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Funding Opportunities Roundup, September 16

NIH Opportunities

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  • NIH / BARDA Announcement of Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid, Point-of-Care Diagnostic Test Challenge Competition (NOT-OD-16-137)
  • NINR Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R01) (PA-16-428)
  • NINR Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R21) (PA-16-432)
  • NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08)(RFA-LM-17-002)

NSF Opportunities

Please contact Sharon Pound (spound@utk.edu) regarding your interest in NSF opportunities.

Smart and Connected Health (SCH) NSF 16-601

The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is the development of next generation health and healthcare research through high-risk, high-reward advances in the understanding of and applications in information science, technology, behavior, cognition, sensors, robotics, bioimaging, and engineering. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science, clinical practice and technology development, deployment and use. This solicitation is aligned with the visions (e.g., PCAST, NRC, IOM) calling for major changes in health and wellbeing as well as healthcare delivery and is aimed at the fundamental research to enable the change. Realizing the promise of disruptive transformation in health and healthcare will require well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary approaches that draw from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, engineering, medicine, biology, and computer and information sciences. One class of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation, Integrative Projects (INT), with multi-disciplinary teams spanning 1 to 4 years.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $2 million for 4 yrs.

Full Proposal due: December 8, 2016


Solar and Planetary Research Grants (SPG) NSF 16-602

This program supports observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies in the science of our solar system and extrasolar planetary systems. Proposals for projects and tools that enable and enhance research in those areas may also be submitted.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Total of $10 million for 25 awards

Proposals accepted anytime


Algorithms in the Field (AitF) NSF 16-601

This program encourages closer collaboration between two groups of researchers: (i) theoretical computer science researchers, who focus on the design and analysis of provably efficient and provably accurate algorithms for various computational models; and (ii) other computing and information researchers including a combination of systems and domain experts (very broadly construed – including but not limited to researchers in computer architecture, programming languages and systems, computer networks, cyber-physical systems, cyber-human systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence and its applications, database and data analytics, etc.) who focus on the particular design constraints of applications and/or computing devices. Each proposal must have at least one co-PI interested in theoretical computer science and one interested in any of the other areas typically supported by CISE. Proposals are expected to address the dissemination of both the algorithmic contributions and the resulting applications, tools, languages, compilers, libraries, architectures, systems, data, etc.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Total of $9 million for 15 awards

Submission Window: January 12-January 26, 2017


Dear Colleague Letters

Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/GEO – UK NERC Lead Agency Opportunity NSF 16-132 (Sept. 8, 2016)

Foundation Opportunities

Grand Challenges Grants

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners in the Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators to apply for the following two grant opportunities:

Grand Challenges Explorations

Fostering early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. We are accepting applications on the following four topics:

Accepting applications through November 9, 2016

Grand Challenges for Development

Securing Water for Food Initiative

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Government of South Africa have joined together to launch Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development 4th Global Call for Innovations. The goal of this program is to improve water and food security, gender equality and reduce poverty.

Application due: October 10, 2016

Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) at the Ministry of Science & Technology of the Government of India has launched the Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI)- India grant opportunity.

Application due: October 18, 2016

Limited Submission Opportunities

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

There are no new Limited Submission Opportunities at this time.

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