OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS
Funding News & Notes
October 2005 (FY06)

Pointers from Pat
Selected Funding Announcements
Deadline Links

 

Pointers from Pat

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have made a couple of announcements regarding the submission of grants. With the author's permission, the NIH has permitted that third parties will now be able to upload manuscripts into the Manuscript Submission System. This advancement and other information about the Manuscript Submission System can be found at www.nihms.nih.gov. The NSF has prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on proposal preparation and award administration. A PDF version of these FAQs can be found at www.nsf.gov/pubs/gpg/faqs.pdf.

 

Selected Funding Announcements

FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Department of Agriculture

Department of Defense

Department of Energy

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

FOUNDATION FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

AMA Foundation

American Council of Learned Societies

American Geriatric Society

Microsoft Research

Whitaker Foundation and the Institute of International Education

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FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Department of Agriculture

Higher Education Challenge Grants Program. CSREES is accepting grant applications for the HEC Grant program. The purpose of this grant is to strengthen the education facilities in colleges and universities with programs aimed at "the nation's food and agriculture scientific and professional workforce." This program has $5.5 million available for support in FY06. Approximately $5.5 million in FY 2006 funding is expected to be available for awards; cost sharing of 100 percent is required. Applications are due Feb. 2, 2006. More information is available at http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/hep_challenge.html

Potato Research. This Special Research Grants program is designed to continue research on State-Federal food and agriculture programs. The available amount for this program is an estimated $1.3 million for four awards. The project period is up to one year. Eligibility for projects and applicants is described in the link below. Applications are due Dec. 12, 2005. More information is available at http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/potato.html

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Department of Defense

Advanced R&D in enabling technology, critical subsystems, and fill system concepts. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a division of the DOD, is soliciting proposals for research and development in enabling technology, critical subsystems, and full system concepts that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of military command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, strike, and stability operations in complex battlespaces.
Abstracts or proposals may be submitted at completion until Sept. 19, 2006. More information is available at http://dtsn.darpa.mil/IXO/solicitations/IXT/index.htm

Integrated Sensor Is Structure Program. The Department of the Air Force and DARPA seek to develop a stratospheric airship-based sensor with an antenna that is nearly as large as the airship. The anticipated amount for awards is $47 million, with the project period up to two years. All potential applicants are eligible to submit proposals, which are due Oct. 28, 2005. More information is available at http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/USAF/IFKC/AMB/BAA-05-11-IFKA/listing.html

Structural Science Center. The Structural Science Center conducts research on aerospace structural designs. This solicitation is interested specifically in the areas of structures operating in combined extreme environments and risk-quantified design. The Air Force expects around $2.25 million over FY06-10 to be available for one award. All applicants are eligible. Proposals are due Oct. 31, 2005. More information is available at http://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLWRS/BAA%2DPKV%2D05%2D08/listing.html

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Department of Energy

Rare Isotope Accelerator. Applications are being solicited for projects addressing emerging research opportunities in nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, and fundamental interactions and symmetries. It is estimated that $4 million in funding will be available for awards. All applicants are eligible. Optional letters of intent are due Oct. 7, 2005; applications are due Oct. 25, 2005. More information is available at http://www.science.doe.gov/grants/LAB05_22.html

High-Energy Physics Outstanding Junior Investigator Program. This program is directed at developing individual research programs for outstanding scientists early in their careers. Applications should be from tenure-track faculty investigators who are currently involved in experimental or theoretical high-energy physics or accelerator physics research. They must be submitted through a U.S. academic institution. Approximately $500,000 is expected to be awarded. Applications are due Nov. 15, 2005. More information is available at http://www.science.doe.gov/grants/FAPN05-26.html

Advanced Detector Research Program. This program will fund the development of new detector technologies needed to perform future high-energy physics experiments. Investigators working in this related field should apply. The project period is up to three years and the anticipated amount is $500,000. Applications will be due by Dec. 15, 2005 with optional letters of intent due Nov. 15, 2005. All proposals must be submitted through a U.S. academic institution. More information is available at http://www.science.doe.gov/grants/FAPN05-27.html

