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Letter of Intent due June 19, 2013 - Sandy Supplemental Internal Competition for Instruments and Observing Systems Research
Background: On January 29, 2013, the President signed Public Law 113-6, the FY2013 Disaster Assistance Supplemental, to “improve and streamline disaster assistance for Hurricane Sandy, and for other purposes”. Within that law, OAR received $50M for “laboratories and cooperative institutes research activities associated with sustained observations weather research program, and ocean and coastal research”. OAR notified Congress that approximately $5.5M of this funding would be used by OAR and its partners to identify instruments and observing systems that have the potential to significantly improve storm predictions and/or decrease the cost of storm-related observations. These funds will be competed to bring the best new observing technologies forward to directly improve observations for improved forecast ability.
Scope: A variety of in situ and remote sensing platforms and instruments--including floats, drifters, dropsondes, gliders, radars and new observing technologies--can provide the observations that are key to understanding and/or predicting the structure of severe storms and potentially improve forecasts. For the purposes of this competition, “storm” shall include short-lived events (e.g., hurricanes, extra-tropical storms, mid-latitude local storms) that have acute socio-economic impacts on US and its territories. The focus of this effort will be the evaluation of instruments and systems during field tests or demonstrations. These projects will test the best new observing technologies that have the greatest potential to improve atmospheric and/or ocean observations for improved forecast ability. Projects that significantly overlap other past, in-progress, or funded work will be given low priority. Evaluations and/or evidence of improved analysis and/or forecast capability should be a consideration of any submitted LOI/proposal. Cooperative Institutes (CIs) and NOAA laboratories are encouraged to partner on these projects to ensure relevance to NOAA’s mission and to aid in the transition of promising results into operations.
Description: No more than two Letters of Intent (LOIs) are being accepted from each OAR laboratory and CI for review, except ESRL where each division may submit up to two LOIs, to determine whether or not a full proposal should be submitted for further consideration. LOIs will be evaluated by a panel of NOAA employees. If necessary, non-NOAA employees may be asked to review an LOI because of their expertise in the subject of the LOI. An e-mail response to the LOI will be sent to the identified PI within 2-3 weeks after the LOI's due date describing the review team’s decision of whether or not a full application should be submitted. Some LOIs may be accepted for funding without the need to submit a full proposal if the project is felt to be meritorious and the project scope is limited enough to be described fully in the LOI. In those cases, a full budget will be requested. Full applications will be accepted only for LOIs deemed the highest priority.
An LOI may repeat an earlier idea submitted for Sandy supplemental funds or be a new idea. Leveraging of other funds and activities is encouraged.
Due Date for Letters of Intent: June 19, 2013
Tentative Due Date for Full Proposal: August 7, 2013
Expected Start Date (for Lab activities): October 1, 2013
Expected Start Date (for CI activities): November 1, 2013
Eligible Applicants: OAR Laboratories and NOAA CIs
Funding Availability: Approximately $5.5 million will be available for approximately 5-8 new awards. It is anticipated that most awards will be at a funding level between $500,000 and $700,000 for the entire project period.
Project/Award Period: The Sandy supplemental law directs that all CI project funding must be expended within two years from the date that the award is signed. NOAA has requested an extension to three years for this activity, but NOAA does not know whether that extension will be granted. NOAA entities must expend all funds by September 30, 2014. Funds not expended by NOAA or CIs will be returned to the U.S. Treasury.
Funding Instrument: If selected for funding, NOAA laboratories will receive funding through intra-agency transfer. CIs that are selected will be funded with a separate financial assistance award. (This process is consistent with the procedure approved by the NOAA Research Council on May 17, 2011, for processing competitive awards with a NOAA CIs.) If selected for a full proposal submission, all CIs must attach a cover letter to the proposal stating his/her desire to have the proposal associated with the CI. This letter should specify the name of the cooperative institute, the CI cooperative agreement number, and the NOAA-approved research theme and task that applies to the proposal. The proposal will use the F&A rate associated with main CI agreement. If the proposal is selected for funding, NOAA will notify the university that a separate award will be issued with its own award number. However, the award will include two Special Award Conditions (SACs): (1) the existing University/NOAA Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) would be incorporated by reference into the terms of the competitive award, and (2) any performance report(s) for the competitive project must follow the timetable of the funding program and be submitted directly to the funding program. Report(s) will be copied to the CI's administrator when due, to be attached to the main cooperative agreement progress report as an appendix. This will allow the CI to coordinate all the projects submitted through the CI, since the terms of these awards will specify that this is a CI project via the MOA.
