This week’s funding opportunity notices (weekly)

  • BLM CA has been working with the Amargosa Conservancy for establishing baselines for ground water hydrographs within the region. BLM has installed monitoring wells on public lands within the Amargosa River ACEC. With both BLM and Amargosa Conservancy having the same end results in working with private landowners to conduct much of the restoration on BLM and private lands in the region. BLM will continue to work on joint restoration planning and coordination to continue the monitoring of ground water and control invasive species and restore habitat within the California portion of the Amargosa River watershed. The benefit of having a recipient monitoring resources in addition to the ground water will assist BLM in the development of the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River AWSR management plan especially in data development. A recipient must be able to access all data for this projects that have transpired for the past several years and BLM needs to stay consistent with the same database lines.

    tags: grants conservation

  • In September 2000, the Pew Environmental Health Commission issued a report entitled “America’s Environmental Health Gap: Why the Country Needs a Nationwide Health Tracking Network.” In this report, the Commission documented that the existing environmental health systems were inadequate and fragmented and recommended a “Nationwide Health Tracking Network for disease and exposures.” In response to the report, Congress appropriated funds in the fiscal year 2002’s budget for the CDC to address this issue. What is Environmental Public Health Tracking? Environmental Public Health Tracking (Tracking) is the integrated surveillance of health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and local sources. These systems are critical in preventing and controlling disease in populations. Having accurate and timely tracking data permits public health authorities to determine temporal and spatial trends in disease and potential environmental exposures, identify populations most affected, and develop and assess the effectiveness of policy and environmental public health interventions. Tracking involves the utilization of data and information regarding health outcomes, environmental hazards, and human exposures, or a combination of them, and provides important information for public health practice. The availability of these types of data in a standardized network will enable researchers, public health authorities, healthcare practitioners, and the public to have a better understanding about the possible associations between the environment and adverse health effects. What is the National Tracking Network? A key characteristic of Tracking is the emphasis on data integration across health, human exposure, and hazard information systems. The National Tracking Network (Tracking Network) provides the United States with standardized data from multiple health, exposure, and hazard information systems that includes linkage of these data as part of regular tracking activities. The Tracking Network builds on separate ongoing efforts within the public health and environmental sectors to improve health tracking, hazard monitoring, and response capacity. Development of the Tracking Network depends on the availability, quality, timeliness, compatibility, and utility of existing hazard, exposure, and health outcome data. The major functions of the Tracking Network are to: • Enable compilation of a core set of nationally consistent health and environmental data and measures • Discover, describe, exchange, analyze, and manage data • Make tools available for managing and analyzing the data • Provide environmental public health information to the public Building a network to carry out these functions requires that many individuals and organizations coordinate efforts to develop and integrate various components to make data and information more accessible and more usable. Currently, CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking Program) funds 26 states/cities and works collaboratively with several prominent national partners to maintain and enhance the capabilities and reach of the Tracking Network. The CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking Program and NAPHSIS Since 2002, the CDC Tracking Program has developed workforce capacity to address the abovementioned issues and provided tools and infrastructure to support this workforce. Data that was previously disjointed is now available in a nationally standardized format (i.e., Tracking Network) allowing programs to begin bridging the gap between health and the environment. This cooperative agreement will support the ongoing collaboration with the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) to assist with the development of standards and principles to effectively administer or integrate public health statistics and information systems into the Tracking Network. NAPHSIS will market Tracking Program activities and products to promote greater collaboration among vital records, health statistics, and health information systems professionals in providing environmental and health data information to policy makers and the public.

    tags: grants health

  • This program is a continuation of the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) that began in FY 1998 as part of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). Since the inception of the NPGI and the PGRP, there has been a tremendous increase in the availability of functional genomics tools and sequence resources for use in the study of key crop plants and their models. Proposals are welcomed that build on these resources to develop conceptually new and different ideas and strategies to address grand challenge questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale. There is also a critical need for the development of novel and creative tools to facilitate new experimental approaches or new ways of analyzing genomic data. Especially encouraged are proposals that provide strong and novel training opportunities integral to the research plan and particularly across disciplines that include, but are not limited to, plant physiology, plant breeding, quantitative genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and engineering. Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2015: (1) Genomics-empowered plant research (RESEARCH-PGR)to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research (TOOLS-PGR) including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; (3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, (4) Early CareerInvestigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (ECA-PGR) to increase the participation of early-career scientists in plant genome research. Proposals addressing these opportunities are welcomed at all scales, from single-investigator projects through multi-investigator, multiinstitution projects, commensurate with the scope and scale of the work proposed. The PGRP encourages proposals from investigators and institutions that have not participated in the program before.