Basic Research Needed to Advance Chemical Imaging. The DOE is looking to advance the development of imaging techniques with spatial resolution on the molecular scale relevant to the basic science of chemical and physical transformations. The DOE is soliciting proposals regarding the combination of molecular-scale spatial resolution and ultrafast temporal resolution exploring energy flow, molecular dynamics, breakage/formation of chemical bonds, or conformational changes in nanoscale systems. All applicants are eligible. More information is found at http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/DOE/PAM/HQ/DE-FG01-05ER50-30/listing.html

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National Institutes of Health

Applications Designed to Exploit the Power of Xenopus as a Vertebrate Model Research. This program encourages applications designed to exploit the power of Xenopus as a vertebrate model for biomedical research. Applications are welcome proposing to develop new tools or genetic or genomic resources of high priority to the Xenopus community that will advance the detection and characterization of genes, pathways, and phenotypes of interest in development, organogenesis, and in cell biological processes, such as cell division, signaling and migration. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. Optional letters of intent are due Dec. 19, 2005; applications are due Jan. 18, 2006. More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-05-166.html

Human Temporal Bone Consortium for Research Resource Enhancement. These 3-4 grants (totaling $1.5 million) will help fund projects that will enhance how human temporal bone (HTB) specimens are used for modern auditory and vestibular research. Applications must delineate important research questions requiring human temporal bone specimens, provide protocols for tissue processing that are robust within the constraints of sample acquisition and varying user needs, and describe mechanisms for access to and sharing of HTB materials including archived and new specimens. There must be explicit plans to promote methodological improvements, to encourage data sharing, and to recruit and train future researchers to work on these tissues of fundamental importance for auditory and vestibular biomedical advances. Applicants may not submit more than one application for this RFA. Applications are due Feb. 21, 2006. More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DC-06-001.html

Research Partnerships between Investigators at Research Intensive Universities and at Minority Serving Institutions. The NIH is soliciting grants for the Advanced Research Cooperation in Environmental Health Research. It will support the development of new, and/or the enhancement of ongoing, basic science and translational research that focuses on topics deemed to be of high priority and significance because of their critical importance to environmental health. NIEHS intends to award up to $2 million in FY06 to fund 2-3 grants; an applicant may request a project period of up to five years and budget for direct costs up to $700,000 in each year. Eligible principal investigators include investigators at the applicant Minority Serving Institution with their primary appointment at the applicant institution and have a strong interest in environmental health sciences. Applications are due Nov. 16, 2005. More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-05-006.html

Intervention and Practice Research for Combat Related Mental Disorders and Stress Reactions. NIH invites applications for funding to support research on the identification, prevention and treatment of combat related posttraumatic psychopathology and similar adjustment problems. Studies are sought involving active-duty or recently separated, National Guard and Reserve troops involved in current and recent military operations. Approximately $1.5 million in FY 2006 funding is expected to be available for 4-6 awards. Applicants may request a project period of up to three years and a budget for total direct costs of $450,000. Eligible are for-profit or nonprofit, public or private organizations. Optional letters of intent are due Dec. 28, 2005; applications are due Jan. 25, 2006. More information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-06-004.html

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National Science Foundation

Small Grant for Exploratory Research: Hurricane Katrina. This award is a Small Grant for Exploratory Research grant that will support reconnaissance teams to enter the Gulf Coast disaster areas, when open, to capture data from Hurricane Katrina. These awards are for small-scale, exploratory, high-risk research projects whose results may enable our country to better mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic events. Awards of up to $200,000 for a project period of two years may be made. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05053

Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering Program. The goal of this joint project is to enhance plasma research and education by coordinating efforts and combining resources of the two agencies. The program will address fundamental issues in plasma science and engineering that can have impact in other areas or disciplines in which improved basic understanding of the plasma state is needed. Approximately $15 million over FY06-08 is expected to be available for 30-35 awards. Those eligible are described in the Grant Proposal Guide. Applications are due Jan. 6, 2006. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05619

