Internal Opportunities and Announcements

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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Interprofessional Education Research Seed Grants
MUS Institute for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

Application due: Mar. 1, 2020

The MUS Institute for Interprofessional Eduction and Collaborative Practice (MUS-IPE Institute, http://healthinfo.montana.edu/ipe/) requests proposals for research in IPE. The goal of the IPE Research Seed Grant program is to promote collaboration between and among unique educational disciplines to acquire data that will support extramural grant acquisition. The award will provide up to $5,000 - $7,500. The project must be completed within 12 months of the award date.

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Pilot Projects and Major Research Projects
Montana INBRE

LOI due: Nov. 15, 2019
Full Proposal due: Jan. 10, 2020

Montana INBRE is soliciting proposals for Pilot Projects and Major Research Projects in the areas of environmental health, public health, infectious diseases, rural and/or Native American health disparities, and food security/sovereignty. Montana INBRE strives to develop a diversified research portfolio that spans bench science, social science, and community engagement spheres taking advantage of every institution in the network. Within these general areas, proposals must address at least one of Montana INBRE's research priority areas:

  • Social and behavioral aspects of rural and/or Native American health
  • Infectious disease
  • Environmental health
  • Access to healthy food

Projects can be developed within a single discipline (e.g., social sciences), but collaborative projects between biomedical and social and behavioral health investigators also can be developed and are encouraged. Student involvement in research is important and strongly encouraged. Projects should have a high likelihood of leading to independent funding.

Funding will be awarded for one grant year with the possibility for competitive renewal in the subsequent year. Investigators are required to consult with Montana INBRE Core staff and/or facility managers in the development of their research proposal and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of research resources available through INBRE Cores. Core/Facility names and contacts for these resources include:

If human subjects are involved in the proposed research, applicants should consult with the IRB of record (at their own institutions or the institution to which protocols are deferred) regarding application requirements and due dates. The IRB of record in collaborative research between MSU investigators and researchers at partner intuitions is generally the IRB at the partner institution, though MSU investigators must submit the protocol to MSU's IRB for review as well. For guidance, contact:

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AI/AN CTRP Year 5 Request for Pilot, Development, and Diversity Proposals
American Indian/Alaska Native Clinical Translational Research Program (AI/AN CTRP)

Pilot and Development Pre-Proposals due: Feb. 6, 2020
All Full Proposals due: Mar. 23, 2020

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

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

There are three types of awards:

  • Pilot awards (up to $100,000 direct costs) are intended for ready-to-go/ongoing projects with a high likelihood of leading to independent funding.

  • Development awards (up to $50,000 direct costs) are intended for projects that require more preparation time for activities such as securing IRB approvals, developing agreements between investigators and community groups, hosting planning meetings and travel, conducting needs assessments, or similar activities leading to a future Pilot award proposal.

  • Diversity awards (up to $35,000 direct costs) support AI/AN mentees working with the PI or Project Leader of a funded project.

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CAIRHE Request for Proposals (2020)
Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE)

LOI due: Feb. 3, 2020
Full Application due: Apr. 1, 2020

CAIRHE requests proposals for Pilot Projects that address the Center's mission of reducing health disparities in Native and rural communities in Montana. Use of a community-based participatory research (CBPR) framework is highly encouraged but not required, though all projects must have a health equity focus consistent with the Center's mission. Faculty applicants may develop projects within a single discipline (e.g., social sciences), but CAIRHE also encourages collaborative projects between biomedical and social and behavioral health investigators. As in all CAIRHE-funded research, projects should have a high likelihood of leading to independent funding from external (non-MSU) sponsors, such as the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the National Science Foundation.

For pilot projects, CAIRHE will award funding for one grant year (September 1, 2020, through August 31, 2021). First-year pilot projects have the possibility of competitive renewal for a second and final year. Pilot project leaders may also have the opportunity for larger CAIRHE research funding in future years.

After reading the full RFP, if you still have questions about CAIRHE or whether this opportunity is the right fit for you, please contact James Burroughs, CAIRHE program coordinator (jburroughs@montana.edu; 994-4407), to arrange a meeting. We are happy to come to you and answer your questions. In fact, we strongly recommend meeting with us before you consider applying.

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RAIN Collaborative Research Project
Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks (RAIN)

Pre-Proposal due: Accepted on rolling basis; invitations to submit full proposal issued by Nov. 15, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Mar. 1, 2020

The Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks (RAIN) in Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming seeks applications for collaborative projects that take advantage of complimentary expertise across state lines. Projects must include investigators from at least two of the participating states (ID, MT, NM, and WY). The intention of this solicitation is to support short-term projects that develop/strengthen scientific connections across our states with a high likelihood of yielding data for near-term publications, NIH grant proposals (R01, R21, R15, etc.), student experience, and other research products.

This is a limited opportunity. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated. We will begin accepting applications and pre-proposals on October 15, 2019. Invitations to submit a full proposal will be issued by November 15, 2019. Invited full proposal and applications will be due March 1, 2020, for a project start date no earlier than May 1, 2020. Similar dates for rolling application submission can be expected for 2020-2023.

We invite requests to support two-year, limited collaborative projects that will be conducted in at least two of the RAIN states. Expectations include: 1) Co-authored publication; and 2) NIH (or similar) funding application as PI or Co-PI. You must describe and justify your proposed collaboration in a research plan not to exceed five pages that includes the elements listed in the Application Contents section described in the full announcement (click on Program URL, below).

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Fellowships

Student Internship Research Participant Program
National Renewable Energy Laboratory/DOE

Applications accepted as positions become available

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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Danone North America Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant
Danone North America

Application due: Feb. 14, 2020

Danone North America ("Danone"), is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Danone North America Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant.

In its 8th year, Danone will award two $25,000 grants to graduate students interested in exploring the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt to better understand how they help support and maintain human health and wellness.*

Thus far, the Danone Fellowship Grant has provided support for wellness research on probiotic yogurt consumption during lactation; the use of foods as a delivery vector for beneficial bacteria; technology for studying the adaptation of fermentative microbes to milk; the effects of protein fermentation on the human microbiota and digestive health; and the relationship between probiotics, the gut microbiome and brain function.

Danone will be accepting applications from graduate students until February 14, 2020. The winner will be notified on April 1, 2020. For additional information, qualification requirements and to complete the online application, please click here: http://www.danonenorthamerica.com/fellowship-application/.

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NEA Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects, FY2021
National Endowment for the Arts

Application due: Jan. 15, 2020

Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Endowment) supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value. We encourage translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English, as well as work that has not previously been translated into English.

Competition for fellowships is rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH)

Application due: Jan. 22, 2020

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) mission is intended to provide funding for early as well as late stage cutting-edge research that can be translated into validated human health and performance solutions for deep space exploration missions. The Institute recognizes the importance of inspiring, educating, and advancing space health research of skilled researchers and especially of the next generation of space life scientists.

This request for applications is soliciting applications for the TRISH Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Postdoctoral fellowships will be competitively awarded in any laboratory in the U.S. conducting biomedical/biotechnological research aligned with TRISH's mission and goals. Applications will be screened for compliance and undergo a scientific and technical peer reviw by an external peer review committee consisting of a number of experienced scientists. Relevance to TRISH's and NASA's programmatic needs and goals will also be evaluated by TRISH management. Selections will be performed by the TRISH Selection Official.

The award is for two years of funding with an optional, competitively awarded third year of funding that may be available. Requests for a third year of funding will take into account the awardee's performance during the first two years of funding and will be evaluated by TRISH's science management. All researchers, regardless of support by NASA or TRISH, can serve as mentors for this opportunity. Investigators who are new to space life sciences are particularly encouraged to apply for TRISH opportunities.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
American Epilepsy Society (AES)

Proposal due: Jan. 8, 2020

Background and Purpose

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships support postdoctoral trainees conducting basic, translational, or clinical research into the causes, treatment, and consequences of epilepsy, seizures, and related disorders and their treatment under the guidance of a mentor with expertise in epilepsy research.

The fellowship award offers up to $49,000 for stipend and/or benefits, $1,000 for travel support to the American Epilepsy Society (AES) annual meeting, as well as one year of complimentary AES membership and registration for the AES annual meeting. The number of awards granted each year is contingent upon available funds.

Travel Grants

Applicants have the option of applying for an additional travel award to attend a high-quality training course or conference to supplement the training received during their award. Priority will be given to opportunities for hands-on training experiences. More details are available here. Applications for this supplemental travel support must be made at the time of full proposal submission.

Contributing Partners

AES is proud to partner with other philanthropic organizations to make dollars go further to support epilepsy researchers. If you grant permission during your application process, your application and its materials may be confidentially shared with other organizations to consider for full or partial support.

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Jerry O'Neal Research Fellowship
Glacier National Park Conservancy

Application due: Feb. 18, 2020

Applications are now being accepted for Glacier National Park Conservancy - Jerry O'Neal Research Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resource issues and how these interact with human values.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following:

  • Natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change

  • Cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research and archeology

  • Social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources

Jerry O'Neal was a scientist, poet, and writer. He had a deep love of nature and was an outspoken proponent for the need to have sound science to support resource management decisions. Jerry began his nearly 30 years of public service as an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service and was the regional toxicologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Atlanta. He joined the National Park Service in 1998 as chief of science and resources management at Mammoth Cave National Park and later served as chief of the resource management program for 64 parks in the Southeast. He became deputy superintendent of Glacier National Park in 2002 where he was actively engaged in a range of environmental management projects and was a key park official during the wildfires of 2003.

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Creative Writing Fellowships
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Application due: Mar. 11, 2020

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the criteria for review are the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted manuscript.

The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY2021, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in poetry are available. Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) will be offered in FY2022 and guidelines will be available in January 2021. You may apply only once each year.

Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous. We typically receive more than 1,500 applications each year in this category and award fellowships to fewer than 3 percent of applicants. You should consider carefully whether your work will be competitive at the national level.

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CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Cancer Research Institute (CRI)

Application due: Apr. 1, 2020

Young scientists are the lifeblood of cancer research. Rich with new ideas and energy, these bright and talented minds are eager to solve important scientific questions. The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) provides funding to ensure that the most promising postdoctoral scientists receive the critical financial support and continued career training needed to pursue their lifesaving work.

The Cancer Research Institute recognizes that getting to the next great breakthrough in cancer treatment will require continued investment in fundamental research and training. CRI therefore invites postdoctoral fellows working in both fundamental immunology and tumor immunology to apply for funding.

The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is CRI's longest-standing continuous program. Postdoctoral fellowships provide support to fund and train young immunologists and cancer immunologists at top universities and research centers around the world.

Fellows work and continue their training under the guidance of a world-renowned immunologist, who mentors the fellow and prepares him or her for a productive and successful career in cancer immunology.

Fellows receive up to $175,500 over three years to cover the cost of salary, insurance, and other research-related expenses, such as travel to conferences and meetings.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research
Glenn Foundation for Medical Research / American Federation for Aging Research

Agency LOI due: Jan. 22, 2020
Full Application due (by invitation only): Mid-May 2020

The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, in partnership with the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), created the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research to encourage and further the careers of postdoctoral fellows who are conducting research in the basic biology of aging, as well as translating advances in basic research from the lab to the clinic.

Through the fellowship program, up to 10 researchers will be awarded grants of $60,000 to encourage and further the careers of postdoctoral fellows. The awards are intended to provide significant research and training support to permit postdoctoral fellows to become established in the field of aging. The program supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging, as well as projects with direct relevance to human aging that have potential to lead to clinically relevant strategies related to human aging and the health span.

Projects investigating age-related diseases will be considered but only if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders such as frailty will also be considered. Projects that are strictly clinical in nature, such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging, are not eligible.

To be eligible, applicants must be a postdoctoral fellow (M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree or equivalent) at the start date of the award (July 1, 2020), and the proposed research must be conducted at a qualified not-for-profit setting in the United States.

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Limited Submissions

Montana History Foundation Grant Program
Montana History Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Nov. 22, 2019
Full Application due: Jan. 10, 2020

The Montana History Foundation offers grants of up to $10,000 in the following categories:

  1. Buildings and Structures
  2. Historic Cemeteries and Sacred Sites
  3. Oral History
  4. Education and Outreach

One application per organization will be accepted in a given funding year, regardless of category (see specific criteria for each grant category). Proposals are invited for projects that will make significant contributions to the preservation and interpretation of Montana history. The funding period is from May 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Projects not completed within the funding period may be required to return all or a portion of the grant.

Projects will receive preference that:

  • Address a structure, collection, or community that is endangered or threatened
  • Represent cultural or geographic diversity
  • Provide a direct, rather than remote, benefit to local community
  • Demonstrate financial support from the community
  • Show the project will continue after the funding period is complete
  • Will accomplish the work according to professional and historically accurate standards
  • Demonstrate a public benefit and/or provide public accessibility

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Montana History Foundation (MONHIS001) [P]," and the program, "Montana History Foundation Grant Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, November 22, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by January 10, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Internal MSU LOI due: Jan. 27, 2020
Application due: Feb. 24, 2020

SYNOPSIS: The purpose of this program is to support research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences. Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the FAHN sciences. WAMS-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 1 (P20)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, January 27, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 24, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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2020 CTR-IN Multi-Site Pilot Project (MSPP) Funding Opportunity
Mountain West (MW) Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN)

Internal MSU Applicant Nominations due: Dec. 20, 2019
Nomination due to Agency: Jan. 22, 2020

The mission of the MW CTR-IN Program is to build clinical and translational research capacity and facilitate extramural funding success among investigators with faculty appointments at the 13 MW university partners. Our thematic focus is to address health disparities in our regions. In the past five years, the MW CTR-IN Program has provided over $6M in pilot grant funding to more than 80 investigators at our partner universities.

To achieve this objective, the Mountain West Research Consortium supports the following multi-site pilot project funding mechanism for 2020:

Purpose: The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide support for multi-site clinical and translational (CTR) research with the expectation that the project will yield key preliminary data and capacity building to facilitate a large-scale multi-site extramural grant application or other extramural grant funding opportunities.

Programmatic Priorities: Working in conjunction with our three Regional Community Advisory Boards (CABs) representing all seven Mountain West states, we have identified funding priorities for the communities we serve. The following themes were consistently identified across all CABs: 1) Childhood obesity and metabolic conditions including diabetes and other related factors of food security, food sovereignty, and healthy food; and 2) Opioid and other substance abuse, mental health/suicide prevention, and psycho-social issues. 

We recognize that the above areas of research do not capture all important health priorities in all the communities we serve, or all the priorities that the CABs identified. However, we anticipate that these programmatic priorities will be revised and updated in forthcoming years as we continue to receive input from our regional stakeholders. It is also important to note that virtually most, if not all, the major diseases and health conditions [e.g., cardiovascular, metabolic (e.g., diabetes), CNS, renal, etc.] are a health disparity in the Mountain West region. All applications will undergo the same scientific merit review per standard NIH procedures, regardless of the topic area.

Please note:

  • Applicants should include and work with their department head regarding the cost share requirement.
  • Questions regarding the multi-site pilot project funding program or the nomination process may be directed to CTR-IN Concierge Dr. Ann Bertagnolli at abertagnolli@montana.edu.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. MSU department heads should submit their applicant nominations to the Office of Sponsored Programs via the ePCF. Please also forward a copy of the nominations to Ann Bertagnolli at the email address, above.
  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Mountain West Research Consortium (MOUWES013) [P]," and the program, "2020 CTR-IN Multi-Site Pilot Project (MSPP) Funding Opportunity."
  1. Include your Applicant Nomination as an attachment on the clearance form. The attachment must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  1. The deadline for the Internal MSU Applicant Nominations is Friday, December 20, 2019. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select a nomination to go forward to the Sponsor. MSU may send only one nomination as the Lead Institution for the multi-site pilot project. The nomination will be due at the Sponsor by January 22, 2020.

  2. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

Please click on the program link below for additional instructions concerning the application process.

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Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 1 (P20)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Nov. 1, 2019
Agency LOI due: Dec. 30, 2019
Full Application due: Jan. 28, 2020

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) invites applications for Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) from investigators at universities that award doctoral degrees in the health-related sciences or independent biomedical research institutes/medical centers with ongoing biomedical research programs funded by NIH or other federal agencies within Institutional Development Award (IDeA)-eligible states.

The objectives of the COBRE initiative are to strengthen an institution's biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic multidisciplinary center and to enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for NIH individual research grants or other external peer-reviewed support. COBRE awards are supported through the IDeA Program, which aims to foster health-related research by increasing competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states with historically low aggregate success rates for grant awards from NIH.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 1 (P20)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, November 1, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by January 28, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development
National Science Foundation

Internal Whitepaper due to Dean or Department Head: Oct. 8, 2019
Full Application due: Jan. 21, 2020

This announcement is to alert PIs of the 2020 NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program call for proposals.

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders.

Interested PIs should submit a whitepaper outlining their equipment/instrumentation needs to their Dean or Department Head by Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Please note that equipment purchased with these grant funds is intended to be an institutional piece of equipment and should advance the research mission of MSU.

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NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal MSU LOI due: Nov. 1, 2019
Agency LOI due: Dec. 6, 2019
Full Proposal due: Feb. 6, 2020

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, using a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on the research areas in NSF's 10 Big Ideas. The NSF research Big Ideas are Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (WoU), The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution (QL), and Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype (URoL).

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged. NRT especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nsfincludes/index.jsp). Collaborations are encouraged between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects, provided the collaboration strengthens both projects.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, November 1, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 6, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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2020 CTR-IN Pilot Grant Funding Opportunity
Mountain West (MW) Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN)

Internal MSU Applicant Nominations due: Dec. 13, 2019
Nominations due to Agency: Jan. 15, 2020

The mission of the MW CTR-IN Program is to build clinical and translational research capacity and facilitate extramural funding success among investigators with faculty appointments at the 13 MW university partners. Our thematic focus is to address health disparities in our regions. In the past five years, the MW CTR-IN Program has provided over $6M in pilot grant funding to more than 80 investigators at our partner universities.

To achieve this objective, the Mountain West Research Consortium supports the following pilot funding mechanism for 2020:

Purpose: The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide promising early career and/or other mid-level to senior investigators with support to capture the key preliminary data that will support and inform a competitive "R-level" grant application to NIH or other extramural funding sources. Projects must involve human subjects; we do not support pre-clinical research.

Programmatic Priorities: Working in conjunction with our three regional Community Advisory Boards (CABs) representing all seven states, we have identified funding priorities for the communities we serve. The following themes were consistently identified across all CABs: (1) mental health as well as suicide prevention, opioid and other substance abuse and psycho-social trauma; and (2) obesity and metabolic conditions such as diabetes including the related factors of food security, food sovereignty, and healthy food access.

