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February 27th, 2009 | FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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Proposal Award Policies and Procedures Guide, April 2009
National Science Foundation

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Summer 2009 - Undergraduate Research Fellowships Announcement
National Science Foundation
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Program at Virginia Tech

Applications are invited from qualified and motivated undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and rising seniors - science and engineering majors) from all U.S. colleges/universities to participate in the third year of a 10-week (May 31-August 7, 2009) summer research in interdisciplinary watershed sciences and engineering at Virginia Tech. The research program is funded through the National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) program. Application materials, possible research projects and other program activities are posted on the website http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/nsf_reu.html .

Deadline for application submission is March 2, 2009. Successful applicants will be informed by March 20, 2009.

Contact: Dr. Tamim Younos (phone: (540)231-8039; E-mail: ).

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Microbial Genomics: Genome Sequencing
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

As a collaborative, interagency effort the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be inviting research proposals

  • to support high-throughput sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms (including plasmids, viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, oomycetes, protists, microeukaryotes and agriculturally important nematodes) and the metagenomes of mixed microbial communities; and
  • to develop and implement strategies, tools and technologies to make currently available and novel genome sequences more valuable to the user community.

The availability of genome sequences provides the foundation for understanding how microorganisms function and live, and how they interact with their environments and with other organisms. The sequences are expected to be available to and used by a community of investigators to address issues of scientific and societal importance including

  • novel aspects of microbial biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, development and cellular biology;
  • the diversity and the roles microorganisms play in complex ecosystems and in global geochemical cycles;
  • the impact that microorganisms have on the productivity and sustainability of agriculture and natural resources (e.g., forestry, soil and water), and on the safety and quality of the nation's food supply; and
  • the organization and evolution of microbial genomes, and the mechanisms of transmission, exchange and reshuffling of genetic information.

For more information: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/microbialgenomicsgenomesequencingafri.cfm

Deadline: March 16, 2009

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

NRCS requests applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. There are four CIG categories available in FY 2009: Natural Resource Concerns Category, Technology Category, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Category, and Grant Leveraging Category.

  1. National Natural Resource Concerns Category
    Applications must demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches, or both, to address a natural resource concern or concerns. The six natural resource concerns for possible funding through CIG for FY 2009 are: Water Resources; Soil Resources; Atmospheric Resources; Grazing Land; Forest Health; and Wildlife Habitat.
  2. National Technology Category
    Applications must address one or more of the following specific technology needs areas identified by NRCS:
    1. Improved On-Farm Energy Efficiency
    2. Water Management (Both Drainage Water and Irrigation Water)
    3. Improved Nutrient Management to Improve Water Quality
    4. Air Quality]
    5. Conservation Technology Transfer to Targeted Groups of Farmers and Ranchers
  3. Grant Leveraging Category
    The objective is to pilot the leveraging of CIG grants projects that provides further grants that align with the purposes of CIG. For FY 2009, these CIG grants will be limited to projects that provide grants for innovative technologies and/or approaches that seek to advance one of the following:
    1. Non-industrial private forestland management and improving forest health
    2. Adoption of nutrient management to the NRCS resource management system level in targeted watersheds that are 8-digit hydrologic area units or less
    3. Implementation of integrated drainage water and irrigation water management systems for enhanced water quality, crop production, and improvements in water conservation
    4. Coordinated grazing management among multiple producers and properties to benefit grazing land health resource protection, wildlife habitat, and grazing production
  4. Chesapeake Bay Watershed Category
    Proposals must demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches, or both, to address one or more of the three above-listed categories, but specific to and within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Chesapeake Bay's watershed covers 64,299 square miles in the District of Columbia and parts of six States: New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals, guides, and references or to the private sector. CIG does not fund research projects. It is a vehicle to stimulate the development and adoption of conservation approaches or technologies that have been studied sufficiently to indicate a likelihood of success, and to be candidates for eventual technology transfer or institutionalization. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.

For more information: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig/

Deadline: March 20, 2009

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Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory (MEL) Grants Program (FY 2009)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
Technology Administration
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory (MEL) Grants Program will provide grants and cooperative agreements in the following fields of research: Dimensional Metrology for Manufacturing, Mechanical Metrology for Manufacturing, Machine Tool and Machining Process Metrology, Intelligent Systems, and Information Systems Integration for Applications in Manufacturing. Financial support may be provided for conferences, workshops, or other technical research meetings that are relevant to the mission of the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory. Specific information regarding program objectives can be found in the corresponding Federal Funding Opportunity for this announcement.

For more information: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=1fLkJfDLB1vT4VH1dvM5PJJhbqQc0gDh2d5Dm6J01HFfy5xR4HvF!-399269325?oppId=45413&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW

Deadline:  Continuous

Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL) Grants Program (FY 2009)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
Technology Administration
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Measurement, Science and Engineering Research Grants
The Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL) Grants Program will provide grants and cooperative agreements in the following fields of research: Ceramics; Metallurgy; Polymers; and Materials Reliability. Financial support may be provided for conferences, workshops, or other technical research may be provided for conferences, workshops, or other technical research meetings that are relevant to the mission of the MSEL.

For more information: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=1fLkJfDLB1vT4VH1dvM5PJJhbqQc0gDh2d5Dm6J01HFfy5xR4HvF!-399269325?oppId=45413&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW

Deadline:  Continuous

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Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)
United States Department of Defense (DOD)

The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) is seeking innovative environmental technology demonstrations as candidates for funding beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2010.

