Internal Opportunities and Announcements

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

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

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

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October 16, 2014

Dear Colleague,

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Dr. France A. Córdova
Director

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Information Regarding Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals: Applications Could Be Returned Without Review
National Science Foundation

Effective July 25, 2016

NSF continues to focus on the automated compliance checks of proposals in order to decrease the burden on both the research community and NSF staff.  Effective July 25, 2016, all proposals will be subject to a new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure proposals comply with requirements outlined in Chapter II.C.2. of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

The new set of automated compliance checks will trigger error messages for each of the following rules and may result in the return of a proposal without review:

  • Biographical Sketch(es) and Current and Pending Support files are required  for each Senior Personnel associated with a proposal; and

  • Biographical Sketch(es) can only be uploaded as a file, must not exceed two pages and can no longer be entered as text.

Note About Proposal File Update (PFU):  Proposers should be aware should that if a proposal was received prior to July 25 and contained only one Biographical Sketch and/or Current & Pending Support file (rather than individual files for each senior personnel), a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal not being accepted if it does not comply with these new compliance checks.  The checks will be run on all sections of the proposal regardless of which section was updated during the PFU.

Note about Grants.gov:  Proposers should also be aware that Grants.gov will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements.  Should NSF receive a proposal from Grants.gov that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.

Please note that the new set of compliance checks are in addition to the compliance checks that currently exist in FastLane.  Click the following link to view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including these checks.  The list specifies which checks are run depending on funding opportunity type (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement or Program Solicitation) and type of proposal (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center or Fellowship).  It also specifies whether the check triggers a "warning" or "error" message for non-compliant proposals.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Rgov@nsf.gov.  Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

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Open Access Author Fund at MSU - Pilot Project
MSU Library

The Open Access Author Fund

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

Goals

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


The Application Process

Eligible Publications and Data repositories

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

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

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

Eligible Articles and Data

Articles/data should:

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

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

Eligible Authors

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

Eligible Fees

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

Fund Limits

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

Institutional Repository

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

How do I apply?

Complete the online form.

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2019 MSU Technology Commercialization "CATalyst" Gap Funds
MSU Technology Transfer Office

Proposal due: Oct. 15, 2019

The MSU Technology Transfer Office announces the availability of technology commercialization "gap funds" to support the pre-commercialization activities around faculty inventions exhibiting strong market potential. These gap funds are being made possible by an award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies i6 Challenge program (https://www.eda.gov/oie/ris/i6/2019/awardees/mt-state-university.htm). Therefore, these CATalyst grants are not intended to support basic research or answer fundamental scientific questions. The purpose is to provide market-relevant development and/or validation for MSU technologies that are beyond the point where traditional research funding is available or appropriate.

Examples of supported activities include:

  • Performing additional testing to demonstrate and document a technology that has already shown feasibility (e.g., to support a pre-clinical regulatory submission)
  • Proving utility in an industry-relevant application
  • Developing a more manufacturable or economic version of a product
  • Developing a commercial grade prototype
  • Some limited economic modeling, market research, and customer discovery activities

The intent is to both technically and commercially "de-risk" an invention such that the company can either achieve commercialization of the technology without further investment or attract further development funding (e.g., venture capital, angel investment, SBIR/STTR awards) in order to achieve commercialization.

Available funding level is up to $75,000 in direct costs for one year. Smaller proposals (e.g., <$20K in direct costs) are permitted, and in fact encouraged where appropriate for the technology. Funding is limited, so only a subset of proposals will be funded.

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Faculty Seed Grant
Montana Water Center

Pre-Proposal due: Oct. 21, 2019
Full Proposal due: Dec. 3, 2019

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

Disciplinary and/or single PI proposals should not exceed $15,000; interdisciplinary teams may apply for up to $30,000, but these requests will need strong justification for the cross-disciplinary nature of the research team and questions. Priority will be given to clearly articulated proposals that (a) have high intellectual merit and the potential to advance knowledge, (b) clearly identify the applied relevance of the research to MT water stakeholders; (c) foster student training and involvement; and (d) demonstrate a compelling and realistic plan for how the seed funding will be leveraged to seek additional external funding. Competitive proposals from early-career faculty members will also be given priority.

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Climate change: effects on snowpack, drought, floods, water supply (seasonal and annual)

  • Interactions between ground water and surface water

  • Impacts of irrigated agriculture on ground water and surface water quality and supply

  • Biodiversity/ecosystem processes, links to physical processes

  • Social-ecological systems and water resources

  • Economic valuation of water resources

  • Management and restoration of water resources

  • The nexus of water, energy, and food systems

  • Integrating assessment and management of water quality and water quantity

  • Water policy

  • Emerging tools and technologies in water sciences

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Murdock Trust Equipment Use Seed Grants for Cellular Phenotyping
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and the MSU Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Application due: July 1, 2019

Innovative proposals are sought to expand the user base for the OmniLog® Phenotyping System and the ImageStream® Imaging Flow Cytometer, purchased with support from the Murdock Charitable Trust and MSU Vice President of Research and Economic Development.

Proposals should explore new research applications for one or both of these instruments. Small seed grants will be made available to new users to enable the development of experimental protocols and generation of results for publications and upcoming external proposals.

Priority will be given to proposals that clearly explain how these funds will lead to these products (publications or proposals). Funds can be used to purchase reagents, supplies, and minor equipment for performing the proposed experiments. Instrument details are included in the full program announcement (click on link below).

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Pilot Projects and Major Research Projects
Montana INBRE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are three types of awards:

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

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

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

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Rapid Response Research
National Aeronatics and Space Administration (NASA) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

Proposal due to Montana NASA EPSCoR: Nov. 8, 2019

The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction's economic viability and expand the nation's base for aerospace research and development. The purpose of NASA EPSCoR is to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive federal research and development activities.

This Cooperative Agreement Notice solicits proposals of two to three pages for the FY 2020 NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research (R3) program. Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposer shall work closely with a NASA researcher to focus on developing competitive research and technology for the solution of scientific and technical issues of importance to the NASA Mission Directorates as listed in the appendices of the full announcement (see link, below). The Rapid Response Research (R3) program is an attempt to implement research within NASA and commercial programs to address technical issues. It will allow EPSCoR researchers to work alongside of NASA and commercial partners for up to one year and is intended to strengthen the bonds among EPSCoR jurisdictions, NASA, the commercial partners, and other entities.

Internal Submission Procedure

Proposals should be submitted directly to Angela Des Jardins, Director, Montana Space Grant and Montana NASA EPSCoR, at angela.desjardins@montana.edu by Friday, November 8, 2019. Questions may be directed to Dr. Des Jardins by using her email address or by calling 994-6172.

MSU PIs are also required to submit their proposal via an electronic proposal clearance form (ePCF), available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. 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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Fellowships

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Oct. 24, 2018

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in observational, instrumental, theoretical, laboratory or archival data research in any area of astronomy or astrophysics, in combination with a coherent educational plan for the duration of the fellowship.

The program supports researchers for a period of up to three years with fellowships that may be taken to eligible host institutions of their choice. The program is intended to recognize early-career investigators of significant potential and to provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in positions of distinction and leadership in the scientific community.

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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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CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Cancer Research Institute

Application due: Oct. 1, 2019

The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in fundamental immunology or cancer immunology. A panel of scientists drawn from our Scientific Advisory Council rigorously evaluates each candidate, the intended sponsor and training environment, and the nature and feasibility of the proposed project.

The Institute seeks hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology. The applicant and sponsor should make every effort to demonstrate the potential of the proposed studies to directly impact our understanding of the immune system's role in cancer.

Applicants for the CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program must be working in areas directly related to immunology or cancer immunology. An eligible project must fall into the broad field of immunology with relevance to solving the cancer problem. Applicants must have a doctoral degree by the date of award activation and must conduct their proposed research under a sponsor who holds a formal appointment at the host institution. 

Newly awarded fellowships provide a stipend of $55,000 for the first year, $57,000 for the second year, and $59,000 for the third year. In addition, an allowance of $1,500 per year is allotted to the host institution for use at the sponsor's discretion to help pay for the fellow's research supplies, travel to scientific meetings, and/or health insurance.

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Fellowships: 2020-2023 in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Professions
Michigan Society of Fellows

Application due: Sept. 24, 2019

The Michigan Society of Fellows, under the auspices of the Rackham Graduate School, was established in 1970 with endowment grants from the Ford Foundation and the Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds. Each year the Society selects outstanding applicants for appointment to three-year fellowships in the humanities, the arts, the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professional schools.  We seek a diverse and international pool of applicants and especially welcome candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.

Each Fellow has a three-year appointment as Assistant Professor in an affiliated department of the University and a three-year appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Society of Fellows. This appointment is not tenure-track. The current annual stipend is $60,000. Fellows are eligible for participation in the University health, dental, and life insurance programs. Each fellow is expected to teach the equivalent of one academic year, i.e., a total of two terms during the period of the fellowship. Any subsequent appointment of a Fellow to a position at the University of Michigan would be subject to the rules governing new appointments.

Fellows are expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor for the academic years of appointment (September to May) and to participate in the activities of the Society of Fellows. Off-campus research leave during academic terms will be permitted only in rare cases, only for brief periods of time, and only upon written application to the Chair of the Society well in advance of the proposed leave. Any leave granted will count as part of the fellowship tenure.

The newly appointed Postdoctoral Fellows join a unique interdisciplinary community composed of their peers as well as the Senior Fellows of the Society, who include many of the University's leading scholars. Alumni Fellows of the Society have gone on to become distinguished scholars at institutions around the world. The Chair of the Society is Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan.

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Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Welder Wildlife Foundation

Application due: Oct. 1, 2019

The Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation's graduate research fellowship program was initiated in 1956. The program is designed to promote the education of exceptionally qualified students and provide research information to manage wildlife populations. The scientific breadth of the program is suggested by the academic units of previous fellowship recipients, among them: animal behavior, biology, botany, conservation education, ecology, genetics, mammalogy, ornithology, parasitology, range science, veterinary pathology, and wildlife sciences.

Fellowships are awarded directly to properly accredited U.S. colleges or universities for bona fide graduate students who are approved candidates for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees after project proposals have been submitted to and approved by the Foundation.

Academic institutions are responsible for the competitive selection and supervision of fellowship recipients, subject to Foundation approval. Students working on or near the Welder Wildlife Refuge (Sinton, Texas) are provided dormitory apartment living quarters, utilities, office space, computer access, and such field and laboratory facilities as are available.

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NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Sept. 11, 2019

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to conduct an integrated program of independent research and professional development. Fellowship proposals must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplinary programs and must align with the overall theme for the postdoctoral program. The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice (including institutions abroad).

The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with research experience, mentorship, and training that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their career, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR postdoctoral fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

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Nuclear Energy Graduate Fellowships
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Application due: Jan. 16, 2020

This Fellowship Request for Applications (RFA) is for the Integrated University Program (IUP) as administered by the Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) for the 2020-2021 academic year. The IUP works to attract qualified Nuclear Science and Engineering students (NS&E) to nuclear energy professions by providing graduate level fellowships. Fellowships are awarded for graduate level work leading to a masters or doctoral degree in the fields or disciplines of NS&E relevant to the DOE-NE mission. All students shall have adequate preparation to begin graduate level study and research by Fall 2020. In most cases, this will be demonstrated by a bachelor's degree earned prior to Fall 2020.

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

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

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Simons Fellows in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Simons Foundation

Application due: Sept. 26, 2019

The Simons Foundation's Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Fellows in both Mathematics and Theoretical Physics programs, to make sabbatical research leaves more productive by extending them from a single term to a full academic year.

Sabbatical research leaves from classroom teaching and administrative obligations can provide strong intellectual stimulation and lead to increased creativity and productivity in research. Awards will be based on the applicant's scientific accomplishments in the five-year period preceding the application and on the potential scientific impact of the work to be done during the leave period.

A Simons Fellowship provides salary replacement for up to 50 percent (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the Fellow's current academic-year salary, whether normally paid over 9 or 12 months, and up to $10,000 for expenses related to the leave. The Fellow's home institution will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses. Please note that the foundation's indirect cost policy allows up to 20 percent of direct cost expenditures.

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2020 Jansky Fellowship Program
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

The Jansky Fellowship Program supports outstanding postdoctoral scientists and engineers whose research is broadly related to the mission and scientific goals of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), which operates three world-class research facilities: the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, the Very Large Array, and the Very Long Baseline Array. As a Jansky Fellow, you will have a unique opportunity to contribute to and learn from the development and delivery of the largest and most capable radio telescopes in the world. Research that employs NRAO telescopes in multi-wavelength collaborations is encouraged. Candidates with interests in radio astronomy techniques, instrumentation, computation, and theory are encouraged to apply. Applicants should describe how their research or technical interests couple with NRAO telescopes or science.

Appointments may be made at either of the NRAO sites: Socorro, NM, or Charlottesville, VA. In compelling cases, a 'split appointment' Jansky Fellowship split between a university and an NRAO site, or a 'non-resident' Jansky Fellowship hosted at a university within the United States may be offered. Non-resident Jansky Fellows are encouraged to develop a research program that fosters close ties with the NRAO and should present a compelling case why residence at their proposed host university will accomplish this. They are also strongly encouraged to make frequent and/or long-term visits to NRAO sites during their Fellowship.

All Jansky Fellows are expected to spend at least 75% of their time on self-directed research.  Jansky Fellows are also encouraged to spend 10-25% of their Fellowship on activities related to the development and delivery of radio astronomy techniques, capabilities, or outreach activities, using those opportunities to develop their own broad skill set. The NRAO Jansky Fellowship Program provides numerous opportunities for early career scientists and engineers to acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of the state-of-the-art in radio astronomy and to establish themselves as innovative, independent research scientists and engineers.

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American Fellowships
American Association of University Women

Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

The oldest and largest of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowships and grant programs, the American Fellowship program began in 1888, a time when women were discouraged from pursuing an education. Now one of the largest sources of funding for graduate education for women, AAUW has provided more than $115 million to upwards of 13,000 fellows and grantees since awarding its first fellowship to Ida Street, a pioneer in the field of early American Indian history.

The American Fellowship program offers three award mechanisms:

1) American Dissertation Fellowships

Dissertation Fellowships offset a scholar's living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals or plans by the preceding November. Students holding fellowships for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW fellowships year are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math fields or research gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.

2) American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships

Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships are designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equity for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible.

3) American Short-Term Research Publication Grants

Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide funds for women college and university faculty to prepare research for publication. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing and editing in response to issues raised in critical reviews. These grants can be awarded to both tenure-track and part-time faculty, and new and established researchers. The grants are designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and other promotions. Tenured professors are not eligible.

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Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Varies by program (Oct. 21-25, 2019)

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.

The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

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Japanese Studies Fellowship Programs
Japan Foundation New York

Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

In order to promote Japanese Studies overseas, the Japanese Studies Fellowship Programs offer support to outstanding American scholars in the field by providing the opportunity to conduct research in Japan. Projects must be in the humanities, social sciences, and/or comparative research.

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O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

The O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship is awarded to encourage creation of new knowledge in structural design and construction.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a member of the ASCE (membership applications may be submitted with scholarship application), in any grade, and must be in good standing at the time of award;
  • During the tenure of this fellowship, the recipient may not work on research projects other than that for which this fellowship has been granted; but recipients may accept other awards if the conditions of such awards are the same as those for this fellowship;
  • Evidence must be shown throughout the application that the recipient is able to conceive and explore original ideas in the field of structural engineering.

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Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship
American Association of University Women Educational Foundation

Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowships program has been in existence since 1888, making it the oldest non-institutional source of graduate funding for women in the United States. The program provides fellowships for women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks.

The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equity for women in higher education. This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research.

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Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (AGS-PRF)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Proposals accepted anytime

The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (PRF) to highly qualified early career investigators to carry out an independent research program. The research plan of each Fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of AGS disciplines.

The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with Fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice. The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential and provide them with experience in research that will broaden perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and help establish them in leadership positions within the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences community. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
National Academy of Education (NAEd) / Spencer Foundation

Application due: Nov. 20, 2019

The National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1986 by the NAEd with a grant from the Spencer Foundation. The fellowship program is intended to support early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research. To that end, the NAEd seeks to fund proposals that promise to make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education and to advance the careers of the recipients.

Applications are reviewed by NAEd members and are judged on the applicant's past research record, career trajectory, and the quality of the project described in the application. To date, the Academy has funded more than 800 postdoctoral fellows. This year, 30 fellowships will be awarded to begin during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The fellowships of $70,000 are intended as salary replacement for one year and to cover other research expenses outlined in the proposal. Fellows must not receive other funding in support of their proposed research during the grant period. Fellows will also receive additional funds to attend required fellowship retreats and NAEd meetings.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Nov. 19, 2019

The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site. For applications under this solicitation, these areas are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology, (2) Interdisciplinary Research Using Biological Collections, (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and (4) Integrative Research Investigating the Rules of Life Governing Interactions Between Genomes, Environment and Phenotypes.

The fellowships are also designed to provide active mentoring of the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists who will benefit from having these talented young scientists in their research groups. The research and training plan of each fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of BIO and the specific guidelines in this fellowship program solicitation. Because the fellowships are offered to postdoctoral scientists only early in their careers, NSF encourages doctoral students to discuss the availability of these postdoctoral fellowships with their doctoral mentors and potential postdoctoral sponsors early in their doctoral programs to take advantage of this funding opportunity. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

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Water Resource Fellowship Program
Montana Water Center

Proposal due: Nov. 15, 2019

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

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

The planned start date for these projects is June 1, 2020, but this will depend upon the timing of the Congressional budget approval process for federal fiscal year 2020. The end date for all awards is May 31, 2021.

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

Application due: Jan. 15, 2020

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

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

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Limited Submissions

Montana Healthcare Foundation Grants
Montana Healthcare Foundation

ROUND 1: Internal MSU LOI due: Feb. 2, 2018
Full Agency Application due: Feb. 23, 2018
ROUND 2: Internal MSU LOI due: Feb. 23, 2018; Full Agency Application due: June 15, 2018

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) makes grants to improve the health and well-being of all Montanans. For 2018, we are pleased to announce this competitive Call for Proposals (CFP).

We will consider proposals in three areas under this CFP:

  • American Indian Health

  • Behavioral Health

  • Partnerships for Better Health

Projects funded through this CFP will address key health and health care challenges and will address the upstream social, economic, and educational challenges that drive health disparities. We place a priority on proposals that have a high potential for becoming financially self-sustaining.

Project Examples

Please note that these are only examples, and we will gladly consider funding other types of projects if they meet our basic selection criteria.

  • Strategic and business planning: One-year planning grants that will result in a viable plan to fund and implement programming to address an important health issue.

  • Partnerships outside the health sector: Proposals that seek to build partnerships with organizations beyond the health sector (for example: schools, local businesses, community and economic developers, or departments of planning and transportation) to build strong, resilient communities and address issues, such as poor housing, limited opportunities for youth engagement, community support for seniors, unemployment, or access to healthful foods.

  • Upstream influences on health and well-being: Projects that address access to healthful food, housing, transportation, and other upstream influences on health and well-being.

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 Friday, February 2, 2018.  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 23, 2018.
  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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Searle Scholars Program
Searle Scholars Program

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: July 9, 2018
Full Proposal due: Sept. 28, 2018

The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the Assistant Professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

Applicants for the 2019 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2019) are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2017. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

MSU is invited to nominate one (1) individual to apply. If you are interested in being nominated for the 2019 Searle Scholars Program, please submit your whitepaper following the process below. Likewise, Department Heads and Deans may submit nominations for excellent nominees using these same instructions.

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, "Searle Scholars Program (SEASCH) [P]," and the program, "Searle 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. The LOI should address the research that will be undertaken with the Searle award as well as how the award will advance your career as an independent scientist. Please carefully review the Searle website (program link below) for program priorities and eligibility.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, July 9, 2018. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select one nomination to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 28, 2018. The Office of Sponsored Programs will submit the nomination on behalf of the institution and then provide the nominee with login instructions where the application resides.
  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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Division of Research Programs Summer Stipends
National Endowment for the Humanities

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: July 1, 2019
Applications/Nominations due to Agency: Sept. 25, 2019

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, even if an institution of higher education serves as a nominator.

Applicants may seek funding for projects based on completed dissertations. You must state in your narrative that the application is to revise a dissertation, and you must explain how the new project moves beyond the original dissertation.

Faculty members with tenured or tenure-track positions who teach full-time at institutions of higher education must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Each institution of higher education in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members. Any faculty member is eligible for nomination.

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. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) [F]," and the program, "Division of Research Programs Summer Stipends."
  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, July 1, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 25, 2019.
  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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Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: May 24, 2019
Full Proposal due: Sept. 27, 2019

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master\'s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.

The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

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Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (42)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CENDIS)

Internal MSU LOI due: Mar. 29, 2019
LOI due to sponsor: Aug. 16, 2019
Full submission due: Oct. 18, 2019

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 29, 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 October 18, 2019.
  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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Searle Scholars Program
Kinship Foundation / Searle Scholars Program

Internal MSU LOI due: July 8, 2019
Full Application due to Agency: Sept. 27, 2019

The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the Assistant Professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

Applicants for the 2020 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2020) are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2018. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

MSU is invited to nominate one (1) individual to apply. If you are interested in being nominated for the 2020 Searle Scholars Program, please submit your whitepaper following the process below. Likewise, Department Heads and Deans may submit nominations for excellent nominees using these same instructions.

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, Searle Scholars Program (SEASCH) [P], and the program, Searle 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. The LOI should address the research that will be undertaken with the Searle award as well as how the award will advance your career as an independent scientist. Please carefully review the Searle website (program link below) for program priorities and eligibility.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Monday, July 8, 2019. The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select one nomination to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by September 27, 2019. The Office of Sponsored Programs will submit the nomination on behalf of the institution and then provide the nominee with login instructions where the application resides.
  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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Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research Center of Excellence - Center Lead
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Aug. 13, 2019
Application due to Agency: Sept. 13, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of University Programs (OUP) is requesting applications from accredited U.S. colleges and universities to lead a consortium of universities for a Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research Center of Excellence - Center Lead. The OUP is also posting a separate NOFO for eligible applicants to submit single project proposals for consideration as a partner to this COE (please see NOFO Number DHS-19-ST-061-TPCR-Partner or 97.061 on https://www.grants.gov/ for directions on how to submit single project proposals). DHS will select qualified individual projects from applications received for either the Center Lead NOFO or the Center Partner NOFO, regardless of the institution that is awarded as lead institution.

The DHS Centers of Excellence are university consortia that work closely with DHS Components and their partners to conduct research, develop and transition mission-relevant science and technology, educate the next generation of homeland security technical experts, and train the current workforce in the latest scientific applications. Each COE is led by an accredited U.S. college or university and involves multiple partners for varying lengths of time. COE partners include other academic institutions, commercial industry, DHS Components, Department of Energy National Laboratories and other federally-funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), other federal agencies that have homeland security-relevant missions, state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) governments, non-profits, and first responder organizations.

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 Homeland Security (USDOHS) [F]," and the program, "Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research Center of Excellence - Center Lead."
  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, August 13, 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 September 13, 2019.
  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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W.M. Keck Foundation - Grant Programs
W.M. Keck Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Apr. 15, 2019
Concept paper due to W.M. Keck for pre-application counseling: July 1, 2019
Phase I Application due: Nov. 1, 2019; Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Feb. 14, 2020

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 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 April 15, 2019.  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 1, 2019. Full Proposals will be due at the Sponsor (by invitation only) by February 14, 2020.
  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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2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences

Internal MSU Nominations due: Oct. 31, 2019
Nominations due at Sponsor: Nov. 13, 2019

The Blavatnik National Awards honor America's most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers. These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in the three disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Every year, one Blavatnik National Awards Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds, and additional nominees will be recognized as Finalists.

Nominations are accepted from an invited group of research universities, independent research institutions, academic medical centers, and government laboratories from around the United States, as well as from the Awards' own Scientific Advisory Council composed of renowned science and technology leaders. Past Laureates of the Blavatnik National Awards are also invited to submit nominations. The program expands on an awards program, started in 2007, for young scientists in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Members of the Jury responsible for selecting the Blavatnik National Awards honorees are some of the nation's most distinguished scientists. Both the Blavatnik National Awards Scientific Advisory Council and Jury include Nobel Laureates, National Medal of Science recipients, and National Academy of Sciences members. The Blavatnik National Awards are conferred at a formal ceremony in New York City each fall.

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, "Blavatnik Family Foundation (BLAFOU) [P]," and the program, "Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists."

  2. Include your nomination(s) as attachments on the clearance form. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.

  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Thursday, October 31, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select nominations to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by November 13, 2019.