We recognize that the above areas of research do not capture all important health priorities in all the communities that we serve. However, we anticipate that these programmatic priorities will be revised and updated in forthcoming years as we continue to receive input from our regional stakeholders. It is also important to note that virtually most, if not all, of the major diseases and health conditions [e.g., cardiovascular, metabolic (e.g., diabetes), CNS, renal, etc.] are a health disparity in the Mountain West region. All applications will undergo the same scientific merit review per standard NIH procedures, regardless of the topic area.

Please note:

  • Applicants should include and work with their department head regarding the cost share requirement.
  • Questions regarding the pilot grant funding program or the nomination process may be directed to CTR-IN Concierge Dr. Ann Bertagnolli at abertagnolli@montana.edu.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. MSU department heads should submit their applicant nominations to the Office of Sponsored Programs via the ePCF. Please also forward a copy of the nominations to Ann Bertagnolli at the email address, above.
  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Mountain West Research Consortium (MOUWES013) [P]," and the program, "2020 CTR-IN Pilot Grant Funding Opportunity."
  1. Include your Applicant Nomination as an attachment on the clearance form. The attachment must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  1. The deadline for the Internal MSU Applicant Nominations is Friday, December 13, 2019. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select nominations to go forward to the Sponsor. MSU may send up to four applicant nominations for the pilot grant funding opportunity. All nominations will be due at the Sponsor by January 15, 2020. CTR-IN will notify MSU as to which applicants may submit a full application.
  1. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

Please click on the program link below for additional instructions concerning the application process.

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Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 20, 2019
Full Proposal due: Feb. 6, 2020

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment 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 $100,000.

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Dreyfus Foundation Inc Camille & Henry (DREFOU) [P]," and the program, "Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, December 20, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 6, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Oct. 21, 2019
Agency LOI due: Dec. 20, 2019
Full Proposal due: Jan. 24, 2020

The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. 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, Research and Development (R&D) capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness.

RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII- eligible jurisdictions with complementary expertise and resources necessary to tackle those projects, which neither party could address as well or rapidly alone.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity.

For FY 2020, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: "Harnessing the Data Revolution to solve problems of national importance."

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)."

  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages. PIs may use the NSF LOI format as instructed in the funding opportunity announcement.

  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, October 21, 2019 (extended deadline).  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by January 24, 2020.

  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 6, 2019
Full Proposal due: Feb. 24, 2020

Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all STEM fields that NSF supports.

ER2 solicits proposals for research that explores the following: What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why? 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. 

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 responsible conduct for research, 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. Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of identified factors.

ER2 research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill this knowledge into researchers and educators at all career stages. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure ethical and responsible research conduct.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, December 6, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 24, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal MSU LOI due: Dec. 20, 2019
Full Proposal due: Feb. 7, 2020

Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) is designed to build upon previous efforts in engineering education research. Specifically, previous and ongoing evaluations of the NSF Engineering Education and Centers Division program and its predecessors, as well as those related programs in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources, have shown that prior investments have significantly improved the first year of engineering students' experiences, incorporating engineering material, active learning approaches, design instruction, and a broad introduction to professional skills and a sense of professional practice--giving students an idea of what it means to become an engineer. Similarly, the senior year has seen notable change through capstone design experiences, which ask students to synthesize the technical knowledge, skills, and abilities they have gained with professional capacities, using reflective judgment to make decisions and communicate these effectively. However, this ideal of the senior year has not yet been fully realized, because many of the competencies required in capstone design, or required of professional engineers, are only partially introduced in the first year and not carried forward with significant emphasis through the sophomore and junior years.

In order to continue to catalyze revolutionary approaches, while expanding the reach of those that have proved efficacious in particular contexts, the RED program supports two tracks: RED Innovation and RED Adaptation and Implementation (RED-A&I). RED Innovation projects will develop new, revolutionary approaches and change strategies that enable the transformation of undergraduate engineering education. RED Adaptation and Implementation projects will adapt and implement evidence-based organizational change strategies and actions to the local context, which helps propagate this transformation of undergraduate engineering education. Projects in both tracks will include consideration of the cultural, organizational, structural, and pedagogical changes needed to transform the department to one in which students are engaged, develop their technical and professional skills, and establish identities as professional engineers. The focus of projects in both tracks should be on the department's disciplinary courses and program.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, December 20, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 7, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Macy Faculty Scholars Program
Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 6, 2020
Full Application due: Feb. 5, 2020

The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. The program aims to develop the next generation of national leaders in medical and nursing education. The program will support the Macy Faculty Scholars in leading new educational innovations at their home institutions and will provide opportunities for further career development through national meetings and participation in other Macy activities.

Program highlights include:

  • At least 50 percent protected time to pursue a mentored educational project at the home institution.

  • Participation in the annual Macy Faculty Scholars meeting.

  • Mentoring from the National Advisory Committee.

  • Participation in one or more Harvard Macy Institute programs.

  • Access to other Macy grantees and programs.

Five awards of up to $100,000 (plus fringe) will be presented each year for two years. In addition, Scholars will receive funding to participate in the Harvard Macy Institute programs, for travel to the annual Macy Faculty Scholars meeting, and for other program-related travel.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Josiah Macy Foundation (JOSMAC) [P]," and the program, "Macy Jr. Foundation Macy Faculty Scholars."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, January 6, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 5, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-ENDURE) (R25)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal MSU LOI due: Dec. 20, 2019
Agency LOI due: Jan. 21, 2020
Full Application due: Feb. 19, 2020

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blueprint for Neuroscience Research is a collaborative and coordinated effort across 14 institutes and centers that support research, research education, and research training with the goal of accelerating the pace of discovery in neuroscience research. By pooling resources and expertise, the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research can take advantage of economies of scale, confront challenges too large for any specific institute or center, and develop research tools and infrastructure that will serve the entire neuroscience community.

The NIH Blueprint seeks to provide educational opportunities and authentic neuroscience research experiences during the undergraduate stage to a diverse pool of individuals, including those from underrepresented groups, at varied institutions and educational settings across the country. By doing this, the NIH Blueprint strives to ensure that the future generation of neuroscience researchers draws from the entire pool of talented individuals, bringing different aptitudes, perspectives, creativity, and experiences to address complex scientific problems.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-ENDURE)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, December 20, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 19, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Rapid-Cycle Survey Collaborative for Patient and Provider Input on Immunization Issues
Department of Health and Human Services / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 6, 2019
Agency LOI due: Jan. 6, 2020
Full Application due: Feb. 25, 2020

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support a mechanism to obtain timely input from nationally representative samples of (a) healthcare providers, and (b) the public, on critical immunization issues of importance.

The objectives of this research are (1) for each year of the project, to conduct multiple surveys of providers and the public to collect immunization-related data using scientifically sound methods with adequate response rates that produce generalizable results, and (2) to disseminate those results broadly to assist in (a) informing recommendations for new vaccines, (b) developing strategies to improve immunization coverage, and (c) instituting contingency plans to address urgent problems (e.g., vaccine supply shortages).

Surveyed providers should include pediatricians, family physicians, obstetrician/gynecologists, general internists, or some combination of these physician specialties. Surveyed members of the public should be at least 18 years old and should include subpopulations of special interest for consideration of immunization-related issues such as pregnant women, parents of children aged 0 to 5 years, and persons with chronic medical conditions.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CENDIS) [F]," and the program, "Rapid-Cycle Survey Collaborative for Patient and Provider Input on Immunization Issues."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, December 6, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by February 25, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program
Brain Research Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Dec. 2, 2019
Agency LOI due: Jan. 7, 2020
Full Proposal due: Mar. 25, 2020

The Brain Research Foundation (BRF) invites eligible U.S. institutions to nominate one faculty member (Assistant or Associate Professor) to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the BRF Seed Grant Program.

The Brain Research Foundation's Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of the program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources. The Brain Research Foundation's Scientific Review Committee will review the seed grant proposals and make recommendations for funding to the Foundation. The Committee consists of senior scientists broadly representing the various neuroscience-related programs.

Objectives: The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "Brain Research Foundation (BRARES002) [P]," and the program, "Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, December 2, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by March 25, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Building EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnerships
Department of Energy (DOE)

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 20, 2019
Pre-Application due to Agency: Jan. 16, 2020
Full Application due to Agency: Mar. 27, 2020

The Department of Energy (DOE) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for Building EPSCoR-State/DOE-National Laboratory Partnerships. These partnerships advance human understanding of the physical world by supporting fundamental, early-stage energy research collaborations with the DOE national laboratories. (Information on the DOE national laboratories including links to websites can be found at https://www.energy.gov/about-national-labs.)

Participation by graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows is required. Junior faculty from EPSCoR jurisdictions are encouraged to apply. Utilization of DOE-user facilities is encouraged. (Information on the Office of Science (SC) User Facilities can be found at https://science.osti.gov/User-Facilities/User-Facilities-at-a-Glance, information on the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy user facilities can be found at https://nsuf.inl.gov.) Applicants are advised of the following areas of additional interest: Quantum Information Science, Microelectronics, Data Science/Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Energy Storage, and Plastics Recycling.

DOE EPSCoR is designed to help DOE lead the world in meeting the Nation’s energy needs by increasing the geographic diversity of competitive capability to conduct energy-related research. Positioned within SC’s program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) and supporting early stage research across a wide range of DOE programs, DOE EPSCoR addresses its mission by fostering competitions for energy relevant research in the eligible states and territories.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a “Limited Submission Pre-Proposal” and select the sponsor, “U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) [F],” and the program, “Building EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnerships.”
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, December 20, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Pre-Applications will be due at the Sponsor by January 16, 2020, and full proposals will be due by March 27, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T32)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal MSU LOI due (new, shortened deadline): Jan. 28, 2020
Full Application due to Agency: May 21, 2020

The goal of the Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D. who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce.

This funding opportunity announcement provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T32)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Tuesday, January 28, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by May 21, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Nov. 15, 2019
Preliminary Proposal due: Dec. 19, 2019
Full Proposal due: May 6, 2020

A vigorous Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) was recommended by the 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, citing "many highly promising projects for achieving diverse and timely science." As described in this solicitation, the Division of Astronomical Sciences conducts a mid-scale program to support a variety of astronomical activities within a cost range up to $30M.

This program is formally divided into four subcategories: 1) limited term, self-contained science projects; 2) longer term mid-scale facilities; 3) development investments for future mid-scale and large-scale projects; and 4) community open access capabilities. MSIP will emphasize both strong scientific merit and a well-developed plan for student training and involvement of a diverse workforce in instrumentation, facility development, or data management.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, November 15, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by May 6, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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

Internal MSU LOI due: Nov. 8, 2019
Agency LOI due: Apr. 27, 2020
Full Application due: May 28, 2020

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

To accomplish the stated overarching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development. This FOA seeks to support programs that include innovative approaches to enhance biomedical engineering design education to ensure a future workforce that can meet the nation's needs in biomedical research and healthcare technologies.

Applications are encouraged from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate biomedical engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with biomedical engineering tracks/minors. This FOA targets the education of undergraduate biomedical engineering/bioengineering students in a team-based environment.

While current best practices such as multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, introduction to the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and clinical immersion remain encouraged components of a strong BME program, this FOA also challenges institutions to propose other novel, innovative and/or ground-breaking activities that can form the basis of the next generation of biomedical engineering design education.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, November 8, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by May 28, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program (T34)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Feb. 25, 2020
Full Application due to Agency: Sept. 25, 2020

The Overarching Objective of this Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program is to develop a diverse pool of research-oriented undergraduates who bridge from a community college or two-year institution and complete bachelor's degrees in STEM fields.

Concurrently with the bridging and bachelor's degree completion goals, the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program aims to develop a diverse pool of well-trained biomedical scientists who have the following technical, operational, and professional skills:

  • A broad understanding across biomedical disciplines and the skills to independently acquire the knowledge needed to advance their chosen fields;
  • The ability to think critically and independently, and to identify important biomedical research questions and approaches that push forward the boundaries of their areas of study;
  • A strong foundation in scientific reasoning, rigorous research design, experimental methods, quantitative and computational approaches, and data analysis and interpretation;
  • A commitment to approaching and conducting biomedical research responsibly, ethically, and with integrity;
  • Experience initiating, conducting, interpreting, and presenting rigorous and reproducible biomedical research with increasing self-direction;
  • The ability to work effectively in teams with colleagues from a variety of cultural and scientific backgrounds, and to promote inclusive and supportive scientific research environments;
  • The skills to teach and communicate scientific research methodologies and findings to a wide variety of audiences (e.g., discipline-specific, across disciplines, and the public); and
  • The knowledge, professional skills and experiences required to identify and transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce (i.e., the breadth of careers that sustain biomedical research in areas that are relevant to the NIH mission).

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program (T34)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 25, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program (T32)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Internal MSU LOI due: Feb. 25, 2020
Full Application due to Agency: Sept. 25, 2020

The Overarching Objective of this Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained Ph.D. biomedical scientists, who have the following technical, operational, and professional skills:

  • A broad understanding across biomedical disciplines and the skills to independently acquire the knowledge needed to advance their chosen fields;
  • The ability to think critically and independently, and to identify important biomedical research questions and approaches that push forward the boundaries of their areas of study;
  • A strong foundation in scientific reasoning, rigorous research design, experimental methods, quantitative and computational approaches, and data analysis and interpretation;
  • A commitment to approaching and conducting biomedical research responsibly, ethically, and with integrity;
  • Experience initiating, conducting, interpreting, and presenting rigorous and reproducible biomedical research with increasing self-direction;
  • The ability to work effectively in teams with colleagues from a variety of cultural and scientific backgrounds, and to promote inclusive and supportive scientific research environments;
  • The skills to teach and communicate scientific research methodologies and findings to a wide variety of audiences (e.g., discipline-specific, across disciplines, and the public); and
  • The knowledge, professional skills and experiences required to identify and transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce (i.e., the breadth of careers that sustain biomedical research in areas that are relevant to the NIH mission).

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) [F]," and the program, "Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program (T32)."
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 25, 2020.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist, at ebrock@montana.edu; or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Inclusive Excellence: 2020 Undergraduate Science Education Grants
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Internal MSU LOI due: Apr. 12, 2019 (extended deadline)
Intent to apply due: July 2019 (exact date TBD)
Full submission (by invitation only) due: Fall 2020 (exact date TBD)

SYNOPSIS: 

HHMI promotes leadership in science education through peer-reviewed grants competitions for four-year colleges and universities. The competitions enable HHMI to highlight important national issues in science education, support science faculty in addressing these challenges, and encourage institutions to become leaders in science education excellence.

Inclusive Excellence (IE) represents a new strategy for HHMI grants to institutions. Grants help institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via nontraditional pathways.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a Limited Submission Pre-Proposal and select the sponsor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HOWHUG), and the program, Inclusive Excellence: 2020 Undergraduate Science Education Grants.
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is April 12, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by July 2019 (exact date TBD).
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Micaela Young, Pre-Award Specialist, at micaelayoung@montana.edu, Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Research to Grass Roots
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) (Western SARE)

Internal MSU Submission due: Nov. 15, 2019
Proposal due to Agency: Nov. 20, 2019

The Research to Grass Roots (R2GR) grants are built on the SARE concept that results of applied research are used to train agricultural professionals and producers in the latest principles of sustainable agriculture. Successful R2GR projects will take the research results from previously funded SARE projects and bring those results into the field through education to agricultural professionals and producers. The maximum for each project's funding is $50,000. Proposals will be reviewed by a technical panel in January 2020, and the Western SARE Administrative Council will select proposals for funding in March 2020.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/.
    * Prepare a Full Proposal.
    * The Organization is the PI's home Org.
    * If there are Co-PIs on the Proposal, their organization(s) should be added for approval using the Add Approval tab in the ePCF.
    * Contact/Accountant Add Jennifer von Sehlen.
    * Select the Sponsor Western SARE Host Institution (WESSAR).
    * Enter the Program ID as WS3RG.
  2. Include your Project Summary and Budget as attachments on the proposal clearance form.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, November 15, 2019. Proposals are due to the Sponsor by Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 12:00 noon MST and must be submitted online at http://projects.sare.org.
  4. For assistance with your MSU electronic proposal clearance form, please contact Jennifer Nesbitt in the MSU Office of Sponsored Programs at jnesbitt@montana.edu.

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ACLS Digital Extension Grants
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Application due: Jan. 8, 2020

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for ACLS Digital Extension Grants, which are made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new communities of users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research projects.

This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. ACLS Digital Extension Grants support projects that have advanced beyond the start-up phase of development as they pursue one or more of the following activities:

  • Developing new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions.
  • Extending established digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach.
  • Fostering new team-based collaborations between scholars at all career stages. Projects that convene, train, and empower communities of humanities faculty and/or graduate students around established digital research projects, as well as projects that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources or to participate in existing labs or working groups, are especially welcome.
  • Creating new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged.

ACLS will award up to five Digital Extension Grants in this competition year. Each grant carries a maximum possible award of $150,000. The funds support a range of project costs, including, where necessary, salary replacement for faculty or staff, software, equipment, travel, lodging, and meeting costs, and consultant fees. A portion of each proposed grant budget must be devoted to funding collaborations with and/or building networks among scholars of all career stages from U.S. higher education institutions of diverse profiles.

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Media Projects: Development Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Optional Draft due: Nov. 29, 2019
Full Application due: Jan. 8, 2020

The Media Projects: Development Grants program supports the collaboration of media producers and scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Awards should result in a script (for documentary film or television programs) or a detailed treatment (for radio programs or podcasts) and may also yield a plan for outreach and public engagement. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of facts to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects that we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

The Division of Public Programs encourages media projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and advance civic education. The Division of Public Programs also supports media projects that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.

Film and television development projects may be a single film or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. This Media Projects: Development Grants program does not fund development of single short films. Proposed films must be longer than 30 minutes. Series of multiple films may be any length.

Radio and podcast development projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. They may be intended for regional or national distribution.

NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats. Proposed projects might include the development of supplementary components to a film, television, radio, or podcast project: for example, book/film discussion programs, supplementary educational websites, or museum exhibitions.

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Media Projects: Production Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Optional Draft due: Nov. 29, 2019
Full Application due: Jan. 8, 2020

The Media Projects: Production Grants program supports the production and distribution of radio, podcast, television, and long-form documentary film projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of facts to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects that we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

The Division of Public Programs encourages media projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and advance civic education. The Division of Public Programs also supports media projects that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.

Film and television production projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. Films must be longer than 30 minutes.

Radio and podcast production projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. They may be intended for national or regional distribution.

NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats. Proposed projects might include supplementary components to a film, television, radio, or podcast project: for example, book/film discussion programs, supplemental educational websites, or museum exhibitions.

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Public Humanities Projects
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Application due: Jan. 8, 2020

The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. This program supports projects in three categories: Exhibitions (permanent, temporary, or traveling); interpretive programs at Historic Places; and Humanities Discussions related to A More Perfect Union: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation's 250th Anniversary.

Exhibitions

The Exhibitions category supports the creation of permanent exhibitions (on view for at least three years) and single-site temporary exhibitions (open to the public for a minimum of two months), as well as traveling exhibitions that will be available to public audiences in at least two venues in the United States (including the originating location).

