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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Montana Water Center - State Water Resources Research Institute Program
U.S. Geological Survey

Internal MSU submission: Mar. 9, 2020
Application due: Mar. 19, 2020

Montana Water Center announces the USGS National Competitive Grants Program (104g) RFP

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topics expanding and enhancing the use of hydrologic monitoring data monitoring to support advanced modeling tools, exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources, development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms that advance the science of ecological flows, and exploration and advancement of our understanding of harmful algae blooms (HABs). Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center.

Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources. Proposals must be submitted to USGS through the Montana Water Center and must be submitted to the Water Center by March 9, 2020.

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Use of Montana State University's Confocal Raman Microscope
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department with funding from NSF's Major Research Instrumentation program and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Application due: Apr. 10, 2020

Solicitation for seed funding proposals to use MSU's Confocal Raman microscope
Proposals are sought to expand the user base for the Horiba LabRAM Evolution Confocal Raman microscope system, which was installed in 2019 with support from the NSF Major Research Instrumentation program and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Proposals should allow researchers to explore new applications for this instrument. Priority will be given to microbiology-related proposals, but applications from other disciplines will be considered. Small seed grants (up to $2,000) will be made available to new users with creative and excellent ideas to enable the development of new experimental protocols and/or generation of data for publications or grant proposals. Proposals should clearly outline how the requested funds will lead to these products. Funds can be used to purchase reagents, supplies or small equipment for performing the proposed experiments but cannot be used towards salary, travel, benefits or indirect costs. A maximum of two proposals may be submitted per laboratory (defined as any research project under the direction of a PI at MSU). Previous awardees are ineligible to apply. We strongly encourage graduate students, postdocs, and staff scientists to apply. Deadline to apply is April 10, 2020. More information on the Raman system as well as guidelines for proposal submission can be found at http://www.chemistry.montana.edu/facilities/raman.html

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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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Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis - Research Fellows Program
MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis

Application due: May 15, 2020

Research fellowships are available for MSU faculty members to conduct research projects related to regulation and policy. Fellows produce publicly-accessible policy issues papers and other communications that provide objective, research-based information to lawmakers, policy advisers, and the general public on critical policy and regulatory issues, and participate in workshops and conferences organized by the research fellows. Appointments are for a two-year period, with the potential for renewal. Fellowships are awarded through an MSU-wide competitive process. Details are available at the link below.

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Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis - Research Grants Program
MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis

Application due: May 15, 2020 at 5 PM MT

One-year, renewable research grants are available to MSU faculty to conduct research projects related to our mission. Research grantees produce publicly-accessible policy issues papers and other communications that inform lawmakers, policy advisers, and the general public on critical policy and regulatory issues, and participate in workshops and conferences organized by the group.

Research Project Expectations

  • Conduct research on topics covered by the Initiative's mission and submit their resulting research papers to peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • Work with IRAEA research staff to produce policy briefs (condensed versions of published papers written in language accessible to non-specialists) to inform lawmakers, policy advisors, and the general public of the research findings.
  • Present a research seminar on the research project that is open to faculty, students and the general public.
  • Submit a brief end-of-project report in PDF format outlining how the work fulfills each of the project expectations described above. Reports should be 1,000 or fewer words and submitted to IRAEA co-directors as well as the communications specialist.
  • Provide co-directors and the communications specialist with research presentations and any/all other outreach materials developed and presented that pertains to the IRAEA-sponsored research project. Grantees are also asked to participate in the Initiative's outreach efforts including video interviews and news stories regarding research and outcomes.
  • Complete a brief survey (sent out via email) at the end of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters detailing the status of any papers, presentations, etc. that are associated with their IRAEA research.
  • Follow all MSU and academic journal policies regarding conflicts of interest and acknowledgement of financial support for their research. Grantees are also strongly encouraged to acknowledge IRAEA support in presentations as well as in academic journals and other publications upon acceptance of their work for publication.

Full details are available at the link below.

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Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis - Undergraduate Research Scholarship
MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis

Application due: Apr. 15, 2020 at 5 PM MT

The Initiative provides funding for research scholarships for undergraduate students from a wide-range of disciplines who participate in faculty-led research projects that address issues relevant to our mission. Undergraduate Research Scholarships are awarded on a semester-by-semester or academic year basis for research to be carried out in the fall and spring semesters. A small number of awards are also available for students involved in research over the summer. Depending on funding availability, additional support may be provided to enable a student to attend a regional or national conference at which the student presents the results of the sponsored research project.
 
With IRAEA undergraduate research scholarships, faculty and students have the opportunity to explore academic interests beyond the classroom. Students get hands-on experience with research and acquire academic and professional skills and credentials, and faculty get help with their research projects. 

A member of the MSU Bozeman faculty must apply on the student's behalf. In addition to their research activity, Requests for proposals are typically announced in late-fall (for spring and summer scholarships) and mid-late spring/early fall (for fall and academic year scholarships). 

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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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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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Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Grants for Research Fellowship (GRF)
U.S. Department of Transportation

Application due: Mar. 16, 2020 at 4 PM (EST)

The DDETFP Graduate Fellowship provides funding for students to pursue master's or doctoral degrees in transportation-related disciplines. The goals of these Grants are to 1) attract the Nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation, 2) enhance the careers of transportation professionals by encouraging them to seek advanced degrees, and 3) bring and retain top talent in the transportation industry of the U.S.

An informational webinar will be held on February 19, 2020 at 3pm (Eastern)  Click to View Exit Disclaimer

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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 Healthcare Foundation 2020 Call for Proposals
Montana Healthcare Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Feb. 18, 2020
NOTE: Sponsor moved deadline up by 10 weeks. The short turnaround is due to the tight timeline between the sponsor's announcement and deadline.
Application due: Mar. 16, 2020

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) makes grants to improve the health and well-being of all Montanans. For 2020, we are pleased to announce this competitive Call for Proposals (CFP).

We will consider proposals in three broad focus areas:

  • Partnerships for Better Health

  • American Indian Health
  • Behavioral Health

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 Healthcare Foundation (MONHEA012) [P],\" and the program, \"Montana Healthcare Foundation 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 Tuesay, February 18, 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 March 16, 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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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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EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 20, 2020
Application due: May 12, 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. EPSCoR jurisdictions that are eligible for RII competitions are listed in the RII Eligibility table, which can be found here. 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. One of the strategic goals of the EPSCoR program is to establish sustainable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professional development pathways that advance STEM workforce development.

RII Track-4 provides awards to build research capacity in institutions and transform the career trajectories of non-tenured investigators and to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation's premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through collaborative research visits at the host site, fellowship awardees will be able to learn new techniques, develop new collaborations or advance existing partnerships, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and/or shift their research toward potentially transformative new directions. The experiences gained through the fellowships are intended to have lasting impacts that will enhance the Fellows' research trajectories well beyond the award period. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn improve the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions more broadly. Those submitting proposals must either hold a non-tenured faculty appointment at an institution of higher education or an early-career career-track appointment at an eligible non-degree-granting institution.

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 Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)."
  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 Thursday March 20, 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 Tuesday, May 12, 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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Commercialization Initiation Grants
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Internal MSU LOI due: Apr. 20, 2020
Application due: Jun. 1, 2020

This program is aimed at supporting projects that create an inflection point for commercialization, and it is not designed to enable investigators to generate data for their next major research grant application. Thus, funding is intended to support the commercialization of bench discoveries and translating those to the market. Only projects from the natural sciences, medicine and engineering will be considered. Requests for games and software applications will not be considered. 

The ideal time for submitting a proposal is when the science is solid and a feasible business plan is at hand. The goal of this program is to support the project early in the commercialization life cycle in order to enable the PI or inventor to reduce the science discovery into practice, secure IP and ownership, obtain proof of commercialization concept and position the development toward the next round of funding. The PI or inventor may request up to $60,000 from the Murdock Trust, and the university is required to match at least an equal amount. 

The Trust has no equity interest in the intellectual property or commercialization of the invention. Submission of a proposal to this program from the university, however, is predicated on the expectation that the university has thoroughly vetted the scientific, technical and commercialization merits of the proposal.

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

Internal MSU LOI due: Feb. 28, 2020
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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Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health

Internal MSU LOI due: Apr. 13, 2020
Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 4, 2020
Application due: Jun. 2, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) grants to support research in nutrition and/or obesity. The mission of the NORC program is to serve as a key component of the NIDDK-supported research effort to advance nutrition and obesity research. The NORCs promote new discoveries and enhance scientific progress through support of cutting-edge basic, clinical, and translational research in nutrition science and obesity with the ultimate goal of improving public health.

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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

Extended Deadline - Internal MSU LOI due: Feb. 28, 2020
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, February 21, 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 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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William T. Grant Scholars Program
William T. Grant Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 13, 2020
Mentor and reference letter due Jun. 19, 2020 @ 5 PM EST
Full application due: July 1, 2020 @ 3 PM EST

SYNOPSIS: The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers' expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.

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, William T. Grant Foundation (WTGFOU), and the program, William T. Grant Scholars 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 March 13, 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 July 1, 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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Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Pew Charitable Trusts

Internal MSU Pre-proposal materials due: May 4, 2020
Nomination due to sponsor: May 18, 2020
Full application due: Sept. 10, 2020

The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support ($75,000 per year for a four-year period).

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged.

Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the performance of the candidate, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Applicants must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 15, 2017, whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. 

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, Pew Charitable Trusts (PEWCHA) [P], and the program, Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.
  2. Include your pre-proposal materials (research project summary, curriculum vitae, and letters of support from your department head and dean) as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. The research project summary 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, May 4, 2020.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select one nominee to go forward to the Sponsor. The nomination will be due at the Sponsor by May 18, 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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Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 30, 2020
LOI due to sponsor: Aug. 20, 2020
Full submission due: Oct. 22, 2020

SYNOPSIS: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), invites grant applications for funding Education and Research Centers (ERCs) that are focused on occupational safety and health training, research training, education and outreach. NIOSH is mandated to provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the ERCs are one of the principal means for meeting this mandate. ERCs are academic institutions that provide high-quality interdisciplinary graduate training, research training, continuing education, and outreach in the core occupational safety and health disciplines of industrial hygiene (IH), occupational health nursing (OHN), occupational medicine residency (OMR), and occupational safety (OS), as well as closely related allied disciplines. Research and research training are integral components of ERCs, with ERC faculty and NIOSH trainees conducting research on issues related to the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). The ERCs also serve as regional resources for industry, labor, government, and the public.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this program is to support NIOSH ERCs to address the burden of OSH in the United States by providing state-of-the-art interdisciplinary training for the next generation of OSH practitioners and researchers. ERCs play a significant role in preparing the future OSH workforce to respond to new challenges posed by the changing nature of work. These changes are the result of technological advances, globalization, new and emerging risks, occupational health disparities associated with the changing demographics of the US workforce, and a myriad of other factors. The NIOSH network of ERCs across the United States helps address these challenges and provide the next generation of OSH leadership to protect workers and ensure a healthier national workforce. The ERCs provide well-trained graduates to meet the demand for a professional OSH workforce for federal, state, and local government agencies; not-for-profit agencies; industry; academia; business; healthcare; and labor organizations. ERCs help meet our national need for skilled, knowledgeable practitioners and researchers in OSH and enhance the diversity of the safety and health workforce.

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, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CENDIS), and the program, Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (42).
  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 30, 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 October 22, 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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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

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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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)

Strategic Technologies
Department of Defense - DARPA - Strategic Technology Office

Application due: Mar. 1, 2021

DARPA/STO aims to provide the U.S. military lethality using a strategy called Mosaic Warfare: fast, scalable, adaptive joint multi-domain lethality. It is the disaggregation of effects chain functions (e.g., Find, Fix, Target, Track, Engage, and Assess or F2T2EA) across a heterogeneous mix of manned and unmanned platforms from all domains. Furthermore, it is the ability to compose and recompose effects chains at high speed without a prior knowledge of which systems will provide which  function(s) of a given effects chain. The result presents an adversary with an overwhelming, diverse set of kinetic and non-kinetic effect decision dilemmas without common counters or failure modes.

