The Office of Sponsored Programs

June 24 Funding News and Updates

Posted on Monday, June 29th, 2015 by Sangeetha Shivaji.

1. Meeting Federal Research Requirements for Data Management Plans, Public Access, and Preservation
2. Policy on tracked changes in NIH re-submissions
3. Sampling of external funding opportunities
          a. Humanities:
1. 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar Program Competition
2. Fulbright Scholar Global Flex Award.
3. NSF: Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program
4. NEH Summer Stipends – limited submission opportunity
5. NEH: Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations–Planning Grants
6. NEH Enduring Questions grant program

b. Sciences

1. NCBC: Biotechnology Innovation Grant (BIG)
2. NSF: Decision, Risk and Management Sciences
3. NSF CAREER Awards
4. NIH Fundamental Mechanisms of Affective and Decisional Processes in Cancer Control (U01)
5. NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
6. NIH: Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements
7. NIH Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse
8. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
9. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity
10. NIH Strategies to Increase Delivery of Guideline-Based Care to Populations with Health Disparities (R01)
11. NIH Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication
12. NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects

c. Education

1. Bringing Theory to Practice - developing sustainable campus cultures
2. NSF STEM Teacher Leader Initiative


1. Meeting Federal Research Requirements for Data Management Plans, Public Access, and Preservation


The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) recently provided a nice introduction to meeting federal requirements for data management: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_erMkASSv4&feature=youtu.be

2. Policy on tracked changes in NIH re-submissions
Back in December, NIH announced that you are not required to track changes in the application, per NOT-OD-15-030 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-030.html).  While not required, it is still allowable to indicate changes.  The additional effort to indicate changes might be worthwhile to keep the reviewers happier.
So what is allowed when you decide to indicate changes? Per the NIH application guide…
  • Different typography is allowed as a change indicator, as long as it complies with other requirements.  Allowable fonts are Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, at least 11 points or larger.  The most common typeface indicators of edited text are italics and bolding.
  • Bracketing is another common approach that is allowable.  For example, one might use a thin vertical line on the left side of the text, which is considered a form of bracketing.  Just make sure that such indicators do not violate 1/2 inch margin limits (nothing may appear in the margins)
  • All text must be black.  Do not use color to indicate modified sections of text.  Color may only be used in figures.
Ultimately, your use of vertical lines or italics may be influenced by how extensive your edits are, and the impact on the readability of the finished product based on any markup indicators.

3. Sampling of external funding opportunities

a. Humanities

a1. 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar Program Competition

The core competition for 2016-2017 academic year grants is currently open. With the exception of the seminar offerings, the deadline for all awards is11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday, August 3, 2015. Full details: http://catalog.cies.org/

a2. Fulbright Scholar Global Flex Award

The new Global Flex Award provides U.S. academics and professionals with the flexibility to engage in advanced regional or trans-regional research and/or teaching. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to collaborate and engage in scholarly activities in two or three countries, in one or more regions.

Projects are welcome in all disciplines, as well as those with an interdisciplinary focus. Proposals should reflect topics which would benefit from a global perspective and clearly demonstrate a need to spend time in each of the proposed countries.

Minimum length of the total grant is three months and the maximum is six months. Grants can begin as early as February 1, 2016 and segments may be conducted within one academic year or spread over two or three consecutive years.

Deadline to apply: Monday, August 3, 2015

For more information visit: http://www.cies.org/program/fulbright-global-flex-award

Or contact: globalflex@iie.org.
a3. NSF: Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program

The STS program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.

Types of funding:

  • Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research
  • Scholars Awards
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants.
  • Conference and Workshop Support

The STS program supports proposals across the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Examples include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Societal aspects of emerging high-tech technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, synthetic biology, neuroscience, robotics, drones, ubiquitous computing, crowd sourcing, remote-sensing)
  • Societal aspects of emerging low-tech technologies (e.g., paper microscopes; whirlwind wheel chairs)
  • Issues relating to equity, ethics, governance, sustainability, public engagement, user-centeredness, and inclusiveness.
  • Integration of traditional STS approaches with innovative perspectives from the arts or humanities.
  • Ethical, policy, and cultural issues regarding big data, surveillance and privacy in an increasingly networked world, and
  • The science of broadening participation in STEM disciplines.