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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Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU LOI due: Aug. 1, 2019
Full Proposal due to Agency: Nov. 5, 2019

The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as service providers (SPs) within the NSF Innovative High-Performance Computing (HPC) program to provide advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities and/or services in production operations to support the full range of computational- and data-intensive research across all of science and engineering (S&E). The current solicitation is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure by provisioning resources, broadly defined in this solicitation to include systems and/or services, in two categories:

  • Category I, Capacity Systems: production computational resources maximizing the capacity provided to support the broad range of computation and data analytics needs in S&E research; and
  • Category II, Innovative Prototypes/Testbeds: innovative forward-looking capabilities deploying novel technologies, architectures, usage modes, etc., and exploring new target applications, methods, and paradigms for S&E discoveries.

Resources supported through awards from this solicitation will be incorporated into and allocated as part of NSF's Innovative HPC program. This program complements investments in leadership-class computing and funds a federation of nationally-available HPC resources that are technically diverse and intended to enable discoveries at a computational scale beyond the research of individual or regional academic institutions. NSF anticipates that at least 90% of the provisioned system or services will be available to the S&E community through an open peer-reviewed national allocation process and be supported by community and other support services [such as those currently supported through eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) 2.0 project-managed allocations recommended by the XSEDE Resource Allocation Committee (XRAC), and other activities intended to foster efficient coordination across resources], or an NSF-approved alternative that may emerge. If this is not feasible for the proposed system/services, proposers must clearly explain in detail why this is the case and how they intend to make the proposed system/services available to the national S&E 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, "National Science Foundation (NSF) [F]," and the program, "Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research."
  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, August 1, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by November 5, 2019.
  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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Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
National Science Foundation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Sept. 18, 2019
Full Proposal due to Agency: Nov. 6, 2019

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments. 

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.

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, "Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)."
  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 Wednesday, September 18, 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 November 6, 2019.
  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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Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship
Microsoft Corporation

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Sept. 11, 2019
Full Application due to Agency: Sept. 30, 2019

The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship recognizes innovative, promising new faculty whose exceptional talent for research and innovation identifies them as emerging leaders in their fields. Provisions of the 2020 award include $100,000 awarded annually for two years starting in the Fall of 2020. This two-year fellowship recognizes innovative, promising early-career professors in the Americas who are exploring breakthrough, high-impact research.

Candidates must be nominated by their university or a Microsoft researcher before receiving an invitation to submit a proposal.

Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Fellows should support this mission by fostering diverse and inclusive cultures within their communities.

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, "Microsoft Research (MICRES) [P]," and the program, "Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship 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 Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select up to two nominations to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor (invitation only) by September 30, 2019.
  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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Montana NASA EPSCoR 2020 Research Group
Montana NASA EPSCoR Program

Pre-Proposal due: Oct. 11, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): TBA in November 2019

PURPOSE

We anticipate that NASA will soon issue an announcement for the federal fiscal year 2020 NASA EPSCoR Research Group program. There will be an opportunity for Montana to submit one Research Group proposal for potential funding. Research Group awards are up to $750,000 for three years. Funds need not be spent evenly over the life of the grant. We anticipate a 50 percent non-federal cost share requirement. Therefore, group funding will likely be on the order of $1.125M total over three years, including indirect costs. Funded teams and their respective departments provide cost share.

All interested faculty groups at Montana institutions of higher education are invited to submit a pre-proposal that will be used to determine which Montana group will be invited to submit a full proposal to NASA for the 2020 competition. We expect to notify the chosen group in mid-November, 2019.

KEYS TO SUCCESS

  • The focus of NASA EPSCoR Research Group awards is to fund research that NASA currently wants performed. Excellent science or engineering is insufficient. Therefore, all Research Group pre-proposals should include the strongest possible evidence that the group has active, well established ties to researchers at NASA Centers or Headquarters (HQ). Involved NASA collaborators/colleagues will be expected to be knowledgeable about the proposed research program and should be willing to act as advocates for funding of the proposal. NASA's current areas of interested are available at: http://www.nasaepscor.montana.edu/interest.html.
  • Successful pre-proposals should demonstrate interdisciplinary collaboration. Interdisciplinary research might look different in engineering vs. science but, within reason for the proposed work, teams with larger varieties in investigator areas of expertise will be favored.
  • Pre-proposals must show that sources of cost sharing are available to them should they be selected to go forward.
  • At the jurisdiction level (Montana in this case) NASA's stated intention is to "contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, and economic development of the jurisdiction."

MSU-Bozeman groups only:

In addition to submitting the pre-proposal on the MT NASA EPSCoR website, you must also submit the pre-proposal in the MSU limited submission pre-proposal system. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic Proposal Clearance Form (ePCF) available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/. Prepare a "Limited Submission Pre-Proposal" and select the sponsor, "National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) [F]," and the program, "Montana NASA EPSCoR 2020 Research Group."

  • Submit the full pre-proposal as an attachment in the form. The attachment must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  • Pre-proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 11, 2019.

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NEA Sound Health Network, FY2020
National Endowment for the Arts

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Oct. 1, 2019
Full Application due to Agency: Nov. 19, 2019

The Sound Health program seeks to expand public understanding of the connections between music and wellness: how music is processed by the brain, how music can impact development and learning, and the therapeutic use of music for specific health conditions. Launched in 2016, Sound Health is a partnership between the National Institutes of Health and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The purpose of this Program Solicitation is to select an organization to coordinate the Sound Health Network. In brief, the Cooperator will:

  1. Establish and coordinate the Sound Health Network comprised of the existing Sound Health Partners, relevant subject matter experts (individuals and organizations) and other appropriate entities to share and leverage research and practice in music, neuroscience, music therapy, and health and wellness.

  2. Create, maintain, and promote an online clearinghouse of relevant Sound Health Network research findings, programs, and related events.

  3. Produce and disseminate through the online clearinghouse or directly to Sound Health Network participants topical resource materials such as research summaries, policy briefs, and fact sheets about music and the brain.

  4. Identify for Sound Health Network participants opportunities to promote connections between music and the brain such as but not limited to convenings for the field, speaking engagements, etc. Track, maintain, and disseminate current rosters of Sound Health Network participants and their areas of expertise, relevant speaking engagements, etc.

  5. Provide consultative services and logistical support to Sound Health Network participants seeking to collaborate on related research projects or events, as appropriate.

  6. Develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan designed to disseminate information from the Sound Health Network regarding key findings, important engagements, etc., to stakeholders.

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. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) [F]," and the program, "NEA Sound Health Network, FY2020."
  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, October 1, 2019.  The MSU Research Council or subcommittee will review the submissions and select proposals to go forward to the Sponsor. Full proposals will be due at the Sponsor by November 19, 2019.
  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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The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)
National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Internal MSU Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Sept. 4, 2019
Agency LOI due: Nov. 4, 2019
Full Application due to Agency: Dec. 4, 2019

The objective of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award is to identify and encourage outstanding graduate students who are recognized by their institutions as having high potential and strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers, and then to facilitate their successful transition to postdoctoral positions.

The F99/K00 award is intended for individuals who require one to two years to complete their Ph.D. dissertation research training (F99 phase) before transitioning to mentored postdoctoral research training (K00 phase). Consequently, applicants are expected to propose an individualized research training plan for the next one to two years of dissertation research training and a plan for three to four years of mentored postdoctoral research and career development activities that will prepare them for independent cancer-focused research careers.

The F99/K00 award is meant to provide up to six years of support in two phases. The initial (F99) phase will provide support for one to two years of dissertation research (final experiments, dissertation preparation, and selection of a postdoctoral mentor). The transition (K00) phase will provide up to four years of mentored postdoctoral research and career development support, contingent upon successful completion of the doctoral degree requirements and securing a cancer-focused postdoctoral position. The two award phases are intended to be continuous in time. A K00 award will be made only to a PD/PI who has successfully completed the F99-supported training, secured a cancer-focused postdoctoral appointment, and provided NCI with a strong research and career development plan.

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, "The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)."
  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 Wednesday, September 4, 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 December 4, 2019.
  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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Montana History Foundation Grant Program
Montana History Foundation

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

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

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

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

Projects will receive preference that:

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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

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

The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, Research and Development (R&D) capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness.

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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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

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/SBE Partnering in Round 4 of the Digging into Data Challenge
National Science Foundation

Dear Colleagues:

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to announce that the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences is partnering in the Trans-Atlantic Platform 2016 Digging into Data Challenge (T-AP DiD). Digging into Data is a grant competition open to international, collaborative projects that address research questions in humanities and/or social science disciplines by using new, large-scale, digital data analysis techniques.

The Digging into Data Challenge has been funding cutting-edge digital research in the humanities and social sciences since 2009. Now under the auspices of T-AP, the program's fourth round of competition will support collaborative research teams from three continents: Europe (Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom); North America (Canada, Mexico, the United States); and South America (Brazil and Argentina).

T-AP is an unprecedented collaboration among key humanities and social science funders and facilitators from South America, North America and Europe. T-AP aims to enhance the ability of funders, research organizations and researchers to engage in transnational dialogue and collaboration. Among other activities, it works to identify common challenges and emerging priorities in social science and humanities research. T-AP also facilitates the formation of networks within the social sciences and humanities and helps connect them with other disciplines.

Sincerely,

Dr. Fay Lomax Cook
Assistant Director
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

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NEA Research Grants in the Arts, FY2020
National Endowment for the Arts

Application due: Oct. 3, 2019

The National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Research & Analysis makes awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.

In past years, the Research Grants in the Arts category has invited researchers to propose studies that examine topics related to any area(s) on the agency's How Art Works system map. These projects have used quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approaches, and have relied on primary and/or secondary data for analysis.

Research Grants in the Arts offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Track One: Value and Impact. These are matching grants ranging from $10,000-$30,000 for research projects that aim to examine the value and/or impact of the arts in any topic area(s) by using data and methods appropriate to the proposed research questions. Projects relying primarily on experimental/quasi-experimental design methods and including at least one arts-based intervention group and at least one non-arts-based control/comparison group should apply to Track Two.

  • Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. These are matching grants ranging from $30,000-$100,000 for research projects that aim to test the causal or inferred-causal impact of the arts on individual or cohort outcomes by using experimental or quasi-experimental design methods appropriate to the proposed research questions. This Track is only for projects relying primarily on experimental or quasi-experimental research methods that include at least one arts-based intervention group and at least one non-arts-based control/comparison group.

By providing financial support to projects, Research Grants in the Arts will spur growth in the number of people--across diverse fields of inquiry--who are experienced in and knowledgeable about arts-related research. This program also seeks to heighten the relevance and significance of arts-related research to policy and practice.

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Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL): Data, Infrastructure and Computational Methods
National Endowment for the Humanities and National Science Foundation

Application due: Sept. 16, 2019

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7,000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers.

Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants, fellowships from six to 12 months, and conference proposals. Note: A conference proposal should generally be submitted at least a year in advance of the scheduled date of the conference. For additional information about creating and submitting conference proposals to the DEL program, please refer to Chapter II. D.7 of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.

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Humanities Connections Planning Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities

Optional Draft due: Aug. 19, 2019
Full Application due: Sept. 19, 2019

The Humanities Connections program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. Awards will support innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields), in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

Competitive applications will demonstrate:

  • That the proposed curricular projects expand the role of the humanities in addressing significant and compelling topics or issues in undergraduate education at the applicant institution(s);

  • That these projects develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind cultivated by the humanities; and

  • That faculty and students will benefit from meaningful collaborations in teaching and learning across disciplines as a result of the project.

Humanities Connections projects have four core features:

  1. Substantive and purposeful integration of the subject matter, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities);

  2. Collaboration between faculty from two or more separate departments or schools at one or more institutions;

  3. Experiential learning as an intrinsic part of the curricular plan; and

  4. Long-term institutional support for the proposed curriculum innovation(s)

If the project addresses core or general education requirements, or requirements for specific pathways or pre-professional programs, it must incorporate a fresh approach in doing so. For example, applicants might consider:

  • Filling a new or unmet curricular gap in which the humanities will play an integral role;

  • Initiating a new interdisciplinary minor or certificate;

  • Transforming existing curricular pathways; or

  • Connecting existing fields of study to new or emerging disciplines.

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Dialogues on the Experience of War
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Oct. 15, 2019

The National Endowment for the Humanities is soliciting applications for the Dialogues on the Experience of War (Dialogues) program as part of its current initiative, Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War. The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. Dialogues is primarily designed to reach military veterans; however, men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public may also participate.

Awards of up to $100,000 will support the convening of at least two sustained discussion programs for no fewer than fifteen participants; and the creation of a preparatory program to recruit and train discussion leaders. Preparatory training and discussion programs may take place in veterans' centers, at public libraries or cultural centers, on college and university campuses, and at other community venues.

Discussion Programs

The discussion programs must:

  • Treat at least two historically distinct conflicts in depth: one from the earliest wars through World War I, and a second from the wars after World War I
  • Focus on the close study of sources drawn from at least two distinct genres (such as historical writings, memoirs, military biographies, speeches and letters, philosophical writings, documentaries, fiction, and artworks)
  • Engage participants in deep discussion of the selected humanities sources and the issues that they raise
  • Convene participants for multiple sessions to foster sustained and inclusive dialogue

Humanities sources eligible for discussion can be drawn from history, philosophy, literature, film, and the visual and performing arts--and may be complemented by veterans' testimonials. Discussions should engage the participants in serious exploration of important questions about war and military service, such as the ethics of war, the nature of service, the place of veterans in society, heroism, suffering, loyalty, and patriotism.

Preparatory Training Programs

Applicants must assemble a team to develop a preparatory training program. The preparatory program should be designed to train discussion facilitators, referred to as discussion leaders. The program should include the following:

  • Close study of the humanities sources at the heart of the discussions
  • Modeling and practice in leading humanities discussions (for example, posing questions designed to explore texts and elicit discussion of the texts' contemporary relevance; articulating rules of civil discourse; encouraging group inquiry; moderating disagreements)
  • Developing the discussion leaders' knowledge and awareness of the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of military veterans and service members
  • Building a virtual or actual network of discussion leaders and resources for future versions of the program and/or new programs

The application must explain how the preparatory and discussion program design will support a commitment to thorough and sustained discussion, and provide a specific plan for recruiting, training, selecting, and mentoring the discussion leaders.

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Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music

Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

The Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program awards financial support worldwide to not-for-profit organizations for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein, to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for scholarly research pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein, and to not-for-profit organizations for relevant educational or scholarly initiatives.

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Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Application due: Dec. 2, 2019

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) is a special initiative of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. The goals of this initiative are to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and/or rural libraries and archives to serve their communities and to build grantee capacity through participation in a community of practice. IMLS invites applications that focus on transforming K-12 school library practice, community memory, or digital inclusion and are clearly linked to an individual institution's broader community needs.

Grantees in this initiative will participate in communities of practice based on their project category. IMLS will choose three third-party partners (mentor organizations) to lead the communities of practice. Mentor organizations will facilitate communication between grantees, provide expert guidance, and build grantee capacity in relevant areas.

Grantees will be expected to share their project findings and progress with IMLS, their mentor organization, and other grantees in their community of practice. Grantees will also be expected to participate in regular teleconferences, online engagement, and in-person gatherings. Applicants should consider these commitments when developing their project plans and be prepared to assign a core member of the project team to participate in the community of practice. Travel costs for in-person gatherings of the communities of practice will be funded separately and should not be included in your proposed budget.

IMLS intends to identify and support a third-party organization to evaluate this initiative. Grantees will work with this evaluator while also monitoring, tracking, and assessing their progress toward meeting their individual project's performance goals. Grantees may convene or participate in other activities together as part of the evaluation.

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Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics
Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics / Iowa State University

Application due: Nov. 24, 2019

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University is pleased to announce the competition for the 2019 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics.

This annual competition is designed to encourage and reward scholars embarking on significant research in the area of women and politics. Numerous proposals from a variety of academic disciplines are received each year. Proposals are "blindly reviewed" by a committee comprised of faculty members in the disciplines represented.

The prize includes a $2,000 cash award for each project selected. Honorable mention prizes of up to $1,000 per project may also be awarded. Winners will be announced and awards disbursed in February 2020.

Research projects submitted for prize consideration may address any topic related to women and politics. Scholars at any level, from graduate students to tenured faculty members as well as independent researchers, may apply. In consideration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, projects related to women's suffrage history or women's political participation are especially welcome for this year's competition.

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Farmer/Rancher
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) (Western SARE)

Proposal due: Nov. 11, 2019

The Farmer/Rancher Grant Program involves agricultural producers (main applicants) and technical advisor(s) implementing projects to address identified needs in sustainable agriculture. With the support and guidance of the technical advisor, producers must integrate research and education to conduct on-site/on-farm experiments to improve production, marketing, and the environment. It is expected that outcomes of funded projects will result in quantifiable benefits for producers, increase the preservation of the natural and social resources upon which agriculture relies, and be shared with other producers. Farmer/Rancher projects are limited to $20,000 for one producer or to $25,000 for three or more producers, for up to three years.

Farmer/Rancher proposal submission remains open from August 19 until November 11, 2019. Proposals will undergo a technical review in January 2020, and the Western SARE Administrative Council will select proposals for funding in March 2020.

Webinar Offered: Friday, September 27, 2019, 4:00-5:00 p.m. MDT

Click on URL program link below to download Call for Proposals and register for Webinar. The Farmer-Rancher Call for Proposals is also available in Spanish.

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Museums Empowered
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Application due: Nov. 15, 2019

The goal of the Museums for America (MFA) grant program is to support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff is a special MFA initiative with the goal of strengthening the ability of an individual museum to serve its public through professional development activities that cross-cut various departments to generate systemic change within the museum.

As centers of innovation and discovery, as well as catalysts of community revitalization, museums are at the forefront of change in our communities. Like any other institution, museums need to remain dynamic to respond to fast-evolving technological advances and changing demographics. Museums also need to generate and share outcomes-based data and demonstrate results of their community impact efforts. In addition, they need to develop sustainable organizational structures and strategies for continued growth and vitality. Professional development is critical for museums to deliver on these areas of need.

IMLS encourages applicants to invest in the professional development of museum staff, leadership, and volunteers to enhance their skills and ensure the highest standards in all aspects of museum operations. This includes, but is not limited to, creating opportunities to encourage a more inclusive and diverse museum professional and volunteer workforce, and building the skills of museum staff at all levels with emphasis on the development of the next generation of museum professionals.

To support and empower museums of all sizes and disciplines in responding to the evolving needs of the museum profession and changes in their communities, this MFA special initiative has four project categories for professional development:

  • Digital Technology: for museum staff to fully explore, understand, adopt, and optimize the use of digital technology in museums

  • Diversity and Inclusion: for museum staff to develop cultural competency and support museum relevancy in their communities

  • Evaluation: to expand museum staff's capacity in conducting formative and summative evaluation of programs, practices, and products that can help the museum yield indicators and measurable outcomes

  • Organizational Management: for museum staff to learn best practices in organizational management, strategic thinking, innovation, and managing change

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National Leadership Grants for Museums
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Application due: Nov. 15, 2019

The goals of National Leadership Grants (NLG) for Museums are to support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can strengthen services for the American public.

Indicators (characteristics) of successful projects in the NLG for Museums program are as follows:

  • Broad Impact: The project has the potential for far-reaching impact beyond the institution and for influencing practice across one or more disciplines or specific fields within the museum profession.

  • In-depth Knowledge: The proposal reflects a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge about the subject matter and an awareness and support of current strategic initiatives and agendas in the field.

  • Innovative Approach: The project employs novel approaches or techniques new to the project area to strengthen and improve museum services to benefit the audiences and communities being served.

  • Collaborative Process: The project incorporates audience, stakeholders, and/or other partners to demonstrate broad need, field-wide buy-in and input, access to appropriate expertise, and sharing of resources.

  • Shared Results: The project generates results such as models, new tools, research findings, services, practices, and/or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend and leverage the benefits of federal investment.

The mission of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.

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Professional Development
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) (Western SARE)

Internal MSU Submission due: Nov. 8, 2019
Proposal due to Agency: Nov. 13, 2019

The Professional Development Grant Program (PDP) focuses on training agricultural professionals to help them spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture concepts and practices. PDP Grants are limited to $75,000. Grants can run for up to three years, with the final year to be focused on project evaluation. PDP proposal submission remains open from August 15 until November 13, 2019. Proposals will be reviewed by a technical panel in January 2020, and the Western SARE Administrative Council will select proposals for funding in March 2020.

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/.
    * Prepare a Full Proposal.
    * The Organization is the PI’s home Org.
    * If there are Co-PIs on the Proposal, their organization(s) should be added for approval using the Add Approval tab in the ePCF.
    * Contact/Accountant Add Jennifer von Sehlen.
    * Select the Sponsor Western SARE Host Institution (WESSAR).
    * Enter the Program ID as WS3PD.
  2. Include your Project Summary and Budget as attachments on the proposal clearance form.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, November 8, 2019. Proposals are due to the Sponsor by Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:00 noon MST and must be submitted online at http://projects.sare.org.
  4. For assistance with your MSU electronic proposal clearance form, please contact Jennifer Nesbitt in the MSU Office of Sponsored Programs at jnesbitt@montana.edu.

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Professional Plus Producer
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) (Western SARE)

Internal MSU Submission due: Nov. 8, 2019
Proposal due to Agency: Nov. 13, 2019

The Professional Plus Producer Grant Program involves agricultural professional (main applicant) and producers implementing projects to address identified needs in sustainable agriculture. With the collaboration of producers, projects must integrate research and education aiming to advance the three components of sustainable agriculture--environmental, economic, and social--and use innovative educational outreach to disseminate new knowledge to producers and other agricultural stakeholders. It is expected that outcomes of funded projects will result in quantifiable benefits for producers, increase the preservation of the natural and social resources upon which agriculture relies, and be shared with other producers. Professional Plus Producer projects are limited to $50,000 for up to three years. Professional Plus Producer proposal submission remains open from August 21 until November 13, 2019. Proposals will undergo a technical review in January 2020, and the Western SARE Administrative Council will select proposals for funding in March 2020.

Webinar Offered: Friday, October 4, 2019, 4:00-5:00 p.m. MDT

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/.
    * Prepare a Full Proposal.
    * The Organization is the PI's home Org.
    * If there are Co-PIs on the Proposal, their organization(s) should be added for approval using the Add Approval tab in the ePCF.
    * Contact/Accountant Add Jennifer von Sehlen.
    * Select the Sponsor Western SARE Host Institution (WESSAR).
    * Enter the Program ID as WS1PP.
  2. Include your Project Summary and Budget as attachments on the proposal clearance form.
  3. The deadline for the internal MSU submission is Friday, November 8, 2019. Proposals are due to the Sponsor by Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:00 noon MST and must be submitted online at http://projects.sare.org.
  4. For assistance with your MSU electronic proposal clearance form, please contact Jennifer Nesbitt in the MSU Office of Sponsored Programs at jnesbitt@montana.edu.

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

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

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

Internal MSU Procedure:

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

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Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations
National Endowment for the Humanities

Application due: Dec. 4, 2019

The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program makes awards to organizations to support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or translations. Textual editing and translation are vital endeavors for the humanities, providing the very foundations for research and teaching. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition.

Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively. These grants support sustained full-time or part-time activities during the periods of performance of one to three years.

Projects should embody the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) or the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on Scholarly Editions. Editions and translations produced with NEH support contain scholarly apparatus appropriate to their subject matter and format, including introductions and annotations that explain form, transmission, and its historical and intellectual contexts. Translation projects must also explain the theory and method of translation adopted for the proposed work.

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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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Department of Defense (DOD)

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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CDMRP Funding Opportunities
Department of Defense

Deadlines vary per program

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Breast Cancer Research Program

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

Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Gulf War Illness Research Program

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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Epilepsy Research Program (ERP)
Department of Defense

Letter of Intent due: Sept. 21, 2017
Full Application due: Oct. 5, 2017

The FY17 Epilepsy Research Program (ERP) includes the following two awards:

  • Idea Development Award
  • Epilepsy Risk Factors Award

Click on the link below for details about each award.

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

Deadline: see program URL

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

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FY19 Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by program (June 26 or Aug. 22, 2019)
Full Application due: Varies by program; some by invitation only (Sept. 5 or Sept. 25, 2019)

The FY19 Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) challenges the scientific community to design research that will address the urgency of ending breast cancer. Specifically, the BCRP seeks to accelerate high-impact research with clinical relevance, encourage innovation and stimulate creativity, and facilitate productive collaborations.

The BCRP has prepared a brief overview, The Breast Cancer Landscape, that describes what is currently known about the most pertinent topics that are consistent with the BCRP mission of ending breast cancer. Applicants are strongly urged to read and consider The Breast Cancer Landscape before preparing their applications. The Breast Cancer Landscape may be found at https://cdmrp.army.mil/bcrp/pdfs/Breast Cancer Landscape.pdf.