To achieve this ambitious vision, DARPA/STO is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies within the focus areas of the broader Mosaic Warfare objective: Mosaic Technologies, Mosaic Effects Web Services (EWS), and Mosaic Experimentation.
Research supporting any of STO's broad mission objectives identified in the Funding Opportunity Description above may be submitted under this BAA. Refer to the full announcement for topic areas of specific interest.

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Open Programmable Secure 5G (OPS-5G)
U.S. Department of Defense - DARPA Information Innovation Office

Application due: Mar. 17, 2020 12 PM (EST)

DARPA's Open Programmable Secure 5G (OPS-5G) program will create open source software and systems enabling secure 5G and follow-on mobile networks. OPS-5G creates capabilities to address feature velocity in open source software, a trillion-node Botnet of Things (BoT), network slicing on suspect gear and adaptive adversaries operating at scale. The long-term objective is a US-friendly ecosystem.

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Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
Department of Defense - U.S. Army

Pre-proposal inquiries and questions (encouraged) deadline: Apr. 24, 2020
Full proposals must be VALIDATED by May 15, 2020 (validation could take up to 48 hours)

This announcement seeks proposals from universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD. DoD interests include the areas of research supported by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), hereafter generally referred to collectively as "we," "our," "us," or "administering agency." We use "administering agency" to provide a generic reference to any of the administering agencies. A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment and instrumentation to enhance research related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD.

Therefore, your proposal must address the impact of the equipment or instrumentation on your institution's ability to educate students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions. Our areas of research interest are published at the following internet locations:

How to Find Research Interests by Administering Agency

Army Research Office http://www.aro.army.mil Select "Broad Agency Announcements" in the "For the Researcher" section to see the most recent ARL or ARO Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research.

Office of Naval Research http://www.onr.navy.mil Select "Work With Us" and then "Funding Opportunities" to see the Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology, BAA N00014-20-S-B001.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/afosr Navigate to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/viewopportunity.html?oppId=314753 to view the "Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research," BAA FA9550-19-S-0003.

You must refer to the websites cited above for detailed technical information and our technical goals. We encourage you to contact the Program Managers listed in the cited announcements before submitting proposals to explore research areas of mutual interest to you and us. You may submit a single DURIP proposal to more than one administering agency; however, only one administering agency will fund it, if selected.

There is no limit on the total number of different proposals you can submit. There is no limit to the number of awards a single applicant organization can receive under this competition.

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FY 2021 Defense University Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
U.S. Department of Defense

Application due: May 15, 2020

This announcement seeks proposals from universities to purchase equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD.

DoD interests include the areas of research supported by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), hereafter generally referred to collectively as "we," "our," "us," or "administering agency." We use "administering agency" to provide a generic reference to any of the administering agencies.

A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment and instrumentation to enhance research related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD. Therefore, your proposal must address the impact of the equipment or instrumentation on your institution's ability to educate students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions.

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Wideband Adaptive RF Protection (WARP)
U.S. Department of Defense - DARPA Microsystems Technology Office

Application due: May 21, 2020 at 2 PM (EST)

DARPA seeks innovative proposals to develop wideband, adaptive RF filters and cancellers that selectively attenuate interference and protect wideband digital radios from saturation. When exposed to interference/self-interference, the filters and cancellers will automatically sense and adapt to the electromagnetic environment through the intelligent control of its adaptive hardware. WARP will ultimately enable the use of wideband software defined radios in congested and contested environments.

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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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Habitus
Department of Defense - DARPA

Abstract due (strongly encouraged): Mar. 2, 2020 at 2 PM Mountain Time
Application due: Apr. 23, 2020 at 2 PM Mountain Time

The Habitus program will create a specific, generalizable/scalable, adaptive, and self-sustaining
methodology for capturing and making local knowledge available to operational decision makers
to support stability operations. This involves developing mechanisms of measurement and local engagement, identifying relevant factors, prioritizing and developing relationships among those factors, and testing and updating the model as systems change. Over the course of the program, performers will demonstrate, test, and validate the system by using the computational models generated by their systems to make predictions against real-world, externally verifiable
outcomes.

Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, methodologies, or systems to engage with and understand local populations to make their often implicit cognitive models of a local system explicit and available to operational decision-makers. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary
improvements to the existing state of practice.

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Department of Energy (DOE)

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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Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Workforce Development in Emerging Fields."

EERE intends to announce a funding opportunity to support leading-edge interdisciplinary research that promotes workforce development in emerging fields by supporting a coordinated expansion of existing joint graduate education programs with national laboratories to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers. Consistent with Congressional guidance, applicants will be restricted to land grant universities.

This notice of intent (NOI) is issued so that interested parties are aware of the EERE's intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this NOI is subject to change. EERE will not respond to questions concerning this NOI. Once the FOA has been released, EERE will provide an avenue for potential applicants to submit questions.

EERE plans to issue the FOA in February of 2020 via the EERE Exchange website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/. If applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange.

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Research to Enable Fuels from Sunlight
Department of Energy - Office of Science Research

Pre-application due: Mar. 24, 2020
Application due: May 27, 2020

This FOA solicits new applications for multi-investigator cross-disciplinary early-stage fundamental research to address emerging new directions as well as long-standing challenges in liquid solar fuels generation via artificial photosynthesis approaches. Artificial photosynthesis is typically viewed as the generation of fuels using only sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water as inputs. However, for the purpose of this FOA the concept of artificial photosynthesis approaches will be expanded to include other abundant feedstocks beyond carbon dioxide, such as nitrogen. Regardless of feedstock, the focus must remain on fundamental scientific concepts for solar-driven liquid fuel production. 

Applications should focus on the highest scientific priorities in solar fuels production as identified by the 2019 Liquid Solar Fuels Roundtable and will be required to address priority research opportunities (PROs) denoted in 2019 Liquid Solar Fuels Roundtable Report (Brochure). The research should capitalize on unique capabilities and accomplishments developed to date, including those from BES-funded efforts in the Fuels from Sunlight Hub, Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), and BES core programs. Projects should also integrate experiment and theory to elucidate scientific principles for light energy capture and conversion into chemical bonds.

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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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Joint FY20 Bioenergy and Advanced Manufacturing FOA BOTTLE: Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment
Department of Energy

Application due: Jun. 18, 2020

In November 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Plastics Innovation Challenge, a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling technologies. This FOA will support high-impact R&D for plastics by developing new plastics that are capable of efficient recyclability and improving recycling strategies that can break existing plastics into chemical building blocks that can be used to make higher-value products.

DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) develops technologies that convert domestic biomass and waste resources into fuels, products, and power to enable affordable energy, economic growth, and innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production. DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) develops technologies that drive energy productivity improvements in the U.S. manufacturing sector, efficiently utilize abundant and available domestic energy resources, and support the manufacture of clean energy products with benefits extending across the economy. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support high-impact technology research and development (R&D) to enable the development of technologies that overcome the challenges associated with plastic waste.

Topic Areas include:

  1. Highly Recyclable or Biodegradable Plastics
  2. Novel Methods for Deconstructing and Upcycling Existing Plastics: generate energy efficient recycling technologies (mechanical, chemical, or biological) that are capable of breaking plastic streams into intermediates which can be upgraded into higher value products.
  3. BOTTLE Consortium Collaborations to Tackle Challenges in Plastic Waste: create collaborations with the Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) Laboratory Consortium to further the long-term goals of the Consortium and the Plastics Innovation Challenge.

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COVID-19 Rapid Research Response
Department of Energy

DOE is soliciting ideas about how the Department and the National Laboratories might contribute resources for science and technology efforts and collaborations. The Department is encouraging the scientific community and others to consider research questions that underpin COVID-19 response and is requesting input on strategic, priority research directions that may be undertaken using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure.

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Department of Health & Human Services

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program: RERC on Individual Mobility and Manipulation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Application due: Mar. 31, 2020

The purpose of the RERC program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act by conducting advanced engineering research on and development of innovative technologies that are designed to solve particular rehabilitation problems or to remove environmental barriers. RERCs also demonstrate and evaluate such technologies, facilitate service delivery system changes, stimulate the production and distribution of new technologies and equipment in the private sector, and provide training opportunities.

Field-Initiated RERC on Individual Mobility and Manipulation: In the area of individual mobility and manipulation, NIDILRR seeks to fund research and development to enhance mobility, physical movement, and manipulation of the environment, and to accommodate limitations in manual dexterity among individuals with a variety of disabling conditions. Rehabilitation engineering in this area should result in new or improved products, devices, or technological advances that allow individuals with disabilities to be more mobile, and to manipulate their environments more effectively.

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Incorporating cost effectiveness & societal outcomes into FDA opioids model (U01) Clinical Trials Not Allowed
Health and Human Services - Food and Drug Administration

Letters of Intent (LOI) due: Apr. 6, 2020
Application due: May 18, 2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to address a diversity of topics related to FDA's RWE Program as described above and to enable FDA to assess and validate the potential utility of RWD and RWE. The primary objective of this announcement is to encourage a variety of projects exploring the utility of RWD and RWE in evidence generation.  The scope includes, but is not limited to, projects that focus on the following:

  • Exploring and conducting innovative clinical trials, or parts of clinical trials utilizing RWD, such as trials that incorporate "pragmatic" elements and utilize RWD to generate RWE. 
  • Exploring and elucidating ways and methods to address challenges to utilizing RWD in research studies, such as data processing, standardization, and analytics.
  • Exploring the use of innovative technologies, such as digital health tools, predictive algorithms, and sensors to provide reliable data.
  • Designing and conducting pilot projects and collaborations that further the development of a shared understanding and clarity on key components of trials utilizing RWD, including intervention selection, outcome measurement, feasibility of blinding, statistical techniques, and data integrity. 
  • Determining and evaluating endpoints (or composite endpoints) that can be captured reliably from RWD.
  • Evaluating reliability considerations around the use of RWD, such as methodologies to assist in the standardization and analyses of the typically fragmented and variable RWD sources.

A variety of project types are welcomed under this FOA, including clinical trials, ancillary studies in parallel to planned or ongoing clinical trials, and other clinical study types.  FDA is particularly interested in projects that compare use of RWD and generation of RWE with more traditional approaches methods for data collection and evidence generation.

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National Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Agricultural Injury
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ERA)

Application due: Apr. 24, 2020

This funding opportunity announcement from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) invites applications for a National Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Agricultural Injury. Applicants are expected to propose multi-disciplinary approaches to develop partnerships for implementing prevention and intervention activities and to serve as a leader in research translation and research-to-practice for the protection of children in agricultural environments throughout the United States. Applicants must describe the occupational health and safety burden(s) addressed in their proposals. In addition, they must link the need for the proposed research and related activities to the planned outputs and outcomes that will help address or alleviate the burdens described. Applicants should also describe the anticipated impacts and potential outcomes of the proposed research and related activities that will occur during the 5-year project period and beyond.

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Exploring the use of Real-World Data to Generate Real-World Evidence in Regulatory Decision-Making (U01) Clinical Trials Optional
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Application due: May 11, 2020

Project Objectives: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to address a diversity of topics related to FDA's RWE Program as described above and to enable FDA to assess and validate the potential utility of RWD and RWE. The primary objective of this announcement is to encourage a variety of projects exploring the utility of RWD and RWE in evidence generation.  The scope includes, but is not limited to, projects that focus on the following:

  • Exploring and conducting innovative clinical trials, or parts of clinical trials utilizing RWD, such as trials that incorporate "pragmatic" elements and utilize RWD to generate RWE. 
  • Exploring and elucidating ways and methods to address challenges to utilizing RWD in research studies, such as data processing, standardization, and analytics.
  • Exploring the use of innovative technologies, such as digital health tools, predictive algorithms, and sensors to provide reliable data.
  • Designing and conducting pilot projects and collaborations that further the development of a shared understanding and clarity on key components of trials utilizing RWD, including intervention selection, outcome measurement, feasibility of blinding, statistical techniques, and data integrity. 
  • Determining and evaluating endpoints (or composite endpoints) that can be captured reliably from RWD.
  • Evaluating reliability considerations around the use of RWD, such as methodologies to assist in the standardization and analyses of the typically fragmented and variable RWD sources.