Historic Places

The Historic Places category supports long-term interpretive programs for historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions that are intended to be presented to the public for at least three years. Such programs might include living history presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and public programs.

Humanities Discussions

The Humanities Discussions category supports series of at least six in-person public programs related to A More Perfect Union: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation's 250th Anniversary. These programs should engage diverse public audiences with humanities resources such as historic artifacts, artwork, or documents, and should be anchored in perspectives presented by humanities experts as speakers, panelists, or discussion leaders, providing context and analysis of program themes. Projects may include, but are not limited to, symposiums, lecture series, reading and discussion programs, analytical discussions of museum collections or theater/musical performances, lifelong learning programs, or other methods of face-to-face audience engagement or informal education. The proposed series should occur over a period of three months to two years.

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Short Documentaries
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Application due: Jan. 8, 2020

The Short Documentaries program supports the production and distribution of documentary films up to 30 minutes that engage audiences with humanities ideas in appealing ways. The program aims to extend the humanities to new audiences through the medium of short documentary films. Films must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology.

The Short Documentaries program supports production of single films or a series of thematically related short films addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs should be intended for regional or national distribution, via broadcast, festivals, and/or online distribution. The subject of the film(s) must be related.

Applications must present clear central ideas in the humanities and must demonstrate a solid command of the humanities scholarship on their subject. Applicants must have consulted with a team of scholarly advisers to develop the intellectual ideas that the program will explore. The scholars must represent fields relevant to the subject matter, have a strong record of research and scholarship in the humanities, and offer diverse perspectives and approaches. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical.

Short Documentaries awards may support activities such as:

  • Meeting with scholars

  • Script refinement

  • Shooting and editing of short films

  • Creation or enhancement of resources, including websites or other digital components, related to the proposed short film(s)

  • Distribution, outreach activities and public engagement related to the proposed short film(s)

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Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Application due: Jan. 30, 2020

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) program 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, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity. 

Cultural institutions, including libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations, face an enormous challenge: to preserve humanities collections that facilitate research, strengthen teaching, and provide opportunities for lifelong learning. To ensure the preservation of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art, and historical objects, cultural institutions must implement measures that slow deterioration and prevent catastrophic loss from emergencies resulting from natural or human activity. They can accomplish this work most effectively through preventive conservation. Preventive conservation encompasses managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft, fire, floods, and other 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 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. Sustainable preventive conservation measures may also aim to prepare and plan for, absorb, respond to, recover from, and more successfully protect collections in the event of emergencies resulting from natural or human activity.

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History of Art Grants Program
Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Letter of Intent due: Mar. 1, 2020
Application due: Apr. 1, 2020

The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies.

Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

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Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Preliminary Proposal due: Sept. 27, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Mar. 30, 2020

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals; developing faculty and library leaders; and recruiting, educating, and retaining the next generation of library and archives professionals. This work may be achieved through projects at various phases of maturity (exploring, piloting, scaling, or enhancing).

Indicators (characteristics) of successful projects in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program are as follows:

  • Broad impact: Successful projects address key needs, high priority gaps, and opportunities for the training and education of library and archives professionals. They should expand the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the workforce, demonstrate potential for far-reaching impact across size and complexity of institutions, and influence theory and practice.

  • Current significance: Successful projects address a critical issue or opportunity for library and archives professionals and build on current strategic initiatives, knowledge, and agendas in these fields. They should be based on a clear understanding of existing work and the broader environments (e.g., economic, demographic, technological, social) in which library and archives professionals operate. It is important to identify, assess, and manage project risks as well as to identify project outcomes and impacts.

  • Strategic collaborations: Successful projects involve key stakeholders and partners. These collaborations should establish or deepen strategic relationships and partnerships or engage intermediaries, both inside and outside of the library and archival fields. Collaborations strengthen expertise, leverage resources and relationships, expand development or implementation of services, and elevate the role of library and archives professionals.

  • Demonstrated expertise: Successful projects articulate a thorough understanding of the current state of and gaps in relevant theory and practice. They should establish how the team possesses the necessary skills, experience, and knowledge to realize significant shifts across the field. They should demonstrate sound theoretical framing as well as the realities of professional practice.

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion: Successful projects thoughtfully address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. They should strive to broaden participation in the library and archives profession through the recruitment, education, and retention of a diverse workforce. They should strive to promote the successful participation of students and trainees from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds and empower library and archives professionals to provide inclusive services to diverse communities.

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National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Preliminary Proposal due: Sept. 27, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Mar. 30, 2020

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) support projects that enhance the quality of library and archive services nationwide by advancing theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. This work may be achieved through proposals at various stages of maturity (exploring, piloting, enhancing, or scaling).

All applications must designate one of the following project categories: 1) Lifelong Learning; 2) Community Catalysts; or 3) National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives. 

The application process for the NLG-L program has two phases. In the first phase (Preliminary Proposal phase), all applicants must submit a two-page preliminary proposal by September 27, 2019. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals in the second phase (Invited Full Proposal phase) of the process. Only invited full proposals will be considered for funding. Invited full proposals will be due March 30, 2020.

Grant Amount: Planning Grants: up to $100,000. National Forum Grants: up to $150,000. Project and Research Grants: up to $1,000,000.

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NEA Grants for Arts Projects 1, FY2021
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Application due: Feb. 13, 2020

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

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups. While we welcome applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, we encourage projects that address any of the following activities below:

  • Celebrate America's creativity and/or cultural heritage.
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as asociety.

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

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Public Scholars
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Application due: Feb. 5, 2020

The Public Scholars program supports the creation of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. It does so by offering grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to publication. Writers with or without an academic affiliation may apply, and no advanced degree is required. The program is intended to: a) encourage non-academic writers to deepen their engagement with the humanities by strengthening the research underlying their books; and b) encourage academic writers in the humanities to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers. NEH especially encourages applications to this program from independent writers, researchers, scholars, and journalists.

The program welcomes projects in all areas of the humanities, regardless of geographic or chronological focus. The resulting books might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic.

Books supported by this program must be written in a readily accessible style, must clearly explain specialized terms and concepts, and must frame their topics to have wide appeal. They should also be carefully researched and authoritative, making appropriate use of primary and/or secondary sources and showing appropriate familiarity with relevant existing publications or scholarship. Applications to write books directed primarily to professional scholars are not suitable.

The program supports projects at any stage of development. Applicants may seek support for the creation of digital or web-based products intended to supplement the book that they propose. Upon completion of their book projects, Public Scholars award recipients are encouraged to serve as ambassadors for the humanities by participating in public events, such as serving as keynote speakers at conferences and offering public lectures at book festivals, library and museum programs, or other events aimed at reaching broad audiences. Additional NEH support for such events may become available.

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NEA Challenge America, FY2021
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Application due: Apr. 9, 2020

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations: those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Provide details about the underserved audience you select in your application using relevant statistics and anecdotal information. Proposals should detail the efforts made to reach the identified underserved population. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.

Challenge America grants:

  • Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.
  • Are limited to the specific types of projects outlined in complete announcement (use URL link, below).
  • Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 cost share/match.

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

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Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Application due: June 30, 2020

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve:

  • Creating or enhancing experimental, computationally based methods, techniques, or infrastructure that contribute to the humanities;

  • Pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society; or

  • Conducting evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement.

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Department of Defense (DOD)

Detect It with Gene Editing Technologies (DIGET)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Proposal Abstract due: Jan. 7, 2020
Full Proposal due: Feb. 25, 2020

The goal of the Detect It with Gene Editing Technologies (DIGET) program is to leverage advances in gene editing technologies to develop low-cost, high-trust, sensitive, multiplexed, rapidly reconfigurable, and fieldable diagnostics and bio-surveillance technologies to address the need for timely and comprehensive threat detection surveillance to support Department of Defense (DoD) stabilization missions and outpace infectious disease.

DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals to develop distributed point-of-need and massively multiplexed gene editing-based nucleic acid detection capabilities for diagnostics and bio-surveillance that address the following areas for technical innovation:

1) development of in silico tools to aid in design of gene editing guides, tools, and assays for detection of pathogen and host biomarker targets;

2) development of foundational enzymes and reporters to enable sensitive and specific detection of nucleic acid targets;

3) incorporation of detection reagents into assays that yield high sensitivity and specificity results in 15 minutes or less and can be rapidly reconfigured for new targets;

4) integration of detection assays into point-of-need diagnostics and massively multiplexed detection (MMD) devices; and

5) algorithms and analytics tools to assist interpretation of complex assays with clearly presented and easily understood results for decision making.

Proposed research should develop innovative technologies to enable usage in field-forward locations and rapid reconfiguration of assays in response to new and emergent threats. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in incremental improvements to the existing state of practice.

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Lasers for Universal Microscale Optical Systems (LUMOS)
Department of Defense (DOD)

Abstract due: Dec. 11, 2019 (1:00 p.m. EST)
Full Proposal due: Feb. 7, 2020 (1:00 p.m. EST)

The objective of Lasers for Universal Microscale Optical Systems (LUMOS) is to bring efficient on-chip optical gain to highly capable integrated photonics platforms and enable complete photonics functionality on a single substrate for disruptive optical microsystems. LUMOS platforms will integrate lasers and amplifiers with high-performance modulators, waveguides, and detectors for diverse use cases, including digital and analog communications, navigation and timing, long-range sensing, microwave signal generation and processing, and quantum sensing and computing. Such uses demand a diversity of material combinations on photonics platforms tailored to address specific application areas.

LUMOS will develop transformative PIC capabilities through heterogeneous integration to achieve integrated photonics scalability along three key directions: complexity, power, and spectrum.

First, LUMOS seeks to dramatically scale the complexity and performance of very-large-scale integration (VLSI) photonic circuits through the development of an active platform that supports the integration of thousands of optical components on a single silicon chip. The fabrication of photonic circuits with greater than 10,000 elements is possible today in high-yield foundry environments, but high optical losses limit the practical benefits of this scalability. LUMOS will add flexible, high-density gain blocks that enable on-chip lasers and amplifiers for complexity scaling, overcoming on-chip losses through gain.

Second, LUMOS seeks to transform high-power integrated photonics capabilities through the co-integration of low-noise, Watt-class lasers and amplifiers with fast analog components. Such a platform is expected to require intimate integration gain with low-loss optical materials capable of high saturation power levels, in combination with materials that support fast radio frequency (RF) modulation and detection for high dynamic range applications.

Finally, LUMOS seeks to create unprecedented capabilities for emerging visible and near-infrared applications through the development of a broadband visible and near-infrared photonics platform. Maximum utility would be achieved by a complete set of advanced components, including modulators, detectors, and narrow linewidth light sources, all capable of supporting operation across a wide spectral regime. These goals may be attained through the intimate combination of high-transparency substrates, direct emission materials at non-telecom wavelengths, and nonlinear nanophotonic devices that enable greater spectral access than individual gain materials can provide.

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Office of Naval Research (ONR) Manufacturing Science Program
Office of Naval Research

White Papers due: Feb. 7, 2020
Proposals due: June 8, 2020

Background:

While the scientific foundations behind most present-day manufacturing technologies have long been established, potential advances in current technologies as well as the development of new manufacturing techniques often require a new scientific knowledge base to provide the foundation for those processes to develop into viable and reliable manufacturing technologies. The Manufacturing Science program addresses the need for fundamental research programs to support these new and novel manufacturing technologies for the Navy.

Recent advances in computational modeling capabilities have facilitated the intelligent design of new manufacturing capabilities, the models to predict their performance, and the experimental strategies to best achieve them. These new predictive models can provide powerful benefits for the development of new manufacturing technologies and the capabilities that can be achieved.

Program Objectives:

The objective of the Manufacturing Science program is to support fundamental scientific research that will help facilitate or enable the advancement/development of manufacturing technologies for Naval components. Research proposals are encouraged to include a modeling component to help direct the research. The focus of the Manufacturing Science program is on Naval manufacturing, preference will be given to Naval-unique or Naval-centric topics. This program has three primary potential focus areas:

& Fundamental research programs needed to support significant advances in current Naval manufacturing technologies,

& Fundamental research programs supporting new or developing Naval manufacturing technologies, or

& Fundamental research programs to design/optimize the materials used in Naval manufacturing technologies

Proposers are encouraged to submit research topics within these broad categories that satisfy the program descriptions listed. Some examples of manufacturing technologies and related topics which may have a Naval relevance are large-scale additive manufacturing, surface finishing of additively manufactured components, superior properties arising from additive manufacturing, Naval alloy development for additive manufacturing (i.e., 5083 equivalent), metamorphic manufacturing, and other new manufacturing techniques/technologies. This list is not comprehensive; novel ideas of other manufacturing processes and materials of interest to the Navy are encouraged.

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Department of Energy (DOE)

Nuclear Energy Undergraduate Scholarships
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Application due: Jan. 16, 2020

This Scholarship Request for Applications (RFA) is for the Integrated University Program (IUP) as administered by the Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) for the 2020-2021 academic year. The IUP works to attract qualified Nuclear Science and Engineering students (NS&E) to nuclear energy professions by providing undergraduate scholarships. Scholarships are awarded for undergraduate study at two- and four-year institutions leading to a major or minor degree or certificate in the fields or disciplines of NS&E relevant to the DOE-NE mission.

The primary mission of the Office of Nuclear Energy is to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the nation's energy, environmental, and national security needs by resolving technical, cost, safety, proliferation resistance, and security barriers through research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) as appropriate. The DOE-NE aims to ensure that an adequate number of high-quality NS&E students will (1) support the need for qualified personnel to develop and maintain the nation's nuclear power technology, (2) enhance educational institutions' capabilities to perform nuclear energy related RD&D, and (3) meet DOE's and the national laboratories' needs for highly trained scientists and engineers in support of DOE-NE programs.

Prospective students are advised that submission of an application implies a commitment, if selected, to the pursuit of study in a program in the NS&E disciplines relevant to nuclear energy. Acceptance of a scholarship is an explicit acceptance of this commitment and assurance that the student will be duly enrolled in an acceptable program beginning Fall 2020.

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Systems Biology Research to Advance Sustainable Bioenergy Crop Development
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Pre-application due: Jan. 27, 2020
Full application due: Mar. 9, 2020

SUMMARY

The DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research that supports the Genomic Science program https://genomicscience.energy.gov. In this FOA, applications are requested for:

i. Systems-level research to improve understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying bioenergy feedstock productivity under changing and at times suboptimal environmental conditions;

 ii. Systems biology-enabled investigations into the role(s) of microbes and microbial communities (including rhizosphere consortia, e.g. bacteria, fungi, diazotrophs, endophytes, viruses) in supporting plant productivity and vigor.

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FY2020 Research Opportunities in High Energy Physics
Department of Energy (DOE)

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Dec. 18, 2019
Full Application due: Jan. 22, 2020

The Department of Energy Office of Science program in High Energy Physics (HEP) hereby invites new and renewal grant applications for support of research programs in high energy physics. The mission of the HEP program is to understand how the universe works at its most fundamental level, which is done by discovering the elementary constituents of matter and energy, probing the interactions between them, and exploring the basic nature of space and time.

The HEP program focuses on three (3) experimental scientific frontiers:

  1. The Energy Frontier--where powerful accelerators are used to create new particles, reveal their interactions, and investigate fundamental forces;
  2. The Intensity Frontier--where intense particle beams and highly sensitive detectors are used to pursue alternate pathways to investigate fundamental forces and particle interactions by studying events that occur rarely in nature, and to provide precision measurements of these phenomena; and
  3. The Cosmic Frontier--where non-accelerator-based experiments observe the cosmos and detect cosmic particles, making measurements of natural phenomena that can provide information about the nature of dark matter, dark energy, and other fundamental properties of the universe that affect our understanding of matter and energy.

Together, these three interrelated and complementary discovery frontiers offer the opportunity to answer some of the most basic questions about the world around us.

Also integral to the mission of HEP are three crosscutting research areas that enable new scientific opportunities by developing the necessary tools and methods for discoveries:

  1. Theoretical High Energy Physics, where the vision and mathematical framework for understanding and extending the knowledge of particles, forces, space-time, and the universe are developed;
  2. Accelerator Science and Technology Research and Development, where the technologies and basic science needed to design, build, and operate the accelerator facilities essential for making new discoveries are developed; and
  3. Detector Research and Development, where the basic science and technologies needed to design and build the High Energy Physics detectors essential for making new discoveries are developed.

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Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH)
Department of Energy (DOE)

Concept Paper due: Jan. 31, 2020
Full Application due: TBD

Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) seeks to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with commercial air travel at minimum economic cost by developing elements of an ultra-high efficient aircraft propulsion system that uses Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels (CNLFs). Since these fuels generally either have lower specific-energies (kWh/kg) or are projected to have higher cost than traditional fossil-based jet fuels, ultra-high conversion efficiency is critical for the economic viability of this approach. An electrified propulsion system framework postulated by ARPA-E could potentially leverage multiple sources of stored energy (e.g., CNLF, batteries, etc.) to facilitate emerging propulsion concepts (e.g., distributed propulsion) and enable net-zero carbon emissions for long range, narrow-body, commercial aircraft.

The objective of the Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) program is the development of one element of the electrified propulsion system framework: a system for the conversion of chemical energy contained in energy dense CNLFs to electric power for aircraft propulsion and hotel loads.

The approach taken in the REEACH program is to pursue the development of the energy storage and power generation sub-system in a four-year effort with two distinct phases:

Phase I: Energy Storage and Power Generation (ESPG) system conceptual design and fuel conversion component risk reduction.

Phase II: Design and developmental prototype demonstration of a sub-scale fuel-to-electric power conversion device using a CNLF.

The current FOA and associated funding applies only to Phase I. However, ARPA-E requires that applicants include proposed task descriptions and budgets for both Phase I and II. Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, projects that achieve technical success in Phase I may, at ARPA-E's sole discretion, proceed to the second phase of the program to develop, fabricate, and test a fuel conversion to power conversion device with power output.

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Computational Tool Development for Integrative Systems Biology Data Analysis
Department of Energy (DOE)

Pre-Application due: Jan. 31, 2020
Full Application due: Apr. 9, 2020

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER), hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research in developing computational approaches that can integrate large, disparate data types from multiple and heterogeneous sources, such as those used in the Genomic Science program (GSP) (http://genomicscience.energy.gov). Research supported by awards resulting from this FOA will promote human understanding of the natural world through analysis of high-throughput biological systems data. BER has an ongoing mission of improving translation from the molecular to cellular realm within scientific disciplines supported by DOE.

BER supports basic research to understand the fundamental nature of biological processes relevant to DOE-supported research in energy and environmental subjects. Within BER, the GSP supports systems biology research on microbial, plant, plant-microbe interactions, and environmental microbial communities. Understanding and harnessing the metabolic and regulatory networks of plants and microbes will enable their design and re-engineering for improved energy resilience and sustainability, including advanced biofuels and bio products.

