformative research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communication. The Division seeks advances in computing and communication theory, algorithm design and analysis, and the architecture and design of computers and software. CCF-supported projects also investigate revolutionary computing models and technologies based on emerging scientific ideas and integrate research and education activities to prepare future generations of computer science and engineering workers.

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Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

September 02, 2014

The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences that supports the development of innovative, analytical, and statistical methods and models for those sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social and behavioral sciences. As part of its larger portfolio, the MMS Program partners with a consortium of federal statistical agencies to support research proposals that further the development of new and innovative approaches to surveys and to the analysis of survey data.

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Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program

Deadline: September 4, 2014

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

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Manufacturing Machines and Equipment

Deadline: September 15, 2014

The MME program supports fundamental research leading to improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and their application in manufacturing processes.  Key goals of the program are to advance the transition of manufacturing from skill-based to knowledge-based activities, and to advance technologies that will enable the manufacturing sector to reduce its environmental impacts.  A focus is on the advancement of manufacturing machines and related systems engineering that will enable energy manufacturing, namely the manufacture of facilities and equipment that will enable the conversion of renewable resources into energy products such as electricity and liquid fuels, on a large scale.  The program also supports research on additive manufacturing, laser processing and bonding/joining processes encompassing feature scales from microns to meters. Proposals with focus on materials for these processes are also welcome in MME. Note: nanometer scale additive manufacturing is supported under the Nanomanufacturing program.

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NSF 13-570 Joint DMS/NIH NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences

Remaining Deadlines: Sept. 15, 2014

Successful proposals will either involve the formulation of new mathematical, computational or statistical models and tools whose analysis poses significant mathematical challenges or identify innovative mathematics or statistics needed to solve an important biological problem.

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NSF PD 14-7479 Biomechanics and Mechanobiology

Deadline: September 15, 2014

The BMMB Program supports fundamental research in biomechanics and mechanobiology. An emphasis is placed on multiscale mechanics approaches in the study of organisms that integrate across molecular, cell, tissue, and organ domains.

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Sensors, Dynamics, and Control
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

September 15, 2014

The Sensors, Dynamics, and Control (SDC) program supports fundamental research on the analysis, measurement, monitoring and control of complex dynamical and structural systems, including development of new analytical, computational and experimental tools, and novel applications to engineered and natural systems. Program objectives are the discovery of new phenomena and the investigation of innovative methods and applications for dynamics, measurement, and control. Transformative research on complex networks, linear and nonlinear discrete or infinite dimensional systems spanning a multitude of time and length scales and physical domains are of interest, as are highly interdisciplinary projects and projects addressing security, resilience and sustainability. Basic research strongly motivated by industry needs or other real-life applications is welcome.

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Combustion, Fire, and Plasma Systems

Deadline: August 15 to September 17, 2014

Areas of interest include: Basic Combustion Science: Laminar and turbulent combustion of gas, liquid, and solid fuels in premixed, non-premixed, partially premixed, and homogeneous modes over a broad range of temperatures, pressures and length scales. Development of models and diagnostic tools; Combustion Science related to Climate-change: Such as: (i) increasing efficiency and reducing pollutants, (ii) production and use of renewable fuels, (iii) oxy-fuel combustion for carbon sequestration, (iv) chemical looping combustion, etc; Fire Prevention: Improved scientific understanding of building and forest fires to prevent their spread, inhibit their growth, and cause their suppression; and Plasma systems: Plasma science relevant to combustion, plasma science needed for industrial applications, plasma-processing science relevant to material synthesis and nanomaterials.

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NSF PD 14-1491 Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering

Deadline: Sept. 17, 2014

Topics of particular interest, but not limited to: Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology; Quantitative systems biotechnology; Tissue engineering and stem cell culture technologies; Protein engineering/protein design; Development of novel "omics" tools for biotechnology applications

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NSF PD 14-5342 General & Age-Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE)

Deadline: Sept. 17, 2014

Areas of particular recent interest are disability-related research in neuroscience/neuroengineering and rehabilitation robotics. 

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NSF PD 14-5345 Biomedical Engineering

Deadline: Sept. 17, 2014

Themes: Neural engineering: (brain science, computational neuroscience, brain-computer interface, neurotech, cognitive engineering) Cellular biomechanics: (motion, deformation, and forces in biological systems; how mechanical forces alter cell growth, differentiation, movement, signal transduction, transport, cell adhesion, cell cytoskeleton dynamics, cell-cell and cell-ECM interactions; genetically engineered stem cell differentiation with long-term impact in tissue repair and regenerative medicine)

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NSF PD 14-7236 Biophotonics

Deadline: Sept. 17, 2014

Biophotonics is aimed at exploring the research frontiers in photonics principles, engineering and technology that are relevant for critical problems in fields of medicine, biology and biotechnology. Fundamental science and engineering research and innovation in photonics is required to lay the foundations for new technologies beyond those that are mature and ready for application in medical diagnostics and therapies. 

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NSF PD 14-7909 Nano-Biosensing
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

November 5, 2014

The Nano-Biosensing Program supports fundamental research in engineering areas related to: novel biorecognition elements; multifunctional nanomaterials and interfaces for biosensing applications; fundamental studies of bio-macromolecules confinement and orientation at the micro- and nano-interfaces for biosensing applications; and nano-biosensors for basic biology applications (e.g. protein-protein interactions, cellular signaling and cross talk, etc.).

The Interfacial Processing and Thermodynamics Program and the Nano-Biosensing Program may jointly support novel projects related to surface functionalization at the molecular level.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas may 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.

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Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SciSIP-DDRIG)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences/NSF

September 22, 2014

The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. Research funded by the program thus develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across a broad array of SciSIP challenges, including the relationship between broader participation and innovation or creativity. Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science and technology data, and to convey the information to a variety of audiences. Researchers are also encouraged to create or improve science and engineering data, metrics and indicators reflecting current discovery, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations.

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

Deadline: September 24, 2014

With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first two years in an academic position after the PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any institution or agency, including from the CAREER program or any other award post-PhD. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Post-doctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. It is expected that these funds will allow the new CISE Research Initiation Initiative PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years.

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Chemical Catalysis (CC)
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

September 30, 2014

The Chemical Catalysis Program supports experimental and theoretical research directed towards the fundamental understanding of the chemistry of catalytic processes at the molecular level.  The Program accepts proposals on catalytic approaches, which facilitate, direct, and accelerate efficient chemical transformations.  This includes the design and synthesis of catalytic species on the molecular, supramolecular, and nanometer scales as well as studies of the dynamics of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic processes.  Processes of interest include (but are not limited to): polymerization catalysis, single site catalysis, and biologically-inspired catalysis.  Applications of modeling, theory, and simulation to catalytic processes are also relevant.  Fundamental studies of energy-related catalytic processes, CO2 conversion, electrocatalysis (such as in water splitting and fuel cells), and photocatalysis (such as in solar energy conversion) are welcome in the program.

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Chemical Synthesis (CS)
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

September 30, 2014

The Chemical Synthesis program focuses on the development of new, efficient synthetic methodologies and on the synthesis of complex and/or challenging molecules.  Typical synthetic targets involve novel structures, structures displaying unique properties, or structures providing pathways to discover and elucidate new phenomena.  Examples of supported research areas include the development of innovative reagents, catalysts for synthetic transformations, discovery of new synthetic methods, target-oriented synthesis, green synthesis, and synthesis of novel organic, organometallic, and inorganic structures.  Research in this program will generate fundamental knowledge of chemical synthesis that enables the development of new avenues of basic chemical research and transformative technologies.

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Dear Colleague Letter - Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education

September 30, 2014

To challenge NSF researchers to think beyond their research results and toward broader adoption of STEM education and learning innovations, NSF's Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams - a description of which can be found in the I-Corps Teams solicitation) will encourage proposals that  take discoveries and promising practices from education research and development and promote opportunities for widespread adoption, adaptation, and utilization.  I-Corps for Learning (I-Corps L) Teams will receive support - in the form of  mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation in learning that can be  successfully scaled, in a sustainable manner.

Getting the best evidence-based practices out to potential adopters where those practices can benefit large numbers of students or learners, rather than just in a few classrooms or informal learning organizations, requires an entrepreneurial approach. There are a number of analogous elements between trying to bring product discoveries to market and getting learning innovations into broad practice that NSF can leverage to help promote widespread use of  promising educational learning practices. Through I-Corps L, the tools of  science can benefit education researchers by helping them to identify approaches that are effective in STEM teaching and learning.

To be eligible to pursue funding, applicants must have received a prior award from NSF (in a STEM education field relevant to the proposed innovation) that is currently active or that has been active within five years from the date of the  proposal submission. Consideration will be given to projects that address K-12,  undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research, as well as learning in informal science education environments. The lineage of the prior award extends to the PI, Co-PIs, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Researchers, Professional Staff or  others who were supported under the award. Proposers will identify a project team that minimally consists of:

  1. The principal investigator (who received the prior award);
  2. An entrepreneurial lead (who is committed to investigate the  landscape surrounding the innovation); and
  3. A mentor (who understands the evidence concerning promise, e.g.,  from an institutional education-focused center or commercial background that  will help inform the efforts).

Investigators who submit to the I-Corps Team Program in response to this DCL are asked to include in their title "I-Corps L."

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Dear Colleague Letter - Announcement of Change to the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems Unsolicited Proposal Submission Window to October 1 through November 5, 2014
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)

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The Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) has changed the unsolicited proposal submission window for all 17 programs to one single submission window, October 1 through November 5, 2014, by 5 pm submitter's local time. The window changes are effective immediately and will continue annually, with future deadline dates (TBD) in either October or November.

The new window dates do not apply to proposals sent to the Division in response to Foundation-wide solicitations with their own target or deadline dates, such as Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) and Major Research Instrumentation.

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Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (GSS)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences

September 4, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

GSS provides support through a number of different funding mechanisms:

  • Regular research awards
  • Doctoral dissertation research improvement (DDRI) awards
  • Faculty early-career development (CAREER) awards
  • Awards for conferences, workshops, group-travel support, and community-development or community-serving activities
  • Research coordination network (RCN) awards
  • Rapid-response research (RAPID) awards
  • Early-concept grants for exploratory research (EAGER) and other special kinds of award mechanisms established by NSF may be supported in rare and unusual cases. (GSS strives to be open to ideas and approaches in early stages of development and emphasizes the potential longer-term significance of new lines of inquiry as part of its merit evaluation of all proposals.)