The DoD Call for Proposals requests pre-proposals related to each of the following ESTCP focus areas:

  1. Environmental Restoration
  2. Munitions Management
  3. Sustainable Infrastructure
  4. Weapons Systems and Platforms

The Non-DoD Federal Call for Proposals and the BAA request pre-proposals in the following topics only:

  1. Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater
  2. In Situ Management of Contaminated Sediments
  3. Characterization, Control, and Treatment of Range Contamination
  4. Military Munitions Detection, Discrimination, and Remediation
  5. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for DoD Installations

Pre-proposals that do not address a topic area will not be considered. The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) is the Department of Defense's (DoD) demonstration and validation (Dem/Val) program for environmental technology. Technologies appropriate for demonstration and validation will be sufficiently mature that all required laboratory or other proof-of-principal work has been completed. Commercial technologies already in use are not considered appropriate for demonstration and validation.

The purpose of ESTCP is to demonstrate and validate the most promising innovative environmental technologies that target DoD's most urgent environmental needs and are projected to pay back the investment through cost savings, improved efficiencies or improved outcomes. ESTCP responds to high-priority DoD environmental technology requirements and the need to improve defense readiness by reducing the drain on the department's operation and maintenance dollars caused by real world commitments such as environmental restoration, waste and facility management, and range sustainability.

The goal is to enable promising technologies to receive regulatory and end user acceptance and to be fielded and commercialized more rapidly. To achieve this goal, ESTCP projects create a partnership between technology developers, responsible DoD organizations, and the regulatory community. This program announcement is seeking proposals from the technology development community.

For more informationhttp://www.estcp.org/opportunities/

Deadline:  March 5, 2009

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Population-Based Idea Development Award
United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)

The Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) Population-Based Idea Development Award mechanism supports innovative high-impact approaches to prostate cancer research that will contribute significantly to the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and/or treatment of prostate cancer or greatly enhance the quality of life for prostate cancer patients. The overall goal of this award is to generate unique information and/or tools that can only be achieved from the perspective of population statistics.

The PCRP seeks applications from all areas of population-based studies including but not limited to population genomics, meta-analysis, prospective and/or retrospective analyses, diet, exercise, survival, population surveillance, etc., with specific relevance to prostate cancer, that are responsive to one or more of the FY09 PCRP focus areas. Clinical trials are not allowed under this mechanism.

For more information: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pcrp.htm

Deadline:  April 29, 2009

Microsystems Technology Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Microsystems Technology Office (MTO)

The Microsystems Technology Office's (MTO) mission is to exploit breakthroughs in materials, devices, circuits, and mathematics to develop beyond leading edge microsystems components with revolutionary performance and functionality to enable new platform capability for the Department of Defense. To execute this mission, MTO supports revolutionary research in electronics, photonics, MEMS, algorithms, and combined microsystems technology to deliver new capabilities to sense, communicate, energize, actuate, and process data and information for the war fighter.

MTO regularly publishes Broad Agency Announcements requesting responses to specific program topics. This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published BAA solicitations. This BAA is primarily, but not solely, intended for early stage research that will lead to larger, focused, MTO programs in the future. Potential bidders are highly encouraged to review the current MTO programs listed on the MTO website (http://www.darpa.mil/mto/programs.html) and other MTO solicitations lists (http://www.darpa.mil/mto/solicitations/index.html) to avoid proposing efforts to this BAA that duplicate existing activities or that are responsive to other published MTO BAAs. Contacting MTO program managers to discuss research interests is also encouraged.

Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

For more information: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=237f4e77cbc4152cbab89d024c3a0940&tab=core&_cview=0

Deadline: February 17, 2010


Department of Education
Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training – Rehabilitation Counseling

For more information: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-3812.pdf

Deadline: March 16, 2009

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Industrial Technologies Program Save Energy Now Technical Assistance and Plant Assessment Program
United States Department of Energy (DOE)

The Industrial Technologies Program's Save Energy Now (SEN) Energy Saving Assessments (ESA) initiative leads national efforts to reduce industrial energy intensity by 25 percent in 10 years while enhancing U.S. competitiveness. This program works with industry to identify and implement energy efficiency savings through energy assessments, provides technical assistance, and encourages technology deployment.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement seeks applications from organizations that will participate in this effort by performing the following activities:

  1. Task 1 Technical Assistance and Plant Assessment Development and Delivery: Coordinate, strengthen and expand the Energy Saving Assessment process; provide access to ITP technical assistance resources to industry participants as appropriate; develop and implement a communications and outreach strategy to disseminate information and solicit industry participation in ITP activities and the SEN Leader program; coordinate and manage an existing group of Energy Experts and Qualified Specialists who perform assessments and provide technical assistance, and additionally, solicit, select and train new experts and new skill sets
  2. Task 2 Enhanced Project Implementation Support and Technology Deployment: Develop and implement a methodology to perform follow-up activities to industrial assessments targeted toward project implementation; develop and deliver a project implementation support program; integrate new or emerging technology development from the ITP Research and Development portfolio into project implementation program

Applicants can submit proposals to perform both Tasks 1 and 2, or may submit proposals to perform just Task 1 or Task 2.

For more information: https://e-center.doe.gov/iips/faopor.nsf/UNID/E685B90D4F92B2E685257561006C52E3?OpenDocument

Deadline: April 2, 2009

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Innovative and Advanced Technologies and Protocols for Monitoring/Verification/Accounting (MVA), Simulation, and Risk Assessment of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Sequestration in Geologic Formations
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

This FOA is specifically focused on development and successful application of innovative, advanced technology and protocols for

  • monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA) of CO2 sequestration in geologic formations;
  • simulating the behavior of geologically-sequestered CO2; and
  • conducting risk assessments associated with geologic CO2 sequestration activity.

Integrating the advanced MVA, simulation, and risk assessment technologies and protocols will address the future CO2 management needs of coal based electric power generating facilities. Applications submitted in response to this FOA will address key challenges with the integration of MVA, Simulation, and Risk Assessment of CO2 sequestration in geologic formations. The specific objectives of the FOA are to develop technologies and protocols that will significantly improve the ability to

  • monitor the movement of CO2 into, through, and out of the targeted geologic storage area;
  • verify the location of CO2 that has been placed in geologic storage;
  • account for the entire quantity of CO2 that has been transported to geologic storage sites;
  • mathematically simulate the placement, storage, movement, and release of carbon dioxide (CO2) into, through, and from geologic formations; and
  • assess the risks associated with the placement of the CO2 in geologic formations and the potential release of CO2 from these formations after it is stored.