Research topics appropriate for this FOA include, but are not limited to the development of novel computational, bioinformatics, statistical, algorithmic, or analytical approaches, tool kits, or software for:

  • Innovative computational strategies to enhance, scale, and optimize the management and processing throughput of large, complex, and heterogeneous systems biology data generated across scales for effective integration and interpretation;
  • The integration of omics data with biochemical and biophysical measurements to provide insights into fundamental biological processes and to identify novel biological paradigms;
  • The derivation of a systems-level understanding from orthogonal datasets of microbial cultures and communities, via the development of integrated networks and computational models;
  • Data integration approaches and new software frameworks for management and analysis of large-scale, multimodal and multiscale data that enhance the transparency of approach, effectiveness and efficiency of the data processing;
  • Data mining for the comparative analysis across large-scale data sets to infer microbial community composition and interactions or microbial community analysis to handle a wide range of functional genomics data types.

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Department of Health & Human Services

Improving Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in Older Adults (R18)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Agency LOI due: Jan. 21, 2020
Full Application due: Feb. 20, 2020

The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid crisis that is affecting people from all walks of life. Regulators and policy makers have initiated many activities to curb the crisis, but relatively little attention has been paid to the growing toll of opioid use, opioid misuse, and OUD in older adults. Between 2010 and 2015, the rate of opioid-related inpatient stays and Emergency Department (ED) visits increased for people 65 years old or older by 34% and 74% respectively. This includes older adults who experienced common side effects from opioids such as constipation, confusion, nausea, falls, etc., as well as overdoses.

The opioid crisis in older adults is strongly related to challenges in prescription opioid management in this population. Older adults have a high prevalence of chronic pain. Pain is linked to disability and loss of function, reduced mobility, falls, depression, anxiety, sleep disorder, social isolation, and also to suicide and suicidal ideation. Until recently, chronic pain in older adults was often treated primarily with long-term opioid prescriptions. In 2016, a third of the more than 40 million Americans enrolled in Medicare Part D received prescription opioids and a substantial number received higher doses than recommended for prolonged periods of time.  However, for some chronic conditions there is little evidence that opioids are effective or there is evidence that other treatments are as effective and safer. A comprehensive, person-centered, approach to pain management in older adults that includes opioids, other medications, and complementary and integrative care could both improve pain control and function, and at the same time reduce the harms of unnecessary opioid exposure.

The goal of this FOA is to fund projects that develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate strategies allowing primary care practices to optimize pain management in their older adult patients, prescribe and monitor appropriate opioid use so as to minimize adverse events and addiction risk, and identify and treat OUD. These strategies should build on evidence-based guidelines and, where possible, tested tools.  AHRQ is seeking applications that focus primarily on primary care, although other settings may be incorporated into the project as part of the continuum of care for patients based within a primary care setting.  AHRQ is not seeking applications that address populations other than older adults or that take place exclusively in settings other than primary care (e.g., emergency departments, assisted living or nursing homes, specialty settings).

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Improving Quality of Care and Patient Outcomes During Care Transitions (R01)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Application due: Feb. 5, 2020

The overarching objective for Improving Quality of Care and Patient Outcomes During Care Transitions (R01) is to support large-scale health services research projects that seek to test promising health information technology solutions to facilitate communication and care coordination as patients transition between providers, health care settings, and their communities. Research should be designed to rigorously test solutions that enable or facilitate care transitions between providers, health care settings, and the community. A theoretical framework should inform the research study and incorporate the use of a Care Transitions Model [e.g., Chronic Care Model (CCM), Project Re-engineered Discharge (RED), Care Transitions Intervention (CTI), and INTERACT] when appropriate.

Optimizing communication and coordination of services is critical to maintaining continuity of timely, safe, and high-quality care during transitions. Coordination and arrangement of care, communication amongst all stakeholders, and patient and family education are pivotal to optimizing the management of care transitions. Accordingly, this FOA is focused on three research areas of interest. Examples of research projects responsive to this FOA include but are not limited to those expressed within the following research areas of interest:

  • Care transitions between primary care, acute care, and specialty providers
  • Care transitions between different institutional care settings
  • Care transitions with a focus on patients, their families and communities

All projects must:

  • Describe the healthcare practice setting(s) for the research;
  • Describe the patient population(s) impacted by the research;
  • Describe the intervention and earlier work indicating its readiness for a large research project;
  • Evaluate the usability of the solutions in care transitions;
  • Evaluate and measure: 1) The extent that the information exchanged during the care transition was used, easily used, and useful; and 2) Improvement in relevant patient outcomes and reduction in adverse events;
  • Describe how technology modifications, systems, or tools will be designed from the outset to be easily adopted by other providers and teams in the organization and how the project will be designed to scale across the organization and beyond to other, similar organizations. Successful applications will clearly demonstrate how the resulting innovation can be sustained and adopted by other settings, and they will develop an innovative and leading-edge dissemination strategy that will be implemented during the final year of the grant.

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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) / Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

Application due: Feb. 12, 2020

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Created in 1995, OVW administers grant programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership on issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. OVW grants support coordinated community responses to hold offenders accountable and serve victims.

The Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program encourages developing and strengthening effective security and investigation strategies to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campuses, developing and strengthening victim services in cases involving such crimes on campuses (that include partnerships with local criminal justice authorities and community-based victim services agencies), and developing and strengthening prevention education and awareness programs.

In FY 2020, OVW is interested in supporting the priority areas identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration:

  1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement, increasing prosecution, and promoting effective prevention.
  2. Increase efforts to combat stalking.
  3. Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The award period is 36 months. Budgets must reflect 36 months of project activity, and the total "estimated funding" on the SF-424 must reflect 36 months. OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2020.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

National Priorities: Research on Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Impacts in Rural Communities and Agricultural Operations
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Application due: Feb. 11, 2020

A high-priority research area identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to expand the understanding of the environmental risks posed by per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and identify practical approaches to manage their potential environmental impacts. EPA is issuing this funding opportunity to support research to better understand the behaviors and potential impacts of PFAS in rural communities and agricultural operations. PFAS are a broad group of compounds that have unique properties which have resulted in their widespread use in industrial, commercial and consumer applications and products.

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of manufactured chemicals that have been produced since the 1940s which are designed to resist heat, water, and oil. The PFAS chemical family is diverse and has many applications as components of surfactants, waxes, fluids, polymers and other materials. Used in a variety of consumer and industrial products, PFAS are highly water soluble, persistent, and some may be bioaccumulative.

Toxicological evidence suggests that sufficiently high dose levels may result in cancer, liver damage, high cholesterol, endocrine disruption, and immune suppression. While perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are no longer produced domestically by the companies participating in the PFOA Stewardship Program, these substances may still be imported and used by companies not participating in the PFOA Stewardship Program.

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Foundations

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include:

  • examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and
  • exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

Researchers, as well as practitioners and public and private policy-makers working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be initiated from within many disciplines, including health services research, economics, sociology, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law and business administration. RWJF encourages proposals from organizations on behalf of researchers who are just beginning their careers, who can serve either individually as principal investigators or as part of a project team comprising researchers or other collaborators with more experience.

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Education Reform - Shape Public Policy
Walton Family Foundation, Inc

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Environment Program
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

All organizations interested in applying for a grant from the Environment Program should read the Environment Program homepage. Depending on the nature of your organization's work, you may also want to read the Western Conservation page and the Western Conservation grant guidelines; the Energy and Climate page and Energy and Climate grant guidelines; and the Serving Bay Area Communities page before submitting a Letter of Inquiry. 

Our Approach

  • The vast majority of the grants we make are to organizations that work on policy development and advocacy because we think policy change provides the greatest opportunity to reach our goals.
  • We pursue our strategies with a focus on engaging the people and organizations most needed to achieve our goals. An important aspect of this approach is building a broad base of support among those not traditionally involved in environmental protection.
  • We are outcome focused and whenever possible use quantitative metrics to track progress toward goals.
  • Our Western Conservation grantmaking embraces the region west of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada, and includes Alaska, but not Hawaii.
  • Our Energy and Climate grantmaking is global.
  • Our grants for clean transportation mainly support work in China, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States.
  • We fund the vast majority of our Energy and Climate grants though large grants to organizations like the ClimateWorks Foundation and the Energy Foundation, which in turn make smaller grants to a variety of organizations.
  • When there is a high degree of alignment between our goals and those of a grantee, we often will provide general operating support rather than project support.
  • In some cases, we provide support to develop the organizational health and efficiency of our grantees.
  • Our Serving Bay Area Communities grantmaking funds efforts to improve outdoor recreational opportunities, urban parks, and access to transit in the San Francisco Bay Area and to minimize environmental threats in the region's disadvantaged communities.

If you think your project or organization fits within our guidelines, you are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry for our Western Conservation, Energy and Climate, or Serving Bay Area Communities grantmaking. Please use the online Letter of Inquiry. Letters of Inquiry are accepted at any time. Do not submit full proposals until invited to do so; uninvited proposals will not be read.

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Grants for Organizations
Ford Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

For grant-seeking organizations, the Ford Foundation grant making focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. If your project reflects these priorities, you may submit a grant inquiry using the online form. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The foundation funds projects under the following focal areas: 

  • Democratic and Accountable Government
  • Economic Fairness 
  • Educational Opportunity and Scholarship
  • Freedom of Expression 
  • Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice
  • Human Rights 
  • Metropolitan Opportunity 
  • Sustainable Development 

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Grants Program
Dell (Susan & Michael) Foundation

There is no deadline for grant applications.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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Grants Program
Spencer (W.L.S.) Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

The Foundation funds initiatives that embrace and encourage creativity and risk taking. The Foundation likes the leverage that arises from seed grants, challenge grants, and matching grants.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The program areas are:

ARTS - The Foundation funds educational activities, publications and outreach associated with innovative art and/or contemporary art exhibitions, especially those focusing on contemporary Asian Art. The Foundation is interested in projects that encourage knowledge about art and culture, foster international understanding, and are supported by academic scholarship.

EDUCATION - The Foundation funds programs that are innovative and that motivate children to stay in school, do well academically, and continue on in their education beyond high school (to college or other higher education opportunities). In this area, the Foundation may continue to fund programs that it believes in, and the Foundation may fund the replication of a successful program in a new site. The Foundation tends to fund programs that are national or regional in nature, but which have a chapter in San Francisco.

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Grants Program
RGK Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. While RGK Foundation has no geographic restrictions, funding is limited to projects conducted within the United States.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.

Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The Foundation supports a variety of Community Improvement programs including those that enhance non-profit management and promote philanthropy and voluntarism. Youth development programs supported by the Foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life. The Foundation is also interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology.

The Foundation's current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS.

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Grants Program
Hearst Foundations

Proposals are accepted year round

SYNOPSIS: 

The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address important issues within its major areas of interests - education, health, culture, and social service - and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. In each area of funding, the Foundations look to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

CULTURE - The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those which enable engagement by young people and create a lasting impression. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent.

EDUCATION - The Hearst Foundations fund educational institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society. The Foundations' focus is largely on higher education, but they also fund innovative models of early childhood and K-12 education, as well as professional development.

HEALTH - The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. In response to the shortage of healthcare professionals necessary to meet the country's evolving needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. Because the Foundations seek to use their funds to create a broad and enduring impact on the nation's health, support for medical research and the development of young investigators is also considered.

SOCIAL SERVICE - The Hearst Foundations fund direct-service organizations that tackle the roots of chronic poverty by applying effective solutions to the most challenging social and economic problems. The Foundations prioritize supporting programs that have proven successful in facilitating economic independence and in strengthening families. Preference is also given to programs with the potential to scale productive practices in order to reach more people in need.

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Media Grantmaking
MacArthur (John D. & Catherine T.) Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

MacArthur's goal in media grantmaking is to provide the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs programming. In a media environment characterized by proliferating information sources of varying degrees of reliability, the Foundation seeks to support serious, fact-based journalism for television, radio and the web, the type of original reporting that is likely to be blogged about, linked to, tweeted, and otherwise circulated throughout the Internet. Programs supported by the Foundation inform and educate their viewers about important and under-reported topics, provide balance and accurate information, encourage global conversations, and use technology to tell stories in engaging and interactive ways.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

MacArthur supports the production of social-issue documentary films on important contemporary topics, intended for a broad audience, particularly in the U.S. Over the last 30 years, we have supported over 200 films by some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers in the country. Their documentary work combines exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. Many of these films have had a long life beyond festivals and broadcast, and been used in educational, community, and policymaking settings over many years, sparking conversations and activities that contribute to social and policy change.

Through an open call process, the program seeks to fund documentary projects that address the significant social challenges of our time or explore important but under-reported topics. Domestic and international topics are welcome, and preference will be given to projects that align with one of MacArthur's grantmaking areas. Support will be provided primarily for production and post-production activities, and to experienced filmmakers based in the U.S. with track records of completing excellent feature-length films that have been broadcast nationally and internationally and received critical recognition.

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Program Area Funding
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Letters of inquiry are required and are accepted on a rolling basis
Full submissions are by invitation only

SYNOPSIS: 

The Foundation supports leaders and institutions working to achieve a biologically rich, sustainable world where all families can plan for their children and all children reach their potential. We work on the issues our founders cared about most. 

Program Areas: 

  • Conservation and Science
  • Population and Reproductive Health 
  • Children, Families, and Communities
  • Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy 

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

The Foundation makes grants year-round.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

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

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2020 Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards
Simons Foundation

Reference Letters due: Oct. 30, 2019
Agency LOI due: Nov. 5, 2019
Full Application due: Feb. 21, 2020

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 the Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the field of marine microbial ecology and evolution who will advance our understanding through experiments, modeling or theory. Projects focusing on the microbiomes of animals or plants or on paleontological records will not be considered this year. Investigators with backgrounds in different fields are encouraged to apply.

Grants will be for $180,000 USD per year, including indirect costs (limited to 20 percent of modified total direct costs), for a period of three years, subject to annual reviews and continuation of research in areas relevant to the purpose of this program. Appropriate expenses include salary support for the investigator and postdoctoral and graduate research assistants, travel, equipment, supplies and other research expenses. Awards will begin April 1, 2020.

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DEPSCoR: Defense Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research
EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation

White Paper and Supporting Documentation due: Oct. 25, 2019
Proposal due (by invitation only): Feb. 14, 2020

The objectives for the Defense Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) are to: (1) enhance the capabilities of institutions of higher education (IHE) in eligible States and Territories to develop, plan, and execute science and engineering (S&E) research that is relevant to the mission of the DoD and competitive under the peer-review systems used for awarding Federal research assistance; (2) increase the number of university researchers in eligible States/Territories capable of performing S&E research responsive to the needs of the DoD; and (3) increase the probability of long-term growth in the competitively awarded financial assistance that IHE in eligible States/Territories receive from the Federal Government for S&E research.

This funding opportunity aims to create basic research collaborations between a pair of researchers, namely (1) Applicant/Principal Investigator (PI), a non-previously DoD-funded, full-time faculty member with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct the proposed research as the principal investigator; and (2) Collaborator/co-Principal Investigator (co-PI), an investigator who will serve as a mentor to the Applicant and was previously funded by DoD within the last seven years. This structure is aimed at introducing potential PIs to the DoD's unique research challenges and its supportive research ecosystem.

To address the program's aim, DEPSCoR will focus on capacity building through human and technical resources by soliciting applications in a DEPSCoR competition. DEPSCoR seeks proposals that advance knowledge in fundamental science involving bold and ambitious research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes such as disrupting accepted theories and perspectives.

The Basic Research Office anticipates approximately $3.6 million in total funding will be made available for this program to fund approximately six awards up to $600,000 (total cost) each. Each award will be funded up to $200,000 (total cost) per year for three years in the form of a grant.

For more information and/or a complete copy of the funding opportunity announcement, please contact Jessica Molesworth, Executive Director, EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation, at jmolesworth@eifdc.org or (202) 737-6567.

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McKnight Scholar Awards
McKnight Foundation / McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

Application due: Jan. 1, 2020

The McKnight Foundation is inviting applications for its McKnight Scholar Awards.

The Scholar Awards is a program of the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, that 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. The program seeks to support promising young investigators in the early stages of an independent research career and give them the opportunity to develop their work on critical problems in brain science.

To that end, up to six scholars will receive awards of $75,000 per year for up to three years in support of research with the potential to have immediate, significant impact on issues that are clinically relevant. Funds may be used in any way that facilitates the development of the scholar's research program but not for indirect costs.

To be eligible, applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., or other suitable doctorate; a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor (and have served in that position for less than four years); and, if not a citizen of the United States, documentation that the sponsoring institution has government approval for him/her to work in the U.S.

See the McKnight Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions or click on the program link below.

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Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
Simons Foundation

Agency LOI due: Oct. 3, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Feb. 13, 2020

The Simons Foundation's Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Collaborations in MPS program. The aim of the program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in 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 questions addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering them would constitute a major scientific milestone. The project should have clearly defined initial activities and goals by which progress and success can be measured.

The project should involve outstanding researchers in 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.

Each collaboration is led by a collaboration director, who is expected to determine the scientific agenda, coordinate the scientific activities of the other members, determine (in collaboration with the other members) the scientific themes, coordinate a collaboration website, and organize collaboration meetings and activities as appropriate, including a two-day annual meeting at the foundation. The director will be the foundation's main point of contact for the activities of the collaboration and will be responsible for monitoring the overall progress of the research effort and deciding on research directions and personnel as the collaboration evolves.

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Research Awards
Simons Foundation

Application due: Jan. 10, 2020

The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance. To this end, we solicit applications for SFARI Research Awards from individuals who will conduct bold and rigorous research. 

The goal of the Research Award is to provide support for investigation of key unresolved research questions in autism, particularly those that connect genetic etiologies to brain function and behavior. SFARI welcomes risk and novelty in Research Award proposals, but potential impact on the autism research field will be the most important criterion. Competitive applications will have preliminary data or other relevant groundwork that justifies substantial investment in the proposed topic.

While SFARI remains open to persuasive arguments for the relevance of any particular project, Research Awards should be aligned with SFARI's scientific perspectives. Below are a few examples of types of research questions that address SFARI's overarching goals:

  • Biological convergence: Given the ever-growing list of genetic risk factors for ASD, it will be important to explore whether biological convergence occurs at the molecular, cellular, circuit or behavioral levels. When convergence is observed, how does it relate to other levels of biological complexity and inform potential opportunities for intervention?
  • Developmental trajectories: How do risk factors for ASD affect biological systems across different stages of development? What are the critical time points, and do they differ by biological mechanism or genetic etiology? How does this inform efforts to develop interventions?
  • Major hypotheses: Several intriguing hypotheses merit rigorous testing of their validity and generalizability, in addition to suitability for therapeutic follow-up. Examples include excitatory-inhibitory neural imbalance; etiological roles for sensory dysfunction in the development of social phenotypes in autism, and causative roles of certain cell types or brain areas, such as glutamatergic cortical neurons; or the striatum.

