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  • Travel
    • Student/postdoc: some departments (ex: MFD), WiSE ($300 in state, $500 out of state, $700 international)
  • Undergraduate Students
    • Undergraduate Research Associates Program (URAP): $3,000/student stipend + $300 other; faculty must apply; funding during summer or academic year, but limited to $3k/student per year.
    • Merit Research Program: typically undergrads enter with MR, but select upper classman are offered MR support.  Faculty can nominate upper classman.  Nominations should be directed to Louise Yates, Dean of undergraduates; funding during summer or academic year – but limited to $2k/year
    • WiSE Undergraduate Research Grant: must be a female student, typical GPA > 3.5; can only be awarded twice.  Funding during summer or academic year.
    • Rose Hills: must be a junior in engineering, SoCal resident, and GPA>3.5; only provides funding during summer.
    • Provost’s: GPA>3.5; provides funding during summer or academic year.
  • USC Neuroscience Graduate Student Symposium (Letter)

    Dear Neuroscience Community, You are cordially invited to attend the 6th Annual Neuroscience Graduate Student Symposium to be held on January 14th, 2011 at the Davidson Conference Center. The event will run from 8:30 until 5:00 that Friday and will feature student speakers, poster presentations, delicious food, and prizes! The symposium is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the exciting interdisciplinary research being conducted at USC. All students conducting brain related research are invited to showcase their work. The goal of the symposium is to highlight ongoing research, so please do not worry if your data is a work in progress. This is a chance to talk about your ideas with your colleagues in a supportive environment. We are not asking you to print out a glossy Society for Neuroscience-quality poster. Printing out 8 1/2 by 11 sheets of paper works well. Start thinking about your abstracts as we will be asking for them by December 17th in order to create an online database to view before the symposium. We look forward to seeing your work! Best, Neuroscience Graduate Student Symposium Committee Kingson Man and Jillian Shaw —————————- Poster Format: There is no need to print out a new poster for this event. If you do not already have a poster, attaching regular sized sheets of paper onto a cardboard backing is perfectly acceptable. Just note that you the sheets should already be attached to a cardboard backing prior to the symposium, as there will be nothing for you to attach them to at the poster session Posters should be no more than 3.5ft tall by 5ft wide (~1m x 1.5m)at the very largest. Clips will be made available at the Symposium. Poster should be clear and concise and legible from 4-6ft away. Please be prepared to explain your work to a broad range of neuroscientists.
  • Funding Available for Mentoring Faculty on Research

    The USC Center for Excellence in Research has funding to support faculty who would like to organize events this fall that mentor or educate faculty or postdocs on innovative research practices and topics. Events should address topics that span multiple academic departments. For example, events might educate faculty and postdocs on how to: *Prepare papers for publication in peer reviewed journals *Set up and manage a research laboratory *Write a proposal for funding within a particular domain *Write an individual or institutional training grant proposal *Organize data for research *Utilize innovative technology or software to conduct research The CER program does not support conferences, symposia or speaker series that are not focused on mentoring. If you would like to organize an event, please send the following information to vpres@usc.edu by June 20. 1) Title 2) Name of leader and any other contributors 3) Paragraph length synopsis 2) Mentoring objective (one sentence) 3) Target audience (i.e., who should attend), audience size, and how you would promote the event 4) Proposed date, place and time 5) Estimated cost (this may include food and room costs; a modest guest speaker fee may also be proposed) Decisions will be made by July 15. Randy Hall Vice President of Research
  • USC@DoD

    From Steve Moldin, Executive Director of the DC Office for Research Advancement: We invite you to participate in our new USC@DoD program, a program designed by the DC Office of Research Advancement to connect USC faculty with appropriate DoD funding agency program officers. The program officers in the various DoD agencies are given a large amount of discretion in making funding decisions, and establishing a relationship with them is very useful to potential applicants. Program Officers (PO) are usually happy to discuss a potential applicant’s research and whether it fits his/her program interests. This discussion should be a dialog in the sense that you should listen to those interests and morph yours, if needed, to better fit them. But establishing that contact can sometimes be difficult; POs tend to be very busy people. As an extreme example, one past DARPA program manager would set aside only a half day per month to speak with new applicants. USC at DoD is an initiative designed to aid in identifying the appropriate program officers whose interests may overlap yours, and in developing white papers/quad charts/elevator speeches that will catch their attention. The USC @ DoD website is currently under construction. Soon, the website will have listings of DOD program officer interests parsed by academic disciplines, fact sheets on those program officers (biosketch, programmatic interests, their personal publications), and guidance on the information you want to provide them. There is also a library with the various agency strategic plans and long-range research broad area announcements (BAAs). In the interim, to make the most from a DC visit, you should: Step 1) Determine the PO’s you should contact/visit. Using the USC@DoD resources you can develop a list of potential DoD program officers whom you would like to meet, or speak with James Murday, our Director of Development, to identify who you should speak with. Step 2) Ascertain when you will visit the Washington, DC area. Contact the office 3 weeks (or earlier) before your visit, with requests to set up visits. Keep in mind that the POs do travel extensively and may not be available on any given dates. Step 3) After your arrival in DC, participate in a pre-meeting briefing with James Murday, Director of Development. During your pre-meeting briefing he will help identify strategies/approaches for the discussion with your POs. Step 4) Meet with targeted POs. As the program progresses, you will be able accomplish most of these tasks through the USC @ DoD website. For more information, please contact Natasha Walker at 202-824-5865 or nlwalker@usc.edu or James Murday at 202-824-5862 or murday@usc.edu. We look forward to working with interested faculty.
  • USC Internal Award Compeitions – Call for Applications

    The 2014 calls for applications to various USC internal awards have been released and posted. These include: Zumberge Individual: New and junior faculty $25,000 maximum Due 01/17/2014 Zumberge Interdisciplinary: Experienced faculty teams $85,000 maximum Due 02/24/2014 Core Instrumentation: Core lab directors $300,000 maximum Due 12/06/2013 – Type A Collaboration Fund: Experienced faculty teams $30,000 maximum Due 02/28/2014 For more information on each award, please review the summaries and links provided below. The Zumberge Research Grants (http://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/zumberge/) The Zumberge Individual grant provides up to $25,000 in research support. The primary purpose of the individual awards program is to help our junior colleagues and new faculty launch their scholarly research careers. It does so by providing grants that assist faculty in developing sustained research programs or serve as a stepping stone to external funding agencies for faculty that do not already have significant sponsored research programs. The Zumberge Individual grant also supports the inclusion of senior mentors to advise junior faculty as they develop their research programs. The secondary purpose of the individual awards program is to support faculty of any rank who work in fields where external funding opportunities are limited. Application deadline: January 17th, 2014 Zumberge Multi-School Interdisciplinary grant provides seed funding of up to $85,000 for broad, collaborative research activities that are interdisciplinary and involve groups of faculty from multiple schools across USC. The priority for interdisciplinary awards is support for teams of faculty to seek an externally-funded grant on the scale of an interdisciplinary center, training grant, or program project award. Proposals must include a plan for sustainment of longer-term collaborative research activities beyond the Zumberge award period through external funding. Application deadline: February 24th, 2014 New award amount USC Core Instrumentation Fund (http://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/instrumentation/) The Core Instrumentation Fund supports acquisition of shared instrumentation that enables major research endeavors in the sciences, medicine and engineering. In addition, the program provides matching funds to support the addition of technical staff within core laboratories. To be considered for selection, a proposal must be submitted by the faculty member who directs the core laboratory in which the equipment is installed. There are two types of awards: – Type A: Request full funding, from the university, for acquisition of equipment Application deadline December 6th, 2013 – Type B: Request matching funds toward acquisition of equipment Application deadline open: proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis Research Collaboration Fund (http://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/collaboration/) The aim of Collaboration Fund Award is to support teams of faculty who aim to establish or foster a community of scholars at USC organized around a broad topic of shared interest. Rather than fund specific research projects, the award funds the activities that help to develop this collaborative group. These activities should lay the groundwork for members of the collaborative group to create new research projects, and should contribute to strengthening the individual research programs of its members. Each collaboration should engage a large group of faculty (normally 10 or more), representing at least two schools at USC. Funding can be for up to three years, with the possibility of competitive renewal thereafter. The grant provides up to $30,000/year; awards will be made for a three year period, subject to an annual progress review and an annual activity plan, and continued availability of funding. Application deadline: February 28, 2014
  • Summary of Internal USC RFP’s for the 2014-15 AY

    Below is a summary of internal USC RFP’s for the coming AY. The link above will take you to the full list where you can find more information on each RFP. Rose Hills Deadline; 5:00 pm, Friday, January 9, 2015 Amount: $75,000 Research topic: STEM Eligibility: Assistant professors (MD or PhD); must have previously applied for external funding to federal or state agencies (such as the NSF or NIH) and are required to submit reviewer comments from their previous submission as part of the application process. – – – – – – – Ming Hsieh Deadline; 5:00 pm, Friday, January 9, 2015 Amount: $120,000 Research topic: Cancer-related nanoscience research – early stage or translational Eligibility: Co-PIs must be from two or more schools; at least one physician/clinical scientist and one nanoscience or nanoengineering – – – – – – – Zumberge Individual Deadline: 5 pm, Monday, January 12, 2015 Amount: $30,000 ($2,000 for mentor) Research topic: Priority to supporting research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Non-traditional biomedical research, such as psychology or behavioral. Eligibility: Category One: Assistant Professors or New Faculty. assistant professor of any type (excluding visiting faculty) where research is a job expectation or a new faculty member of any rank or type (excluding visiting faculty), where research is a job expectation. Category Two: Limited External Funding Opportunities. Faculty of any rank; proposed research must be in areas where sponsored research from extramural government and philanthropic sources are minimal or do not exist. – – – – – – – Zumberge Interdisciplinary Large Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, February 13, 2015 Amount: $85,000 Research topic: Open Eligibility: Faculty from two or more schools who are preparing a proposal for an externally-funded multi-investigator grant on the scale of an interdisciplinary center, training grant or program project award; intended to support activities that take place over a one year period. – – – – – – – Zumberge Interdisciplinary Small Deadline: Open, proposal reviewed on a rolling basis Amount: $10,000 Research topic: Open Eligibility: Faculty from two or more schools who are preparing a proposal for an externally-funded multi-investigator grant on the scale of an interdisciplinary center, training grant or program project award; intended to support activities that take place over a three month period. – – – – – – – Collaboration Fund Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, February 13, 2015 Amount: Up to $30,000 Research topic: Support teams of faculty who aim to establish or foster a community of scholars at USC organized around a broad topic of shared interest. Eligibility: The Lead Investigator (PI) and Co-Investigator(s) (Co-PI) must be from at least two schools and the collaboration should engage a large number (normally 10 or more) of faculty (key collaborators); may include additional Co-PI from a non-USC organization or institute with which the group will interact. – – – – – – – Core Instrumentation Deadline: Type A: 5:00 pm, Monday, April 27, 2015 Type B: Open: proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Amount: Type Type A: $300,000 Type B: $200,000 (matching funds) Research topic: Open Eligibility: Must be submitted by the faculty member who directs the core laboratory
  • Institutionally limited opportunity: NSF-15-553 – Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation – S2I2 (SI2-S2I2)

    This is an institutionally limited opportunity but there are plenty of slots (3 in each category) and it is only suitable to Viterbi. Interested PIs should contact Vice Dean Mataric so they can be given the green light to proceed by the Dept of Contracts and Grants. NSF-15-553 – Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation – S2I2 (SI2-S2I2) Slots: Three for each class (Conceptualization, CMRSI implementation, SGSI Implementation). External Deadline: June 3, 2015 – Implementation Proposals Open: Conceptualization Proposals Award Information Type: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 3 to 8 Up to 5 Conceptualization awards, 1 SGSI award, and 2 CMRSI awards are anticipated. Anticipated Amount: $13,500,000 In FY15 up to $2,500,000 will be available for Conceptualization proposals. In FY15 up to $11,000,000 will be available to fund the first year of five-year Implementation awards submitted in response to this solicitation Link to Award: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15553/nsf15553.htm
  • RFA-RM-15-016: Limited Competition: Knockout Mouse Phenotyping Project Database (UM1)

