Research Funding Opportunities



Internal Opportunities and Announcements

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

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

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

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October 16, 2014

Dear Colleague,

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Dr. France A. Córdova
Director

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Open Access Author Fund at MSU - Pilot Project
MSU Library

The Open Access Author Fund

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

Goals

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


The Application Process

Eligible Publications and Data repositories

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

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

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

Eligible Articles and Data

Articles/data should:

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

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

Eligible Authors

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

Eligible Fees

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

Fund Limits

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

Institutional Repository

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

How do I apply?

Complete the online form.

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Montana NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation Proposals
Montana Space Grant Consortium and NASA EPSCoR

October 17, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

Proposals are welcome in all fields of science and engineering normally funded by NASA (refer to http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/documents/NASA_Research_Areas_2014.pdf and the MSGC office for guidance). It may be beneficial to research NASA's website for recently funded areas of research. Research Initiation Grants from the Montana NASA EPSCoR Program are intended to help faculty at MSGC member institutions develop nationally competitive research programs in fields related to NASA's mission. In addition, the awards are meant to assist in Montana's economic development in aerospace-related fields by strengthening existing Montana high-tech companies, seeking new connections between Montana faculty researchers and state industries, and building university research enterprises that will foster "spin-off" startup enterprises. Grants are generally for a period of one year (see note below), and all grantees are expected to submit a follow-on proposal to NASA for continued funding within the period of the grant. It is strongly suggested that faculty make contact with NASA researchers in their field before submitting a proposal to determine and document NASA's interest in the proposed research area. Proposals should include evidence of interest and potential support from NASA, e.g., in a letter(s) of support. The stronger the indicated support, the better the chance of obtaining funding from Montana NASA EPSCoR.

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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Resources

EVENT DESCRIPTION

The Office of Research and Economic Development and TechLink have entered into an agreement to provide SBIR/STTR outreach on campus at MSU. A series of brownbag events centered around specific agency calls will be offered on an ongoing basis in addition to direct assistance in proposal consultation. 

The next event to take place from noon to 1:00 pm on October 1st, 2014 in EPS 127 will introduce the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and specifically address the programs within the Department of Defense (DoD). DoD SBIR topics focus on dual use technology that can serve both Defense needs and commercial applications. DoD topics are very specifically oriented to technology for which the Defense component has identified a need - including sensing, optics, medical, power harvesting and storage, and more. The DoD SBIR/STTR solicitation comes out three times per year and, for the next round of submissions, will close October 22, 2014. An overview of the DoD as a contracting versus a granting organization will be covered in this event.

'No-cost' proposal development and submittal assistance is being offered collaboratively by MSU TechLink and the state Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) program with support from the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development. For more information, contact Audrey Wooding, MTIP Program Manager, at 406-994-3885 or awooding@mt.gov. For logistical information please contact Micaela M. Young, Pre Award Specialist at 406-994-6041 or micaelayoung@montana.edu. 

Additional Events

National Institutes of Health Focus 

Date: October 29, 2014 

Time: Noon to 1:00 pm 

Location: EPS 127

National Science Foundation Focus 

Date: November 5, 2014 

Time: Noon to 1:00 pm 

Location: EPS 127

Additional information will be released shortly before each event. Please check the funding opportunity announcement for updates. 


MSU Technology Transfer Office CATalyst Awards
MSU Technology Transfer Office

November 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Technology Transfer Office at MSU seeks to fund the further development of faculty inventions that will increase the potential of those discoveries to (a) attract industry sponsored research, (b) be licensed to a commercial entity or (c) provide the basis for a new start-up company.  These six month grants are capped at $10,000 and will support activities that will enhance the value of the invention relative to commercial measures. 

A proposal consisting of no more than a one-page project description and one-page budget is required to be submitted via the ePCF system by November 15th, 2014.  Awards will be announced by the end of January, 2015.  Those interested are encouraged to review the information provided via the link below. 

 

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Request for Pre-Proposals: Montana Water Center Faculty Seed Grants
Montana Water Center and Montana Institute on Ecosystems

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 5:00pm
Full submission due December 3, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The Montana Water Center invites pre-proposals for the annual Montana Water Center Faculty Seed Grants. The goal of this program is to help address water resource problems of significance to Montana by stimulating cutting-edge water related research among faculty and students across the Montana University System.

Approximately $30,000 is available to support research in 2015.

Disciplinary and/or single PI proposals should not exceed $15,000.; interdisciplinary teams may apply for $30,000. Priority will be given to clearly articulated proposals that provide science to:

(a) inform key areas of uncertainty outlined in the new Montana State Water Plan: http://www.dnrc.mt.gov/wrd/water_mgmt/state_water_plan/

(b) foster student involvement; 

(c) demonstrate a compelling plan for how the seed funding will be used to seek additional 
external funding. Early-career faculty members are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Potential areas of interest include (but are not limited to): 
& Climate change - disturbance - water supply interactions
& Groundwater-surface-water interactions 
& Climate, snowpack, and biodiversity/ecosystem processes
& Economic valuation of water resources
& Influence of water supply and management on biodiversity/ecosystem processes
& Natural water storage/retention
& Water Quality

 

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Montana University System Call for Whitepapers: FY15 NSF RII Track 2 (AMENDED October 8, 2014)
National Science Foundation

Revised Deadline: Internal MSU LOI due November 4, 2014; please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu
Full submissions are by invitation only and will be due late January (TBA)

Montana Unive­rsity System Call for Whitepapers: FY15 NSF RII Track

Updated: October 6, 2014 (revised deadline: November 4, 2014)

AMENDMENT: NSF EPSCoR has received several comments related to budget structure and the number of proposals that can be submitted from each jurisdiction.  As a result, EPSCoR jurisdictions should be aware that while the overall award size has not changed (1.0M$ annually for collaborations involving two RII-eligible jurisdictions, and 1.5M$ annually for collaborations involving three or more RII-eligible jurisdictions), the cap of $500,000 per jurisdiction has been removed.  In addition, submissions will be limited to one per institution in an RII-eligible jurisdiction, not one per jurisdiction.

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In anticipation of the NSF EPSCoR RII Track 2 call for proposals, the Montana University System is requesting whitepapers for a competitive selection by the MT Science & Technology Advisory Committee. The State of Montana can submit one proposal to this program. The selected whitepaper team will be charged with moving forward to develop a full proposal for submission to NSF (expected full submission deadline late January 2015)

The MSU internal submission procedure must be followed. Prospective PI's are to submit the three-page whitepaper to the office of Research and Economic Development via the ePCF system by selecting "pre-proposal" and uploading the whitepaper as an attachment. It is critical that PI's select "National Science Foundation" as the agency in the ePCF screen and begin the project title with "NSF EPSCoR RII Track 2:". Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.

NSF EPSCoR Research Improvement Infrastructure (RII) Track-2 investments target inter-jurisdictional collaborations on priority science thematic focus areas, leading to sustained activities beyond the award period. There are two thematic focus areas for the FY Track 2 call: 

1. Understanding the Human Brain (NSF Brain Initiative)

NSF's goal is to enable scientific understanding of the full complexity of the brain, in action and context, through targeted, cross-disciplinary investments in research, technology and workforce development. Proposals should focus on one or more thematic areas of the NSF Brain Initiative. 

a. See http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/brain/ for full information on the BRAIN Initiative including these thematic areas: 

i. Multi-scale integration of the dynamic activity and structure of the brain -elucidate and link dynamics of the brain and neural circuits with brain function, including its real-time physiological, behavioral and cognitive outputs. 

ii. Neurotechnology and research infrastructure - create tools to image, sense, record and affect real-time brain function and complex behavior, and develop theories and systems to collect, visualize, analyze, model, store, and distribute BRAIN data. 

iii. Quantitative theory and modeling of brain function - reveal emergent properties of the brain and provide predictive theoretical frameworks to guide future research. 

iv. Brain-inspired concepts and designs - capitalize on insights gained from BRAIN to inspire novel conceptual paradigms and innovative technologies and designs that will benefit society. 

2. The Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus 

In all WEF Nexus projects, emphasis must be on transformative research that improves fundamental understanding of the underlying dynamics, processes, and interactions between WEF systems. Proposals to apply existing methods or technologies to demonstrate or quantify aspects of the WEF nexus will not be considered. Example Thematic Areas provided by NSF: 

i. Integrated analysis and modeling - develop analytical methods and models to identify critical connections to global and regional energy and water resources that influence food production, investigate relationships among food, water, and energy technology options and socioeconomic factors such as population fluxes in urban and rural areas, economic drivers, and competing resource demands. 

ii. Advanced materials and technological solutions - development of materials and technologies that can yield economically relevant improvements in the WEF nexus. 

iii. The integrated science behind improvements of feedstock production systems, including aquaculture - the area encompasses improved understanding of the basic processes and interactions that underpin crops, agriculture, and aquaculture techniques that improve water quality, co-production of value-added products that reduce energy intensity and environmental protection across the food production lifecycle. Basic and fundamental research bridging the hydrological, environmental, ecological, geochemical, energy, and engineering sciences is encouraged. 

iv. Advanced sensors and analytics - technologies for reliable measurement-based data of water availability, quality, and demand to support food and energy production and deliver relevant land-use and climate scenarios to support decisions related to water and resource allocation. Technologies may include subsurface sensing and characterization, remote sensing, and treatment systems to tailor water quality to specific food and energy production requirements. 

Awards are up to $6M over 4 years with a per award maximum of $500K per EPSCoR jurisdiction per year (including Montana as the lead and each partner state sub-award up to a total of $1.5M per year).

As formal guidance is released from NSF, we will broadly disseminate that information. Based on preliminary NSF EPSCoR information on this upcoming solicitation, a successful proposal will require the following components: 

  • A specific research topic within one of the two focus areas that will meet National Science Board criteria for intellectual merit and broader impacts. 
  • core Montana research team led by a PI and co-PI's active in the proposed field of research activities. 
  • Integrated research partners from higher education institutions in one or more partner EPSCoR jurisdictions and rationale and role for each faculty-level participant. All NSF EPSCoR jurisdictions are eligible to lead proposals and partner with other state proposals. There is no limit on how many states Montana can partner with on other state-led proposals in the program to include (AL, AK, AR, DE, GU, HI, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, ND, OK, PR, RI, SC, SD, VT, VI, VW, and WY). 
  • Workforce development activities that target junior faculty recruitment, mentoring, and development. 
  • Evaluation and Assessment, Sustainability, and Management and Coordination Plans. 
  • Participation in an EPSCoR-wide post-assessment. 


Whitepapers should include the following components and not exceed 3 single-spaced pages (digital: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX file format): 

  • MONTANA TEAM: Montana PI and co-PI's, including role for each.  
  • RESEARCH PROGRAM: Description of proposed research activities in one of the two focus areas, including impact to Montana and intellectual merit. 
  • COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIPS: Identify your proposed approach for developing necessary inter-jurisdictional collaboration and partnerships on a full proposal. A list of specific partners is not required for the whitepapers, but list them if you already have willing states and participants. 
  • BUDGET: Provide a brief justification for the ability of the team to accomplish research goals within the project budget, including the Montana team working within the $500K per year maximum award and as an integrated multi-jurisdictional collaboration. Note that match is not required on Track-2 awards. 
  • SUSTAINABILITY: Briefly describe your ideas for post-award sustainability; including potential leveraged grant or other funding opportunities and alignment with the MUS research priorities and programs. 

Whitepaper submissions: 

  • Due: 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 to the MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development office (VPRED). Submissions will be sent to the Montana Science & Technology Advisory Committee (MSTAC) by the VPRED office.
  • Whitepapers should not exceed 3 single-spaced pages (digital format: Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format). 
  • Submit whitepapers via ePCF (available from the MSU OSP webpage: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/) by selecting "pre-proposal" in the ePCF screen and upload the whitepaper as an attachment. Whitepapers will be routed to the VP Research and Economic Development office (VPRED) for review. Please also email whitepaper to research@montana.edu. It is critical that PI's select "National Science Foundation" as the agency in the ePCF screen and begin the project title with "NSF EPSCoR RII Track 2." Submissions that do not follow this format are at risk of not being reviewed.
  • After the VPRED office reviews all submissions, all whitepapers will be provided to both Cindy Orser at corser@montana.edu (Montana OCHE Research Program Director) and Ray Callaway at ray.callaway@mso.umt.edu (Montana NSF EPSCoR Project Director) and the Montana Science & Technology Advisory Committee (MSTAC) for review and final selection. 
  • For Questions and Help: The Montana NSF EPSCoR program will be available for whitepaper questions and assistance with full proposal development including proposal review, partner cultivation with other EPSCoR jurisdictions, budget development, broader impacts, workforce development, evaluation, sustainability, and management components, and other assistance as needed. Contact Todd Kipfer, Montana EPSCoR Program Administrator at tkipfer@montana.edu. For research related or other questions contact Renee Reijo-Pera at renee.reijopera@montana.edu or Mark Young at myoung@montana.edu. For questions related to the internal submission process (ePCF, etc.) contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist at micaelayoung@montana.edu or Sandy Sward, OSP Director at ssward@montana.edu.   

Montana and Anticipated NSF EPSCoR Track-2 Proposal Timeline:

- MT Whitepapers Due to RED office via ePCF: November 4, 2014

- MT Whitepapers submitted to

U of M, OCHE, MSTAC by VPRED: November 4, 2014 

- MT Selection Announced: November 14, 2014 

- NSF Solicitation Released: Early November 2014 

- Full Proposal Due to NSF: Official Date TBA, Targeted for Late January 2015 

- NSF Merit Review: Official Date TBA, Targeted for Early April 2015 

- Award Target Date: August 2015 

 

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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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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Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Scoville (Herbert) Peace Fellowship

October 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program invites college graduates to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Scoville Fellows will choose to work with one of the twenty-eight organizations participating in the program. With the assistance of the program director, Fellows will select a placement which best matches their interests and the needs of the host organization. Participating organizations provide office space and support, supervision and guidance for Fellows' work. With the exception of Congressional lobbying, Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and organizing that support the goals of their host organization.

Issue areas covered by the Scoville Fellowship include: arms control/disarmament, including nuclear test ban, ballistic missile proliferation/defense, conventional arms transfers, weapons proliferation-nuclear, biological and chemical; conflict prevention/resolution; defense budget; dismantling chemical and nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union; environmental and energy security, including the nexus of climate change and energy use, conflict, and resource scarcity; environmental impact/cleanup of nuclear weapons production complex; export controls; international security; regional/ethnic conflicts, including East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East; and the United Nations, including UN Peacekeeping.

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National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program
National Academy of Education

October 3, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. Basic selection criteria are as follows: Importance of the research question to education; Quality of the research approach and feasibility of the work plan; and Applicant's future potential as a researcher and interest in educational research. Fellowships are not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework, but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must document that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2015 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame. Applicants should have a demonstrated record of research experience in education. Proposed project must be an education research project. NAEd/Spencer funds studies that examine the efficacy of curriculum and teaching methods; however, the initial development of curriculum or instructional programs are not funded. Applications will be judged on the applicant's past research record, career trajectory in education research, and the quality of the project described in the application.

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Wilson Center Fellowship
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

October 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of expertise, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff.  The Center accepts non-advocacy, policy-relevant, fellowship proposals that address key policy challenges facing the United States and the world.  

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes outstanding and award winning scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its non-partisan dialogue. Each year, the Center hosts around 160 scholars who conduct independent research on national and/or international issues addressing key public policy challenges. Through its scholars, the Center enriches crucial policy debates and provides a platform for scholars in the tradition of President Wilson to bring the worlds of policy and ideas together. In addition to its flagship international Fellowship program, the Center also hosts scholars selected through its individual programs.

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Graduate Student Fellowships
Montana Water Center

November 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

SYNOPSIS: 

The Montana Water Center invites proposals for Graduate Student Water Resource Fellowships. The goal of these small grants is to help support graduate students in the broad realm of water resources. Funds may support purchase of materials or supplies, travel to a scientific meeting, travel for research training, laboratory fees, etc.

Approximately $4000 is available to support graduate students in 2015. The maximum amount that can be requested by an individual student is $1000.

Applicant Eligibility and Conflicts of Interest: Any graduate student at a Montana institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for these awards. An applicant may not permit any federal employee to use his or her position for a purpose that is, or gives the appearance of being, in conflict of interest, either by giving the applicant an unfair advantage or by a desire for private financial gain.

 

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Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Wilson (Woodrow) National Fellowship Foundation

November 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

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Dissertation Fellowships
American Association of University Women Educational Foundation

November 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

 

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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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Link Foundation Energy Fellowships
Link Foundation

December 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Link Foundation offers 2-year fellowships for students working toward a Ph.D. degree at U.S. and Canadian Universities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

In an effort to foster education and innovation in the area of societal production and utilization of energy, the Link Foundation invites applications for 2-year fellowships for students working toward a Ph.D. degree. Preference will be given to candidates who have a well-defined thesis direction but who still have enough time remaining working toward their Ph.D. that receipt of a Link Foundation Fellowship could make a difference.

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Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships
National Research Council

November 19, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

In 2015, the Ford Fellowship program will award approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships. The predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women's studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Research-based fields of education are eligible if the major field of study is listed above and is used to describe the Ph.D. or Sc.D. program of the applicant (e.g., sociology of education, anthropology and education.

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Visiting Scientist Program
Smithsonian Institution

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has a Visiting Scientist Program to expand the scholarly exchange in atomic and molecular physics; infrared, optical, radio, and X-ray astronomy; planetary sciences; geophysics; solar and stellar physics; and theoretical astrophysics.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has a Visiting Scientist and Visiting Student Program to expand scholarly exchange in atomic and molecular physics; infrared, optical, radio, and X-ray astronomy; planetary sciences; geophysics; solar and stellar physics; and theoretical astrophysics. Visits can vary from a few days to several weeks or months and, in some cases, last up to a year. This program annually attracts many international and national visitors.

 

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Centennial Fellowships
American Mathematical Society

December 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The AMS Centennial Research Fellowship Program makes awards annually to outstanding mathematicians to help further their careers in research. From 1997-2001, the fellowship program was aimed at recent PhDs. Recently, the AMS Council approved changes in the rules for the fellowships. The eligibility rules are as follows. The primary selection criterion for the Centennial Fellowship is the excellence of the candidate's research.

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive fellowship support in the past.

  • Recipients may not hold the Centennial Fellowship concurrently with another major research award such as a Sloan fellowship, NSF Postdoctoral fellowship, or CAREER award.

  • Under normal circumstances, the fellowship cannot be deferred.

  • A recipient of the fellowship shall have held his or her doctoral degree for at least three years and not more than twelve years at the inception of the award (that is, received between September 1, 2003 and September 1, 2012).

  • Applications will be accepted from those currently holding a tenured, tenure track, post-doctoral, or comparable (at the discretion of the selection committee) position at an institution in North America.

For any program, fellowship, prize or award that has a maximum period of eligibility after receipt of the doctoral degree, the selection committee may use discretion in making exceptions to the limit on eligibility for candidates whose careers have been interrupted for reasons such as family or health. The stipend for fellowships awarded for 2015-2016 is US$87,000, with an additional expense allowance of about US$8,700. Acceptance of the fellowship cannot be postponed.
The number of fellowships to be awarded is small and depends on the amount of money contributed to the program.  The Society will supplement contributions as needed to ensure that at least one fellowship is awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year.  A list of previous fellowship winners can be found on the Prizes and Awards page.

Applications should include a cogent plan indicating how the fellowship will be used. The plan should include travel to at least one other institution and should demonstrate that the fellowship will be used for more than reduction of teaching at the candidate's home institution. The selection committee will consider the plan in addition to the quality of the candidate's research and will try to award the fellowship to those for whom the award would make a real difference in the development of their research careers. Work in all areas of mathematics, including interdisciplinary work, is eligible.

 

 

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Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW)
National Science Foundation

December 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to announce the continuation of GRFP's Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW). Through GROW, NSF Graduate Research Fellows are provided an opportunity to engage in international collaborations with investigators in partner countries around the world.

Through GROW, NSF Graduate Fellows can benefit from partnerships developed by NSF with funding organizations in other countries. The program is divided into two tracks: GROW and GROW with USAID. The standard GROW track offers research opportunities in the following partner countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland. Opportunities with additional partners and countries are announced on the GROW website (http://www.nsf.gov/grow) as they become available.

Through a partnership between NSF and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the GROW with USAID track provides opportunities to NSF Graduate Fellows to conduct research in developing countries, which includes Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Senegal, and South Africa. GROW with USAID recipients have the opportunity to work with non-government organizations, private sector companies, research centers, universities, and government ministries to conduct research to help solve important development issues in these countries.

GROW offers funding for international stays 2-12 months, with the duration varying by country and partner organization. Details for each partner organization, including eligible institutions and organizations, levels of in-country support, and restrictions on the duration of stays, are available through links to their websites available at http://www.nsf.gov/grow.

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Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship
Society for American Archaeology

December 16, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders.

Since 1998, the SAA has used the endowment income to award the annual Arthur C. Parker Scholarship in support of archaeological training for Native Americans who are students or employees of tribal, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian cultural preservation programs. National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians are also awarded through the Native American Scholarships Committee. In 2009, the SAA added two new awards in support of undergraduate and graduate archaeology education.

Support for these scholarships comes in several ways: through individual donations, an annual silent auction at the SAA meetings, book royalties, and grants. For questions about the applications process or to make a donation, please contact the Committee Chair.

The following competitive scholarships are currently offered:

SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship or NSF Scholarship for Archaeological Training

To support archaeological training or a research program for Native American students or employees of tribal cultural preservation programs (up to $5,000).

SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship

To support undergraduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $5,000).

SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship

To support graduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $10,000).

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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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Career Development Grants
American Association of University Women Educational Foundation

December 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
NEH Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

January 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor participates in a National Endowment for the Humanities funded program, Fellowships at Independent Research Institutions. NEH Research Fellows may receive four- to nine-month fellowships to pursue advanced research.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Research fellows conduct research in many areas of social and cultural history, including material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture, garden and landscape studies, Shaker studies, travel and tourism, the Atlantic World, and objects in literature.

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Linda Hall Library Resident Fellowship
Linda Hall Library

January 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

Linda Hall Library resident fellowships for 2015 are now available. Fellowships up to $3,500 per month will assist scholars in financing a research visit.

Resident fellowships for the duration of a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 9 months are offered in support of research projects in science, engineering, and technology; in the history of science, engineering and technology; or in interdisciplinary topics that link science or technology to the broader culture.

Recipients of fellowships are expected to work full time on their research projects while at the Library, to engage with other resident scholars, and to offer a presentation on their work to the general public.

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

March 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

March 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

Deadlines vary depending on disciplinary category (see announcement)

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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Sabbatical & Research Fellowships
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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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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PCORI Fall Funding Cycle - New Topics: LOI's due in less than two weeks!
PCORI

LOI due September 5, 2014
Full submission due November 4, 2014

Letters of Intent for Latest PCORI Funding Opportunities Due Sept. 5  

There are less than two weeks remaining to submit required Letters of Intent (LOIs) for the five open PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) under our broad National Priorities for Research. LOIs are due by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 5. LOIs are competitive, meaning they will be reviewed for responsiveness and programmatic fit and only those research teams whose proposals meet the criteria will be invited to submit a full application no later than Sept. 19.

SYNOPSIS: 

PCORI released a number of new Funding Announcements (PFAs) today offering up to $76 million in support for patient-centered comparative effectiveness research proposals. Required Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due by 5 p.m. ET Friday, Sept. 5. A number of refinements were made in the PFA process this round based on feedback from previous applicants. One key change: all LOIs are now "competitive," meaning they'll be screened for responsiveness and programmatic fit and only research teams whose proposals meet this test will be invited to submit a full application.  

OPEN FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

1. Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options: PCORI is seeking applications for comparative effectiveness research designed to provide information that would inform critical decisions that face patients and caregivers, clinicians, policy makers, and health care system leaders. These decisions must be consequential and be occurring now in the absence of sound evidence about the comparative effectiveness of alternative approaches. There must be substantial potential that patients/caregivers will benefit from the new knowledge in ways that are important to them. The premise of this research is that the new knowledge will inform critical choices by patients and stakeholders in health care. This knowledge will provide insight about the comparative benefits and harms of the options and provide information about outcomes that are important to patients.

LOI due: September 5, 2014 

Full submission due: November 4, 2014 

2. Improving Healthcare Systems: PCORI is seeking applications to study the comparative effectiveness of alternate features of healthcare systems (e.g., innovative technologies, personnel deployments, incentives, service designs) designed to optimize the quality, outcomes, and/or efficiency of care for the patients they serve. Healthcare systems include private and public health insurance plans; physician groups; hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities; academic medical centers; integrated delivery systems; community-based and safety-net clinics; federal, state, and municipal providers; and other entities organized to deliver, arrange, purchase, or coordinate healthcare services. PCORI seeks studies that will provide information of value to patients, their caregivers, and clinicians, as well as to healthcare leaders, regarding which features of systems lead to better patient-centered outcomes.

LOI due: September 5, 2014 

Full submission due: November 4, 2014 

3. Communication and Dissemination Research: PCORI seeks to fund projects that address critical knowledge gaps in the communication and dissemination process--both the communication and dissemination of research results to patients, their caregivers, and clinicians, as well as the communication between patients, caregivers, and clinicians in the service of enabling patients and caregivers to make the best possible decisions in choosing among available options for care and treatment.

LOI due: September 5, 2014 

Full submission due: November 4, 2014 

4. Addressing Disparities: In this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA), we seek to fund comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies that evaluate and compare new and/or enhanced interventions to reduce or eliminate disparities in health and health care. Studies in the Addressing Disparities program should focus on overcoming barriers that may disproportionately affect the outcomes of specific groups of patients, or identify best practices for sharing results and information about patient-centered research across patient groups.

LOI due: September 5, 2014 

Full submission due: November 4, 2014 

5. Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: In this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA), we seek projects to address gaps in methodological research relevant to conducting patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). Results of these projects will inform future iterations of PCORI's Methodology Report. The improvement of existing methods will benefit all stakeholders, including researchers planning investigations, policy makers weighing the value of healthcare interventions, and patients, clinicians, and caregivers facing healthcare decisions.

LOI due: September 5, 2014 

Full submission due: November 4, 2014 

OTHER INFORMATION: 

Please visit the program link for additional funding opportunities and information. 

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Large Pragmatic Studies to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes - Winter 2015 Cycle
PCORI

LOI due October 1, 2014
Full submission due February 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks to fund pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs), large simple trials (LSTs), or large-scale observational studies that compare two or more alternatives for addressing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or management of a disease or symptom; improving health care system-level approaches to managing care; or eliminating health or healthcare disparities.

Proposed studies must address critical clinical choices faced by patients, their caregivers, clinicians, and/or delivery systems. They must involve broadly representative patient populations and be large enough to provide precise estimates of hypothesized effectiveness differences and to support evaluation of potential differences in treatment effectiveness in patient subgroups.

For this solicitation, PCORI is requiring that relevant patient organizations, professional organizations, and/or payer or purchaser organizations be included as partners and active participants in the study. PCORI expects that most awards will be made for study designs that use randomization, either of individual participants or clusters, to avoid confounding bias. However, we recognize that exceptional opportunities may arise, by virtue of natural experiments and/or the existence of large registries, to address pragmatic questions using observational designs. Please note that this funding program does not support applications to conduct cost-effectiveness analysis, systematic reviews (with or without meta-analysis), development, and/or evaluations of shared decision-making or decision support tools.

This announcement is a collaborative effort of PCORI's Clinical Effectiveness Research, Improving Healthcare Systems, and Addressing Disparities research programs. Thus, applications for pragmatic studies may fit within any of these three priority areas.

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Limited Submissions

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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Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Safety and Health Research (U01)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Internal MSU LOI due September 7, 2014
Agency LOI due September 26, 2014
Full submission due October 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) invites applications for research projects to further our understanding of the risks and conditions associated with forestry or logging related occupational diseases and injuries, to explore methods for reducing risks and for preventing or minimizing exposure to hazardous conditions in the these work environments, and to translate significant scientific findings into prevention practices and products that will effectively reduce work-related illnesses and injuries in this area. In addition, this cooperative agreement aims to enhance our knowledge about the effectiveness of existing interventions and the best ways to disseminate, diffuse, and translate proven interventions to benefit workers in the AgFF sector, in particular our ability to address the unique needs of vulnerable workers. This program will use the U01 Research Project - Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

OBJECTIVES:

Proposals should address research objectives supported by NIOSH, which include, but are not limited to the following: the identification and investigation of the relationships between hazardous working conditions and associated occupational diseases, injuries and death; the development of more sensitive means of evaluating hazards at work sites; the development of new protective equipment and engineering control technology to reduce work-related illnesses and injuries; the development of work practices that reduce the risks of occupational hazards; the evaluation of the technical feasibility or application of a new or improved occupational safety and health procedure, method, technique, or system, including assessment of economic and other factors that influence their diffusion and successful adoption in workplaces; the evaluation of the effectiveness of existing interventions and educational materials that are tailored to address unique factors associated with worker vulnerability; the development and conduct of demonstration programs in conjunction with employers hiring vulnerable workers, to identify new, cost-effective approaches for safety training and work production; the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based programs that are culturally, linguistically, and educationally appropriate for workers and employers, including those that are tailored to address risk factors associated with worker vulnerability, including children and bystanders in the work setting; increase awareness and promote expanded application of best practices, materials, technologies, and policies, including the development of public awareness and social marketing campaigns to address high priority agriculture, forestry, and fishing safety and health issues; and the evaluation and investigation of the best methods to influence the behaviors of agricultural workers, loggers and commercial fishermen, including assessments of barriers, motivators, and ideal strategies. Methods should account for social, economic, cultural, and other factors affecting the adoption of best practices among workers and employers.

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NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections
Directorate for Biological Sciences - Emerging Frontiers and Directorate for Geosciences

Internal MSU LOI due September 22, 2014
Full submission due October 17, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. The information associated with various collections of organisms, such as geographic, paleogeographic and stratigraphic distribution, environmental habitat data, phenology, information about associated organisms, collector field notes, and tissues and molecular data extracted from the specimens, is a rich resource providing the baseline from which to further biodiversity research and provide critical information about existing gaps in our knowledge of life on earth. The national resource is structured at three levels: a central coordinating organization, a series of thematic networks based on an important research theme, and the physical collections. The national resource builds upon a sizable existing national investment in curation of the physical objects in scientific collections and contributes vitally to scientific research and technology interests in the United States. It will become an invaluable tool in understanding contemporary biological issues and challenges.

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MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Internal MSU LOI due September 10, 2014
Agency LOI due September 22, 2014
Full submission due November 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) - 2014, solicits education opportunities in support of NASA's Office of Education (OE) under the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) for fiscals year 2014. NASA may elect to support some of the proposals submitted under this NRA through the use of non-MUREP funds if such funds are available from other NASA or federal sources.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of MUREP is to increase NASA's responsiveness to Federal mandates related to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) institutions and Other Minority Universities (OMU). Currently, MUREP activities address Presidential Executive Orders No. 13532 on HBCUs, No. 13592 on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, No. 13555 on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and No. 13515
on Increasing Participation of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in Federal Programs. The MUREP program team at NASA is responsible for developing agency-wide policies, procedures, and guidelines that enhance the involvement of all minority-serving education institutions in NASA's mission through MUREP-related activities. Activities supported by MUREP provide underrepresented and underserved students majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline and faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) access to NASA research and education opportunities. Students and faculty supported by MUREP are provided opportunities to engage in NASA-related research and mission-specific technology development. MUREP projects are also designed to address the national challenges of attracting and retaining underrepresented and underserved undergraduate and graduate students in STEM.

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IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED)
Directorate for Engineering and Education

Internal MSU LOI due September 30, 2014
Agency LOI due October 28, 2014
Full submission due November 26, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate is launching a multi-year initiative, theProfessional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all.

In FY 2015 the PFE initiative in ENG is launching a pilot program aligned with the IUSE framework: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (herein referred to as RED), in partnership with the Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Education and Human Resources (EHR). This funding opportunity enables engineering departments to lead the nation by successfully achieving significant sustainable changes necessary to overcome long-standing issues in their undergraduate programs and educate inclusive communities of engineering students prepared to solve 21st century challenges. Computer science departments, whether administratively located in or outside an engineering program, are included in RED, as they share the same challenges as traditional engineering departments. (Note: "Engineering departments" in this solicitation will refer to engineering and computer science departments.)

Even as demographic and regional socio-economic factors affect departments in unique ways, there are certain tenets of sustainable change that are common across institutions. For instance, the development and engagement of the entire faculty within a department are paramount to the process, and they must be incentivized. Departmental cultural barriers to inclusion of students and faculty from different backgrounds must be identified and addressed. Finally, coherent technical and professional threads must be developed and woven across the four years, especially (1) in the core technical courses of the middle two years, (2) in internship opportunities in the private and public sectors, and (3) in research opportunities with faculty. These and other threads aim to ensure that students develop deep knowledge in their discipline more effectively and meaningfully, while at the same time, aim to build their capacities for 21st Century and "T-shaped" professional skills, including design, leadership, communication, understanding historical and contemporary social contexts, lifelong learning, creativity, entrepreneurship, and teamwork. It is hoped that, over time, the awardees of this program will create knowledge concerning sustainable change in engineering and computer science education that can be scaled and adopted nationally across a wide variety of academic institutions.

Note: Because it addresses undergraduate engineering education, the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) funding opportunity is offered in alignment with the NSF-wide undergraduate STEM education initiative, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE). More information about IUSE can be found in the Introduction of this solicitation.

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Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI)
United States - India Educational Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due October 1, 2014
Full submission must be postmarked by November 3, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces an open competition for the support of projects through the Obama - Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI). Accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institutions meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to support the program's goals of encouraging mutual understanding, facilitating educational reform, fostering economic development, and engaging civil society through academic cooperation with Indian post secondary educational institutions.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Exchange activities may include but are not limited to curriculum design, research collaboration, team teaching, focused series of exchanges, seminars, among other activities. Activities should be designed to develop expertise, advance scholarship and teaching, and promote long-term ties between partner institutions. Proposals in the following fields are eligible: Energy, Climate Change & Environmental Studies; Education & Educational Reform; Public Health; Sustainable Development & Community Development; and, International Relations & Strategic Studies.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Solicitation (SBIR): December Submission
Directorate for Engineering (Industrial Innovation and Partnerships)

Internal MSU LOI due October 1, 2014
Full submission due December 2, 2014

*TechLink, a Montana State University organization dedicated to development, transfer, and commercialization of technology is available to assist investigators with their SBIR/STTR plans. Please contact staff listed on the TechLink website: http://techlinkcenter.org/home. Supporting grants for proposal submission may be available.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

The SBIR program solicits proposals from the small business sector consistent with NSF's mission. The program is governed by Public Law 112-81 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011). SBIR policy is provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the SBA Policy Directive. A main purpose of the legislation is to stimulate technological innovation and increase private sector commercialization. The NSF SBIR program is therefore in a unique position to meet both the goals of NSF and the purpose of the SBIR legislation by transforming scientific discovery into both social and economic benefit, and by emphasizing private sector commercialization.

Accordingly, NSF has formulated broad solicitation topics for SBIR that conform to the high-technology investment sector's interests. The topics are detailed on the SBIR/STTR topics homepage.

Note: The submission of the same project idea to both this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged.

More information about the NSF SBIR Program can be found on the Program Homepage.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

By increasing the incentive and opportunity for small firms to undertake cutting-edge, high-risk, high-quality scientific, engineering, or science and engineering education research, the NSF SBIR program seeks to transform scientific discovery into both social and economic benefit by emphasizing private sector commercialization.

The fundamental mission of NSF is to promote discoveries and to advance education across the frontiers of knowledge in science and engineering. Consistent with that mission, the NSF SBIR Program encourages and supports a wide range of proposals. These proposals are reviewed under NSF's merit review criteria, which cover both the quality of research (intellectual or technical merit) and its potential impact on society (broader/commercial impacts). The following broad solicitation topics for SBIR conform to the high-technology investment sector's interests. The topics, listed below, are detailed on the SBIR/STTR topics homepage:

  • Educational Technologies and Applications (EA)
  • Information and Communication Technologies (IC)
  • Semiconductors (S) and Photonic (PH) Devices and Materials
  • Electronic Hardware, Robotics and Wireless Technologies (EW)
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Nanotechnology (MN)
  • Advanced Materials and Instrumentation (MI)
  • Chemical and Environmental Technologies (CT)
  • Biological Technologies (BT)
  • Smart Health (SH) and Biomedical (BM) Technologies

Certain innovative technologies with high commercial potential may not appear to fit under any of the nine current solicitation topics or their associated subtopics. In that case, you may seek advice from the relevant Program Director (as detailed on the topic pages), or you may submit the proposal under the topic and subtopic that is the closest match. The SBIR/STTR Program Directors ensure that proposals are appropriately grouped into panels for review by experts in the field, and the review process is facilitated by a Program Director. The topics and subtopics help facilitate the merit review process but are not used as a consideration in making award decisions.

Successful proposers will conduct Research and Development (R&D) on projects that:

  • Provide evidence of a commercially viable product, process, device, or system, and/or
  • Meet an important social or economic need.

Projects should have the following:

  • High potential commercial payback, and
  • A high degree of technical risk.

For more in-depth program information please reference the following web site: SBIR Homepage.

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Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists
Blavatnik Family Foundation

Internal LOI due September 1, 2014
Agency LOI due September 20, 2014
Full submission due December 9, 2014

The Blavatnik National Awards honor America's most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers.

This new national faculty competition of the Blavatnik Awards will reward excellence by young faculty members in three disciplinary categories. Every year, one nominee in each category will be named a Blavatnik Laureate and awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds:

  • Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Life Sciences 
  • Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences & Engineering 
  • Blavatnik National  Award for Young Scientists in Chemistry  

The nomination period will be from September 30th, 2014 to November 25th, 2014.  Letters of support must be submitted by December 9th, 2014. Interested PI's must work with their department heads to fulfill the application requirements. 

 

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Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (2015 - 2019) (NHERI)
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

Internal MSU LOI due October 8, 2014
Agency LOI due on November 6, 2014
Full submission due on December 3, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

This solicitation will establish operations of the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) for 2015 - 2019. NHERI is the next generation of National Science Foundation (NSF) support for a natural hazards engineering research large facility, replacing the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). NEES was established by NSF as a distributed, multi-user, national research infrastructure for earthquake engineering through a facility construction phase during 2000 - 2004, followed by operations of this infrastructure to support research, innovation, and education activities from October 2004 through September 2014.

During 2015 - 2019, NHERI will be a distributed, multi-user, national facility to provide the natural hazards engineering community with access to research infrastructure (earthquake and wind engineering experimental facilities, cyberinfrastructure, computational modeling and simulation tools, and research data), coupled with education and community outreach activities. NHERI will enable research and educational advances that can contribute knowledge and innovation for the nation's civil infrastructure and communities to prevent natural hazard events from becoming societal disasters.

NHERI will consist of the following components, established through up to ten individual awards:

  • Network Coordination Office (one award),
  • Cyberinfrastructure (one award),
  • Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (one award), and
  • Experimental Facilities for earthquake engineering and wind engineering research (up to seven awards, including one award for a Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research Facility).

Up to ten cooperative agreements are anticipated to commence in 2015, each with a five-year award duration. Awardees will not conduct research under their awards. The primary research enabled by NHERI will be conducted by investigators supported through separate NSF awards. The Awardees and the natural hazards engineering community will work together, through Governance and Awardee activities, to establish a shared vision for NHERI, set natural hazards engineering research and education agendas and priorities, and make NHERI a value-added and productive research infrastructure.

LIMIT ON NUMBER OF PROPOSALS: 

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 2

An academic institution may submit up to two proposals as the lead institution, but may not submit more than one proposal as the lead institution in any one of the following four proposal categories:

  1. Network Coordination Office (NCO),
  2. Cyberinfrastructure (CI),
  3. Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter), and
  4. Experimental Facility (EF), which includes the Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Facility.

A full proposal involving more than one organization must be submitted as a single administrative package from the lead institution; collaborative full proposals with multiple administrative packages will not be accepted and will be returned without review. If the Principal Investigator of a full proposal leaves or transfers to another institution during the review process or after an award is made, the proposal/award remains with the lead institution. Additionally, the lead institution cannot be changed after submission of the full proposal. National laboratories and private sector companies, as well as non-U.S. institutions, may participate in NHERI award activities using their own resources and cannot receive NSF support from an award made under this solicitation; however, this shall not be interpreted to prohibit purchases, services, or sales contracts/agreements with these entities. A proposal for an EF, including the RAPID Facility, must be a single academic institution proposal with all proposed facility resources owned, operated, and maintained by the academic institution and located within the United States to facilitate access by NSF-supported users.

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2015 Research Group Program: Call for Pre-proposals
Montana NASA EPSCoR

LOI due November 3, 2014
Full submissions are by invitation only, date TBD

SYNOPSIS: 

Introductory Note: This NASA EPSCoR Call for Pre-proposals should not be confused with the Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) Call for Research Initiation and Educational Enhancement Proposals that will close October 17th, 2014. This represents a separate opportunity for Research Groups of faculty (≥ 2 faculty members).

We anticipate that NASA will soon be issuing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) for the federal fiscal year 2015 EPSCoR program. It is expected that there will be an opportunity for Montana to submit one or two Research Group proposals for potential funding under this CAN. Awards will be for three years. NASA funding for a selected Research Group proposal is expected to be $750,000 (approximately $250,000 per year, but funds need not be spent evenly over the life of the grant). At this time, the level of cost share funds has not been determined, but we anticipate a 50% cost share requirement. Therefore, group funding will likely be on the order of $1.125M total over three years, including indirect costs and some management expenses. Awards will be administered through the Montana NASA EPSCoR office. It will be up to the selected teams and their respective departments to provide the cost share.

All interested faculty groups at Montana institutions of higher education are invited to submit a short pre-proposal that will be used to determine which Research Groups will be invited to submit a full proposal to NASA for the 2015 competition. There remains uncertainty about when NASA will issue the CAN, but we anticipate that once issued, there will be a 60 day window for preparation of the full proposal for submission; we therefore need to be prepared.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The focus of the NASA EPSCoR 2015 competition will be to identify and fund research that NASA wants performed. Excellent science or engineering is not enough. Hence, all Research Group pre-proposals should include the strongest possible evidence that the group has active, well established ties to researchers at NASA Centers or Headquarters (HQ). Involved NASA collaborators/colleagues will be expected to be knowledgeable about the proposed research program and should be willing to act as advocates for funding of the proposal. There must be a clear and strong indication that the proposed research will fulfill a presently identified mission need at NASA.

In addition, pre-proposals that clearly show collaboration between two or more Montana institutions will be favored. Successful pre-proposals should demonstrate a viable interdisciplinary collaboration. Pre-proposals must show a clear source of cost sharing (see below).

 

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Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award Letter of Invitation
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

December 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is pleased to announce the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award. This award program is intended to support postdoctoral scholars with the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, and to assist in their transition from "mentored yet independent" postdoctoral to an independent, tenure-track position. Nearly all successful academic careers in science at present begin with a postdoctoral period of additional training and development prior to the first tenure tract appointment. These individuals are expected to become the next generation of leaders and innovators in science, engineering, and technology.

Fellows will be appointed for two years, and may begin as early as August of their application year, and no later than December 31.  The award amount will range from $57,000 - $67,000 based on research experience with 75% of the award going towards the stipend, which may be supplemented from other sources, and 25% used towards research expenditures.

The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award is a merit based program; issue of gender, race and financial need should not be considered contributing factors in the application review process or in the selection of the postdoctoral candidate.

Before submitting an application, invited institutions must identify a postdoctoral candidate, and an individual who will serve as a mentor in the supervising, training and research experience of the Fellow. The mentor should be an active investigator in the area of the candidate's proposed research. The submitted application must be a collaborative effort between the institution, postdoctoral candidate and identified mentor.

At the time of application, the identified candidate for the postdoctoral fellowship award must be a United States Citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for Permanent Residence.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation established by Dr. and Mrs. Beckman in 1977. The mission of the foundation is to make grants to non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Please see the Program Overview &Submission Process at http://beckman-foundation.com/aob-postdoc-invitation-letter regarding the proposal requirements. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact the Foundation at (949) 721-2222 or email the Program Administrator, at cbryant@beckman-foundation.com.  

Information regarding other programs supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is available on our Website at http://www.beckman-foundation.com.

 

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Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
NSF Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences and Division of Physics

Internal MSU LOI due October 1, 2014
Full submission due December 8, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Physics will be a center to advance theoretical AMO physics and lead in motivating and explaining new experimental work in AMO and other areas of science. The goal of this institute is to foster cutting edge research, serve as a focus for theoretical AMO science, and to enhance the visibility of the field. It will bring together diverse groups both inside and outside of the AMO community to promote connections leading to frontier science, while fostering a vibrant environment at all levels from student to senior investigator. Funding for the institute is designed to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontier of AMO physics by providing resources beyond those available to individual investigators or small groups, in an environment in which the collective efforts of the larger group can be shown to be seminal to promoting significant progress in the science and the education of students. Although interdisciplinary aspects may be included, the bulk of the effort must fall within theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics within the purview of the Division of Physics. The successful institute will demonstrate: (1) the potential to advance AMO science; (2) creative, substantive activities aimed at enhancing education, diversity, and public outreach; (3) potential for broader impacts, e.g., impacts on other field(s) and benefits to society; and (4) a synergy or value-added rationale that justifies a center- or institute-like approach.

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Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due November 8, 2014
Full submission due December 11, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research is an annual award established in 2013 to honor and celebrate a decades-long friendship of the two remarkable men, Dr. Arnold O. Beckman and Ambassador George L. Argyros, and to continue their commitment, dedication and shared vision to make the world a better place.  The Beckman-Argyros Award honors Ambassador Argyros for his 22 years of service as Chairman of the Board of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation and recognizes the special and unique friendship he shared with Arnold O. Beckman for over forty years.

The Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research is intended to reward individuals who are making significant transformative breakthroughs in vision research; this may include those whose contributions to science in general, or through the development of an innovative technology or fundamental scientific breakthrough have been applied to, aided and/or improved the vision sciences.

The Beckman-Argyros Award

In an unprecedented recognition of extraordinary achievement in scientific research and to further support this research, one award will be made annually.  The recipient of the Beckman-Argyros Award will receive a total of $500,000, as outlined below, along with a solid gold commemorative medallion:

  • $100,000 prize to award recipient;
  • $400,000 grant to support award recipient's research at a university or other qualifying public 501 (c)(3) charity specifying its designated use.