Sponsor Website http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=268919
Program URL http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15506/nsf15506.htm
PROGRAM SOLICITATION: NSF 15-506
Deadline Dates: Annually in Feb and Aug.  Next deadline is 03-Aug-2015

a4. NEH Summer Stipends - limited submission opportunity
The National Endowment for the Humanities has established a deadline ofThursday, October 1, 2015 at 5:00PM for Summer Stipend applications for funding in Summer of 2016.  Additional details are available from the NEH at: http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipendsThe internal deadline for UNCG applications will be Friday, August 7th, at5:00PM.  This internal deadline provides time for a panel of five UNCG faculty to review the proposals and select up to two proposals that will represent UNCG in this prestigious competition.  Additional details on the internal review requirements are contained in the attached PDF.
a5. NEH: Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations–Planning Grants and Implementation grants
This grant program supports projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Many different formats are supported, including permanent and traveling exhibitions, book or film discussion programs, historic site or district interpretations, living history presentations, and other face-to-face programs in public venues. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. We welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive public audience.
Deadline August 12, 2015
 

Implementation grants link: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/museums-libraries-and-cultural-organizations-implementation-grants

a6. NEH Enduring Questions grant program
The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the preparation of a new course on a fundamental concern of human life as addressed by the humanities. This question-driven course would encourage undergraduates and teachers to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential ideas, works, and thinkers over the centuries.
Deadline: September 10, 2015

Link: http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/enduring-questions

b. Sciences

b1. NCBC: Biotechnology Innovation Grant (BIG)

The purpose of the Biotechnology Innovation Grant (BIG) program is to support studies at North Carolina research institutions that enable commercialization of early-stage university life science inventions that have significant commercial potential.  Typically, funding will support studies that yield a “go/no-go decision” regarding the pursuit of intellectual property protection and/or commercialization of the invention.

The project team must include an academic scientist and a commercialization partner.

Proposals with the following features will be more competitive:

  • Innovative technology that solves a problem
  • Proposed work builds on a solid foundation of basic research
  • Well defined, achievable milestones for the project period
  • Clear market problem that this technology could address
  • Understanding of the current state of the art and probable freedom to operate with regard to IP
  • Clear and realistic understanding of market potential and potential future partners
Details are provided in the program guidelines:

https://www.ncbiotech.org/sites/default/files/funding/BIG_16_Proposal%20Guidelines_Instructions.pdf

Maximum Award: $100,000

Due date: NOONWednesday, July 15, 2015

b2. NSF: Decision, Risk and Management Sciences

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (ddrigs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design.

Deadline Date: 18-Aug-2015
Website: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275142 
Program URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5423 

b3. NSF CAREER Awards 

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s 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.  Deadlines July 21 and 22, 2015, depending on the field/program.

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15555/nsf15555.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the CAREER Program for Submission in Years 2015 and 2016: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15057/nsf15057.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179

b4. NIH Fundamental Mechanisms of Affective and Decisional Processes in Cancer Control (U01) 
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage projects to generate fundamental knowledge of affective processes. Basic affective science projects should have key downstream consequences for single (e.g., genetic testing consent) and multiple (e.g., adherence to oral chemotherapy regimen) event decisions and behaviors across the cancer prevention and control continuum. The FOA is expected to encourage scientific disciplines that have not traditionally conducted cancer research – such as affective and cognitive neuroscience, decision science, and consumer science – to elucidate perplexing and understudied problems in basic affective and decision sciences with promise of having downstream implications for cancer prevention and control science.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications for projects to generate fundamental knowledge of affective processes. Basic affective science projects should have key downstream consequences for single (e.g., genetic testing consent) and multiple (e.g., adherence to oral chemotherapy regimen) event decisions and behaviors across the cancer prevention and control continuum. The FOA is expected to encourage scientific disciplines that have not traditionally conducted cancer research – such as affective and cognitive neuroscience, decision science, and consumer science – to elucidate perplexing and understudied problems in basic affective and decision sciences with promise of having downstream implications for cancer prevention and control science. This program will use the NIH U01 Research Project Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

This FOA is expected to engage scientists with limited knowledge of cancer prevention and control science. Projects should leverage classic and contemporary experimental designs and methodological paradigms to expand our understanding of affective and decisional processes that may contribute to cancer risk and outcomes. Applications are encouraged to incorporate more than one operationalization of affect (e.g., fMRI, brain lesion, physiological assessment, self-report, induction). Projects should generate basic fundamental knowledge that provides opportunities and approaches for future applied cancer prevention and control research and interventions. Results will provide information that can be leveraged in future efforts to address perplexing scientific questions related to the behavioral reduction of cancer burden. Applications are expected to consider cancer applications in the articulation and planning of basic projects. This will ensure that basic discoveries supported under this FOA have near-term potential for translation to interventions to improve cancer prevention and control.