For more information: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=7QYvJdWJJh9WLfd21HS0fBJMdqLln2SGlTh5BdH2mZ5GcT0326xS!-108218008?oppId=45368&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW

Deadline:  April 17, 2009

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Testing Tobacco Products Promoted to Reduce Harm (R01)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications that propose multidisciplinary research on potential reduced-exposure tobacco products, both smoked and smokeless. The multidisciplinary studies can span basic, biological, behavioral, surveillance, and epidemiology research. The tobacco industry is currently promoting several new products with claims that they (1) are less either harmful or less addictive; and (2) purportedly deliver lower amounts of toxic, carcinogenic, or addictive agents to the user compared with conventional products. However, to date, the scientific evidence is insufficient to evaluate whether these new products actually reduce the users' exposure or risk for tobacco-related diseases. The overarching goal of this FOA is to determine whether potential reduced-exposure tobacco products provide a truly, less-harmful alternative to conventional tobacco products, both at the individual and population level.

This is a reissue of PA-07-174.

For more information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-046.html


  • June 05, 2009
  • October 05, 2009
  • February 05, 2010

Correlative Studies with Specimens from Multi-Site Trials (R21)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to support new correlative laboratory studies that use annotated tumor or biospecimens collected from large-scale multi-institutional clinical or prevention trials, respectively.

The goal is to gain a better understanding of those characteristics of cancer patients' disease (monitored at the cellular or molecular levels) that are correlated with either disease progression patterns, and may facilitate predictions of clinical outcomes of therapeutic and/or preventive interventions. The factors to be addressed in the search for correlations may include, for example, genetic and/or epigenetic patterns, and other molecular profiles, along with the outcomes of interventional responses. Ultimately, the knowledge derived from the clinical correlative studies should facilitate predictions of responses to current interventions, and inspire future development of improved therapeutic and preventive strategies. This FOA will only support studies that use tumor specimens linked to specific interventions/trials. It is expected that the proposed projects will promote translational research and will involve collaborations and interactions between basic researchers and clinical investigators.

The correlative studies proposed in response to this FOA must meet the following requirements:

  1. Research focus must be on clinically relevant studies that are pertinent to cancer risk assessment, early detection, and/or prognosis as well as on predicting responses to therapy and preventive interventions.
  2. These studies should be related to potential clinical applications such as patient monitoring for preventive or therapeutic interventions, development of new therapeutic strategies, and/or testing new biomarkers for the identification of patient subsets for specific prevention or treatment approaches.
  3. A clear rationale should be stated for both the experimental design and technical methodologies selected.
  4. The laboratory assays must use specimens from patients who are receiving defined treatments in large clinical trials (such as Phase III).
  5. Applications must include a statistical section describing the study design and plans for analysis of data designed to test the hypotheses.
  6. All investigators are encouraged to work with multi-institutional organizations or form a consortium in order to access sufficient numbers of patient specimens and clinical information.

Pertinent correlative studies may include (but are not limited to) the following examples:

  1. Genotypic and/or phenotypic alterations which may correlate with the development of therapy resistance
  2. Loss or inactivation of tumor suppressor genes as related to therapeutic prognosis
  3. Analysis of basal membrane components and/or genes related to tumor invasion and metastasis
  4. Studies of chromosomal rearrangements or deletions that may be used for risk assessment, early detection, and/or prognosis
  5. Correlations between tumor growth factors or oncogenes with response to therapies during cancer progression
  6. Role of cell cycle regulatory mechanisms in individual tumors, and their correlation with tumor progression and treatment responses
  7. Profiles of specific immune response(s) to various cancer immunotherapies
  8. Evaluation of serum or tumor biomarkers for risk assessment, early detection, and/or prognosis
  9. Analyses of expression of cellular receptors for growth factors or differentiating agents
  10. Correlating changes in specific signal transduction pathways in response to various cancer therapies
  11. Analysis of ex vivo response(s) of tumor cells derived from biospecimens, to, for example, growth factors, antibodies, and other differentiating agents
  12. Evaluation of accessible/surrogate sites for precancerous changes occurring in less accessible sites - Surrogate sites may be anatomically associated, such as oral cavity to lung cancer, or may be functionally related, such as scalp hair follicles to prostate cancer, both of which have androgen receptors.

For more information: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-133.html


  • June 16, 2009
  • October 16, 2009
  • February 16, 2010

Exploratory/Developmental Grant for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Studies of Humans (R21)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) invite high quality exploratory/developmental research grant applications of humans in all domains of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), in order to obtain preliminary data that can be used as a foundation for a larger clinical study.

For more information: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-135.html


  • June 16, 2009
  • October 16, 2009
  • February 16, 2010

Mitochondria in Cancer Epidemiology, Detection, Diagnosis, and Prognosis (R21)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate the development and validation of novel mitochondrial (mt) DNA biomarkers for early detection, diagnosis, prognosis, and risk assessment of cancer. This FOA will stimulate research on mutations in mtDNA for identification of additional indicators of tumor development and progression, including mitochondrial somatic mutations and mitochondrial haplogroups.

