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  • CITI IRB Certification System announcement

    The CITI IRB certification system has a permanent bug in the refresher course system. If you need to renew (also referred to as “refresh”) your CITI certification, you only need to take 4 modules, not *all* modules. The CITI system does not make that obvious. To refresh your CITI certification with only 4 modules, email directly to USC IRB staff, or to Susan Rose, who heads USC IRB.
  • Simons Foundation – Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

    *IMPORTANT* This is an institutionally limited competition. Submit your application materials to your respective department chair by the deadline above. Questions can be forwarded to the Vice Dean for Research Maja Mataric.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – Basic Research & Digital Information Technology

    Basic Research The Foundation believes that a carefully reasoned and systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all. With its Basic Research program area, the Foundation expands that understanding by funding original, high-quality research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Grants in the Basic Research program area promise to substantively benefit society or significantly add to the body of scientific knowledge. By funding basic research, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has created a digital survey of the sky, is advancing species identification and discovery worldwide, and is crafting a better understanding of the built environment in which we live. Paula J. Olsiewski Program Director, Basic Research Digital Information Technology This program seeks to better our understanding of the relationship between technology, information, and society, primarily through research on and the development of digital information technology for the conduct of scholarly research and public engagement with knowledge. Grantmaking in this program focuses on three distinct sub-areas: Data & Computational Research, Scholarly Communication, and the Universal Access to Knowledge. Joshua M. Greenberg Program Director, Digital IT michel@sloan.org 212-649-1659 Apply for a Grant The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants year-round. If you would like to discuss Sloan’s interest in a project, please send a letter of inquiry to the appropriate program director, note above. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    The Environment Program makes grants to conserve the North American West, expand clean energy, and address climate change. The Environment Program accepts Letters of Inquiry for its: –Western Conservation grantmaking at any time; there are no deadlines. The Western Conservation program concentrates its grantmaking activities in four areas: Land, Water, Energy, and Building Broad Support. Please read more about the foundation’s strategies before submitting a Letter of Inquiry. If you decide your project or organization fits within their guidelines, you may submit a Letter of Inquiry online; and –Energy and Climate – the foundation invests in the following five strategies: reducing reliance on high-carbon energy; increasing renewables; increasing efficiency; encouraging clean transportation and building broad support for expanding clean energy and reducing climate change. The Environment Program accepts Letters of Inquiry for its Energy and Climate grantmaking. See Environment Program Grantseekers for information about the foundation’s approach to grantmaking and Energy and Climate grant guidelines for specific information about their priorities. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Energy Foundation

    The Energy Foundation awards grants according to initiatives in the electric power, buildings, transportation, and climate sectors. Please visit the Foundation’s program pages for specific information about the type of work we support in each area. If you whether your proposal fits into the Energy Foundation’s guidelines, the Foundation encourages you to send a letter of inquiry to grants@ef.org. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Lemelson Foundation

    The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US, and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. The Foundation believes the most important products invented in the next 20 years will be those that address critical social and environmental issues, and reach and serve communities with the greatest needs. However, if your organization’s work is consistent with the Foundation’s strategic goals and the project or program fits within the opportunity criteria, you may submit a preliminary 1-page concept note to concepts@lemelson.org as a means of letting Program staff learn about your activities. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • The Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research

    The goal of the award is to stimulate innovation and advance knowledge that will aid in developing treatments and cures for progressive forms of MS. The foundation is particularly interested in supporting projects that address the development of biomarkers for Progressive MS. The foundation funds the institution for whom the investigators work with grants up to four-years, totaling no more than $900,000 over the grant period. Pre-proposals must be electronically sent and must include a cover page, NIH biography, scientific narrative, and letter of support from the institution to the foundation’s MS program at: MS_Program@hiltonfoundation.org . See foundation web site for detailed information on the program and its application process. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Autism Speaks Foundation

    Autism Speaks Foundation Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award – No deadline; Letters of Intent accepted anytime. $100,000 max, up to 12 months. 12 month awards for highly novel “out of the box” transformative projects. See RFA for further information. Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) The maximum budget is $60,000, including indirect costs for one (1) year, non-renewable. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Alzheimer’s Association

    Alzheimer’s Association – Translational Research Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease; funding up to two (2) Part the Cloud Research grants; $600,000 for two or three years; LOI July 15, 2015. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award

    Chemistry & life sciences; to assist a postdoc. transition from “mentored yet independent” postdoctoral to an independent, tenure-track position; These individuals are expected to become the next generation of leaders and innovators in science, engineering, and technology Alzheimer’s Association Translational Research Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease; $600,000 for two or three years; LOI July 15, 2015. Burroughs Welcome Fund – Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award provides $500,000 over five years for opportunities for accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and microbial biology; The pre-proposal will be due by July 15, 2015; The pre-proposal application materials will be online by June 1, 2015. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award – Chemistry & life sciences; to assist a postdoc. transition from “mentored yet independent” postdoctoral to an independent, tenure-track position; These individuals are expected to become the next generation of leaders and innovators in science, engineering, and technology. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. Alzheimer’s Association Translational Research Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease; $600,000 for two or three years; LOI July 15, 2015. Burroughs Welcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award provides $500,000 over five years for opportunities for accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and microbial biology; The pre-proposal will be due by July 15, 2015; The pre-proposal application materials will be online by June 1, 2015. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Faculty Scholars Program

    BME; early career faculty; 5-year grant; $100,000 to $400,000 per year; Deadline: 07/28/2015 James S. McDonnell Foundation Collaborative Activity Awards; Studying Complex Systems; Understanding Human Cognition; Mathematical & Complex Systems Approaches for Brain Cancer; $100,000; rolling submissions. Alzheimer’s Association Translational Research Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease; $600,000 for two or three years; LOI July 15, 2015. Burroughs Welcome Fund – Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award provides $500,000 over five years for opportunities for accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and microbial biology; The pre-proposal will be due by July 15, 2015; The pre-proposal application materials will be online by June 1, 2015. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Beckman Foundation, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigators

    Early career faculty (i.e., 3 years or less); chemical and life sciences; invention of methods, instruments and materials; $750,000 over 4 years; LOI by SEPTEMBER 2, 2015, 5:00 P.M. PST Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Faculty Scholars Program; BME; early career faculty; 5-year grant; $100,000 to $400,000 per year; Deadline: 07/28/2015 James S. McDonnell Foundation Collaborative Activity Awards; Studying Complex Systems; Understanding Human Cognition; Mathematical & Complex Systems Approaches for Brain Cancer; past awards have ranged from $450,000 for a one year project to $1,500,000 for three year projects; rolling submissions. Alzheimer’s Association Translational Research Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease; $600,000 for two or three years; LOI July 15, 2015. Burroughs Welcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award provides $500,000 over five years for opportunities for accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and microbial biology; The pre-proposal will be due by July 15, 2015; The pre-proposal application materials will be online by June 1, 2015. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund – June 2015

    Grant Program Deadlines Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Preproposal Applications – July 15, 2015 Invited Applications Only – November 5, 2015 These awards are targeted toward assistant professors for the study of pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and pathogen biology. The program is intended to shed light on the overarching issues of how human hosts handle infectious challenge. MORE INFORMATION Career Awards for Medical Scientists Preproposal Applications – August 5, 2015 Invited Applications Only – November 12, 2015 These awards are targeted toward medically trained individuals whose research proposal is in basic biomedical, disease-oriented, translational, or molecular, genetic, or pharmacological epidemiology research, and who intend to pursue careers in academia. MORE INFORMATION Career Awards at the Scientific Interface Preproposal Applications – September 2, 2015 Invited Applications Only – January 8, 2016 These awards are targeted toward researchers whose doctoral training is in one of the physical, chemical or computational sciences and who intend to pursue academic research doing work that addresses biological questions. MORE INFORMATION
  • Collaborative Activity Awards

    The Foundation offers Collaborative Activity Awards to initiate interdisciplinary discussions on problems or issues, to help launch interdisciplinary research networks, or to fund communities of researchers/practitioners dedicated to developing new methods, tools, and applications of basic research to applied problems. Strong preference will be given to applications involving multi-institutional collaboration. In each case the focus of the collaborative activity must meet the program guidelines for one of the following program areas: –Studying Complex Systems,Understanding Human CognitionMathematical & Complex Systems Approaches for Brain Cancer, – Progress against this brain cancer has been stymied by limited understandings of the molecular, metabolic, and physiological characteristics of human brain cancers across multiple temporal and spatial scales and by the failure of many preclinical models to predict patient responses. Over the past decade or so, the Foundation has from time to time provided grants to support study panels and research networks. This has proven to be an effective way to encourage cross-disciplinary thinking and research on fundamental questions. Furthermore, these activities have contributed to the development of programs both at the Foundation and at other funding agencies. Collaborative Activity Awards developed from questions or topics discussed at JSMF-sponsored meetings may be initiated by JSMF Advisory Panel members, particularly when the outcome of collaborative discussions assists with Foundation program planning.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

    Basic Research The Foundation believes that a carefully reasoned and systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all. With its Basic Research program area, the Foundation expands that understanding by funding original, high-quality research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Grants in the Basic Research program area promise to substantively benefit society or significantly add to the body of scientific knowledge. By funding basic research, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has created a digital survey of the sky, is advancing species identification and discovery worldwide, and is crafting a better understanding of the built environment in which we live. Paula J. Olsiewski Program Director, Basic Research Digital Information Technology This program seeks to better our understanding of the relationship between technology, information, and society, primarily through research on and the development of digital information technology for the conduct of scholarly research and public engagement with knowledge. Grantmaking in this program focuses on three distinct sub-areas: Data & Computational Research, Scholarly Communication, and the Universal Access to Knowledge. Joshua M. Greenberg Program Director, Digital IT michel@sloan.org 212-649-1659 Apply for a Grant The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants year-round. If you would like to discuss Sloan’s interest in a project, please send a letter of inquiry to the appropriate program director, note above. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • FOUNDATIONS-OPEN RFPs

    ALZHEIMER’S DRUG DISCOVERY FOUNDATION (ADDF) – General grant application information is located below the ADDF PROGRAMS section. ADDF PROGRAMS ADDF & Association for Frontotemporal Dementia (AFTD) RFP: Research investigating the pathelogical mechanisms underlying Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is advancing, creating new targets for drug discovery. As potential therapies move forward, the need for biomarkers for early diagnosis, to distinguish FTD subtypes, and to monitor disease progression is also critical. ADDF and the AFTD seek to accelerate and support innovative drug discovery programs and biomarker development for FTD through this RFP. See full RFP. ApoE RFP: ADDF and the Robert A. and Renée E. Belfer Family Foundation established The ADDF/Belfer ApoE Therapeutics Innovation Program to accelerate the development of novel therapeutics specifically designed to target apoE pathological mechanisms. See full RFP. PRECLINICAL DRUG DISCOVERY RFP: ADDF seeks to fill the critical translational funding gap between basic research and later stage drug development by funding promising preclinical drug discovery and biomarker development programs relevant to Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias and cognitive aging.See full RFP. PACT RFP: The ADDF has created the Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT) to increase the number of innovative drugs tested in humans at the crucial proof of concept stage for Alzheimer’s disease. This program will fund biomarker-based, proof-of-concept pilot clinical trials for Alzheimer’s.See full RFP. ADDF/NIH RFP: The ADDF will consider financial assistance for relevant NIH grant applications that were scored but not funded in response to certain NIH funding opportunities. Application deadline is rolling.See full RFP. ADDF Grant Application Information – Awards average $150K each year for up to two years; with the exception of the ADDF/NIH RFP, LOI submission is due September 9, 2015; if PI is invited to apply, full proposal would be due September 22, 2015; Submit an LOI; for the ADDF/NIH RFP, LOI’s are accepted on a rolling basis. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) THERAPY ALLIANCE (ATA) – traditionally awards grants from one to three years in term ranging from $100,000 to $1 million; proposal deadline October 15, 2015; Information needed for the grant proposal.; email PDF form proposal to ray@alstherapyalliance.org AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS) – Grant/fellowship opportunity details are noted below the ACS PROGRAMS section. ACS PROGRAMS Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry of Cancer – (Program Director, Michael Melner, PhD) This program focuses on genes involved in cancer and how alterations in those genes (mutations, deletions, and amplifications) play roles in the process. Of particular interest is the examination of the molecules involved in cancer (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates) and how their activities affect the disease. The program highlights new targets for prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. Cancer Cell Biology and Metastasis – (Program Director, Charles Saxe, PhD) The primary goal of this program is to provide an understanding of the nature of cancer cells so they can be more effectively controlled and eliminated. Emphases include understanding the fundamental controls of normal and cancer cells with a focus on how cells regulate when to grow, when to divide and when to die; how cells create an identity and how cells relate to the local environment and to other cells; how cells regulate when and how to move from one site to another. Preclinical and Translational Cancer Research – (William Phelps, PhD) This program focuses at the interface between laboratory investigations and human cancer. The scope of the program includes investigations of the role of infectious diseases in cancer, the discovery, synthesis, and delivery of cancer drugs, the creation and use of animal models of cancer, and the role of individual or groups of genes in different types of cancer. – RESEARCH SCHOLAR GRANT — Independent PI’s must be within six years of first academic appointment and within 12 years of the awarding of the terminal degree and with no more than 1 current R01[-like] grant; Term of award is up to 4 years and for as much as $165,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs; Terms and Conditions.; Online applications are due October 15, 2015, 5:00 PM EST; paper applications are due October 16, 2015; Apply online for ACS opportunities. – POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – researchers who have received a doctoral degree to provide training leading to an independent career in cancer research; awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $48k, $50K and $52K, plus $4K per year fellowship allowance; plus $1,500 will be provided in the last year for travel costs to attend the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or travel to a domestic scientific meeting; must be US citizens or permanent residents; Terms and Conditions.; Online applications are due October 15, 2015, 5:00 PM EST; paper applications are due October 16, 2015; Apply online for ACS opportunities. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • AT&T Foundation

