Weekly Funding Opportunities

July 16, 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:

Selected Funding Opportunities

NIH Blood Pressure Measuring Technologies for Low-Resource Settings in the US and India (UO1)  The purpose of this FOA is to solicit research leading to the development of new blood-pressure measurement technologies for rapid, minimally intrusive, flexible monitoring and management of hypertension in underserved populations. These technologies must be noninvasive and minimally obtrusive. They should be usable in public areas for high-throughput screening, and/or be designed for individual use by untrained individuals in their own homes or regional healthcare settings. Deadline:  September 26

NIH Specialized Alcohol Research Centers (P50)  The overall purpose of the NIAAA Alcohol Research Center program is to provide leadership in conducting and fostering interdisciplinary, collaborative research on a wide variety of topics relevant to the Institute’s mission. These topics include, but are not limited to: the nature, etiology, genetics, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of alcohol use disorders and their biomedical, psychosocial, and economic consequences across the lifespan. Deadlines:  November 3 – LOI; December 3 – Application.

HHS-NCI Outstanding Investigator Award (R35) This program seeks to provide long-term support to experienced investigators with outstanding records of cancer research productivity who propose to conduct exceptional research. The research projects should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications that may lead to a breakthrough that will advance biomedical, behavioral, or clinical cancer research. Deadlines:  September 20 – LOI; October 20 – Application.

NIH Discovery of in vivo Chemical Probes (RO1) This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) intends to support investigators who have interest and capability to join efforts for the discovery of in vivo chemical probes. It is expected that applicants will have in hand the starting compounds (“validated hits”) for chemical optimization and bioassays for testing new analog compounds.  Through this FOA, NIH wishes to stimulate research in 1) discovery and development of novel, small molecules for their potential use in studying disease treatment relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes, and 2) discovery and/or validation of novel, biological targets that will inform studies of disease mechanisms. Emphasis will be placed on projects that provide new insight into important disease targets and processes.  Deadline: October 5.

NIH Aging and Neuromuscular Junctions (RO1)  The purpose of this FOA is to encourage cross-disciplinary research to investigate the mechanisms underlying age-related declines in neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) as a functional unit of nerve and muscle, and explore potential avenues for maintaining the NMJs during aging or reversing the age-dependent loss in function of the NMJs using model organisms.  Deadline:  January 29, 2015.

NIH Pilot Centers for Precision Disease Modeling (U54)  The goal of the Centers is to support collaborative research projects that link current personalized medicine efforts in human subjects with advances in animal genomics and technologies for genetic manipulation and creation of interspecies somatic hybrids. Functionally linking these areas of research will produce programs to enhance the predictive value of pre-clinical studies based on the use of precision animal models. Centers will establish demonstration pipelines for pre-clinical scientific discovery, disease modeling, and development of interventions based on innovative animal models. These preclinical pipelines eventually will be an integral part of diagnostics, care and therapeutic treatment of patients.  Deadline:  October 1.

NSF Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazard SEES) This program seeks to: (1) advance understanding of the fundamental processes associated with specific natural hazards and technological hazards linked to natural phenomena, and their interactions; (2) better understand the causes, interdependences, impacts, and cumulative effects of these hazards on individuals, the natural and built environment, and society as a whole; and (3) improve capabilities for forecasting or predicting hazards, mitigating their effects, and enhancing the capacity to respond to and recover from resultant disasters. The overarching goal of Hazards SEES is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts in hazards-related science and engineering in order to reduce the impact of hazards, enhance the safety of society, and contribute to sustainability. Deadlines:  September 26 – LOI (required); November 28 – Proposal.

USDA-NIFA Military Families Learning Network  NIFA requests applications to develop an efficient and effective platform to 1) accomplish workforce development including professional development and 2) build capacity at the local level to meet the needs of military families and the individuals who serve them.  The Military Families Learning Network will build new and/or enhance existing engaged communities that connect military family service professionals with unbiased, research and evidence-based programming using online and digital technologies and innovations. Deadline:  August 8.

NASA Human Exploration Research Opportunities  This program solicits applied research in support of NASA’s Human Research Program. The HRP contains six Elements: Space Radiation, Human Health and Countermeasures, Exploration Medical Capability, Behavioral Health and Performance, Space Human Factors and Habitability, and International Space Station Medical Project. Fourteen disciplines or areas support the Program: Behavioral Health and Performance, Bone, Cardiovascular, Extravehicular Activity, Immunology, Medical Capabilities, Muscle, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Radiation, Sensorimotor, Advanced Food Technology, Advanced Environmental Health, and Space Human Factors Engineering. Awards generally range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to $450K per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of scientific hardware). Deadline:  varies.

