Collegiate Inventors Competition
The Collegiate Inventors Competition recognizes student inventors whose research and inventions will change our future.
The Competition promotes exploration in invention, science, engineering, technology, and other creative endeavors and provides a window on the technologies from which society will benefit in the future. Entries are judged on the originality and inventiveness of the new idea, process, or technology. The entry must be complete, workable, and well articulated. Entries are also judged on their potential value to society (socially, environmentally, and economically), and on the scope of use.
Students must be enrolled (or have been enrolled) full-time in any U.S. college or university at least part of the 12-month period prior to the date the entry is submitted. In the case of a team (maximum of four students), at least one member of the team must meet the full-time eligibility criteria. The other team members must have been enrolled on a part-time basis (at a minimum) sometime during the 12-month period prior to the date the entry is submitted.
Call for Proposals on Mountains as Sentinels of Change
This call aims at fostering research on climate, environmental and related societal change in mountain regions, considering both new measurements, recovery of existing data, and the development and use of integrated modelling strategies by adopting a strong trans- and inter-disciplinary approach.
Undiagnosed Diseases Gene Function Research (R21)
Diseases Network (UDN) building upon the NIH Intramural Research Programs Undiagnosed Diseases Program (NIH-UDP). Responsive applications will propose to investigate the underlying genetics, biochemistry and/or pathophysiology of newly diagnosed diseases in association with the respective gene variant(s) identified through the UDN. In recent years, gene function studies combined with genetic and genomic analyses and metabolic studies have greatly improved diagnoses of these very rare diseases and advanced scientific knowledge of the underlying pathogenesis. This initiative is funded through the NIH Common Fund, which supports cross-cutting programs that are expected to have exceptionally high impact.
BJA FY 15 PREA Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities
In FY 2013 the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released the 2011-2012 findings from the most recent surveys of jail and prison inmates about incidences of sexual victimization.1 Based on this information, 4.0 percent of state and federal prison inmates, and 3.2 percent of jail inmates within the United States, reported experiencing one or more incidents of sexual victimization by another inmate or facility staff in the past 12 months or since admission to the facility.2 In juvenile facilities, the numbers were even more troubling. An estimated 9.5 percent of adjudicated youth in state juvenile facilities and state contract facilities (representing 1,720 youth nationwide) reported experiencing one or more incidents of sexual victimization by another youth or staff in the past 12 months or since admission, if less than 12 months.3 On June 20, 2012, DOJ published the Final Rule creating standards as required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The standards apply to adult prisons and jails, juvenile correctional facilities, police lockups, and community residential centers. The standards, which took effect on August 20, 2012, seek to prevent sexual abuse and to reduce the harm that it causes. The standards are grouped into 11 categories: prevention planning, responsive planning, training and education, screening for risk of sexual victimization and abusiveness, reporting, official response following an inmate report, investigations, discipline, medical and mental care, data collection and review, and audits.
Hepatitis C Cooperative Research Centers: Immunity to HCV Infection (U19)
The purpose of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research on the host immunological response to Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection with the goal of defining the immune requirements critical to a) protection against HCV infection, and b) successful clearance of HCV infection, conducted through Hepatitis C Cooperative Research Centers (HepC Center(s)).
Research Partnerships for Going to Scale with Mental Health Interventions in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (U19)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications to address implementation questions facing World Bank designated low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in their efforts to scale up sustainable, evidence-based mental health interventions and thereby eliminate the mental health care treatment gap for children, women, and men. The mental health treatment gap refers to the proportion of persons who need, but do not receive care. Each awarded project is to conduct implementation research and research capacity-building activities in LMICs in any one of the following geographical regions: East Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; Middle East and North Africa; South Asia; Sub-Saharan Africa. As a group, awardees will constitute a network for mental health implementation research in LMICs with capabilities for answering research questions about going to scale with mental health interventions, sustaining high-quality mental health care in resource-limited settings, and fostering evidence-based mental health policy and program development on an ongoing basis. This program is not intended to support research that can be conducted primarily in and/or by United States or other high income country institutions.
Development of Novel Tools and Devices to Support the Care of Animal Models and Animal Care Research Facilities (R41/R42)
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages applications from small business concerns (SBCs) for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) projects to develop novel tools and devices to improve handling of laboratory animals, to ease the management of animal facilities, and to enhance experiments which use animal models. The intent is to facilitate the development and implementation of tools and devices to directly benefit the welfare of research animals, and to advance equipment to improve infrastructure and environmental conditions of animal facilities that support biomedical and bio-behavioral research.
Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program – Auxiliary Prevention Projects
i. Purpose: The purpose of these activities is to support the goals of the HHS Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, 2014-2016 (available at http://aids.gov/pdf/viral-hepatitis-action-plan.pdf) by ensuring Hepatitis B-infected pregnant women are identified so that their infants can receive timely post-exposure prophylaxis, improvements in post-vaccination serologic testing to improve efficiencies, and data collection to assess infant outcomes ii. Outcomes: Increased identification of Hepatitis B-infected pregnant women; increased rates of post-vaccination serologic testing among infants born to Hepatitis B-infected pregnant women; and assessment of factors associated with infant outcomes iii. Strategies and Activities: Collaborations: To maximize opportunities for Hepatitis B prevention through vaccination, referral for care, and treatment of persons found to have chronic Hepatitis B infection, this FOA encourages Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program collaborations and service integration as a program imperative of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Such collaborations can increase efficiency, reduce redundancy, eliminate missed opportunities, and improve outcomes through the use of shared data and services. a. With CDC-funded programs: Applicants should create and build upon internal health department collaborations to improve identification of Hepatitis B-infected pregnant women; screen their household and sexual contacts for Hepatitis B and complete vaccination of susceptible persons; refer persons with chronic Hepatitis B infection for care and treatment; and report infants, household, and sexual contacts with chronic Hepatitis B infection to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System. b. With organizations external to CDC: Opportunities for collaboration with non-CDC organizations will be encouraged; non-CDC organizations may include commercial laboratories and health systems, other federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and professional societies. 2. Target Populations: Target populations shall represent a diversity of Hepatitis B-infected pregnant women with regards to race, ethnicity, and country of birth (i.e., U.S.-born versus foreign-born). 1.a. Inclusion: N/A iv. Funding Strategy: N/A b. Evaluation and Performance Measurement: i. CDC Evaluation and Performance Measurement Strategy: The proportion of Hepatitis B-infected pregnant women identified (compared to estimated), compared to prior years based on data submitted by Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Programs; the proportion of infants receiving timely post-vaccination serologic testing (by 12 and 18 months of age), compared to prior years, and identification of barriers to post-vaccination serologic testing to help model best practices; demographic and clinical factors (both maternal and infant) associated with infant outcomes (awardees will collect and manage data and submit to CDC for analysis). ii. Applicant Evaluation and Performance Measurement Plan: Applicants shall describe procedures planned or currently used to carry out and monitor the performance of these activities, including but not limited to tracking progress, reporting, and data collection. c. Organizational Capacity of Awardees to Execute the Approach: Applicants shall describe the anticipated level of organizational capacity needed to implement the award. Organizational capacity includes skill sets such as program planning, program evaluation, performance monitoring, financial reporting, budget management and administration, and personnel management. Applicants shall describe prior and current collaborative efforts with commercial laboratories to improve the identification of Hepatitis B-infected pregnant women. Applicants should demonstrate relevant experience and capacity (management, administrative, and technical) to implement the activities and achieve the project outcomes, experience and capacity to implement the evaluation plan, and a staffing plan and project management structure sufficient to achieve the project outcomes and which clearly define staff roles. Applicants must also be fully capable of managing the required procurement efforts, including the ability to write and award contracts in accordance with applicable regulations. d. Work Plan: Applicants should provide a high-level work plan that covers the duration of the project, with more detail for Fiscal Year 2016. Applicants should clearly describe how the components in the work plan crosswalk to the strategies and activities and outcomes presented in the logic model and narrative sections of the FOA. The work plan is not a separate, stand alone document. e. CDC Monitoring and Accountability Approach: Monitoring activities include routine and ongoing communication between CDC and awardees, site visits, and awardee reporting (including work plans, performance, and financial reporting). Consistent with applicable grants regulations and policies, CDC expects the following to be included in post-award monitoring for grants and cooperative agreements: Tracking awardee progress in achieving the desired outcomes. Ensuring the adequacy of awardee systems that underlie and generate data reports. Creating an environment that fosters integrity in program performance and results. Monitoring may also include the following activities: Ensuring that work plans are feasible based on the budget and consistent with the intent of the award. Ensuring that awardees are performing at a sufficient level to achieve outcomes within stated timeframes. Working with awardees on adjusting the work plan based on achievement of outcomes, evaluation results, and changing budgets. Monitoring performance measures (both programmatic and financial) to assure satisfactory performance levels. Other activities deemed necessary to monitor the