Only one award nomination is allowed per institution. 

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Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI)
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Internal MSU LOI Deadline: August 11, 2014
Pre-proposal due September 1, 2014
January 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

BWF's Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents.

Scientific advances such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering.

Recognizing the vital role such cross-trained scientists will play in furthering biomedical science, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund has developed the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research.

Prior to 2010, candidates for this award were nominated by North American degree-granting institutions. Since 2010, eligible candidates for this award may self-nominate.

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Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Internal MSU LOI Deadline: August 11, 2014
LOI due on September 1, 2014
Full submission due on January 8, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

BWF's Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents.

Scientific advances such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering.

Recognizing the vital role such cross-trained scientists will play in furthering biomedical science, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund has developed the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research.

Prior to 2010, candidates for this award were nominated by North American degree-granting institutions. Since 2010, eligible candidates for this award may self-nominate.

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Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences & Division of Materials Research

Internal MSU LOI due October 20, 2014
Full submission due on January 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The objective of PREM is to broaden participation and enhance diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, multi-investigator, collaborative research and education partnerships between minority-serving colleges/universities and the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR)-supported centers and/or facilities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The objective of PREM is to enhance the diversity of the workplace in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, research and education collaborations between minority-serving colleges and universities and DMR-supported centers and facilities.

PREM awards are expected to achieve significant increases in the number and quality of interactions between faculty and students at minority-serving colleges/universities and participants from the DMR-supported centers and facilities. They should result in increasing the number of graduate materials-related degrees for underrepresented minorities and in networking and dissemination of new knowledge. NSF's commitment to broadening participation is embedded in its Strategic Plan. The report "A Framework for Action" outlines the approach (seehttp://www.nsf.gov/od/broadeningparticipation/bp.jsp)

Funded activities might include, but are not limited to, the development of collaborative and mutually beneficial materials research and education projects, support for graduate and undergraduate students, and exchanges of faculty and students. High school students and teachers may also participate. Of special interest to DMR are activities based on research and education connections between the participants and designed to increase the recruitment, retention and degree attainment by members of underrepresented groups in materials research. The participation of 2-year and 4-year Associate degree-granting institutions in partnership with eligible institutions may be considered for this goal (see Section IV for specific eligibility requirements). While PREM awards engage scientists in fundamental materials research, activities that encourage entrepreneurship are also of special interest to NSF, as are those that offer an international experience. Proposers are encouraged to contact NSF program staff listed in Section VIII to discuss the appropriateness of the planned activities, and check eligibility requirements.

To date, successful PREMs have a strong overlap in research focus with the partner institution, and fully integrate the partner into the research and education activities of the PREM. In addition, successful PREMs have a well-defined management structure, with active internal and external advisory committees.

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Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI)
National Science Foundation: Office of International and Integrative Activities

Internal MSU LOI due October 13, 2014
Full submission due January 22, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.

To accomplish the program's goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The instrument is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (in contrast to requests for multiple instruments that enable research in a common or focused research domain, which MRI does not support). The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or that will be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.

Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.

Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot include it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Please see the solicitation text for definitions of organizational types used by the MRI program.

LIMIT ON NUMBER OF PROPOSALS: 

Three (3) as described below.

If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).

To ensure a balanced instrumentation award portfolio at diverse organizations, across varied research topics, and in support of a broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce across the entire Nation, the MRI program requires that an MRI-eligible organization may, as a performing organization, submit or be included as a significantly funded 1subawardee in no more than three MRI proposals. To promote instrumentation development, the program requires that if an organization submits or is included as a significantly funded1ubawardee in three MRI proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for (Track 2) instrument development.

NSF reserves the right to carefully examine development (Track 2) proposals to ensure that they meet the requirements for this proposal type (see Section II). If a proposal submitted as development is deemed to be an acquisition proposal either before or during the review, the proposal is subject to return without review or decline.

An unfunded collaboration does not count against the submission limit. Inclusion as a funded subawardee on a development (Track 2) proposal at a level in excess of 20% of the total budget request from NSF, or as a funded subawardee on any acquisition (Track 1) proposal, will be counted against an organization's proposal submission limit. Separately submitted linked collaborative proposals of either type (Track 1 or Track 2) count against the submission limit of each of the submitting organizations. However, if a subaward to an organization in a development (Track 2) proposal is 20% or less of the proposal's total budget request from NSF, the subawardee's submission limit will not be affected. For subawards within a linked collaborative proposal, the 20% threshold applies to the budget request from NSF in the proposal containing the subaward(s), not to the combined budget request from NSF for the collaborative project.

Note: The 30% cost-sharing requirement applies to only the portion of the total project cost budgeted to non-exempt organization(s), including those participating through subawards. When required, cost-sharing must be precisely 30%. Cost sharing is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot provide it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. See section V.B. for specific information on cost-sharing calculations and the solicitation text for definitions of organizational types used for the MRI program.


PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to shared instrumentation for scientific and engineering research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit-museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal should request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. The MRI Program is intended to assist with the acquisition or development of a single research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. An instrument provided through the MRI program is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period.

For the purposes of the MRI Program, proposals must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2), and must be for only a single instrument or for equipment that when combined serves as an integrated research instrument (in contrast to requests for multiple instruments that enable research in a common or focused research domain, which MRI does not support). An integrated research instrument means that an ensemble of equipment that defines the instrument enables a specific research experiment or type of research experiment to be undertaken; separating or removing an element or component of such an integrated instrument would and preclude any experiments from occurring or succeeding. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent experiments simultaneously. Similarly the MRI program does not fund common, general purpose ancillary equipment that would normally be found in a laboratory and/or is relatively easily procured by the institution. Further guidance on appropriate requests can be found in the MRI FAQs at http://www.nsf.gov/od/iia/programs/mri.

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Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Internal MSU LOI due December 1, 2014
Full submission due January 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) invites applications from research-intensive institutions that propose to develop recent baccalaureate science graduates from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences so that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue PhD or MD-PhD degrees in these fields. The program provides support for well-designed courses for skills development and extensive research experiences aimed at preparing individuals from diverse backgrounds to complete doctoral degrees. This program will use the NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The objective of the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is to prepare individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who have recently obtained their baccalaureate degrees for successful completion of PhD or MD-PhD training programs. An additional objective is to increase the diversity of awardee institutions' PhD and/or MD-PhD programs. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, recent baccalaureate graduates are those who have graduated from an accredited U.S. college or university no more than 36 months prior to applying to a PREP and are not currently enrolled in a degree program. In order to increase their acceptance into rigorous graduate programs, PREP participants will receive extensive research training and academic preparation through a one- to two-year apprenticeship, to further develop their scholarly potential and improve their research skills. NIGMS expects that this program will lead to a steady supply of exceptional PhD and MD-PhD students from underrepresented groups.

PREPs should generate carefully designed, individualized student development plans (IDPs) that are compatible with the participants' curricular needs and experience, combined with research projects mentored by faculty members who have active and extramurally funded research programs. The development plans will typically be designed within the context of a one-year apprenticeship to provide the necessary skills to prepare the participants for rigorous doctoral training programs. Participants should not be appointed for less than a year. NIGMS recognizes that each participant has individual needs and that a one-year program may not be sufficient for some to fully prepare to be competitive for graduate school. A second-year apprenticeship is allowable at the discretion of the PREP Program Director/Principal Investigator if within the awarded costs of a particular program. This does not require NIGMS pre-approval, but should be used selectively for those participants who would benefit from a second year in the program. The second-year apprenticeship must enhance participants' competitiveness to enter a rigorous doctoral program and not simply allow participants more time to decide if they wish to obtain a graduate degree, to explore other career options, or to provide job opportunities. This program will not support individuals earning Master's degrees. Applications may request between five and ten postbaccalaureate positions for each year of the grant (i.e., up to 50 participants for a five-year grant period), for individuals to engage in courses for skills development and mentored research studies.

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Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (R25)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Internal MSU LOI due December 1, 2014
Full submission due January 26, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To this end, this funding opportunity announcement encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focuses on research experiences, courses for skills development and mentoring activities. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

The goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To this end, this funding opportunity announcement encourages the development of creative academic developmental activities and research experiences at research intensive institutions to enhance the ability of students to complete the Ph.D. and engage in biomedical and behavioral research, especially members of groups underrepresented in the current workforce.

Several reports from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as from the National Academies reveal the national need for a well-trained workforce in biomedical and behavioral sciences and the continuing importance of developing and maintaining a strong, vital scientific workforce whose diversity reflects that of our nation. Studies also show that African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Natives of US Pacific Islands continue to be underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences (National Academy of Sciences. 2011. Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press; National Research Council. 2011. Research Training in the Biomedical, Behavioral and Clinical Research Sciences. Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press; National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. 2013. Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering. 2013. Special Report NSF 13-304. Arlington, VA).

The IMSD program provides opportunities to develop new or expand existing effective institutional developmental programs designed to prepare a diverse group of students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences for competitive research careers and leadership positions in these fields. These grants are awards to institutions that confer the baccalaureate and/or doctoral degree in biomedical and/or behavioral science fields, have a demonstrated commitment to encourage and assist students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences, and have a research-intensive environment. The IMSD Program is sponsored by the Undergraduate and Predoctoral Training Branch of the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity (TWD) of the NIGMS.

At the institutional level, the IMSD program should:

  • Increase the pool of students from underrepresented backgrounds that complete a Ph.D. and continue biomedical research careers
  • Contribute to ongoing student and faculty efforts to reduce the gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented students and those from other backgrounds in  participating departments
  • Increase institutional involvement in outreach efforts toward underrepresented groups

To accomplish these objectives, the design of the proposed institutional programs should be derived from an institutional self-assessment of the:

  • Research environment
  • Demographics of students enrolled in biomedical or behavioral science departments
  • Number of students that complete the baccalaureate and/or Ph.D. degree
  • Challenges/impediments that the students encounter in completing the baccalaureate and/or  Ph.D. degree  

As a result of the self-assessment, each applicant must establish the program's goals and specific measurable objectives.

Various strategies may be utilized to attain the objective of increasing the pool of underrepresented researchers via the IMSD program. These may include but are not limited to the initiation of new academic developmental activities as well as the expansion, enhancement and/or improvement of existing activities.  Some institutions may opt to offer programs to improve preparation of undergraduate students for admission to research doctoral degree programs. Others may concentrate on training graduate students to obtain their doctoral degrees and prepare for successful research careers and still others may concentrate on both. Each IMSD program is strongly encouraged to develop a partnership with NIH-funded T32 training program(s) (http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm) at the applicant institution or another institution in order to facilitate the networking and transition of IMSD students to T32 training programs as well as to identify the institutional impact of the program. Program directors are expected to characterize intended and actualized improvements to training experiences for the general student population that originate in or are inspired by the implementation of the IMSD Program. The duration of the proposed IMSD program should be defined. A two-year undergraduate and/or a two-year graduate IMSD program is typical.  

The IMSD program can provide support for student academic development activities that are designed to improve scientific critical thinking and quantitative skills, communication skills, time management, group learning opportunities, independent library or bench research skills, interdisciplinary or advanced research-based courses and opportunities to meet and discuss career choices with appropriate role models.

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

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NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal MSU LOI due November 9, 2014
Agency LOI due December 30, 2014
Full submission due January 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The NIH Director's Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards initiative is funded through the NIH Common Fund, which supports cross-cutting programs that are expected to have exceptionally high impact. All Common Fund initiatives invite investigators to develop bold, innovative, and often risky approaches to address problems that may seem intractable or to seize new opportunities that offer the potential for rapid progress.

The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host.

By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research position.

The NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce. The NIH expects all of its efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups; to improve the quality of the educational and training environment; to balance and broaden the perspective in setting research priorities; to improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve the Nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.  Applicant institutions are always encouraged to consider talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and women for participation in all NIH-funded research opportunities.   

 

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NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)
National Institutes of Health/NINDS

Internal MSU LOI due October 1, 2014
Agency LOI due 30 days before full submission
Full submission due January 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of the FOA is to invite applications for mentoring and professional activities to advance the careers and neuroscience development of diverse neuroscience researchers.  The goal of the NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (NDACDRW) is to support mission relevant development and/or implementation of programs to: (1) increase the pool of Ph.D.-level research scientists from diverse backgrounds underrepresented  in biomedical research who are neuroscience researchers- participation is limited to graduate, post-doctoral and/or junior-faculty career levels only; and (2) facilitate career advancement/transition of the participants to the next step of their neuroscience careers. 

NINDS support for R25 program relies equally on scientific merit and programmatic considerations. Consequently, we recommend that potential applicants contact program officials at NINDS before preparing an application. NINDS will not support projects if they do not fulfill current programmatic priorities at NINDS.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: 

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages applications from applicant organizations that propose creative and innovative mentoring and professional development activities in the mission area(s) of the NINDS to increase diversity of the research workforce.

This NINDS Diversity R25 is a flexible and specialized program designed to foster the development of diverse neuroscience researchers at the local, regional and national program level. The overall goal of NINDS's individual and institutional research training programs is to ensure that highly trained scientists will be available in adequate numbers and in appropriate scientific areas to reduce the burden of neurological disease.

The NIH expects efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups; to improve the quality of the educational and training environment; to balance and broaden the perspective in setting research priorities; to improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve the Nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.

There is a large loss of talented researchers from diverse backgrounds during the transition from graduate to postdoctoral training to junior faculty positions.  Evidence from several reports demonstrate that an intervention designed to facilitate successful transitions along this pathway would benefit the research community and scientific teaching environment, and would provide needed role models for underrepresented students (Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads- National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine 2011Bridges to Independence: Fostering the Independence of New Investigators in Biomedical Research, and Advancing the Nations Health Needs: NIH Research Training Programs). 

While the term "diversity" can encompass many personal attributes and characteristics, for this NINDS Diversity R25 program, diversity includes individuals currently underrepresented in neuroscience research on a national basis (for example see surveys conducted by the Society for Neuroscience Committee on Neuroscience Departments and Programs ), including: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups or individuals with disabilities (see also http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/).  Eligibility related to the NIH defineddisadvantaged background would be difficult to justify for individuals beyond the level of high school and undergraduate, and thus will be very difficult to justify for the career stages eligible under this announcement.  

Due to the current NIH activities to increase recruitment and retention of diverse students at the undergraduate level (http://commonfund.nih.gov/diversity/Initiatives.aspx ), this new NINDS Diversity R25 does not include programs that target undergraduates or any career stage below graduate students.  The NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25) initiative will focus on factors that have been shown to effect retention of diverse graduate, post-doctoral and junior faculty in neuroscience research such as mentoring, scientific networks and professional development ( http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/Reportshttp://acd.od.nih.gov/dbr.htm ).  The program seeks to support intervention activities that include, but are not limited to, development of grant writing skills, fostering publishing, and enhancing laboratory management for early stage faculty engaged in neuroscience research.

The NINDS expects applicant institutions to propose programs that will lead to an improvement in the professional development, mentoring and/or technical expertise of individuals who are nationally underrepresented in neuroscience research. Investigators with creative, innovative ideas for new programs are encouraged to discuss these with NINDS program officials. Examples of programs that are of potential interest to the NINDS include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Programs that target Participants from Diverse Backgrounds:   Activities designed to increase the pool and success of participants from underrepresented backgrounds including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty.  Institute priority will be given to pipeline programs that target the advancement and retention of researchers from diverse backgrounds from either the career stages of graduate to post-doc or post-doc to junior faculty.  Programs should enhance and broaden their skills in order to contribute significantly to basic, translational and/or clinical neuroscience research through development of comprehensive strategies that support career advancement, professional development, and mentoring skills.
  • Programs that target Mentors and Institutional Officials:  The NIH realizes that quality mentorship is critical to the recruitment and retention of diverse scientists. Therefore, this FOA welcomes programs aimed at improving the caliber of mentorship. For example Workshops to educate mentors (e.g. summer course or a workshop accompanying a neuroscience related scientific meeting in which case-based scenarios may be used to educate mentors on various relevant ethical, professional and cultural issues facing students today).  Also, the program intends to support innovative mentoring network programs within neuroscience focused scientific and/or professional societies and organizations.  Mentors from all demographic backgrounds should be encouraged to participate in the proposed program.
  • Programs that target Health Disparities:  Educational/research experiences that enhance the participation and productivity of diverse investigators carrying out research on NINDS mission relevant health disparities (refer to Public Law 106-525).

Formats for these programs may also vary, e.g., short courses, a series of seminars, workshops, structured research experiences, or curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.

The proposed program may complement other, ongoing research training and education occurring at an applicant institution, but the proposed activities must be distinct from those research training and research education programs currently receiving federal support.  The R25 is not a substitute for an institutional research training program (T32), cannot be used to support individual research activities, and cannot be used to circumvent or supplement Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) mechanisms.

Although the NINDS Diversity R25s are not typical research instruments, they do involve experiments in education and/or dissemination of research knowledge that require an evaluation plan in order to determine their effectiveness. A plan must be provided for program evaluation and/or dissemination.  As such, each application must include a plan to evaluate the activities proposed (see Section IV, Evaluation Plan).  For some types of projects, a plan for disseminating results may also be appropriate and may be required as well (see Section IV, Dissemination Plan).

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NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity
Directorate for Engineering and Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Internal MSU LOI due November 7, 2014
Agency LOI due December 3, 2014
Full submission due January 28, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team with a least one industry partner to build technological, human, and service system innovation capacity. These partnerships focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered smart service system with the potential to achieve transformational change in an existing service system or to spur an entirely new service system. These technologies have been inspired by existing breakthrough discoveries.

Service systems are socio-technical configurations of people, technologies, organizations, and information designed to deliver services that create and deliver value. A "smart" service system is a system capable of learning, dynamic adaptation, and decision making based upon data received, transmitted, and/or processed to improve its response to a future situation. The system does so through self-detection, self-diagnosing, self-correcting, self-monitoring, self-organizing, self-replicating, or self-controlled functions. These capabilities are the result of the incorporation of technologies for sensing, actuation, coordination, communication, control, etc. The system may exhibit a sequence of features such as detection, classification, and localization that lead to an outcome occurring within a reasonable time.

PFI:BIC funds research partnerships working on projects that operate in the post-fundamental discovery space but precede being on a clear path to commercialization. These projects require additional effort to integrate the technology into a real service system with human factors considerations, which in turn might spawn additional discoveries inspired by this interaction of humans with the technology.

Partnership activities that drive sustained innovation include the targeted allocation of resources such as capital, time, and facilities; and sharing of knowledge in a cross-organizational and interdisciplinary context. The project must involve research tasks that demonstrate a highly collaborative research plan with participation of the primary industrial partner with the academic researcher during the life of the award.

Cultivating smart service systems requires not only the participation of the scientific discipline or disciplines related to the technology, but also of a range of other disciplines needed to achieve successful integration into a smart service system. The resulting system requires an understanding of human interaction with technology and a human-centered design to assure the desirability and the effectiveness of the proposed service system.

Thus, in addition to the discipline related to the technology, the disciplines to be included in this project are 1) systems engineering or engineering design, 2) computer science/information technology, and 3) human factors/behavioral science/cognitive engineering. Some teams not experienced with service engineering might benefit from consulting with an individual with expertise in service operations or service systems. NSF recognizes that the labels for the aforementioned disciplines may vary in different institutions and organizations, so what is important here is to demonstrate the equivalence of the representation of these disciplines. The proposer will be asked to show how the disciplines will be integrated in the context of the project as part of the research plan in the Project Description.

Examples of technology applied to service systems include smart healthcare, smart cities, on-demand transportation, precision agriculture, smart infrastructure, and other technologies enabling self-service and customized service solutions.

WEBINARS: Webinars will be held to answer questions about the solicitation. Register on the PFI:BIC website where details will be posted (http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/pfi/bic.jsp). Potential proposers and their partners are encouraged to attend. Also, Vice Presidents for Research and academic personnel concerned with the review of their respective institution's selection of candidates for submission, individuals from Sponsored Research Offices, and those focused on the identification and understanding of limited application submissions are encouraged to attend.

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Grant Programs--Medical Research (June Cycle)
W.M. Keck Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due October 1, 2014
LOI due November 1, 2014
Full submissions due February 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Historically, grants range from $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less.

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Beckman Young Investigator Program
Beckman (Arnold and Mable) Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due August 25, 2014
LOI due September 3, 2014
Full submissions by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Projects should show promise for contributing to significant advances in the research fields of interest to the Foundation. They should represent innovative departures in research rather than extensions or expansions of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open up new avenues of research in chemistry and the life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.

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

Internal MSU LOI due September 15, 2014
Full submission due February 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

Internal MSU LOI due November 30, 2014
Nomination portal opens December 2014; full submission due February 10, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Eligibility

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor's or higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2009. Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component of the nominee's activities. Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually.


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Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

Internal MSU LOI due December 1, 2014
Full submission due February 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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Research Program
W.M. Keck Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

 

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

August 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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Department of Defense (DOD)

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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

Deadline: see program URL

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

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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Department of Defense

Last day to discuss with Technical Points of Contact: September 21, 2014
Full submission due October 22, 2014

*TechLink, a Montana State University organization dedicated to development, transfer, and commercialization of technology is available to assist investigators with their SBIR/STTR plans. Please contact staff listed on the TechLink website: http://techlinkcenter.org/home. Supporting grants for proposal submission may be available.

SYNOPSIS: 

The objectives of the Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR programs include meeting advanced Defense technology needs as specified in the DoD SBIR/STTR solicitations, increasing private sector commercialization of technology developed through DoD-supported research and development (R&D), stimulating technological innovation in the private sector, and improving the return on investment from Federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. DoD will support high-quality research or R&D on advanced concepts concerning important mission-related scientific or engineering problems and opportunities that are likely to lead to new products or services that can meet important warfighter needs, as well as provide significant public benefit from promising research.

The current DoD solicitations include 22 SBIR topics from Army, Navy, DARPA and DTRA, and 13  STTR topics from DARPA, DTRA and MDA.

Other than different eligibility requirements, the major difference between the SBIR and STTR programs is that STTR contracts must involve substantial cooperative research collaboration between the small business and a single Research Institution. However, it should be noted that the SBIR program also permits substantial collaboration between the small business and other organizations, including Research Institutions. The difference is that in SBIR, the collaboration is optional, while in STTR, the collaboration is required.  Under DoD STTR, the Principal Investigator may be employed by either the small business or the Research Institution. 

An important goal of these programs is the commercialization and transition into Defense procurement programs of DoD-supported research or R&D. TechLink, as a Department of Defense Partnership Intermediary, can help in understanding and facilitating DoD collaborative R&D and follow-on funding opportunities.

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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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FY14 Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PH/TBIRP)
Department of Defense

LOI's due November 6, 2014
Full submissions due January 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

The Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PH/TBIRP) recently released two new funding opportunities, the Investigational Treatments for TBI and PTSD Clinical Trial Award (ITTPCTA) and Community Partners in Mental Health Research Award (CPMHRA). Please visit the program link for more information and application instructions.

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DARPA BAA-14-38 Biological Technologies

Deadline: April 30, 2015

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

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Fiscal Year 2014 Funding Opportunities
Department of Defense

Deadlines vary per program

The following programs are accepting applications for the 2014 Fiscal Year 

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

Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2:  

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

Pre-Application Due on December 3, 2014 

Full Submission Due on December 17, 2014 

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

Breakthrough Award Levels 3 and 4: 

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

Pre-Application Due on October 22, 2014 

Full Submission Due on January 29, 2015 

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

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

Reconstructive Transplantation Research Award (RTRA):  

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

Pre-Application Due on October 15, 2014 

Full Submission Due on October 29, 2014

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

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

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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

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

Whitepaper request
Open until June 2019

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

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Department of Energy (DOE)

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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Atmospheric System Research Program (DE-FOA-0001174)
Office of Science/Department of Energy

Pre-applications due on September 5, 2014
Final applications due on November 7, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Under this program, the sponsor is interested in applications for observational, data analysis, and/or modeling studies that use data from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) or ASR programs to improve understanding and model representation of cloud microphysical, convective, aerosol, and radiative transfer processes.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of the ASR program is to improve the treatment of clouds, aerosols, and radiative transfer processes in atmospheric models, that in turn are combined with ocean, terrestrial, and ice sheet models to make projections of climate change.

Requests for research support under this funding opportunity must address one of the following research topics:

1. Cloud microphysical processes: Conduct studies using ARM or other CESD-funded data to improve understanding and model representation of cloud microphysical processes that are relevant for reducing uncertainties in cloud feedback estimates from global climate models. Specific processes of interest include drizzle and precipitation formation and development, factors controlling microphysical and radiative properties of ice and snow particles, sensitivity of cloud properties to aerosol perturbations, and interactions between microphysics and dynamics. Studies that use advanced capabilities of ARM remote sensors such as polarization or Doppler spectra to address these topics are encouraged.

2. Convective processes: Conduct studies using ARM or other CESD-funded data to improve understanding and model representation of convective processes that are relevant for reducing uncertainties in the precipitation and radiative impacts of convective systems in cloud-resolving, regional, and/or global climate models. Specific topics of interest include land-atmosphere interactions that impact convective initiation or development, processes controlling convective organization and properties (including entrainment, cold pool development, anvil outflow, and interactions with large-scale dynamics), and impacts of aerosol processes on properties of convective systems.

3. Aerosol processes: Conduct studies using ARM and/or other CESD-funded data to improve understanding and model representation of aerosol processes that are relevant for reducing uncertainties in aerosol radiative forcing estimates from global climate models. Specific topics of interest include generation, chemical transformation, and removal mechanisms for secondary aerosols; and aerosol processes relevant to arctic and tropical domains. NOTE: Because the ASR program recently made significant investments in studies of new particle formation and aerosol optical properties, applications whose primary focus is on these topics (new particle formation and aerosol optical properties) are not encouraged for this announcement.

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Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) (DE-FOA-0000890)
U.S. Department of Energy (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)

November 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on behalf of the DOE,
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is seeking applications under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for establishing and managing a dedicated Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) field laboratory called the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE). FORGE will focus on science and technology Research & Development (R&D) in an ideal EGS environment (see Section I.D.) in a domestic location. It is envisioned that FORGE will result in a rigorous and reproducible methodology that will enable development of on the order of 100 GWe of cost-competitive EGS power, supporting the President's climate goals.

Projects under this FOA will be comprised of three Phases. Under Phase 1 Applicants will complete certain mission-critical technical and logistical tasks that demonstrate the proposed site's viability and the Applicant's full commitment and capability to implement Phase 2 and 3 activities of FORGE as envisioned by DOE. Phase 2 is comprised of three subphases that collectively involve preparation and demonstration of full readiness of the FORGE site, including detailed site characterization and full environmental compliance, as well as initial planning for technology testing R&D and evaluation in Phase 3. Phase 3 involves full implementation of FORGE and tasks specific to the identification, testing and evaluation of new and innovative EGS techniques and technologies.

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Environmental System Science (DE-FOA-0001172)
Office of Science/Department of Energy

LOI due on September 3, 2014
Full submission due on December 2, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its interest in receiving research applications for environmental system science. The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to improve the representation of terrestrial ecosystems and subsurface processes appropriate for advancing Earth system model capabilities, thereby improving the quality of climate model projections and providing the scientific foundation needed to inform DOE's energy decisions. Two types of applications may be proposed in this program. Traditional, "full" applications may request support for three years, which addresses a research need within scope of the research objectives indicated in this opportunity. In addition to full applications, BER also encourages the submission of smaller, more focused and innovative exploratory research that would be perceived as "high-risk" applications which may have the potential for future high impact on terrestrial ecosystem research.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The funding opportunity will consider applications that focus on measurements, experiments, modeling or synthesis to provide improved quantitative and predictive understanding of terrestrial ecosystems that, in turn, influence atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and thereby affect the greenhouse gas forcing of climate. The emphasis of this FOA is to understand non-managed terrestrial ecosystems in the context of a changing climate.

While the program supports a broad spectrum of fundamental research in terrestrial ecosystem and subsurface science with a view towards improved climate predictability and will consider research applications within this scope, this FOA in particular encourages applications in the following specific science areas:

Science Area 1 - Belowground Processes: The role of belowground processes and mechanisms across scales (e.g., microbial process including soil carbon transformation/stability, root dynamics, mycorrhizal interactions, and plant mediated (e.g. root exudates, priming, hydrological, biogeochemical transformations) associated with a changing climate.

Science Area 2 - Critical Ecosystems: New or improved understanding of carbonrelevant biogeochemical pathways, fluxes and ecosystem function with particular emphasis on Arctic tundra and tropical ecosystems.

Science Area 3 - Terrestrial-Aquatic Interfaces: New or improved understanding of critical carbon processes at the terrestrial-aquatic interface which have the potential for direct feedbacks to the climate system (e.g., soil carbon transformation, methane biogeochemistry).

Science Area 4 - Synthesis: Synthesis activities that draw broad insights into, and improve our understanding of, terrestrial ecosystems and their role in forcing climate change will be considered. These lower cost activities should leverage existing models, sites and datasets.

HOW TO APPLY: The FOA is listed in the FedConnect database. Please enter "DE-FOA-0001172" to see the full announcement. 

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Transportation Energy Resources From Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) (DE-FOA-0001211)
Department of Energy (Headquarters)

November 17, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E), an organization within the Department of Energy, is chartered by Congress in the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-69), as amended by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-358), to support the creation of transformational energy technologies and systems through funding and managing Research and Development (R&D) efforts. Originally chartered in 2007, the Agency was first funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that are too risky for the private sector and that, if successfully developed, will create the foundation for entirely new industries. Successful projects will address at least one of ARPA-Es two Mission Areas: 1. Enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies that result in: a. reductions of imports of energy from foreign sources; b. reductions of energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases; and c. improvement in the energy efficiency of all economic sectors. 2. Ensure that the United States maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies. Program Overview: There is an urgent need to accelerate energy crop development for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. Recent technological advancements have now made it possible to extract massive volumes of genetic, physiological, and environmental data from certain crops, but, even with these resources, the data still cannot be processed into the knowledge needed to predict crop performance in the field.

This knowledge is required to improve the breeding development pipeline for energy crops. Building upon precision agriculture innovations and data-intensive computational approaches, ARPA-E believes that it is now possible to accelerate plant breeding, using robust high-throughput precision phenotyping systems, to quantify important agronomic traits in the field throughout the entire lifecycle of an individual plant, and to associate these traits with their genetic and genomic properties. This ARPA-E program, Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA), is an investment in technologies that increase the precision, accuracy and throughput of energy crop breeding, to enable (a) new predictive algorithms for plant growth, (b) more detailed measurements for plant physiology, and (c) more sophisticated bioinformatics pipelines for gene discovery and trait association.

TERRA will enable breeders to evaluate more individual plants, to select appropriate plants for breeding earlier in the growing season, to capture better information about them during their development, and to associate this information with the best genes to propagate. Success will be measured by the prospective ability to predict yield gains early, specifically, to identify which genes can improve carbon capture efficiency in newly cultivated bioenergy crops. Although other crops will be considered, this program intends to focus on energy sorghum as a model system because of its potential for improvement through breeding, its resources for genetic analysis, its geo graphic adaptability, and its commercial utility.

To obtain a copy of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) please go to the ARPA-E website at https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov. ARPA-E will not review or consider concept papers submitted through other means. For detailed guidance on using ARPA-E eXCHANGE, please refer to the ARPA-E eXCHANGE User Guide (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx).

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Early Career Research Program (DE-FOA-0001170)
Department of Energy/Office of Science

Pre-applications due September 11, 2014
Full submission due November 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the DOE Office of Science.

I. Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)-- Proposed research may include one or more of the areas listed below. Research areas of interest include: (a) Applied Mathematics; and (b) Computer Science. II. Biological and Environmental Research (BER)--BER is seeking Biological Systems Science research in the following areas: (a) Systems Biology Enabled Research on the Role of Microbial Communities in Carbon; and (b) Land-Atmosphere Interactions. III. Basic Energy Sciences (BES)--(a) Materials Chemistry; (b) Biomolecular Materials; (c) Synthesis and Processing Science; (d) Experimental Condensed Matter Physics; (e) Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics; (f) Physical Behavior of Materials; (g) Mechanical Behavior and Radiation Effects; (h) X-ray Scattering; (i) Neutron Scattering; (j) Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopies; (k) Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences (AMOS); (l) Gas Phase Chemical Physics (GPCP); (m) Computation and Theoretical Chemistry; (n) Condensed Phase and Interfacial Molecular Science (CPIMS); (o) Catalysis Science; (p) Separations and Analysis; (q) Heavy Element Chemistry (HEC); (r) Geosciences Research; (s) Solar Photochemistry; (t) Photosynthetic Systems; (u) Physical Biosciences; (v) BES Nanoscale Science Research Centers and Electron-Beam Microcharacterization Centers Research; (w) BES Accelerator and Detector Research; (x) BES X-ray Instrumentation and Technique Development; (y) Neutron Scattering Instrumentation and Technique Development. IV. Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)--(a) Magnetic Fusion Energy Science Experimental Research; (b) Magnetic Fusion Energy Science Theory and Simulation; (c) High-Energy-Density Plasma Science; (d) General Plasma Science Experiment and Theory; (e) Materials Science and Enabling Technologies for Fusion. V. High Energy Physics (HEP)--(a) Experimental Research at the Energy Frontier in High Energy Physics; (b) Experimental Research at the Intensity Frontier in High Energy Physics; (c) Experimental Research at the Cosmic Frontier in High Energy Physics; (d) Theoretical Research in High Energy Physics; (e) Accelerator Science and Technology Research & Development in High Energy Physics; (f) Detector Research and Development in High Energy Physics. VI. Nuclear Physics (NP)--(a) Medium Energy Nuclear Physics; (b) Heavy Ion Nuclear Physics; (c) Low Energy Nuclear Physics; (d) Nuclear Theory; (e) Nuclear Data and Nuclear Theory Computing; (f) Accelerator Research and Development for Current and Future Nuclear Physics Facilities; (g) Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications.

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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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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) (DE-FOA-0001164)
Department of Energy

LOI due September 2, 2014
Full submission due October 14, 2014

*TechLink, a Montana State University organization dedicated to development, transfer, and commercialization of technology is available to assist investigators with their SBIR/STTR plans. Please contact staff listed on the TechLink website: http://techlinkcenter.org/home.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Other than different eligibility requirements (see Part III - Eligibility Information), the major difference between the SBIR and STTR programs is that STTR grants must involve substantial cooperative research collaboration between the small business and a single Research Institution (see definitions in
Appendices/Reference Material at the end of this FOA). However, it should be noted that the SBIR program also permits substantial collaboration between the small business and other organizations, including
Research Institutions. The difference is that in SBIR, the collaboration is optional, while in STTR, the collaboration is required and must be cooperative in nature.

An important goal of these programs is the commercialization of DOE-supported research or R&D. Following the start of Phase I, DOE encourages its awardees to begin thinking about and seeking commitments from private sector or Federal non-SBIR/STTR funding sources in anticipation of Phases II and III. The commitments should be obtained prior to the Phase II grant application submission. The commitment for Phase III may be made contingent on the DOE-supported research or R&D meeting some specific technical objectives in Phase II, which, if met, would justify funding to pursue further development for commercial purposes in Phase III. For Phase I applicants, more details will be provided in the Phase II FOA. For Fast-Track applicants, please refer to Part IV, Section C. 2. Fast-Track Applicant.

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Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts (TABB) (DE-FOA-0001162)
Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

LOI due October 30, 2014
Full submission due December 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The TABB FOA seeks alternative pathways to overcome two key barriers to commercializing algal biofuels: high costs of producing algal biomass and low yields of target biofuel and bioproduct feedstocks produced from algae.  Specifically, the TABB FOA will support: 1) the development of algae cultures that produce valuable bioproducts alongside biofuels to increase the overall value of the biomass; and 2) the development of crop protection and CO2 utilization technologies to boost culture productivity and yield to reduce the cost of the biomass.  The goal is to enable a modeled minimum fuel selling price, assuming mature technologies, of less than $5 gasoline gallon equivalent for algal biofuels through creation of valuable products alongside biofuels and achieving increased biomass productivity that leads to higher feedstock yields. 

The TABB FOA includes two topic areas:

  1. Consortia that bring together upstream and downstream expertise to develop biofuels and bioproducts from algae that are comparable and competitive with their petroleum-based counterparts and have broad national market impacts;
  2. Single investigator or small team technology development projects focused on developing crop protection or CO2 utilization technologies to raise the biomass productivity and demonstrate that the increase could lead to higher yields.

Consortia projects in Topic Area 1 will develop and characterize finished bioproducts and biofuels spanning the entire algae processing system (cultivation, harvesting, processing, refining/bioproduct production).  The projects in Topic Area 2 will increase algal biomass productivity and/or yield via crop protection or CO2 utilization strategies.

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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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Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
National Energy Technology Laboratory/Department of Energy

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor provides support for partnering opportunities with the private sector and academia to develop and commercialize new energy and environmental technologies.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The sponsor provides support for partnering opportunities with those in the private sector and academia, to develop and commercialize new energy and environmental technologies, through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs).

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Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2015 (DE-FOA-0001166)
Department of Energy (EERE)

LOI due November 10, 2014
Full submission due January 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This FOA supports research and development of technologies and approaches that lead to primary energy reductions in buildings in the USA. This FOA combines early-stage topics (Innovations) with later-stage, research and development topics (Frontiers) that complement the core funding provided by the program. Because of their different focuses (Innovations: early-stage; Frontiers: later-stage, research and development), this FOA is divided into two sections: an Innovations and a Frontiers section. R&D topics under the Innovations section are generally riskier, i.e., at an earlier stage of R&D, compared to those under the Frontiers section. Pursuing both short-term (Innovations) and long-term (Frontiers) investments provides balance to the R&D portfolio. This FOA allows all interested parties, including corporations, universities, and non-profits as well as the national labs, to contribute to advancement in these technological areas. The Innovations topic is (1) non-vapor compression HVAC technologies; the Frontiers topic is (2) advanced vapor compression HVAC technologies.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Emerging Technologies (ET) Program of the Building Technologies Office (BTO) supports applied research and development for technologies and systems that contribute to building energy consumption. BTO's goal is to deliver 50% primary energy savings in the year 2030, relative to the baseline energy consumption projected by the 2010 Annual Energy Outlook. The ET Program is helping to meet this goal by enabling cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. The ET Program maintains support for the national laboratories in five core areas: Solid-State Lighting, HVAC (includes water heating and appliances), Sensors & Controls, Windows & Envelope, and Modeling & Tools. This FOA combines an early-stage research and development topic (Innovations) with a later-stage research and development topic (Frontiers) that complement the core funding provided to the national labs and allow all interested parties, including corporations, universities, and non-profits as well as the national labs, to contribute to advancement in two of these core technological areas: Non-vapor compression HVAC technologies and
advanced vapor compression HVAC technologies. These topics are combined into this single, relatively large FOA in order to reduce administrative costs and to ensure that only the best applications are supported.

Note: To access the request for applications follow the link and enter DE-FOA-0001166 in the search field. 

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Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems (DE-FOA-0001179)
Golden Field Office/Department of Energy

LOI due November 21, 2014
Full submission due January 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The intent of this funding opportunity is to support interdisciplinary research and development (R&D) projects that apply landscape design approaches to integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems while maintaining or enhancing environmental and socio-economic sustainability including ecosystem services and food, feed, and fiber production.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The FOA objectives are authorized under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. In particular, the objectives are aligned with the following Titles, Subtitles, and Sections: EPAct 2005, Section 932(d); EPAct 2005, Section 932(b)(5); and EISA 2007, Section 202.

Successful projects will undertake the following: A. For a defined spatial area comparable to a small sub-watershed (approximately 10,000 acres or larger): 1. Develop a process to involve landowners and multi-disciplinary stakeholders in landscape design planning and implementation; 2. Validate the effectiveness of the process so that it can serve as a guide for other locations; and 3. Deliver practical science-based tools and documentation that can facilitate further adoption within and beyond that spatial area. B. Within the defined spatial area, establish and/or make use of existing field sites to produce cellulosic biomass while maintaining or improving environmental sustainability compared to the baseline agricultural or forestry production system, as measured through sustainability indicators: biomass productivity, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water quantity, water quality, soil quality, air quality, and biodiversity. C. Evaluate the production, harvesting, preprocessing, and transport of the cellulosic feedstocks to understand feedstock availability, quality, and costs as a function of the landscape design and the specific systems used in the study. Deliver techno-economic and lifecycle analyses of the proposed feedstock production and logistics system to quantify potential for the landscape design to be part of a commercially viable bioenergy supply chain.

Successful projects will address the following key performance metrics for EERE: 1. Dramatically reduce dependence on foreign oil; 2. Increase the viability and development of renewable energy technologies; and 3. Spur the creation of a domestic bio-industry.

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Systems Biology Research to Advance Sustainable Bioenergy Crop Development (DE-FOA-0001207)
Department of Energy - Office of Science

January 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research that supports the Genomic Science research program (http://genomicscience.energy.gov). In this FOA, applications are requested for: i) Systems-level research to better understand the molecular and physiological mechanisms that control bioenergy crop vigor, resource use efficiency, and resilience/adaptability to abiotic stress, as well as interactions with the surrounding environment, in order to increase biomass productivity under changing and at times suboptimal conditions; ii) Systems biology-enabled investigations into the role(s) of microbial and microbial communities in the complex and multi-scaled interactions of the plant-soil-environment: contribution(s) to bioenergy feedstock plant performance, adaptation, and resilience in the face of a broad range of changing environmental conditions and abiotic stressors (e.g., climate), and the impacts of introducing bioenergy cropping systems on the local ecosystem.

Note: To access the full application, please visit the link below and enter the FOA number. 

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Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology Research and Development - 2015 (DE-FOA-0001171)
National Energy Technology Laboratory/Department of Energy

LOI due November 14, 2014
Full submission due January 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor is seeking applications for research and development projects that have the following objectives: Maximize the energy-efficiency of SSL products in the marketplace; Remove market barriers through improvements to lifetime, color quality, and lighting system performance; Reduce costs of SSL sources and luminaires; Improve product consistency while maintaining high quality products; and Encourage the growth, leadership, and sustainability of domestic U.S. manufacturing within the SSL industry.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The sponsor may issue awards in one, multiple, or none of the following topic areas:

Topic Area 1: LED Core Technology Research: LED Core Technology is applied research encompassing scientific efforts that focus on comprehensive knowledge or understanding of the subject under study, with specific application to LED technology. Acceptable approaches are limited to: LED Emitter Materials Research (MYPP Task A.1.2) and LED Down Converters (MYPP Task A.1.3).

Topic Area 2: OLED Core Technology Research: OLED Core Technology is applied research encompassing scientific efforts that focus on comprehensive knowledge or understanding of the subject under study, with specific application to OLED technology. Acceptable approaches are limited to: OLED Stable White Devices (MYPP Task C.1.2).

Topic Area 3: LED Product Development - Novel LED Luminaire Systems: Potential applicants must address one of the defined application areas of classroom lighting and patient room lighting as detailed in Appendix E - Solid-State Lighting Application-Based Innovations. Potential applicants are encouraged to think outside the box and to develop necessary collaborative partnerships to meet all aspects of this topic area.

Topic Area 4: OLED Product Development - OLED Product Development involves using basic and applied research (such as Core Technology research) for the development of commercially viable OLED-based materials, devices, or luminaires. Acceptable approaches are limited to: OLED Luminaire (MYPP Task D.4.2).

Topic Area 5: LED Manufacturing Research and Development - LED Manufacturing Research and Development provides support for manufacturing projects that target improved product quality and consistency, and accelerated cost reduction. The idea is to take LED components, products, or systems and provide or improve a means to manufacture them. This could include development of material production, subsystems, tools, processes, and assembly methods specific to LED-based SSL manufacturing. Acceptable approaches are limited to: LED Luminaire Manufacturing (Manufacturing Roadmap Task M.L.1); LED Test and Inspection Equipment (Manufacturing Roadmap Task M.L.3); LED Phosphor Manufacturing and Application (Manufacturing Roadmap Task M.L.7).

Topic Area 6 - OLED Manufacturing Research and Development - OLED Manufacturing Research and Development provides support for manufacturing projects that target improved product quality and consistency, and accelerated cost reduction. Acceptable approaches are limited to: OLED Substrate and Encapsulation Manufacturing (Manufacturing Roadmap Task M.O.3), and OLED Panel Manufacturing (Manufacturing Roadmap Task M.O.5).

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Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities (DE-FOA-0001186)
Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

LOI due on November 26, 2014
Full submission due February 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Building upon the successful outcomes of the 2012 SunShot CSP R&D FOA, the CSP: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities FOA seeks to further CSP system technologies by soliciting transformative projects for all of the components of a CSP plant. These innovative projects will seek to meet the targets set out in the SunShot Vision Study, enabling CSP to be cost-competitive with conventional forms of electric power generation. Projects will address challenges in every technical system of the plant, including solar collectors, receivers and heat transfer fluids, thermal energy storage, power cycles, as well as operations and maintenance, which have not been previously specifically targeted by CSP FOAs.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to fund applied scientific research that develops novel technologies for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)[1] that will reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for electricity generated by CSP to 6 ¢/kWhe or less, without subsidies, by the end of the decade. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) intends to support research into technologies that have the potential for much lower cost, higher efficiency, and more reliable performance than existing commercial and near-commercial CSP systems and their expected progress in the coming 5 years. As part of the SunShot Initiative,[2] this applied research program is intended to demonstrate or otherwise prove new concepts in the collector, receiver, thermal storage, heat transfer fluids and power cycle subsystems, as well as technologies that will lower O&M costs or realize system-wide cost-efficiencies. These developments should lead to subsequent system integration, engineering scale-up, and eventual commercial production for electricity generation applications. The SunShot CSP program is especially interested in transformative concepts with the potential to break through performance barriers as known today, such as efficiency and temperature limitations.



[1] This may also be referred to as concentrating solar thermal power or solar thermal electric power.

[2] http://www.solar.energy.gov

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Generators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) (DE-FOA-0001198)
Department of Energy

LOI due December 1, 2014
Full submission due (TBD) in February 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This program seeks to fund the development of potentially disruptive generator technologies that will enable widespread deployment of residential Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. The GENSETS Program seeks transformative generators/engines with 1 kW of electrical output (kWe) that have high efficiency (40% fuel to electricity), long life (10 years), low cost ($3,000 per system), and low emissions.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The ARPA-E GENSETS program is seeking fundamentally disruptive technologies that can markedly improve the fuel to electricity efficiency to 40% while delivering 1 kWe electrical power at low cost. The total system cost should not exceed $3,000 at high volume (e.g., 1 million unit scale) (excluding $1,400 installation and balance of plant costs). These technologies must meet the stated emissions requirements.

