Office of Sponsored Programs
Funding News and Notes
April 2005

Pointers from Pat
Selected Funding Announcements
Deadline Links

Human Subjects Training Resources

James Madison University requires that all research personnel (faculty, staff and students) who have any role in research involving humans must complete a web-based training package prior to conducting any research. This is required regardless of research funding source.
To access this mandatory training, click the following link:

Investigators carrying out federally-sponsored research that involves human subjects can obtain further training on the web.The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health offers a free on-line tutorial on research involving human subjects. This free, web-based course presents information about the rights and welfare of human participants in research. The two-hour tutorial is designed for those involved in conducting research involving human participants. It satisfies the NIH human subjects training requirement for obtaining Federal Funds. You will have the option of printing a certificate of completion from your computer upon completing the course. Completing training through NIH does not release investigators from having to complete the web-based training package mentioned above.

To take the free NIH human subjects training course, see the following URL:

Additional information and resources on the subject of human subjects training is located on the following Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) web site:


Pointers from Pat -

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) promotes integrity in biomedical and behavioral research supported by the Public Health Service (PHS). ORI monitors institutional investigations of research misconduct and facilitates the responsible conduct of research through educational, preventive, and regulatory activities. Organizationally, ORI is located in the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS), within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (OS), in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) provides excellent resources for the education of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).

The responsible conduct of research (RCR) contains nine core instructional areas according to the PHS:
(1) data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership
(2) conflict of interest and commitment
(3) human subjects
(4) animal welfare
(5) research misconduct
(6) publication practices and responsible authorship
(7) mentor/trainee responsibilities
(8) peer review
(9) collaborative science

For links to additional information and resources, see the following URL:

Selected Funding Announcements

National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program - Applied Plant Genomics - Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) - The purpose of the NRI Program is to support research, extension, and education grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multistate importance in sustaining all components of agriculture (farming, ranching, forestry including urban and agroforestry, aquaculture, rural communities, human nutrition, processing, etc.). Providing this support requires that NRI advance fundamental sciences in support of agriculture and coordinate opportunities to build on these discoveries. Building on these discoveries will necessitate new efforts in education and extension that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. In FY 2005, the NRI Program will accept applications for fundamental research, mission-linked research, and integrated research, extension, and education projects.
FUNDING: Estimated Available Funds: $5,000,000.
COST SHARING/MATCH: For integrated projects, if a grant is for applied research that is commodity-specific and not of national scope, the grant recipient is required to match the USDA funds awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources with cash and/or in-kind contributions. ELIGIBILITY:Public and State controlled institutions of higher education.
DUE: Letter of Intent to Apply: June 1, 2005, Current Due Date for Applications: July 1, 2005
WEB: Link to Full Announcement -

COMMUNITY ACTION FOR A RENEWED ENVIRONMENT (CARE) PROGRAM - The CARE program was developed in response to community requests for help in addressing toxic concerns and in recognition of the need for new approaches to help communities address toxic concerns. While national regulatory approaches have resulted in significant reductions in toxic releases, they have not always been effective in addressing specific community concerns and cumulative risks resulting from toxic releases from multiple and often diffuse sources. CARE is designed to complement national regulatory approaches and meet community needs by building the capacity of communities to understand and take effective actions to address toxic concerns resulting at the local level. Through CARE, organizations will build community capacity to understand and reduce risks by providing funding, information, training, technical support, help building collaborative partnerships, and by improving access to voluntary programs to address community concerns.
FUNDING: Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,650,000, Award Ceiling: $400,000.
ELIGIBILITY: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education.
DUE: May 20, 2005