Considering the current Breast Cancer Landscape and the BCRP mission, all FY19 BCRP Breakthrough Award applications must address at least one of the following overarching challenges unless adequate justification for exception is provided (with adequate justification, applications may identify and address another overarching challenge related to the breast cancer landscape):

  • Prevent breast cancer (primary prevention)

  • Identify determinants of breast cancer initiation, risk, or susceptibility

  • Distinguish deadly from non-deadly breast cancers

  • Conquer the problems of overdiagnosis and overtreatment

  • Identify what drives breast cancer growth and determine how to stop it

  • Identify why some breast cancers become metastatic

  • Determine why and how breast cancer cells lie dormant for years and then re-emerge; determine how to prevent lethal recurrence

  • Revolutionize treatment regimens by replacing them with ones that are more effective, less toxic, and impact survival

  • Eliminate the mortality associated with metastatic breast cancer

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FY19 Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by program (June 6 or June 27, 2019)
Full Application due: Varies by program (June 27, July 18, or Sept. 19, 2019)

The FY19 Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) seeks to promote highly innovative, groundbreaking research; high-impact research with near-term clinical relevance; the next generation of prostate cancer investigators through mentored research; and resources that will facilitate translational research.

The mission of the PCRP is to fund research that will lead to the elimination of death from prostate cancer and enhance the well-being of Service members, Veterans, and all the men and their families who are experiencing the impact of the disease. Within this context, the PCRP is interested in supporting research that addresses specific gaps in prostate cancer research and clinical care.

Therefore, applications are requiredto address one or more of the following PCRP Overarching Challenges:

  • Improve the quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer

  • Develop treatments that improve outcomes for men with lethal prostate cancer

  • Reduce lethal prostate cancer in African Americans, Veterans, and other high-risk populations

  • Define the biology of lethal prostate cancer to reduce death

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Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 12, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 3, 2019

The FY19 Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP) was initiated in 2006 to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit for studying effects of deployment to the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War on U.S. Warfighters. The GWIRP has prepared an overview titled "The Gulf War Illness Landscape," which describes what is currently known about topics consistent with the mission of identifying treatments, improving definition and diagnosis, and understanding pathobiology and symptoms. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read and consider The Gulf War Illness Landscape before preparing their applications. The Landscape may be found at https://cdmrp.army.mil/gwirp/ pdfs/GWIRP_Landscape.pdf.

The FY19 GWIRP includes the following award mechanisms:

  • Idea Award

  • Research Advancement Award

  • Clinical Evaluation Award

  • Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award

  • Patient-Provider and Health Communications Award

  • New Investigator Award

Considering the current Gulf War Illness Landscape and the GWIRP's mission, all FY19 GWIRP applications must address at least one of the following overarching challenges unless adequate justification for exception is provided:

  • Revolutionize treatment and minimize negative side effects

  • Eliminate the health consequences associated with Gulf War Illness (GWI)

  • Distinguish symptom clusters to better target treatments

  • Identify what drives GWI and determine how to intervene

  • Identify why GWI is worse for some Veterans than for others

  • Validate determinants of GWI susceptibility, latency, and impacts on organs and systems

  • Better define and diagnose GWI

  • Determine whether GWI puts Veterans at greater risk for developing neurological diseases, cancers, or other serious conditions

  • Help Veterans, their caregivers, and clinicians communicate effectively about GWI, its symptoms, and potential treatments

  • Primary prevention strategies based on a consistent theory of GWI etiology

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Kidney Cancer Research Program (KCRP)
Department of Defense

Agency LOI due: Sept. 17, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 1, 2019

The Kidney Cancer Research Program (KCRP) vision is to eliminate kidney cancer through collaboration and discovery. The KCRP mission is to promote rigorous, innovative, high-impact research in kidney cancer for the benefit of Service members, Veterans, and the American public. The FY19 KCRP includes the Concept Award, the Idea Development Award, and the Translational Research Partnership Award mechanisms.

The Concept Award supports highly innovative, untested, potentially groundbreaking novel concepts in kidney cancer. The Concept Award is not intended to support an incremental progression of an already established research project but, instead, it allows Principal Investigators (PIs) the opportunity to pursue serendipitous observations. Preliminary data are not allowed. This award mechanism supports high-risk studies that have the potential to reveal entirely new avenues for investigation. Applications must describe how the new idea will enhance the existing knowledge of kidney cancer or develop an innovative and novel course of investigation. Research completed through a Concept Award may generate enough preliminary data to enable the PI to prepare an application for future research.

The Idea Development Award is intended to support innovative ideas and high-impact approaches, based on scientifically sound evidence, to move toward the KCRP vision of eliminating kidney cancer. The research project should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale and a well-developed and articulated research approach relevant to active duty Service members, Veterans, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. Personnel on the proposed team should have a strong background in kidney cancer research.

The Translational Research Partnership Award supports partnerships between clinicians and research scientists that will accelerate the movement of promising ideas in kidney cancer toward clinical applications. This award supports the development of translational research collaborations between two independent, faculty-level (or equivalent) investigators to address a central problem or question in kidney cancer in a manner that would be less readily achievable through separate efforts. One partner in the collaboration must be a research scientist and the other must be a clinician. It should be clear that both have had equal intellectual input in the design of the research project. Multi-institutional partnerships are encouraged. At least one member of the partnership must have experience either in kidney cancer research or kidney cancer patient care. Inclusion of experts from outside the kidney cancer field is encouraged. A proposed project in which the clinical partner merely supplies tissue samples or access to patients will not meet the intent of this award mechanism.

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: May 21, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 19, 2019

The Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP) was initiated in 2009 to provide support for pioneering concepts and high-impact research that are relevant to the prevention, etiology, pathogenesis, assessment, and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) to ultimately lessen its personal and societal impact.

All applications submitted to the FY19 MSRP Program Announcement must address at least one of the following Focus Areas:

  • Promoting Central Nervous System Regenerative Potential in Demyelinating Conditions

  • Correlates of Disease Activity and Progression in MS

  • Biology and Measurement of MS Symptoms

The FY19 MSRP includes the following two award mechanisms:

  1. The Exploration - Hypothesis Development Award supports the initial exploration of innovative, high-risk, high-gain, and potentially groundbreaking concepts in the MS research field. The studies supported by this award mechanism are expected to lay the groundwork for future avenues of scientific investigation. The proposed research project should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale and study design. The presentation of preliminary and/or published data is not required.

  2. The Investigator-Initiated Research Award supports highly rigorous, high-impact research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to MS research and/or patient care. Research projects may focus on any phase of research, excluding clinical trials. The rationale for a research idea may be derived from laboratory discovery, clinical trial results, population-based studies, a clinician's firsthand knowledge of patients, or anecdotal data. Applications must include preliminary and/or published data that are relevant to MS and the proposed research project.

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Varies by award (May 22 or Aug. 21, 2019)
Full Application due (some awards by invitation only): Sept. 11, 2019

The goal of the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) is to improve mission readiness and quality of life by decreasing the burden of cancer on Service members, their families, and the American public. The PRCRP is charged by Congress with the mission to investigate cancer risks and knowledge gaps that may be relevant to active duty Service members, their families, other military beneficiaries, and the American public.

The PRCRP includes the following awards: Career Development Award; Horizon Award; Idea Award with Special Focus; Impact Award; and Translational Team Science Award. Click on the Program URL below for more information on each award.

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Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 26, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 18, 2019

The FY19 Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP) challenges the scientific community to address the most significant gaps in care for the leading burden of injury and for facilitating return to duty. The program intends to support innovative, high-impact, clinically relevant research to advance optimal treatment and rehabilitation from neuromusculoskeletal injuries (excluding spinal cord injuries) sustained during combat or combat-related activities. It is expected that research findings would also benefit the general population. Applications involving multidisciplinary collaborations among academia, industry, the military Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other Federal agencies are highly encouraged.

Applied Research Award (ARA)

All applications of the PRORP Applied Research Award must address one of the following focus areas:

  • Compartment Syndrome Models: Diagnostic and/or treatment strategies developed in a large animal model that replicates compartment syndrome. Model system should be clinically relevant and scientifically reproducible.

  • Limb Stabilization and Protection: Development of rapid limb stabilization and novel wound protectants for severely wounded limbs to enable transport at the point of need.

  • Retention on Duty Strategies: Development and/or optimization of battlefield-feasible diagnostic capabilities, decision support tools, interventions, and/or rehabilitation strategies that can facilitate retention on duty for common combat-related musculoskeletal injuries. (Biomarker studies are excluded.)

  • Skin-Implant Interface: Identification of best practices to address infection at the skin-implant interface for osseointegrated prosthetic limbs.

Clinical Translational Research Award (CTRA)

All applications of the PRORP Clinical Translational Research Award must address one of the following focus areas:

  • Retention on Duty Strategies: Development and/or optimization of battlefield-feasible diagnostic capabilities, decision support tools, interventions, and/or rehabilitation strategies that can facilitate retention on duty for common combat-related musculoskeletal injuries. (Biomarker studies are excluded.)

  • Tissue Regeneration Therapeutics: Development of advanced tissue regeneration therapeutics in nerve, muscle, and/or composite tissue for the restoration of traumatically injured extremities. (Isolated bone tissue engineering studies are excluded.)

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Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: June 6, 2019
Full Application due: Varies by program (June 27 or Sept. 19, 2019)

The mission of the FY19 Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) is to fund research that will lead to the elimination of death from prostate cancer and enhance the well-being of Service members, Veterans, and all the men and their families who are experiencing the impact of the disease. Within this context, the PCRP is interested in supporting research that addresses specific gaps in prostate cancer research and clinical care.

Therefore, applications are required to address one or more of the following FY19 PCRP Overarching Challenges:

  • Improve the quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer

  • Develop treatments that improve outcomes for men with lethal prostate cancer

  • Reduce lethal prostate cancer in African Americans, Veterans, and other high-risk populations

  • Define the biology of lethal prostate cancer to reduce death

The PCRP includes the Idea Development Award and the Early Investigator Research Award. Click on the Program link below for more information about each of these awards.

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Melanoma Research Program (MRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 26, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 23, 2019

The goal of the DoD FY19 Melanoma Research Program (MRP) is to prevent melanoma initiation and progression. The mission of the MRP is to support earlier intervention to enhance mission readiness for U.S. military personnel and to diminish the disease burden on Service members, Veterans, and the American public.

The MRP challenges the research community to redefine the concept of prevention. Melanomagenesis is a multi-step process initiating from normal melanocytes to dysplasia through the development of melanoma and metastasis. A new paradigm of prevention may include stopping the initiation of dysplasia, halting the progress to malignancy, or blocking micro-metastases. The MRP acknowledges that each step along the disease process from initiation to metastasis is an opportunity to impede any further cancer progress and to effect a cure.

The MRP challenges the research community to prevent melanoma earlier in the disease cycle thus preventing metastasis. The melanoma clinical, research, and patient community traditionally view prevention as the use of sunscreen/blockers to protect the melanocyte from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The MRP recognizes the usefulness of this strategy while tasking the research community to redefine prevention to include the entire melanomagenesis process.

The FY19 Melanoma Research Program (MRP) includes the Idea Award, the Team Science Award, and the Translational Research Award mechanisms. To be considered for funding, applications for any of these award mechanisms must address at least one of the following FY19 MRP Focus Areas:

  • Precursor Lesions, Melanomagenesis, Host Factors and the Tumor Microenvironment (e.g., melanoma instigators, ultraviolet [UV] exposure, other instigators)

  • Melanoma Primary Tumor Evolution (e.g., dormancy, heterogeneity, metabolism, epigenetic dysregulation, cell death)

  • Therapeutic Prevention (e.g., interruption of disease progression, recurrence)

  • Minimal Residual Disease (e.g., chemoprevention, micro-metastasis)

  • Rare Melanomas (e.g., uveal, acral, leptomeningeal disease, pediatric, adolescent and young adult, mucosal)

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Reconstructive Transplant Research Program (RTRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: July 17, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 16, 2019

The Reconstructive Transplant Research Program (RTRP) was initiated in 2012 to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit that has the potential to make a significant impact on improving the function, wellness, and overall quality of life for injured military Service members and Veterans, their caregivers and family members, and the American public. Appropriations for the RTRP from FY12 through FY18 totaled $81 million (M). The FY19 appropriation is $12M.

The RTRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will optimize form, function, appearance, and psychosocial health for catastrophically injured Service members, Veterans, and American civilians through the development of effective reconstructive transplantation solutions. More specifically, the RTRP seeks vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA)-focused research, also known as composite tissue allotransplantation. VCA refers to the transplantation of multiple tissues such as muscle, bone, nerve, and skin, as a functional unit (e.g., a hand or face) from a deceased donor to a recipient with a severe injury. The goal is to return injured Service members to duty and restore their quality of life.

The RTRP includes the Idea Discovery Award and the Investigator-Initiated Research Award mechanisms. To meet the intent of these awards, applicants must address at least one of the FY19 Focus Areas (select both a bolded Focus Area and the appropriate subtopic):

Reduce the risks of VCA-associated immunosuppression

  • Define the unique mechanisms of VCA immunogenicity

  • Develop novel approaches for improving VCA immune tolerance

  • Identify unique immunosuppression requirements for VCA compared to other solid organ transplants

Develop reliable non-invasive methods or tools for monitoring VCA graft rejection

  • Develop reliable non-invasive biomarkers for monitoring chronic VCA graft rejection in a large animal model

  • Identify and/or validate new peripheral biomarkers for acute and chronic rejection

  • Develop assays or devices for clinical graft monitoring utilizing validated biomarkers

Advance existing or develop innovative ex vivo tissue preservation strategies to extend the timeline between procurement and transplantation

  • Develop novel approaches and models for perfused, hypothermic, high subzero and low subzero, or static preservation strategies

  • Determine the extent to which VCA tissue preservation technology impacts VCA immunogenicity

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Reconstructive Transplant Research Program: Qualitative Research Award
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Sept. 25, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 16, 2019

The Reconstructive Transplant Research Program (RTRP) was initiated in 2012 to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit that has the potential to make a significant impact on improving the function, wellness, and overall quality of life for injured military Service members and Veterans, their caregivers and family members, and the American public. Appropriations for the RTRP from FY12 through FY18 totaled $81 million. The FY19 appropriation is $12 million.

The RTRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will foster new directions for and address neglected issues in the field of reconstructive transplantation, specifically vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA)-focused research, also known as composite tissue allotransplantation. VCA refers to the transplantation of multiple tissues such as muscle, bone, nerve, and skin as a functional unit (e.g., a hand or face) from a deceased donor to a recipient with a severe injury. The goal is to return injured Service members to duty and restore their quality of life.

To meet the intent of the FY19 Qualitative Research Award mechanism, applicants must address at least one of the FY19 RTRP Qualitative Research Award Focus Areas described below:

  1. Define/assess the benefit or value of VCA, which may include but is not limited to the following: a) Determine the relative value of VCA compared to other treatment options (e.g., prosthetics, orthotics, reconstruction); or b) Determine how VCA benefits the recipient's communication and interactions with family, friends, workplace, and the community, as well as their individual sense of self.

  2. Develop or adapt existing quality of life measures for face transplant recipients.

  3. Determine how psychosocial functioning changes over time within VCA recipients.

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Chronic Pain Management Research Program (CPMRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Sept. 13, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Dec. 6, 2019

Per the FY19 CPMRP Congressional appropriation, chronic pain is defined as pain that occurs on at least half the days for six months or more, and which can be caused by issues including, but not limited to, combat- and training-related physical or mental stress and trauma, migraines and chronic headaches, traumatic brain injury, arthritis, muscular-skeletal conditions, neurological disease, tick and vector-borne disease, other insect-transmitted or tropical disease, and cancer.

The FY19 program includes two award mechanisms:

1) Investigator-Initiated Research Award (IIRA)

To meet the intent of the award mechanism, applications must address the FY19 CPMRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award (IIRA) Focus Area, Chronification of Pain (i.e., the transition of acute pain to chronic pain) and one or more of the following related Knowledge Gaps.

  • Understanding mechanisms and developing models for studying the transition from acute to chronic pain following trauma either physical or psychological

  • Development of non-opioid therapies to prevent and treat chronification

  • Identification of risk factors or biomarkers for patients at risk of chronification including at-risk sub-populations

Additionally, the incorporation of pain informatics, pragmatic approaches, and patient expectations, preference, and goals of treatment at point of care in research approaches is encouraged.

2) Translational Research Award (TRA)

To meet the intent of the award mechanism, applications must address one or both of the following FY19 CPMRP Translational Research Award (TRA) Focus Areas.Selection of the appropriate Focus Area is the responsibility of the applicant. Research proposed should focus on established therapies only.

  • Implementation Science (for evidence-based, efficacious interventions to manage chronic pain)
    * Unique barriers in military populations and environments, including at-risk sub-populations
    * Self-management and service-of-care models

  • Comparative Effectiveness
    * Multimodal and combination therapies
    * Pain and its co-morbidities
    * Incorporation of a biopsychosocial model of assessment that includes pain interference in emotional and physical functioning

Additionally, the incorporation of pain informatics, pragmatic approaches, and patient expectations, preference, and goals of treatment at point of care in research approaches is encouraged.

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Combat Readiness - Medical Research Program: Rapid Development and Translational Research Award
Department of Defense

Agency LOI due: Oct. 23, 2019
Full Proposal due: Nov. 13, 2019

The Combat Readiness - Research Program (CRRP) was initiated by Congress in FY19 with an appropriation of $15 million to pursue military-relevant advanced technology and therapeutic research related to forward-deployable solutions that can promptly address life-threatening injuries, medical threats, and treatments for Warfighters in current and future battlefield settings.

The Congressional language for the CRRP encompasses research that would enable the Warfighter to better respond to serious injury, as well as solutions to mitigate the long-term effects of battlefield trauma, including: (1) enhancing battlefield diagnostics for neurological injuries and hemorrhage; (2) integrated wound care and tissue regeneration therapies; (3) environmental and wearable sensors, combined with advanced computing, for surveillance and monitoring of chemical and biological threat exposures; (4) telemedicine applications for battlefield medicine, to allow for better collection, integration, and transfer of patient data from battlefield medical units through transport and treatment; (5) chemical and biological exposure, countermeasures, and management strategies; and (6) solutions for infectious disease management, including sepsis.

The CRRP vision is to deliver high-impact medical solutions throughout the continuum of care to increase survivability and readiness of the Warfighter in diverse operational settings. Per the program's mission statement, the CRRP seeks to develop innovative solutions to increase medical readiness, mitigate fatalities, optimally treat life-threatening injuries, and promote positive long-term outcomes. Innovations developed by CRRP-supported research may be applied proactively to establish medical readiness ahead of deployment, in-theater at the point of injury or during periods of prolonged care, or during transport/en route care within and from theater. These solutions will not only help to minimize the morbidity and mortality of combat-related injuries sustained by the Warfighter, they will also often translate to civilian care.

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Complex Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research: Clinical Research Award
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Sept. 10, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Dec. 2, 2019

The Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PH/TBIRP) was established by Congress in FY07 in response to the devastating impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), on our deployed Service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The PH/TBIRP mission is to establish, fund, and integrate both individual and multi-agency research efforts that will lead to improved prevention, detection, and treatment of PH issues and TBI. The vision of the PH/TBIRP is to prevent, mitigate, and treat the effects of traumatic stress and TBI on function, wellness, and overall quality of life for Service members as well as their caregivers and families.

The Joint Program Committee 8/Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (JPC-8/CRMRP) seeks to implement long-term strategies to develop knowledge and materiel products to reconstruct, rehabilitate, and provide definitive care for injured Service members. The goal is to return Service members to duty and improve their quality of life.

Through the Complex TBI Rehabilitation Research (CTRR) initiative, the PH/TBIRP and JPC-8/CRMRP seek innovative rehabilitation research that has the potential to make a significant impact on improving the health and well-being of military Service members, Veterans, and other individuals with TBI. The programs challenge the clinical and scientific communities to design innovative research that will foster new directions for, and address neglected issues in, the field of TBI rehabilitation research. Applications from investigators within the military Services, and applications involving multidisciplinary collaborations among academia, industry, the military Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other Federal Government agencies are highly encouraged.

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Vision Research Program (VRP)
Department of Defense

Pre-Application due: Aug. 6, 2019
Full Application due: Dec. 6, 2019

The mission of the Vision Research Program (VRP) is to transform visual system trauma care for our Armed Forces and the Nation. Eye injury and visual dysfunction resulting from battlefield trauma affect many Service members and Veterans. Surveillance data from the Department of Defense (DoD) indicate that eye injury accounts for approximately 15% of all injuries from battlefield trauma sustained during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, resulting in more than 182,000 ambulatory patients and 4,000 hospitalizations between 2000 and 2011.

In addition, statistics from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center show that more than 380,000 Service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can have significant impact on vision even when there is no injury to the eye. Research sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) showed that as many as 75% of Service members who suffered a TBI have visual dysfunction.

The FY19 VRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will significantly advance the understanding, prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, and/or treatment of eye injury or visual dysfunction associated with military-relevant trauma. Research outcomes are expected to ultimately improve the care of Service members and Veterans as well as the American public.

The FY19 VRP includes the Focused Translational Team Science Award (FTTSA), the Investigator-Initiated Research Award (IIRA), and the Translational Research Award (TRA). To meet the intent of the award mechanisms, applications to these awards must address research in one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Eye injury or visual dysfunction as related to a military-relevant traumatic event (blast, blunt, thermal, or chemical trauma; or trauma caused by directed energy weapons such as laser, microwaves, and particle beams)

  • Diagnosis and treatment of eye injuries in austere environments and prolonged field care settings

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Department of Energy (DOE)

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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Establishing Validation Sites for Field-Level Emissions Quantification of Agricultural Bioenergy Feedstock Production
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Application due: Nov. 18, 2019

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will provide financial support to teams that include production farms that could market directly to ethanol and other biofuel producers to develop datasets of current production inputs (e.g., fertilizer, chemicals, fuel) and outcomes (e.g., yield, emissions, water quality) in a commercial production environment.

In doing so, this funding opportunity aims to fund the creation of "gold-standard" datasets to 1) pilot data capture and transfer methods for supply-chain-wide LCA; 2) validate new, low-cost technology approaches to measuring and improving feedstock production efficiency; and 3) provide new high-resolution data to the research and development community for technology development (e.g., remote sensing to reduce physical footprint of high-resolution monitoring; or new modeling, prediction and extrapolation techniques).

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

Application due: Jan. 16, 2020

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

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

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

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Department of Health & Human Services

Network of Modeling Centers to Improve Evidence Base for Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza Prevention and Control
Department of Health and Human Services

Agency LOI due: Sept. 16, 2019
Full Application due: Nov. 15, 2019

The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to support applied research that will develop, advance, and apply mathematical models to investigate the utility and impact of prevention and control strategies for seasonal and pandemic influenza, including vaccination and treatment.

This NOFO will establish a network of Influenza Modeling Centers that conducts research to facilitate the rapid development, harmonization, validation, synthesis, and communication of multiple mathematical models and their results for seasonal and pandemic influenza prevention and control. This NOFO is expected to generate advancements in the rapid sharing of validated modeling results from multiple models that will improve the evidence base for public health action and inform policy development.

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Notice of Intent to Publish FOA for Specialized Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research
National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Estimated publication date of FOA: Aug. 1, 2019
First estimated application due date: Nov. 15, 2019

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), in partnership with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), intends to solicit applications from eligible institutions of higher education for specialized research center grants to conduct multidisciplinary research, research capacity building, and community-engaged research activities focused on understanding and reducing or eliminating environmentally-driven health disparities.

Projects must include a focus on one or more NIH-designated health disparities populations in the United States: Blacks or African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Asians, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. Comparison groups/populations may also be included as appropriate for the research questions posed.

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into the science of health disparities, particularly the complex interplay between environmental risk and protective factors acting at multiple levels across the life course, to begin to consider applying for this funding announcement opportunity.

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Foundations

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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Education Reform - Shape Public Policy
Walton Family Foundation, Inc

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

SYNOPSIS:

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Environment Program
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Our Approach

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

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

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Grants for Organizations
Ford Foundation

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The foundation funds projects under the following focal areas: 

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

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Grants Program
National Endowment for Financial Education

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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Grants Program
Dell (Susan & Michael) Foundation

There is no deadline for grant applications.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The program areas are:

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

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

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Grants Program
RGK Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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Grants Program
Hearst Foundations

Proposals are accepted year round

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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Learning & Leadership Grants
NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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Program Area Funding
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

Program Areas: 

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

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

The Foundation makes grants year-round.

