This week’s funding opportunity notices (weekly)

  • This Small Business/Engineering Research Center Collaborative Opportunity (SECO) is a supplemental funding opportunity that aims to facilitate the market entry and adoption of products, services, and processes developed by NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II grantees through partnership with an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC). The intent of this funding opportunity is to enhance the impact of NSF’s investments in SBIR/STTR grantee companies via partnerships with ERCs. The specific goal of this opportunity is to strengthen the research capacity of active NSF SBIR/STTR Phase II awardees to speed the entry of their innovations into the marketplace and broaden their portfolio of marketable products through additional research conducted in collaboration with an ERC. The objective of the proposed research is to leverage ERC technology to help improve the competitive position of the proposing SBIR/STTR firm. The participants create a mutually beneficial research and commercialization strategy that joins the small business firm and ERC in the short-term, with a goal of continued collaboration in the long-term.

    tags: grant smallbusiness engineering

  • The USFWS is seeking proposals on behalf of the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative hereafter shown as ABSI LCC. The Mission of the ABSI LCC is to promote coordination, dissemination, and development of applied science to inform conservation of natural and cultural resources in the face of climate change and other landscape scale stressors. This Notice of Funding Availability has multiple Topics. For each the following topics we envision research efforts will primary consist of syntheses and modelling based on existing data and/or climate projections but we are also interested in possible proposals involving field research if leveraging of that existing work sufficiently addresses one or more of our topics. The following four topic areas have been identified by the ABSI Steering Committee as key information needs for managers and communities in the ABSI region relative to climate change: Topic 1: We are interested in an evaluation of how climate change might disrupt trophic function important for key prey species of importance to marine mammals. We are specifically interested in an exploration of shifts in timing and spatial distribution of primary and secondary productivity in areas important to marine mammal species. Topic 2: We want to understand how climate change might facilitate the expansion of parasites, diseases, or other pathogens in marine species important to human communities within the ABSI region. We are interested in syntheses, modelling, projections, etc. that specifically identify climatic thresholds (e.g., ocean temperatures or sea ice extent) that define the ranges of pathogens and the potential for those ranges to change or expand given future projected conditions. We are particularly interested in projects in this topic area that focus on pathogens that affect marine species important to subsistence harvest practices and human health in the region. Topic 3: We want to understand the potential negative effects of climate change on body condition of young of the year for key fish species (e.g., commercial and/or subsistence target species). Specifically, we are interested in syntheses of existing bioenergetics data (e.g., weight vs. fork length, calorimetric or fat content measures, etc.) and analysis of these given projections (hindcasts and/or forecasts) of climate variables to better understand potential climate change effects on recruitment. Topic 4: We want to understand which seabird species might be most vulnerable to changes in prey abundance as a result of climate change effects on trophic function. Specifically, we are interested in a quantitative index of sensitivity to changes in forage abundance and timing that can be applied to seabird species in region. We imagine relevant variables to include things like body mass, cost of foraging, foraging ranges, ability to dive, activity budgets, potential for prey switching, etc. evaluated at the individual species level.

    tags: grants conservation

  • Control, reduce the spread of, and prevent the further invasion and establishment of noxious weeds and pests.

    tags: grants conservation

  • To award research projects that will improve the relability, robustness and endurance of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), stack, and system technology that is nearing commercial viability. This will support the development of commercially viable SOFC technlogy for entry into service products, which will eventually lead to SOFC technology that is viable for large scale central generaton applications.