A variety of project types are welcomed under this FOA, including clinical trials, ancillary studies in parallel to planned or ongoing clinical trials, and other clinical study types.  FDA is particularly interested in projects that compare use of RWD and generation of RWE with more traditional approaches methods for data collection and evidence generation.

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NARMS Cooperative Agreement Program to Strengthen Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance in Retail Food Specimens (U01) Clinical Trials Not Allowed
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

LOI due: Apr. 3, 2020
Application due: May 11, 2020

Problem Statement: Antimicrobial drugs have been widely used in human and veterinary medicine for more than 70 years, with tremendous benefits to both human and animal health. The development of resistance to these medicines poses a serious public health threat. Antimicrobial drug use creates selective evolutionary pressure that enables antimicrobial resistant bacteria to increase in numbers and thus increases the opportunity for individuals to become infected by resistant bacteria. When antimicrobial drugs are used in food-producing animals, they can enrich for populations of resistant strains that reach humans via the food supply.

Purpose: FDA announces the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2020 funds to enhance and strengthen antibiotic resistance surveillance in retail food specimens within the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). This cooperative agreement with the NARMS retail food surveillance program will enable the research and investigations for the collection of critical data to help inform public health stakeholders. Data from investigations conducted by applicants will assist in developing pre-approval safety evaluation of new animal antibiotics, determining parameters for the antimicrobial use in veterinary medicine, and the ability of public health actors to provide information to promote interventions to reduce resistance among foodborne bacteria. This cooperative agreement will address NARMS programmatic needs to implement effective surveillance and response for antibiotic resistance as recommended in the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB). The chief goal of the NARMS food surveillance program is to improve the detection of and surveillance for antimicrobial resistance among enteric bacteria in raw retail meat commodities.

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Division of Research, Innovation & Ventures (DRIVe) COVID-19 EZ Broad Agency Announcement
Health and Human Services - Assistant Secretary of Emergency Preparedness

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To support ongoing U.S. Government COVID-19 medical countermeasure development efforts, BARDA is pleased to open our EZ BAA program and seeks abstract submissions for select COVID-19 medical countermeasures only. Please see solicitation BAA-20-100-SOL-0002 for more information, and apply here.

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Fatherhood - Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential (FIRE)
Department of Health and Human Services

Estimated post date: Mar. 23, 2020
Forecasted due date: May 22, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) announces its plan to solicit applications for the competitive award of grants that support "activities to promote responsible fatherhood" under each of the three broad categories of promoting or sustaining marriage, responsible parenting, and economic stability activities authorized under Section 403(a)(2) of the Social Security Act. The Fatherhood Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilent, and Essential Grants (Fatherhood FIRE) will be targeted exclusively to projects designed for adult fathers, defined as fathers that are age 18 and older. Eligible fathers (or father figures) must have children who are age 24 or younger. Fathers will include those in the general population (or "community fathers"), as well as fathers who are currently incarcerated and are returning, or have returned, to their families and communities following incarceration.

Applicants will be strongly encouraged to submit a proposal to implement one specific program model designed for one specific service population - e.g., rural community fathers, reentering fathers, or urban community fathers- but not multiple models for multiple populations. ACF is interested in funding a diverse range of projects, from high impact projects, to moderate scope projects, to smaller scope projects. Applicants must provide evidence of organizational capacity to implement their proposed project.

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SPECIAL NOTICE: Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
Health and Human Resources

Application due: Apr. 30, 2020

We appreciate your interest in partnering with BARDA. Due to the COVID-19 response, any white papers or full proposals submissions, other than those that are in support of COVID-19, will be put into a queue. Once the response to COVID-19 has subsided, we will resume normal review of submissions for other research areas of interests.  BARDA will not be able to meet the timelines highlighted in the Broad Agency Announcement. Thank you for understanding this unprecedented response and delays that will occur.

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Department of Justice (DOJ)

COPS Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program 2020
U.S. Department of Justice

Application due: Mar. 31, 2020

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) funds are used to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and implementation of promising practices related to peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs. The 2020 LEMHWA program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective mental health and wellness strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement, and increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using peer mentoring programs. The COPS Office, a federal provider of innovative, customer-focused resources that address the continuing and emerging needs of those engaged in enhancing public safety through community policing, has designed the LEMHWA solicitation to address law enforcement mental health and wellness. The 2020 LEMHWA program has been established to fund specific projects related to the following topic areas: (1) Peer Support Implementation Projects; (2) National Peer Support Program for Small and Rural Agencies; (3) LEMHWA Coordinator Assistance Provider, and (4) Invitational Applications. Detailed descriptions of each of these topics are available in the application guide.

There is up to $4,300,000 million in LEMHWA funds available. All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law. Funding is limited, and it is expected that this solicitation will be very competitive. Each award or cooperative agreement is two years (24 months) in length. There is no local match. Each award will be in the form of a cooperative agreement, the funding instrument used for substantial federal involvement.

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Research on Juvenile Reoffending, Fiscal Year 2020
U.S. Department of Justice - National Institute of Justice

Application due: May 18, 2020

This solicitation seeks proposals for rigorous research projects that improve measurement of juvenile reoffending. NIJ encourages applicants to submit proposals for studies that advance knowledge and understanding of juvenile reoffending and aid jurisdictions and juvenile justice agencies in measuring and using juvenile reoffending data appropriately in their efforts to identify priorities, develop responses, and monitor and assess policies and programs. This solicitation supports Department of Justice strategic objectives to combat violent crime, promote safe communities, and uphold the rights of victims of crime.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

National Environmental Education and Training Program
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Application due: May 29, 2020

SUMMARY: The purpose of the National Environmental Education and Training Program is to deliver environmental education (EE) training and long-term support to education professionals across the U.S. in the development and delivery of environmental education and training programs and studies.

BACKGROUND: There have been six previous multi-year cooperative agreements awarded under this program. In 1992, the first award was made to a consortium headed by the University of Michigan entitled the "National Consortium for Environmental Education and Training (NCEET)." In 1995, the second award was made to a consortium headed by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) entitled the "Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP 1)." In 2000, the third award was made to the University of WisconsinStevens Point (UWSP) also entitled the "Environment Education and Training Partnership (EETAP 2)." In 2005, the fourth award was made to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, also entitled the "Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP 3)." In 2011, the fifth award was made to Cornell University entitled the "Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education (EECapacity) Project." In 2016, the sixth award was made to the North American Association for Environmental Education entitled "ee360".

FUNDING/AWARDS: Under this competition, one cooperative agreement is expected to be awarded to a U.S. institution of higher education, a not-for-profit institution or a consortium of such institutions. The total estimated funding for the first year of the award(FY 2020) is $2,175,500. For planning purposes, funding for years two and three should be estimated to be $2,175,500 per year, subject to the availability of funds and other applicable considerations.

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Foundations

Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences, and Mathematics
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation

Application due: Apr. 1, 2020

The world's largest science prize, dubbed "The Oscars of Science," honors top scientists with a $3 million cash award and hosts a gala awards ceremony to celebrate the laureates' achievements, foster broad popular support for scientific endeavors, and inspire the next generation of scientists. To that end, the foundation awards the following:

Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics -- A single prize of $3 million will recognize an individual or group that has made profound contributions to human knowledge. It is open to all physicists, theoretical, mathematical and experimental, working on the deepest mysteries of the universe. The prize may be shared among any number of scientists. Nominations are also open for the New Horizons in Physics Prize, which will include up to three awards of $100,000 in support of early-career researchers who have already produced important work in their fields.

Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences -- Up to four prizes of $3 million each will be awarded to individuals who have made transformative advances in understanding living systems and extending human life.

Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics -- A single prize of $3 million will be awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics. Nominations are also open for the New Horizons in Mathematics Prize, which will include up to three awards of $100,000 in support of early-career researchers who have already produced important work in their fields. In addition, for the first time, the Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize will be awarded. The prize is an annual $50,000 award that will be presented to early-career women mathematicians who have completed their PhDs within the previous two years.

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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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Ucross Foundation Residency Program
Ucross Foundation

Application due: Mar. 1, 2020 for Fall Session OR Sept. 1, 2020 for Spring Session

The Ucross Foundation Residency Program offers the gift of time and space to competitively selected individuals working in all artistic disciplines.  The Foundation strives to provide a respectful, comfortable and productive environment, freeing artists from the pressures and distractions of daily life.  As painter Carol Schwennesen commented, "There has been no other art experience that has been as wide and deep and solid as the experience of being at Ucross."

The Ucross Foundation provides living accommodations, individual work space, and uninterrupted time to approximately 85 individuals each year.  Typical residencies are one month in length but can vary from two to six weeks.  At any one time, there are up to ten individuals in residence, a mix of visual artists, writers and composers.  In most cases, studios are separate from living quarters.  

Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef with ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends.  Lunches are delivered to individual studios; group dinners take place at 6 p.m.  Towels and all linens are provided, as is weekly housekeeping for bedrooms.  There is cell phone service and wireless internet throughout residency facilities.  

Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming.  There is no charge for a residency.

2020 Fall Session Deadline is Mar. 1, 2020

2021 Spring Session Deadline is Sept. 1, 2020

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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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The Rise Prize
Imaginable Futures

Application due: Apr. 6, 2020

Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded in support of solutions that drive economic mobility and well-being for student-parents. The Rise Prize will make 10 awards totalling $1M.

The Prize was created by Imaginable Futures--a venture of The Omidyar Group--and Lumina Foundation, along with a group of leading partner organizations, to leverage direct investments in innovative solutions supporting student parents.

We believe that postsecondary success for parents is crucial in improving educational outcomes for entire families and supporting the journeys of millions of families to economic mobility.

Postsecondary success is defined as traditional degrees and non-traditional credential, certificate, workforce development, and alternative college pathways programs, that leads to economic mobility and overall well-being.

If your company, program, or organization is working to support and empower student parents, or you want to learn how your solution can be tailored to accelerate the postsecondary success of student parents, apply for the Rise Prize by April 6!

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Accelerating Discovery for Non-Hormonal Contraceptives: A Grand Challenge
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Application due: Apr. 22, 2020 at 11:30AM PDT

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to a long-term vision of expanding contraceptive options for the most vulnerable women in low-resource settings through development of new methods that better align with women's preferences. Contraceptive product innovation will be required to achieve this goal. Specifically, the emphasis for this work is on developing safe and effective non-hormonal contraceptive agents with both improved overall tolerability and a side effect profile differentiated from hormonal methods. This emphasis is based on an understanding that overall tolerability of and side effects from hormonal methods present real and meaningful barriers to women realizing their reproductive intentions.

Funding Focus Areas:

  1. Biological Assay Development
  2. Drug Target Identification and Validation
  3. Chemical genomics, probe generation, pilot screening
  4. Contraceptive Antibodies
  5. Translational Science/Preclinical Evaluation Tools

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Hillman Emergent Innovation Program
The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

Application due: Apr. 27, 2020

The Hillman Emergent Innovation Program provides $50,000, one-year awards to accelerate the development of bold, nursing-driven interventions targeting the needs of vulnerable populations.

We seek creative, early stage (pre-evidence or untested) innovations that target health and health care problems in new ways.

The annual program--a complement to the Hillman Innovations in Care initiative--will award up to five, one-year grants of $50,000 each.

Priority consideration will be given to proposals that include one or more of the following:

  • Engagement of patients, families, caregivers, and/or community organizations
  • Inter-professional or multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Institutional and community partnerships
  • Provision of care in non-hospital settings
  • Measurable goals and outcomes

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Policies for Action: Research on Housing Policies that Promote Equity
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Apr. 29, 2020 at 3 PM ET

The Policies for Action research program is releasing Policies for Action: Research on Housing Policies That Promote Equity call for proposals (CFP) to investigate the effectiveness of state, county, and city public policies aimed at increasing housing affordability and stability; addressing racial segregation and isolation from opportunity; and increasing access to opportunity-rich neighborhoods and place-based resources. We are particularly interested in understanding how such policies affect racial equity in housing and neighborhood conditions--especially in small- and medium-sized cities having populations between 50,000 and 500,000.