The key program objectives are to: 1. Achieve 40% fuel-to-electrical power generation efficiency; 2. Comply with emissions standards; 3. Achieve long lifetime/durability; and 4. Reduce system cost to enable widespread penetration of residential CHP.

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Foundations

Education Reform - Shape Public Policy
Walton Family Foundation, Inc

LOI's accepted in an ongoing basis
Full submissions are by invitation only

SYNOPSIS:

The Walton Family Foundation seeks to build the capacity of organizations to help enact, strengthen and protect programs that empower parents to choose high-performing schools. The idea being that when all families are empowered to choose from among several quality school options, all schools will be fully motivated to provide the best possible education. Better school performance leads, in turn, to higher student achievement, lower dropout rates and greater numbers of students entering and completing college.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's Shape Public Policy initiative, focuses on advocacy groups promoting: Public charter school choice; Private school choice; District reforms, particularly open enrollment and district school choice; and, Cross-sector parental choice, parents are empowered to choose across school sectors. The need to continue improving the public policy environment is central to this education reform strategy.

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Grants Program
National Endowment for Financial Education

LOI due on December 2, 2014
Full submissions are by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

The NEFE grants program seeks innovative research that can make a profound contribution to the field of financial literacy. Inquiries are encouraged from disciplines in fields as diverse as: behavior, economics, neuroscience, sociology, psychology, marketing, finance, education, change theory, and decision sciences and others.

NEFE seeks projects whose outcomes can improve the public's ability to achieve personal and household financial well-being. Of particular interest are pro-active research projects initiated from one of a broad spectrum of scholarly disciplines whose findings may cultivate critical thinking in the financial literacy community. Also of interest are development projects that put research recommendations into action. Project outcomes must be capable of achieving traction and measurable impact with audiences such as financial education intermediaries, researchers, practitioners, decision makers, and others who can achieve effective outreach to a target population with an unmet financial literacy need or to the general public.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Project outcomes should be actionable in the field of financial literacy, directly relevant to the financial well-being of the public, and able to be applied broadly. Funding requests are assessed within the parameters of the following three key grant themes:

1. Understand Financial Behavior: A fundamental element in all projects is the necessity to address optimal financial behaviors. Projects should include outcomes relevant to understanding or improving financial behaviors of specific segments of the American public or the public in general. NEFE encourages inquiry within the physical, social, and psychological sciences to facilitate the public's ability to improve personal financial well-being. Findings must be presented in a manner that engages educators, policy makers, segments of the public, and/or individuals to adopt policies, practices, attitudes, and skills that result in positive public and personal outcomes.

2. Advance Innovative Thinking: NEFE encourages projects that spawn rigorous, proactive research initiated from a broad spectrum of scholarly disciplines where potential findings indicate strong possibilities to advance critical thinking, cultivate vigorous debate, challenge the status quo, and/or illuminate trends likely to affect the personal financial well-being of the American public.

3. Assure Significance to Society: Projects should provide evidence that outcomes are likely to produce practical benefit for primary stakeholders such as financial education intermediaries, researchers, practitioners, decision makers, and/or entities who can achieve effective educational outreach to a population segment with an unmet financial literacy need or the public in general. Consideration is paid to research that pertains to solutions with traction and scale sufficient to make a measurable difference in financial responsibility, stability, and/or well-being.

Research findings are expected to result in actionable recommendations or make a profound and credible contribution to the financial literacy body of knowledge.

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Grants Program
Dell (Susan & Michael) Foundation

There is no deadline for grant applications.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Foundation provides grants focus on education, health and family economic stability -- the factors essential to ensuring that underprivileged children escape poverty to become healthy, productive adults.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The sponsor focuses on urban education, childhood health, and family economic stability.

Urban Education: Education-related grants make up about two-thirds of the sponsor's global giving. The sponsor focuses on improving student performance, ensuring consistent quality of education and increasing access to schools.

Childhood Health: The sponsor's global health portfolio improves access to quality healthcare services, promotes healthy nutrition and lifestyle behaviors among families and children, and fosters world-class applied research.

Family Economic Stability: The sponsor's economic stability portfolio gives families opportunities to improve their socioeconomic status and break the cycle of poverty so their children have a chance at stable, productive lives.

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Grants Program - Human Rights and Social Justice
Blaustein (Morton K and Jane) Foundation

Letters of intent and proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of this program is to advance fundamental human rights both in the United States and abroad.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of this program is to advance fundamental human rights both in the United States and abroad. Areas of interest include: Equal justice for US citizens, as well as immigrants and asylum seekers in the United States, through legal strategies, advocacy and policy reform; Responses to urgent human rights crises created by natural disasters, civil strife, or war; and Social justice initiatives particularly around impoverished women and children, and vulnerable youth.

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Learning & Leadership Grants
NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Next deadline is October 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor provides support to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences; or Grants to groups fund collegial study.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

All professional development must improve practice, curriculum, and student achievement. Decisions regarding the content of the professional growth activities must be based upon an assessment of student work undertaken with colleagues, and must be integrated into the institutional planning process. Recipients are expected to exercise professional leadership by sharing their new learning with their colleagues.

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Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Foundation makes grants year-round.

SYNOPSIS: 

This program seeks to bridge the two cultures--the humanities and the sciences--through support of books, radio, film, television, theatre, and new media to reach a wide, non-specialized audience.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The program's primary aim is to build bridges between the two cultures of science and the humanities and to develop a common language so that they can better understand and speak to one another--and ultimately to grasp that they belong to a single common culture. The Foundation has established a nationwide initiative that works through programs in books, theater, film, television, radio, and new media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work and new initiatives that focus on science and technology for the lay public.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

Interested grantseekers with a relevant project idea should e-mail a one page letter of inquiry to Program Director Doron Weber.

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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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Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant
Center For Architecture Foundation

November 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant is to further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of this grant is to further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. Travel plans should be focused on a selected topic of interest to the individual, rather than a part of a larger humanitarian or institutional endeavor. If appropriate, the winner may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return.

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Annual Grant Cycle
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

November 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

AFSP offers Suicide Research Grants in six categories: 

  1. Distinguished Investigator Grants (up to $100,000 over 2 years): Grants awarded to investigators at the level of associate professor or higher with an established record of research and publication on suicide. 
  2. Standard Research Grants (up to $90,000 over 2 years): Grants awarded to individual investigators at any level.
  3. Linked Standard Research Grants (up to $225,000 over 2 years): Grants awarded to investigators at any level performing research involving three or more unique sites with each site contributing unique expertise, as well as data collection.
  4. Young Investigator Grants (up to $85,000 over 2 years): Grants awarded to investigators at or below the level of assistant professor. These grants must allocate $10,000 ($5,000 per year) of their award for an established suicide researcher to mentor the Young Investigator. AFSP is available to assist you in identifying a suitable mentor. 
  5. Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (up to $104,000 over 2 years): Grants awarded to investigators who have received a Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral degree within the preceding six years and have had no more than three years of fellowship support. Fellows receive a stipend of $46,000 per year and an institutional allowance of $6,000 per year. 
  6. Pilot Grants (up to $30,000 over one or two years): Awarded to investigators at any level, these grants provide seed funding for new projects that have the potential to lead to larger investigations. These grants typically entail feasibility studies rather than hypothesis-driven research. 

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National Afterschool Matters Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. Research Grants
Bowne (Robert) Foundation, Inc.

November 13, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor invites applications for the National Afterschool Matters Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. Research Grants. Two grants in the amount of $25,000 each will be awarded to support either: original empirical research in or about community-based youth programs during the non-school hours; or research syntheses or policy analyses of youth programs.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The grant has the following goals: generate and disseminate research about organizations serving youth during the out-of-school hours; build a network of scholars studying organizations serving youth during the out-of-school hours; and contribute to basic knowledge and the improvement of practice and policy in the area of youth programs during the out-of-school hours.

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Strategic Initiatives--The New Civics--Small Grants
Spencer Foundation

November 18, 2014, 4:00 PM CST

SYNOPSIS: 

The New Civics initiative is embedded within the broader Foundation belief that cultivating knowledge and new ideas about education will ultimately improve students' lives and enrich society. The designation "new" refers to an expanded understanding of civic education and its relationship to civic action. Ultimately, we see civic education not simply as a grounding in historical and procedural knowledge of systems of government, but, more broadly, as education, whether in schools or elsewhere, that develops skills, knowledge, and dispositions that lead to informed and reasoned civic action.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

With this expanded understanding, the sponsor aims to support research that deepens our understanding of educational and other influences on civic action, that attends to social inequalities in civic education and civic action, and that has the potential to shape future research and practice in these fields. And we aim to create occasions for scholars' learning, inquiry, and exchange - to strengthen the research community and its connections to educational policy and practice.

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Bellagio Center Residency Programs -- Academic Writing Residency
Rockefeller Foundation

December 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Bellagio Residency program offers academic, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies. The Bellagio Center community generates new knowledge to solve some of the most complex issues facing our world and creates art that inspires reflection, understanding, and imagination.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Writing residencies typically last four weeks. The Center is especially interested in applicants whose work contributes to the well-being of humanity or in some way connects with the Rockefeller Foundation's issue areas of: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities.

Residencies are open to scholars in all disciplines, artists, journalists, as well as policymakers and practitioners from the governmental and non-profit sectors. The Rockefeller Foundation is especially interested in projects that are inspired by or relate to global or social issues. They also welcome projects that will contribute to the Foundation's mission of promoting the well-being of humankind or in some way connects with the Foundation's work. They promote the well-being of humanity and address the needs of vulnerable populations through two over-arching objectives: 1) achieving equitable growth by expanding opportunities for more people in more places; and 2) building resilience by helping people, communities, and nations prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute crises and chronic stresses. The Foundation works in four related focus areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. However, all projects are welcome. Please note that dissertation projects are not appropriate for the Academic Writing residency program.

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Grand Challenges Explorations
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

November 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications to Grand Challenges Explorations, which has awarded over 1070 grants in over 58 countries to date.

Grand Challenges Explorations seeks innovative global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies.

Two-page proposals are being accepted online from September 4, 2014 until November 12, 2014 on the following topics:

-    Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control.
-    New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
-    New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children
-    Enable Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments to Create an Economic Ecosystem that Will Help Lift the Poorest Out of Poverty
-    Explore New Ways to Measure Brain Development and Gestational Age
-    New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions

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

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

Please also note our Global Health Innovation Group on LinkedIn. Developed in collaboration with Grand Challenges Canada, this group offers a platform to connect and communicate with innovators from around the world. Anyone with a LinkedIn account can join and make use of this forum.

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Grand Challenges: Enable Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

November 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

People living on under $2 per day need to transact with money just like everyone else. 

Just like everyone else, the people with the least income need to have money to buy stuff, a place to store money, and a way to transfer money. For example, the poor may receive income from work or by selling crops or products; they may need to borrow money for large purchases for important life events like weddings or funerals, or to invest in money making opportunities. Most poor people, particularly those living in countries where poverty is widespread, have no access to formal financial products or services to help them manage these transactions and their money. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes that access to formal payments systems is fundamental to enable poor people to become more economically stable, prosperous and resilient. If popularly accepted and available at critical moments, effective financial products or services can help households capture an opportunity to climb out of poverty or weather a crisis or emergency without falling deeper into poverty.

Mobile Payment Systems 

The foundation also believes that nascent mobile payments ecosystems have the potential to transform how people access financial services that move them out of poverty and help them hold on to economic gains in times of crisis. The high penetration rates of mobile phones and their ability to function as a channel to deliver financial services can be a catalyst for innovative financial services designed for people who survive on very low incomes. 

One of the key characteristics of a vibrant mobile payment ecosystem is digital liquidity: that is, the ability of the local economy to support mobile money staying digital. One significant way to do this is to dramatically increase the number of places where a mobile money user can make mobile payments. People with mobile money accounts from any provider need to be able to use these accounts in the local economies where they live and work to easily buy essentials like health products, pay school fees, and purchase services. 

A number of marketplace conditions have impeded acceptance of mobile money by small merchants and service providers, including: 

  • Business Models & Economics: Costs for buyers and sellers using mobile payments are often excessive when compared with cash.
  • Connectivity: Power and network connectivity are intermittent preventing electronic transactions to clear.
  • Trust: Mobile payments are viewed as less dependable than cash.
  • Ease of Use: Pervasive feature phones have limited user interface capabilities. Users may have reading and technical challenges when compared to using cash.
  • Regulation: Sellers are concerned that the transition from cash to mobile payments will be burdened by excessive regulations, new taxes and additional costs.
  • Safety and security: Sellers feel that their transactions are not secure.

The Challenge: 

We are seeking novel solutions that promote adoption and use of mobile payments by smaller merchants (such as local sellers of goods), service providers (such as local schools and health clinics), and other members of the ecosystem serving the poor. Solutions should seek to address the need for any provider of products and services to be able to easily accept mobile payments from customers with a mobile money wallet provided by any competing bank, telecommunication company or third party provider. 

In addition to mobile payments, the foundation will consider novel solutions that promote the use of digital transactions on any format that effectively reach and serve the poor. Mobile is targeted by the foundation because of the high penetration of mobile phone ownership among people with very low incomes.

What We Are Looking For: 

We will consider proposals with solutions relevant to those living on less than $2 a day in developing regions in these opportunity areas: 

  • Devices. Apply or create new technology for exchange of mobile funds at the time of purchase.
  • Software. Apply or create software and/or applications that enable mobile transactions.
  • Business models. Develop alternative business and market models and/or processes that meet the needs of buyers and sellers.

Preference will be given to solutions that address as many of the following objectives as possible:

  • Scalable: Solutions should be able to reach a broad number of users in multiple villages, cities and/or countries. Proposals should describe the manner in which the solution could achieve broad use.
  • Ease of use: Making and accepting mobile payments should be as easy as using cash, including for those with limited reading ability.
  • Interoperable: Solutions should enable mobile payments between buyers and sellers that choose to use competing mobile money providers.
  • Reliable: Users should feel confident that transactions are executed as directed; payments should be complete and certain at the time of purchase.
  • Low cost: Transaction fees charged to buyers and sellers should be low and affordable by those living on less than $2 a day.
  • Secure: Users should feel confident that their funds, payment, and personal data are secure.
  • Portable Coverage: Users should be able to take their mobile financial service history and mobile funds with them when moving between providers.
  • Transparent: Relevant fees should be readily apparent to buyers and sellers before confirming payments.
  • Geographically aligned: Solutions should target or be applicable to mobile payment systems serving the poor in Africa and Southeast Asia.

A few examples of work that would be considered for funding:

  • Novel practices or technologies that enable real time transactions at time of purchase in environments with limited or intermittent service connectivity.
  • Applications that provide easy-to-use, value added services on top of payment processing that enhance the value proposition to small merchants.
  • Business models that enable extremely affordable transactions on robust, secure, commercial-quality infrastructure.
  • Novel practices or technologies that allow buyers to easily understand and respond to fees at the time of payment processing.
  • Novel practices or technologies that promote viral adoption of mobile financial services among small sellers.
  • Novel practices or technologies that demonstrate a compelling value proposition for the conversion to mobile payments for individuals conducting over the counter transactions, in which the consumer gives cash to an agent or a merchant to execute a mobile payment on their behalf.

We will not consider funding for:

  • Ideas that simply replicate or repackage payment processes and ideas from developed countries.
  • Ideas that are not applicable or affordable to those living on under $2 a day in developing countries.
  • Ideas that have a limited or unrealistic path to broad use, including those that rely on long-term financial subsidies.
  • Solutions to sign up a large number of merchants to accept mobile payments without a realistic approach to provide sustained support to those merchants.
  • Projects that do not clearly consider the current context of available financial systems and infrastructure for the poor. For example, ideas that require expensive devices or require government-issued IDs in a country where few people have them.
  • Approaches that present significant data safety risks, relative to the risks inherent in developed world mobile payment systems.

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Grand Challenges: Explore New Ways to Measure Brain Development and Gestational Age
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

November 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

There has been striking progress in preventing deaths of children
To help guide and monitor interventions seeking to promote healthy brain development in the early years, we need suitable measures of fetal and infant brain function and development - and the ability to determine gestational age prenatally and at delivery when traditional measures, such as ultrasound or last menstrual period, are unavailable. Many current measures of brain function and development have major drawbacks: they are not readily and objectively comparable across different populations; they are not suitable for fetal life and for newborns, or are applicable only for a narrow age range; and it is not clear which are good predictors of adult productivity and success. This is a particularly good time to address these drawbacks, given the science and technologies emerging from increased investment in brain research, including the BRAIN Initiative, the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, and the solutions to foster healthy brain development being explored through Grand Challenges Canada's Saving Brains initiative.

What We Are Looking For: 

This call for proposals seeks new approaches in two complementary areas: 

  1. We seek innovative ideas for measuring brain function and development, with a focus on tests that are simple, reliable, non-invasive, objective, universally applicable, and include those appropriate for fetal life, newborns, and early infancy. Such tests would be used to guide and monitor existing and new health interventions, and potentially could be used to establish standard curves of brain function-for-age, enabling early detection of deviation from healthy development.
  2. We seek new approaches for accurately measuring gestational age, focusing on simple, reliable, non-invasive, universally applicable tests that can be applied either to pregnant women or to the newborn or infant.

We seek proposals that: 

  • Build on the rapidly growing knowledge of early development - and in particular brain development - as well as advances in measurement tools, such as imaging technologies;
  • Are "off the beaten track," daring in premise, and clearly differentiated from approaches currently being developed or employed; and
  • Have a testable hypothesis, include an associated plan for how the idea would be tested or validated, and yield interpretable and unambiguous data in Phase I so as to increase the chance of consideration for Phase II funding.

A few of the many options we will consider include: 

Brain function and development 

  • Tests of fetal brain function and development
  • Tests that - either individually or in sequence - establish a trajectory of healthy brain development from conception to early infancy
  • Tests that build on brain research on other diseases or conditions, including autism, Alzheimer's disease, and age-related decline, but now focus on the fetus and newborn
  • Tests that better predict capacities thought to contribute to adult productivity, such as executive function (e.g., attention, self-control, problem solving, and working memory), social-emotional intelligence, or behavioral traits like grit and creativity
  • Tests that help correlate elements of early growth and brain development
  • Brain function tests in animal models, especially primate models, as long as plans include demonstration of why they will be relevant in humans
  • Tests that can be reliably implemented in low-resource settings, will work across diverse cultures and geographies, and require limited training to administer
  • Tests that make use of creative new technologies or laboratory investigations, but are applicable to remote field settings


Gestational age 

  • Tests that use new biomarkers or technologies or innovative modifications of existing approaches to measure gestational age at birth - and that provide substantial improvements over existing methodologies; are safe, robust, and cost-effective; can be applied effectively across any population; and correlate well with current technologies, such as ultrasound
  • Tests that could be administered beginning very early in pregnancy that might be more accurate than last menstrual period or ultrasound
  • Tests that use new biomarkers or technologies to retrospectively determine gestational age in an infant or even in older children or adults
  • Tests for gestational age that build on individual or combinatorial metabolic, microbial, image-based, or epigenetic signatures

We will not consider funding for: 

Brain function and development 

  • Modifications of existing tests that provide only incremental benefits
  • Tests that are applicable to only one or a few specific populations or geographies
  • Tests based on existing proxy measures that poorly predict human health and productivity later in life
  • Tests based on anatomical or physiological measures that are not clearly linked to cognitive, sensorimotor, or socioemotional capacities
  • Animal models without clear and direct relevance to humans
  • In vitro studies

Gestational age 

  • Incremental changes in known gestational age assessment methods, such as hormone testing, ultrasound or infant and mother physical and neurodevelopmental exams
  • Animal models without clear and direct relevance to humans
  • In vitro studies

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Grand Challenges: New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

November 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The World Health Organization estimated that 1.9 billion people are in need of drugs that help to prevent, control or eliminate five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). These diseases are lymphatic filiariasis, onchocerciasis, trachoma, schistosomiasis, and soil transmitted helminthes. Over the past five years national programs with assistance from various implementing organizations have helped to distribute an average of nearly 695 million treatments of drugs annually to endemic areas through community-wide mass drug administration (MDA) efforts. Despite this impressive number, current global efforts are only reaching about thirty-seven percent of the total number of persons needing treatment. Programs will have to scale up quickly in order to achieve the 2020 targets for control and elimination, however, financial and human resources remain limited to achieve this scale. Some national programs have had success in increasing coverage as well as reducing costs through integrating programs for different NTDs previously running in parallel into one coordinated program and community outreach effort. Meanwhile, many other types of global health and development programs are accessing or attempting to access these same populations with interventions and services. Examples of these include agricultural services, malaria interventions, water, sanitation and hygiene services, and financial services for the poor. With the broad reach of the NTD programs at the community level, there may be significant opportunities to look at how this MDA platform can be used to help address a broader range of needs for these populations. Innovative pilot studies with robust evaluation metrics are needed to determine how best to integrate NTD efforts with other community-based programs that would benefit and improve participation or reach of each national program in a more efficient and economical way.

The Challenge: 

The aim of this call is to solicit innovative ideas to leverage existing MDA platforms for one or more of the five NTD drug distribution efforts (lymphatic filiariasis, onchocerciasis, trachoma, schistosomiasis, and soil transmitted helminthes) and integrate it with another community-valued or needed health intervention or agricultural service with a goal of increasing efficiency and impact. Your submission may address one or more of the following categories: 

  • Integrating program elements of one or more of the 5 MDA NTDs (lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, trachoma, schistosomiasis, and soil transmitted helminthes) with one or more of the following Intensive Disease Management (IDM) diseases (visceral leishmaniasis, Human African Trypanosomiasis [HAT], Guinea worm, Chagas, leprosy): Unlike the MDA NTDs which are managed through mass treatment irrespective of individual disease status, IDM NTD programs are based on identifying infected patients and providing treatment. In large part, the difference in approach is due to the dramatically lower number of persons infected by the IDM NTDs and the cost and complexity of their treatment. The challenge is finding, properly diagnosing and treating infected persons. Some programs screen large and often remote populations to find a few cases to treat which presents logistical and resources challenges to national programs.
  • Integrating one or more of the 5 MDA NTDs with another NTD: National programs are burdened with the management of all endemic NTDs within their borders even if global attention and support focuses only on a smaller subset of these diseases. Determining how best to integrate resource poor NTDs into the more robust management systems of the MDA NTDs could stretch national programs' capacity to do more within existing resources.
  • Integrating one or more of the 5 MDA NTDs with another community-valued or needed health intervention (Water Sanitation and Hygiene [WASH], Maternal and Child Health, Malaria, Agriculture, Micro-financing programs): Communities often have priorities and self-identified health needs other than those deemed essential by public health authorities (both local and international). Service programs which support the meeting of these community needs are often poorly funded and have limited ability to intervene across large geographic areas. Identifying opportunities for services that address community-valued needs that might be incorporated along the MDA platform could potentially result in increased participation by program recipients and reduce recipient-fatigue of multiple visits from different programs.
  • Integrate MDA for the NTDs with another program in an area where MDA has not yet been established or in a difficult to access population: NTD programs have not been started in many endemic areas and opportunities may exist to leverage another community based program to establish a successful MDA program and strengthen the existing program.
  • Integrate NTD MDA with malaria eradication efforts: New and renewed efforts to eradicate malaria are underway and will require infection detection and mapping of the prevalence in overlapping communities with NTD MDA. Increased reach and economic efficiencies could be obtained by integrating these efforts.

What We Are Looking For: 

Proposals must be able to do all of the following: 

  • Convey a clear and testable hypothesis for how the innovation will measurably improve both sectors, program outreach, and interventions simultaneously;
  • Outline a clear measurement and evaluation plan for each integrated component;
  • Demonstrate that the integrated exercise results in benefits to the national program and/or community members that extend beyond coverage and the receipt of the drug;
  • Describe the path to scale for the proposed integrated exercise and where it would most likely be useful; and
  • Provide a clear plan for generating robust data that could be replicated and used to further increase access to health and development interventions.

Examples of what we will consider funding: 

  • Integrating screening for the IDM NTDs along with MDA campaigns for NTDs as a useful option for national programs;
  • Accessing hard-to-reach populations with deworming drugs by combining delivery with specific agricultural extension or veterinary services;
  • Combining the screening or treatment needs of less well-resourced NTDs with the community access opportunities of MDA to increase treatment coverage;
  • Integrate mapping of multiple diseases (i.e., malaria, STH, visceral leishmaniasis) with MDA to increase reach and delivery of drug treatments.

We will not consider funding for: 

  • Ideas that are not directly relevant to developing countries;
  • Ideas without a clearly articulated and testable hypothesis and metrics;
  • Integrating efforts without a clear benefit to both programs;
  • Ideas that combine the delivery of multiple drugs without evidence of safety;
  • Ideas that provide only a limited or unrealistic path to scale, including those that rely on long-term financial subsidies;
  • Ideas for which a relevant indicator of success cannot be demonstrated within the scope of the GCE Phase 1 award ($100,000 over 18 months);
  • Ideas that address diseases other than those listed in this call;
  • Strategies that focus on only one disease or intervention;
  • Social or educational interventions that do not include the integration of services listed above;
  • Solely infrastructure or capacity-building initiatives;
  • Basic research without clear relevance to the goals of this topic.

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Grand Challenges: New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities Through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

November 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS:  

Over 1.2 million children died from pneumonia in 2011. Ninety percent of child deaths from pneumonia occur in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia where the proportion of deaths among children with pneumonia can reach as high as 30%. The Foundation's pneumonia strategy is a 3-pronged approach - Protect, Prevent, Treat with key emphasis on vaccines including pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and other vaccines aimed at protecting young infants through a maternal immunization platform. 

However, given the currently high levels of child mortality attributable to pneumonia as well as limits of vaccines in preventing all cases of pneumonia, we also work to improve mortality-impacting treatment inputs or commodities, and ensure their inclusion on key global and national policies. Where such commodities exist - such as amoxicillin dispersible tablets - we are working on increasing their availability and use with a primary focus on the countries with highest burden of child pneumonia mortality.

The Challenge: 

Children with pneumonia in highest burden countries face many risks and obstacles that impede their access and adherence to timely and appropriate treatment. Such obstacles can vary from caregivers failing to recognize signs and symptoms of deterioration, lack of access to appropriate care or absence of appropriate treatments and services at treatment facilities. Successful execution of our Treatment Innovation and Delivery Initiative within the pneumonia strategy will require new innovation around critical treatment components. We are therefore focusing our explorations topic on finding novel ideas that will help diminish mortality among children with pneumonia leveraging known potential for amoxicillin treatment, pulse oximetry and oxygen supplementation through oxygen concentrators. 

We are looking for innovative ideas in the following specific areas of interest under this exploration:

  1. Child friendly formulations of amoxicillin
  2. Optimizing Oxygen concentrators
  3. Devices for measuring oxygen saturation (or optimizing pulse oximetry)

Examples of ideas we will consider funding: 

Child friendly formulations of amoxicillin 
Amoxicillin is an effective beta lactam antibiotic with activity against the pneumococcus. The World Health Organization recommends amoxicillin dispersible tablets as the first line antibiotic for outpatient treatment of children with pneumonia. However, the availability and use of this formulation as treatment for pneumonia in high burden countries remains limited. Many countries only have the capsule and powder for suspension formulations on their licensed medicines register, while others continue to recommend cotrimoxazole as front-line treatment. 

The capsule is difficult to administer to children, while the suspension is bulky, requires clean water to reconstitute, is costly, and may require refrigeration in locations with extremely high temperatures. Also, liquid dosage forms, such as syrups and suspension are usually not amenable to long-term storage or transport under high temperature conditions common in many low and middle income countries and must be consumed once opened or reconstituted. Dispersible tablets have improved shelf life and cost but continue to have associated challenges including time to dispersal and requirement for clean liquid. 

The ideal oral pediatric dosage form is tasteless/taste-masked and orally dissolvable or easy to swallow. We are looking for innovative ideas on dosage formulation of amoxicillin for children between birth and 5 years of age (the most affected age group). Ideas such as orally disintegrating tablets (not requiring dispersal in liquid prior to consumption), or transdermal patches will be accepted. While established techniques exist for disintegrating tablets including freeze drying, molding, spray drying, sublimation, direct compression, cotton candy process, mass extrusion, and melt granulation, we are looking for formulations that are user friendly, simpler than dispersible tablets, and of equivalent or lower cost to current amoxicillin formulation.

Things we will not consider funding: 

  • Formulations that lead to a higher pill burden
  • Chewable formulation acceptable only for older children
  • Modest improvements in dispersible tablet formulation

Optimizing Oxygen concentrators 
Oxygen is a life-saving intervention, yet many hospitals and health centers do not have access to reliable oxygen supply. Cylinders are costly to refill and logistically challenging to transport especially to rural areas with poor road access. Therefore, many low resource settings rely on oxygen concentrators, where facilities have access to grid power or reliable backup power. In settings where electricity is not reliable however, current oxygen concentrators are less suitable. 

We are looking for innovations that would improve the adaptability of oxygen concentrators to low resource settings including improving power or maintenance requirements of the equipment. Power supply is a major known challenge, and we are therefore looking for systems that have low power needs, increased storing capacity or are able to operate continuously from grey power or alternative energy sources. Other improvements to reduce maintenance needs are also encouraged as are improvements to system efficiency. 

Things we will not consider funding: 

  • Modifications of oxygen cylinder delivery systems
  • Oxygen concentrator modifications which result in a decreased liters per watt output compared to currently available stationary concentrators
  • Modifications which limit adaptability to limited resource settings

Devices for measuring oxygen saturation (or optimizing pulse oximetry) 
Hypoxemia (low oxygen level in the blood) is associated with mortality. Identifying children with hypoxemia is a key step to provision of life saving oxygen supplementation. Hypoxemia is difficult to detect using clinical signs alone because they lack sensitivity1 The primary method for measuring oxygen saturation at the point of care is pulse oximetry, however its availability is highly limited in the developing world due to cost. The initial investment is considerable, and the maintenance costs have been reported to be as high as 50% of the initial capital costs on an annual basis2. The low longevity and high costs of parts particularly the finger sensors constrain their use in low resource settings. 

The last few years has seen innovations around mobile devices that can potentially measure oxygen saturation. Examples of such devices are limited, and remain costly. We are looking for innovations that will deliver reliable devices or tools for measuring and monitoring of oxygen saturation in children with pneumonia in low resource settings. These innovations should be of lower cost than existing devices, require less frequent and affordable maintenance, and be usable with limited or no training by non-professional health providers. The ideal device would have a long sensor life without disposable parts and be able to communicate with or integrate into a mobile technology (cell phone) platform. 

Things we will not consider funding: 

  • Devices or tools that have lower sensitivity and specificity to existing devices
  • Devices that cannot measure oxygen saturation in young infants and children
  • Devices that require complex ecosystems to run including access to regular maintenance, or access to the internet as examples

We will also not consider funding for:

  1. Ideas that are not directly relevant to developing countries;
  2. Ideas without a clearly articulated and testable hypothesis and metrics;
  3. Ideas for which a relevant indicator of success cannot be demonstrated within the scope of the GCE Phase 1 award ($100,000 over 18 months);
  4. Basic research without clear relevance to the goals of this topic;
  5. Solely infrastructure or capacity-building initiatives.

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Neuroscience Prize
Gruber (Peter and Patricia) Foundation

December 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Neuroscience Prize honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced the understanding of the nervous system.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Neuroscience Prize honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced the understanding of the nervous system.

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Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics
Sage (Russell) Foundation

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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

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

December 3, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

Researchers, as well as practitioners and public and private policymakers working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research; economics; sociology; program evaluation; political science; public policy; public health; public administration; law; business administration; or other related fields.

The Foundation may give preference to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

 

 

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Preterm Birth Initiative (Interdisciplinary Opportunity)
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

December 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Preterm Birth Initiative was created to increase the understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying parturition and spontaneous preterm birth and will provide up to $600,000 over a four-year period ($150,000 per year).  The initiative is designed to stimulate both creative individual scientists and multi-investigator teams to approach the problem of preterm birth using creative basic and translation science methods.  Postdoctoral fellows nearing their transition to independent investigator status through senior established investigators are encouraged to apply.  Molecular and computational approaches such genetics/genomics, immunology, microbiology, evolutionary biology, mathematics, engineering, and other basic sciences hold enormous potential for new insights independently or in conjunction with more traditional areas of parturition research such as maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics. The formation of new connections between reproductive scientists and investigators who are involved in other areas will give preterm birth research a fresh and unique look, and stimulate a new workface to tackle this challenge.

Despite medical and technological advances, the rate of preterm births in the United States remains higher today than 20 years ago.  Approximately 12 percent of births in the U.S. are considered preterm, which is defined as birth occurring prior to 37 weeks of gestation. Many health and social problems can be attributed to preterm delivery including cerebral palsy, respiratory distress syndrome, chronic lung disease, seizures, learning difficulty, hearing loss, behavioral problems, and others. Preterm birth is currently the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in children. However, for a medical problem that has such grave health and social consequences little is known about its causes.

Up to five (5) research grants will be awarded in this award cycle.

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Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards
The Simons Foundation

LOI due October 15, 2014
Full submission due January 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Microbes inhabit and sustain all habitats on Earth. In the oceans, microbes capture solar energy, catalyze biogeochemical transformations of important elements, produce and consume greenhouse gases, and provide the base of the food web. The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators who use quantitative approaches to advance our understanding of marine microbial ecology and evolution. Investigators will focus directly on marine microbes or on fundamental problems that are highly relevant to understanding marine microbial ecosystems.

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CFF/NIH-Unfunded Award
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

October 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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Grand Challenges Grant Opportunities (FY 14 & FY 15)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Deadlines vary per research focal area

SYNOPSIS: 

The Grand Challenges family of initiatives fosters innovation to solve key health and development problems. New grant opportunities posted on October 7, 2014 include the following topic areas:

  • Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development 
  • Creating and Measuring Integrated Solutions for Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development 
  • New Interventions for Global Health 
  • Fighting Ebola 
  • Making All Voices Count 
  • Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control 
  • New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission 
  • New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children 
  • Enable Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments 
  • Explore New Ways to Measure Brain Develoment and Gestational Age 
  • New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions 

Please carefully read each topic area for eligibility requirements and due dates. 

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McKnight Scholar Awards
McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

January 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain and behavior can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

These awards were established to encourage emerging neuroscientists to focus on disorders of learning and memory. Applicants for the McKnight Scholar Awards must demonstrate interest in solving important problems in relevant areas of neuroscience, including the translation of basic research to clinical neuroscience.

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Research in Sustainable Solid Waste Management
Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)

January 8, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The sustainability movement has reached the business models of nearly every industry in the United States, and many companies have set aggressive sustainability goals that include how their waste stream is managed. Dozens of municipalities and states have launched similarly aggressive initiatives. The EREF Board of Directors has set an initiative to ensure research funded reflects EREF's long-term strategic research plan to
address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices. While landfills continue to play an important role in integrated waste management, and will receive the majority of MSW in the near future in the U.S. (and in the majority of other countries), it has been recognized that a sustainable future requires consideration of other end-of-life
technologies for discarded materials. Thus, sustainability, as it relates to solid waste management is a focus on utilizing waste as a resource. The desired outcomes of research funded by this RFP are to:

(a) facilitate the development of new and existing technologies/practices prior to the
landfilling option,

(b) develop robust data that will provide guidance regarding how product
manufacturing is shaping the downstream disposal of wastes (e.g. product
disposability/biodegradability, reduced packaging), and

(c) evaluate 'next generation' technologies for processing or converting discarded
materials into energy or beneficial products.

(d) advance knowledge of issues related to landfills that advance sustainable solid
waste management practices, mitigate risk, or protect environmental and public
welfare.

EREF is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is one of the largest sources of funding for solid waste research in the U.S. EREF is not affiliated with any other entity or group and governed by a duly elected Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the decision-making body that has responsibility for establishing policies that define program interests and fundamental objectives to be served by the Foundation.

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Targeted Grants in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems
The Simons Foundation

LOI due September 30, 2014
Full submission due January 31, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The program is intended to foster a culture of theory-experiment collaboration similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences by supporting the development of mathematical models that explain classes of experimental results and suggest new directions for experiment, as well as research aimed at testing theoretical ideas and expanding their reach.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The program aims to support research in the life sciences that breaks new conceptual or theoretical ground and relates closely to experiment, for example, by introducing new and experimentally testable concepts or by developing models that can explain data and motivate new classes of experiments. Successful proposals will typically involve both new theoretical approaches and a direct interaction with biological experiment. A broad spectrum of research areas will be considered, ranging from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling and dynamics through morphogenesis to the properties of organisms and ecology, as well as neuroscience and evolution; however, preference will be given to areas in which modeling approaches are less established, and, for this reason, bioinformatics and genomics will fall outside the scope of the program.

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Research Grants
Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

LOI due October 1, 2014
Full submission due February 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Scholar Awards: Funding for 2015
American Asthma Foundation

February 4, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

For 2015, the AAF will provide Scholar Awards exclusively to early- to mid-career scientists in the United States. AAF Scholar Awards will provide $150,000 per year for two years, with the possibility of an additional $150,000 for a third year, based on progress and potential. It is anticipated that many of the projects will continue into a third year and thus benefit from the full $450,000 Award.

Scientists may apply if their initial independent faculty appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent was not before February 1, 2005 (for exception, see Award Policies, Criteria for AAF Scholars). Applicants should have an independent research program, with national-level, independent funding. There is no citizenship requirement.

Although each Award names only one AAF Scholar, the AAF supports collaborative research. Additional investigators who will participate in the studies may be included either as Co-Investigators, who will play a direct role in the research, or as Collaborators, who will lend assistance and/or reagents, etc.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The program supports work in all investigative fields that may reveal new pathways in the pathogenesis of asthma. Studies may involve laboratory or clinical investigation, including genetic and epidemiological studies. Studies of humans are encouraged. The Program does not sponsor therapeutic trials.

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Research Grant
Gerber Foundation

LOI due December 1, 2014
Full submission due February 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Gerber Foundation's mission focuses on the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children. Therefore, grant-making interests are focused on health and/or nutrition-related research having a significant impact on issues facing infants and young children from the first year before birth to age 3.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Gerber Foundation's mission focuses on the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children. Therefore, grant-making interests are focused on health and/or nutrition-related research having a significant impact on issues facing infants and young children from the first year before birth to age 3. The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving newborn or pediatric problems or emerging issues with a predictable time frame to clinical application. Projects should be focused on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. Competitive requests will be focused in a way to achieve measurable outcomes that could result in systemic practice changes within a reasonable period of time. The Foundation gives priority to projects of national or regional impact.

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Transatlantic Networks of Excellence
Fondation Leducq

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

March 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
Simons Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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Innovation in Regulatory Science
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

(Diagnostics) 

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

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Novice Researcher Program
Gerber Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Human Rights and International Justice Grants
MacArthur Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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Research Grants: 2015 Opportunities
Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

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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ROSES 2014: Habitable Worlds
Science Mission Directorate

Step-1 proposals due November 24, 2014; Step-2 proposals due January 23, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of the Habitable Worlds program is to use knowledge of the history of the Earth and the life upon it as a guide for determining the processes and conditions that create and maintain habitable environments and to search for ancient and contemporary habitable environments and explore the possibility of extant life beyond the Earth. NASA's Habitable Worlds Program includes elements of the Astrobiology Program, the Mars Exploration Program, and the Outer Planets Program. A common goal of these programs is to identify the characteristics and the distribution of potentially habitable environments in the Solar System and beyond.

This research is conducted in the context of NASA's ongoing exploration of our stellar neighborhood and the identification of biosignatures for in situ and remote sensing applications. For further information on the science scope of Astrobiology, please refer to the Astrobiology roadmap, which can be found on the Astrobiology web page http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/. Information on the habitability-related goals of the Mars Exploration Program can be found in the "Mars Science Goals, Objectives, Investigations and Priorties: 2010" document, available on the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group web page (http://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov).

For the Outer Planets Program, refer to the document "Scientific Goals and Pathways for Exploration of the Outer Solar System," found on the Outer Planets Assessment Group web site (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag). Theoretical and experimental studies will be considered, as well as quantitative terrestrial field experiments that improve scientific understanding of how in situ measurements at analog sites can or will improve our understanding of the potential for the environment to support life. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the presence of water and/or exotic solvents, sources of energy for life, presence of organics and their reactivity, and water body physics and chemistry as they pertain to habitability and habitability over time. The target bodies for this program element include, but are not limited to:

& Mars - the astrobiological potential of past or present environments on or in the Martian
surface or subsurface.

& Icy Worlds - the astrobiological potential of icy worlds in the outer solar system, including
Europa, Ganymede, Enceladus, and Titan.

& Habitable Exoplanets and/or their moons - A potentially habitable exoplanet implies a planet
with conditions roughly comparable to those of Earth (i.e., an Earth analog) and thus potentially
favorable to the presence of life.

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ROSES 2014: Climate Indicators and Data Products for Future National Climate Assessments
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

LOI due December 2, 2014
Full submission due February 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This ROSES element solicits research in support of the future National Climate Assessment. NASA is a major participant agency in the USGCRP, which is currently implementing a sustained assessment process that will ultimately facilitate continuous and transparent participation of scientists and stakeholders across regions and sectors, enabling new information and insights to be synthesized as they emerge.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This solicitation seeks to motivate research responding to the vision of the sustained assessment by increasing the knowledge base and capacity needed to enable the effective integration of new scientific understanding into management decisions. This can be achieved by enhancing the production of decision-support tools, initiating continuous improvements in collecting and synthesizing information, and by providing feedback to ongoing research efforts. NASA aims to better integrate the climate indicator work with assessment product generation and assessment tools projects at NASA Centers.

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

NEH Research: Art Works Grant Program FY 2015
National Endowment for the Arts

October 21, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The NEA's Office of Research & Analysis will make awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components within the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.

"Value"-oriented research measures or otherwise clarifies one or more factors, characteristics, and conditions of the U.S. arts ecosystem as illustrated above. Examples may include but are not limited to descriptive studies of arts participation and arts learners, artists and art workers, arts organizations and arts industries, and arts funders and arts volunteers. Such research also may examine the underlying conditions and vehicles for arts participation. For instance, it can examine how training and education affects arts creation, arts audiences, or other aspects of arts engagement.

Separately, research on "impact" investigates direct and indirect pathways of arts participation on individual health and well-being; individual cognitive capacity, learning, and creativity; community livability; and economic prosperity. Research also could examine the effects of arts participation on broader-level outcomes, such as new forms of self-expression, new outlets for creative activity, and the overall creative and expressive capacity of U.S. society.

Examples of previously funded research can be found by using the NEA "Grant Search" engine or by clicking the "Research: Art Works Grants Final Papers" link on the Research: Art Works web page.

Priority will be given to applications that present theory-driven research questions and methodologies that will yield important information about the value and/or impact of the arts on individuals and communities. Competitive applications will take into account any extant research that serves as a basis for a theoretical framework, and helps to motivate the proposed project.

By providing financial support to deserving projects, the NEA anticipates that this program will spur growth in the number of people experienced in and knowledgeable about arts-related research in the U.S. To date, some of the most compelling research about the arts has originated in non-arts specialties: cognitive neuroscience, for example, with its discoveries about the arts' role in shaping learning-related outcomes and how the brain works; labor economics, with its lessons about the arts' impact on national and local productivity; urban planning work that seeks to understand the arts as a marker of community vitality; and psychological studies that posit the arts' relationship to health and well-being across the lifespan.  In this spirit, the NEA encourages applications from diverse research fields (e.g., psychology, education, economics, sociology, medicine and health, communications, and urban and regional planning) in addition to projects that address a diverse array of topics concerning the value and/or impact of the arts.

Funds will be given for projects that involve analyses of primary and/or secondary data. Primary data collection is an allowable activity under these grants, as long as a proposed project also includes analysis of that data. The NEA will not fund projects that focus exclusively on data acquisition. Projects may include, but are not limited to, primary and/or secondary data analyses; psychological studies that take place in clinical or non-clinical settings; third-party evaluations of an arts program's effectiveness and impact; and statistically-driven meta-analyses of existing research so as to provide a fresh understanding of the value and/or impact of the arts. The NEA also is interested in translational research that moves scientific evidence toward the development, testing, and standardization of new arts-related programs, practices, models, or tools that can be used easily by other practitioners and researchers.

 

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NEA Our Town, FY 2015
National Endowment for the Arts

December 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Arts Endowment's support of a project may start on October 1, 2015, or any time thereafter, and extend for up to two years.OUR TOWN: Grant Program DescriptionArt works to support creative, economically-competitive, healthy, resilient, and opportunity-rich communities. Excellent art is an essential part of building a strong community, as important as land-use, transportation, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety. Artists and community development practitioners across our nation --sometimes one and the same, sometimes working together -- are striving to make places more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets. The NEA defines these efforts as Creative Placemaking.Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Our Town prioritizes partnerships between arts organizations and government, private, and nonprofit organizations to achieve livability goals for communities.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

& Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities

& Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

December 9, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible. Projects must be undertaken by a team of at least one editor or translator and one other staff member. These grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years.

 

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Humanities Montana Regular & Major Grants
Humanities Montana

November 20, 2014 and December 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Humanities Montana only awards regular and major grants to organizations, not individuals. Eligible sponsoring organizations are listed in the grant guidelines.

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Collaborative Research Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

December 9, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences. Eligible projects include research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities; conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; archaeological projects that include the interpretation and communication of results (projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports, and preparation of interpretive monographs); and research that uses the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and historical or philosophical methods to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.