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

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

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Bats for the Future Fund 2019
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Proposal due: Sept. 19, 2019

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), is soliciting proposals to slow or halt the spread of white-nose syndrome disease (WNS) in North America and promote the survival and recovery of WNS-affected bat populations and species.

The Bats for the Future Fund (BFF) will award up to approximately $1.2 million in grants. The USFWS, which leads the national response for combatting WNS, provides major funding for the BFF. Additional important funding is provided by the USFS, Southern Company and Avangrid Foundation.

The objectives of the BFF are to:

  • Advance field treatments and management tools that provide the greatest potential to prevent exposure of bats to Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungal pathogen that causes WNS, and improve survival from WNS;
  • Implement field treatments, management tools and conservation strategies that help WNS-affected bat populations to recover and rebound from the impacts of WNS; and
  • Support innovative and collaborative research leading to development and deployment of treatments and management tools for WNS that will perpetuate viable populations of bats.

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Career Catalyst Research Grants: Redefining Metastatic Breast Cancer through Liquid Biopsy
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Agency LOI due: July 10, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 25, 2019

For more than 10 years, Career Catalyst Research (CCR) Grants have fostered promising breast cancer researchers who are in the early stages of their faculty careers by providing support for up to three years of "protected time" for research career development under the guidance of a Mentor Committee. It is expected that following the successful completion of a CCR Grant, awardees will launch independent research careers, successfully compete for subsequent research project funding, and emerge as key leaders in the fight against breast cancer.

The goal of the FY20 Career Catalyst Research Grants: Redefining Metastatic Breast Cancer through Liquid Biopsy is to support outstanding research seeking to use liquid biopsy techniques to improve treatment, detection, and understanding of metastatic breast cancer. All proposals must have a primary focus on liquid biopsies in breast cancer.

A liquid biopsy is defined as the collection and analysis of a sample of blood to detect cancer cells or pieces of DNA from cancer cells that are circulating in the blood. When compared to tissue biopsy, liquid biopsy offers a non-invasive approach to improve the care of patients, if we can unlock the potential of this technology for breast cancer. Liquid biopsies could inform clinical decision-making in several ways, including early detection of metastatic disease even before symptoms arise, real-time monitoring of metastatic breast cancer treatment response, and more personalized treatment plans for metastatic breast cancer patients.

To unlock the potential of liquid biopsies for patients, Komen requests Letters of Intent for research projects that address one of the following focus areas: 1) Redefining treatment of metastatic breast cancer; or 2) Early detection of metastatic breast cancer.

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Community Power: Increasing Understanding of Base-Building Methods
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Application due: Sept. 24, 2019

This Call for Proposals will support research projects to build an understanding of the range of methods applied in innovative and effective community base-building that result in changes to community-level social, economic, and physical conditions that we know influence health and equity. We are seeking to fund research projects designed to retrospectively examine various methods resulting in innovative and effective community base-building. Base-building is a set of strategies and activities used by residents, workers, consumers, and other constituencies to build collective strength and power to address a variety of inequitable conditions in communities. Base-building has been utilized for generations by grassroots-led organizations and institutions to build power specifically in historically excluded or underrepresented populations.

We are seeking research proposals whose project teams will participate alongside other field and research experts in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Lead Local program, which is exploring the question: How does community power catalyze, create and sustain conditions for healthy communities? We are aware that community base-building methods vary across geographic areas and across racial, ethnic, and other demographic groups. We seek to understand community-identified innovations that lead to meaningful and effective community base-building. The proposed research projects are not intended to build understanding of methodologies applied to other critical approaches to achieve systems change, including policy advocacy, coalition-building, communications, or organizational development.

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Moore-Simons Project on the Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell
Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and Simons Foundation

Proposal due: Sept. 30, 2019

The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and the Simons Foundation are partnering to support novel research on the origin of the eukaryotic cell. This major transition in the history of life, estimated to have occurred almost two billion years ago, remains an important yet unsolved puzzle in the biological sciences. We seek to support the international scientific community to explore why and how this symbiotic event occurred by conducting experiments that illuminate or eliminate possibilities regarding the events that led to the emergence of eukaryotes.

Our goal is to support creative individuals and collaborative teams to take risks in developing novel theoretical, informatic and experimental approaches that deepen understanding of the creation of the eukaryotic domain of life. We strongly encourage scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines to submit a proposal, including those who have not previously worked on this topic. Those new to exploring questions about eukaryogenesis may wish to consider collaborating with those who have previously done research in this area. Numerous disciplines and approaches have important contributions to make, including but not limited to cell biology, evolution, ecology, earth and aquatic sciences, paleontology, genomics, bioinformatics, synthetic biology, biophysics and chemistry.

The Moore Foundation and Simons Foundation seek to support novel research on the origin of the eukaryotic cell, including understanding the processes that may have led to the emergence of the first eukaryotic common ancestor (FECA) and how FECA evolved into the last eukaryotic common ancestor (LECA). These grants will advance understanding of the evolutionary, ecological and biological mechanisms that may have allowed emergence of the first eukaryotic cells almost two billion years ago and should aim to demonstrate progress towards clarifying or eliminating eukaryogenesis hypotheses. We also seek to support development of new hypotheses with potential to reveal novel but potentially unexpected insights into eukaryogenesis.

Researchers and collaborative teams will be selected based on their ability to clearly articulate which eukaryogenesis hypotheses frame the proposed research and how the work will inform understanding of different steps in eukaryotic cell evolution. We will support individuals and/or teams for two- to three-year research efforts. We aim to have scientists who represent both early and established career stages and include both current and emerging leaders in their fields. Researchers will convene at an annual symposium to share research findings and build connections across disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

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Plant Protein Enhancement Project
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Application due: Oct. 9, 2019

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is seeking applications through our Crops of the Future Consortium (COTF). COTF is a public-private collaborative formed by FFAR to solve research gaps common across the Ag industry. We are seeking innovative and potentially transformative research focused on development of knowledge and resources necessary to enhance the supply chain for plant-based protein in a profitable and sustainable manner. For 2019, FFAR anticipates funding at least one meritorious and transformative application.

The overarching goal of this RFA is to support innovative research necessary for improving the physico-chemical properties, yield and total plant protein for human consumption.  The RFA seeks to provide knowledge and resources needed to enhance the supply chain for plant-based protein in a profitable and sustainable manner.  FFAR and its co-funders are committed to supporting research on the following topics:

1. Genomic resources and a technology toolbox for new or underutilized protein crops. Establishing a reliable and adequate supply of high-quality protein sources is critical for development of a sustainable plant-based protein industry. Most commercially available plant-based protein ingredients come from only two percent of the 150-plant species on which today's global food supply depends. Investigating genetics and breeding for improved performance has the potential to yield substantial gains in the production of sustainable and nutritious protein sources. With the identification and utilization of novel plant protein sources comes an opportunity to cultivate innovative farming practices. Concerted breeding or strain improvement efforts can provide underexploited plant protein crops with gains in yield, robustness, and disease resistance like what has been achieved for decades with commodity crops, such as corn and soy. This can decrease the cost of these novel protein sources and increase yield, making them more attractive to farmers seeking new crop opportunities.  New species and those already in production will be considered.

2. Enhancing functional and nutritional properties of plant proteins for plant-based food applications. The inherent characteristics of the proteins, such as size, amino acid composition, and post-translational modifications, determine how well the protein concentrate or isolate will function in the final product. The quality and performance of plant-based food would be greatly advanced by implementing environmentally friendly methods for protein conditioning, which increase the desirable functional traits of a protein, such as gelation capacity, solubility, and fat adsorption. There is also room for more sophisticated breeding or enhancement to develop strains that are uniquely suited to plant-based food applications. Innovation opportunities in this area include expanding and diversifying our use of plant protein sources. For instance, specifically breeding plants for high levels of proteins that can be easily isolated will improve efficiency in obtaining purified proteins from the whole plant.

3. Performing market-based analyses for new or underutilized and/or production systems of proteins for plant-based food. One of the barriers to cultivating novel species or strains or for implementing new processing methodologies is the lack of a comprehensive assessment of the potential costs and market demand, yields, substitutability and other factors that influence commercial feasibility and decision-making. FFAR intends to fund socio-economic and market-based research for new and underutilized crops and production systems and will use best efforts to support topics not currently supported by other federal agencies.

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Targeted Grants to Institutes
Simons Foundation

Application due: Sept. 25, 2019

The Simons Foundation's Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Targeted Grants to Institutes program.

The program is intended to support established institutes or centers in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science through funding to help strengthen contacts within the international scientific community. Our aim is to enable institutes to extend and enhance their missions; this program will not provide primary support for operating or establishing an institute.

The Targeted Grants to Institutes program provides funding for up to five years and up to $200,000 per year, which includes 20% per year in indirect costs to the institution. Awards will not be considered for renewal. Awardees must reapply to the Targeted Grants to Institutes program for new funding for a period after their current award ends.

Applications may be submitted by established U.S. and foreign public and private educational and nonprofit institutes and research centers. The program is not intended to support institutes or centers whose main purpose is to provide a focal point for research of faculty at a specific university. This program will not support national labs, or the equivalent, with a primary focus on experiments.

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IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Ventures
Crohns & Colitis Foundation

Agency LOI due: Aug. 9, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): TBD

The Crohns & Colitis Foundation seeks to accelerate the development of products that aim to improve the quality of life of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. Toward that end, the Foundation has launched IBD Ventures, a new program and dedicated funding mechanism to support product-oriented research and development. Companies and academic investigators may apply. Funding up to $500,000 per project per year will be considered. In addition, funded programs will be offered accelerator resources and advising.

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Precision Nutrition in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Agency LOI due: Sept. 3, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Oct. 14, 2019

The long-term goal of the Precision Nutrition initiative is to be able to answer the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patient's key question: "What should I eat?" Based on the patient's personal response to different foods, diets can be tailored to the individual clinical, biological, and lifestyle characteristics of the patient.

The discovery of the relationship between dietary composition, the human gut microbiome, and immune response presents a tremendous opportunity for data-driven research to answer the question of managing IBD with diet. Learnings from the emerging field of nutrigenomics suggest that variations in our genome can influence the impact of food on the microbiome, immune response, and the lining of the gut, while individual compositional variation of gut microbiota leads to different microbe functional potential, microbial metabolite production, and modulation of host metabolism. Thus, interpersonal variability in gut microbiome, genetic background and lifestyle, are critical factors defining the mechanism by which nutrition plays a role in heath and disease.

Harnessing the knowledge from nutrigenomics and metabotyping analysis will be key to establishing the framework for implementation of precision nutrition in IBD management. Thus, the goal of the research initiative on precision nutrition in IBD is to develop approaches that will enable measuring and incorporating individual characteristics of a patient, together with the mechanistic understanding of food effects on disease outcomes, into a comprehensive personalized nutrition plan. All together this knowledge will be integrated into the discussion between patients and practitioners about personalized IBD management.

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation has identified the need to understand how diet affects IBD, particularly at the individual patient level, as a critical gap in the understanding and management of IBD, and as an area of opportunity to make a significant impact on the quality of life of patients. As such, proposals submitted to this RFP, should focus on one or both of the following approaches to advance the emerging field of precision nutrition in IBD:

  1. Patient-based prospective studies to identify signatures and/or mechanisms of response to food in IBD patients and their correlation with disease outcomes. These studies will focus on the identification of biological parameters that reflect and/or predict IBD patient's physiological response to food based on the analysis and integration of one or more patient's derived data such as: nutrigenomics, epigenomics, microbiomics, metabolomics, proteomics; together with food consumption, physical activity and relevant patient outcomes (e.g., exacerbation, relapse, remission, etc.).

  2. Experimental model-based preclinical studies to identify signatures and/or mechanisms of response to food and their correlation to IBD pathophysiological readouts. These studies will use state of the art humanized in vitro and/or in vivo models for identification of biological signatures that reflect and/or predict IBD patients' physiological responses to food challenges based on the analysis and integration of one or more experimental model-derived data such as: genomics, epigenomics, microbiomics, metabolomics, proteomics; together with food exposures and relevant IBD pathophysiological readouts (e.g., mucosal integrity/damage/healing, inflammatory response, disease severity index, EMC deposition, myofibroblast activation, etc.).

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Recycled Plastics Industry in Wyoming: Feasibility Study
The Hawthorn Foundation

Agency Letter of Interest due: Oct. 4, 2019
Full Proposal due: Nov. 15, 2019

The Hawthorn Foundation (http://www.thehawthornfoundation.org/) is a Wyoming-based private foundation with numerous programs, including an initiative with an emphasis on environmental protection. One of the main goals of the environmental protection is to fund solution-based research into practical uses of recycled plastics.

We are soliciting proposals from several Rocky Mountain area colleges and universities to undertake a multidisciplinary feasibility study of establishing a facility in Wyoming that would collect and process recycled plastics. This would include plastics of all categorical grades (1-7), with the intention to manufacture products that could be used regionally. Our organization has budgeted a maximum of $250,000 for this two-staged research project.

We are open to any practical and innovative ideas for uses of recycled plastics. For guidance purposes, the following are some of the ideas that we have considered:

  • Using recycled plastic in concrete

  • Using recycled plastic in road base

  • Using recycled plastic in filling potholes

Although some of these areas have been previously studied, we are not aware of any ongoing solution-based research that addresses our aim. Ideally, a thorough study of related research and developed projects would be performed to see if there are existing solutions already in the field and how we could apply and incorporate these findings into a regional facility. Thus, there is a need to create an interdisciplinary study to meet our goals and fully develop, scalable or otherwise, solutions.

This interdisciplinary study would include materials science experts, (i.e., chemistry or civil/mechanical engineering), that would orchestrate the technical side of the research and work in tandem with business feasibility experts. These experts would detail and outline the economic, labor force, and regulatory considerations to fully investigate and address the validity and attainment of such a facility under current and future supply and demand forecasts.

For a copy of the complete Request for Proposal, please contact Judy Johnson, Executive Director, The Hawthorn Foundation, at judy@thehawthornfoundation.org.


Research Innovation Grants
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Application due: Nov. 15, 2019

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention welcomes innovative studies relevant to understanding and preventing suicide. Applications are open to biological, psychological, and sociological approaches, and multidisciplinary research is encouraged. These are investigator-initiated grants.

Distinguished Investigator Grants: Up to $125,000 over 2 Years

  • Investigators at the level of associate professor or higher with an established record of research and publication on suicide

Standard Research Grants: Up to $100,000 over 2 Years

  • Investigators at any level

Linked Standard Research Grants: Up to $300,000 over 2 Years

  • Investigators at any level performing research involving two or more institutions with each institution making a unique and significant research contribution

Young Investigator Grants: Up to $90,000 over 2 Years

  • Investigators at the level of assistant professor or lower

  • Up to $80,000 for the investigator\'s research, with an additional $10,000 ($5,000 per year) for an established suicide research mentor (AFSP can assist in matching mentors with mentees)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Up to $112,000 over 2 Years

  • Investigators who have received a doctoral degree within the preceding six years, and have not had more than three years of fellowship support

  • Fellows receive a stipend of $48,000 per year, with an institutional allowance of $8,000 per year

Pilot Research Grants: Up to $30,000 over 1-2 Years

  • Investigators at any level

  • Provides seed money for innovative new projects with potential impact; typically more feasibility than hypothesis-driven studies

For more information and instructions on how to apply, contact the Research Grants Manager, Carl Niedzielski, at grantsmanager@afsp.org.


Targeted Grants in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
Simons Foundation

Agency LOI due: Rolling deadline; LOI may be submitted at any time
Full Application due (by invitation only): Deadline will be noted in LOI notification

The Simons Foundation's Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its Targeted Grants in MPS program. The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.

The Targeted Grant in MPS program provides funding for up to five years. The funding level and duration is flexible and should be appropriate based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended or assumed funding level for this program.

Allowable expenses include:

  • Up to one month of summer salary and related benefits per year for the PI and any co-Investigator(s). These salary funds are not substitutional (cannot be used to relieve a university of salary costs) and cannot be used to reduce teaching loads below the departmental norm. They can only be used to supplement the salary similarly to a summer salary in the U.S. system.
  • Domestic or international travel for the PI and co-Investigator(s).
  • Research equipment, experiments, computations and other expenses directly benefiting the research.
  • Salary support and related benefits, including tuition support, for staff/research scientists, postdoctoral fellows and research associates, graduate students or undergraduate research assistants.

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The Focus Grants
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Agency LOI due: Aug. 1, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Dec. 7, 2019

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is accepting letters of intent for its 2019 Focus Grants. Funding will be offered in three subject areas:

1) Short-Term Risk

The Focus Grant for Short-Term Risk is open to innovative, potentially high-yield proposals that focus on short-term risk for suicide. The goal is to develop identification and/or intervention strategies for short-term suicide risk that can be implemented in clinical settings. Funding is up to $500,000 per year for up to three years.

2) Reaching 20% by 2025

AFSP has set a goal to reduce our nation's suicide rate 20% by 2025. We believe that by targeting areas known to contribute to suicide burden we can reach this goal. This Focus Grant RFA seeks applications that address potential biological, psychological, social and/or environmental pathways and interventions that can significantly reduce the national suicide rate if ultimately implemented on a large scale. The project seeks universal, selective or indicated interventions that target suicide prevention in healthcare systems, emergency departments, corrections settings, or among the gun owning community, that, if implemented on a large scale, would reduce the annual U.S. suicide rate. Funding is up to $500,000 per year for up to three years.

3) Blue Sky Research Grant

This grant supports an innovative, impactful study in an area of suicide research that will achieve significant goals. This mechanism is intended for studies that, by their very nature, are clearly beyond the financial scope of our Innovation Grants. AFSP seeks innovative projects in new areas of investigation with potentially high impact for the understanding and prevention of suicide. Open to all fields of inquiry.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, contact the Research Grants Manager, Carl Niedzielski, at grantsmanager@afsp.org.

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Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Application due: Nov. 13, 2019

Through the funding opportunity Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking innovative solutions that accelerate the improvement of coverage, reach, efficiency, and effectiveness of health campaigns.

Specifically, we are looking for innovations in approaches, practices, or tools that dramatically improve the planning and microplanning, implementation/operations, and monitoring and evaluation that will lead to improved effectiveness of campaigns. In order to contribute to the development and spread of campaign "best practices," a solution should be applicable to campaigns beyond the context in which it is originally tested (e.g., applicable in multiple lower- to middle-incomes countries and/or applicable across multiple types of health campaigns such as immunization, NTDs, malaria, or nutrition). We are especially interested in novel approaches that draw on innovation from large-scale delivery models outside of the health sector, which may include interventions used in the private sector.

Successful proposals should consider the following phases of campaign delivery:

Planning and micro-planning: This includes the planning processes--led by governments and often supported by partners--at the national, sub-national, facility, or community levels. Overall planning supports the mobilization of information and resources needed to conduct the campaign, and microplanning specifically addresses the detailed, delivery-level planning required to reach intended populations with the health intervention.

Implementation/operations: Improvement in this area may encompass all aspects of campaign operations, ranging from logistics management, identification and reach of target populations, delivery of interventions, management of human resources (including payments, incentives, and training), data collection & analysis, and supervision.

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E): Campaigns rely on monitoring and evaluation both during and after the campaign to understand campaign performance, identify populations that require post-campaign mop-up or targeting, to inform post-campaign improvement activities and routine system strengthening and identify lessons learned. Additionally, although M&E has not been used to systematically test and identify promising or best practices that may be replicated across geographies or campaign types, there is an opportunity to improve the use of iterative testing or operations research to identify best practices.

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Opening Influenza Research
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Flu Lab, the Center for Open Science (COS), and the Public Library of Science (PLOS)

Pre-Submission Inquiry due: ASAP
Application due (by invitation dependent on eligibility): Nov. 30, 2019

Significant gaps exist in our understanding of influenza that hinder development of the most effective countermeasures to this formidable threat to human health.

Reproducible evidence is a signature strength of science, yet replications and negative results rarely appear in journals because cultural incentives emphasize novelty over verification (Nosek, Spies, & Motyl, 2012). These behaviors must be addressed and amended in all areas of research, and especially as they relate to findings that can dramatically improve public health and education.

In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Public Library of Science (PLOS), the Center for Open Science (COS), and Flu Lab are collaborating to bypass these detrimental incentives and to encourage the availability of all findings that contribute to the influenza body of knowledge. Through the Opening Influenza Research project, we invite the influenza research community to "empty the file drawers" and contribute to a thorough aggregation of open and accessible findings.

We invite proposals from the influenza research community that fit the following submission types:

  • "Emptying the file drawers" of existing negative and null results

  • "Emptying the file drawers" of existing replication studies

  • New, proposed, highly-powered replications of important results in influenza research

Regardless of the submission type that is selected, the primary focus of the work must be related to influenza, though the specific discipline or methodology may be biomedical, behavioral, epidemiological, or interdisciplinary. A submission starts with a pre-submission inquiry to COS to confirm eligibility.  Only inquiries that confirm eligibility with COS will be eligible for an award. All full submissions are peer reviewed at PLOS One and published by the Public Library of Science.

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Voices for Economic Opportunity
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Application due: Nov. 13, 2019

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking creative, compelling ideas from individuals and organizations from all sectors in the U.S. to elevate diverse voices and broaden the national conversation about poverty and economic mobility. Anyone with a great concept is welcome to apply for a $100,000 grant to develop their idea.

The goal of the Voices for Economic Opportunity challenge is to elevate diverse voices that can help broaden the conversation about the issues inhibiting economic mobility and generate deeper awareness and actionable understanding. Most Americans believe it is right to help others, so that they may have the opportunity to live healthy and productive lives. Yet skepticism exists about the efficacy of anti-poverty programs in the U.S. and deep-seated stereotypes remain about people experiencing poverty and who deserves to rise out of it. Many community practitioners and social movement leaders in the U.S. are already working to address this challenge. Still, there is a need for new ways of bringing personal stories to life to help others better understand why people fall into or remain hindered by barriers that impede their ability to advance and what the obstacles to building and maintaining economic security are.

We seek proposals for creative, scalable, strategic new ways to generate awareness of the structural and historic barriers to economic mobility; to communicate that poverty is not just something that happens to other people and everyone is deserving of the chance to move out of it; and to change the predominant misconceptions about poverty in a way that creates the conditions for effective programs and policies to be adopted by the public and private sectors.

We will give highest priority to proposals that:

  • Highlight barriers to economic mobility as well as the impact of biases, intersectionality, and ideas around deservingness related to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental health, ability, and geography
  • Highlight the voices of individuals experiencing poverty
  • Highlight ideas for distributing these perspectives

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The Michelson Prizes
Michelson Medical Research Foundation

Initial Application due: Oct. 31, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Late December 2019 (exact date TBA)

The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards of $150,000 given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research across major global diseases.

The 2020 Michelson Prizes will focus on transformative research in human immunology, with trans-disease applications to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery. We will be looking for high-impact and highly innovative research that has the potential to be applied across many diseases and to significantly expand our understanding of the human immune system.

Initial applications for the 2020 Michelson Prizes will be accepted from September 9 - October 31, 2019. Applicants selected to submit a full application will be notified in late December 2019. Prizes will be awarded in June 2020 as part of an annual scientific conference on the future of vaccine and immunotherapy development, which brings together top scientists from across disciplines and disease areas.

A rigorous and competitive international search will identify the most innovative projects from young scientists working across a broad range of scientific fields. Proposals will be reviewed by a distinguished committee of internationally recognized scientists. The review committee will be looking for research that challenges dogma, from researchers who clearly articulate a vision that demonstrates an ability to look beyond convention to make a lasting impact on vaccine and immunotherapy research.

We encourage applications from the full spectrum of scientific disciplines related to immunology, vaccine, and immunotherapy research, including but not limited to:

  • Clinical Research

  • Biochemistry

  • Molecular Biology

  • Protein Engineering

  • Computer Science

  • AI/Machine Learning

  • Biophysics

  • Nanotechnology

  • Bioengineering

  • Microbiome

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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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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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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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W.M. Keck Foundation Pioneering Research
W.M. Keck Foundation

Phase I Application due: Nov. 1, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Feb. 15, 2020

The W.M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by William Myron Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company, with the goal of generating far-reaching benefits for humanity.

The foundation currently is accepting applications for its Research Program, which supports pioneering discoveries in science, engineering, and medical research.

Grants will be awarded to research universities, medical colleges, and major private independent scientific and medical research institutions in support of projects that are focused on important and emerging areas of research; have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation, or methodologies; are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary; demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches or by challenging the prevailing paradigm; and have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem.

The program seeks to fund high-risk/high-impact work by researchers with the potential to lay the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies, and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to our collective understanding of the world.

Grants ranging between $500,000 and $5 million (though typically $2 million or less) will be awarded for periods of from one to five years. Senior and early-career investigators are encouraged to apply.