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Mechanics of Materials (MOM)
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

Deadline: Full Proposal Window: September 1, 2014 - October 1, 2014

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

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NSB seeks nominations for 2015 honorary awards
Nominations for Vannevar Bush and Public Service Awards due Oct. 1

October 1, 2014

Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) honors leaders with remarkable contributions and public service in science and engineering through its Vannevar Bush and Public Service Awards. Nominations for the 2015 honorary awards are now open until Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.

NSB's Vannevar Bush Award is named after the gifted visionary and dynamic public servant who was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award honors life-long leaders who have made exceptional contributions toward the welfare of humankind and the nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy.

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Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT)
Directorate for Engineering Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Letter of Intent Due Date (required): September 02, 2014
Full Proposal Deadline: October 02, 2014

The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms, Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) and Building Innovation Capacity (BIC). Overall, the PFI program offers opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship. The subject of this solicitation is PFI: AIR-Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT). The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation serves as an early opportunity to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking.

WEBINAR: A webinar will be held within 6 weeks of the release date of this solicitation to answer any questions about this solicitation. Details will be posted on the IIP website (http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/pfi/air-tt.jsp) as they become available.

Who May Serve as PI:

The proposal may have no more than four co-PIs.

Lineage Requirement: The Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-PI must have had an NSF research award that ended no more than 6-years prior to this solicitation's due date, or be a current NSF research award recipient. The proposed proof-of-concept or prototype/ scale-up must be derived from the results and/or discoveries of this underlying NSF research award. Note: a proposal describing sole lineage to any of the following programs will be returned without review: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI), PFI: AIR-TT, PFI: AIR-RA, I-Corps, and SBIR/STTR.

The PI must be a faculty member at a U.S. academic institution at the time of the award.

In addition to the PI, there must be at least one co-PI, Senior Personnel or Other Professional with explicit business experience (for example, someone from the technology transfer office, the business school, a local/regional development office, or a business entity). This person must have an active role that is explicitly described along with the specification of a time commitment on the project.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

None Specified

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:1

No person may participate as the PI or Co-PI for more than one proposal submitted to this PFI: AIR-TT solicitation. In other words, a PI or Co-PI may submit to only one of the two available submission windows for this solicitation. In addition, it is not acceptable for the same, or essentially the same, proposal to be submitted more than once to this solicitation, regardless of who serves as the PI or Co-PI.

 

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Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL)
Data, Infrastructure and Computational methods

October 06, 2014

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and
advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the
imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used
languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to
build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program
supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the
development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork
and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and
archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons,
grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of
one- to three-year senior research grants as well as fellowships for up to
twelve months and doctoral dissertation research improvement grants for up to 24
months.

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Advanced Technological Education (ATE)--Centers
Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF

October 9, 2014

With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective STEM teachers that focus on technological education. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education.

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Advanced Technological Education (ATE)--Projects & Targeted Research on Technician Education
Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF

October 9, 2014

With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective STEM teachers that focus on technological education. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education.

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CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)
Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF

October 7, 2014

The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class computing research infrastructure. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. Further, through the CRI program CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure.

The CRI program supports two classes of awards:

  • Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-New) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions.
  • Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-New) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well-positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.

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NSF 13-543 Smart and Connected Health

Exploratory Proposal Deadline: October 10, 2014
Integrative Proposal Deadline: December 10, 2014

The goal of the Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Program is to accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches that would support the much needed transformation of healthcare from reactive and hospital-centered to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on well-being rather than disease. Approaches that partner technology-based solutions with biobehavioral health research are supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this program is to develop next generation health care solutions and encourage existing and new research communities to focus on breakthrough ideas in a variety of areas of value to health, such as sensor technology, networking, information and machine learning technology, decision support systems, modeling of behavioral and cognitive processes, as well as system and process modeling. Effective solutions must satisfy a multitude of constraints arising from clinical/medical needs, social interactions, cognitive limitations, barriers to behavioral change, heterogeneity of data, semantic mismatch and limitations of current cyberphysical systems. Such solutions demand multidisciplinary teams ready to address technical, behavioral and clinical issues ranging from fundamental science to clinical practice.

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Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG)
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

October 14, 2014

The long-range goal of the Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences
(RTG) 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. The RTG program
supports efforts to improve research training by involving undergraduate
students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty members in
structured research groups centered on a common research theme. Research groups
supported by RTG must include vertically-integrated activities that span the
entire spectrum of educational levels from undergraduates through postdoctoral
associates.

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Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF)
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

October 15, 2014

The purpose of the Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
(MSPRF) is to support future leaders in mathematics and statistics by
facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will
have maximal impact on their future scientific development. There are two
options for awardees: Research Fellowship and Research Instructorship. Awards
will support research in areas of mathematics and statistics, including
applications to other disciplines.

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Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

October 21, 2014

The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers
focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that
address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to
innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile
structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities and make full use
of cyberinfrastructure to enhance collaborations. CCIs may partner with
researchers from industry, government laboratories and international
organizations. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, and informal
science communication and include a plan to broaden participation of
underrepresented groups.

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Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects (PHY)
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

October 22, 2014

The Division of Physics (PHY) supports physics research and education in the nation's colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Accelerator Science; Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics; Computational Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Gravitational Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics of Living Systems; Quantum Information Science; Education and Interdisciplinary Research.

This solicitation invites research proposals in the following areas: Accelerator Science; Experimental Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics; Experimental Elementary Particle Physics; Experimental Gravitational Physics; Experimental Nuclear Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics at the Information Frontier; Physics of Living Systems; Theoretical Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics; Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics; Theoretical Nuclear Physics; Theoretical Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology; and Theoretical Gravitational Physics.

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NSF 13-605 Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC)

Deadlines: April 22, July 22, October 22, 2014

The Catalyzing New International Collaboration (CNIC) program is designed to promote professional development of US Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) researchers and to advance their research through international engagement.

Support of international activities is an integral part of NSF's mission to sustain and strengthen the nation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) capabilities. NSF recognizes the importance of enabling US researchers and educators at every career level to advance their work through international collaboration and of helping to ensure that future generations of US scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond the nation's borders early in their careers.

Awards from the International Science and Engineering Section of the Office of International and Integrative Activities (OIIA/ISE) contribute to NSF's mission by supporting research and education activities that present unique opportunities and offer potentially high benefits through collaboration with scientists, engineers, and STEM educators abroad. NSF will consider proposals from US institutions for collaborative work with any country that is not explicitly proscribed by the Department of State. Activities can be in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by NSF.

This program offers support for the initial phase of international collaborations with clear expectations that the next phase will be submission by the US investigators of follow-on proposals to NSF core programs for continued funding of the research initiated with CNIC awards.

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Intel Partnership on Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Privacy (CPS-Security)
NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering & Intel Labs University Collaboration Office

Preliminary Proposal Due Date (optional): July 29, 2014
Full Proposal Due: October 28, 2014

The goal of this partnership between NSF and Intel is to foster novel,
transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that ensure the security of
current and emerging cyber-physical systems, taking into consideration the
unique challenges present in this environment relative to other domains with
cybersecurity concerns. These challenges arise from the non-reversible nature
of the interactions of CPS with the physical world; the scale of deployment;
the federated nature of several infrastructures; the deep embedding and long
projected lifetimes of CPS components; the interaction of CPS with users at
different scales, degrees of control, and expertise levels; the economic and
policy constraints under which such systems must often operate; and sensing and
collection of information related to a large spectrum of everyday human
activities. Historically, reliance on subtle assumptions at interface
boundaries between hardware components, between hardware and software
components, and between software components, as well as between a system and
its operators and maintainers, has been a source of vulnerability and can be
especially troublesome in these critical systems.

Specifically, this solicitation aims to foster a research community committed to advancing
research and education at the confluence of cybersecurity, privacy, and
cyber-physical systems, and to transitioning its findings into engineering
practice. To achieve these goals, NSF and Intel will together host an Ideas Lab
to identify and develop novel ideas at the intersection of cyber-physical
systems, cybersecurity, and privacy, and assist in the establishment of
research partnerships. Concepts from the Ideas Lab can be submitted in response
to this solicitation as (a) NSF/Intel Synergy projects, which must offer a
significant advance in the science, engineering, and/or technology of
protecting cyber-physical systems, taking into consideration the broader policy,
economic, and socio-technical environment in which these systems operate; or
(b) NSF Breakthrough projects, which seek to make more targeted, narrowly
focused advances in science, engineering, and/or technology of protecting
cyber-physical systems while at the same time fostering the creation and
development of a CPS security and privacy research community. Participation in
the Ideas Lab is not a prerequisite for submitting a Synergy or Breakthrough
project proposal.

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NSF 14-504 Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) Innovative Approaches to Science and Engineering Research on Brain Function

Deadline: October 28, 2014

Computational neuroscience provides a theoretical foundation and a rich set of technical approaches for understanding complex neurobiological systems, building on the theory, methods, and findings of computer science, neuroscience, and numerous other disciplines.

Through the CRCNS program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR), and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.

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Experimental Elementary Particle Physics
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

October 29, 2014

The Particle Physics program seeks to explore the fundamental nature of matter, energy, space, and time.  It asks such questions as: What are the origins of mass? Can the basic forces of nature be unified?  How did the universe begin? How will it evolve in the future?  What are dark matter and dark energy? Are there extra dimensions of space-time?  Formerly separate questions in cosmology (the universe on the largest scales) and quantum phenomena (the universe on the smallest scales) become connected through our understanding that the early universe can be explored through the techniques of particle physics.

At the NSF, particle physics is supported by four programs within the Division of Physics: (1) the Theory program, which includes fundamental research on the forces of nature and the early history of the universe as well as support for the experimental program by providing guidance and analysis for high energy experiments; (2) the Elementary Particle Physics (EPP) program, which supports particle physics at accelerators; (3) the Particle Astrophysics (PA) program, which supports non-accelerator experiments; and (4) the new Accelerator Science program which supports research at universities into the educational and discovery potential of basic accelerator physics.