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Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
National Endowment for the Humanities

December 3, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. Libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country face an enormous challenge: to preserve collections that facilitate research, strengthen teaching, and provide opportunities for life-long learning in the humanities. Ensuring the preservation of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art, and historical objects requires institutions to implement measures that slow deterioration and prevent catastrophic loss. This work is best accomplished through preventive conservation, which encompasses managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft and from natural and man-made disasters. As museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions strive to be effective stewards of humanities collections, they must find ways to implement preventive conservation measures that are sustainable. This program therefore helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. Sustainable approaches to preservation can contribute to an institution¿s financial health, reduce its use of fossil fuels, and benefit its green initiatives, while ensuring that collections are well cared for and available for use in humanities programming, education, and research.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

 

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

Standard Due Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


NIAID Career Transition Award (K22)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

Nature of the career/research transition opportunity

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

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

 

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is November 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NINDS Requirements for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Development and Resource Sharing

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Program Announcements

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

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

Program Notices

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

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

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

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

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

Request for Applications

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

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

Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts / October 10, 2014

 
Requests for Applications
 
Program Announcements
Notices

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts / October 17, 2014

Requests for Applications

 

Program Announcements

 

Notices

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Multi-Site Clinical Trials for the Pulmonary Trials Cooperative (PTC) (U01)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

LOI due September 20, 2014
Full submission due October 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

There is an urgent need for development of new treatments and for testing of existing clinical management strategies in adult populations with chronic pulmonary diseases and obstructive sleep apnea. To facilitate efficient conduct of both inpatient and outpatient studies in "real world" settings, the NHLBI is establishing a novel structure: the Pulmonary Trials Cooperative (PTC). The PTC will carry out multiple clinical studies in a variety of chronic pulmonary conditions, including but not limited to interstitial lung disease (ILD), pulmonary hypertension (PH), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sarcoidosis, and obstructive sleep apnea.  Asthma, and acute lung injury and critical care, are specifically excluded to avoid overlap with current programs.  By studying multiple chronic pulmonary conditions in a single large program, the PTC will enable studies across a wide range of pulmonary diseases; encourage studies of patients with comorbid or intermediate conditions; involve a wide range of institutions, from major medical centers to community-based providers, in the recruitment, retention and follow-up of research subjects; and increase the efficiency of subject recruitment at individual sites by strongly encouraging the use of local medical information systems for the identification of potential research subjects.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits applications (U01) for Protocol Leadership Groups (PLGs) to develop protocols and support the Lead Investigators in the conduct and analyses of these trials. Multiple PLGs will cooperate with a single Network Management Core (NEMO), which will have primary responsibility for organizing and operating the PTC. A companion FOA (RFA-HL-15-016) requests applications for the NEMO.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Each awarded PLG will be expected to finalize the design of a single, simple, pragmatic clinical trial (Phase 2 or Phase 3); to provide a Lead Investigator for oversight of the study during implementation; and to perform all aspects of centralized protocol data management, including support for screening and randomization, electronic transfer and collection of individual data in a central database, error checking and data quality control, and study analysis.  In addition to the Lead Investigator, PLGs teams must include an investigator with expertise in statistical design and analysis as required to produce a complete protocol and manage the data collected. To this end, multiple PD/PI applications are encouraged.  The PLGs are expected to cooperate with the NEMO and a network of 20-40 Clinical Centers assembled by the NEMO. The NEMO will coordinate Clinical Center activities and disperse protocol funds to support trial operations. Other than focusing on adult chronic pulmonary diseases or obstructive sleep apnea, no constraints are imposed on PTC trials with regard to interventions, subject characteristics, or sample size, except those implicit in the 4-year project period and the budgetary restrictions. The exact number depending overall on the nature and extent of the investigations proposed and the availability of funds.  

PLGs will have primary responsibility for developing study forms and implementing a data management system for the specific protocol they propose.  PLGs will also process, tabulate and report, in accordance with NHLBI policies, adverse events (AEs), provide quality control for the trial they propose, and analyze study data and draft the main study manuscript. If biospecimen collection is proposed as part of the trial, this should be appropriately justified in the PLG application, but responsibility for maintaining a biospecimen repository will reside with NEMO.

The PI(s) of each PLG will serve on an operations committee (OC) with primary responsibility for implementation, oversight, continuing evaluation, and reporting of PTC studies.  The OC will also include the PI(s) of NEMO, rotating representatives of the Clinical Centers, one program official from the NHLBI, and a Chair appointed by the NHLBI (see RFA-HL-15-016). The PI(s) of each PLG awarded will vote only on general issues and on matters regarding their own protocol.  A DSMB will also be established in accordance with NHLBI policies (see http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/funding/policies/dsmpolicy.htm) to act as an independent advisory group to the NHLBI Director on issues of human subject safety and privacy, study integrity, and study progress.

 

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Outstanding Investigator Award (R35)
National Institutes of Health/NCI

LOI due September 20, 2014
Full submission due October 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites grant applications for the Outstanding Investigator Award (R35) in any area of cancer research.

The objective of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) is to provide long-term support to experienced investigators with outstanding records of cancer research productivity who propose to conduct exceptional research. The OIA is intended to allow investigators the opportunity to take greater risks, be more adventurous in their lines of inquiry, or take the time to develop new techniques. The OIA would allow an Institution to submit an application nominating an established Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) for a 7-year grant.

It is expected that the OIA would provide extended funding stability and encourage investigators to embark on projects of unusual potential in cancer research. The research projects should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications that may lead to a breakthrough that will advance biomedical, behavioral, or clinical cancer research.

 

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Social and Behavioral Research on the Elderly in Disasters (R03)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 16, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsors invite applications that propose to conduct research in the behavioral and social sciences on the consequences of natural and man-made disasters for the health and well-being of the elderly, with an ultimate goal of preventing or mitigating harmful consequences. Disasters include weather-related events, earthquakes, tsunamis, large-scale attacks on civilian populations, technological catastrophes, and pandemics. This program will use the NIH Small Research Grant (R03) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The sponsors seeks to stimulate research in the behavioral and social sciences on the consequences of natural and man-made disasters for the health and well-being of the elderly, with an ultimate goal of preventing and mitigating harmful consequences. Recent disasters have served as reminders that older people can be both more vulnerable and in some ways more resilient than younger people. Research in the social and behavioral sciences can be useful both for the practical work of helping future efforts to prepare for or mitigate disasters and for the scientific understanding of aging, health, and well-being. Disasters include severe weather-related events, including heat waves; earthquakes; tsunamis; large-scale attacks on civilian populations; technological catastrophes; and influenza pandemics. The health outcomes of greatest interest include mortality, disability, severe distress and clinically significant morbidity (as opposed to mild or transient symptoms), and economic hardship sufficient to harm health. This FOA relates to the NIA mission to improve the health and well-being of older Americans through research and the NINR mission to prevent disease and disability. Research and translation efforts can help inform planning by drawing on lessons from disasters of multiple types and locations.

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Testing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R01)
Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (NIH)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund highly innovative and promising research that tests multi-level intervention programs of 1 to 2 years in length that are designed to increase health-enhancing physical activity: 1) in persons or groups that can benefit from such activity; and 2) that could be made scalable and sustainable for broad use across the nation.  This FOA provides support for up to 5 years for research planning, intervention delivery, and follow-up activities. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This FOA seeks studies that test multi-level interventions to increase physical activity levels based on well-established theory and existing data. Interventions to be tested should have an expanded focus beyond the individual level, or beyond the environmental level, to include two or more levels, such as individuals, families, social groups, institutional/organizational environments, worksite, healthcare systems, or community environments. Investigators are encouraged to incorporate both individual and environmental interventions that take into account motivational, cognitive and emotional components along with environments that facilitate and sustain change.  Multi-level interventions are thought to hold promise in enabling individuals to successfully change and maintain their physical activity-related health behaviors.  Investigators may propose other levels, but whatever levels are selected should be well-justified.

Interventions tested in more "real-world" settings that have the potential to be scalable, packaged for broad use, or informative for policy are encouraged. Packaging for broad use applies to interventions that have developed and tested: toolkits that provide implementation guidance, procedures and strategies, including recruitment tools, intervention design, recruitment of partners; analytical tools; appropriate measures of physical activity for the intervention and diverse population groups and settings; and supporting information so that others can replicate the study and potentially implement the program.

Given the relatively large cost in mounting community interventions, an assessment on resources spent on intervention development and maintenance is desired.  Data on costs of implementing and sustaining the intervention is encouraged, but complete cost-effectiveness analyses are beyond the scope of this announcement.  Costs can include actual costs for intervention development, implementation and, to a lesser degree, maintenance.  An example is the packaging of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)-funded Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle intervention program for use in YMCAs across the country. Another example is National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) studies that tested interventions delivered in health care settings that have potential implications to inform reimbursement policy.  Potential for incorporation into community programs and through policy change also can enhance the likelihood of sustainability.

Due to funding limitations on the duration (5 years) of a R01 at NIH, it is expected that investigators who have done preliminary developmental work, including pilot studies or work with different population groups or single level interventions, would be more successful in responding to this FOA.  Preliminary developmental work on physical activity interventions should include needs assessments in population groups of interest and pilot testing interventions for feasibility and tailoring. Prior work may also include utilizing systems science to develop new intervention models based on analyzing key upstream influences. The use of fractional factorial designed studies that have identified promising intervention components, or previous studies testing adaptive interventions that changed during the course of the study, are also encouraged where appropriate.   Further, prior work demonstrating effectiveness at one level (individual or environmental) could be combined with work at another level to create multi-level intervention programs.

Studies in any age group and special population, including populations at high risk for sedentary behavior, are appropriate for this announcement. Sustainability for the purpose of this announcement is defined as one to two years post-intervention.  For example, an intervention targeting a population at risk for developing osteoporosis may include bone strengthening exercises, or an intervention targeting children at risk for obesity or diabetes may include increased physical education time during school hours. Populations of interest include, but are not limited to: 

- Healthy but sedentary or inactive individuals

- Persons or groups at high risk for a particular disease or condition that can be improved by physical activity

- Persons with an existing disease or condition (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancer, clinical depression, or diabetes) whose outcomes could be improved by physical activity

- Children and adults of diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial groups with low activity levels

- Persons with physical, developmental, or intellectual disabilities who may need special approaches for activity promotion

- Inactive or sedentary elderly individuals or groups

- Minority and underserved populations at higher risk for conditions associated with inactivity

- Other groups, if justified by the investigator

Comparison of male and female populations or subjects on the desired outcome is highly desired. Of particular interest are research activities which increase the understanding of sex and gender differences and factors in health and disease, to support implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research, available at http://orwh.od.nih.gov/research/strategicplan/index.asp.

Settings for the interventions can include healthcare settings, worksites, households, schools, green space, parks and recreation centers, other community organizations and settings, or entire communities.  Because this FOA seeks multi-level interventions that have the potential to be scalable and sustainable, the use of multiple settings for intervention implementation or support may be considered. Illustrative examples of studies testing multi-level interventions with two or more levels can be found in existing systematic reviews.

To date, the available body of research includes numerous studies with methodological issues and systematic reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration and the Community Preventive Services Task Force have resulted in conflicting findings. Thus, investigators should propose the strongest study design that can evaluate the effects of the intervention program with high internal validity, taking into account external validity and generalizability. In general, this would be a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design. Most studies proposed in response to this announcement will probably need randomization at the group level (Group Randomized Trial, or GRT) to match the level of intervention and to minimize or prevent contamination of the comparison group.  In some cases, a randomized design may not be possible or feasible, or would raise ethical concerns that are difficult to address. In such instances, investigators could propose and justify alternative, high-quality study designs. Such designs include, but are not limited to, quasi-experimental designs such as multiple baseline or time series, regression discontinuity, pre-to-post intervention with external comparison, natural experiments, or others (

Given the strong evidence that physical activity is associated with many health benefits, the primary outcome being sought is a measure of physical activity and/or change in physical activity over the duration of the 1-2 year intervention period in the direction of achieving the health-enhancing physical activity goals for the targeted population or patient subgroup, as identified in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.  Therefore, the intervention and any comparison/control group should use appropriate and well-justified physical activity measures to enable proper comparisons that are also feasible in real world settings.  Measurement of intervention processes and impacts also is encouraged to enable assessment of intervention fidelity and whether hypothesized mediators were affected. Measurement of secondary outcomes such as social outcomes and possible co-benefits of physical activity participation (e.g., effects on behavioral, cognitive, or psychosocial outcomes; effects on substance abuse, tobacco use, mental health, or cardiovascular disease risk factors) or adverse outcomes (e.g., injuries) may also be included.

It is anticipated that each award will support multidisciplinary project teams composed of scientists with expertise to enable all the specific aims to be addressed. A range of disciplines is likely to be needed; for example, teams may include public health, clinical, behavioral, and social scientists, statisticians, exercise physiologists, and others. 

 

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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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Developing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R21/R33)
Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)

November 4, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

This FOA encourages innovative research to improve our understanding of how to increase and maintain health-enhancing physical activity to make meaningful and lasting change, with an emphasis on multi-level interventions that have the potential to be scalable, implementable, and sustained in real-world settings. Interventions to be tested should seek to increase participants' progression toward achieving the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans as appropriate to the participants' health, abilities, and conditions. The intent of this announcement is to address physical activity as it relates to conditions other than obesity or energy balance, such as cardiorespiratory fitness, reduced rates of cancer, bone health, mental health, or substance abuse. The interventions to be tested can include diverse strategies delivered at multiple levels to promote health-enhancing physical activity as a primary outcome. Studies across the lifespan that address a wide range of population groups are sought (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, children, elderly populations, persons with medical conditions, and persons with disabilities).  Investigators are encouraged to refine interventions and make use of innovative partnerships within and across sectors (e.g., partnerships with community organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses, government, and/or healthcare providers). For studies that are ready to implement, test, and evaluate scalable interventions, please see the companion Research Project Grant (R01) PAR-14-315.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This FOA seeks studies that develop multi-level interventions to increase physical activity levels based on well-established theory and existing data. Interventions to be developed should have an expanded focus beyond the individual level, or beyond the environmental level, to include two or more levels, such as individuals, families, social groups, institutional/organizational environments, worksite, healthcare systems, or community environments. Investigators are encouraged to incorporate both personal and environmental interventions that take into account motivational, cognitive and emotional components along with environments that facilitate and sustain change.  Investigators may propose other levels, but whatever levels are selected should be well-justified.

Interventions developed for more "real-world" settings that have the potential to be scalable, packaged for broad use, or informative for policy are encouraged. Packaging for broad use applies to interventions that have developed and tested: toolkits that provide implementation guidance, procedures and strategies, including recruitment tools, intervention design, recruitment of partners; analytical tools; appropriate measures of physical activity for the intervention and diverse population groups and settings; and supporting information so that others can replicate the study and potentially implement the program.

Due to the phased nature of this R21/R33 award, applications should propose to conduct formative assessments and pilot studies in the R21 phase with possible transition to expanded research support in the R33 phase. Such planning activities and feasibility studies can include studies utilizing systems science to develop new intervention models based on analyzing key upstream influences, fractional factorial designs that identify promising intervention components, studies testing adaptive interventions that change during the course of the study, or other innovative and state-of-the art approaches to developmental work. Novel approaches based on clinical experience that are well-justified will also be considered. 

Studies in any age group and special population, including populations at high risk for sedentary behavior, are appropriate to this announcement. Sustainability for the purpose of this announcement is defined as one to two years post-intervention.  For example, an intervention targeting a population at risk for developing osteoporosis may include bone strengthening exercises, or an intervention targeting children at risk for obesity or diabetes may include increased physical education time during school hours. Populations of interest include, but are not limited to: 

- Healthy but sedentary or inactive individuals

- Persons or groups at high risk for a particular disease or condition that can be improved by physical activity

- Persons with an existing disease or condition (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancer, clinical depression, or diabetes) whose outcomes could be improved by physical activity

- Children and adults of diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial groups with low activity levels

- Persons with physical, developmental, or intellectual disabilities who may need special approaches for activity promotion

- Inactive or sedentary elderly individuals or groups

- Minority and underserved populations at higher risk for conditions associated with inactivity

- Other groups, if justified by the investigator

Comparison of male and female populations or subjects on the desired outcome is highly desired. Of particular interest are research activities which increase the understanding of sex and gender differences and factors in health and disease, to support implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research, available at http://orwh.od.nih.gov/research/strategicplan/index.asp.

Settings for the interventions can include healthcare settings, worksites, households, schools, green space, parks and recreation centers, other community organizations and settings, or entire communities.  Because this solicitation seeks multi-level interventions that have the potential to be scalable and sustainable, the use of multiple settings for intervention implementation or support may be considered. Illustrative examples of studies testing multi-level interventions with two or more levels can be found in existing systematic reviews.

To date, the available body of research includes numerous studies with methodological issues and systematic reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration and the Community Preventive Services Task Force have resulted in conflicting findings. Investigators should propose the strongest study design that can evaluate the effects of the intervention program with high internal validity, taking into account external validity and generalizability. Investigators should pay close attention to the quality of measurement of physical activity, ensuring that the measures are reliable and sensitive to change at the population level.   In general, this would be a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design. Most of studies proposed in response to this announcement will probably need randomization at the group level (Group Randomized Trial, or GRT) to match the level of intervention and to minimize or prevent contamination of the comparison group.  In some cases, a randomized design may not be possible or feasible, or would raise ethical concerns that are difficult to address. In such instances, investigators could propose and justify alternative, high-quality study designs. Such designs include, but are not limited to, quasi-experimental designs such as multiple baseline or time series, regression discontinuity, pre-to-post intervention with external comparison, natural experiments, or others. 

Given the strong evidence that physical activity is associated with many health benefits, the primary outcome being sought is a measure of physical activity and/or change in physical activity over the duration of the 1-2 year intervention period in the direction of achieving the health-enhancing physical activity goals for the targeted population or patient subgroup, as identified in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.  Therefore, the intervention and any comparison/control group should use appropriate and well-justified physical activity measures to enable proper comparisons that are also feasible in real world settings.  Measurement of intervention processes and impacts also are encouraged to enable assessment of intervention fidelity and whether hypothesized mediators were affected. Measurement of secondary outcomes such as social outcomes and possible co-benefits of physical activity participation (e.g., effects on behavioral, cognitive, or psychosocial outcomes; effects on substance abuse, tobacco use, or cardiovascular disease risk factors) or adverse outcomes (e.g., injuries) may also be included. Given the relatively large cost in mounting community interventions, an assessment on resources spent on intervention development and maintenance is desired. 

It is anticipated that each award will support multidisciplinary project teams composed of scientists with expertise to enable all the specific aims to be addressed. A range of disciplines is likely to be needed; for example, teams may include public health, clinical, behavioral, and social scientists, statisticians, exercise physiologists, and others. 

 

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Enhancing Cross-National Research within the Health and Retirement Study Family of Studies (R01)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

LOI due October 7, 2014
Full submission due November 7, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of this announcement is to enhance comparability among a specific group of measures in the US Health and Retirement Study and the family of comparable longitudinal aging studies around the world. For the purposes of this FOA, the specific measures are cognition and dementia assessment; personality and non-cognitive-character-skills; social isolation and loneliness; physical activity; and life histories. Enhancing the comparability of these measures will support cross-national behavioral and social research in aging in areas that are of a high priority to the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at National Institute on Aging. Responsive applications will propose activities such as pilot studies; calibration to gold standard measures; or methods to increase item, measure, or construct comparability. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

NIA has received input from experts on measures that could support important cross-national research in aging. The 2013 National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA) Review of the NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research included a subcommittee "International Research on Aging" that has discussed specific recommendations on areas for enhancement for the HRS family of studies, and further input on the development of comparable measures is provided from other subcommittees (http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/announcements/2014/03/naca-evaluation-bsr-report-2013). This announcement calls for applications to develop comparable measures in the HRS-family of studies in the following areas that were recommended by experts to NIA.  Responsive applications will propose activities to produce comparable measures in one or more of the following areas:

  • Cognition and dementia assessment - Although there have been substantial efforts at NIH to develop reliable toolbox-like measures (e.g., PROMIS for patient-reported outcomes and the NIH Toolbox for cognition) as well as recommendations for the use of off-the-shelf phenotypic measures (e.g., PhenX), there has been less work to date on creating crosswalks between these measures. Further, it has not generally been determined which instruments are most appropriate for time-limited surveys, especially in international contexts. This need is particularly acute for measures of cognition, where even state-of-the-art instruments may not operate appropriately in developing countries where rates of literacy and levels of educational attainment are much lower. Responsive applications will propose activities that develop new comparable measures or methods that make existing cognition measures in the HRS family more comparable (e.g. the addition of proxy interviews, changes in the administration of items, or methods to adjust existing items). Dementia assessment items in the HRS family of nationally representative studies (high and low income) will facilitate the examination of international trends over time and achieve national objectives regarding measurement of prevalence.
  • Personality and non-cognitive-character-skills - Among the most robust of findings linking childhood to patterns of aging are the replicated associations between a variety of assessments of personality early in the life course (especially conscientiousness) and patterns of aging many decades later. This research has been aided by a wide consensus on characterizing personality traits through convenient self-report assessments that perform effectively across a broad range of cultures and nationalities. Comparable measures of individual variation in personality and other non-cognitive-character-skills (e.g. self-control) across diverse cultural contexts would advance understanding of their links to aging-relevant real-world outcomes.
  • Social isolation and loneliness - Social relationships have long been known to contribute to health outcomes in later life. A recent meta-analysis of over 140 studies showed that lack of good social relationships poses a mortality risk equivalent to smoking. In addition, measures of both objective social isolation and the subjective experience of loneliness have been linked to mortality in population-based longitudinal studies of aging.  Inclusion of measures appropriate for these constructs could help clarify when and how these factors are linked to health and how those links vary by cultural context.
  • Physical activity - new technologies for data collection may overcome some current challenges to comparability. For example, the use of actigraphy for measurement of physical activity and sleep could not only enhance data comparability but could also reduce respondent burden. Comparable measures of time use and well-being across diverse settings could facilitate research on successful aging and help explain international health disparities. Actigraphy can provide objective measurements of activity that can supplement and validate self-reported data.
  • Life histories - Research has shown that many social and health outcomes important at the population level depend on early life experiences. Further, evidence has shown that retrospective life histories (asking elders about early life health and environmental factors) can capture these experiences and support cross-national assessment of their impact in different cultural and economic environments.

Though harmonization projects on any of the areas listed above are responsive to the RFA, additional funds have been set-aside to support projects focusing on cognition/dementia assessment (see Section II Award Information/Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards below.).

The HRS family of studies refers to the nationally representative, longitudinal, population based samples of older populations made available to the public for research purposes with content designed to be comparable to the US Health and Retirement Study.  Specifically, responsive applications will propose activities to develop comparable data within the following studies:

Responsive applications will propose activities that make comparable measures within the HRS family of studies identified above. Activities may include pilot studies to design and test/validate measures or determine the impact of adding measures to studies with regard to attrition/response rates; the development of methods to enhance comparability of items; or any other activity that can be justified as enhancing comparability of items relevant to this FOA among the HRS family of studies. 

 

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Gut-Microbiome-Brain Interactions and Mental Health (R21/R33)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

LOI due October 25, 2014
Full submission due November 25, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations to investigate mechanisms by which the gut microbiome modulates the development and function of brain circuits that subserve behavioral functions of direct relevance to the mission of the NIMH.  Because initial colonization of the gut by microbiota occurs early in life and may influence the subsequent development and modifiability of the central nervous system, developmental studies are of interest. Applicants may propose to use wild-type, gnotobiotic, and/or specific pathogen-free model organisms. With this FOA, the NIMH encourages investigator teams to initiate hypothesis-driven research in this cross-cutting research area and to identify promising mechanistic leads for future basic and translational research that will advance the mission of the NIMH. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The FOA encourages exploratory development followed by hypothesis-driven research that will investigate mechanisms by which the gut microbiota influences pre- and postnatal neurodevelopment as well as genes, signaling cascades, synaptic plasticity, and brain circuits related to behavioral domains directly relevant to the mission of NIMH (see NIMH Strategic Plan and Strategic Research Priorities ). Such efforts are expected to increase our knowledge of microbiome-brain interactions, enhance our mechanistic understanding of the brain and behavior, and inform our understanding of the etiology of psychiatric disorders.

Although the gut microbiome includes viruses, protozoa, archaea, and fungi, it is dominated by bacteria.  For this reason, this FOA is limited to applications that propose to investigate the bacterial component of the gut microbiota.

Applicants may propose to use wild-type, gnotobiotic, and/or specific pathogen-free model organisms.

Specific Areas of Research Interest

Examples of research topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cellular, molecular and physiological studies to identify mechanisms by which the gut microbiota modulates neural circuits that subserve specific domains of function such as working memory, emotion regulation, social processes, and higher-level executive functions.
  • Mechanistic studies of the role of the microbiome-gut-brain axis in pre- and postnatal brain development.
  • Mechanistic studies mapping developmental trajectories of the effects of the gut microbiota on neural systems with the goal to identify aberrant developmental patterns in neural circuits that subserve specific domains of function such as higher-order cognitive and emotional processes.
  • Studies of sex differences in effects of the gut microbiota on the modifiability of neural and circuit function across the lifespan.
  • Studies examining the mechanisms by which perturbation of the maternal gut microbiota alters prenatal brain development and subsequent brain function and behavior.
  • Studies examining the mechanisms by which perturbations (e.g., via the maternal vaginal microbiota) of the offspring's gut microbiota affect brain function and behavior.

Responsive applications will include hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies that focus on pathways of communication from the bacterial component of the gut microbiota to the brain with outcome measures aimed at defining the neural (molecular, cellular, and/or circuit-level) functions that underlie complex behaviors related to mood, cognition, and social function.

Because such studies may require several areas of expertise, applicants are encouraged to include multiple PDs/PIs or collaborators on the application.

 

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Improving Health through Rehabilitation Robotic Technology (R43/R44)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

October 13, 2014
November 13, 2014

*For assistance with SBIR opportunities, MSU's Techlink has generously offered their support. Please contact Ray Friesenhahn at rayf@montana.edu or 994-7726. 

SYNOPSIS: 

The NIH encourages research on robotic technology development to enhance health, lengthen life and reduce disability. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage the translation of rehabilitation robotic technology to assist health care providers and individuals in need of rehabilitation.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: 

The NIH is collaborating on a multi-agency funding opportunity, the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) led by the National Science Foundation (NSF) (NOT-EB-13-005) whose goal is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States.  However, the joint solicitation does not directly address technology transfer and applied research.  Therefore, this initiative encourages development of affordable and accessible rehabilitation robotic technologies.  Medicine and health care could benefit from rapid translation and adoption of these advances in robotic technology to meet the need for personalized health care through effective and safe interventions and therapies.

Specific Areas of Research Interests

This funding opportunity announcement would support Phase I and/or Phase II SBIR projects to translate state of the art robotic technology in a broad range of environments and user populations.  This initiative encourages development of affordable and accessible rehabilitation robotic technology that utilizes rehabilitation robots to facilitate functional independence, improve quality of life, assist with behavior therapy, provide personalized care in the clinic and/or at home and promote wellness/health in persons with disabilities across the lifespan.  Assistive rehabilitation robotic software and/or hardware system development of interest include, but are not limited to those that:

  • Reduce the secondary health effects that follow reduced mobility such as obesity, joint contracture, etc.
  • Establish optimal patient specific rehabilitation, such as programs designed to establish timing intensity and duration of interventions,
  • Support of life-long cognitive, social, and physical disorders requiring on-going behavioral therapy,
  • Provide personalized care for special needs populations, and
  • Increase wellness/ health promotion and maintenance.

The NIH is still interested in supporting robotic advancements for surgical health interventions and robotic exoskeletons; however, these topics are not responsive to this solicitation.   

 

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Pre-application: Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center (X02)
National Institutes of Health (NIH): Multiple Participating Institutes

November 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for collaborative translational research projects aligned with NIH efforts to enhance the translation of basic biological discoveries into clinical applications that improve health. It encourages high quality science demonstrating the potential to result in understanding an important disease process or lead to new therapeutic interventions, diagnostics, or prevention strategies within the research interests and priorities of the participating NIH Institutes/Centers (ICs). Specifically, the program seeks to broaden and strengthen translational research collaborations between basic and clinical researchers both within and outside NIH to accelerate and enhance translational science by promoting partnerships between NIH intramural investigators (e.g., those conducting research within the labs and clinics of the NIH) and extramural investigators (e.g., those conducting research in labs outside the NIH), and by providing support for extramural investigators to take advantage of the unique research opportunities available at the NIH Clinical Center by conducting research projects in collaboration with NIH intramural investigators. This FOA encourages X02 pre-applications for Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center. The X02 pre-application is the recommended (not required) first step in the application process for the companion FOA (PAR-13-358, (SPIN Program # 35574). Potential applicants should read both FOAs. Investigators whose X02 pre-applications are meritorious, can be supported by the resources of the NIH Clinical Center, and align with the research missions of the participating NIH ICs, will be notified of the opportunity to submit a U01 application under PAR-13-358. This FOA will use the NIH X02 Pre-application mechanism.

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RFA-NS-14-006--High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants (R24)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS

LOI due September 20, 2014
Application Due October 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for high impact efforts to make resources available to neuroscience researchers. Projects should engage in one or more of the following activities: propagation of cutting edge reagents or techniques, dissemination of resources to new user groups, or innovative approaches to increase the scale/efficiency of resource production and delivery. Applications focused on technology or software development are not responsive to this FOA, as the focus is on dissemination or provision of resources. Use of existing technologies to develop new reagents or genetic lines of clear value may be appropriate. Projects should address compelling needs of broad communities of neuroscience researchers or should offer unique services that otherwise would be unavailable. Projects must support the NINDS mission. This FOA will utilize the NIH R24 Resource-Related Research Projects award mechanism.

OBJECTIVES: 

Research project grants such as the R01 provide funding for development of new technologies and resources. However, funding opportunities for making resources available to the research community are more limited, even though such activities can be critical for research progress. The goal of this FOA is to address this need by supporting innovative and high impact projects to make resources, tools and techniques available to neuroscience researchers.

Projects responsive to this FOA should engage one or more of the following types of activities:

1) Propagation of newly developed, cutting edge reagents or techniques that are not widely available or easily obtained;

2) Broadening the impact of important existing resources by bringing them to new user groups for whom access would not otherwise be available;

3) Innovative approaches to increase the scale and efficiency of existing valuable resources.

The following categories of resources may be appropriate for this FOA, provided that the proposed resource concords with the types of high impact activities described above: Animal models, Animal Surgery, Behavioral Testing, Specialized Cell Culture, Histochemistry, Specialized Imaging or Microscopy, Pathology, Physiology, and Statistical/Computational Analysis. Projects must be specifically targeted to neuroscience research. Resources and techniques that are general to biomedical sciences are not responsive to this FOA, unless there is a specific unmet neuroscience research need.

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Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences (STTR) (R41/R42)
Office of Research Infrastructure Programs/NIH/DHHS

November 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) invites applications for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) to develop serious Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) games with a focus on biology that addresses health and medicine questions for: (1) pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12) students and pre- and in-service teachers ("Teachers") or (2) Informal Science Education (ISE) audiences. Serious games are defined as the use of gaming technology to train, educate, and encourage behavioral changes in a virtual world format where progressive learning, feedback on success and user control are combined into an interactive and engaging experience. It is anticipated that this SBIR FOA will facilitate the translation of new or existing health and medicine-based, P-12 STEM curricula and museum exhibits into educational games that will provide a hands-on, inquiry-based and learning-by-doing experience for students, Teachers and the community. This FOA will utilize the SBIR (R43/R44) grant mechanisms for Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track applications.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The objective of this FOA is to make STTR funding available to P-12 and ISE educators so that they may translate their classroom or science museum STEM curricula into serious STEM games ("STEM Games") with a biomedical focus that will complement Teacher professional development and improve student achievement, career aspirations and community health literacy. The science education research objective of this FOA is the development of new STEM gaming resources that will advance our understanding of how STEM-based gaming can improve student learning. It is anticipated that increasing underserved and minority student achievement in STEM fields through gaming will encourage these students to pursue health-related careers that will benefit their communities and increase their economic and social opportunities.

Types of applications submitted to this FOA may vary with the target audience, scientific content, educational purpose and method of delivery. STEM Games may include, but are not limited to: game-based curricula; attitudes changes towards learning; new skills development; teamwork and group activities; public participation in scientific research (citizen science) projects and behavioral changes in lifestyle and health. STEM Games designed to increase the diversity of students (i.e., American Indian, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islanders, African American, Hispanic, female, disabled, or otherwise underrepresented) considering careers in basic, behavioral or clinical research are especially encouraged. STEM Games may be designed for use in classroom or out-of-classroom settings, e.g., as supplements to existing classroom curricula, for after school science clubs, libraries, hospital waiting rooms and science museums. STEM Games may target children in group settings or individually, with or without adult or Teacher participation or supervision. The proposed project may use any gaming technology and platform.

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Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (P50)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

LOI due November 22, 2014
Full submission December 22, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications to support a transdisciplinary program of basic and applied research to examine the effects of environmental factors on children's health and well-being. Research conducted through the Centers should include substantive areas of science in children's health while incorporating innovative technologies and approaches and links to the environment. This program encourages strong links between disciplines in the basic, applied, clinical and public health sciences to prevent disease and promote health of all children. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

NIEHS and EPA have developed a joint program with multiple opportunities to enhance research focused on advancing scientific understanding of key determinants of children's environmental health to meet each Agency's mission by filling identified research gaps to promote healthy environments for children. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed to encourage applications from transdisciplinary research teams proposing an integrated multi-project approach and a well-developed research program of innovative research. NIEHS and EPA consider community engagement to be a major goal of the program; as such, applications must include a Community Outreach and Translation Core.

The objectives are to (1) leverage and build upon the research findings and resources from epidemiological and clinical studies of pregnant women or parents and children; (2) enhance the application of novel findings and approaches in areas of basic or mechanistic research e.g., imaging, epigenetics, metabolomics, and comparative biology to developmental human studies; (3) develop, validate, discover and apply new or improved lifestage-specific biomarkers of exposure and early effect to elucidate complex relationships between environmental factors and health outcomes across the lifestages, environmental measurements (e.g., personal, indoors, outdoors, and understudied areas/regions where data on children's environments is limited), and exposure factors and models to best characterize exposure, cumulative impacts, effects modifiers and associated health effects, and to predict longer-term clinical/adverse consequences; (4) introduce new investigators to state-of-the-art tool and methodologies to address emerging issues in children's environmental health; and (5) ensure active participation of identified stakeholders and the broader community in the research process, and translation and application of research findings for disease prevention and health promotion.

 

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Mechanisms Mediating Osteoarthritis in Aging (R01)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases invite applications intended to encourage and accelerate the characterization of new or underutilized models and the testing of hypotheses that will lead to an improved understanding of the mechanisms mediating osteoarthritic progression. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This FOA invites applications on research employing genetically defined and modified mouse models, other animal models such as dogs and monkeys or archived human joint tissues to explore the biological mechanisms underlying osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a significant problem in the elderly population, and a major contributor to mobility limitations that are endemic in this population and, therefore, is an important element in the research missions of NIA and NIAMS. Inflammatory processes are evident in advanced stages of osteoarthritis, and are likely to be major contributors to the chronic pain that is the most common symptom of the condition. However, for the purpose of this announcement, osteoarthritis is distinguished from other joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, in which inflammation arising from autoimmunity is the primary cause of tissue damage. The root causes of joint degeneration in osteoarthritis remain unclear.

Research efforts in the past have focused primarily on the more advanced stages of osteoarthritis, but relatively little is understood about the initial changes triggering disease etiology and early progression. Increasing knowledge of molecular mechanisms in cartilage and bone biology, along with availability of genetically manipulated mice, and the possibility of studies in other mammalian models of osteoarthritis have yielded new concepts and novel animal models that may be relevant to osteoarthritis in humans. Other models, where joint degeneration is studied, such as dogs and monkeys as well as archived human joint tissues may be useful in these studies. This FOA is intended to encourage and accelerate the characterization of new or underutilized models and the testing of hypotheses that will lead to an improved understanding of the mechanisms mediating osteoarthritic progression.

This program will support research exploring the biological mechanisms underlying non-inflammatory joint degeneration. Research supported by this initiative will identify specific genes, proteins, and biochemical pathways that contribute to the onset of joint degeneration. Information to be gained will include the timing and anatomical location of events that lead to joint degeneration, the functional characterization of proteins identified as causal factors, and the definition of pathways by which particular gene products contribute to joint degeneration. Objectives include: the characterization of new models; the development and testing of hypotheses that arise from the properties of new and existing models; the definition of functional roles for specific molecular entities identified as contributing to joint degeneration.

Other Information: See program opportunity for details on R21 and other mechanisms. 

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Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral Sciences, and Population Sciences Career Development Award (K07)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications for the Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral Sciences, and Population Sciences Career Development Award. The award is intended to support the career development of junior investigators with research or health professional doctoral degrees who want to become cancer-focused academic researchers in cancer prevention, cancer control, or the behavioral or population sciences. This FOA will utilize the NIH Academic Career Award (K07) mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The objective of the Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral Sciences, and Population Sciences Career Development Award (K07) is to provide salary and research support for a sustained period of "protected time" (3-5 years) to junior investigators who are interested in developing academic and research expertise in cancer prevention, cancer control, or the behavioral or population sciences as related to cancer. Research, teaching, and leadership skills are to be learned during the tenure of the award. The expectation is that, through this sustained period of research career development and training under the guidance of an experienced mentor in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences, awardees will launch fully independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (e.g., R01) funding. Applications in basic cancer prevention sciences must include a plan to translate the results of the project into cancer prevention research using human subjects within the period of the K07 award.

For the purpose of this funding opportunity, cancer control research is defined as "basic and applied research in the behavioral sciences that independently or in combination with biomedical approaches reduces cancer risk, incidence, morbidity, and mortality across the lifespan and over the entire process of carcinogenesis from primary behavioral prevention in youth, to screening, treatment, and survivorship".

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Pain in Aging (R01)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. October 5, 2014 is next deadline.

SYNOPSIS: 

NIH, NIAAA, NIDA and NCCAM invite applications from institutions/organizations that propose to study pain from an aging perspective, including studies of older populations, studies of age differences and age-related changes in pain processes and experiences, and studies of pain treatment and management in older adults. This FOA particularly encourages studies on 1) mechanisms and predictors of pain experience in aging, 2) development and evaluation of pain assessment tools for older adults or older model organisms, and 3) development and evaluation of pain management strategies in older adults, with particular attention to the challenges associated with treating pain in patients with multiple morbidities. Studies may address a variety of approaches and outcomes including biological (i.e., genetic, molecular, neurobiological), clinical, behavioral, psychological, and social factors. Both animal models (especially aged animals) and human subjects are appropriate for this FOA. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This FOA encourages a broad range of applications examining the mechanisms and processes by which factors at all levels of analysis (from molecular to social/institutional) impact the experience, representation, processing, management, and treatment of pain in older adults. Both basic and translational research is encouraged under this FOA. Applications at a single level of analysis are welcomed (e.g. studies of neural circuitry for pain processing in aging), as are studies examining processes across levels of analysis. Studies focused on normal age differences and age-related changes in pain processes, as well as on age-related diseases or disorders, including pain in older adults with comorbid conditions or with Alzheimer's disease or other age-related dementias, are strongly encouraged. New pain assessment methods and management approaches targeting older adults are also encouraged. Both human and animal model studies are appropriate. This FOA encompasses the range of scientific approaches, including genetic, molecular, imaging, physiological, clinical, behavioral, social, psychological, comparative effectiveness research (CER), and epidemiological (including cross-national comparative) approaches.

An association between chronic pain conditions and alcohol dependence has been suggested in numerous studies with episodes of alcohol abuse antedating chronic pain in some and alcohol dependence emerging after the onset of chronic pain in others. However, the interaction between alcohol use and pain in older people has not been investigated. While acute alcohol may be analgesic, the long-term alcohol use in chronic pain conditions in older population may worsen pain and exacerbate associated anxiety and depressive-like conditions. The effects of chronic use of alcohol on neuroimmune systems may play a crucial role in determining the pain sensitivity and treatment outcome in elderly. NIAAA is interested in receiving applications addressing neuronal and glial mechanisms related to alcohol and chronic pain in older populations.

Other Information: See program opportunity for details on R21 and other mechanisms. 

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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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Analyses of Datasets on Older Populations with High Prevalence of Mobility Disability to Develop Clinically Meaningful Diagnostic Cut-Points for Low Muscle Mass and/or Low Muscle Strength (U01)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

LOI due December 15, 2014
Full submission due January 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This initiative invites applications for support of analyses of existing data (or data whose collection will be completed by one year from the date of this FOA) from older populations with high prevalence of mobility disability, low muscle mass, and low muscle strength (weakness).  Interventions targeted at low muscle mass and/or weakness may prevent or reduce mobility disability in some older persons.  To assess the efficacy of such interventions against mobility disability, there is a need to test them in persons in whom muscle mass and/or strength are (or will be) sufficiently low to be likely contributors to disability.  Thus there is a need for evidence-based diagnostic cut-points to define target populations for treatments.

Applications submitted in response to this FOA should support development and evaluation of diagnostic cut-points based on analyses of relations of mobility disability to muscle mass and strength.  These analyses should extend and expand upon analyses to date on this topic, which have identified and proposed cut-points for low muscle mass and weakness.  Studies supported through this FOA should clarify relations between muscle mass and strength, impaired physical function, and mobility disability, and their implications for setting diagnostic cut-points, through analyses of data from populations with substantially more individuals with mobility disability than were included in previous analyses.

Applicants are encouraged to consider combining datasets from multiple populations that contain information on all of the following: at least one objective measure of muscle mass at the same anatomic site(s) common to all included studies, at least one direct measure of muscle strength common to included data sets, gait speed, and self-reported mobility status in populations of older adults. Analyses of relations to other measures of strength, muscle power, and physical performance (e.g., Short Physical Performance Battery), and mobility disability are encouraged. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

NIA invites applications to conduct analyses of existing data (or ongoing data collection to be completed in one year from the date of publication of this FOA) from populations with high prevalence of mobility disability, and low muscle mass and strength, to generate and evaluate diagnostic criteria  or cut-points for low muscle mass and weakness.  Pooling data should be considered to increase power and strengthen study results.  The main goal is to develop and assess differing diagnostic cut-points with regard to properties such as sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value. 

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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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Immune and Inflammatory Mechanisms in Alzheimer's Disease (R01)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

LOI due on December 29, 2014
Full submission due January 29, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of this FOA is to establish the role of the brain innate immune system, the systemic immune system, and the crosstalk and changes with age between the two in the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease.  An interdisciplinary and integrative research approach to identify the cell networks and meditators of the brain and systemic immune and inflammatory systems is expected to give greater insight into the etiological mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease.  

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of this FOA is to establish the immune and inflammatory mechanisms contributing to or mediating the development and progression of AD.  A comprehensive and integrative characterization of the brain innate immune system, its crosstalk with the systemic immune system, and its changes with age will help define the mechanisms underlying the shift from normal aging to pathological processes in the etiology of AD.  Such characterization should include studies on the genetic, epigenetic, molecular and cellular underpinnings of the physiological immune and inflammatory responses in AD. Development of cell or functional markers of, and tools to manipulate or track peripheral and CNS immune cells would help establish the role of distinct immune cells in AD. The contribution of aging processes in the brain (e.g. microglial senescence) and in peripheral immune/inflammatory networks (e.g. chronic low level inflammation) in the initiation and/or progression of AD should be considered.   Applicants to this FOA must emphasize the multidisciplinary and integrative research approaches taken to identify the cell networks, mediators and pathways of the brain and systemic immune and inflammatory systems that influence the development and progression of AD.

Areas of research interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Characterize in a systematic, integrative way the cell networks - monocytes, macrophages, microglia, astrocytes, neurons - and signaling factors that regulate brain immune/inflammatory function across the spectrum of AD.
  • Identify genetic, epigenetic and molecular pathways, including function of AD risk gene loci, mediating immune/inflammatory networks in AD.  Are pathway changes drivers of disease or in response to AD pathophysiology? 
  • Compare, in a limited manner, immune/inflammatory processes in AD with other age-related neurodegenerative diseases to identify AD-specific mechanisms.
  • Establish the crosstalk between systemic and brain immune systems - cells, intercellular activators and mediators, effector functions - in AD. Consider when and where crosstalk occurs.
  • Define the contribution of age-associated chronic inflammation, immune cell senescence, and/or immune system deficits as comorbidity factors in AD
  • Link peripheral immune cells or factors with brain pathology in AD to identify potential biomarkers and new drug targets for AD

 

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Implications of the Economic Downturn for Health, Wealth, and Work at Older Ages (R01)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor invites applications for research on the implications of exogenous shocks, such as those produced by the recent economic downturn, for health, economic circumstances, and planning throughout the life-cycle. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:  

Evidence suggests that exposure to social, health, or economic "shocks" can have both short and long-term effects on well-being. The variety of shocks for which this appears to be the case -individual-specific (e.g., health, layoff, divorce, death) or more broadly-based (e.g., economic downturns, high unemployment rates, natural disasters, war) - suggests that adverse events can have profound effects on decision-making throughout the life-course, particularly with respect to retirement and health outcomes in later life. The recent economic downturn has drawn attention to possible long-term effects of a global economic shock (rapid and unanticipated loss of employment as well as housing and financial wealth) on individuals' perceptions, planning, behavior, and outcomes with respect to their health, well-being, and retirement decisions. Interest in this subject is heightened in light of the budgetary challenges facing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The potential long-term effects of the economic downturn on health, family, savings and employment choices are as yet unknown. Research is encouraged that explores the ways in which individuals have been affected by the recent financial crisis or comparable elements of past economic downturns. Beyond individual effects, the financial crisis has resulted in changes in living arrangements and household composition that may have long-term implications. The following topics are examples of relevant research areas only; applications are not limited to these areas: savings; consumption; wealth; labor force participation; health, cognition, and decision-making; caregiving arrangements; intergenerational transfers and households; risk, insurance and risk management; public finance implications; effects of recent policy changes; and international comparisons.

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Improvement of Animal Models for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine (R01)
Office of Research Infrastructure Programs/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsors invite applications aimed at characterizing animal stem cells and improving existing, and creating new, animal models for human disease conditions. The intent of this initiative is to facilitate the use of stem cell-based therapies for regenerative medicine. 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 cell characterization and transplantation; and 3) improvement of animal disease models for stem cell-based therapeutic applications. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The research activities specific to each of the participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) are discussed below. While the objectives of the application must be in accord with the specific interests of the ICs listed below, applications submitted for funding consideration by ORIP may be of a more general nature and should involve activities that are relevant to the interests of two or more of any of the categorical NIH Institutes and Centers. Specific interests of the sponsoring Institutes and Centers are as follows:

Projects supported by ORIP under this FOA are intended to improve existing and create new animal models for regenerative medicine. Preference will be given to investigations that examine general principles involved in developing the most informative animal models for regenerative medicine, rather than focusing on a specific disease. However, investigations involving specific diseases can be used as proof of principle. In all cases, for funding consideration by ORIP, the potential results of investigations should be applicable to the interests of two or more of any of the categorical NIH ICs. Furthermore, investigations of a disease that predominantly relates to the interests of one NIH IC and peripherally relates to the interests of other NIH ICs are not appropriate for ORIP funding. The ultimate objective of these efforts should be to provide essential preclinical knowledge that can help inform future clinical investigations.