    Using one or more of the provided public datasets (along with any other public datasets you choose), incorporate data science, data visualization, and ideation into a compelling argument that will help increase high school graduation rates; Highlight your insights in a static or interactive data visualization, OR a data-centric, functional software application; Deadline Nov. 10, 2015; three awards will be made from $4,000 to $20,000; Visit the CHALLENGE PAGE for all the details. Conquer Cancer Foundation – Proposals must be hypothesis-driven and centered on cancer genetics, cancer cell biology, or cancer immunology. Eligibility – early career faculty; Priority will be given to proposals from independent investigators who have yet to obtain significant funding for their work; Award level – $60K per year for two years; no indirect costs allowed; LOI online submission deadline: 11:59 pm (EST) September 9, 2015; Click here for application instructions and further details. WHITEHALL FOUNDATON – basic research in vertebrate (excluding clinical) and invertebrate neurobiology; The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior; application instructions are under the WHITEHALL PROGRAMS section. WHITEHALL PROGRAMS Research Grants – Grants of up to $225K over three years will be awarded; will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose Grants-in-Aid – designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established; awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000 APPLICATION – The Foundation will accept only one letter of intent per year from an Investigator. This letter should be sent by mail and received by the foundation by the close of business on the deadline date, or the following business day if appropriate; LOI deadline is Oct 1st. ALZHEIMER’S DRUG DISCOVERY FOUNDATION (ADDF) – General grant application information is located below the ADDF PROGRAMS section. ADDF PROGRAMS ADDF & Association for Frontotemporal Dementia (AFTD) RFP: Research investigating the pathelogical mechanisms underlying Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is advancing, creating new targets for drug discovery. As potential therapies move forward, the need for biomarkers for early diagnosis, to distinguish FTD subtypes, and to monitor disease progression is also critical. ADDF and the AFTD seek to accelerate and support innovative drug discovery programs and biomarker development for FTD through this RFP. See full RFP. ApoE RFP: ADDF and the Robert A. and Renée E. Belfer Family Foundation established The ADDF/Belfer ApoE Therapeutics Innovation Program to accelerate the development of novel therapeutics specifically designed to target apoE pathological mechanisms. See full RFP. PRECLINICAL DRUG DISCOVERY RFP: ADDF seeks to fill the critical translational funding gap between basic research and later stage drug development by funding promising preclinical drug discovery and biomarker development programs relevant to Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias and cognitive aging. See full RFP. PACT RFP: The ADDF has created the Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT) to increase the number of innovative drugs tested in humans at the crucial proof of concept stage for Alzheimer’s disease. This program will fund biomarker-based, proof-of-concept pilot clinical trials for Alzheimer’s. See full RFP. ADDF/NIH RFP: The ADDF will consider financial assistance for relevant NIH grant applications that were scored but not funded in response to certain NIH funding opportunities. Application deadline is rolling. See full RFP. ADDF Grant Application Information – Awards average $150K each year for up to two years; with the exception of the ADDF/NIH RFP, LOI submission is due September 9, 2015; Submit an LOI; for the ADDF/NIH RFP, LOI’s are accepted on a rolling basis. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) THERAPY ALLIANCE (ATA) – traditionally awards grants from one to three years in term ranging from $100,000 to $1 million; proposal deadline October 15, 2015; information needed for the grant proposal; email PDF form proposal to ray@alstherapyalliance.orgAMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS) – Grant/fellowship opportunity details are noted below the ACS PROGRAMS section. ACS PROGRAMS Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry of Cancer – (Program Director, Michael Melner, PhD) This program focuses on genes involved in cancer and how alterations in those genes (mutations, deletions, and amplifications) play roles in the process. Of particular interest is the examination of the molecules involved in cancer (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates) and how their activities affect the disease. The program highlights new targets for prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. Cancer Cell Biology and Metastasis – (Program Director, Charles Saxe, PhD) The primary goal of this program is to provide an understanding of the nature of cancer cells so they can be more effectively controlled and eliminated. Emphases include understanding the fundamental controls of normal and cancer cells with a focus on how cells regulate when to grow, when to divide and when to die; how cells create an identity and how cells relate to the local environment and to other cells; how cells regulate when and how to move from one site to another. Preclinical and Translational Cancer Research – (William Phelps, PhD) This program focuses at the interface between laboratory investigations and human cancer. The scope of the program includes investigations of the role of infectious diseases in cancer, the discovery, synthesis, and delivery of cancer drugs, the creation and use of animal models of cancer, and the role of individual or groups of genes in different types of cancer. – RESEARCH SCHOLAR GRANT — Independent PI’s must be within six years of first academic appointment and within 12 years of the awarding of the terminal degree and with no more than 1 current R01[-like] grant; Term of award is up to 4 years and for as much as $165,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs; Terms and Conditions; Online applications are due October 15, 2015, 5:00 PM EST; paper applications are due October 16, 2015; Apply online for ACS opportunities – POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – researchers who have received a doctoral degree to provide training leading to an independent career in cancer research; awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $48k, $50K and $52K, plus $4K per year fellowship allowance; plus $1,500 will be provided in the last year for travel costs to attend the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or travel to a domestic scientific meeting; must be US citizens or permanent residents; Terms and Conditions; Online applications are due October 15, 2015, 5:00 PM EST; paper applications are due October 16, 2015; Apply online for ACS opportunities Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. INSTITUTE of INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION – The Institute sends emerging leaders (MS & PhD students and postdocs) in BME or closely related fields (i.e., Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine) overseas to undertake a self-designed project at a host institution. Applicants should be either currently-enrolled or no more than three years from their most recent degree and be US citizens or permanent residents. All components of the application including online and hard copy materials MUST be RECEIVED by January 19, 2016. Click here for the online application. Fellow (MS or PhD students) and Scholars (postdoctoral) Program – Fellows go abroad for one academic year (9-12 months) – Scholars go abroad for one semester or up two academic years (24 months) Summer Grants – MS and PhD students – Summer grantees go abroad for 8 weeks between June 1 and August 31
  • GATES FOUNDATION – Grand Challenges Explorations

    Applicants can be at any experience level and in any discipline; Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million; No indirect costs allowed; APPLY by November 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m. PST; RFPNovel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial ResistanceAddressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome EngineeringExplore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services DataExplore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas – better understand cause of death from tissue samples; – develop quantitative measurement of Mtb bacterial load; – develop immunization strategies that increase somatic hypermutation; – explore & develop approaches to immunization that drive donor unrestricted cyto-toxic T cell responses – develop parenteral vaccines that induce mucosal immunity – develop point-of-care nucleic acid diagnostics to below $2 per test – enable self-testing for cervical cancer – develop malaria diagnostics to accelerate toward eradication Read the Tips for Applicants for additional guidance as you write the proposal. New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing – focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies; Only proposals that address at least one of the following vaccines in Phase 1 of the work will be considered: human papillomavirus vaccine, inactivated poliovirus vaccine, measles – rubella vaccine, pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, whole – cell pertussis, hepatitis B, Hib), pneumococcal vaccine, and rotavirus vaccine; Collaboration is a core goal of this project; basic or applied research; 10% indirect costs allowed; The number of awards and dollar amount of each award amount will depend up on the quality of the proposals received; LOI RFP; Access the LOI Application and apply until November 5, 2015; Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. LOI Deadline: 10/09/2015 The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce the 2016 Pilot and Research Awards request for applications (RFA). Our annual RFA will provide funding for investigators conducting bold, creative and rigorous research into the underlying biology, causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. SFARI will consider proposals in all areas relevant to improving the scientific understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. These areas include genetics and other factors contributing to risk; molecular and cellular mechanisms; synaptic and circuit physiology; sensory perception; cognition; behavior; and clinical and translational studies. Please also read our new Directors’ Column, SFARI 2016 grants cycle: Choices, challenges and priorities, for more information about SFARI funding priorities in the upcoming year, as well as insight into how SFARI assesses and selects from the many applications it receives each year. The RFA and accompanying guidelines can be accessed here. Prospective applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) using the LOI template via proposalCENTRAL. Letters of intent must be submitted online, and are due 9 October 2015, 5:00 p.m. EST. Full applications are by invitation only and are due 12 February 2016. Applications selected for SFARI awards will be announced in June 2016, with funding expected to begin in the summer or fall of 2016. ALPHA PHI FOUNDATION – Heart to Heart Grant (Heart health research) – One grant will be awarded for up to $100,000; No indirect costs; An institutional endorsement is required; Submit a compelling proposal; Apply by Friday, November 6 at 11:59 pm CDT; AT&T Foundation Using one or more of the provided public datasets (along with any other public datasets you choose), incorporate data science, data visualization, and ideation into a compelling argument that will help increase high school graduation rates; Highlight your insights in a static or interactive data visualization, OR a data-centric, functional software application; Deadline Nov. 10, 2015; three awards will be made from $4,000 to $20,000; Eligibility – open to individuals, teams and organizations; RULES; Visit the CHALLENGE PAGE for all the details. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, , Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. WHITEHALL FOUNDATION– basic research in vertebrate (excluding clinical) and invertebrate neurobiology; The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior; application instructions are under the WHITEHALL PROGRAMS section. AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) THERAPY ALLIANCE (ATA) – traditionally awards grants from one to three years in term ranging from $100,000 to $1 million; proposal deadline October 15, 2015; information needed for the grant proposal; email PDF form proposal to ray@alstherapyalliance.org AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS) – Grant/fellowship opportunity details are noted below the ACS PROGRAMS section. ACS PROGRAMS Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry of Cancer – (Program Director, Michael Melner, PhD) This program focuses on genes involved in cancer and how alterations in those genes (mutations, deletions, and amplifications) play roles in the process. Of particular interest is the examination of the molecules involved in cancer (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates) and how their activities affect the disease. The program highlights new targets for prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. Cancer Cell Biology and Metastasis – (Program Director, Charles Saxe, PhD) The primary goal of this program is to provide an understanding of the nature of cancer cells so they can be more effectively controlled and eliminated. Emphases include understanding the fundamental controls of normal and cancer cells with a focus on how cells regulate when to grow, when to divide and when to die; how cells create an identity and how cells relate to the local environment and to other cells; how cells regulate when and how to move from one site to another. Preclinical and Translational Cancer Research – (William Phelps, PhD) This program focuses at the interface between laboratory investigations and human cancer. The scope of the program includes investigations of the role of infectious diseases in cancer, the discovery, synthesis, and delivery of cancer drugs, the creation and use of animal models of cancer, and the role of individual or groups of genes in different types of cancer. – RESEARCH SCHOLAR GRANT — Independent PI’s must be within six years of first academic appointment and within 12 years of the awarding of the terminal degree and with no more than 1 current R01[-like] grant; Term of award is up to 4 years and for as much as $165,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs; Terms and Conditions;Online applications are due October 15, 2015, 5:00 PM EST; paper applications are due October 16, 2015; a href=”https://proposalcentral.altum.com//”>Apply online for ACS opportunities Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • GATES FOUNDATION – Grand Challenges Explorations – Applicants can be at any experience level and in any discipline; Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million; No indirect costs allowed; APPLY by November 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m. PST; RFP*Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome *Engineering *Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data*Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas – better understand cause of death from tissue samples; – develop quantitative measurement of Mtb bacterial load; – develop immunization strategies that increase somatic hypermutation; – explore & develop approaches to immunization that drive donor unrestricted cyto-toxic T cell responses – develop parenteral vaccines that induce mucosal immunity – develop point-of-care nucleic acid diagnostics to below $2 per test – enable self-testing for cervical cancer – develop malaria diagnostics to accelerate toward eradication Read the Tips for Applicantsfor additional guidance as you write the proposal. New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing – focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies; Only proposals that address at least one of the following vaccines in Phase 1 of the work will be considered: human papillomavirus vaccine, inactivated poliovirus vaccine, measles – rubella vaccine, pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, whole – cell pertussis, hepatitis B, Hib), pneumococcal vaccine, and rotavirus vaccine; Collaboration is a core goal of this project; basic or applied research; 10% indirect costs allowed; The number of awards and dollar amount of each award amount will depend up on the quality of the proposals received; LOI RFP; Access the LOI Application and apply until November 5, 2015; Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. ALPHA PHI FOUNDATION – Heart to Heart Grant (Heart health research) – One grant will be awarded for up to $100,000; No indirect costs; An institutional endorsement is required; Submit a compelling proposal; Apply by Friday, November 6 at 11:59 pm CDT; AT&T Foundation Using one or more of the provided public datasets (along with any other public datasets you choose), incorporate data science, data visualization, and ideation into a compelling argument that will help increase high school graduation rates; Highlight your insights in a static or interactive data visualization, OR a data-centric, functional software application; Deadline Nov. 10, 2015; three awards will be made from $4,000 to $20,000; Eligibility – open to individuals, teams and organizations; RULES; Visit the CHALLENGE PAGE for all the details. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. WHITEHALL FOUNDATON – basic research in vertebrate (excluding clinical) and invertebrate neurobiology; The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior; application instructions are under the WHITEHALL PROGRAMS section. WHITEHALL PROGRAMS Research Grants – Grants of up to $225K over three years will be awarded; will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose Grants-in-Aid – designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established; awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000 APPLICATION – The Foundation will accept only one letter of intent per year from an Investigator. This letter should be sent by mail and received by the foundation by the close of business on the deadline date, or the following business day if appropriate; LOI deadline is Oct 1st. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) THERAPY ALLIANCE (ATA) – traditionally awards grants from one to three years in term ranging from $100,000 to $1 million; proposal deadline October 15, 2015; information needed for the grant proposal; email PDF form proposal to ray@alstherapyalliance.org AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS) – Grant/fellowship opportunity details are noted below the ACS PROGRAMS section. ACS PROGRAMS Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry of Cancer – (Program Director, Michael Melner, PhD) This program focuses on genes involved in cancer and how alterations in those genes (mutations, deletions, and amplifications) play roles in the process. Of particular interest is the examination of the molecules involved in cancer (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates) and how their activities affect the disease. The program highlights new targets for prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. Cancer Cell Biology and Metastasis – (Program Director, Charles Saxe, PhD) The primary goal of this program is to provide an understanding of the nature of cancer cells so they can be more effectively controlled and eliminated. Emphases include understanding the fundamental controls of normal and cancer cells with a focus on how cells regulate when to grow, when to divide and when to die; how cells create an identity and how cells relate to the local environment and to other cells; how cells regulate when and how to move from one site to another. Preclinical and Translational Cancer Research – (William Phelps, PhD) This program focuses at the interface between laboratory investigations and human cancer. The scope of the program includes investigations of the role of infectious diseases in cancer, the discovery, synthesis, and delivery of cancer drugs, the creation and use of animal models of cancer, and the role of individual or groups of genes in different types of cancer. – RESEARCH SCHOLAR GRANT — Independent PI’s must be within six years of first academic appointment and within 12 years of the awarding of the terminal degree and with no more than 1 current R01[-like] grant; Term of award is up to 4 years and for as much as $165,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs; Terms and Conditions;Online applications are due October 15, 2015, 5:00 PM EST; paper applications are due October 16, 2015; Apply online for ACS opportunities – POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – researchers who have received a doctoral degree to provide training leading to an independent career in cancer research; awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $48k, $50K and $52K, plus $4K per year fellowship allowance; plus $1,500 will be provided in the last year for travel costs to attend the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or travel to a domestic scientific meeting; must be US citizens or permanent residents; Terms and Conditions;Online applications are due October 15, 2015, 5:00 PM EST; paper applications are due October 16, 2015; Apply online for ACS opportunities Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. INSTITUTE of INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION – The Institute sends emerging leaders (MS & PhD students and postdocs) in BME or closely related fields (i.e., Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine) overseas to undertake a self-designed project at a host institution. Applicants should be either currently-enrolled or no more than three years from their most recent degree and be US citizens or permanent residents. All components of the application including online and hard copy materials MUST be RECEIVED by January 19, 2016. Click here for the online application. Fellow (MS or PhD students) and Scholars (postdoctoral) Program – Fellows go abroad for one academic year (9-12 months) – Scholars go abroad for one semester or up two academic years (24 months)Summer Grants – MS and PhD students – Summer grantees go abroad for 8 weeks between June 1 and August 31
  • BECKMAN FOUNDATION

    Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award is open to chemistry and the life sciences postdocs. Postdoctoral applicants must obtain institutional support and identify a sponsoring mentor who will serve in the supervising, training and research experience of the Fellow; Must be a US citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for Permanent Residence; Award will range from $57,000 – $67,000 with 75% of the award going towards the stipend, which may be supplemented from other sources, and 25% used towards research expenditures. Applications are due: December 1, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Click herefor the application description and process. AT&T Foundation Using one or more of the provided public datasets (along with any other public datasets you choose), incorporate data science, data visualization, and ideation into a compelling argument that will help increase high school graduation rates; Highlight your insights in a static or interactive data visualization, OR a data-centric, functional software application; Deadline Nov. 10, 2015; three awards will be made from $4,000 to $20,000; Eligibility – open to individuals, teams and organizations; RULES; Visit the CHALLENGE PAGE for all the details. Viterbi postdocs interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, , Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS) – Grant/fellowship opportunity details are noted below the ACS PROGRAMS section. ACS PROGRAMS Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry of Cancer – (Program Director, Michael Melner, PhD) This program focuses on genes involved in cancer and how alterations in those genes (mutations, deletions, and amplifications) play roles in the process. Of particular interest is the examination of the molecules involved in cancer (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates) and how their activities affect the disease. The program highlights new targets for prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. Cancer Cell Biology and Metastasis – (Program Director, Charles Saxe, PhD) The primary goal of this program is to provide an understanding of the nature of cancer cells so they can be more effectively controlled and eliminated. Emphases include understanding the fundamental controls of normal and cancer cells with a focus on how cells regulate when to grow, when to divide and when to die; how cells create an identity and how cells relate to the local environment and to other cells; how cells regulate when and how to move from one site to another. Preclinical and Translational Cancer Research – (William Phelps, PhD) This program focuses at the interface between laboratory investigations and human cancer. The scope of the program includes investigations of the role of infectious diseases in cancer, the discovery, synthesis, and delivery of cancer drugs, the creation and use of animal models of cancer, and the role of individual or groups of genes in different types of cancer. – POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – researchers who have received a doctoral degree to provide training leading to an independent career in cancer research; awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $48k, $50K and $52K, plus $4K per year fellowship allowance; plus $1,500 will be provided in the last year for travel costs to attend the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or travel to a domestic scientific meeting; must be US citizens or permanent residents; Terms and Conditions;; Online applications are due October 15, 2015, 5:00 PM EST; paper applications are due October 16, 2015; Apply online for ACS opportunities Viterbi postdocs interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. INSTITUTE of INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION – The Institute sends emerging leaders (MS & PhD students and postdocs) in BME or closely related fields (i.e., Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine) overseas to undertake a self-designed project at a host institution. Applicants should be either currently-enrolled or no more than three years from their most recent degree and be US citizens or permanent residents. All components of the application including online and hard copy materials MUST be RECEIVED by January 19, 2016. Click here for the online application. Fellow (MS or PhD students) and Scholars (postdoctoral) Program – Fellows go abroad for one academic year (9-12 months) – Scholars go abroad for one semester or up two academic years (24 months)Summer Grants– MS and PhD students – Summer grantees go abroad for 8 weeks between June 1ST and August 31ST Viterbi postdocs interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE & THE GRUBER FOUNDATION

    The Neuroscience Prize honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced understanding of the nervous system; offered for “highly distinguished international stature” research in the field of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system; unrestricted cash prize of $500,000 Nomination Requirement; no self-nominations Faculty must be nominated; it is recommended nominations be made by individuals, organizations, and institutions that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary neuroscience research and study. Only officially nominated candidates will be considered. The Chair of each Selection Advisory Board ensures that nominations are of sufficient caliber to merit consideration prior to the meeting of the Board. Independent advisory boards comprised of experts from each field review and select a prize recipient at annual selection meetings held for each discipline. Current neuroscience advisory board: http://gruber.yale.edu/current-neuroscience-selection-advisory-board-members Nominations must be accompanied by a CV; PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH A FULL LIST OF PUBLICATIONS, as we request a list of up to twelve (12) key journal references that illustrate the nominee’s contributions to the field on the nomination form. Nominations for the 2016 Neuroscience Prize close on December 15, 2015. View and submit the Neuroscience Prize Nomination Form Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. SIMONS FOUNDATION – Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems – intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora atmgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. SURDNA FOUNDATION – Sustainable Environments Grants; Program areas include: Sustainable Transportation Networks & Equitable Development Patterns; Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment; Urban Water Management; Regional Food Supply Up to 15% indirect costs allowed; Grant amounts – the grant amount you ask for should relate directly to the amount that is needed to successfully complete the project; grant amounts average $100,000 per year; project duration may be up to three years; LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis through the foundation’s online application form and are reviewed by Surdna staff within 90 days of submission; Submit an Online Letter of Inquiry Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. WATEREUSE RESEARCH FOUNDATION – State of Irrigated Agricultural Water Reuse – Impediments and Incentives RFP ; Budget – $200,000 for a project during of 12 to 15 months. The purpose of this study is to gather information related to reuse of recycled water for agricultural irrigation purposes, identify impediments and incentives that may impact it, as well as explore opportunities related to onsite reuse in regards to irrigated agriculture. The findings from this research will provide valuable guidance to water suppliers, regulators, and the agricultural community regarding the potential for irrigated agricultural uses of recycled water. Portions of the study will investigate successful policies and practices across the United States and in other countries; This project will require matching funds or in-kind contributions (“Contributions”) of at least 25% ($50,000) of the total project costs. Utility company or collaborator participation is highly recommended and can be integrated into the project through participation or Contributions. The foundation will accept donated indirect costs towards the Contributions. One electronic copy of the proposal must be submitted by Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time to kcwalina@watereuse.org Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. GATES FOUNDATION – Grand Challenges Explorations – Applicants can be at any experience level and in any discipline; Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million; No indirect costs allowed; APPLY by November 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m. PST; RFP *Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome *Engineering Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas – better understand cause of death from tissue samples; – develop quantitative measurement of Mtb bacterial load; – develop immunization strategies that increase somatic hypermutation; – explore & develop approaches to immunization that drive donor unrestricted cyto-toxic T cell responses – develop parenteral vaccines that induce mucosal immunity – develop point-of-care nucleic acid diagnostics to below $2 per test – enable self-testing for cervical cancer – develop malaria diagnostics to accelerate toward eradication Read the Tips for Applicants for additional guidance as you write the proposal. New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing – focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies; Only proposals that address at least one of the following vaccines in Phase 1 of the work will be considered: human papillomavirus vaccine, inactivated poliovirus vaccine, measles – rubella vaccine, pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, whole – cell pertussis, hepatitis B, Hib), pneumococcal vaccine, and rotavirus vaccine; Collaboration is a core goal of this project; basic or applied research; 10% indirect costs allowed; The number of awards and dollar amount of each award amount will depend up on the quality of the proposals received; LOI RFP; Access the LOI Application and apply until November 5, 2015; Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. LOI Deadline: 10/09/2015 The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce the 2016 Pilot and Research Awards request for applications (RFA) . Our annual RFA will provide funding for investigators conducting bold, creative and rigorous research into the underlying biology, causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. SFARI will consider proposals in all areas relevant to improving the scientific understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. These areas include genetics and other factors contributing to risk; molecular and cellular mechanisms; synaptic and circuit physiology; sensory perception; cognition; behavior; and clinical and translational studies. Please also read our new Directors’ Column, SFARI 2016 grants cycle: Choices, challenges and priorities , for more information about SFARI funding priorities in the upcoming year, as well as insight into how SFARI assesses and selects from the many applications it receives each year. The RFA and accompanying guidelines can be accessed here . Prospective applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) using the LOI template via proposalCENTRAL . Letters of intent must be submitted online, and are due 9 October 2015, 5:00 p.m. EST. Full applications are by invitation only and are due 12 February 2016. Applications selected for SFARI awards will be announced in June 2016, with funding expected to begin in the summer or fall of 2016. ALPHA PHI FOUNDATION – Heart to Heart Grant (Heart health research) – One grant will be awarded for up to $100,000; No indirect costs; An institutional endorsement is required; Submit a compelling proposal ; Apply by Friday, November 6 at 11:59 pm CDT; AT&T Foundation Using one or more of the provided public datasets (along with any other public datasets you choose), incorporate data science, data visualization, and ideation into a compelling argument that will help increase high school graduation rates; Highlight your insights in a static or interactive data visualization, OR a data-centric, functional software application; Deadline Nov. 10, 2015; three awards will be made from $4,000 to $20,000; Eligibility – open to individuals, teams and organizations; RULES; Visit the CHALLENGE PAGE for all the details. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) THERAPY ALLIANCE (ATA) – traditionally awards grants from one to three years in term ranging from $100,000 to $1 million; proposal deadline October 15, 2015; information needed for the grant proposal ; email PDF form proposal toray@alstherapyalliance.org AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS) – Grant/fellowship opportunity details are noted below the ACS PROGRAMS section. ACS PROGRAMS Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry of Cancer – (Program Director, Michael Melner, PhD) This program focuses on genes involved in cancer and how alterations in those genes (mutations, deletions, and amplifications) play roles in the process. Of particular interest is the examination of the molecules involved in cancer (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates) and how their activities affect the disease. The program highlights new targets for prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. Cancer Cell Biology and Metastasis – (Program Director, Charles Saxe, PhD) The primary goal of this program is to provide an understanding of the nature of cancer cells so they can be more effectively controlled and eliminated. Emphases include understanding the fundamental controls of normal and cancer cells with a focus on how cells regulate when to grow, when to divide and when to die; how cells create an identity and how cells relate to the local environment and to other cells; how cells regulate when and how to move from one site to another. Preclinical and Translational Cancer Research – (William Phelps, PhD) This program focuses at the interface between laboratory investigations and human cancer. The scope of the program includes investigations of the role of infectious diseases in cancer, the discovery, synthesis, and delivery of cancer drugs, the creation and use of animal models of cancer, and the role of individual or groups of genes in different types of cancer. – RESEARCH SCHOLAR GRANT — Independent PI’s must be within six years of first academic appointment and within 12 years of the awarding of the terminal degree and with no more than 1 current R01[-like] grant; Term of award is up to 4 years and for as much as $165,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs; Terms and Conditions;; Online applications are due October 15, 2015, 5:00 PM EST; paper applications are due October 16, 2015; Apply online for ACS opportunities Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE & THE GRUBER FOUNDATION

    The Neuroscience Prize honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced understanding of the nervous system; offered for “highly distinguished international stature” research in the field of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system; unrestricted cash prize of $500,000 Nomination Requirement; no self-nominations Faculty must be nominated; it is recommended nominations be made by individuals, organizations, and institutions that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary neuroscience research and study. Only officially nominated candidates will be considered. The Chair of each Selection Advisory Board ensures that nominations are of sufficient caliber to merit consideration prior to the meeting of the Board. Independent advisory boards comprised of experts from each field review and select a prize recipient at annual selection meetings held for each discipline. Current neuroscience advisory board Nominations must be accompanied by a CV; PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH A FULL LIST OF PUBLICATIONS, as we request a list of up to twelve (12) key journal references that illustrate the nominee’s contributions to the field on the nomination form. Nominations for the 2016 Neuroscience Prize close on December 15, 2015. View and submit the Neuroscience Prize Nomination Form Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. SIMONS FOUNDATION – Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems – intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. SURDNA FOUNDATION – Sustainable Environments Grants Program areas include: Sustainable Transportation Networks & Equitable Development Patterns; Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment; Urban Water Management; Regional Food Supply Up to 15% indirect costs allowed; Grant amounts – the grant amount you ask for should relate directly to the amount that is needed to successfully complete the project; grant amounts average $100,000 per year; project duration may be up to three years; LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis through the foundation’s online application form and are reviewed by Surdna staff within 90 days of submission; Submit an Online Letter of Inquiry Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. WATEREUSE RESEARCH FOUNDATION – State of Irrigated Agricultural Water Reuse – Impediments and Incentives RFP Budget – $200,000 for a project during of 12 to 15 months. The purpose of this study is to gather information related to reuse of recycled water for agricultural irrigation purposes, identify impediments and incentives that may impact it, as well as explore opportunities related to onsite reuse in regards to irrigated agriculture. The findings from this research will provide valuable guidance to water suppliers, regulators, and the agricultural community regarding the potential for irrigated agricultural uses of recycled water. Portions of the study will investigate successful policies and practices across the United States and in other countries; This project will require matching funds or in-kind contributions (“Contributions”) of at least 25% ($50,000) of the total project costs. Utility company or collaborator participation is highly recommended and can be integrated into the project through participation or Contributions. The foundation will accept donated indirect costs towards the Contributions. One electronic copy of the proposal must be submitted by Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time to kcwalina@watereuse.org . Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. GATES FOUNDATION – Grand Challenges Explorations – Applicants can be at any experience level and in any discipline; Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million; No indirect costs allowed; APPLY by November 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m. PST; RFP * Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance *Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering *Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data * Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data – better understand cause of death from tissue samples; – develop quantitative measurement of Mtb bacterial load; – develop immunization strategies that increase somatic hypermutation; – explore & develop approaches to immunization that drive donor unrestricted cyto-toxic T cell responses – develop parenteral vaccines that induce mucosal immunity – develop point-of-care nucleic acid diagnostics to below $2 per test – enable self-testing for cervical cancer – develop malaria diagnostics to accelerate toward eradication Read the Tips for Applicants New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing – focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies; Only proposals that address at least one of the following vaccines in Phase 1 of the work will be considered: human papillomavirus vaccine, inactivated poliovirus vaccine, measles – rubella vaccine, pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, whole – cell pertussis, hepatitis B, Hib), pneumococcal vaccine, and rotavirus vaccine; Collaboration is a core goal of this project; basic or applied research; 10% indirect costs allowed; The number of awards and dollar amount of each award amount will depend up on the quality of the proposals received; LOI RFP Access the LOI ApplicationViterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. ALPHA PHI FOUNDATION – Heart to Heart Grant (Heart health research) – One grant will be awarded for up to $100,000; No indirect costs; An institutional endorsement is required; Submit a compelling proposal “Apply” by Friday, November 6 at 11:59 pm CDT; https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/24466-Alpha-Phi-Foundation–Alpha-Phi-Fraternity AT&T Foundation Using one or more of the provided public datasets (along with any other public datasets you choose), incorporate data science, data visualization, and ideation into a compelling argument that will help increase high school graduation rates; Highlight your insights in a static or interactive data visualization, OR a data-centric, functional software application; Deadline Nov. 10, 2015; three awards will be made from $4,000 to $20,000; Eligibility – open to individuals, teams and organizations; RULES CHALLENGE PAGE for all the details. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE & THE GRUBER FOUNDATION – The Neuroscience Prize honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced understanding of the nervous system; offered for “highly distinguished international stature” research in the field of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system; unrestricted cash prize of $500,000 Nomination Requirement; no self-nominations Faculty must be nominated; it is recommended nominations be made by individuals, organizations, and institutions that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary neuroscience research and study. Only officially nominated candidates will be considered. The Chair of each Selection Advisory Board ensures that nominations are of sufficient caliber to merit consideration prior to the meeting of the Board. Independent advisory boards comprised of experts from each field review and select a prize recipient at annual selection meetings held for each discipline. Current neuroscience advisory board Nominations must be accompanied by a CV; PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH A FULL LIST OF PUBLICATIONS, as we request a list of up to twelve (12) key journal references that illustrate the nominee’s contributions to the field on the nomination form. Nominations for the 2016 Neuroscience Prize close on December 15, 2015. View and submit the Neuroscience Prize Nomination Form Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. SIMONS FOUNDATION – Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems – intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. SURDNA FOUNDATION – Sustainable Environments Grants Program areas include: Sustainable Transportation Networks & Equitable Development Patterns; Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment; Urban Water Management; Regional Food Supply Up to 15% indirect costs allowed; Grant amounts – the grant amount you ask for should relate directly to the amount that is needed to successfully complete the project; grant amounts average $100,000 per year; project duration may be up to three years; LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis through the foundation’s online application form and are reviewed by Surdna staff within 90 days of submission; Submit an Online Letter of Inquiry Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. WATEREUSE RESEARCH FOUNDATION – State of Irrigated Agricultural Water Reuse – Impediments and Incentives RFP Budget – $200,000 for a project during of 12 to 15 months. The purpose of this study is to gather information related to reuse of recycled water for agricultural irrigation purposes, identify impediments and incentives that may impact it, as well as explore opportunities related to onsite reuse in regards to irrigated agriculture. The findings from this research will provide valuable guidance to water suppliers, regulators, and the agricultural community regarding the potential for irrigated agricultural uses of recycled water. Portions of the study will investigate successful policies and practices across the United States and in other countries; This project will require matching funds or in-kind contributions (“Contributions”) of at least 25% ($50,000) of the total project costs. Utility company or collaborator participation is highly recommended and can be integrated into the project through participation or Contributions. The foundation will accept donated indirect costs towards the Contributions. One electronic copy of the proposal must be submitted by Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time to kcwalina@watereuse.org . Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. GATES FOUNDATION – Grand Challenges Explorations – Applicants can be at any experience level and in any discipline; Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million; No indirect costs allowed; APPLY by November 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m. PST; RFP * Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance *Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering *Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data * Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data – better understand cause of death from tissue samples; – develop quantitative measurement of Mtb bacterial load; – develop immunization strategies that increase somatic hypermutation; – explore & develop approaches to immunization that drive donor unrestricted cyto-toxic T cell responses – develop parenteral vaccines that induce mucosal immunity – develop point-of-care nucleic acid diagnostics to below $2 per test – enable self-testing for cervical cancer – develop malaria diagnostics to accelerate toward eradication Read the Tips for Applicants New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing – focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies; Only proposals that address at least one of the following vaccines in Phase 1 of the work will be considered: human papillomavirus vaccine, inactivated poliovirus vaccine, measles – rubella vaccine, pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, whole – cell pertussis, hepatitis B, Hib), pneumococcal vaccine, and rotavirus vaccine; Collaboration is a core goal of this project; basic or applied research; 10% indirect costs allowed; The number of awards and dollar amount of each award amount will depend up on the quality of the proposals received; LOI RFP Access the LOI ApplicationViterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations. ALPHA PHI FOUNDATION – Heart to Heart Grant (Heart health research) – One grant will be awarded for up to $100,000; No indirect costs; An institutional endorsement is required; Submit a compelling proposal “Apply” by Friday, November 6 at 11:59 pm CDT; https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/24466-Alpha-Phi-Foundation–Alpha-Phi-Fraternity AT&T Foundation Using one or more of the provided public datasets (along with any other public datasets you choose), incorporate data science, data visualization, and ideation into a compelling argument that will help increase high school graduation rates; Highlight your insights in a static or interactive data visualization, OR a data-centric, functional software application; Deadline Nov. 10, 2015; three awards will be made from $4,000 to $20,000; Eligibility – open to individuals, teams and organizations; RULES CHALLENGE PAGE for all the details. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • AMERICAN FEDERATION FOR AGING RESEARCH (AFAR)