The above-mentioned topics are neither exhaustive nor exclusionary but are illustrative of key research issues in autism that may be appropriate for investigation through a Research Award.

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Transatlantic Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Research
The Leducq Foundation

Agency LOI due: Sept. 5, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Feb. 14, 2020

The Leducq Foundation an international grant-making organization comprised of the Fondation Leducq in Paris, the Leducq Foundation for Cardiovascular Research in Houston (a U.S.-based 501(c)(3)), and the Leducq Corporation, in Boston, MA, which provides administrative services to the grant-making entities, dedicated to improving human health through international efforts to combat cardiovascular and neurovascular disease.

In support of this mission, the Leducq Foundation has created the Transatlantic Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Research Program, which promotes internationally collaborative basic, translational, and clinical research in cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. The principal aim of this program is to foster outstanding and innovative scientific research by bringing together international teams of researchers with complementary expertise and resources to work together on a common thematic problem.

The proposals should aim to generate new knowledge with the potential to advance the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular and/or neurovascular disease. Early career investigators play a vital role in these networks, which provide an excellent context for training and career development in cardiovascular and neurovascular research.

In the 2019-2020 application cycle, the Leducq Foundation will award four Transatlantic Network of Excellence grants, each for an amount not to exceed U.S. $6,000,000 over five years.

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Food System Vision Prize
The Rockefeller Foundation

Early Submission due: Dec. 5, 2019
Application and Vision final due date: Jan. 31, 2020

The Rockefeller Foundation has partnered with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO to amplify the discourse on the state and the future of the world's many food systems. The Foundation seeks to empower communities globally to develop actionable solutions and become protagonists in their own food future. The creation of a compelling and progressive Vision for the future of our food system requires a culture of collaboration that rallies industry, policy, academia, and society to act as one. The challenges seem ominous: a global population approaching ten billion, greenhouse gasses changing our climate, pollution poisoning our soil, air, and water. Yet, there are opportunities to address them if people act together to transform the food system.

To that end, a total of $2 million will be distributed to the top "Visionaries," who will be eligible to receive a prize of $200,000 each.

Participants in the competition may submit their Visions at any point during the Open Submission Phase and are encouraged to publish an initial post of their submission by the Early Submission Deadline of December 5, 2019. Participants who publish their submission by the deadline will have the opportunity to attend an invitation-only webinar with members of the Rockefeller Foundation's Food team, the sponsor of the prize. No preference will be given to participants who submit early; however, participants who do so may benefit from the opportunity to connect with other participants, seek feedback on their submission, and engage with the OpenIDEO community team. All published submissions may be updated until January 31, 2020.

After the initial Open Submission Phase, semi-finalists will advance to the Refinement Phase, where participants will be expected to a) further develop and update their Vision statements; b) respond to new application prompts on the Prize platform; and c) include feasibility and data considerations in a further advanced submission.

For more information and/or to sign up for the email list to receive tools, resources, and announcements, visit Food System Vision Prize website (link, below).

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Research Grants on Education: Large
The Spencer Foundation

Agency LOI due: Jan. 14, 2020
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Feb. 7, 2020

The Spencer Foundation, the only national foundation focused exclusively on supporting education research, is inviting applications for its Research Grants on Education program, which provides support to education research projects with the potential to contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.

Through the program, the foundation supports work that fosters creative and open-minded scholarship, engages in deep inquiry, and examines robust questions related to education. To this end, the program will support proposals with multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, and from scholars at various stages in their career.

Proposals may span a wide range of topics and disciplines that creatively investigate questions central to education, including education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, and neuroscience. Researchers may incorporate data from multiple and varied sources that spans a length of time sufficient enough to achieve a depth of understanding and/or work closely with practitioners or community members over the life of the project.

Research may utilize a wide array of research methods, including quantitative, qualitative, ethnographies, design-based, participatory, historical, and mixed. Projects that thoughtfully consider the trajectories, implications, and potential impacts of their findings, including how the knowledge may be shared and used across the field, in practice, in policy making, or with the broader public, are encouraged. (The program is "field-initiated," in that proposals are not requested in response to a specific research topic, discipline, design, or method.)

Through the program, projects with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 over one to five years will be supported.

See the Spencer Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas
The Greenwall Foundation

Agency LOI due: Jan. 6, 2020
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): TBA

The Greenwall Foundation has issued an RFP for its program, Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas.

The program seeks to support research that can help resolve an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical, biomedical, or public health decision-making, policy, or practice, and welcomes all innovative proposals with potential to have a real-world impact. The foundation is particularly interested in proposals that address the ethical and policy issues raised by the following topics: developments in artificial intelligence; responses to the opioid epidemic; bias and discrimination in clinical care against patients or clinicians based on a broad range of characteristics; advances in biomedical and clinical research and their translation into clinical practice; and healthcare access, costs, and resource allocation. Projects may be empirical, conceptual, or normative.

Mentored projects in which a postdoctoral fellow or junior faculty member works closely with an experienced bioethics scholar will be supported. The foundation will also consider pilot or feasibility projects to evaluate an innovative intervention that resolves a bioethics dilemma, with the goal of obtaining funding from other sources for a larger evaluation or demonstration project. Some highly promising projects may be funded for an initial phase, with additional funding contingent on achieving clear milestones.

Successful applicants commonly include a bioethics scholar and persons with on-the-ground experience that is relevant to the particular bioethics dilemma being addressed (e.g., in clinical care; biomedical research; a biotechnology, pharmaceutical, big data, and artificial intelligence company; or public service). Applicants are also encouraged to engage with relevant lay or community stakeholders throughout the project.

Letters of Intent are due January 6, 2020. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

See the Greenwall Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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PCF-Pfizer Global Challenge Awards
Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and Pfizer, Inc.

LOI due: Dec. 3, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Mar. 23, 2020

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world's leading philanthropic organization dedicated to funding life-saving prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised nearly $800 million to support cutting-edge research by 2,200 scientists at 220 leading cancer centers in 22 countries around the world. Nearly every FDA-approved treatment for prostate cancer since 2004 was seeded and supported by PCF. The overall scientific goal of PCF is to cure prostate cancer. Learn more at https://www.pcf.org/.

Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) supports the global healthcare community's independent initiatives (e.g., research, quality improvement or education) to improve patient outcomes in areas of unmet medical need that are aligned with Pfizer's medical and/or scientific strategies. Pfizer's GMG competitive grant program involves a publicly posted RFP that provides detail regarding a specific area of interest, sets timelines for review and approval, and works with a partner organization or an external review panel to make final grant decisions.

Organizations are invited to submit a proposal that addresses the specific gaps in research, practice or care as outlined in the specific RFP. For all Investigator Sponsored Research (ISRs) and general research grants, the grant requester (and ultimately the grantee) is responsible for the design, implementation, sponsorship, and conduct of the independent initiative supported by the grant, including compliance with any regulatory requirements. Pfizer must not be involved in any aspect of study protocol or project development, nor the conduct or monitoring of the research program.

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Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering
The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Application due: Apr. 2, 2020

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation announces the establishment of the Dreyfus Program for Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering. The goal of this program is to further the understanding and applications of machine learning throughout the chemical sciences, thereby providing new opportunities.

In view of the increasing attention to and expectations for the profound impacts that artificial intelligence and data science will have on physical science and engineering, the Dreyfus Foundation plans to make strategic investments in machine learning for the chemical sciences and engineering, both to advance the field in these areas, and to help position the chemical sciences field to best avail itself of the broad agency opportunities for research support that are emerging. The Foundation is enthusiastic about the potential for machine learning to produce useful fundamental and practical insights in chemical research.

Below are some examples of areas this program may support:

  • molecular synthesis, including mechanisms, techniques, and applications
  • theory, computation, or physical properties of molecules or materials
  • rates and mechanisms of new chemical processes
  • new or improved materials and materials applications
  • postdoctoral support for collaborations that combine chemical science research with machine learning expertise
  • collaborative sabbaticals, extended visits, and meetings
  • education, e.g., new courses, seminar series, massive open online courses (MOOC)
  • public libraries of chemistry and chemical engineering data for use in machine learning

Note that proposals are not restricted to the areas described above.

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The Lyle Spencer Research Awards Program
Spencer Foundation

Letter of Intent due: Feb. 27, 2020
Full application due: TBD

The Lyle Spencer Research Awards Program supports intellectually ambitious research projects that aspire to transform education with budgets between $525,000 and $1 million and project durations of up to five years. We accept applications for this signature program once per year.

A clearly articulated commitment to lasting improvement distinguishes the Lyle Spencer Awards from our other research award programs. We hope to engage the research community in thinking big: to do work that is thoughtful, critical of prevailing assumptions, self-critical about the work and its limitations, and relevant to the aim of building knowledge for the "lasting improvement in education" that our founder Lyle Spencer challenged his foundation to promote.

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Bioscience Research Projects
Whitehall Foundation

Agency LOI due: Jan. 15, 2020
Full Application (by invitation only): June 1, 2020

The Whitehall Foundation works to advance scholarly research in the life sciences through its research grants and grants-in-aid programs. It is the foundation's policy to support those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not broadly supported by federal agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. The foundation emphasizes the support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest.

To that end, the foundation invites LOIs for two grant programs:

Research -- Grants of up to $225,000 over three years will be awarded to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States. Grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose.

Grants-in-Aid -- One-year grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to researchers at the assistant-professor level who have difficulty competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists.

The foundation is 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 outputs or brain mechanisms of behavior.

To be eligible, applicants must hold the position of assistant professor or higher; have principal investigator status; and be considered an "independent investigator" with his/her own dedicated lab space or with lab space independent of another investigator.

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Pediatric Research: Children's Health and Nutrition
Gerber Foundation

Concept Paper due: Nov. 15, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Aug. 15, 2020

The Gerber Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of infants and young children, with an emphasis on children under three years of age.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for research projects aimed at identifying solutions to common everyday issues and problems in the field of children's health and nutrition. The foundation is particularly interested in projects offering substantial promise of meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of diseases and those with broad and general applicability.

Research program focus areas identified by the foundation include:

Pediatric Health -- Projects that promote health and prevent or treat disease. The foundation is particularly interested in applied research projects focused on reducing the incidence of neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or those improving cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of development.

Pediatric Nutrition -- Projects that assure adequate nutrition to infants and young children, including applied research that evaluates the provision of specific nutrients and their related outcomes.

Environmental Hazards (Nutrient Competitors) -- Projects that document the impact of, or ameliorate the effects of, environmental hazards on the growth and development of infants and young children.

Major target areas for research include new diagnostic tools that may be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, or less invasive; treatment regimens that are novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have fewer side effects, and/or provide optimal dosing; symptom relief; preventative measures; assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.); and risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.

The foundation is interested in supporting projects that will result in "new" information, treatments, or tools that result in a change in practice; it rarely funds projects that are focused on sharing current information with parents or caregivers.

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W.M. Keck Foundation - Research Grant Programs
W.M. Keck Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 23, 2020
Pre-application counseling calls starting July 1, 2020
Phase I Application due: Nov. 2, 2020; Full proposal due (by invitation only): Feb. 15, 2021

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. Senior, Mid and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 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, questioning 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.

Internal MSU Procedure: 

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a Limited Submission Pre-Proposal and select the sponsor, W.M. Keck Foundation (WMKECK), and the program, Grants Programs.
  2. Include your Letter of Intent (LOI, whitepaper) and CV as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The LOI/whitepaper can be two pages long and the maximum length for the CV is also two pages.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is March 23, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Phase I Applications will be due at the Sponsor by November 2, 2020. Full Proposals will be due at the Sponsor (by invitation only) by February 15, 2021.
  4. The OSP Proposal Services office is available for assistance. Contact Elizabeth Brock, Pre-Award Specialist at ebrock@montana.edu, or Sandy Sward, OSP Director, at ssward@montana.edu.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Apr. 8, 2020

NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing.  Applications must clearly articulate a project's value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research.  Projects may be at any stage of development.

NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars.

Applicants interested in research projects that are either born digital or require mainly digital expression and digital publication are encouraged to apply instead for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

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

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

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

Standard Due Dates

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

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

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

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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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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health

Click on the link below to view a weekly update of NIH funding opportunities.

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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Posted Jan. 24, 2020

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

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Complex Integrated Multi-Component Projects in Aging Research (U19)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Dec. 26, 2019
Full Application due: Jan. 27, 2020

This FOA allows for applications that propose large-scale, complex research projects with multiple highly integrated components focused on a common research question relevant to aging. Such projects will likely involve an integrated multidisciplinary team of investigators within a single institution or a consortium of institutions. Resources and study expertise will be tightly coordinated across multiple sites or cores, such as:

  • One or more coordinating centers
  • Clinical or study sites
  • Specialized cores, such as for data management and analysis, measurement and phenotyping, animal models, etc.

Examples of the kinds of studies supported under this announcement include, but are not limited to, one or a combination of the following:

  • Large-scale longitudinal observational studies of diseases or conditions that are common in aging populations involving integration of multiple clinical outcomes with molecular, genetic, or other mechanistic data.
  • Large-scale, multi-site intervention studies in human subjects and/or animal models for aging-related conditions involving multiple endpoints to assess efficacy or effectiveness and to elucidate mechanisms.
  • Translation of basic science findings into pre-clinical or clinical studies, or of clinical findings into practice or community settings, for prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of aging-related conditions, requiring coordination of broad multidisciplinary expertise across multiple settings.

The structure and approach of proposed projects will vary depending on the hypotheses under study; however, it is expected that all projects will focus on an overarching scientific question that integrates all study components into a unified whole.

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Lipid Signaling in Healthspan and Longevity Regulation (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Jan. 3, 2020
Full Application due: Feb. 3, 2020

Lipids are small, hydrophobic molecules with important roles in nutrition, health, and disease. Numerous lipids also act as important intra- and inter-cellular signaling molecules, including as ligands to G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and transcription factors, as allosteric modulators, and by direct covalent modification of proteins where heterogeneity of acyl chains within general classes of lipids can result in distinct cellular signaling properties. To date, limited evidence suggests that diverse lipid signaling pathways can modulate lifespan. Interestingly, human lipidomics studies hint at an association between plasma lipid composition and long life, where higher ratios of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) to polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) appear to favor longevity.

Despite recent advancements in lipidomics, few studies have utilized these technologies toward the characterization of age-associated changes in lipid classes or species, especially outside of the domain of plasma contents. Moreover, lipid flux studies that would likely provide key information on how new or existing lipid metabolic pathways are altered in the aging process are largely lacking. In the context of lipid changes, it would be important to identify specific cells and organelles responsible for the generation of lipid signaling molecules. Emerging evidence has shown that lipid droplets, lysosomes, and mitochondria are key organelles responsible for generating lipid signaling molecules that modulate key cellular networks and ultimately influence healthspan. Yet much work is needed to identify the lipid molecules and the pathways responsible for their production and modes of action during aging. Finally, dietary lipid composition, while important in determining the composition of downstream lipid metabolites, has largely been overlooked in dietary studies, including caloric restriction and various fasting regimens. These apparent gaps provide opportunities to further expand upon both the mechanism and translational aspects of MUFAs and other beneficial dietary lipids.

The goal of Lipid Signaling in Healthspan and Longevity Regulation (R01) is to enhance our understanding of mechanistic links connecting lipid metabolism and signaling to aging and longevity regulation including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Characterization of the relative abundance and flux of lipid species in various tissues and sub-cellular compartments across the lifespan to provide information needed to drive more hypothesis-driven studies
  • Identification of the lipid species generated by mitochondria, lipid droplets, and lysosomes and the pathways responsible for their mechanisms of action in influencing healthspan and longevity
  • Investigation of mechanisms by which lipid metabolic pathways and associated organelles impact healthspan regulation
  • Characterization of cell autonomous and cell non-autonomous regulatory roles of known lipids (ketone bodies, MUFAs, oleolethanolamide (OEA), endocannabinoids, etc.) in influencing the aging process
  • Evaluation of the importance of dietary lipid composition as a modulator of dietary interventions

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Testing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Feb. 5, 2020

This FOA seeks applications for multi-level physical activity interventions that are designed to increase physical activity or reduce sedentary behavior among specific populations, and are based on well-established theory and existing data. The proposed intervention must include physical activity change as a primary outcome and be designed to test statistically significant differences in the outcome based on the intervention over the one- to two-year intervention period.

Secondary outcomes of interest include: persistent post-treatment conditions or toxicities affecting physical and cognitive function, cardiorespiratory fitness, skeletal-muscle and bone health, substance abuse, smoking cessation, cognition and memory, age-related chronic conditions/multi-morbidities, cardiovascular disease, prevention of secondary conditions (such as decrement in skeletal muscle strength and functioning, decline in bone and joint health) as they impact rehabilitation outcomes (reduced impairment, improved function, or reduced disability), inflammation, insulin resistance, sex hormones, insulin or insulin-like growth factors or their binding proteins, glucose metabolism, leptin and other adipokines, immunologic or inflammatory factors, oxidative stress and DNA damage or repair capacity, angiogenesis, or prostaglandins, dyslipidemia, dysglycemia, atherosclerosis, and obesity. Where inclusion of obesity as secondary outcome occurs, the intervention should principally aim to improve physical activity or reduce sedentary behavior and include rationale for health benefit independent of weight loss.

Applicants are encouraged to use the Socio-Ecological Model as a framework for conceptualizing ways to develop a multilevel intervention (i.e. incorporating intervention targets at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, community, and/or public policy levels). For example, an intervention might include pedometer-based challenges at the interpersonal level, as well as the initiation/strengthening of joint-use agreements for community members to use school recreation facilities at the public policy level. A different intervention might focus on methods for enhancing motivation at the intrapersonal level and creating online social support groups for physical activity at the interpersonal level. Policy or built environmental intervention across worksites at an organizational level may be paired with individually targeted intervention components to promote physical activity. There are many ways for an intervention to qualify as multilevel.

Settings for the interventions can include but are not limited to healthcare settings, worksites, households, schools, green space, parks and recreation centers, other community organizations and settings, or entire communities.

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The Biological Mechanisms of Metformin Effects on Aging and Longevity (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Dec. 23, 2019
Full Application due: Jan. 21, 2020

The primary goal of this FOA is to solicit studies that would advance our understanding of the biological mechanisms of metformin's effects on aging. Applicants will be encouraged to collaborate with other researchers for needed expertise, technologies, or resources to address critical research questions relevant to the biological mechanisms of metformin's effects specifically on aging. In the past several decades, the mechanisms of metformin's effects have been studied extensively in other biological or disease contexts, such as diabetes and cancers; however, the proposed mechanistic studies in response to this FOA need to be in the contexts of aging and longevity.

