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October 2009


October 2009

We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Fall weather!!

As always, please allow extra time for our office to assist you in processing your grant proposals to avoid unnecessary delays or missed deadlines.

REMINDER: Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Updates
  Updates from the Director

We hope the Fall 2009 semester started smoothly for everyone and that schedules are allowing time to consider scholarly pursuits.  It those activities include preparation and submission of external funding; we want to offer our assistance and some advice.

First, please notify the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) as soon as you identify the funding opportunity you plan to pursue.  OSP can review the guidelines to provide a summary of the information required to complete the submission.  We can also ensure JMU’s eligibility for the program before your effort is wasted on a proposal that cannot be submitted. 

Second, please work with us in preparation of the budget for your proposal.  OSP is required to certify that the budget meets the regulatory costing standards; insuring that all allowable costs have been included and all unallowable costs are excluded.  By including us on the front end, we can assist with that task.  By excluding us from the budget preparation process, we become an administrative headache in verifying that your budget is compliant.  Our work requirement in this area is the same, and we much prefer to assist you than to be a hindrance.

Finally, the holidays are approaching!  The holiday closings in November and December reduce the number of business days we have to complete the work.  In addition, employees at JMU and our sponsors like to take extra vacation days during these times.  University Policy #2201 requires proposals for external funding to be routed though OSP at least five full workdays prior to the agency’s target date for submission.  Given the holiday breaks, these five working days may be closer than they appear, so please don’t procrastinate.  Proposals are always stronger and less stressful when not thrown together at the last minute.

We look forward to serving you and enjoying our holidays!

 
Compliance Corner
 

National Science Foundation Now Requiring Training on Ethical Research; Office of Research Integrity Seeks Feedback

According to a notice in the Aug. 29 Federal Register, effective Jan. 4, 2010, NSF will require that institutions certify that they have a plan "to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research." The Office for Research Integrity, on its new blog, is also seeking feedback on this requirement.

Link to NSF notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-19930.pdf
Link to ORI blog: http://ori.hhs.gov/blog/

The purpose of a Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research  training program is to recognize and promote ethical and responsible research practices and reduce scientific misconduct and misbehaviors.

In the next few weeks, the university will make available free online appropriate training modules for all personnel supported by federal sources. This training is mandated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working on research funded by the NSF. This is the implementation of Section 7009 of the America Competes Act (ACA). The National Science Foundation will require training on all grants supported by the NSF effective January 4, 2010. While only undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working on NSF-supported grants must take the training, we recommend that all project personnel take the training to ensure the best possible environment to foster the responsible and ethical conduct of research at JMU.

URL for America Competes Act, Section 7009: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-19930.pdf

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News Items
  Restructured Application Forms and Instructions for Submissions for FY2011 Funding

NIH announces that new, restructured versions of the paper PHS 398 and electronic SF 424 (R&R) application packages and instructions will be available by December 2009.  

Applicants must download and use the new application packages for submissions targeting due dates on or after January 25, 2010 (funding for fiscal year (FY) 2011 and beyond).  Changes include significantly shorter page limits and restructured application packages.  These changes will affect all competing applications submitted to NIH, as follows:

  • all applications (including individual Career Awards) electronically submitted using application packages that combine the SF 424 (R&R) with PHS 398 components (e.g, PHS 398 Research Plan Component and PHS 398 Career Development Supplement Form);
  • all electronically submitted Individual NRSA Fellowship applications using application packages that combine the SF 424 (R&R) with the PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form; and
  • all applications using the paper PHS 398 application package.

Background

In June 2007, the NIH initiated a formal, agency-wide effort to review the peer review system (http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/). In December 2008, NIH announced an updated timeline for implementing changes resulting from this initiative.

One action resulting from the initiative, the use of enhanced review criteria, was implemented per this timeline for applications submitted for FY2010 funding. To align the structure and content of applications with review criteria, and to shorten the length of applications to fulfill another action from the initiative, NIH will soon implement a shortened and restructured application format for submissions for FY2011 funding (beginning with due dates on or after January 25, 2010). 

Although shorter page limits were used for applications submitted in response to initiatives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA; Recovery Act), and others, the new format (including shortened page limits) will apply to nearly all types of applications submitted to the NIH and will utilize new instructions and application forms.