From its inception, RWJF's work has been driven by a continuous cycle of research, evaluation, and learning. Our commitment to advancing a bold research agenda helps bring evidence to bear on some of the most complex health and policy issues facing the United States today.

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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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Academic Cross-Training Fellowship Program
Templeton Foundation

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 1, 2020
Application due: Jul. 13, 20 (by invitation only)

 

PURPOSE:

 

The John Templeton Foundation invites applications for its Academic Cross-Training (ACT) Fellowship program beginning December 1, 2019, with fellowships to begin Fall 2021. The ACT Fellowship program is intended to equip recently tenured (after September 2009) philosophers and theologians with the skills and knowledge needed to study Big Questions that require substantive and high-level engagement with empirical science.

 

Each ACT Fellowship will provide up to $220,000 (US dollars) for up to 33 months of contiguous support for a systematic and sustained course of study in an empirical science such as physics, psychology, biology, genetics, cognitive science, neuroscience, or sociology. Acceptable courses of study might include a plan to audit undergraduate and graduate-level courses, a plan to spend time in residence at a research lab, or a plan to earn a degree in an empirical science. This iteration of the program will also permit applicants to request that up to one year of the ACT Fellowship be used to support a small-scale pilot scientific research project that improves or enhances the capacity, skill, and talent of the fellow to investigate the above-described Big Questions. Fellows may undertake their study at their home institution or another institution. All fellows must have a faculty mentor in their cross-training discipline.

 

Please note that due to IRS limitations on the Foundation's grantmaking, the maximum term of the ACT Fellowship is now 33 months.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

 

The application process has two stages: a Letter of Intent (LOI) and for the most promising applications, invitation to submit Full Proposal. The LOI must include the following:

 

  • Applicant information - contact details, name of academic institution conveying tenure, and CV (10 MB limit);
  • Request information - proposed project dates (project may not begin before the beginning of AY 2021-2022 or exceed 33 months in duration), cross-training discipline, and name of cross-training mentor;
  • 400-word Project Statement describing - a) what topics or questions you believe cross-training will help you investigate, (b) how these topics or questions fit with JTF's donor intent, and (c) what the proposed course of cross-training might look like.

 

The LOI will be available as a web form from December 1, 2019-May 1, 2020.

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

 

LOIs for each applicant will be evaluated according to the following criteria listed in ascending order of importance: (i) the academic credentials of the proposed fellow, (ii) the publication record of the proposed fellow, (iii) the professional standing and professional accomplishment of the proposed fellow, (iv) the potential for the applicant to be an influential figure in their field in the future, (v) the appropriateness of the chosen means for the goal of cross-training, and (vi) the potential of the proposed fellow to undertake substantive, high-quality interdisciplinary research on Big Questions falling within the domain of JTF's mission to fund "Science and the Big Questions" if the proposed fellow were awarded the fellowship. Applicants will not be evaluated based on the race, religion, or gender of the proposed fellow.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

 

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited university.
  • Employment by an accredited U.S. or non-U.S. university or college. The employer agrees to sponsor the applicant, be the ultimate recipient of fellowship funds, administer the distribution of funds, and make reports to JTF on the use of the funds.
  • Received tenure after September 1, 2009, or reasonably anticipates receiving tenure by the beginning of AY 2021, as defined by applicant's employing institution.
  • Primary faculty appointment within a philosophy, religious studies, religion, or theology department.

 

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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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Advanced Light-Sheet Microscopy and Data Science Program
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Pre-proposals due: Mar. 6, 2020
Full application due: Sept. 18, 2020

Advanced microscopy, enabled by recent advances in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, and biology, is opening new windows into the anatomy and behavior of cells and tissues. While established modalities such as confocal, two-photon and super-resolution microscopies have contributed greatly to experimental investigations in many fields, the tradeoffs in speed, photo-damage, and resolution often limit our ability to capture complex cellular processes. Emerging light-sheet microscopy tools, however, are enabling rapid three-dimensional (3D) imaging of single molecules, living cells, organs, and even whole animals over time with minimal toxicity. The impact of technological breakthroughs using advanced light-sheet microscopy instrumentation and accompanying methods have the potential to create an unprecedented understanding of the intricate dynamics of cells and their components within living specimens.

Institutions that have made investments in advanced light sheet microscopy have observed that the size and complexity of the data obtained with these new 3D imaging capabilities have created a bottleneck to the advancement and wide-scale adoption of these technologies. There is a critical need for new strategies to address data collection, storage, image registration and organization, and subsequent image quantification and interpretation. This need will only be addressed through the close integration of data processing and analysis personnel together with imaging specialists and biologists to maximize the impact of these promising new technologies and will be central to future biological discoveries.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation's mission is to provide funding for promising technologies, particularly in cutting edge instrumentation and interfaces between disciplines. In support of this mission, the Foundation is requesting proposals for a one-time grant opportunity for the procurement and potential further development of groundbreaking advanced light-sheet instrumentation capabilities, including establishment of robust multidisciplinary science/technology teams involving data scientist collaborations within the research group. The Foundation will provide support of up to $1.2 million per site, which can be used for instrumentation acquisition, development, and maintenance; support for data science collaborations within the research teams; and costs for the proposed research programs. Applicant institution(s) must demonstrate their commitment for additional funding beyond the $1.2 million support from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, if necessary to complete the objectives of the program described below. Additional information on the institutional support requirements can be found in the template in the online application portal.

The Foundation will use a two-stage submission process, starting with an open call for Pre-Proposals followed by a request for Full Proposals from invited institutions.

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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 Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

D.2 Transformational Tools and Technologies (TTT) Project
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Notice of Intent (NOI) due: Apr. 2, 2020
Application due: Apr. 27, 2020

The Transformational Tools and Technologies (TTT) Project advances state-of-the-art computational and experimental tools and technologies that are vital to aviation applications in the six strategic thrusts. The project develops new computer-based tools, computational fluid dynamics models, and associated scientific knowledge that will provide first-of-a-kind capabilities to analyze, understand, and predict aviation concept performance. These revolutionary tools will be applied to accelerate NASA's research and the community's design and introduction of advanced concepts.

The Project also explores technologies that are broadly critical to advancing ARMD strategic outcomes. Such technologies include the understanding of new types of strong and lightweight materials, innovative controls techniques, and experimental methods. The TTT Materials and Structures Discipline emphasizes improved multifunctional and high temperature materials for airframe and engine application, as well as integrated multiscale modeling and simulation tool development to improve validated first-principles materials and structural modeling. The investment in specific models and a cyber-physical-social ecosystem framework will be consistent with the recently developed 2040 Vision study results. 

TTT develops multifunctional materials and adaptive structures for lightweight actuation and mechanical components (such as tribological components, energy storage, and thermal management) for reconfigurable aircraft component concepts (airframe and engine). Development of these multifunctional materials and structural configurations can reduce weight and enable innovative aircraft component concepts while simultaneously meeting multiple airframe or engine performance requirements.

TTT also develops improved Multi-Disciplinary Design, Analysis, & Optimization (MDAO) and systems analysis tools to enable multi-disciplinary integration. All of these technologies will support and enable concept development and benefits assessment across multiple ARMD programs and disciplines.

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Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2020
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NOTE: NASA released 106 funding opportunities on Feb. 14, 2020
Visit NASA website for details.

NASA posted the 2020 version of Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES-20) on Feb. 14, 2020.

The 106 funding opportunities have various deadlines; use the hyperlink associated with this notice for details.

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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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Division of Research Programs Summer Stipends
National Endowment for the Humanities

Internal MSU LOI due: Jul. 1, 2020
Application due: Sept. 23, 2020

The National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by:

  • Providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
  • Supporting projects at any stage of development, but most especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective
  • Furthering the NEH's commitment to diversity and inclusion in the humanities by encouraging applications from independent scholars and faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, tribal colleges and universities, and community colleges

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients' compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

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

Posted Mar. 27, 2020

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

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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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Optimizing Natural Systems for Remediation: Utilizing Innovative Materials Science Approaches to Enhance Bioremediation (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Mar. 20, 2020
Application due: Apr. 20, 2020

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invites qualified investigators from domestic institutions of higher education to submit an application for Superfund Research Program (SRP) R01 Individual Research Project grant program.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) focuses on research that will advance mechanistic understanding and effectiveness of bioremediation through incorporation of advanced, novel materials science approaches. Bioremediation refers to the use of biota (bacteria, algae, fungi, plants, etc.) to reduce or detoxify hazardous substances in the environment. Bioremediation is a cost-effective, low-energy-intensive remedy that has contributed to the cleanup and closure of sites impacted by hazardous substances.

In recent decades, bioremediation has advanced from reliance upon culturing and biogeochemical processing to a technology-enabled field enhanced by high throughput molecular approaches (e.g. 'omics and gene editing techniques). These new approaches have elucidated molecular mechanisms responsible for contaminant cleanup and provided insight for potential solutions to naturally degrade emerging contaminants. Concurrent advances in materials science present an opportunity to integrate new approaches to further refine our understanding of the mechanisms of bioremediation and optimize conditions to accelerate natural degradation and/or stabilization processes.

This FOA calls for teams including bioremediation materials science (e.g. nanotechnology, microenvironmental engineering, etc.) to submit applications to advance the knowledge and practice of bioremediation to address current and emerging recalcitrant hazardous substances and complex mixtures.

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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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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on COVID-19
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIAID and NIGMS are issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the urgent need for research on the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). NIAID is particularly interested in projects focusing on viral natural history, pathogenicity, transmission, as well as projects developing medical countermeasures and suitable animal models for pre-clinical testing of vaccines and therapeutics against 2019-nCoV.

NIGMS is specifically interested in incorporation of data from the 2019-nCoV into ongoing research efforts to develop predictive models for the spread of Coronaviruses and related pathogens.

NIAID and NIGMS are therefore offering Competitive Revisions to active grants addressing research objectives described at the link below.

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SPECIAL NOTICE: COVID-19: Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH is deeply concerned for the health and safety of people involved in NIH research, and about the effects on the biomedical enterprise in the areas affected by the HHS declared public health emergency for COVID-19. Due to the potential exceptional impact, we want to assure our recipient community that NIH will be doing our part to help you continue your research.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will provide updated guidance and information as it becomes available.

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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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Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1-Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Apr. 27, 2020
Full application due: May 27, 2020

Purpose

Many research questions in biomedical science can be pursued by single investigators and their close collaborators, and are adequately supported by individual and multiple PD/PI research grants. However, the scope of some scientific problems is beyond the capabilities of a small group of investigators. Such complex and challenging research questions benefit from the integrated efforts of teams of research laboratories employing complementary approaches and having multiple areas of intellectual and technical expertise, and the necessary resources to accomplish a unified scientific goal. Such team-based efforts can produce convergent, lasting scientific benefits with high impact, such as the creation of new disciplines of study, resolution of long standing or intractable problems, or definition of new areas that challenge current paradigms.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages Collaborative Program Grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct research to address complex and challenging biomedical problems, important for the mission of NIGMS, through deeply integrated, multidisciplinary research teams. The Collaborative Program Grant is designed to support research in which funding a team of interdependent investigators offers significant advantages over support of individual research project grants. Applications should address critical issues and be sufficiently challenging, ambitious, and innovative that objectives could not be achieved by individual investigators.

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Partnerships for Countermeasures against Select Pathogens (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 29, 2020
Application due: Jun. 29, 2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit research applications for milestone-driven projects focused on preclinical development of lead candidate therapeutics, vaccines and related countermeasures against select NIAID Emerging Infectious Diseases/Pathogens. Applications must include a Product Development Strategy attachment and demonstrate substantive investment by at least one industrial participant.

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Notice of Special Interest: Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NHLBI is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the urgent need for research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and on biological effects of its causative agent, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Topics of specific interest to NHLBI include host response, associations with heart, lung, and blood (HLB) diseases, potential impacts on transfusion safety, and clinical outcomes of infected individuals.

