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Funding Opportunities Roundup: July 10

Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) NSF 15-582 

This program seeks to encourage new approaches to the analysis and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public. The program is especially interested in the development of informatics tools and resources that have the potential to advance or transform research in biology supported by the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences.

The program accepts three major types of proposals:

  1. Innovation awards that seek to pioneer new approaches to the application of informatics to biological problems
  2. Development awards that seek to provide robust cyberinfrastructure that will enable transformative biological research
  3. Sustaining awards that seek to support ongoing operations and maintenance of existing cyberinfrastructure that is critical for continued advancement of priority biological research

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 20 to 30

Anticipated Funding Amount: Total of $12-15 million anticipated in FY 2016

Full Proposal Deadline: Sept. 22, 2015

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: HER) NSF 15-585

A well-prepared, innovative STEM workforce is crucial to the nation’s health and economy. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. Both priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience.

This program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The program recognizes and respects the variety of discipline-specific challenges and opportunities facing STEM faculty as they incorporate results from educational research into classroom practice and work with education research colleagues and social science learning scholars to advance understanding of effective teaching and learning. The program features two tracks:

  1. Engaged Student Learning
  2. Institutional and Community Transformation

Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (i) Exploration and Design and (ii) Development and Implementation.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 140

Anticipated Funding Amount: Total of $110 million anticipated in FY 2016

Estimated amounts per award:

Exploration and Design – up to $300,000

Development and Implementation, Level I – up to $600,000

Development and Implementation, Level II – from $601,000 up to $2,000,000

Institutional and Community Transformation: Exploration and Design – up to $300,000

Institutional and Community Transformation: Development and Implementation – up to $3,000,000

Full Proposal Deadline:

Exploration and Design Tier– Nov. 3, 2015

Development and Implementation Tiers – Jan. 13, 2016

Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SciSIP-DDRIG) NSF 15-583

This program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The program funds research to develop models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process and concern the use and allocation of scarce scientific resources.

The program welcomes proposals from individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, experimental research, and data collection and dissemination. The SciSIP program places a high priority on interdisciplinary research as well as on broadening participation and encourages proposals from junior faculty, women, other underrepresented minorities, Research Undergraduate Institutions, and EPSCoR states.

The program funds conferences and interdisciplinary research activities that strengthen research topic ideation and dissemination among the social and behavioral sciences, policy community and the larger scientific community. The Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants funding opportunity is designed to improve the quality of dissertation research, often providing funds for items not normally available through the student’s university such as enabling doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus. DDRIGs do not provide cost-of-living or other stipends or tuition. Outstanding DDRIG proposals specify how the knowledge to be created advances science and innovation policy.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 3 to 5

Anticipated Funding Amount: $100,000 pending availability of funds. Project budgets should be developed at scales appropriate for the work to be conducted. Total direct costs for SciSIP DDRIG awards may not exceed $20,000. Indirect costs are in addition to this direct cost limitation and subject to the awardee’s current Federally negotiated indirect cost rate.

Full Proposal Deadline: Sept. 29, 2015

NIH Opportunities

For more NIH Opportunities, join the UT NIH Research Community by contacting Jennifer Webster (jwebster@utk.edu) and start receiving the weekly NIH Digest.

  • NIH Direct Phase II SBIR Grants to Support Extended Development, Hardening, and Dissemination of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R44) (PAR-15-288)
  • NIA Networks to Develop Priority Areas of Behavioral and Social Research (R24)(RFA-AG-16-008)
  • NIDDK Exploration of the Roles of Brown and Beige Adipose Tissue in Humans (R01)(RFA-DK-15-031)

Limited Submissions

Find information about limited submissions on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page.

Searle Scholars Program – Early Career Award

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on their first tenure-track appointment on or after July 1, 2014.

Eligible applicants for awards will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, and related areas in chemistry and the biological sciences. The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research, but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Pre Proposal to ORE: 7/23/2015 5 PM
Application to Agency: 9/30/2015
Estimated Program Funding: $300K per award
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (S-STEM) addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in areas of national priorities. The program seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships, and to enhance and study effective curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, student success, and graduation in STEM.

In this solicitation, the acronym STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that includes biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields); physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science); mathematical sciences; computer and information sciences; geosciences; engineering; and technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Notification of Interest to ORE: 7/13/2015 12 PM
Application to Agency: 9/22/2015
Application to Agency: 9/22/2015

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