Timing

All new or resubmission applications targeting due dates on or after January 25, 2010 (for FY2011 funding consideration) must use the new application forms and instructions (even if the initial submission followed the current application forms and instructions; see NIH resubmission policies at NOT-OD-09-016 and NOT-OD-09-003 ).

Applications submitted using incorrect application forms (including applications that have an incorrect mix of old and new forms) will be delayed and may not be reviewed.

AIDS applications that are intended for review in the May 2010 council round and submitted by reviewers who are eligible for continuous submission (see NOT-OD-08-026 and NOT-OD-09-114 ) will use the existing forms and instructions.

Between now and December 2009, NIH will publish new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) without accompanying electronic application packages.  By December 2009, NIH will post the new application packages in all active FOAs, with the exception of the following, which will be available in early 2010:

  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR [R43/R44])/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR [R41/R42]) applications,
  • Conference (R13/U13) grant applications, and
  • Individual Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship applications (F30, F31, F32, and F33).

NIH will issue a Guide Notice when the new forms and instructions are available.  New parent announcements will be issued at the same time that the new application packages become available. Additionally, all active FOAs will be updated.  The FOA changes will be completed at the same time that the new application packages and instructions are posted. 

Applicants MUST return to the FOA (or the reissued PARENT ANNOUNCeMENT) to download the new application forms and instructions for due dates on or after January 25, 2010.

The following table provides the final standard due dates for the current application format and the first due dates with the new format. The current version of the SF 424 (R&R) form is identified with the text “ADOBE-FORMS-A” in the competition ID field that is visible in the application header information and when downloading the application package from Grants.gov.  The new SF 424 (R&R) form will be identified as “ADOBE_FORMS_B”. The new paper PHS 398 form will be dated June 2009.


Activity Code

Final Due Date for Current Forms

First Due Date for New Forms

P (Program Project and Center)

9/25/2009

1/25/2010

T (Training)

9/25/2009

1/25/2010

C06/UC6, R18/U18, R24/U24, R25, G07, G08, G11, G13, G20, D71/U2R, M01, S06, S11, S21, S22, SC1, SC2, SC3, U19, U45, U54, U56

9/25/2009

1/25/2010

R15

10/25/2009

2/25/2010

R01, U01

11/5/2009

2/5/2010

K (Career Development)

11/12/2009

2/12/2010

R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36

11/16/2009

2/16/2010

R41, R42, R43, R44

12/5/2009

4/5/2010

F (Individual NRSA Fellowship)

12/8/2009

4/8/2010

R13/U13

12/12/2009

4/12/2010

F31 Diversity Fellowship

12/13/2009

4/13/2010

AIDS and AIDS-Related Applications (supersedes ALL dates shown above)

1/7/2010

5/7/2010


New Application Structure and Length

Shortened Page Limits. The page limit for the new Research Strategy section will be 6 or 12 pages, according to the chart below.  One additional page will be allowed for Specific Aims.  As always, if the FOA requires page limits that differ from the application instructions, the FOA page limits should be followed.    For resubmission and revision applications for most programs, the Introduction will be limited to one page.


Current Page Limit
(Section 2-5 of the Research Plan)

New Page Limit
(Research Strategy)

<25

6

25

12

>25

Follow FOA Instructions

For individual Career Development (K) applications, the Research Strategy includes Candidate Information, and will be limited to 12 pages.

The Program Plan for Institutional Career Development and Research Training (T) Awards, including K12, Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional NRSA Applications, International Training Program Planning Grants and Grants in Epidemiology (D43 and D71), and Education Projects (R25) remains at 25 pages, or as indicated in specific FOAs. The Introduction to Resubmission Application for Training (T, D43, D71), R25 and K12 applications will be three pages.

Additional detail on changes to page limits for specific sections of the application, organized by activity code, may be found at the Table of Page Limits.

Alignment of the Application with Peer Review Criteria. To coordinate with the enhanced peer review criteria, changes will be made to the following sections of the application forms and instructions: 1) Research Plan, 2) Resources, and 3) Biographical Sketch.