Research Objectives: To better understand the host response, associated HLB disease, impact on transfusion safety, and short- and long-term clinical outcomes of individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2, the NHLBI encourages the submission of applications for Administrative Supplements and Competitive Revisions to active NHLBI grants to support research on SARS-CoV-2 and HLB COVID-19 disease. Of particular interest are studies that take advantage of human research or unique model systems to study the consequences of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Supported research is expected to inform future efforts to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, or treat this viral infection and associated HLB manifestations.

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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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Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Jun. 1, 2020

The Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-funded investigators to purchase or upgrade scientific instruments necessary to carry out animal experiments in all areas of biomedical research supported by the NIH. Applicants may request clusters of commercially available instruments configured as specialized integrated systems or as series of instruments to support a thematic well-defined area of research using animals or related materials. Priority will be given to uniquely configured systems to support innovative and potentially transformative investigations.

This FOA supports requests for state-of-the art commercially available technologies needed for NIH-funded research using any vertebrate and invertebrate animal species.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) does not support requests for single instruments. At least one item of the requested instrumentation must cost at least $50,000, after all applicable discounts. No instrument in a cluster can cost less than $20,000, after all applicable discounts. There is no maximum price requirement; however, the maximum award is $750,000.

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Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Jun. 1, 2020

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to continue the Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program administered by ORIP. The objective of the Program is to make available to institutions high-priced research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical biomedical and bio-behavioral research. The SIG Program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, state-of-the-art, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system. An integrated instrumentation system is one in which the components, when used in conjunction with one another, perform a function that no single component can provide. The components must be dedicated to the system and not used independently.

Types of supported instruments include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffractometers, mass spectrometers, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and light microscopes, cell sorters, and biomedical imagers. Applications for standalone computer systems (supercomputers, computer clusters and data storage systems) will only be considered if the system is solely dedicated to biomedical research.

All instruments, integrated systems, and computer systems must be dedicated to research only.

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Focused Technology Research and Development (R01 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Application due: Jun. 5, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support projects that focus solely on development of technologies with the potential to enable acquisition of basic biomedical knowledge. Projects should be justified in terms of technical innovation, and utility for future biomedical impact.

The products of this research will be functioning prototype instruments, methods, synthetic approaches, biological products, etc., characterized adequately to be ready for first application to the type of biomedical research questions that provide the rationale for their development, but application of the proposed technology to specific biomedical questions is considered beyond the scope of the program, should not be included, and would not be funded.

Proof of concept for the technology must have already been demonstrated, but there should still be significant technical challenges. Applications should include preliminary data. Projects that have significant remaining risk but are supported by early feasibility studies might be appropriate for a three-year R01 application with reduced budget to better manage risk and investment. Projects that are well supported by feasibility studies and propose to develop fully functional prototypes might require higher budgets and a four-year duration (five years for Early Stage Investigators). Projects that primarily focus on optimization, hardening, or obvious extrapolations of established technology might be less competitive.

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Research Projects to Improve the Predictive Value of Animal Models in Recapitulating Human Immunity to Influenza Infection and Vaccination (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Jun. 10, 2020

Purpose: The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research to improve existing animal models or develop novel animal models that more accurately represent influenza immunity in humans, with an emphasis on increasing the predictive value of models for evaluating novel universal influenza vaccines.

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Novel Assays to Address Translational Gaps in Treatment Development (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: May 19, 2020
Application due: Jun. 19, 2020

The overall goal of this initiative is to identify neurophysiological measures as potential assays for treatment development research. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will support efforts to optimize and evaluate measures of neurophysiological processes that are disrupted within or across mental disorders in both healthy humans and in another species relevant to the therapeutic development pipeline. The initiative will support initial proof of concept studies aimed at identifying measures for potential development as preclinical assays for evaluating potential new drug and device therapies and their targets. Data will also reveal assay measures where the performance between preclinical animal species and humans is dissimilar, thus establishing a firm basis for limiting speculative extrapolations of preclinical animal findings to humans. The ultimate practical goal of this FOA is to improve the efficiency of the therapeutic development process by identifying coherence of measures and inconsistencies between the preclinical screening pipeline and clinical evaluation of new treatment candidates and thereby hasten the development of more effective treatments for mental disorders.

The objectives of the FOA will be accomplished by supporting partnerships among basic and translational neuroscientists who are committed to advancing the discovery of in vivo physiological measures as tools for target validation and therapeutic development. Groups will be tasked with developing and optimizing in vivo assays of brain processes in both animals and in healthy humans. Groups will evaluate assay performance across both species in response to specific chemical, physiological, or behavioral manipulations. In this way, projects will reveal the potential of specific assays to translate from animals to humans, suggesting assays for further development as tools in the treatment development pipeline.

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Research Education Program Grants for CryoEM and CryoET Curriculum Development (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Jun. 25, 2020
Application due: Jul. 24, 2020

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this Common Fund 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 over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum or Methods Development

To accomplish the stated overarching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum or Methods Development in cryoelectron microscopy (cryoEM) and cryoelectron tomography (cryoET) for structural and cell biology research.

Technical advances in cryoEM have resulted in its expanded use in generating reliable atomic models of complete and fully functional macromolecular complexes. An emerging related cryoEM method, cryoET, can image macromolecular assemblies in intact unstained frozen cells in three dimensions (3-D). Together, these methods enable high-resolution analysis of previously inaccessible levels of biological organization, ranging from below 100 kD to whole cells. Currently, demand for existing training opportunities exceeds capacity. Moreover, this demand is expected to rise as adoption of cryoEM and cryoET technology continues to increase.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on addressing instructional needs for new users of cryoEM and cryoET methods by supporting the development of online and computer-based instructional materials in these technologies.

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Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE)
National Institutes of Health

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions until positions are filled.

The Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) is an all-expense-paid Summer Institute, research education and mentoring initiative sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). This Summer Institute initiative addresses the difficulties experienced by junior investigators and transitioning postdoctoral scientists in establishing independent academic research careers and negotiating through the academic ranks. The primary outcome of this program is to increase the number of scientists and research-oriented faculty who are from backgrounds currently under-represented in the biomedical sciences and those with disabilities, by preparing them to successfully compete for external funding for scientific research in heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders. 

The PRIDE summer institutes provide:

  • Summer training for up to 3 weeks during each of two consecutive summers
  • Mentor-mentee partnerships, with mentors who are experienced scientists from multiple disciplines and strong expertise in grant writing who offer long-term collaborations
  • Grantsmanship skills training, with mentors assisting mentees one-on-one to develop specific research projects and improve long-term fundability
  • Opportunity to compete for Small Research Project (SRPs) for pilot funds to generate preliminary data for developing NHLBI grant applications. Applications due shortly after first summer
  • Interaction with NHLBI scientific program staff in grants-focused technical assistance workshops and periodic one-on-one consults to assist in focusing projects and identifying appropriate funding pathways
  • Annual scientific and networking meeting where mentees, mentors, principal investigators, and the NHLBI staff gather to engage in hands-on research skill building activities and to form collaborations across the different PRIDE programs
  • Career tracking for up to ten years after training is completed

The PRIDE is a consortium of several NHLBI-funded Summer Institute Training Programs. While each program has a unique, specialized research focus (see Our Programs), each has the common goal of increasing the diversity among individuals who are engaged in health-related research.

Eligibility Criteria. Eligible participants must have a doctorate degree (e.g., MD or PhD), a junior-level faculty appointment, be a US Citizen or Permanent US resident, and have a background that is underrepresented in the biomedical sciences or have a disability.

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NIDA Research Center of Excellence Grant Program (P50 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Aug. 25, 2020
Application due: Sept. 25, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for research Centers that (1) conduct drug abuse and addiction research in any area of NIDA's mission, (2) have outstanding innovative science, (3) are multidisciplinary, thematically integrated, synergistic, and (4) serve as national resource(s) to provide educational and outreach activities to drug abuse research communities, educational organizations, the general public, and policy makers in the NIDA research fields. It is expected that a Center will transform knowledge in the sciences it is studying. Incremental work should not be the focus of Center activities; rather, new and creative directions are required. The P50 Center of Excellence is expected to foster the career development and mentoring of new investigators who would be given meaningful roles to play in the Center projects. A goal of this program is to create NIDA Centers that are national community resources for furthering drug abuse research by sharing their findings, their data, and their resources as appropriate for researchers to use and build upon and to advance research in this field.  

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NIH Web Page Dedicated to COVID-19 News
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Find the latest news from NIH related to COVID-19 and subscribe to updates.

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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIAID and NIGMS are collaborating  to highlight the urgent need for research on the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). NIAID is particularly interested in projects focusing on viral natural history, pathogenicity, transmission, as well as projects developing medical countermeasures and suitable animal models for pre-clinical testing of vaccines and therapeutics against 2019-nCoV.

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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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Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposals accepted anytime.

Synopsis:

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

Professional Formation of Engineers includes, but is not limited, to:

  • Introductions to the profession at any age;
  • Development of deep technical and professional skills, knowledge, and abilities in both formal and informal settings/domains;
  • Development of outlooks, perspectives, ways of thinking, knowing, and doing;
  • Development of identity as an engineer and its intersection with other identities; and
  • Acculturation to the profession, its standards, and norms.

The goal of the Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) program is to advance our understanding of professional formation. It seeks both to deepen our fundamental understanding of the underlying processes and mechanisms that support professional formation and to demonstrate how professional formation is or can be accomplished. Ultimately RFE aims to transform the engineer-formation system, and thus the impact of proposed projects on this system must be described. Principal Investigators (PIs) should provide a roadmap detailing how they envision the proposed research will eventually broadly impact practice within the engineer-formation system, even if these activities are not within the scope of the submitted proposal.

In order to accomplish its goals, RFE welcomes proposals in two categories: Research Projects, and Design and Development Projects. Research Projects address fundamental questions of professional formation, while Design and Development Projects provide new approaches to achieving professional formation. Projects in both categories should address the iterative cycle in which research questions that advance understanding are informed by practice and the results of research are, in turn, translated into practice. In other words, proposals should explain how the research results will travel, translate, transfer, or scale. Successful projects identify specific target audiences, effective communication channels, and novel partnerships to ensure effective propagation and scaling. Refer to the request for applications for additional details.

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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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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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Reproducible Cells and Organoids via Directed-Differentiation Encoding (RECODE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Mar. 2, 2020
Application due: Apr. 30, 2020

Synopsis:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET), seeks proposals that elucidate mechanisms of, and develop strategies to, direct the differentiation of undifferentiated cells into mature, functional cells or organoids. Projects responsive to this solicitation must aim to establish a robust and reproducible set of differentiation design rules, predictive models, real-time sensing, control, and quality assurance methods, and integrate them into a workable differentiation strategy. They must develop a fundamental understanding of how cells develop, including mechanisms, molecular machinery, dynamics, and cell-cell interactions, and use this understanding to manipulate cells purposefully. Investigators can choose any undifferentiated cell type, from any animal species, as a starting point and choose any appropriate functional product (cell, organoid, etc.) with real-world relevance. This solicitation parallels NSF's investment in Understanding the Rules of Life (URoL): Predicting Phenotype, NSF's Big Idea focused on predicting the set of observable characteristics (phenotype) of an organism based on its genetic makeup and the nature of its environment and applies it to understanding and accomplishing the intentional and guided differentiation of an undifferentiated cell into cells, organoids or tissues with predetermined activities and functions.

The process of differentiation involves a multiplex combination of signaling molecules, receptors, promoters, markers, and regulators that dynamically interact to direct cell development and behavior. While individual inducers of native differentiation have been identified and employed to create specialized cell types, we still cannot engineer stem cells to allow for synthetic induction of differentiation along a predetermined path that can be actively monitored and manipulated on-the-fly. Such control of differentiation will enable the realization of individualized medicine in areas such as regenerative medicine, cancer treatment with engineered killer cells, the development of functional cells and tissues to treat disease, environmental control and monitoring, adaptive sensing, as well as the scalable and reproducible application of 3D organoids in drug testing.