Science of Design Program. The objective of the program is to bring new paradigms, concepts, approaches, models, and theories into the development of a strong intellectual foundation for software design, which will ultimately improve the processes of constructing and modifying software-intensive systems. The focus of this program is on the design of software-intensive systems. Proposals are sought in three categories: team projects, community building activities, and highly creative exploratory research. Approximately $10 million in FY06 funding is expected to be available for 20-30 awards. Applications are due Jan. 6, 2006. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05620

Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers Program. This program is designed to increase the opportunities for students and teachers to use information technologies within the context of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses. The program has two components: youth-based projects with strong emphases on career and educational paths and comprehensive projects for students and teachers. Approximately $20 million is anticipated for 10-12 awards. Required pre-proposals are due Nov. 2, 2005; full proposals due Feb. 24, 2006. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05621

Mathematical Sciences: Innovations at the Interface with the Physical and Computer Sciences and Engineering Program. This program is intended to support fundamental research in mathematics and statistics and the integration of mathematical and statistical research across the full range of science and engineering disciplines. There are three categories: interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science; interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Engineering; and interactions between Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences. Investments in interdisciplinary research will focus primarily on mathematical and statistical challenges posed by large data sets, managing and modeling uncertainty, and modeling complex nonlinear systems. Approximately $15.4 million in FY06 is expected for 55-70 awards. Those eligible are described in the Grant Proposal Guide. Deadlines vary by program area, ranging from Dec. 20 - Mar. 1, 2005. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05622

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FOUNDATION FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

AMA Foundation

2006 Seed Grant Research Program. Grants ranging from $1,500-$2,500 will be awarded in six research categories including arthritis/rheumatism, cardiovascular/pulmonary diseases, HIV/AIDS, leukemia, neoplastic diseases, and neurological disorders. Awards are intended to round out new project budgets, rather than sustain current initiatives. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2005. More information is available at http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/7785.html.

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American Council of Learned Societies

Digital Innovation Fellowships Program. The Digital Innovation program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities-related social sciences. Fellowships are intended to support an academic year dedicated to work on major scholarly projects such as digital research archives, new media representations of extant data, innovative databases, and digital tools that further humanistic research. Five awards carry a stipend of up to $55,000 towards an academic year's leave and provide for project costs of up to $25,000. Applications are due Nov. 10, 2005. More information is available at http://www.acls.org/difguide.htm

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American Geriatrics Society

2006 Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Program. Nominations for the 2006 Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Program are being accepted. This program offers two-year career development awards to support junior faculty in the specialties of anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, thoracic surgery, and urology. As many as 11 awards will be given in FY06. Awards provide support of $75,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits; host institutions are required to provide $25,000 in matching funds. Eligibility is described on the Web site. Nominations must be made by the individual's departmental chair and are due Dec. 6, 2004. More information is available at http://www.americangeriatrics.org/hartford/jahnigen.shtml

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Microsoft Research

New Faculty Fellowship Program. This program is intended to recognize exceptional new faculty members engaged in innovative computing research (e.g. security, interdisciplinary research, scientific computing, bioinformatics, computational biology, and software engineering). Five fellowship awards will be made in Spring 2006. Awards include a cash gift of $200,000 and other Microsoft resources. Fellows must be nominated by the university Provost's office. Applications are due Oct. 10, 2005. More information is available at http://research.microsoft.com/ur/us/nff/

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Whitaker Foundation and the Institute of International Education

Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program. This program is designed to support one academic year of overseas biomedical engineering study or research. Any overseas institution that offers an outstanding professional experience in biomedical engineering may serve as a host institution. Eligibility is described on the Web site. Awards include a stipend commensurate with experience and expected expenses in the host country. Applications are due Jan. 30, 2006. More information is available at http://whitakerawards.org/home.html

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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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Contact Pat Buennemeyer for more information on these and other funding opportunities.

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