This week’s funding opportunity notices (weekly)

  • To further scientific and technological cooperation between the scientific communities of Germany and the United States, a Letter of Intent was signed on May 27, 2014 to enable U.S.-based scientists and engineers with NSF-funded CAREER awards to pursue research collaboration with colleagues supported through German Research Foundation (DFG) grants.Connecting researchers with complementary strengths and shared interests promotes scientific progress in solving some of the world’s most vexing problems. This international research opportunity is mutually beneficial to the U.S. participants and their hosts through cooperative activities during research visits and also by establishing international research partnerships to enrich future research activities in Germany and the U.S.Under the Letter of Intent, the DFG identifies DFG-funded research groups who wish to host CAREER awardees for research visits of up to one year in connection with their DFG funding. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) invites current CAREER awardees to apply for supplemental funding to support travel for research visits to any identified, appropriate DFG-funded research group. Further, the DCL gives instructions on how to apply and other relevant policies and requirements.

    tags: grant international chemistry biomed engineering physics

  • The project purpose is to identify the key groups influencing use of generic drugs, to determine the informational needs of these groups regarding generic drugs, and to test and revise draft messages designed to address those needs. An important component of this project is capturing the extent to which the findings vary by drug class.

    tags: grants health

  • The purpose of this FOA is to competitively solicit and award R&D projects that will meet the following Objectives: (1) advancing Intelligent Monitoring Systems (IMS) for monitoring, controlling, and optimizing CO2 injection operations. The implementation of a CCS-specific IMS should result in more efficient use of pore space, but also reduce the potential risk and provide mitigation options in real-time for Carbon Storage. And (2) advance diagnostic tools and methods capable of characterizing borehole leakage pathways or fluid flow in existing wells, and advance next-generation materials and methods for mitigating wellbore leakage.

    tags: grants engineering

  • The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and the companion FOA is to solicit applications for computational and functional analysis of gene networks and complex pathways that confer susceptibility to severe mental illnesses. These studies should leverage existing diverse multi-scale datasets and apply a combination of cutting-edge bioinformatics, computational predictive modeling, and systems biology approaches to identify and begin to evaluate novel genetic factors and molecular networks underlying functional pathways relevant to psychiatric disorders to verify their relationship or causality with disease/disease risk.  The computational model predictions should be further replicated through independent datasets and confirmed using biological measures from existing and/or new experimental data.

    tags: grant biomed mental

  • The Bureau of Land Management has been working with the Institute of Applied Ecology (IAE) since 2001 to re-introduce and monitor the Pink Sand-verbena population at the North Spit. The population has been monitored every year since 1997 and has grown from 1,700 plants to over 350,000 plants currently. The Conservation Strategy for pink sand verbena was developed and employed by IAE in 2004. This research and work has been the foundation and guideline for the ongoing monitoring used by IAE that is crucial part of the conservation strategy for this species. Pink sand-verbena is a Species of Concern by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), listed as Endangered by the State of Oregon, listed as threatened with extinction by the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center, and listed as a BLM sensitive species. BLM manual 6840 for Special Status Species provides guidance to conserve listed species and the ecosystems on which they depend. The primary threats to the species include competition from European beachgrass (Ammophila arenaria), habitat disturbance by off road vehicles (ORVs), and changes to the natural disturbance regime. Repeated seeding at Coos Bay North Spit since 1997 have resulted in the largest population of pink sand verbena in Oregon. Seed collected from the North Spit is currently the only seed source available in sufficient quantities for restoration efforts of the species throughout the State. Despite continued management treatments and seeding efforts at the North Spit, recent declines in the size and reproductive effort of plants at the site, and an increase in non-native species has been observed. Continued monitoring of this population combined with assessments of associated vegetation and substrate will allow for quantifying factors that influence successful re-introduction efforts for this dune species. At New River, 50,000-150,000 seeds have been dispersed within swales throughout the fore dune almost every year from 1997 to 2014. The population size has fluctuated dramatically among years and continued seeding, in conjunction with European beachgrass control efforts, is necessary in order to establish a viable population at this site. The New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) is an ideal site for continued re-introduction efforts of pink sand verbena as well as other native dune species as it is already host to a number of native dune species including (but not limited to), Abronia latifolia, Cammisonia cheiranthifolia, Glehnia littoralis and Lupinus littoralis. As recovery efforts for the species move forward, the New River ACEC will provide vital protected (and managed) habitat for Abronia umbellata ssp. breviflora midway through its historic range. The objective of this program is to continue to establish and monitor functioning populations of pink sand verbena at Coos Bay North Spit and New River ACEC. To collect seed at the North Spit population to enhance the North Spit and New River sites , and to expand the repopulation and conservation efforts to other sites.