award, if applicable. These activities may include monitoring and reporting activities that assist grants management staff (e.g., grants management officers and specialists, and project officers) in the identification, notification, and management of high-risk grantees. f. CDC Program Support to Awardees: CDC and awardees share responsibility for successful implementation of the award and meeting the identified outcomes. CDC will have substantial involvement with this FOA, referring to federal programmatic collaboration or participation that the awardee can expect in implementing the award. Frequent conference calls will be scheduled to assure milestones are met on time and appropriately. CDC will provide technical assistance in the form of commitment of personnel with subject matter expertise in perinatal Hepatitis B and epidemiology/public health. CDC will facilitate information sharing between awardees and subject matter experts through conference calls and other avenues to be determined. CDC will perform analyses on data submitted by awardees. CDC-RFA-PS16-1602 Logic Model: Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program – Auxiliary Prevention Projects Strategies and Activities Short-Term Outcomes Long-Term Outcomes Strategy: Increase identification of Hepatitis B-infected pregnant women Activity #1: Capture-recapture analysis, e.g., review of commercial laboratory testing results for pregnant women, metabolic screening data, immunization registries, etc. to increase identification of infants born to Hepatitis B-infected women for case management and prophylaxis Activity #2: Training providers of women/infants who were not reported prenatally to the Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program of importance of reporting and case management/prophylaxis Narrowing the gap between the expected and identified number of Hepatitis B- infected pregnant women, resulting in an increase in proportion of infants receiving case management and post-exposure prophylaxis Reduction in perinatal Hepatitis B infections with subsequent reduction in early deaths due to cirrhosis or liver cancer Strategy: Improve proportion of case-managed infants receiving post-vaccination serologic testing Activity #1: Enhanced tracking and follow-up procedures of case-managed infants to improve proportion receiving post-vaccination serologic testing, prioritizing infants born to mothers who are Hepatitis B e antigen positive or who have viral loads greater than or equal to 106 copies/mL when these laboratory results are available Activity #2: Identify barriers to post-vaccination serologic testing to help model best practices Increasing rates of post-vaccination serologic testing among case-managed infants, resulting in increased revaccination of nonresponding infants and improved identification and linkage to care for infected infants Reduction in horizontal transmission of Hepatitis B infection with subsequent reduction in early deaths due to cirrhosis or liver cancer; facilitation of medical follow-up for perinatally-infected infants Strategy: Ascertain demographic and clinical factors associated with perinatal Hepatitis B transmission and vaccine response Activity #1: Collect and report data on mothers and infants, including data regarding maternal antiviral therapy, for analysis Ascertainment of factors associated with Hepatitis B transmission and vaccine response Ascertainment of factors associated with Hepatitis B transmission and vaccine response
America’s cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, archives, and other community organizations, but also in all of our homes, family histories, and life stories. The Common Heritage program aims to capture this vitally important part of our country’s heritage and preserve it for future generations. Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture. The Common Heritage program recognizes that members of the public—in partnership with libraries, museums, archives, and historical organizations—have much to contribute to the understanding of our cultural mosaic. Together, such institutions and the public can be effective partners in the appreciation and stewardship of our common heritage. The program supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information—provided by community attendees—about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials. With the owner’s permission, digital copies of these materials would be included in the institutions’ collections. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration. Projects must also present public programming that would expand knowledge of the community’s history. Public programs could include lectures, panels, reading and discussion, special gallery tours, screening and discussion of relevant films, presentations by a historian, special initiatives for families and children, or comments by curators about items brought in by the public. These public programs should provide a framework for a deeper understanding of the community members’ shared or divergent histories. The programs may take place before, during, and/or after the day of the digitization event. Applicants may but need not include in their proposals a topic around which the event and the public programming would be organized. Topics proposed for the public programming may also be proposed for the digitization event. The applicant institution must plan, promote, and organize the event and ensure that a wide range of historical materials can be digitized and also contextualized through public programming. Since the help of additional institutions and organizations in the community may be needed to accomplish this work, the applicant must take responsibility for enlisting appropriate organizations or institutions, such as local libraries and museums, to contribute to the project, as needed. NEH especially welcomes applications from small and medium-sized institutions that have not previously received NEH support.
