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Funding Opportunities Roundup, November 4

NIH Opportunities

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  • NCATS / NIAID / NIBIB Platform Delivery Technologies for Nucleic Acid Therapeutics (R43/R44)  (PAR-17-035)
  • NCATS / NIAID Platform Delivery Technologies for Nucleic Acid Therapeutics (R41/R42) (PAR-17-036) NCI Research Centers for Population-based Research to Optimize Cancer Screening (PROSPR) Initiative (UM1) (RFA-CA-16-016)
  • NCI Coordinating Center for Population-based Research to Optimize Cancer Screening (PROSPR) (U24) (RFA-CA-16-017)
  • NHLBI / NIDDK Circadian Mechanisms Contributing to Obesity, Diabetes Metabolism, and Underlying Heart, Lung, and Blood Disorders (R01) (RFA-HL-17-020)
  • NIA Role of Age-Associated Metabolic Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) (R01) (PAR-17-031)
  • NIA Translational Bioinformatics Approaches to Advance Drug Repositioning and Combination Therapy Development for Alzheimers Disease (R01) (PAR-17-032)
  • NIA Integrative Research to Understand the Impact of Sex Differences on the Molecular Determinants of AD Risk and Responsiveness to Treatment (R01) (PAR-17-033)

  • NIA Exosomes: From Biogenesis and Secretion to the Early Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease (R01) (RFA-AG-17-051)
  • NIA Understanding the Effects of ApoE2 on the Interaction between Aging and Alzheimers Disease (R01) (RFA-AG-17-056)
  • NIA Multimorbidity in Alzheimers Disease Impacts Choice of Ancillary Treatments (R21/R33) (RFA-AG-17-059)
  • NIA Multimorbidity in Alzheimers Disease Impacts Choice of Ancillary Treatments (R33) (RFA-AG-17-060)
  • NIA Clarifying the Relationship between Delirium and Alzheimers Disease and Related Dementias (R21/R33) (PAR-17-037)
  • NIA Clarifying the Relationship between Delirium and Alzheimers Disease and Related Dementias (R01) (PAR-17-038)
  • NIA Comparative Biology of Neurodegeneration (R21) (PAR-17-039)
  • NIDDK Exploratory Clinical Trials for Small Business (R44)  (PAR-17-034)
  • NIDDK Pilot Clinical Trials in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease Participating Clinical Centers (U01) (RFA-DK-16-018)
  • NIDDK Pilot Clinical Trials in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease Data Coordinating Center (U24) (RFA-DK-16-035)
  • NIEHS Revision Awards for Creating Virtual Consortium for Translational/Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (ViCTER)(R01) (RFA-ES-17-002)

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NSF Opportunities

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Earth Sciences: Laboratory Technician Support (EAR/LTS) NSF 17-504

This program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division (see http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=EAR). Under this solicitation EAR/IF will consider proposals for Laboratory Technician Support to provide for optimal and efficient operation of advanced instrumentation, analytical protocol development, and user training for Earth science research instrumentation. Support is available through grants in response to investigator-initiated proposals. Technician support duties that promote human resource development and education are expected to be an integral part of proposals. Efforts to support participation of underrepresented groups in laboratory and/or field instrument use and training are encouraged as part of any described technician’s duties. Proposals from early career (tenure track but untenured) lead investigators are also encouraged. Such proposals will be given due consideration as part of the Broader Impacts merit review criterion.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $750,000 for 4-5 new awards annually

Full Proposal due: February 9, 2017


Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining) NSF 17-507

The overarching goal of this program is to prepare, nurture and grow the national scientific workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that enables cutting-edge science and engineering and contributes to the nation’s overall economic competitiveness and security. This calls for developing innovative, scalable training programs to address the emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering workforce development of targeted, multidisciplinary communities, at the postsecondary level and beyond, leading to transformative changes in the state of workforce preparedness for advanced CI in the short and long terms. A primary goal is to broaden CI access and adoption by (i) increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data science and engineering by a wide range of institutions and scientific communities with lower levels of CI adoption to date; and (ii) harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups. There are three tracks for submissions:(i) CI Professionals (CIP): aimed at the training and career pathway development of research cyberinfrastructure and professional staff who develop, deploy, manage, and support effective use of advanced CI for research; (ii) Domain science and engineering (DSE): aimed primarily at the communities of CI Contributors and sophisticated CI Users, and aligned with the research and education priorities of the participating domain directorates; and (iii) Computational and data science literacy (CDL): aimed at the CI User community at the undergraduate level.