    tags: grants conservation

  • The State Wildlife Grants Program provides States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, and territories (State(s)) Federal grant funds for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished. Eligible activities include both planning and implementation. Planning activities must contribute directly to the development or modification of the Stateÿfds current Wildlife Action Plan (Plan) approved by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). Implementation activities are activities that a State intends to carry out to execute their Plan. Priority for use of these funds should be placed on those species of greatest conservation need and take into consideration the relative level of funding available for the conservation of those species. Ineligible activities include wildlife education and law enforcement activities, unless the law enforcement or education component is a minor or incidental activity which is considered critical to the success of a project.

    tags: grants conservation

  • The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.The over-arching goal of this NCI R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development. Applications are encouraged that propose innovative, state-of-the-art programs that address the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients, in accordance with the overall mission of the NCI.

    tags: grants cancer

  • The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative targets the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem by funding and implementing federal projects that address these problems. One goal is to improve habitat and wildlife protection and restoration. Using appropriations from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program anticipates funding wetland and associated upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds. Restoration projects will be completed on privately owned (non-federal/non-state) lands. Emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, completing projects within the watersheds of Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The PFW Program is not a traditional grants program; it is a direct federal assistance program. The PFW Program does not solicit projects through a request for proposals. Instead, projects are developed in collaboration and with substantial involvement from PFW field biologists. PFW biologists from eight Great Lakes states work directly with landowners to plan and implement projects based on priorities and geographic focus areas identified in a regional strategic plan. Substantial involvement on the part of the Service is anticipated for the successful completion of the activities to be funded. In particular, the Service will be responsible for the following: PFW biologists provide direct technical assistance to landowners to identify, design and implement voluntary habitat improvement projects, such as wetland restoration, or grassland establishment, on private lands. For more information, contact the local PFW Program office. For office contact information please visit: http://www.fws.gov/partners/contactUs.html.

    tags: grants conservation

  • This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications that propose to understand social determinants of health as they relate to HIV infection and disease outcomes.  

    tags: grant biomed

  • The Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics Program supports innovative research into processes that shape and modify landscapes over a variety of length and time scales. The program encourages research that quantitatively investigates the coupling and feedback among such processes, their rates, and their relative roles, especially in the contexts of variation in climatic, biologic, and tectonic influences and in light of changes due to human impacts. Such research may involve fieldwork, modeling, experimentation, theoretical development, or combinations thereof.

    tags: grant geology

  • The Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry Program focuses on geochemical processes in terrestrial Earth’s surface environmental systems, as well as the interaction of geochemical and biological processes. The program supports field, laboratory, theoretical, and modeling studies of these processes and related mechanisms at all spatial and temporal scales. Studies may address: 1) inorganic and/or organic geochemical processes occurring at or near the Earth’s surface now and in the past, and across the broad spectrum of interfaces ranging in scale from planetary and regional to mineral-surface and supramolecular; 2) the role of life in the transformation and evolution of Earth’s geochemical cycles; 3) surficial chemical and biogeochemical systems and cycles, including their modification through environmental change and human activities; 4) low-temperature aqueous geochemical processes; 5) mineralogy and chemistry of earth materials; 6) geomicrobiology and biomineralization processes; and 7) medical mineralogy and geochemistry. The Program encourages research that focuses on geochemical processes as they are coupled with physical and biological processes in the critical zone. The Program also supports work on the development of tools, methods, and models for the advancement of low-temperature geochemistry and geobiology.
    The Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry Program is interested in supporting transformational and cutting-edge research. The Program is highly interdisciplinary and interfaces with other programs within the Earth Surface Section and with programs in biology, chemistry and engineering.