  • Research Plan. Three sections of the current Research Plan (Background and Significance, Preliminary Studies/Progress Report, and Research Design and Methods) will be consolidated into a new single section within the Research Plan entitled Research Strategy.  The new Research Strategy section (a single PDF upload in the PHS 398 Research Plan Component of the SF 424 (R&R)), will be sub-divided into three parts: Significance, Innovation, and Approach.  The Approach sub-section will include both Preliminary Studies for New Applications and Progress Report for Renewal/Revision Applications.

Current Research Plan
(Section 5.5)

Restructured Research Plan
(Section 5.5)

  • Introduction to Application (Resubmission or Revision Applications only)
  • Introduction to Application (Resubmission or Revision Applications only)
  • Specific Aims
  • Specific Aims
  • Background and Significance
  • Research Strategy
  • Significance
  • Innovation
  • Approach
  • Preliminary Studies for New Applications
  • Progress Report for Renewal/Revision Applications
  • Preliminary Studies/Progress Report
  • Research Design and Methods

6. to 12.

4. to 10. (renumbered)

13. Select Agent Research

11. Select Agent Research (modified)

14. to 17.

12. to 15. (renumbered)

  •  Resources.  The Facilities and Other Resources section will be changed to require a description of how the scientific environment will contribute to the probability of success of the project, unique features of the environment, and for Early Stage Investigators, the institutional investment in the success of the investigator (e.g. resources, classes, etc.).   The Facilities and Other Resources section is part of the R&R Other Project Information in the SF 424 (R&R) application, and part of the Resources Format Page in the paper PHS 398 application.
  • Biographical Sketch
    • A new Personal Statement will be incorporated as Part A, changing the parts formerly called A, B, and C to Parts B, C, and D. 
    • Applicants should limit the list of selected peer-reviewed publications to no more than 15.  These 15 publications should be chosen on the basis of recency, importance to the field, and relevance to the proposed research.

The Biographical Sketch changes are also implemented for the PHS 2590 Noncompeting Continuation Progress Report (Notice OD-09-139), effective October 1, 2009.  Although not immediately required in competing applications, institutions may begin to include a Personal Statement and 15 or fewer publications in Biographical Sketches (as described in this Policy Announcement) prior to January 25, 2010 due dates, if desired.

Notes

For more details, visit Details of Application Changes.

Concurrent with the implementation of Enhancing Peer Review changes, NIH will also be transitioning to the most recent version of the OMB-cleared application forms that include the changes required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA).

It is not appropriate to mix old and new paper application forms; such applications will be delayed and may not be reviewed.  Please closely follow the instructions detailed in the application package.

Related Notices

NOT-OD-09-023 “Enhancing Peer Review: The NIH Announces Updated Implementation Timeline”
NOT-OD-09-025 “Enhancing Peer Review: The NIH Announces Enhanced Review Criteria for Evaluation of Research Applications Received for Potential FY2010 Funding”.

Inquiries

Questions should be directed to grantsinfo@od.nih.gov.

For more information on NIH’s Enhancing Peer Review effort, visit http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/

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Funding Resources & Announcements - "HOT" LINKS
  Please visit the "funding sources" link at the following website for resource listings and searchable databases.

http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/fsources.html

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Selected Funding Opportunities
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY LINKS
 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Grant Opportunities in Global Health

National Institutes of Health - Department of Health and Human Services
Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA) (R01)
The Humana Foundation

Grants to Promote Healthy Lives and Healthy Communities

The National Science Foundation

CHE-DMR-DMS Solar Energy Initiative (SOLAR)
Building Engineered Complex Systems

Plant Genome Research Program
Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2010 (EFRI-2010)
Organization of Projects on Environmental Research in the Arctic (OPERA)

The Dan David Foundation

The Dan David Prize

The American Psychological Association

Congressional Fellowship Program

The Department of Energy
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Methods to Enable a Systems Biology Knowledge Base
The American Federation for Aging Research