    “AFAR Research Grants for early career faculty” http://www.afar.org/research/funding/afar-research-grants/; $100,000 over 1 or 2 years; 8% of indirect costs allowed; AFAR supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, especially if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible; “LOI instructions” http://www.afar.org/docs/2016_AFAR_LOI_-_FINAL.doc; DEADLINE – December 15, 2015 5:00 PM EST; Applicants must have a “form completed by the Department Chair” http://www.afar.org/docs/AFAR_Institutional_Commitment_Form.doc submitted separately through the website http://www.afar.org/grants “New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer’s Disease” http://www.afar.org/research/funding/new-investigator-awards/ – Please note: The program is currently under review for funding in 2016. If approved the deadline will be December 15, 2015; $100,000 over 1 or 2 years; 8% of indirect costs allowed; Examples of promising areas of research include, but are not limited to: Genetic and environmental risk/protective factors; Cellular and molecular pathways; Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular factors; Neuro-inflammation; Neuroimaging and other biomarkers; Cellular, animal and in silico models; Diagnostic and prognostic markers; Exercise, nutrition, and dietary factors; Drug discovery and other therapeutics; IN ADDITION, proposals will be accepted that relate to the basic mechanisms of central nervous system (CNS) aging, such as: Learning and memory; The biology and pathobiology of synapses; Neurogenesis, neural and glial progenitors; “New Investigator LOI instructions”www.afar.org/docs/2015_New_Investigator_LOI.doc; Applicants must have a “form completed by the Department Chair” http://www.afar.org/docs/AFAR_Institutional_Commitment_Form.doc submitted separately through the website http://www.afar.org/grants; “Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award” http://www.afar.org/research/funding/big/ (BIG) $200,000/year over 2 years; 8% of indirect costs allowed; support to a small number of research projects that are building on early discoveries that show translational potential for clinically-relevant strategies, treatments and therapeutics, addressing human aging and health span; The following types of studies using one or more of these models will be considered: Human subjects; Human cells and tissues; Mice or other mammals; Individuals who are employees in the NIH Intramural program are not eligible; “AFAR BIG LOI” www.afar.org/docs/2016_BIG_LOI_-_FINAL.doc DEADLINE – December 15, 2015 5:00 PM EST Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • GERBER FOUNDATION

    $350,000 award, $125,000/year; up to 10% indirect costs allowed; The foundation funds novel approaches to solving newborn or pediatric problems or emerging issues with a predictable time frame to clinical application; priority is given to projects whose primary beneficiaries are young children from birth to three years of age; focused on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children; Of particular interest are those offering a substantial promise of meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of diseases and those with broad applicability to the general population; PEDIATRIC HEALTH – Promoting health and preventing or treating disease is the primary focus of this target area. Of particular interest are applied research projects focused on reducing the incidence of serious neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or improving cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development; ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS – The Foundation is interested in projects that evaluate the effects of environmental hazards on infants and young children. Applied research projects that document the impact of, or ameliorate effects of, environmental hazards on the growth and development of infants and young children are the focus of this area of interest; Concept Paper DEADLINE is December 1, 2015; A cover letter written by the applicant’s Department Chair; The concept paper should be written in lay terms; “Concept Paper Format” http://www.gerberfoundation.org/pd-research/research-awards/concept-paper-format;
  • VODAFONE AMERICAS FOUNDATION – WIRELESS INNOVATION PROJECT

    The competition seeks to support the most promising wireless innovative solutions that address at least one of the following critical global social issues: education, health, access to communication, the environment or economic development; Indirect costs of up to 15% allowed; Awards from $100,000 to $300,000 payable over three years; The entry period is between 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 2, 2015 to February 22, 2016, 12 a.m. Pacific Time. Click here for terms & conditions, eligibility criteria and to access the application instructions. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE & THE GRUBER FOUNDATION

    The Neuroscience Prize honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced understanding of the nervous system; offered for “highly distinguished international stature” research in the field of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system; unrestricted cash prize of $500,000 Nomination Requirement; no self-nominations Faculty must be nominated; it is recommended nominations be made by individuals, organizations, and institutions that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary neuroscience research and study. Only officially nominated candidates will be considered. The Chair of each Selection Advisory Board ensures that nominations are of sufficient caliber to merit consideration prior to the meeting of the Board. Independent advisory boards comprised of experts from each field review and select a prize recipient at annual selection meetings held for each discipline. Current neuroscience advisory boardNominations must be accompanied by a CV; PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH A FULL LIST OF PUBLICATIONS, as we request a list of up to twelve (12) key journal references that illustrate the nominee’s contributions to the field on the nomination form. Nominations for the 2016 Neuroscience Prize close on December 15, 2015. View and submit the Neuroscience Prize Nomination Form Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION

    Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems – intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SURDNA FOUNDATION

    Sustainable Environments Grants Program areas include: Sustainable Transportation Networks & Equitable Development Patterns; Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment; Urban Water Management; Regional Food Supply Up to 15% indirect costs allowed; Grant amounts – the grant amount you ask for should relate directly to the amount that is needed to successfully complete the project; grant amounts average $100,000 per year; project duration may be up to three years; LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis through the foundation’s online application form and are reviewed by Surdna staff within 90 days of submission; Submit an Online Letter of Inquiry Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • GATES FOUNDATION

    Grand Challenges Explorations – Applicants can be at any experience level and in any discipline; Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million; No indirect costs allowed; APPLY by November 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m. PST; RFP * Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance *Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering *Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data * Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data – better understand cause of death from tissue samples; – develop quantitative measurement of Mtb bacterial load; – develop immunization strategies that increase somatic hypermutation; – explore & develop approaches to immunization that drive donor unrestricted cyto-toxic T cell responses – develop parenteral vaccines that induce mucosal immunity – develop point-of-care nucleic acid diagnostics to below $2 per test – enable self-testing for cervical cancer – develop malaria diagnostics to accelerate toward eradication Read the Tips for Applicants New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing – focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies; Only proposals that address at least one of the following vaccines in Phase 1 of the work will be considered: human papillomavirus vaccine, inactivated poliovirus vaccine, measles – rubella vaccine, pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, whole – cell pertussis, hepatitis B, Hib), pneumococcal vaccine, and rotavirus vaccine; Collaboration is a core goal of this project; basic or applied research; 10% indirect costs allowed; The number of awards and dollar amount of each award amount will depend up on the quality of the proposals received; LOI RFP Access the LOI ApplicationViterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • ALPHA PHI FOUNDATION

    Heart to Heart Grant (Heart health research) – One grant will be awarded for up to $100,000; No indirect costs; An institutional endorsement is required; Submit a compelling proposal “Apply” by Friday, November 6 at 11:59 pm CDT; https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/24466-Alpha-Phi-Foundation–Alpha-Phi-Fraternity
  • AT&T Foundation

    Using one or more of the provided public datasets (along with any other public datasets you choose), incorporate data science, data visualization, and ideation into a compelling argument that will help increase high school graduation rates; Highlight your insights in a static or interactive data visualization, OR a data-centric, functional software application; Deadline Nov. 10, 2015; three awards will be made from $4,000 to $20,000; Eligibility – open to individuals, teams and organizations; RULES CHALLENGE PAGE for all the details. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • McGOVERN INSTITUTE for BRAIN RESEARCH

    Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience – $125,000 award from an endowment; nomination DEADLINE is December 15, 2015; The Scolnick Prize is awarded annually by the McGovern Institute to recognize outstanding advances in the field of neuroscience; Past Winners ; NOMINATION PROCEDURE: Candidates for the award must be nominated by prominent individuals in neuroscience. Self-nomination is not permitted. Each nomination should include: A biosketch or CV of the nominee; A letter of nomination with a summary and analysis of the major contributions of the nominee to the field of neuroscience; Up to two representative reprints will be accepted; Send nomination packet to: gwolf@mit.edu Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • AMERICAN FEDERATION FOR AGING RESEARCH (AFAR)

    AFAR Research Grants for early career faculty ; $100,000 over 1 or 2 years; 8% of indirect costs allowed; AFAR supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, especially if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible; LOI instructions ; DEADLINE – December 15, 2015 5:00 PM EST; Applicants must have a form completed by the Department Chair submitted separately through the website http://www.afar.org/grants New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer’s Disease – Please note: The program is currently under review for funding in 2016. If approved the deadline will be December 15, 2015; $100,000 over 1 or 2 years; 8% of indirect costs allowed; Examples of promising areas of research include, but are not limited to: Genetic and environmental risk/protective factors; Cellular and molecular pathways; Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular factors; Neuro-inflammation; Neuroimaging and other biomarkers; Cellular, animal and in silico models; Diagnostic and prognostic markers; Exercise, nutrition, and dietary factors; Drug discovery and other therapeutics; IN ADDITION, proposals will be accepted that relate to the basic mechanisms of central nervous system (CNS) aging, such as: Learning and memory; The biology and pathobiology of synapses; Neurogenesis, neural and glial progenitors; New Investigator LOI instructions ; Applicants must have a form completed by the Department Chair submitted separately through the website http://www.afar.org/grants; Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award (BIG) $200,000/year over 2 years; 8% of indirect costs allowed; support to a small number of research projects that are building on early discoveries that show translational potential for clinically-relevant strategies, treatments and therapeutics, addressing human aging and health span; The following types of studies using one or more of these models will be considered: Human subjects; Human cells and tissues; Mice or other mammals; Individuals who are employees in the NIH Intramural program are not eligible; AFAR BIG LOI DEADLINE – December 15, 2015 5:00 PM EST Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • GERBER FOUNDATION

    $350,000 award, $125,000/year; up to 10% indirect costs allowed; The foundation funds novel approaches to solving newborn or pediatric problems or emerging issues with a predictable time frame to clinical application; priority is given to projects whose primary beneficiaries are young children from birth to three years of age; focused on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children; Of particular interest are those offering a substantial promise of meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of diseases and those with broad applicability to the general population; PEDIATRIC HEALTH – Promoting health and preventing or treating disease is the primary focus of this target area. Of particular interest are applied research projects focused on reducing the incidence of serious neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or improving cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development; ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS – The Foundation is interested in projects that evaluate the effects of environmental hazards on infants and young children. Applied research projects that document the impact of, or ameliorate effects of, environmental hazards on the growth and development of infants and young children are the focus of this area of interest; Concept Paper DEADLINE is December 1, 2015; A cover letter written by the applicant’s Department Chair; The concept paper should be written in lay terms; Concept Paper Format
  • VODAFONE AMERICAS FOUNDATION – WIRELESS INNOVATION PROJECT

    The competition seeks to support the most promising wireless innovative solutions that address at least one of the following critical global social issues: education, health, access to communication, the environment or economic development; Indirect costs of up to 15% allowed; Awards from $100,000 to $300,000 payable over three years; The entry period is between 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 2, 2015 to February 22, 2016, 12 a.m. Pacific Time. Click here for terms & conditions, eligibility criteria and to access the application instructions. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE & THE GRUBER FOUNDATION

    The Neuroscience Prize honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced understanding of the nervous system; offered for “highly distinguished international stature” research in the field of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system; unrestricted cash prize of $500,000 Nomination Requirement; no self-nominations Faculty must be nominated; it is recommended nominations be made by individuals, organizations, and institutions that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary neuroscience research and study. Only officially nominated candidates will be considered. The Chair of each Selection Advisory Board ensures that nominations are of sufficient caliber to merit consideration prior to the meeting of the Board. Independent advisory boards comprised of experts from each field review and select a prize recipient at annual selection meetings held for each discipline. Current neuroscience advisory boardNominations must be accompanied by a CV; PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH A FULL LIST OF PUBLICATIONS, as we request a list of up to twelve (12) key journal references that illustrate the nominee’s contributions to the field on the nomination form. Nominations for the 2016 Neuroscience Prize close on December 15, 2015. View and submit the Neuroscience Prize Nomination Form Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION

    Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems – intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SURDNA FOUNDATION

    Sustainable Environments Grants Program areas include: Sustainable Transportation Networks & Equitable Development Patterns; Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment; Urban Water Management; Regional Food Supply Up to 15% indirect costs allowed; Grant amounts – the grant amount you ask for should relate directly to the amount that is needed to successfully complete the project; grant amounts average $100,000 per year; project duration may be up to three years; LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis through the foundation’s online application form and are reviewed by Surdna staff within 90 days of submission; Submit an Online Letter of Inquiry Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SURDNA FOUNDATION

    Sustainable Environments Grants Program areas include: Sustainable Transportation Networks & Equitable Development Patterns; Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment; Urban Water Management; Regional Food Supply Up to 15% indirect costs allowed; Grant amounts – the grant amount you ask for should relate directly to the amount that is needed to successfully complete the project; grant amounts average $100,000 per year; project duration may be up to three years; LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis through the foundation’s online application form and are reviewed by Surdna staff within 90 days of submission; Submit an Online Letter of Inquiry Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

    Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians Deadline: 1/28/2016, Midnight EST $45,000, Payable over 5 years; 10% for indirect costs Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians are aimed at stimulating collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures where it would not be otherwise available; Basis for Awards: Awards will be based on the quality of the applicant’s previous research, as outlined in the “Statement of Recent Work” application requirement below, and on the likely impact that the collaboration grant will have on future research, both for the applicant and the applicant’s graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows; ELEGIBILITY – Collaboration grant awardees may not hold any other external grants of over $3,000 per year that ALLOW for support for travel or visitors during the award period; It’s expected 30% of submissions will be funded; Please refer to the Application Instructions for further information on and requirements for submitting an application. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems

    Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems – intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • VODAFONE AMERICAS FOUNDATION – WIRELESS INNOVATION PROJECT

    The competition seeks to support the most promising wireless innovative solutions that address at least one of the following critical global social issues: education, health, access to communication, the environment or economic development; Indirect costs of up to 15% allowed; Awards from $100,000 to $300,000 payable over three years; The entry period is between 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 2, 2015 to February 22, 2016, 12 a.m. Pacific Time. Click here for terms & conditions, eligibility criteria and to access the application instructions. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK

    Apply using the proposalCENTRAL website at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ Translational Research Grant (TRG) Deadline: January 29, 2016, noon EST Award: $300,000 over two years; 10% for indirect costs allowed; five awards are available TRG will fund a cross-disciplinary approach to pancreatic cancer research that is poised for translational next steps in order to help move discovery to application in patients; The project should have as its endpoint the development of a pancreatic cancer assessment, prevention or treatment modality; the scientific validation of the proposed modality must already exist, and the project proposed for funding should represent a practical application of this knowledge; Research Acceleration Network (RAN) and RAN-2 Grants Deadline: January 19, 2016, noon EST 10% for indirect costs allowed RAN Grant Award: $1,000,000 over one to three year project; two grants will be awarded Scope should include a clinical project with an endpoint that improves prevention, detection/diagnosis/prognosis, treatment or supportive care; project must involve two institutions; RAN-2 Grant Award: $2,000,000 over one to three year project; one grant will be awarded Research in pancreatic cancer that includes a Phase II treatment clinical trial or a robust prevention, detection/diagnosis/prognosis or supportive care trial implemented no later than the beginning of the second year of the grant term. At least two institutions must be involved in the project, and the impact on pancreatic cancer patients should be immediate, if not as soon as possible Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • McKNIGHT ENDOWMENT FUND FOR NEUROSCIENCE

    DEADLINE: January 4, 2016 Award: $450,000 over thee years; no indirect costs Early Career (up to four years in faculty appointment) Scholar Awards The funds supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated; focus on disorders of learning and memory; translation of basic research to clinical neuroscience; For the names of previous recipients and their projects, click here; Application requires a Statement from responsible financial officer at sponsoring institution and Supporting information from applicant’s department chair; Forms for the Statement and the Supporting Information are in the application and guidelines: MS Word format (76 KB); Four references from former teachers, supervisors, or senior colleagues familiar with the applicant’s work, due by January 4, 2016.
  • PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK

    Apply using the proposalCENTRAL website at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ Translational Research Grant (TRG) Deadline: January 29, 2016, noon EST Award: $300,000 over two years; 10% for indirect costs allowed; five awards are available TRG will fund a cross-disciplinary approach to pancreatic cancer research that is poised for translational next steps in order to help move discovery to application in patients; The project should have as its endpoint the development of a pancreatic cancer assessment, prevention or treatment modality; the scientific validation of the proposed modality must already exist, and the project proposed for funding should represent a practical application of this knowledge; Research Acceleration Network (RAN) and RAN-2 Grants Deadline: January 19, 2016, noon EST 10% for indirect costs allowed RAN Grant Award: $1,000,000 over one to three year project; two grants will be awarded Scope should include a clinical project with an endpoint that improves prevention, detection/diagnosis/prognosis, treatment or supportive care; project must involve two institutions; RAN-2 Grant Award: $2,000,000 over one to three year project; one grant will be awarded Research in pancreatic cancer that includes a Phase II treatment clinical trial or a robust prevention, detection/diagnosis/prognosis or supportive care trial implemented no later than the beginning of the second year of the grant term. At least two institutions must be involved in the project, and the impact on pancreatic cancer patients should be immediate, if not as soon as possible Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • VODAFONE AMERICAS FOUNDATION – WIRELESS INNOVATION PROJECT

    The competition seeks to support the most promising wireless innovative solutions that address at least one of the following critical global social issues: education, health, access to communication, the environment or economic development; Indirect costs of up to 15% allowed; Awards from $100,000 to $300,000 payable over three years; The entry period is between 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 2, 2015 to February 22, 2016, 12 a.m. Pacific Time. Click here for terms & conditions, eligibility criteria and to access the application instructions. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems

    Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems – intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

    Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians Deadline: 1/28/2016, Midnight EST $45,000, Payable over 5 years; 10% for indirect costs Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians are aimed at stimulating collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures where it would not be otherwise available; Basis for Awards: Awards will be based on the quality of the applicant’s previous research, as outlined in the “Statement of Recent Work” application requirement below, and on the likely impact that the collaboration grant will have on future research, both for the applicant and the applicant’s graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows; ELEGIBILITY – Collaboration grant awardees may not hold any other external grants of over $3,000 per year that ALLOW for support for travel or visitors during the award period; It’s expected 30% of submissions will be funded; Please refer to the Application Instructions for further information on and requirements for submitting an application. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • General Fusion Challenge: Data-Driven Prediction of Plasma Performance

    General Fusion is interested in identifying patterns in their experimental data that will allow the company to further improve the performance of its plasma. Extensive data is recorded for each plasma shot and hundreds of gigabytes of shot data is being made available for this Challenge. The task is to use this data to produce an algorithm capable of predicting early in the shot lifetime the overall shot performance; Details and register to apply
  • RUTH K. BROAD BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

    Deadline: Feb 1. Administered by Duke University; A single grant of up to $180K over two years will be awarded to early career or established faculty for research with the potential to advance the knowledge or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease; Pilot studies that can lead to more conventional funding are preferred, to focus the Foundation’s support on new rather than existing research; The board of directors of the Foundation is made up of Broad family members, physicians and scientists, and Duke advisors.
  • PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK

    Apply using the proposalCENTRAL website at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ Translational Research Grant (TRG) Deadline: January 29, 2016, noon EST Award: $300,000 over two years; 10% for indirect costs allowed; five awards are available TRG will fund a cross-disciplinary approach to pancreatic cancer research that is poised for translational next steps in order to help move discovery to application in patients; The project should have as its endpoint the development of a pancreatic cancer assessment, prevention or treatment modality; the scientific validation of the proposed modality must already exist, and the project proposed for funding should represent a practical application of this knowledge; Research Acceleration Network (RAN) and RAN-2 Grants Deadline: January 19, 2016, noon EST 10% for indirect costs allowed RAN Grant Award: $1,000,000 over one to three year project; two grants will be awarded Scope should include a clinical project with an endpoint that improves prevention, detection/diagnosis/prognosis, treatment or supportive care; project must involve two institutions; RAN-2 Grant Award: $2,000,000 over one to three year project; one grant will be awarded Research in pancreatic cancer that includes a Phase II treatment clinical trial or a robust prevention, detection/diagnosis/prognosis or supportive care trial implemented no later than the beginning of the second year of the grant term. At least two institutions must be involved in the project, and the impact on pancreatic cancer patients should be immediate, if not as soon as possible Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • VODAFONE AMERICAS FOUNDATION – WIRELESS INNOVATION PROJECT

    The competition seeks to support the most promising wireless innovative solutions that address at least one of the following critical global social issues: education, health, access to communication, the environment or economic development; Indirect costs of up to 15% allowed; Awards from $100,000 to $300,000 payable over three years; The entry period is between 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 2, 2015 to February 22, 2016, 12 a.m. Pacific Time. Click here for terms & conditions, eligibility criteria and to access the application instructions. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION Mathematics & Physical Systems

    Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems – intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

    Deadline: 1/28/2016, Midnight EST $45,000, Payable over 5 years; 10% for indirect costs Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians are aimed at stimulating collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures where it would not be otherwise available; Basis for Awards: Awards will be based on the quality of the applicant’s previous research, as outlined in the “Statement of Recent Work” application requirement below, and on the likely impact that the collaboration grant will have on future research, both for the applicant and the applicant’s graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows; ELEGIBILITY – Collaboration grant awardees may not hold any other external grants of over $3,000 per year that ALLOW for support for travel or visitors during the award period; It’s expected 30% of submissions will be funded; Please refer to the Application Instructions for further information on and requirements for submitting an application. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • JAMES S. MCDONNELL FOUDNATION

    DEADLINE: The foundation will accept applications from February 18, 2016 to March 18, 2016 1:59 PM, PST at this link AWARDS: The foundation anticipates it will make up to eight awards for up $450,000 (no indirect costs allowed) each for RESEARCH PROGRAMS (not projects) with durations of between four and six years Scholar Awards in Studying Complex Systems (Scholar Awards – CS); PROGRAM AND APPLICATION GUIDELINES ;Program emphasis is on furthering the science of complex systems via the continued development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research; ELIGIBILITY – PIs should be between five and 15 years from their PhD; Applicants submitting to the 2016 Scholar Awards – CS will not be eligible to submit an application to future Scholar – CS competitions until 2019; SELECTION CRITERIA – awards will be based on the importance and originality the research program described in the application, the quality of the essay, the thoughtfulness of the expenditure plan, and the PI’s qualifications to carry out the proposed research program; Advisory Review Panel ; APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS – Applications to the Scholar Awards – CS that fail to meet both the spirit and the letter of the guidelines will be considered an inappropriate response to the posted request for applications and eliminated from funding consideration; Please remember that the essay will be read by the entire Scholar review panel; not all will be expert in your subject matter; A nomination letter from an institutional authority is required. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • INNOCENTIVE – General Fusion Challenge: Data-Driven Prediction of Plasma Performance

    Deadline 3/9/2016; $20,000 award General Fusion is interested in identifying patterns in their experimental data that will allow the company to further improve the performance of its plasma. Extensive data is recorded for each plasma shot and hundreds of gigabytes of shot data is being made available for this Challenge. The task is to use this data to produce an algorithm capable of predicting early in the shot lifetime the overall shot performance; Details and register to apply
  • RUTH K. BROAD BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

    Deadline: Feb 1. Administered by Duke University; A single grant of up to $180K over two years will be awarded to early career or established faculty for research with the potential to advance the knowledge or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease; Pilot studies that can lead to more conventional funding are preferred, to focus the Foundation’s support on new rather than existing research; The board of directors of the Foundation is made up of Broad family members, physicians and scientists, and Duke advisors.
  • PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK

    Apply using the proposalCENTRAL website at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ Young Investigator Awards – $225K over three years; Every PCF Young Investigator is required to be under the direct supervision of a mentor. Applicants should be within six-years following completion of a Ph.D. Applicants should have received no more than $200,000 in current direct research funding from all sources including institutional funds. Investigators who have specifically received young investigator research support from the NCI, NIH, or DoD are still qualified and encouraged to apply. Applications are encouraged from early-career basic scientists, bioinformaticians, bioengineers, or professionals from any other field that could contribute to the end of prostate cancer. Applicants may be working in basic, translational, or clinical research and need not be trained specifically in prostate cancer research. However, successful applicants should be working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational prostate cancer research. Access to and interaction with a clinical environment, as well as translational prostate cancer physician-scientists, is highly desirable. The online application submission portal will go live at https://pcf.smartsimple.com on February 1, 2016. The deadline for application submission is Friday, March 11, 2016, 3:00 pm EST. View and Download RFA Translational Research Grant (TRG) Deadline: January 29, 2016, noon EST Award: $300,000 over two years; 10% for indirect costs allowed; five awards are available TRG will fund a cross-disciplinary approach to pancreatic cancer research that is poised for translational next steps in order to help move discovery to application in patients; The project should have as its endpoint the development of a pancreatic cancer assessment, prevention or treatment modality; the scientific validation of the proposed modality must already exist, and the project proposed for funding should represent a practical application of this knowledge; Research Acceleration Network (RAN) and RAN-2 Grants Deadline: January 19, 2016, noon EST 10% for indirect costs allowed RAN Grant Award: $1,000,000 over one to three year project; two grants will be awarded Scope should include a clinical project with an endpoint that improves prevention, detection/diagnosis/prognosis, treatment or supportive care; project must involve two institutions; RAN-2 Grant Award: $2,000,000 over one to three year project; one grant will be awarded Research in pancreatic cancer that includes a Phase II treatment clinical trial or a robust prevention, detection/diagnosis/prognosis or supportive care trial implemented no later than the beginning of the second year of the grant term. At least two institutions must be involved in the project, and the impact on pancreatic cancer patients should be immediate, if not as soon as possible Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • VODAFONE AMERICAS FOUNDATION – WIRELESS INNOVATION PROJECT

    The competition seeks to support the most promising wireless innovative solutions that address at least one of the following critical global social issues: education, health, access to communication, the environment or economic development; Indirect costs of up to 15% allowed; Awards from $100,000 to $300,000 payable over three years; The entry period is between 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 2, 2015 to February 22, 2016, 12 a.m. Pacific Time. Click here for terms & conditions, eligibility criteria and to access the application instructions. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION Mathematics & Physical Systems

    Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems – intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

    Deadline: 1/28/2016, Midnight EST $45,000, Payable over 5 years; 10% for indirect costs Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians are aimed at stimulating collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures where it would not be otherwise available; Basis for Awards: Awards will be based on the quality of the applicant’s previous research, as outlined in the “Statement of Recent Work” application requirement below, and on the likely impact that the collaboration grant will have on future research, both for the applicant and the applicant’s graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows; ELEGIBILITY – Collaboration grant awardees may not hold any other external grants of over $3,000 per year that ALLOW for support for travel or visitors during the award period; It’s expected 30% of submissions will be funded; Please refer to the Application Instructions for further information on and requirements for submitting an application. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • CALIFORNIA BREAST CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM

    Risk Assessment Grant Deadline: April 8, 2016 To advance breast cancer risk modeling/assessment to include known and suspected risk factors, and consider cumulative effects and timing of environmental exposure(s); RFP Awards – 2 Types 1) Modeling and computational projects that do not involve new data collection, each with a maximum direct cost budget of $100,000 and a maximum duration of 2 YEARS and 2) Projects involving new data collection and laboratory costs, each with a maximum direct cost budget of $1,000,000 and a maximum duration of 4 YEARS APPLY through PROPOSALCENTRAL.ALTUM.COM , search OPPORTUNITIES and find/select California Breast Cancer Research Program; IMPROVING BREAST CANCER RISK ASSESSMENT TO ID HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS – 2 YEAR OR 4 YEAR Biological Markers Grant Deadline: April 8, 2016 Awards – three awards for $1,000,000 each over four years To investigate upstream biomarkers of breast cancer risk and identify novel biomarkers of previous exposure to chemicals known or suspected to contribute breast cancer; Research should exclude clinical biomarkers used for tumor characterization, prognosis, disease progression and treatment decisions, unless there is strong scientific support that the candidate marker could also be used as a risk indicator for prevention; RFP
  • MUSCULAR DYSTROPY ASSOCIATION

    DEADLINE – Rolling acceptances; No Deadline The Infrastructure Grant is designed to fund the development of infrastructure—tools, techniques or services—that will be of use to the neuromuscular disease research community for the purpose of therapy development. Although the need for the proposed infrastructure can be presented in the context of a specific research project or projects, the grant will ultimately be evaluated on the need for the infrastructure by the community at large, and on the applicant’s specific plan for making this resource available to the community. Collaboration and compatibility of the proposal with relevant existing infrastructure is encouraged; Examples of acceptable infrastructure projects include, but are not limited to, development of databases, core facilities (e.g., vector production, muscle imaging, drug screening), microarray chips, animal model resources, tissue repositories, and components of clinical research networks; Apply through PROPOSALCENTRAL.ALTUM.COM, search OPPORTUNITIES and select Muscular Dystrophy Association; INFRSTRUCTURE GRANT Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • JAMES S. MCDONNELL FOUDNATION

    DEADLINE: The foundation will accept applications from February 18, 2016 to March 18, 2016 1:59 PM, PST at this link AWARDS: The foundation anticipates it will make up to eight awards for up $450,000 (no indirect costs allowed) each for RESEARCH PROGRAMS (not projects) with durations of between four and six years Scholar Awards in Studying Complex Systems (Scholar Awards – CS); PROGRAM AND APPLICATION GUIDELINES ;Program emphasis is on furthering the science of complex systems via the continued development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research; ELIGIBILITY – PIs should be between five and 15 years from their PhD; Applicants submitting to the 2016 Scholar Awards – CS will not be eligible to submit an application to future Scholar – CS competitions until 2019; SELECTION CRITERIA – awards will be based on the importance and originality the research program described in the application, the quality of the essay, the thoughtfulness of the expenditure plan, and the PI’s qualifications to carry out the proposed research program; Advisory Review Panel ; APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS – Applications to the Scholar Awards – CS that fail to meet both the spirit and the letter of the guidelines will be considered an inappropriate response to the posted request for applications and eliminated from funding consideration; Please remember that the essay will be read by the entire Scholar review panel; not all will be expert in your subject matter; A nomination letter from an institutional authority is required. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation “Moore Inventor Fellows”

    Slots: 2 LOI: No Internal Deadline: March 4, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: May 1, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 50 Anticipated Amount: $200,000 per year for 3 years in addition to $25,000 per year to the host institution to cover administrative costs (Three-year total award $675,000). Cost Sharing: See “Additional Conditions” below. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) • Letter of Support Who May Serve as PI: Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the terminal degree in their field (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D.) They can be tenure-line faculty, teaching faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time affiliates of the university. Note: Faculty applicants will have priority in USC’s selection process. Additional Conditions: (1) The PI must submit a letter of support from dean for the proposed project, as well as a commitment from the School for the financial terms of the award, including $50k per year in support. (2) As part of the review process, the Office of Research will examine applicant’s patent portfolio at USC. Purpose: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is launching a competition to identify outstanding inventors who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care: “We seek ideas grounded in science that promise to transform activity in an area of interest to the foundation: natural science, environmental conservation and patient experience and care. We seek a combination of demonstrated promise of the individual and a compelling idea in which marked progress toward a defined goal can be measured during the three years of support. We aim to support ideas at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept or advance an existing prototype toward application.” Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • PROSTRATE CANCER FOUNDATION

    Deadline: March 11, 2016 Young Investigator Awards $225K over three years; Every PCF Young Investigator is required to be under the direct supervision of a mentor. Applicants should be within six-years following completion of a Ph.D. Applicants should have received no more than $200,000 in current direct research funding from all sources including institutional funds. Investigators who have specifically received young investigator research support from the NCI, NIH, or DoD are still qualified and encouraged to apply. Applications are encouraged from early-career basic scientists, bioinformaticians, bioengineers, or professionals from any other field that could contribute to the end of prostate cancer. Applicants may be working in basic, translational, or clinical research and need not be trained specifically in prostate cancer research. However, successful applicants should be working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational prostate cancer research. Access to and interaction with a clinical environment, as well as translational prostate cancer physician-scientists, is highly desirable. THE ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION PORTAL WILL GO LIVE AT https://pcf.smartsimple.com ON FEBRUARY 1, 2016. The deadline for application submission is Friday, March 11, 2016, 3:00 pm EST. View and the RFA.
  • The David & Lucille Packard Foundation – Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

    Slots: 2 LOI: March 15, 2016. Nominations are due to the Foundation on March 15, 2016. All application materials must be submitted to the Foundation April 20, 2016. Internal Deadline: February 19, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: April 20, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 18 Anticipated Amount: $875,000 distributed over five years. Cost Sharing: Of the $175,000 paid each year, $17,500 is available to the university as compensation for administrative costs. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Link to Award: http://research.usc.edu/packard/
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Moore Inventor Fellows

    Slots: 2 LOI: No Internal USC Deadline: March 4, 2016, 5pm External Foundation Deadline: May 1, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 50 overall; five for the inaugural fellows in 2016 Anticipated Amount: $200,000 per year for 3 years in addition to $25,000 per year to the host institution to cover administrative costs (Three-year total award $675,000). Cost Sharing: See “Additional Conditions” below. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) • Letter of Support Who May Serve as PI: Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the terminal degree in their field (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D.) They can be tenure-line faculty, teaching faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time affiliates of the university. Note: Faculty applicants will have priority in USC’s selection process. Additional Conditions: (1) The PI must submit a letter of support from dean for the proposed project, as well as a commitment from the School for the financial terms of the award, including $50k per year in support. Permissible costs for the $50K in support includes support for undergraduate or graduate students, equipment, supplies and other needs that will enable fellows to focus on their inventions. (2) As part of the review process, the Office of Research will examine applicant’s patent portfolio at USC. Purpose: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is launching a competition to identify outstanding inventors who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research (data driven discovery, emergent phenomena in quantum systems, imaging molecular interactions, science learning assessment), environmental conservation (protecting ecosystems) and patient experience and care: “We seek ideas grounded in science that promise to transform activity in an area of interest to the foundation: science (data driven discovery, emergent phenomena in quantum systems, imaging molecular interactions, science learning assessment), environmental conservation (protecting ecosystems) and patient experience and care. We seek a combination of demonstrated promise of the individual and a compelling idea in which marked progress toward a defined goal can be measured during the three years of support. We aim to support ideas at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept or advance an existing prototype toward application.” We expect the fellows to use the grant funds as they see fit to develop their inventions while engaged at least halftime in the pursuit of this work. Visit USC’s webpage for updates and other announcements. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu , Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • COCA COLA FOUNDATION

    No deadline – rolling acceptances for a Letter of Intent; there is no dollar amount limitation; Four Program Areas for WATER PROJECTS Collaborating to Replenish the Water We Use- The projects we engage in typically have at least one of four objectives: to improve safe access to water and sanitation; to protect watersheds; to provide water for productive use; and/or; to educate and raise awareness about water issues, including engagement on water policy; improve water quality and enhance biodiversity Improving Our Water Efficiency – exploring the utility and practical application of the water footprint methodology for understanding our water use throughout the value chain, and for identifying the impacts of that use and associated response actions; The largest portion of the product water footprints assessed as part of these studies came from the field, not the factory, which demonstrated significant opportunity to engage more directly with our agricultural ingredient suppliers in advancing sustainable water use. Mitigating Water Risk for Communities and for Our System – we need to have a clear understanding of where the water comes from, the availability of water supplies for a given community, current or future stress on the water supply, and how and where we’re giving the water back to a community; Wastewater: Safely Returning the Water We Use to Make Our Beverages – 2 Strategies 1. Returning to nature and communities the water in our beverages through water projects outside our manufacturing plant boundaries, and 2. Returning the water we use to make our beverages back to a community after we’ve treated it. You can complete the eligibility questionnaire for further guidance and to access our grant and sponsorship applications. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • MACY’S FOUNDATION

    No deadline – rolling acceptances; The foundation supports programs designed to promote arts and culture, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS awareness and research, and women issues and domestic violence; Apply District Grants Public Application
  • American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Accelerator Award

    Slots: 1 LOI: Not required; letters needed include letters of recommendation and a nomination letter from an institutional representative. Internal Deadline: April 1, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: July 1, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned Anticipated Amount: $325,000/year Cost Sharing: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: Awards are available to early-career diabetes investigators proposing innovative and ambitious diabetes-related research programs. Applicants must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity in diabetes research. Applicants may currently hold independent NIH funding (K, U or R awards, including an initial R01/U01) but must not have applied for, or received, an R01/U01 renewal or a second R01/U01 award. Candidates must be identified through institutional nomination; applications will be accepted only from individuals with the appropriate institution support. Purpose: This award is designed to support exceptional, independent early-career researchers who have distinguished themselves as promising investigators and are in the beginning stages of establishing successful, sustainable diabetes research programs. Pathway supports innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services research relevant to any diabetes type, diabetes-related disease state, or diabetes complication. The Association seeks exceptional candidates from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • INNOCENTIVE

    Deadline: 2/29/2016 Algorithm for Real-Time Parallax Correction Award: Up to $25,000 Funder is developing a multi-spectral visual system; however, fusing the inputs of offset optical sources results in parallax – a perceived change in the position of an object due to the offset positions of the optical sensors. This Challenge seeks a system and/or algorithm that provides near real-time parallax correction for multiple, offset optical sources. Click “here” for details. http://viterbi.usc.edu/links/?2400; Click here to register to apply: https://www.innocentive.com/ar/registration
  • CALIFORNIA BREAST CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM

    Risk Assessment Grant Deadline: April 8, 2016 To advance breast cancer risk modeling/assessment to include known and suspected risk factors, and consider cumulative effects and timing of environmental exposure(s); RFP Awards – 2 Types 1) Modeling and computational projects that do not involve new data collection, each with a maximum direct cost budget of $100,000 and a maximum duration of 2 YEARS and 2) Projects involving new data collection and laboratory costs, each with a maximum direct cost budget of $1,000,000 and a maximum duration of 4 YEARS APPLY through PROPOSALCENTRAL.ALTUM.COM , search OPPORTUNITIES and find/select California Breast Cancer Research Program; IMPROVING BREAST CANCER RISK ASSESSMENT TO ID HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS – 2 YEAR OR 4 YEAR Biological Markers Grant Deadline: April 8, 2016 Awards – three awards for $1,000,000 each over four years To investigate upstream biomarkers of breast cancer risk and identify novel biomarkers of previous exposure to chemicals known or suspected to contribute breast cancer; Research should exclude clinical biomarkers used for tumor characterization, prognosis, disease progression and treatment decisions, unless there is strong scientific support that the candidate marker could also be used as a risk indicator for prevention; RFP
  • MUSCULAR DYSTROPY ASSOCIATION

    DEADLINE – Rolling acceptances; No Deadline The Infrastructure Grant is designed to fund the development of infrastructure—tools, techniques or services—that will be of use to the neuromuscular disease research community for the purpose of therapy development. Although the need for the proposed infrastructure can be presented in the context of a specific research project or projects, the grant will ultimately be evaluated on the need for the infrastructure by the community at large, and on the applicant’s specific plan for making this resource available to the community. Collaboration and compatibility of the proposal with relevant existing infrastructure is encouraged; Examples of acceptable infrastructure projects include, but are not limited to, development of databases, core facilities (e.g., vector production, muscle imaging, drug screening), microarray chips, animal model resources, tissue repositories, and components of clinical research networks; Apply through PROPOSALCENTRAL.ALTUM.COM, search OPPORTUNITIES and select Muscular Dystrophy Association; INFRSTRUCTURE GRANT Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • JAMES S. MCDONNELL FOUDNATION

    DEADLINE: The foundation will accept applications from February 18, 2016 to March 18, 2016 1:59 PM, PST at this link AWARDS: The foundation anticipates it will make up to eight awards for up $450,000 (no indirect costs allowed) each for RESEARCH PROGRAMS (not projects) with durations of between four and six years Scholar Awards in Studying Complex Systems (Scholar Awards – CS); PROGRAM AND APPLICATION GUIDELINES ;Program emphasis is on furthering the science of complex systems via the continued development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research; ELIGIBILITY – PIs should be between five and 15 years from their PhD; Applicants submitting to the 2016 Scholar Awards – CS will not be eligible to submit an application to future Scholar – CS competitions until 2019; SELECTION CRITERIA – awards will be based on the importance and originality the research program described in the application, the quality of the essay, the thoughtfulness of the expenditure plan, and the PI’s qualifications to carry out the proposed research program; Advisory Review Panel ; APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS – Applications to the Scholar Awards – CS that fail to meet both the spirit and the letter of the guidelines will be considered an inappropriate response to the posted request for applications and eliminated from funding consideration; Please remember that the essay will be read by the entire Scholar review panel; not all will be expert in your subject matter; A nomination letter from an institutional authority is required. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • INNOCENTIVE – General Fusion Challenge: Data-Driven Prediction of Plasma Performance

    Deadline 3/9/2016; $20,000 award General Fusion is interested in identifying patterns in their experimental data that will allow the company to further improve the performance of its plasma. Extensive data is recorded for each plasma shot and hundreds of gigabytes of shot data is being made available for this Challenge. The task is to use this data to produce an algorithm capable of predicting early in the shot lifetime the overall shot performance; Details and register to apply
  • PROSTRATE CANCER FOUNDATION

    Young Investigator Awards $225K over three years; Every PCF Young Investigator is required to be under the direct supervision of a mentor. Applicants should be within six-years following completion of a Ph.D. Applicants should have received no more than $200,000 in current direct research funding from all sources including institutional funds. Investigators who have specifically received young investigator research support from the NCI, NIH, or DoD are still qualified and encouraged to apply. Applications are encouraged from early-career basic scientists, bioinformaticians, bioengineers, or professionals from any other field that could contribute to the end of prostate cancer. Applicants may be working in basic, translational, or clinical research and need not be trained specifically in prostate cancer research. However, successful applicants should be working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational prostate cancer research. Access to and interaction with a clinical environment, as well as translational prostate cancer physician-scientists, is highly desirable. The online application submission portal will go live at https://pcf.smartsimple.com on February 1, 2016. The deadline for application submission is Friday, March 11, 2016, 3:00 pm EST. View and the “RFA” http://www.pcf.org/atf/cf/%7B7C77D6A2-5859-4D60-AF47-132FD0F85892%7D/RFA_2016_YOUNG_INVESTIGATOR_AWARD_1-5-16.PDF Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora atmgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • VODAFONE AMERICAS FOUNDATION – WIRELESS INNOVATION PROJECT

