Weekly Funding Opportunities

December 10, 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:

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant:

Two new funding opportunities have been announced for original research projects addressing critical issues in the Great Lakes region and in other coastal areas affected by management activities in the Midwest.

The first request for proposals seeks research related to IISG core topic areas. Particular attention will be giving to projects within the following themes:

  • Reducing nutrient and chemical contamination of aquatic systems.
  • Forecasting and decision tools for effective environmental management.
  • Barriers to implementing practices that lessen anthropogenic impacts.

PIs from both Illinois and Indiana are eligible for this call.

IISG has also partnered with Wisconsin Sea Grant to fund projects that will help improve coastal community resiliency to severe weather events. Proposals for this special joint call should:

  • Increase resilience of Lake Michigan coastal communities to severe weather events.
  • Advance risk-based weather forecasts and communication for the Great Lakes region.

Eligible projects will include at least one researcher from Illinois or Indiana and one from Wisconsin.

For both calls, researchers can request as much as $100,000 per year for up to two years. Research should take place during the 2016-2017 biennium. For full consideration, all PIs must submit a pre-proposal by 5:00 pm CST (6:00 pm EST) on January 20, 2015.

Read the full RFPs at the links above for more information on project and application requirements. Additional questions can be sent to Carolyn Foley (cfoley@purdue.edu) or Tomas Hook (thook@purdue.edu).

Increasing College Opportunity Through Improved Mathematics Success in the First Two Years of College

Students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM-related careers have challenges moving ahead unless they have successful experiences in mathematics in their first one or two years of college1. The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pursuing a multi-faceted approach to funding efforts to help us understand and improve learning in mathematics to support college success. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) highlights funding opportunities for innovative, early-stage work to improve success in mathematics in the first two years of college. This includes studies on ways to improve the learning of the content of developmental mathematics, independent of setting, and design and development work on interventions and tools, including technology-enhanced learning approaches.

Researchers are invited to submit supplemental funding requests for existing awards; to use the EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) funding mechanism, which supports exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches; or submit proposals for conferences to support the following types of activities:

  • design and development work to pilot innovations with high impact potential for helping students learn the mathematics generally taught in the first two years of both 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions
  • conferences in 2015 on using research to improve student success in the mathematics generally taught in the first two years in the first two years of college.

Mechanisms of Support:

Proposers may request supplemental funding to existing awards, Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) funding, or funding for conferences:

  • Proposers may immediately submit a request for supplemental funding to any existing EHR awards with an end date beyond fiscal year 2015 by prefixing the title with “MATH: Supplement. Additional information about requesting supplemental support is contained in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Part II: Award and Administration Guide (AAG), Chapter I.E.4 available at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=aag.
  • Researchers may also immediately submit EAGER proposals to programs in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources and prefix the title with “MATH: EAGER:” Proposals must conform to the guidelines for preparation of EAGER proposals (including the requirement to discuss with a program officer prior to submission) as specified in the PAPPG Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), Chapter II.D.2 available at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg.
  • Researchers may also immediately submit conference proposals to programs in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources and prefix the title with “MATH: CONFERENCE:” Instructions for preparing proposals for conferences can be found in the GPG, Chapter II.D.9 available at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg.

Questions should be addressed to: MathDCL@NSF.gov. This DCL is expected to be in effect from December 4, 2014, through May 1, 2015. All proposals should be submitted by May 1, 2015.

Steel Innovation Opportunities:

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.

Healthcare Funding Opportunities:

Smart and Connected Health (SCH): The goal of the Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Program is to accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches that would support the much needed transformation of healthcare from reactive and hospital-centered to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on well-being rather than disease.

Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology (IT) (R21): The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund exploratory and developmental research grants that will contribute to the evidence base of how health IT improves health care quality.  This FOA supports the use of a wide variety of research designs in order to generate information regarding the design and development, implementation, use, or impact of health IT on quality.  Depending on the research design and intent of the project, applicants may receive support for: (1) pilot and feasibility or self-contained health IT research projects; (2) secondary data analysis of health IT research; or (3) economic (prospective or retrospective) analyses of a health IT project.  

Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program: NIFA requests applications for the Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grant Program for fiscal year (FY) 2014 to address the needs of rural Americans by providing health promotion activities. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2014 is approximately $1.4 million.