DOE Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives  The objective of this FOA is to create and implement high impact and highly innovative approaches to increase the acceptance and deployment of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs).  This will be accomplished in part by funding three different Areas of Interest (AOI) which focus on: AFV-use demonstrations via hands-on experiences, safety-related training, and emergency preparedness.  Cost share is required although the amount varies depending the AOI. Deadlines:  August 1 – Concept paper; October 1 – Full application.

DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office Wide  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Information Innovation Office (I2O). I2O explores game-changing technologies in the fields of information science and technology to anticipate and create rapid shifts in the complex national security landscape.  The I2O portfolio covers a broad space, investigating enterprise networks, secure communications, industrial systems, and purpose-built military systems. I2O is also pursuing information technologies to change the way we perceive and interact with our surroundings. Exponential improvements in computing power, network bandwidth and storage density combine with ever more pervasive sensing and measurement technologies to provide new and powerful ways to gain insight into the world.  Deadline:  July 15, 2015.

EPA Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications to provide training and technical assistance for small public water systems to help such systems achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and to provide training and technical assistance for small publicly-owned wastewater systems, communities served by onsite/decentralized wastewater systems, and private well owners to improve water quality under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Training and technical assistance activities provided to these systems, communities and private well owners should be made available nationally in rural and urban communities and to personnel of tribally-owned and operated systems. Deadline:  September 2.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Deadline:  September 19.

Limited Submission

Letters of intent, preproposals, and rankings to the EVPRP should be e-mailed to EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu. Purdue’s open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and template for letters of intent may be found at http://www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/rschdev/lsid1.php. For any case in which the number of internal letters of intent received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the EVPRP will notify the PI that an internal preproposal will be unnecessary.

Limited Submission:  NIST Community Resilience Center of Excellence Program  Through this center, NIST researchers collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers from academia and industry on development of tools and standardized methods that will enhance the disaster resilience of communities and their built environment through innovations in measurement science and in new modeling, simulation, data, and informatics tools coupled with field studies of multiple hazard events.  Funding is approximately $4M/year for up to five years, with a possible five year renewal.

Applicants may proposal a single institution center or a consortium.  Purdue can submit only one proposal as lead of a center. 

Internal deadlines: 
July 28 – Preproposal due to EVPRP
August 4 – Reviewer rankings due to EVPRP

Agency deadline:  September 12

Limited Submission:  Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research.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. Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series in the U.S.  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.  Only two applicants from Purdue will be considered. 

Internal deadline: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by Monday, August 4

Sponsor deadline: Preliminary applications due November 3; Full applications due upon request.

Funding Resources

The EVPRP website includes a link entitled Funding Resources. This link includes sections containing Internal and External Funding Resources.  Additionally, there is a link for Search Tools and Alerts.    Those who would like assistance in setting up their Pivot E-mail funding alerts may want to take advantage of our tutorial, which may be found on the Search Tools and Alerts link.

The newest issues of Research Development and Grantwriting News are available at: http://www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/rschdev/external.php.

Another resource for corporate and foundation funding opportunities is the University Development Office.  UDO lists funding opportunities here.


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NSF FAQs for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)

NASA Request for Information Centennial Challenges Program  The Centennial Challenges program is seeking input on several potential challenges being considered for start in 2015. The purposes of this RFI are: (1) to gather feedback on the potential competitions, (2) to determine the level of interest in potentially competing in these challenges, and (3) to understand the applicability of the challenge capabilities for other non-government applications. Responses to this RFI are due by August 8.  A summary of the proposed changes follows:

NASA is considering initiation of a new Centennial Challenge competition structure for use in some of its future challenges. New challenges using the existing format would still occur. This new challenge structure would couple the traditional “unfunded open track” challenge competitions with a parallel “funded track” of competitors. Domestic institutions of higher education would be able to submit proposals for funded support of their participation in the challenge under the funded track. Unsuccessful proposers to the funded track could still participate in the unfunded open track.

NSF Grants Conference  NSF will host the first of its fiscal year 2015 Grants Conferences on October 6-7.  The event, hosted by George Washington University in Arlington, VA, will feature officials from each program directorate, administrative office, Office of General Counsel, and the Office of the Inspector General.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education  The Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM) under the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has developed a five-year strategic plan in support of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Among the strategic objectives identified in the plan is a call for broader implementation of effective instructional practices and advances in education.

OVPR Workshop  Overview of Services of the EVPRP (Research Integrity and Regulatory Affairs) and SPS  The workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for new faculty to learn more about Purdue’s policies and processes related to the development, submission, and management of research proposals.  Topics to be covered include: electronic submission and tracking systems, budget preparation and review, facilities and administration rate (F&A), industrial contracts, award management, project reporting, and research compliance, including human research subjects, animals, rDNA, financial conflicts of interest, export controls, and grant to protocol reviews. Lunch is provided so registration is required by August 14.  Register here [Opens in New Window].

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