    tags: grants environment

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (NNH15ZDA004C) entitled NASA SMD Science Education. The full text of the CAN can be found by going to http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ choosing Solicitations, then Open Solicitations, and searching for NNH15ZDA004C. The goal of NASA SMD Science Education is to enable NASA scientists and engineers into the learning environment more efficiently and effectively for learners of all ages. This CAN is to meet the following NASA SMD Science Education Objectives: Enabling STEM education, improving U.S. science literacy; advancing National education goals; and leveraging science education through partnerships. NASA intends to select one or more focused, science discipline-based team(s). While it is envisioned that multiple agreements may be awarded, selection of a single award to support all of SMD science education requirements is not precluded. Awards are anticipated by September 30, 2015. Issuance of this CAN is dependent on programmatic factors, including NASA receiving an appropriation and operating plan containing adequate funding within the NASA budget. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to this CAN are incurred completely at the submitter’s own risk. A virtual preproposal conference will be held on February 17, 2015, at 1:00 PM Eastern Time to provide interested parties with the opportunity to better understand the intent, scope, and selection criteria of this CAN. Information about the preproposal conference will be posted at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ . Programmatic questions regarding this solicitation should be submitted no later than 15 days prior to the proposal due date by E-mail using the character string “Science Education CAN” (without quotes) included in the subject line of all transmissions. The identity of those submitting comments will be held in confidence. Answers to questions about this Announcement and Frequently Asked Questions from the draft CAN text are available on the website at https://nspires.nasaprs.com/ . Note that it is the responsibility of interested proposers to check for such information prior to the submission of their proposals.

    tags: grants stem-ed

  • The goal of the Food Security Challenge Area for FY 2015 is to develop agricultural production research, education, and extension to develop more sustainable, productive, and economically viable plant and animal production systems. This program will also develop regionally adapted crop cultivars and livestock/breeds that contribute to rural economic development and prosperity while enhancing food security. These investments will increase food security by improving agricultural production systems at the regional and national levels and by encouraging diversification of agricultural production.

    tags: grants agriculture

  • The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. For this solicitation the Traineeship Track has one priority interdisciplinary research theme — Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); proposals are encouraged also on any non-DESE interdisciplinary research theme that is a national priority. The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. Whereas the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to more effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports test-bed projects with high potential to enrich, improve, and extend the knowledge base with attention to transferability and innovation. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, museums, and academic partners are encouraged.

    tags: grants stem-ed

  • From coral reefs and lowland rainforests to pine savannas, grasslands and high mountain forest, Central America is home to some of the richest forest and marine ecosystems on earth. Although the region contains less than one percent of the world’s land surface, because of the variety of its habitats and its role as a bridge between North and South America, it possesses a disproportionate share about 7 percent of our planet’s biodiversity. Unfortunately, despite tremendous progress over the last two decades, Central America remains one of the most threatened biodiversity hotspots due to one of the highest land conversion and deforestation rates in both Latin America and the world.

    tags: grants conservation

  • This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications that propose studies of the mechanism of action of a combination of two or more vaccine adjuvants (combination adjuvant). Adjuvants that are used in these studies must already have shown immune boosting activity when used individually in licensed or unlicensed vaccines (e.g. experimental or candidate vaccines). The purpose of this FOA is to build upon the investment the NIAID has already made into adjuvant research, by combining previously identified and characterized adjuvants and characterizing their immune stimulating activity. The Cooperative Agreement grant mechanism allows for coordination of these research efforts with NIAIDs overall adjuvant research objectives. The long-term goal is to promote the development of novel adjuvant combinations which will improve the immunogenicity of vaccines while addressing concerns related to reactogenicity.

    tags: grants biomed

  • NIJ seeks proposals for funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses (as defined by State law) in which actual innocence might be demonstrated. Funds may be used to identify and review such postconviction cases and to locate and analyze associated biological evidence.

    tags: grants biomed

  • Through the Disabilities Annual Program Statement (APS), USAID/Vietnam intends to support a more inclusive Vietnam by expanding opportunities for persons with disabilities. Specifically, USAID/Vietnam hopes to fund multiple awards to local and international organizations to enhance the health and well-being of Vietnamese persons with disabilities through higher quality and sustainable services and awareness and advocacy strengthening.