Electronic Records Challenges and Opportunities - The NHPRC seeks ways to ensure that records created today will be usable with tomorrow’s technology. As recordkeeping moves from paper to electronic systems, it is essential that policy makers, managers, and the public create and maintain records that are complete and authentic. The NHPRC supports efforts to confront the challenges facing archivists and records managers in the proliferation of electronic records. Through research, development, analysis and advocacy projects, conferences, consultancies, and other efforts, the Commission works closely with those individuals and organizations concerned with establishing policies, best practices, and tools for the long-term preservation of and access to these records. Commission-supported projects explore what is necessary to manage electronic records in accord with archival requirements. The Commission welcomes projects that examine how software-dependent data objects can be retained for future use; what barriers have prevented archivists from developing and implementing archival electronic records programs; what archivists need to know about electronic records; and other vital questions that make up its electronic records research agenda. This research agenda may be found in the NHPRC publication, Research Issues in Electronic Records, available on the NHPRC Web site or by mail.
FUNDING: Expected Number of Awards: 10, Estimated Total Program Funding: $700,000
ELIGIBILITY: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
DUE: June 1, 2005

Rural Assistance Center for ORHP Cooperative Agreement - The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) staff helps rural residents seeking information to navigate the wide range of health policy and social services information available online, in the research literature, and within the Federal and State bureaucracies. With many different possible funding streams available for use by rural communities, the RAC identifies those that best meet the needs of rural communities and directs users to those that best suits them. RAC staff provides free customized assistance such as performing database searches on rural health and services topics and funding resources, referring users to organizations or individuals for additional information, furnishing selected publications, and posting a wide variety of timely information on the Internet (funding resources, conference announcements, bibliographies, directories, and full-text documents).
ELIGIBILITY: The successful applicant must meet the following general requirements to apply:
1. Must be a public or private entity with a service commitment to and experience with rural issues.
2. Must directly employ a project director with a professional record in national rural health and/or social services policy issues.
3. Must directly employ Staff for the Information Center, with exceptions only through agreement with ORHP.
4. Must have prior experience working with the full range of key rural interest groups.
DUE: April 29, 2005

Scalable Millimeter-wave Architectures for Reconfigurable Transceivers (SMART) - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting research proposals in the area of integrated, surface-emitting panel architectures for millimeter wave (MMW) transceiver arrays. The Scalable Millimeter-wave Architectures for Reconfigurable Transceivers (SMART) program will culminate in a required objective demonstration of a large (at least 400 element), coherent, active electronically steerable array (AESA) achieving a functional density (e.g., output power density expressed in W/cm3) vastly greater than achievable with current architectures (e.g., slats or bricks). A possible approach to realizing thin arrays of the desired type might make use of micro-fabrication and wafer-scale assembly techniques. The three-dimensional (3D) multi-layer modules that are expected to result will greatly reduce AESA packaging complexity. These, in turn, are expected to be used to form MMW arrays of arbitrary sizes that are composed of modular, batch-fabricated sub-array building blocks. New capabilities, such as the ability to construct reconfigurable and/or multi-band AESAs and other MMW circuits, will be enabled by this architectural approach. Successful attainment of the SMART program’s objectives is anticipated to result in an enormous improvement in the size, Weight, performance, and cost of future military systems that operate at MMW frequencies.

Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices and systems. Specifically excluded is research which primarily results in evolutionary improvement to the existing state of practice. DARPA seeks innovative proposals in the following areas:
1. Mechanical Integrity of a Multilayer Transceiver Array, including the demonstration of reliable and high-yield integration of a 3D stack of layers in a thermally stressing environment;
2. Thermal Management of a Multilayer Transceiver Array, including the demonstration of thermal management solutions for a 3D integrated stack;
3. Electrical Integrity of a Multilayer Transceiver Array, including the demonstration of horizontal and vertical interconnections with acceptable insertion loss, tolerance to device manufacturing variations, and circuit stability.
FUNDING: Not Available
ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted
DUE: June 28, 2005
WEB: See Funding Opportunity Number: BAA05-27 -

Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities--Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities (84.327A)
- The purpose of the program is to: (1) improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology, (2) support educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities, and (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom setting.
FUNDING: Expected Number of Awards: 12, Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,000,000, Award Ceiling: $300,000, Award Floor: $200,000
ELIGIBILITY: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
DUE: May 06, 2005