    Title: RFA-RM-15-016: Limited Competition: Knockout Mouse Phenotyping Project Database (UM1) Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research External Deadline: December 9, 2015 Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 1 Anticipated Amount: $12,500,000 Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-15-016.htmlWho May Serve as PI: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: The Knockout Mouse Phenotyping Program (KOMP2) was launched in the fall of 2011. Three mouse production and cryopreservation centers were funded and tasked with converting IKMC knockout ES cells into mice for phenotyping. These centers had the additional responsibility of making a preliminary determination of whether the null mutation affected the fertility or embryonic development of the mice. Three phenotyping centers were funded and assigned the task of broad based phenotyping. The funded centers were required to work together to identify a common set of core assays that were performed similarly across all centers using “harmonized” conditions. Presently, the KOMP2 research network has completed production of 2,500 strains, and is on track to complete the phenotyping project in the fall of 2016. The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for a project to continue development and operation of the Data Coordination Center and Database unit of the KOMP2 research network. There will be several key activities or units needed to support the KOMP2 network, [including a] Data Coordination Center… The DCC will serve as the interface between the mouse production and phenotyping centers and the data archive. It is expected that applicants will propose to work closely with the mouse production and phenotyping centers to facilitate data transfer, track data and metadata, and perform quality control. To that end, it will be necessary to develop a detailed understanding of workflows, data types, and data infrastructure at each center. The DCC must include the functionalities of a tracking database and a database management system to allow research network members and NIH staff to follow progress of projects in the pipeline, using a web based platform. It will be critical for production groups and NIH staff to be able to produce live reports of steps in the pipeline for tracking and monitoring purposes, e.g., to perform a query to identify languishing or incomplete projects. The applicant should propose a strategy to work with centers to maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs), with an end goal to transfer only fully standardized and quality controlled data into the CDA.
  • RFA-RM-15-017: Limited Competition: Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping Project (UM1)

    Title: RFA-RM-15-017: Limited Competition: Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping Project (UM1) Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research External Deadline: December 9, 2015 Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 2-3 Anticipated Amount: $85,175,000 to fund 2-3 awards. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-15-017.html Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: This FOA will support work to design and produce null mutant mice and phenotype them. The ability to alter genes directly in mouse zygotes has been advanced recently by the use of CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Optimizing CRISPR/Cas9 technology for use in the KOMP2 project has the potential to dramatically enhance production throughput while reducing overall costs, putting the overall goal of the IMPC project (to knockout and phenotype the majority of the genes in the mouse genome) within reach. Thus, it is expected that centers will adapt CRISPR technology for production of null alleles in a high throughput pipeline. In addition, this FOA will support further technology development to enable production of complex alleles. This FOA seeks to fund centers with a strong history in high throughput knockout mouse production, a history of working in cooperative large-scale projects, an ability to be innovative and adaptive to new technologies and an ability to meet production standards and goals. Assuming three centers are funded, the specific objectives of this FOA are to generate at least 250 mutant mouse lines per center each year during the first 4 years, presumably using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, and deposit these mice at the Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Center (MMRRC) repositories. Furthermore, the centers will undertake broad based phenotyping of mice at embryonic, juvenile, and adult ages. Specifically, for strains harboring mutations that cause embryonic lethality, mice will be examined using IMPC approved procedures (http://www.mousephenotype.org/impress). Examination of other strains should follow IMPC approved procedures for phenotyping juvenile mice (up to 16 weeks of age). Finally, the FOA is intended to support pilot phenotyping activities using older mice (age 12-18 months).
  • Broad Agency Announcement Solicitation HSHQDC-16-R-B0002 Project: Static Tool Analysis Modernization Project (STAMP)

    You, or an associate, may be interested in the attached DHS solicitation “Static Tool Analysis Modernization Project (STAMP).” But note this is an applied effort with well defined deliverables due in time frames measured in months. This STAMP BAA solicitation/call is comprised of four technical topic areas (TTAs), as follows: developing a test case generator; conducting tool study and analysis based on derived test cases; developing a modernization framework base to close gaps that exist in software analysis tools; and developing a tool scoring and labeling capability to identify strengths and weaknesses areas of software analysis tools. The TTAs are intended to accomplish the following, which are STAMP goals: – Improve the quality and performance of software analysis tools by creating new, comprehensive quantifiable test cases using complex code structures that model real programs. – Identify gaps in tool coverage areas in open-source and state-of-the-art software analysis tools – Explore innovation and deliver new techniques and capabilities for vetting mobile applications – Create capability to benchmark, score, and label software analysis tools – Provide a consumer report with detailed analysis to better educate and assist organizations regarding software analysis tool selection process – Modernize capabilities and techniques in open-source tools – Provide deeper support analysis for dynamic programming languages – Develop a robust scanning engine that can scale Proposals due 7 Jan 2016
  • W.M. Keck Foundation Grant Program

    Title: W.M. Keck Foundation Grant Program Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: February 1, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: May 1, 2016, 4:30pm PT Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: Variable Anticipated Amount: $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less. Link to Award:http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/research Who May Serve as PI: Please note: USC faculty may not apply as the Principal Investigator under this grant program; however, USC faculty may apply as collaborators on applications not lead by USC. Purpose: The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Historically, grant The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. “High-risk” comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. In all our programs, “transformative” may mean creation of a new field of research, development of new instrumentation enabling observations not previously possible, or discovery of knowledge that challenges prevailing perspectives. In addition to the above, in the Southern California Program, transformative may also mean positioning an organization for growth and adaptability. Applicants may find it helpful to look over the abstracts of recent grants for understanding funding priorities. Grant abstracts may be found on our website within the particular program of interest. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • USC Collaboration Fund

    Submission deadline: February 12, 2016; Awards of up to $30,000 per year for 3 years The Research Collaboration Fund supports the creation and development of expansive research collaborations among faculty and students working on broad interdisciplinary research topics. The goal of these awards is not to fund specific research projects, but rather to support teams of faculty who aim to establish or foster a community of scholars at USC organized around a broad topic of shared interest. The awards fund the activities that help to develop this collaborative group. These activities should lay the groundwork for members of the collaborative group to create new research projects, and should contribute to strengthening the individual research programs of its members. OFFICE OF RESEARCH Contact us at vprsch@usc.edu or at 213.740.6709
  • Institutionally Limited External Competitions

    Institutionally Limited External Competitions: (https://research.usc.edu/institutionally-limited-external-competitions/) These are competitions for awards by outside agencies for which USC can nominate a limited number of candidates. Applications for any of the awards listed here must go through an internal review process and receive approval from the USC administration prior to submission to the sponsoring agency. Moreover, internal USC application deadlines are typically at least one to two months in advance of the sponsoring agency’s own deadlines, given the time required for the internal review process. Importantly, faculty who identify limited submission opportunities not listed on the Office of Research website must contact our office (vprsch@usc.edu) to obtain approval prior to submitting the proposal. A list of recurring limited submission opportunities can be found at https://research.usc.edu/recurring-institutionally-limited-submission/.
  • USC Research Awards

    These are funding opportunities and awards made to USC faculty by various USC schools, centers or offices. Those for which the Office of Research maintains oversight include: USC Collaboration Fund: (https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/collaboration/) Submission deadline: February 12, 2016; Awards of up to $30,000 per year for 3 years The Research Collaboration Fund supports the creation and development of expansive research collaborations among faculty and students working on broad interdisciplinary research topics. The goal of these awards is not to fund specific research projects, but rather to support teams of faculty who aim to establish or foster a community of scholars at USC organized around a broad topic of shared interest. The awards fund the activities that help to develop this collaborative group. These activities should lay the groundwork for members of the collaborative group to create new research projects, and should contribute to strengthening the individual research programs of its members.
  • Core Instrumentation Fund

    Application Deadlines: Type A proposal deadline: 5:00 PM, Monday, April 25, 2016 Type B proposal deadline: Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Core Instrumentation Fund supports acquisition of shared instrumentation that enables major research endeavors in the sciences, medicine and engineering. Example areas of interest include, but are not limited to: Microscopy, Genomics, Imaging and Biophysics. Proposal must be submitted by core laboratory directors. Type A (up to $300,000): Request full funding for acquisition of equipment Type B (up to $200,000): Request matching funds toward acquisition of equipment
  • Ming Hsieh Institute for Research on Engineering-Medicine for Cancer

    Submission deadline: TBD; Awards of up to $130,000 The Ming Hsieh Institute aims to make USC an international leader in translational cancer research that bridges basic science, engineered devices, synthesized molecules and materials, and medicine. The Ming Hsieh Institute seeks proposals that will (i) initiate new nanomedicine research projects that show exceptional promise for translation into human clinical trials for treatment of cancer; (ii) develop novel therapeutic or diagnostic products to detect or predict early response to, and/or treat cancer and (iii) develop biomarkers of response to immune-modulators such as immune check point inhibitors.
  • James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund

    The James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund is USC’s university-wide faculty research grant support mechanism. The Zumberge Fund promotes the initiation of research at USC through two types of awards: Individual Awards and Interdisciplinary Awards. Zumberge Individual: (Awards of $30,000; Submission deadline January 11, 2016) https://research.usc.edu/files/2011/05/2016-Zumberge-Individual-RFP-091115-FINAL.pdf Individual awards help newer faculty launch their research careers, and support research in areas with limited external funding opportunities through grants of up to $30,000. Zumberge Interdisciplinary: https://research.usc.edu/files/2011/05/2016-Zumberge-Interdisciplinary-RFP-091115-FINAL.pdf Interdisciplinary awards aim to foster collaborative efforts among faculty from different schools and disciplines that lead to sustained interdisciplinary research programs and projects. The priority for interdisciplinary awards is for teams of such faculty who are preparing a proposal for an externally-funded multi-investigator grant on the scale of an interdisciplinary center, training grant or program project award. There are two types of Zumberge Interdisciplinary awards: Zumberge Interdisciplinary Large: provide up to $85,000 in funding and are intended to support activities that take place over a one year period. Submission deadline February 12, 2016 Zumberge Interdisciplinary Small: provide awards up to $10,000 and are intended to support projects that typically last no more than three months. Applicants should contact Dr. Silvia da Costa at the Office of Research at vprsch@usc.edu prior to submitting a proposal, to receive confirmation that the proposed research is consistent with the aims of the Zumberge Interdisciplinary program. Submission deadline Open: proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • The USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership

    The USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program supports and funds translational projects that focus on applying developed technologies to solve an unmet or underserved clinical need. Project proposals at all stages of development from concept to implementation are invited for assessment, although the program does not fund discovery research (the creation of new knowledge). The USC Coulter Program supports project teams that are interdisciplinary in nature and include faculty members from the Biomedical Engineering Department in the Viterbi School of Engineering and clinical faculty from the Keck School of Medicine. Proposals are reviewed and funding selections are made by the USC Coulter Oversight Committee (OC). The USC OC includes entrepreneurs, accomplished scientists and clinicians, as well as representatives from the venture capital and industrial communities. Project proposals are evaluated on the basis of their clinical merit, their potential health care impact and significance, their timeline and pathway to commercialization, and most importantly their potential for obtaining further financial investment to translate the particular solution to healthcare.
  • Searle Scholars Program

    Internal USC Deadline: July 1, 2016, 5pm External Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2016 USC Slots: Two Estimated Number of Awards: 15 Funding Anticipated Amount: $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant; no indirect costs allowed The Searle Scholars Program is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Eligibility – Research in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences; funder does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components – Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2015. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited 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 Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements. 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)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs

    Slots: 1 LOI: See ‘Attachment 4’ guidelines in PDF link below. Internal Deadline: June 3, 2016, 5pm PDT External Deadline: July 12, 2016, 11:59pm EST Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned in proposal. Anticipated Amount: $150,000 Cost Sharing: This Cooperative Agreement requires a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. Matching funds cannot include funds from any National Endowment for the Arts or other federal grants. 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/nea-research-labs/ Who May Serve as PI: The official applicant must be 1) a U.S. institution of higher education, or 2) a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organization with their core components having research and policy as a principal focus, either as the primary work or as part of a transdisciplinary mission. This nonprofit organization also must have a three-year history of commissioning and conducting research in the behavioral or social sciences, and communicating research findings and policy implications through reports and/or convenings, at the time of application. The official applicant must meet the eligibility requirements, submit the application, and assume full responsibility for the grant. To be eligible, the applicant organization must: (1) Meet the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Legal Requirements” at the time of application; (2) Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all National Endowment for the Arts award(s) previously received. Purpose: The purpose of this Program Solicitation is to select an organization(s) (Cooperator) to undertake the National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs program. In brief, the Cooperator will plan and implement a research program in one of the National Endowment for the Arts’ three proposed topic areas: 1. The Arts, Health, and Social/Emotional Well-Being; 2. The Arts, Creativity, Cognition, and Learning; and 3. The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation The research program must include these components: 1. Development of an evidence-based research agenda; 2. Planning and implementation of a research study, or a series of studies; 3. Production of at least one research report for each research study; 4. Dissemination of findings, data, and tools to project stakeholders and to the public; and 5. Preparation and delivery of a briefing to the National Endowment for the Arts on needs for continued work in the proposed research topic area, with recommendations both on how other research organizations working in the proposed research area could be better supported by the agency and how the NEA Research Lab can be sustained in the future. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-DK-16-020: Diabetes Research Centers (P30)

