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Funding Opportunities Roundup: May 8

Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative – Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) Project Financed Solely by 2015 Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF 2015)

Cooperative agreements under this funding opportunity announcement, Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative: Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) project, are financed solely by 2015 Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF-2015). The project is designed to fill gaps in dementia-capable long-term services and supports (LTSS) for persons living with or those at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers by providing quality, person-centered services that help them remain independent and safe in their communities.

See full RFP for details.

Closing Date for Applications: Jul 6, 2015 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Estimated Total Program Funding: $9,825,091

DARPA Broad Agency Announcement: Biological Technologies

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a solicitation on behalf of its Biological Technologies Office (BTO). BTO is relatively new within DARPA and seeks to develop and transition technologies that integrate biology, engineering, and computer science. This solicitation requests proposals, relevant to the interest areas below, that are “unconventional approaches” and that “enable revolutionary advances in science, technologies, or systems.” Additional information about BTO is at this link. You may wish to give particular attention to the active programs and current solicitations in order to better understand the areas on which BTO is focusing.

  • Developing radical new techniques and technologies to optimally restore and maintain the health and abilities of military service members.
  • Discovering and leveraging novel insights from neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, and related disciplines to advance treatment and resilience in neurological health and optimize human aptitude and performance.
  • Understanding and improving interfaces between humans and the physical and biological world to enable optimal performance in complex environments.
  • Developing and leveraging fundamental understanding of the underlying design rules that govern biological system behavior.
    Developing new tools and techniques for forward engineering of biological systems (cells, tissues, organs, organisms, and complex communities) to both develop new products and functional systems as well as to gain new insights into underlying mechanisms.
  • Leveraging new computational techniques from computer science, big data, and biology to enable investigation and generation of knowledge from biological data at scale.
  • Developing and validating new theories and computational models that identify factors and explain principles underlying collective and interactive behaviors of biological organisms at all scales from individual cells to the warfighter to global ecosystems.
  • Understanding where there are inflection points in population and ecosystem behavior in order to preserve equilibrium, provide strategic opportunity, or avoid catastrophe.
  • Developing and leveraging new insights into non-human biology across and between populations of microbes, plants, marine life, and other non-human biologic entities.
  • Understanding how social, environmental, and biological factors converge to generate violence and conflict or lead to deterrence and influence.
  • Radical new approaches towards countermeasure development for biological, chemical and/or radiological threats.
  • Other biological technology topic areas which fit the scope of BTO’s mission.

Proposals will be accepted through 28 April 2016, but proposers are “strongly encouraged” to submit a 2-page abstract before submitting a proposal. Abstract instructions are on p. 15 of the solicitation. If you choose to prepare an abstract, be sure to answer all of the questions listed in the instructions. Note that DARPA generally uses this kind of solicitation to establish new “seed” projects (1-2 years duration and up to $1M) that are subsequently evaluated for additional funding.

Proposals to this solicitation will benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, so please let me know if you need assistance to form a team. ORE can also offer assistance with proposal development if desired. You are welcome to forward this opportunity to any of your colleagues who may be interested.

See full RFP for details.

Current Closing Date for Applications:  April 28, 2016 4:00 pm Eastern

DARPA: Innovative Systems for Military Missions

The Tactical Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is soliciting executive summaries, white papers and proposals for advanced research and development of innovative systems for military missions. This solicitation seeks system and subsystem level technologies that enable revolutionary improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the military. Novel concepts are sought in the following focus areas: Ground Systems, Maritime Systems, Air Systems, and Space Systems. Proposals may be submitted at any time while this solicitation is open. TTO may publish groups of special topics as modifications to this BAA throughout the year. TTO also welcomes classified submissions.

Proposers are strongly encouraged to submit an executive summary and, if encouraged, a white paper in advance of a full proposal.

See full RFP for details.

Proposal Due Date: April 27, 2016 4:00 pm Eastern


National Science Foundation: Developmental and Learning Sciences (DLS)

DLS supports fundamental research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to children’s and adolescents’ development and learning. Research supported by this program will add to our basic knowledge of how people learn and the underlying developmental processes that support learning, social functioning, and productive lives as members of society.