(NHLBI) is interested in the above listed research topics as applied to the following mission areas of the Institute: i) stem cell engineering and regeneration of complex heart, vascular, lung, and blood systems; ii) stem cell correction of either congenital or acquired heart, lung and blood defects, iii) stem cell regeneration/reconstruction of heart, lung, and blood tissue; and iv) optimization of the host's microenvironment to improve the survival and function of transplanted HUMAN heart, vascular, lung, and blood tissues, including but not limited to, in vivo models that aim to overcome immunological/ex vivo manipulation/tumorigenic safety concerns associated with FDA regulatory requirements. Preference will be given to in vivo models developed using NHLBI resources (e.g., Production Assistance for Cellular Therapies (PACT), Science Moving towArds Research Translation and Therapy (SMARTT), Gene Therapy Resource Program (GTRP). NHLBI has interest in the development of new in vivo models for health and disease, particularly large animal models such as sheep, pig, dog and non-human primates, to overcome the unique dynamics of heart, lung, and blood systems, which can be scientifically justified. New models should include in their research plan validation studies for the purpose of preclinical experiments that may lead to an Investigational New Drug (IND), Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) or similar regulatory approval. NHLBI does not have interest in applications proposing mechanistic studies on mouse models.

(NIDCR) will support projects which relate to the major mission of the institute, to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information.

(NIDDK) is interested in applications conducting basic and translational research that will facilitate the use of stem cell-based therapies for diseases/conditions in the NIDDK mission, including: Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, endocrine and metabolic diseases, kidney and urologic diseases, hematologic diseases, and digestive diseases (including liver disease).

(NIGMS) welcomes projects that are relevant to the Institute's mission: basic scientific research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for more applied advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. NIGMS is interested in research on fundamental aspects of pluripotent stem cells, such as self-renewal, pluripotency, reprogramming, differentiation capability, and niche-stem cell interactions. Comparative studies between human and animal stem cells with respect to these properties would be appropriate, particularly those addressing mechanistic questions.

Other Information: See announcement for other mechanism (R21, R03) due dates. 

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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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Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Testing of Multi-Level Interventions to Improve Blood Pressure Control in Racial/Ethnic Minority, Low Socioeconomic Status, and/or Rural Populations (UH2/UH3)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

January 2015 (estimated)

SYNOPSIS: 

The NHLBI, NINDS, and other NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) intend to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications to fund up to two new patient-centered comparative effectiveness clinical trials.  This initiative is supported by the Hypertension Disparities Reduction Program Partnership, a research partnership between NHLBI, NINDS, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), with funds provided by PCORI to the NIH. The purpose of this new FOA is to compare alternative, evidence-based approaches to reduce inadequate control of hypertension among high risk populations, including racial/ethnic minority groups, patients with low socioeconomic status (SES), and individuals residing in rural geographical areas with an above average lifetime risk of CVD. For the purposes of this FOA, high risk populations are those with an elevated risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease outcomes and for whom it has been challenging to achieve a high rate (> 75%) of blood pressure control.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.  

The FOA is expected to be published in November 2014 with an estimated application due date in January 2015.

 

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RFA-OD-11-002--Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (K12)
Office of Research on Women's Health/NIH/DHHS

LOI due December 5, 2014 (optional)
Full submission due January 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for institutional career development award applications for Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Programs, hereafter termed "Programs." Programs will support mentored research career development of junior faculty members, known as BIRCWH Scholars, who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships, and who will be engaged in interdisciplinary basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research relevant to women's health, and where appropriate the use of both sexes to better understand the influence of sex as a variable on health and disease. This FOA will utilize the NIH K12 Physician Scientist Award (Program) (PSA) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This FOA encourages applications from organizations that propose creative and innovative institutional research career development programs in the mission area(s) of the NIH. The goals of this initiative are to increase the number and skills of investigators through a mentored research and career development experience leading to an independent scientific career that will benefit the health of women; advance research on sex/gender influences on health; and encourage interdisciplinary research methodology. In this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the interdisciplinary team approach is applied to the study of women's health across the lifespan, bridging basic and clinical science and incorporating new models of collaboration and institutional support. Proposed Programs must ensure the integration of interdisciplinary mentoring teams. Research supported under this FOA needs to incorporate the goals and objectives of the NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research; institutions should be able to show that the major focus of the research training is focused on women's health or the influence of sex and gender on health and disease.

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The Midlife in the United States Study (U19)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

LOI due December 25, 2014
Standard dates apply. Next deadline is January 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of this FOA is to solicit an application for the next 5-year cycle of the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) Study, a National Longitudinal Study of Health and Well-being.  The goals of this next phase are to complete the third wave of longitudinal data collection and enhance content in the area of daily stress; complete the second wave of data collection of clinical biomarkers and affective neuroscience assessments; continue innovative sub-studies such as how psychosocial influences affect gene expression and novel methods to track and reinstate non-responders; connect these content areas through innovative analyses to data on health, functioning, personality, cognitive status, affective functioning, economic well-being, social relationships, and well-being; and maintain and enhance data distribution and user support. A central goal of the MIDUS study is to support data dissemination, user support of public use files, and encourage data use broadly by the scientific community. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Harnessing the data potential in MIDUS for research that contributes in novel ways to the field of aging is critical to the continuation of the MIDUS project.  The NIA is particularly interested in promoting areas of science prioritized by the NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research described here: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dbsr. Such areas include, but are not limited to: (1) the elucidation and examination of integrative pathways linking behavioral and psychosocial factors with biological mechanisms to map life course trajectories of health and illness; (2) research that illuminates mechanisms and pathways linking early life adversity to later life health;  and (3) research that provides insights into the potential mechanisms through which risk factors can be reversed, including risk factors linked to early adversity and risk factors that perpetuate health disparities.

The objectives for the next 5-year cycle of MIDUS are listed below.  Applicants are not expected to address all the research objectives; if all research objectives are addressed, applicants are not expected to address them evenly.  Applicants are encouraged to balance among these and justify their priorities and focus.

  • Offer insights into the mechanistic pathways through which social, psychological, economic, and behavioral factors affect health in middle-aged and older adults, and shed new light on which pathways may be most amenable to change.
  • Repeat and enhance the assessment of biomeasures currently collected, including the addition of new biomarkers (such as venous blood) and/or performance indicators, to improve nationally-representative research on longitudinal change in existing measures, to understand how such changes relate to other life circumstances and psychosocial characteristics measured in MIDUS, and to elucidate more precisely the biological pathways through which psychosocial influences impact trajectories of aging.
  • Enhance the assessment of psychosocial factors, such as daily stress and well-being, to improve nationally-representative research on the complex interactions between individual psychosocial characteristics and cognition, health, and socioeconomic outcomes in mid and later life.
  • Enhance approaches to assessment of biological risk and resilience, including characterization of multi-system physiological dysregulation; examine associations of these risk and resilience markers with psychosocial and economic factors; and incorporate these assessments to elucidate pathways predicting later life cognition, health, disease, and disability and mortality.
  • Foster innovation in statistical approaches to modeling longitudinal and cross-project data on health, cognition, daily stress processes, economic and subjective well-being, multi-system physiological dysregulation, behavioral and psychological phenotypes, and social and economic conditions, to shed light on pathways of health and illness in mid and later life.
  • Enhance linkages of psychophysiological and neuroscience assessments of affective function -including emotional reactivity, recovery, and regulation - with measures of stress processes, cognitive function, biomarkers, and psychosocial assessments, to elucidate the neurobiological pathways linking behavioral and psychosocial factors to life course trajectories of health and illness.
  • Enhance retention of at-risk and minority participants in MIDUS, including prior respondents lost to follow-up, to enhance the potential for study of risk and resiliency among individuals in the most vulnerable segments of our society.
  • Enhance genetic and genomic research in the MIDUS sample, including integration of new methods and technologies, greater utilization of the sibling and twin data for studies of genetic and environmental influences on trajectories of aging, studies of psychosocial (both risk and protective) influences on gene expression, and genome-wide genotyping.
  • Examine the behavioral, psychological and biological pathways whereby daily stress processes impact health and function in midlife and aging, and the ways in which short term fluctuations in stress processes may mediate longer term processes.
  • Enhance cross-project participation, retention and data quality across the full range of MIDUS subprojects.
  • Propose maintenance and innovation in data dissemination, user support of public use files, and encourage data use broadly by the scientific community, and extend harmonization efforts with internationally comparable surveys of population aging. 

Applicants should provide a multidisciplinary organization and management structure appropriate for a mature yet constantly innovating study. 

 

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Aging and Neuromuscular Junctions (R01)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

LOI due December 29, 2014
Full submission due January 29, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage cross-disciplinary research to investigate the mechanisms underlying age-related declines in neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) as a functional unit of nerve and muscle, and explore potential avenues for maintaining the NMJs during aging or reversing the age-dependent loss in function of the NMJs using model organisms. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

A key goal of the FOA is to assemble cross disciplinary research teams to investigate the age-related decline in NMJs as a functional unit of nerve and muscle, and explore potential avenues for maintaining the NMJs during aging or reversing the age dependent loss in function of the NMJs using model organisms. 

For this FOA, applications are solicited to support research on the neuromuscular junction as a functional unit of nerve and muscle and, in particular, in the context of age-related changes.  Applications proposing to study NMJs in the absence of an aging component will be deemed non-responsive to the FOA and will not proceed to review. Similarly, applications proposing clinical and/or purely descriptive work, or with a primary focus on motor neuron decline in the brain will be considered non-responsive.   Applications focused on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or other motor neuron diseases will only be considered responsive if the focus is on cross-talk between nerve and muscle at peripheral neuromuscular junctions.  Investigators are strongly encouraged to use animal models (vertebrate or invertebrates) of appropriate ages for the proposed studies.  If appropriate, applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the NIA aged rodent colonies (http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dab/aged-rodent-colonies-handbook/available-strains).

Questions that are considered responsive to this FOA include, but are not limited to the following:

Mechanisms underlying age-related changes in NMJ:

  • What are the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the age-related changes in nerve/muscle-interdependence?;
  • Do genes or molecules involved in motor neuron degeneration affect NMJ and related muscle function in aging and if so, how?
  • Do synaptic molecules initiate or sustain deleterious changes in nerve/muscle interactions in aging and if so, how?;
  • What factors are secreted by muscles or nerves that positively or negatively affect age-related changes in the neuromuscular junction and what are the mechanisms of action?;
  • What contributes to the differential declines of different muscle groups and the associated NMJs in aging

Preventing or reversing age-related impairment in NMJ:

  • Why do repair and remodeling of the NMJ become inefficient with aging and what factors are responsible?;
  • What are the molecular mechanisms by which exercise, caloric restrictions or other interventions that delay aging change the susceptibility to neuromuscular damage?;
  • What are the systemic factors that may rejuvenate NMJs and/or delay deleterious effects to functional NMJs in aged animal model?;
  • Are there protective innate factors that prevent degeneration of NMJs and/or other associated functions in aged animal models?

Impact of age-related changes in other tissues on NMJ:

  • What role, if any, do pericytes have on NMJ "stability" during aging?;
  • Is there a link between age-related dysfunction in the NMJ and loss of function of satellite cells in the muscle?;
  • How do changes in immune/inflammatory or extracellular matrix signals contribute to age-related dysfunction in the NMJ?

Potential applicants are also strongly encouraged to consult the Scientific/Research Contacts to determine whether an intended project would be responsive to the FOA prior to the submission.  

 

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Interdisciplinary Research to Understand the Vascular Contributions to Alzheimer's Disease (R01)
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS

LOI due January 3, 2015
Full submission due February 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support interdisciplinary research that will lead to a greater understanding of the mechanisms by which vascular factors contribute to the complex etiology of Alzheimer's disease. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The development of effective biological markers and interventions to prevent or delay the onset of AD is critically dependent on gaining an in-depth understanding of how multiple etiologies and prodromal phenotypes lead to neurodegenerative changes that result in cognitive decline and dementia. The goal of this funding opportunity is to enable greater understanding of the mechanisms by which vascular factors contribute to the complex etiology and heterogeneity of Alzheimer's and related dementias.  To this end, the funding opportunity encourages cross-disciplinary, integrative and systems-based approaches focused on but not limited to:

  • Aging and disease-driven changes in the structure and function of brain microvasculature and other components of the neurovascular unit and the impact of these changes on synaptic and neuronal function.
  • Mechanisms by which AD risk and protective factors (genetic and environmental) influence brain microvascular plasticity and the integrity of the neurovascular unit across the lifespan.  Of particular interest is the role of epigenetic regulators as mediators of environmental influences on microvascular integrity.
  • Mechanistic interplay between systemic vascular and metabolic risk factors and their impact on age-related cognitive decline, AD and related dementias.
  • Determinants of region-specific microvascular vulnerability/resilience in the aging brain and critical windows of microvascular vulnerability across the lifespan.
  • Relationship between microvascular plasticity and neuronal processes critical for the maintenance of cognitive function (i.e. bioenergetics, myelin integrity, axonal transport, proteostasis, network connectivity).
  • Gender specific mechanisms mediating the impact of vascular factors on the transition between normal and pathologic aging in AD and related dementias.
  • Isoform-specific effects of ApoE on mediating the impact of AD risk and protective factors on microvasculature and on the transition between normal and pathologic aging in dementia.
  • Factors and mechanisms leading to the development of small vessel disease (infarcts,silent infarcts, cerebrovascular amyloid angiopathy, disordered autoregulation and neurovascular coupling) as well as mechanisms mediating the effects of small vessel disease on neuronal and neurovascular function.
  • Mechanisms by which cerebral infarction in gray and white matter contributes to the progression of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • Discovery of peripheral markers of vascular risk and/or cerebrovascular disease which alone or in combination with genetic, neuroimaging and other CNS biomarkers can predict the onset of clinical symptoms, disease progression and/or responsiveness to treatment in diverse populations.

This FOA encourages collaborations among experts in physiology, systems biology, neuroimaging, metabolomics and other "omics", lipid metabolism, inflammation, epidemiology, genetics, and epigenetics,  from the fields of Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes.  Applicants are expected to leverage existing data or to generate new data in relevant human populations and integrate these with the use of animal models through the application of cutting edge research and analytical tools.  The use of animal models is encouraged but not required.  Applications relying solely on cell and animal models will be considered non-responsive and will not proceed to review.

 

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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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Pre-Symptomatic Profiles of Chronic Lung Disease(s) from Retrospective Cohorts (R21)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

LOI due December 21, 2014
Full submission due January 21, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Research applications are requested that stimulate focused secondary analyses of existing clinical research datasets to test innovative hypotheses about the epidemiology of incident chronic lung disease(s).  Novel analyses of existing data will generate clinical and/or biological phenotypes of the pre-symptomatic stages of chronic lung disease(s) and serve as preliminary data for subsequent research applications on primary prevention.  

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

NHLBI seeks research applications that stimulate focused secondary analyses of existing clinical research datasets to test innovative hypotheses about the epidemiology of incident chronic lung disease(s).  Novel analyses of existing data will generate clinical and/or biological phenotypes of the pre-symptomatic stages of chronic lung disease(s) and serve as preliminary data for subsequent research applications on primary prevention.

Chronic lung diseases (CLD) are the third leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. NHLBI supports clinical research on the diagnosis and management of already established CLD, however, clinical research is also needed to prevent incident disease. One step necessary to develop primary prevention interventions is to clarify what defines disease onset and/or the pre-symptomatic stages of disease in order to identify critical windows for primary intervention. Identification of risk factors for CLD also informs risk stratification of populations for targeted primary prevention strategies to be tested. Research on pre-symptomatic features of cardiovascular disease has resulted in impactful intervention strategies, and contributed to a reduction of incident cases and mortality from myocardial infarction (MI). Case definitions of incident CLD have limitations because, unlike MI, discrete events rarely define chronic lung disease. The initiation of CLD processes has been difficult to discern. Lung development and growth may be normal early in life, but at some point in the life course of individuals destined to develop chronic disease, the lung will take on characteristics that are "abnormal" compared to a healthy population. Clinical and molecular advances now allow for the collection of multiple types of data that can inform the trajectory of disease processes and/or age-related changes. For example, the use of computed tomography (CT) imaging creates an opportunity for early detection of subclinical chronic lung diseases. However, whether a CT abnormality represents a marker of aging, "disease", or a high risk population is not clear. Examples of this challenge are the findings of "pulmonary hypertension" changes in "asymptomatic" elderly lung donors and "wheezing" in preschool children, some of whom ultimately develop asthma, while others do not.  

Novel CLD research is needed, leveraging longitudinal cohorts, that generates: 1) clinical, physiologic, biological, and/or genomic data, 2) outcomes that can define chronic lung disease(s), and 3) innovative analysis plans that will identify novel profiles of the pre-symptomatic stages of incident disease that can inform future primary prevention intervention studies. An alternative or additional research outcome is to investigate age-related phenomena that are not disease-defining.

Examples where analyses using existing datasets might be proposed under this program include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What are the clinical laboratory abnormalities/thresholds that precede and predict smoking and non-smoking exposed chronic obstructive lung disease and discriminate preclinical stages of CLD from asymptomatic, "healthy" controls (the "cholesterol of COPD")?
  • What are metrics of pulmonary perfusion and pulmonary vascular structures that discriminate individuals who develop pulmonary hypertension from those that do not in a high risk population (sickle cell, scleroderma)?
  • What are the metabolites in serum and urine from premature infants that predict those who will develop severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia and/or pulmonary hypertension?
  • What is the relationship between maternal and/or infant gut microbiome and asthma outcomes at 5-6 years?
  • What is the prognostic importance of maximally attained lung function and rate of decline of lung function to incident COPD?

 

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RFA-MD-15-003--Technologies for Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R41/R42)
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH/DHHS

LOI due on December 23, 2014 (optional)
Full submission due January 23, 2015 by 5:00 pm (local time)

SYNOPSIS:

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications that propose to develop a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations. This FOA will utilize the R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant - Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track applications.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to stimulate a partnership of ideas and technologies between innovative small business concerns (SBCs) and non-profit research institutions resulting in improving minority health and the reduction of health disparities by commercializing innovative technologies. Healthy People 2020 defines a health disparity as a particular type of health difference in the incidence, prevalence, morbidity, and burden of diseases and other adverse health outcomes that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. NIH defined health disparity population groups include racial/ethnic minorities (African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other U.S. Pacific Islanders), socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, and individuals residing in rural areas. Appropriate technologies must be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and easily accessible to those who need them. This announcement is expected to reduce health disparities within and across the priority areas of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, mental health, and obesity, as well as lung, liver, and kidney diseases, psoriasis, scleroderma, and other diseases, illnesses, and conditions of public health importance.

Technologies to be developed may be new and innovative or they may arise from existing technologies that have been redesigned based on the needs of one or more health disparity populations. Appropriate technologies are defined as effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to those who need them. To be effective, a technology must provide an improvement over current quality of care for a health disparity population by overcoming one or more of the barriers. These include:

--Physical Barriers - factors such as proximity to healthcare facilities and transportation may limit access to healthcare.

--Knowledge Barriers - health literacy and language barriers can inhibit healthcare delivery, as well as a lack of patient information for the healthcare provider.

--Infrastructure Barriers - rural hospitals and community health centers may not have the same resources and expertise of large hospitals, and may not be able to afford advanced medical technologies.

--Economic Barriers - lack of insurance coverage or financial resources may also contribute to disparities in healthcare access.

--Cultural Barriers - religious beliefs and social customs often deter certain populations from seeking healthcare.

The technology must also be affordable to the local hospital, community health center, primary care physician, or individual patient in need. The development of a technology must be amenable to the population's cultural beliefs and social customs. This is critical to the successful delivery of quality healthcare.

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RFA-MD-15-004--Innovations for Healthy Living - Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R43)
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH/DHHS

LOI due December 27, 2014 (optional)
Full submission due January 27, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submitSmall Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to develop a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations. This FOA will utilize the R43 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant - Phase I only.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to engage small business concerns (SBC) in developing technologies and products that engage, empower, and motivate individuals and communities, including providers and healthcare institutions, in sustainable health promoting activities and interventions that lead to improved health, healthcare delivery, and the elimination of health disparities. Healthy People 2020 defines a health disparity as a particular type of health difference in the incidence, prevalence, morbidity, and burden of diseases and other adverse health outcomes that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. NIH defined health disparity population groups include racial/ethnic minorities (African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other U.S. Pacific Islanders), socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, and individuals residing in rural areas. Appropriate technologies must be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and easily accessible to those who need them. This announcement is expected to reduce health disparities within and across the priority areas of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, mental health, and obesity, as well as lung, liver, and kidney diseases, psoriasis, scleroderma, and other diseases, illnesses, and conditions of public health importance.

Technologies to be developed may be new and innovative or they may arise from existing technologies that by redesign create increased and more attractive opportunities for health disparity populations to experience better health, improve their current health, and to maintain a long and healthy lifestyle. Empowering technologies are attractive, accessible easy to use, adoptable, and sustainable. To be effective, a technology must provide users improvements in health status and well-being relative to their current health status and well-being. The technology should be reliable, robust, and have reproducible outcomes. Ideally, the proposed technology should improve health through increased opportunities for enhanced access to:

--Healthcare institutions and providers, including those in geographically remote or physically difficult to access locations;

--New or increased patient populations especially, those located in geographically remote or physically difficult to access locations;

--Medical and health knowledge through increased opportunities for individuals with limited English proficiency or low health or media literacy;

--Diverse providers, including specialists, appropriately resourced small or large centers with access to advanced medical technologies;

--Expanded adequate financial resources including free and/or affordable and sustainable insurance coverage;

--Healthcare delivered in culturally and acceptable and respectful manners and in safe environments; and

--Quality healthcare appropriately priced for diverse providers, hospitals, and patients.

Technologies that might achieve the objectives of this initiative include but are not limited to:

--Innovative products or services that facilitate or enhance care coordination between primary care providers, hospital emergency department staff, specialty physicians, nurse practitioners, providers of mental health and behavioral health services, patient navigators, etc., in medically underserved communities and regions.

--Culturally attuned behavioral interventions or low-cost tools and technologies (e.g. software apps for mobile devices) that empower and promote opportunities for individuals and communities to engage in health-seeking behaviors (diet choice, exercise/physical activity, oral hygiene, medication adherence, child immunizations, etc.) and to avoid risky behaviors (smoking, alcohol/drug misuse, unsafe sex, etc.)

--Tools, technologies, and methods for detecting, measuring, and assessing a broad array of unhealthy social and environmental exposures (stress, pollutants, allergens, noise, crime, etc.), and for characterizing cumulative exposures to these environments (exposomes) for individuals and communities and linking this information to physiological responses and health indicators at the individual and population levels. These technologies may include efforts to improve data collection and data integration across disparate data sources, including clinical patient data, public health data, census data, housing data, employment data, crime statistics, etc.

--Products or services that expand opportunities to access and utilize high-quality prenatal care and thereby reduce the frequency of high-risk pregnancies in health disparities populations.

--Products or services that engage, empower, and motivate individuals and communities to enhance the quality of life and reduce health disparities among people with disabilities.

--Culturally appropriate survey instruments, tools, modules and databases to promote community-based research engaging racial/ethnic minorities, rural and other medically underserved communities.

--Culturally appropriate, evidence-based health empowering promotion and disease prevention educational media such as software, informational videos, printed materials for health disparities populations and disadvantaged communities.

--Innovative software, tools and technology for Science and Health Education such as curriculum materials, interactive teaching aids, models for classroom instruction for K-12 and undergraduate students and the general public.

--Mobile health (mHealth) and telehealth/telemedicine technologies and apps for communication, diagnosis, monitoring, evaluation, medical management, tracking and treatment in underserved community settings and rural and remote locations.

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Development of Mathematical Cognition and Reasoning and the Prevention of Math Learning Disabilities (R21)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 16, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications for innovative, multidisciplinary research on the cognitive, neuroplasticity, genetic and environmental factors involved in math learning and learning disabilities. This research will advance our knowledge of the factors that contribute to the development, advancement, and impairment of mathematical cognition, including the ability to apprehend and reason about magnitude, number, temporal and spatial relationships, and concomitantly provide the evidence base to inform the design of effective (i.e., efficacious in "real world" contexts) interventions for the remediation and/or prevention of mathematical learning disabilities (MLD). This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The overall objectives of this FOA include:

1) identify the critical (necessary and sufficient) biological, cognitive, and behavioral components and dynamic developmental sequence, including sensitive periods, necessary for the normal development of mathematical cognitive abilities and reasoning in animal models, studies of comparative cognitive neurobiology, and in children and young adults (e.g., counting, arithmetic, geometry, algebra), including early and normative milestones in children;

2) identify the biological, cognitive, environmental, and behavioral factors that contribute to and/or restrict the developmental plasticity of mathematical cognitive abilities in animal models, studies of comparative cognitive neurobiology, and in children, and may be used to improve prevention, identification, and classification of children with MLD (including theoretically-grounded approaches to identification and classification).

3) develop and test well-defined, evidence-based prevention interventions for populations at high risk for mathematics learning disability such as children raised in poverty, and those with predisposing genetic or medical conditions (e.g., velocardiofacial syndrome, deafness, and iatrogenic conditions such as chemotherapy-associated math learning deficits), where the intervention's effectiveness can be shown to be both sustainable and generalizable;

4) develop and test well-defined, evidence-based remediating or treatment interventions, the effectiveness of which can be shown to be both sustainable and generalizable.

Such foundational knowledge should ultimately improve math instruction for all children, including those who struggle with math facts, concepts, application, and achievement. Promoting better math reasoning and mathematical ability in the American population is likely to have significant impacts on the health, academic and career achievement, and economic wellbeing of its citizens, as well as enable a competitive STEM workforce.

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Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R03)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is September 7, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsors invite applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 18). Positive health behaviors may include: developing healthy sleep patterns, developing effective self-regulation strategies, adaptive decision-making in risk situations, practicing proper dental hygiene, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, engaging in age-appropriate physical activity and/or participating in healthy relationships. Applications to promote positive health behavior(s) should target social and cultural factors, including, but not limited to: schools, families, communities, population, food industry, age-appropriate learning tools and games, social media, social networking, technology and mass media. Topics to be addressed in this announcement include: effective, sustainable processes for influencing young people to make healthy behavior choices; identification of the appropriate stage of influence for learning sustainable lifelong health behaviors; the role of technology and new media in promoting healthy behavior; identification of factors that support healthy behavior development in vulnerable populations, identification of barriers to healthy behaviors; and, identification of mechanisms and mediators that are common to the development of a range of habitual health behaviors. Given the many factors involved in developing sustainable health behaviors, applications from multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. The ultimate goal of this FOA is to promote research that identifies and enhances processes that promote sustainable positive behavior or changes social and cultural norms that influence health and future health behaviors. This program will use the NIH Small Research Grant (R03) award mechanism.

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Brain Somatic Mosaicism and its Role in Psychiatric Disorders (Collaborative U01)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

LOI due 30 days prior to application due date
Full submission due February 24, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites Cooperative Agreement (U01) applications from multi-disciplinary and synergistic teams of investigators proposing to identify and characterize the full spectrum of somatic variation in human brain samples and to assess the relationship of such variation with the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders.  This FOA seeks to support applications exploring the extent of somatic variations across different brain regions in one or more psychiatric disorders using state-of-the-art genomic, computational, single-cell and other relevant approaches.  Awards made under this FOA and the companion FOA (PAR-14-173) will be governed by a Brain Somatic Mosaicism (BSM) Network Steering Committee to accelerate scientific progress through the coordination of research strategies, analytical methods and data.  The ultimate goal of this FOA and the companion FOA (PAR-14-173) is to address gaps in our understanding of the role of somatic genomic perturbations in the etiology of neuropsychiatric disorders.

This FOA should be used when two or more collaborating sites are essential to complete the proposed research. It is required that the Research Strategy be identical across linked collaborative U01 applications, with the exception of a short section describing specific function of each application under "elements unique to that site." For a linked set of collaborative U01 applications, each application must have its own Program Directory/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) and the program must provide a mechanism for cross-site coordination, quality control, data and sample sharing among the BSM Network members as appropriate, database management, statistical analysis, and reporting.   

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The key objective of this FOA is to encourage interdisciplinary collaborative applications aimed at understanding the role of somatic mosaicism in the development of neuropsychiatric disorders. Preference will be given to projects which are proposed by a highly interactive and synergistic team of investigators with complementary expertise. Successful applications will include expertise in genetics, neuro-developmental biology, psychiatry, high-throughput single-cell analysis, whole genome sequence analysis, computational bioinformatics, and or other fields relevant to the FOA. All awards supported under this FOA and the companion FOA (PAR-14-173) will be governed by a Brain Somatic Mosaicism (BSM) Network Steering Committee to accelerate scientific progress through the coordination of research strategies, analytical methods and genomic data.

Research Scope

An integral part of this FOA is identifying somatic variations in human brain and characterizing their role in one or more psychiatric disorders. Under the scope of this FOA, specific areas of research interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Identify, characterize and validate the frequency and distribution of a range of somatic variations, including CNVs, SNVs, SVs, and retrotransposon insertions in different cell types, across brain regions, from diseased and healthy control brains.
  • Identify whether somatic variations are differentially represented in diseased brains compared to healthy brains, with reference to the extent, frequency, location, and types of somatic variations, as well as the brain regions and cell types in which they occur.
  • Apply state-of-the-art methods to prioritize somatic variants in coding and non-coding regions of the genome, based on their functional relevance to brain and psychiatric disorders.
  • Identify whether and how such somatic variants interact with genes and gene networks reported to be associated with psychiatric disorders (e.g., using computational approaches).
  • Trace the origin of such prioritized somatic variations across a range of developmental stages to identify how and when the variations occurred and assess their effects on downstream neurodevelopmental events.
  • Pursue follow-up functional characterization of prioritized somatic variants through a variety of approaches, such as transcriptome analysis, epigenetic profiling, engineering somatic mutations in neural progenitor cells or iPSC lines to assess phenotypes, or by using other novel in vitro or in vivo model systems.

Applications submitted to this FOA should include the following elements: 1) comprehensive characterization and comparison of somatic variations in healthy control and diseased brains, and 2) determination of functional roles for these variations in psychiatric disorders. Since the primary focus of this FOA is to identify and characterize somatic variations in diseased human brains, the projects could utilize a phased approach. For example, the initial focus of the applications might be discovery of somatic variations across human brain; subsequent aims might focus on functional follow-up experiments to investigate the role of somatic mosaicism in the development of psychiatric disorders.

Research applications could explore the extent of somatic variations across neuronal cell types and lineages, from different brain regions, and/or for one or more psychiatric disorders. For example, one approach might be to combine state-of-the-art genomic, computational, single-cell and other relevant approaches to rapidly characterize and generate a high resolution map of different types of somatic variations across multiple brain regions implicated in the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders.

Applications are encouraged to apply unbiased genomic approaches to evaluate somatic mosaicism using appropriate human brain samples from patient populations to correlate findings with psychiatric disorders. Comprehensive assessments could include identifying a range of somatic variations in different cell types or cell lineages, across brain regions in a large number of individuals covering one or more lifetime periods. For initial discovery of somatic genomic variations, applicants are encouraged to propose studies using brain samples from human patient populations, rather than induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines or model organisms as primary source. However, iPSC cell lines or animal models could be employed for functional follow-up analysis.

To the extent possible, investigators are encouraged to leverage existing large-scale, genome-wide data sets and brain sample collections from publicly available resources, including but not limited to BrainspanThe Genotype-Tissue Expression Project (GTEx), NIH NeuroBiobankCommonMind Project, and Autism Tissue Program (ATP).

This FOA should be used when two or more collaborating sites are essential to complete the proposed research. It is required that Research Strategy must be identical across linked collaborative U01 applications, with the exception of a short section describing specific function of each application under "elements unique to that site." For a linked set of collaborative U01 applications, each application must have its own Program Directory/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) and the program must provide a mechanism for cross-site coordination, quality control, data and sample sharing among BSM Network members, as appropriate, database management, statistical analysis, and reporting.  

 

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Mechanisms, Models, Measurement and Management in Pain Research (R21)
National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 16, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

New and innovative advances are needed in every area of pain research, from the microperspective of molecular sciences to the macro perspective of behavioral/social sciences. Although great strides have been made in some areas, such as the neural pathways of pain, chronic pain and the challenge of its treatment have remained uniquely individual and largely unsolved. Proposals that seek to improve the understanding of the causes, costs, and societal effects of both acute and chronic pain and the relationships between the two are highly encouraged. Studies on the mechanisms underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain are also needed. Additionally, proposals that link such understandings to the development of better approaches to therapeutic interventions, including complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) interventions, and management of acute and chronic pain are in keeping with the current translational focus of NIH and are encouraged. The following acute and chronic pain conditions are of special interest but do not comprise a comprehensive or complete listing of research areas relevant to this FOA: Inflammatory Pain; Visceral pain; Chronic urologic pelvic pain syndromes; Neuropathic pain; Spinal cord injury pain; Headache; Musculoskeletal pain, including back pain; Cancer related pain (e.g. pain due to metastatis or primary disease); Cardiovascular pain disorders; Chemotherapy-induced neuropathies and other related toxicities (e.g. aromatase inhigito arthralgias); Fibromyalgia; Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders; Pain associated with HIV/AIDS; Pain associated with osteoporosis; Pain associated with communication disorders (e.g., otitis media, tinnitus, burning mouth syndrome, dysphagia); Pain at the end of life; Pain in older persons with multiple contributing morbidities; Pain in people with drug and alcohol addictions; Pain in persons with neuromuscular conditions; Pain in preterm neonates exposed to multiple medical interventions; and Skin disorders and pain.

The following topic areas are not intended to be comprehensive or exhaustive. Synergistic studies that reach across two or more of these areas are encouraged. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research is especially encouraged, as is research that involves specific cooperation between basic and clinical scientists: Molecular and cellular mechanisms of pain; genetics of pain; biobehavioral pain; models of pain; diagnosis and assessment of pain; pain management; epidemiology of pain; health disparities; and translational pain research.

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NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health (G13)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)

LOI due 30 days prior to application due date
February 20, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health are awarded for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers and historians of the health sciences. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) awards Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers, and historians of the health sciences. Grants are awarded for major critical reviews, state-of-the-art summaries, historical studies, and other useful organizations of knowledge in clinical medicine, public health, biomedical research, and the informatics/information sciences relating to them. The scholarly work may be prepared for publication in print or electronic media, or both.

Scholars in biomedical fields face competing demands for their time, including requirements for clinical care services, grant-related research and administrative duties. Scholarly work draws upon original sources that may reside in archives, databases, libraries or human experts around the world, in many different languages and formats. The work of scholarship - discovery, thoughtful analysis, synthesis and lucid presentation of findings from such materials - requires protected time and support for incidental costs, including materials, staff assistance, and travel. The NLM Grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health is intended to help defray such expenses.

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works can be used to support several types of scholarly projects, including but not limited to:

  • Scholarly works in the history or philosophy of medicine, public health and the life sciences, the development of medical research and health services, bioethics, and studies on the interrelationship of medicine and society
  • Scholarly works in the history or philosophy of biomedical informatics, computational biology, health information sciences, health communications, or health sciences librarianship
  • Analytical and comprehensive critical reviews which identify the present status of research and practice in various health-related fields, addressing advances which have been made, problems requiring examination, and emerging trends

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works are designed to support scholarly works that will ultimately be published by a commercial or academic press or similar print or electronic dissemination service that assures quality and availability of the product. Self-publishing by the author will not normally be considered an appropriate dissemination vehicle.

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health do not support the following types of projects:

  • Production of textbooks, curriculum materials, or online learning modules
  • Production of works intended for lay audiences
  • Initial reporting of original scientific research findings, including the initial publication of dissertation research
  • Development of coding systems, ontologies, or vocabularies for computational use
  • Publication of proceedings of meetings, conferences, or workshops
  • Production of journals, reprints, other serials, or other costs of publishing such as author page charges
  • Production of manuals, bibliographies, or catalogs
  • Development, maintenance, or operation of databases
  • Mass digitization of existing archives or print materials
  • Work judged to have significant commercial viability
  • Projects of local interest only, or works for which access is restricted to a select group
  • Revisions or upgrades of existing scholarly works

This grant is not meant to support conferences. Applicants interested in conference grants should consult the funding opportunity announcement at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/GrantConf.html

Researchers are encouraged to explore the depth and breadth of NLM's historical collections, which include materials on medical informatics and medical librarianship, veterinary medicine, homeopathy and alternative medicine, nursing and midwifery, modern genetics, mental health and human psychosocial development, tropical medicine and epidemiology, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, war and medicine, and many other topics. For more information applicants should contact the NLM History of Medicine Division at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/informationfor/scholars.html. Projects that focus on other historical collections and subject areas are also welcome.

All grantees are required to provide NLM with one copy of the final published work, once it has been issued. NLM recommends that all hardcopy text sponsored in this program be published on acid-free permanent paper as set forth by the American National Standards Institute - Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives (ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992).

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RFA-HL-15-023--Vascular Dysfunction in the Pathogenesis of Severe Malaria (R01)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS

LOI due on January 13, 2015 (optional)
Full submission due February 13, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invites applications that propose collaborative studies to address the role of vascular activation and dysfunction in the pathogenesis of severe malaria. Multidisciplinary teams of investigators are needed to identify pathways and regulatory mechanisms by which vascular factors contribute to the complex etiology of severe malaria. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications for research that will lead to a better understanding of mechanisms underlying vascular activation and dysfunction in severe malaria. Currently, there is a significant gap in our understanding of the interactions between the malaria parasite and host at the blood/vessel interface. This relationship profoundly impacts the hemostatic and inflammatory responses that are associated with increased morbidity and mortality in severe malaria. Collaborative studies that involve a team effort of malaria investigators and researchers from vascular biology, immunology, hematology, neurobiology/neuroimaging, thrombosis, inflammation, coagulation, systems biology, genetics and epigenetics fields are needed to identify new pathways and regulatory mechanisms underlying vascular activation and dysfunction in severe malaria, which will lead to the identification of new targets and, ultimately, to the development of innovative anti-malarial therapeutics.

This FOA is designed to stimulate multidisciplinary and new collaborations to address unresolved issues in malaria pathogenesis relating to vascular dysfunction and coagulation. Thus, collaboration of malaria researchers or clinicians with investigators in vascular biology, immunology, hematology, neurobiology/neuroimaging, thrombosis, inflammation, coagulation, systems biology, genetics and epigenetics is required (as part of a multiple PD/PI application) to meet the objectives of this FOA. A further objective is to encourage investigators outside the traditional malaria field to begin to work on malaria. This FOA encourages collaborations among malaria researchers and experts in vascular biology, immunology, hematology, neurobiology/neuroimaging, thrombosis, inflammation, coagulation, systems biology, genetics and epigenetics. Intervention studies in human or animal models are permitted. Applicants are encouraged to leverage existing resources via collaborations with investigators from the NIAID's International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research.

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Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication (R01)
National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invite applications for innovative research that identifies sources of spatial uncertainty (i.e., inaccuracy or instability of spatial or geographic information) in public health data, incorporates the inaccuracy or instability into statistical methods, and develops novel tools to visualize the nature and consequences of spatial uncertainty. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations among researchers to promote research in identifying, quantifying, and communicating spatial uncertainty in health research to improve disease control and prevention. An additional goal of this reissuance is to facilitate integration of data collection, information technology, visualization tools, statistical models, and health communication to reduce spatial uncertainty in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of disease control programs.

Spatial uncertainty is the lack of, or the error in, knowledge about an object's geographic position (i.e., longitude, latitude, and altitude), which leads to uncertainty about the spatial relationship among its neighbors. For example, an error in a patient's residential address will introduce spatial uncertainty about where the patient lives and this error will further bias any association between the patient's health status and specific environmental exposure. Spatial uncertainty in public health information is ever-present -- from data collection and model specification to interpretation, visualization, and communication. Estimates of disease patterns or trends contain a certain degree of uncertainty. Bias may be introduced if the uncertainty is ignored or misunderstood.

This FOA encourages a team of epidemiologists, statisticians, and experts in data visualization or health communication to attack the spatial uncertainty issue thoroughly. This FOA will facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations among scientists to promote research in identifying, quantifying, reducing, and communicating spatial uncertainty in health research to improve disease control and prevention. The FOA also facilitates integration of data collection, information technology, visualization tools, statistical models, and health communication to reduce spatial uncertainty in planning, implementing and evaluating disease control programs.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is interested in general methodology of spatial statistical models and visualization tools that are applicable to disease control and prevention especially as related to cancer and cancer patients.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is interested in the general methodological issues of spatial uncertainty that are relevant in the research into environmental exposures and the health impacts.

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

30 days prior to due date
May 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

 

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Rapid Assessment Post-Impact of Disaster (R03)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Within six weeks of the identified disaster - opportunity expires October 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides support for a rapid funding mechanism for research n the aftermath of disasters and mass casualty events. RAPID grants described in this FOA may be used to facilitate initial research for investigators who intend to follow up with a full research application, using the preliminary time sensitive data from a RAPID grant as the basis for their subsequent application. This program will use the NIH Small Research Grant (R03) award mechanism.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide an expedited funding mechanism for research in the aftermath of disasters The regular grant submission, review, and funding process is lengthy, such that it requires investigators who would conduct such studies to wait eight months or more after the submission of the application to obtain the research funds, during which time important scientific opportunities may be lost. An emergency event of potential significance for mental health may occur with little or no warning (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, bombings, terrorist attacks, or industrial accidents) and therefore modified procedures are required to expedite the funding consideration of research applications focused on obtaining time sensitive data in the wake of such events. Applications for research support may include, but are not limited to, a substantive emphasis in any one or more of the following areas:

--Early assessment of dimensions of psychological, biological, and behavioral reactions to injury, loss of life, contaminated facilities, loss of social and economic resources and other stressors to lay the foundation for translational research on trauma related mental disorders.

--Research on the mechanisms underlying impaired functioning.

--Research on the settings in which survivors present for care, including the impact of co-locating mental health services into non-traditional mental health settings (e.g., shelters, churches, community centers, work settings, health clinics, schools, etc) on access, referral, acceptability, use and outcome of services

--Research to identify optimal screening approaches for identifying those at greatest risk for adverse outcomes in culturally diverse localities/settings

--Research to identify factors that promote or impede effective health provider training in screening, assessment, referral and treatment.

--Research on the recruitment, training, deployment, and supervision of "psychiatric extenders" such as the Medical Reserve Corps to provide emotional support, screening and referral for acute anxiety disorders, major depression, suicidality, and serious mental illness.

--Research on the organization, delivery and outcome (intended and unintended) of individual and public-health level interventions by mental health and non-mental health providers.

--Research on prevention/intervention and treatment to reduce the risk of psychopathology, symptom severity, and disability.

--Research on minimizing exacerbation and/or recurrence and improving access to care for survivors with pre-existing serious conditions.

--Research on technology enabled registries of services/resources (e.g., in-patient behavioral health, pharmacies, antipsychotic medications, community mental health providers, web-based and other self-care resources, telephone-based therapy, etc) for use by personnel who screen survivors.

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

October 17, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The NIH Director's New Innovator Award addresses two important goals: stimulating highly innovative research and supporting promising new investigators. New investigators may have exceptionally innovative research ideas, but not the preliminary data required to fare well in the traditional NIH peer review system. As part of NIH's commitment to increasing opportunities for new scientists, it has created the NIH Director's New Innovator Award to support exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative research projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. This award complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund new investigators through R01 grants and other mechanisms.

The NIH Director's New Innovator Award program is different from traditional NIH grants in several ways. It is designed specifically to support unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant application. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included. No detailed, annual budget is requested in the application. The review process emphasizes the individual's creativity, the innovativeness of the research approaches, and the potential of the project, if successful, to have a significant impact on an important biomedical or behavioral research problem.

The research proposed for a New Innovator Award may be in any scientific area relevant to the mission of NIH (biological, behavioral, clinical, social, physical, chemical, computational, engineering, and mathematical sciences). Investigators who were not selected for an award in prior years may submit applications this year as long as they retain their ESI (early stage investigator) eligibility; however, all applications must be submitted as "new" applications regardless of any previous submission to the program.

 

 

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Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team Science in NIDDK Research Areas (R24)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

November 13, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) invites applications that assemble an interdisciplinary, collaborative team of creative, independent, and funded investigators to address a complex and important problem relevant to the mission of NIDDK. The team should be able to provide an integrative plan of working together to effectively address the complex challenge at hand. The team science approach encouraged by this FOA could be used to generate a research resource, which may include discovery-based or hypothesis-generative approaches, to advance the relevant area of biomedical research. This FOA will use the NIH Research Resource Grant Mechanism (R24).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

In this FOA, the R24 is will be used to provide a mechanism by which interdisciplinary expertise is brought together to focus on a single complex problem in biomedical research relevant to the mission of NIDDK. The purpose of this FOA is to provide support for interdisciplinary research teams focused on innovative approaches to answer a single critically important research question or problem relevant to the mission of NIDDK. An R24 project is expected to support discovery or hypothesis-generating research or to develop unique resources or technologies that are needed to move a particular field forward. Collectively, the team should bring together the necessary, and appropriate, expertise to answer one complex problem, or challenge. Formation of the team of investigators should result in a greater contribution to meeting the challenge than would occur if each team member worked individually, and submission of a multi-PD/PI application is encouraged if it facilitates the team aspect of the approach. R24s can support basic, translational, or clinical science. Teams may also support integrated basic and clinical studies with the intent of accelerating translation of basic science to the clinic. NIDDK expects investigators forming collaborative teams to be funded and productive investigators who now wish to integrate their interests and efforts to facilitate a synergistic approach to the challenge not possible through other grants mechanisms. Support for resource development, generation, or utilization can be included to enhance the catalytic and transformative nature of the proposed studies. However, individual projects and cores are not allowed.

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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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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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Alan T. Waterman Award
The National Science Foundation

October 24, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the National Science Foundation. Since 1975, when Congress established the award to honor the agency's first director, the annual award has been bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research
or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice. 