    Slots: 1 LOI: January 28, 2017 Internal Deadline: September 19, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: February 28, 2017, 5pm PDT Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 9 Anticipated Amount: NIDDK intends to commit approximately $13,500,000 in FY2018 to fund up to 9 awards. Application budgets are limited to $1,000,000 per year in direct costs unless the applicant organization proposes to provide regional or national services as described in the Funding Opportunity Description section of the FOA. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for Diabetes Research Center grants to support research in diabetes mellitus and its complications, and in related areas of endocrinology and metabolism. The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in the United States is reaching epidemic proportions and accounts for a huge national burden of morbidity, mortality, and health care expenditures. The mission of the Diabetes Research Centers is to serve as a key component of the NIDDK-supported research effort to develop new therapies and improve the health of Americans with, or at risk for, diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic disorders. The Centers promote new discoveries and enhance scientific progress through support of cutting-edge basic and clinical research related to the etiology and complications of diabetes, with the goal of rapidly translating research findings into novel strategies for the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes and related conditions. To accomplish this mission, the Diabetes Research Centers • Create an environment that supports important and innovative research; • Attract and retain early stage investigators and investigators new to diabetes research; • Provide core services that leverage funding and unique expertise; • Foster interdisciplinary collaborations, especially in emerging areas of research, to catalyze new ideas and scientific approaches; • Raise awareness and interest in fundamental and clinical diabetes research at their institutions, as well as locally, regionally, and nationally; • Promote the translation of scientific discoveries from bench to bedside to community in order to improve public health; • Enhance diabetes research education and training opportunities for patients, students, scientists, and clinicians. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-TW-16-002: Fogarty Global Health Training Program (D43)

    Slots: 1 LOI: July 16, 2016 Internal Deadline: June 16, 2016 External Deadline: August 16, 2016, 5pm PDT Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 5 Anticipated Amount: $1.1. million direct costs/year per award for up to 5 years. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: This FOA provides opportunities for up to five consortia (each composed of up to four U.S. universities and their collaborating partners in Lower middle income countries – LMICs) to develop and support global health research training programs that meet the following objectives: • Provide one year mentored research training opportunities for trainees in diverse areas of global health research at established biomedical and behavioral research sites in LMICs. • Encourage research projects that lay a strong foundation in rigorous research design, methods, and analytic techniques appropriate for the proposed research area. • Enhance the ability of trainees to conceptualize and think through research problems with increasing independence. • Enhance the global health research career potential of the participants. • Strengthen global health programs at U.S. academic institutions and enhance the capacity to sustain global health research at institutions in LMICs. Specifically, applicants are expected to: • Develop and implement a global health research training program, including research experiences and technical and/or professional skills development appropriate for the selected trainees. • Develop strategic partnerships with established research, research training and research education sites (preferably long-standing NIH-funded programs) in LMICs. Applicants should collaborate with at least six LMIC institutions or research sites appropriate for training, • Develop and implement a process for recruitment, selection, and placement of participants every year (for U.S. and LMIC trainees), and describe specific selection criteria to be used. • Provide additional technical training for trainees, as needed, at either U.S. or LMIC institutions to enhance the quality of the research performed. This may require bringing LMIC or US trainees to US institutions for short supplemental training to augment the one year research training at the LMIC site • Recruit both U.S. and LMIC trainees. Applicants may propose a “twinning” model, where appropriate, that would allow U.S. and LMIC scientists in the same field or in divergent but complementary fields to work together on projects or both participate in the same larger research project or research site. Projects focused on single health issues that require multidisciplinary teams may also be considered. • Develop and implement mentoring and research training plans for all trainees. This may also include Individual Development Plans. • Develop an evaluation plan to track trainees and the outputs, outcomes, and impacts of the program on the careers of trainees and the capacity of participating U.S. and LMIC institutions. • Provide research training opportunities for participants in diverse global health priority areas that significantly impact morbidity and pre-mature mortality in LMICs. • At least 50% of trainee projects should focus on HIV/AIDS, or HIV/AIDS comorbidities in the context of people living with HIV/AIDS, and be consistent with the NIH guidance for “high priority” HIV/AIDS projects (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-137.html ). • The number of trainees from LMICs should be no more than 50% of the total, recognizing that additional opportunities for LMIC trainees are also available through other FIC research training and research education programs at these sites. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • NSF-16-571: Partnerships for International Research and Education

    Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: July 20, 2016, 5pm PDT Preliminary Proposal Deadline: September 14, 2016, 5pm PDT Full Proposal Deadline: April 24, 2017, 5pm PDT Award Information: Type: Continuing Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 8 – 12 Anticipated Amount: $8,000,000 to $12,000,000 annually, for all new awards, pending the availability of funds; the average award size is expected to be approximately $4 million over 5 years. 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: There are no restrictions or limits. Purpose: Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. Program objectives include: • Support excellence in science and engineering research and education through international collaboration. • Promote opportunities where international collaboration can provide unique advantages of scope, scale, flexibility, expertise, facilities, or access to phenomena, enabling advances that could not occur otherwise. • Engage and share resources and research infrastructure within and across institutions to build strong international partnerships. • Create and promote opportunities for students and early career researchers to participate in substantive international research experiences. PIRE partners share an ambitious research vision that integrates research and education. The project theme may involve any area of science and engineering research that is supported by the NSF. PIRE projects may vary in size and exhibit diverse forms of organization, collaboration, and operation suited to their individual needs. PIRE projects must include collaboration with foreign research partners and international research experiences for students to promote a diverse internationally competitive science and engineering workforce. NSF is committed to the principle of diversity and expects PIRE projects to involve groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students and postdoctoral researchers). Underrepresented groups include women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Increasing the participation of a diverse U.S. citizenry by creating opportunities and enabling them to contribute is essential to the health and vitality of science, engineering, and education. Visit the link to see more about additional funding opportunities. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • Simons Foundation Mathematics & Physical Sciences – Simons Investigators in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

    Slots: Two LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: August 11, 2016, 5pm PDT External Deadline: October 31, 2016, 11:59:59pm EST Award Information: Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Investigator in MMLS is appointed for a period of five years. Appointments will begin August 1, 2017. An Investigator will receive research support in the amount of $100,000 per year. An additional $10,000 per year will be provided to the Investigator’s department. The award will be administered through the Investigator’s institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs. An Investigator position may be interrupted and resumed for reasons that would normally justify a leave from a university, such as illness, the need to care for family members or time off for national service. Periods of sabbatical or research leave do not count as interrupting the Investigator position. Support may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the foundation, but it is expected that termination of the award at times other than five years would occur only rarely. Anticipated Amount of Awards: 8 Cost Sharing: The funding provided to a Simons Investigator may be used at the Investigator’s discretion to support research expenses in the following categories: • Up to one month of summer salary and related benefits per year for the Investigator. • Salary support and related benefits, including tuition support, for postdoctoral, graduate or undergraduate research assistants. • Domestic or international travel for the Investigator and the Investigator’s postdoctoral and graduate students. • Short- or long-term visitors and/or collaborators, including travel, meals and lodging expenses • Research equipment, supplies and other expenses directly benefiting the research, including computers, computer support, publication expenses and professional membership dues. Expenditures in other expense categories may be possible but must be approved in advance by the foundation. Investigator funds may not be used for sabbatical salary support or teaching relief of any kind. Funding provided for the Investigator’s department should be used at the discretion of the department chair to provide support for seminars, visitors, refreshments and related expenditures that benefit the research activities of the department. Funds may also be used to subsidize meals for faculty, students and visitors. In addition, these funds may be used to help pay for furniture and research infrastructure such as copiers, computer servers and computer support. The department is expected to provide appropriate administrative support to the investigator. 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 – (4 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: To be a Simons Investigator in MMLS, a scientist must be engaged in research related to the program and must not previously have been a Simons Investigator. He/she must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at an educational institution in the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom, on a campus within these countries, and the primary department affiliation must have a Ph.D. program. At the time of appointment, an Investigator should be in the early stages of an academic career (within eight years of the start of his/her first faculty position) and, typically, be holding an assistant professorship or equivalent position. The foundation reserves the right to determine eligibility, but, generally, a “primary appointment” is defined as one where the Investigator is a full-time employee of an academic institution with a teaching load that is comparable to that of other faculty members in the same department. Investigators may transfer their awards to new educational institutions within the United States, Canada or United Kingdom, subject to approval from the foundation and the old and new institutions. The award will be interrupted or terminated, at the foundation’s discretion, if an Investigator takes up a primary long-term position at (i) a research institute, national laboratory or other institution outside the United States, Canada or United Kingdom, or another campus of their current institution, which falls outside the United States, Canada or United Kingdom (iii) a for-profit organization or (iii) accepts a major administrative responsibility that significantly reduces the time available for research. Investigators are not eligible to hold a Simons Fellowship for the duration of the Investigator award. Investigators are expected to attend annual meetings, held at the Simons Foundation each fall, to discuss their activities. Purpose: 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. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • Simons Foundation Mathematics & Physical Sciences – Math+X Investigators

    Slots: One LOI: NA Internal Deadline: August 11, 2016; 5pm External Deadline: October 31, 2016, 11:59pm EST Award Information: Level and Duration of Funding: A Math+X Investigator is appointed for a period of five years and will receive support in the amount of $300,000 per year, which includes up to 20 percent in indirect costs to the Investigator’s institution. Renewal for an additional five years is contingent upon the evaluation of the scientific impact of the Investigator. Renewal beyond the ten-year period will not be considered. Appointments will begin July 1, 2017. Anticipated Number of Awards: 2 Cost Sharing: Allowable Expenses: The funding provided to a Math+X Investigator may be used at the Investigator’s discretion to support activities that develop connections between mathematics and the X partner department discipline in the following categories: • Up to one month of summer salary and related benefits for the Investigator only. • Salary support and related benefits, including tuition support for postdoctoral fellows and research associates, graduate students or undergraduate research assistants in the mathematics department and in the X partner departments. • Domestic or international travel for the Investigator and postdoctoral fellows and research associates, graduate students or undergraduate research assistants supported by the grant. • Short- or long-term visitors, including travel, meals and lodging expenses. • Research equipment, supplies and other expenses directly benefiting the research, including computers, computer support, publication expenses and professional membership dues. • Special lectures or lecture series and workshops that will attract participation from both departments and from corresponding departments from other universities. Grant funds may not be used for the salary support of current faculty, except for the Investigator. 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 – (4 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: Mathematics and X Partner Departments: The X partner should be a department of science or engineering at the Investigator’s university that will engage in significant collaboration with the mathematics department in an area where such collaboration is not the norm. Both departments must have doctoral programs. The foundation will accept proposals for Applied Math+X but not Statistics+X. X partners in finance and business will not be considered. Proposals involving connections to areas where there are already well-established links with mathematics, such as economics, string theory or computational complexity, will also not be considered unless the proposal involves particularly unique collaborations. The Math+X Investigator must be a current tenured faculty member with a primary appointment in the mathematics department at a U.S. or Canadian institution, on a campus within these countries. A person with a primary appointment in the statistics department is not eligible. The Investigator will be expected to teach both in the mathematics and the X partner departments and be appointed in both departments by the award’s start date (courtesy appointments will be allowed). There are no citizenship requirements. The foundation reserves the right to determine eligibility, but, typically, a “primary appointment” is defined as one where the Investigator is a full-time employee of an academic institution with a teaching load that is comparable to that of other faculty members in the same department. Investigators may transfer their award to a new educational institution within the United States or Canada, subject to approval from the foundation and the old and new institutions. The award will be interrupted or terminated, at the foundation’s discretion, if an Investigator takes up a primary long-term position (i) at a research institute, national laboratory, other institution outside the United States or Canada or another campus of their current institution that falls outside the United States or Canada; at (ii) a for-profit organization; or (iii) accepts a major administrative responsibility that significantly reduces the time available for research. Investigators are not eligible to hold a Simons Fellowship or another Simons Investigator award for the duration of the Math+X Investigator award. Investigators are expected to attend annual meetings held at the Simons Foundation. Costs associated with attending this meeting will be covered by the foundation. Purpose: 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. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • Simons Foundation Mathematics & Physical Sciences – Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, and Theoretical Computer Science

