Weekly Funding Opportunities

August 27, 2014

The weekly updates include:

PLEASE NOTE: Pivot [formerly Community of Science (COS)] E-mail Alerts, set up individually by faculty members, are Purdue’s primary resource for timely funding information in all disciplines. More information about Pivot and other E-mail alert services and search tools may be found at the bottom of this page, under “Funding Resources.”

ORGS Identified Opportunities

1. External Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) has updated the weekly funding information received from the Purdue Office of Vice President for Research on the ORGS website.

In addition, there are other funding opportunity resources such as General Search Engines and Federal Sponsors on the ORGS website. You are highly encouraged to use Pivot (formerly COS) to set up your Expertise Profile and Keywords of the Areas of Interest to setup E-Mail Alerts based on individual selection criteria.

The following funding opportunities were identified on Pivot, grants.gov, nih.gov, and nsf.gov this week:

AIST T.C. Graham Prize   Established in April 2014 with a US$100,000 donation to the Association for Iron & Steel Technology by Mr. Thomas C. Graham Sr., the purpose of the T. C. Graham Fund for Innovation In Steel Application is to sponsor an annual contest to encourage and recognize innovative applications for steel that may lead to the development of new markets. The winning entry will receive a US$20,000 cash prize. Deadline to submit this application is 31 Dec 2014.

Selected Funding Opportunities

NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections  This program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.  Deadline:  December 3.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE)  The INSPIRE pilot seeks to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research. INSPIRE projects must fill all three of the following criteria: 

  • Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary.
  • Lines of research promise transformational advances.
  • Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review.

Prospective PIs must receive approval to submit a proposal from at least two NSF Program Officers, in intellectually distinct programs, whose expertise is most germane to the proposal topics. Consultations with POs prior to submission are required in order to aid in determining the appropriateness of the work for consideration under the INSPIRE mechanism.  Deadline:  None stated.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  FY 2015 Clean Energy Technologies Funding Opportunities  The directorates of Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences are participating in clean energy technology research and education. Proposals should be submitted to the NSF program appropriate to the disciplinary area of the proposed research in accordance with the submission window and conditions of that program. Proposals are welcome from either single or multiple investigators. Interdisciplinary proposals that involve principal investigators traditionally supported by different participating divisions are encouraged.

NIH Interdisciplinary Research to Understand the Vascular Contributions to Alzheimer’s Disease (RO1)  The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support interdisciplinary research that will lead to a greater understanding of the mechanisms by which vascular factors contribute to the complex etiology of Alzheimer’s disease. This FOA encourages collaborations among experts in physiology, systems biology, neuroimaging, metabolomics and other “omics”, lipid metabolism, inflammation, epidemiology, genetics, and epigenetics,  from the fields of Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Deadline:  January 3 – LOI; February 3 – Application.

NIH Identification of Novel Targets and Pathways Mediating Weight Loss, Diabetes Resolution and Related Metabolic Disease after Bariatric Surgery in Humans (RO1)  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support applications that address the mechanisms by which novel, unexplored targets and pathways, or known targets, mediate the sustained weight loss, diabetes resolution and improvements in other obesity-related metabolic diseases reported following bariatric surgery in humans. Studies directly addressing novel mechanisms using targeted approaches are of interest and responsive to this FOA particularly those which utilize up-to-date sophisticated methodologies.  Deadline:  March 16 – LOI; April 16 – Application.

DOE Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research  DOE is seeking applications from U.S. universities, national laboratories, and industry to conduct Program Supporting (PS), Mission Supporting (MS), Program Directed (PD), and NSUF-supported nuclear energy-related research to help meet the objectives of the major NE-funded research programs.  Research consortiums may be composed of diverse institutions including academia, national laboratories, non-profit research institutes, industry/utilities, and international partners. Deadline:  October 2 – Pre-registration; February 19 – Application. 

Allen Foundation Nutrition Grants  Funding priorities: To make grants to fund relevant nutritional research; To support programs for the nutritional education and training of mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children; To assist in the training of persons to work as educators and demonstrators of good nutritional practices; To encourage the dissemination of information regarding healthful nutritional practices and habits.  Deadline: December 31. 

ASHP Foundation New Investigator Research Grant  The proposed research must focus on the advancement of pharmacy practice models and be conducted by a pharmacist new investigator. The principal investigator must be a new researcher within 5 years of completion of his/her terminal degree or postgraduate training or have professional experience greater than 5 years and no more than 2 externally funded research projects as a principal investigator.  The principal investigator must be a licensed pharmacist and multidisciplinary research teams are strongly encouraged.  Deadline:  October 3 – LOI; full applications by invite only. 

AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science  This award recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities , with a focus on interactive dialogue between the individual and a non-scientific, public audience(s).  Nominee must be a scientist or engineer actively conducting research in any scientific discipline (including social sciences and medicine) in academia, government or industry. For the purposes of this award, public engagement activities are defined as the individual’s active participation in efforts to engage with the public on science- and technology-related issues and promote meaningful dialogue between science and society.  Nomination deadline:  October 15.

Limited Submission

If interested in submitting a Limited Submission Proposal please contact Kristin Sarver at research@purduecal.edu.

Limited Submission: Dr. Scholl Foundation  Dr. Scholl provides financial assistance for projects which help to “improve our world.”  Much of their funding is targeted to programs or innovations which will be made available to the general public, especially disabled or disadvantaged groups. Although not inclusive, the foundation is interested in topics in the following areas:  Education,  Social Service, Healthcare,  Civic and Cultural, and Environmental issues.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application system-wide(main campus and regional campuses must compete together).

Internal deadlines:

Monday, September 15:  Preproposals due to the EVPRP

Monday, September 22:  Reviewer rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadline:  Applications are accepted between November 1 and March 1.


NIH Revised Policy:  Descriptions on the Use of Individual Development Plans for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers Required in Annual Progress Reports beginning on October 1, 2014

NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/DEB – US-Israel BSF International Opportunity

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