    tags: grants biomed

  • Olfaction is an evolutionarily primitive sense critical for survival across the animal kingdom – finding food, searching for mates, or avoiding predation all depend on detecting, identifying, and discriminating odors. Although early steps in olfactory processing are relatively well understood, significant gaps remain in our understanding of higher-order odor representations and processing during on-going behavior. Deciphering the operating principles of olfaction requires the development of innovative and integrative approaches that combine novel theoretical frameworks, improved mathematical models, and novel behavioral paradigms across the phylogenetic spectrum, experimental methodologies, and engineering principles. This solicitation describes an Ideas Lab on “Cracking the Olfactory Code.” Ideas Labs are intensive workshops focused on finding innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab organized by the Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Directorates at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to facilitate the generation and execution of innovative research projects aimed at understanding the nature of olfactory processing and sensory representations in the brain in general. The aspiration is that mixing researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds will engender fresh thinking and innovative approaches that will transform our understanding of olfactory processing in behavioral contexts while spawning new opportunities to elucidate the general nature of sensory representations in the brain. This multi-directorate program is one element of NSF’s multi-year effort towards the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative (http://www.nsf.gov/brain/). US researchers may submit preliminary proposals only via FastLane for participation in the Ideas Lab in which a set of multidisciplinary ideas will be developed. These multidisciplinary ideas will be submitted as full proposals.

    tags: grants biomed

  • The mission of the CESU Network is to promote, conduct, and provide research, technical assistance, and education services nationwide in support of the missions of participating federal agencies and their partners concerning natural and cultural resource management on federal and-or private lands and waters. Also in order to achieve this mission, each CESU project is conducted cooperatively and with substantial involvement by and benefits to federal and nonfederal partners. Each project must also be consistent with the mission of the individual CESU through which it is administered. This announcement is part of the master agreement L13AC00082 These projects involve assisting the BLM with long term adaptive management and ongoing planning on Fort Ord National Monument-FONM by continuing the university student and volunteer programs for young people to learn about but not limited to: restoration ecology, studying grassland and woodland ecosystems, watersheds, evaluating existing management actions, providing management guidelines for future actions, inventory, monitoring, evaluation, and evaluating field plots for determining new techniques to improve results of BLMs habitat restoration on FONM.

    tags: grants conservation

  • Collect populations of native forbs, shrubs and grasses for BLM Seeds of Success program, and conduct germination studies of target species to understand native species requirements.

    tags: grants biomed

  • The goal of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is to target the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem by funding and implementing federal projects that address these problems. As part of this initiative, the two bird habitat joint ventures that are in the Great Lakes watershed the Upper Mississippi and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture and the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture will be working with the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs in the Midwest and Northeast Regions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to competitively fund state and other partner projects for long term habitat restoration, enhancement or protection, for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds. Preference will be given to activities that help meet the habitat goals of the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture Implementation Plan or the Lower Great Lakes St. Lawrence Plain (BCR 13) Bird Conservation Region Plan, other relevant bird conservation plans, and State Wildlife Action Plans.

    tags: grants conservation

  • The National Institute of Mental Health announces the availability of one-year administrative supplements to support on-going NIMH-supported research.Investigators with active NIMH-supported research grants can request supplemental funding in FY2015 for continued research in one of the NIMH identified priority areas.NIMH has identified specific areas of interest in accordance with its goal of accelerating mental health research as described in the Institutes Strategic Plan.

    tags: grants mental

  • The purpose of this FOA is to support mechanistic, genetic, and other studies to evaluate causes and consequences of and risk factors for sudden cardiac death in the young. Studies are required to use data and DNA samples from the Sudden Death in the Young Case Registry (described below) as foundations for their research. 

    tags: grant biomed

  • The purpose of this Big Data to Knowledge funding opportunity (FOA) announcement is to support the development of new or significantly adapted interactive digital media that engages the public, experts or non-experts, in performing some aspect of biomedical research via crowdsourcing. To be responsive to this FOA, each application is expected to pose a challenging biomedical research problem and propose the development of engaging interactive digital media that incorporates crowdsourcing as a fundamental component of how the problem is solved. The biomedical research problem should be amenable to one or more human computation approaches, as the users must be active participants in the analysis and/or interpretation of data, rather than acting primarily as data collectors or sources of data.  

    tags: grant biomed

  • With this request for applications, USAID seeks innovative applications for a Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems.