    Slots: Two (up to two nominees for each of the three fields) LOI: NA Internal Deadline: August 11, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: October 31, 2016, 11:59:59 pm Award Information: Investigators are appointed for an initial period of five years. Renewal for an additional five years may be considered, contingent upon the evaluation of scientific impact of the Investigator. Renewal beyond the ten-year period will not be considered. Appointments will begin August 1, 2017. An Investigator award provides $100,000 per year in research support for the Investigator and $10,000 per year to the Investigator’s department. The award will be administered through the Investigator’s institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs. An Investigator position may be interrupted and resumed for reasons that would normally justify a leave from a university, such as illness, the need to care for family members or time off for national service. Periods of sabbatical or research leave do not count as interrupting the Investigator position. Support may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the foundation, but it is expected that termination of the grant at times other than five or ten years would occur only in very rare cases. Anticipated Number of Awards: In 2017, the foundation expects to appoint up to four Investigators in mathematics, up to five in physics, up to two in astrophysics and up to three in theoretical computer science. Cost Sharing: The funding provided to a Simons Investigator may be used at the Investigator’s discretion to support research expenses in the following categories: • Up to one month of summer salary and related benefits per year for the Investigator. • Salary support and related benefits, including tuition support, for postdoctoral, graduate or undergraduate research assistants. • Domestic or international travel for the Investigator and the Investigator’s postdoctoral and graduate students. • Short- or long-term visitors and/or collaborators, including travel, meals and lodging expenses. • Research equipment, supplies and other expenses directly benefiting the research, including computers, computer support, publication expenses and professional membership dues. • Expenditures in other expense categories may be possible but must be approved in advance by the foundation. Investigator funds may not be used for sabbatical salary support or teaching relief of any kind. Funding provided for the Investigator’s department should be used at the discretion of the department chair to provide support for seminars, visitors, refreshments and related expenditures that benefit the research activities of the department. Funds may also be used to subsidize meals for faculty, students and visitors. In addition, these funds may be used to help pay for furniture and research infrastructure such as copiers, computer servers and computer support. The department is expected to provide appropriate administrative support to the Investigator. 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 – (4 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: To be an Investigator, a scientist must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics or computer science and must not have previously been a Simons Investigator. He/she must have a primary appointment as a faculty member at an educational institution in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom, on a campus within these countries and the primary department affiliation must have a Ph.D. program (note that the appointment need not be in a mathematics, physics, or computer science department). At the time of the appointment start date, an Investigator should be tenured. The foundation reserves the right to determine eligibility, but, generally, a “primary appointment” is defined as one where the Investigator is a full-time employee of an academic institution with a teaching load that is comparable to that of other faculty members in the same department. Investigators may transfer their award to a new educational institution within the United States, Canada or United Kingdom, subject to approval from the foundation and the old and new institutions. The award will be interrupted or terminated, at the foundation’s discretion, if an Investigator takes up a primary long-term position at (i) a research institute, national laboratory or other institution outside the United States, Canada or United Kingdom, or another campus of their current institution, which falls outside the United States, Canada or United Kingdom, (ii) a for-profit organization (iii) or accepts a major administrative responsibility that significantly reduces the time available for research. Investigators are not eligible to hold a Simons Fellowship for the duration of the Simons Investigator award. Investigators are expected to attend annual meetings, held at the Simons Foundation each fall, to discuss their activities. Costs associated with attending this meeting will be covered by the foundation. Purpose: The Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, 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. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

    Slots: 4 (2 for the Traineeship Track, 2 for the Innovations in Graduate Education Track) LOI: December 9, 2016, 5pm Internal Deadline: September 21, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: February 7, 2017, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 28-35 Anticipated Amount: $51,680,000 NRT Traineeship Track Awards (14-15 anticipated; FY 2016) are expected to be up to five (5) years in duration with a total budget up to $3,000,000. NRT IGE Track Awards (14-20 anticipated; FY 2016) are expected to be up to three (3) years in duration with a total budget between $300,000 and $500,000. 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: The PI of a Traineeship Track proposal must be on the faculty of the submitting institution. Innovations in Graduate Education Track: There are no restrictions or limits. Purpose: The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2016, there are four priority areas: (1) Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE), (2) Understanding the Brain (UtB), (3) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS), and (4) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority. The priority research areas for the FY2017 competition will be (1) UtB, (2) INFEWS, and (3) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority. The IGE Track focuses on test-bed projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. While the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to develop comprehensive programs to effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches. The NRT program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

    Slots: 2 LOI: November 1, 2016, 12pm ET at this link: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_1837/?SA=SNA&FID=35009 (More at http://www.greenwall.org/how-to-apply.php). Internal Deadline: September 8, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: January 17, 2017, 12pm ET Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 3 Anticipated Amount: 50% salary support for three years. Cost Sharing: The award supports 50% of a Scholar’s salary plus benefits for three years, up to the NIH salary cap, with 10% institutional costs for the salary and benefits. In addition, we provide $5000 each year for limited project support and travel (no indirect costs are provided for these items). 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/greenwall/ Who May Serve as PI: Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series or its equivalent at a university or non-profit research institute in the United States. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice. Purpose: The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Each year around three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. Scholars and Alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their work in progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other Scholars, and have the opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers. The ongoing involvement of Alumni/ae with the Program provides them ongoing opportunities for professional development and feedback and engages them in mentoring of younger Scholars. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae. The Faculty Scholars Program Committee provides oversight and direction for the program and is involved not only with selection of the Scholars but with mentoring and faculty development activities. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpagefor updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-DK-16-031: George M. O’Brien Kidney Research Core Centers (P30)

    Slots: 1 LOI: October 2, 2016 Internal Deadline: August 11, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: November 2, 2016, 5pm PDT Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 3 Anticipated Amount: $750,000 in direct costs per year. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: The goal of the O’Brien Centers is to provide unique resources for communication and collaboration between basic and clinical researchers in the field of kidney disease. Research with clear translational potential, as described above, is strongly encouraged, as is clinical research. O’Brien Centers will provide shared resources to enhance the efficiency of research and foster collaborations within and among institutions with strong existing bases of kidney disease research. O’Brien Centers may be located in a single institution or in multiple institutions with complementary research bases. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • NSF-16-585: Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR): Establishing the PAWR Project Office (PPO) (PAWR/PPO)

    Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: August 8, 2016, 5pm PDT Preliminary Proposal Deadline: September 20, 2016, 5pm PDT Full Proposal Deadline: November 23, 2016, 5pm PDT Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 1 Anticipated Amount: $5,000,000 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: No restrictions or limits. Purpose: NSF, in collaboration with a range of partners, intends to support at-scale experimental platforms for advancing fundamental wireless research. Through a public-private partnership, these research platforms will enable pursuit of new research challenges, enhance education about wireless technologies and data networking, further academic-industry cooperative partnerships, and spur greater technology transfer from academia to industry. The proposed national experimental research platforms will accelerate US research and maintain US global leadership in developing the next round of technological innovation within the wireless industry and associated services. The goal of these platforms is to support cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary experimental research on core wireless topics including, but not limited to, cloud-enabled radio access networks, radio and network protocols, antenna designs, software-defined radio transceivers, resource-sharing algorithms, spectrum sharing, use of millimeter-wave spectrum bands for mobile applications, wireless network security, network planning, heterogeneous network architectures, end-to-end network quality of service (QoS), spectrum policy enforcement, end-user application performance, and spectrum data analytics and adaptability. To ensure that all PAWR activities are driven by fundamental research opportunities in wireless networking, the PPO will work closely with the wireless research community in all aspects of the design, development, deployment, and operations of PAWR. A PAWR Steering Council (PSC), comprising a subset of the PAWR Industry Consortium, as well as research leaders in wireless networking, will represent the community’s research interests in PAWR; the PSC will be chartered and supported by the PPO. The role of the PSC will be to advise the PPO in all aspects of the deployment and operations of the advanced wireless research platforms. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-CA-16-014 – Cancer Target Discovery and Development Network (U01)

    Slots: 2 LOI: 30 days prior to application due date. Internal Deadline: August 17, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: October 3, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 12 Anticipated Amount: $12 million in total. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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: Standard NIH requirements. Purpose: The CTD’2 FOA solicits applications for research projects focused on identifying and understanding: pathways that influence cancer phenotypes (including understanding the function of the genes/targets which are essential in cancer transformation and maintenance); perturbagens that can modulate such pathways; and biomarkers predicting responses to treatments, prognosis, and/or other aspects of cancer etiology that need to be understood in order to develop effective treatments in the future. Research projects proposed in response to this FOA must combine informatics and complementary experimental approaches. These combined endeavors should aim to identify a) potential therapeutic targets and validate their relevance; and/or b) to develop probes or perturbagens for pathways that are important in the etiology of cancers and c) also address if the results are dependent on the defined genetic background (either germline or somatic) of the patient. Where appropriate, informatics should be combined with high throughput assays in experiments designed to demonstrate that affecting identified targets can lead to the desirable outcomes such as the abrogation of the cancerous phenotype, the reduction of metastatic potential, and/or selective eradication of cancer cells even for heterogeneous tumors. Informatics may also facilitate the development of probes that specifically affect the function of the prospective targets and other experimental approaches relevant to their characterization. The functional agents (e.g., small molecules or clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats, CRISPRs) may be developed and investigated either as phenotype perturbagens in combination with other perturbagens for target characterization/validation and/or as prototypes for therapeutics in cell heterogeneous tumors. All investigators with appropriate expertise and capabilities are encouraged to consider the opportunity regardless of whether or not they participated in the previous issuance of the program. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • The Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Grant Program 2017 Cycle

    Slots: 3 LOI: A letter of intent to submit a proposal is requested to be forwarded to the Pac-12 (sahcrfp@pac-12.org) at least two weeks before the proposal submission deadline of October 1, 2016. Please include the project title, PI, brief project summary and the names and contact information of at least three unbiased expert technical reviewers who are not collaborating on your proposal. Internal Deadline: August 8, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: October 1, 2016 Award Information: Type: Grant 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/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: Principal Investigators (“PIs”) and Co-Investigators (“Co-PIs”) must be employed by a current Pac-12 member institution or an organization that is directly affiliated with a Pac-12 member institution, and must meet their employer’s requirements for such status. tihird-party entities/partners are eligible to receive Grant Program funding provided that its submission is sponsored by, and the research is coordinated with, a Pac-12 member institution(s) involving only Pac-12 athletes. Third-party entities/partners that are interested in collaborating in Pac-12 supported research projects should contact Pac-12 member institutions directly or the Pac-12 to find possible research partners. Purpose: The aim of research projects should be to improve the health, general well-being, and safety of student athletes at all Pac-12 member institutions. The Grant Program’s primary focus areas are listed below. Although this is not an exclusive Grant Program focus list, priority will be given to those research projects targeted at the focus areas below. Priority also will be given to research projects that are the result of collaboration amongst multiple Pac-12 member institutions and/or organizations that are directly affiliated with Pac-12 member institutions. • Head trauma • Mental Health • Cardiac • Overuse Injuries / Injury Prevention • temperature macers (heat/cold) / Hydration • Emergency Care – Planning / Prevention of Emergent Medical Events • Nutrition • Mental Health Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • ART WORKS (National Endowment for the Arts)