NIMHD Academic Research Enhancement Award: Enhancing Health Disparities Research at Undergraduate Institutions (R15):   The NIMHD encourages institutions that are eligible to apply for support through the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) program to submit applications for innovative research projects focused on minority health and health disparities. Awards are intended to support small-scale projects proposed by faculty members at eligible institutions to expose students to meritorious research and to strengthen the research environment of participating institutions. This initiative also seeks to stimulate interest in health disparities research careers among undergraduate students through hands-on participation in original research.

 


Selected Funding Opportunities

NSF Mechanics of Materials and Structures (MOMS)  This program supports fundamental research in mechanics as related to the behavior of deformable solid materials and respective structures under internal and external actions. A diverse and interdisciplinary spectrum of research is supported with emphasis on research that leads to advances in i) theory, experimental, and/or computational methods in mechanics, and/or ii) uses contemporary mechanics methods to address modern challenges in materials and structures. Deadline: February 17 

NSF Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE) The IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and extreme events upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Deadline: February 17

NSF Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM) The GEM Program combines and replaces the Geotechnical Engineering Program and the Geomechanics and Geomaterials Program. This new Program supports fundamental research in soil and rock mechanics and dynamics in support of physical civil infrastructure systems. Also supported is research on improvement of the engineering properties of geologic materials by mechanical, biological, thermal, chemical, and electrical processes. Deadline: February 17

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Increasing College Opportunity Through Improved Mathematics Success in the First Two Years of College  This DCL highlights funding opportunities for innovative, early-stage work to improve success in mathematics in the first two years of college. This includes studies on ways to improve the learning of the content of developmental mathematics, independent of setting, and design and development work on interventions and tools, including technology-enhanced learning approaches. Proposers may request supplemental funding to existing awards, Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) funding, or funding for conferences.  Deadline: May 1

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans (MPS-GRSV) The Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the NSF is now accepting supplemental requests to support one (additional) Ph.D. student per award, as long as the graduate student is a United States Veteran. Supplemental requests may be submitted at any time.

NIH-NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01) This FOA provides salary and research support for a sustained period of “protected time” for intensive cancer research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor, or sponsor. The award is available for career development of individuals from groups nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. Deadline: February 12

NIH-NCI Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K23) The purpose of this award is to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented cancer research. The award is available for career development of individuals with a health professional doctoral degree and are from groups nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. Deadline: February 12

NIH High Priority Immunology Grants (R01) The goal of this FOA is to augment the maintenance and growth of the NIAID portfolio of investigator-initiated R01 grants in fundamental immunology. It seeks to address a decline in NIAID immunology R01 applications and awards that has occurred in the past several fiscal years. Deadline: February 5

NIH Innovative Measures of Oral Medication Adherence for HIV Treatment and Prevention (R01) The purpose of this FOA is to solicit innovative research applications that seek to advance the development of bioanalytical assays, pill ingestion sensors, drug metabolite and taggant detection systems, or wireless technologic approaches for monitoring and improving adherence to oral antiretroviral therapy and pre-exposure prophylaxis. Deadline: March 25

NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP) Replication Phase Analysis Studies (U01)  This FOA invites applications specific to targeted sequencing, genotyping, and data analysis in the Replication Phase of the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project. Deadline: June 3

HHS-CDC Research to Evaluate the CDC Heads Up Concussion Initiative in Youth Sports (U01) The purpose of this funding announcement is to rigorously evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of CDC’s Heads Up concussion education and awareness materials (e.g., training, toolkits) used by youth sports organizations (leagues, clubs) or high school sports. A secondary purpose is to evaluate whether rule and practice changes in sports can complement the effects of education and awareness efforts. LOI due January 12; Application due February 24.

HHS-CDC Evaluating Innovative and Promising Strategies to Prevent Suicide among Middle-Aged Men (U01) The purpose of this announcement is to support research to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of innovative and promising programs or policies to prevent suicidal self-directed violence and reduce proximal outcomes among middle-aged males, ages 35-64. The results from this research will expand the evidence base of effective and scalable suicide prevention strategies for middle-aged men. LOI due January 26; Application due March 5.

DOE ARPA-E Micro-Scale Optimized Solar-Cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC) The MOSAIC Program will fund potentially disruptive technologies and related system concepts to achieve new performance and cost benchmarks for solar-electric generation from photovoltaics (PV). Specifically, MOSAIC will develop novel concepts that integrate arrays of high-performance micro-scale concentrated PV elements into modules that are similar in profile and cost to traditional non-concentrated “flat-plate” PV, but achieve the performance level associated with conventional Concentrated Photovoltaics. Realization of the aggressive targets of MOSAIC will require the formation of R&D teams from several communities, including material scientists, electrical and packaging engineers, optical engineers, micro-scale manufacturing specialists, and researchers in polymers and opto-electronics. Concept papers due January 22; Invited applications due upon request. 