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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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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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National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities - Fall 2020
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Proposal due: Nov. 5, 2019

For the 10th consecutive year, NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen, U.S. national and permanent resident graduate student research that has significant potential to contribute to NASA's goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation's science, exploration, and economic future. The development of advanced and innovative space technologies is critical for our Nation to meet its goals to explore and understand the Earth, our solar system, and the universe. Space technology efforts will improve the Nation's leadership in key research areas, enable far-term capabilities, and motivate disruptive innovations that make science, space travel, space exploration and commercial space more effective, affordable, and sustainable. NASA's pursuit of a suite of revolutionary discoveries will also lead to major breakthroughs that are needed to address energy, health, transportation, and environmental challenges.

This call for graduate student space technology research proposals, NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities - Fall 2020 (NSTGRO20),solicits proposals on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master's or doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. NASA Space Technology Graduate Researchers will perform innovative space technology research and will improve America's technological competitiveness by providing the Nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies.

NASA Space Technology Graduate Researchers will perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers. In addition to their faculty advisor, each recipient will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA researcher who will serve as the research collaborator on the award. Through this collaboration, graduate students will be able to take advantage of broader and/or deeper space technology research opportunities directly related to their academic and career objectives, acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space technology efforts, and directly disseminate their research results within the NASA community.

Awards resulting from this solicitation will be made in the form of grants to accredited U.S. universities with the faculty advisor as the Principal Investigator (PI).

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

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

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

 

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

Standard Due Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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NIAID Career Transition Award (K22)

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

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

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

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

Nature of the career/research transition opportunity

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

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

 

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NIAID Research Education Program (R25)
National Institutes of Health

Letter of Intent due: Nov. 6, 2017
Full Application due: Dec. 6, 2017

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this National Institute of Allergy and infectious Diseases (NIAID) 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 in NIAID mission areas.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences and Mentoring Activities related to NIAID's mission areas.

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is November 20, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NINDS Requirements for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Development and Resource Sharing

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

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

Standard dates apply. Next deadline is October 5, 2014

SYNOPSIS: 

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

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Program Announcements

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

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

Program Notices

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

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

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

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

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

Request for Applications

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

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

Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
National Institutes of Health

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Advancing Novel Research Models to Study Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 3, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 1, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support the development of collaborative research projects to establish a set of complementary model systems that reproduce essential disease-defining features of human idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The purpose of this initiative is to unify a series of projects encompassing multiple complementary model systems that each effectively reproduces essential disease features of human IPF. This FOA encourages applications to develop research models that will advance our understanding of the pathogenesis of IPF from its onset through disease progression and serve as a resource for the broader research community including investigators testing novel therapies to treat this disease.

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Circadian Patterns of Gene Expression Associated with Disease (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 9, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 7, 2019

This program aims to identify abnormalities in circadian-ordered gene expression that will improve our understanding of disease phenotypes, etiology, risk stratification, resilience, and therapeutic management. Up to forty percent of mammalian protein-coding genes in heart, lung, blood, muscle, immune, adipose, neural, and other tissues are expressed in an order determined by a circadian genetic program recognized by the 2017 Nobel Award in Physiology or Medicine. Abnormalities in the order of gene expression produced by disease risk factors, substance use disorders (SUD), irregular sleep schedules, and circadian modifiers (such as poor diet, exercise, and stress) are experimentally linked to an array of downstream pathobiology including oxidative stress, misfolded proteins, and epigenetic burden.

CDC national surveillance studies estimate that 30 percent of U.S. adults and 70 percent of teens nation-wide report sleep deficiency (insufficient sleep, irregular sleep, poor quality of sleep) indicating that they are vulnerable to circadian-coupled pathobiology. Chronic disease, lifestyle factors (e.g., work schedules, artificial light at night, use and misuse of illicit substances) and social determinants are associated with sleep deficiency and poor circadian rhythm. Identifying circadian-coupled gene expression profiles linking health and disease is a fundamental starting point to a new understanding of the genomic contributions to disease phenotypes. These advances will improve our understanding of prevalent sleep deficiency and untreated sleep disorders in pathobiology and can inform the design of future transcriptome studies using time-stamped molecular readouts. These studies lay a foundation for future identification of circadian and sleep biomarker indicators of disease risk, SUD, and efficacy of interventions.

This initiative aims to support an emerging dimension of genomic investigation to assess whether circadian-ordered sequence of gene expression is significant to disease risk, etiology, treatment, and therapeutic outcomes. Multidisciplinary collaborations are strongly encouraged using one or more approaches that may include but are not limited to 1) prospective data collection (human or animal models), 2) the analysis of existing gene expression datasets (human or animal models), or 3) the most appropriate combination of approaches. Research opportunities include but are not limited to the discovery of circadian-coupled mechanisms of resilience and susceptibility to pathobiology; elucidating the role of circadian biology in the conversion of chronic conditions into acute diseases; the transition across the spectrum of SUD from initiation to escalation, addiction, withdrawal, and relapse; evidence-based enhancement of intervention strategies involving diet and lifestyle; to identify genomic signatures for variability in effectiveness of treatments for HLB disease, and circadian regulation of pathobiological response or resilience to exposures (hypoxia, smoke, pollution, toxins etc.). Studying the immunological implications of human variation in circadian genomics will reveal new opportunities to improve and evaluate the success of tissue and organ transplants, gene reprogramming, gene therapies, tissue regeneration, and antioxidant therapies, all of which are closely coupled to circadian dependent -omic function and phenotypes.

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Clinical Characterization of Cancer Therapy-induced Adverse Sequelae and Mechanism-based Interventional Strategies (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Aug. 30, 2019
Full Application due: Sept. 30, 2019

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support collaborative research projects designed to address adverse sequelae of cancer therapies that persist and become chronic comorbidities or develop as delayed posttreatment effects. This FOA supports basic, translational, and/or clinical research projects that seek to identify the mechanisms of therapy-induced adverse sequelae, clinically characterize the adverse sequelae, or translate the mechanistic understanding into therapeutic approaches to prevent or minimize the development of long-term sequelae.

Research projects should focus on 1) mechanistic studies with translational endpoints; and/or 2) longitudinal clinical phenotyping to identify and validate clinical endpoints (biomarkers, imaging, patient-reported outcomes, or combined elements) for future use in clinical trials that will evaluate the efficacy of interventions designed to prevent or reduce specific adverse sequelae.

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Cognitive Systems Analysis of Alzheimers Disease Genetic and Phenotypic Data (U01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 5, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 7, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued in response to National Alzheimers Project Act (NAPA) milestones for the genetics of Alzheimers disease (AD) to support the Alzheimers Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP). The overarching goals of the ADSP and of this FOA are to: (1) identify new genes involved in AD, (2) identify gene alleles contributing to increased risk for or protection against the disease, (3) provide insight as to why individuals with known risk factor genes escape from developing AD, and (4) identify potential avenues for therapeutic approaches to and prevention of the disease. This study of human genetic variation and its relationship to health and disease involves a large number of study participants and will capture not only common single nucleotide variations but also rare copy number and structural variants that are increasingly thought to play an important role in complex disease.

Current technologies are producing massive amounts of data. These data cannot reasonably be investigated via current methods; automated, computer-based technologies are needed for such data analysis. The essential need at this time is to develop fast and efficient cognitive systems approaches to identify changes in AD genetic architecture that increase risk of and protection against the disease. NIA seeks approaches to automate genetic data analysis operations to the greatest extent possible. For the purpose of this announcement, the phrase cognitive systems will be used as a global term that includes artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning/neural networks (DL) approaches to analysis of AD genetic and related data.

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Innovative Approaches to Studying Cancer Communication in the New Information Ecosystem (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Oct. 9, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to encourage the submission of applications requesting support for research projects focused on three distinct domains related to cancer communication: 1) utility and application of new cancer communication surveillance approaches; 2) development and testing of rapid cancer communication interventions using innovative methods and designs; and/or 3) development and testing of multilevel cancer communication models emphasizing bidirectional influence between levels.

In their proposed projects, applicants should apply communication science approaches to the investigation of behavioral targets and health outcomes related to cancer prevention and control. Applicants should also apply one or more innovative methodologies in communication research across the cancer control continuum, from prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, to end of life.

The projects should utilize one or more of the following analytic approaches, methods, and data sources, including but not limited to: social media data mining; Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques; online social network analysis; mixed methods approaches; crowdsourcing research tools; online search data; Ecological Momentary Assessment; testing of mobile and digital technologies to facilitate communication and health engagement; neuroscience and biobehavioral approaches to communication; artificial intelligence; visual data analysis; and geographic information systems.

Studies should be designed and executed to assess outcomes related to cancer prevention and control (e.g., knowledge; attitudes; beliefs; health/science literacy; trust; perceived risk; decision-making in vaccination, screening, and treatment; information inequalities; social support; shared decision-making; persuasion; caregiving; behavioral intentions; preventive behaviors; and policy support, among others).

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Molecular Mechanisms of Blood-Brain Barrier Function and Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 9, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 9, 2019

The purpose of this initiative, which is responsive to Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's related dementias (AD/ADRD) implementation milestones in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's disease, is to elucidate the mechanistic links between blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction and dementia, and how related comorbidities such as diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, high blood pressure, and changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and CBF regulation impact the basic molecular mechanism of BBB health and function.

Examples of areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Functional differences in the BBB in white vs. gray matter in AD/ADRD

  • The impact of known subtypes of vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) including cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), white matter disease, lacunar strokes, cerebral microbleeds, and post-stroke dementia

  • The role of aberrant aggregate proteins (e.g., amyloid, a-synuclein aggregates, etc.) on BBB function

  • Mechanisms underlying the involvement of the BBB in the clearance of misfolded proteins in dementia

  • Interactions between disease pathology and the immune system, and how immune cell activation contributes to BBB dysfunction in AD/ADRD, including in amyloid-related imaging abnormalities (ARIA)

  • The impact of AD/ADRD genetic and vascular risk factors on BBB function

  • BBB repair processes and targeted mechanisms of neuroprotection involving the BBB in the context of AD/ADRD

  • Mechanistic studies of cell-cell junction breakdown during BBB dysfunction, including the role played by mural cells such as pericytes and smooth muscle cells in AD/ADRD models

  • Mechanisms of aberrant protein clearance and interaction between the BBB and glymphatic system in AD/ADRD

  • Cell signaling pathways that ultimately regulate transcription to impact BBB biology in various AD/ADRD models

  • Development of disease-specific three-dimensional BBB models of AD/ADRD-related neurovascular dysfunction and in silico prediction models of BBB permeability

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

Posted Oct. 25, 2019

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(Re)Building a Kidney (UC2)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Oct. 7, 2019
Full Application due: Nov. 7, 2019

Purpose

This FOA invites new applications for the (Re)Building a Kidney (RBK) Consortium (www.rebuildingakidney.org) that will contribute to the development and testing of advanced therapies for treatment of kidney injuries or diseases. Specifically, the goal of the RBK is to improve or restore kidney function by either of two distinct approaches: (1) enhancement of endogenous productive kidney repair/regeneration by small molecules, proteins, or engraftment of cells, organoids, etc., or (2) building functional replacement kidney tissue ex vivo for transplantation. Both approaches will require diverse scientific expertise drawn from several disciplines including, but not limited to, developmental and cellular biology, productive repair/regeneration post injury, stem and progenitor cell biology, tissue engineering, renal physiology, nephrology, and the use of model organisms. Thus, it is expected that each application will assemble a research team of investigators with complementary expertise to address the goal of the RBK. To maximize scientific exchange, the RBK will continue to include a Data Hub to facilitate curation and sharing of data, resources, tools, methods, etc. within the consortium and with the broader research community.

Background

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) are interconnected syndromes which pose a substantial public health burden. Even with the best available medical therapies, the progressive loss of kidney function can lead to dialysis or kidney transplantation. Alternative therapies are needed.

To date, the RBK has made several collaborative advances to expand the tools, resources, and knowledge to set the stage for studies in in vivo regeneration of functional nephrons and ex vivo generation of functional nephrons for transplantation. Some of these advances include:

(1) Development of protocols for the generation of high quality single-cell and single nuclei RNA-seq data from human kidneys; (2) Development of cell-type specific fluorescent protein transgenic induced pluripotent stem cell reporter lines to monitor and characterize differentiation of self-organizing organoids and directed differentiation of individual kidney cell types; (3) Propagation of human progenitor cells and generation of kidney cells and organoids, and use of differentiated cells to populate tissue scaffolds and recellularize kidney matrix; (4) Understanding the biology of tubule invasion and interconnection to the collecting duct; and (5) Defining growth factor activities optimized for progenitor cell self-renewal and organoid differentiation as well as for directed differentiation of kidney cell types.

Research Objectives

Going forward, the RBK aims to develop and test advanced therapies for treatment of kidney injuries or diseases. It is anticipated that projects in response to this FOA will require teams of investigators with complementary expertise to successfully carry out studies to improve or restore kidney function after injury or disease by either (1) stimulating productive repair/regeneration in vivo, or (2) generating functional kidney tissue ex vivo for transplantation. It is NOT expected that any one application will propose to BOTH stimulate productive repair/regeneration in vivo AND build functional kidney tissue ex vivo for transplantation.

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Aging, Driving and Early Detection of Dementia (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 23, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 22, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications to conduct new research on automobile technology for signaling early signs of cognitive impairment in older drivers. Specifically, applications should propose research on using automobile technology coupled with other modes of assessing an individual's health and/or functional status to detect early signs of cognitive impairment.

Two general kinds of research are envisioned: 1) Basic - intended to identify unobtrusive technology for monitoring driving performance and integrating it with other data to detect cognitive impairment; and 2) Methodological - intended to integrate driving-related data (and databases) with data on an individual's health and functional status to detect cognitive impairment.

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Brain Initiative: Research to Develop and Validate Advanced Human Cell-Based Assays To Model Brain Structure and Function (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Oct. 1, 2019
Full Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications directed toward developing next-generation human cell-derived assays that replicate complex nervous system architectures and physiology with improved fidelity over current capabilities. This includes technologies that do not rely on the use of human fetal tissue. Supported projects will be expected to enable future studies of complex nervous system development, function and aging in healthy and disease states.

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Exploratory Clinical Neuroscience Research on Substance Use Disorders (R61/R33)
National Institutes of Health

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Sept. 10, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 10, 2019

According to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2017, approximately 19.7 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in the past year, including 7.5 million people who had an illicit drug use disorder. Increased negative health consequences from opioid use are a leading public health problem in the U.S. In addition to this ongoing opioid crisis, the drug use landscape has witnessed several other recent developments: an increase in the use of psychostimulants, the growing popularity of e-cigarette consumption, and the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. Together, these factors have renewed attention to the need for novel approaches to understanding the mechanisms underlying SUD, including clinical research studies that illuminate the neurobiological underpinnings of the disease.

This FOA invites clinical research applications that are exploratory and developmental in nature, focus on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying SUD. For example, such projects could assess the feasibility of a novel area of investigation or a new experimental system that has the potential to enhance health-related research. Another example could include the unique and innovative use of an existing methodology to explore a new scientific area. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.

This funding opportunity uses a R61/R33 Phased Innovation Award mechanism. Support will be provided for up to five years, which includes initial support of up to two years of the R61 phase, followed by up to three years of support for the R33 phase upon successfully meeting R61 milestones. For transition to the R33 phase, awardees must submit the transition package no less than two months before the completion of the R61 phase. The transition plan should include the R61 progress report describing in detail the progress towards the R61 milestones and a description of how research proposed for the R33 phase will be supported by the completion of the R61 phase milestones. These materials will be evaluated by NIH Program staff. R33 funding decisions will be based on the original R61/R33 peer review recommendations, successful completion of transition milestones, Program priorities, and availability of funds.

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Integration of Imaging and Fluid-Based Tumor Monitoring in Cancer Therapy (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Oct. 7, 2019

The long-term goal of this initiative is to determine the appropriate use of imaging and fluid-based tumor monitoring (liquid biopsy) assays to monitor therapy during active cancer treatment of patients. The specific combination of assays will likely be dependent on the molecular characteristics of the disease and the assay detection limits. The precise application of a given combination of imaging and liquid biopsy assay should result in the determination of response or emergence of tumor treatment resistance at the earliest, unequivocal time point.

Funding will support the integration and analysis of imaging and fluid-based tumor monitoring (liquid biopsy) assays into one or more therapeutic settings.

Appropriate cancer treatment settings include:

  • First-line therapy with aggressive or advanced disease.
  • Retrospective data collection and analysis from studies currently using imaging and fluid-based treatment response monitoring.

Any proposed clinical study must be able to be completed in the five-year funding time frame.

For this initiative, imaging is defined as any in vivo molecular or functional clinical imaging modality. Fluid-based tumor monitoring (liquid biopsy) assay is defined as an assay such as circulating tumor cells (CTCs), circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), circulating RNA, exosomes, etc., that are isolated from a bodily fluid and quantified. Importantly, the chosen liquid biopsy and imaging method must already be developed and validated (or in final validation) for clinical application. This initiative is not intended to support the development of novel imaging or liquid biopsy methods.

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Investigations on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/Inborn Errors of Immunity (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Oct. 16, 2019

Primary immunodeficiency diseases/inborn errors of immunity result largely from inherited genetic defects that perturb immune regulation or function; they are often severe in nature; and are characterized by highly diverse phenotypes such as infection, autoimmunity, auto-inflammation, allergy, and malignancy. More than 350 inborn errors of immunity have been identified, as noted by the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS): 2017 Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases Committee Report on Inborn Errors of Immunity and this number is expected to rise. The global prevalence of primary immunodeficiencies is estimated to be approximately 1:10,000 live births, whereas in populations with high rates of consanguinity and among genetically isolated populations, the prevalence of primary immunodeficiencies is even higher.

Identification of the causes and pathogenesis of primary immunodeficiency diseases has provided important insights into the fundamental mechanisms of human immunity and contributed to the understanding of a wide range of human diseases and the development of therapeutics. There are numerous examples that illustrate the contribution of primary immunodeficiency research in the elucidation of human immune mechanisms. Recently the identification of two immune dysregulation syndromes CHAI and LATAIE revealed the previously unrecognized interaction between CTLA-4 and LRBA in the endosomes and the mechanism of CTLA-4 trafficking. This in turn led to effective treatments for these disorders using clinically available drugs, such as lysosomal inhibitors and CTLA-4 replacement therapies among others.

This FOA will support investigations on primary immunodeficiency diseases/inborn errors of immunity classified by the IUIS as follows:

  • Immunodeficiencies affecting cellular and humoral immunity;
  • Combined immunodeficiencies with associated or syndromic features;
  • Predominantly antibody deficiencies;
  • Diseases of immune dysregulation;
  • Congenital defects of phagocyte number and/or function;
  • Defects in intrinsic and innate immunity;
  • Autoinflammatory disorders;
  • Complement deficiencies.

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Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Oct. 1, 2019
Full Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is intended to support novel environmental health research in which an unpredictable event or policy change provides a limited window of opportunity to collect human biological samples or environmental exposure data. The primary motivation of the FOA is to understand the consequences of natural and human-made disasters, emerging environmental public health threats, and policy changes in the U.S. and abroad. A distinguishing feature of an appropriate study is the need for rapid review and funding, substantially shorter than the typical NIH grant review/award cycle, for the research question to be addressed and swiftly implemented.

The shortened timeframe will be achieved by more frequent application due dates and expediting peer review, council concurrence and award issuance. The entire cycle, from submission to award, is expected to be within three to four months.

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Mechanisms of Alcohol-Associated Cancers (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Oct. 16, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which alcohol increases cancer risk.

Alcohol consumption is classified as carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Toxicology Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Target sites for alcohol-related carcinogenesis include the upper aerodigestive tract, breast, liver, and colon. A better understanding of the molecular basis by which alcohol increases cancer risk for certain tissues and organs could lead to improved therapeutic approaches and preventative strategies and would provide guidance on safe levels of alcohol consumption.

Two thirds of adults in the United States consume alcohol at some level. Current guidelines for moderate drinking address alcohol intake that is beneficial to cardiac health, but even a moderate level of consumption may increase the risk of other diseases, specifically breast cancer. Educating the public about the relative risks and benefits of alcohol consumption requires sound scientific evidence. In addition to alcohol as a single risk factor, it also interacts synergistically with other risk factors, including viral hepatitis B and C, smoking and obesity to increase cancer incidence. Expanding insights into these cancer mechanisms, separately and in combination, will not only provide a basis on which the general public can make rational decisions about their alcohol consumption, it will also be useful for developing preventative or protective strategies by providing molecular targets for therapeutic approaches. In particular, clarification of the molecular processes affected by alcohol leading to cancer in breast tissue could provide the basis for women's informed choices on frequency and volume of alcohol consumption.

The focus of this FOA is to encourage investigation into the mechanism(s) by which alcohol contributes to the development, initiation, promotion, progression or metastasis of cancer. As alcohol's cancer-inducing properties are unique to certain organs, the tissue-specific factors that make each organ more susceptible to alcohol's effects are of interest. Investigators are encouraged to employ models of cancers that have been convincingly linked to alcohol consumption in humans, including cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus, larynx, liver, breast, and colon.  This FOA encourages research activities into the molecular, cellular, hormonal, immunological, and physiological factors that contribute to alcohol-induced cancer.

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Microbiome and Aging: Impact on Health and Disease (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 30, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 30, 2019

The initiative will support basic research projects designed to identify alterations in the microbiome that occur with aging and elucidate the link between dysbiosis and age-related chronic diseases. Projects should focus on mechanistic studies of the cross-talk between host and microbiota as the microbiome changes with aging to assess how the host's physiological functions are perturbed by dysbiosis and how the microbiome is affected by the health/disease state of the host. Collaborations between experts in the biology of aging research and experts in microbiome research are highly recommended. In addition, studies that leverage the use of fecal samples obtained from existing human longitudinal cohorts are encouraged.

Relevant studies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Characterization of age-related changes of the microbiome in various tissues and organs including the intestinal·, urogenital, and respiratory tracts; oral cavity; and/or skin and how these changes correlate to the initiation and progression of diseases frequently associated with aging, such as metabolic syndrome (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), type 2 diabetes (T2D), and insulin resistance (IR)), cardiovascular disease, pulmonary fibrosis (PF), chronic kidney disease (CKD), or others.
  • Cross-talk between the host immune system and microbiota and how it correlates to the development of senescent cells and to local and systemic inflammatory profiles.
  • Role of age-related microbiome alterations in the initiation and progression of inflammation-based conditions such as hepatic, renal, pulmonary, and cardiac fibrosis; osteoarthritis; and sarcopenia.
  • Relationship between age-related changes in the microbiome in different locations and the risk of systemic or local infections such as periodontal disease, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, cellulitis, or others.
  • Link between age-related changes in the gut microbiome and immunosenescence of the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), mucosal immune system, and systemic immune responses.
  • Association between the production and composition of microbiome metabolites with aging and the initiation and progression of the aforementioned age-related diseases and conditions.

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NCI Clinical and Translational Exploratory/Developmental Studies (R21)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Application due: Oct. 18, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement supports the development of new exploratory research in cancer diagnosis, treatment, imaging, symptom/toxicity, and prevention clinical trials; correlative studies associated with clinical trials; novel cancer therapeutic, symptom/toxicity, and preventive agent development, radiotherapy development activities, and mechanism-driven combinations; innovative preclinical studies, including the use of new clinically-relevant models and imaging technologies, which could lead to first-in-human clinical trials, and therapeutic outcome disparities, including biomarkers or genetic/epigenetic signatures, among diverse racial/ethnic populations, including genetically engineered mouse models, patient-derived xenograft models, organoids, and cell lines.

The R21 mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of cancer research (pre-clinical or clinical).

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NIBIB Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Application due: Oct. 16, 2019

This FOA will support exploratory/developmental research projects of interest to the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) (https://www.nibib.nih.gov/research-funding). These studies are expected to lead to breakthroughs in development of innovative techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or their applications. These studies may involve considerable risk that should be balanced by the potential high impact on human-health and related research.

Applicants are expected to propose novel biomedical research approaches for which there is no preliminary data to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed project. A project may be exploratory, developmental, proof of concept, or high risk-high impact, and may be technology design-directed, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven.

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Oscillatory Patterns of Gene Expression in Aging and Alzheimers Disease (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 23, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 23, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications that seek to enhance existing transcriptome and proteome data sets by revealing oscillatory patterns of gene expression in aging and in Alzheimers disease (AD), by uncovering their molecular significance, and by identifying rhythmic gene and/or protein profiles associated with the risk for AD. Outcomes of this research may suggest novel opportunities for translational research to allow development of individualized, optimized treatment based on circadian phase and amplitude.