GeoPRISMS Program (nsf15564)
GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) Program investigates the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management. The GeoPRISMS Program includes two broadly integrated science initiatives (Subduction Cycles and Deformation and Rift Initiation and Evolution), linked by five overarching scientific topics and themes, where transformative advances are likely to occur in the decade 2011-2020, and where a focused scientific program could be most effective. These overarching science topics include 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 3) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and geodynamics. Each of the initiatives has identified primary sites for focused investigations, as well as thematic studies that will complement primary site studies.
Theoretical Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Science
The Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announces its interest in receiving new or renewal grant applications for theoretical and computational research relevant to the U.S. magnetic fusion energy sciences program. Applications selected in response to this FOA will be funded in Fiscal Year 2016, subject to the appropriation of funds by the Congress. The specific areas of interest are: 1. Macroscopic Stability 2. Confinement and Transport 3. Boundary Physics 4. Plasma Heating & Non-inductive Current Drive, and 5. Energetic Particles Specific information about each topical area is included in the supplementary information section of the full Funding Opportunity Announcement, DE-FOA-0001336. Please see the full FOA document for complete details. The full text of the FOA is located on FedConnect. Instructions for completing the Grant Application Package are contained in the full text of the FOA which can be obtained at: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0001336&agency=DOE.
NIJ FY15 Research and Evaluation on Victims of Crime
NIJ has a longstanding history of collaborating with and supporting the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) on research, evaluation, and programmatic projects. Over the years, the shared priorities of OVC and NIJ have resulted in a number of collective projects, workshops, and research. In collaboration with OVC, NIJ is seeking proposals for research on victims and victimization in the following three areas that are of interest to both agencies. 1. Studying the Victim-Offender Overlap. 2. Understanding the Violent Victimization Experiences of Young Men of Color. 3. Research on the Broader Impacts of School Shootings.
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in Vermont (VT). NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 will be up to $225,000. Proposals are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations, individuals, or legal entities for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process. Only projects with a direct nexus to the state of Vermont will be considered.This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for CIG projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant.
International Technology Alliance
A landmark collaboration known as the International Technology Alliance (ITA) in Network and Information Sciences was initiated by the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2006. Awards were made to a Consortium of industrial and academic organizations from the United States and the United Kingdom that along with the US ARL and the UK Dstl formed an international research Alliance that is jointly conducting collaborative research focused on enhancing coalition operations. The key factors contributing to the success of this unique collaborative venture are: joint technical leadership and management by the Alliance (academia, industry, government in both countries); an arrangement fostering an open collaborative research environment to support deep collaboration among researchers; multi-disciplinary research approach applied to key coalition technical challenges; and an innovative transition model that is facilitating the rapid transition of research results to both commercial and military domains.The purpose of this US ARL and UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) ITA Program Announcement (PA) under W911NF-15-R-0003 is to solicit offers that will help to fulfill the research and development goals of the US Department of Army and UK Ministry of Defence. This PA announces a new and innovative opportunity for cooperation between the US and the UK in the area of Distributed Analytics and Information Science (DAIS). The DAIS ITA Program is comprised of two components: (1) the Basic Research Component and (2) the Technology Transition Component. The Basic Research Component will provide for fundamental research, the results of which will be in the public domain, while the Technology Transition Component will provide for the application of the fundamental research results to military, security and commercial applications to foster the best technologies for future defense and security needs. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number for this PA is 12.630 – “Basic, Applied, and Advanced Research in Science and Engineering. “The result of this PA/Solicitation will be the award of three award instruments for the ITA Program. The first two instruments will be issued by ARL and the third instrument will be issued by Dstl. The first instrument will be a Technology Investment Agreement (referred to as TIA-1) for the Basic Research Component of the ITA Program. TIA-1 will be issued under the authority of 10 United States Code (USC) 2371 in accordance with 32 CFR PART 37. The second instrument will be a Technology Investment Agreement (referred to as (TIA-2) for the Technology Transition Component of the ITA Program, specifically for US only transitions and US led joint US/UK transition opportunities. TIA-2 will also be issued under the authority of 10 USC 2371 and in accordance with 32 CFR PART 37. The third instrument, known as the “UK DAIS ITA Transition Contract”, is also for the Technology Transition Component, specifically for UK only and UK led joint US/UK transition opportunities. Individual task efforts will be issued under TIA-2 and the UK ITA Transition Contract dependent on ability to transition the basic research efforts under TIA-1. Both TIA-1 and TIA-2 agreements will be awarded by the U.S. Army to a single Consortium selected for the awards. The UK DAIS ITA Transition Contract will be awarded by the MOD to the UK arm of the Lead Industrial Partner (LIP) of the Consortium selected for the awards.Two Opportunity Day meetings will be held to discuss this PA and to encourage dialogue, interchange and teaming related to responding to the PA. The first meeting will be held at US ARL, Adelphi, MD on Thursday, 29 January 2015. The second meeting will be held in central London in the UK on Tuesday, 3 February 2015. While attendance is strongly encouraged, attendance at these meetings is not a requirement for submission of a Whitepaper or Proposal in connection with the ITA Program. Registration details can be found on the DAIS ITA Program website at http://www.arl.army.mil/ngita. The presentations from those meetings, the list of attendees at both meetings, and the non-proprietary questions posed and answers provided at both meetings will be made available on the above mentioned website. Nothing said during the Opportunity Day meetings will change this PA. Any changes to this PA will be issued via an amended PA being posted in grants.gov. The application process consists of a Whitepaper stage and a Proposal stage. The purpose of requesting a Whitepaper is to minimize the effort associated with the production of a detailed Proposal for an Offeror that has little chance of being selected for funding. The Governments’ decision to invite a Proposal will be based upon the evaluation results of a timely and compliant Whitepaper submission. Only the most highly rated Whitepapers will receive an invitation from the Governments to submit a Proposal. An Offeror that does NOT receive an invitation from the Governments to submit a Proposal is NOT eligible to submit a Proposal and will NOT receive any feedback or a “debriefing” on their Whitepaper. An Offeror invited to submit a Proposal will receive feedback on their Whitepaper. If an Offeror does NOT submit a timely and compliant Whitepaper, they may NOT submit a Proposal for consideration for funding. Whitepapers are due by 4:00am (local time in North Carolina, USA) on 27 April 2015. Details on the proposal submission process will be provided to those Offerors invited to submit a proposal.Awards are expected to be made by May 2016.
nsf.gov – Funding – Cognitive Neuroscience – US National Science Foundation (NSF)
The Cognitive Neuroscience program seeks highly innovative proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of human cognition, including how the human brain mediates action, affect, creativity, decision making, intentionality, perception, social processes, and thought. Topics may bear on core functions such as attention, emotion, empathy, executive processes, language, learning, memory, music, sensory processing, sleep, representation of self and other, reasoning and rhythm. Topics may also include how human cognition develops and changes in the brain across the lifespan.
The program is particularly interested in supporting the development of new techniques and technologies for recording, analyzing, and modeling complex brain activity and human brain mapping. Such projects should include a plan for sharing new software and other technologies with the research community at large. Additionally, the program is interested in supporting projects addressing the growing amount of data collected across disparate lab environments, which may require new standardization, curation, and sharing solutions.
Studies of disease states (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, brain damaged patients, Parkinson’s disease and Schizophrenia) may be components of projects supported by this program. However, the emphasis in such projects must be to advance basic scientific understanding of healthy neural mechanisms, and not on disease etiology, diagnosis, or treatment.
NIJ FY15 Research and Evaluation on Victims of Crime
The National Institute of Justice has a longstanding history of collaborating with and supporting the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) on research, evaluation, and programmatic projects. Over the years, the shared priorities of OVC and NIJ have resulted in a number of collective projects, workshops, and research. In 2013, OVC began Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services which called for the development of research to build a body of evidence-based knowledge on victims and victimization.
With this solicitation, NIJ is collaborating with OVC to build on three areas of research that are of interest to both agencies. These topics include:
1. Studying the Victim-Offender Overlap.
2. Understanding the Violent Victimization Experiences of Young Men of Color.
3. Research on the Broader Impacts of School Shootings.
Applicants should submit proposals that address one of the three topics.