The convergence of many disciplines is necessary to answer the fundamental questions and devise the tools needed to realize truly deterministic cell induction and differentiation strategies. As such, investigators are encouraged to form interdisciplinary teams with expertise in developmental biology, stem cell biology, cell biology, engineering, synthetic and systems biology, computation, sensing, and physics. Proposals will not be responsive to this solicitation if they address only one aspect of the differentiation process or aim to create a functional living product without improving our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie developmental processes. Collaborative proposals, of a duration up to 4 years, with budgets between $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 total will be considered. Proposed budgets must be justified by project scope and need for complementary expertise. The solicitation will support teams of three or more PI/co-PIs and senior personnel. Proposals with only one PI or one PI with one other senior personnel are not permitted. Reflecting the need for thoughtful collaboration and planning required for these projects, Letters of Intent are required to be submitted prior to submission of a full proposal.

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Exploring the NSF 2026 Idea Machine
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Deadline varies with proposal type

Background

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of "Big Ideas," 10 bold, long-term ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see NSF's 10 Big Ideas). The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. Investing in bold, foundational research questions that are large in scope, innovative in character, originate outside of any particular NSF directorate, and require a long-term commitment is the goal of NSF 2026, one of NSF's 10 Big Ideas. Framed around the year 2026, the Nation's 250th anniversary, NSF 2026 in turn launched the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, a prize competition seeking compelling ideas for fundamental research in science and engineering to be pursued in the coming years. The contest invited entrants to describe an emerging science, engineering, or learning research challenge that they thought should be addressed. It was open to the general public, inviting input from both experienced stakeholders and new and unconventional partners. The NSF 2026 Idea Machine received 800 entries from nearly every state in the country -- including submissions from established researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, teachers on behalf of their classes, and high school and middle school students. The entries were reviewed first by Program Officers and other staff from across NSF, then by the NSF 2026 Working Group and finally by a Blue Ribbon Panel of external experts. The resulting group of narrowed entries (listed individually as an appendix to this DCL) were each invited to submit a video pitch. The 33 ideas were selected for their timeliness, potential scientific and societal impacts, and potential for inter-agency, international, or public-private partnerships.

This DCL encourages the submission of proposals that engage interested stakeholders to enrich the research themes identified through the NSF 2026 Idea Machine and develop associated research agendas.

Summary of the Opportunity

The submitted Idea Machine entries were in the form of short concept outlines and videos rather than full-length research proposals. To develop these conceptual descriptions into actionable research agendas that include sets of specific research questions, NSF seeks proposals for catalytic activities in the form of:

  • Conferences that bring together those interested in shaping any or a group of these top 33 broad ideas into actionable research themes, or new long-term research programs.
  • EAGER projects to extend, develop and test concepts from among the top 33 ideas that are ripe for early stage, transformative research.

Opportunities for participation by undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, K-12 students, industry representatives, and others are encouraged. NSF welcomes proposals that include efforts to broaden participation of underrepresented groups (women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) in the development of the research agendas. Reflecting the Idea Machine concept, NSF seeks proposals on topics that cross disciplinary boundaries.

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NSF-Simons Research Collaborations on the Mathematical and Scientific Foundations of Deep Learning
National Science Foundation and Simons Foundation

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Mar. 20, 2020
Application due: Apr. 30, 2020

Synopsis:

The National Science Foundation Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), and the Simons Foundation Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences will jointly sponsor up to two new research collaborations consisting of mathematicians, statisticians, electrical engineers, and theoretical computer scientists. Research activities will be focused on explicit topics involving some of the most challenging questions in the general area of Mathematical and Scientific Foundations of Deep Learning. Each collaboration will conduct training through research involvement of recent doctoral degree recipients, graduate students, and/or undergraduate students from across this multi-disciplinary spectrum. Annual meetings of the Principal Investigators ("PIs") and other principal researchers involved in the collaborations will be held at the Simons Foundation in New York City. This program complements NSF's National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes program by supporting collaborative research focused on the mathematical and scientific foundations of Deep Learning through a different modality and at a different scale.

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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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Dear Colleague Letter: Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadlines vary

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) complements a separate National Science Foundation (NSF) DCL (NSF 20-052) that referred to the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and expressed NSF's interest in accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to better understand how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19; to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention; and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. 

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

Through this DCL, the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering is inviting RAPID proposals and supplemental funding requests to existing awards that address COVID-19 challenges through data and/or software infrastructure development activities. Such activities would be funded by the Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) program or the Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) program.

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Signals in the Soil (SitS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: May 20, 2020

Synopsis:

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, "A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself." This statement remains true to this day. Soils form over hundreds of years, and yet can be destroyed in a single event. They are an often-overlooked natural asset despite being the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems that support food production, economic prosperity, and many other services that are essential for humanity. Soils are complex ecosystems composed of organic matter, minerals, water, air, and billions of organisms. Such ecosystems interact with the flora and fauna they support to mediate myriad biological, chemical, and physical processes essential for plant growth, food and fiber production, and contaminant removal. Soils are also the foundation material for all structures not supported on rock, and, by orders of magnitude, are the most widely-used construction material in the world. Soils are the source of most of the antibiotics used to fight human diseases, control the movement of water and chemical substances between the Earth and atmosphere, and act as source and storage media for gases such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, and methane. As a result of their essential importance, soils are also part of our cultural heritage. Thus, as the Earth's population grows, we need a better understanding of soil ecosystems that will continue to play a critical role in supporting societies around the world.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Geosciences (GEO), the Divisions of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) and Environmental Biology (DEB), in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the Division of Computer and Network Systems in the Directorate Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE/CNS), and the Division of Chemistry (CHE) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) encourage convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic soil processes, including soil formation, through advances in sensor systems and modeling. The Signals in the Soil (SitS) program fosters collaboration among the two partner agencies and the researchers they support by combining resources and funding for the most innovative and high-impact projects that address their respective missions. To make transformative advances in our understanding of soils, multiple disciplines must converge to produce environmentally-benign novel sensing systems with multiple modalities that can adapt to different environments and collect and transmit data for a wide range of biological, chemical, and physical parameters. Effective integration of sensor data will be key for achieving a better understanding of signaling interactions among plants, animals, microbes, the soil matrix, and aqueous and gaseous components. New sensor networks have the potential to inform models in novel ways, to radically change how data is obtained from various natural and managed (both urban and rural) ecosystems, and to better inform the communities that directly rely on soils for sustenance and livelihood.

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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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Future Manufacturing
National Science Foundation (NSF)

LOI due to sponsor: Apr. 10, 2020
Application due: Jun. 5, 2020

Synopsis: As stated in the Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, worldwide competition in manufacturing has been dominated in recent decades by the maturation, commoditization, and widespread application of computation in production equipment and logistics, effectively leveling the global technological playing field and putting a premium on low wages and incremental technical improvements.[1] The next generation of technological competition in manufacturing will be dictated by inventions of new materials, chemicals, devices, systems, processes, machines, design and work methods, social structures and business practices. Fundamental research will be required in robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, materials science, sustainability, education and public policy, and workforce development to take the lead in this global competition. The research supported under this solicitation will enhance U.S. leadership in manufacturing far into the future by providing new capabilities for established companies and entrepreneurs, improving our health and quality of life, and reducing the impact of manufacturing industries on the environment.

The goal of this solicitation is to support fundamental research and education of a future workforce that will enable Future Manufacturing: manufacturing that either does not exist today or exists only at such small scales that it is not viable. Future Manufacturing will require the design and deployment of diverse new technologies for synthesis and sensing, and new algorithms for manufacturing new materials, chemicals, devices, components and systems. It will require new advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, new cyber infrastructure, new approaches for mathematical and computational modeling, new dynamics and control methodologies, new ways to integrate systems biology, synthetic biology and bioprocessing, and new ways to influence the economy, workforce, human behavior, and society.

Among this array of technologies and potential research subjects, three thrust areas have been identified for support in FY 2020 under this solicitation: Future Cyber Manufacturing ResearchFuture Eco Manufacturing Research, and Future Biomanufacturing Research.

This solicitation seeks proposals to perform fundamental research to enable new manufacturing capabilities in one or more of these thrust areas.

Refer to RFA for further details.

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Multimodal Sensor Systems for Precision Health Enabled by Data Harnessing, Artificial Intelligence, and Learning (SenSE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Jun. 8, 2020

The National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Divisions of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS); Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET); Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI); Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS); and Mathematical Sciences (DMS) announces a solicitation on Multimodal Sensor Systems for Precision Health enabled by Data Harnessing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Learning. Next-generation multimodal sensor systems for precision health integrated with AI, machine learning (ML), and mathematical and statistical (MS) methods for learning can be envisioned for harnessing a large volume of diverse data in real time with high accuracy, sensitivity and selectivity, and for building predictive models to enable more precise diagnosis and individualized treatments. It is expected that these multimodal sensor systems will have the potential to identify with high confidence combinations of biomarkers, including kinematic and kinetic indicators associated with specific disease and disability. This focused solicitation seeks high-risk/high-return interdisciplinary research on novel concepts, innovative methodologies, theory, algorith

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Expeditions in Computing
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Pre-application (REQUIRED) due: Jun. 16, 2020
Application due: Feb. 16, 2021

Synopsis:

The far-reaching impact and rate of innovation in the computer and information science and engineering fields has been remarkable, generating economic prosperity and enhancing the quality of life for people throughout the world.

More than a decade ago, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) established the Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program to build on past successes and provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information.

In planning Expeditions projects, investigators are strongly encouraged to come together within or across departments or institutions to combine their creative talents in the identification of compelling, transformative research agendas that look ahead by at least a decade and promise disruptive innovations in computer and information science and engineering for many years to come.

Now funded at levels up to $15,000,000 for seven years, Expeditions projects represent some of the largest single investments currently made by the CISE directorate. Together with the Science and Technology Centers and the National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes that CISE supports, Expeditions projects form the centerpiece of the directorate's center-scale award portfolio. With awards funded at levels that promote the formation of large research teams, CISE recognizes that concurrent research advances in multiple fields or sub-fields are often necessary to stimulate deep and enduring outcomes. The awards made in this program will complement research areas supported by other CISE programs, which target particular computer and information science and engineering fields.

Additionally, CISE offers Innovation Transition (InTrans) awards for teams nearing the end of their Expeditions as well as Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Frontier projects. The goal of InTrans is to continue the long-term vision and objectives of CISE's center-scale projects. Through InTrans awards, CISE will provide limited funds to match industry support.

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Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA): Future Research Directions for the Engineering Research Community
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Jul. 8, 2020
Application due: Aug. 12, 2020

Synopsis: The National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering (NSF/ENG) invites the engineering research community to establish an organization that will serve to identify and develop bold and societally impactful new engineering research directions and thereby catalyze the engineering research community's pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. Specifically, NSF/ENG calls on the engineering research community to establish an Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA) that ENG will support to facilitate the articulation of compelling research visions that align with national and global challenges. This organization will be charged with obtaining and integrating input from all stakeholders with interest in engineering research, including academia, industry, societies, government agencies and the public. A reciprocal goal of the organization will be to communicate coordinated information on nascent opportunities and priorities in engineering research to these stakeholders. It is anticipated that through its activities the ERVA will strengthen connectivity across these diverse stakeholders, and increase coordination among engineering disciplinary communities.

The ERVA should have membership/representation of academic, industrial and other stakeholders, and should be inclusive of all engineering disciplines. Through its proposed activities, the ERVA should provide the engineering community with a process for identifying future research challenges and enable the engineering research community to speak with a unified voice.

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Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Internal MSU LOI due: May 8, 2020
Application due: Jul. 8, 2020

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) has five broad goals, as set forth by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017 ("the Act", S.3084 -- 114th CongressSec. 602. Translational Research Grants): (1) identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education in undertaking proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-sponsored research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.

In addition, PFI responds to the mandate set by Congress in Section 601(c)(3) of the Act (Follow-on Grants), to support prototype or proof-of-concept development work by participants, including I-Corps participants, with innovations that because of the early stage of development are not eligible to participate in a Small Business Innovation Research Program or a Small Business Technology Transfer Program.

Finally, PFI seeks to implement the mandate set by Congress in Section 102(c)(a) of the Act (Broader Impacts Review Criterion Update) by enhancing partnerships between academia and industry in the United States, and expanding the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship.