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Regulation of Brain Regional and Cell Type Specific Proteome Dynamics in Alzheimers Disease (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Sept. 23, 2019
Full Application due: Oct. 23, 2019

The overall goal of Regulation of Brain Regional and Cell Type Specific Proteome Dynamics in Alzeimer's Disease is to invite research projects that will use the next generation of synthetic enzymes, chemical biology, and bioorthogonal amino acid whole-animal-labeling techniques to obtain the spatial and temporal proteome dynamics information that will also inform brain anatomical and genetic changes in intact mammals during aging and Alzeimer's Disease (AD).

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

  • The consequences of normal and pathological brain aging in regulating cell-specific newly synthesized proteome dynamics in, for example, synaptic plasticity
  • Methods by which genetic risk factors affect molecular, cellular, and physiological aspects of neuronal proteome in aging and AD
  • The roles of astrocytes and microglia in modulating proteome dynamics in synaptic degeneration and accumulation of AD-related pathologies
  • Impact of microenvironment, such as plaque accumulation, on the proteome dynamics in glial, microglia, and neuroinflammation

It is expected that applications responding to this initiative will use the latest cell-type-specific labeling, imaging, and proteomic techniques with suitable model systems to understand the etiology of brain aging and AD. Therefore, applications that will only provide a global view of gene expression without any subcellular, cell-type, and brain regional specificity will be considered non-responsive. Examples of non-responsive studies that would be outside of the scope of this FOA include, but are not be limited to, the following:

  • Studies that use model organisms expressing AD-related genes in peripheral and non-CNS tissues
  • Studies that solely propose to use single and cell-type-specific RNAseq, transcriptomic and epigenetic analyses
  • Studies that propose to generate new animal models and methodologies without a clear connection to the proteome dynamics of brain aging and AD

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Leveraging Big Data Science to Elucidate the Neural Mechanisms of Addiction and Substance Use Disorder (R01)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Oct. 14, 2019
Full Application due: Nov. 14, 2019

Drug addiction is a complex neuroadaptive process that begins with a molecular event that is amplified to cellular, circuit, and network changes that govern cognition and behavior. Additionally, changes in gene activity produced by chronic drug administration may underlie the enduring behavior. A primary goal of research at NIDA is to elucidate how drugs of abuse alter brain biology and function to engender a state of physical dependence and/or promote the compulsive behavior that characterizes addiction. The answers to these questions are within the substantial data that has been, and continues to be, generated by NIDA-funded studies regarding the effects of drugs of abuse at these various levels of analysis. The untapped power of data emerging from these studies lies in their mining, integration and analysis.

The young field of big data science is providing computational tools, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms that can be used to mine data across levels of experimental analysis in innovative ways and extract new information to help elucidate the biological underpinnings of substance use disorder. Additionally, combining large data sets from different sources can be used to answer research questions in a way that was previously not feasible. Computational approaches can be used to link changes in gene networks to cellular function and to neural systems and to gain insight into state changes that predispose to compulsive substance use or resilience to it.

The purpose of this FOA is to attract data and computational scientists to propose novel ways to integrate data from various levels to allow new types of analysis through big data science approaches.  It is expected that with the development and application of novel computational, bioinformatics, statistical, and analytical approaches, previously inaccessible insights will reveal new aspects of addiction biology.

Analyses may involve two or more basic and/or clinical data types or knowledge sources and should address fundamental research questions associated with substance abuse research, as well as develop computational tools (e.g., aggregated datasets, standards, analytic software) facilitating future analyses of substance abuse research data. Primary data may be of multiple types and formats, and available through sources which include, but are not limited to, large databases and repositories of existing data, publicly available information (e.g., Twitter data), images, videos, electronic health record (EHR) data, and free text from published manuscripts. Analysis should include at least 1 type of basic biological data (e.g. imaging, genetic, physiological, molecular, etc.).

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Stimulating Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Research for Cancer Prevention and Control (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Oct. 16, 2019
Full Application due: Nov. 18, 2019

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for the development of innovative interventions that improve cancer-related health behaviors across diverse racial/ethnic populations. Specifically, this FOA is intended to stimulate research aimed at 1) testing new theories and conceptual frameworks; 2) developing and evaluating novel strategies to improve cancer-related health behaviors; 3) investigating multi-level and multi-behavioral approaches; and 4) utilizing innovative research designs, methodologies, and technologies. The cancer-related health behaviors to be targeted are diet, obesity, physical activity and sedentary behavior, smoking, sleep and circadian dysfunction, alcohol use, and/or adherence to cancer-related medical regimens. Research can involve several stages of the cancer continuum and any phase of the translational spectrum.

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The Rat Opioid Genome Project
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Oct. 18, 2019
Full Application due: Nov. 19, 2019

Opioid use disorder (OUD), which includes periods of uncontrolled use, abstinence and relapse, results from a series of vulnerabilities to different stages of use (e.g., initial/acute use, escalation of use, acquisition of tolerance, dependence, uncontrolled use, abstinence and relapse or recovery) that occur throughout the lifespan of someone who misuses opiates. Each of these vulnerabilities most likely has multiple causes, including genetic and environmental components. In addition, there is mounting evidence that opiates themselves can alter how genes are turned on and off in specific brain regions, which may contribute in an epigenetic manner to downstream vulnerabilities of OUD.

Although mice have been extensively used in genetic studies, the rat has traditionally been used to understand the neurobiology and behavioral phenotypes of OUD and other substance use disorders in humans. Rat genetic models are gaining traction and it is relatively easy to design studies to assess rat behaviors associated with many of the discrete vulnerabilities that occur on the trajectory of opioid use disorder. Since OUD is a complex brain disease, it is likely that multiple molecular genetic variants contribute to these individual behaviors at these different stages, and the culmination of these allelic variants, along with environmental insults that alter gene regulation, culminate in OUD. This rich behavioral knowledge, coupled with new genome editing methods, positions the rat as an emerging model to uncover the genetic and molecular genetic underpinnings of opioid use disorder.

There are two main goals of the Rat Opioid Genome Project (ROGP):

The first goal is to identify genetic, genomic, and molecular (epi)genetic variants that underlie phenotypes associated with vulnerability to distinct stages along the opioid use disorder (OUD) trajectory (e.g., initial/acute use, escalation of use, acquisition of tolerance, dependence, uncontrolled use, abstinence and relapse or recovery).

The second is to identify genetic, genomic, and molecular (epi)genetic variants underlying phenotypes of conditions associated with OUD (e.g. respiratory depression, hyperalgesia, constipation, urinary retention, etc.). This research is expected to facilitate the discovery of targets for intervention and guide the development of individualized therapeutics to treat different aspects of OUD.

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The Role of Stem/Progenitor Cells in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Gynecologic Disorders (R21)
National Institutes of Health

Agency LOI due: Aug. 3, 2019 (late LOI will still be accepted now)
Full Application due: Nov. 7, 2019

The primary focus of this FOA is to promote studies which apply state-of-the art concepts, technologies, and methodologies in the stem cell field to better understand how stem cells function within diseased or damaged gynecologic tissues. For the purposes of this announcement, the gynecologic disorders of interest are limited to uterine fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, endometrial polyps, and pelvic organ prolapse. These disorders have been chosen based on their prevalence, high associated morbidity, high branch priority, and substantial costs to the healthcare system.

The ultimate goal of this initiative is to improve women's gynecologic health by accelerating our understanding of the role of pluripotent progenitor/stem cells in the initiation, progression and severity of these gynecologic disorders in order to inform the development of effective prevention, diagnostic, and therapeutic strategies.

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Trans-Agency Blood-Brain Interface Program (R61/R33)
National Institutes of Health / National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Agency LOI due: Nov. 4, 2019
Full Application due: Dec. 2, 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support high risk/high reward research on the blood/vascular component and regulation of the neurovascular blood unit (aka Blood-Brain Barrier; BBB) in normal and pathological states to stimulate the development of a new field of science and re-define the neurovascular unit to also include the blood/vascular component to identify targets for diagnostics and regulation of the Blood-Brain Interface.

The program will also facilitate collaborations between hematologists/vascular biology experts and BBB tissue chip developers to create enhanced/modified platforms that more closely model the human BBB for assessment, as well as the development of non-invasive to minimally invasive tools to assess BBB permeability, injury, and alterations among other parameters. Research addressing vascular, hemostatic, hematopoietic, and/or immune cell interaction with the BBB is of particular interest.

Applications that focus only on animal models and/or in silico predictive models of the BBB will not be responsive to the FOA. However, animal research and/or in silico predictive modeling may be used to support the development of clinically-relevant biological systems that model the human BBB. The proposed funding mechanism will include multi-PD/PI milestone-driven projects to support high risk/high reward research with the likelihood of downstream adoption for further development in collaboration with the Department of Defense (DoD) partners.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes and to Reduce Disparities in Rural Populations (R01)
National Institutes of Health

LOI due: Nov. 13, 2019
Full Application due: Dec. 13, 2019

This RFA encourages research to promote a greater understanding of the challenges faced by rural population groups, for the development (or adoption/adaptation) of evidence-based interventions that can reduce health risks faced by rural Americans. Both prevention and treatment interventions are needed to address rural health issues. Prevention strategies should address and measure reductions in risk factors and enhancement of protective factors, while treatment approaches would seek to measure and address amelioration of health in individuals living with existing conditions.

To accomplish these goals, the research community will be encouraged to use a wide range of culturally appropriate methodological approaches that can enhance access to and acceptability of interventions in rural settings, such as telehealth and community-based prevention research, where appropriate. It is our hope that research supported under this RFA will contribute to our knowledge of the sustainability of health promotion and disease prevention strategies in rural settings. 

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

Application due: Feb. 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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Dear Colleague Letter - Support for Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure and Research during FY 2015-FY 2019
NSF - Advance Notice

90 Days after publication date

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to inform the natural hazards engineering research community of two forthcoming program solicitations anticipated to be issued by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, between April and June 2014, for the following: (1) operations of natural hazards engineering research infrastructure for FY 2015-FY 2019 and (2) research on multi-hazard resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure. NSF does not intend to provide additional information beyond this DCL until the program solicitations and any accompanying Frequently Asked Questions are issued, as those will be the official issuances for these competitions and take precedence over the information in this DCL. The anticipated due dates for full proposals submitted to these solicitations will be 90 days following the publication date.

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Dear Colleague Letter: BRAIN EAGERs to Enable Innovation Neurotechnologies to Reveal the Functional and Emergent Properties of Neural Circuits Underlying Behavior and Cognition

Deadline: This notice does not constitute a solicitation; therefore, no award of any kind will result from this notice.

This Dear Colleague Letter is aimed at identifying opportunities to leverage and synthesize technological and conceptual innovation across disciplines and scales to accelerate progress toward an integrated understanding of neural circuits in behavior and cognition, or more simply "catching circuits in action". The neuroscience research community and specialists in other areas including, but not limited to genetics, physiology, synthetic biology, engineering, physics, mathematics, statistics, behavior and cognition are encouraged to work across disciplines to develop new approaches and neurotechnology focused at understanding the properties of circuits that underlie behavior and/or cognition in any organism. Projects that take advantage of existing DBI investments in informatics, computing and other infrastructure, such as the Neuroscience Gateway, in novel ways are also eligible.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP): Supplemental Funding to Current SBIR/STTR Phase II Awards

Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) supplements to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program Phase II grants are intended to assist the small businesses in their technology commercialization efforts. Specifically, this supplemental funding is aimed at enabling the grantee to secure the services of a third-party service provider that will assist with one or more of the following commercialization activities:

  1. the identification and development of customers for the NSF-funded technology;
  2. providing advice on financing strategy and fundraising from private sector;
  3. establishing strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders; and/or
  4. the evaluation and protection of intellectual property.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Computing About the Ebola Virus
Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) (National Science Foundation)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

November 13, 2014

Dear Colleague:

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) follows a recent National Science Foundation (NSF) DCL (NSF 15-006,http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf15006) that referred to the emergence of the lethal Ebola virus in the US and expressed NSF's interest in proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical care research that can be used immediately to better understand how to model and understand the spread of Ebola; educate about prophylactic behaviors; and encourage the development of products, processes, and learning that can address this global challenge.

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

The NSF Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) is particularly interested in proposals that include software development activities, such as those that would be funded by the Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E, http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813) or Software Structure for Sustained Innovation (SI2, http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14520) programs, along with the use of petascale computing on Blue Waters, such as that which would be funded by the Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC, http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14518) program. ACI encourages such submissions through this DCL.

Complete guidance on submitting a RAPID proposal may be found in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG):http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf14001/gpg_2.jsp#IID1.

Questions about this specific DCL should be addressed to:

Daniel S. Katz, dkatz@nsf.gov or Rudolf Eigenmann, reigenma@nsf.gov.

Sincerely,

C. Suzanne Iacono
Acting Assistant Director
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering

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Dear Colleague Letter: Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE)
National Science Foundation

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) pilot seeks to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research (IDR and PTR, respectively). Complementing existing NSF efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose: scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary; lines of research promise transformational advances; and prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The implementation of the INSPIRE pilot is based on two overarching goals:

Goal 1: To emphasize to the science, mathematics, engineering and education research community that NSF is welcoming to bold, unconventional ideas incorporating creative interdisciplinary approaches. INSPIRE seeks to attract unusually creative high-risk/high-reward "out of the box" interdisciplinary proposals.

Goal 2: To provide NSF Program Officers (POs) with additional tools and support to engage in cross-cutting collaboration and risk-taking in managing their awards portfolios.

INSPIRE supports projects that lie at the intersection of traditional disciplines, and is intended to 1) attract unusually creative high-risk / high-reward interdisciplinary proposals; 2) provide substantial funding, not limited to the exploratory stage of the pursuit of novel ideas (unlike NSF's EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research, or EAGER); and 3) be open to all NSF-supported areas of science, mathematics, engineering, and education research. NSF will initiate an external formative assessment to test whether the INSPIRE pilot is achieving program and portfolio-level goals.

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Dear Colleague Letter: Joint NSF/NOAA Agreement regarding the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and related AGS

Deadline: Not Specified

This letter announces opportunities in FY2014 and FY2015 to support the translation of research supported by the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) to operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). AGS will provide support to enable the AGS research community to transition the basic research in which they are engaged to use in national operational activities at NCEP. This opportunity would support extended visits by AGS-supported investigators and research groups, including students and post-doctoral researchers to NOAA's NCEP. Support would be awarded in the form of a supplement to an existing NSF award. This opportunity provides AGS PIs an opportunity to advance their NSF-supported research by working closely with environmental scientists at NOAA's NCEP and having access to a wealth of real-time and archived datasets and computational facilities.

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Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)
National Science Foundation

Application Window Date: Oct. 1-Nov. 1, 2017

Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics.

These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines. The Division supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation. Projects supported by DMR are essential for the development of future technologies and industries that meet societal needs, as well preparation of the next generation of materials researchers.

This solicitation applies to the following six DMR Topical Materials Research Programs that fund research and educational projects by individual investigators or small groups: Biomaterials (BMAT), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid-State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC). It does not apply to the following two DMR Topical Materials Research Programs, which have their own solicitations: Ceramics (CER) (NSF 16-597) and Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT) (NSF 16-596).

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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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Recompetition of the Management of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Deadline: TBD

Deadline:  This notice does not constitute a solicitation; therefore, no award of any kind will result from this notice. Although the competition is still in the planning stage, NSF anticipates that a program solicitation will be issued in the second quarter of calendar year 2014.

Consistent with the National Science Board Resolution on Competition and Recompetition of NSF Awards (NSB-08-12), NSF will carry out a competition for the next cooperative agreement to manage and operate the IceCube Neutrino Observatory through an open, merit-based external peer-review process. The Division of Polar Programs (PLR) of the Directorate for Geosciences and the Division of Physics of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences are currently preparing the program solicitation. This solicitation is expected to lead to the award of a five- to ten-year cooperative agreement for the management and operation of ICNO following the end of the current cooperative agreement on September 30, 2015.

This letter provides general information regarding the upcoming competition and invites potential proposing organizations to contact NSF representatives to identify information they believe is needed for proposal preparation.

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Cooperative Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior (CSEDI)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Sept. 23, 2019

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) invites the submission of proposals for collaborative, interdisciplinary studies of the Earth's interior within the framework of the community-based initiative known as Cooperative Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior (CSEDI). Funding will support basic research on the character and dynamics of the Earth's mantle and core, their influence on the evolution of the Earth as a whole, and on processes operating within the deep interior that affect or are expressed on the Earth's surface.

Projects may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Support is available for research and research infrastructure through grants and cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals from U.S. universities and other eligible institutions. Interdisciplinary projects are required. EAR will consider co-funding of projects with other agencies and supports international collaborations.

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Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Apr. 12, 2019 (Small and Medium); Sept. 26, 2019 (Frontier)

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computation and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will expand the horizons of these critical systems. CPS technologies are transforming the way people interact with engineered systems, just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New, smart CPS drive innovation and competition in a range of application domains including agriculture, aeronautics, building design, civil infrastructure, energy, environmental quality, healthcare and personalized medicine, manufacturing, and transportation. Moreover, the integration of artificial intelligence with CPS creates new research opportunities with major societal implications.

While tremendous progress has been made in advancing CPS technologies, the demand for innovation across application domains is driving the need to accelerate fundamental research to keep pace. At the same time, the CPS program seeks to open new vistas for the research community to think beyond the usual cyber-physical paradigms and structures and propose creative ideas to address the myriad challenges of today's systems as well as those of the future that have not yet been designed or fielded.

The CPS program aims to develop the core research needed to engineer these complex CPS, some of which may also require dependable, high-confidence, or provable behaviors. Core research areas of the program include control, data analytics, autonomy, design, information management, internet of things (IoT), mixed initiatives including human-in- or on-the-loop, networking, privacy, real-time systems, safety, security, and verification. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting, fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application domains. The program additionally supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds. This program also fosters a research community that is committed to advancing education and outreach in CPS and accelerating the transition of CPS research into the real world.

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Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (FRGMS)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Sept. 11, 2019

The purpose of the Focused Research Group activity is to support collaborative groups employing innovative methods to solve specific, major research challenges in the mathematical sciences. A major challenge is an outstanding problem of significant importance that requires the focused and synergistic efforts of a collaborative group to solve, and whose solution will have wide impacts in the mathematical sciences and potentially in other areas.

Groups may include, in addition to statisticians and mathematicians, researchers from other science and engineering disciplines appropriate for the proposed research. Risky projects are welcome. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome. Projects should be timely, limited in duration to up to three years, and substantial in their scope and impact for the mathematical sciences. Funded projects that show substantial progress in their first two years may be recommended for a creativity extension for up to an additional two years.

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International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
National Science Foundation

Full Proposal due: Track I - Sept. 10, 2019; Track II - Sept. 17, 2019; Track III - Sept. 24, 2019

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally-engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.

The overarching, long-term goal of the IRES program is to enhance U.S. leadership in research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness through training the next generation of research leaders.

This solicitation features three mechanisms; proposers are required to select one of the following tracks to submit their proposal.

Track I focuses on the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences. Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research. Track III supports U.S. institutional collaborations to develop, implement and evaluate innovative models for high-impact, large-scale international research and professional development experiences for U.S. graduate students.

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Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI)
National Science Foundation

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: July 15, 2019
Full Application due: Sept. 16, 2019

The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America's prosperity, health and infrastructure. LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator: problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series of smaller, short-term projects. LEAP HI projects perform fundamental research that may lead to disruptive technologies and methods, lay the foundation for new and strengthened industries, enable notable improvements in quality of life, or reimagine and revitalize the built environment.

  • LEAP HI supports fundamental research projects involving collaborating investigators, of duration up to five years, with total budget between $1 million and $2 million.
  • LEAP HI proposals must articulate a fundamental research problem with compelling intellectual challenge and significant societal impact, particularly on economic competitiveness, quality of life, public health, or essential infrastructure. One or more CMMI core topics must lie at the heart of the proposal, and integration of disciplinary expertise not typically engaged in CMMI-funded projects is encouraged.
  • LEAP HI proposals must highlight engineering research in a leadership role.
  • LEAP HI proposals must demonstrate the need for a sustained research effort by an integrated, interdisciplinary team, and should include a research integration plan and timeline for research activities, with convincing mechanisms for frequent and effective communication.

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NSF/Intel Partnership on Machine Learning for Wireless Networking Systems (WLWiNS)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Oct. 29, 2019

This program seeks to accelerate fundamental, broad-based research on wireless-specific machine learning (ML) techniques, towards a new wireless system and architecture design, which can dynamically access shared spectrum, efficiently operate with limited radio and network resources, and scale to address the diverse and stringent quality-of-service requirements of future wireless applications.

In parallel, this program also targets research on reliable distributed ML by addressing the challenge of computation over wireless edge networks to enable ML for wireless and future applications. Model-based approaches for designing the wireless network stack have proven quite efficient in delivering the networks in wide use today; research enabled by this program is expected to identify realistic problems that can be best solved by ML and to address fundamental questions about expected improvements from using ML over model-based methods.

Proposals may address one or more Research Vectors (RVs): ML for Wireless Networks; ML for Spectrum Management; and Distributed ML over Wireless Edge Networks. It is anticipated that 10 to 15 awards will be made, with an award size of $300,000-$1,500,000, for periods of up to three years. The budget should be commensurate with the complexity of the proposed research. Projects will be funded across this range.

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Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Oct. 21, 2019

The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, atmospheric (gas in ice cores), and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized past climate variability of the Earth, the sensitivity of climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes.

Important scientific objectives of P2C2 are to: 1) provide comprehensive paleoclimate data sets that can serve as model test data sets analogous to instrumental observations; and 2) enable transformative syntheses of paleoclimate data and modeling outcomes to understand the response of the longer-term and higher magnitude variability of the climate system that is observed in the geological and cryospheric records.

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Antarctic Research
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Accepted anytime (proposals requesting Antarctic fieldwork should be submitted no less than 18 months prior to the desired deployment)

The Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) supports cutting-edge research that (1) expands fundamental knowledge of the Antarctic and the natural laboratory it represents across a range of disciplines, (2) improves understanding of interactions between the Antarctic and Southern Ocean region and Earth system, and (3) utilizes the unique characteristics of the Antarctic continent as an observing platform.

The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) supports scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean with logistics provided by OPP's Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section (AIL). Antarctic fieldwork is supported only for research that must be performed, or is best performed, in Antarctica. ANT encourages research, using existing samples, data, and models, that does not require fieldwork. ANT also encourages research that crosses and combines, disciplinary perspectives and approaches.

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CNH2: Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (CNH2)
National Science Foundation

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Sept. 17, 2019
Full Proposal due: Nov. 15, 2019

The CNH2 Program supports research projects that advance basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions (dynamics, processes, and feedbacks) within and among the environmental (biological, physical and chemical) and human ("socio") (economic, social, political, or behavioral) components of such a system. The program seeks proposals that emphasize the truly integrated nature of a socio-environmental system versus two discrete systems (a natural one and a human one) that are coupled. CNH2 projects must explore a connected and integrated socio-environmental system that includes explicit analysis of the processes and dynamics between the environmental and human components of the system.

PIs are encouraged to develop proposals that push conceptual boundaries and build new theoretical framings of the understanding of socio-environmental systems. Additionally, we encourage the exploration of multi-scalar dynamics, processes and feedbacks between and within the socio-environmental system.

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Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)
National Science Foundation

Application due: Nov. 20, 2019

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

Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of transmission among humans, non-human animals, and/or plants. This includes, for example, the spread of pathogens; the influence of environmental factors such as climate; the population dynamics and genetics of reservoir species or hosts; the feedback between ecological transmission and evolutionary dynamics; and the cultural, social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of pathogen transmission. Research may be on zoonotic, environmentally-borne, vector-borne, or enteric pathogens of either terrestrial or freshwater systems and organisms, including diseases of animals and plants, at any scale from specific pathogens to inclusive environmental systems.

Proposals for research on disease systems of public health concern to developing countries are strongly encouraged, as are disease systems of concern in agricultural systems. Investigators are encouraged to develop the appropriate multidisciplinary team, including for example, modelers, ecologists, bioinformaticians, genomics researchers, social scientists, economists, epidemiologists, evolutionary biologists, entomologists, parasitologists, microbiologists, bacteriologists, virologists, pathologists or veterinarians, with the goal of integrating knowledge across disciplines to enhance our ability to predict and control infectious diseases.

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Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
National Science Foundation

Proposal due: Dec. 3, 2019

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of "Big Ideas," 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp). 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. As such, when responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted to the Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate/Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

Through this solicitation, NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) will support Planning Grants to build capacity for the development of collaborative infrastructure to: (a) facilitate innovative partnerships, networks, and theories of action for broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at scale and (b) lead to the establishment of future centers, alliances, or other large-scale networks to address a broadening participation challenge. While this solicitation is open to all, NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots are especially encouraged to apply, as a Planning Grant could serve as an intermediate conduit for bringing their exploratory pilot work to scale.