Examples of research topics appropriate to this FOA may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Investigation of the pathways, targets, and major sites of action that mediate the biological effects of metformin on aging and longevity
  • Studies of changes associated with aging and longevity on the transport and transporters of metformin
  • Studies on how metformin affects the major drivers, hallmarks, or pillars of aging
  • Investigation of metformin's effects on the metabolism or inflammation in relation to aging and longevity
  • Studies on whether metformin fundamentally alters the trajectory of the aging process
  • Investigation of the effects of metformin on the microbiome in the context of aging and longevity
  • Studies on metformin's tissue-specific effects and how they relate to potential beneficial/adverse effects on aging and longevity

Investigators considering an application under this FOA are strongly encouraged to contact the Scientific/Review staff identified in this FOA to gauge NIA's interest in their approach and to learn whether their approach would be considered responsive to this FOA.

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Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants (R01)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Agency LOI due: Dec. 23, 2019
Full Application due: Jan. 21, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages multidisciplinary projects to investigate the potential health risks of environmental exposures of concern to a community and to implement an environmental public health action plan based on research findings. Projects supported under this program are expected to employ community-engaged research methods to not only conduct research but also to seamlessly translate research findings into public health action.

This announcement reflects NIEHS goals in bi-directional communications and in supporting research to address environmental health disparities and environmental justice concerns.The Research to Action program is part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) "Partnerships for Environmental Public Health" (PEPH) network (https://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/translational/peph/index.cfm).

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Explainable Artificial Intelligence for Decoding and Modulating Neural Circuit Activity Linked to Behavior (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Feb. 10, 2020
Full Application due: Mar. 10, 2020

Despite the rapid growth and adoption of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to scientific questions, the lack of insight into the inner workings of these approaches has impeded full scientific understanding. For the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the ultimate goal is a deep mechanistic understanding of normative brain functions and the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders. However, machine learning techniques have often been applied to categorize and predict neural and behavioral outcomes without providing an understanding of what drives those predictions and classifications. Without knowing the factors critical to a machine-learning based outcome, it is difficult to optimize these approaches for novel conditions or to identify targets for further study or intervention development.

eXplainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) consists of artificial intelligence algorithms in which the processes of arriving at final actions (e.g., predictions, classifications, and recommendations) can be easily understood by its users. XAI aims to overcome limitations of classical machine learning, including a lack of transparency and non-generalizability. In optimizing computations to maximize accuracy or performance, a standard AI may learn useful rules from the specific training set. However, it may also learn inappropriate or non-generalizable rules. XAI provides methods to examine existing machine learning models more closely and new approaches that are explicitly designed to provide greater transparency. In an open and transparent XAI, users should have the ability to audit rules to discover how likely it is that the system will generalize outside a specific training-set to future real-world data.

NIMH is interested in transforming classical 'black box' machine learning models into XAI 'glass box' models, without significantly sacrificing performance. The goal of this FOA is to encourage investigators to apply XAI techniques to further our understanding of the neural circuitry linked to behavior and to improve our understanding of therapeutic strategies to enhance cognitive, affective, or social function. To develop new treatments for mental illness, a better understanding of how to modulate neural dynamics responsible for complex functional domains and/or maladaptive behaviors is critical. In order to achieve this understanding using XAI techniques, collaborations between computational and experimental investigators are strongly encouraged. In the context of mental health, the amount and type of explanatory information accessed may vary based on the stakeholder (clinicians, patients, or researchers) interacting with the AI system.

Projects developing XAI for use in animal and/or human research are appropriate to this announcement. Human studies may involve healthy controls, community samples, and/or patient populations.

Studies proposed under this FOA must:

  1. Employ new or existing in vivo measurements and active manipulations of neural circuits datasets from humans and/or animals. Manipulations may consist of electrical or magnetic brain stimulation, optogenetics, genome editing, pharmacological compounds, or other modalities. Projects where neurostimulation parameters are automatically adjusted to account for changes in neuro-behavioral activity (e.g., closed-loop methods) are encouraged.
  2. Apply existing or novel XAI techniques to provide additional explanatory power to traditional machine learning techniques (e.g., counter-factual probes, generalized additive models, generative adversarial network techniques) able to handle fused multimodal (behavioral and neurophysiological) datasets.

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Fundamental Mechanisms of Affective and Decisional Processes in Cancer Control (R01)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: Jan. 6, 2020
Full Application due: Feb. 5, 2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage projects to generate fundamental knowledge of affective processes. Basic affective science projects should have key consequences for single (e.g., cancer screening) and multiple (e.g., adherence to oral chemotherapy regimen) event decisions and behaviors across the cancer prevention and control continuum.

The FOA is expected to encourage collaboration among cancer control researchers and those from scientific disciplines not traditionally connected to cancer control applications (e.g., affective and cognitive neuroscience, decision science, consumer science) to elucidate perplexing and understudied problems in affective and decision sciences with downstream implications for cancer prevention and control.

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Innovative Molecular and Cellular Analysis Technologies for Basic and Clinical Cancer Research (R21)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Agency LOI due: Jan. 21, 2020
Full Application due: Feb. 21, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing exploratory research projects focused on the early-stage development of highly innovative technologies offering novel molecular or cellular analysis capabilities for basic or clinical cancer research. The emphasis of this FOA is on supporting the development of novel capabilities involving a high degree of technical innovation for targeting, probing, or assessing molecular and cellular features of cancer biology.

Well-suited applications must offer the potential to accelerate and/or enhance research in the areas of cancer biology, early detection and screening, clinical diagnosis, treatment, control, epidemiology, and/or address issues associated with cancer health disparities. Technologies proposed for development may be intended to have widespread applicability but must be focused on improving molecular and/or cellular characterizations of cancer biology. Projects proposing the application of existing technologies where the novelty resides in the biological or clinical target/question being pursued are not responsive to this solicitation and will not be reviewed.

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Program to Assess the Rigor and Reproducibility of Extracellular Vesicle-Derived Analytes for Cancer Detection (R01)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Application due: Feb. 5, 2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage innovative research into the rigor and reproducibility of isolation and characterization of extracellular vesicles (EVs) and their cargo for the discovery of predictive biomarkers for risk assessment, detection, diagnosis and prognosis of early cancer. This FOA will promote research in both the isolation of EVs as well as the computational analysis of the cargo carried in these vesicles.

This FOA will utilize the Research Project Grant (R01) mechanism and is suitable for projects where proof-of-principle of the proposed technology or methodology has already been established and supportive preliminary data are available.

Applicants may take advantage of the option to designate multiple Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs), each of whom would contribute unique expertise and scientific insights toward the successful completion of the proposed research.

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Co-Infection and Cancer
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Agency LOI due: Feb. 6, 2020
Full Application due: Mar. 6, 2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to enhance mechanistic and epidemiologic investigations addressing the roles of co-infection. Co-infection is defined as the occurrence of infections by two or more infectious (pathogenic or non-pathogenic) agents--either concurrently or sequentially--and includes both acute and chronic infections by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and/or other microorganisms.

Preference will be given to investigations of co-infections with known oncogenic agents (excluding human immunodeficiency virus [HIV]) and of co-infections that engender novel opportunities for prevention and treatment.

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Impact of Alcohol on the Onset and Progression of Alzheimer's Disease and Its Related Dementias (R01)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Agency LOI due: Feb. 24, 2020
Full Application due: Mar. 24, 2020

The goal of this FOA is to support basic and clinical research on the influence of alcohol on susceptibility and progression of Alzheimer's disease and its related dementias. Recent longitudinal studies have provided strong evidence that alcohol use disorder is associated with the high risk of all types of dementias, and frequent heavy drinking increases risk of both Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Even moderate alcohol consumption may be a risk factor for adverse brain outcomes and cognitive decline. Although these studies link heavy and frequent alcohol drinking to dementias in aging populations, mechanisms contributing to this relationship are not well understood.

With this FOA, we solicit research projects that combine diverse expertise and use innovative approaches to investigate mechanisms by which alcohol affects brain aging processes to produce dementias and influences development of Alzheimer's disease. This FOA strongly encourages collaborations between alcohol researchers and experts in Alzheimer's disease and its related dementia research.

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Mechanisms Underlying the Contribution of Type 1 Diabetes Disease-Associated Variants (R01)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Agency LOI due: Feb. 26, 2020
Full Application due: Mar. 26, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages applications from integrative teams and individual investigators for large-scale complex multi-disciplinary Functional Genomics Projects (FGPs) to determine the contributions and mechanisms underlying the contribution of associated variants for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and other genomic studies of T1D have found many variants that are statistically associated with disease risk or disease protection, but they have not clearly shown which variants in genomic elements cause these effects or how they result in differences in function. Applications submitted to this RFA will systematically identify causal variants and effector transcripts associated with all known T1D risk variants, verify the role of downstream effector transcripts, build network models that explain their role(s) in T1D. These biological insights could lead to the development of reliable biomarkers and effective strategies for screening and disease prevention, rational drug design, and better tailored therapies.

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Modular R01s in Cancer Control and Population Sciences (R01)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Application due: Mar. 6, 2020

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) calls for research on a broad range of scientific areas within NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Populations Sciences' (DCCPS) mission and portfolio, including but not limited to research in statistical and analytic methods, epidemiology and genomics, cancer survivorship, cancer-related behaviors, health care delivery, and implementation science.

Competition for research funding has grown increasingly more challenging, and the stakes are particularly high within NCI and NIH. In addition to an increasing number of R01 applications, another issue that the NCI is grappling with is the increasing average cost of grants, and the resulting increased competition for limited funds.

Additionally, as the cost of grants continues to increase, scientists and policy makers are concerned about the challenges early-stage investigators (ESIs) face, including the length of time it takes to achieve their first R01 award. Chief among those challenges is the unprecedented number of applicants competing for funding pools. This has become a focal point of NIH with the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, and in the call to action in the 21st Century Cures Act, "to promote opportunities for new researchers and earlier research independence, such as policies to increase opportunities for new researchers to receive funding, enhance training and mentorship programs for researchers, and enhance workforce diversity."

This FOA will promote a diversity of research topics and scientific challenges in the population sciences that lend themselves to a shorter time span and reduced budget. This FOA encourages and supports ESIs and grow the ESI applicant pool and portfolio.

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Tissue Mapping Centers for the Human BioMolecular Atlas Program (U54)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Agency LOI due: Feb. 3, 2020
Application due: Mar. 3, 2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to establish state-of-the-art Tissue Mapping Centers (TMCs) that will generate high-resolution, high-content, multiscale maps of non-diseased human organs and systems. Centers will be expected to integrate and optimize all parts of the data generation pipeline, from tissue collection and preservation through to data integration, analysis and interpretation. Centers will also be expected to work closely with the other funded projects as part of the Human BioMolecular Atlas Program to catalyze development of a framework for mapping the human body in 3D with high resolution.

The vision for the Human BioMolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP) is to catalyze development of a framework for mapping of the human body at high resolution to transform our understanding of tissue organization and function. This will be achieved by:

  • Accelerating the development of the next generation of tools and techniques for constructing high resolution spatial tissue maps that quantify multiple types of biomolecules either sequentially or simultaneously;
  • Generating foundational 3D tissue maps using validated high-content, high-throughput imaging and omics assays;
  • Establishing an open data platform that will develop novel approaches to integrating, visualizing and modelling imaging and omics data to build multi-dimensional maps, and making data rapidly findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable by the global research community;
  • Coordinating and collaborating with other funding agencies, programs, and the biomedical research community to build the framework and tools for mapping the human body;
  • Supporting pilot projects that demonstrate the value of the resources developed by the program to study individual variation and tissue changes across the lifespan and the health-disease continuum.

This program is funded through the NIH Common Fund as a short-term, goal-driven strategic investment, with deliverables intended to catalyze research across multiple biomedical research disciplines. The NIH Common Fund 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.

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Understanding Phage Biology to Support the Development of Bacteriophage Therapy (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Mar. 18, 2020

This initiative will support basic and/or translational research to address knowledge gaps that hinder the development and regulation of bacteriophage used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. While individual phage products may be used to assess the research questions, the primary intent is to increase the overall knowledge base on bacteriophage as products. NIAID offers other funding mechanisms for the preclinical and clinical development of phage and other non-traditional antibiotic products.

Basic research directly relevant to the therapeutic use of bacteriophages. These studies may include but not be limited to:

  • Development of novel platforms for discovery, isolation, and characterization of new phages
  • Synthetic biology and genetic engineering to improve or better understand phage properties
  • Assessing the synergy between phages and antibiotics
  • Understanding the relationship between bacterial virulence and phage resistance
  • Defining the indirect antimicrobial properties and antibiofilm activity of phage
  • Refining genomic/bioinformatic pipelines for predicting phage lifestyle (lytic, lysogenic) and potentially deleterious genetic elements (toxins, etc.)

Translational studies may include but are not limited to:

  • Development of in vitro assays that predict in vivo efficacy
  • In vivo Pharmacokinetic and distribution studies using phage
  • In vivo efficacy studies using clinically relevant animal models and routes of administration
  • Models or assays to evaluate phage host range and the need for adaptively designed vs. fixed cocktails of phage
  • Developing/refining standard assays for production, safety (generalized transduction, specific genetic transfer, immunogenicity etc.) and efficacy of phages
  • Studies to understand optimal Chemistry Manufacturing Controls (CMC) of phage-based products, e.g. impact of production strains, growth conditions, and purification techniques
  • Reverse translational studies using clinical bacterial isolates/phages from eIND cases to answer questions about the performance of individualized phage therapies.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Updated Grant Application Instructions and Forms Coming in Spring 2020
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Effective for proposal submission due dates on or after May 25, 2020

NIH will require the use of updated application forms and instructions (FORMS-F) for due dates on or after May 25, 2020 (NOT-OD-20-026). A preview of form changes and clarification of how the changes impact research training grant, fellowship, and career development award applications (NOT-OD-20-033) are already available. Additional details will be posted early next year.

In the meantime, continue to use FORMS-E application packages for due dates on or before May 24, 2020 despite the expiration dates noted on each form. We are working with the Office of Management and Budget to renew our forms and new expiration dates will be reflected on our forms when the FORMS-F application packages are posted.

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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

Deadlines vary per directorate

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning)

Deadline: Various, see program announcement

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

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

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

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

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Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM)
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

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

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

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

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

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

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CISE Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI)
National Science Foundation

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Nov. 12, 2019
Full Application due: Jan. 9, 2020

The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating divisions [(Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Computer and Network Systems (CNS), and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)] by funding the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure. This research infrastructure will specifically support diverse communities of CISE researchers pursuing focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering.

This support involves developing the accompanying user services and engagement needed to attract, nurture, and grow a robust research community that is actively involved in determining directions for the infrastructure as well as management of the infrastructure. This should lead to infrastructure that can be sustained through community involvement and community leadership, and that will enable advances not possible with existing research infrastructure. Further, through the CCRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that researchers from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, as well as researchers from non-profit, non-academic organizations, have access to such infrastructure.

The CCRI program supports two classes of awards:

  • New awards support the creation of new CISE community research infrastructure with integrated tools, resources, user services, and community outreach to enable innovative CISE research opportunities to advance the frontiers of the CISE core research areas. The New award class includes Grand Ensemble (Grand), Medium Ensemble (Medium), and Planning awards.
  • Enhance/sustain (ENS) awards support the enhancement and sustainment of an existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee organization(s).

Each CCRI New or ENS award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee organization(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.

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Growing Convergence Research (GCR)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Feb. 3, 2020

Growing Convergence Research (GCR) at the National Science Foundation was identified as one of 10 Big Ideas. Convergence research is a means for solving vexing research problems, in particular, complex problems focusing on societal needs. It entails integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation.

GCR identifies Convergence Research as having two primary characteristics:

  • Research driven by a specific and compelling problem. Convergence Research is generally inspired by the need to address a specific challenge or opportunity, whether it arises from deep scientific questions or pressing societal needs.
  • Deep integration across disciplines. As experts from different disciplines pursue common research challenges, their knowledge, theories, methods, data, research communities and languages become increasingly intermingled or integrated. New frameworks, paradigms or even disciplines can form sustained interactions across multiple communities.

A distinct characteristic of convergence research, in contrast to other forms of multidisciplinary research, is that from the inception, the convergence paradigm intentionally brings together intellectually diverse researchers and stakeholders to frame the research questions, develop effective ways of communicating across disciplines and sectors, adopt common frameworks for their solution, and, when appropriate, develop a new scientific vocabularyResearch teams practicing convergence aim at developing sustainable relationships that may not only create solutions to the problem that engendered the collaboration, but also develop novel ways of framing related research questions and open new research vistas.

This GCR solicitation targets multi-disciplinary team research that crosses directorate or division boundaries and is currently not supported by NSF programs, initiatives and research-focused Big Ideas. Proposers must make a convincing case that the research to be conducted is within NSF's purview and cannot be supported by existing NSF programs and multidisciplinary initiatives. Proposals involving convergence in areas covered by existing programs and solicitations will be returned without review.

The proposers should outline a five-year research plan delineated in two phases, Phase I: years 1-2, and Phase II: years 3-5. Successful proposals will be funded initially for two years and then each team's progress will be evaluated based on a report and presentation that the team will make to a panel of reviewers at NSF. Teams that show significant progress during the first two years will receive funding for an additional three years. Interested researchers may request up to $1,200,000 total for the first two years and $2,400,000 for the last three years.

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Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposal due: Jan. 13, 2020

The purpose of the Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in learning technologies to prepare learners to excel in work at the human-technology frontier. This program responds to the pressing societal need to educate and re-educate learners of all ages (students, teachers and workers) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content areas to ultimately function in highly technological environments, including in collaboration with intelligent systems.

Innovative technologies can reshape learning processes, which in turn can influence new technology design. Learning technology research in this program should be informed by the convergence of multiple disciplines: education and learning sciences, computer and information science and engineering, and cognitive, behavioral and social sciences. This program funds learning technology research in STEM and other foundational areas that enable STEM learning.

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Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES): Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Jan. 16, 2020

The Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES): Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales program will support quantitative, interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use, and changes in species distribution at regional to continental scales as well as training activities to broaden participation of researchers in Macrosystems Biology and NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network)-Enabled Science.

Proposers are encouraged to use NEON resources, and proposals for substantive and innovative NEON-enabled research will be prioritized for funding. Substantive NEON-enabled projects rely on data and/or samples collected by NEON, co-locate research activities at NEON sites, and/or develop tools that will explicitly enhance the processing, use, and/or analysis of NEON data or collections within the context of Macrosystems Biology research questions.

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National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Jan. 28, 2020 (for Institute proposals in one of the six specified themes); Jan. 30, 2020 (for Planning proposals)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has advanced tremendously and today promises personalized healthcare; enhanced national security; improved transportation; and more effective education, to name just a few benefits. Increased computing power, the availability of large datasets and streaming data, and algorithmic advances in machine learning (ML) have made it possible for AI development to create new sectors of the economy and revitalize industries. Continued advancement, enabled by sustained federal investment and channeled toward issues of national importance, holds the potential for further economic impact and quality-of-life improvements.