    tags: grants health international

  • This announcement solicits applications for Early Detection of Vision Problems in Young Children. The purpose of this grant program is to increase the detection and diagnosis of visual impairment in children aged five (5) years and younger in five (5) States by enhancing the capacity of the State public health agencies to use and apply quality improvement principles and practices to implement universal vision screening for preschool-aged children. Funds will be provided to a single entity to convene a learning collaborative comprised of five States to work together jointly to identify challenges, interventions, implementation, and measurement related to implementing universal vision screening for preschool-aged children. To facilitate collaborative learning and quality improvement efforts, the awardee may ask each of the five participating States to consider forming a vision screening quality improvement team. The optimal team would include representatives from the State Title V program, State early childhood and education programs, State health surveillance and information systems (e.g., immunization registry), community health centers, pediatric primary and vision specialty care, and family organizations. The awardee may convene the State teams to apply rapid test cycles to increase coordination among the relevant State agencies, providers, and community organizations to support the tracking, disseminating, and spreading of innovative and promising practices necessary to achieve the program purpose. Program Aim: By 2018, increase by 20 percent over 2011-2012 levels, the proportion of children aged five (5) years and younger who receive vision screening and diagnosis in five (5) States according to the National Survey of Children¿s Health measure. http://www.childhealthdata.org/learn/NSCH To accomplish the program purpose and aim, it is expected the awardee will: · Establish a multidisciplinary project advisory group made up of stakeholders including families and experts who have specialty background and experience in vision screening and diagnosis; · Provide opportunities including a sufficient number of learning sessions, for participating States to dialogue, share experiences, and learn from each other and national experts; · Establish an online platform to facilitate communication, learning, and knowledge transfer across State teams. Provide to participating State teams technical assistance in applying quality improvement methodologies to achieve the following: o strengthen Statewide partnerships and collaboration among key stakeholders, including families, pediatric primary and specialty care clinicians, early childhood and education programs; o address access to screening and diagnosis in hard to reach communities, including rural and Tribal communities and underserved populations; o identify a strategy for tracking and reporting screening results; develop a balance of measures such as outcome, process and balancing for monitoring progress; and provide a plan for dissemination and diffusion of promising practices.

    tags: grants biomed

  • The Kennan Institute seeks fellowship applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Among the aims of the new fellowships are to build bridges between traditional academia and the policy world, as well as to maintain and increase collaboration among researchers from Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S.

    tags: grant international media management polisci history humanities

  • The purpose of this program is to improve mental health outcomes for children and youth (birth to 21 years of age) with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and their families. This program will support the wide scale operation, expansion and integration of the system of care (SOC) approach by creating sustainable infrastructure and services that are required as part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (also known as the Children’s Mental Health Initiative or CMHI).This cooperative agreement will support the provision of mental health and related recovery support services to children and youth with serious emotional disturbances. and those with early signs and symptoms of serious mental illness including first episode psychosis, and their families. The SOC Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements will build upon progress made in developing comprehensive systems of care across the country by focusing on sustainable financing, cross-agency collaboration, the creation of policy and infrastructure, and the development and implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed services and supports. Other activities supported will include the implementation of systemic changes, training, and workforce development. The Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) provides an excellent example of SAMHSA’s Theory of Change (http://store.samhsa.gov/product/PEP14-LEADCHANGE2). Based on data demonstrating improved outcomes for children, youth and families, service system improvements, and a positive return on investment, CMHI has been successful in moving the system of care approach from a demonstration program towards a more wide-scale adoption of the system of care values and principles. The goal is to continue these efforts to ensure that this approach becomes the primary way in which mental health services for children and youth with SED are delivered throughout the nation. The System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements closely aligns with SAMHSA’s Recovery Support Strategic Initiative (http://www.samhsa.gov/about-us/strategic-initiatives). In addition, this program seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served. (See PART II: Appendix G – Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.)System of Care (SOC) Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements are authorized under Sections 561-565 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD.

    tags: grants mental

  • Multiple Awards from the Society of Automotive Historians.

    tags: awards student history

  • The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library have established the Clark-Yudkin Research Fellowship to promote awareness and use of the resources available in the Clark Special Collections Branch of the Air Force Academy’s McDermott Library.