Content and Format of LOI:
The purpose of the LOI process is to provide information to potential applicants on the relevance of their proposed project in advance of preparing a full application. Full applications will be accepted only for LOIs deemed relevant. LOIs should be submitted by e-mail to John Cortinas (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5:00 PM ET on June 19, 2013. The LOI should provide a concise description of the proposed work and its relevance to this announcement. The LOI should be no more than two pages in length, use 12-point font, have 1-inch margins, and should include the components listed below.
(a) A tentative project title
(b) Name(s) and institution(s) of all Investigator(s), and the Lead Principal Investigator
(c) Statement of the problem.
(d) Brief summary of work to be completed, methodology to be used, data sets needed or to be collected, and approximate cost of the project
(e) Relevance to the competition/demonstrable outcomes of the proposed activities
(f) Anticipated total cost of the proposed work
(g) Anticipated total funding provided to non-Federal partners (e.g., CIs)
If these components are not included or the LOI is submitted late, the LOI will not be considered.
Letter of Intent Due June 20, 2013 - The Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program (HFIP) Funding Opportunity
The Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program (HFIP) provides the basis for NOAA and other agencies to coordinate hurricane research needed to significantly improve guidance for hurricane track, intensity and related coastal impact forecasts. It also engages and aligns the inter-agency and larger scientific community efforts towards addressing the challenges posed to improve hurricane forecasts. The goals of the HFIP are to improve the accuracy and reliability of hurricane forecasts, thereby increasing confidence in NOAA’s hurricane forecasts. The specific goals of the HFIP are to reduce the average errors of hurricane track and intensity forecasts by 20% within five years and 50% in ten years with a forecast period out to 7 days. The benefits of HFIP will significantly improve NOAA’s forecasts services through improved hurricane forecast science and technology. Forecasts of high accuracy and greater reliability (i.e., user confidence) are expected to improve public response, and save lives and property.
The goal of this notice is to promote and enhance NOAA’s collaboration with Principal Investigators (PIs) at academic institutions and private industry, and offer support of their expertise and experience to contribute towards the advancement of hurricane science and modeling to improve operational hurricane forecasts. Projects to be funded will involve both research and operational high-resolution regional hurricane models such as the HWRF. Community support for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)s Advanced Hurricane Research WRF (AHW) and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) operational Hurricane WRF (HWRF) can be obtained through NCAR Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology division (NCAR/MMM), and the Development Testbed Center (DTC) by visiting http://www.dtcenter.org/HurrWRF/users. Proposals that involve HWRF model development should include a plan for testing and evaluating the new capabilities. A hierarchy of testing should be proposed, ranging from do-no-harm to existing model capabilities, to case studies, to multi-season tests required for transition to operations. The latter comprehensive tests can be conducted by the DTC in collaboration with the PI. For more information, visit: http://www.hfip.org/documents/noaa-nws-nwspo-2014-2003736.pdf.
Due July 17, 2013 - American Heart Association Funding Opportunities
AHA research programs are available to basic, clinical and population scientists. Summer 2013 Programs include:
For more information, visit: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/Research/Research_UCM_316889_SubHomePage.jsp.
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.
NSF CAREER Proposal Deadlines - The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's (NSF) most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
NSF CAREER Proposal Deadlines:
July 22, 2013 (BIO, CISE, EHR, OCI)
July 23, 2013 (ENG)
July 24, 2013 (GEO, MPS, SBE, OPP)
NOTE: To be eligible to apply for an NSF CAREER award, the PI must be on a tenure-track position as an assistant professor and must not have previously received a CAREER award. For more information on the NSF CAREER Proposal, please visit: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11690/nsf11690.pdf. For information on the video conference, contact Beth Barak at email@example.com.