The 2019 update to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan, informed by visioning activities in the scientific community as well as interaction with the public, identifies as its first strategic objective the need to make long-term investments in AI research in areas with the potential for long-term payoffs in AI.

This program, a joint effort of the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), seeks to enable such research through AI Research Institutes.

This program solicitation describes two tracks: Planning and Institute tracks. Submissions to the Planning track are encouraged in any areas of foundational and use-inspired research appropriate to NSF and its partner organizations. Proposals for the Institute track must have a principal focus in one or more of the following themes, detailed in the Program Description under "Institute Track":

  • Trustworthy AI;
  • Foundations of Machine Learning;
  • AI-Driven Innovation in Agriculture and the Food System;
  • AI-Augmented Learning;
  • AI for Accelerating Molecular Synthesis and Manufacturing; and
  • AI for Discovery in Physics.

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Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Mar. 18, 2020

The Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets with application to quantitative models of human dynamics. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).

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Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2020
National Science Foundation

Application due: Mar. 27, 2020

Despite centuries of discovery, most of our planet's biodiversity remains unknown. The scale of Earth's unknown diversity is especially troubling given the rapid and permanent loss of biodiversity across the globe. The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth.

This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions among them. While this focus complements several core programs in the Biological Sciences Directorate at NSF, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes, especially pertaining to the mechanisms driving the origin, maintenance, and functional roles of biodiversity.

The 2020 Dimensions of Biodiversity program is restricted to projects supported by international partnerships with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil, and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. Proposals are to be submitted jointly, with the US PIs submitting to NSF and the collaborating Chinese, Brazilian, or South African PIs submitting to their appropriate national funding agencies.

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Addressing Systems Challenges through Engineering Teams (ASCENT)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Agency LOI due: Jan. 7, 2020
Full Proposal due: Feb. 19, 2020

The Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems Division (ECCS) supports enabling and transformative engineering research at the nano, micro, and macro scales that fuels progress in engineering system applications with high societal impact. This includes fundamental engineering research underlying advanced devices and components and their seamless penetration in power, controls, networking, communications or cyber systems. The research is envisioned to be empowered by cutting-edge computation, synthesis, evaluation, and analysis technologies and is to result in significant impact for a variety of application domains in healthcare, homeland security, disaster mitigation, telecommunications, energy, environment, transportation, manufacturing, and other systems-related areas. ECCS also supports new and emerging research areas encompassing 5G and Beyond Spectrum and Wireless Technologies, Quantum Information Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data.

ECCS, through its ASCENT program, offers its engineering community the opportunity to address research issues and answer engineering challenges associated with complex systems and networks that are not achievable by a single principal investigator or by short-term projects and can only be achieved by interdisciplinary research teams. ECCS envisions a connected portfolio of transformative and integrative projects that create synergistic links by investigators across its three ECCS clusters: Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS), Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD), and Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN), yielding novel ways of addressing challenges of engineering systems and networks. ECCS seeks proposals that are bold and ground-breaking, transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research efforts, and lead to disruptive technologies and methods or enable significant improvement in quality of life.

  • ASCENT supports fundamental research projects involving at least three collaborating PIs and co-PIs, up to four years in duration, with a total budget between $1 million and $1.5 million.
  • ASCENT proposals must highlight the engineering leadership focus of the proposal within the scope of ECCS programs.
  • ASCENT proposals must articulate a fundamental research problem with compelling intellectual challenge and significant societal impact. The topic at the heart of the proposal must lie within the scope of at least one of the three ECCS clusters (CCSS, EPMD, EPCN). Research proposals spanning multiple clusters are highly encouraged.
  • ASCENT proposals must demonstrate the need for a concerted research effort by an integrated and interdisciplinary team, and strongly justify the interdisciplinary nature of the proposed work. They should include a timeline for research activities, with a strong justification of the explicit mechanisms for frequent communication between team members and effective assessment to achieve proposed goals.

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Biology Integration Institutes (BII)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Agency LOI due: Dec. 20, 2019
Full Proposal due: Feb. 6, 2020

In the last century, the study of biology has slowly fragmented into subdisciplines, creating a dynamic tension between unifying principles and increasingly reductionist pursuits. The aim of this solicitation is to bring researchers together around the common goal of understanding how the processes that sustain life and enable biological innovation operate and interact within and across different scales of organization, from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species, ecosystems, biomes and the entire Earth. The Biology Integration Institutes (BII) program supports collaborative teams of researchers investigating questions that span multiple disciplines within and beyond biology.

Integration across biological disciplines is essential if we hope to understand the diverse and ever-increasing data streams of modern biology and tackle emergent questions about living organisms and the environment. Of equal importance is the need for groundbreaking and sustainable training programs that prepare the next generations of scientists to navigate the breadth of biological sciences, training in multiple disciplines without sacrificing depth of learning or innovation. In addition, the biology community must continue to develop practices and adopt strategies that leverage rapid advances in cyberinfrastructure and other technologies to bridge and integrate across subdisciplines and make resources accessible, re-usable, and adaptable for unanticipated purposes. In these ways, BIO Integration Institutes will enable the discoveries of life's innovations that will inspire new applications to drive our bioeconomy and provide solutions to societal challenges.

While this solicitation focuses on the integration of biological disciplines, any field beyond biology may be included as needed to address the overarching biological theme. Proposals may be submitted in one of two tracks: (1) Design proposals are for teams to develop communities and groundbreaking ideas to be submitted to later competitions as Implementation proposals through diverse and sustained activities, including workshops and follow-up meetings. (2) Implementation proposals are for teams that have already a) developed an Integrative Research Plan around a theme of significance, b) designed an educational approach that employs effective methods for depth and breadth of training, AND c) prepared a cohesive and sustainable Management Plan that is ready for deployment.

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Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Full Proposal due: Jan. 21, 2020

Campuses today face challenges across multiple levels of cyberinfrastructure (CI), where meeting the needs of scientific research and education goes far beyond the networking layer in capacity and services, and extends to computing, data services, secure and trustworthy systems, and especially human expertise, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Recognition of the "data driven" nature of scientific advancement and discovery has led to an increased focus in addressing the data challenges posed by the NSF research and education community.

In recent years, NSF has addressed the growing requirements of the NSF community, and opportunities to innovate, in networking infrastructure through the CC* program, which invests in innovative, coordinated, and secure campus, multi-campus and multi-institution CI components. The Campus Cyberinfrastructure ­Network Infrastructure and Engineering (CC­NIE) program in 2012 and 2013 focused on campus networking upgrades and re­architecting, and innovative development and integration of new networking capabilities in support of driving scientific application requirements. Subsequent years saw the program expand beyond data networking to address a broader set of CI needs at the campus level, including computing, storage, multi-institution integrated CI, and learning and workforce development.

The FY 2020 CC* solicitation invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in CI is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.

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EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposal due: Feb. 28, 2020

ECR's Building Capacity for STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) solicitation supports projects that build individuals' capacity to carry out high quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation's STEM education enterprise and broaden the pool of researchers that can conduct fundamental research in STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development.

Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable early and mid-career researchers to acquire the requisite expertise and skills to conduct rigorous fundamental research in STEM education. ECR: BCSER seeks to fund research career development activities on topics that are relevant to qualitative and quantitative research methods and design, including the collection and analysis of new qualitative or quantitative data, secondary analyses using extant datasets, or meta-analyses.

This career development may be accomplished through investigator-initiated projects or through professional development institutes that enable researchers to integrate methodological strategies with theoretical and practical substantive issues in STEM education. Early and mid-career faculty new to STEM education research, particularly underrepresented minority faculty and faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are encouraged to submit proposals.

ECR: BCSER especially welcomes proposals that pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nsfincludes/index.jsp) to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society. Proposers are encouraged to identify topics that support the thrust of NSF INCLUDES projects.

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Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2020 (EFRI-2020)
National Science Foundation

Agency LOI due: Nov. 4, 2019
Preliminary Proposal due: Dec. 2, 2019
Full Proposal due: Mar. 26, 2020

The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in one of the following two research areas:

  • Distributed Chemical Manufacturing (DCheM)
  • Engineering the Elimination of End-of-Life Plastics (E3P)

This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Biological Sciences, the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. The proposals must also meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) Office will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern to discuss the EFRI program and answer questions about the FY 2020 solicitation. Details on how to join this webinar will be posted on the EFMA website.

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GeoPRISMS Program
National Science Foundation

Application due: Mar. 2, 2020

GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) Program investigates the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management.

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National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots(NRI-2.0)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Feb. 26, 2020

The NRI-2.0 program builds upon the original National Robotics Initiative (NRI) program to support fundamental research in the United States that will accelerate the development and use of collaborative robots (co-robots). A co-robot is a robot whose main purpose is to work with people or other robots to accomplish a goal. An ideal co-robot is an adaptable partner, not limited to a narrow set of specified interactions or functions, but able to significantly enhance team performance despite changes in its role, its teammates, or the team's collective goals. The focus of the NRI-2.0 program is on ubiquity, which in this context means seamless integration of co-robots to assist humans in every aspect of life.

The program supports four main research themes that are envisioned to advance the goal of ubiquitous co-robots: scalability, customizability, lowering barriers to entry, and societal impact, includinghuman safety. Topics addressing scalability include how robots can collaborate effectively with orders of magnitude more humans or other robots than is handled by the current state of the art; how robots can perceive, plan, act, and learn in uncertain, real-world environments, especially in a distributed fashion; and how to facilitate large-scale, safe, robust and reliable operation of robots in complex environments. Customizability includes how to enable co-robots to adapt to specific different tasks, environments, or people, with minimal modification to hardware and software; how robots can personalize their interactions with people; and how robots can communicate naturally with humans, both verbally and non-verbally.

Topics in lowering barriers to entry should focus on lowering the barriers for conducting fundamental robotics research and research on integrated robotics application. This may include development of open-source co-robot hardware and software, as well as widely-accessible testbeds. Outreach or using robots in educational programs do not, by themselves, lower the barriers to entry for robotics research. Topics in societal impact include fundamental research to establish and infuse robotics into educational curricula, advance the robotics workforce through education pathways, and explore the social, economic, ethical, security, and legal implications of our future with ubiquitous collaborative robots.

Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit, and other organizations is encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and engineering and technology development, deployment, and use.

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Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposal due: Feb. 11, 2020

Arctic temperatures are warming faster than nearly everywhere else on Earth, with some models predicting that continued warming could produce an ice-free Arctic Ocean by mid-century. The rapid and wide-scale changes occurring in response to this warming portend new opportunities and unprecedented risks to natural systems; social and cultural systems; economic, political and legal systems; and built environments of the Arctic and across the globe. Gaps in scientific observations and the prevalence of interdependent social, natural, and built systems in the Arctic make it challenging to predict the region's future. Understanding and adapting to a changing Arctic will require creative new directions for Arctic-related research, education, workforce development, and leveraging of science, engineering, and technology advances from outside the Arctic.

Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), one of NSF's 10 Big Ideas, embodies the Foundation's forward-looking response to these profound challenges and opportunities. NNA seeks innovations in fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, and computing and information sciences, and engineering that address the interactions or connections between natural and built environments and social systems and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects. NNA promotes initiatives that empower new research communities, diversify the next generation of Arctic researchers, integrate the co-production of knowledge, and engage partnerships, particularly among international stakeholders.

NNA also strongly encourages projects with components that advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; public understanding of the changing Arctic to benefit both citizens and policy makers; and workforce development objectives. NSF recognizes the inherently international nature of the Arctic region, and that impacts of Arctic changes span geographic and political boundaries, and encourages proposals that include significant international components.

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Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Agency LOI due: Dec. 20, 2019
Full Proposal due: Feb. 6, 2020

The purpose of the Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics (URoL:Epigenetics) program is to enable innovative research and to promote multidisciplinary education and workforce training in the broad area of epigenetics. The URoL:Epigenetics program is a wide collaboration across Directorates/Offices within the National Science Foundation with a focus on understanding the relationship between epigenetic mechanisms associated with environmental change, organismal phenotype, and resultant robustness and adaptability of organisms and populations.

Understanding the Rules of Life (URoL): Predicting Phenotype is one of NSF's 10 Big Ideas and is focused on predicting the set of observable characteristics (phenotype) from the genetic makeup of the individual and the nature of its environment. The development of new research tools has revolutionized our ability to manipulate and investigate the genome and to measure multiple aspects of biological, physical, and social environments. The opportunity now is to assimilate this new information into causal, mechanistic, and/or predictive relationships among the genomic and epigenetic makeup, the environmental experience, and the phenotypic characteristics of biological systems. These relationships are the basis for the Rules of Life: the theoretical constructs that explain and predict the characteristics of living systems, from molecular and sub-cellular components, to cells, whole organisms, communities and biomes.

The recognition that heritable phenotypic properties can occur without modification of an organism's genome sequence is changing the understanding of the way heritable traits come about and manifest themselves as observable phenotypes within a particular static or changing environmental context. The impact of epigenetic inheritance occurs at the molecular, cellular, and organismal scales, and may have profound consequences for the higher-order organization of living systems, including populations, communities, and ecosystems.

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Understanding the Rules of Life: Microbiome Theory and Mechanisms (URoL:MTM)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jan. 17, 2020
Full Proposal due: Mar. 2, 2020

The URoL:MTM program invites integrated, interdisciplinary proposals that develop theoretical predictive frameworks with well-designed experimental and/or computational approaches to generate and test hypotheses about the causal relationships within the microbiome, and among the microbiome, host, and environment. How these relationships affect robustness, resilience, and adaptability of individual organisms, populations, and communities are also of interest. Projects may apply existing ecological and evolutionary theory or develop new experimental, computational, or mathematical tools, models, and theory to: i) explain function and interactions in natural, experimental, and model microbiomes; ii) elucidate the molecular mechanisms that underlie communication between the host and the microbiome and among the members of the microbiome; and/or iii) comparatively analyze microbiomes to discover emergent properties that provide insight into the behavior of living systems.

Successful projects will contribute to a portfolio of research that identifies general principles ("rules") that underlie a wide spectrum of biological phenomena across spatial, temporal (from sub-second to geologic), and/or complexity (molecular, cellular, organismal, population) scales. URoL:MTM projects must integrate perspectives and research approaches from more than one research discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geosciences, mathematics, physics, social and behavioral sciences). They must also incorporate best practices regarding protocol documentation, sample selection, data collection and analysis, model/algorithm development, as well as data sharing and accessibility. The interdisciplinary scope of URoL:MTM projects should provide unique training and outreach opportunities to train the next generation of scientists in a diversity of scientific approaches and to engage society more generally.

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EarthCube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposal due: Mar. 12, 2020

EarthCube is a community-driven activity sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) and the NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering's (CISE) to transform research in the academic geosciences community. EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating our ability to understand and predict the Earth system.

Achieving EarthCube will require a long-term dialog between NSF and the interested scientific communities to develop cyberinfrastructure that is thoughtfully and systematically built to meet the current and future requirements of geoscientists. New avenues will be supported to gather community requirements and priorities for the elements of EarthCube, and to capture the best technologies to meet these current and future needs. The EarthCube portfolio will consist of interconnected projects and activities that engage the geosciences, cyberinfrastructure, computer science, and associated communities. The portfolio of activities and funding opportunities will evolve over time depending on the status of the EarthCube effort and the scientific and cultural needs of the geosciences community.

This Solicitation supports two funding opportunities to advance geosciences research:

  1. Science-Enabling Capabilities and Pilots: This opportunity builds capabilities to improve geosciences data use and reuse for observational, experimental, and computational research that is interoperable with emerging standards and resources. It also solicits pilot efforts to integrate different datasets and tools from multiple GEO disciplines.
  2. EarthCube Research Coordination Networks (RCNs): This opportunity supports the formation of RCNs closely tied to the science and data needs of core geosciences programs and domains supported by GEO.

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Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Storage and Retrieval (SemiSynBio-II)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Mar. 16, 2020

The National Science Foundation (NSF), through its Divisions of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS), Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), and Materials Research (DMR) announces a follow-up solicitation on the Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Storage and Retrieval Program (SemiSynBio-II).

Future ultra-low energy storage-based computing systems can be built on principles derived from organic systems that are at the intersection of physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and engineering. Next-generation information storage technologies can be envisioned that are driven by biological principles and use biomaterials in the fabrication of devices and systems that can store data for more than 100 years with storage capacity 1,000 times more than current storage technologies. Such a research effort can have a significant impact on the future of information storage and retrieval technologies.

This focused solicitation seeks high-risk/high-return interdisciplinary research on novel concepts and enabling technologies that will address the fundamental scientific issues and technological challenges associated with the underpinnings of synthetic biology integrated with semiconductor technology. This research will foster interactions among various disciplines including biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, computer science and engineering that will enable in heretofore unanticipated breakthroughs.

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Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Preliminary Proposal due: Feb. 12, 2020
Full Proposal due: Apr. 30, 2020

Creating solutions to pressing environmental and sustainability challenges will require input and imaginative approaches from various fields, perspectives, and disciplines. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), in their report Environmental Engineering for the Twenty-First Century: Addressing Grand Challenges, identified five critical challenges we must address as a society:

  • Sustainably supply food, water, and energy
  • Curb climate change and adapt to its impacts
  • Design a future without pollution and waste
  • Create efficient, healthy, and resilient cities
  • Foster informed decisions and actions

The report further states, "The challenges provide focal points for evolving environmental engineering education, research, and practice toward increased contributions and a greater impact. Implementing this new model will require modifications in educational curriculum and creative approaches to foster interdisciplinary research on complex social and environmental problems." This solicitation aims to address these grand challenges by supporting a collaborative research model that seamlessly integrates sustainability, environmental engineering, and process science and engineering.

Accordingly, the Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET) solicitation will support activities that confront vexing environmental engineering and sustainability problems by uncovering and incorporating fundamental knowledge to design new processes, materials, and devices from a systems-level perspective. Projects should be compelling and reflect sustained, coordinated efforts from interdisciplinary research teams. A key objective of the solicitation is to encourage conversations and robust collaborations amongst the chemical process, transport phenomena, bioengineering, and environmental and sustainability research communities such that unanticipated solutions may arise. Furthermore, training the future workforce to actively engage and be successful in interdisciplinary research will be necessary to continually innovate given the scope of the environmental problems faced by our global community.

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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) / Includes the description of NSF Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposal due: July 27, 2020

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 early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation's future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) for the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program for Submission in Years 2020-2025
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposal due: July 27, 2020

The set of questions and answers found in NSF 20-025 (access via URL link, below) refer to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the CAREER Program Solicitation. They are not intended to be a modification of the Program Solicitation. If there are any inconsistencies between the CAREER Program Solicitation and these FAQs, the information in the Program Solicitation prevails.

The document is organized as follows:

  1. Eligibility
  2. Proposal preparation
  3. Budget preparation
  4. Proposal submission
  5. Announcement of Career Awards
  6. Award administration

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Feb. 6, 2020

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences in order to help ensure the existence of a workforce in the United States that's qualified to serve the FANH sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the FANH sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the FANH sciences.