EPP also supports advances in detector development and new methods of utilizing distributed computing in support of collaborative research, for example, grid development, both nationally and internationally. The program also engages K-12 educators, who participate in experiments with university scientists, staff and students. Source: Grants.gov (06/23/14). (cas)

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Experimental Gravitational Physics
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

October 29, 2014

The Experimental Gravitational Physics program supports research that includes tests on the inverse distance square law of gravitational attraction, Lorentz invariance and Equivalence Principle as well as the direct detection of gravitational waves. This program oversees the management of the construction, commissioning, and operation of the Laser Interferometer Gravity Wave Observatory (LIGO), and provides support for LIGO users and other experimental investigations in gravitational physics and related areas. This includes tasks that range from instrument science, data analysis and detector characterization to source population calculations and the connection between the gravitational waves and the electromagnetic and neutrino signatures of astrophysical events.

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Particle Astrophysics (PA)
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

October 29, 2014

The Particle Astrophysics program supports university research in many areas of particle astrophysics, including the study of ultra-high energy particles reaching Earth from beyond our atmosphere, experiments or research and development projects for underground facilities and non-accelerator-based experiments studying the properties of neutrinos.

Currently supported activities include: ultra-high energy cosmic-ray, gamma-ray and neutrino studies; the study of solar, underground and reactor neutrino physics; neutrino mass measurements; searches for the direct and indirect detection of Dark Matter; searches for neutrino-less double beta decay; and studies of Cosmology and Dark Energy. Source: Grants.gov (06/23/14). (cas)

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Dear Colleague Letter - Optics and Photonics
Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), & Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).

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Through  this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF encourages innovative research proposals on optics and photonics that are relevant to one or more Divisions in the Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), or Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). Topics of particular interest for Fiscal Year  2015 are (a) the light-matter interaction at the nanoscale that encompass materials, devices, and systems, such as but not limited to low-loss metamaterials, plasmonics, and quantum phenomena that could impact computation, communication, and sub-wavelength resolution detection/imaging; and (b) novel terabit/second and above communication systems, especially those integrating devices and systems that advance the state of the art in networking, high-performance  computing, and computer architecture.

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Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2015 Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM) Funding Opportunity
NSF-wide Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES)

Proposals in response to this initiative should be submitted to the existing program of interest in the participating divisions within the existing submission window (deadline) of the program. The proposal title must begin with 'SusChEM:'.

In fiscal year (FY) 2013, NSF started an initiative to encourage and foster research in Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM), partially in response to the mandate of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. The SusChEM initiative addresses the interrelated challenges of sustainable supply, engineering, production, and use of chemicals and materials.

Examples of fundamental research topics of interest in SusChEM include the replacement of rare, expensive, and/or toxic chemicals/materials with earth-abundant, inexpensive, and benign chemicals/materials; recycling of chemicals/materials that cannot be replaced; development of non-petroleum based sources of important raw materials; chemicals/materials for food and/or water sustainability; the elimination of waste products and enhancement in efficiencies of chemical reactions and processes; discovery of new separation science that will facilitate recycling and production of valuable chemicals/materials; and development and characterization of low cost, sustainable and scalable-manufactured materials with improved properties.

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Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Program
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

The Infrastructure Program provides support for activities that differ from the research projects supported by the disciplinary programs of the Division of Mathematical Sciences. These include working research sessions, such as conferences, symposia, colloquia, and special years, as well as training programs, such as grants for broadening education in the mathematical sciences or increasing the number of individuals in disciplines that are based in the mathematical sciences.

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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR)
Directorate for Education & Human Resources Division of Undergraduate Education

October 22, 2014 and October 24, 2014 depending on focus

A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. Both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in evidence-based and evidence-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying instruction and curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals of these investments include: increasing the number and diversity of STEM students, preparing students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and improving students' STEM learning outcomes.

The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The IUSE program recognizes and respects the variety of discipline-specific challenges and opportunities facing STEM faculty as they strive to incorporate results from educational research into classroom practice and work with education research colleagues and social science learning scholars to advance our understanding of effective teaching and learning.

Toward these ends the program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation. Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (i) Exploration and (ii) Design and Development. These tracks will entertain research studies in all areas. In addition, IUSE also offers support for a variety of focused innovative projects that seek to identify future opportunities and challenges facing the undergraduate STEM education enterprise.

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Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

November 5, 2014

The goal of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program is to provide opportunities to develop novel ideas into discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life sciences in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity in the long-term.  BME projects must be at the interface of engineering and life sciences, and advance both engineering and life sciences.  The projects should focus on high impact transformative methods and technologies. Projects should include methods, models and enabling tools of understanding and controlling living systems; fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; new approaches to the design of structures and materials for eventual medical use in the long-term; and novel methods for reducing health care costs through new technologies.

The projects should emphasize the advancement of fundamental engineering knowledge, possibly leading to the development of new methods and technologies in the long-term; and highlight the multi-disciplinary nature of the research, integrating engineering and life sciences. The long-term impact of the projects can be related to fundamental understanding of cell and tissue function, disease diagnosis and/or treatment, improved health care delivery, or product development. The BME program does not support clinical studies, or proposals having as their central theme drug design and delivery or the development of biomedical devices that do not include a living biological component.  Furthermore, although research on biomaterials or on cellular biomechanics may constitute a part of the proposed studies, such research cannot be the central theme or key focus area of the proposed work.

The BME program supports fundamental and transformative research in the following BME themes: Molecular, cellular and tissue approaches for advanced biomanufacturing: Three-dimensional structures of biomolecules, cells, scaffolds/matrices by bioprinting or other technologies for fundamental studies on cells, disease modeling and drug testing, and for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications; fundamental studies of cell-cell, cell-matrix interactions, self-assembly, stereochemistry/chirality; systems integration between biological components and electromechanical assemblies; stem cell engineering and biomanufacturing, cell reprogramming technologies; and Neural engineering and human brain mapping: Technologies and tools to interrogate and monitor neuron activity at high spatiotemporal resolution; new theories and computational models to integrate neuroscience data across different scales and levels; new experimental methodologies and computational approaches to investigate human brain structure and function, especially at the sub-cellular, cellular, and tissue levels, and to repair and renew deteriorated, damaged, or diseased neurons and neural circuits.

 

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Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering Program (BBBE)
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

November 5, 2014

The Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering (BBE) program supports fundamental engineering research that advances the understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes (in vivo, in vitro, and/or ex vivo) and eventually leads to the development of enabling technology for advanced manufacturing and/or applications in support of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, and bioenergy industries, or with applications in health or the environment.  A quantitative treatment of biological and engineering problems of biological processes is considered vital to successful research projects in the BBE program.

Fundamental to many research projects in this area is the understanding of how biomolecules, cells and cell populations interact in their environment, and how those molecular level interactions lead to changes in structure, function, phenotype, and/or behavior.  The program encourages highly innovative and potentially transformative engineering research leading to novel bioprocessing and manufacturing approaches, and proposals that address emerging research areas and technologies that effectively integrate knowledge and practices from different disciplines while incorporating ongoing research into educational activities.

Major areas of interest in the program include: metabolic engineering and synthetic biology; quantitative systems biotechnology; tissue engineering and stem cell culture technologies; protein engineering & design; single cell dynamics and modeling; and development of novel "omics" tools for biotechnology applications.

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Catalysis and Biocatalysis
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

November 5, 2014

The goal of the Catalysis and Biocatalysis program is to drive innovation in the production of the myriad of goods and services that are derived from catalyst-driven reactions.  Research in this program encompasses a blend of fundamental, engineering research drivers that are interdisciplinary in nature.  Studies should focus on the catalysis of one or more use-inspired chemical reactions with products including fuels, energy, feedstocks, fine chemicals, bulk chemicals and specialized materials.  While proposals will be accepted in any of the above areas, an emphasis will be placed on proposals addressing the significant existing challenges in producing products for the service of mankind.

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Process and Reaction Engineering
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

November 5, 2014

The goal of the Process and Reaction Engineering (PRE) program is to advance fundamental engineering research on the rates and mechanisms of important classes of catalyzed and uncatalyzed chemical reactions as they relate to the design, production, and application of catalysts, chemical processes, biochemical processes, and specialized materials that have important impacts on society.  The program seeks to advance electrochemical and photochemical processes of engineering significance or with commercial potential, design and optimization of complex chemical and biochemical processes, dynamic modeling and control of process systems and individual process units, reactive processing of polymers/ceramics/thin films, and interactions between chemical reactions and transport processes in reactive systems, for the integration of this information into the design of complex chemical and biochemical reactors.

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NSF 14-500 National Robotics Initiative (NRI)

Full proposal deadline: Nov. 13, 2014

The program guidelines provide targeted areas for each agency. For example, the NIH encourages robotics research and technology development to enhance health, lengthen life and reduce illness and disability. The robotic applications promoted in this solicitation are for non-operative settings. Applicants are encouraged to utilize the resources provided by NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program for conducting proposed research.

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Advancing Informal STEM Learning/ Directorate for Education and Human Resources

Deadline: July 10, 2014, November 14, 2014

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops, and (6) Science Learning Proposals.

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Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB)
Directorate for Biological Sciences/NSF

November 17, 2014

MCB is soliciting proposals for hypothesis-driven and discovery research and related activities in four core clusters: Molecular Biophysics; Cellular Dynamics and Function; Genetic Mechanisms; and Systems and Synthetic Biology.

MCB gives high priority to research projects that use theory, methods, and technologies from physical sciences, mathematics, computational sciences, and engineering to address major biological questions. Research supported by MCB uses a range of experimental approaches--including in vivo, in vitro and in silico strategies--and a broad spectrum of model and non-model organisms, especially microbes and plants. Typical research supported by MCB integrates theory and experimentation. Projects that address the emerging areas of multi-scale integration, molecular and cellular evolution, quantitative prediction of phenome from genomic information, and development of methods and resources are particularly welcome. Highest funding priority is given to applications that have outstanding intellectual merit and strong broader impacts. Proposals that include research motivated by relevance to human health or address the molecular basis of human diseases and treatment are not appropriate for the Division and will be returned without review.

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NSF 13-577 Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases

Deadline: Nov. 19, 2014

Co-sponsors: NSF-NIH-USDA-U.K BBSRC 

The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles and processes that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. 