    Slots: 1 total (not 1 for each track). LOI: October 11, 2016, 11:59 pm EST: The SF-424 (Application for Federal Domestic Assistance) is due through Grants.gov. Internal Deadline: August 24, 2016, 5pm PDT External Deadline: October 18, 2016, 11:59 pm EST Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: • Track One: Value and Impact: 20 • Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs: 5 Anticipated Amount: Track One: $10,000 – $30,000 Track Two: $30,000 – $100,000 Cost Sharing: All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. These matching funds may be all cash or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions, and can include federally-negotiated indirect costs. You may include in your Project Budget matching funds that are proposed but not yet committed at the time of the application deadline. 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: To be eligible, the applicant organization must: • Meet the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Legal Requirements,” including nonprofit, tax-exempt status at the time of application. • Have three consecutive years of operating history prior to the application deadline. • Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all National Endowment for the Arts award(s) previously received. Additional Information: The NEA Art-Works solicitation states the following (emphasis added by Office of Research): A parent organization that comprises separately identifiable and independent components (e.g., a university campus that has a presenting organization and a radio station) may submit an application for each such component. In addition, a parent organization also may submit one application on its own behalf for a distinctly different project. The parent organization must meet the eligibility requirements for all applicants. NOTE: A related organization that performs grant administration duties for a parent organization (e.g., a college foundation that administers grants awarded to a college and its components) may submit applications for components and the parent organization in lieu of such applications being submitted by the parent. The related organization must meet the eligibility requirements for all applicants. An independent component must be a unit that is both programmatically and administratively distinct from the parent organization, have its own staff and budget, and generally have an independent board that has substantial responsibility for oversight and management. To qualify as independent, a component should be equivalent to a stand-alone institution with a separate mission. The Office of Research is sponsoring a competition to submit with USC as the parent organization; you will want to contact the appropriate Research Dean regarding submitting as an “independent component.” For more information, contact Mike Yarsky at yarsky@research.usc.edu. Purpose: Track One: Value and Impact For this Track, priority will be given to projects that present theory-driven and evidence-based research questions and methodologies that will yield important information about the value and/or impact of the arts on individuals and communities, and/or that use novel and promising research approaches, such as rigorous analyses of organizational or social networks and/or social media data. Projects with a primary focus on experimental/quasi-experimental design methods are not eligible under this Track and should apply to Track Two. Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs Despite compelling research conclusions from studies such as The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth (National Endowment for the Arts, 2012), there is a lack of findings about the causal relationship between the arts and short- or long-term individual or community benefits. Particularly in assessing the effects of a program, policy, or practice (referred to here as an “intervention”), more rigorous methods are needed to isolate—to the greatest extent possible—the impacts of the intervention from those associated with other influences (e.g., geographic or temporal factors, or pre-existing differences between participants and non-participants). For questions about causality, experimental approaches such as randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are generally preferred. When experimental approaches are not feasible, high-quality, quasi-experimental design studies offer an attractive alternative. We encourage applications from diverse research fields (e.g., economics, psychology, education, sociology, medicine and health, communications, and urban and regional planning) and that use experimental or quasi-experimental design methods to test the impact that the arts can have on a variety of possible outcomes. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • PAR-16-390: NIBIB Trailblazer Award for New and Early Stage Investigators (R21)

    Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: August 24, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: October 16, 2016 Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Anticipated Amount: $400,000 maximum over a three-year funding period. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in theNIH Grants Policy Statement. 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: This FOA targets investigators at the early stage of their independent research careers, and investigators integrating engineering and physical sciences with the life sciences who have not received prior NIH funding. Eligible individuals must be a) NIH-defined Early Stage Investigators; or b) NIH-defined New Investigators. For applications with multiple PDs/PIs, all PDs/PIs must be eligible to apply for this award. All applicants to this FOA must meet the NIH definition of New or Early Stage Investigator (https://grants.nih.gov/policy/new_investigators/index.htm) Purpose: This Trailblazer Award is an opportunity for New and Early Stage Investigators to pursue research programs of high interest to the NIBIB that integrate engineering and the physical sciences with the life and behavioral sciences. This FOA invites applications from researchers who are at the early stage of their independent careers or those who have not had substantial prior NIH funding. A Trailblazer project may be exploratory, developmental, proof of concept, or high risk-high impact, and may be technology design-directed, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven. Importantly, applicants are expected to propose research approaches for which there are minimal or no preliminary data. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • NSF-16-591: Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC)

    Slots: Two LOI: October 14, 2016, 5pm PDT Internal Deadline: September 9, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: November 16, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Standard Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 10 Anticipated Amount: Awards may be up to a total budget of $1,000,000 with an award duration of three (3) years. 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: The PI cannot concurrently be a PI on more than one active PFI:BIC award. Purpose: The National Science Foundation invites requests for funding in the area of smart service systems under this Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) solicitation. The hallmark of PFI:BIC is an academe-industry partnership crafted to collaborate on research to advance and adapt novel technology(ies) for integration into a specified human-centered smart service system. Sensing, actuating, and computational and communication technologies and their integration into smart service systems have the potential for abundant societal and economic benefits. The perspectives, competencies, and commitments of both academe and industry are needed to address the central issue of advancing and adapting technology to interact with humans in order to create or add value in a service system. Knowledge gained in the course of the integration process may generate additional research activities and additional discoveries that will become essential part(s) of the system. Clear understanding of the state of the art of the technologies, as well as of the research in the knowledge area(s) being advanced, and a review of the commercial competitive landscape of available solutions to the proposed service system are required. This knowledge should help not only to guide project activities, but also to act as a filter when a proposer and his/her institution is deciding whether a project is a viable candidate for submission. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-ES-16-011 — BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development — Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists (R25)

    Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: September 16, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: December 7, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 4 – 5 Anticipated Amount: $100,000 in direct costs per year. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: The over-arching goal of this NIH Big Data to Knowledge R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: • Curriculum and Methods Development: The development of coursework in Big Data Science for the training of predoctoral level students in the biomedical sciences; the integration of data science into biomedical curricula to improve biomedical, behavioral or clinical science education; working in tandem with other awardees to formulate core competencies; and sharing the instructional material and educational tools developed with others who wish to include this instruction in their curriculum. Curricular materials are expected to reflect the FAIR principles. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-AI-16-065: Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (U19)

    Slots: 1 LOI: March 3, 2017 Internal Deadline: January 11, 2017, 5pm External Deadline: April 3, 2017, 5pm PDT Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 4 – 5 Anticipated Amount: $900,000 in direct cost per year Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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: Standard NIH eligibility requirements . Purpose: The program will support centers that integrate clinical and basic research to conduct studies on the mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of diseases of interest including asthma, rhinitis (allergic and non-allergic), chronic rhinosinusitis, atopic dermatitis, food allergy, and drug allergy. The overarching goal of the program is to improve the understanding of the pathogenesis of these conditions and to provide a rational foundation for new, effective treatments and prevention strategies. NIAID programmatic priorities for this FOA are: • The role of innate and adaptive immune functions in the development and pathogenesis of asthma and allergic diseases with focus on severe asthma, chronic rhinosinusitis, atopic dermatitis and drug allergy; • The impact of the microbiome and pollution on immune responses as they pertain to the development, prevention and management of asthma, allergic rhinitis, food allergy and atopic dermatitis; • The interaction between infections and atopy and the role of immune responses to infections in the development and exacerbations of asthma, allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinosinusitis and atopic dermatitis; • Induction of and understanding of the mechanisms of desensitization and sustained tolerance for the treatment and prevention of asthma, allergic rhinitis, food allergy and drug allergy; • Genetic variations and epigenetic alterations affecting host immune responses to aeroallergens, food allergens and drug allergens; • Clinical, immunologic and physiologic phenotyping and endotyping of drug allergy, atopic dermatitis, chronic rhinosinusitis and non-allergic rhinitis syndromes. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-GM-17-003: Centers for HIV/AIDS-Related Structural Biology (P50)

    Slots: 1 LOI: December 9, 2016, 5pm Internal Deadline: September 16, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: January 9, 2017, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 4 – 5 Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are limited for direct costs including equipment and Collaborative Development Program funds up to 3.2 million dollars per year. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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: Standard NIH eligibility requirements . Purpose: The goal of this announcement is to attract the best scientists in relevant fields to attack the problem of characterizing HIV-related macromolecular complexes. Hence the application should focus on the specific problems to be solved: • approaches to be used • identification of potential bottlenecks • a plan for outreach and collaboration to the wider HIV biology community • a workable management plan along with milestones • the commitment and past experience of the investigators. The research being proposed is expected to push the boundaries of what is feasible. As such, it is recognized that aspects of the plan necessarily will be of high risk. Protein/protein complexes, both among the viral proteins, as in the structures of the virion, and between viral and host proteins, have been the focus of most prior efforts. This should continue, although a greater emphasis should be placed upon components of the virus and/or host for which a sufficiently complete structure has yet to be determined, rather than for single proteins such as reverse transcriptase and protease for which a wealth of detailed information is already available. Restriction factor targets are of particular interest, especially factors that contribute to the establishment or maintenance of viral latency and thus may represent potential therapeutic targets to effect a cure. With this re-issued FOA we would once again strongly encourage investigation into poorly characterized categories of complexes, including RNA, nucleic acid/protein, and protein/membrane interactions. For all the potential molecules and complexes integration of structure with validation strategies, including computational, biochemical, and systems biology/interactome analyses, is essential to understanding their biological functions. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-HL-17-019: Limited Competition: Data Coordinating Center for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (U24)

    Slots: 1 LOI: October 10, 2016, 5pm PDT Internal Deadline: September 16, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: November 10, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 1 Anticipated Amount: NHLBI intends to commit total costs of up to $1,745,200 in FY 2017 Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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: Standard NIH eligibility requirements . Purpose: The DCC will work with the NHLBI, the NCI, and the Core Clinical Center awardees to improve patient outcomes following HCT through clinical trials and other clinical studies for patients with malignant and non-malignant blood diseases. In this funding cycle and as compared to the previous phases of the program, Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) is expected to direct more efforts towards the use of HCT and novel cell/gene therapies and refining HCT approaches for non-malignant blood disorders. In particular, clinical studies that advance HCT approaches for non-malignant blood diseases and bone marrow failure syndromes where toxicity must be minimized will be considered key priorities. Trials evaluating ex vivo manipulated or genetically-modified cells in non-malignant and malignant blood diseases will be encouraged. Trials evaluating new approaches for stem cell mobilization, or that incorporate novel cell products to improve HCT safety and efficacy, reduce regimen-related toxicity and GVHD, and/or enhance immune function, will also be considered for implementation. This FOA will support a DCC, while a companion FOA will support up to 18 Core Clinical Centers that may be single sites or a consortium of multiple sites (RFA-HL-17-018). It is anticipated that up to eight BMT CTN-led studies will be conducted depending on their complexities. This FOA seeks a comprehensive plan from the current DCC of the BMT CTN that addresses the overall project coordination, administration, data management, statistical support, and regulatory support that are necessary to successfully support the next phase of the BMT CTN with attention to the following goals: 1) Provide medical and scientific leadership to enhance the overall effectiveness of the BMT CTN. 2) Provide a plan for the BMT CTN to identify and, when appropriate, launch HCT trials in non-malignant diseases and trials using adoptive cell therapy or genetically-modified cells to improve transplant outcomes or cure blood diseases. 3) Provide overall management of scientific activities around study development, trial launch, data analysis and results dissemination, including completing ongoing trials. 4) Provide all administrative activities for the BMT CTN. 5) Provide all logistical and other support services for the BMT CTN. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-DK-16-029: NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (IBDGC) Genetic Research Centers (GRCs) (U01)

    Slots: 1 LOI: November 14, 2016, 5pm PDT Internal Deadline: September 16, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: December 14, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 6 Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are limited to $293,000 (direct costs) per year. Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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: Standard NIH eligibility requirements . Purpose: The goal of the research to be carried out by the IBDGC is the enhancement of our understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of IBD. This enhanced understanding will lead to improved methods for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of IBD. Activities appropriate for the GRCs include the following examples, as well as others not mentioned in this list: • Recruitment and phenotypic evaluation of IBD patients, affected and unaffected relatives, and unrelated healthy controls • Recruitment and phenotypic evaluation of subjects from minority populations (e.g., African-American, Ashkenazic Jewish) • Genome-wide and selective genotyping of DNA from recruited subjects • Whole-exome and whole-genome sequencing, and targeted resequencing of DNA from recruited subjects • Epigenomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic analyses of relevant tissue samples from recruited subjects, and systems biology analyses of the resulting data • Analyses of the composition and activities of the intestinal microbiome of recruited subjects. • Screening of candidate genes and genetic variants in gut barrier, mucosal immune, and other physiological domains, using cultured cells, organoids, Drosophila, zebrafish, mice, and other assay platforms • Analyses of the relationships among host genetic variation, intestinal microbiome composition and activity, and variation in the presentation, severity, natural history, and response to treatment of IBD. • Elucidation of regulatory interactions between DNA sites within the known IBD susceptibility loci and other genes, regardless of their genomic location • Reanalysis of existing data with novel analytic approaches to identify previously unknown susceptibility loci. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-DK-16-028: Kidney Precision Medicine Project – Central Hub (U2C)