    tags: grant biomed chemistry engineering geology

  • Background: Counts of sage-grouse (primarily males) attending leks provides a measure of population trend over time and serves as the basis for making annual minimum population estimates. On average, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) with assistance from Oregon BLM annually surveys 36 percent of 733 known lek complexes in Oregon. Leks in remote areas or with other access issues are under-surveyed. The ODFW has identified the need to monitor sage-grouse population trends and to develop a more efficient method for estimating population size, especially for regions where only a subsample of leks can be monitored (2011 Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon). More complete and accurate population data will contribute to improved habitat management for sage-grouse in eastern Oregon. Objectives: The recipient and BLM will collaborate to: Survey a statistically valid sample of leks/complexes to achieve a minimum annual survey of two trend leks/complexes per stratum per Oregon PAC (Priority Area for Conservation), Evaluate and incorporate where appropriate new survey methodology (e.g., transect, infrared surveys) with current sage-grouse data, Annually assess the BLM’s adaptive management triggers for sage-grouse population.

    tags: grants conservation

  • This RFP seeks cost effective proposals from eligible applicants to support national pollution prevention (P2) information needs. In this RFP the Agency is directing P2 information center activities toward three national P2 emphasis areas to more effectively achieve measurable results and demonstrable impact in these targeted areas. Work in the national P2 emphasis areas (NEA) should support the P2 technical assistance work of state programs in promoting use of source reduction techniques by businesses. Applicants will collaborate with other grantees as part of their work in the national P2 information network. Applicants must propose work in one or more of the national P2 emphasis areas and must propose work that addresses one or more regional priorities.

    tags: grants conservation

  • Background: The Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council completed field surveys of over 130 culverts within the watershed. They used data from the field surveys to identify culverts that pose a barrier to fish passage according to the USFS/BLM coarse-screen filter, and to prioritize culverts for replacement across the entire watershed. Geographic Information Systems were used to prioritize culverts based on fish use, barrier severity, available upstream habitat, the presence of impassable culverts downstream, and culvert condition. The Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council received a grant which was used to generate engineering plans for the replacement of 7 high-priority culverts in the Lost Creek and Rattlesnake Creek basins to allow for the passage of juvenile and adult salmonids, and to identify appropriate sites for the addition of large wood structures to improve habitat conditions for fish in the streams where culverts will be replaced. Objectives: The objective of this agreement is to restore temporal and spatial connectivity within the Lost Creek Watershed.

    tags: grants conservation

  • no later than 10 business days before the proposal due date so that NASA will have sufficient time to respond. Only accredited American Indian and Alaskan Native Serving Institutions in the United States are eligible to apply for this NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN). Proposers to this CAN are required to have the following, no later than the due date: 1) a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, 2) a valid registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) [formerly known as the Central Contractor Registry (CCR)], 3) a valid Commercial And Government Entity (CAGE) Code, 4) a valid registration with NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) (this also applies to any entities proposed for sub-awards or subcontracts.) Consult Appendix M Section 3 for more eligibility information. NASA’s Office of Education’s mission is to advance high quality STEM education. Through this solicitation, NASA is strengthening involvement with higher education institutions to ensure that NASA can meet future workforce needs in STEM fields. Participation in NASA projects and research stimulates increasing numbers of students to continue their studies at all levels of the higher education continuum and earn advanced degrees in these critical fields. NASA MUREP American Indian and Alaskan Native STEM Partnership (MAIANSP) goals: • Increase the level of STEM literacy and engagement of the American Indian and Alaskan Native secondary and postsecondary levels through the utilization of culturally relevant and responsive subject matter. • Create a diverse, highly skilled, and motivated future workforce in computer-related sciences. • Advance the understanding of how to effectively teach computer programming concepts to historically underrepresented and underserved populations. NASA MUREP American Indian/Alaskan Native STEM Partnership (MAIANSP) objectives: • Increase the number of historically underrepresented and underserved students who engage/graduate in computer science studies; • Improve the rates at which students, who historically have been underrepresented in NASA-related fields, are awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees at their respective universities in NASA-related fields; • Increase the diversity of the NASA STEM workforce; and • Strengthen two-year and four-year MSIs in their curricula in order to attract more students into STEM-based academic programs, retain them, and prepare them for success when they take the next steps in their education or in their careers. Every institution that intends to submit a proposal to this CAN, including the proposed prime award or any partner whether an informal education institution, other non-profit institutions, state and local Government agencies, and other organizations that will serve as sub-awardees or contractors, must be registered in NSPIRES. Electronic submission of proposals is required by the due date and must be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Such registration must identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal. All principal investigators and other participants (e.g. co-investigators) must be registered in NSPIRES regardless of submission system. Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the system(s) well in advance of the proposal due date(s) of interest to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information. Electronic proposals may be submitted via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or via Grants.gov. Organizations that intend to submit proposals via Grants.gov must be registered 1) with Grants.gov and 2) with NSPIRES. Additional programmatic information for this CAN may develop before the proposal due date. If so, such information will be added as a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) or formal amendment to this CAN and posted on http://nspires.nasaprs.com . It is the proposer’s responsibility to regularly check NSPIRES for updates to this CAN.