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Biomaterials (BMAT)
Division of Materials Research

October 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Biomaterials program supports fundamental materials research related to (1) biological materials, (2) biomimetic, bioinspired, and bioenabled materials, (3) synthetic materials intended for applications in contact with biological systems, and (4) the processes through which nature produces biological materials.  Projects are typically interdisciplinary and may encompass scales from the nanoscopic to the bulk.  They may involve characterization, design, preparation, and modification; studies of structure-property relationships and interfacial behavior; and combinations of experiment, theory, and/or simulation. The emphasis is on novel materials design and development and discovery of new phenomena.

Projects involving in vitro demonstration of biological compatibility and efficacy are appropriate, but the program can support only limited in vivo studies. Tissue engineering and drug/gene delivery projects must have a specific focus on fundamental materials development and characterization. Studies of the mechanical behavior of hard and soft biological materials and tissues and projects in molecular biophysics may be more appropriate for one or more of the NSF programs listed below under Related Programs. Projects with an emphasis on device design and fabrication are generally more appropriate for a program in the NSF Engineering Directorate.

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Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12)
Directorate for Education & Human Resources and Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

October 16, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Discovery Research K-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of innovative resources, models and tools (RMTs). Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.

DRK-12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of pre-K 12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has four major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; (3) Teaching; and (4) Implementation Research. The program recognizes that there is some overlap among the strands. Proposals may address more than one strand. For example, projects in the Learning Strand may also include assessments of student learning, and/or support for teachers and plans for larger dissemination and use. Likewise, the Teaching Strand has a specific focus on RMTs for teacher education and professional development, but these are often based on a particular curriculum or set of instructional materials or tools. The Implementation Research strand that replaces the Scale-up strand in the previous solicitation might potentially address any or a combination of the other three strands. The program supports three types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Full Design and Development, and (3) Conferences, Workshops, and Syntheses. All three types of projects apply to each of the four DRK-12 strands.

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Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM)
Directorate for Geosciences and Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

October 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

GEM is a broad-based, community-initiated research program on the physics of the Earth's magnetosphere and the coupling of the magnetosphere to the atmosphere and to the solar wind. The purpose of the GEM program is to support basic research into the dynamical and structural properties of geospace, leading to the construction of a globalGeospace General Circulation Model (GGCM) with predictive capability. The exact structure of a GGCM may be modular or may consist of a "spine" such as a global MDH model with links to special modules. The strategy for achieving GEM goals is to create a series of Focus Groups, each of which addresses a specific problem in understanding and modeling the magnetosphere. More information on the structure of the GEM program, the currently active Focus Groups, and the mechanism for creating a new Focus Group can be found at the GEMwiki web site.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) program is a broad-based, community-initiated research program on the physics of the Earth's magnetosphere and the coupling of the magnetosphere to the atmosphere and to the solar wind. The purpose of the GEM program is to support basic research into the dynamical and structural properties of geospace, leading to the construction of one or more global Geospace General Circulation Model(s) (GGCM) with predictive capability. A GGCM model may comprise a set of linked but essentially independent modules or it may be composed of a "spine" such as a global MHD model with links to special purpose modules. The strategy for achieving GEM goals is to create a series of Focus Groups, each of which addresses a specific problem in understanding and modeling the magnetosphere. Each focus Group has a limited lifetime of 5 years or less. The goals and lifetime of a Focus Group are determined by the GEM Steering Committee.

The long-term goal of the GEM program is the development of one or more general circulation models (GCMs) that would describe the global dynamics of the magnetosphere and how the magnetosphere interacts with the solar wind and the ionosphere. The success of the program will ultimately be measured by its ability to encode the results of its studies in a Geospace General Circulation Model which can be used by the entire space physics community to accurately simulate such phenomena as magnetospheric convection, magnetic storms, and substorms. For the purposes of the GEM program, the magnetosphere includes not only the region bounded by the magnetopause and the ionosphere, but includes the bow shock, magnetosheath and boundary layers as well.

The activities within this program that will lead toward a realization of the GEM goal include observations and data analysis as well as theory and modeling. Observational data may come from ground-based instrumentation as well as from satellites, and may include both in situ data and remote sensing. In order to provide a strong focus for GEM research, the program defines a series of Focus Groups (FG), each of which addresses a specific problem or aspect of the Geospace environment. Each FG is expected to run for no more than five years and to have a specific product that will be the outcome of the FG. Several FGs will be active at any one time and are expected to cover (1) the dayside of the magnetosphere, (2) the inner magnetosphere, (3) the magnetotail, (4) the coupling of the magnetosphere and ionosphere, and (5) the creation and validation of a GGCM. Detailed information about past campaigns and FGs and the currently active FGs can be found at the GEMwiki. Proposals submitted to the GEM program should be pertinent to one or more of the currently active GEM Focus Groups or should be directly related to the development of a GGCM. The project description in the proposal should make it clear which GEM FG is being targeted. A proposal may have relevance to more than one FG.

Normally, GEM awards are made for a duration of three years, but proposers may request from one to five years of funding provided the requested duration is adequately justified. The requested duration of a proposal should not be longer than one year beyond the end date of the Focus Group to which it is targeted.

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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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Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2)
Directorate for Geosciences

October 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, atmospheric (gas in ice cores), and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized Earth's past climate variability, the sensitivity of Earth's climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes.

Important scientific objectives of P2C2 are to: 1) provide comprehensive paleoclimate data sets that can serve as model test data sets analogous to instrumental observations; and 2) enable transformative syntheses of paleoclimate data and modeling outcomes to understand the response of the longer-term and higher magnitude variability of the climate system that is observed in the geological and cryospheric records.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) competition is a coordinated paleoclimate science initiative that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Atmospheric and GeoSpace Sciences (AGS), Earth Sciences (EAR), Ocean Sciences (OCE), and Polar Programs (PLR) in the Geosciences (GEO) Directorate. The annual P2C2 competition supports the scientific objectives of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) by fostering interdisciplinary research and synthesis of climate data.

The importance of P2C2 research, as an element of the USGCRP, stems from its unique capability, on timescales longer than the instrumental record, to: 1) document the past temporal and spatial variability of Earth's climate system; 2) evaluate the rates of change associated with this variability; 3) determine the sensitivity of the Earth's climate system to variations in climate-forcing factors; and 4) provide a test environment for simulation predictions from numerical models.

Proposals to the P2C2 competition must clearly state how the proposed projects will contribute to achieving these goals and how the research is relevant to the P2C2 Areas of Research Interest.

Research projects that link polar and non-polar regions are strongly encouraged.

Research projects that seek to use existing and archived digital data and physical samples are strongly encouraged.

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

October 14, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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 and in other professions in which expertise in the mathematical sciences plays an important role. A significant part of this goal is to directly increase the proportion and the absolute number of U.S. students at the RTG sites who pursue graduate studies and complete advanced degrees in the mathematical sciences. It is anticipated that RTG projects also will serve as national models for research training in the mathematical sciences. Activities with potential impact beyond the directly-supported students and beyond the institutions receiving RTG funds will be key strengths in proposals. Such aspects include, but are not limited to, ideas for attracting strong U.S. students to careers in the mathematical sciences and seeing them through to completion of their studies, and effective dissemination of best practices to the mathematical sciences community.

The RTG program supports efforts to improve research training by involving undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty members in structured research groups anchored by a common research theme. The activities need not be focused on a particular research problem; rather, it is expected that group participants will be united by common topical interests. The groups may include researchers and students from different departments and institutions, but the research-based training and education activities must be based in the mathematical sciences. RTG projects are expected to vary in size, scope, and proposed activities, as well as in their plans for organization, participation, and operation. However, research groups supported by RTG will include vertically-integrated activities that span the entire spectrum of educational levels from undergraduates through postdoctoral associates.

Addressing all stages (from undergraduate through postdoctoral) of trainee involvement is essential in RTG proposals. Proposals that focus on only one stage are not appropriate for submission to the RTG activity. While emphasis on graduate training in RTG projects is appropriate and natural, a substantial plan for involving undergraduates is necessary. When used in reference to undergraduates, the word "research" should be given its broadest interpretation.

Successful proposals will include collaborating faculty with a history of research accomplishments. This group should have a history of working with students and/or postdoctoral investigators, and they should present a strong plan for recruiting students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents into their program. The RTG program is not meant to establish new research groups, but to enhance the training activities of existing groups with strong research records.

Graduate Traineeships. Graduate trainees form a pivotal component of the integration of activities in RTG grants. Their participation should result in:

  1. involvement with research activities that include undergraduates, other graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and/or faculty members;
  2. graduate education that is both broad and deep; and
  3. significant teaching experience.

Mentoring, that is, guidance in professional development, is a critical strategy for preparing graduate trainees to become successful researchers, communicators, and mentors. Graduate trainees are expected to have a minimum of one year of supervised teaching, with at least one term in which the student has substantial responsibility for a class. Some element of their activities should help students develop proficiency in the presentation of mathematical sciences research in both written and oral formats and in the ability to place their research in context.

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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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Dear Colleague Letter: US-China Collaborative Research in Environmental Sustainability
NSF Engineering Directorate (ENG) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Application Window: October 1 - November 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The NSF Engineering Directorate (ENG) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Department of Engineering and Material Sciences (DEMS) are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S. - China teams collaborating on fundamental research that addresses critical environmental sustainability challenges.

The U.S. and China have the two largest economies on Earth and also have important engineering, technology, business and trade relationships with each other. Both nations face significant environmental sustainability challenges, for example in water and energy, urban sustainability, and manufacturing. Fundamental research is needed to provide the foundational knowledge for addressing these challenges.

This call is for research proposals from joint U.S. - China teams in two environmental sustainability topic areas:

  • Topic 1. Combustion Related to Sustainable Energy
  • Topic 2. Sustainable Manufacturing

Every proposal must include the participation of researchers from at least one U.S. institution and at least one China institution. Proposals that do not comply with this requirement will be returned without review. Each U.S. - China team is to submit the same proposal, in English, to each of NSF and NSFC. NSF will fund the U.S. researchers of winning teams (up to a total of $500K for 4 years for each winning proposal), while NSFC will fund the China researchers of winning teams (up to a total of 3 million yuan for 4 years for each winning proposal). In total, no more than 3 joint NSF-NSFC project grants are expected to be funded. A critical evaluation factor for such a proposal will be the extent to which the proposal articulates a compelling rationale for why the proposed research project is significantly better than a comparable research project that could be pursued by a U.S. team working without such a collaboration. Another evaluation factor will concern the quality of collaboration and leveraging by the joint team compared to the U.S. and China researchers working separately. This rationale is to be presented in the Project Description section of the proposal. Each proposal must include a management plan that clearly specifies the role of team researchers from both the U.S. and China, and the mechanisms through which close collaboration will be assured. The management plan is not to exceed 3 pages and is to be included in the supplementary document file of the electronic submission.

Cyberinfrastructure proposals are outside the scope of this call.

Topic 1. Combustion Related to Sustainable Energy

In both the U.S. and China, over 80 percent of energy usage is derived through combustion. Combustion processes provide the energy for electricity generation (e.g., from coal and natural gas), transportation (e.g., internal combustion engines in cars and trucks), building space and hot water heating, and industrial processes. Combustion results not only in useful energy conversion, but also pollution. One example of pollution from combustion is soot, in particular particulates of size 2.5 microns or smaller that cause smog that not only obscures vision, but also can result in respiratory distress and serious health problems. Combustion also generates greenhouse gases (e.g., CO2) that drive global warming and climate change. Fundamental research is needed to decrease the adverse environmental impacts of combustion processes.

Examples of fundamental research needs in the area of Topic 1 include but are not limited to:

  • Increased knowledge of fundamental mechanisms related to combustion carbon (CO2) capture technologies, such as oxy-fuel combustion processes and chemical looping
  • increased knowledge of fundamental mechanisms for gasification (coal, biomass, coal/biomass mixtures)
  • Increased understanding of fundamental combustion reaction mechanisms for pollutant emissions (e.g., particulates, NOx), with efforts focused on reduction of such emissions from combustion systems (e.g., coal, internal combustion engines)
  • Increasing combustion efficiency is outside the scope of this call for proposals. Also, separation proposals related to combustion (e.g., for gases, such as CO2 and O2, and for removal of particulates by such separation processes as filtration) are not within the scope of this call. For U.S. researchers, such separations proposals should be redirected to the Chemical and Biological Separations program (CBS) of the CBET Division of NSF.

Topic 2. Sustainable Manufacturing

Manufacturing is vital for the economies of both the U.S. and China. At the same time, manufacturing operations consume huge quantities of resources (materials, water, energy) and result in pollution of air, water, and land. For example, in the U.S. the industrial sector is the origin of one fifth of the nation's annual greenhouse gas emissions (EPA,http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/usinventoryreport.html), while in China the ratio is over one half ("The second national communication on climate change of the People's Republic of China," China National Development and Reform Commission, November 2012, http://unfccc.int/essential_background/library/items/3599.php?rec=j&priref=7666#beg).

Fundamental research is needed to provide a sound scientific and engineering basis for reducing emissions and improving efficiencies of resource consumption. Ultimately, means for efficient recycle, reuse, remanufacture, and closed-loop production processes will be required.

Examples of fundamental research needs for Topic 2 include but are not limited to:

  • Systems-based approaches incorporating multidisciplinary frameworks (engineering, environmental, economic, social) for the creation of solutions for complex sustainable manufacturing challenges
  • Development of theoretical foundations for efficiency improvement approaches that span both mechanical and chemical manufacturing operations
  • Basic research on digital manufacturing approaches for advancing sustainable manufacturing

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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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Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)
Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF

November 14, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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.

Domestic and international projects will be considered. As detailed in the solicitation, international components of collaborative projects may be funded in parallel by the participating agencies. Opportunities for parallel funding are available for US-German Research Proposals, US-German Data Sharing Proposals; US-French Research Proposals, US-French Data Sharing Proposals; and US-Israel Research Proposals.

Appropriate scientific areas of investigations may be related to any of the participating funding organizations.

NSF will coordinate and manage the review of proposals jointly with participating domestic and foreign funding organizations, through a joint panel review process used by all participating funders.

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Combustion and Fire Systems
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

November 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of the Combustion and Fire Systems program is to generate cleaner global and local environments, enhance public safety, improve energy and homeland security, manufacture new materials, and create more efficient manufacturing. 

The program endeavors to provide basic engineering knowledge that is needed to develop useful combustion applications (such as flame-assisted synthesis of novel materials) and for mitigating the effects of fire.  Broad-based tools - experimental, diagnostic, and computational - that can be applied to a variety of problems in combustion and fire systems are the major products of this program.  

Some desired outcomes from this program include: science & technology for clean and efficient generation of power, both stationary and mobile; combustion science and technology for energy-efficient manufacturing; research that enables clean global and local environments (reduction in combustion generated pollutants - GHGs, NOx, Soot, etc.); enhanced public safety and homeland security through research on fire growth, inhibition and suppression; and, educate and train an innovative workforce for power, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

Research areas of interest for this program 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. Burning of novel and synthetic fuels.  Development of models and diagnostic tools.
  • Combustion Science related to Climate-change: Increasing efficiency and reducing pollutants. Production and use of renewable fuels.  Technologies such as oxy-fuel combustion and chemical looping combustion for carbon sequestration.
  • Fire Prevention: Improved understanding of fires to prevent their spread, inhibit their growth, and suppress them.
  • Turbulent Combustion Modeling and Validation: This is a NSF-AFOSR (Air Force Office Scientific Research) joint funding area focusing on team efforts closely coordinating experimental and modeling efforts for validating fundamental turbulent combustion model assumptions.  Combined experiment-modeling proposals ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 per year for three years are solicited and will be jointly reviewed by NSF and AFOSR using the NSF panel format.  Actual funding format and agency split for a particular winning proposal will be determined after the proposal selections.

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.

The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years.  The typical award size for the program is $100,000 per year.  Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.  Small equipment proposals of less than $100,000 will also be considered and may be submitted during the submission window. 

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Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Geosciences

November 18, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components: (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and (4) the processes through which the human system affects the natural system. CNH also supports research coordination networks (CNH-RCNs) designed to facilitate activities that promote future research by broad research communities that will include all four components necessary for CNH funding.

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Energy for Sustainability
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (NSF)

November 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. 

Current topics of interest in sustainable energy technologies are:

  • Biomass Conversion, Biofuels & Bioenergy: Fundamental research on innovative approaches that lead to the intensification of biofuel and bioenergy processes is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: biological, thermochemical, or thermocatalytic routes for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to advanced biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol; microbial fuel cells for direct production of electricity from renewable carbon sources; hydrogen production from autotrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms; hydrocarbons and lipids from phototrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms.  Proposals that focus primarily on chemical reactor analysis related to biomass conversion should be submitted to Process and Reaction Engineering (CBET 1403), and proposals related to the combustion of biomass should be sent to Combustion and Fire Systems (CBET 1407).  Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of catalysis or biocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401).
  • Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Fundamental research on innovative processes for the fabrication and theory-based characterization of future PV devices is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: nano-enabled PV devices containing nanostructured semiconductors, plasmonic materials, photonic structures, or conducting polymers; earth-abundant and environmentally benign materials for photovoltaic devices; photocatalytic or photoelectrochemical processes for the splitting of water into H2 gas, or for the reduction of CO2 to liquid or gaseous fuels.  Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of photocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401). The generation of thermal energy by solar radiation is not an area supported by this program, but may be considered by Thermal Transport Processes (CBET 1406).
  • Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage: Radically new battery systems or breakthroughs based on existing systems can move the US more rapidly toward a more sustainable transportation future. The focus is on high-energy density and high-power density batteries suitable for transportation and renewable energy storage applications.  Advanced systems such as lithium-air, sodium-ion, as well as lithium-ion electrochemical energy storage are appropriate. Work on commercially available systems such as lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride batteries will not be considered by this program.  Fuel-cell related proposals should be directed to other CBET programs, depending on emphasis:  electrocatalysis (Catalysis and Biocatalysis, CBET 1401); membranes (Chemical and Biological Separations, CBET 1417); systems (Process and Reaction Engineering, CBET 1403).
  • Wind Energy: This program no longer supports wind, wave, tidal, or hydrokinetic energy research.  The proposer is encouraged to contact the program director for suggestions on a possible program home for proposal submission.

NOTE: For proposals involving any aspect of chemistry, including but not limited to biochemistry or physical chemistry, consider making proposal submissions to this program (7644) with the Proposal Title as: 'SusChEM: Name of Your Proposal'.  For more information on SusChEM-related proposals visit this link.  The same applies for proposals involving sustainable engineering.

The duration of unsolicited awards is typically three years.  The typical award size for the program is $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered. However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review or transferred to another program.

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Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN)
Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems

November 3, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Recent advances in communications, computation, and sensing technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for the design of cyber-physical systems with increased responsiveness, interconnectivity and automation. To meet new challenges and societal needs, the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) Program invests in systems and control methods for analysis and design of cyber-physical systems to ensure stability, performance, robustness, and security. Topics of interest include modeling, optimization, learning, and control of networked multi-agent systems, higher-level decision making, and dynamic resource allocation as well as risk management in the presence of uncertainty, sub-system failures and stochastic disturbances. EPCN also invests in adaptive dynamic programing, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, and neuromorphic engineering.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

EPCN supports innovative proposals dealing with systems research in such areas as energy, transportation, and nanotechnology. EPCN places emphasis on electric power systems, including generation, transmission, storage, and integration of renewables; power electronics and drives; battery management systems; hybrid and electric vehicles; and understanding of the interplay of power systems with associated regulatory and economic structures and with consumer behavior. Also of interest are interdependencies of power and energy systems with other critical infrastructures. Topics of interest include energy scavenging and alternate energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydrokinetic. The program also supports innovative tools and test beds, as well as curriculum development integrating research and education. In addition to single investigator projects, EPCN encourages cross-disciplinary proposals that benefit from active collaboration of researchers with complementary skills.

Proposals for the EPCN program may involve collaborative research to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. ECCS will consider supporting a limited number of small team proposals of three or more Investigators from different disciplines and/or universities.

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General & Age-Related Disabilities Engineering
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (NSF)

November 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The General & Age Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE) program supports fundamental engineering research that will lead to the development of new technologies, devices, or software for persons with disabilities.  Research may be supported that is directed to the characterization, restoration, and/or substitution of human functional ability or cognition, or to the interaction of persons with disabilities and their environment.  Areas of particular interest are disability-related research in neuroengineering and rehabilitation robotics.  Emphasis is placed on significant advancement of fundamental engineering and not on incremental improvements.  Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Director prior to submitting a proposal.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered.  However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.

The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years.  The typical award size for the program is around $100,000 per year.  Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.  Small equipment proposals of less than $100,000 will also be considered and may be submitted during the annual proposal submission window. 

GARDE also supports Undergraduate Engineering Design projects, especially those that provide prototype "custom-designed" devices or software for persons with disabilities.  These projects are designed to enhance the education of undergraduate engineering students.  Undergraduate engineering design projects to aid persons with disabilities include:

  • A design experience for the engineering student that will directly aid a specific individual with a disability.
  • Undergraduate student engineers or engineering technology students develop prototype "custom-designed" devices and software.
  • The PI and the students work with institutions providing care or education for individuals with disabilities. 

The proposal must include a short description of ten possible design projects.  These projects should be suitable for an undergraduate student, or a small team of students, to complete in about one year.  The proposal should include a letter of support from an appropriate administrator of an institution providing care or education to individuals with disabilities.  The letter should certify that the institution and the university will work cooperatively on the design projects.

The PI provides an annual report that includes a description of the successfully completed design projects during the previous academic year.  Each PI is expected to implement a high percentage of projects each year.  It is also expected that the projects will contain appropriate levels of quantitative engineering analysis.

The duration of Undergraduate Engineering Design Projects is three to five years.  The typical award size is $25,000 per year. 

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Thermal Transport Processes
National Science Foundation/Directorate for Engineering

October 1, 2014 - November 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Thermal Transport Processes (TTP) program supports engineering research aimed at gaining a basic understanding of the thermal transport phenomena at nano/micro and macro scales. Core application areas of interest include:

  • Cooling and heating of components, devices and equipment.
  • Thermal processes in energy conversion & storage, power generation, and propulsion. 
  • Thermal transport in the synthesis and processing of materials including advanced manufacturing. Note that proposals that focus primarily on issues pertaining to materials, synthesis and/or processing are not of interest to the TTP program, and  should be directed to the Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program in CMMI/ENG or DMR/MPS as appropriate. 
  • Thermal phenomena in biological systems.  Only two topics are of interest in this area: cryopreservation and the role of heat transfer and thermal management in the treatment of cancer cells. 

The program supports transformational research in transport processes that are driven by thermal gradients, and manipulation of these processes to achieve engineering goals. Mass transport or system-design oriented efforts are not of interest to this program. Of specific interest is research that explores active and passive control of the dynamics of thermal processes, and simulations and diagnostics that bridge and model information across multiple-scales. Priority is given to insightful investigations of fundamental problems with clearly defined economic, environmental and societal impacts.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered.  However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.

Proposals at the interface of computational/mathematical sciences and thermal transport are encouraged, but should be submitted to the Computation and Data Enabled Science & Engineering (CDESE) Program.  Proposals that deal with the development and characterization of low cost, sustainable and scalable-manufactured materials with improved thermal properties are encouraged and should add "SusCHEM:" in front of the title of the proposal.

The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years.  The typical award size is around $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation and approval from the Program Director, will be returned without review.

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Thermal Transport Processes
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

November 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Thermal Transport Processes (TTP) program supports engineering research aimed at gaining a basic understanding of the thermal transport phenomena at nano/micro and macro scales. Core application areas of interest include:

  • Cooling and heating of components, devices and equipment.
  • Thermal processes in energy conversion & storage, power generation, and propulsion. 
  • Thermal transport in the synthesis and processing of materials including advanced manufacturing. Note that proposals that focus primarily on issues pertaining to materials, synthesis and/or processing are not of interest to the TTP program, and  should be directed to the Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) program in CMMI/ENG or DMR/MPS as appropriate. 
  • Thermal phenomena in biological systems.  Only two topics are of interest in this area: cryopreservation and the role of heat transfer and thermal management in the treatment of cancer cells. 

The program supports transformational research in transport processes that are driven by thermal gradients, and manipulation of these processes to achieve engineering goals. Mass transport or system-design oriented efforts are not of interest to this program. Of specific interest is research that explores active and passive control of the dynamics of thermal processes, and simulations and diagnostics that bridge and model information across multiple-scales. Priority is given to insightful investigations of fundamental problems with clearly defined economic, environmental and societal impacts.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered.  However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.

Proposals at the interface of computational/mathematical sciences and thermal transport are encouraged, but should be submitted to the Computation and Data Enabled Science & Engineering (CDESE) Program.  Proposals that deal with the development and characterization of low cost, sustainable and scalable-manufactured materials with improved thermal properties are encouraged and should add "SusCHEM:" in front of the title of the proposal.

The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years.  The typical award size is around $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation and approval from the Program Director, will be returned without review.

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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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Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)
NSF, NIH, USDA, and BBSRC

November 19, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of transmission among humans, non-human animals, and/or plants. This includes, for example, the spread of pathogens; the influence of environmental factors such as climate; the population dynamics and genetics of reservoir species or hosts; the cultural, social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of disease transmission. Research may be on zoonotic, environmentally-borne, vector-borne, or enteric diseases of either terrestrial or freshwater systems and organisms, including diseases of animals and plants, at any scale from specific pathogens to inclusive environmental systems. Proposals for research on disease systems of public health concern to developing countries are strongly encouraged, as are disease systems of concern in agricultural systems. Investigators are encouraged to develop the appropriate multidisciplinary team, including for example, modelers, bioinformaticians, genomics researchers, social scientists, economists, epidemiologists, entomologists, parasitologists, microbiologists, bacteriologists, virologists, pathologists or veterinarians, with the goal of integrating knowledge across disciplines to enhance our ability to predict and control infectious diseases.

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Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences (EDT)
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences & Division of Mathematical Sciences

November 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The long-range goal of the Enriched Doctoral Training in the Mathematical Sciences (EDT) program is to strengthen the nation's scientific competitiveness by increasing the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other professions in which expertise in the mathematical sciences plays an increasingly important role. The EDT program will achieve this by supporting efforts to enrich research training in the mathematical sciences at the doctoral level by preparing Ph.D. students to recognize and find solutions to mathematical challenges arising in other fields and in areas outside today's academic setting. Graduate research training activities supported by EDT will prepare participants for a broader range of mathematical opportunities and career paths than has been traditional in U.S. mathematics doctoral training.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

December 2, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

The SBIR program solicits proposals from the small business sector consistent with NSF's mission. The program is governed by Public Law 112-81 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011). SBIR policy is provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the SBA Policy Directive. A main purpose of the legislation is to stimulate technological innovation and increase private sector commercialization. The NSF SBIR program is therefore in a unique position to meet both the goals of NSF and the purpose of the SBIR legislation by transforming scientific discovery into both social and economic benefit, and by emphasizing private sector commercialization.

Accordingly, NSF has formulated broad solicitation topics for SBIR that conform to the high-technology investment sector's interests. The topics are detailed on the SBIR/STTR topics homepage.

Note: The submission of the same project idea to both this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged.

More information about the NSF SBIR Program can be found on the Program Homepage.

For assistance with SBIR opportunities, MSU's Techlink has generously offered their support. Please contact Ray Friesenhahn at rayf@montana.edu or 994-7726. 

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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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Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Deadlines vary depending on project size, see announcement

SYNOPSIS: 

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. CCF supports three core programs as described below - Algorithmic Foundations (AF), Communications and Information Foundations (CIF), and Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF).

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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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Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS)
Division of Social and Economic Sciences

August 18, 2014 and January 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (ddrigs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical (Rapid Response Research - RAPID) and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research - EAGER). For detailed information concerning these two types of grants, please review Chapter II.D of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide.

Funded research must be grounded in theory and generalizable. Purely algorithmic management science proposals should be submitted to the Operations Research Program rather than to DRMS.

General Guidance concerning the DRMS Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs) funding opportunity includes the following:

  • The advisor of the doctoral student is strongly encouraged to contact one of the DRMS Program Directors by e-mail prior to the preparation of the DDRIG proposal.
  • DRMS DDRIG awards have a recommended maximum duration of 12 months.
  • The proposal title should start with "Doctoral Dissertation Research in DRMS:".
  • On the FastLane Cover Sheet, the advisor should be listed as the Principal Investigator (PI) and the doctoral dissertation student as the Co-PI.
  • DDRIG awards are designed to cover expenses such as travel, special equipment, and participation fees.
  • DRMS does not provide general stipends or cost-of-living support for DDRIG awards.
  • Your DDRIG proposal's project desciption should be essentially a research design (statement of the research problem, literature review, hypotheses, research site, data to be collected, methods of analysis, and schedule).
  • The review process for DDRIG proposals may involve only mail reviews, or it may include both mail reviews and assessment by the DRMS advisory panel.
  • Outstanding DDRIG proposals specify how the knowledge to be created advances our theoretical understanding of the subject.

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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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Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS)
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

LOI due December 10, 2014
Full submission due January 26, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The complexities of brain and behavior pose fundamental questions in many areas of science and engineering, drawing intense interest across a broad spectrum of disciplinary perspectives while eluding explanation by any one of them. Rapid advances within and across disciplines have led to newly converging theories, models, empirical methods and findings, opening new opportunities to understand complex aspects of the brain in action and in context. Innovative, integrative, boundary-crossing approaches are necessary to push the field forward.

This solicitation describes the first phase of a new NSF program to support transformative and integrative research that will accelerate understanding of neural and cognitive systems. NSF seeks exceptional proposals that are bold, potentially risky, and transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research programs. This multi-directorate program is one element of NSF's broader aim to foster innovation in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience, a multi-year effort that includes NSF's participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative (http://www.nsf.gov/brain/).

For FY 2015, this competition is organized around two research themes:Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs and Individuality and Variation. Within each theme, general advances in theory and methods, technological innovations, educational approaches, enabling research infrastructure, and workforce development are all of significant interest. Competitive proposals must be consistent with the missions of the participating directorates. Potentially groundbreaking approaches that entail significant risk are encouraged.

Two classes of proposals will be considered in FY 2015. INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONSawards will support projects that develop foundational advances that are deeply connected to a broad scope of important research questions in cognitive and neural systems, and have significant potential for transformative advances in one or more of the FY 2015 thematic areas. CORE EXTENSIONS will provide additional support to projects selected for funding by other programs in the participating offices and directorates, to enable additional activities that will connect those projects to significant new integrative opportunities in cognitive and neural systems.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

This program will support innovative, potentially transformative science and engineering that will accelerate our understanding of neural and cognitive systems. Projects responsive to this solicitation will integrate across existing disciplines or approaches, spatial or temporal scales, and/or levels of abstraction or analysis and, where appropriate, challenge prevailing paradigms, practices, and scientific cultural norms. Proposals should specify how this integration occurs within one or more of the research themes outlined below, and how the proposal bridges the conceptual gaps that impede our understanding of neural and cognitive systems.

Proposals must articulate significantly new, integrative strategies that will have considerable impact and must transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of individual NSF core programs. Integrative strategies are expected to advance scientific frontiers, generate research questions beyond the bounds currently possible, and build productively on the state of the art across multiple disciplines. They will also maximize opportunities for interdisciplinary training and outreach, and for sharing resources such as data, code, models, or stimuli that will be useful to a wide range of researchers. In the global context, proposals that call for linking U.S. teams with international counterparts should identify opportunities to leverage resources through cooperation that enable advances of scope, scale, flexibility, expertise, or access to phenomena, that would not readily occur otherwise.

All proposals must clearly address how the proposed activity will:

  • Extend the boundaries of what is currently possible, with a vision of how important frontiers can be advanced over the long term;
  • Significantly advance existing literature, knowledge, and technologies, or challenge current scientific paradigms, as appropriate, by incorporating innovative approaches, exploring novel integration of expertise and/or technology, or engaging novel perspectives; and
  • Bridge temporal or spatial scales, levels of abstraction, levels of analysis, and/or disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Potentially groundbreaking approaches that entail significant risk are encouraged. Proposers are encouraged to explicitly address the risk-reward propositions posed by their projects so that the investigators' understanding of feasibility, contingencies, and potentially transformative impacts can be evaluated.

Proposals must be consistent with the missions of the participating directorates listed on the cover page, or they will not be considered responsive to the solicitation. Questions about appropriateness may be addressed to the directorate representatives listed in Section VIII of the solicitation.

Research Themes

For FY 2015, this competition is organized around the following two research themes. Within each theme, general advances in theory and methods, technological innovations, educational approaches, enabling research infrastructure, and workforce development are all of significant interest:

  1. Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and DesignsMerging insights gained from neuroscience and cognitive science with those from rapidly changing technologies will lead to significant innovations that are inspired by or directed toward the brain. These may include technologies for imaging, sensing, recording, or affecting real-time brain activity and behavior; computing paradigms; brain-computer interfaces; augmented and adaptive systems (e.g., for communication, learning, and/or performance); and other computational and bioengineered systems.
  2. Individuality and Variation are characteristic of all neural and cognitive processes, including biological and machine systems, signaling and communication at all levels, representations, learning and adaptation, development, resilience, ability, cultural and social processes, and group differences. Explaining functionally important individuality and variation, as well as the role of noise, will have far-reaching consequences in many scientific domains. Alongside these domain-specific issues are statistical and modeling challenges to explore, describe, and understand the role of naturally occurring variability.

Proposal Classes

Two classes of proposals will be considered in FY 2015: INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS and CORE EXTENSIONS. Please carefully review the descriptions of each proposal class and the application instructions in Section V of this solicitation.

INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS awards will support projects that develop foundational advances that are deeply connected to a broad scope of important research questions in cognitive and neural systems, and have significant potential for transformative advances in one or more of the FY 2015 thematic areas. Teams of two or more investigators with distinct but complementary expertise are required. Proposals must demonstrate the transformative potential of the work to be funded, and clearly articulate their enabling contributions and interactions within the broader intellectual context of related work. Total award budgets are anticipated to range from $500,000 to $1,000,000 (including direct and indirect costs) over periods of 2 to 4 years.

CORE EXTENSIONS will provide additional support to projects selected for funding by other programs in the participating offices and directorates, to enable additional activities that would connect those projects to significant new integrative opportunities in cognitive and neural systems. A request for a CORE EXTENSION should be embedded in a proposal to another primary program, through a supplementary document prepared according to the instructions in Section V of this solicitation. The proposal will first be reviewed by the primary program to which it was submitted. Additional activities described in the supplementary document should extend the main project into new cognitive or neural arenas (for example, by connecting a project to a challenging new domain or application area, or distinctly different scale or level of analysis, or by establishing a synergistic domestic or international collaboration). Up to an additional $100,000 in funding (including direct and indirect costs) may be provided to support these activities.

Anticipated Future Activities

This solicitation represents the first of a broader set of activities that are planned within a multi-year initiative. Subject to availability of funds, anticipated future research themes include Cognitive and Neural Processes in Realistic, Complex Environments, and Data-Intensive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. Also anticipated is a class of larger proposals, INTEGRATIVE FRONTIERS, intended to provide support for ambitious, highly integrative, interdisciplinary projects requiring teams of three or more investigators with distinct but complementary expertise, engaged in a sustained collaborative effort. Proposers are advised to consider all of the research themes and proposal classes that are anticipated, in order to submit to the most appropriate opportunity.

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Tectonics
Division of Earth Sciences

January 12, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Tectonics Program supports a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical investigations aimed at understanding the deformation of the terrestrial continental lithosphere (i.e. above the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary). The Program focuses on non-magmatic deformation processes and their tectonic drivers that operate at any depth within the continental lithosphere, on time-scales of decades/centuries (e.g. active tectonics) and longer, and at micro- to plate boundary/orogenic belt length-scales.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Tectonics Program supports a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical investigations aimed at understanding the deformation of the terrestrial continental lithosphere (i.e. above the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary). The Program focuses on non-magmatic deformation processes and their tectonic drivers that operate at any depth within the continental lithosphere, on time-scales of decades/centuries (e.g. active tectonics) and longer, and at micro- to plate boundary/orogenic belt length-scales. The Program also supports research on the structural expression of deformation processes at the surface or at depth, the geological record of continental lithosphere deformation, the rheological properties of continental lithosphere materials, and plate movements and continental reconstructions.

Because understanding continental deformation commonly requires a variety of expertise and methods, the Program supports investigations that engage a wide variety of disciplines. The program encourages the application of new methods from all fields to tectonic problems. Because of its integrative and commonly interdisciplinary nature, the science supported by the Program may bridge programmatic boundaries with other programs in the Earth Sciences Division and Geosciences Directorate, in which case such research projects may be considered for co-review with other those programs. For example, research proposals addressing deeper mantle processes (those operating below the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary) that affect continental lithosphere deformation may be jointly considered by Tectonics and Geophysics Programs. Projects involving both the terrestrial and marine realms may be jointly considered by the Tectonics and the Marine Geology and Geophysics Programs. As per the NSF Grant Proposal Guide, proposals may be transferred to other programs within EAR or to other Divisions within the National Science Foundation when it is deemed appropriate by Program Officers from the respective programs or divisions. Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the cognizant program officers regarding proposals that may cross disciplinary boundaries before submission.

The Tectonics Program is committed to supporting the most meritorious research in any relevant area in single- or multi-institution proposals, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, as well as research involving international collaboration. The Program is especially interested in proposals in emerging fields. Proposals for community workshops that can guide the program on new research topics and grand challenge questions are encouraged. All proposals for the RAPID and EAGER mechanisms, as described in the Grant Proposal Guide, must be discussed with one of the Program Directors before submission via FastLane.

Examples of projects supported by the program can be found using: 1) NSF Search Awards: Advanced Search engine by entering Element Code 1572 or Program Tectonics; or 2) Research.gov: Research Spending and Results: Advanced Search.

Two types of proposals will be considered by the Tectonics Program:

1. Single- or multi-institution proposals that address the goals of the Tectonics Program as described above.

2. Tectonic Collaboratories: The goal of Tectonic Collaboratories is to explore emerging frontier directions in tectonics research by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research activities across broad disciplinary boundaries in the earth sciences. Tectonic Collaboratories provide opportunities to foster new research collaborations, including international partnerships, but are not meant to support the activities of existing or well-established collaborations. Tectonic Collaboratories support activities that promote research coordination and networking such as workshops, field forums, summer institutes, virtual networks, and webinars, for example, and thus will not directly support costs related to primary research. Tectonics Collaboratories proposals should specify what activities will be undertaken, what new groups of investigators will be brought together, what products will be generated, who will coordinate the activities, and how information about the Collaboratory and opportunities to participate will be disseminated. The inclusion of new researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students is encouraged. Project sizes for Tectonic Collaboratory proposals are expected to range up to $300,000 for up to 4 years duration.

Proposed Tectonic Collaboratory activities should focus on a theme to give coherence to the collaboration, such as a broad research question or particular technologies or approaches. Illustrative examples of themes of interest include, but not limited to, are:

  • geologically-based investigations of active or exhumed fault zones to understand fundamental fault zone processes, structure, and rheology to understand seismogenic behavior (e.g., episodic tremor and slip; earthquake recurrence; pre- co- and post-seismic slip, etc.).
  • feedbacks and linkages between tectonics, climate, and surface processes with mountain building and decay

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US Ignite
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

January 21, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

US Ignite is an Administration initiative seeking to promote US leadership in the development and deployment of next-generation gigabit applications with the potential for significant societal impact. The primary goal of US Ignite is to break a fundamental deadlock: there is insufficient investment in gigabit applications that can take advantage of advanced network infrastructure because such infrastructure is rare and dispersed. And conversely, there is a lack of broad availability of advanced broadband infrastructure for open experimentation and innovation because there are few advanced applications and services to justify it. US Ignite aims to break this deadlock by providing incentives for imagining, prototyping, and developing public sector gigabit applications, and by leveraging and extending this network testbed across US college/university campuses and cities.

This solicitation builds on the experience gained from initial US Ignite activities to further engage the US academic research and non-profit communities along with local cities, municipalities, and regions in exploring the challenges of developing and applying next-generation networking to problems of significant public interest and benefit. In particular, this solicitation has two tracks: the first encourages the development of applications in national priority areas that explore new uses for networks, giving rise to novel networking and application paradigms; and the second expands and enhances the ecosystems in which these applications will evolve and be evaluated.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

In the last decade, CISE's investments in research infrastructure, particularly networking research infrastructure, have demonstrated the value of developing and using shared infrastructure for accelerating research and education. For example, since 2007, CISE has supported the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), laying the foundation for a unique national virtual laboratory for at-scale networking experimentation. Over 300 networking researchers spanning more than 60 universities throughout the US have contributed to developing and prototyping GENI. GENI currently has over 700 unique users each quarter using the infrastructure for research and education experimentation. Key features of GENI are resource slicing and deep programmability with configurations defined by declarative specifications and a rich authorization infrastructure. More than 50 "GENI racks," small computing clusters with access to national software-defined advanced networking infrastructures, have been deployed in campuses and cities throughout the US. Recently, driven by the data communication needs of the domain sciences as well as the potential and opportunity to move advances enabled by GENI and related efforts onto campus environments, NSF established the Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Infrastructure, Innovation and Engineering (CC*IIE) program. CC*IIE seeks improvements and re-engineering at the campus level to leverage dynamic network services and support both a range of scientific data transfers and GENI-like experimental infrastructure. To date, the CC*IIE program has made awards to approximately 120 institutions widely spread across the United States.

Beginning in June 2012, US Ignite has sought to leverage NSF's investments in networking research infrastructure, notably in GENI and CC*IIE, by integrating academic campuses that have GENI technology with research backbone networks and numerous broadband cities across the nation. Through US Ignite, NSF and other Federal agencies are exploring next-generation networking at scale, and creating a national innovation ecosystem that will have profound, long-term social and economic impacts.

This solicitation builds on the experience gained from initial US Ignite activities to further engage the US academic research and non-profit communities along with local cities, municipalities, and regions in exploring the challenges of developing and applying next-generation networking to problems of significant public interest and benefit. In particular, this solicitation has two tracks: the first (Track 1) builds on, and expands, the activities explored by the US Ignite Dear Colleague Letters (DCLs) described above, enabling development of applications in national priority areas that explore new uses for networks, giving rise to novel networking and application paradigms; and the second (Track 2) seeks to expand and enhance the ecosystems in which these applications will evolve and be evaluated.

 

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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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Cognitive Neuroscience
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences and Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences

February 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Cognitive neuroscience has emerged in the last decade as an intensely active and influential discipline, forged from interactions among the cognitive sciences, neurology, neuroimaging (including physics and statistics), physiology, neuroscience, psychiatry, and other fields. Of particular importance for this discipline have been new methods for non-invasive functional neuroimaging of humans performing psychological tasks. As this field is reaching maturity, the National Science Foundation intends for the new cognitive neuroscience emphasis to spur the development of highly novel techniques and models directed toward enabling basic scientific understanding of a broad range of issues involving brain, cognition, and behavior. The emphasis at NSF will be placed on integration of the cognitive sciences, social and economic sciences, and engineering in service of insights into healthy functions of brain, cognition, and behavior.

The cross-disciplinary integration and exploitation of new techniques in cognitive neuroscience has generated a rapid growth in significant scientific advances. Research topics have included sensory processes (including olfaction, thirst, multi-sensory integration), higher perceptual processes (for faces, music, etc.), higher cognitive functions (e.g., decision-making, reasoning, mathematics, mental imagery, awareness), language (e.g., syntax, multi-lingualism, discourse), sleep, affect, social processes, learning, memory, attention, motor, and executive functions. Cognitive neuroscientists further clarify their findings by examining developmental and transformational aspects of such phenomena across the span of life, from infancy to late adulthood, and through time.

New frontiers in cognitive neuroscience research have emerged from investigations that integrate data from a variety of techniques. One very useful technique has been neuroimaging, including positron emission tomography (PET), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), optical imaging (near infrared spectroscopy or NIRS), anatomical MRI, and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). A second class of techniques includes physiological recording such as subdural and deep brain electrode recording, electroencephalography (EEG), event-related electrical potentials (ERPs), and galvanic skin responses (GSRs). In addition, stimulation methods have been employed, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), subdural and deep brain electrode stimulation, and drug stimulation. A fourth approach involves cognitive and behavioral methods, such as lesion-deficit neuropsychology and experimental psychology. Other techniques have included genetic analysis, molecular modeling, and computational modeling. The foregoing variety of methods is used with individuals in healthy, neurological, psychiatric, and cognitively-impaired conditions. The data from such varied sources can be further clarified by comparison with invasive neurophysiological recordings in non-human primates and other mammals.

Findings from cognitive neuroscience can elucidate functional brain organization, such as the operations performed by a particular brain area and the system of distributed, discrete neural areas supporting a specific cognitive, perceptual, motor, or affective operation or representation. Moreover, these findings can reveal the effect on brain organization of individual differences (including genetic variation), plasticity, and recovery of function following damage to the nervous system.

Hypotheses springing from the data of a cognitive science, social, developmental, or life span study can now in some instances be constrained by brain-based data. Strategies for collecting brain-based data that bear on cognitive/behavioral hypotheses include but are not limited to the following four examples. Other powerful strategies are expected to evolve in the future.

  • First, if a pattern of neural activity can be linked to a particular cognitive process, the presence of that pattern can be used as a marker of that cognitive process in studies of other mental performances.
  • Second, data from studies of stimulus adaptation during neuroimaging can elucidate the character of mental representations in a particular neural system. Thus, as in the "looking time" paradigms used with infants, the neural sensitivity to the "sameness" of stimuli can be used to provide rich descriptions of equivalence classes, invariances, and non-invariances for neural representations in each cortical region.
  • A third example of using brain data for evaluating cognitive hypotheses is experiments in which behavioral success on a given task is correlated with the intensity of a neuroimaging signal in a specific brain area. Such relationships between cognitive performance and neural activity are important indicators of a necessary relationship between a brain area and a component of cognitive/behavioral processing.
  • Fourth, hypotheses derived from behavioral data suggesting separable processes can be evaluated with respect to the functional brain organization implied by cognitive neuroscience findings. If a given theory hypothesizes that two specific cognitive states are supported by the same underlying process, but an alternative assumes those states are supported by different processes, data from cognitive neuroscience might favor one account. Neuroimaging data from healthy humans can be refined by comparison with findings from studies of cognitive/behavioral impairments exhibited either by humans with discrete lesions (stroke patients), humans with implanted deep brain stimulators, healthy humans with transient neural disruptions (via TMS), or humans stimulated by a pharmacological agent.

Moreover, cognitive neuroscience also can elucidate the duration and sequencing of sub-processes, for example, by integrating high temporal resolution MEG data with high spatial resolution fMRI within subject and task. Such finely calibrated data can then inform cognitive and behavioral process models. Finally, subsequent comparisons of brain organization across species may allow the neural basis of such processes to be understood in a biological context.