Due January 2013 - October 2013 - German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)- Various Opportunities - The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. Each year DAAD, its Regional Branch Offices, its Information Centers, and DAAD Professors around the globe provide information and financial support to over 67,000 highly-qualified students and faculty for international research and study. Located in New York, San Francisco, and Toronto, DAAD North America is here to advise students, faculty and current DAAD fellows in the US and Canada. Various opportunities exist for faculty and graduate students, including a Visiting Professorship Program, Co-operative Research Grants, German Language Studies, and RISE Worldwide for interns in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences or engineering. For more information visit: www.daad.org/page.
Due February 1, 2013; May 1, 2013; August 1, 2013; or November 1, 2013 - The National Research Council of the National Academies Announces the Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs for 2013 - The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. In these programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities listed on the website: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/RAP/index.htm.
Prior to completing an application, prospective applicants should contact the proposed Research Adviser to assure that funding will be available if their application is recommended by NRC panels. Once mutual interest is established between a prospective applicant and a Research Adviser, an application is submitted through the NRC WebRap system. Reviews are conducted four times each year and review results are available approximately 6-8 weeks following the application deadline. Prospective applicants should read carefully the details of the program to which they are applying. In particular, note eligibility details. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents) and some laboratories have research opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the PhD). When searching for research opportunities you may limit your search to only those laboratories which match your eligibility criteria. In addition, note the application deadlines, as not all laboratories participate in all reviews. Contact the NRC directly at 202-334-2760 or firstname.lastname@example.org if additional information is required.
Due August 1, 2013 - Fulbright – Scientific Mobility for U.S. Scholars and Professionals
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) are pleased to announce that 49 grants are available in the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition for U.S. academics, professionals, and researchers to teach and/or conduct research in Brazil.
Emerging from the Education Partnership for the 21st Century, the governments of the United States and Brazil, through the U.S.-Brazil Fulbright Commission, have expanded teaching and research exchange opportunities for faculty and mid-career researchers in the U.S. in the areas of science, technology and innovation through the Fulbright-Scientific Mobility core and Distinguished Chair awards.
U.S. scholars will be affiliated with top Brazilian universities and research centers in their areas of specialization, fostering increased cooperation and institutional collaboration between applied researchers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Proficiency in Portuguese or Spanish is not required for Fulbright-Scientific Mobility applicants.
Other opportunities for U.S. academics and professionals include grants in Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as Distinguished Chair awards in the following fields: American Studies; Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Oil and Gas Sciences and Engineering; and Visual Arts.
This past spring, CIES hosted a webinar on Fulbright Opportunities for U.S. Scholars to Brazil; feel free to listen to the podcast at the Fulbright Scholar website. To learn more about these opportunities and to find out how to apply to the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition, please contact Alisha Scott at email@example.com or visit http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/.
Due August 1, 2013 - 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program - The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2014-2015 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. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit our website at http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/ or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due August 16, 2013 - American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Research Awards - Pathway is a bold new initiative to radically transform diabetes research. The vision is simple yet revolutionary: find a new generation of brilliant scientists at the peak of their creativity and equip them with the freedom, autonomy and financial and professional resources to set them on the road to breakthrough discoveries.
Pathway awards will support exceptional, creative scientists; individuals who are early in their diabetes research careers, or who are currently in other disciplines, but are interested in applying their expertise to diabetes research for the first time.
Pathway will provide the means to conduct transformative science, including:
Summary due August 19, 2013 - National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends, FY 14 - The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Program supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, educational, and other scholarly tools. The Stipend supports full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months and successful applicants receive an outright award of $6,000. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year. The Summer Stipends Program accepts applications from researchers, teachers, and writers regardless of their institutional affiliation. Only individual applicants are eligible to apply for Summer Stipends. Applicants with college or university affiliations, however, must be nominated by their institutions. (Only non-faculty members, adjunct and part-time faculty and independent scholars may apply online without a nomination).
How to Apply Through FAU
Each college and university in the United States may nominate two faculty members per campus. Each can be either a junior or a senior faculty member. NEH defines junior nominees as academic applicants at the rank of assistant professor or instructor or who are at comparably early stages of their careers. Those holding the rank of associate professor or professor will be considered senior nominees. If there are several individuals who would like to be considered as a campus nominee, the University must appoint an internal ad hoc committee to review the applications for each rank, to determine the nominee. Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the guidelines and application instructions located on the NEH website.
