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Funding Opportunities Roundup, Dec. 18

Whitehall Foundation: Basic Research in Neurobiology

The Whitehall Foundation, through its program of grants and grants-in-aid, assists scholarly research in the life sciences. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: Invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.

For more information, please visit: http://whitehall.org/about/

The deadline for the mandatory Letter of Intent is January 15, 2016.


National Endowment for the Humanities Planning Grants

This grant program supports projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). Planning grants are used to refine the content, format, and interpretive approach of a humanities project; develop the project’s preliminary design; test project components; and conduct audience evaluation.

More information.

The deadline for proposals is January 13, 2016.


Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2016

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2016 opportunity:
“This Funding Opportunity Announcement combines early-stage topics (Innovations) with later-stage, roadmap-driven topics (Frontiers) that complement the core funding provided by the program. Because of their different focuses (Innovations: early-stage; Frontier: later-stage, roadmap-driven), this FOA is divided into two sections; an Innovations and a Frontiers section with an additional optional Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) supplement. Applications for a BUILD Supplement cannot be submitted as standalone applications.”

INNOVATIONS section:
Topic 1: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings
Topic 2: Human-in-the-Loop Sensor & Control Systems
Topic 3: Infiltration Diagnostic Technologies

FRONTIERS section:
Topic 4: Plug and Play Sensor Systems
Topic 5: Advanced Air-Sealing Technologies for Existing Buildings

FOA Webinar Information:

Please register for BENEFIT 2016 FOA – Introduction on December 21, 2015 2:00 PM EST at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8715391438828356098
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please register for BENEFIT 2016 FOA – Full Applications on March 14, 2016 2:00 PM EDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9049947538484352769
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

For more information, please see the EERE site: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/


NSF Opportunities

Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) NSF 16-519

The goals of this program are to: (1) foster an interdisciplinary research community of engineers, computer and computational scientists and social and behavioral scientists, that creates new approaches and engineering solutions for the design and operation of infrastructures as processes and services; (2) enhance the understanding and design of interdependent critical infrastructure systems (ICIs) and processes that provide essential goods and services despite disruptions and failures from any cause, natural, technological, or malicious; (3) create the knowledge for innovation in ICIs so that they safely, securely, and effectively expand the range of goods and services they enable; and (4) improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which they deliver existing goods and services. Successful proposals are expected to study multiple infrastructures focusing on them as interdependent systems that deliver services, enabling a new interdisciplinary paradigm in infrastructure research. To meet the interdisciplinary criterion, proposals must broadly integrate across engineering, computer, information and computational science, and the social, behavioral and economic sciences.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 25 to 25

Anticipated Funding Amount: Type 1 awards: Up to $500,000 over two years; Type 2 awards: up to $2.5 million over three to four years

Full Proposal Deadline: Mar. 9, 2016


Ideas Lab: Measuring “Big G” Challenge NSF 16-520

Ideas Labs are intensive meetings focused on finding innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab organized by the Physics Division of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF), in collaboration with experts in the field, is to facilitate the development of new experiments designed to measure Newton’s gravitational constant G with relative uncertainties approaching or surpassing one part in 100,000. The aspiration is that mixing researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds will engender fresh thinking and innovative approaches that will provide a fertile ground for new ideas on how to measure G that can be used to validate and extend current calculations.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 1 to 5

Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $2 million, total

Preliminary Proposal Deadline: May 16, 2016


GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD) NSF 16-516

Ideas Labs are intensive workshops focused on finding innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab is to facilitate the design, pilot implementation, and evaluation of innovative professional development curricula that can unleash the potential of geoscientists with interests in broadening participation to become impactful leaders within the community. The expectation is that mixing geoscientists with experts in broadening participation research, behavioral change, social psychology, institutional change management, leadership development research, and pedagogies for professional development will not only engender fresh thinking and innovative approaches for preparing and empowering geoscientists as change agents for increasing diversity, but will also produce experiments that contribute to the research base regarding leader and leadership development.. The Ideas Lab will be held March 20-24, 2016 in the Washington, DC metro region. Promising approaches developed through the Ideas Lab process will be submitted as full proposals from invited participants.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 3-5

Anticipated Funding Amount: $400,000 for up to three years

Preliminary Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016


National Robotics Initiative, NSF 16-517

The NSF is seeking applicants for the multiagency-supported National Robotics Initiative, NSF 16-517. The initiative’s goal is:

“to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside or cooperatively with people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots working in symbiotic relationships with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).”

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement or contract vehicles as determined by the supporting agency

Estimated Number of Awards: 25 to 70 per year, subject to availability of funds

Anticipated Funding Amount: $30,000,000 to $50,000,000 per year, subject to availability of funds

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): March 07, 2016 January 12, 2017 Second Thursday in January, Annually Thereafter


NIH Opportunities

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  • NIH U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Collaborative Research (R01) (RFA-AI-16-006)
  • NIH High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10) (PAR-16-053)
  • NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10) (PAR-16-054)
  • NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Short Courses in Neurotherapeutics Development (R25) (RFA-NS-16-017)
  • NCI Innovative Molecular and Cellular Analysis Technologies for Basic and Clinical Cancer Research (R21) (RFA-CA-16-001)
  • NCI Advanced Development and Validation of Emerging Molecular and Cellular Analysis Technologies for Basic and Clinical Cancer Research (R33) (RFA-CA-16-002)
  • NHLBI Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) (R35) (RFA-HL-16-024)
  • NHLBI Early Investigator Award (EIA) (R35) (RFA-HL-16-025)
  • NIBIB / NIMHD Development and Translation of Medical Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities (SBIR) (R43/R44) (RFA-EB-16-001)
  • NIDA Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Drug Abuse Research (R21) (PAR-16-055)
  • NIDCD Early Career Research (ECR) Award (R21) (PAR-16-057)
  • NIDDK Improving Diabetes Management in Pre-teens, Adolescents and/or Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (DP3) (RFA-DK-16-001)
  • NIDDK Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Type 1 Diabetes Management in Adults (DP3) (RFA-DK-16-002)
  • NIDDK Improving Diabetes Management in Children with Type 1 Diabetes (DP3) (RFA-DK-16-003)
  • NIMH Applied Research Toward Zero Suicide Healthcare Systems (R01) (RFA-MH-16-800)

Limited Submissions

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There are no limited submissions this week.


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