    tags: grants stem-ed

  • The OCRP Pilot Award supports conceptually innovative, high-risk/high-reward research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will drive the field of ovarian cancer research forward. The proposed research must demonstrate a clear focus on ovarian cancer (e.g., using tissues, cell lines, datasets, or appropriate animal models, etc.). The proposed research should include a testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale and serve as a catalyst to expand or modify current thinking about and/or approaches in ovarian cancer. Preliminary data are not required, but are allowed, since the goal of this award is to generate preliminary data. The strength of the application should be based on sound scientific rationale and logical reasoning. Clinical trials will not be supported by this award mechanism.

    tags: grants cancer

  • The OCRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award is intended to support meritorious basic and clinically oriented research in ovarian cancer; clinical trials will not be supported by this award mechanism. Research projects may focus on any phase of research from basic laboratory research through translational research. The rationale for a research idea may be derived from a laboratory discovery, population-based studies, a clinician’s first-hand knowledge of patients, or anecdotal data. The application must demonstrate logical reasoning and a sound scientific rationale established through a critical review and analysis of the literature for the application to be competitive. Applications must include preliminary data that are relevant to ovarian cancer and support the proposed research project.

    tags: grants cancer

  • The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) invites applications for financial support for idea-driven, novel research projects relevant to basic, translational or clinical investigation in lupus.Novel Research Grants provide early stage support for exceptionally creative and innovative approaches to major challenges in lupus research. Successful proposals will advance novel hypotheses and/or technologies that have the potential to stimulate new research directions and propel the field forward. Applications will be judged principally on novelty of the hypotheses, scientific quality, strength of approach, relevance to lupus, likelihood of success, and potential impact for those living with lupus. Rationale for the hypotheses proposed rather than amount of preliminary data will be emphasized. Continuations of long-term research projects are not appropriate for this submission.The program goals are to stimulate investigation of underexplored pathways and generate transformative discoveries in lupus that can drive the development of safer and more effective treatments. Investigations into the fundamental mechanisms of lupus and its complications, explorations of novel targets and pathways, and applications involving novel technologies and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged.

    tags: grants biomed

  • USGS Earthquake Hazards Program issues this annual Program Announcement for assistance to support research in earthquake hazards, in the physics of earthquakes, earthquake occurrence, and earthquake safety policy.

    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.Purpose of Program: The HSI Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students. HSI Program grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance the academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability of colleges and universities that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students and help large numbers of Hispanic students and other low-income individuals complete postsecondary degrees. Applications for grants under the HSI Program, CFDA number 84.031S, must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at http://www.Grants.gov.

    tags: grants pedagogy

  • The HHPR Summit is an international meeting supporting human systems research held in Dayton, Ohio with the objective of linking defense and academic research to the commercial domains. The Summit is a forum to generate research knowledge and ideas, recruit and retain key organizations and researchers in the human systems domain, and link research to entrepreneurial outcomes, and diffuse information.

    tags: conference biomed systems computer mental neuroscience behavior engineering

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