    The competition seeks to support the most promising wireless innovative solutions that address at least one of the following critical global social issues: education, health, access to communication, the environment or economic development; Indirect costs of up to 15% allowed; Awards from $100,000 to $300,000 payable over three years; The entry period is between 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 2, 2015 to February 22, 2016, 12 a.m. Pacific Time. Click here for terms & conditions, eligibility criteria and to access the application instructions. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION Mathematics & Physical Sciences (the foundation defines physical sciences as theoretical CS & theoretical physics)

    DEADLINE: Rolling Acceptances; No deadline Intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis; Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • COCA COLA FOUNDATION

    No deadline – rolling acceptances for a Letter of Intent; there is no dollar amount limitation; Four Program Areas for WATER PROJECTS Collaborating to Replenish the Water We Use- The projects we engage in typically have at least one of four objectives: to improve safe access to water and sanitation; to protect watersheds; to provide water for productive use; and/or; to educate and raise awareness about water issues, including engagement on water policy; improve water quality and enhance biodiversity Improving Our Water Efficiency – exploring the utility and practical application of the water footprint methodology for understanding our water use throughout the value chain, and for identifying the impacts of that use and associated response actions; The largest portion of the product water footprints assessed as part of these studies came from the field, not the factory, which demonstrated significant opportunity to engage more directly with our agricultural ingredient suppliers in advancing sustainable water use. Mitigating Water Risk for Communities and for Our System – we need to have a clear understanding of where the water comes from, the availability of water supplies for a given community, current or future stress on the water supply, and how and where we’re giving the water back to a community; Wastewater: Safely Returning the Water We Use to Make Our Beverages – 2 Strategies 1. Returning to nature and communities the water in our beverages through water projects outside our manufacturing plant boundaries, and 2. Returning the water we use to make our beverages back to a community after we’ve treated it. You can complete the eligibility questionnaire for further guidance and to access our grant and sponsorship applications. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • CALIFORNIA BREAST CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM

    Risk Assessment Grant Deadline: April 8, 2016 To advance breast cancer risk modeling/assessment to include known and suspected risk factors, and consider cumulative effects and timing of environmental exposure(s); RFP Awards – 2 Types 1) Modeling and computational projects that do not involve new data collection, each with a maximum direct cost budget of $100,000 and a maximum duration of 2 YEARS and 2) Projects involving new data collection and laboratory costs, each with a maximum direct cost budget of $1,000,000 and a maximum duration of 4 YEARS APPLY through PROPOSALCENTRAL.ALTUM.COM , search OPPORTUNITIES and find/select California Breast Cancer Research Program; IMPROVING BREAST CANCER RISK ASSESSMENT TO ID HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS – 2 YEAR OR 4 YEAR Biological Markers Grant Deadline: April 8, 2016 Awards – three awards for $1,000,000 each over four years To investigate upstream biomarkers of breast cancer risk and identify novel biomarkers of previous exposure to chemicals known or suspected to contribute breast cancer; Research should exclude clinical biomarkers used for tumor characterization, prognosis, disease progression and treatment decisions, unless there is strong scientific support that the candidate marker could also be used as a risk indicator for prevention; RFP
  • MUSCULAR DYSTROPY ASSOCIATION

    DEADLINE – Rolling acceptances; No Deadline The Infrastructure Grant is designed to fund the development of infrastructure—tools, techniques or services—that will be of use to the neuromuscular disease research community for the purpose of therapy development. Although the need for the proposed infrastructure can be presented in the context of a specific research project or projects, the grant will ultimately be evaluated on the need for the infrastructure by the community at large, and on the applicant’s specific plan for making this resource available to the community. Collaboration and compatibility of the proposal with relevant existing infrastructure is encouraged; Examples of acceptable infrastructure projects include, but are not limited to, development of databases, core facilities (e.g., vector production, muscle imaging, drug screening), microarray chips, animal model resources, tissue repositories, and components of clinical research networks; Apply through PROPOSALCENTRAL.ALTUM.COM, search OPPORTUNITIES and select Muscular Dystrophy Association; INFRSTRUCTURE GRANT Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION Mathematics & Physical Sciences (the foundation defines physical sciences as theoretical CS & theoretical physics)

    DEADLINE: Rolling Acceptances; No deadline Intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis; Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu,, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • AMERICAN DIABITIES ASSOCIATION

    DEADLINE: July 1, 2016 The Pathway to Stop Diabetes supports innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services research relevant to any diabetes type, diabetes-related disease state, or diabetes complication. The Association seeks exceptional candidates from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering. Initiator Award Award Term: Up to 7 years Applicant: Postdoctoral Fellow Maximum Funding: $100,000/year in Phase I, $325,000/year in Phase II Support: Project support & PI salary Indirect Support: Up to 10% of directs in Phase I, 30% of directs in Phase II Deadline: July 1, 2016 for January 1, 2017 funding Accelerator Award Award Term: Up to 5 years Applicant: Early Career Faculty Maximum Funding: $325,000/year Support: Project support & PI salary Indirect Support: Up to 30% of directs Deadline: July 1, 2016 for January 1, 2017 funding Visionary Award Award Term: Up to 5 years Applicant: Established Investigators-New to Diabetes Research Maximum Funding: $325,000/year in Phase I, $325,000/year in Phase II Support: Project support & PI salary Indirect Support: Up to 30% of directs Deadline: July 1, 2016 for January 1, 2017 funding Click herefor detailed application information for each award type. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Director of Foundation Relations, Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu.
  • Mathematics & Physical Sciences

    Please note that the the foundation defines physical sciences as theoretical CS & theoretical physics. DEADLINE: Rolling Acceptances; No deadline Intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis; Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time; Detailed LOI and Application Instructions Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • COCA COLA FOUNDATION

    No deadline – rolling acceptances for a Letter of Intent; there is no dollar amount limitation; Four Program Areas for WATER PROJECTS Collaborating to Replenish the Water We Use- The projects we engage in typically have at least one of four objectives: to improve safe access to water and sanitation; to protect watersheds; to provide water for productive use; and/or; to educate and raise awareness about water issues, including engagement on water policy; improve water quality and enhance biodiversity Improving Our Water Efficiency – exploring the utility and practical application of the water footprint methodology for understanding our water use throughout the value chain, and for identifying the impacts of that use and associated response actions; The largest portion of the product water footprints assessed as part of these studies came from the field, not the factory, which demonstrated significant opportunity to engage more directly with our agricultural ingredient suppliers in advancing sustainable water use. Mitigating Water Risk for Communities and for Our System – we need to have a clear understanding of where the water comes from, the availability of water supplies for a given community, current or future stress on the water supply, and how and where we’re giving the water back to a community; Wastewater: Safely Returning the Water We Use to Make Our Beverages – 2 Strategies 1. Returning to nature and communities the water in our beverages through water projects outside our manufacturing plant boundaries, and 2. Returning the water we use to make our beverages back to a community after we’ve treated it. You can complete the eligibility questionnaire for further guidance and to access our grant and sponsorship applications. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS Pew Biomedical Scholars

    Institutionally Limited Submissions; Visit the USC Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements. Internal USC Deadline: June 3, 2016, 5pm PEW LOI: July 15, 2016 Award Financials: $240,000 – $60,000 annually for four years, 8% indirect allowed; Not more than $10,000 of the annual award may be used for the scholar’s salary (including benefits); Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program. Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Risk-taking is encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work. Eligibility – Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field. – As of November 1, 2016, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. – On July 15, 2016, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 15, 2013), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. – Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution Click here to view Pew’s announcement. USC Submission Process: Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Director of Foundation Relations, Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu.
  • AMERICAN DIABITIES ASSOCIATION

    DEADLINE: July 1, 2016 The Pathway to Stop Diabetes supports innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services research relevant to any diabetes type, diabetes-related disease state, or diabetes complication. The Association seeks exceptional candidates from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering. Initiator Award Award Term: Up to 7 years Applicant: Postdoctoral Fellow Maximum Funding: $100,000/year in Phase I, $325,000/year in Phase II Support: Project support & PI salary Indirect Support: Up to 10% of directs in Phase I, 30% of directs in Phase II Deadline: July 1, 2016 for January 1, 2017 funding Accelerator Award Award Term: Up to 5 years Applicant: Early Career Faculty Maximum Funding: $325,000/year Support: Project support & PI salary Indirect Support: Up to 30% of directs Deadline: July 1, 2016 for January 1, 2017 funding Visionary Award Award Term: Up to 5 years Applicant: Established Investigators-New to Diabetes Research Maximum Funding: $325,000/year in Phase I, $325,000/year in Phase II Support: Project support & PI salary Indirect Support: Up to 30% of directs Deadline: July 1, 2016 for January 1, 2017 funding Click herefor detailed application information for each award type. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Director of Foundation Relations, Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu.
  • $100 Million MacArthur Competition

    This is not an institutionally-limited opportunity *BUT* there can be no overlap in the names of team members identified on the application under “Team Structure”. This means each participant can be part of only one proposal to this opportunity. A new competition launched today will award a $100 million grant to a single proposal designed to help solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet. The Foundation’s competition, called 100&Change, is open to organizations working in any field of endeavor anywhere. Applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution. Competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible. “Solving society’s most pressing problems isn’t easy, but we believe it can be done,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. “Potential solutions may go unnoticed or under resourced and are waiting to be brought to scale. Every three years, we plan to award $100 million to help make one of these solutions a reality. Through 100&Change, we want to inspire, encourage, and support other people’s ideas, here in our hometown Chicago, across the nation and around the world, about how to address major challenges and enable real progress toward a solution.” The selection process for 100&Change is rigorous, fair, and transparent. Each valid proposal will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges from a variety of fields, and evaluated according to a strict set of criteria designed to favor proposals that maximize measurable impact in their chosen areas. Information about the judges and their evaluation methodology will be shared publicly via the competition website. Participants will receive feedback on their proposals from the judges. “We believe that 100&Change can have a ripple effect beyond what a single $100 million grant enables,” said Cecilia Conrad, MacArthur’s Managing Director leading the competition. “Setting audacious goals is inspiring. Clear evidence of impact can encourage other funders to invest in solvable problems more broadly, and applicants who do not receive the $100 million grant will still receive valuable feedback on and attention to their ideas.” 100&Change will consider applications from across the United States and around the world. Nonprofit and for-profit organizations can apply, subject to eligibility rules. The competition will not accept applications from individuals or government agencies. To participate, applicants must first register on the website by September 2, 2016. Then they must complete a substantive online application, detailing the problem, solution, and budget, along with posting a video pitch. Proposals will be accepted through October 3, 2016. Semi-finalists will be announced in December. Each semi-finalist will receive assistance from an expert team to identify and address questions about technical and organizational capacity required to implement each proposed solution, including specific plans to monitor, evaluate, and learn during implementation. Each semi-finalist will also be asked to show significant, authentic engagement with affected communities. MacArthur’s Board of Directors will select finalists in the summer of 2017. Finalists will present their solutions during a live event in the fall of 2017, after which the Board will make the final decision about the $100 million grant recipient.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation “New Directions

    Slots: 1 LOI: Endorsement letter from institutional officer due with packet. Internal Deadline: July 13, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: October 14, 2016, 12pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned in proposal. Anticipated Amount: Final budgets commonly range from $175,000 to $250,000; the maximum is $300,000. To permit flexibility in meeting individual scholars’ needs, these funds may be expended over a period not to exceed three full academic years following the date of the award. Cost Sharing: No overhead or indirect costs are permitted, and no funding for staging conferences, symposia, seminars, or events related to the project is allowed. The Foundation assumes the need for equipment or research assistants will be met by the fellow’s home institution. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (5 pages maximum) Link to Award: https://research.usc.edu/mellon-foundation/ Who May Serve as PI: Candidates will be faculty members who were awarded doctorates within the last six to twelve years and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert. Such training may consist of coursework or other programs of organized study. Purpose: Serious interdisciplinary research often requires established scholar-teachers to pursue formal substantive and methodological training in addition to the PhD. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication. In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit scholarship in the humanities more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • Harry J. Lloyd Charitable Trust Melanoma Research Grants

    Slots: 1 (only one application per institution in each of the 3 grant categories will be funded) LOI: Not mentioned in proposal. Internal Deadline: July 25, 2016, 5pm PDT External Deadline: November 9, 2016, 11:59pm CST Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned in proposal. Anticipated Amount: Does not exceed $125,000 per year. Cost Sharing: The funding is considered a research grant, and The Harry J. Lloyd Charitable Trust funds cannot be applied to institutional overhead, indirect costs, or other organizational levies. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrantsMaterials to submit: •Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). •CV – (5 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: Applications from non-profit organizations under the U. S. Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c) (3) are eligible for consideration. Purpose: In 2003, The Harry J. Lloyd Charitable Trust established a melanoma advisory committee to assist the seven trustees in identifying and reviewing melanoma research grant requests. In 13 years the trust has provided 112 melanoma research grants totaling more than $13 million. The Harry J. Lloyd Charitable Trust Melanoma Research Grants are divided into three categories: •Career Development: 1.May include salary support for promising young melanoma investigators •Basic Science: 1.To gain new biological insights into melanoma development or progression •Translational Research: 1.To fund clinically important melanoma research. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • WHITEHALL FOUNDATION

    Deadline: Foundation should receive LOI in the mail by October 1 Funding basic research in vertebrate (excluding clinical) and invertebrate NEUROBIOLOGY; The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior. Whitehall Programs – Research Grants – Grants of up to $225K over three years will be awarded; will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose Grants-in-Aid – designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established; awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000 Details: http://www.whitehall.org/about/
  • BECKMAN FOUNDATION

    Chemical and life sciences; early career faculty (i.e., 3 years or less); invention of methods instruments and materials; up for $750,000 over 4 years; no indirect costs; LOI by August 15, 2016, 5:00 P.M. PST; Contact Viterbi Dir. of Foundations Relations Maria Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu for assistance with required institutional endorsements from the offices of the Dean and Provost; Details: http://www.beckman-foundation.org/beckman-young-investigators
  • $100 Million MacArthur Competition