Amount of funding: the maximum total (for all years) award size is $2.5 million, including indirect costs, and the maximum award duration is five years. US-UK Collaborative Projects can request additional funding for the UK component of the project. The minimum award size is $1.0 million total project costs for all years, or $750 thousand for the US component of US-UK Collaborative Projects. The maximum award size for RCN proposals is $500,000 as per the RCN solicitation.

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Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES)
Directorate for Geosciences/NSF

LOI (required) Due: September 26, 2014
Full Proposals Due: November 28, 2014

Hazards SEES is a program involving multiple NSF Directorates and Offices (CISE, ENG, GEO, MPS, OIIA, and SBE) that seeks to: advance understanding of the fundamental processes associated with specific natural hazards and technological hazards linked to natural phenomena, and their interactions; better understand the causes, interdependences, impacts, and cumulative effects of these hazards on individuals, the natural and built environment, and society as a whole; and improve capabilities for forecasting or predicting hazards, mitigating their effects, and enhancing the capacity to respond to and recover from resultant disasters. The overarching goal of Hazards SEES is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts in hazards-related science and engineering in order to reduce the impact of hazards, enhance the safety of society, and contribute to sustainability.

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Physics at the Information Frontier (PIF)
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

December 4, 2014

Physics at the Information Frontier (PIF) includes support for data-enabled science, community research networks, and new computational infrastructure, as well as for next-generation computing. It focuses on cyber-infrastructure for the 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, particle astrophysics, gravitational and biological physics. 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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Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics
Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF

December 4, 2014

The program supports both formal string theory as well as string-theory-inspired model building.  Proposals in mathematical physics that are relevant for string theory and/or quantum field theory are also relevant for this program.   Predictions for upcoming experiments at the LHC involve Supersymmetric Model building, Grand Unified Theories, Extra Dimensions, String Inspired phenomenology as well as high order calculations in the Standard Model (of strong weak and electromagnetic interactions) to sort out what new physics might be discovered at the next generation of accelerators and cosmic ray and neutrino detectors. High precision simulations of QCD processes using lattice gauge theory are also a crucial ingredient for understanding present and future experiments at various collider facilities. Supported research includes contributions to broad theoretical advances as well as model building and applications to experimental programs at facilities such as RHIC and Jefferson Laboratory, and to astrophysical phenomena. This includes formulating new approaches for theoretical, computational, and experimental research that explore the fundamental laws of physics and the behavior of physical systems; formulating quantitative hypotheses; exploring and analyzing the implications of such hypotheses analytically and computationally; and, in some cases, interpreting the results of experiments. The effort also includes a considerable number of interdisciplinary grants.

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Hydrologic Sciences

December 5, 2014

The Hydrologic Sciences Program focuses on the fluxes of water in the environment that constitute the water cycle as well as the mass and energy transport function of the water cycle in the environment.  The Program supports studying processes from rainfall to runoff to infiltration and streamflow; evaporation and transpiration; as well as the flow of water in soils and aquifers and the transport of suspended, dissolved and colloidal components.  Water is seen as the mode of coupling among various components of the environment and emphasis is placed on how the coupling is enabled by the water cycle and how it functions as a process.  The Hydrologic Sciences Program retains a strong focus on linking the fluxes of water and the components carried by water across the boundaries between various interacting components of the terrestrial system and the mechanisms by which these fluxes co-organize over a variety of timescales and/or alter the fundamentals of the interacting components.  The Program is also interested in how water interacts with the solid phase, the landscape and the ecosystem as well as how such interactions and couplings are altered by land use and climate change.  Studies may address aqueous geochemistry and solid phase interactions as well as physical, chemical, and biological processes as coupled to water transport. These studies commonly involve expertise from basic sciences and mathematics, and proposals may require joint review with related programs.  The Hydrologic Sciences Program will also consider some synthesis activities.

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Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Statistics and Surveys

Deadline: January 15, 2015

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of the thirteen principal federal statistical agencies within the United States. It is responsible for the collection, acquisition, analysis, reporting and dissemination of objective, statistical data related to the science and engineering enterprise in the United States and other nations that is relevant and useful to practitioners, researchers, policymakers and the public. NCSES uses this information to prepare a number of statistical data reports as well as analytical reports including the National Science Board's biennial report, Science and Engineering (S&E) Indicators, and Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering. The Center would like to enhance its efforts to support analytic and methodological research in support of its surveys, and to engage in the education and training of researchers in the use of large-scale nationally representative datasets. NCSES welcomes efforts by the research community to use NCSES data for research on the science and technology enterprise, to develop improved survey methodologies for NCSES surveys, to create and improve indicators of S&T activities and resources, and strengthen methodologies to analyze and disseminate S&T statistical data. To that end, NCSES invites proposals for individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, workshops, experimental research, survey research and data collection and dissemination projects under its program for Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Statistics and Surveys.

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Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics (GLD-SEP)
Directorate for Geosciences/NSF

January 16, 2015

The Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics Program is part of the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). EAR provides funding for the conduct of research concerning the solid Earth and its surface environment. EAR supports investigations of the Earth's structure, composition, evolution, and the interaction of the lithosphere with the Earth's biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. In addition, EAR provides support for instrumental and observational infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure, and innovative educational and outreach activities. Projects may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Support is available for research and research infrastructure through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals from U.S. universities and other eligible organizations. EAR will consider co-funding of projects with other agencies and supports international work and collaborations.

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Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers
Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF

November 6, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The ITEST program through research and model-building activities seeks to build understandings of best practice factors, contexts and processes contributing to K-12 students' motivation and participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) core domains along with other STEM cognate domains (e.g., information and communications technology (ICT), computing, computer sciences, data analytics, among others) that inform education programs and workforce domains. The ITEST program funds foundational and applied research projects addressing the development, implementation, and dissemination of innovative strategies, tools, and models for engaging students to be aware of STEM and cognate careers, and to pursue formal school-based and informal out-of-school educational experiences to prepare for such careers.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

ITEST supports projects that: increase students' awareness of STEM and cognate careers; (2) motivate students to pursue the appropriate education pathways for STEM and cognate careers; and/or (3) provide students with technology-rich experiences that develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, and non-cognitive skills (e.g., critical thinking and communication skills) needed for entering STEM workforce sectors. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus on one or more STEM domains or focus on sub discipline(s) within a domain. ITEST projects must involve students, and may also include teachers. ITEST is especially interested in broadening participation of student groups from traditionally underrepresented in STEM and cognate intensive education and workforce domains. Strongly encouraged are projects that actively engage business and industry to better ensure K-12 experiences are likely to foster the skill-sets of emerging STEM and cognate careers. ITEST supports two project types: Strategies and SPrEaD (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination) projects. Strategies projects address the creation and implementation of innovative technology-related interventions that support ITEST's objectives. SPrEaD projects support the wider and broader dissemination and examination of innovative interventions to generate evidence and understanding regarding contextual factors that operate to enhance, moderate, or constrain the desired results. All ITEST projects include activities designed to inform judgments regarding the feasibility of implementing strategies in typical delivery settings such as classrooms and out-of-school settings

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EHR Core Research

Deadline: February 3, 2015

The EHR Core Research (ECR) program establishes a mechanism in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources to provide funding in foundational research areas that are broad, essential and enduring. EHR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following core areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development, and broadening participation in STEM. We invite researchers to identify and conduct research on questions or issues in order to advance the improvement of STEM learning in general, or to address specific challenges of great importance. Two types of proposals are invited: Core Research Proposals (maximum 5 years, $1.5 million) that propose to study a foundational research question/issue designed to inform the transformation of STEM learning and education and Capacity Building Proposals (maximum 3 years, $300,000) intended to support groundwork necessary for advancing research within the four core areas.

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Energy for Sustainability

Deadline: January 15 to February 19, 2015

This program supports fundamental 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.

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Environmental Engineering

Deadline: January 15 to February 19, 2015

The goal of this program is to encourage transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to minimize or avoid solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges resulting from human activity into land, air, and inland and coastal waters, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery. The program fosters cutting-edge scientific research for identifying, evaluating, and monitoring the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils.

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Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology

Deadline: January 15 to February 19, 2015

The program emphasizes engineering principles underlying the environmental health and safety impacts of nanotechnology. Innovative methods related to clean nanomaterials production processes, waste reduction, recycling, and industrial ecology of nanotechnology are also of interest. Current areas of support include: Understanding, measuring, mitigating, and preventing adverse effects of nanotechnology on the environment and biological systems; Nanotechnology environmental health and safety impacts; Predictive methodology for the interaction of nanoparticles with the environment and with the human body, including predictive approaches for toxicity; Fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles and their by-products; and Risk assessment and management of the effect of nanomaterials in the environment.

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Fluid Dynamics

Deadline: January 15 to February 19, 2015

The Fluid Dynamics program supports fundamental research and education on mechanisms and phenomena governing fluid flow. Proposed research should contribute to basic understanding; thus enabling the better design; predictability; efficiency; and control of systems that involve fluids. Encouraged are proposals that address innovative uses of fluids in materials development; manufacturing; biotechnology; nanotechnology; clinical diagnostics and drug delivery; sensor development and integration; energy and the environment.

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Particulate and Multiphase Processes Program

Deadline: January 15 to February 19, 2015

The Particulate and Multiphase Processes program supports fundamental and applied research on phenomena governing particulate and multiphase processes, including flows of suspensions of particles, drops or bubbles, granular and granular-fluid flows, flow behavior of micro or nano-structured fluids, aerosol science and technology, and self- and directed-assembly processes involving particulates. Innovative research is sought that contributes to improving the basic understanding, design, predictability, efficiency, and control of particulate and multiphase processes with particular emphasis on: novel manufacturing techniques, multiphase systems of relevance to energy harvesting, multiphase transport in biological systems or biotechnology, and environmental sustainability.

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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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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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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Foundational Program -- Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE): CARE

LOI Deadline: June 4, 2014
Deadline: August 7, 2014

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 conventional, sustainable and organic food production, 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 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.

This Program Area Priority aims to 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. Producers and/or producer group engagement is required during development of the application to ensure that funded projects are designed to provide solutions to stakeholder needs. Further, these stakeholders should also be involved in the implementation of the project. Projects will focus on critical problems faced by producers, including those implementing innovative production methods.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Foundational Program -- Exploratory Research
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

Letter of Intent Required
Deadline: September 29, 2014

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 conventional, sustainable and organic food production, 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 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.