DLS supports research that addresses developmental processes within the domains of cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development using any appropriate populations for the topics of interest including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and non-human animals. The program also supports research investigating factors that impact development change including family, peers, school, community, culture, media, physical, genetic, and epigenetic influences. Additional priorities include research that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods, models, and theories for studying learning and development; includes participants from a range of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures; and integrates different processes (e.g., learning, memory, emotion), levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, social, neural), and time scales (e.g. infancy, middle childhood, adolescence).

The budgets and durations of supported projects vary widely and are greatly influenced by the nature of the project. Investigators should focus on innovative, potentially transformative research plans and then develop a budget to support those activities, rather than starting with a budget number and working up to that value.

While there are no specific rules about budget limitations, a typical project funded through the DLS program is approximately 3 years in duration with a total cost budget, including both direct and indirect costs, between $100,000 and $200,000 per year. Interested applicants are urged to explore the NSF awards database for the DLS program to review examples of awards that have been made.

The DLS program also accepts proposals for workshops and small conferences. These typically have total cost budgets, including direct and indirect costs, of approximately $35,000.

In addition to consulting the NSF awards database, it is often useful for interested applicants to submit (via email) a summary of no more than one-page so that the Program Officer can advise the investigator on the fit of the project for DLS prior to preparation of a full proposal. New Investigators are encouraged to solicit assistance in the preparation of their project proposals via consultation with senior researchers in their area, pre-submission review by colleagues, and attendance at symposia and events at professional conferences geared towards educating investigators seeking federal funding.

See full RFP for details.

Full Proposal Target Date: 

July 15, 2015. July 15, annually thereafter.
January 15, 2016. January 15, annually thereafter.

National Science Foundation: Linguistics

The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology.

The program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries, such as (but not limited to):

  • What are the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language?
  • What are the computational properties of language and/or the language processor that make fluent production, incremental comprehension or rapid learning possible?
  • How do the acoustic and physiological properties of speech inform our theories of language and/or language processing?
  • What role does human neurobiology play in shaping the various components of our linguistic capacities?
  • How does language develop in children?
  • What social and cultural factors underlie language variation and change?

The Linguistics Program does not make awards to support clinical research projects, nor does it support work to develop or assess pedagogical methods or tools for language instruction.

The Linguistics Program accepts proposals for a variety of project types: research proposals from scholars with PhDs or equivalent degrees, proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) awards, and CAREER proposals. We will also consider proposals for workshops, conferences, and training activities.

See full RFP for details.

Full Proposal Target Date: 

July 15, 2015. July 15, annually thereafter.
January 15, 2016. January 15, annually thereafter.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities – Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

ORAU has partnered with the Australian Government to seek U.S. and Canadian applicants for Australia’s Endeavor Scholarships and Fellowships Program. This program is an internationally competitive, merit-based program that provides up to AUD $272,500 (USD $213,295) for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.

All recipients will receive:

  • $3,000 travel allowance (Provision to pay up to $4,500 under special circumstances)
  • $2,000 (for fellowships) or $4,000 (for scholarships) establishment allowance
  • $3,000 monthly stipend (paid up to the maximum programme duration on a pro-rata basis)
  • tuition (see table below), including student service and amenities fees (paid up to the maximum programme duration on a pro-rata basis)
  • health insurance for the full programme duration (OSHC for non-Australians)
  • travel insurance (excluding during programme for non-Australians)

See website for details.

DEADLINE:  Jun. 30, 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 Developing the Therapeutic Potential of the Endocannabinoid System for Pain Treatment (R01) (PA-15-188)
  • NIA Analyses of Human Datasets and Biospecimens to Characterize Aging-related Phenotypes Relationships to Circulating Polypeptides and Proteins that Reverse or Accelerate Aging Changes (R01) (RFA-AG-16-012)
  • NIA T1 Translational Research: Novel Interventions for Prevention and Treatment of Age-related Conditions (R21) (PAR-15-190)
  • NIA T2 Translational Research: Research Leading to New Health Care Practices, Community Programs and Policies Affecting Older Persons (R21) (PAR-15-191)

Limited Submissions

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

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