A hallmark of NSF INCLUDES is to support the development of collaborative infrastructure to achieve systemic change. Collaborative infrastructure refers to the process by which partnering organizations come together with a shared vision; map out mutually reinforcing activities; develop goals, objectives, and measures to chart their progress; engage in constant communication; and advance the potential for expansion, sustainability, and scaling that would not be possible otherwise.

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NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
National Science Foundation / U.S. Department of Energy

Proposal due: Nov. 18, 2019

Plasma Physics is a study of matter and physical systems whose intrinsic properties are governed by collective interactions of large ensembles of free charged particles. 99.9% of the visible Universe is thought to consist of plasmas. The underlying physics of the collective behavior in plasmas has applications to space physics and astrophysics, materials science, applied mathematics, fusion science, accelerator science, and many branches of engineering.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), with participation of the Directorates for Engineering, Geosciences, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences are continuing the joint Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering begun in FY1997 and renewed several times since. As stated in the original solicitation (NSF 97-39), which is superseded by the present solicitation, the goal of the Partnership is to enhance basic plasma science research and education in this broad, multidisciplinary field by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies.

The current solicitation also encourages submission of proposals to perform basic plasma experiments at NSF and/or DOE supported user facilities, including facilities located at DOE national laboratories, designed to serve the needs of the broader plasma science and engineering community.

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Supporting Research at the Intersection of Agricultural Science, Big Data, Informatics, and Smart Communities
National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA)

Agency LOI due: Aug. 6, 2019 (Smart and Connected Communities program)
Full Proposal due: Varies by program and program size

Dear Colleagues:

Building on NSF's history of investments in data and computational sciences and USDA/NIFA's history of investments in agricultural science, NSF and USDA/NIFA wish to notify the community of their intention to jointly fund convergent research that combines methods in agricultural, biological, and computer and information science and engineering to address pressing challenges and opportunities in digital agriculture. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is aligned with NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution Big Idea, and aims to build capacity across disciplinary boundaries in preparation for larger scale investments at the intersection of computational, agricultural, and biological sciences.

Motivated by the increasing volumes of data, faster computation, and algorithmic advances, there is an opportunity to apply transformative, data-driven research methods to the agriculture sector that are responsive to and will yield meaningful insights for farmers, other stakeholders, and society at large. Of interest for this DCL are applications focused on economically important plants, animals, and their environments--food, fuel, feed, and health--and where research outcomes in a particular application area may be transferable to, or informative for, other agricultural application areas. Relevant stakeholders can be integrated into the proposed research activities, including as partners in the project, if appropriate for the project.

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

  • Methods for analyzing existing, large datasets, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision, for example, leveraging environmental, imaging, and genomic data;

  • Models for genetic x environment x management x socioeconomic interactions (G x E x M x S) in order to predict livestock, aquaculture, and plant phenotypic outcomes and sustainability--such as yield, survivability, resistance to environmental stressors, pest resistance, drought resistance, and nutritional value;

  • Data storage, management, and integration across a range of data types to enable a systems-level approach, including integration of big data in real-time systems;

  • Wired and wireless networking challenges in rural settings, including computation at the edge;

  • Security, privacy, and management for access and sharing of farm and community data; and

  • Learning science innovations, which may include development of computational skills for biological and agricultural science majors, and communities of agricultural practice for a diverse and innovative future workforce.

Principal Investigators may also consider the design of instructional materials or workforce development pathways, combining computational and agricultural expertise, in the broader impacts of proposals. The intention is to encourage students in biological, agricultural and engineering programs in two- and four-year colleges and universities, across all education levels, to acquire data and/or computational science skills and, vice versa, to expose students in data and/or computational science to agricultural challenges. Additionally, activities could aim to improve retention and capabilities of a region's agricultural workforce.

Proposals pursuant to this DCL may be submitted to one of the three programs listed below:

  • Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) program;

  • Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs--Information Integration and Informatics (III) program; and

  • Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program.

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CISE Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI)
National Science Foundation

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

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

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

The CCRI program supports two classes of awards:

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

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

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CREWS Research Seed Award Program - 2019
NSF EPSCoR (RII Track-1 award to the state of Montana)

Proposal due: Nov. 15, 2019

The Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems (CREWS), funded by NSF EPSCoR's RII Track-1 award to the state of Montana, focuses on environmental water systems and water quality issues stemming from the impact of land-resource use. The CREWS project targets three study sites, each representative of a different land resource use: 1) hard rock mining in the Upper Clark Fork River; 2) agriculture and grazing in the Judith River Watershed; and 3) energy extraction in the Powder River Basin. The research approach integrates the site-based activities with four thematic teams: 1) systems ecology and earth sciences; 2) molecular engineering and environmental science; 3) environmental synoptic signals and sensors; and 4) natural resource social sciences.

For more information, please see https://www.mtnsfepscor.org/projects/crews.

The CREWS Research Seed Award Program is designed to fund innovative research related to water quality and build research capacity across Montana's higher education institutions. The awards can be used to support personnel costs for faculty, post-doc and student researchers, research supplies, field data collection and analysis costs, and travel. The intent of the CREWS Research Seed Award Program is to pursue novel research activities that support solutions and advance knowledge related to water quality issues and environmental water systems that align with or enhance CREWS research goals and objectives (https://www.mtnsfepscor.org/projects/crews/strategic-plan).

Faculty from Montana's higher education campuses are encouraged to submit applications to pursue research within the broader scope of the CREWS project. Priority will be given to projects that will likely result in publications, research grants, and/or workforce development outcomes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Specialty Crop Multi-State Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due (Multi-State Partners to Participating States): Sept. 1, 2019
Application due (Participating States to Agricultural Marketing Service): Oct. 1, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the FY19 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP).

AMS will competitively award funds to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional or national level specialty crop issues: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion.

Project(s) must enhance the competitiveness of U.S. or U.S. territory-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Specialty crops are fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Research Projects

Research projects are systematic studies directed toward fuller scientific knowledge or understanding of the subject studied. Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research in plant breeding, genetics, and genomics to improve crop characteristics;

  • Improving production, processing, storage, and distribution efficiencies for conventionally or organically grown specialty crops;

  • Reducing environmental impacts; and/or

  • Conducting research to determine consumer preferences, including studies of willingness to pay, sensory evaluations, focus groups, and other evaluative research methods that will then be disseminated to specialty crop growers in multiple States.

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Sustainable Agricultural Systems
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agency LOI due: June 4, 2019
Full Application due: Sept. 26, 2019

The purpose of the Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Program Area is to promote the sustainable supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food and other agricultural products, while enhancing economic opportunities and improving the long-term health and well-being of all Americans.

This RFA solicits applications for projects focused on: (1) increasing profitability in agriculture through reducing input costs, increasing productivity, and reducing losses due to environmental and biological stresses, including pests and diseases; (2) fostering economic development and prosperity in rural America by catalyzing production of high-value bio-based chemicals and other products using agricultural feedstocks; and/or (3) enhancing rural prosperity and health by ensuring access to affordable, safe and nutritious food to sustain healthy lifestyles. This RFA is soliciting creative and visionary project applications developed by transdisciplinary teams that integrate research, education, and extension activities and effectively use a systems approach to promote convergence of science and technology to solve present and future food and agricultural production system challenges.

Applications must address one or more of the following long-term goals:

  • Increase profitability in agriculture by reducing input use, expanding existing and creating new markets, increasing productivity, and curbing production losses due to environmental and biological stresses, including pests and diseases.

  • Foster economic development and prosperity in rural America by catalyzing the bioeconomy through value added innovation, including production of high-value bio-based chemicals and other products using agricultural feedstocks.

  • Enhance the contribution of food and agriculture to health of the nation through development, adoption, and application of new or existing technologies, tools, education, and other resources to ensure access to sufficient quantities of safe, nutritious, and affordable food.

Descriptions and examples of goals given above are meant to be guidance for project development, rather than being prescriptive. The project teams are expected to define the scope of their systems, system components, and detailed metrics that are directed at achieving one or more of the three goals in this RFA.

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Specialty Crop Research Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Pre-Application due: Oct. 15, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): TBA

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Except for Research and Extension Planning Projects, the SCRI program only considers projects that integrate research and Extension activities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose a unique approach to solving problems facing the specialty crop industry using a systems approach.

Truly effective, long-term solutions to specialty crop industry challenges can best be achieved by understanding and treating those problems as complex systems of many interacting components. This perspective requires projects that are larger in scope and complexity, and that demand more resources than have traditionally been allocated to individual research and extension projects. In doing so, projects should focus on entire primary systems or on areas where two or more primary systems overlap.

Meeting the challenges faced by these industries can best be handled by considering the full breadth of system components, rather than treating each component in isolation and ignoring important interactions and conflicts among components that may reduce the viability of component-specific solutions in the long term.

Specialty crops are defined in law as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. USDA has developed a more detailed description of specialty crops that is now in use by all USDA agencies (see Specialty Crop Research Initiative). Collectively, these crops face many challenges. The SCRI program seeks to address these challenges by funding systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches.

NIFA will address all focus areas by funding projects that emphasize systems-based, trans- disciplinary approaches. In addition, for the purposes of this program, NIFA interprets new innovations and technology to include, among other things, automation, robotics, sensor technology, and precision agriculture for specialty crops. NIFA also recognizes the importance of specialty crops in enhancing human nutrition and health.

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) (Western SARE)

Internal MSU Submission due: Varies by program (Nov. 8 or Nov. 15, 2019)
Proposal due to Agency: Varies by program (Nov. 11, Nov. 13, or Nov. 20, 2019)

The 2020 Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program includes the following programs:

  • Farmer/Rancher
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Plus Producer
  • Research to Grass Roots

Click on the URL link below for a description of each program.

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Foundational and Applied Science Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agency LOI due: Varies by program area (June/July 2019)
Full Application due: Varies by program area

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is the U.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 2019 and FY 2020.

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 2019 and 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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Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Application due: Jan. 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

  4. Determining desirable traits for organic commodities.

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

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

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

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

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

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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Miscellaneous Programs and Announcements

American Heart Association: New Topics and Open Science Policies
American Heart Association

LOI due October 30, 2014
Full submission deadline TBA

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS/NEW TOPICS: 

Network Topic Announcement

The Strategically Focused Research Network will focus on Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease.

The AHA is interested in the science community exploring all aspects of disparities in cardiovascular disease, which can assist the AHA in reaching its 2020 Goals and overall mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

A Network is comprised of three to four institutions, or Centers, working on three projects each that are focused on one strategic area.

To that end, the AHA pursues research from the basic, clinical and population sciences. This RFA will require that each submission have an overall application from the Center Director, as well as three proposals from project Principal Investigators in this specific area:

  • One proposal addressing basic science discovery in Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease
  • One proposal addressing clinical science discovery in Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease
  • One proposal addressing population science discovery in Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease 
A Center application can comprise projects from more than one institution. The sponsoring institution will be determined by where the Center Director is located and will be charged with oversight and financial responsibilities of the Center as a whole. Applications should convey how these different areas of science will be integrated, both in their scientific discoveries and through joint team communication and integration. 

Institutions are limited to one Center application per location, however individuals at said institution who are not participating in said institution's Center application, may indeed participate in another Center's application.

Offered by:
 AHA National Research Program 

More information will be announced with specific deadlines. For now, use this high level timeline as a guide:  
  • March 2014 - Topics announced to the community via AHA Research Website with timelines
  • Jan/Feb 2015 - Applications for Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease SFRN due
  • June 2015 -  Awardees for Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease SFRN Announced
Please come back and visit this page in mid-September for the full Request for Applications for the Strategically Focused Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Research Network.
 

POLICY UPDATES: 

AHA OPEN SCIENCE POLICIES ARE NOW IN EFFECT
New AHA Open Science policies will go into effect with applications due in July 2014 and new awards beginning January 2015. 

AHA's public access policy
The AHA requires that all journal articles resulting from AHA funding should be made freely available in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.

AHA's open data policy
The AHA requires grant applicants to include a data sharing plan as part of the application process. Any data that is needed for independent verification of research results must be made freely and publically available within 12 months of the end of the funding period (and any no-cost extension).

Specific early career awards are currently exempt from this requirement (Undergraduate Fellowships, Medical Student Research Fellowships, Predoctoral Fellowships, Mentor/AHA Mentee Awards, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Mentored Clinical & Population Research Awards).

View more information about AHA Open Science policies and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  

 

 

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Autism Speaks: Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

Letter of intent Deadline: accepted anytime

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

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Charitable Giving Program
Community Works

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Department of Defense / CDMRP
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Deadlines: see program pre-announcements

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

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

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

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP)

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Therapeutic Idea Award

Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

Concept Award

Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)

Clinical Trial Award

Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Award

New Investigator Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Exploration Hypothesis Development Award

Idea Development Award

Pilot Clinical Trial Award

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Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)

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

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)

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

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

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

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

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

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Ecological Services Program Fiscal Year 2014 Recovery Implementation Fund
Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Program

July 31, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

The FWS Endangered Species Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to States, other Federal agencies, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers, and other partners to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is part of the Department of Commerce's NOAA Fisheries office, share Endangered Species Act responsibilities for several species such as sea turtles. Projects for NMFS-managed species are not included in this funding opportunity.

OBJECTIVES: 

This Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is intended for projects that will contribute to the recovery of FWS-managed endangered and threatened species in the United States, and is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species response to climate change. For example: securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species, implementing restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species, help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of a species. Projects that address species response to climate change will receive additional consideration.

Special Instructions: Applicants must contact their regional FWS office to coordinate the letter of intent and application. 

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General Grants
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

SYNOPSIS: 

General Grants

The Trust awards grants for projects that are of strategic importance to the organization and consistent with its mission. Awards are made in the following four areas:

Arts and Culture:

Performance and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region are of interest to the Trust. There is a high value placed on educational outreach efforts.

Education:

The Trust considers educational projects offered in both formal and informal settings. Special interest is afforded to private higher education.

Health and Human Services:

The Trust is interested in a diverse range of projects to enhance the quality of life in the region. Preventive efforts that address physical, spiritual, social, and psychological needs, especially those focused on youth, are preferred.

Research:

Most of the Trust's funding for scientific research is limited to specific organizations and projects. However, the Trust does consider other science-based initiatives.

The Trust makes grants for building the capacity of non-profit groups in these primary ways for the following three types of projects:

Capital:

The Trust regularly funds projects that involve construction, renovation, land purchase, and more. Requests for capital projects are preferred once a portion of the funds needed have been secured.

Program:

Both new programs and the expansion of existing programs are considered. Requests may be for start-up costs and/or related additional staff members. The Trust prefers to fund these grants on a declining basis over three years (100/67/33 percent).

Equipment:

Scientific research instrumentation, technology, and other essential equipment items are often funded. In every case, the Trust requires a cost share of 50 percent or more.

Before proceeding, interested parties should review the Guidelines for Grantseekers to learn more and determine the organization's eligibility and the appropriate nature of the project to the Trust.

 

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MCubed Diamond Program
University of Michigan

SYNOPSIS: 

The MCubed Diamond Program provides an unprecedented opportunity for donors to invest in research projects that align exactly with their interests, from global health to education, and sustainability to social justice.  Funders set the parameters for each project, interact with the University of Michigan to identify faculty experts to lead their project, and receive compelling updates about the work of the team through the MCubed website.

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Media Grantmaking
MacArthur Foundation

Deadline: No fixed deadlines

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

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Michelson Grants in Reproductive Biology
Found Animals Foundation

Deadline: Letters of intent are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis and, if approved, researchers are invited to submit grant proposals for a March, July, or November deadline

Funding for promising proposals in pursuit of non-surgical sterilization products or technologies for use in dogs and cats. The foundation encourages scientists from any and all fields to compete for the Michelson Grants, including but not limited to researchers in disciplines such as biology, biotechnology,cell biology, endocrinology, gene silencing, immunology, materials science, nanotechnology, neuroscience, pharmacology, reproductive biology, theriogenology, and more.

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Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology

Deadline: none specific

The $25 million Michelson Prize will be offered to the first entity to provide Found Animals Foundation with a single dose, safe and effective non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs.

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Pioneering Ideas Unsolicited Proposals
Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation

Deadline: There are no specific submission deadlines for unsolicited proposals

The Pioneer Portfolio is uniquely suited to invest in innovation at many different stages. The sponsor seeks to: Identify and explore new issues and approaches; Accelerate progress on issues and approaches that have significant potential to create breakthroughs in health and health care; and Support projects that use original, unconventional, or cross-sectoral approaches to create transformative change.

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Priority Grantmaking Program
United States Institute of Peace

Deadline is on a rolling basis

The Grant Initiative will focus on the following regions:

Afghanistan--Grantmaking in Afghanistan will support projects designed to promote public understanding of peaceful alternatives to the violent resolution of conflict, the rule of law, transitional justice, and to improve local capacities for dialogue and peacebuilding.

Pakistan--Grantmaking in Pakistan will strengthen civil society capacities for conflict prevention and promote greater understanding of issues related to identity, tolerance, diversity, and sectarian extremism in Pakistan through education, training, research, and the media.

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Promoting International Arts Engagement
Clark (Robert Sterling) Foundation

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

The Foundation's aim is to strengthen cultural organizations of the highest artistic quality by enabling them to participate in the global marketplace. The Foundation hopes that the Promoting International Arts Engagement program will help leverage new support in this area and introduce American culture to communities around the world, as well as bring diverse world cultures to American audiences.

While the Foundation considers support for projects that bring international artists to the U.S., preference is given to projects that send American arts abroad. While there are no restrictions on countries or regions, the Foundation is more inclined to support activities that involve underserved or underrepresented parts of the world. Favor is given to projects having lasting impact and value, including international tours that lead to new engagements, programs that broaden audiences and attract new sources of income, documentation of work that is disseminated widely, and arts engagement activities that benefit the community.

The objectives of Promoting International Arts Engagement are to: strengthen performing and visual arts organizations by helping to make possible international touring and collaborations that offer broad audience outreach and build lasting partnerships; provide presenting organizations with the opportunity to showcase important international artists from underrepresented regions, and introduce audiences to new artistic perspectives from world cultures; assist organizations that organize significant exchanges or forums bringing together U.S. artists and their international counterparts to inform the creative process; and sustain arts service organizations that advance global arts engagement, through new Internet technologies, program documentation and dissemination, translations, and technical assistance for artists, among other activities. 

Other Information: The Foundation receives and reviews proposals year-round.  The Board of Directors meets four times per year: January, April, July, and October to review submissions. 

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Proposal Deadline: Open

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports investigator-initiated research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include: examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

This call for proposals is intended to stimulate projects that: examine significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and explore or test major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

Grants will be awarded in two categories: Small grants for projects requiring $100,000 or less and projected to take up to 12 months or less; and Large grants for projects requiring more than $100,000 and/or projected to take longer than 12 months. 

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Saudi American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grant
Department of State

June 30, 2015

SYNOPSIS: 

Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants support innovative forms of collaboration between Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations and qualified individuals to expand the diversity of activities in the U.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders, especially among youth, young professionals and women, to promote mutual understanding and respect through long-term partnership and cooperation between our two countries. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now accepting proposals from Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations or qualified individuals who propose to work together to develop or expand educational, professional and cultural exchange activities and promote dialogue and partnership between the people of the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Embassy is especially interested in identifying and supporting U.S-Saudi partnerships that include a focus on the development of exchanges, projects and partnerships between U.S. and Saudi youth or women; or that involve the development of professional linkages in business, healthcare or media, including social media; or that build on Saudi efforts to modernize and build a knowledge-based economy; or that expand Saudi-U.S. educational partnerships; or that are submitted by or involve alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. or Saudi governments. Projects may include, but are not limited to:

& Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs;

& Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;

& Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;

& Cultural, professional and academic exchanges and projects;

& Professional development workshops and training.

Requests for funding provided by the U.S. Embassy should be at least $3000 and not more than $25,000; the most competitive proposals will include significant funding from other sources as cost-share in the project budget. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis from qualified U.S. or Saudi individuals and organizations. Proposals must include a letter of support from the proposed U.S. or Saudi partner, whether a qualified individual or organization. The proposal or letter of support from the Saudi partner must confirm the ability and willingness of the Saudi partner to sponsor the visa(s) for the U.S. partner, if necessary, and to assume responsibility for all travel and logistics within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia is not able to assist with visas or travel arrangements funded through the grant. Proposals will be evaluated for funding by an Embassy committee on a monthly basis. The committee will identify projects with outstanding educational, artistic, or cultural merits for funding. In deciding which projects to support, the committee will give consideration to the full range and diversity of American and Saudi educational and cultural traditions and seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences. Projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration and that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation will receive priority. The proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

& The proposal demonstrates that the Saudi and U.S. individuals and/or organizations have sufficient expertise, skills and capacity to implement the project.

& The project will make a substantive contribution to the expanding types of partnerships between Saudi and U.S. individuals, organizations and institutions.

& The individuals and/or organizations demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of the topic or issue that the project is aiming to address.

& The individuals and/or organizations have identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups to maximize project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope.

& The project idea and approach is innovative yet proposed project activities are concrete and detailed and supported by a work plan.

& The project budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable. There are no budget lines labeled "miscellaneous expenses." The budget demonstrates that the individual or organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates. No grant funds are proposed for the purchase of food, drink, or entertainment.

& The proposal clearly articulates how the partners will assess and measure performance throughout the project implementation phase using quantitative and qualitative assessment tools.

& The proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure the sustainability of the project or partnership. The following types of projects are not eligible for funding:

& Requests by organizations and individuals who are neither Saudi nor American;

& those relating to partisan political activity;

& humanitarian or charitable activities;

& conferences and individual trips abroad;

& trade activities;

& fund-raising campaigns;

& commercial projects;

& scientific research;

& projects aiming only at primary institutional development of the organization; or

& projects that duplicate existing projects.

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Simons Foundation for Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis

Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. We especially encourage applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism, but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.

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Statistical Consulting Services - Assistance with study design and statistical analysis
MSU

Available Fall 2014

In Fall 2014 formal statistical consulting services will be available to all researchers on campus.  This includes assistance in study design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results.  The inaugural statistical consultant will serve as the director of statistical consulting services on campus and help guide the future direction and growth of the service.  This position is funded for the first five years through an NIH-INBRE grant.

We encourage researchers to think about the future availability of this service as they are preparing research proposals.  Many funding agencies highly value demonstrated collaboration with statistical consultants in research design, data analysis, and dissemination of results.   The success of the service will depend on demonstrated need and use of its resources.  Therefore, we encourage researchers who anticipate using the service to assist in their research to consider including a budget item for MSU Statistical Consulting Services in their proposals.  A great place to start is with proposals submitted under the recent call from the VPR due May 9.  If you have questions about what to include please contact Megan Higgs (higgs@math.montana.edu) or any other Statistics faculty member (http://www.math.montana.edu/faculty/index.html#statistics).

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Sustainable Development Program
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

Ongoing

SYNOPSIS: 

The Sustainable Development program advances global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. Human activity is causing global warming, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the program focuses its grantmaking on advancing solutions to climate change.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: 

Human activity is causing climate change, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. These developments threaten the livelihoods, health, and security of people in all nations and cultures as well as the well-being of the greater community of life. The RBF's sustainable development grantmaking endeavors to address these challenges by supporting development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The program supports global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. The Fund encourages government, business, and civil society to work collaboratively on climate change, to acknowledge the moral and ethical consequences of inaction, and to make it an integral part of all development planning and activity. Recognizing the global nature of many environmental problems, the Fund also promotes international cooperation in addressing these challenges.

The Sustainable Development program maintains a significant focus on the United States in light of its disproportionate impact on the global economy, politics, and the environment. The program's work is also advanced in collaboration with the Fund's "pivotal place" programs--New York City, Southern China, and the Western Balkans--and with the Democratic Practice program's Global Governance portfolio. Pivotal place programs support work in specific countries or regions to build the knowledge, policies, organizational capacity, and leadership needed to advance sustainable development in locally appropriate ways. The Fund's Global Governance portfolio supports broad participation in forging the international agreements and institutional arrangements needed to encourage investment in sustainable development. Fund staff work to ensure that global developments inform work in specific places and that locally grounded efforts generate lessons and innovations needed for global impact.

With the recognition that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts, the Sustainable Development program focuses its U.S. grantmaking on building a green economy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Grant Inquiries are accepted throughout the year.

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Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA)

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Nationally, Toyota focuses in three areas: environment, safety and education. National programs in these areas must have a broad reach by impacting several major U.S. cities, communities or groups.

