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Funding Opportunities Roundup: March 27, 2015

Dreyfus Foundation Accepting Applications for Emeritus Faculty in Chemical Sciences Mentor Programs

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation supports emeritus faculty who maintain active research programs with undergraduates in the chemical sciences. The Senior Scientist Mentor Program provides an award of $20,000 over two years for undergraduate stipends and modest research support. The Senior Scientist Mentor Program is open to all academic institutions in the States, Districts, and U.S. Territories that grant a bachelor’s degree or higher in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Faculty with emeritus status on or before Oct. 2014, and who maintain active research programs in the chemical sciences are eligible. More than one application per department or institution is permitted. Successful applicants are expected to be closely engaged in a mentoring relationship with undergraduate students.

DEADLINE for applications is September 10, 2015.


Faculty Scholars Program

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation are announcing a new partnership to provide much needed research support to outstanding early-career scientists in the United States.

Through the new Faculty Scholars Program, the philanthropies will invest a total of $148 million in research support over the program’s first five years. They will award up to 70 grants every 2.5 years to promising scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field. This is the first collaboration between HHMI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation.

Awardees will receive a five-year, non-renewable grant whose size will be based on several factors, including the amount of external funding the scientist has at the time of the grant. The grants will range from $100,000 to $400,000 per year for direct costs. The awardee’s institution will be given an additional 20 percent of the yearly grant for indirect (or administrative) costs. Faculty Scholars are required to devote at least 50 percent of their total effort to the direct conduct of research.

The Faculty Scholars program seeks to:

  • Provide financial support to faculty at an early career stage
  • Select awardees based on their vision and potential for unique contributions
  • Offer mentoring and career development

DEADLINE: Applications due July 28, 2015, at 3:00 PM, EDT; Reference letters must be received by August 4, 2015.


Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives faculty members from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, conduct research, consult with faculty and/or students, offer lectures or symposia, present a recital, or engage in whatever activities are agreeable to the visitor and host unit. The UT selection committee will give preference to proposals intended to develop new or continue recent collaborations between faculty members. Proximity to the Knoxville campus will not be a factor. Travel dates for these visits are between September 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.Travel grants will range from $500 – $1,000 each. Grants are not necessarily meant to cover ALL the travel costs but to lessen the financial burden of the faculty member’s travel.

DEADLINE: May 8, 2015


NIH Opportunities

  • NIBIB/NIAAA Challenge: A Wearable Alcohol Biosensor. More
  • NIA Comparative Physiological Studies of Aging (R03) (RFA-AG-16-003)
  • NHLBI Molecular Imaging of the Lung – Phase 2 (R01) (RFA-HL-16-001)
  • NIH Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Research Centers of Excellence (U54)(PAR-15-146)

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