    Slots: 1 LOI: November 6, 2016, 5pm PDT Internal Deadline: September 16, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: December 6, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 1 Anticipated Amount: $1,700,000 per year Cost Sharing: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. 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: Standard NIH eligibility requirements . Purpose: The CH will be responsible for establishing and managing critical resources for the Kidney Precision Medicine Project KPMP, and the broader scientific community, to achieve the following objectives: 1. Public resource. Establish a publicly available data hub with clinical, imaging, cellular and molecular data. Anonymized data will be available to the research community upon validation. 2. Kidney tissue atlas. Create a set of maps used to classify and locate different cell types and interstitial components. The atlas will help define disease subgroups and identify cells, pathways and targets for novel therapies. 3. State/transition markers. Identify a set of cellular and molecular markers that classify cells as healthy, injured, activated, or undergoing recovery via adaptive or maladaptive repair. 4. Disease subgroups. Use all available data, including the kidney tissue atlas, to define patient subgroups and allow for clinical stratification into distinct endophenotypes. 5. Molecular pathways. Use data to identify and understand healthy and disease pathways that are activated in a particular cell type in a particular subgroup of patients. 6. Biomarkers. Discover a set of subgroup and pathway biomarkers. Ideally plasma or urine protein/antibody pairs, but could be urinary exosomes, miRNA, epigenetic marks, etc. It is expected that these resources will seed future partnerships, ancillary studies, investigator-initiated endeavors and industry collaborations. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • DHS S&T Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis – Center Lead

    Slots: 1 LOI: Not mentioned in proposal. Internal Deadline: August 31, 2016, 5pm PDT External Deadline: November 1, 2016, 11:59:59 pm EDT Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 1 Anticipated Amount: Up to $4,000,000 (subject to availability of funds) per year for 10 years Cost Sharing: A cost match or a cost share is voluntary. However, the ability to extend the reach of DHS funds for research and education in support of its mission is an important consideration for DHS. In-kind contributions demonstrate a university’s commitment to the COE. Identification of university in-kind contributions will result in a higher rating in DHS’s overall proposal review. 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: NOTE: If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM. It may take 4 weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for Grants.gov to recognize your information. Information on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM is available from Grants.gov at: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html Detailed information regarding DUNS and SAM is also provided in Section D of this NOFO, subsection, Content and Form of Application Submission. Who May Serve as PI: DHS will accept only one (1) application for Center Lead from any single university for review. Proposals must be submitted by an accredited U.S. institution of higher education that, along with its chosen partners, has the ability and capacity to conduct the required research. The applicant institution must be identified as the official lead for proposal submission and subsequent negotiations. Center Lead institution partnerships with foreign institutions are permitted, but may require special justification and approval from DHS. FFRDCs or laboratories funded by federal agencies may not apply. Purpose: The Center for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis (CHSQA) will conduct end user-focused research to enhance the application of analytic tools that support real-time decision making to address homeland security-related threats and hazards. This Center of Excellence (COE) will also provide education and professional development to improve data management and analysis, to facilitate operations research and systems analysis, to identify the economic impact of security threats and hazards, and to critically assess future risks posed to the DHS mission set. The overarching goal of the Center will be to develop the next generation of mathematical, computational, and statistical theories (including algorithms, methods, and tools) to advance quantitative analysis capabilities of the homeland security enterprise (HSE). Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • FOA-CEO-16-01: Department of Labor Research and Evaluation (LRE) grants

    Slots: 1 LOI: Applicants must include appropriate letters of commitment for key personnel identified in the project narrative not employed by the lead applicant. If an applicant is gaining access to restricted data for use in their proposed project, the applicant must include a letter from the appropriate organization stating that the applicant has approved access to the data for the research proposed in the application. Internal Deadline: September 2, 2016, 5pm PDT External Deadline: October 3, 2016, 4pm EST Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 10 Anticipated Amount: $250,000 maximum per award Cost Sharing: This program does not require cost sharing or matching funds. 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) Purpose: The LRE grants are for a single researcher or group of researchers to analyze a topic that has direct implications for DOL programs, the labor force and the American worker. Researchers from multiple institutions may apply for a single LRE grant; however, a lead institution must be designated as the legal applicant. Applicants are encouraged to propose innovative and relevant projects for LRE grants. Examples of potential projects for the LRE grants include: Studies on targeting resources to achieve best results Evaluating the effects of targeting systems and enforcement in worker protection agencies (e.g., OSHA, Wage and Hour, MSHA, Employee Health and Pension, Federal Contract Compliance). Studies on the changing industry structure and the nature of work and implications for programs Analysis of the extent and effect of non-compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act and employer practices in the fissured workplace and emerging issues of the “on-demand” economy. Studies on cross-program interactions and effects Analysis of the association between and among programs—e.g., between workers’ compensation programs and OSHA programs; workers’ compensation and social security programs; OSHA and Wage and Hour programs. Studies on workers Analysis of the effect of health and safety agency (e.g., OSHA, MSHA) programs or policies on outcomes for workers, employers and society. Studies on regulatory and enforcement policies Assessment of state labor policies and variations and implications for worker outcomes. Analysis of the impact of outreach policies and their interaction with enforcement efforts. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • NSF 15-504 – Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

    Slots: Three (2 acquisition, 1 development. If 3 are submitted, 1 must be development). LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: October 31, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: January 11, 2017, 5pm PDT Award Information: Type: Standard Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 160 Proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences, and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines. Anticipated Amount: $75,000,000 Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation will be competing for about $75 million, pending availability of funds and quality of proposals. Up to $30 million of these funds will be available to support proposals requesting $1-$4 million from NSF, depending on overall proposal pressure and quality. Cost Sharing: Cost sharing is required. Please see the link below and refer to Section V, Part B for more information. • Applications to the NSF MRI Acquisition track that seek cost sharing (30%, with $200,000 maximum) from the Office of Research must also separately apply for a Type B Core Instrumentation grant. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission under Grant through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/apps/nsf-mri Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.). • CV – (4 pages maximum) Who May Serve as PI: There are no restrictions or limits. Purpose: The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers. The instrument acquired or developed is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories or facilities, or that can be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously. Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines. Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot include it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

    Slots: 1 LOI: Not mentioned in posting. Internal Deadline: November 11, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: February 10, 2017 Award Information: Type: Standard Grant Estimated Number of Awards: Not listed Anticipated Amount: $75,000 per recipient 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: Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2011. Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component of the nominee’s activities. Purpose: The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award provides a $75,000 unrestricted research grant for teacher-scholars who demonstrate leadership in research and education. Nominations must provide compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences by the nominee (including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering). Further, the nomination should describe dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates. Recommendations for awards are based primarily on the nominee’s scholarly research achievements as an independent faculty member, as assessed by the Foundation’s reviewers and the judgment of the nominee’s peers exemplified by letters of recommendation. Other considered factors are: awards and honors, publication of research achievements in leading journals, and success in attracting funding of research. Nominations are reviewed by distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • RFA-AI-16-027: T Cell Reagent Research for the Study of Allergic Diseases (U19)

    Slots: 1 LOI: February 3, 2017 Internal Deadline: December 1, 2016 External Deadline: March 3, 2017 Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 2-3 Anticipated Amount: $3,000,000 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: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: This FOA is seeking applications from single institutions, or consortia of institutions, proposing research to understand the role of allergen epitope-specific T-cell responses in the pathogenesis and treatment of allergic diseases including allergic rhinitis, asthma and food allergy, by utilizing allergen epitope-specific reagents. Identification, characterization and validation of new T-cell epitopes for allergens that have not been previously extensively examined (e.g. fungal allergens or food antigens such as milk), will also be supported under this FOA. Applicants are encouraged to submit multi-project research programs that propose to study immune responses to allergens at the level of epitope-specific T cell subsets, including comparative or interventional studies in humans. Applicants are also encouraged to capitalize on the availability of allergen T cell epitopes, including those available through the NIAID-funded Immune Epitope Database and Analysis Resource (IEDB). Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • U.S.-Southeast Asia-Japan Collaboration and Exchange Initiative

    Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: September 28, 2016 External Deadline: November 1, 2016 (by post to Japan Foundation, New York) Award Information: Type: Pre-paid grant Anticipated Amount: Maximum of $100,00 per year for up to three years. 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: The aim of the project must be to promote Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. The following proposals are not eligible: – Projects in the field of medicine, technology or natural sciences – Organization of or participation in sporting events and training – Projects in the field of art (art-related projects such as exhibitions, film series, etc. that form a portion of a larger, comprehensive Japanese Studies project may be funded) – Goodwill exchanges – Social welfare or international development projects – Tourist-oriented programs Purpose: This initiative is designed to connect Japan scholars from the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Japan in order to enhance their collective scholarship through collaborative projects and exchanges, as well as to advance Japanese Studies in these three regions. The Japan Foundation hopes that Japan scholars and students from all three regions and across many disciplines will benefit mutually from the creation of scholarly networks and the sharing of Japanese Studies resources, research methodology, and practical collaborative work. Projects will be based at U.S. institutions with strong existing or developing Japanese Studies programs, in order to share the wealth of Japanese Studies resources present in the U.S., and to establish and/or strengthen connections with individuals and institutions in Southeast Asia and Japan. Please visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • NSF 15-528- Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

    Slots: 1 Only one proposal may be submitted by an eligible organization, as defined above, in which a member of their organization serves as the PI. Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission. Organizations submitting more than one proposal will be notified and given one week from notification to select one proposal for consideration. If one is not selected in that time period, all of those proposals will be returned without review. There is no limit on the number of proposals under which an organization may be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee. LOI: NA Internal Deadline: October 20, 2016; 5pm External Deadline: February 15, 2017 Award Information: Type: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 6 to 8 Anticipated Amount: $3,150,000 Estimated total annual funding amount is $3,150,000 – subject to the availability of funds. The maximum amount for 5-year awards is $600,000 and the maximum amount for 3-year awards is $400,000. Purpose: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?’ Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity’? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings? Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors. CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.
  • Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

    Slots: One LOI: January 4, 2017 (with biosketch), 4pm CST Internal Deadline: November 4, 2016, 5pm PDT External Deadline: March 22, 2017, 4pm CST Award Information: Type: Grant The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants. The purpose of our program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources.
  • Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

    Deadline: 11/04/2017
    Slots: One LOI: January 4, 2017 (with biosketch), 4pm CST Internal Deadline: November 4, 2016, 5pm PDT External Deadline: March 22, 2017, 4pm CST Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 10 Anticipated Amount: $80,000 Foundation anticipates the Seed Grant Program will fund a total of $800,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. The first grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant Acceptance Form (June 2017). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2018). Purpose: The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants. The purpose of our program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources. Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.
  • NSF-17-501: IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED)

    Slots: 2 LOI: December 9, 2016 External Deadline: March 16, 2015 Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 6-8 Anticipated Amount: $From $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 total for a duration of up to 5 years. Purpose: NSF is taking a holistic look at how engineers and computer scientists are being prepared for lifelong careers in technical and socio-technical professions. It seeks to respond to the perennial call from different stakeholders (e.g., industry, the public, government, and the profession itself) for professional formation of engineers and computer scientists with a broad set of professional abilities. It seeks to address the fact that the percentages of persons from underrepresented groups entering into — and remaining in — the practice of engineering and computer science are still unacceptably low, impacting the future health of the national workforce.
  • RFA-NS-17-011 – NINDS Institutional Center Core Grants to Support Neuroscience Research (P30)