DOD-AFRL Bioeffects Assessments to Prevent Airman Degradation and for Augmenting Performance (BAPADAP)  The objectives of this research include innovative research in the key fields associated with the following three main program areas which are part of the Molecular Bioeffects Branch mission: 1) Aerospace Toxicology, 2) Nanotoxicology and Nano-bioeffects, and 3) Molecular Cognition.  In addition, there are three technical group areas: 1) Predictive (PBPK) Modeling, 2) Biomarker Discovery and Assay Development, and 3) Analytical and Biomarker Discovery Chemistry. Deadline: January 23 

NASA-ROSES Severe Storm Research This program element seeks investigations that use measurements acquired from the vantage point of space to: 1) Conduct basic research on the formation and intensification of severe storms that lead to the formation of tornados; and 2) Assess if satellite-based products, coupled with advanced algorithms and models, can result in more accurate forecasts and warnings. NOI due January 23; Proposals due March 3.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Funding Two opportunities are now available.  Read the full RFPs at the previous link for more information on project and application requirements. Additional questions can be sent to Carolyn Foley (cfoley@purdue.edu) or Tomas Hook (thook@purdue.edu). The preproposals for both programs are due January 20.

  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant RFP (FY16-17) This program seeks research related to IISG core topic areas
  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Wisconsin Sea Grant Joint RFP (FY16-17) IISG has partnered with Wisconsin Sea Grant to fund projects that will help improve coastal community resiliency to severe weather events. Eligible projects will include at least one researcher from Illinois or Indiana and one from Wisconsin.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Special Solicitation in Two Childhood Obesity Prevention Areas: Healthy Food Retail and Early Care & Education  The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities. This call for proposals focuses on childhood obesity prevention efforts in two settings: Healthy Food Retail and Early Care & Education.  Concept papers due January 7; Invited proposals due March 4. 

The Health Effects Institute The Health Effects Institute (HEI) has issued its Fall 2014 Research Agenda, which includes the following RFAs:

  • Assessing Health Effects of Long-term Exposure to Low Levels of Ambient Air Pollution  Preliminary applications due February 16; Invited applications due July 13.
  • Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award  LOIs due March 2; Full applications due April 6.

 


Limited Submission

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

Limited Submission: St. Baldrick’s Foundation (PDF link)  The St. Baldrick’s Foundation works hard to make the biggest impact possible in childhood cancer research.  Current funding priorities are focused on: New discovery research; Translational research and early phase clinical trials; Phase III clinical trials and infrastructure support of participating institutions (primarily the fall grant cycle); and Education of new pediatric oncology researchers. In addition to research to understand the biology of childhood cancers and discover leads to more effective treatments, topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Adolescents and young adults; Survivorship, outcomes and quality of life; Supportive care; Epidemiologic studies; and Alternative therapies.  For the Spring Grant Cycle, the Foundation offers the following funding opportunities: Fellows, Scholars, Research Grants, Supportive Care Research Grants, Consortium Research Grants, and Summer Fellows.  Purdue may submit only one application per funding category, with the exception of the Research Grant Category in which we may submit two applications.

Internal Deadline: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by December 22 stating to which program you intend to apply. 

Sponsor Deadlines: Letters of Intent due January 30; Applications due April 3.

 

Limited Submission: HHS-CDC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (T42)  NIOSH is mandated to provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Education and Research Centers (ERCs) are one of the principal means for meeting this mandate. ERCs are academic institutions that provide interdisciplinary graduate training and continuing education in the core occupational safety and health areas of industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine residency, occupational safety, as well as other closely related occupational safety and health fields.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Internal deadline:  Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by December 15

Sponsor deadline: January 15

 


Other

NIH UPDATE: New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grants Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or After May 25, 2015 This notice supersedes the previous notice regarding the updated biosketch component to provide some latitude in transition.  NIH and AHRQ encourage applicants to use the newly published biosketch format for all grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015, and will require use of the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015. 

Implementing the Modified NIH Biosketch Format – NIH Rock Talk article

NIH Modification to Guidance on Marking Changes in Resubmission Applications

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Information on the Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) Program within the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)

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