Some of the specific questions that may be addressed in response to this FOA include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Are mitochondrial markers useful for identification of individuals who are at high-risk for cancer before clinical onset?
  2. Are mitochondrial characteristics or haplotypes associated with risk of developing cancer? If so, can these parameters help explain racial and ethnic differences in cancer risk?
  3. Are there modifiable or host factors that can influence the relationship between mtDNA characteristics and cancer risk?
  4. Are alterations in mitochondrial function correlated with intermediate disease state in the neoplastic pathway, such as precursor lesions?
  5. Are genetic and mtDNA alterations (such as somatic mutations, deletions) correlated with cancer development?
  6. Can mutations or instability in mtDNA prognosticate tumorigenesis or malignant transformation?
  7. How can mitochondrial markers be utilized to predict disease progression and identify novel therapeutic targets? The mitochondrial markers may comprise point mutations, deletions, amplifications, and SNPs; alterations in mitochondrial morphology/clustering; and nuclear proteins that impact mitochondrial function
  8. Can novel technology be developed for high-throughput analysis and imaging of mitochondrial clustering?
  9. Are there unique mtDNA mutations associated with specific types of cancers?
  10. Can mtDNA mutations be detected in pre-malignant lesions, such as prostate intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN)?
  11. Can high throughput diagnostic assays that are based upon mtDNA mutations (or in combination with other markers) be developed for noninvasive detection and or monitoring of cancer?
  12. Can nutrition or chemopreventive agents reduce mtDNA instability by regulating repair mechanisms?

For more information: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-144.html


  • June 16, 2009
  • October 16, 2009
  • February 16, 2010

Prescription Drug Misuse (R03)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health invites research applications to reduce prescription drug misuse while supporting the appropriate medical use of therapeutic agents that carry an abuse liability. A range of research is being solicited to combat prescription drug misuse--from epidemiologic research specifying the extent and nature of the problem (including physical and mental health and social consequences) as it relates to each specific drug and identifying determinants and trajectories of use. Basic science applications to determine mechanisms of action at the cellular level and possible mechanisms or medications to block or lessen the abuse potential are encouraged, as are health services applications with the goal of discovering effective clinical practices that identify those at risk and designing and disseminating prevention and treatment interventions.

This is a reissue of PA-06-340.

For more information: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-129.html


  • June 16, 2009
  • October 16, 2009
  • February 16, 2010

Testing Tobacco Products Promoted to Reduce Harm (R21)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications that propose multidisciplinary research on potential reduced-exposure tobacco products, both smoked and smokeless. The multidisciplinary studies can span basic, biological, behavioral, surveillance, and epidemiology research. The tobacco industry is currently promoting several new products with claims that they (1) are less either harmful or less addictive; and (2) purportedly deliver lower amounts of toxic, carcinogenic, or addictive agents to the user compared with conventional products. However, to date, the scientific evidence is insufficient to evaluate whether these new products actually reduce the users' exposure or risk for tobacco-related diseases. The overarching goal of this FOA is to determine whether potential reduced-exposure tobacco products provide a truly, less-harmful alternative to conventional tobacco products, both at the individual and population level.

This is a reissue of PA-06-361.

For more information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-047.html


  • June 16, 2009
  • October 16, 2009
  • Feb 16, 2010

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (R25)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

The goal of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program is to increase the number of students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences that complete the Ph.D. degree in these fields at institutions with research intensive environments.

This is a reissue of PAR-06-553.

For more information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-104.html


  • January 25, 2010
  • January 25, 2011
  • January 25, 2012

NoteThis is a Limited Submission Program

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DHS S&T Long Range
United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

DHS S&T is interested in receiving proposals for Long Range Science and Technology Projects and innovative prototypes which offer potential for advancement and improvement of homeland security missions and operations. Readers shall note that this is an announcement to declare S&T's broad role in competitive funding of meritorious research across a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines. S&T is soliciting individuals or teams to conduct basic research, applied technology development, or the preparation of integrated prototypes for field investigations of the performance of new and innovative solutions. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that proposals in these areas must show future promise for mission and operational relevance and to the greatest extent be demonstrable in a relevant homeland security environment. The general overarching example (for all divisions) is basic science ideas (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, materials, and algorithms) that hold promise for transformative performance improvements across prevention, detection, defeat, mitigation, and destruction strategies for all homeland threats.

Topical Areas of strategic interest include the following:

  1. Explosives Countermeasures including the detection, mitigation, and response to explosive threats including MANPADS, detection of explosives on aviation travelers, in checked and carry-on baggage, Home Made Explosives (HME), improvised explosive devices (IEDs) - vehicle borne (VBIED) and person borne (PBIED), and response and defeat technologies
    • Standoff Detection of Explosives
    • Defeat of Improvised Explosive Devices
    • Data Fusion and Automated Detection for aviation cargo, checked baggage, carry-on baggage and personal check points
  2. Chemical and Biological analyses and countermeasures, including improved characterization and prioritization of threats, development and detection systems for early attack warning that minimize exposure and speed treatment of victims, new forensic methods to support attribution, and novel concepts for decontamination and restoration, agrodefense, and food security
  3. Border and Maritime Security tools and technologies that improve the security of our nation's borders and waterways without impeding the flow of commerce and travelers: Concepts and prototypes for pilot testing surveillance, monitoring, and response capabilities that cover vast expanses of remote border and the development and evaluation of security devices and new inspection methods to secure the large volume of cargo entering U.S. ports daily. There are three subdivisions:
    • Border Security
    • Maritime Security
    • Cargo Security
  4. Command, Control, and Interoperability research and development that creates and deploys information resources - standards, frameworks, tools, and technologies - to enable seamless and secure interactions among homeland security stakeholders: Concepts, prototypes and other technologies that strengthen capabilities to communicate, share, visualize, analyze, and protect information.
  5. Human Factors/Behavior Sciences analyses, methods, tools, technologies and techniques to improve detection, analysis, and understanding of threats posed by individuals, groups, and radical movements; improve the recognition of individuals; improve the resilience of American society and of individual communities against hazards and threats to social and economic vitality, including increasing understanding of cognitive and behavioral processes influencing decision making and communication relating to catastrophic events; improve the preparedness, response and recovery of communities impacted by catastrophic events, including mitigating the effects of those events; and to improve overall effectiveness and applicability of homeland security technologies and processes through the collection and use of human performance and public perception data to increase usability, application, and acceptance.
  6. Infrastructure and Geophysical - technologies for identifying and mitigating all hazard vulnerabilities of the 18 critical infrastructure/key assets, and technologies for improving the preparedness and response for federal, state, local, tribal governments, first responders and the private sector, to all-hazards events impacting the U.S. population and critical infrastructure.