CESU BLM AZ-Recreation Impact Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment, Arizona Strip District, Arizona
Description of Program and/or Project Background: The project is a long-term inventory, monitoring, and assessment program of human impacts resulting from recreation uses on the Arizona Strip District using a standardized quantitative recreation monitoring approach. Using baseline data compiled in a geo-referenced database of impacts available on an easily accessed website, existing recreation sites will be monitored on a regular schedule to determine recreation-created impacts and make management recommendations for future actions. Graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in the recreation monitoring and assessment program and conference presentations and publications in pertinent scientific literature will represent the results of these studies, not required as deliverables to the BLM. Regular reporting with recommendations to management and staff will be conducted in order to assist the BLM in protecting and maintaining recreation settings and opportunities. Recreation assessments would also be conducted under this agreement for National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) areas, such as national monuments, wilderness areas and national trails. Data collected during the inventory and the BLM and recipient will jointly develop monitoring. Project data will be available to the BLM on an as needed basis. This project provides opportunities for students and/or entry-level professionals to work with experienced, professional land managers to obtain experience in complex public land management issues. This project will provide the background experience by which students may make long term career goals and decisions, and will enable continuing development between the recipient and the BLM in terms of student development, recruitment, and service opportunities between the two entities. To ensure that data collection is useful and reliable, a standard monitoring procedure will be followed. This will also include proper GPS techniques with geo-referenced data, sites, and photos. Inventories, monitoring reports, and assessment projects will provide reliable, quantitative data which can be analyzed and stored to aid BLM management in identifying recreation-related human impact use patterns and trends. These trends can then be used to determine appropriate management actions and prescriptions to be included in land use planning and ongoing management efforts. Objectives: 1. To continue a comprehensive recreation impact monitoring program for the Arizona Strip Field Office (see L10AC20359), Vermilion Cliffs and Grand Canyon-Parashant national monuments that would include: a. Inventories on a regularly scheduled basis. b. Monitor and report on a scheduled format. c. Geo-referenced data, sites, and photos. d. A web-based monitoring management tool to provide easy access to the inventory/monitoring information and to determine when on-site assessment has exceeded standards or to track critical site variables. 2. To continue a recreation impact inventory/monitoring program which provides the Arizona Strip Field Office, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument with the appropriate resource information in a valid, reliable, and timely manner in order for site managers to make decisions regarding recreation land use prescriptions in order to protect the natural and cultural resources and the recreational experiences of the recreating public. 3. To continue inventory, monitoring and assessment protocols to assess future recreational opportunities in order to make recommendations for National Landscape Conservation System units, such as the national monuments, wilderness areas, and the Old Spanish National Historic and Arizona National Scenic trails on the Arizona Strip Field Office. 4. To continue to provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, interns, and/or entry level professionals to work with experienced, professional land managers and staff to obtain experience in complex land management issues. To provide students, interns, and/ entry level professionals experience by which they may make long term career goals and decisions. To continue and expand student development, recruitment and service opportunities between the BLM and the recipient. Scientific integrity is vital to Department of the Interior (DOI) activities under which scientific research, data, summaries, syntheses, interpretations, presentations, and/or publications are developed and used. Failure to uphold the highest degree of scientific integrity will result not only in potentially flawed scientific results, interpretations, and applications but will damage DOI�s reputation and ability to uphold the public�s trust. All work performed must comply with the DOI Scientific Integrity Policy posted to http://www.doi.gov, or its equivalent as provided by their organization or State law.
BLM OR/WA – North Warner Medusahead Control and Sage Grouse Habitat Improvement
The Lakeview BLM in cooperation with the Lake County Cooperative Weed Management Area has been actively surveying the North Warner Sage Grouse Project Planning Area through a past agreement through both aerial and ground based survey methods. The North Warner area covers 222,667 acres of checker boarded ownerships of BLM, USFS, Oregon Department of State Lands and private lands. To date surveys have taken place over 130,000 acres. The North Warner project planning area falls within the Lakeview BLM Resource Area and is approximately 50 miles Northeast of Lakeview on the eastside of the Warner Mountain range. Studies have shown invasions of annual grass species could easily degrade the habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife species. Medusahead Rye and other non-native winter annual grass species were discovered the summer of 2010. The infestations have been found on all four of the ownerships. The majority of the infestations are small isolated infestations that could effectively be managed though cooperative control efforts. The issue in the past has been the lack of effective herbicides available for use on BLM lands. However, the NEPA to allow the use of imazapic and other more effective herbicides has been completed and should be available for use by the fall of 2015. This project will allow continued coordination among all of the land managers in the North Warner area. One of the biggest needs is education for all of the land managers, which will improve accurate identification of the annual grass species invading the North Warner Area. Surveys will need to continue to cover the southern portion of the project area. Once the use of imazapic use is finalized, large scale cooperative projects can be planned across all of the jurisdiction boundaries. These large scale projects will entail a lot of coordination and planning.