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AERA Research Grants Program
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Application due: Sept. 25, 2019

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program seeks proposals for Research Grants. The AERA Grants Program provides Research Grants to faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-­level scholars. The program supports highly competitive studies using rigorous quantitative methods to examine large-scale, education-related data. This research and training program is designed to advance knowledge and build research capacity in education and STEM education and learning. Since 1991, this AERA Program has been vital to both research and training at early career stages.

The Grants Program is open to field-initiated research and welcomes proposals that:

  1. develop or benefit from advanced statistical or innovative quantitative methods or measures;
  2. analyze more than one large-scale national or international federally funded data set, or more than one statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) or incorporate other data enhancements;
  3. integrate, link, or blend multiple large-scale data sources; or
  4. undertake replication research of major findings or major studies using large-scale, federally supported or enhanced data.

The Grants Program encourages proposals across the life span and contexts of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy and practice. The research may focus on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to such issues as student achievement in STEM, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence (pre-kindergarten through graduate school), early childhood education and development, postsecondary education, and the STEM workforce and transitions. Studies that examine issues of specific racial and ethnic groups, social classes, genders, or persons with disabilities are encouraged.

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AI for Earth Innovation
National Geographic Society / Microsoft Corporation

Application due: Oct. 9, 2019

To address the many pressing scientific questions and environmental challenges facing our planet, we must increase global understanding of how human activity is affecting natural systems and create a community of change, driven by data and cutting-edge technology. Modern technologies, such as satellite and remote imaging, bioacoustic monitoring, and genomics, have led to massive and more complex data sets. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can capitalize on the information potential of such data, leading to faster and more meaningful insights and creating the potential for transformative solutions.

The National Geographic Society and Microsoft's AI for Earth Program are partnering to support novel projects that create and deploy AI tools to improve the way we monitor, model, and ultimately manage Earth's natural systems for a more sustainable future. The grants given by the partnership will support projects that create and deploy open source trained models and algorithms that make key analytical processes more efficient in the environmental field. As an additional opportunity, Microsoft will help the successful proposals make the completed models available for use by other environmental researchers and innovators.

Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, higher global temperatures, and increased ocean acidity threaten human health, infrastructure, and the natural systems we rely on for life itself. Proposed work should create generalizable, scalable tools that use AI for conservation in at least one of the following core areas:

Climate change: Countries and communities around the world are engaged in climate resilience, adaptation, and mitigation efforts. AI can help in areas such as:

  • Extreme weather and climate modeling

  • Sustainable land-use change

  • Ecosystem services (including carbon sequestration and afforestation/reforestation)

  • Resilience to extreme-event impacts (droughts, floods, disasters, etc.)

Agriculture: Agriculture must transition to a more sustainable model with lower environmental impact. AI can help in areas such as:

  • Land-use planning and management

  • Precision agriculture

  • Natural resource conservation

  • Sustainable supply chains

  • Climate-resilient agriculture

  • Water efficiency and management

Water: Management of the world's freshwater supply needs to anticipate climate change impacts as well as increasing demand. AI can help in areas such as:

  • Extreme-event impacts on water supply (droughts, floods, disasters, etc.)

  • Water supply (including catchment control)

  • Water quality and sanitation

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Aquatic Habitat Management
Bureau of Land Management (Montana/Dakotas), Department of the Interior

Round One Application due: Aug. 10, 2019
Round Two Application due: Sept. 11, 2019

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages the Nation's most ecologically diverse range of aquatic habitat for fish, wildlife, and invertebrates, totaling more than 150,000 miles of streams and rivers, over three million acres of lake and reservoir habitat, and nearly 13 million acres of wetlands. Properly functioning riparian and wetland areas are critical to sustaining ecosystem functions and services, providing local communities with clean water, habitat for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, reducing erosion and improving water quality, and providing recreational opportunities.

The BLM Aquatic Habitat Management works cooperatively with a wide range of constituents to develop strategies that provide protection for sensitive riparian and wetland areas as well as maintain or restore stream function and stream access to floodplains while supporting multiple uses on public lands. The program manages and guides fish and aquatic habitat conservation, riparian and wetland conservation, control of aquatic invasive species, aquatic organism passage, and monitoring riparian and instream habitat conditions and water quantity and quality condition and trends.

The Aquatic Habitat Management enables the BLM to develop and implement program policy, carry out projects, assure adequate water is available, and maintain vital partnerships at all levels within the Bureau (BLM) to support multiple use and sustained yield on public lands. Management actions emphasize on-the-ground and in-the-water actions that measurably increase the health of fish and wildlife populations to sustain recreational and subsistence uses that enhance or maintain many local economies in the West. In addition, these actions reduce the need to federally list species and work to protect and recover listed species and the ecosystems upon which they depend, as per the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The Clean Water Act guides the BLM's uses of water resources, including water quality and quantity.

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Lung Cancer Research Award
American Lung Association & Thoracic Surgery Foundation

Application due: Sept. 15, 2019

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (and its charitable arm, The Thoracic Surgery Foundation) is collaborating with the American Lung Association to establish the American Lung Association/TSF Lung Cancer Research Award. The purpose of the award is to provide support to investigators conducting research related to lung cancer. Applications that aim to advance medical and scientific research with measurable outcomes, to reduce the burden of lung disease, will be sought.

This grant is for cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, or research or physician scientists who are seeking initial support and recognition for their original research project. Awards of up to $40,000 per year for up to two years are granted to support the work of early-career cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, or research scientists. The awarded funds must be used solely for the direct expenses related to the proposed research project, including salary, services, and supplies; no additional funds will be provided. The award is not to be used to cover indirect expenses, fringe benefits, or expenditures that are not related to the project.

Preference will be given to either clinical- or laboratory-based investigations that are judged likely to generate data that will, in turn, facilitate subsequent funding support for the applicant. In making the awards, emphasis will be placed on originality; clear, concise presentation of a logical project; high probability of successful project completion; and importance of the work toward the advancement of cardiothoracic surgery related to lung cancer treatment. If two years of funding are requested and awarded, a progress report must be approved by the chairperson of the TSF Research Committee prior to release of payment for the second year.

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Pilot Research Awards: Effects of Aging on Multiple Sclerosis
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Pre-Application due: Sept. 9, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 11, 2019

The goal of this Request for Applications is to advance the understanding of how aging contributes to the pathogenesis and natural history of multiple sclerosis (MS) progression and to use this knowledge to reveal potential targets and develop strategies that slow down or stop disability progression.

Areas of high impact for this program include but are not limited to:

  • Approaches directed at removing barriers to OPC maturation to improve remyelination and/or neuroprotection (including stimulation of endogenous repair and cell-based approaches)

  • Therapeutic regulation of senescence to enhance regenerative capacity of neural progenitor cells

  • Determining impact of senescence on microglial/macrophage functions such as clearance of myelin debris

  • Evaluating T and B cell senescence and its contribution to the transition of MS from an inflammatory to neurodegenerative condition

  • Assessing astrocyte-endothelial integrity and maintenance of the blood-brain barrier

  • Determining the contribution of senescent neurons/glial cells to neurodegenerative processes that lead to brain atrophy and disability progression

  • Understanding mechanisms whereby juvenile MS patients experience secondary progressive MS sooner than adult patients, potentially indicating an accelerated aging process and premature biological aging

  • Elucidating the effectiveness of disease modifying therapy in MS during aging

Mechanisms of support:

The Society funds high-risk Pilot Research Awards to quickly test novel ideas. Funding is provided for one year to eligible researchers to test innovative, cutting-edge ideas or untested methods to understand the impact of aging on MS, and to gather enough preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding. We welcome applications for studies related to MS that may serve to advance our mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function and improving quality of life, and preventing MS. The Society supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care and rehabilitation.

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Plant Conservation and Restoration Management
Bureau of Land Management (Montana/Dakotas), Department of the Interior

Round One Application due: Aug. 11, 2019
Round Two Application due: Sept. 11, 2019

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, which 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 more than 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.

In 2019, the Montana/Dakotas BLM is focusing work in areas to facilitate meeting the priorities of the Administration, Secretary, Congressional appropriations, and the Bureau. Accessibility to native plant materials is crucial for the restoration of keystone wildlife habitats. Healthy habitats will lead to expanded recreational access, and hunting and fishing opportunities have improved habitat for western big-game winter range and migration corridors and recovery of lands damaged by wildfire.

Program Strategic Goals:

  • Restoring or improving wildlife habitat or reducing threats to habitat or species;

  • Developing genetically appropriate native plant material for use in habitat restoration;

  • Inventory and prioritization of plant populations;

  • Implementing and assessing restoration efforts through monitoring;

  • Collaborating with farmers and conservationists to increase BLM Stock and Foundation seed amounts to use on larger Seed Increase IDIQ contracts so that commercial availability of genetically diverse, locally sourced seed for restoration, rehabilitation and reclamation projects is increased at a larger and provenance specific scale;

  • Initiating or refining Source Identified Seed Certification programs via partnerships with state seed certifying agencies;

  • Inventorying, monitoring and restoring rare plant species and their associated communities to include development of conservation strategies/plans that include best management strategies and reporting on the condition and trend of rare plant species and their habitat;

  • Increasing and improving pollinator habitat;

  • Expanding public education programs and outreach; and

  • Database creation, and management and analyses, including geospatial, collaborative web service or support and training.

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Practice Research Training Scholarship
American Academy of Neurology

Application due: Oct. 1, 2019

The American Academy of Neurology is pleased to offer a two-year award to support practice-based research, which is defined as "clinical research that evaluates translation of evidence into best clinical practice." This may include evaluation of health services, quality of care, implementation of therapies, physician performance, or patient adherence. It is intended to create unique training opportunities previously difficult to access for neurologists.

This award aims to recognize the importance of good practice-based research or comparative effectiveness research (CER) and encourage young investigators to use studies to improve health systems and services. The AAN Research Program demonstrates the AAN Board of Directors' dedication to promoting neurology and neuroscience research and training.

This award consists of a commitment of $65,000 per year for two years, plus a $10,000 per year stipend to support education and research-related costs for a total of $150,000. Supplementation of the award with other grants is permissible, but to be eligible to apply for this award, the other grant source(s) cannot exceed $75,000 annually.

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Robert W. Katzman, M.D., Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Alzheimer's and Dementia Research
American Academy of Neurology / Alzheimer's Association / American Brain Foundation

Application due: Oct. 1, 2019

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) strives to promote the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care and enhance member career satisfaction. To that end, and in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association and the American Brain Foundation, AAN is inviting applications for the Robert W. Katzman, M.D., Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Alzheimer's and Dementia Research.

A single award of $65,000 per year will be presented for two years, plus a $10,000 annual stipend will be awarded to a young investigator in support of clinical research related to Alzheimer's and related dementias. For the purpose of this scholarship, research is defined as "patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects, or translational research specifically designed to develop treatments or enhance diagnosis of neurologic disease. These areas of research include epidemiologic or behavioral studies, clinical trials, studies of disease mechanisms, the development of new technologies, diagnostic tests after clinical trials in phase 1, and health services and outcomes research." Disease-related studies not directly involving humans or human tissue are also encouraged if the primary goal is the development of therapies, diagnostic tests, or other tools to prevent or mitigate neurological diseases.

To be eligible, applicants must be an AAN member and must have completed residency or a Ph.D. no more than five years prior to the beginning of the award (July 1, 2020). If applicants have completed both their residency and a Ph.D., eligibility is based on when residency was completed.

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Sony Research Award Program
Sony Corporation of America

Application due: Sept. 15, 2019

As part of one of the world's most innovative and recognizable brands, the Sony Corporation is committed to support university research and innovation in North America, while also fostering partnerships with university faculty and researchers. The Sony Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculty to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.

Faculty Innovation Award

Global research and development at the Corporation enables Sony to foster innovative ideas that could ultimately lead to future technology advancements and company growth. In order to accelerate and expand the creation of new ideas, Sony would like to partner with universities. This partnership will help cultivate advanced concepts and fertilize Sony's own research and development. The Sony Faculty Innovation Award provides up to $100K in funds to conduct pioneering research.

Focused Research Award

Solid research is the underlying driving force to crystallize fearless creativity and innovation. While Sony is committed to run in-house research and engineering, the Corporation is also excited to collaborate with academic partners to facilitate exploration of new and promising research. The Sony Focused Research Award provides an opportunity for university faculty and Sony to conduct this type of collaborative, focused research. The award provides up to $150K in funds and may be renewed for subsequent year(s).

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Technology Research Grants
Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Agency Letter of Intent (LOI) due: June 10, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): Sept. 16, 2019

The purpose of the Technology Research Grants is to support technology research in the field of surgical robotics or related fields. Successful proposals will address clinically-relevant technology development. Grants will be awarded to researchers at non-profit academic institutions worldwide. Awards will be conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application.

Principal Investigators are encouraged, although not required, to submit proposals that fall into one or more of the following Grant Categories:

  • Instruments and Accessories: Research focused on instruments and accessories (I&A) that, together with a robotic surgical system, enable surgeons to deliver improved therapy for better treatment of patients.
  • Intelligent Systems: Research focused on new technologies or algorithms that improve the capabilities of da Vinci systems based on data-driven models of the surgeon, the da Vinci system, and/or the environment.
  • Navigation and Guidance: Research focused on developing technology to improve surgical outcomes by navigation and guidance solutions.
  • Novel System Architecture: Exploration of novel system-level concepts for robot-assisted intervention.
  • Training Technologies: Research focused on developing and testing computerized hardware and software to train or evaluate the technical skills required by members of a da Vinci surgical team.
  • User Interface/Controls: Pursue research on methods that augment human-in-the-loop perception, decision-making and control when performing minimally invasive surgical tasks.
  • Vision: Research focused on developing and testing imaging hardware and software to augment surgeon knowledge about anatomy, tissue or disease state.

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7-12 Classroom Research Grants
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Application due: Nov. 1, 2019

The National Committee of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All suggests that teachers must identify what counts as evidence of student progress toward mathematics learning goals and reflect on evidence to inform the planning of future instruction. In addition, teachers should work collaboratively with colleagues, families, and community members to ensure that all students have the support they need to maximize success in the mathematics classroom.

To that end, the NCTM is accepting applications for classroom-based research in pre-college mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. Grants of up to $6,000 each will be awarded to mathematics educators or classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grade 7-12 level. The research must be a collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grade 7-12 classroom teachers (individuals who spend half or more of their work time teaching in the classroom).

The proposal may include but is not restricted to research on curriculum development and implementation, involvement of at-risk or minority students, student thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts, connection of mathematics to other disciplines, focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant), and/or innovative assessment or evaluation strategies.

Involvement of pre-service teachers is encouraged but not required. This research should lead to a draft article suitable for submission in the Mathematics Teacher Educator, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, or other NCTM school journal. Proposals must also address the following: research design, the plan for collecting and analyzing data, and the anticipated impact on students' learning.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a current Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM.

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Call for Pre-Proposals for Research and Education
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program

Pre-Proposal due: May 28, 2019, 12:00 noon MDT
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Nov. 8, 2019

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program announces the Call for Pre-Proposals for Research and Education grants for 2020.

Western SARE funds proposals that examine creative and innovative research and extension/outreach approaches, and technologies that advance Western SARE goals that are economically viable, protect the environment, and are socially responsible. Western SARE projects must contain both research and education components and involve agricultural producers from inception to finish in the planning, design, implementation, and educational outreach of any Western SARE-funded project.

Requirements for Research and Education Pre-Proposals:

  • Incorporate both research and education
  • Bring together a team of researchers, ag professionals, and producers to plan and implement the project
  • Include a minimum of three separate producers
  • Outline educational outreach plans for producers and agricultural professionals
  • Produce quantifiable scholarly and educational products for producers and agricultural professionals
  • Address the goals of Western SARE

Internal MSU Procedure:

  1. Use the Office of Sponsored Programs electronic proposal clearance form available at http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/.

    * Prepare a Pre-Proposal.
    * The Organization is the Home Org of the PI.
    * If there are Co-PIs on the Pre-proposal, their organization(s) should be added for approval using the Add Approval tab in the ePcf.
    * Contact/Accountant Add Jenifer von Sehlen.
    * Select the sponsor Western Sare Host Institution (WESSAR).
    * Enter the Program ID as WS1RE.

  2. Include your Project Basic Information, Project Team, Project Summary and Narrative as attachments on the proposal clearance form.
  3. Pre-proposals are due to the Sponsor by Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 12:00 noon MDT and must be submitted online at http://projects.sare.org.
  4. For assistance with your MSU electronic proposal clearance form, please contact Jennifer Nesbitt in the MSU Office of Sponsored programs at jnesbitt@montana.edu.

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The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund Research Grants
The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund (MCPF)

Application due: Oct. 31, 2019

The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund (MCPF) is committed to developing effective therapies (cures) for paralysis associated with spinal cord injury and other disorders of the central nervous system (CNS).

MCPF funds activities that hold promise of identifying therapies (cures) for paralysis in humans. MCPF specifically places projects in the research pipeline, that is, enables scientists to develop the proof concept data necessary to apply for larger NIH grants. The development of effective therapies for chronic injury is a high priority for the organization. Basic research will be supported if it has clear potential to accelerate progress at the applied end of the continuum and/or if it reflects innovative research or a "change of direction."

The focus areas are:

  • Understanding the effects of spinal cord injury at the cellular level, particularly with emphasis on that which determines apoptosis and/or prohibits regrowth. As stated above, if the proposed project is at this level, it is important that the proposal demonstrate how the project is a change of direction, innovative research or can be quickly moved to therapeutic application.

  • Studying strategies to promote neuronal growth and survival, encourage the formation of synapses, enhance the production of myelin, restore conduction capabilities, or otherwise lead to restoration of the compromised circuitry in the acutely and chronically injured CNS.

  • Evaluating new therapies in clinical trial.

In addition to those elements listed above, MCPF will also take into account projects that:

  • Encourage promising new investigators to undertake research on regeneration and recovery, particularly with respect to the spinal cord;

  • Encourage researchers who are well-established in other areas to transfer their efforts to spinal cord research; and

  • Enable researchers with novel ideas to test their ideas and develop pilot data for seeking larger awards from NIH and other funding sources.

Either senior scientists or postdoctoral fellows may serve as principal investigators. If the latter, the applicant must submit a letter of support from the laboratory's senior scientist, as well as two other appropriate letters of reference.

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Farmers Advocating for Organic
Organic Valley

Agency LOI due: Sept. 1, 2019
Full Application due (by invitation only): TBA on Nov. 15, 2019

Organic Valley is accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) for its Farmers Advocating for Organic (FOA) program. The largest farmer-fund grant program in the U.S. and one of the few focused solely on organic, the FAO program seeks to address the long-term needs of the organic marketplace and the future of organic agriculture by supporting the development of long-term solutions.

To that end, grants ranging between $5,000 and $50,000 will be awarded in support of research, education, and advocacy projects designed to protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers.

The program currently prioritizes projects within the following categories:

Understanding Organic -- Projects that result in broader consumer and public understanding of the benefits of organic food and farming.

Cultivating CROPP Cooperative Community -- Projects that strengthen CROPP Cooperative by building community among and between farmers and employees.

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FY2020 Office of Weather and Air Quality Research Programs
U.S. Department of Commerce

Agency LOI due (encouraged): Sept. 17, 2019
Full Proposal due: Nov. 20, 2019

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ) is soliciting proposals for weather, air quality, and earth-system modeling research reflecting multiple science objectives spanning time scales from hours to seasons, and from weather and water observations and earth system modeling to social and behavioral science. There will be three grant competitions from this notification valued at approximately $7,000,000 as follows: 1) Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI), 2) Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment - Southeast U.S. (VORTEX-SE), and 3) Climate Testbed (CTB).

In alignment with the Weather Forecasting and Innovation Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-25), the funded projects should improve NOAA's understanding and ultimately its services of weather and water forecasting through engagement with the external scientific community on key science gaps of mutual interest. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA will support new weather, water, climate, earth system, and air quality observing and forecasting applications, including improved analysis techniques, better statistical or dynamic forecast models and techniques, and communication of that information to better inform the public.

To achieve success with these objectives, selected projects should focus on advancing science and technology from the research stage to commercialization or prototype products that NOAA could further develop into practical applications and operations. For the purposes of NOAA-funded projects, the maturity of projects is broadly classified using Readiness Levels (RLs), as adopted by NOAA and other federal agencies. The numerical RL scale from 1 to 9 is designed to track project maturity across the progressive spectrum from research to development to demonstration to deployment.

Depending on the program objectives, the individual competitions within this notice of funding opportunity may favor projects at specific stages of maturity as signified by their estimated current RL. Program-specific project maturity considerations for funding are included in Section I.A "Program Objective." While all programs in this funding opportunity encourage an acceleration of research toward operationalization, commercialization, and/or other application, no program directly supports an actual research-to-NOAA operations transition (i.e., the RL 8-to-9 transition) itself; however, any projects that produce output that may be adopted into NOAA operations after their conclusion are expected to work with NOAA operational center representatives to develop strategies for the potential transition performed by NOAA.

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Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Pre-Proposal due: July 15, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Nov. 15, 2019

The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award provides $500,000 over five years to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters.

The PATH program provides opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study what happens at the points where the systems of humans and potentially infectious agents connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of these encounters: how colonization, infection, commensalism, and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones.

From this year forward, microbiome-related proposals must be infectious disease focused to compete well in this program.

PATH is a highly competitive award program that provides $500,000 over a period of five years. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry, stimulating higher risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing understanding of how infectious diseases work and how health is maintained.

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Unfunded Needs Study
Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT)

Agency Letter of Interest due: Oct. 1, 2019
Full Proposal due (by invitation only): TBA

The intent of this project is to develop an unfunded operating need estimate for the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). It shall begin with a review of the existing data of asset conditions at WYDOT and interviews with key personnel for input of needs.

The needs shall encompass at a minimum:

  1. Surface transportation, both construction and maintenance;

  2. Computer systems, especially the Revenue Information System (RIS);

  3. Telecommunications;

  4. Airport improvements;

  5. Fleet;

  6. Emergency communications (WYOLINK); and

  7. Buildings, including construction, modernization and deferred maintenance.

The Consultant shall propose a prioritization process since there will never be enough funds to fulfill all the needs. Manpower needs due to new technology shall be addressed. Measures shall be defined to determine needs to the transportation system. A risk analysis shall be conducted to discuss the consequences of possible disruptive technologies such as autonomous vehicles. Gathering public input shall be included as part of the study.

The resulting tradeoff analysis shall be supported by documentation necessary to replicate the information in the future. The final report shall be provided in both printed and electronic format. The final deliverables shall include in-person briefings to the WYDOT Executive Staff, the Transportation Commission, and the Joint Legislative Committee on Transportation, Highways, and Military Affairs.

This project is tentatively scheduled for a presentation to the Transportation Commission in September 2020 and the Joint Legislative Committee on Transportation, Highways, and Military Affairs in October 2020, and the final report ready by May 2021.

For more information please contact WYDOT representatives Kenneth Sisson, Engineering Services, at (307) 777-4144 or David Griffin, Engineering Services, at (307) 777-4488.

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Allergic Respiratory Diseases Research Award
American Lung Association

Application due: Dec. 13, 2019

Research is crucial to a future where lung disease no longer threatens the health of our families and friends. The American Lung Association and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Allergic Respiratory Diseases Research Award represents a joint effort to encourage and support applicants holding a primary faculty appointment in an allergy/immunology division conducting research into advancing the understanding of allergic respiratory disease. One of goals of this collaboration is to fund researchers at important crossroads of their careers.

The Allergic Respiratory Diseases Research Award is for $75,000 per year, for up to two years.No more than 75% of the requested budget may be used for an awardee's salary and/or fringe benefits and no more than 30% of the total award budget may be used to fund the purchase of permanent equipment. Grant funds may be used for the salary and fringe benefit costs of personnel other than the Applicant. Grants are subjected to annual review, the second year of support is based on demonstrating satisfactory progress, as well as, the availability of funding from both organizations.

Award recipients will be selected by a review panel composed of American Lung Association and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology representatives. Awards are administered by the American Lung Association, but the funding of the awards is split equally by the associations.

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NSF Approves Biographical Sketch Format for Proposal Submissions
National Science Foundation

Anticipated Effective Date: January 2020

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

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

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

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2019 Global Breast Cancer Competitive Research Grant Program
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals

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

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

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

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

Expected Approximate Monetary Range of Grant Applications

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

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

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

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Lung Cancer Discovery Award
American Lung Association

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

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

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

  • Significantly improve and transform diagnostic and therapeutic paradigms;

  • Foster innovation, use novel approaches; and/or

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

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

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

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Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP)
Cancer Research Institute

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

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

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

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

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

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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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