In addition to the example areas listed above, efforts that propose basic research or advanced research and technology demonstration may be proposed to address technology gaps that are described in the document entitled "High Priority Technology Needs," DHS S&T, dated June 2008, as amended.

This announcement is restricted to work relating to basic and applied research and that portion of advanced technology development not related to a specific system or hardware procurement. Purchase of capital equipment, that will then be the subject of research and development to effect a modification and ensure that the purchased equipment fulfills DHS requirements is allowed. Contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and other transaction agreement awards made under this BAA are for scientific study and experimentation directed towards advancing the state-of-the art or increasing knowledge or understanding.

Please note: This announcement does not cover technical, engineering and other types of support services.

Any submissions that indicate this is the intent will be rejected by the Long Range BAA Advisory Board and will be considered as not compliant with the BAA guidelines. It will not be further reviewed. The Contracting Officer will send a rejection letter stating the submission was not compliant with the BAA.

For more informationhttps://baa.st.dhs.gov/

Deadline:  December 31, 2009


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Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Request for Global Proposals Grant

Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (42 USC Sec. 10303(g) requires that this competitive grant program focus on: "water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern to a single State and which relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the Secretary (of the Interior) and the (water resources research) institutes." (see announcement, Section II for additional description).

For more information: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=43343

Deadline: March 6, 2009

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Understanding the Role of Nonchemical Stressors and Developing Analytic Methods for Cumulative Risk Assessments Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications from interdisciplinary teams to address research needs that currently limit the ability to conduct cumulative risk assessments. Exposure to different combinations of environmental stressors can contribute to increased risk for negative health consequences. It has become clear that cumulative risk assessments should include both chemical and nonchemical stressors, exposures from multiple routes, and factors that differentially affect exposure or toxicity to communities. This RFA is focusing on two challenges that exist in conducting cumulative risk assessments: (a) STAR-E1: The development of statistical and other analytical techniques that will enable the analysis of disparate types of data, and (b) STAR-E2: The evaluation of the combined effects of nonchemical and chemical stressors.

For more information: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=45353

Deadline: June 17, 2009

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ROSES 2009: Atmospheric Composition: Modeling and Analysis Grant

This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits proposals for supporting basic and applied research and technology across a broad range of Earth and space science program elements relevant to one or more of the following NASA Research Programs: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics.

This ROSES NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, stratospheric balloon, and suborbital rocket investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware).

The funds available for awards in each program element offered in this NRA range from less than one to several million dollars, which allow selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals depending on the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intra-agency transfers depending on the nature of the proposing organization and/or program requirements. The typical period of performance for an award is four years, although a few programs may specify shorter or longer (maximum of five years) periods. Organizations of every type, domestic and foreign, Government and private, for profit and not-for-profit, may submit proposals without restriction on number or teaming arrangements.

For more information: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=45391

Deadline:  May 1, 2009

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Geophysics (NSF 09-539)

The Geophysics Program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported. Topics include seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of earthquakes; the earth's magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the earth's thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research also includes geophysical studies of active deformation, including geodesy, and studies of the properties and behavior of earth materials in support of geophysical observation and theory.

For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09539/nsf09539.pdf


  • May 05, 2009 - June 05, 2009
  • May 5 - June 5, Annually Thereafter
  • November 08, 2009 - December 08, 2009
  • November 05, 2010 - December 05, 2010
  • November 5 - December 5, Annually thereafter

Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) (NSF 09-534)

The Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program aims to significantly increase the number of U.S.citizens and permanent residents receiving post secondary degrees in the computing disciplines, with an emphasison students from communities with longstanding underrepresentation in computing. Those underrepresented groupsare women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, NativeHawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. The BPC program seeks to engage the computing community to develop andimplement innovative methods, frameworks, and strategies to improve recruitment and retention of these studentsthrough undergraduate and graduate degrees. Projects that target stages of the academic pipeline from middleschool through the early faculty ranks are welcome. New with this solicitation is the emphasis on national impact:All BPC projects must have the potential for widespread impact. That is, they should either develop an effectivepractice that could be widely deployed or they should deploy existing effective practices so as to reach largeraudiences.

The BPC program will support three categories of awards: Alliances, Demonstration Projects, and Leveraging,Scaling, or Adapting Projects.

For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09534/nsf09534.pdf

Deadline: May 13, 2009

Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems (VOSS) (NSF 09-540)

A virtual organization is a group of individuals whose members and resources may be dispersed geographically,but who function as a coherent unit through the use of cyberinfrastructure. Virtual organizations are increasinglycentral to the science and engineering projects funded by the National Science Foundation. Focused investmentsin sociotechnical analyses of virtual organizations are necessary to harness their full potential and the promise theyoffer for discovery and learning.

The Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems (VOSS) program supports scientific research directed atadvancing the understanding of what constitutes effective virtual organizations and under what conditions virtualorganizations can enable and enhance scientific, engineering, and education production and innovation. Levels ofanalysis may include (but are not limited to) individuals, groups, organizations, and institutional arrangements.Disciplinary perspectives may include (but are not limited to) anthropology, complexity sciences, computer andinformation sciences, decision and management sciences, economics, engineering, organization theory,organizational behavior, social and industrial psychology, public administration, and sociology. Research methodsmay span a broad variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, including (but not limited to): ethnographies,surveys, simulation studies, experiments, comparative case studies, and network analyses.

VOSS funded research must be grounded in theory and rooted in empirical methods. It must produce broadlyapplicable and transferable results that augment knowledge and practice of virtual organizations as a modality.VOSS does not support proposals that aim to implement or evaluate individual virtual organizations.