    1. AVAILABLE TRACKS FOR SUBMISSION OF PFI PROPOSALS

This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals in pursuit of the aforementioned goals:

The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers an NSF-funded researcher the opportunity to translate her or his prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. PFI-TT supports commercial potential demonstration projects for academic research outputs in any NSF-funded science and engineering discipline. This demonstration is achieved through proof-of-concept, prototyping, technology development and/or scale-up work. Concurrently, students and postdoctoral researchers who participate in PFI-TT projects receive education and leadership training in innovation and entrepreneurship. Successful PFI-TT projects generate technology-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs.

The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration. A PFI-RP project requires the creation of partnerships between academic researchers and third-party organizations such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations or other universities. Such partnerships are needed to conduct applied research on a stand-alone, larger project towards commercialization and societal impact. In the absence of such synergistic partnership the project's likelihood for success would be minimal.

The intended outcomes of both PFI-TT and PFI-RP tracks are: a) the development and commercialization of new intellectual property derived from NSF-funded research outputs; b) the creation of new or broader collaborations with industry (including increased corporate sponsored research); c) the licensing of NSF-funded research outputs to third party corporations or to start-up companies founded by a PFI team; and d) the training of future leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship.

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SPECIAL NOTICE: NSF Supporting Research to Address Coronavirus Disease
National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation is working closely with the research community to bolster our national response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).   

NSF is currently funding 20 research projects across the agency involving COVID-19.  With research programs at more than 2,000 academic institutions across the country, we are ready to mobilize the full force of the scientific community to better understand and develop measures to protect against this virus. 

More details are available in the full media release (linked below) and in subsequent links.

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Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program (HEGS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Aug. 18, 2020

Synopsis:

The objective of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences (HEGS) Program is to support basic scientific research about the nature, causes, and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects about a broad range of topics may be appropriate for support if they enhance fundamental geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the HEGS Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated geographical research. National Science Foundation's mandate is to support basic scientific research. Support is provided for projects that are most effective in grounding research in relevant theoretical frameworks relevant to HEGS, that focus on questions that emanate from the theoretical discussions, and that use scientific methods to answer those questions. HEGS supported projects are expected to yield results that will enhance, expand, and transform fundamental geographical theory and methods, and that will have positive broader impacts that benefit society.

The HEGS Program recognizes that geography is a broad discipline that includes the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. However, HEGS does not fund research that is solely humanistic, non-science. A proposal to the HEGS Program must explain how the research will contribute to geographic and spatial scientific theory and/or methods development, and how the results are generalizable beyond the case study. It should be noted that HEGS is situated in the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate at NSF. Therefore, it is critical that research projects submitted to the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program illustrate how the proposed research is relevant and important to people and societiesA proposal that fails to be responsive to these program expectations will be returned without review.

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Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program (HEGS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application due: Aug. 18, 2020

Synopsis:

The objective of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences (HEGS) Program is to support basic scientific research about the nature, causes, and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects about a broad range of topics may be appropriate for support if they enhance fundamental geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the HEGS Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated geographical research. National Science Foundation's mandate is to support basic scientific research. Support is provided for projects that are most effective in grounding research in relevant theoretical frameworks relevant to HEGS, that focus on questions that emanate from the theoretical discussions, and that use scientific methods to answer those questions. HEGS supported projects are expected to yield results that will enhance, expand, and transform fundamental geographical theory and methods, and that will have positive broader impacts that benefit society.

The HEGS Program recognizes that geography is a broad discipline that includes the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. However, HEGS does not fund research that is solely humanistic, non-science. A proposal to the HEGS Program must explain how the research will contribute to geographic and spatial scientific theory and/or methods development, and how the results are generalizable beyond the case study. It should be noted that HEGS is situated in the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate at NSF. Therefore, it is critical that research projects submitted to the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program illustrate how the proposed research is relevant and important to people and societiesA proposal that fails to be responsive to these program expectations will be returned without review.

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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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Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)
National Science Foundation

Proposals accepted anytime.

Synopsis:

The Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) supports genome-scale research that addresses challenging questions of biological, societal and economic importance. PGRP encourages the development of innovative tools, technologies and resources that empower a broad plant research community to answer scientific questions on a genome-wide scale. Emphasis is placed on the scale and depth of the question being addressed and the creativity of the approach. Data produced by plant genomics should be usable, accessible, integrated across scales and of high impact across biology. Training, broadening participation, and career development are essential to scientific progress and should be integrated in all PGRP-funded projects.

Two funding tracks are currently available:

  1. RESEARCH-PGR TRACK: Genome-scale plant research to address fundamental biological questions in biology, including economically important processes of societal importance.
  2. TRTech-PGR TRACK: Tools, resources and technology breakthroughs that further enable functional plant genomics.

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ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Letter of Intent (LOI) Required for Adaptation and Partnership Tracks only: Aug. 3, 2020
Preliminary Proposals required for Institutional Track only: Apr. 22, 2021
Full proposal deadline varies by track

The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation's goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce.1 In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM2 faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not
inclusive.

All NSF ADVANCE proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity. The solicitation includes four funding tracks: Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst, in support of the NSF ADVANCE program goal to broaden the implementation of systemic strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession.

The Institutional Transformation (IT) track is designed to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative systemic change strategies that promote gender equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education.

The Adaptation track is designed to support the work to adapt, implement, and evaluate evidence-based systemic change strategies that have been shown to promote gender equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Adaptation projects can either: 1) support the adaptation of evidence-based systemic change strategies to promote equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education; or 2) facilitate national or regional STEM disciplinary transformation by adapting evidence-based systemic change strategies to non-profit, non-academic organizations.

The Partnership track is designed to support the work to facilitate the broader adaptation of gender equity and systemic change strategies. Partnership projects are expected to result in national or regional transformation in STEM academic workplaces and the academic profession and demonstrate significant reach. Partnership projects can focus on the transformation of institutions and organizations and/or the transformation within one or more STEM disciplines.

The Catalyst track is designed to broaden the types of IHEs that are able to undertake data collection and institutional selfassessment work to identify systemic gender inequities impacting their STEM faculty so that these can be addressed by the institution.

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Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools (EDGE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposals accepted anytime.

Synopsis:

The Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools (EDGE) program supports genomic research that addresses the mechanistic basis of complex traits in diverse organisms within the context (environmental, developmental, social, and/or genomic) in which they function. The EDGE program also continues to support the development of innovative tools, technologies, resources, and infrastructure that advance biological research focused on the identification of the causal mechanisms connecting genes and phenotypes. EDGE is designed to provide support for (1) the development of tools, approaches, and infrastructure aimed at testing cause and effect hypotheses between gene function and phenotypes in diverse plants, animals, microbes, viruses, or fungi for which these methods are presently unavailable, and (2) hypothesis-driven research that tests cause and effect relations between genotype(s) and phenotypes in non-model plants, animals, microbes, viruses, or fungi.

These goals are essential to uncovering the rules that underlie genomes-to-phenomes relationships, an area relevant to Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype, one of the 10 Big Ideas for future NSF investment.

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Transitions to Excellence in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Research (Transitions)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Proposals accepted anytime.

Synopsis:

The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) has developed a new opportunity to enable researchers with a strong track record of prior accomplishment to pursue a new avenue of research or inquiry. This funding mechanism is designed to facilitate and promote a PI's ability to effectively adopt empowering technologies that might not be readily accessible in the PI's current research environment or collaboration network. Transformative research likely spans disciplines and minimizing the practical barriers to doing so will strengthen research programs poised to make significant contributions. The award is intended to allow mid-career or later-stage researchers (Associate or Full Professor, or equivalent) to expand or make a transition in their research programs via a sabbatical leave or similar mechanism of professional development and then develop that research program in their own lab. This award will also enable the PI to acquire new scientific or technical expertise, facilitate the investigator's competitiveness, and potentially lead to transformational impacts in molecular and cellular bioscience. The award would fund up to six months of PI salary during the first sabbatical or professional development year, followed by support for continued research for two subsequent years upon the PI's return to normal academic duties. Through this solicitation MCB and NSF hope to develop a novel mechanism that will encourage investigators to expand and/or transition to new research areas aligned with MCB priorities, to increase retention of investigators in science, and to ensure a diverse scientific workforce that remains engaged in active research.

Highest funding priority is given to proposals that have outstanding intellectual merit and broader impacts, while proposals with weaknesses in either category (or those that are perceived as likely to have an incremental impact) will not be competitive. Proposals should also demonstrate a strong record of prior accomplishment, a compelling plan for professional development that will enable the PI to forge a new direction in their scholarship, and a strong rationale for why this support is needed for the PI to become competitive in the new research area. Support for the proposed transition from the PI's department, described in a letter from the department chair or equivalent, will also be required. Proposals that do not describe a plan for a transition in research direction will be considered unresponsive. Proposals that are motivated to understand the molecular and cellular basis of disease and disease treatments are not appropriate for the Division and will be returned without review.

Proposals addressing major open questions at the intersections of biology with other disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences, and engineering are of particular interest to the program.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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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Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Apr. 10, 2020

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another.

For more information about the 2020 program, register for an informational webinar on February 27, 2020 or on March 3, 2020

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Conservation Collaboration Grants or Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Announcement for Program Funding - MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NORTH DAKOTA, and SOUTH DAKOTA
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service

Application due: Apr. 30, 2020

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing potential availability of grants and agreements for the purpose of leveraging NRCS resources, addressing local natural resource issues, encouraging collaboration and developing state- and community-level conservation leadership. Proposals will be accepted for projects located in the following states: Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Proposals are requested from Federally recognized tribal governments, State and local units of government, non-profit organizations having a 501(c)(3) status, and institutions of higher education for competitive consideration of grant or agreement awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. In addition to the entities listed above, applications will be accepted and considered from for-profit entities under the ACEP and CTA programs for projects addressing the following areas of importance and will be given priority consideration:

  • Grazing assistance - grazing plans, demonstrations and training
  • Tribal Conservation Planners and planning
  • Watershed focused results (benefits of targeting and social outcomes)
  • AG 101 - field training to increase awareness of cropping systems and equipment utilized in agriculture
  • Prescribed Burn - plans, trainings and creating a network of consultants

This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant.

NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2020 varies by state as identified below, although the availability and composition of available funds has not yet been determined.

State: Montana

Estimated Total Available: $2,000,000

Minimum: $100,000

Maximum: $1,000,000

Anticipated # of Grants/Agreements: 6

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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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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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Montana Space Grant Consortium Student Internships
Montana Space Grant Consortium

Application due: Mar. 8, 2020

There is a wide variety of summer internships.

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Statistics for Improving Insights, Models, and Decisions
Facebook Research

Application due: Mar. 25, 2020

Synopsis:

At Facebook, we apply statistics to generate insights and to improve decision making for a business that touches the lives of billions of people across the globe. Making advances in statistical methodologies helps us make the best decisions for our community, products, and infrastructure. For example, we develop prevalence algorithms that can be used for rare events and bias correction, as well as accounting for the noise of labeled data (metrics included in the Facebook Transparency Report). We also design novel inference algorithms that leverage the complex social processes to detect violating behaviors online and protect the community. This includes the Deep Entity Classifier (DEC) or the Temporal Interaction EmbeddingS (TIES) models.

We are following up on the 2019 Statistics for Improving Insights and Decisions research awards to foster further innovation in this area and to deepen our collaborations with academia. External researchers can submit proposals to address challenges in applied statistics that have direct applications for producing more effective insights and decisions for data scientists and researchers. Facebook has a large, active and diverse community of practitioners, so we are interested in a varied set of statistical topics, including but not limited to experimentation, forecasting, predictive modeling, survey and ground truth modeling and sampling.

The following are some specific examples of topics that are important to Facebook, but we will gladly review proposals for areas that are not listed below.

  • Learning and evaluation under uncertainty
  • Statistical models of complex social processes
  • Causal inference with observational data
  • Efficient sampling and prevalence measurement
  • Design and analysis of experiments
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Interpretability techniques for AI models

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FY2020 U.S.-Japan-Korea Trilateral English Language Student Exchange
U.S. Department of State

Application due: Mar. 31, 2020

The U.S. Embassy Tokyo Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out an exchange program focusing on the English language for Japanese and Korea high school to improve English language capacity for participants and to encourage stronger Japan-Republic of Korea (ROK) relations and U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral cooperation.