The Exploratory Program Area addresses the following priorities of the 2008 Farm Bill: A. Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; B. Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; C. Food Safety, Nutrition and Health; D. Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment; E. Agriculture, Systems and Technology; and F. Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities This program area priority (program) provides support for research projects that develop proof of concept for untested novel ideas. This includes "high risk - high impact" work that will lead to a significant change in US agriculture. This program area priority focuses on: new and emerging innovative ideas; application of new knowledge or approaches; tools required to have a paradigm shift in the field; and/or rapid response to natural disasters and similar unanticipated events.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Foundational Program (Exploratory)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture

September 30, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

This new program area encourages continuous development of innovative ideas that will position US Agriculture at the global forefront. These developments will lead to quantum leaps in the agricultural fields. They will address the challenges that have never been addressed before in the areas of food security, climate change, environmental quality and natural resources, nutrition, obesity, food safety, strong families and vibrant communities, and thriving youth. The Exploratory Program Area addresses the following priorities of the 2008 Farm Bill: A. Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; B. Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; C. Food Safety, Nutrition and Health; D. Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment; E. Agriculture, Systems and Technology; and F. Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. 

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Professional Development Program Grant - Type 2.
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

October 29, 2014

Professional Development Program Grants are designed to educate agricultural professionals about sustainable agriculture so that they, in turn, can help educate and train farmers and ranchers. Funded PDP grants must help achieve this long-term outcome: Cooperative Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service and other agricultural professionals are conversant in sustainable agriculture principles and systems. They have ready access to resources that can help producers make informed decisions about adopting sustainable approaches with greater certainty and less risk.

Projects must improve the ability of agricultural professionals to conduct educational programs and activities in sustainable agriculture principles and systems and to respond to inquiries on the subject from farmers, ranchers and the public. Approaches can include: workshops; conferences; development of materials; demonstrations; web-based courses; tours. Multi-faceted proposals are encouraged. Projects using multiple techniques or methods are preferred, as are efforts whose results can be applied to wide and diverse audiences. Subject matter can include any sustainable agriculture endeavor, including animal agriculture, agronomic or horticultural crop production or the effects of sustainable practices on quality of life for producers or rural communities.

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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

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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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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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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PCORI
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites applications that propose to improve health outcomes by developing and disseminating evidence-based information to patients, clinicians, policy makers, and health care administrators, responding to their expressed needs about which clinical and health system design interventions are most effective for which patients under specific circumstances. This FOA will use the AHRQ Resource-Related Research Projects (R24) grant mechanism.

 

The intent is to enhance existing research capacity in emerging academic and applied research institutions to address CER within the context of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). PCOR involves the conduct and synthesis of research comparing the benefits and harms of different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions, as well as the delivery of health care in "real world" settings.

Specifically, this FOA seeks to provide support to institutions which currently have some existing health services research capacity related to the mission of AHRQ (as defined by such criteria as: the existence of faculty, researchers, departments or centers with expertise in the area; research and training grants and/or contracts directly related to health services research; graduate programs producing doctorally-prepared researchers in the area, etc.) However, these institutions (or their affiliate components) cannot be centers of excellence in comparative effectiveness research or possess investigators who currently receive large-scale research support from such components as AHRQ or NIH in comparative effectiveness research. Applications from minority-serving institutions are encouraged.

The overall goals of this FOA are to: 1) provide faculty/research staff methodological expertise in CER through the conduct of research projects and other professional development activities; and 2) strengthen the underlying institutional infrastructure needed to support PCOR research, as defined in this FOA. The core infrastructure activities should be designed to support not only the proposed work, but also allow the future development and conduct of additional projects and activities with other funding sources and partners.

Each application must have a thematic research focus around which all research and developmental activities are planned. There must be a common research issue or question that unites proposed infrastructure activities and research projects. The FOA is intended to support novel programs and lines of research. It is not intended to support minor modifications of existing established lines of inquiry for which the institution has received considerable prior support to establish and test through large-scale research, center, or research infrastructure grants/contracts previously or currently awarded.

To facilitate the goal of assisting institutions with expertise in health services research in increasing their capacity to conduct PCOR, this program provides support for two types of primary activities: 1) Institutional research development support, to strengthen the institutional infrastructure and enhance the capability of individual faculty members to undertake health services research; and 2) Three to five multi-year individual investigator research projects related to the thematic research focus of the application's proposed program. These projects can be of differing sizes and duration.

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Distinguished Investigator Award
Lupus Research Institute

Deadline: July 31, 2014

The LRI welcomes novel, hypothesis- or discovery-driven proposals in human and/or animal model based lupus research. The research proposal must aim to uncover the fundamental causes of lupus and present a compelling vision of how the discovery would lay the groundwork for a potential cure, prevention, or highly effective therapy.

They encourage applications from investigators in diverse disciplines including, but not limited to, immunology, genetics, molecular-, cell- and systems biology.

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Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences
The Wiley Foundation

Deadline: July 31, 2014

Specific contribution or series of contributions that demonstrate significant leadership in the development of research concepts or their clinical application. Particular emphasis is placed on research that champions novel approaches and challenges accepted thinking in the biomedical sciences. 

The Wiley Foundation invites and encourages the nomination of exceptional scientists or research teams whose work has achieved an impressive level of excellence. 

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Beta Cell Therapies - JDRF Encapsulation Consortium: Developing and Testing Novel Encapsulation Technologies
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF)

Deadline: August 1, 2014

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is soliciting applications to encourage collaborations among bioengineers, chemists, immunologists, transplant researchers, and pancreatic beta cell biologists to incorporate engineering concepts and designs into current efforts toward improving islet encapsulation as a key component of cell replacement therapy for T1D. Ultimately, the funded projects should have established milestones and make progress toward making encapsulated human islets/porcine islets/hESC or hiPSC-derived cell products a translatable technology applicable in the clinical setting.

JDRF is soliciting proposals addressing aspects of the following (not intended to be exclusive or all-encompassing):

Development and testing of novel bioengineered materials or devices that can maintain encapsulated islet cell mass and function long-term in immune competent animal models without immunosuppression.

Retrievable macro-encapsulation device development and testing with human pluripotent/embryonic stem cell-derived beta cell products that have demonstrated functional competence.

Elucidation of mechanisms to maintain durable mass and function of encapsulated islet cells.

Modification of cells and/or associated materials to optimize local immune modulation for longterm beta cell/islet survival and function without systemic immune suppression.

IND/IDE-enabling study of a defined encapsulation product design that will enable the submission of clinical investigation applications to regulatory authorities.

Clinical investigation of encapsulation technologies supported by robust preclinical data.

Confirmation of appropriate assays and animal models that can be predictive of an encapsulation system's biocompatibility in human.

Rational design and testing of combinations of more than one encapsulation technology (e.g., combining a macro-encapsulation design with a novel biomaterial coating).

This RFA is not intended to support encapsulation technologies that solely focus on imaging, addition of accessory cells (e.g., mesenchymal stem cells, sertoli cells, etc.), or other non-immune protective features.

 

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Grants Program
Goodrich Foundation

Deadline: August 1, 2014

In 2012, Goodrich Corporation and Hamilton Sundstrand combined to form UTC Aerospace Systems as part of the United Technologies family. The company continues to support communities in two ways: 1) through our local business units and Headquarters giving; and 2) through the Goodrich Foundation.

-- At UTC Aerospace Systems, we know it is important to invest in the communities where our employees live and work. Because of this, our charitable giving is focused in key areas that support UTC's business, community and environmental objectives:

-- Advancing STEM Education: K-12 and higher education Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs focused on the next generation of engineers and scientists.

-- Supporting Vibrant Communities: Emphasis on programs involving Community Revitalization, Health & Social Services, and Arts & Culture.

-- Building Sustainable Cities: Focused on environmentally sustainable practices, projects and urban green space.

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Investigator Award
Rheumatology Research Foundation

Deadline: August 1, 2014

The purpose of the Investigator Award is to support basic science, translational and clinical investigators engaged in research relevant to rheumatic diseases for the period between the completion of post-doctoral fellowship training and establishment as an independent investigator.

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Research Grant
American Hearing Research Foundation

Deadline: August 1, 2014

Research Grants should relate to the hearing or balance functions of the ear. Both basic and clinical studies may be proposed. Priority is given to providing startup funds for new projects.

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Simons Foundation Announces Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology
The Simons Foundation

1 August 2014, 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

Microbes are the "unseen majority" of organisms that inhabit and sustain all of Earth's habitats, including marine environments. In the ocean, microbes capture solar energy, catalyze key biogeochemical transformations of important elements, produce and consume greenhouse gases, and comprise the base of the marine food web.

The purpose of the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology, based at the University of Hawai'i, is to advance our understanding of the biology, ecology, and biogeochemistry of microbial processes that dominate Earth's largest biome: the global ocean. This collaborative effort will measure, model, and conduct experiments at a model ecosystem site located 100 km north of Oahu that is representative of a large portion of the North Pacific Ocean.

 

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2014 Novel Research Program
Lupus Research Institute

Deadline: August 4, 2014

Applications are encouraged from investigators in diverse disciplines, including those who have not worked in lupus research before.

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Social Settings Grants
William T. Grant Foundation

Remaining letter of intent deadlines: August 5, 2014
Full proposal by invitation only

We are focused on youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. We support work that increases our understanding of: How settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and when, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth and how its use can be improved.

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Use of Research Evidence Grants
William T. Grant Foundation

Remaining Letter of intent deadline (required): August 5, 2014
Full proposal by invitation only

Foundation supports empirical, theory-building studies of what affects policymakers' and practitioners' acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. We are interested in policy and practice directly relevant to youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. Areas of focus can include education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, family support, employment, mental health, and youth programs. 