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Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Jan. 23, 2020

The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agricultural issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education and Extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund high priority integrated projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics.

The OREI has eight goals that were legislatively defined by the Farm Bill:

  1. Facilitating the development and improvement of organic agriculture production, breeding, and processing methods.

  2. Evaluating the potential economic benefits of organic agricultural production and methods to producers, processors, and rural communities.

  3. Exploring international trade opportunities for organically grown and processed agricultural commodities.

  4. Determining desirable traits for organic commodities.

  5. Identifying marketing and policy constraints on the expansion of organic agriculture.

  6. Conducting advanced on-farm research and development that emphasizes observation of, experimentation with, and innovation for working organic farms, including research relating to production, marketing, food safety, socioeconomic conditions, and farm business management.

  7. Examining optimal conservation, soil health, and environmental outcomes relating to organically produced agricultural products.

  8. Developing new and improved seed varieties that are particularly suited for organic agriculture.

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FY 2020 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Application due: Mar. 19, 2020

Beginning farmer education for adult and young audiences in the United States can generally be traced back to the advent of the 1862 and 1890 Morrill Land-Grant Acts. But, for the first time, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub .L. No. 110-234, Section 7410) appropriated $75 million for FY 2009 to FY 2012 to develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers.

The Agriculture Act of 2014 provided an additional $20 million per year for 2014 through 2018. The reasons for the renewed interest in beginning farmer and rancher programs are as follows: the rising average age of U.S. farmers; the 8% projected decrease in the number of farmers and ranchers between 2008 and 2018; and the growing recognition that new programs are needed to address the needs of the next generation of beginning farmers and ranchers.

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill) reauthorized the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and provides mandatory funds for which supports education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers and ranchers.

The funding is $15 million a year for Fiscal Years (FY) 2019 and 2020

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Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) / National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Full Application due: Mar. 23, 2020

The Higher Education Challenge (HEC) is a National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, baccalaureate, or master's degree level food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences education, and first professional degree-level education in veterinary medicine (DVM). HEC projects provide funding to eligible applicants to help ensure a competent, qualified and diverse workforce will exist to serve the FANH sciences system. At the same time, HEC-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of communities through the development of degree programs emphasizing new and emerging employment opportunities. Finally, HEC projects address the national challenge to increase the number and diversity of students entering the FANH sciences (i.e., having a FANH sciences workforce representative of the nation's population).

Applications submitted to this grants program must state how the funded project will address the HEC Program Goals:

  1. To enhance the quality of instruction for baccalaureate degrees, master's degrees, and first professional degrees in veterinary sciences, in order to help meet current and future workforce needs in the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences.

  2. To increase the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in the FANH sciences.

The HEC projects are expected to: (a) produce measurable impacts aligned with HEC program goals, (b) promote innovative, educational practices within the FANH sciences that improve how students learn, and (c) include a rigorous evaluation component to assess that project outcomes are met. Institutions must demonstrate capacity for, and a significant ongoing commitment to, the teaching of food, agricultural and human sciences generally, and to the specific need and/or discipline(s) for which a grant is requested. Projects should encourage academic institutions, in partnership with organizations and employers, to work collectively to identify and address a state or regional challenge or opportunity facing the FANH sciences education and workforce community.

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Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: Organic Transitions
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Application due: Feb. 27, 2020

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: Organic Transitions (ORG) for two funding cycles, fiscal years (FY) 2019 or 2020, to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems. Applicants considering applying to the second year should check the Organic Transitions (ORG) web page to access the RFA and check for updates. The anticipated amounts available for grants in FY 2019 and FY 2020 are approximately $5,800,000 each year.

Priority Areas for FY 2019 and 2020: Proposals consistent with the Legislative Authority (see Part A of the RFA) will be accepted for the competitive peer review process involving an external panel of experts. NIFA is soliciting applications for ORG in the following areas (not listed in order of importance):

Priority 1: Document and understand the effects of organic practices including, but not limited to: crop rotation; livestock feeding and management; livestock-crop system integration; organic manure, mulch, and/or compost additions; cover crops; effects of reduced or conservation tillage on soil health and fertility; greenhouse gas mitigation; enhanced biodiversity; and understanding of weeds, pests and diseases dynamics for better management.

Priority 2: Develop improved technologies, methods, models, and metrics to document, describe, and optimize the ecosystem services and the climate variability adaptation and mitigation ability of organic crop, livestock, and integrated crop-livestock production systems.

Priority 3: Develop cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from NOP's National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.

Priority 4: Overcome barriers to organic transition. Projects under this priority should address major barriers that limit the transition to organic agriculture in a specific region, crop, or animal production system, and develop practical information and tools for producer use.

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Agriculture Innovation Demonstration Center (AIC) Program
Rural Business-Cooperative Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Application due: Mar. 20, 2020

The Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA, is accepting FY 2019 applications for the Agriculture Innovation Demonstration Center (AIC) program. In FY 2019, the program has $3,500,000 available for funding. If additional funds are appropriated during fiscal year 2020 prior to the selection of awards, funding amounts will be posted on the Agency website and those additional FY 2020 funds will be utilized to make awards under this notice.

The purpose of this program is to establish and operate Agriculture Innovation Centers that provide technical and business development assistance to agricultural producers seeking to engage in the marketing or the production of Value-Added products. This program supports Rural Development's mission of improving the quality of life for rural Americans and commitment to directing resources to those who most need them.

The Agency encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Rural Prosperity Task Force report to help improve life in rural America. For more information, see www.usda.gov/ruralprosperity. Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Key strategies include:

  • Achieving e-connectivity for rural America

  • Developing the rural economy

  • Harnessing technical innovation

  • Supporting a rural workforce

  • Improving quality of life

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program - Foundational and Applied Science Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agency LOI due: Varies by program area (March, April, and May 2020)
Full Application due: Varies by program area

The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA). See Foundational and Applied Science RFA for specific details.

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for FY 2020. Applicants considering applying to the second year should check the AFRI RFA webpage and www.grants.gov.

The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. The global agricultural output needs to be expanded significantly to meet the food needs of the population expected in 2050; thus, it is imperative to develop innovative, safe and sustainable management strategies for livestock, crops, and critical underlying resources.

In FY 2020, applications are sought in the following priority areas:

  • Plant health and production and plant products;

  • Animal health and production and animal products;

  • Food safety, nutrition, and health;

  • Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;

  • Agriculture systems and technology; and

  • Agriculture economics and rural communities.

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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

Letter of intent Deadline: accepted anytime

The Trailblazer Award mechanism supports highly novel "out of the box" autism-relevant research that open new avenues to understanding the causes, diagnosis, subtyping, prevention, treatments, and cure of autism spectrum disorders. The Trailblazer Award mechanism is designed to fund small investigator-initiated high risk/high impact projects that are potentially transformative, paradigm shifting, and/or will overcome significant roadblocks in autism research within a 12 month period.

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Charitable Giving Program
Community Works

Ongoing

The charitable programs are among the ways that NorthWestern Energy participates as an active participant in the communities where they do business. Donations will generally be made to those non-profit groups that have the greatest opportunity for positively affecting the communities served by NorthWestern Energy and are focused in one of the following categories: 

- Education: Education remains a primary focus of the company. Donations to education will primarily be made through university system foundations, scholarship programs, and employee matching gifts. Donations will also be made in support of local colleges, and special primary and secondary education programs in the fields of math, science and youth leadership. 

- Health and Human Services: Donations will be considered for organizations serving human needs such as the United Way, youth homes and special community health and safety needs. Donations will generally not be made to national health organizations or for medical equipment or research funds. 

- Civic & Community: Donations will be considered for civic improvment, special events, and youth and senior citizen organizations. 

- Culture & The Arts: Donations will be considered for local museums, libraries, cultural centers, and the performing arts. 

- Resource Conservation: Donations will be considered in the areas of habitat preservation, and fish and wildlife protection. 

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Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate DMS disciplinary program subject to the lead-time requirements specified by that program. For more information about the required lead time, refer to the particular disciplinary program web page listed on the DMS home page.

This revision clarifies the expectations for DMS support of international group travel.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

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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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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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NSF Approves Biographical Sketch Format for Proposal Submissions
National Science Foundation

Anticipated Effective Date: January 2020

Beginning with the next iteration of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (anticipated effective date, January 2020), the National Science Foundation will only accept PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format. NSF has designated the National Institutes of Health's Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an approved format and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF.

Use of an NSF-approved format aims to reduce administrative burden and improve efficiencies by providing proposers with a compliant and reusable way to maintain this information for subsequent proposal submissions to NSF, while also ensuring that the information is submitted in a searchable composition.

A description of NSF-approved format will be posted on the NSF website (https://www.nsf.gov/ when the final version of the PAPPG is issued. A draft version is currently available by clicking on the program URL, below.

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2019 Global Breast Cancer Competitive Research Grant Program
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals

Agency LOI due: Oct. 15, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Jan. 9, 2020

The intent of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to invite investigators from across the globe to submit innovative proposals focusing in the following areas:

  • In hormone receptor positive metastatic breast cancer:
    * Treatment strategies to overcome palbociclib plus endocrine treatment resistance
    * Novel treatment concepts of adding immuno-oncology (IO) agents to palbociclib plus endocrine therapy
  • In metastatic breast cancer:
    * Novel treatment strategies utilizing talazoparib beyond gBRCA mutation
    * Novel treatment strategies to overcome talazoparib resistance or improve tumor sensitization to talazoparib

In addition, incorporation of the following into the proposed clinical study would be of interest: a correlative/biomarker component using paired biopsy samples (e.g., pre- and post-treatment), cfDNA assessment, predictive signatures beyond gBRCAmut in advanced breast cancer (such as tumor BRCA/PALB2mut or HRD), or PK/PD biomarkers to explore potential mechanisms of resistance/response or synergistic effect.

Expected Approximate Monetary Range of Grant Applications

  • A total of $5 million USD is allocated to this research grants program.

  • Applications will be reviewed by an independent review panel. Six to eight clinical studies will be selected for funding.

  • The amount of the grant Pfizer will be prepared to fund for any project will depend upon the external review panel's evaluation of the proposal and costs involved, and will be stated clearly in the approval notification.

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Lung Cancer Discovery Award
American Lung Association

Agency LOI due: Oct. 3, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Jan. 23, 2020

The American Lung Association nationwide research program is building on over a century of success as we continue to invest in the brightest, pioneering minds with immense potential to drive innovation, discover the unknown, and improve the lives of those living with lung cancer.

The Lung Cancer Discovery Award is for highly meritorious research projects with the potential to:

  • Significantly improve and transform diagnostic and therapeutic paradigms;

  • Foster innovation, use novel approaches; and/or

  • Accelerate progress in lung cancer research that improves patient care and helps save lives.

The Lung Cancer Discovery Award is for $100,000 per year for up to two years. The objective of the Award is to support independent investigators conducting clinical, laboratory, epidemiological or any groundbreaking project aimed at revolutionizing our current understanding of lung cancer and improving diagnostic, clinical and treatment methods.

No more than 75% of the requested budget may be used for an awardee's salary and/or fringe benefits and no more than 30% of the total award budget may be used to fund the purchase of permanent equipment. Grant funds may be used for the salary and fringe benefit costs of personnel other than the Applicant.

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Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP)
Cancer Research Institute

Agency LOI due: Nov. 1, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Feb. 17, 2020

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) funds research aimed at furthering the development of immunological approaches to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer. The Institute's mission is to bring effective immune system-based therapies to cancer patients sooner. To this end, CRI offers its Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP) grants to qualified scientists who are working to explore clinically relevant questions aimed at improving the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapies. The program supports pre-clinical and translational research that can be directly applied to optimizing cancer immunotherapy in the clinic.

In partnership with the Chordoma Foundation, CRI has secured designated funding that will provide for additional CLIP grants focused on topics related to accelerating the development of effective treatments and ultimately a cure for chordoma, a rare type of cancer that occurs in the bones of the skull base and spine. Proposals in this area are encouraged.  Please be advised that the Chordoma Foundation has chordoma models and banked tumor samples that are available to the research community.

The development of new and effective cancer treatment requires the translation of basic laboratory discoveries into novel therapies that can be tested in patients. This area of translational research--where laboratory findings move into clinical testing, and where questions from clinical studies are brought back into the lab--is critical to bringing new and better immunotherapies to patients.

The Cancer Research Institute established CLIP to support investigators who are studying critical topics at the intersection of laboratory and clinical research. CLIP grants provide up to $200,000 over a two-year period. CRI has obtained designated funding that will provide for a limited number of additional CLIP grants focused on topics related to biomarkers, including such topics as tumor mutational burden, microbiome, host genomic factors, and others. Proposals in this area are encouraged.

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Dr. Raymond A. Weiss Research Endowment
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Application due: Jan. 17, 2020

Wishing to advance research into the physical, mental, and emotional health benefits of physical activity and sports, the Dr. Raymond A. Weiss Research Endowment has been established for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) students studying in this field.

One project will be funded for applied rather than for basic research, with the intent of applying the results to programs involving physical activity and sports. The psychological and emotional benefits of physical activity are especially important to the benefactors of this endowment, Drs. Raymond and Rosalee Weiss, and proposals addressing those issues will be given priority. One award of $1,500 is available. 

Applicants for student research grants must have graduate student status during the term of the grant to be considered for funding. Applicants must be current members of ACSM at the time of their application submission to be eligible for funding. Grants are open to all ACSM members, including international members. However, the NASA initiative is open to U.S. residents only.

For more information about this opportunity, contact the Research Administration and Programs Department at researchadmin@acsm.org.

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Lloyd J. Old STAR Program
Cancer Research Institute (CRI)

Application due: Jan. 15, 2020

Named for CRI's founding scientific and medical director, whose vision and expertise guided CRI's programs for forty years, earning him the title "Father of Modern Tumor Immunology," the CRI Lloyd J. Old STAR Program supports today's scientific visionaries.

Candidates selected for this award are expected to be the future leaders in the field of cancer immunotherapy, and this sustained funding will enable them to carry out transformational research. Because the funds are not restricted to a specific project, the award allows the recipients to follow new and promising lines of investigation, that often lead to unanticipated scientific breakthroughs. This long-term funding provides a degree of flexibility and freedom to explore out-of-the-box and disruptive avenues of research.

The profile of a recipient investigator would be a scientist who takes risks with the expectation of high rewards, even in the face of potential failure. They will use their expertise, scientific acumen, and visionary curiosity to ask important, significant, and often non-obvious immunological questions. They will be the rare researcher who connects disparate pieces of discoveries, often from multiple disciplines, to develop and test new hypotheses that lead to step changes in our understanding and innovation to the field of cancer immunotherapy.

It is expected that their discoveries in basic or translational research will ultimately influence the development of new immune-based therapies that will be effective for more cancer patients. CRI Lloyd J. Old STARs will be at the forefront of discovery and innovation and will be viewed as the leaders in scientific thought and invention.

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Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program

Internal MSU Submission due: Feb. 6, 2020
Full Proposal due: Feb. 11, 2020, 12:00 p.m. MST (noon)

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program announces a Call for Proposals for Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture for 2020. Western SARE funds projects that are relevant to producers and provide readily adaptable technologies and information that advance sustainable agriculture in the Western region. Funded projects must contain distinct research and education components and have producer involvement.

Requirements for Graduate Student Proposals:

  • Conduct research and education; both elements are required. 
  • Demonstrate measurable impacts and outcomes that can increase the body of knowledge of sustainable agriculture. 
  • Produce scholarly products and educational materials to assist others in acquiring new knowledge.
  • Communicate the project goals, activities, and findings to producers and other stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with farmers and ranchers throughout the life of the project from inception to finish.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/.
    * Prepare a Full Proposal.
    * Although the MSU graduate student is the applicant to WSARE, the PI on the proposal clearance form is the graduate student's major advisor.
    * The Organization is the PI's home Org.
    * If there are Co-PIs on the Pre-proposal, their organization(s) should be added for approval using the Add Approval tab in the ePCF.
    * Select the sponsor Western Sare Host Institution (WESSAR).
    * Enter the Program ID as WS1GS.
  2. Include your Project Summary and Budget as attachments on the proposal clearance form.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is February 6, 2020, 12:00 p.m. MST (noon). Pre-proposals are due to the Sponsor by Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 12:00 p.m. MST (noon) and must be submitted online at http://projects.sare.org.
  4. For assistance with your MSU electronic proposal clearance form, please contact Jennifer Nesbitt in the MSU Office of Sponsored Programs at jnesbitt@montana.edu.

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HHMI Investigator Competition
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Application due: Mar. 18, 2020

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is seeking to appoint approximately 20 new Investigators through a national open competition. This effort will expand HHMI's community of nearly 300 Investigators, who perform basic biological research across the nation.

HHMI Investigators receive a seven-year appointment, which is renewable pending favorable scientific review. HHMI encourages Investigators to push their research fields into new areas of inquiry.

"When you become an HHMI Investigator, you join a community of excellent scientists--scientists who are motivated to understand biology at a deeper level, who want to explore new frontiers, and who are eager to communicate and collaborate with their colleagues," says David Clapham, HHMI's vice president and chief scientific officer.

The HHMI Investigator competition is open to basic researchers and physician scientists from more than 200 eligible institutions who catalyze discovery research in basic and biomedical sciences, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology.

HHMI provides each Investigator with a full salary, benefits, and research budget during their appointment. The Institute will also cover other expenses, including the purchase of critical equipment.

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Aligning Science Across Parkinson's (ASAP)
ASAP Collaborative Research Network

Informational Webinar: Nov. 14, 2019, 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Pre-Proposal due: Jan. 8, 2020
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Apr. 15, 2020

Aligning Science Across Parkinson's (ASAP), a new global basic research funding initiative, is accepting applications to support international, multidisciplinary, and multi-institutional research teams to investigate the underlying causes of Parkinson's disease.

Teams may request up to $9 million for three-year grants for projects that focus on at least one of the following thematic areas:

  • Biology of PD-associated genes

  • Neuro-immune interactions

The request for applications is open to international organizations including public and private non-profit groups, agencies of the U.S. federal government, and for-profit entities. Applications must be submitted by multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research teams consisting of three to five investigators.

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Michael D. Netherland Graduate Student Research Grant
The Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS)

Application due: Apr. 17, 2020

The Aquatic Plant Management Society is soliciting proposals for the 2020 Michael D. Netherland Graduate Student Research Grant (GSRG). This two-year, $40,000 grant is awarded biannually to provide for a full-time graduate student to conduct research in aquatic plant or algae management techniques, or in aquatic ecology related to the biology or management of regionally or nationally recognized nuisance aquatic vegetation (macrophytes, algae, or cyanobacteria).

Please visit the APMS web site at www.apms.org for details about the Michael D. Netherland GSRG and for the 2020 GSRG Announcement.

Please address all inquiries about the 2020 Grant to Dr. Ryan Thum, whose contact information is on the GSRG Announcement.

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