Upcoming Funding Deadlines
Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness Program
Project Description: The Open Philanthropy Project is currently accepting pre-proposals for risk assessment projects in the biosecurity and pandemic preparedness field. We are prepared to fund projects at the $25K - $1M level. The submission deadline is May 12, 2017. Since May 2016, the Open Philanthropy Project has awarded more than $25M in grants and gifts to support projects in biosecurity and pandemic preparedness. We are inviting risk assessment proposals for two key reasons. We believe that more rigorous and comprehensive risk assessment tools will help the U.S. and other countries prevent and respond to the most serious biological threats facing the world. We also want to better understand pandemic risks that could be catastrophic on a global scale so we can make informed decisions about resource allocation and maximize the impact of our grants.
Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Nodes Program
Letter of Intent: 2/09/17
Full Proposal: 5/14/17
Project Description: The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to further develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products, processes and services that benefit society. The goal of the program is to dramatically reduce the period of time necessary to bring a promising idea from its inception to widespread implementation. Through this solicitation, NSF is seeking to expand and sustain the network of Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) (hereinafter I-Corps) Nodes that work cooperatively to support the development of innovations that will benefit society. NSF plans to build upon the established National Innovation Network (consisting of I-Corps Nodes and Sites) to further support the needs for innovation research, education and training. The interconnected nodes of the network are expected to be diverse in research areas, resources, tools, programs, capabilities, and geographic locations - providing the network with the flexibility to grow or reconfigure as needs arise. I-Corps Nodes will foster understanding on how to: 1) identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value, 2) create and implement tools, resources and training activities that enhance our nation's innovation capacity, 3) gather, analyze, evaluate and utilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of those participating in regional programs and 4) share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale - to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry. In addition, Nodes must identify and are expected to implement plans for sustainable scaling of their efforts beyond the duration of NSF support.
Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program
Internal Pre-Proposal Deadline: 4/21/17
LOI Submission Deadline: 5/15/17
Proposal Deadline: 6/31/17
Project Description: Annually, the Ono Pharma Foundation will consider proposals from PIs for research that could ultimately transform human health. Although additional areas of research may be addressed in later years, in 2017-18 the Ono Pharma Foundation will only consider proposals for scientific research projects addressing one of the following two fields of science:
- Chemical Biology Research
- Oligonucleotide Medicine Research
Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering (HDR)
Workshop Proposal: 5/15/17
Project Description: To generate a true data revolution, there is a need for education and training opportunities to create teams of data scientists and disciplinary researchers that can not only work together, but also think together. Past work has shown that data science lacks maximal impact without the knowledge, involvement, and collaboration of those who have a deep understanding of the problem. NSF is seeking to encourage workshops to address the transdisciplinary education and training agenda for HDR. Workshops could explore whether there is an emerging core shared framework of data science; whether aspects of data science are discipline independent and, thus, applicable to all situations; and which aspects are discipline-specific. For each case, what is the corresponding set of education/training topics? Next-generation data scientists must work in partnerships with scientists in other areas and be equipped with a language and framework that makes these partnerships fruitful. A properly educated/trained data scientist must be aware of the general as well as the specific nature of issues in data analysis, and also be attentive to the socio-technical concerns that may arise.
Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future
Workshop Proposal: 5/15/17
RCN Proposal: 6/1/17
Project Description: Intelligent, interactive, and highly networked machines — with which people increasingly share their autonomy and agency — are a growing part of the landscape, particularly in regards to work. As automation today moves from the factory floor to knowledge and service occupations, insight and action are needed to reap the benefits in increased productivity and increased job opportunities, and to mitigate social costs. Moreover, there is currently high demand for STEM-Tech workers, those with STEM and technology training beyond a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree; simultaneously, there are many unemployed workers with this level of education, but in need of the STEM and technology training to prepare them to fill these jobs. HTF prioritizes: (1) research to understand the social and economic consequences of today's emerging technologies, and the associated educational needs; and (2) research to develop tools that shape human-technology partnerships, improve worker performance, increase career longevity and job satisfaction, and facilitate the life-long learning of new skills. NSF encourages proposals for workshops and Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) to facilitate the convergence of computer science, education, engineering, and the physical, biological, and social and behavioral sciences to define the key challenges and research imperatives of the nexus of humans, technology, and work.