    Slots: One LOI: January 14, 2017, 5pm Internal Deadline: November 11, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: February 14, 2017, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 5 Anticipated Amount: $1,500,000 Purpose: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Center Core Grants to support the NINDS mission, which is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system, and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. In pursuit of this mission, NINDS supports basic, translational, and clinical research on the normal and diseased nervous system. For an overview of NINDS see http://www.ninds.nih.gov/about_ninds/ninds_overview.htm. The Centers will provide cutting edge resources (cores) and facilities to investigators who have existing NINDS-funded research projects, and to other investigators pursuing research consistent with the NINDS mission. The Centers should enhance the effectiveness of ongoing research and facilitate new research directions. They should provide services that would be impractical for individual labs, either because of ongoing requirements for specialized expertise, or because of associated economies of scale. Their support is intended to increase resource accessibility and to capitalize on potential synergies that would not be attained through independent funding of separate research projects. The following is a partial list of types of activities that may be appropriate for individual Core facilities: Animal models, Animal Surgery, Behavioral Testing, Specialized Cell Culture, Histochemistry, Specialized Imaging or Microscopy, Pathology, Physiology, and Statistical/Computational Analysis.
  • RFA-HD-17-007: Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2017 (P2C)

    Slots: One LOI: 30 days prior to application date Internal Deadline: October 28, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: December 28, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 3-4 Anticipated Amount: $1,937,000 Purpose: The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to advance the field of population dynamics research by increasing research impact, innovation, and productivity; develop junior scientists; and maximize the efficiency of research support. The primary objectives of this initiative are to: Increase the scientific impact, innovation, productivity of population dynamics research; Increase competitiveness for peer-reviewed external funding in population dynamics research; Support experiences for junior population dynamics scientists that will contribute to their research independence; and Maximize the efficiency of funding for population dynamics research by minimizing the financial and time burdens of providing administrative and other research support services associated with research projects.
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

    Slots: One LOI: Not mentioned in proposal. Internal Deadline: November 11, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: February 10, 2017 Award Information: Type: Standard Grant Estimated Number of Awards: Not listed Anticipated Amount: $75,000 per recipient Purpose: The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award provides a $75,000 unrestricted research grant for teacher-scholars who demonstrate leadership in research and education. Nominations must provide compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences by the nominee (including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering). Further, the nomination should describe dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates. Recommendations for awards are based primarily on the nominee’s scholarly research achievements as an independent faculty member, as assessed by the Foundation’s reviewers and the judgment of the nominee’s peers exemplified by letters of recommendation. Other considered factors are: awards and honors, publication of research achievements in leading journals, and success in attracting funding of research. Nominations are reviewed by distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences.
  • RFA-AI-16-027: T Cell Reagent Research for the Study of Allergic Diseases (U19)

    Slots: 1 LOI: February 3, 2017 Internal Deadline: December 1, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: March 3, 2017, 5pm Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 2 – 3 Anticipated Amount: $3,000,000 Purpose: This FOA is seeking applications from single institutions, or consortia of institutions, proposing research to understand the role of allergen epitope-specific T-cell responses in the pathogenesis and treatment of allergic diseases including allergic rhinitis, asthma and food allergy, by utilizing allergen epitope-specific reagents. Identification, characterization and validation of new T-cell epitopes for allergens that have not been previously extensively examined (e.g. fungal allergens or food antigens such as milk), will also be supported under this FOA. Applicants are encouraged to submit multi-project research programs that propose to study immune responses to allergens at the level of epitope-specific T cell subsets, including comparative or interventional studies in humans. Applicants are also encouraged to capitalize on the availability of allergen T cell epitopes, including those available through the NIAID-funded Immune Epitope Database and Analysis Resource (IEDB).
  • PAR-16-361: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

    Slots: One LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: February 27, 2017, 5pm PDT External Deadline: May 25, 2017, 5pm PDT The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate students: to provide research experiences and related training. Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques. NIGMS provides leadership in supporting interventions at important stages throughout the educational process, including the RISE Program. The RISE Program provides institutions the resources to support and train underrepresented, STEM-oriented students, who upon completion of their undergraduate degree are likely to successfully complete a Ph.D. program in a biomedical science field relevant to the NIH. Underrepresentation of certain groups in science, technology and engineering fields increases throughout the training stages. For example, students from certain racial and ethnic groups, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, currently comprise ~39% of the college age population (Census Bureau), but earn only ~17% of bachelor’s degrees and ~7% of the Ph.D.s in the biological sciences (NSF, 2015). Active interventions are required to prevent the loss of talent at each level of educational advancement. For example, a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recommended support of programs to retain underrepresented undergraduate science, technology, engineering and math students as a means to effectively build a diverse and competitive scientific workforce (PCAST Report, 2012).
  • NSF-16-604: Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS)

    Title: NSF-16-604: Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS) Slots: 1 LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: To be determined by Viterbi. External Deadline: January 13, 2017, 5pm Award Information: Type: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 5 to 8 Anticipated Amount: $5,000,000 (pending availability of funds). Awards will be in the range of $250,000-$375,000 per year for four years, depending on the scope of the work proposed. Cost Sharing: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. Submission Process: The decision process for this proposal will be coordinated by the Viterbi School of Engineering. Please contact Marjorie Brownbill at brownbil@usc.edu if you are interested in applying. Proposals may be submitted by a single organization or a group of organizations consisting of a lead organization in partnership with one or more partner organizations. Only U.S. academic institutions with significant research and degree-granting education programs in disciplines normally supported by NSF are eligible to be the lead organization. Principal investigators are encouraged to form collaborations among researchers. However no funds will be provided to private and public sector organizations, government laboratories, or scientists and engineers at foreign organizations. At least three PIs and co-PIs, all with funded time committed in the budget, must be listed on the cover page and on the budget page of the proposal. The maximum number of PIs and co-PIs is five; other participants may be listed in the project summary and on the budget pages. Collaborations between university and industry researchers using the approach of the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) program are encouraged. The SNM-IS solicitation is seeking high-risk/high-reward research and education proposals. Its focus is on challenges in scalable nanomanufacturing for integrated systems and societal and educational issues associated with continuing advances in the nanomanufacturing research field and the ensuing increasing use of nanoscale materials, devices and systems. All proposals should clearly state what technical roadblocks to integration and scale-up exist and what new approach or approaches will be investigated to overcome those roadblocks. The scientific and engineering barriers to commercialization, in terms of production rate, throughput, quality, reproducibility, yield, efficiency, sustainability, mass customization and cost should be addressed in the proposal. Link to Award: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16604/nsf16604.htm
  • AR-16-361: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

    Slots: One LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: February 27, 2017, 5pm PDT External Deadline: May 25, 2017, 5pm PDT Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate students: to provide research experiences and related training. Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques. NIGMS provides leadership in supporting interventions at important stages throughout the educational process, including the RISE Program. The RISE Program provides institutions the resources to support and train underrepresented, STEM-oriented students, who upon completion of their undergraduate degree are likely to successfully complete a Ph.D. program in a biomedical science field relevant to the NIH. Under representation of certain groups in science, technology and engineering fields increases throughout the training stages. For example, students from certain racial and ethnic groups, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, currently comprise ~39% of the college age population (Census Bureau), but earn only ~17% of bachelor’s degrees and ~7% of the Ph.D.s in the biological sciences (NSF, 2015). Active interventions are required to prevent the loss of talent at each level of educational advancement. For example, a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recommended support of programs to retain underrepresented undergraduate science, technology, engineering and math students as a means to effectively build a diverse and competitive scientific workforce (PCAST Report, 2012).
  • RFA-HD-17-007: Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2017 (P2C)

    Slots: One LOI: 30 days prior to application date Internal Deadline: October 28, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: December 28, 2016, 5pm Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 3-4 Anticipated Amount: $1,937,000 Purpose: The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to advance the field of population dynamics research by increasing research impact, innovation, and productivity; develop junior scientists; and maximize the efficiency of research support. The primary objectives of this initiative are to: Increase the scientific impact, innovation, productivity of population dynamics research; Increase competitiveness for peer-reviewed external funding in population dynamics research; Support experiences for junior population dynamics scientists that will contribute to their research independence; and Maximize the efficiency of funding for population dynamics research by minimizing the financial and time burdens of providing administrative and other research support services associated with research projects.
  • PAR-16-361: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

    Slots: One LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: February 27, 2017, 5pm PDT External Deadline: May 25, 2017, 5pm PDT Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate students: to provide research experiences and related training. Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques. NIGMS provides leadership in supporting interventions at important stages throughout the educational process, including the RISE Program. The RISE Program provides institutions the resources to support and train underrepresented, STEM-oriented students, who upon completion of their undergraduate degree are likely to successfully complete a Ph.D. program in a biomedical science field relevant to the NIH.
  • NSF-16-503 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

    Slots: Four available (2 for the Traineeship Track, 2 for the Innovations in Graduate Education Track) LOI: December 9, 2016, 5pm Internal Deadline: September 21, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: February 7, 2017, 5pm Award Information: Type: Standard Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 28 to 35 Anticipated Amount: $51,680,000 NRT Traineeship Track Awards (14-15 anticipated; FY 2016) are expected to be up to five (5) years in duration with a total budget up to $3,000,000. NRT IGE Track Awards (14-20 anticipated; FY 2016) are expected to be up to three (3) years in duration with a total budget between $300,000 and $500,000 Cost Sharing: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. Purpose: The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.
  • NSF-16-547: Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)

    Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested. External Deadline: February 9, 2017, 5pm Award Information: Type: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 15 – 25 Up to 25 I-Corps Sites awards annually, pending availability of funds. Anticipated Amount: $2,500,000 for Type and Type II sites. Cost Sharing: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. Submission Process: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: Universities and Colleges – Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions. A competitive proposal for an I-Corps Site will be led by an institution having an already existing unit whose goal is to assist faculty, students and other academic personnel to engage in entrepreneurial activities and transition scientific and technological innovations. Such units are typically called: innovation centers, entrepreneurial centers, technology incubators, etc. Their mission is to provide resources to individuals and teams in the form of space, seed funding, entrepreneurial mentoring, curriculum, or other assets needed to transition technology into the marketplace. During the startup phase of NSF’s I-Corps Sites Program, collaborative proposals from multiple institutions are discouraged. Exceptions can be made, with the approval of the NSF I-Corps Management Team, for institutions that have collaborative entrepreneurial centers already in place. Purpose: The goals of this program are to spur translation of research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship. NSF funding through I-Corps Sites enables academic institutions to support teams whose projects are likely candidates for commercialization.
  • Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program

    Slots: One LOI: December 9, 2016 Internal Deadline: November 11, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: January 20, 2017 Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned, but 5 were awarded last year. Anticipated Amount: $110,000 annually for a period of up to five years, used entirely for direct project expenses. Cost Sharing: Rita Allen Foundation Scholar grant funds may only be used for direct project expenses, including up to 50 percent of the Scholar’s compensation. Purpose: The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program funds basic biomedical research in the fields of cancer, immunology and neuroscience. The program embraces innovative research with above-average risk and groundbreaking possibilities. By investing in early-career biomedical scholars and their research, we aim to advance transformative ideas and leverage them to promote breakthrough solutions. Historically, we have sought research projects with above-average risk that challenge the status quo.
  • Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

    Slots: One LOI: January 4, 2017 (with biosketch), 4pm CST Internal Deadline: November 4, 2016, 5pm PDT External Deadline: March 22, 2017, 4pm CST Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 10 Anticipated Amount: $80,000 Foundation anticipates the Seed Grant Program will fund a total of $800,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. The first grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant Acceptance Form (June 2017). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2018). Cost Sharing: 100% of the Seed Grant funds must be utilized for direct costs. Purpose: The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants. The purpose of our program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources.
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation “Moore Inventor Fellows”

    Slots: 2 LOI: February 8, 2017, 5pm PT. What is due is the following: A. Name of nominee B. Nominee institutional, department and contact information C. Statement of the institution’s plan to assure that the nominee has at least 25% of their time to devote to their invention and $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work Internal Deadline: December 16, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: March 1, 2017, 5pm PT 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: Each host institution will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work. This can be “in kind” as released time or access to special facilities for which there is normally a charge. We expect each fellow will be personally engaged in pursuing their invention and we require each fellow to devote at least 25 percent of their own time to their invention. Fellows may use the grant funds to support their own salary to create this opportunity. They may also hire undergraduate, graduate assistants or postdoctoral scholars and purchase services, equipment, or supplies. 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 Purpose: The scope of this call is intentionally wide: proposed projects do not need to fall within our current funding priorities, but should broadly align with the program areas of foundation interest. As with all our grants, we seek to measure progress toward a defined goal during the three years of support. We aim to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work on an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem. We seek innovations with the promise of making a long-lasting impact by addressing underlying problems in their field, but a clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement. We are not interested in supporting projects that 2 are already at a stage where significant venture capital is available. The foundation’s policy is that intellectual property that results from a grant must be managed and disseminated in a manner that leads to the greatest impact. Each award will include IP terms to reflect the needs of that project. We recognize that real invention can take surprising turns, so we seek creative individuals who have big ideas, deep knowledge, and the courage to take smart risks. We recognize that inventors and innovators come from a diversity of backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences and will look for creativity across a broad array of academic programs and research departments. Examples of such programs include, but are not limited to environmental science and conservation, oceanography, biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, neuroscience, public health, rehabilitation sciences and gerontology.
  • UPDATE: Limited Submission: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation “Moore Inventor Fellows”