    Awarded annually, Clark-Yudkin fellowships assist visiting researchers with travel and living expenses while working with the Academy library’s scholarly collections. Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000. The amount of a given grant will be determined by the relevance of the proposed research to the library’s holdings and the merits and significance of the project. Applications are invited from senior and early career scholars, recent PhDs, and advanced graduate students. Recipients are expected to complete their fellowship research within one year from the date of the award.

    tags: fellowship history

  • The Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships, established by bequest of George W. Platzman (1920-2008), Professor Emeritus in Geophysical Sciences at the University, are named in memory of George’s brother Robert Platzman (1918-1973), who was Professor of Chemistry and Physics and worked at the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago in the 1940s.

    The program provides up to $3,000 for visiting researchers working on projects that require on-site consultation of University of Chicago Library collections, primarily archives, manuscripts or printed materials in the Special Collections Research Center. The funds can be used for travel, living and research expenses. Support for beginning scholars is a priority of the program, as are projects that cannot be conducted without onsite access to the original materials and where University of Chicago collections are central to the research. Special consideration will be given to applications in the fields of late 19th or early 20th-century physics or physical chemistry, or 19th-century classical opera.

    tags: fellowship physics music theater

  • The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) is a national and regional partnership working to provide observations, data, and new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment. NOAA is requesting proposals for coordinated regional efforts that further the IOOS in two topic areas, 1) sustaining and enhancing comprehensive regional observing systems and 2) verification and validation of observing technologies for studying and monitoring coastal and ocean environments. NOAA invites applicants to submit proposals for one or both of these topic areas, described in detail below, and requests applicants submit separate applications for each topic area. For single topic proposals, clearly identify the topic area and present all required information such that merit reviewers can associate proposal elements (project description, partners, budgets) with the specific topic area. NOAA anticipates making multiple awards, subject to the availability of funds, in amounts ranging from $1,000,000 to $4,000,000 per year, for up to five years.

    tags: grants geology

  • The Fund recognizes that young investigators may find it difficult to remain in pediatric research because of a lack of funding. Therefore, the purpose of this program is to encourage the development of medical research in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area. The Fund will make up to 30 awards total with two funding cycles (15 awards each).

    tags: award health biomed

  • The mission of the Office on Womens Health (OWH) is to provide national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education and innovative model programs. The Department of Health and Human Services has identified violence prevention as a major goal for improving health across several initiatives, including Healthy People. Further efforts are needed to ensure that all aspects of the health care system respond appropriately to women and girls who are victims of interpersonal violence. According to data from the CDC, women are disproportionately affected by intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking; and victims experience many negative impacts and health consequences. (http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs-fact-sheet-2014.pdf; accessed January 10, 2015). Preliminary work supported by OWH highlighted the need for more collaborative violence prevention and health-related programs and projects.Previous work sponsored by OWH has illustrated the need to connect health care providers and public health programs to IPV programs. Strategies have included train-the-trainer methods, clear messaging, and development of services. OWH work also supports the importance of including geographically and ethnically diverse sites to maximize impact and social responsibility to underserved populations. Across all strategies and sites, the over-riding goal has been to develop the connection and support the linkage between systems that provide health care services and IPV programs for women. The next step is to test models that implement the linkages using robust methodologies to test interventions and evaluate programs.

    tags: grants health

  • This Request for Applications (RFA) solicits applications from eligible entities for a cooperative agreement to be awarded pursuant to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II (http://glri.us/actionplan/pdfs/glri-action-plan-2.pdf). Applications are requested for a project to complete chemical analysis in support of the Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program. This RFA is the first Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (“GLRI” or “Initiative) for FY2015.