    tags: grants agriculture

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers (Short Title: Consumer and Consumer Supporter TA Centers) grants. The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to promote consumer-directed approaches for adults with serious mental illnesses. Such programs maximize consumer self-determination and recovery, promote access to treatment, and assist people with serious mental illness by decreasing their dependence on expensive social services and avoiding psychiatric hospitalization. The entities responsible for providing technical assistance for this program may be either consumer or consumer supporter organizations. (See Appendix III of the RFA for Definition of Consumer and Consumer Supporter Organizations.) The primary recipients of the Consumer and Consumer Supporter TA Centers’ technical assistance activities will be consumers, consumer organizations, or consumer supporter organizations. Additionally, Consumer and Consumer Supporter TA Centers will provide technical assistance in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regions with a focus on those states where consumer organizations and leadership are underdeveloped. In addition, technical assistance may also be provided to state mental health systems serving adults with serious mental illnesses, service providers, and the general public. The National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers 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. The National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers grants are authorized under Section 520A 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 health

  • The purpose of this program is to provide funding to states to enhance/expand their treatment service systems to increase capacity and provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated care, and evidence-based medication assisted treatment (MAT) and recovery support services to individuals with opioid use disorders seeking or receiving MAT. As a result of this program, SAMHSA seeks to: 1) increase the number of individuals receiving MAT services with pharmacotherapies approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorders; 2) increase the number of individuals receiving integrated care; and 3) decrease illicit drug use at 6-months follow-up. For the purpose of this RFA, integrated care is defined as the organized delivery and/or coordination of medical, behavioral or social and recovery support services provided to individual patients in order to produce better overall health outcomes for people that may have multiple healthcare needs. MAT is defined as the use of FDA-approved opioid agonist medications (e.g., methadone, buprenorphine products including buprenorphine/naloxone combination formulations and buprenorphine mono-product formulations) for the maintenance treatment of opioid use disorder and opioid antagonist medication (e.g., naltrexone products including extended-release and oral formulations) to prevent relapse to opioid use. MAT includes screening, assessment (which includes determination of severity of opioid use disorder, including presence of physical dependence and appropriateness for MAT) and case management. MAT is to be provided in combination with comprehensive substance use disorder treatment, including but not limited to: counseling, behavioral therapies and when needed pharmacotherapy for co-occurring alcohol use disorder. MAT is to be provided in a clinically driven, person-centered and individualized setting. Priority will be given to states (listed in Appendix V) that have not only demonstrated a high rate of primary treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita, but that have also demonstrated a dramatic increase in admissions in recent years. These states must include a statement confirming that their state has a rate of change for primary treatment admission for heroin and non-heroin opiates between the years 2007-2012 equal to or greater than 50 percent. In order to receive priority, this documentation must be included in Attachment 5.This program addresses SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative on Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness.

    tags: grants health

  • To provide federal financial assistance to a non- federal entity to accomplish public purposes that further the purpose of the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act of 1988 and the regulations that define the Act. Funding would be provided to conduct scientific research in caves and karst areas on public lands in New Mexico and develop and implement projects that lead to the understanding of its caves, karst systems and associated resources. Funding would be made available to foster consultation and cooperation among stakeholders, interested parties and the public and to organize, finalize and implement projects for the environmental education and interpretation of cave and karst resources and make that information available to the public in a variety of media. Projects funded through this agreement will support stated management goals and objectives for the management and protection of caves and karst lands.

    tags: grants geology

  • Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Alaska Native Education (ANE) program is to support innovative projects that enhance the educational services provided to Alaska Native children and adults. These projects may include the activities authorized under section 7304(a)(2) and (a)(3) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). Note: Congress has expressly authorized the use of FY 2015 program funds for construction of facilities that support the operation of ANE programs. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.356A. Applications for grants under the ANE program, CFDA number 84.356A, must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at http://www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us. You may access the electronic grant application for the ANE program at http://www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.356, not 84.356A).

    tags: grants pedagogy

  • This FOA supports implementation of public health actions related to the Healthy Brain Initiative in the following areas: 1) Use data and information to develop, examine, and deploy effective strategies, identify and address gaps in implementation, create and assess technical assistance tools, and monitor progress in achieving program goals; 2) Engage in environmental approaches that promote inclusion of cognitive health, cognitive impairment and caregiving into community and workplace policies and plans; 3) Support health system strategies to improve early detection of cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease, and increasing awareness among healthcare providers about care partner health and role in care management; and 4) Facilitate the translation and dissemination of information and resources through public health networks.

    tags: grants health

  • The invasion of Dreissena spp. (zebra mussels, ZM; quagga mussels, QM) caused dramatic ecological effects on the Great Lakes ecosystems, which include changes in fish abundance, extirpation of native mussels and profound changes in benthic invertebrates. Until now most dreissenid control measures have focused on reducing mussel settlement in commercially important raw water plumbing; yet, this provides little benefit to ecosystem restoration which is affected by the dreissenid abundance in the natural environment. However, preliminary research in our laboratories has demonstrated that algae produce chemicals that can stimulate or inhibit dreissenid spawning. The stimulatory chemicals may be the normal triggers of spawning that signal when conditions are amenable to larval development; whereas the inhibitory algal chemicals may be protective or toxic signals that prevent predation by dreissenid mussel adults and larvae. Thus, instead of focusing on toxic non-specific chemicals to kill mussels, as are used in water treatment facilities and power stations, we propose to identify and deploy algal chemicals, which are potentially species specific (and therefore more environmentally benign) natural products to regulate dreissenid mussel reproduction to reduce mussel populations at ecosystem scales.