Program Objectives: Communication in English is one of the key skills young people need as vibrant and contributing members of the international community; it is essential that Japanese youth are able to communicate in English. It is one of the key missions of U.S. Embassy to help young Japanese students improve their English language skills. Similarly, students in the neighboring country of the Republic of Korea (ROK), who have similar education systems and methods of English language instruction as Japan, are experiencing similar challenges when it comes to improving their English language skills.

Historically, the relationship between Japan and ROK have been less than ideal - lingering historical issues and territorial disputes, among other issues, continue to weigh heavily on the Japan-ROK relationship. However, considering the increased global threats and growing influence of other nations in the region, it is necessary for Japan and Korea to establish a strong relationship. For the U.S., Japan and ROK are strong allies; the U.S. has vested interest in ensuing trilateral cooperation. So, collaboration on the topic of English language improvement for youth is an ideal way to deepen ties between these nations.

The Embassy welcomes proposal that addresses these issues and is particularly interested in supporting the following priority areas:

  • Strengthen the participants' conversational English and cultural understanding.
  • Foster leadership among Japanese and other country's/countries' high school students and cultivate pedagogical exchange among the diverse group of teachers, with the overarching aim of promoting cultural exchange.
  • Develop students' cross-cultural awareness and instilling a strong belief in the importance of the trilateral relationship.
  • Promote understanding and support for U.S. policies, goals and values.

Participants and Audiences: All programs must include U.S., Japan, and ROK participants, as students, teachers, and/or mentors. The target audience of the programs should be both Japanese and Korean high school students.

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2020-2021 Research Initiation Funding
Montana Space Grant Consortium

Application due: Apr. 1, 2020

The goal of the Montana NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation grant program is to help boost the research programs of Montana higher education faculty research in areas that match scientific and technical problems of importance to NASA, enabling them to compete successfully for regular NASA funding. Research Initiation awards are one year grants for up to $50,000 that can be used for supplies, faculty time, domestic collaboration travel, and student support. Budget requests must have 50% non-federal cost share.

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Montana Space Grant Faculty Fellowships
Montana Space Grant Consortium

Application due: Apr. 1, 2020

The purpose of the Faculty Fellowships is to foster increased NASA-related research capabilities and activity on Montana campuses. We are particularly interested in increasing the number of faculty mentors who take on undergraduate student researchers at smaller Montana campuses. Fellowships are intended to give Montana faculty members time to participate in training or professional development. Faculty fellowship awards are for one to five weeks at $1,500 per week. They can be used for faculty time and/or domestic travel. Budget requests must have 1:1 personal time cost share.

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COVID-19 Artificial Intelligence for Rapid Response Grant
Campus Consortium

Application due: Apr. 3, 2020

Due to the recent C19 pandemic, the Campus Consortium has partnered with Unifyed to provide the technology platform and services for the Artificial Intelligence for Rapid Response Grant. The Artificial Intelligence for Rapid Response Grant is designed to help schools address the high call and query volume they are receiving by providing Unifyed's Yoda Rapid Response, an AI-enabled chat service that can help answer FAQ and provide self-help assistance to students, faculty and staff. The Artificial Intelligence for Rapid Response Grant will provide awarded institutions with the requisite licenses and services to a comprehensive Artificial Intelligence solution. Following the Campus Consortium's due diligence process, Grant recipients may receive up to $50,000 in software licenses, support and implementation services for a term of up to five (5) years.

Please note: Only a limited number of institutions will be awarded.

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2020 Build to Scale Program - Concept Proposal
U.S. Department of Commerce

Concept proposal due: Mar. 24, 2020

EDA's Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is committed to furthering technology-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the future of the next generation of industry leading companies. To advance these goals, EDA awards grants through the Build to Scale Program (formerly the Regional Innovation Strategies Program) for activities designed to develop and support regional innovation initiatives.[1] EDA thereby advances the growth of connected, innovation-centric economies that increase job growth, enable the workforce of tomorrow, enhance global competitiveness, and foster global competitiveness through technology commercialization and entrepreneurship as described in Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (hereafter "Section 27").

The Build to Scale Program invites organizations who are aiding companies in developing the next generation of technologies to apply for funding. These organizations may be operating initiatives to unlock investment capital across a region or sector, operating programs to accelerate company growth, empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs, and/or enabling technology commercialization.

Under the Build to Scale Program, EDA is soliciting applications for three separate competitions:

(1) the Venture Challenge,

(2) the Capital Challenge, and

(3) the Industry Challenge.

Applicants may apply to all three challenges but may only submit one application per competition.

The initial step in this process is to provide EDA a Concept Proposal by 03/24/2020, electronically via email to applyB2S@eda.gov. Applicants are advised to read carefully the Concept Proposal requirements and submission information provided in Section D (p.8) of the attached NOFO. Once the Concept Proposal process is complete, EDA will invite Full Applications from those who submitted Concept Proposals. EDA will only review Full Applications submitted by applicants who submitted a Concept Proposal by the Concept Proposal Deadline.

Applicants must provide a matching share from non-Federal sources of at least 50 percent of the total project cost; i.e., applicants must match each Federal dollar requested with at least one dollar of local match. See Section C.2 (p. 10) of this NOFO.

The sponsor will post a webinar recording on Feb. 25, 2020. That and additional information is available at https://www.eda.gov/oie/buildtoscale/

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NM Plant Conservation and Restoration Management
Bureau of Land Management

Application due: Apr. 27, 2020

To include, but not be limited to, such things as: habitat management to restore keystone wildlife and game species habitats; work with growers to continue to develop genetically appropriate native plant material for habitat restoration use; studies to improve the effectiveness of conservation restoration efforts to include such things as plant ecological and ecophysiological studies, seed bank persistence, plant propagation and development of agronomic production practices, and trait and/or seed source evaluations as well as seeding treatment and tool development; pollinator studies; and public education programs and outreach to include such things as development of information bulletins, handbooks, webinars, and apps., that also increase the Citizen Science nexus with BLM and partners.

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BLM CA Plant Conservation and Restoration Management
Bureau of Land Management

Application due: Apr. 30, 2020

The Plant Conservation and Restoration Management Program was created in response to large-scale wildfires in the Western U.S. Because of a lack of native seed, in 2001 Congress directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to establish a native plant material program and recommended that federal and non-federal partners coordinate efforts through the Plant Conservation Alliance established in 1994 (House Report 106-914). The Plant Conservation Program provides leadership in identifying, maintaining, and restoring Western native plant communities on public lands.

Public lands contain a diversity of wildlife that need habitat of native plant communities comprised of over 50 ecoregions across BLM administered lands. Each ecoregion contains native plants that have adapted to those environments. The Program will continue to work with agencies and partners to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the plant program. Into the future, the BLM would continue to work with partners to focus on more diverse forbs and grasses for restoration of wildlife habitats and rehabilitation after wildfires.

The CA BLM has opportunities to work with partner organizations to accomplish goals of the BLM Plant Conservation & Restoration Program. (See full announcement for examples.)

NOTE: Prior to submitting an application, contact the program expert at the BLM office in the district or field office where the work will take place to discuss your proposed project(s) to determine, if it meets the BLM priorities and criteria under this NOFO

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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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FY2020 BLM WO Wildlife Resources Management Program
Bureau of Land Management

Application due: May 4, 2020

The BLM will work with partners and maintain close collaboration with States, Tribes, other Federal agencies, and other organizations in conserving and restoring wildlife habitats to support wildlife and wildlife uses under a shared conservation stewardship approach on public lands across the state boundaries. The BLM uses the latest geospatial data technologies to share wildlife and wildlife data within BLM and with partners to work more efficiently. The Wildlife Program leverages funds with other BLM programs to address vegetation restoration that not only improves wildlife habitat, but also increases forage for livestock, improves water quality, removes invasive weed species, and reduces the threat of catastrophic wildfires.

NOTE: Prior to submitting an application, to contact the program expert at the BLM office in the district or field office where the work will take place to discuss your proposed project(s) to determine, if it meets the BLM priorities and criteria under this NOFO. This NOFO is only for national work and notspecific to individual state projects. Refer to state specific NOFOs.

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Wyoming Fisheries and Aquatics Resources Management
U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Application due: May 29, 2020

The Wyoming BLM has opportunities to work with partner organizations to accomplish goals of the BLM Aquatic Habitat Management that include, but are not limited to, such things as:

  1. Development and/or implementation of watershed management plans.
  2. Increased local capacity to protect and enhance aquatic habitat, water quality, promote water conservation, and sustain the present health of the watershed.
  3. Improvements in the resiliency of ecosystems, communities, and economies in the watershed.
  4. Improvements in the hydraulic and geomorphic conditions of streams.
  5. Removal of invasive plants and animals to enhance fish habitat, water quality and the physical characteristics of the stream. 
  6. Inventory, modernize and/or develop infrastructure such as culverts and diversion structures in order to improve fish and other aquatic organism passage.
  7. Provide a forum for enhanced communication among diverse stakeholder groups along the watershed.
  8. Conserve and enhance aquatic and riparian habitats for native and desired non-native species.
  9. Provide resources for recreational and subsistence fishing opportunities including increasing public access and infrastructure, such as fishing piers, for public enjoyment and outreach, education and job mentoring activities for youth, families, and veterans.
  10. Protect and stabilize both lotic and lentic aquatic and riparian habitats.
  11. Implement projects to reduce erosion, salinity and sediments.
  12. Collect and analyze water resources data needed to maintain, protect and restore water resources effectively.
  13. Inventory, assess, monitor, and improve aquatic, riparian, and wetland habitat quality and quantity.
  14. Address the immediate threats from aquatic invasive species, including quagga and zebra mussels.
  15. Influencing water temperature or improving the timing or volume of available flows at particular locations to improve aquatic conditions.
  16. Monitor surface and groundwater quality.
  17. Manage geospatial and biometric data.
  18. Conduct baseline inventories and assessments critical to many public land uses and ongoing monitoring programs.
  19. Engage citizen-scientists and students in monitoring and directed research of various BLM dependent aquatic and riparian species and their habitats.
  20. Develop and assist with Bureau aquatic invasive programs including: mapping, control, prevention, education, data analysis, ecological modeling and risk assessments, biosecurity, eDNA surveillance, etc.

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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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Health Security & Pandemics Challenge
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve

Application due: Jun. 18, 2020

Challenge Overview

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the latest in a series of infectious disease emergencies, including cholera, Ebola, SARS, Chikungunya, HIV/AIDS, and influenza. While scientists and drug developers, with support from governments and multilateral organizations, have been rushing to produce, test, and deliver vaccines and treatments, tech innovators also have a crucial role to play, both in the near term and to prevent and mitigate future disease outbreaks.

In the near term, we need improved solutions for prevention, accurate detection, and rapid response. MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, for example by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that support and protect health workers.

At the same time, we cannot solely treat disease outbreaks reactively. Climate change and globalization leave us ever more vulnerable to future epidemics and pandemics, and it's critical to be prepared. Solve is also seeking solutions that focus on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems, and improve healthcare supply chains.

We need your help:

  • If you have a solution, we want you to apply.

  • If you can help us fund a prize for the selected Solver teams, please get in touch with Hala Hanna at hala@solve.mit.edu.

  • You can also donate here--all amounts raised will support the Challenge.  

  • If you can partner with us in any other way, please let us know

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2020 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

2020 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) released
Effective for proposals submitted on or after June 1, 2020

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. Significant changes include:

  • NSF will require use of an NSF-approved format in submission of the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents, once the PAPPG (NSF 20-1) becomes effective;
    • Use of an NSF-approved format will not be required until implementation of PAPPG 20-1 on June 1, 2020.
  • New requirement for proposing organizations to submit government-wide representations and certifications in the System for Award Management (SAM);
  • New requirement for providing e-mail documentation of Program Officer approval for the submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals; and
  • Clarifications to current and pending support coverage as well as other changes throughout the document.

You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on June 1, 2020, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 19-1) continue to apply.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov.

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