For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09540/nsf09540.pdf

Deadline:  May 26, 2009

Hydrologic Sciences (NSF 09-538)

Hydrologic Sciences focuses on the flow of water and transport processes within streams, soils, and aquifers.Particular attention is given to spatial and temporal heterogeneity of fluxes and storages of water, particles, andchemicals coupling across interfaces with the landscape, microbial communities, and coastal environments, toupscaling and downscaling given these heterogeneities and interfaces and how these processes are altered byclimate and land use changes. Studies may address aqueous geochemistry as well as physical, chemical, andbiological processes within water bodies. These studies commonly involve expertise from many basic sciences andmathematics, and proposals often require joint review with related programs.

For more informationhttp://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09538/nsf09538.pdf


  • June 01, 2009
  • June 1, Annually Thereafter
  • December 05, 2009
  • December 5, Annually Thereafter

Science of Science and Innovation Policy (ScSIP)

The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. Research funded by the program thus develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across a broad array of SciSIP challenges, including the relationship between broader participation and innovation or creativity.  Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science and technology data, and to convey the information to a variety of audiences. Researchers are also encouraged to create or improve science and engineering data, metrics and indicators reflecting current discovery, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations.

Among the many research topics supported are:

  • examinations of the ways in which the contexts, structures and processes of science and engineering research are affected by policy decision,
  • the evaluation of the tangible and intangible returns from investments in science and from investments in research and development,
  • the study of structures and processes that facilitate the development of usable knowledge, theories of creative processes and their transformation into social and economic outcomes,
  • the collection, analysis and visualization of new data describing the scientific and engineering enterprise.

The SciSIP program invites the participation of researchers from all of the social, behavioral and economic sciences as well as those working in domain-specific applications such as chemistry, biology, physics, or nanotechnology. The program welcomes proposals for individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, conferences, workshops, symposia, experimental research, data collection and dissemination, computer equipment and other instrumentation, and research experience for undergraduates. The program places a high priority on interdisciplinary research as well as international collaboration.

Investigators are encouraged to submit proposals of joint interest to the SciSIP Program and other NSF programs and NSF initiative areas. The program places a high priority on broadening participation and encourages proposals from junior faculty, women, other underrepresented minorities, Research Undergraduate Institutions, and EPSCoR states. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (see Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER).)

For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501084&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

Deadline:  September 9, 2009

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Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF)
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

The CEF supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA and its member institutions. Every major type of conservation and animal care initiative is represented - research, field conservation, education, animal welfare, animal health and captive breeding. The CEF supports the following types of projects:

  1. Animal Health - Research projects, symposia, or publications that increase knowledge of or develop new approaches to assessing or treating medical conditions affecting animals in managed environments or in the wild.
  2. Animal Welfare - Research projects, symposia, or publications that increase knowledge of or develop new approaches to assessing the physical health and psychological well-being of individual animals in a captive environment.
  3. Breeding and Reintroduction - Zoo and aquarium-based programs for breeding, reintroducing, or translocating endangered or threatened wildlife.
  4. Education - Programs that raise public awareness and appreciation of wildlife conservation issues or stimulate conservation action.
  5. Field Conservation - Initiatives on behalf of endangered and threatened species and their habitats.
  6. Professional Training - Programs that transfer skills and technology and empower new conservation leaders, particularly in developing countries.
  7. Wildlife Biology and Conservation - Research projects, symposia, or scholarly publications that increase knowledge of or create new approaches to wildlife conservation.

Preference is given to projects that

  • reflect the priorities of related AZA committees/programs or the AZA Board of Directors;
  • provide a direct link between zoo and aquarium animal collections and the conservation of endangered or threatened wildlife and ecosystems in the North America and worldwide;
  • implement, rather than define, conservation goals;
  • improve management, welfare, and care of endangered and threatened wildlife in a zoological setting;
  • are less likely to receive significant support from sources other than the CEF;
  • are collaborative in nature;
  • are likely to have a high conservation return for the investment;
  • are logistically feasible and fiscally and scientifically sound; and
  • benefit a large number of animals, institutions, or programs.

For more information: http://www.aza.org/ConScience/CEFInformation/index.html

Deadline:  April 1, 2009

Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

To be eligible for consideration, a project must address at least one of the following program goals and objectives listed below. Projects that seek funding for land or easement acquisition, political advocacy, lobbying or litigation are not eligible.

Grants for watershed restoration projects must improve water quality and/or directly restore vital habitats and key living resources within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Applicants must include the following:

  1. Restore habitat and/or natural resources in the Chesapeake Bay and/or its tributaries, including aquatic habitat that directly benefits fisheries
  2. Improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and/or its tributaries through the adoption of Best Management Practices and other innovative approaches

Watershed restoration proposals that address one or more of the following priorities will be ranked highest for funding, all other things being equal:

  1. Restoring wetlands or forests (e.g., riparian buffers, floodplain forests, marshes, shellfish habitat) that will contribute significant improvements in habitat or water quality
  2. Restoring fish passage in streams where unimpeded flow will establish significant gains in aquatic habitat for anadramous or diadramous fish
  3. Reducing significant sources of nutrient and sediment loads to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, especially through developing integrated management strategies to address agricultural sources of nutrients and sediment
  4. Restoring shoreline habitat through projects that replace existing hardened (e.g., bulkheads and riprap revetments) or eroding shorelines with tidal marsh, natural bank stabilization materials, and buffer plantings

Grants for watershed conservation projects must protect water quality and vital habitats within the Chesapeake Bay watershed through habitat conservation, prevention of new pollutant sources, and/or increasing individual conservation actions. Watershed conservation proposals that address one or more of the following priorities will be ranked highest for funding, all other things being equal:

  1. Implementing a locally supported land conservation strategy to permanently protect land from development, especially forests, wetlands and lands supporting Best Management Practices such as stream buffers
  2. Implementing low impact development practices and other innovative stormwater management practices to offset the potential water quality impacts of new development
  3. Implementing social marketing campaigns focused on motivating specific conservation action(s) by a targeted audience within a particular watershed
  4. Demonstrating the economic incentives associated with conservation and pollution prevention practices to increase their rate of adoption