PAR-14-352: The NEI Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program Award
Application Due Date: 5/15/17
Program Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage institutions to propose creative and innovative institutional research career development programs which prepare clinically-trained vision scientists for independent research careers. This initiative is intended to expand and strengthen the community of investigators engaged in clinical research. Such an increase in the number of well-trained clinical researchers is necessary to achieve a pool of scientists with contemporary, multidisciplinary expertise able to leverage recent advances in ocular genetics, therapeutics, bioengineering, and bio-behavioral research in order to enhance patient treatment and to increase scientific momentum in these fields.
Navigating the New Arctic
Workshop Proposal: 5/15/17
RCN Proposal: 6/1/17
Project Description: NSF challenges the research community to join together the diverse perspectives of physical, biological, and social and behavioral sciences with computer science, engineering, and education to define the key challenges and research imperatives facing humans and the environment in the Arctic region. NSF is seeking to encourage proposals for Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) and workshops to identify Convergence research topics relevant to social, environmental, economic, or security issues of the Arctic while advancing understanding of our planet. In addition, NSF seeks activities to advance observational capabilities directly linked to broad research questions, including improved capabilities in robust sensing and data collection technology, data analysis, and computational science. Observational platforms that involve partnerships between private and public research infrastructure based in the United States and internationally are of particular interest. Proposals that link the relevant research disciplines with the needs of northern communities (indigenous and non-indigenous), which may benefit from their explicit engagement in, and co-leadership of, the research enterprise, are particularly encouraged. RCNs and workshops are also expected, as a collateral benefit, to prepare the research community to respond more rapidly and with a Convergence focus to potential future Navigating the New Arctic funding opportunities.
RFA-MD-17-005: NIMHD Specialized Centers of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Campus Pre-Proposal Deadline: 4/7/17
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline: 4/14/17
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Program Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to establish NIMHD Centers of Excellence in eligible institutions of higher education. The purpose of this initiative is to advance the science of minority health and health disparities by conducting transdisciplinary, multi-level research in a defined thematic area and by providing research opportunities and support for post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and other investigators.
Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
Sponsor pre-proposal deadline: 2/14/17
Sponsor full proposal deadline: 5/16/17
Project Description: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to create networked relationships among organizations whose goals include developing talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce. This initiative seeks to improve collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing the preparation, increasing the participation, and ensuring the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Significant advancement in the inclusion of these groups will result in a new generation of STEM talent and leadership to secure our nation’s future and long-term economic competitiveness.
PAR-17-068: Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate - Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR)
Application Due Date: 5/24/17
Program Description: The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) program is designed to provide structured training programs to prepare high-achieving, underrepresented students for doctoral programs in biomedical research fields. Programmatic activities should include authentic research experiences, academic enhancements, skills development, and mentoring. The long-term goal of the program is to enhance the pool of underrepresented students earning baccalaureate and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical research fields and ultimately to contribute to the diversification of the nation's scientific workforce.
PAR-16-361: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement
Campus Pre-Proposal Deadline: 3/3/17
Application Due Date: 5/25/17
Project Description: The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that 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 and courses for skills development. Applicants should directly address how the set of activities will enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce by discussing 1) the rationale underlying the balance of effort and resources dedicated to each activity; 2) how the three activities integrate; and 3) objective indicators that can measure the effectiveness of the program.
PAR-15-178: Jointly Sponsored NRSA Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences
Letter of Intent Due Date: 4/25/17
Application Due Date: 5/25/17
Program Description: The Jointly Sponsored NIH Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) supports broad and fundamental research training in the neurosciences via institutional NRSA research training grants (T32) at domestic institutions of higher education. Trainees appointed to this training grant are financially supported for either one or two years, during the first 2 years of their graduate research training. The primary objective is to prepare individuals for careers in neuroscience that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Full Proposal (requiring access to Antarctica): 5/26/17
Full Proposal (except those requiring access to Antarctica): 8/23/17
Project Description: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.
PAR-16-108: Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education
Campus Pre-Proposal Deadline (past): 3/10/17
Letter of Intent Due Date: 4/28/17
Application Due Date: 5/31/17
Project Description: The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIBIB-NICHD 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 Courses for Skills Development. This FOAencourages applications from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate Biomedical Engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with Biomedical Engineering tracks/minors. This FOA mainly targets undergraduate students but may also include first-year graduate students. Courses and programs that address innovative and/or ground-breaking development, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and clinical immersion are especially encouraged.