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Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Explorations Round 10 Grants Announced
Over 50 new grants of US$100,000 each will be made to investigators from 18 countries and mark the tenth round of funding from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative seeking to lower the barriers for testing innovative ideas in global health and development. Also announced was additional funding of up to US$1 million each for four Grand Challenges Explorations projects to enable grantees to advance their work. Please read the press release at www.grandchallenges.org/about/Newsroom/Pages/GCERound10Grants.aspx  and the grant summaries at http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/GrantsAwarded.aspx. Additional opportunities for funding can be found at http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx.

Florida Institute of Oceanography
New opportunities are available through the FIO.  Please follow this link to view: http://fio.usf.edu/opportunities .

Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) Education Program Solicitation
The agencies are requesting proposals for one or more broadly coordinated demonstration projects in U.S. coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) that demonstrate how an end-to-end marine BON can be developed. “End-to-end” refers to integration of observations and data across multiple scales of diversity (genetic to ecosystem, microbes to whales), time (instants to centuries), and space (in situ to satellite remote sensing). Marine BON demonstration projects has just been published.  It's available on Grants.gov and at this URL: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=239797.

FY2014 IOOS/OAP Marine Sensor and Other Advanced Observing Technologies Transition Project
The Programs are seeking Letters of Intent (LOIs) from prospective investigators relating how their project ideas align with either of two topic areas: 1) a very broad topic of marine sensor transitions, and 2) a narrower topic of ocean acidification observing technologies to better serve the ocean observing needs for impacted or potentially vulnerable industries or stakeholders (e.g., fisheries, coral reef conservation, state agencies, others.) NOAA PIs are eligible to apply.  There are two subthemes to the RFP - one focused on broad sensor development (which can include OA) and one more narrowly focused on development of OA observing technologies for use by impacted or potentially vulnerable stakeholders.  http://www.oceanacidification.noaa.gov/FundingOpportunities.aspx.

Due February 1 or August 1, 2014 - NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Directorate’s Science, Technology & Society (STS) solicitation
STS considers proposals for scientific research into the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society. STS researchers use diverse methods including social science, historical, and philosophical methods. Successful proposals will be transferrable (i.e., generate results that provide insights for other scientific contexts that are suitably similar). They will produce outcomes that address pertinent problems and issues at the interface of science, technology and society, such as those having to do with practices and assumptions, ethics, values, governance, and policy.

The STS review process is approximately six months. It includes appraisal of proposals by ad hoc reviewers selected for their expertise and by an advisory panel that meets twice a year. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are February 1st for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 1st for proposals to be funded in or after January. For more information, visit: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12509/nsf12509.pdf.

Blavatnik Travel Fellowships

Consistent with the Academy's intention to encourage highly qualified early career investigators (graduate/undergraduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty), women, racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and other individuals who traditionally have been underrepresented in science to pursue professional careers in the sciences, the Academy provides Travel Fellowships to defray (in part) the travel, lodging, and registration costs for meritorious individuals to attend and present their scholarly achievements at Academy symposia. Awardees are selected via a competitive application process. Current Travel Fellowship opportunities are listed below. Please visit the individual symposium website for further information regarding eligibility criteria and application guidelines.

Companion Diagnostics: From Biomarker Identification to Market Entry
April 28-29, 2014
New York, NY
Application Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014

Targeting VEGF-mediated Tumor Angiogenesis in Cancer Therapy
June 19-20, 2014
New York, NY
Application Deadline: Friday, April 4, 2014

Due April 29 - NSF 14-534: Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN): 2014 Focus: Urban Sustainability
The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition is to bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers, educators, managers, policymakers and other stakeholders to conduct collaborative research that addresses fundamental challenges in sustainability. The 2014 SRN competition will fund research networks with a focus on urban sustainability. Proposals should identify an ambitious and nationally important theme in urban sustainability, present a creative and innovative research agenda that builds upon existing work in this area, and describe how a network of researchers and other stakeholders will be supported that integrates a variety of disciplines, sectors and backgrounds in order to create new perspectives and yield significant new understanding and knowledge. For more information, visit: www.nsf.gov/sees or http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14534/nsf14534.pdf.

Abstracts due to the Division of Research, Monday, May 5, 2014 - Limited Submission Grant Opportunity – Brain Research Foundation
The Brain Research Foundation has invited Florida Atlantic University to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2014 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The objective of the program is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.

To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time associate professor/full professor working in the area of studies and brain function in health and disease. Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential. The grant period is for two years in the amount of $150,000. The support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit.

Please download the SIA Guidelines and Letter of Intent form:
SIA Guidelines
Letter of Intent  (Please note that to edit and save the LOI, it must be opened in Adobe Acrobat)

This is a LIMITED SUBMISSION GRANT OPPORTUNITY – no more than one application can be submitted per institution. To be considered to submit from FAU, please send a one page ABSTRACT and the PI’s abbreviated CV in ONE PDF DOCUMENT to limted@fau.edu by 5 PM on Monday, May 5, 2014 .

The selected candidate will need to submit Letter of Intent to the Brain Research Foundation by July 1, 2014 at 4:00PM CT.

Due May 6, 2014 - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online on the following topics:

  • New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions
  • Explore New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development
  • Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development
  • Inciting Healthy Behaviors: nudge, leapfrog, disrupt, reach
  • Novel Enabling Tools and Models Supporting the Development of Interventions for Severe Diarrhea and Enteric Dysfunction

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/explorations.

Due August 1, 2014 - 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Core Competition
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2015-2016 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.  Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards. The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2014.  U.S. citizenship is required.  For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit the website at http://www.cies.org/program/core-fulbright-us-scholar-program or contact us at scholars@iie.org.