To be considered for nomination by FAU, Faculty must submit a brief 1-page summary of your project to Camille E. Coley, JD, Assistant Vice President for Research, at email@example.com no later than Monday, August 19, 2013. If there are more than two applications in each ranking on any campus, then an ad hoc committee will be convened to select the nominees. You will be notified by August 30, 2013, whether or not you have been selected to submit a full application. The NEH submission deadline is September 26, 2013. To get full details about the NEH application, go to www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html.
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Due September 16, 2013, for anticipated funding beginning January 1, 2014 - American Diabetes Association and Lilly Clinical Research Award: Diabetes Care in Older Adults - It is currently estimated that at least 25 percent of people aged 65 and older have diabetes, and that percentage is expected to grow as the U.S. population ages. Diabetes in older adults leads to increases in morbidity, decreased functional and mental status, and reduced life expectancy. Although significant evidence exists that lowering blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol reduces the risk of diabetes complications, older adults have typically been excluded from the studies that led to this evidence.
The American Diabetes Association and Eli Lilly and Company are pleased to announce a call for applications for original and innovative research proposals to further identify the safest and most effective means of diabetes treatment for the older adult population.
Application Guidelines: Clinical and translational studies focused on improving the evidence base and understanding of the goals, barriers, and effects of treatments and interventions in older adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes will be considered.
Support: $550,000 maximum over a three-year term.
Deadline: September 16, 2013, for anticipated funding beginning January 1, 2014.
To learn more about this research funding opportunity on diabetes care in older adults, or to apply, please visit professional.diabetes.org/grants-targeted.
Due September 30, 2013 - NASA Solicits Ideas for International Space Station Research - NASA's International Space Station National Laboratory and Technology Demonstration offices are asking for proposals on how the space station may be used to develop advanced or improved exploration technologies. NASA also is seeking proposals about how new approaches, technologies and capabilities could improve the unique laboratory environment of the orbiting outpost. The announcement will provide successful proposers access to the space station's microgravity environment, crew support and robotic servicing The NASA Research Announcement, "Soliciting Proposals for Exploration Technology Demonstration and National Lab Utilization Enhancements," may be viewed at: http://go.nasa.gov/Uqkccz. For more information on the International Space Station and its research, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station/.
NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) - The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce its 2013 student and faculty programs:
Space Grant Fellowship Program (SGFP): http://floridaspacegrant.org/programs/space-grant-fellowship-program/
Florida Space Research Program (FSRP): http://floridaspacegrant.org/programs/florida-space-research-program-fsrp/
NASA Internships: FSGC will provide the stipend for up to 6 students (enrolled in a Florida university or college) who are selected for summer internships at NASA centers through the NASA internship website (intern.nasa.gov)
All these programs can also be accessed from the main FSGC web page: http://www.floridaspacegrant.org.
Pre-proposal Due January 15, 2014 - Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) - GoMRI is pleased to announce the development of the GoMRI Request for Proposals for 2015-2017 GoMRI Research Consortia. The purpose of the 2015-2017 GoMRI Research Consortia RFP, to be released in mid-November 2013, is to select the research activities for GoMRI Years 5–7 (1 January 2015–31 December 2017) involving Research Consortia, defined as a contractual arrangement between a PI and co-PIs at four or more institutions. The total funds available for distribution to Research Consortia through the 2015-2017 GoMRI Research Consortia RFP will be approximately $35 million per year. A RFP for individual and small research group investigations will be forthcoming in late 2014. Unlike previous RFPs, the 2015-2017 GoMRI Research Consortia RFP will include a pre-proposal step. Pre-proposals will be required to qualify for submission of a full proposal in response to the 2015-2017 GoMRI Research Consortia RFP. Based on evaluation of the pre-proposals, applicants will receive feedback encouraging or discouraging them to submit a full proposal. Submission of a pre-proposal will be required for submission of a full proposal, regardless of the nature of the feedback. Even if a pre-proposal is discouraged from submission of a full proposal, the applicants may submit a full proposal. Failure to submit a pre-proposal will disqualify a full proposal. For more information, visit: http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/.
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.
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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards will be made until FESC educational funds are exhausted.
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 email@example.com or 352-392-0946 if you have any questions.
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