Community Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program
The funding will enable communities to work collaboratively to identify opportunities to support and extend the use of secure, interoperable health information technology tools and health information exchange (HIE) services, which will ultimately promote individual and community health improvement.
The Future is Now: A Conference on Climate Resilience and Sustainable Urbanization
The U.S. Consulate General, Public Affairs Section in Hyderabad is soliciting proposals for a cooperative agreement that meets the specifications stated in Section II from non-governmental organizations and other legally-recognized non-profit institutions that meet U.S. and Indian technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs as specified by Section II below. Information about the Public Affairs Section can be found at: http://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov
BLM-AK, CESU, Paleo Environmental Studies
The BLM manages several million acres of land statewide as well as several thousand cultural and paleontological locations. Presently, the BLM Alaska Cultural and Paleontological staff has a limited ability to conduct specialized and detailed paleo-environmental analyses of these localities to obtain this kind of information as part of its management decision making. Therefore, the BLM needs to rely on an experienced partner institution in the CESU program to conduct detailed paleo-environmental analyses of cultural and non-cultural locations. These analyses would gather information about the timing of geological and ecological events that could have had a significant effect on prehistoric cultural or paleontological resources managed by the BLM in Alaska. The principal purpose/objective of this project is to collect, analyses, and curate paleo-environmental data obtained from environmental sampling through a variety of means. These means may include sediment coring, shovel testing, excavation or any other scientifically valid method for collecting paleo-environmental data. Analyses may include pollen analysis, soil chemistry, radiocarbon dating or any other scientifically valid laboratory analysis.
Multistate Conservation Grant Program
The Sport Fish Restoration Act and the Wildlife Restoration Act, as amended by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-408) authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to make up to $6,000,000 ($3,000,000 each from the Sport Fish Restoration and Wildlife Restoration Program trust funds) available annually under the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program for the purpose of funding multistate conservation project grants. The program is a discretionary grant program which awards grants based on a nationally competitive process that is administered jointly between the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
ROSES 2015: Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist Program
This ROSES NRA (NNH15ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station, CubeSat and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data. Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware). The funds available for awards in each program element offered in this ROSES NRA range from less than one to several million dollars, which allow selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals depending on the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intra-agency transfers depending on the nature of the proposing organization and/or program requirements. The typical period of performance for an award is four years, although a few programs may specify shorter or longer (maximum of five years) periods. Organizations of every type, domestic and foreign, Government and private, for profit and not-for-profit, may submit proposals without restriction on the number or teaming arrangements. Note that it is NASA policy that all investigations involving non-U.S. organizations will be conducted on the basis of no exchange of funds. Electronic submission of proposals is required by the respective due dates for each program element and must be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Electronic proposals may be submitted via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or via Grants.gov. Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to this ROSES NRA must be registered with NSPIRES; organizations that intend to submit proposals via Grants.gov must be registered with Grants.gov, in addition to being registered with NSPIRES. 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. Details of the solicited programs are given in the Appendices of this ROSES NRA. Names, due dates, and links for the individual calls are given in Tables 2 and 3 of this ROSES NRA. Interested proposers should monitor http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ or subscribe to the electronic notification system there for additional new programs or amendments to this ROSES NRA through February 2016, at which time release of a subsequent ROSES NRA is planned. A web archive (and RSS feed) for amendments, clarifications, and corrections to this ROSES NRA will be available at: http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2015/. Frequently asked questions about ROSES-2015 will be on the web at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/faqs/. Further information about specific program elements may be obtained from the individual Program Officers listed in the Summary of Key Information for each program element in the Appendices of this ROSES NRA and at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/program-officers-list/. Questions concerning general ROSES NRA policies and procedures may be directed to Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.