AFAR Research Grants

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Scholars-in-Residence Program
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
  Grant Opportunities in Global Health
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for the Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million initiative to encourage bold and unconventional global health solutions. Proposals are currently being accepted online until November 2, 2009 on the following topics: Create New Ways to Protect Against Infectious Disease; Create Low-Cost Diagnostics for Priority Global Health Conditions; Create New Ways to Induce and Measure Mucosal Immunity; and Create New Technologies for Contraception.
  • Eligibility: Anyone can apply, regardless of your prior experiences or institutional affiliation. Previous winners include graduate students, entrepreneurs at start-up companies, and creative thinkers from all fields of research.
  • Funding: Initial grants will be $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to $1 million.
  • Web: http://www.grandchallenges.org/explorations
  • Deadline: November 2, 2009
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
  Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA) (R01)
  • The National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications from institutions and organizations proposing exceptionally innovative research on novel hypotheses or difficult problems, solutions to which would have an extremely high impact on biomedical or biobehavioral research that is germane to the mission of one or more of the participating NIH institutes. This FOA is for support of new projects, not continuation of projects that have already been initiated. It does not support pilot projects, i.e., projects of limited scope that are designed primarily to generate data that will enable the PI to seek other funding.
  • Eligibility: The following organizations and institutions are eligible to apply: domestic and foreign public/state-controlled institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher education; Hispanic-serving institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs); Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions; nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS status; small businesses; and for-profit organizations.
  • Funding: This FOA will utilize the NIH Research Project Grant (R01) award mechanism. Support may be requested for up to $800,000 in direct costs (excluding consortium facilities and administrative [F&A] costs) over a four-year period, prorated for shorter terms (e.g., $600,000 for three years, $400,000 for two years). Regardless of the term of support, direct costs (excluding consortium F&A costs) may not exceed $250,000 in any one year. Cost sharing is not required.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-10-009.html
  • Deadline: November 24, 2009
THE HUMANA FOUNDATION
  Grants to Promote Healthy Lives and Healthy Communities
  • The Humana Foundation supports organizations that improve the quality of life in communities where Humana has a meaningful presence. The Humana Foundation supports and nurtures charitable activities that promote healthy lives and healthy communities. The foundation will give special consideration to proposals that focus on: literacy activities that lead to improved health experiences; health and fitness efforts that lead to better decisions and lifestyles; and development of technology, tools, and resources that lead to healthy communities.
  • Eligibility: Organizations must be nonprofit and classified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service. Individuals and private foundations are not eligible to receive funds.
  • Funding: Most grants are given for one year; multi-year grants are given on an occasional basis
  • Web: http://www.humanafoundation.org/grant_application.asp
  • Deadline: January 15, 2010
THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
  CHE-DMR-DMS Solar Energy Initiative (SOLAR)
  • The purpose of the CHE-DMR-DMS Solar Energy Initiative is to support interdisciplinary efforts by groups of researchers to address the scientific challenges of highly efficient harvesting, conversion, and storage of solar energy. Groups must include three or more co-Principal Investigators of whom one must be a researcher in chemistry, a second in materials, and a third in mathematical sciences in areas supported by the Divisions of Chemistry, Materials Research, and Mathematical Sciences, respectively. The intent is to encourage new collaborations in which the mathematical sciences are linked in a synergistic way with the chemical and materials sciences to develop novel, potentially transformative approaches in an area of much activity but largely incremental advances. Successful proposals will offer potentially transformative projects, new concepts, and interdisciplinary education through research involvement based on the integrated expertise and synergy from the three disciplinary communities.

  • Eligibility: Universities and Colleges: Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) located and accredited in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.
  • Funding: $7 million for 3-10 awards, with funding durations of up to three years.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503298
  • Deadline: December 8, 2009 - Preliminary Proposals; March 10, 2010 - Full Proposals