Grants for watershed planning projects must develop plans and other mechanisms to improve protection and/or restoration of water quality and natural resources within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Planning activities include, but are not limited to, developing or revising a comprehensive plan, watershed plan, land use plan, land use ordinance or other related codes, land conservation plan or strategy, or local tributary strategy implementation plan. Watershed planning proposals that address one or more of the following priorities will be ranked highest for funding, all other things being equal:

  1. Developing a locally supported management plan for one or multiple watersheds currently not covered by a watershed management plan
  2. Developing a locally supported land conservation strategy setting out objectives and mechanisms for permanently protecting land from development, especially forests or wetlands
  3. Developing or revising local codes and ordinances that implement land conservation, stormwater management, low impact development, or water resource protection measures

For more information: http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Who_we_are&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=30&ContentID=1165

Deadline:  May 1, 2009

Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics (NSF 09-537)

For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09537/nsf09537.pdf


  • July 16, 2009
  • July 16, Annually Thereafter
  • January 16, 2010
  • January 16, Annually Thereafter

Research Stimulation Grants
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
AAFP Foundation

This program provides support for research that poses questions of high relevance to family physicians and their patients. The program goals are to support research of value to the practicing physician, encourage proposals by junior investigators, and fund pilot studies. Specifically, the Research Committee will consider pilot projects or preliminary efforts involving general research in family medicine. Projects should lead to the completion of a larger research project or be a catalyst for a large-scale project. The Research Committee will not consider proposals seeking

  1. support for cost of instituting programs; or
  2. support for activities such as videotape production, curriculum design or implementation of a project, etc

For more information: http://www.aafpfoundation.org/x446.xml


  • September 01, 2009
  • March 01, 2010

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Postdoctoral Fellowships
American Cancer Society (ACS)
Extramural Grants Program
Special Initiatives
Research Proposals Directed at Poor and Underserved Populations

The ACS' special initiative Targeted Grants for Research Directed at Poor and Underserved Populations provides support for research projects that focus on poor or underserved populations and address a variety of clinical, cancer control, behavioral, epidemiologic, health policy, health services, and basic science issues. As part of this special initiative, the ACS offers Postdoctoral Fellowships to provide support for the training of researchers who have received a doctorate, providing initial funding leading to an independent career in cancer research.

For more information: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/RES/content/RES_5_2x_Targeted_Grants_for_Research_Directed_at_Poor_and_Underserved_Populations.asp?sitearea=RE


  • April 1, 2009
  • October 15, 2009

Postdoctoral Fellowship
Stanford University
Stanford Center
on Longevity

This Postdoctoral Fellowship provides funding for three years of full-time research in interdisciplinary studies related to aging and longevity at any of the schools at Stanford University.

For more information: http://longevity.stanford.edu/about/Fellowships/2009

Deadline: April 1, 2009

American Competitiveness in Chemistry-Fellowship (ACC-F) - NSF 08-541
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Division of Chemistry (CHE)

The ACC-F program is a program to support postdoctoral students in chemistry for two years of study in a thematic research area that is supported by the NSF Division of Chemistry. The ACC-F program seeks to

  1. build ties between academic and industrial, national laboratory, or Chemistry Division-funded center researchers (partners or affiliates) (or any combination thereof) and
  2. involve beginning scientists in efforts to broaden participation in chemistry.

Fellows will pursue research with industrial, national laboratory, or Chemistry Division-funded center partners (or any combination thereof) that will enrich their own research program. In addition, fellows will develop and implement their own plans for broadening participation in the chemical sciences. Successful applicants must propose a well-integrated, synergistic research plan with their chosen affiliate as well as an effective outreach plan that will broaden participation by underrepresented groups in chemistry.

The Chemistry Division envisions that postdoctoral fellows with successful programs who pursue careers in academia will have opportunities for significant additional funding, either through supplements to their original ACC-F award, or through new awards from the division. Future revisions of this solicitation will expand the scope of this program to other beginning scientists, pending availability of funds.

For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503237

Deadline: April 1, 2009

Research Grants Program
Smithsonian Institution (SI)
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS)

The Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) Grants Program provides opportunities for senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to use existing CTFS plots to conduct research with scientists affiliated with them. Social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply. Anyone working directly in a CTFS plot, analyzing plot data, identifying plants or animals in a plot, or generating complementary data that strengthens CTFS programs is eligible to apply. Projects can be field-oriented, herbarium- or laboratory-based, or analytical. Research projects can be either basic or applied in nature. Social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply.

For more information: http://www.ctfs.si.edu/group/Grants+%26+Training/Grants

Deadline: April 15, 2009

Welch Foundation Scholarship
International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA)

The Welch Foundation International Scholarship is offered to a promising scholar who wishes to research vacuum science or technology, or their application in any field. The scholarship is awarded to encourage international cooperation. The winner of the competition will spend a year at a research lab in another country.

Applicants must make arrangements for the proposed research program with a laboratory of their choice, which must be located outside the applicant's native country. Strong preference will be given to applicants who propose to study in a foreign lab in which they have not yet studied.

For more information: http://www.iuvsta.org/iuvsta2/index.php?id=654

Deadline:  April 15, 2009

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Trainee Research Award Program
American Society of Hematology (ASH)

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Trainee Research Award program offers research training support for medical students, residents, and selected undergraduates. Trainees will be exposed to research early in their career and hopefully be encouraged to continue research as part of their future training. Either laboratory research or clinical investigation is appropriate. Applicants are invited to be creative in developing opportunities for trainees that will favorably introduce them to the discipline of hematology.
The program is open to medical students, residents, and selected undergraduates. Undergraduate students may participate in the program at the discretion of the training program director or mentor. Fellows are ineligible for this award. Institutions applying must have a training program fully accredited by the ACGME (or national equivalent) and must have a training program director in hematology or a hematology-related area. The program is open only to institutions in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Institutions and organizations that are affiliated with medical schools are invited to apply separately. For example, the training program director at a teaching or research hospital affiliated with a medical school is considered a separate applicant from a training program director at the same medical school. This allowance may rarely result in more than one award applying to a single institution. Individual training programs are eligible for one award per calendar year. Mentors may be either the training program director or an individual who will assume the responsibilities of overseeing the student's work and progress. The mentor must be an ASH member.