    tags: grants conservation

  • Study of Golden Eagle dietary responses, to conserve, enhance, and better understand the ecology and habitats of migratory bird species.

    tags: grants conservation

  • This announcement solicits applications for the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (Care Coordination Program). The purpose of the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program is to support the development of formal, mature rural health networks that focus on care coordination activities for the following chronic conditions: diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Care coordination in the primary care practice involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient¿s care to achieve safer and more effective care. Rural Americans are unhealthier, with higher rates of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, CHF, and COPD and have higher rates of high-risk behaviors such as smoking, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition.[1],[2],[3],[4] These high-risk behaviors cause many of the illnesses, suffering and deaths due to chronic diseases and conditions.[5] The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and the high cost of health care in the U.S. bring treatment of the ¿whole¿ person to the forefront, especially as there are often psychosocial (psychological and social) issues related to chronic diseases; for example, there is a link between diabetes and depression. In addition, more mental health problems are seen in the primary care setting than other health care settings; thus, integrating behavioral health care into primary care helps address both the physical and psychosocial aspects of health and wellness. Reviews and reports from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) have shown a positive impact from integrating a team approach to care for a variety of disease conditions.[6] Health care coordination for people living with chronic conditions is vital to providing high quality care, especially in rural areas where access to health care is an issue. The main goal of care coordination is to meet patients¿ needs and preferences in the delivery of high-quality, high-value health care. This means that the patient¿s needs and preferences are known ahead of time and communicated at the right time to the right people; this information is used to provide safe, appropriate, and effective care to the patient. Care coordination is identified by the Institute of Medicine as a key strategy that has the potential to improve the effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of the American health care system. Well-designed, targeted care coordination that is delivered to the right people can improve outcomes for everyone: patients, providers, and payers.[7] Care coordination is especially important in the changing health care landscape where payments increasingly focus on value. The ultimate goal of the program is to promote the delivery of coordinated care in the primary care setting. There are numerous developments in state health policy that support the adoption of care coordination models, including patient centered medical homes (PCMH), accountable care organizations (ACO), and enhanced health information technology (HIT) such as electronic health records (EHR) and telehealth capabilities. Care coordination strategies can be tailored for a rural community¿s resources and challenges. Strategies may include a special emphasis on: recruiting or training personnel to assume care coordination responsibilities or supporting other staff, such as, community health workers, in taking on this role; developing new or making creative use of existing resources, such as co-locating available behavioral and primary health care services; and addressing quality improvement through innovations like telehealth or system redesign using models such as, Six Sigma or the Lean Model, for example.[8] Applicants shall develop creative and innovative approaches to address outcomes in one or more of the three pre-specified disease states, diabetes, CHF, and/or COPD, through application of care coordination strategies. Applicants shall disseminate the information regionally or nationally, including efforts by grassroots, faith-based or community-based organizations. The proposed projects should demonstrate improved outcomes. Applicants may address the prevalence and management of diabetes, CHF, and COPD conditions using innovative or evidence-based care coordination strategies, relevant to their community needs. At a minimum, networks will be asked to report on four outcome measures for each chronic condition (Type 2 Diabetes, CHF and COPD). In addition to reporting on these outcome measures, networks will be also asked to report at least three care coordination measures. Performance on those measures will be aggregated across the funded sites to measure program impact. To review the outcome measures for each chronic condition, please refer to Section IV: Application and Submission Information. To the extent possible, grantees are encouraged to bill for third party reimbursement for covered services and participate in pay-for-performance and other incentive programs[9],[10] in order to aid in the sustainability of the project. By thinking beyond the day-to-day activities and services and planning for sustainability early in the grant cycle, organizations can better position their programs for long-term sustainability and leverage the investment of federal grant dollars to maintain successful programs that improve the health of rural Americans. [1] Downy LH. (2013). Rural Populations and Health: Determinants, Disparities, and Solutions [book review]. Preventing Chronic Disease; 10:130097. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/13_0097.htm. [2] Why Rural America Needs Health Reform. National Rural Health Association. Available at: http://www.ruralhealthweb.org/index.cfm?objectid=A771071A-3048-651A-FEAB6199CED39F8E. [3] Dallas ME. (2012). COPD Deaths Highest in Rural, Poor Areas: CDC. HealthDay News. Available at: http://consumer.healthday.com/diseases-and-conditions-information-37/misc-diseases-and-conditions-news-203/copd-deaths-highest-in-rural-poor-areas-cdc-669692.html. [4] American College of Chest Physicians. (2012). Poverty, rural living linked to increased COPD mortality in the US. Science Daily. Available at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121022080655.htm. [5] Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion. (2014). Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/. [6] Jortberg BT, Miller BF, Gabbay RA, Sparling K, Dickinson WP. (2012). Patient-Centered Medical Home: How it Affects Pyschosocial Outcomes for Diabetes. Current Diabetes Reports;12:721-728. [7] Care Coordination. (2014). Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Available at: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/improve/coordination/index.html. [8] Stanek M, Hanlon C, Shiras T. (2014). Realizing Rural Care Coordination: Considerations and Action Steps for State-Policy Makers. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Available at: http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/issue_briefs/2014/rwjf412058. [9] Pay-for-performance programs can either be from the private-sector such as, the California Pay for Performance Program or from the public-sector such as, the Medicare Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program. An example of an incentive program is the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, which provides financial incentives for the meaningful use of certified EHR technology to improve patient care. [10] James J. (2012). Health Policy Brief: Pay-for- Performance. Health Affairs. Available at: http://healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief_pdfs/healthpolicybrief_78.pdf.