Due August 5  -PHS 2014-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42]): Division of Aging Biology
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications. The Division of Aging Biology sponsors research on the molecular, cellular, genetic, and physiological causes and consequences of aging processes. The ultimate goal is to develop interventions to reduce and/or delay age-related degenerative processes in humans. For more information, visit: http://pivot.cos.com/funding_opps/142345.

Due June 18 - 2014 NASA EONS Solicitation: Appendix G- Educator Professional Development (EPD)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for Educator Professional Development (EPD) appendix. EPD is designed to provide high quality STEM professional development opportunities for formal and informal educators capitalizing on NASA’s unique assets and capabilities. Pre-service, in-service, and informal educators working with grades K-20 and higher education faculty are considered customers and clients who derive benefits from EPD opportunities. EPD was established to consolidate historically diverse components into a focused effort to ensure operational efficiency while optimizing strategies, methods, and technologies that promote and foster educators’ use of NASA-related content in their instructional activities. For more information regarding these opportunities, please visit the NASA EONS page on the NSPIRES website.

Defense Health Program- Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriation Announcement
The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Defense Appropriations Act provides $200 million to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). The funding is provided to support select medical research projects of clear scientific merit and direct relevance to military health. Research support is restricted to the following congressionally directed topic areas: Acupuncture, Arthritis, Chronic Migraine and Posttraumatic Headache, Congenital Heart Disease, DNA Vaccine Technology for Postexposure Prophylaxis, Dystonia, Epilepsy, Food Allergies, Fragile X Syndrome, Hereditary Angioedema, Illnesses Related to Radiation Exposure, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Interstitial Cystitis, Lupus, Malaria, Metabolic Disease, Neuroprosthetics, Pancreatitis, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis, Psychotropic Medications, Respiratory Health, Rheumatoid Arthritis Segmental Bone Defects, and Tinnitus.

The vision of the PRMRP is to improve the health and well-being of all military service members, veterans, and beneficiaries. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

All applications must conform to the final program announcements and application instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the Grants.gov (http://grants.gov) website. The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov. A listing of all USAMRMC funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Calls for Proposals
The U.S-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) has issued two new CALLS FOR PROPOSALS in its special programs:
1.  `Transformative Science`, a special program for ground breaking ideas in scientific research. You can find the CALL using the link:
2.   `Prof. R. Rahamimoff Travel Grants for Young Scientists`, a special program supporting short, research related, trips of young American scientists to Israel, and young Israeli scientists to the U.S. You can find the CALL using the link: http://www.bsf.org.il/data/FormsToDownload/BSF-TravelGrant-call.PDF.

Defense Health Program- Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program - Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2014
The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Defense Appropriations Act provides $200 million to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP).  The vision of the PRMRP is to improve the health and well-being of all military service members, veterans, and beneficiaries.  The PRMRP challenges the scientific and clinical communities to address one of the FY14 congressionally directed topic areas with original ideas that foster new directions in basic science and translational research; novel product development leading to improved therapeutic or diagnostic tools; or clinical trials that address an immediate clinical need.  This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The PRMRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications.  FY14 PRMRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in April 2014.  Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released.  This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the CDMRP electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (https://eBRAP.org) prior to the pre-application deadline.  Applications must be submitted through the federal government's single-entry portal, Grants.gov.  Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released.  Requests for email notification of the Program Announcement release may be sent to help@eBRAP.org.  Email notifications of funding opportunities are sent as a courtesy and should not be used as a sole source of notification; applicants should monitor Grants.gov for official postings of funding opportunities.
For more information about the PRMRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) Education Program Solicitation
Program Description:
Proposals are sought for educational courses, workshops, and other educational activities in the energy area which target undergraduate and graduate students, industry professionals, and the adult lay public in the State of Florida. Of specific interest are series of courses comprising minor or certificate programs in sustainable energy, as well as survey courses/workshops in energy, both of which would be also offered online. However, all energy education proposals that have large impact in the state of Florida are encouraged. Proposals involving K-12 outreach/education are not part of this request.

Proposal Content:

Cover Page: Title and full contact information for PI

Abstract: One page max abstract highlighting the educational activity and summarizing the impact to the State of Florida

Body of Proposal: Five pages maximum, single-spaced, 12 point font and one-inch margins outlining the proposed educational activity. Please provide details regarding the following:

  • Format/syllabus of the course, materials to be used and/or developed and disseminated, schedule to be followed, names of speakers/teachers
  • Details about the projected composition and size (numbers of people) of the target audience in the State of Florida
  • How the educational activity will be assessed
  • How often the education activity will be offered. Is this a one-time activity? If not, what is the sustainability plan and associated commitment letter from the relevant parties.
  • Period of performance indicating timeline for preparation/development and delivery of educational activity.
  • Budget with justification. No indirect costs are to be included.

Resume: Include resumes/CVs of up to three pages for the PI and any co-PIs. Include a list or text associated with other previous activities related to the proposed educational project.

Merit Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by the FESC Steering Committee and will be selected based on the merit of the educational activity, commitment of relevant university leadership, and the impact to the State of Florida. Proposals which map to the areas of special interest as outlined in the Program Description will be given special consideration.

Application Due Date

Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. Please submit applications electronically to Canan Balaban, Associate Director of FESC, cbalaban@ufl.edu. Awards will be made until FESC educational funds are exhausted.

Reporting Requirements

During the project period, a short report – less than two pages – will need to be submitted to Canan Balaban two times per year to include as part of the FESC biannual reports. A final report (up to ten pages) outlining accomplishments and budget expenditures needs to be submitted at the end of the project period.

Please contact Jennifer Curtis, Interim FESC Director, at jcurtis@eng.ufl.edu or 352-392-0946 if you have any questions.

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