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Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Research Alliance (PFI:AIR-RA)
National Science Foundation (Directorate for Engineering, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships)

LOI due January 12, 2015
Full submission due February 18, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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). Both programs are concerned with the movement of academic research discoveries into the marketplace, although each focuses on different stages along the innovation spectrum. The PFI:AIR program has two additional subprograms: the PFI:AIR-Technology Translation (See NSF 14-569,) and PFI:AIR- Research Alliance (this solicitation). This PFI:AIR-Research Alliance (RA) solicitation is intended to accelerate the translation and transfer of existing research discoveries into competitive technologies and commercial realities by leveraging the investments NSF has made in research consortia (e.g., Engineering Research Centers, Industry University Cooperative Research Centers, Science and Technology Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, Centers for Chemical Innovation, and others) and catalyzing academic-based innovation ecosystems. The goal is that these synergistic partnerships and collaborations between government, academia, and other public and private entities will result in new wealth and the building of strong local and regional economies.

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 PFI:AIR-RA website (http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/pfi/air-ra.jsp) as they become available.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites requests for funding under the Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Research Alliance (PFI:AIR-RA) solicitation. Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to accelerate the translation and transfer of existing research discoveries into competitive technologies and commercial realities, to promote the development of and/or the extension of an academic-based innovation ecosystem around an NSF-funded research consortium, and to enhance knowledge and practice of innovation in faculty and students.

To accomplish these goals, the solicitation requires a partnership between an NSF-funded consortium, defined below, and two or more separate additional entitiesAlthough two is the minimum requirement and may make sense for some proposals, NSF encourages the participation of multiple entities (three or more) in order to build the necessary relationships required to develop and sustain a viable innovation ecosystem. At least one of the entities must be a third party investor and at least one must be a research partner. "Research partner" and "third party investor" are defined below. It is also allowable that an entity may serve as both a research partner and a third party investor; however, in that case, the proposal must make clear how the entity performs both roles. The expertise of the research entity(s) will complement that of the NSF-funded consortium so that competitive technologies, which neither party could develop as well or rapidly alone, are accelerated to commercial realities and transferred to the marketplace in collaboration with the third-party investor(s). These partnerships and collaborations will link multiple entities such that competitive technologies, which are derived from the NSF-funded consortium research results, are moved more rapidly into marketable solutions through the formation of new start-up businesses or strategic partnerships with existing businesses. Ideally, the relationships developed under this program will be leveraged to enable a sustainable, academic-based innovation ecosystem.

This PFI:AIR-RA solicitation is aimed at technology translation and transfer, e.g., research activities necessary to accelerate the technologies with clear value propositions toward commercial realization. It is an opportunity to develop an innovation "arm" or thrust of an existing research consortium; e.g., a specific set of technology translation efforts in strategic partnerships with third party investor(s) and new research partner(s). A PFI:AIR-RA award will enable 1) faster translation and transfer of research results into new start-up business(es) or existing firms; 2) development or enhancement of a network of connections between the university researchers and others to build a sustainable, academic-based innovation ecosystem; and 3) preparation of students and/or post-doctoral fellows who understand the innovation and entrepreneurship processes.

NSF-funded research consortium

An NSF-funded research consortium is defined as a research partnership between/amongst universities and other entities that is formed for mutual benefit and funded by the NSF. A research consortium is based on partnerships developed between faculty members, between faculty and industry, between faculty and federal laboratories, and/or between universities to conduct research on problems typically beyond the reach of a single investigator. In addition to having research results and technology ready for translation, an NSF-funded research consortium will have an established network of connections and relationships that can be leveraged to develop and sustain the PFI:AIR-RA innovation ecosystem. Examples of NSF research consortia include but are not limited to NSF centers, such as Engineering Research Centers, Industry University Cooperative Research Centers, Science and Technology Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, Centers for Chemical Innovation, and Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers. Other examples include, but are not limited to, large, multi-year, multi-faculty/institution awards such as CISE Expeditions in Computing, CISE Frontiers, and Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI).

One and only one academic institution within the NSF-funded research consortium can be the lead/submitting institution. The NSF-funded research consortium must be funded currently by NSF, or have had NSF funding 3 years or less prior to the Letter of Intent due date. If the research consortium is not currently under NSF support but within 3 years of the end of that support, it must still be functioning as a research partnership between/amongst universities and other entities and be in good standing. Additional information is required in supplementary documents to provide evidence of good standing.

The narrative must provide a clear description of how a PFI:AIR-RA award would leverage the existing network of connections and established collaborations between the researchers of the existing NSF-funded research consortium. While it is not required that every participant in the underlying NSF-funded research consortium be a part of the proposed PFI:AIR-RA, it is encouraged that the proposed work takes advantage of the relevant existing expertise of current participants in the underlying research consortium as appropriate. In addition, it should be clear how a PFI:AIR-RA award would leverage the core technical capabilities and expertise of the underlying research consortium to accelerate its research results and technology developments for commercial use.

If the PI of the PFI:AIR-RA proposal is not the PI of the NSF-funded research consortium, the proposal must include a letter from the PI of the NSF-funded research consortium that describes how the work proposed leverages the core mission and research/technology capabilities of the research consortium.

Research partner

The purpose of the research partner(s) is to add a complementary skill set(s) to the underlying NSF-funded research consortium so that competitive technologies, which neither party could develop as well or rapidly alone, are accelerated to commercial realities and transferred to the marketplace. The proposal must clearly describe the role of the research partner(s), the skill set they add to the underlying research consortium and how this will help accelerate the transfer of consortium technologies. Examples of potential research partners include another research consortium or academic institution, an industry entity, a small business (for eligibility, see:http://sbir.gov/sites/default/files/elig_size_compliance_guide.pdf), or a federal laboratory. This solicitation is interested in catalyzing new partnerships while leveraging the existing ones. The proposed PFI:AIR-Research Alliance must have at least one research partner as one of the required minimum of two entities partnering with the NSF-funded research consortium in the Alliance.

A research partner may also contribute as a third party investor; however, the proposal must clearly describe both roles. 

Third-party investor

In order for research to lead to competitive innovation, it is essential that third-party investment is in place as a means to accelerate the innovation towards commercialization. The collaboration among the third-party investor, the NSF-funded research consortium, and the research partner(s) will create an academic-based innovation ecosystem that offers a cost-effective, timely, and risk-reduced approach for potential investors to participate in research and development leading to new products, processes, systems or services having high commercial impact. A third-party investor may include such entities as a company, a venture capital firm, one or more individual "angel" investor(s), federal (non-SBIR), state, or local government, or any combination of the above.

The maximum award size for the PFI:AIR-RA is up to $800,000 for up to 3 years per award, commensurate with the planned activities. Prior to submission of a PFI:AIR-RA proposal, the proposer must secure third-party investment commitment for the full duration of the proposal (See the Special Award Conditions section of this solicitation). The total NSF proposal budget must not exceed the total investment from the third-party investor(s). The third-party investment(s) can be cash, liquid assets, or tangible financial instruments. Up to 25 percent of the third-party investment may be intangible assets (e.g., "in-kind"). Please note that third-party investment funding should be maintained separately from the NSF research award funding.

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Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

February 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.

The program's review process is approximately six months. It includes appraisal of proposals by ad hoc reviewers selected for their expertise and by an advisory panel that meets twice a year. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are February 2nd for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 3rd for proposals to be funded in or after January. There is one exception: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposals will have only one deadline per year, August 3rd.

The Program encourages potential investigators with questions as to whether their proposal fits the goals of the program to contact one of the program officers.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

STS is an interdisciplinary field that investigates topics relating to the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines, including medical science. STS research uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice with regards to history and socio-cultural formation, philosophical underpinnings, and impacts of science and technology on quality of life, culture, and society. STS researchers strive to understand how STEM fields contribute to the development and use of systems of knowledge, the production and use of materials and devices, the co-evolution of socio-technical systems and their governance, and the place of science and technology in the modern world.

STS research focuses on the intellectual, material, and social facets of STEM. Such research endeavors to understand how scientific knowledge is produced and sanctioned, and how it is challenged and changes. It explores broader societal ramifications and underlying presuppositions. STS research studies how materials, devices, and techniques are designed and developed; how and by whom they are diffused, used, adapted, and rejected; how they are affected by social and cultural environments; and how they influence quality of life, culture, and society. STS research explores how socio-cultural values are embedded in science and technology, and how issues of governance and equity co-evolve with the development and use of scientific knowledge and technological artifacts.

STS researchers make use of methods from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communication studies, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology. STS research includes interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues. STS studies may be empirical or conceptual.

The STS program supports proposals across the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Examples include, but are by no means limited to:

  1. Societal aspects of emerging high-tech technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, synthetic biology, neuroscience, robotics, drones, ubiquitous computing, crowd sourcing, remote-sensing)
  2. Societal aspects of emerging low-tech technologies (e.g., paper microscopes; whirlwind wheel chairs)
  3. Issues relating to equity, ethics, governance, sustainability, public engagement, user-centeredness, and inclusiveness.
  4. Integration of traditional STS approaches with innovative perspectives from the arts or humanities.
  5. Ethical, policy, and cultural issues regarding big data, surveillance and privacy in an increasingly networked world, and
  6. The science of broadening participation in STEM disciplines.

Effective STS proposals will clearly present the research questions, describe and explain the suitability of the methods to be used to address those questions, and provide a detailed work plan with a timeline that demonstrates adequate resources and access to any required data. If the plan involves research at archives, working in specific labs, or engaging with pertinent community groups, it is important to provide evidence of access and to indicate the specific questions to be asked or addressed. If the plan involves surveys, the proposal should discuss sample selection and survey design and content. Similar advice pertains for other modes of STS research involving focus groups, ethnographies, modeling, conceptual analysis, and so forth. Effective proposals suitably situate the proposed project in pertinent STS literatures, issues, and conceptual or theoretical frameworks, and articulate how the results of the proposed project would serve to advance STS, or subfields thereof.

Finally, successful proposals make a strong case for broader impacts. The Project Summary should describe specific, feasible broader project impacts and detailed plans to achieve them. A work plan for maximizing potential broader impacts and dissemination of results to multiple audiences including stakeholders and the public should be included in the Project Description. PIs are encouraged to engage in new modes of disseminating results broadly, not just to academics, but to stakeholders and the general public.

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Sensors, Dynamics, and Control (SDC)
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Full Proposal Window: February 1, 2015 to February 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

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.

The SDC program supports fundamental research on the theories of dynamical systems to uncover novel paradigms for modeling, control and analysis of dynamic phenomena and systems that undergo spatial and temporal evolution with applications crossing interdisciplinary boundaries, along with fundamental studies on stability, phase transitions, and wave propagation in complex and non-local media. Furthermore, the program supports fundamental research on monitoring, analysis, and decision-making processes for integrity monitoring, sensors reliability and safety of complex engineered systems, especially under conditions of uncertainty. Of interest is the investigation of big data (high-volume and high-speed) issues related to virtually-continuous streams of measurements from heterogeneous sensors for continuous systems monitoring. The SDC program also includes fundamental research on control theory and its applications. Topics of current interest include unconventional applications of control; the combined roles of feedback, feedforward and uncertainty; integrated feedback, communication and signal processing; and control concepts inspired by nature. 

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Systems Science (SYS)
Directorate for Engineering/NSF

Full Proposal Window: February 1, 2015 to February 17, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Systems Science (SYS) program supports fundamental research leading to a theoretical foundation for design and systems engineering.   In particular, the Systems Science program seeks intellectual advances in which underlying theories (such as probability theory, decision theory, game theory, organizational sociology, behavioral economics or cognitive psychology) are integrated and abstracted to develop explanatory models for design and systems engineering in a general, domain-independent fashion.  Ideally, the explanatory models, derived from the underlying theoretical foundations will lead to testable hypotheses.  Based on collected evidence supporting or falsifying the hypotheses, new insights are gained allowing the explanatory models to be refined or updated.

Systems research that does not address the Engineering of Systems is out of scope.  Domain-specific applications of the theoretical foundations are also out of scope.  Research that focuses on domain-specific applications, but simultaneously advances our fundamental understanding of design and systems engineering will be considered for co-funding with other programs (see "Related Programs" below for examples). Such proposals should be submitted to the appropriate disciplinary program, with the System Science program identified as a secondary program.

Research topics of interest in SYS include, but are not limited to:

  • Processes:  Search Strategy, Guidance and Control
    Design and systems engineering are processes consisting of a large number of synthesis and analysis steps in sequence or parallel, at gradually increasing levels of detail and accuracy.  SYS supports research towards understanding the nature of this search process:  How best to monitor, guide and control the search process? Which progress metrics to use?  Which search strategy to use?  How best to frame individual design decisions?  How to determine appropriate abstractions for specification and analysis at each step in the process?  To what extent should the expected downstream process steps be considered when contemplating the current search steps?
  • Organizations: Decomposition, Communication and Incentivisation
    Systems engineering and design processes are executed in an organizational context.  Depending on the nature of the artifact being developed, different processes and corresponding organizational structures are best. This raises questions: How best to decompose problems and delegate the decomposed parts?  What is the impact of incentive structures on design outcomes?  How best to facilitate interactions and communication between experts with disparate backgrounds towards ideation and analysis in design?  These are questions at the boundary of traditional engineering disciplines, so that rigorous advances are likely to require collaboration between engineering researchers and organizational sociologists. 
  • Modeling: Creation, Use and Assessment of Models
    In design and systems engineering practice, models are ubiquitous.  Models enable designers to communicate, to predict, and ultimately to explore the design space efficiently and effectively.  But several questions remain:  How to determine which modeling formalism is most appropriate?  What are the cognitive models of modeling?  How best to teach modeling to engineering students?  How to facilitate the reuse and sharing of models?  How to assess and characterize the accuracy and applicability of models?
  • Research Methodology
    An important challenge in design and systems engineering research is that it involves a normative aspect: the ultimate goal is to "improve" design.  This raises the questions:  Which metric should be used to express "goodness"?  How to measure it rigorously?  What constitutes acceptable evidence when comparing the "goodness" of different design methods?

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Dear Colleague Letter (DCL): Submission of I/UCRC Proposals in Response to NSF 13-594 in Areas Related to Understanding the Brain's Structure and Function
National Science Foundation (multiple directorates)

LOI due January 5, 2015
Full submission due March 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) Program has for over 30 years fostered long-term partnerships among academe, industry, and government in various technology sectors through center-scale activities. These partnerships developed through the cooperative execution of pre-competitive research strengthen the U.S. innovation ecosystem and competitiveness. Pre-competitive research conducted by I/UCRCs addresses industry-inspired fundamental research challenges; industry members benefit from collaboration with academic partners in the definition and execution of the corresponding research. NSF provides catalyzing investment to the centers, which are primarily supported by industrial members and other stakeholders. The research carried out at each center is of interest to both the center faculty and the center's industry members. I/UCRCs contribute to the nation's research infrastructure base and enhance the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. As appropriate, I/UCRCs establish international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

NSF is committed to understanding the brain, in action and in context, which poses significant theoretical and technological challenges. For example, understanding the function and architecture of the living human brain and replicating it using artificial components and circuitry is one of the grand engineering challenges. Understanding how neuronal activity at variable temporal and spatial scales is dynamically related to human cognition and behavior is another grand challenge. Techniques for imaging the structure and functioning of the human brain, and modeling their interdependencies, are of particular value because they can reveal the relationships between the neural activity within specific regions and networks of the brain and corresponding perceptions, thoughts or behaviors. To advance the imaging techniques in humans, potentially outside of a laboratory setting, there is a great need for developing methodologies that are portable and noninvasive. Multiple fundamental challenges exist in meeting the system requirements for non-invasive brain imaging at room temperature. These challenges become even more apparent when thinking about the mobile platform that can operate under ambient conditions in a noisy environment and that might image several interacting brains simultaneously. Strategies that could overcome these challenges and provide significant advancement in the current state-of-the-art techniques are of interest. Additional topics of interest include signal processing, mathematical and computational modeling, neuronal and theoretical physics, and molecular tagging/engineering. The broader interest includes development of brain-inspired technologies, novel materials and components, and advanced manufacturing techniques.

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is intended to foster collaborations between industry and academe in the field of brain imaging and in identifying structure - behavior relationships. NSF welcomes and encourages proposals in response to NSF 13-594 in the areas outlined in this DCL. Brain imaging and the science behind the complex architecture is revealing numerous opportunities and challenges in engineering and sciences. Potential areas of pre-competitive research that are of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding the limitations of and improving the imaging modalities (spatial resolution, temporal resolution, environmental constraints, sensitivity, etc.)

  • New instrumentation concepts that are flexible and adaptive to advance the understanding of the full complexity of the brain in context and in action; hybrids of electric, magnetic and optical non-invasive imaging techniques to provide new insight into brain function

  • New analytic techniques to link data collected by advanced non-invasive neuroimaging technologies to cognition and behavior

  • Multiscale modeling and simulation techniques that can improve our understanding of in vivo brain function and its relationship to perceptions, thoughts or behaviors; New computational sensing, modeling, and visualization technologies for better understanding of brain connectivity and activity

  • New methods that address structural and functional variability of the brain, and individual differences in cognition

  • Bio-inspired technologies that could enable game changing sensors, control systems or imaging modalities; brain - inspired components and systems

  • New material systems, magnetoelectric composites, metamaterials, and nanostructures that can launch better performing imaging sensors and neuronal circuit components

  • Advanced manufacturing techniques such as aerosol deposition and 4D printing to reproduce multi-dimensional conformal structures

  • Advances in the topical areas of energy-scavenging, mm3 computer chips, noise reduction circuits, short range wireless, signal processing and magnetic semiconductors, as relevant to brain imaging and understanding of functionality

  • Wearable electronics and communication systems to understand the human brain structure - behavior relationships in dynamic environments

The above list is provided for illustrative purposes only. Any pre-competitive research areas that enhance basic research in understanding of brain and the translation of that research into application, including engineering the brain architecture and neural signal processing, would be considered. The structure of I/UCRCs promotes the extensive industrial involvement in research planning and review which leads to direct technology transfer, bridging the gap that traditionally has kept the industry from capitalizing fully and quickly on the results of research at universities. This close relationship with industry in the Centers through the cooperative research model also ensures the broader impact of the projects. Thus, the areas mentioned above or any other appropriate topic should be considered with respect to the nature and structure of I/UCRCs. 
Please contact one of the following program officials if you have questions about this I/UCRC DCL:

  • Shashank Priya, I/UCRC Program Director, Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, Directorate for Engineering. Telephone: (703) 292-4709; E-mail: spriya@nsf.gov.
  • George Haddad, Program Director, Division of Electrical, Communications & Cyber Systems, Directorate for Engineering. Telephone: (703) 292-8339; E-mail: ghaddad@nsf.gov.
  • Sohi Rastegar, Director of EFRI Office, Directorate for Engineering. Telephone: (703) 292-5379; E-mail:srastega@nsf.gov.
  • Anne Cleary, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Telephone: (703) 292-7276; E-mail: acleary@nsf.gov.
  • Kenneth Whang, Program Director, Information and Intelligent Systems, Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering. Telephone: (703) 292-5149; Email: kwhang@nsf.gov

Sincerely,

Pramod Khargonekar
Assistant Director, Directorate for Engineering (ENG)

Fay Lomax Cook
Assistant Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE)

Suzanne Iacono
Acting Assistant Director, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)

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Genealogy of Life (GoLife)
Directorate for Biological Sciences

March 25, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

All of comparative biology depends on knowledge of the evolutionary relationships (phylogeny) of living and extinct organisms. In addition, understanding biodiversity and how it changes over time is only possible when Earth's diversity is organized into a phylogenetic framework. The goals of the Genealogy of Life (GoLife) program are to resolve the phylogenetic history of life and to integrate this genealogical architecture with underlying organismal data.

The ultimate vision of this program is an open access, universal Genealogy of Life that will provide the comparative framework necessary for testing questions in systematics, evolutionary biology, ecology, and other fields. A further strategic integration of this genealogy of life with data layers from genomic, phenotypic, spatial, ecological and temporal data will produce a grand synthesis of biodiversity and evolutionary sciences. The resulting knowledge infrastructure will enable synthetic research on biological dynamics throughout the history of life on Earth, within current ecosystems, and for predictive modeling of the future evolution of life.

Projects submitted to this program should emphasize increased efficiency in contributing to a complete Genealogy of Life and integration of various types of organismal data with phylogenies.

This program also seeks to broadly train next generation, integrative phylogenetic biologists, creating the human resource infrastructure and workforce needed to tackle emerging research questions in comparative biology. Projects should train students for diverse careers by exposing them to the multidisciplinary areas of research within the proposal.

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Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC)
Directorate for Engineering, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

LOI due on January 5, 2015
Full submission due on March 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The centers are catalyzed by a small investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the center. Each center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the center faculty. An I/UCRC contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education.  As appropriate, an I/UCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

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Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)
Directorate for Biological Sciences & Division of Environmental Biology

LOI due January 23, 2015
Full submission due August 2, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.

 

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Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Workshop Opportunities (EPS-WO)
National Science Foundation

Rolling submission deadline

SYNOPSIS: 

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF Research and Development (R&D) funding. Thirty jurisdictions, including twenty-eight states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands, currently participate in EPSCoR. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, R&D capacity, and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. The EPSCoR Office welcomes unsolicited proposals from EPSCoR jurisdictions for workshops involving the EPSCoR community. These workshops will focus on innovative ways to address multi-jurisdictional efforts on themes of regional to national importance with relevance to EPSCoR's goals/objectives and NSF's mission.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Workshops should address multi-jurisdictional efforts that need collaboration for optimal success. Speakers from non-EPSCoR institutions can be involved in the workshop, and funding for their travel expenses can be provided by the workshop award, but funding cannot go to non-EPSCoR institutions. Workshops should address major regional or national themes of relevance to EPSCoR's goals/objectives and NSF's mission. Workshops may have as their goal the development of high quality collaborations that are capable of competing for major funding from non-EPSCoR programs. Workshops should address multi/interdisciplinary perspectives common to major initiatives in science and engineering. Workshops should have appropriate representation of underrepresented groups. Workshops are not intended solely for within-jurisdiction or single institution planning activities. Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) planning efforts by EPSCoR jurisdictional committees accomplish these types of activities. Workshops are not to be used for new RII proposal development by a single jurisdiction. However, in those cases where multiple jurisdictions have similar thematic plans and there is value in collaboration among jurisdictions on a common theme, then a workshop might be appropriate. Jurisdictions considering such collaborative projects should contact the NSF EPSCoR Office to outline their plan and to obtain advice on the suitability of a potential workshop proposal. A successful workshop proposal will demonstrate a compelling rationale, with clear goals, a committed leadership team, institutional support, leveraged resources, and strategic planning. Inclusivity of groups underrepresented in STEM must be evident at all levels, from the planning committee to the final participants. The level of inclusivity, and measures of workshop programmatic success, must be obtained through evaluation and feedback. A plan for long-term and widespread dissemination of results must also be included.

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Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering/NSF

Deadlines vary depending on project size, see announcement

SYNOPSIS: 

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective, or from the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective. In addition, the sponsor welcomes proposals that integrate research addressing all of these perspectives.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

With the exception of Cybersecurity Education proposals described below, any proposal submitted to this solicitation must be consistent with one of three project classes defined below. Proposals will be considered for funding within their project classes.

Small Projects are well suited to one or two investigators (PI and one co-PI or other Senior Personnel) and at least one student and/or postdoc.

Medium Projects are well-suited to one or more investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel) and several students and/or postdocs. Medium project descriptions must be comprehensive and well-integrated, and should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of their individual contributions. Rationale must be provided to explain why a budget of this size is required to carry out the proposed work. Since the success of collaborative research efforts is known to depend on thoughtful coordination mechanisms that regularly bring together the various participants of the project, a separate Collaboration Plan is required for all Medium proposals with more than one investigator. Up to 2 pages are allowed for Collaboration Plans. The length of and level of detail provided in the Collaboration Plan should be commensurate with the complexity of the proposed project. Medium projects may be submitted to the Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) and/or the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspectives.

Large Projects are well suited to two or more investigators (PI, co-PI and/or other Senior Personnel), and a team of students and/or postdocs. They should be large, multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational, and/or multi-institution projects that provide high-level visibility to grand challenge research areas in cybersecurity. Project descriptions must be comprehensive and well-integrated, and should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of the individual participants' contributions. Rationale must be provided to explain why a budget of this size is required to carry out the proposed work. Since the success of collaborative research efforts is known to depend on thoughtful coordination mechanisms that regularly bring together the various participants of the project, a separate Collaboration Plan is required for all Large proposals. Large projects may be submitted to the Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) and/or the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspectives. A Large proposal should have a long-term vision, with objectives that could not be attained simply by a collection of small or medium proposals provided similar resources. Such research may or may not be multidisciplinary. A successful Large project could also be a deep, intensively focused effort on a single cybersecurity problem in a single discipline.

Proposals addressing Cybersecurity with a Trustworthy Computing Systems perspective aim to provide the basis for designing, building, and operating a cyberinfrastructure with improved resistance and resilience to attack that can be tailored to meet a wide range of technical and policy requirements, including both privacy and accountability. Within its scope, the program supports all research approaches from theoretical to experimental, including human factors aspects of systems. Theories, models, cryptography, algorithms, methods, architectures, languages, software, tools, systems and evaluation frameworks are all of interest. Of particular interest is research addressing how better to design into components and systems desired security and privacy properties, as well as principled techniques for composing security mechanisms. Methods for raising attacker costs by incorporating diversity, misdirection/confusion, and change or self-adaptation into systems, while preserving system manageability, are also relevant. Approaches and methods for securing cyber-physical systems (CPS) are also welcome, including, but not limited to, critical infrastructure such as power and water, health care, transportation, and manufacturing. Submissions relating to CPS should be specific about the threat model, in particular addressing the sophistication of expected adversaries. Research that studies the tradeoffs among trustworthy computing properties, e.g., security and usability, or accountability and privacy, as well as work that examines the tension between security and human values such as openness and transparency is also welcomed. Also, methods to assess, reason about, and predict system trustworthiness, including observable metrics, analytical methods, simulation, experimental deployment and, where possible, deployment on live testbeds for experimentation at scale are considered. Statistical, mathematical and computational methods in the area of cryptographic methods, new algorithms, risk assessments and statistical methods in cybersecurity are also welcome.

Proposals addressing the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective of Cybersecurity may include research at the individual, group, organizational, market, and societal levels, identifying cybersecurity risks and exploring the feasibility of potential solutions. All research approaches, including (but not limited to) theoretical, experimental, observational, statistical, survey, and simulation-based are of interest. A variety of methods can be used in research from the SBE perspective, including field data, laboratory experiments, observational studies, simulations, and theoretical development, among others. Not all proposals that examine aspects involving people are from the SBE perspective. Proposals in which such aspects are not the primary focus of the proposal or that merely apply rather than make contributions to the SBE sciences might fit under "Trustworthy Computing Systems" as human factors research. A proposal with SBE as its primary perspective must have SBE science as its main focus and must involve theoretical or methodological contributions to the SBE sciences. Contributions to the SBE sciences include identifying generalizable theories and regularities and "pushing the boundaries" of our understanding of social, behavioral, or economic phenomena in cybersecurity and beyond. We seek research that is generalizable, identifies scope conditions, or provides an advance in SBE science methods. We seek research that holds the promise of constructing new SBE theories that would apply to a variety of domains, or new generalizations of existing theory which clarify the conditions under which such generalizations hold (scope conditions). More inductive or interpretative approaches may contribute to the SBE sciences as well, especially if they set the groundwork for generalizable research or reveal broad connections that forward SBE science understandings. SBE / SaTC proposals should clearly state and elaborate how the proposed research will contribute to SBE sciences. A proposal that involves SBE, but not as its primary perspective, must include at least an application of the SBE sciences, but need not involve a theoretical or methodological contribution. All SBE primary or non-primary proposals must, like all SaTC proposals, also contribute toward the goal of creating a secure and trustworthy cyberspace. The SBE science contribution of any SBE / SaTC proposal must be related to bringing about that goal. It is not sufficient for a proposal submitted under SBE / SaTC to have an SBE science contribution alone or one that is not related to bringing about a secure and trustworthy cyberspace. Such proposals are perhaps best submitted to a standing (core) SBE program. Strong proposals will demonstrate the capabilities of the research team to bring to bear state-of-the-art research in the human sciences. In particular, they will seek to understand, predict and explain prevention, attack and/or defense behaviors and contribute to developing strategies for remediation. Proposals that contribute to the design of incentives, markets or institutions to reduce either the likelihood of cyber attack or the negative consequences of cyber attack are especially welcome, as are proposals that examine incentives and motivations of individuals.

The STARSS perspective is a joint effort of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). A STARSS proposal is similar to other Small proposals submitted to the TWC and/or SBE perspective except that it must include a statement of consent authorizing NSF to share the proposal and any reviews and ancillary documents with SRC. As noted previously, STARSS proposals may not include the TWC or SBE perspective, but may include a TTP Option. Trends in semiconductors and their application pose challenges to security and trustworthiness. On one hand, leading edge processors are the "brains" behind critically-important systems and infrastructure, including networking and communications, electric power grids, finance, military and aerospace systems. On the other hand, smaller embedded processors, sensors and other electronic components provide "smart" functionality and connectivity in a variety of applications, such as automotive braking and airbag systems, personal healthcare, industrial controls, and the rapidly growing list of other connected devices often referred to as the Internet of Things. The wide range of devices and applications and the exponential growth in the number of connected "things" has made security and trustworthiness a prime concern. Design and manufacture of today's complex semiconductor circuits and systems requires many steps and involves the work of hundreds of engineers, typically distributed across multiple locations and organizations worldwide. Moreover, today's semiconductor chip is likely to include design modules or blocks (also referred to as intellectual property, or IP, blocks) from multiple sources. Detailed specifications are converted into schematic and then physical designs that may include billions of transistors. Many processes have been developed, and considerable resources are invested along the design and manufacture path to verify, test and validate that the product performs as intended. However, to date, these processes do not provide confidence about whether the chip is altered such that it provides unauthorized access or control. Such undesirable behavior can be due to a weakness in the design that results in an unintentional side channel or due to maliciously inserted functionality or "Trojan" hardware.

Proposals for Small, Medium or Large projects may include a Transition to Practice (TTP) option. Proposed activities under the TTP option MUST NOT be described in the project description, and instead MUST be described in a supplementary document of no more than five pages. The objective of the TTP program is to support the proposed research activities and ideas whose outcomes at the end of the award are capable of being implemented, applied, experimentally useable, or deployed in an operational environment. The TTP option supplementary document should specifically describe how the successful research results will be further developed and experimentally deployed in organizations or industries, including in networks and end systems.

On occasion, the results of SaTC funded research lead to widespread changes in our understanding of the fundamentals of cybersecurity that can, in turn, lead to fundamentally new ways to motivate and educate students about cybersecurity. Proposals submitted to this perspective leverage successful results from previous and current basic research in cybersecurity and research on student learning, both in terms of intellectual merit and broader impact, to address the challenge of expanding existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity.

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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

LOI due January 16, 2015
Full submission due August 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

Proposals are welcomed in all areas of science supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. All investigator-initiated proposals to the core programs in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems must now be invited based on merit review of preliminary proposals. There is a single submission deadline with a limit of 2 preliminary proposals per investigator per year as PI or Co-PI in response to this solicitation. Please see the GPG for definition of roles for PI and Co-PI. There are no limits on the number of proposals you can participate on as collaborator. The PI/Co-PI limits apply only to this solicitation and do not pertain to proposals submitted in response to other NSF solicitations.

Unsolicited full research proposals are no longer accepted into the IOS Core Programs.


PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Proposals are welcomed in all areas of science supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, including projects that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Please read the cluster descriptions below and then discuss any questions about the potential fit of a project to one of the clusters with the Program Director you believe is most closely associated to your field of interest.

Please consult the IOS web page (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=IOS) for information about Program Directors associated with each programmatic area. This interaction can be a critical aspect for ensuring that your proposal is assigned to the most appropriate program for review.

The core scientific programs in IOS are organized into four Clusters:

Behavioral Systems Cluster

The Behavioral Systems Cluster consists of the Animal Behavior Program which supports research in the area of integrative animal behavior to understand how and why individuals and groups of animals do what they do in nature. Research in this area occurs in field, laboratory and captive environments and covers a wide range of scientific fields and levels of analysis to study the development, mechanisms, adaptive value, and evolutionary history of behavior. The Cluster encourages species specific and comparative studies as well as modeling and theoretical approaches that use animal systems to discover and explore overarching principles of the biology of behavior and to advance a fully integrated understanding of the behavioral phenotype from genes to ecosystems.

The Cluster supports these goals through the core program in Animal Behavior and the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant program (DDIG).

Developmental Systems Cluster

The Developmental Systems Cluster supports research aimed at understanding how interacting developmental processes give rise to the emergent properties of organisms. Systems level approaches to understanding these processes at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of organization, combining the use of molecular, genetic, biochemical, and physiological techniques as well as techniques from outside biology are encouraged. The Developmental Systems Cluster is also particularly interested in understanding how emergent properties result in the development of complex phenotypes and lead to the evolution of developmental mechanisms.

Proposals should be submitted to one of the three programs below:

The Plant, Fungal and Microbial Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research that addresses developmental processes in plants from algae to angiosperms, microbes and fungi.

The Animal Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research that seeks to understand the processes that result in the complex phenotypes of animals. Because different organisms may be more amenable to certain approaches than others, analyses of development in a wide range of different species are encouraged. Proposals directed to study the development of the Nervous System should be submitted to the Organization Program of the Neural Systems Cluster (see below).

The Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research to discover the developmental processes that are shared by all organisms, and also those processes that produce diversity (phenotypic variation within a species and/or between species). For example, the program is interested in elucidating how gene networks are modified to generate different phenotypic outcomes. Understanding these processes will likely require inter-disciplinary and collaborative approaches using a wide range of organisms.

Neural Systems Cluster

The Neural Systems Cluster focuses on the basic functions of the nervous system and its interactions with the physical and social environments. The neuronal mechanisms underlying organismal responses and adaptation to an ever-changing biosphere are also of interest. The Cluster encourages the use of comparative species approaches to better understand how organisms perceive their environment, transduce that information in the nervous system and respond appropriately. Projects supported by the Neural Systems Cluster span multiple levels of analysis ranging from the molecular and cellular to the complex behavioral aspects of organisms functioning in their natural environments. The use of comparative and evolutionary studies, as well as the development of novel theoretical, computational, and transdisciplinary approaches to guide and instruct experimental design, are particularly encouraged. Interdisciplinary research in neuroscience at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering is also supported.

Proposals should be submitted to one of the three programs below, each of which reflects one of three conceptual domains in neurobiology:

The Organization Program supports research focused on how the nervous system is organized along developmental, genetic, molecular and cellular lines; exploring developmental mechanisms and determining how experiential/environmental interactions affect the basic structural and functional characteristics of the nervous system.

The Activation Program supports research focused on how signals from the external environment activate the nervous system to produce motor responses; investigating how the internal state of the organism reaches a decision threshold, integrates sensorimotor responses, and triggers an action.

The Modulation Program supports research focused on how various factors modulatethe nervous system to produce complex behavior, and how that complex behavior, in turn, feeds back to have an impact on the nervous system; examining basic neural mechanisms underlying neuroendocrine and neuroimmune function, learning and memory, biological rhythms, and other complex behavior.

Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster

The Physiological and Structural Systems (PSS) Cluster supports research to advance understanding of physiological mechanisms and functional morphology. PSS supports hypothesis- and discovery-based research encompassing a wide range of approaches at levels of organization from molecules to populations. The Cluster encourages submission of proposals aimed at identifying fundamental design principles of physiological and structural systems and at understanding why particular patterns of morphology and physiological mechanisms have evolved and how they are integrated at the level of the whole organism. The Cluster encourages modeling and theoretical approaches to augment experimental approaches. Multidisciplinary research at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering is encouraged. Normally, the PSS Cluster will not consider projects that are primarily focused on environmental toxicology or endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Proposals should be directed to one of the three programs described below:

The Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition Program (SDS) supports research on processes mediating both antagonistic and beneficial symbiotic interactions, as well as mechanisms of self/non-self recognition within and between species. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and dissolution of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune defenses (especially involving comparative studies, new systems or novel mechanisms), host-symbiont regulation, and recognition, signaling, communication, and reciprocal responses among interacting species. Integrative approaches and attention to emergent effects of symbiotic interactions are encouraged. All aspects of symbiosis are supported, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, host-pathogen interactions, and mechanisms of foreign organelle acquisition.

The Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics Program (PMB) supports research on the physiological and structural features that contribute to life processes in plants, animals, microbes, and other organisms. Broad thematic areas include, but are not limited to sensing and signaling mechanisms, transport, energetics and metabolism, growth and development, stress adaptation mechanisms, biomaterials, muscle physiology, endocrinology, biomechanics, functional morphology, coordination of reproductive processes, gas exchange, circulation and osmoregulation. Systems approaches that predict or reveal the nature of coordination among functional processes and/or structural components as a means to further the understanding of organismal integrity are particularly encouraged.

The Integrative Ecological Physiology Program (IEP) supports research on the structural and physiological traits of organisms that underlie their capacities to live in various ecological settings. A central focus of the program is research on physiological mechanisms underlying organism responses to biotic and abiotic components of their environments. The program seeks proposals framed in explicit ecological or evolutionary contexts, and therefore projects may address time scales ranging from the short-term to evolutionary. Projects focused on understanding how genetic, biochemical, morphological and physiological processes integratively result in the capacities of organisms to live in dynamic environments are encouraged. The IEP Program particularly encourages proposals focused on using physiological traits to improve predictive models of organismal responses to global change.

OTHER SOLICITATIONS THAT USE THE IOS CORE CLUSTER DEADLINES

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Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Environmental Biology

LOI due on January 30, 2015
Full submission due August 1, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

The Program intends to support decadal projects. Funding for an initial, 5-year period requires submission of a preliminary proposal and, if invited, submission of a full proposal that includes a 15-page project description. Proposals for the second five years of support (renewal proposals) are limited to an eight-page project description and do not require a preliminary proposal.

Continuation of an LTREB project beyond an initial ten year award will require submission of a new preliminary proposal that presents a new decadal research plan.

Successful LTREB proposals address three essential components:

A Decadal Research Plan that clearly articulates important questions that cannot be addressed with data that have already been collected, but could be answered if ten additional years of data were collected. This plan is not a research timeline or management plan. It is a concise justification for ten additional years of support in order to advance understanding of key concepts, questions, or theories in environmental biology.

Core Data: LTREB proposals require that the author has studied a particular phenomenon or process for at least six years up to the present or for long enough to generate a contemporary time series that contains six data points. These data constitute Core Data on which the new project should be based, and analysis of these data should generate new questions, on the same phenomenon or process, that provide the focus of the LTREB project.

A Plan for Data Management and Dissemination that details information management and plans for data sharing with the broader research community and the interested public. Data from long-term research projects have value beyond the peer-reviewed and other publications generated by the investigators collecting the data.

Specific review criteria for LTREB proposals and renewals are explained in Section VI of the current program solicitation. Prospective applicants are advised to read this solicitation carefully.

All proposals submitted to the LTREB program are co-reviewed by participating Clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology: Ecosystem Science, Population and Community Ecology, and Evolutionary Processes. Proposals must address topics supported by these programs. Researchers who are uncertain about the suitability of their project for the LTREB Program are encouraged to contact the cognizant program director.

Beginning in January 2014, the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) will no longer accept proposals submitted to the LTREB solicitation. Long-term projects that address questions of a) development, mechanisms, adaptive value, or evolutionary history of behavior, b) mechanisms and processes mediating antagonistic and beneficial symbioses, c) growth, development, stress adaptation mechanisms, energetics and metabolism, or other physiological processes, and d) structural and physiological traits that underlie organisms' capacities to live in various environments will no longer be supported through LTREB. Core IOS programs supporting all of these areas will entertain proposals based on long-term data http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503623&org=IOS&from=home.

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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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Energy for Sustainability
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

November 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The goal of the Energy for Sustainability program is to support fundamental engineering research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources. 

Current topics of interest in sustainable energy technologies are:

  • Biomass Conversion, Biofuels & Bioenergy: Fundamental research on innovative approaches that lead to the intensification of biofuel and bioenergy processes is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: biological, thermochemical, or thermocatalytic routes for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to advanced biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol; microbial fuel cells for direct production of electricity from renewable carbon sources; hydrogen production from autotrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms; hydrocarbons and lipids from phototrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms.  Proposals that focus primarily on chemical reactor analysis related to biomass conversion should be submitted to Process and Reaction Engineering (CBET 1403), and proposals related to the combustion of biomass should be sent to Combustion and Fire Systems (CBET 1407).  Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of catalysis or biocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401).
  • Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Fundamental research on innovative processes for the fabrication and theory-based characterization of future PV devices is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: nano-enabled PV devices containing nanostructured semiconductors, plasmonic materials, photonic structures, or conducting polymers; earth-abundant and environmentally benign materials for photovoltaic devices; photocatalytic or photoelectrochemical processes for the splitting of water into H2gas, or for the reduction of CO2 to liquid or gaseous fuels.  Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of photocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401). The generation of thermal energy by solar radiation is not an area supported by this program, but may be considered by Thermal Transport Processes (CBET 1406).
  • Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage: Radically new battery systems or breakthroughs based on existing systems can move the US more rapidly toward a more sustainable transportation future. The focus is on high-energy density and high-power density batteries suitable for transportation and renewable energy storage applications.  Advanced systems such as lithium-air, sodium-ion, as well as lithium-ion electrochemical energy storage are appropriate. Work on commercially available systems such as lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride batteries will not be considered by this program.  Fuel-cell related proposals should be directed to other CBET programs, depending on emphasis:  electrocatalysis (Catalysis and Biocatalysis, CBET 1401); membranes (Chemical and Biological Separations, CBET 1417); systems (Process and Reaction Engineering, CBET 1403).
  • Wind Energy: This program no longer supports wind, wave, tidal, or hydrokinetic energy research.  The proposer is encouraged to contact the program director for suggestions on a possible program home for proposal submission.

NOTE: For proposals involving any aspect of chemistry, including but not limited to biochemistry or physical chemistry, consider making proposal submissions to this program (7644) with the Proposal Title as: 'SusChEM: Name of Your Proposal'.  For more information on SusChEM-related proposals visit this link.  The same applies for proposals involving sustainable engineering.

The duration of unsolicited awards is typically three years.  The typical award size for the program is $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered. However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review or transferred to another program.

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Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2015 Clean Energy Technologies Funding Opportunities
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

Dear Colleagues:

It is critical to provide sustainable and economical energy systems on a scale sufficient to power all of society's needs. The development of clean energy technologies is an important step in that direction as it addresses the interrelated challenges of producing safe and responsible energy sources while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and minimizing the impact on the environment.

All of the Divisions in the following Directorates are participating in clean energy technology research and education through ongoing funding opportunities: Biological Sciences (BIO)Engineering (ENG), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS).

For BIO: fundamental research topics of interest in clean energy technology include, but are not limited to: systems and synthetic biology to streamline and scale the metabolic and energetic potential of living organisms such as microbes, fungi, algae and plants to produce non-petroleum based sources of important chemicals/materials, feedstocks and fuels. Investigations to assess the impact of fuel and/or bio-renewable chemical production on genome stability, fitness, and phenotype of the production organisms are of interest, as are studies to assess the potential environmental impacts of these technologies.

For ENG and MPS: examples of fundamental research topics of interest in clean energy technologies include, but are not limited to: hydrogen generation and storage; biological, chemical, and catalytic conversion of renewable carbon sources (such as biomass, methane, and carbon dioxide); the development of methods and materials that increase energy efficiency, such as the replacement of stoichiometric with catalytic processes; energy storage, transmission, or distribution (e.g. smart grid); power-electronic and energy-conversion devices; fuel cells; solar energy capture and conversion (including biological and bio-inspired processes for the conversion of sunlight to fuels, electricity, or thermal energy); wind/wave/tidal energy; nuclear energy; studies of energy efficiency and use; and carbon dioxide sequestration and storage.

Within these general guidelines, the Directorates encourage the submission of proposals in the areas of clean energy research. Proposals should be submitted to the NSF program appropriate to the disciplinary area of the proposed research in accordance with the submission window and conditions of that program.

Proposals are welcome from either single or multiple investigators. Interdisciplinary proposals that involve principal investigators traditionally supported by different participating divisions are encouraged. Please follow the guidelines and program descriptions located on the NSF website.

Proposals may be submitted in combination with other solicitations. For example, if there are strong collaborations with industry, the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) solicitation can be used in conjunction with this effort. Similarly, proposals may be submitted in combination with the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) or the Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) solicitation. Other NSF funding mechanisms such as Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) and Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) may also be appropriate. Principal investigators are urged to consult with the cognizant program officers for additional guidance.

To see examples of awards made in this area visit the NSF Award Abstracts Database and perform a key word search. Alternatively, please visit the webpages of the disciplinary programs of interest in the participating divisions.

We are excited by the opportunities in the clean energy technologies area and encourage our communities to contribute to our sustainable and secure energy future.

Fleming Crim
Assistant Director
Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Pramod Khargoneker
Assistant Director
Directorate for Engineering

John Wingfield
Assistant Director
Directorate for Biological Sciences

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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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Small Business Innovation Research Program: Phase I
USDA - NIFA

October 2, 2014

*Please see eligibility requirements. Applicants must quality as a small business concern for R/R&D purposes at the time of award. This opportunity is appropriate for those working with small businesses in some capacity. TechLink, a Montana State University organization dedicated to development, transfer, and commercialization of technology is available to assist investigators with their SBIR/STTR plans. Please contact staff listed on the TechLink website: http://techlinkcenter.org/home.

SYNOPSIS: 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites science-based small business firms to submit research applications under this program solicitation entitled "Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) - Phase I, Fiscal Year 2015." Firms with strong scientific research capabilities in any of the topic areas described in section 8.0 are encouraged to participate. USDA will support high-quality research or research and development (R/R&D) applications containing advanced concepts related to important scientific problems and opportunities that could lead to significant public benefit.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Objectives of the SBIR program include stimulating technological innovation in the private sector, strengthening the role of small businesses in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing private sector commercialization of innovations derived from USDA-supported research and development efforts, and fostering and encouraging participation by women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small business firms in technological innovation.