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National Employer Policy, Research, and Technical Assistance Center on the Employment of People with Disabilities
Department of Labor

August 11, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or Department), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), announces the availability of up to $1.85 million to fund one cooperative agreement to manage a National Employer Policy, Research, and Technical Assistance Center on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Center). This solicitation is a re-competition of an existing cooperative agreement. The Center will build upon the work of ODEP's prior National Employer Technical Assistance Center (NETAC) to identify, develop, implement, and promote employer policies and practices that advance employment initiatives from NETAC, as well as develop and implement innovative new initiatives. Funding of up to $1.85 million will be awarded through a competitive process for the first budget year of a cooperative agreement covering a 60-month performance period. Additional budget year funding may be available based on recipient performance and the availability of funds. This solicitation provides background information, describes the submission requirements, outlines the application process, and provides the evaluation criteria that will be used to select the awardee.

OBJECTIVES: 

ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices to increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Consequently, ODEP contributes to the achievement of DOL's Strategic Goal 3: Promote fair and high-quality work-life environments and Strategic Objective 3.1: Break down barriers to fair and diverse workplaces and narrow wage and income inequality. ODEP measures its contribution to these goals through two outcome measures:

-- Percent of entities that adopt ODEP-developed or validated policy strategies and effective practices; and

-- Percent of entities that implement ODEP-developed or validated policy strategies and effective practices.

Additional Information: The prospective applicant conference call is July 17, 2014. The deadline for submitting questions is July 23, 2014.

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Vision Grant
Society of Critical Care Medicine

August 11, 2014

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) seeks to sponsor research efforts that will ultimately improve patient care in the ICU. Investigator-initiated research should help advance and improve our understanding of critical illness and patient care. Applications are encouraged that focus on expanding our basic knowledge of critical illness, clinical interventions to improve patient outcomes, technical aspects - such as electronic surveillance systems -- as well as studies exploring cultural and educational factors among ICU staff that either impede or facilitate a climate promoting best practice and error reduction. Priority will be given to projects that have broad relevance. Single-center projects, for example, should specifically address the potential to generalize their findings to other critical care settings.

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Humanities Montana Regular & Major Grants
Humanities Montana

August 20, 2014

Before submitting an application, please read the grant guidelines. They contain important details about the application process and requirements. Then discuss your project with Humanities Montana staff. We will confirm whether your proposal meets the basic criteria, and will help ensure you submit a competitive application. Humanities Montana staff can guide you through the online application process, answer questions, review drafts, offer recommendations, and generally help you develop the strongest application possible.

Applications can be submitted online any time. However, the Humanities Montana board reviews applications and awards grants only periodically following each deadline.

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Indo-US Knowledge R & D Networked Joint Centres
Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)

August 31, 2014

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to enable Indian and American scientists from academia and laboratories (both public and nongovernmental) to carry out joint research activity by leveraging already existing infrastructure and funding available with the partners at both sides through a linkage established by a virtual networked centre. A research topic of high scientific quality, originality and relevance is required, as well as, a research topic that covers thematic and basic science areas of topical and mutual interest.

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Architectural Research
The American Institute of Architects

Deadline: September 1, 2014

AIA Research Priorities align with the AIA initiatives of: Integrated Practice, Sustainability, and Diversity. The following domains are taken into account when addressing research: Leadership, Practice, Design, and Building Performance.

Specific research agenda areas include:

  • Social, Technological, Environmental, Cultural, Organizational, Design, and Educational.
  • Social Research examines the people who inhabit and use the spaces of architecture.
  • Technological Research studies the physical materials, methods, elements, systems, and science of architecture and the design and construction processes.
  • Environmental Research investigates the physical context of architecture, opening timely questions about the influence of society on environment.
  • Cultural Research studies place-making and the norms of the inhabitants of natural and built places past, present, and future.
  • Organizational Research examines the ways in which individuals and teams collaborate in the practice of architecture and in the client organizations
  • Design Research considers the processes of shaping and making of places.
  • Educational Research examines the pedagogies of architecture and related fields.

The following eight 2010 strategies help position research as a knowledge asset as well as establishing research priorities and direction for the AIA.

  • Continue to promote research linkages between the academy and practice.
  • Refine the role of academic communities and how they can contribute to and expand the research agenda.
  • Define and develop standard research criteria, techniques, and vocabulary.
  • Integrate research and "evidence-based design" in education and practice.
  • Establish a unified research database in AKR.
  • Encourage research initiatives at all AIA component levels involving local schools of architecture.
  • Explore possibility of a research award.
  • Refine and vet research priorities within the knowledge domains (Leadership, Practice, Design, Building Performance) and agenda areas (Social, Technological, Environmental, Cultural, Organizational, Design, Educational).

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ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

August 18, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The SPIRIT of Conservation Program is a public-private partnership focused on two priority areas; the conservation of critical habitats as well as the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches that address water and biodiversity issues. The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program is inviting applications for competitive grant funding to be awarded through the 2014-2015 funding cycle. This program includes two elements: the SPIRIT of Conservation Program and the SPIRIT of Conservation Innovation Fund. It is anticipated that in total $1 million will be available for this program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Conservation Innovation priority area supports projects focused on water and biodiversity issues. The objective of this priority area is to support projects focused on stimulating and leveraging the development and adoption of innovative conservation technologies and techniques in areas where ConocoPhillips has an operating presence. Conservation Innovation priorities include: identifying and supporting innovative tools, technologies, and practices focused on water conservation, quality, recovery, and re-use; stimulating emerging conservation technologies, techniques and approaches; connecting local partners to the information, tools and resources they need to implement the best possible conservation technology; using current technology in creative ways to more cost effectively advance conservation; applying new technologies and market-based tools to expand biodiversity in grasslands systems; and, building innovative public-private partnerships to expand conservation on private lands.

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Ittleson Foundation, Inc. Grants Program

September 1, 2014

In 2014 the Foundation will limit its new grantmaking to projects in the AIDS and Mental Health program areas.   Grants will be made at the Fall meeting. Initial letters of inquiry must be received before September 1, 2014. Projects in the Environmental program area will be considered during the 2015 grantmaking cycle.

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Seed Grants
National Center for Responsible Gaming

Deadline: September 1, 2014

The NCRG's funding priorities include research on the following topics:

  • Prevention of gambling disorders
  • Outcome research on behavioral and pharmacological treatment strategies
  • Decision-making and neuroeconomics
  • The impact of new gaming technology on gambling and gambling disorders
  • Gambling among minorities, especially Native Americans, and issue of health disparities
  • Impact of DSM-5 changes on measurement, screening and diagnosis of gambling disorders
  • Biogenetic vulnerabilities to gambling disorders
  • Animal models
  • Gambling among the elderly and emerging adults

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Tribal Wildlife Grant Program
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/Department of the Interior

Please note that eligibility states that applicants must be federally recognized tribal governments. This opportunity is targeted to those PI's currently working with tribal nations on conservation efforts, or those who intend to in the future.
September 2, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of the Tribal Wildlife Grant Program is to provide a competitive funding opportunity for Federally recognized Tribal governments to develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Tribal Wildlife Grants are used to provide technical and financial assistance to Tribes for the development and implementation of programs that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat. Activities may include, but are not limited to, planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, fish and wildlife conservation and management actions, fish and wildlife related laboratory and field research, natural history studies, habitat mapping, field surveys and population monitoring, habitat preservation, conservation easements, and public education that is relevant to the project.

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Research Grants
American Educational Research Association

September 4, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

AERA invites education-related research proposals using NCES, NSF, and other federal databases. Research Grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Governing Board for the AERA Grants Program has established the following four strands of emphasis for proposals. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that: develop or benefit from new quantitative measures or methodological approaches for addressing education issues; include interdisciplinary teams with subject matter expertise, especially when studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; analyze TIMSS, PISA, or other international data resources; and include the integration and analysis of more than one data set.

Research projects related to at least one of the strands above and to science and/or mathematics education are especially encouraged. Other topics of interest include policies and practices related to student achievement in STEM, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence (kindergarten through graduate school), early childhood education, and postsecondary education. The research project must include the analysis of data from at least one of the large-scale, nationally or internationally representative data sets supported by NCES, NSF, or other federal agency, such as the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the National Institutes of Health. The data set(s) of interest must be available for analysis at the time of application (public- or restricted-use files are permissible). Additional data sets may be used in conjunction with the obligatory federal data set. If international data sets are used, the study must include U.S. education.

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Toyota Foundation (Japan)

Deadline: September 5, 2014, 3 PM *JAPAN TIME*

Based on the theme of "Exploring New Values for Society," the Toyota Foundation has established two grant frameworks respectively for joint research projects (Category A) and individual research projects (Category B) that can be expected to lead to the creation of new values for society. The total amount available for funding is 100 million yen.

The Toyota Foundation seeks proposals for ambitious projects that are founded on creative concepts which reflect a youthful perspective and whose results can change people's way of thinking regardless of their country or region of origin or their social position and circumstances - and can lead to act ions that bring about solutions to the issues faced. Projects spanning different disciplines and fields of activity are especially welcome.

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Conference/Seminar/Workshop Grants (American Region)
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange

September 15, 2014

Grants provide assistance for conferences and/or workshops on Chinese studies in the humanities and the social sciences.

The deadlines for Conference and Seminar Grant applications are: September 15--for Conferences and Seminars from January through June of the following year; and January 15--for Conferences and Seminars from July through December of the same year.  The online application database is available annually from August 1 - September 15 and December 1 to January 15 of the following year.

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Economics Grants Program
Kazanjian (Calvin K.) Economics Foundation, Inc.

September 15, 2014

The Board of Trustees will give special attention to proposals and projects with national impact that address the following issues: The Foundation has an abiding interest in elevating the nation's understanding of the need for economic education. It will support programs that raise various public's participation in economic education and/or create a demand for greater economic literacy; The application of new strategies for teaching economics including on-line and web-based instruction is of interest to the Foundation; Projects, policy studies, or programs that encourage measurement of economic understanding more often and/or more effectively are of specific interest; and The large number of students at risk of leaving school, and hence never effectively participating in the nation's economic system are of concern to the Foundation. Programs that help otherwise disenfranchised youth and/or young adults with children learn to participate in the economic system are very important to the Foundation.

Applications are due by September 15 for review in November/December, or by February 15 for review in May/June.

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OCLC/ALISE LISRG (Library and Information Science Research Grant) Program
Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC)

September 15, 2014

OCLC and ALISE promote independent research that helps integrate new technologies that offer innovative approaches and contributes to a better understanding of the information environment and user expectations and behaviors.