Building Engineered Complex Systems

  • The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) are collaborating in this solicitation to provide "seed funding" for small teams of innovative engineers and mathematical scientists (mathematicians or statisticians) to seek and develop a theoretical basis of complex systems, with the aim of developing formal methods for the design of engineered complex systems. A complex system is characterized by its display of patterns of structure or behavior at one level of organization of the system that are diagnostic of interactions among parts of the system at other levels; the emergent behaviors or structures are not evident from considering only the system's separate components. This solicitation has been motivated by the observation that many natural, social and engineered systems have been recognized to be complex systems, in which the traditional reductionist approach to science and engineering fails to predict and explain the patterns and behaviors that emerge from the functioning of these systems. Many engineered systems fall into this category and unexpected failures and other consequences have been experienced as these systems function near the edge of their expected performance capacity, for example in power grids, traffic systems, critical civil infrastructures, materials, chemical industrial systems, manufacturing and service enterprises, and environmental systems. Although these unexpected behaviors can be undesirable, it has also been recognized that complex systems with their ability to display emergent behaviors can be designed to be resilient and robust, features that are desirable in engineered systems.
  • Funding: $4 million for 12-20 awards.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503431
  • Deadline: January 19, 2010

Plant Genome Research Program

  • In the past twelve years of this program, there has been a tremendous increase in the tools available for genomics in key crop plants and their models, including but not limited to, collections of expressed sequence resources, genome survey sequences, mutant collections, expression profiling resources, and tools for studying gene expression in situ. High quality whole genome sequences and downstream tools are available for a number of key crops as well as widely-used model systems. This wealth of genomic resources makes it possible for researchers to begin to address some of the major unanswered questions in plant biology that have been intractable using traditional approaches as well as transfer findings from model systems into plants of economic importance. At the same time, there is a continued need for novel and creative tools to allow development of new experimental approaches or new ways of analyzing genomic data. Proposals that present conceptually new and different ideas are encouraged, especially from investigators and institutions that have not participated in the PGRP before. In addition, proposals that provide strong and novel training opportunities integral to the research plan, and particularly across disciplines, are especially encouraged. Four kinds of activity will be supported in FY 2010: (1) Genome-Enabled Plant Research (GEPR) awards to tackle major unanswered questions in plant biology on a genome-wide scale; (2) Transferring Research from Model Systems (TRMS) awards to apply basic biological findings made using model systems to studying the basic biology of plants of economic importance; (3) Tools and Resources for Plant Genome Research (TRPGR) awards to support development of novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery in plant genomics; and (4) Comparative Plant Genome Sequencing (CPGS) awards to support development of sequence resources to enable research in economically important crop plants and plant processes of potential economic value. Proposals addressing these opportunities are welcomed at all scales, from single-investigator projects through multi-investigator, multi-institution projects, commensurate with the scope of the work proposed.
  • Eligibility: Proposals may only be submitted by U.S. academic institutions, U.S. non-profit research organizations including museums, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities, and consortia of only the eligible organizations listed here. When a consortium of eligible organizations submits a proposal, it must be submitted as a single proposal with one organization serving as the lead and all other organizations as subawardees.
  • Funding: $20 million for 15-25 awards.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5338
  • Deadline: January 26, 2010

Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2010 (EFRI-2010)

  • The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation has established the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) to serve a critical role in focusing on important emerging areas in a timely manner. The EFRI Office is launching a new funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, proposals will be considered that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two specific research areas: 1) Renewable Energy Storage (RESTOR), and 2) Science in Energy and Environmental Design (SEED): Engineering Sustainable Buildings. This solicitation will be coordinated with NSF Directorates listed above, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge.
  • Eligibility: EFRI proposals may be submitted by a single organization or a group of organizations consisting of a lead organization in partnership with one or more partner organizations. Only U.S. academic institutions which perform research and with degree-granting education programs in disciplines normally support by NSF are eligible to be the lead organization.
  • Funding: $29 million for about 14 four-year awards.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13708
  • Deadline: October 9, 2009 - Letters of Intent; November 13, 2009 - Preliminary Proposals; March 31, 2010 - Formal Proposals

Organization of Projects on Environmental Research in the Arctic (OPERA)