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Family Support Programs Evaluation Plan Development and Implementation
National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture

August 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

NIFA requests applications for the Family Support Programs Evaluation Competitive Grant Program for fiscal year (FY) 14 to assess and implement evaluations plans for DoD family support programs. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2014 is approximately $1,350,000.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

NIFA is seeking applications from institutions that can demonstrate their ability to effectively assess and implement program evaluation plans for Family Support Programs across various Department of Defense (DoD) Services. Project objectives include:

a) Develop a program evaluation plan for one of the Navy's financial education programs which includes a logic model, an assessment of the current program to determine if the program has standardized, documented activities and program delivery processes which can be evaluated, and a program evaluation plan with specific plan options, data collection methods and instruments once the program is determined as ready for evaluation.

b) Implement previously established program evaluation plans with detailed evaluation procedures using an existing logic model and identified data collection measures AND develop feasible and sustainable program evaluation and internal program monitoring procedures for the following programs:

--Air Force First Duty Station Training;

--Army Financial Management for First Term Soldiers;

--Marine Corps Emergency Preparedness Program;

--Marine Corps Mobilization and Deployment Reintegration: Strong Marine Couples.

c) Provide the Military Services with expert advice and technical support throughout the implementation process; collect program evaluation data; analyze evaluation data through appropriate methods and submit a report summarizing the findings and outlining study procedures.

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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

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

LOI due October 30, 2014
Full submission deadline TBA

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS/NEW TOPICS: 

Network Topic Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offered by:
 AHA National Research Program 

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

POLICY UPDATES: 

AHA OPEN SCIENCE POLICIES ARE NOW IN EFFECT
New AHA Open Science policies will go into effect with applications due in July 2014 and new awards beginning January 2015. 

AHA's public access policy
The AHA requires that all journal articles resulting from AHA funding should be made freely available in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.

AHA's open data policy
The AHA requires grant applicants to include a data sharing plan as part of the application process. Any data that is needed for independent verification of research results must be made freely and publically available within 12 months of the end of the funding period (and any no-cost extension).

Specific early career awards are currently exempt from this requirement (Undergraduate Fellowships, Medical Student Research Fellowships, Predoctoral Fellowships, Mentor/AHA Mentee Awards, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Mentored Clinical & Population Research Awards).

View more information about AHA Open Science policies and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  

 

 

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Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

Letter of intent Deadline: accepted anytime

The Trailblazer Award mechanism supports highly novel "out of the box" autism-relevant research that open new avenues to understanding the causes, diagnosis, subtyping, prevention, treatments, and cure of autism spectrum disorders. The Trailblazer Award mechanism is designed to fund small investigator-initiated high risk/high impact projects that are potentially transformative, paradigm shifting, and/or will overcome significant roadblocks in autism research within a 12 month period.

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Charitable Giving Program
Community Works

Ongoing

The charitable programs are among the ways that NorthWestern Energy participates as an active participant in the communities where they do business. Donations will generally be made to those non-profit groups that have the greatest opportunity for positively affecting the communities served by NorthWestern Energy and are focused in one of the following categories: 

- Education: Education remains a primary focus of the company. Donations to education will primarily be made through university system foundations, scholarship programs, and employee matching gifts. Donations will also be made in support of local colleges, and special primary and secondary education programs in the fields of math, science and youth leadership. 

- Health and Human Services: Donations will be considered for organizations serving human needs such as the United Way, youth homes and special community health and safety needs. Donations will generally not be made to national health organizations or for medical equipment or research funds. 

- Civic & Community: Donations will be considered for civic improvment, special events, and youth and senior citizen organizations. 

- Culture & The Arts: Donations will be considered for local museums, libraries, cultural centers, and the performing arts. 

- Resource Conservation: Donations will be considered in the areas of habitat preservation, and fish and wildlife protection. 

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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Ecological Services Program Fiscal Year 2014 Recovery Implementation Fund
Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Program

July 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The FWS Endangered Species Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to States, other Federal agencies, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers, and other partners to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is part of the Department of Commerce's NOAA Fisheries office, share Endangered Species Act responsibilities for several species such as sea turtles. Projects for NMFS-managed species are not included in this funding opportunity.

OBJECTIVES: 

This Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is intended for projects that will contribute to the recovery of FWS-managed endangered and threatened species in the United States, and is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species response to climate change. For example: securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species, implementing restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species, help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of a species. Projects that address species response to climate change will receive additional consideration.

Special Instructions: Applicants must contact their regional FWS office to coordinate the letter of intent and application. 

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General Grants
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

General Grants

The Trust awards grants for projects that are of strategic importance to the organization and consistent with its mission. Awards are made in the following four areas:

Arts and Culture

Performance and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region are of interest to the Trust. There is a high value placed on educational outreach efforts.

Education

The Trust considers educational projects offered in both formal and informal settings. Special interest is afforded to private higher education.

Health and Human Services

The Trust is interested in a diverse range of projects to enhance the quality of life in the region. Preventive efforts that address physical, spiritual, social, and psychological needs, especially those focused on youth, are preferred.

Research

Most of the Trust's funding for scientific research is limited to specific organizations and projects. However, the Trust does consider other science-based initiatives.

The Trust makes grants for building the capacity of non-profit groups in these primary ways for the following three types of projects:

Capital

The Trust regularly funds projects that involve construction, renovation, land purchase, and more. Requests for capital projects are preferred once a portion of the funds needed have been secured.

Program

Both new programs and the expansion of existing programs are considered. Requests may be for start-up costs and/or related additional staff members. The Trust prefers to fund these grants on a declining basis over three years (100/67/33 percent).

Equipment

Scientific research instrumentation, technology, and other essential equipment items are often funded. In every case, the Trust requires a cost share of 50 percent or more.

Before proceeding, interested parties should review the Guidelines for Grantseekers to learn more and determine the organization's eligibility and the appropriate nature of the project to the Trust.

 

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MCubed Diamond Program
University of Michigan

SYNOPSIS: 

The MCubed Diamond Program provides an unprecedented opportunity for donors to invest in research projects that align exactly with their interests, from global health to education, and sustainability to social justice.  Funders set the parameters for each project, interact with the University of Michigan to identify faculty experts to lead their project, and receive compelling updates about the work of the team through the MCubed website.

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Media Grantmaking
MacArthur Foundation

Deadline: No fixed deadlines

MacArthur's goal in media grantmaking is to provide the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs programming. In a media environment characterized by proliferating information sources of varying degrees of reliability, the Foundation seeks to support serious, fact-based journalism for television, radio and the web, the type of original reporting that is likely to be blogged about, linked to, tweeted, and otherwise circulated throughout the Internet. Programs supported by the Foundation inform and educate their viewers about important and under-reported topics, provide balance and accurate information, encourage global conversations, and use technology to tell stories in engaging and interactive ways.

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Michelson Grants in Reproductive Biology
Found Animals Foundation

Deadline: Letters of intent are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis and, if approved, researchers are invited to submit grant proposals for a March, July, or November deadline

Funding for promising proposals in pursuit of non-surgical sterilization products or technologies for use in dogs and cats. The foundation encourages scientists from any and all fields to compete for the Michelson Grants, including but not limited to researchers in disciplines such as biology, biotechnology,cell biology, endocrinology, gene silencing, immunology, materials science, nanotechnology, neuroscience, pharmacology, reproductive biology, theriogenology, and more.

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Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology

Deadline: none specific

The $25 million Michelson Prize will be offered to the first entity to provide Found Animals Foundation with a single dose, safe and effective non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs.

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Pioneering Ideas Unsolicited Proposals
Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation

Deadline: There are no specific submission deadlines for unsolicited proposals

The Pioneer Portfolio is uniquely suited to invest in innovation at many different stages. The sponsor seeks to: Identify and explore new issues and approaches; Accelerate progress on issues and approaches that have significant potential to create breakthroughs in health and health care; and Support projects that use original, unconventional, or cross-sectoral approaches to create transformative change.

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Priority Grantmaking Program
United States Institute of Peace

Deadline is on a rolling basis

The Grant Initiative will focus on the following regions:

Afghanistan--Grantmaking in Afghanistan will support projects designed to promote public understanding of peaceful alternatives to the violent resolution of conflict, the rule of law, transitional justice, and to improve local capacities for dialogue and peacebuilding.

Pakistan--Grantmaking in Pakistan will strengthen civil society capacities for conflict prevention and promote greater understanding of issues related to identity, tolerance, diversity, and sectarian extremism in Pakistan through education, training, research, and the media.

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Promoting International Arts Engagement
Clark (Robert Sterling) Foundation

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's aim is to strengthen cultural organizations of the highest artistic quality by enabling them to participate in the global marketplace. The Foundation hopes that the Promoting International Arts Engagement program will help leverage new support in this area and introduce American culture to communities around the world, as well as bring diverse world cultures to American audiences.

While the Foundation considers support for projects that bring international artists to the U.S., preference is given to projects that send American arts abroad. While there are no restrictions on countries or regions, the Foundation is more inclined to support activities that involve underserved or underrepresented parts of the world. Favor is given to projects having lasting impact and value, including international tours that lead to new engagements, programs that broaden audiences and attract new sources of income, documentation of work that is disseminated widely, and arts engagement activities that benefit the community.

The objectives of Promoting International Arts Engagement are to: strengthen performing and visual arts organizations by helping to make possible international touring and collaborations that offer broad audience outreach and build lasting partnerships; provide presenting organizations with the opportunity to showcase important international artists from underrepresented regions, and introduce audiences to new artistic perspectives from world cultures; assist organizations that organize significant exchanges or forums bringing together U.S. artists and their international counterparts to inform the creative process; and sustain arts service organizations that advance global arts engagement, through new Internet technologies, program documentation and dissemination, translations, and technical assistance for artists, among other activities. 

Other Information: The Foundation receives and reviews proposals year-round.  The Board of Directors meets four times per year: January, April, July, and October to review submissions. 

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Proposal Deadline: Open

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports investigator-initiated research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include: examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

This call for proposals is intended to stimulate projects that: examine significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and explore or test major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

Grants will be awarded in two categories: Small grants for projects requiring $100,000 or less and projected to take up to 12 months or less; and Large grants for projects requiring more than $100,000 and/or projected to take longer than 12 months. 

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Saudi American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grant
Department of State

June 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants support innovative forms of collaboration between Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations and qualified individuals to expand the diversity of activities in the U.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders, especially among youth, young professionals and women, to promote mutual understanding and respect through long-term partnership and cooperation between our two countries. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now accepting proposals from Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations or qualified individuals who propose to work together to develop or expand educational, professional and cultural exchange activities and promote dialogue and partnership between the people of the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Embassy is especially interested in identifying and supporting U.S-Saudi partnerships that include a focus on the development of exchanges, projects and partnerships between U.S. and Saudi youth or women; or that involve the development of professional linkages in business, healthcare or media, including social media; or that build on Saudi efforts to modernize and build a knowledge-based economy; or that expand Saudi-U.S. educational partnerships; or that are submitted by or involve alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. or Saudi governments. Projects may include, but are not limited to:

& Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs;

& Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;

& Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;

& Cultural, professional and academic exchanges and projects;

& Professional development workshops and training.

Requests for funding provided by the U.S. Embassy should be at least $3000 and not more than $25,000; the most competitive proposals will include significant funding from other sources as cost-share in the project budget. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis from qualified U.S. or Saudi individuals and organizations. Proposals must include a letter of support from the proposed U.S. or Saudi partner, whether a qualified individual or organization. The proposal or letter of support from the Saudi partner must confirm the ability and willingness of the Saudi partner to sponsor the visa(s) for the U.S. partner, if necessary, and to assume responsibility for all travel and logistics within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia is not able to assist with visas or travel arrangements funded through the grant. Proposals will be evaluated for funding by an Embassy committee on a monthly basis. The committee will identify projects with outstanding educational, artistic, or cultural merits for funding. In deciding which projects to support, the committee will give consideration to the full range and diversity of American and Saudi educational and cultural traditions and seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences. Projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration and that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation will receive priority. The proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

& The proposal demonstrates that the Saudi and U.S. individuals and/or organizations have sufficient expertise, skills and capacity to implement the project.

& The project will make a substantive contribution to the expanding types of partnerships between Saudi and U.S. individuals, organizations and institutions.

& The individuals and/or organizations demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of the topic or issue that the project is aiming to address.

& The individuals and/or organizations have identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups to maximize project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope.

& The project idea and approach is innovative yet proposed project activities are concrete and detailed and supported by a work plan.

& The project budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable. There are no budget lines labeled "miscellaneous expenses." The budget demonstrates that the individual or organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates. No grant funds are proposed for the purchase of food, drink, or entertainment.

& The proposal clearly articulates how the partners will assess and measure performance throughout the project implementation phase using quantitative and qualitative assessment tools.

& The proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure the sustainability of the project or partnership. The following types of projects are not eligible for funding:

& Requests by organizations and individuals who are neither Saudi nor American;

& those relating to partisan political activity;

& humanitarian or charitable activities;

& conferences and individual trips abroad;

& trade activities;

& fund-raising campaigns;

& commercial projects;

& scientific research;

& projects aiming only at primary institutional development of the organization; or

& projects that duplicate existing projects.

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Simons Foundation for Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis

Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. We especially encourage applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism, but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.

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Statistical Consulting Services - Assistance with study design and statistical analysis
MSU

Available Fall 2014

In Fall 2014 formal statistical consulting services will be available to all researchers on campus.  This includes assistance in study design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results.  The inaugural statistical consultant will serve as the director of statistical consulting services on campus and help guide the future direction and growth of the service.  This position is funded for the first five years through an NIH-INBRE grant.

We encourage researchers to think about the future availability of this service as they are preparing research proposals.  Many funding agencies highly value demonstrated collaboration with statistical consultants in research design, data analysis, and dissemination of results.   The success of the service will depend on demonstrated need and use of its resources.  Therefore, we encourage researchers who anticipate using the service to assist in their research to consider including a budget item for MSU Statistical Consulting Services in their proposals.  A great place to start is with proposals submitted under the recent call from the VPR due May 9.  If you have questions about what to include please contact Megan Higgs (higgs@math.montana.edu) or any other Statistics faculty member (http://www.math.montana.edu/faculty/index.html#statistics).

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Sustainable Development Program
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

Ongoing

SYNOPSIS: 

The Sustainable Development program advances global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. Human activity is causing global warming, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the program focuses its grantmaking on advancing solutions to climate change.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Human activity is causing climate change, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. These developments threaten the livelihoods, health, and security of people in all nations and cultures as well as the well-being of the greater community of life. The RBF's sustainable development grantmaking endeavors to address these challenges by supporting development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The program supports global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. The Fund encourages government, business, and civil society to work collaboratively on climate change, to acknowledge the moral and ethical consequences of inaction, and to make it an integral part of all development planning and activity. Recognizing the global nature of many environmental problems, the Fund also promotes international cooperation in addressing these challenges.

The Sustainable Development program maintains a significant focus on the United States in light of its disproportionate impact on the global economy, politics, and the environment. The program's work is also advanced in collaboration with the Fund's "pivotal place" programs--New York City, Southern China, and the Western Balkans--and with the Democratic Practice program's Global Governance portfolio. Pivotal place programs support work in specific countries or regions to build the knowledge, policies, organizational capacity, and leadership needed to advance sustainable development in locally appropriate ways. The Fund's Global Governance portfolio supports broad participation in forging the international agreements and institutional arrangements needed to encourage investment in sustainable development. Fund staff work to ensure that global developments inform work in specific places and that locally grounded efforts generate lessons and innovations needed for global impact.

With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the Sustainable Development program focuses its U.S. grantmaking on building a green economy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Grant Inquiries are accepted throughout the year.

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Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA)

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Nationally, Toyota focuses in three areas: environment, safety and education. National programs in these areas must have a broad reach by impacting several major U.S. cities, communities or groups.

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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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Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/Department of the Interior

October 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) are soliciting proposals under the Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico Program for projects that address Mexico's capacity building for biodiversity conservation. The Program Goal is to build human and institutional capacity for biodiversity conservation and management in Mexico through training. Of interest are projects that provide direct and significant training to Mexican personnel in terms of the number of individuals trained, the strategic or innovative nature of the training, and the impact of the training on the conservation of biodiversity.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The Program Objectives are: To address the training needs of Mexican natural resources managers for managing and conserving biodiversity; To provide local communities access to training that links sound management practices in priority biodiversity areas with the creation of sustainable economic opportunities; and To involve key stakeholder groups to address biodiversity conservation challenges to enable the delivery and implementation of effective conservation actions.

To be considered, projects must fall into at least one of the following three strategic categories: (1) Managing for Excellence: Training in biodiversity and natural resource conservation and management for Mexican Government personnel, including policy-makers, federal, state, and municipal-level resource managers, and reserve guards. This includes, but is not limited to, short-term (2-3 weeks) on-the-job courses certified by an educational institution (Diplomados), workshops, and exchanges of personnel; (2) Stewards of the Land: Training in biodiversity and natural resources conservation and management for resource owners and/or direct users, including local communities, rural peasant farmer (campesino) organizations, and indigenous peoples. This includes training provided through on-the-ground practices, workshops, exchanges of personnel, and other delivery mechanisms appropriate to the training needs of these target groups; and (3) Voices for Nature: Training in environmental education and/or public outreach for targeted society stakeholder groups, including teachers, school children, journalists, tourists, legislators, non-governmental organizations, and private sector organizations or businesses. This includes, but is not limited to, workshops, educational programs, and production of educational and training materials. Applicant organizations should be proposing work to be conducted in Mexico. If work is to be conducted in the United States, the proposal must show a clear connection to capacity building for biodiversity conservation in Mexico to be eligible for funding. To the extent that it provides clear, direct support for the program objectives above, proposed work may also relate to climate change adaptation, mitigation and education.

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Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants
American Chemical Society

October 17, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grants provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or the equivalent. Applicants may have limited or no preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, with the intention of using the preliminary results obtained to seek continuation funding from other agencies. The DNI grants are to be used to illustrate proof of principle or concept, to test a hypothesis, or to demonstrate feasibility of an approach.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The DNI Grant Program is designed as a source of funds for young investigators who are developing their own independent research projects. The new investigator must demonstrate to the PRF Program Managers, Advisory Board members, and to the scientific or engineering community of reviewers that the project is an original research direction and is independent of their graduate or post-graduate studies. Proposals deemed not "original research" will be denied without external review, or may be rejected by the PRF Advisory Board.

All proposals will undergo a compliance check for the following required elements: Completeness and correctness of the application; Fundamental nature of the research topic; Relevance to petroleum or fossil fuels; and Extent to which the proposed research differs from prior graduate and postdoctoral research.

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Research Associateship Programs -- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
National Research Council

November 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The objectives of the Research Associateship Programs are: 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 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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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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2015 Preservation Technology and Training Grants
Department of the Interior/National Park Service

November 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants program provides funding for innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients undertake innovative research and produce technical reports which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation. 

Disciplines

NCPTT funds projects within several overlapping disciplinary areas. These include:

  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Collections Management
  • Engineering
  • Historic Landscapes
  • Materials Conservation

Focus

In order to focus research efforts, NCPTT requests innovative proposals that advance the application of science and technology to historic preservation in the following areas:

  • Planning for and responding to Climate Change and the impacts of natural and manmade disasters on cultural resources;
  • 3D documentation and visualization techniques for historic sites, landscapes, buildings and objects;
  • Mobile application development for cultural resource detection, documentation, management, etc.;
  • Development and testing of protective coatings for cultural materials.

The maximum grant award amount is $40,000, but proposals for lesser amounts are encouraged. 

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Established Investigator Academic-Industry Partnership Awards
Melanoma Research Alliance

November 21, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The sponsor invites applications for the Academic-Industrial Partnership Awards. These awards are designed to facilitate interactions between the academic and industrial research sectors, and will be co-funded by MRA and an industrial collaborator whose involvement is essential to the project.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The sponsor welcomes proposals in the following areas:

--Prevention: Elucidation of environmental, epidemiological and biological factors in melanoma carcinogenesis.

--Diagnosis and Staging: Development of targeted screening methods. Identification and validation of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers.

--Treatment: Projects emphasizing the translation of scientific findings to new treatments for patients with melanoma are solicited. Examples include but are not limited to studies of melanoma immunotherapy, therapeutic applications based on molecular mechanisms involved in melanoma formation and/or progression, combination therapies, and development of novel biomarkers of response to therapy.

Special Emphasis Areas: For the 2014-2015 cycle, proposals in the following areas are of particular interest and will receive special consideration. These can include pre-clinical, clinical, and/or correlative scientific studies:

--Early stage melanoma biomarkers: Identifying biomarkers of risk and markers of long term outcomes for improved clinical management and to speed the development of adjuvant therapies for patients with Stage I - III melanoma.

--Treatment-related biomarkers: Identifying biomarkers predictive of clinical outcomes of treatment regimens, both approved and investigational, which may include studies of the tumor microenvironment, invasion, and metastasis and the study of 'exceptional cases.' Investigational studies of mechanisms underlying treatment-related side effects are also of interest.

--Combination therapies: Undertaking studies that define logical and optimal combination therapies to improve outcomes and curtail resistance to current and emerging therapies.

--New targets: Identifying and characterizing new targets and treatment modalities for melanomas that are not well-managed by existing or emerging therapies (e.g., brain metastases), including drivers of tumor invasion and metastasis in melanoma broadly and in melanoma sub-types.

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FY 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies Program
Economic Development Administration (EDA) and U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)

November 3, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

EDA is committed to helping foster connected, innovation-centric economic sectors which support commercialization and
entrepreneurship as described in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. Working with regions across the country to develop regional innovation strategies, including regional innovation clusters, is also a Strategic Goal of the DOC's FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and a keystone of the Secretary's commitment to building globally competitive regions. As part of this strategy, funding is available for capacity-building activities that include Proof of Concept Centers and Commercialization Centers as well as scaling of existing commercialization programs and centers; feasibility studies for the creation and expansion of facilities such as science and research parks; and supporting opportunities to close the funding gap for early-stage companies. To that end, EDA's existing and highly successful i6 Challenge is being joined by additional grant opportunities to create the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program. Under this program, EDA is soliciting applications for three separate competitions:

1. 2014 i6 Challenge;
2. Science and Research Park Development Grants; and
3. Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds.

Applicants may, but are not required to, submit proposals for more than one competition
under the RIS Program.

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Grin City Collective's Artist & Writers Residency Program
Grin City Collective

November 30, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Grin City Collective's Artist & Writers Residency Program offers 3-week or 6-week long residencies for writers, visual and performance artists on a 320-acre farm in Central Iowa.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Spring, Summer and Fall session residencies are available. Sessions are broken into two three-week blocks and residents elect to stay for either three-week or six-week blocks. If applying for the Social Practice Outreach Project, be sure your interests and skills align with the project during the 3-week block you are applying for. There are three outreach opportunities:

Social Practice Project: Grin City performs a variety of social practice art projects throughout the area. Projects could include building public sculptures, hosting workshops with elementary school students, or putting together a gallery show for a rural community. Residents apply on a project basis. Those selected work collaboratively 12 hours/week on this single project for the entirety of the 3-week block. Some projects will have specific calls for skills, such as writing or woodworking or puppetry. For these, residents will be selected based on their suitability to these activities. Other projects, such as our pop-up gallery events, will be open to all interested artists without restriction.

Garden Outreach: Learn the ins and outs of small-scale, commercial vegetable growing on our on-site organic farm, Middle Way Farm, a 2-acre operation that serves the greater Grinnell area. Farmer Jordan Scheibel is looking for residents with a desire to learn more about agriculture who don't mind strenuous outdoor work in all conditions. Residents work 12-15 hours per week on the farm and participate in all aspects of the operation, including greenhouse transplant production, planting, field work, harvest, and post harvest handling, depending on the season and needs of the farm. There will be numerous opportunities for education and discovery both in and out of the field. Early morning starts (7-8 am) are required. Residents will have access to abundant unmarketable produce. More hours may be available at particular points during the season if desired.

No Outreach: The applicant's time and space are entirely his own. Spend the whole residency in your studio or wandering the property.

Note: Once a week ALL ARTISTS are expected to participate in a half hour cleaning session to keep the residency in good condition, as well as a weekly potluck where the community is welcomed to tour our studios. To ensure that artists learn a little about the land on which they are staying, all artists are also asked to participate in one day of garden work for each 3-week block they are in residence.

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North American Wetlands Conservation Act - Small Grants
Department of the Interior/Fish and Wildlife Service

November 7, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.

This program supports the same type of projects and adheres to the same selection criteria and administrative guidelines as the U.S. Standard Grants Program. However, project activities are usually smaller in scope and involve fewer project dollars. Grant requests may not exceed $75,000, and funding priority is given to grantees or partners new to the Act's Grants Program.

The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) created the Small Grants Program in 1996 to encourage new grantees and partners to carry out smaller-scale, long-term wetlands conservation projects that may otherwise not be able to compete in the U.S. Standard Grants Program. The Small Grants Program has also become an important catalyst in developing a pool of new grantees and/or partners for the Standard Grants Program. In recent years, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission) has approved $3 million in funding for the Small Grants Program annually.

Each year, the Commission approves the total amount of funding to be distributed to projects under the Small Grants Program in the following fiscal year. Applicants submit project proposals to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (Division) for the program's one funding cycle per year. After a preliminary review by Division staff, Joint Venture Coordinators, and Council staff, eligible proposals are presented to the Council for further review and ranking. The Council, which has been delegated final approval authority by the Commission, then selects the slate of projects to be funded and informs the Commission on its decision. The Division is responsible for administering the grants for the approved projects.

For FY 2014 is authorized up to $5 million contingent on quality and number of proposals received and funding avaible.

From September 1996 through March 2014, some 1,440 partners in 665 projects have received more than $37.2 million in grants. They have contributed another $144.3 million in matching funds to affect 300,000 acres of habitat.

Contact the Joint Venture Coordinator in your project area for assistance with developing a project proposal, for information about how proposals are ranked, and/or for guidance on Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act compliance requirements.

For general program information, contact the Small Grants Program Coordinator, Rodecia Mcknight (rodecia_mcknight@fws.gov), (703) 358-2266.

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Proposal for Peer Review and Public Release of Research Findings
PCORI

SYNOPSIS:

 

Learn About the PCORI Proposal for Peer Review and Public Release of Our Research Findings

If you missed the Sept. 29 forum on the draft proposal for peer review and public release of PCORI's primary research findings, watch the webcast archive here. PCORI is offering another opportunity to hear about the proposal via an Oct. 29 webinar; Find out more here. You are invited to submit your comments on the proposal during the public comment period, which runs through Nov. 7.

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Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Submission draft due October 1, 2014
Full submission due on December 4, 2014

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: 

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that explore ways to improve digital literacy and encourage citizen engagement with historical records. The Literacy and Engagement grant program offers support for projects that will result in archives reaching audiences through digital literacy programs and workshops, new tools and applications, and citizen engagement in archival processes.

The NHPRC is looking to fund pilot projects in areas that:

  1. Develop partnerships among archives, historical records repositories, educational, and community-based institutions to provide educational opportunities for people, particularly students, to develop their digital literacy skills when they find, evaluate, and use primary source documents online. In addition, projects may seek to increase individual understanding of technology operations and concepts so that they can engage in effective personal digital archiving or other types of digital archives curriculum development.

  2. Create or develop new online tools and applications, including mobile apps, to enhance public understanding and access to historical records.

  3. Enlist "citizen archivists" in projects to accelerate digitization and online public access to historical records. This may include, but is not limited to, improving crowdsourcing efforts for identifying, tagging, transcribing, annotating, or otherwise enhancing digitized historical records.

The NHPRC is looking for projects to experiment with new techniques and methods in these three areas that will provide models for other organizations and that people and institutions can adopt for free.

For a comprehensive list of the Commission's limitations on funding, please see What We Do and Do Not Fund. Applications that consist entirely of ineligible activities will not be considered.

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FY 2015 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership
Department of State

December 1, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Study of the U.S. Branch, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/A/E/USS), invites proposal submissions for the design and implementation of two (2) Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership. Applicants may submit only one proposal to implement one Institute under this competition. Taking place over the course of five weeks at a U.S. academic institution, each Institute should be organized for a group of 20 foreign undergraduate female students focusing on the history and participation of women in public life in the United States and linkages to global women's issues.

Information on the scheduling of the Institute and grouping of participants can be found in Section I.5. Applicants may also apply to take the lead in organizing the opening workshop for 80 SUSI participants and 20 U.S. student ambassadors, all of whom will continue on to Study of the U.S. Institutes on Women's Leadership (including the two Institutes in this solicitation and two Institutes funded through separate awards). More information on this can be found in the attached Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation. ECA plans to award two Cooperative Agreements for the implementation of two Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership and welcomes applications from accredited post-secondary education institutions in the United States and public and private non-profit organizations (see Eligibility Information, section III). The awarding of Cooperative Agreements for these programs is contingent upon the availability of FY 2015 funds.

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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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Biomedical Research Grants
American Lung Association

December 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

Approximately 10-12 grants are available to provide seed monies for junior investigators researching the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The American Lung Association is particularly interested in receiving meritorious applications from individuals working in areas that are aligned with the following mission-related Strategic Planning Goals: Eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related lung diseases; Improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease; Reduce the burden of asthma, COPD and lung cancer on patients and their families.

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Clinical Patient Care Research Grants
American Lung Association

December 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

One or two grants are available to provide seed monies for junior investigators working on traditional clinical studies examining methods of improving patient care and/or treatment for lung disease.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The sponsor is particularly interested in receiving meritorious applications from individuals working in areas that are aligned with the following mission-related Strategic Planning Goals: Eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related lung diseases; Improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease; and Reduce the burden of asthma, COPD and lung cancer on patients and their families.

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CVGPS Grand Challenge Award
American Heart Association

December 2, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Cardiovascular Genome Phenome Study (CVGPS) is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the American Heart Association (AHA), to accelerate the future of cardiovascular medicine. CVGPS combines the power of long-term population studies with the precision of molecular analysis to unravel key distinctions between and within subgroups of patients. The discoveries it generates will point the way toward better-targeted, safer, and more effective treatments, based on a deeper understanding of patients' characteristics, including e.g. risk profiles and therapeutic needs.

To accomplish the promise of the CVGPS, AHA is offering the CVGPS Grand Challenge Award, which is funded at $500,000/year for 4 years for a total of $2 million. AHA will award one Grand Challenge Award this year.

The full application will be available on October 6, 2014 and will have a deadline of December 2, 2014. This is a modification of the timeline previously announced in the Request for Applications.

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Dalsemer Research Grants
American Lung Association

December 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The purpose of the Dalsemer Research Grant is to provide seed monies to junior investigators focusing on interstitial lung disease research.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The objective of the Dalsemer Research Grant is to provide seed monies to junior investigators focusing on interstitial lung disease research. Dalsemer Research Grant applicants who are approved for, but do not receive funding, will be additionally considered for a Biomedical Research Grant.

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Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists Initiative
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

December 16, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in cooperation with its federal partners, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Forest Service (USFS), announce an initiative to connect youth to the outdoors by providing financial support for conservation employment programs. The initiative, Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists, brings together public and private partners to support those organizations that are developing innovative conservation job opportunities for youth on public lands. These job opportunities, in turn, expose young people, particularly urban, tribal and minority youth, to the natural world and career opportunities available in conservation.

In 2015, approximately $1.83 million ($1,000,000 BLM, $425,000 Reclamation (anticipated) and $405,000 USFS) will be available for matching grants nationwide. The funding is part of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) effort to provide meaningful employment opportunities to young Americans to protect, restore, and enhance our nation's great outdoors. Project work funded through this program is restricted to habitat and species restoration projects that directly benefit BLM, Reclamation and/or USFS facilities, lands, programs or mission.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The geographic focus is national, with an emphasis on projects located on or directly benefiting the land, facilities, programs, or mission of BLM, Reclamation and/or USFS. A portion of the Reclamation funding ($200,000) is specifically available for projects in the Desert Terminal Lakes (DTL) region of Nevada/California that complement the efforts of the Walker Basin Restoration Program. Reclamation's remaining anticipated funding ($225,000) will be available for projects located within Reclamation's 17-state area.

Priority for grants will be given to projects that successfully achieve the following objectives:

Innovative full-time or part-time conservation job opportunities (minimum 80 hours per youth) that include conservation education for young people, particularly urban and minority youth;

Hands-on implementation of on-the-ground restoration, stewardship, monitoring, and other conservation related projects to benefit BLM, Reclamation and/or USFS lands, adjacent areas, facilities and programs directly benefiting the agency's mission;

Partnership building with diverse entities including state and local agencies, urban organizations, tribes, non-profits, corporations, and foundations to leverage federal dollars awarded with non-federal contributions to the project;

Mentorship and training opportunities for youth with natural resource professionals, particularly BLM, Reclamation and/or USFS employees.

Note: This program defines "youth" as a person aged 16-25 years old.

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DRL Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement
Department of State

LOI due on December 5, 2014
Full submissions accepted upon invitation

SYNOPSIS: 

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces the availability of funding for programs that support Internet freedom. DRL's goal is to promote fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online through integrated support for anti-censorship and secure communications technology, advocacy, digital safety, and research. DRL invites organizations interested in potential funding to submit statements of interest (SOI) outlining program concepts that reflect this goal.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Statements of interest should address one or more of the following potential program themes related to supporting the free flow of information and digital activists:

1) Technology Expanding Open and Uncensored Access to Information and Communications: Development and support of web and mobile anti-censorship technologies that expand open access to information and communications. Projects may include but are not limited to:

-- Development of new technologies for defeating censorship, for maintaining availability of information, and for alternative network infrastructures.

-- Improvements to proven technologies including deployment, expansion, adaptation, and/or localization of proven anti-censorship technologies; and improvement of usability and user interfaces to enable broader populations of users to adopt anti-censorship tools.

-- Content redistribution that uses new methods to reintroduce content behind firewalls or similar services.

Areas of Focus for 2014:

a) Improved usability for Internet freedom tools

b) Security auditing for DRL-funded programs

c) Scalable and sustainable next-generation anti-censorship technologies that move beyond traditional "cat-and-mouse" techniques

2) Secure Communication Technology: Development and support of web and mobile technologies that enhance the privacy and security of digital communications. Projects may include but are not limited to:

-- Development of new technologies for secure communications, privacy protection, or anonymization; hardened software and secure operating systems that are less susceptible to intrusion or infection; and secure online services, such as email and website hosting with robust defenses against hacking and other attacks.

-- Improvements to proven technologies including the deployment, expansion, adaptation, and/or localization of proven security tools; and improvement of usability and user interfaces to enable broader populations of users to adopt secure communications tools.

-- Re-usable libraries or platforms that provide the underlying software that may be used by communication and access tools. This includes tools to disguise encrypted communications as ordinary traffic without compromising security.

Areas of Focus for 2014:

a) Usability and security audits for secure communication tools

b) Platform-level technologies that have the potential to scale because they enhance security for many other tools

c) Resistance against state-sponsored malware or DDoS attacks

3) Digital Safety: Delivery of support, training and information that contributes to greater digital safety for users in Internet repressive societies and/or at-risk populations. Projects may include but are not limited to:

-- Digital safety skills development for high-risk activists through trainings, local mentorship, leadership development, peer learning and guided practice approaches.

-- Emergency support for urgent cases and special needs of targeted individuals or groups.

-- Resource development and information dissemination to targeted communities to raise awareness of digital threats, encourage best practices and respond to sudden challenges to Internet freedom.

Areas of Focus for 2014:

a) Focus on at-risk populations that have less access to traditional power structures.

b) Programs that foster enhanced coordination and partnerships with tool developers to improve feedback and structural changes to tools to make them more broadly accessible and usable.

c) Coordination with other digital security professionals and trainers in region/country.

4) Policy and Advocacy: National, regional, and/or international policy and advocacy efforts that aim to mitigate negative trends toward Internet repression and to promote Internet freedom at a structural level. Projects may include but are not limited to:

-- Civil society capacity building programs targeted to non-U.S. based organizations focused on Internet freedom advocacy.

-- Broad-based coalition building to expand networks, increase awareness, and support policies that protect and promote Internet freedom.

-- Enhanced coordination with business communities and other national, regional or international Internet freedom advocacy stakeholders.

5) Research and Evaluation: Efforts should emphasize applied research that can inform and benefit Internet freedom efforts globally. Research should address technological and political developments affecting Internet freedom. Projects may include but are not limited to:

-- Real-time monitoring and analysis of both technical and policy threats to internet freedom, including network interference and disruptions.

-- Targeted research to ensure that global stakeholders are better informed about key threats to and opportunities for Internet freedom.

-- Evaluations to assess the effectiveness of Internet freedom efforts, including the use, security and/or effectiveness of digital security tools, the impact of digital safety trainings, or policy advocacy efforts.

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Landon Foundation - AACR INNOVATOR Award for Cancer Prevention Research
American Association for Cancer Research

December 9, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

The Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for Cancer Prevention Research was established to recognize the outstanding achievement of a junior faculty-level scientist working in the field of cancer prevention, and support his or her novel and innovative research that, if successful, will have the potential for high impact in the cancer prevention field. The goal of the grant program is to encourage junior faculty who are in the first five years of a faculty appointment (at the start of the grant term) to pursue novel, high-risk, high-reward cancer prevention research. Travel support is included to help foster interactions and collaborations among cancer scientists studying various aspects of cancer biology and to disseminate scientific knowledge about cancer prevention research within the field.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Proposed projects may differ from current accepted practice and break new ground or extend previous findings in new directions and therefore, may not be supported by substantial preliminary data. Accordingly, such projects will be evaluated based on the conceptual framework, the level of innovation, and the potential for high reward. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological in nature and can be in any discipline of cancer prevention research.

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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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2015-2016 Awards and Grants Program
American Lung Association

Lung Cancer Discovery LOI due October 1, 2014
Full submissions are due December 15, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

We invite qualified scientists in all areas of lung health including risk factor research to submit an application for the 2015-2016 grant cycle and join us in our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing all lung diseases.

The goals of the Awards and Grants Program are to:

  1. foster laboratory, patient-centered and social-behavioral research designed to prevent and relieve the suffering associated with all lung diseases and corresponding risk factors
  2. fund researchers at important crossroads of their careers to gain long-term commitment to lung disease research

The American Lung Association recently launched its Lung Force Campaign, which will unite women to stand together against  lung cancer and for lung health. Consistent with this campaign's direction and emphasis we are particularly interested in proposals related to early detection, treatment and cures for lung cancer.

Learn more about the Terms and Conditions governing our Awards and Grants Program.

Program Descriptions can be accessed by clicking on grant title. Guidelines to assist in preparing an application are available as a downloadable PDF.

**Please read both of these documents before starting an application. Applicants not in compliance with requirements may be administratively withdrawn**

I. TRAINING AWARDS

  • Lung Health Dissertation Grant (1 grant available): $21,000/yr.
    Pre-doctoral support for nurses or students with an academic career focused on the various disciplines of social science.
  • Senior Research Training Fellowship (8-10 grants available): $32,500/yr.
    Post-doctoral support for 1st and 2nd year PhD fellows and 3rd and 4th year MD fellows in the basic sciences.

II. INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR AWARDS

  • Biomedical Research Grant (10-12 grants available): $40,000/yr.
    Provides seed monies for junior investigators researching the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology.
  • Clinical Patient Care Research Grant (1-2 grants available): $40,000/yr.
    Provides seed monies for junior investigators working on traditional clinical studies examining methods of improving patient care and/or treatment for lung disease.
  • Dalsemer Research Grant (1 grant available): $40,000/yr.
    Provide seed monies for junior investigators researching interstitial lung disease.
  • Lung Cancer Discovery Award (5 grants available): $100,000/yr.
    Supports investigators, at any level of research experience, focused on the early detection and treatments for lung cancer. Letter of Intent is due October 1, 2014.
  • Social-Behavioral Research Grant (1-2 grants available): $40,000/yr.
    Provides seed monies for junior investigators working on epidemiological, behavioral or economic studies examining risk factors affecting lung health.

Additional opportunities may be become available at a later time.

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ArtsLink Projects
CEC International Partners

January 15, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

ArtsLink Projects provides support to US artists, curators, presenters and arts organizations undertaking projects in any of 37 eligible countries. In 2015, applications will be accepted from individual artists, presenters and nonprofit arts organizations working in the visual and media arts.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

Applicants must be working with an artist or organization one of the following eligible countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan. Projects should be designed to benefit participants and audiences in both the US and the host country.

Support is provided to: create new work that draws inspiration from interaction with artists and the community in the country visited; establish mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and expertise between artists, arts organizations and the local community; and pursue artistic cooperation that will enrich creative or professional development or has potential to expand the community's access to the art of other cultures.

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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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Western States Affiliate Undergraduate Student Research Program
American Heart Association (Western States Affiliate)

February 3, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Funding is available for research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease, stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, and public health problems. Candidates should be interested in basic, epidemiological and/or clinical disciplines that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems. The extent to which the focus of the project is related to CVD and/or stroke is an important factor considered. However, the applicant is not required to be a part of cardiovascular/stroke-oriented laboratory, clinic or department.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this undergraduate research training program is to encourage promising students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Projects students work on range from basic molecular research to direct physiological studies to clinical studies. Examples include signal transduction, gene expression, vascular wall biology, ion transport, cellular physiology, treatment effectiveness, and biomarkers in CVD/stroke prediction.

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Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs
Department of Commerce and National Institute of Standards and Technology

Applications will be considered on a continuing/rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The OSP Grant Program provides financial assistance consistent with the OSP mission to support research in the broad areas of greenhouse gas and climate science measurements.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The GHG and Climate Science Measurements Grant Program provides financial assistance consistent with the program objective of supporting measurement science research to develop or extend internationally-recognized measurement standards, methodologies, and technologies that enhance science-based GHG emissions data and inventories and measurement capabilities to advance capabilities to quantify GHG emissions and improved measurement capabilities for observing Earth systems. Specific areas of interest include methodologies that: increase accuracy and confidence in GHG stationary source emissions determinations, develop and/or validate advanced measurement tools for area GHG sources and sinks, particularly for application to megacities, cities, and metropolitan areas, and increase the accuracy of climate science measurements, and develop and demonstrate measurement methodologies supporting reconciliation of U.S. GHG inventories with atmospheric GHG observing methodologies as a technical means of addressing requirements for measurable, reportable, and verifiable GHG emissions at local and regional scales. Advancing measurement capabilities that further understanding of greenhouse gas transport in the atmosphere is a primary area of interest.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Receipt. Applications received on a year-round basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The sponsor provides opportunities to conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and the environment.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Areas of interest include: computer science; earth, environmental, and marine sciences; engineering; life, health, and medical sciences; mathematics; and physical sciences.

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FY 2014 - 2015 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

September 30, 2015

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The purpose of this notice is to request applications for special projects and programs associated with NOAA's strategic plan and mission goals, as well as to provide the general public with information and guidelines on how NOAA will select applications and administer discretionary Federal assistance under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through our competitive discretionary programs. Funding for activities described in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations. Applicants are hereby given notice that funds have not yet been appropriated for any activities described in this notice. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to review an application beyond an initial administrative review, or to award any specific project, or to obligate any available funds.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: 

As an agency with responsibilities for maintaining and improving the viability of marine and coastal ecosystems, for delivering valuable weather, climate, and water information and services, for understanding the science and consequences of climate change, and for supporting the global commerce and transportation upon which we all depend, NOAA must remain current and responsive in an ever-changing world. We do this in concert with our partners and stakeholders in federal, state, and local governments and private organizations,
applying a systematic approach that links our strategic goals through multi-year plans to the daily activities of our employees. Every year we are committed to re-evaluate our progress and priorities, look for efficiencies, and take advantage of new opportunities to improve our information, products, and services. In furtherance of this objective, NOAA issues this BAA for extramural research, innovative projects, and sponsorships (e.g., conferences, newsletters, etc.) that address one or more of the following four mission goal descriptions
contained in the NOAA Strategic Plan. Please see the program link for details of the Strategic Plan. 

SUBMISSION DATES: Full applications can be submitted on a rolling basis starting from the publication date of this Broad Agency Announcement up to 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 30, 2015. Applications received after this time will not be reviewed or considered for funding. 

 

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AHA Programs for Winter 2015
American Heart Association

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

Several programs have a broad target audience. You should always refer to the program description for details.
 
Undergraduate Student Research Program
Midwest USRP | SouthWest USRP | Western States USRP
The purpose of this undergraduate research training program is to encourage promising students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Offered by: Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Making the decision - undergraduate student classified as junior or senior.


Predoctoral Fellowship
Helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Gaining credentials - doctoral student
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Helps trainees initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research while obtaining significant research results under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor; supports individuals before they are ready for some stage of independent research.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow
Mentored Clinical & Population Research Award (formerly Clinical Research Program)
Encourages early career investigators who have appropriate and supportive mentoring relationships to engage in high quality introductory and pilot clinical studies that will guide future strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease and stroke while fostering new research in clinical and translational science, and encouraging community- and population-based activities.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, National, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: Directed step/first independent step - master's degree. Healthcare professionals with a master's degree or certain doctoral degrees.
National Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award
This program provides funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial period of career development that spans the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position.
Offered by: AHA National Research Program
Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow
Beginning Grant-In-Aid
Promotes the independent status of promising beginning scientists.  
Offered by: SouthWest and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: First independent step - instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent.

Scientist Development Grant
Supports highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and National Affiliates
Career Stage: First independent step - instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent

Western States Affiliate Medical Student Research Program
Encourages promising students, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, from all disciplines to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. The research opportunity will allow students to work for 8, 10 or 12 weeks with a faculty/staff member on any project broadly related to cardiovascular disease/function or stroke. The goal is to encourage students to consider a future academic career in this area.
Offered by: Western States Affiliate
Grant-In-Aid
Encourages and adequately funds the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators. 
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: First independent step, intermediate level or recognized investigator - instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent, associate professor or equivalent, professor or equivalent. Applicants are expected to be independent investigators.
Collaborative Sciences Award
This program allows two or more primary investigators from disparate disciplines, with histories of innovative collaborations, to work on a project that is achievable only with efforts from both disciplines. Collaboration should foster innovative, unique and novel discoveries and may combine basic, clinical, population and/or translational research.
Offered by: AHA National Research Program
Mentor/AHA Mentee Award
This unique program funds mentors to work with AHA early career grantees who are:
  • working in new/difficult areas of inquiry or potential for new discovery,
  • underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science, or
  • conducting research at NIH AREA-designated institutions.

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