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Sloan Research Fellows
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Deadline: September 15, 2014

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

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Sloan Research Fellowships
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

September 15, 2014, 11:59PM EDT

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Candidates for a Sloan Research Fellowship must:

Hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary
molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience,
ocean sciences (including marine biology), physics, or a related field; Be
members of the teaching faculty (i.e., tenure track) of a college, university,
or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada; and
Normally, be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D.
(or equivalent) as of the year of their nomination.

From the FAQ's:

Q: Is there a limit to the number of nominations per department?

A: Yes. No more than three candidates may be nominated from any one department. There is no limit to the number of nominations per university.

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Grant Program
RGK Foundation

Letters of intent can be submitted any time before September 19, 2014

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. 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.

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American Council of Learned Societies

September 24, 2014

The Fellowship Program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. The Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2015 and no later than February 1, 2016.

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Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
American Council of Learned Societies

September 26, 2014

ACLS invites applications for Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars, owing to the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowships are named for Frederick Burkhardt, President Emeritus of ACLS, whose decades of work on The Correspondence of Charles Darwin
constitute a signal example of dedication to a demanding and ambitious scholarly enterprise. These fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS will award up to nine Burkhardt Fellowships, depending on the availability of funds, in this competition year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $75,000.  This year's successful applicants may take up the fellowship in 2014-2015 or in either of the succeeding two academic years, but candidates must commit themselves firmly to their preferred year and residential center on their completed applications. (msw)

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Advancing Research in Basic Science and Mathematics
Simons Foundation

September 30, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for the Simons Fellows Programs in both Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. The Fellows Programs provide funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Such leaves can increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation. The goal of the Simons Fellows Program is to make it easier to take such leaves, or to extend sabbatical leaves by an extra half year.

The Simons Foundation also offers grant opportunities in:

-The mathematical modeling of living systems 

-Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences 

Please visit the Simons Foundation website for additional information. 

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Cooperative Landscape Conservation and Adaptive Science
Office of the Science Advisor

September 30, 2014

The USFWS uses a science-based, adaptive framework for setting and achieving cross-program conservation objectives that strategically address the problems fish and wildlife will face in the future.  This framework, called Strategic Habitat Conservation, is based on the principles of adaptive management and uses population and habitat data, ecological models, and focused monitoring and assessment efforts to develop and implement strategies that result in measurable fish and wildlife population outcomes.  In addition, by leveraging resources and strategically targeting science to inform conservation decisions and actions, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) are being established to create a network of partners working in unison to ensure the sustainability of America's land, water, wildlife and cultural resources.

Financial assistance will be awarded for science projects and LCC-prioritized biological planning, conservation design and adaptive management projects to include:  research; inventory design and implementation; monitoring; goal and priority setting associated with efficient and effective conservation; development of implementation strategies; and projects supporting all other FWS organizational efforts, including planning, establishment maintenance, and general business operations.

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Dairy Australia

The round for submitting Preliminary Applications for projects opens August 1 and will close September 30 each year. Those applicants that are successful at the preliminary stage will be invited to submit a Full Application.
September 30, 2014

Dairy Australia accepts applications for R&D projects from individuals and organisations worldwide. Applications are judged on the perceived benefits to the Australian dairy industry and potential for success. They will consider funding applications that address one or more of their Core Objectives (as set out in the Dairy Australia Strategic Plan): increase farm productivity; maintain and develop high margin markets, channels and products; and, promote and protect the unique benefits of dairy. Ideally the duration of projects is 1-3 years.  Extended projects may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Dairy Australia invests in and co-ordinates industry research in three areas:

Farm - ie feed, animal genetics, resource management;

Manufacturing - ie research in biosciences, processing, health and nutrition; and,

Technical issues - ie risk analysis, control measures for contaminants.

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EU - U.S. Doctoral & Post-Doctoral Education and Training Opportunities
European Commission

Please see individual program solicitation.

1. Horizon 2020 Program (general information): http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en

2. Marie Skłodowska -Curie Actions (MSCA): http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/marie-skłodowska-curie-actions

There are 4 schemes under the MSCA: Innovative Training Networks (ITN), Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), Individual Fellowship (IF) and Co-funding of Regional, National and International (COFUND) programs.

The descriptions and conditions are provided in the MSCA Work Program 2014-2015: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2014_2015/main/h2020-wp1415-msca_en.pdf

 Next calls for proposals (solicitations):

- Innovative Training Networks (ITN):  2 Sept 2014 (deadline - 13 Jan 2015)

- Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE): 6 Jan 2015 (deadline - 20 Apr 2015)

- Individual Fellowships (IF): 12 Mar 2015 (deadline - 10 Sept 2015)

- COFUND: 14 Apr 2015(deadline - 1 Oct 2015)

There is a current IF open call with a deadline of 11 Sept 2014: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/newsroom/548/503 and a COFUND call with a deadline of 2 Oct 2014:http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/h2020-msca-cofund-2014.html

 

3. European Research Council (ERC) grants

ERC grants fund the best research ideas submitted by individual Principle Investigators of any nationality.

Introductory video: Step by step to ERC grants

General info: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/european-research-council

 

Also, outside the Horizon 2020 Program, the EU supports international undergraduate exchanges within the ERASMUS program:  http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_en.htm

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Archiving and Preservation Projects - Preservation Implementation Grants & Planning, Assessment and/or Consultation Grants
GRAMMY Foundation

LOI Deadline: October 1, 2014

Preservation Implementation Grants are available to help individuals and large organizations enhance their ability to preserve their collections that embody the recorded sound heritage of the Americas. Large organizations are defined as organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or more and/or are located within an institution that includes a library or museum or other division in which archiving, preservation, cataloguing and other related experts are accessible to the project.

The goal of the Preservation Implementation grant is to fund projects where the project materials have been identified and are in possession of the applicant, where preliminary assessment and planning has occurred, and where the applicant has addressed and/or is ready to implement the following: Prioritization of materials (based on uniqueness, historical significance, and at-risk status); Inventory and cataloging of the materials; Stabilized, climate-controlled storage of materials; Address ownership or rights issues; Identification of qualified staff and/or vendors; Planned preservation methodology; Identification of long-term storage; and Broad dissemination plan.

Preservation Assistance Grants are available to help individuals and small to mid-sized organizations enhance their ability to preserve their collections that embody the recorded sound heritage of the Americas. Small to mid-sized organizations are defined as organizations with annual budgets of less than $500,000 and limited or no organizational access to "in-house" experts. The goal of a Preservation Assistance grant is to fund the planning, assessment and preparation of recorded sound collections to be archived and preserved. Applicants must describe how they will draw on the knowledge and expertise of their staff and/or outside consultants whose preservation skills are related to the type of collection and nature of activities that are the focus of the project.

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Research in Art Education Grants
National Art Education Association

October 1, 2014

The sponsor invites proposals to support research in art education that advances knowledge in the field of art education and that promulgate the goals outlined in Creating a Visual Arts Research Agenda Toward the 21st Century. Grants are awarded to art educators to pursue a broad range of research topics that are aligned with the 2011-2014 NAEA Strategic Goals: advocacy, learning, research and knowledge, and organizational vibrancy. NAEF encourages the submissions of proposals that conduct research that supports the impact and importance of arts education in student learning and provides hard data to support the findings of the research.

Eligible applicants are welcome to submit proposals in all areas of research. In addition, as part of NAEF's collaboration with the NAEA Research Commission, NAEF encourages submissions of the following proposals:

Proposals that support the creation of communities of learners, including both researchers and practitioners, working together to explore a research question and/or project. These proposals should include a community of learners working to explore a research subject and put forward a research methodology that includes a mix of researchers and practitioners to support this goal. Either the researcher(s) or practitioner(s) can be the lead applicant. In this context, description of researchers and practitioners: Researcher--arts educators currently not working directly with learners in the pre-K through 12 classroom, museum or community setting conducting research to study, gather information, or conduct inquiry into ideas related to the status or improvement of arts education; Practitioner--arts educator predominantly working with learners in the pre-K through 12 classroom, museum, or community setting.

Proposals that support the identification of best practice and research that leads to further understanding of the impact and importance of arts education to student learning in and through the visual arts in a variety of settings, with an interest in research that provides quantitative data to support its findings.

These priorities do not preclude other submissions meeting the eligibility of the current Research Guidelines. NAEA and/ or NAEF retains first rights to publish and disseminate results of the research.

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Scientific Research Projects
GRAMMY Foundation

LOI Deadline: October 1, 2014

The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support research on the impact of music on the human condition. Examples might include the study of the effects of music on mood, cognition and healing, as well as the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals and the creative process underlying music. Priority is given to projects with strong methodological design as well those addressing an important research question.

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Mentored Research Scholar Grants
American Cancer Society, Inc.

October 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Mentored Research Scholar Grants in Applied and Clinical Research provide support for mentored research and training to full-time junior faculty, typically within the initial four years of their first independent appointment. The goal is for these beginning investigators to become independent researchers as either clinician scientists or cancer control and prevention researchers.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Mentored Research Scholar Grants in Applied and Clinical Research provide support for mentored research and training to full-time junior faculty, typically within the initial four years of their first independent appointment.

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Research Awards
Google

Deadline: October 15, 2014

The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. We ask applicants to categorize their proposals into one of the following broad research areas of interest to Google:

  • Computational neuroscience
  • Economics and market algorithms
  • Geo/maps
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Information retrieval, extraction, and organization (including semantic graphs)
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Machine perception
  • Machine translation
  • Mobile
  • Natural language processing
  • Networking
  • Online education at scale
  • Physical interactions with devices
  • Policy and standards
  • Privacy
  • Robotics
  • Security
  • Social networks
  • Software engineering and programming languages
  • Speech
  • Structured data and database management
  • Systems (hardware and software)

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Research Programme on Mental Health (PSYKISKHELSE) - Collaborative Projects With Research Groups in the US
The Research Council of Norway

October 15, 2014 13:00 CET (Oct 14, 2014 5 p.m. MST)

There is a need to intensify Norwegian research on mental health. Knowledge about causal relationships, prevention and treatment is lacking in several areas. The primary objective of the PSYKISKHELSE programme is to generate knowledge that is relevant to promoting the mental health of the population. Research activities will be concentrated in three specific thematic priority areas during this programme period.