    tags: grants conservation

  • The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate research focused on the role of early-life factors in cancer development later in life.Given that current emerging evidence from limited research indicates a potentially important role for early-life events and exposures in cancer development, it is necessary to better understand 1) the early-life (maternal-paternal, in utero, birth and infancy, puberty and adolescence, and teenage and young adult years) factors that are associated with later cancer development; 2) how early-life factors mediate biological processes relevant to carcinogenesis; and 3) whether predictive markers for cancer risk based on what happens biologically at early-life can be measured and developed for use in cancer prevention strategies. Markers that predict malignancy or pre-malignant conditions would allow assessment of early-life exposures with relevant outcomes without having to wait 50 years for cancer development. Ultimately, a better mechanistic understanding of how early-life events and exposures contribute to the etiology of cancer later in life will allow for the development of effective interventions during pregnancy or early life that may have a profound impact on cancer prevention.

    tags: grants cancer

  • This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) in support of the Human Placenta Project (HPP) aims to support the initial stages of development of entirely new or next-generation placental imaging and assessment technologies and methods that will increase our capability to assess human placental structure and function safely in vivo throughout gestation and to explore the impact of environmental influences on placental structure and function across pregnancy.

    tags: grants biomed

  • The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to advise of funding
    opportunities at the National Science Foundation’s Science of Science
    and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) Program for innovative projects using
    data from STAR METRICS (Science and Technology for America’s
    Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation,
    Competitiveness and Science) or the National Center for Science and
    Engineering Statistics (NCSES).

    tags: grant engineering

  • The purpose of this letter is to invite the submission of exceptionally creative conference proposals. The SciSIP program invites organizers and participants from all of the social, behavioral and economic sciences as well as those working in domain-specific applications such as chemistry, biology, physics, or nanotechnology.

    tags: grant biomed chemistry physics nanotechnology

  • A cancer survivor is a person diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis throughout the person’s lifespan. As of 2008, nearly 12 million cancer survivors were living in the United States; this number is expected to increase to 18 million in 2020. Cancer survivors have long-term adverse physical and psychosocial effects from their diagnosis and treatment, and have a greater risk for additional cancer diagnoses compared with persons without a cancer history. Cancer survivors commonly report negative behavioral, medical, and health care access issues that may contribute to poor long-term medical and psychosocial outcomes. An analysis of over 45,000 U.S. cancer survivors showed that: 1) 15% of cancer survivors continue to use tobacco; 2) 20-25% do not receive recommended cancer screenings; 3) 31% do not engage in any leisure time physical activity; 4) 40 to 50% do not receive flu or pneumonia vaccines; 5) 60% do not have a summary of their cancer treatment; and 6) 25% do not have any instructions (written or oral) for their treatment or follow-up care . CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) supports collaborative cancer control and prevention efforts in all states, the District of Columbia, tribal organizations, territories, and Pacific Island jurisdictions to address the cancer burden in their jurisdictions. In 2010, NCCCP developed six priorities areas of focus for the greatest public health impact; one of the six priorities is to address the public health needs of cancer survivors. The purpose of this FOA is to implement a broad set of evidence-based survivorship strategies in a subset of NCCCP grantees that will have the short-term results of increasing knowledge of cancer survivor needs, increasing survivor knowledge of treatment and follow-up care, and increasing provider knowledge of guidelines pertaining to treatment of cancer. Intermediate outcomes include the development of best practices in survivorship among NCCCP grantees, and identification of capacity needed to sustain a broad program of survivorship interventions. The long-term outcome is the widespread adoption of practice-and evidence-based, sustainable, survivorship activities across many NCCCP grantees, leading to increases in the duration and quality of life of cancer survivors. Strategies employed in this FOA reflect evidence-based methods to address cancer survivor needs, and are designed to increase surveillance and community/clinical linkages. They include identifying cancer survivors and their needs through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance system (BRFSS), using local cancer registry data to populate survivorship care plans [SCPs], and increasing the development or adoption of standardized, measurable patient navigation programs to assist cancer survivors in receiving appropriate cancer treatment and follow-up care, and increasing education of providers on survivor care through the existing survivorship E-learning series. Together, these strategies help to specifically identify and characterize the survivor population, and address survivor needs from diagnosis through treatment and post-treatment.

    tags: grants cancer mental

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