    *Macarthur100&Change: This new program will make one $100 million award to “solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet. … Competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.” Those needing seed funding toward a 100&Change proposal may apply to the small Zumberge Interdisciplinary program. This is your chance to pursue Wicked Problems in a big way.These will be reviewed competitively. This is not an institutionally-limited opportunity *BUT* there can be no overlap in the names of team members identified on the application under “Team Structure”. This means each participant can be part of only one proposal to this opportunity.* A new competition launched today will award a $100 million grant to a single proposal designed to help solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet. The Foundation’s competition, called 100&Change, is open to organizations working in any field of endeavor anywhere. Applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution. Competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible. “Solving society’s most pressing problems isn’t easy, but we believe it can be done,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. “Potential solutions may go unnoticed or under resourced and are waiting to be brought to scale. Every three years, we plan to award $100 million to help make one of these solutions a reality. Through 100&Change, we want to inspire, encourage, and support other people’s ideas, here in our hometown Chicago, across the nation and around the world, about how to address major challenges and enable real progress toward a solution.” The selection process for 100&Change is rigorous, fair, and transparent. Each valid proposal will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges from a variety of fields, and evaluated according to a strict set of criteria designed to favor proposals that maximize measurable impact in their chosen areas. Information about the judges and their evaluation methodology will be shared publicly via the competition website. Participants will receive feedback on their proposals from the judges. “We believe that 100&Change can have a ripple effect beyond what a single $100 million grant enables,” said Cecilia Conrad, MacArthur’s Managing Director leading the competition. “Setting audacious goals is inspiring. Clear evidence of impact can encourage other funders to invest in solvable problems more broadly, and applicants who do not receive the $100 million grant will still receive valuable feedback on and attention to their ideas.” 100&Change will consider applications from across the United States and around the world. Nonprofit and for-profit organizations can apply, subject to eligibility rules. The competition will not accept applications from individuals or government agencies. To participate, applicants must first register on the website by September 2, 2016. Then they must complete a substantive online application, detailing the problem, solution, and budget, along with posting a video pitch. Proposals will be accepted through October 3, 2016. Semi-finalists will be announced in December. Each semi-finalist will receive assistance from an expert team to identify and address questions about technical and organizational capacity required to implement each proposed solution, including specific plans to monitor, evaluate, and learn during implementation. Each semi-finalist will also be asked to show significant, authentic engagement with affected communities. MacArthur’s Board of Directors will select finalists in the summer of 2017. Finalists will present their solutions during a live event in the fall of 2017, after which the Board will make the final decision about the $100 million grant recipient.
  • WHITEHALL FOUNDATION

    WHITEHALL FOUNDATION – Deadline: Foundation should receive LOI in the mail by October 1, 2016 Funding basic research in vertebrate (excluding clinical) and invertebrate NEUROBIOLOGY; The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior. Whitehall Programs – Research Grants – Grants of up to $225K over three years will be awarded; will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose Grants-in-Aid – designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established; awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000 Details: http://www.whitehall.org/about/
  • Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s (LJAF)

    DEADLINE: December 15, 2016 Two programs Open Science Program LJAF is interested in ideas for INCREASING ACCESS TO THE RESULTS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, INCLUDING ACCESS TO PUBLICATIONS, RESEARCH DATA, ALGORITHMS, COMPUTER CODE, REAGENTS, AND TOOLS. Details and submission instructions: http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/ST-LOI-Open-Science-FINAL.pdf
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners in the Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators to apply for the following two grant opportunities. 1) Our Grand Challenges Explorations ( http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/) fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1200 researchers in more than 65 countries. We are accepting applications on the following four topics until November 9, 2016: • Assess Family Planning Needs, Preferences and Behaviors to Inform Innovations in Contraceptive Technologies • Develop Novel Platforms to Accelerate Contraceptive Drug Discovery • Design New Solutions to Data Integration for Malaria Elimination • Accelerate Development of New Therapies for Childhood Cryptosporidium Infection 2) Grand Challenges for Development: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Government of South Africa have joined together to launch the SECURING WATER FOR FOOD INITIATIVE. The goal of this program is to improve water and food security, gender equality and reduce poverty. Application deadline is October 10, 2016. For detailed description of this challenge, please visit: http://securingwaterforfood.org/apply.
  • VODAFONE AMERICAS FOUNDATION

    Submissions will be accepted from November, 2016 to March 6, 2016, 11:59 p.m. PST (Entry Period). The Vodafone Americas Foundation™ is part of Vodafone’s global network of foundations. We are affiliated with Vodafone, one of the world’s leading mobile telecommunications companies that operates in over five continents and has significant presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States.
  • 2017 MCKNIGHT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN NEUROSCIENCE AWARDS

    The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites letters of intent for the 2017 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards. Selection Process For an application form, please visit our website at https://www.neuroscience.mcknight.org/newsroom/upcoming-deadlines/2017-tech-awards. To apply, submit the application form and a two-page letter of intent (use 11-point font) summarizing the project and describing how the technology involved is new to the field, will enrich the neurosciences, and will become accessible to other researchers in the field. Please include data if available. The selection committee will invite a few applicants to submit detailed proposals, which will be due in early April 2017. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of creativity, the potential benefit of the new approach, and the significance of the problems to be addressed. Competition is very intense, so we encourage applicants to re-apply. Up to three awards are made annually, each providing $100,000 (per year) for two years. Funding begins August 1, 2017. The Letter of Intent deadline is December 5, 2016 (midnight in the last time zone on earth). Please email ONE PDF file that includes the application form and the 2-page project description to: neuro@mcknight.org(references may be outside the 2-page limit, but may be no more than two pages). If you do not receive email confirmation of receipt of your LOI within a week of submission, please contact Eileen Maler at emaler@mcknight.org.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation “New Directions Fellowships”

    Slots: 1 LOI: Endorsement letter from institutional officer due with packet. External Deadline: October 14, 2016, 12pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned in proposal. Anticipated Amount: Final budgets commonly range from $175,000 to $250,000; the maximum is $300,000. To permit flexibility in meeting individual scholars’ needs, these funds may be expended over a period not to exceed three full academic years following the date of the award. Purpose: Serious interdisciplinary research often requires established scholar-teachers to pursue formal substantive and methodological training in addition to the PhD. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication. In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit scholarship in the humanities more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research.
  • Simons Foundation – Math+X Investigators Program

    External Deadline: October 31, 2016, 11:59 pm EST This program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering by providing funds to professors at U.S. and Canadian universities to establish programs at the interface between mathematics and other fields of science or engineering.
  • Simons Foundation – Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, and Theoretical Computer Sciences

    External Deadline: October 31, 2016, 11:59:59 pm The Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, and Theoretical Computer Science programs aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of the fundamental questions in their fields. The intent of the program is to support these scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field, and effectively mentoring junior scientists.
  • Simons Foundation – Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

    External Deadline: October 28, 2016, 11:59:59 pm EST New approaches in mathematically based modeling are making increasingly important contributions to the life sciences. The MMLS program aims to support such approaches and foster a scientific culture of theory-experiment collaboration similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences. To encourage young researchers to pursue this endeavor, the MMLS program will provide a long-term, stable base of support, enabling a focus on model-based approaches to important issues in the life sciences. A broad spectrum of research areas within the life sciences will be considered, ranging from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling, and morphogenic dynamics to the properties of organisms and ecology, as well as neuroscience and evolution; however, preference will be given to areas in which modeling approaches are less established and, for this reason, bioinformatics- and genomics-related proposals fall outside the scope of the program. In all cases, preference will be given to work that relates closely to experiment, developing mathematical models that can explain data, suggest new classes of experiments and introduce important new concepts. The intent of the program is to help launch the research careers of outstanding junior scientists. Nominees to the program will normally be in the first few years of their first faculty appointment. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of nominees’ potential for scientific accomplishment.
  • SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE & THE GRUBER FOUNDATION

    Deadline: December 15, 2016 The Gruber Foundation Neuroscience Prize honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced understanding of the nervous system; offered for “highly distinguished international stature” research in the field of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system; unrestricted cash prize of $500,000 Nomination Required; no self-nominations Faculty must be nominated; it is recommended nominations be made by individuals, organizations, and institutions that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary neuroscience research and study. Only officially nominated candidates will be considered. The Chair of each Selection Advisory Board ensures that nominations are of sufficient caliber to merit consideration prior to the meeting of the Board. Independent advisory boards comprised of experts from each field review and select a prize recipient at annual selection meetings held for each discipline. Nomination Criteria: http://gruber.yale.edu/neuroscience-prize-nomination-criteria Current neuroscience advisory board: http://gruber.yale.edu/current-neuroscience-selection-advisory-board-members View past recipients: http://gruber.yale.edu/neuroscience View the Neuroscience Prize Nomination Form:http://gruber.yale.edu/node/461 Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Foundation Relations.
  • MCKNIGHT ENDOWMENT FUND FOR NEUROSCIENCE

    Deadline: 1/9/2017; Funding: six awards; $75,000 per year; no indirect costs allowed The McKnight Scholar Awards encourage neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers to focus on disorders of learning and memory; The Endowment Fund especially seeks applicants working on problems that, if solved at the basic level, would have immediate and significant impact on clinically relevant issues Further details: https://neuroscience.mcknight.org/the-awards/scholar
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION

    SIMONS FOUNDATION – Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems – intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling; an applicant can submit at any time. Past awardees: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/funding/funding-opportunities/mathematics-physical-sciences/targeted-grants-in-mps/awardees/ Detailed LOI and Application Instructions: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/funding/funding-opportunities/mathematics-physical-sciences/targeted-grants-in-mps/application-instructions/ Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Foundation Relations
  • SURDNA FOUNDATION – Sustainable Environments Grants

    SURDNA FOUNDATION – Sustainable Environments Grants: http://www.surdna.org/images/stories/content_img/docs/Environment.pdf Program areas include – Sustainable Transportation Networks & Equitable Development Patterns; Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment; Urban Water Management; Regional Food Supply Up to 15% indirect costs allowed; Grant amounts – the grant amount you ask for should relate directly to the amount that is needed to successfully complete the project; grant amounts average $100,000 per year; project duration may be up to three years; LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis through the foundation’s online application form. Submit an Online Letter of Inquiry: https://surdna.fluxx.io/lois/new?utf8=%E2%9C%93&commit=Submit+a+Surdna+LOI Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Foundation Relations.
  • WATER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

    Apply: http://www.waterrf.org/funding/rfps/Pages/current.aspx Two open RFPs (1) Forging Powerful and Sustainable Relationships Between Clean Water Agencies and the Community; Deadline: 12/7/2016; Budget up to $200,000 – Develop an understanding of how leading clean water agencies have leveraged evocative messages and community programs that specifically target the development of emotional motivators to form long-term sustainable relationships within a community by connecting customers and partners to tangibly demonstrate the value of water and the technology that creates clean water. – Provide best practices, lessons learned, and evaluation metrics for utilities to use when developing messages and engagement programs to create emotional connections in alignment with community values. (2) Guidance on Implementing an Effective Water Loss Control Plan Deadline: 12/15/2016; Budget between $80,000 and $100,000 Create a guidance manual and decision framework to help utility practitioners develop an actionable water loss control plan to reduce non-revenue water that aligns with the utility’s strategic goals, local circumstances, and financial parameters. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu Viterbi Foundation Relations.
  • PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA (PVA) EDUCATION FOUNDATION

    Deadline: 2/1/2016 Funding: $50,000 From coordinating workshops for health professionals to producing educational materials to sponsoring fellowships in spinal cord medicine, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation helps develop tools that share spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) knowledge and improve the lives of those with SCI/D. Details and apply: http://www.pva.org/atf/cf/%7BCA2A0FFB-6859-4BC1-BC96-6B57F57F0391%7D/Education%20Foundation%20FY17%20Policies%20&%20Procedures.pdf
  • PVA RESEARCH FOUNDATION

    Deadline: 2/1/2016 Funding: up to $150,000 payable over two years From transplanting cells to regenerating damaged nerve fibers to designing adaptive canoe seats, the PVA Research Foundation supports innovative research and fellowships that improve the lives of those with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D). – Basic science – Clinical applications – Design and development – PI and postdoctoral fellowships Details and apply:http://www.pva.org/atf/cf/%7BCA2A0FFB-6859-4BC1-BC96-6B57F57F0391%7D/Research%20Foundation%20FY17%20Policies%20and%20Procedures.pdf
  • SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE & THE GRUBER FOUNDATION

    Deadline: December 15, 2016 The “Gruber Foundation Neuroscience Prize” honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced understanding of the nervous system; offered for “highly distinguished international stature” research in the field of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system; unrestricted cash prize of $500,000 Nomination Required; no self-nominations Faculty must be nominated; it is recommended nominations be made by individuals, organizations, and institutions that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary neuroscience research and study. Only officially nominated candidates will be considered. The Chair of each Selection Advisory Board ensures that nominations are of sufficient caliber to merit consideration prior to the meeting of the Board. Independent advisory boards comprised of experts from each field review and select a prize recipient at annual selection meetings held for each discipline. Nomination Criteria: http://gruber.yale.edu/neuroscience-prize-nomination-criteria Current neuroscience advisory board: http://gruber.yale.edu/current-neuroscience-selection-advisory-board-members View past recipients: http://gruber.yale.edu/neuroscience View the Neuroscience Prize Nomination Form:http://gruber.yale.edu/node/461 Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Foundation Relations.
  • MCKNIGHT ENDOWMENT FUND FOR NEUROSCIENCE

    Deadline: 1/9/2017; Funding: six awards; $75,000 per year; no indirect costs allowed The McKnight Scholar Awards encourage neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers to focus on disorders of learning and memory; The Endowment Fund especially seeks applicants working on problems that, if solved at the basic level, would have immediate and significant impact on clinically relevant issues Further details: https://neuroscience.mcknight.org/the-awards/scholar
  • SIMONS FOUNDATION

    Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Systems – intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. Allowable funding expenses – A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. The deadline is rolling; an applicant can submit at any time. Past awardees: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/funding/funding-opportunities/mathematics-physical-sciences/targeted-grants-in-mps/awardees/ Detailed LOI and Application Instructions: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/funding/funding-opportunities/mathematics-physical-sciences/targeted-grants-in-mps/application-instructions/ Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Foundation Relations.
  • SURDNA FOUNDATION

    Sustainable Environments Grants: http://www.surdna.org/images/stories/content_img/docs/Environment.pdfProgram areas include – Sustainable Transportation Networks & Equitable Development Patterns; Urban Water Management; Regional Food Supply Up to 15% indirect costs allowed; Grant amounts – the grant amount you ask for should relate directly to the amount that is needed to successfully complete the project; grant amounts average $100,000 per year; project duration may be up to three years; LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis through the foundation’s online application form. Submit an Online Letter of Inquiry:https://surdna.fluxx.io/lois/new?utf8=%E2%9C%93&commit=Submit+a+Surdna+LOI Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Foundation Relations.
  • WATER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

    Apply: http://www.waterrf.org/funding/rfps/Pages/current.aspx Two open RFPs (1) Forging Powerful and Sustainable Relationships Between Clean Water Agencies and the Community; Deadline: 12/7/2016; Budget up to $200,000 – Develop an understanding of how leading clean water agencies have leveraged evocative messages and community programs that specifically target the development of emotional motivators to form long-term sustainable relationships within a community by connecting customers and partners to tangibly demonstrate the value of water and the technology that creates clean water. – Provide best practices, lessons learned, and evaluation metrics for utilities to use when developing messages and engagement programs to create emotional connections in alignment with community values. (2) Guidance on Implementing an Effective Water Loss Control Plan Deadline: 12/15/2016; Budget between $80,000 and $100,000 Create a guidance manual and decision framework to help utility practitioners develop an actionable water loss control plan to reduce non-revenue water that aligns with the utility’s strategic goals, local circumstances, and financial parameters. Viterbi faculty interested in applying for a grant from a foundation with the help of the Viterbi School should contact Maria G. Zamora at mgzamora@usc.edu, Viterbi Foundation Relations.