These thematic priority areas are: research on the mental health of children and adolescents; research on transcultural factors and mental health; and treatment research, including research on comorbid substance abuse and mental health disorders. In each of these areas, it will be important to promote a cross-disciplinary approach and national and international cooperation. Projects included in the programme's portfolio must adequately incorporate gender perspectives and employ a user perspective with emphasis on patients' and relatives' own knowledge and experience.

Funding under the programme will primarily be channelled via researcher-initiated projects, but the programme board may also decide to initiate projects in specific areas where a need for research has been identified. Conferences and other dissemination activities within the scope of the programme will also be organised.

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Research Scholar Grant in the Role of Healthcare and Insurance in Improving Outcomes in Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment
American Cancer Society, Inc

October 15, 2014

This RFA is a call for research that evaluates the impact of the many changes now occurring in the health care system with a particular focus on cancer prevention, control, and treatment. Efforts focusing on improving access to care may also impact inequities that contribute to health disparities. New health public policy initiatives, for example the new federal and state marketplaces that have expanded insurance coverage, as well as Medicaid expansion in some states, create natural experiments ripe for evaluation. Research to be funded by this RFA should focus on the changes in national, state, and/or local policy and the response to these changes by health care systems, insurers, payers, communities, practices, and patients.

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

LOI Deadline: September 15, 2014
Full Proposal: October 15, 2014 (by invitation)

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.

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Comparative Health System Performance in Accelerating PCOR Dissemination (U19)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

LOI Deadline: September 5, 2014
October 17, 2014

As part of AHRQ's PCOR dissemination efforts, this AHRQ Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Centers of Excellence to identify, classify, track, and compare healthcare delivery systems ranging from integrated delivery systems to Accountable Care Organizations across the U.S. to help improve the speed of adoption and diffusion of CER-recommended practices through systems.

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Western SARE Competitive Grants Professional Development Program
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

October 29, 2014 (12:00 pm, noon MDT)

SYNOPSIS: 

Professional Development Program (PDP) Grants are aimed at helping Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and other agricultural professionals in the Western Region increase their understanding and proficiency in sustainable agriculture. PDP projects should: increase agricultural professionals' sustainable agriculture knowledge, skills and action; and, have outreach plans that demonstrate how the project will effectively deliver this knowledge.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Professional Development Program Grants are designed to educate agricultural professionals about sustainable agriculture so that they, in turn, can help educate and train farmers and ranchers. Funded PDP grants must help achieve this long-term outcome: Cooperative Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service and other agricultural professionals are conversant in sustainable agriculture principles and systems. They have ready access to resources that can help producers make informed decisions about adopting sustainable approaches with greater certainty and less risk.

Projects must improve the ability of agricultural professionals to conduct educational programs and activities in sustainable agriculture principles and systems and to respond to inquiries on the subject from farmers, ranchers and the public. Approaches can include: workshops; conferences; development of materials; demonstrations; web-based courses; tours. Multi-faceted proposals are encouraged. Projects using multiple techniques or methods are preferred, as are efforts whose results can be applied to wide and diverse audiences. Subject matter can include any sustainable agriculture endeavor, including animal agriculture, agronomic or horticultural crop production or the effects of sustainable practices on quality of life for producers or rural communities.

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CFF/NIH-unfunded Grant Award
CFF-Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Application Deadline: On-going basis until October 31, 2014

In an effort to assure that all meritorious CF-related research is supported, CFF has developed the CFF/NIH-unfunded Award mechanism to provide funding. 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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Henry Belin du Pont Research Grants
Hagley Museum & Library

October 31, 2014

These research grants enable scholars to pursue advanced research and study in the library, archival, pictorial, and artifact collections of the Hagley Museum and Library.

These grants are intended to support serious scholarly work that makes use of Hagley's research collections and expands on prior scholarship. Application materials should explain the research project's focus, methodology, engagement with existing scholarship, and the intended product, as well as Hagley collection(s) to be used during the proposed grant residency.

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Sarcoma Research Grants
Shriver (Liddy) Sarcoma Initiative

N/A

The Initiative funds "basic research seed grants" in sarcoma research. The Initiative anticipates that results from these "demonstration" or "starter" grants will provide results that will allow the researcher to apply for funding for a larger study. The Initiative is interested in a wide range of research. Some examples are: understanding the molecular biology of sarcomas; exploring "molecular targets" for new sarcoma therapies; studying chromosomal translocations, the oncogenes they generate, and their role in sarcoma development; translational studies; studying vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and mTOR inhibitors; studying the use of nanotechnology in the diagnosis and treatment of sarcomas; understanding the basis of radiation-induced sarcoma; modeling of the process of metastases; exploring the differences in the development of sarcomas in children, adolescents, young adults and adults; and Research directed at the early detection and diagnosis of sarcoma. Other areas of research will be considered.

Grants can be used for the development of models, conducting experiments, development of sarcoma tissue registries, and similar activities involved in support of research into the causes, origins, development, molecular biology, diagnosis, and treatment of sarcoma. The Initiative does not fund clinical trials, but funds basic research that might lead to other research studies or to clinical trials. While not funding clinical trials, proposals that undertake studies with patients undergoing treatment on an investigational study are acceptable.

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SCI Large Grant Program
Safari Club International Foundation

October 31, 2014

Large grants may cover the following categories of support:

Wildlife Management - Wildlife management refers to the active implementation of techniques or equipment to manage wildlife populations and/or their habitats. Management projects may include: population surveys, monitoring projects and species inventories; wildlife population and habitat enhancement; habitat quality assessments and mapping; habitat and/or population management demonstration projects; and, reintroduction of populations where they once occurred.

Research - Research projects should be credible projects carried out by qualified individuals with specific objectives. These objectives should enhance our abilities to sustain habitat and populations of all wildlife. Research topics may include: population surveys, monitoring projects and species inventories; species habitat associations, habitat quality and habitat modeling; behavior and ecology of a species; development and testing of techniques; studies of hunters and their interactions with wildlife and with each other; and, genetics, diseases, and parasites.

Regional Interests - The following material summarizes the type of research and sustainable-use management that SCI Foundation is focused on in different regions of the world. This list is meant to serve as a guide, but applicants should not avoid applying solely based on the following materials. Projects of merit that do not fall under the below categories may also be considered. In all areas of the world, SCI Foundation seeks to assist governments and non-government organizations in wildlife management planning, capacity building and related activities to optimize the sustainable use of wildlife resources.

-Africa: predator population surveys and management; research projects on hunted, traded, and endangered species of international importance; human-wildlife conflict; capacity building; and, promote the benefits of hunting to wildlife conservation and rural communities through the principles of sustainable use.

-Asia: field research to support wildlife management and conservation of significant Eurasian species.

-North America: Ppedator-prey research and management projects that take into account the conservation of game species; and, habitat and species enhancement projects in major North American ecosystems.

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US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)
Binational Science Foundation

November 13, 2014 (Regular Grant Program)

1. The BSF is increasing its cooperation with the NSF (and indirectly in some programs also with the NIH and USDA), and it may be worthwhile for you to follow on our website (www.bsf.org.il) the RFPs for these programs. In most of these programs submission is to the NSF by the U.S. applicant alone (although the application describes the role and budget of the Israeli PI) and to the BSF by both PIs. Processing is done at the NSF, and if awarded a grant, the US PI receives a regular NSF grant, while the Israeli receives a special, larger than traditional, BSF grant. Disciplines in which such joint programs are currently being developed include: Biology, Computer Science*, Oceanography, Physics, Economics, and Neurosciences. 

2. Deadline for the various regular BSF programs:

Regular Grant program (Physical Sciences, Exact Sciences, Social Sciences, Ecology)- Nov. 13, 2014

Prof. Rahamimoff travel Grant Program for young Scientists (PhD students). Dec. 3, 2014**

Transformative Science - New RFP will be issued in early 2015. 

*  The NSF will publish in late 2014 a special solicitation that will be open only for those US scientists that will be PIs on a 2014 regular BSF submission in Computer Science, for additional travel money for the US PI and his group.

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Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Pre-proposal due Sept. 1, 2014, 4 p.m. EST
Full proposal due January 8, 2014, 4 p.m. EST

Candidates are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences. Examples of approaches include, but are not limited to, physical measurement of biological phenomena, computer simulation of complex processes in physiological systems, mathematical modeling of self-organizing behavior, building probabilistic tools for medical diagnosis, developing novel imaging tools or biosensors, developing or applying nanotechnology to manipulate cellular systems, predicting cellular responses to topological clues and mechanical forces, and developing a new conceptual understanding of the complexity of living organisms. Proposals that include experimental validation of theoretical models are particularly encouraged. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering.

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Research Participation Program for the U.S. Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (USARIEM)
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Receipt year round

USARIEM is an internationally recognized center of excellence for Warfighter performance science and its useful applications. The institute functions as a world-class laboratory for environmental medicine, physiology, performance and nutrition research. It features integrated cellular, tissue, & human research programs. Opportunities exist in the areas of Performance Optimization, Preventive Medicine & Planning, Materiel Development, Monitoring Strategies and Predictive Algorithms, and Health Hazard Assessment.

Areas of interest include life, health, and medical sciences; mathematics; computer science; physical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; engineering; biological sciences, chemistry, entomology, environmental/civil/mechanical engineering, environmental sciences, industrial hygiene, medical sciences, physical sciences, and toxicology.

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PAGES - Support for Workshops and Educational Meetings
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)

January 5, 2015

To obtain support, organizers must be able to demonstrate that the themes and objectives of their workshop or eduational meeting (e.g., summer school) relate to PAGES Science Plan. There are 4 types of workshop proposals under this scheme: proposal for a workshop being organized by an official PAGES Working Group; proposal for an Educational nature (Educational Meeting); proposal for Fast-Track funding; and general workshop proposals (Open Call Meeting) within the scope of PAGES science.

PAGES scope of interest includes the physical climate system, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem processes, biodiversity, and human dimensions, on different time scales--Pleistocene, Holocene, last millennium and the recent past.

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Research Grant Program
Glaucoma Foundation

Deadline: March 1, 2015

The Glaucoma Foundation offers grants to researchers striving to improve the lives of glaucoma patients through novel innovations and scientific advances.

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