  • This solicitation seeks proposals for activities to foster and sustain collaboration among projects funded by NSF that contribute to the US arctic environmental change research effort. Many of these projects began during the International Polar Year (IPY) and are currently affiliated with the US Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) and the Arctic Observation Network. Others are supported outside of the auspices of SEARCH and IPY. The project or projects supported through this solicitation will provide resources to the scientific leadership that are needed to implement SEARCH's broad science agenda. The scope covers SEARCH generally and its component parts, observing, understanding and responding. One key additional effort, which has gained prominence during the IPY, is needed to tie all these together: a robust and modern approach to managing and enabling discovery of Arctic scientific data.
  • Eligibility: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: a) For profit organizations; b) Non-profit, non-academic organizations; c) Universities and Colleges.
  • Funding: $10-15 million for 1-4 awards. Awards of up to 5 years may be considered.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503323
  • Deadline: December 11, 2009
THE DAN DAVID FOUNDATION
  The Dan David Prize
  •  The Dan David Prize recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. It aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world. The Dan David Prize covers three time dimensions - Past, Present and Future - that represent realms of human achievement. Each year the International Board chooses one field within each time dimension. Following a review process by independent Review Committees comprised of renowned scholars and professionals, the International Board then chooses the laureates for each field.
    The Past refers to fields that expand knowledge of former times. This year's selected field is "March Towards Democracy".
    The Present recognizes achievements that shape and enrich society today. This year's selected field is "Literature - Rendition of the 20th Century".
    The Future focuses on breakthroughs that hold great promise for improvement of our world. This year's selected field is Computers & Telecommunications".
    Three prizes of one million US dollars each are granted annually in the fields chosen for the three time dimensions. The prizes are granted to individuals or institutions with proven, exceptional, distinct excellence in the sciences, arts, and humanities that have made an outstanding contribution to humanity. The Dan David Prize is unique in that its laureates donate 10% of their prize money to graduate students in their respective fields, thereby contributing to the community and fostering a new generation of scholars. It is also unique in its outreach efforts to the wider community.

  • Eligibility: Nominees for the Dan David Prize may be individuals or organizations. Specific and unique projects may be included if the head of the project is a nominee.
  • Funding: Three prizes of $1,000,000 each are granted annually.
  • Web: http://www.dandavidprize.org
  • Deadline: November 30, 2009
THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
 

Congressional Fellowship Program

  • Fellows spend one year working on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Activities may involve drafting legislation, conducting oversight work, assisting with congressional hearings and events, and preparing briefs and speeches. Fellows also attend a two week orientation program on congressional and executive branch operations, which includes guidance in the congressional placement process, and participate in a year-long seminar series on science and public policy issues. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) administers these aspects of the program for the APA Fellows and for fellows sponsored by over two dozen other professional societies. The purpose of the program is to provide psychologists with an invaluable public policy learning experience, to contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government and to broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government.
  • Eligibility: A prospective Fellow must demonstrate competence in scientific and/or professional psychology. Fellows must also demonstrate sensitivity toward policy issues and have a strong interest in applying psychological knowledge to the solution of societal challenges. Fellows must be able to work quickly and communicate effectively on a wide variety of topics and be able to work cooperatively with individuals with diverse viewpoints. An applicant must be a psychologist, a member of APA (or applicant for membership), and a U.S. citizen. They must have a doctorate in psychology (from an APA accredited doctoral program and internship, if in the area of professional psychology) or related field by the application deadline. A special exception is made for current psychology interns who may apply with certification from the director of training in their doctoral program that they have met all but the internship requirement for their doctoral degree by the application deadline. It should be noted that preference will be given to applicants with two or more years of experience following receipt of their doctorate.
  • Funding: APA will sponsor up to two Fellows for a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2010. Special Fellowships are available for mid-career clinicians and for psychologists with expertise in health and behavior issues, including HIV/AIDS. The Fellowship stipend ranges from $60,000 to $75,000, depending upon years of post-doctoral experience. In addition, APA provides $375 per month for health insurance and funding may also be available for professional development and relocation expenses during the Fellowship year. Final selection of Fellows will be made in early spring of 2010.
  • Web: http://www.apa.org/ppo/fellows/
  • Deadline: January 7, 2010
THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
 

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Methods to Enable a Systems Biology Knowledge Base