    tags: grants health

  • With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for basic or applied research and development projects that will: (1) increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice or (2) result in the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods that have the potential for forensic application. The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research, research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science, and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes. The operational needs and requirements discussed at NIJ’s FY 2015 Forensic Science Technology Working Group (TWG) meeting may be found at the following link and are intended to assist you in your proposal development: http://www.nij.gov/topics/forensics/pages/forensic-operational-requirements.aspx

    tags: grants criminal

  • This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued as an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.  The Neuroscience Blueprint is a collaborative framework through which 15 NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices jointly support neuroscience-related research, with the aim of accelerating discoveries and reducing the burden of nervous system disorders (for further information, see http://neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/).  The Neuroscience Blueprint is supporting a Lifespan Human Connectome Project (L-HCP) to extend the Human Connectome Project (HCP) (http://www.neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/connectome) to map connectivity in the developing, adult, and aging human brain.   The goal of this FOA is to solicit grant applications that propose to extend the experimental protocols developed through the HCP to children and adolescents to investigate the structural and functional changes that occur in the brain during typical development.  A companion FOA is soliciting applications that apply the HCP protocols to middle age and elderly adults to explore changes that occur during normal aging.  

    tags: grant aging

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funds research leading to patient safety improvements in all settings and systems of care delivery. While many researchers have endorsed a systems model as a way of thinking about entrenched patient safety problems, there has been a scarcity of programmatic activity that actually engages in new design and systems engineering effort, and that is focused on more than singular patient safety concerns.

    This P30 FOA calls for the creation and utilization of Patient Safety Learning Laboratories. These learning laboratories are places and professional networks where closely related threats to patient safety can be identified, where multidisciplinary teams generate new ways of thinking with respect to the threats, and where environments are established conducive to brainstorming and rapid prototyping techniques that stimulate further thinking. Learning laboratories further enable multiple develop-test-revise iterations of promising design features and subsystems of the sort that can be found in larger-scale engineering projects. Once the closely aligned projects or subsystems are developed, integrated, and implemented as an overall working system, the ultimate function of the learning laboratory is to evaluate the system in a realistic simulated or clinical setting with its full complement of facility design, equipment, people (patients, family members, and providers), new procedures and workflow, and organizational contextual features, as appropriate.

    tags: grant health

  • The Collaborative Research on Addiction at the NIH (CRAN) – composed of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and – along with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) intend to jointly fund the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study Consortium using the cooperative agreement award mechanism. 