    Slots: 2 LOI: February 8, 2017, 5pm PT. What is due is the following: A. Name of nominee B. Nominee institutional, department and contact information C. Statement of the institution’s plan to assure that the nominee has at least 25% of their time to devote to their invention and $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work Internal Deadline: December 16, 2016, 5pm External Deadline: March 1, 2017, 5pm PT 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: Each host institution will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work. This can be “in kind” as released time or access to special facilities for which there is normally a charge. We expect each fellow will be personally engaged in pursuing their invention and we require each fellow to devote at least 25 percent of their own time to their invention. Fellows may use the grant funds to support their own salary to create this opportunity. They may also hire undergraduate, graduate assistants or postdoctoral scholars and purchase services, equipment, or supplies. Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants. Be sure to click ‘Limited Submissions – Moore’ from the list of available options. Materials to submit: • Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.), explaining how applicant has demonstrated an exceptional academic record and also doing work that is leading to impactful inventions. • CV – (5 pages maximum) • Letter of Support Link to Award: https://www.moore.org/initiative-strategy-detail?initiativeId=moore-inventor-fellows. FAQs: https://www.moore.org/article-detail?newsUrlName=inventorsfaqsWho May Serve as PI: Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff at eligible institutions. Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the advanced terminal degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.). 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.
  • NSF-17-522: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)

    Slots: One LOI: Not required Internal Deadline: December 22, 2016, 5pm Preliminary Proposal Deadline: February 14, 2017, 5pm PST Full Proposal Deadline: May 16, 2017, 5pm PST Award Information: Type: Standard Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 25 Anticipated Amount: Up to $300,000 per award. Who May Serve as PI: The PI must hold a permanent position at the lead institution. The PI must have experience in leading distributed teams and organizations. Collaboration for impact in STEM relevant activities is desirable but not required. Additional Information: A preliminary proposal is required for NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots. All proposers must submit a preliminary proposal that outlines the major goals of the project including the components described below. • Cover Sheet • Title of Proposed Project • Project Summary (1 page) • Project Description (5 pages) o Personnel (1 page) o Project (4 pages) • For more information, see Section V-A in the ‘Link to Award.’ Purpose: NSF INCLUDES aims to mobilize communities concerned with both broadening participation and STEM opportunities to bring renewed focus and effective collaboration to optimizing diversity possibilities across and within STEM fields at scale. This initiative will leverage investments from NSF programs and projects focused on broadening participation and build on lessons learned, promising practices, and proven mechanisms for achieving success. NSF INCLUDES will fund new models, networks, partnerships, technical capabilities, and research that lead to measurable progress in diversity and inclusion in STEM and have the ability to expand to the national level. The multi-year strategies of NSF INCLUDES are to: 1. Develop a multi-year plan for a NSF INCLUDES National Network (NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots, Alliances, and a National Backbone organization[10]) by supporting partnerships and networks that may be local/regional, discipline specific or crosscutting multi-stakeholder efforts. 2. Support stakeholders, including those from specific STEM disciplines, as they identify and develop a set of shared goals and objectives, which are essential for success in achieving inclusion in high-quality opportunities that foster learning, involvement, engagement and workforce participation in STEM. 3. Support research-informed activities to synthesize and build the research base to define and measure broadening participation efforts, foster the spread and adaptation of proven effective practices, and increase the knowledge base around new and innovative strategies to engage under served populations in STEM.
  • PAR-16-361: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

    Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. 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: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate students: to provide research experiences and related training. Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques.
  • PAR-16-361: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

    Slots: One LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: February 27, 2017, 5pm PDT External Deadline: May 25, 2017, 5pm PDT Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH eligibility requirements. Purpose: The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate students: to provide research experiences and related training. Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques. NIGMS provides leadership in supporting interventions at important stages throughout the educational process, including the RISE Program. The RISE Program provides institutions the resources to support and train underrepresented, STEM-oriented students, who upon completion of their undergraduate degree are likely to successfully complete a Ph.D. program in a biomedical science field relevant to the NIH. Underrepresentation of certain groups in science, technology and engineering fields increases throughout the training stages. For example, students from certain racial and ethnic groups, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, currently comprise ~39% of the college age population (Census Bureau), but earn only ~17% of bachelor’s degrees and ~7% of the Ph.D.s in the biological sciences (NSF, 2015). Active interventions are required to prevent the loss of talent at each level of educational advancement. For example, a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recommended support of programs to retain underrepresented undergraduate science, technology, engineering and math students as a means to effectively build a diverse and competitive scientific workforce (PCAST Report, 2012).
  • NSF-17-522: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)

    Slots: One LOI: Not required Internal Deadline: December 22, 2016, 5pm Preliminary Proposal Deadline: February 14, 2017, 5pm PST Full Proposal Deadline: May 16, 2017, 5pm PST Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 24 Anticipated Amount: UP to $300,000 per award. 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) Purpose: NSF INCLUDES aims to mobilize communities concerned with both broadening participation and STEM opportunities to bring renewed focus and effective collaboration to optimizing diversity possibilities across and within STEM fields at scale. This initiative will leverage investments from NSF programs and projects focused on broadening participation and build on lessons learned, promising practices, and proven mechanisms for achieving success. NSF INCLUDES will fund new models, networks, partnerships, technical capabilities, and research that lead to measurable progress in diversity and inclusion in STEM and have the ability to expand to the national level. The multi-year strategies of NSF INCLUDES are to: Develop a multi-year plan for a NSF INCLUDES National Network (NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots, Alliances, and a National Backbone organization[10]) by supporting partnerships and networks that may be local/regional, discipline specific or crosscutting multi-stakeholder efforts. Support stakeholders, including those from specific STEM disciplines, as they identify and develop a set of shared goals and objectives, which are essential for success in achieving inclusion in high-quality opportunities that foster learning, involvement, engagement and workforce participation in STEM. Support research-informed activities to synthesize and build the research base to define and measure broadening participation efforts, foster the spread and adaptation of proven effective practices, and increase the knowledge base around new and innovative strategies to engage underserved populations in STEM.
  • Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

    Slots: One LOI: January 4, 2017 (with biosketch), 4pm CST Internal Deadline: November 4, 2016, 5pm PDT External Deadline: March 22, 2017, 4pm CST Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 10 Anticipated Amount: $80,000 Foundation anticipates the Seed Grant Program will fund a total of $800,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. The first grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant Acceptance Form (June 2017). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2018). Cost Sharing: 100% of the Seed Grant funds must be utilized for direct costs. Purpose: The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants. The purpose of our program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources.
  • NSF-17-524: Management and Operation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)

    Slots: 1 as Lead Awardee; no limit as a subawardee. LOI: January 18, 2017, 5pm PT Internal Deadline: December 16, 2016, 5pm PT External Deadline: April 17, 2017, 5pm PT Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement Estimated Number of Awards: 1 Anticipated Amount: $221,000,000 ($44 million for each year of operation) Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants The OOI consists of an integrated network of cabled and uncabled arrays of instrumentation distributed in various coastal and global ocean locations. Data flow is enabled by an integrated system of hardware and software (“cyberinfrastructure”) that receives, processes, and broadly distributes measurements from over 800 instruments in the fixed and mobile locations comprising the observatory. The OOI is designed to accommodate new instruments to support future work proposed by the user community. This solicitation seeks the services of a qualified organization or consortium, through a Cooperative Agreement, to provide technical management and, in partnership with an independent board, scientific management and operation of the OOI. The Awardee will work closely with NSF and the scientific community to ensure that OOI capabilities support, sustain, and advance frontier science within available resources. Also, the Awardee will plan and execute a viable, coherent, and inclusive program to support multi-user research and education, consistent with guidance and independent oversight provided by the scientific community. Through this solicitation, NSF-OCE intends to support Management and Operation of the OOI facility within available resources while maximizing its benefits for the scientific community and other stakeholders. The effort includes a 5-year base performance period with an option for an additional 5 years. Work will be performed in accordance with the prospective Cooperative Agreement and each year’s approved Annual Work Plan (AWP). AWPs to manage and operate all facets of the OOI will include a detailed budget for each task element described below, itemized by expected costs of salaries and fringe benefits, travel, supplies, shipping, communication, ship operations, other contractual services, equipment, other direct costs, etc. The AWP will be consistent with Sea Change recommendations as well as NSF’s reply to Sea Change, and will be capped at a not-to-exceed amount of $44M per year, for each of the 5 years. The Awardee will ensure that planning, executing, and reporting of science operations of the OOI integrates the requirements of NSF with the needs of the associated scientific community and associated stakeholders.
  • PAR-16-361: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

    Slots: One LOI: N/A Internal Deadline: February 27, 2017, 5pm PDT External Deadline: May 25, 2017, 5pm PDT Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Purpose: The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate students: to provide research experiences and related training. Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques. NIGMS provides leadership in supporting interventions at important stages throughout the educational process, including the RISE Program. The RISE Program provides institutions the resources to support and train underrepresented, STEM-oriented students, who upon completion of their undergraduate degree are likely to successfully complete a Ph.D. program in a biomedical science field relevant to the NIH. Under representation of certain groups in science, technology and engineering fields increases throughout the training stages. For example, students from certain racial and ethnic groups, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, currently comprise ~39% of the college age population (Census Bureau), but earn only ~17% of bachelor’s degrees and ~7% of the Ph.D.s in the biological sciences (NSF, 2015). Active interventions are required to prevent the loss of talent at each level of educational advancement. For example, a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recommended support of programs to retain underrepresented undergraduate science, technology, engineering and math students as a means to effectively build a diverse and competitive scientific workforce (PCAST Report, 2012).
  • NSF-17-522: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)

    Slots: One LOI: Not required Internal Deadline: December 22, 2016, 5pm Preliminary Proposal Deadline: February 14, 2017, 5pm PST Full Proposal Deadline: May 16, 2017, 5pm PST Award Information: Type: Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 24 Anticipated Amount: UP to $300,000 per award. Cost Sharing: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. 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://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17522/nsf17522.htm Who May Serve as PI: The PI must hold a permanent position at the lead institution. The PI must have experience in leading distributed teams and organizations. Collaboration for impact in STEM relevant activities is desirable but not required. Additional Information: A preliminary proposal is required for NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots. All proposers must submit a preliminary proposal that outlines the major goals of the project including the components described below. Cover Sheet Title of Proposed Project Project Summary (1 page) Project Description (5 pages) Personnel (1 page) Project (4 pages) For more information, see Section V-A in the ‘Link to Award.’ Purpose: NSF INCLUDES aims to mobilize communities concerned with both broadening participation and STEM opportunities to bring renewed focus and effective collaboration to optimizing diversity possibilities across and within STEM fields at scale. This initiative will leverage investments from NSF programs and projects focused on broadening participation and build on lessons learned, promising practices, and proven mechanisms for achieving success. NSF INCLUDES will fund new models, networks, partnerships, technical capabilities, and research that lead to measurable progress in diversity and inclusion in STEM and have the ability to expand to the national level. The multi-year strategies of NSF INCLUDES are to: Develop a multi-year plan for a NSF INCLUDES National Network (NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots, Alliances, and a National Backbone organization[10]) by supporting partnerships and networks that may be local/regional, discipline specific or crosscutting multi-stakeholder efforts. Support stakeholders, including those from specific STEM disciplines, as they identify and develop a set of shared goals and objectives, which are essential for success in achieving inclusion in high-quality opportunities that foster learning, involvement, engagement and workforce participation in STEM. Support research-informed activities to synthesize and build the research base to define and measure broadening participation efforts, foster the spread and adaptation of proven effective practices, and increase the knowledge base around new and innovative strategies to engage underserved populations in STEM.
  • Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program