Anticipated Funding Amount: up to $500,000/yr. for 3 yrs.

Full Proposal due: January 18, 2017


Division of Integrative Organismal Systems Core Programs NSF 17-508

This program supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior. Proposals are welcomed in all of the core scientific program areas supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems: Behavioral Systems Cluster, Developmental Systems Cluster, Neural Systems Cluster, and Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $5.5 million for up to 220 awards

Full Proposal due: January 19, 2017


Algorithms for Threat Detection (ATD) NSF 17-510

This program will support research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets with application to quantitative models of human dynamics. The program is a partnership between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

Anticipated Funding Amount: $3 million for 10-20 awards

Full Proposal due: February 21, 2017


EarthScope NSF 17-511

EarthScope is an Earth science program to explore the 4-dimensional structure of the North American continent. The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets. This solicitation primarily encourages submission of proposals that integrate and synthesize major outcomes of EarthScope research and education and outreach efforts with the goal of elucidating and documenting the advances the EarthScope program has made since its inception.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $6 million, total, for up to 25 awards of 1-3 years’ duration

Full Proposal due: February 10, 2017


Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) NSF 17-512

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $72 million total funding up to 200 new awards

Preliminary Proposal (required) due: January 23, 2017
Full Proposal due: August 2, 2017


Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) NSF 17-513

This program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $90,000 per year for up to 5 years

Preliminary Proposal (required) due: January 23, 2017
Full Proposal due: August 2, 2017


PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) NSF 17-514

This program has two goals: 1) Support research in the Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE), and 2) Increase the community of researchers conducting PFE research. PIs are expected to have little or no experience conducting social science research. PFE: RIEF is not intended for established researchers in engineering education or other social science fields to initiate new projects. Those researchers should consider the Research in the Formation of Engineers program (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503584). The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal education and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all. Engineering faculty possess both deep technical expertise in their engineering discipline and the primary responsibility for the process of professional formation of future engineers. As such, engineering faculty are in a unique position to help address critical challenges in engineering formation. This program enables engineering faculty who are renowned for teaching, mentoring, or leading educational reform efforts on their campus to develop expertise in conducting engineering education research.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $3 million for up to 15 awards

Full Proposal due: February 23, 2017


United States-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science (USICCS) NSF 17-515

This program is a joint program of NSF and the United States – Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). The program supports research projects that develop new knowledge in the theory of computing; algorithm design and analysis; design, verification, and evaluation of software systems; and revolutionary computing models based on emerging scientific ideas. Through this program, NSF and BSF will jointly support collaborations among US-based researchers and Israel-based researchers. US-based researchers will receive funds from NSF to support travel to Israel to interact with their Israeli counterparts. Israel-based and US-based researchers will receive funds allowable under the BSF program described at http://www.bsf.org.il/.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $400,000 for up to 9 awards

Submission Window: February 1-15, 2017


Dear Colleague Letters

  • Provision of Shallow Advanced Piston Coring Capabilities on JOIDES Resolution to the U.S. Research Community: “JR100” NSF 17-018 Oct. 19, 2016
  • Enabling New Collaborations Between Computer and Information Science & Engineering (CISE) and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Research Communities NSF 17-019 Oct. 22, 2016
  • Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/CISE – US-Israel Binational Science Foundation International Opportunity NSF 17-020 Oct. 19, 2016
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental Funding NSF 17-021 Oct. 20, 2016
  • Encouraging Reproducibility in Computing and Communications Research NSF 17-022 Oct. 21, 2016
  • Announcement of Changes to Developmental and Learning Sciences NSF 17-023 Oct. 24, 2016
  • Enabling US-Brazil Collaboration on Cybersecurity Research NSF 17-024 Oct. 28, 2016
  • Special Guidelines for Submitting Proposals for NSF/GEO/EAR – Taiwan Collaborative Research NSF 17-012 Nov. 11, 2016

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