For more information: http://www.hematology.org/education/awards/trainee.cfm

Deadlines:  March 16, 2009

Health Disparity Training Award
United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)

The Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) Health Disparity Training Award mechanism was introduced in FY01. The Health Disparity Training Award supports training opportunities focused on prostate cancer disparity for individuals in the early stages of their careers. The award funds research under the guidance of a mentor who is an experienced prostate cancer health disparity researcher.

PIs may apply for predoctoral and postdoctoral traineeships through this award mechanism.

For more information: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pcrp.htm

Deadline: April 29, 2009

Sigma Diagnostics Student Scholarship
National Society for Histotechnology (NSH)
Student Scholarships

Scholarships will be made annually to deserving students in approved schools of histotechnology. Academic ability and financial need will be the main criteria for selecting each recipient.
This award is sponsored by Sigma Diagnostics, Inc.

Requirements: Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student

For more information: http://www.nsh.org/organizations.php3?action=printContentItem&orgid=111&typeID=1189&itemID=17898

Deadline: May 01, 2009

AFCEA Scholarship for Working Professionals
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
AFCEA Educational Foundation Scholarships

This scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree while employed in the science or technology disciplines directly related to the mission of AFCEA. Candidates must be majoring in electrical, chemical, systems, or aerospace engineering; mathematics; physics; technical management; computer information systems; computer science; or related fields.
The candidate must be a U.S. citizen, attending an accredited college (including two-year colleges) or university in the United States on a part-time basis. Part-time status will be defined as enrollment in at least two classes per semester with a declared major in a science or technology degree program. In addition to traditional students, students enrolled in online or distance-learning programs will be eligible, as long as all other criteria are met. Eligible students must also be currently employed. Undergraduate applications will be accepted from students who are at least second-year students, i.e., sophomore, junior, and senior students. An overall GPA of 3.4 is required. Graduate applications will be accepted from students who have completed at least two postgraduate-level courses and are enrolled in an eligible degree-granting master's degree program. l

For more information: http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/workingstudents/ws1.asp

Deadline: September 1, 2009

Student Research Grant Program
Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS)

One objective of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) is to "develop and encourage wetland science as a distinct discipline by supporting student education, curriculum development, and research." As such, the primary goal of the Scholarship Committee of the International Society of Wetland Scientists is to provide partial support of wetland-related research conducted by qualified undergraduate and graduate students from any accredited college or university worldwide. Grants are intended to aid student research, but not be the sole source of research support.

A student is eligible if they are conducting undergraduate or graduate-level research in wetland science at an accredited college or university worldwide. The student need not be a member of SWS.

For more information: http://www.sws.org/studentgrants/forms_info_2009.mgi

Deadline: February 24, 2010

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Upcoming Limited Submission Program Internal Deadlines

Get more information on Limited Submission Programs.

Limited Submission Process Changes

The Office of the Vice President for Research announces that the Limited Submission process has been automated. Effective December 10, 2007, submissions will be handled through the OVPR website on the Limited Submissions page.

Virginia Tech researchers interested in participating in the Limited Submission process can now do so electronically. After submitting a Notice of Intent on-line, researchers will automatically be notified about their status in the process. This information will include word that no competition exists and a submission can go forward to the funding agency or that an internal competition must be held and pre-proposals are required. At each stage of the Limited Submission process, researchers will receive e-mails keeping them abreast of various due dates, all in an effort to eliminate confusion and missed communications.

Other policies and procedures for Limited Submissions will remain the same except for those involving Tobacco Commission pre-proposals which have their own rules. Limited submissions will continue to be listed on the OVRP website calendar and in the Opportunity Update. The Limited Subs deadlines will also be available through RSS which can be subscribed to from the Limited Subs web page. If you have questions or problems with the new process, contact Larry Quisenberry at lquisenb@vt.edu

Tagging for Efficient “Filing”

One of the newest features in COS Funding Opportunities, tagging and sharing funding records, can also be one of the most useful — especially to anyone who searches for funding for others. When you find a good opportunity, you can simply track the record to your COS Workbench and tag it with whatever labels suit you. Then just click to sort on a tag and click again to share all records with that tag. (See the October 25 COS Newsletter for more information).

Tagging is becoming a common feature on many social websites, such as del.icio.us, where users share bookmarks, and Flick'r, which allows users to share images, and other sites where users can comment on or share information.

What makes tags different from other labels or keywords is that they are entirely up to the user--there are no preset lists you must choose from. So you can give a record tags that are meaningful to you, even if not to someone else.

If an opportunity is appropriate for the whole neuroscience department, offers a large amount of money, but the application paperwork will be unusually laborious, you might use tags like these: neuro, big-money, ugh.

If another opportunity might be appropriate for Dr. Kyte, Dr. Thompson and Dr. Smith, but will require an internal competition, you might use these tags: Smith, Thompson, Kyte, compet.

There are some guidelines to remember about tags:

  • Tags are separated by spaces, so you cannot include a space in your tag
  • Tags can include periods (.), underscores (_) and hyphens (-), so you can have multi-part tags by using these symbols. For example, you can tag something with "thompson_primary" but not "thompson primary".

If you haven't already tried tracking, tagging and sharing funding records, go ahead and give it a try. Once you get used to assigning tags and develop your own personal system, I'm sure you will find this an invaluable feature in managing your funding search.

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