  • The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advances world-class biological and environmental research and provides scientific facilities to support DOE missions in scientific discovery and innovation, energy security, and environmental responsibility. BER hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for potential funding of computational biology and bioinformatic methods and analytics to enable the planned Systems Biology Knowledgebase. The goal of systems biology is to understand living systems, a simple microbe or a complex ecosystem, so well that we can develop predictive, computational models of the systems that "behave" the same way as the living system. Such predictive models would enable scientists to accurately predict an organism's or a more complex system's behavior.
  • Funding: It is anticipated that up to $5,000,000 will be available for approximately 15 awards to be made in Fiscal Year 2010. Applications may request project support for up to three years, with out-year support contingent on the availability of funds, progress of the research and programmatic needs. Annual budgets for project applications are expected to range from $100,000 to $500,000 in total cost.
  • Web: http://www.science.doe.gov/grants/FOA-0000143.html
  • Deadline: November 5, 2009 - Pre-applications; January 29, 2010 - Formal Applications
THE AMERICAN FEDERATION FOR AGING RESEARCH
 

AFAR Research Grants

  • The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research.
  • Eligibility: The applicant must be an independent investigator with assigned independent space and must be within the first four years of a junior faculty appointment (instructor, assistant professor, or equivalent).
  • Funding: It is anticipated that approximately 15 grants of up to $75,000 each will be awarded in 2010. Applicants may propose to use the award over the course of one or two years as justified by the proposed research. Funds may not be requested for overhead or indirect costs. Funding will begin July 1, 2010.
  • Web: http://www.afar.org/grants.html
  • Deadline: December 15, 2009
THE SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE
 

Scholars-in-Residence Program

  • The Schomburg Center residency program assists scholars and professionals whose research on the black experience can benefit from extended access to the Center's resources. Fellowships funded by the Center will allow recipients to spend six months or a year in residence with access to resources at the Schomburg Center and other research units of The New York Public Library. The Scholars-in-Residence Program is designed to 1) encourage research and writing on the history, literature, and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora, 2) to promote and facilitate interaction among the participants including fellows funded by other sources, and 3) to facilitate the dissemination of the researchers' findings through lectures, publications, and the ongoing Schomburg Center Colloquium and Seminar Series.
  • Eligibility: The Fellowship Program is open to scholars studying the history, literature, and culture of peoples of African descent from a humanistic perspective and to professionals in the fields related to the Schomburg Center's collections and program activities. Projects in the social sciences, science and technology, psychology, education, and religion are eligible if they utilize a humanistic approach and contribute to humanistic knowledge.
  • Funding: Fellowships are awarded for continuous periods of six or twelve months at the Schomburg Center with maximum stipends of $30,000 for six months and $60,000 for twelve months. Fellows must devote full time to their research.
  • Web: http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/scholars
  • Deadline: December 1, 2009


Deadline Links
 

The following external links are funding deadlines organized by discipline. Please select the applicable discipline to access possible funding opportunities: (courtesy of The Grant Advisor Plus)

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Office Directory
 

John Hulvey, Director of Sponsored Programs Administration and Accounting
MSC 5728, JMAC-6, Suite 26
hulveyjd@jmu.edu
x8-3725

Sponsored Programs Administration:
Pre-Award & Post-Award (Non-fiscal)

www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/
jmu_grants@jmu.edu
JMAC-6, Suite 26
MSC 5728

Phone: 568-6872; Fax: 568-6240

Sponsored Programs Accounting :
Post-Award (Grants & Contracts)

www.jmu.edu/acadaffairs/grant.shtml
JMAC-6, Suite 30
MSC 5713
Phone: 568-4623; Fax: 568-2397


Tamara Hatch, Associate Director
hatchtt@jmu.edu
x8-2350

Sally Dickenson, Grants Specialist
dickensr@jmu.edu
x8-2336

Whitney Gardner, Grants Specialist
gardnejw@jmu.edu
x8-3558

Carolyn Strong, Research Coordinator
IRB & IACUC Contact
strongcd@jmu.edu
x8-2318

Amanda Brown , Executive Assistant
brown2aw@jmu.edu
x8-6872 or x8-4623


Donna Crumpton
, Financial Administrator
crumptdl@jmu.edu
x8-8099

Brenda Seifried, Financial Administrator
wilburbc@jmu.edu
x8-8-2314

Kyra Shiflet, Financial Administrator
shiflekl@jmu.edu
x8-7108

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Sponsored Programs Administration & Accounting
October 2009