    The objective of the consortium is to establish a national, multisite, longitudinal cohort study to prospectively examine the neurodevelopmental and behavioral effects of substance use from early adolescence (approximately age 9-10) through the period of risk for substance use and substance use disorders.

    tags: grant mental health behavior neuroscience

  • This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued as an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.  The Neuroscience Blueprint is a collaborative framework through which 15 NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices jointly support neuroscience-related research, with the aim of accelerating discoveries and reducing the burden of nervous system disorders (for further information, see http://neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/).  The Neuroscience Blueprint is supporting a Lifespan Human Connectome Project (L-HCP) to extend the Human Connectome Project (HCP) (http://www.neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/connectome) to map connectivity in the developing, adult, and aging human brain.  The goal of this FOA is solicit grant applications that propose to extend the experimental protocols developed through the HCP to middle-age and elderly adults to investigate the structural and functional changes that occur in the brain during typical aging.  A companion FOA is soliciting applications that apply the HCP protocols to children and adolescents to explore changes that occur during typical development. 

    tags: grant neuroscience aging

  • South Arts is accepting applications from organizations that invite writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from out of state to give readings and conduct educational workshops or similar events.

    Through its Literary Arts Touring initiative, South Arts will award grants of up to $2,500 for literary projects that contain both a public reading and an educational component such as a writing workshop. The project can include single or multiple writers involved in an event (writers series, festivals, or single engagements). The maximum grant request is 50 percent of the writers’ fee(s).  Qualified projects must take place between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.

    tags: grant writing

  • Today, nearly one in eight American adults has diabetes, and diagnosed diabetes costs the United States $245 billion each year.

    By 2050, if our current course as a nation continues, one in three American adults will have diabetes. The cost to this country — in lives, lost productivity and hard dollars — will be an enormous personal and societal burden that could overwhelm our healthcare system and bankrupt our nation.

    America has never faced anything like this before, and we are working to ensure that this frightening future never comes to fruition. Researchers are making important progress in the fight against this disease, but frankly, it’s not fast enough, it’s not dramatic enough, it’s not good enough. There’s a reason for that: It’s not funded enough.

    tags: grant biomed

  • Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today. CPS technology will transform the way people interact with engineered systems — just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New smart CPS will drive innovation and competition in sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation, building design and automation, healthcare, and manufacturing.

    tags: grant systems

  • This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate and expand research on the interplay of genetic and environmental factors in the genesis, course, and outcomes of substance and alcohol use disorders (SUDs). Previous work in genetic epidemiology and molecular genetics has established that SUDs are highly heritable, developmental disorders with important genetic substrates.  Building on these findings, new studies using genetically informative approaches are needed to elucidate the complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors in developmental trajectories of SUDs and comorbid conditions, deepen and refine phenotypic definitions of SUDs, and meet the methodologic challenges of the field.  Such studies hold great potential to promote understanding of the true contributions of both genetic and environmental factors to initiation, progression, comorbidity, adverse outcomes, and cessation of SUDs; to elucidate mechanisms of risk; and to enhance opportunities for translation to treatment, prevention, gene-finding and molecular studies. 

    tags: grant health

  • The purpose of the MEP Consortium Incentive Grant program is to provide incentive grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) that participate in a consortium with one or more other SEAs or other appropriate entities to improve the delivery of services to migrant children whose education is interrupted. Through this program, the Department provides financial incentives to SEAs to participate in high-quality consortia to improve the intrastate and interstate coordination of migrant education programs by addressing key needs of migratory children whose education is interrupted.

    tags: grants pedagogy

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