Cyberinfrastructure TEAM (CI-TEAM): Demonstration Projects (05-560) - Information technology (IT)-enabled systems, tools, and services have had a profound impact on the practice of science and engineering research and education. Integrated together to create a national cyberinfrastructure, these systems, tools and services are enabling individuals, groups and organizations to advance science and engineering in ways that revolutionize what they can do, how they do it, and who can participate. To harness the full power of cyberinfrastructure and the promise it portends for discovery, learning and innovation across and within all areas of science and engineering requires focused investments in the preparation of a science and engineering workforce with the knowledge and requisite skills needed to create, advance and exploit cyberinfrastructure over the long-term. The creation of the CI-TEAM program signals NSF's commitment to join with the national science and engineering community in the support of projects designed to prepare current and future generations of scientists and engineers to create, advance and exploit cyberinfrastructure. Since cyberinfrastructure promises to make state-of-the-art science and engineering research more accessible to all, it is expected that activities undertaken will broaden the participation of groups currently underrepresented in the science and engineering enterprise. This first CI-TEAM solicitation seeks promising demonstration project proposals from partnerships of organizations committed to the preparation of a diverse cyberinfrastructure-savvy science and engineering workforce. Following merit review of the proposals received, NSF will select 10-20 projects for support that together address a rich mix of cyberinfrastructure-related workforce dimensions, and that promise to serve as pathfinders to effective larger-scale implementation activities in the future.
FUNDING: Expected Number of Awards: 10, Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,500,000, Award Ceiling: $250,000, Award Floor: $100,000
ELIGIBILITY: Unrestricted.
DUE: May 27, 2005

Maternal, Infant, and Reproductive Health: National and State Coalition Capacity Building - The purpose of this program is to improve reproductive health through the application of science-based approaches by supporting State and major urban public health agencies, national organizations and State coalitions to improve reproductive and infant health through the application of science-based approaches. Reproductive and infant health needs to be addressed include the prevention of adverse maternal and infant health outcomes, unintended and teen pregnancy, HIV and STDs. This cooperative agreement addresses the "Healthy People 2010" focus areas of Maternal, Infant and Child Health, Family Planning, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Substance Abuse, Injury and Violence Prevention, Community-Based Programs, Physical Activity and Fitness, Nutrition and Overweight, Tobacco, and Mental Health and Mental Disorders. Measurable outcomes of the program will be in alignment with one or more of the following performance goals for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP):

FUNDING: Awards will range from $600,000 to $100,000 for a 12-month budget period.
ELIGIBILITY: This announcement is is only for non-research activities. Eligible organizations include public nonprofit organizations and Universities.
DUE: Letter of Intent Deadline (LOI): April 22, 2005, Application Deadline: May 23, 2005

Grants for Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development-
Grants for Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development support projects to improve specific areas of humanities education and are intended to serve as national models of excellence. They must draw upon scholarship in the humanities and use scholars and teachers as advisers. NEH is especially interested in projects that offer solutions to problems frequently encountered by teachers.
FUNDING: Award Ceiling: $200,000, Award Floor: $1,000
ELIGIBILITY: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
DUE: October 3, 2005
NEH Grant Programs and Deadlines:

Developmental Research on Elder Mistreatment - The National Institute on Aging (NIA) announces the availability of Exploratory/Developmental awards (R21) to initiate the systematic scientific study of Elder Mistreatment. Several of the more basic priority areas elaborated in the National Academy of Sciences publication Elder Mistreatment. Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America (2003) are included in this solicitation. This RFA will address initial scientific stages for understanding Elder Mistreatment in community and institutional settings. These research priority areas include: (1) innovative methods for estimating incidence; (2) standardization of definitions and measurement; (3) elaboration of risk factors; (4) methods of clinical and psychosocial identification of Elder Mistreatment; and (5) identification of Elder Mistreatment in institutional settings. Because of the paucity of research in this area, NIA is intent upon expanding the research infrastructure for Elder Mistreatment and therefore solicits applications from scientists with expertise in related areas (e.g., child abuse; sexual behaviors; other illicit behaviors) as well as those with expertise in Elder Mistreatment. Finally, NIA seeks the judgment of the scientific community, based upon evidence collected in these grants, on the feasibility of conducting a national incidence study of elder mistreatment.
FUNDING: $1,700,000 in annual awards, Award Ceiling: $100,000
ELIGIBILITY: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
DUE: June 23, 2005


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

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