The deadlines for receipt of full applications are: June 10, 2014; October 15, 2014; June 10, 2015; October 14, 2015June 10, 2016October 14, 2016, by5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. This program will expire onOctober 15, 2016..

URL: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-067.html 

b5. NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.  Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements.
Solicitation: NSF 13-542
Full Proposal Deadline Date:  August 26, 2015
Full details: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
b6. NIH: Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research in which the supplemental funding would investigate the role of dietary supplements and/or their ingredients in health maintenance and disease prevention. Parent awards need not be focused on dietary supplements; this FOA may provide support to include dietary supplements within the scope of relevant research projects. Research interests of the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) are not limited to specific health conditions, organ systems or population groups. ODS supports all types of research, including pre-clinical, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological. Additionally, ODS supports research and training programs that build future research capacity for studying the role of dietary supplements in health and disease prevention. Primary consideration for support will be given to applications that stimulate dietary supplement research where it is lacking or lagging, clarify gaps, opportunities and balance between benefits and risks where data are in conflict, target special population groups where additional science on dietary supplements is needed, and focus on the use of dietary supplements in improving or maintaining health and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

Due dates: October 15, 2015January 15, 2016; or April 15, 2016.

b7. NIH Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse

  • Pilot Health Services and Economic Research on the Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse (R34)
    (PA-15-250)
  • Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse (R01)
    (PA-15-251)
  • Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse (R03)
    (PA-15-252)
  • Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse (R21)
    (PA-15-253)
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
b8. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
This is a national program of RWJF that supports the Foundation’s commitment to building a Culture of Health in the United States. The program aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework. In addition, Evidence for Action will also support efforts to assess outcomes and set priorities for action.  It will do this by encouraging and supporting creative, rigorous research on the impact of innovative programs, policies and partnerships on health and well-being, and on novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes.

The June 3rd webinar may be viewed at: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/download/rss/du6y1c/embed.swf&recordingId=du6y1c

An additional webinar is scheduled for July 22, 2015 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET. (10:30-11:30 a.m. PT). Registration is required.

Full details: http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2015/evidence-for-action-investigator-initiated-research-to-build-a-culture-of-health.html?rid=ceUOQqpf77hV91CmhM4Thw&et_cid=271792

b9. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is a national program of RWJF. The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities (urban, suburban, and/or rural). Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, eliminate disparities, and help all children achieve a healthy weight.

This call for proposals (CFP) is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The award types are: Round 9 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program.

You can learn more about Healthy Eating Research at www.healthyeatingresearch.org.

Full details:http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2015/healthy-eating-research.html

b10. NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI): Strategies to Increase Delivery of Guideline-Based Care to Populations with Health Disparities (R01).

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to conduct innovative and feasible studies to test strategies to accelerate the adoption of guideline-based recommendations into clinical practice among populations with health disparities.  Applications that propose strategies with a focus on providers who care for clinical populations with excess burden of cardiovascular, lung, blood, and sleep diseases and disorders, in concert with the health care delivery systems in which they practice, are strongly encouraged. Applications that test systems, infrastructures, and strategies to implement guideline-based care for NHLBI disorders in clinical care settings are also of high programmatic interest.

Due dates: October 21, 2015; June 21, 2016October 21, 2016June 21, 2017October 20, 2017; and June 21, 2018

Deadline for letters of intent is 30 days prior to deadline

Full details: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-279.html

b11. NIH Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication 

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invite applications for innovative research that identifies sources of spatial uncertainty (i.e., inaccuracy or instability of spatial or geographic information) in public health data, incorporates the inaccuracy or instability into statistical methods, and develops novel tools to visualize the nature and consequences of spatial uncertainty.

R01: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-15-010.html

R21: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-15-009.html

R03: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-15-011.html

Standard NIH deadlines apply.

b12. NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects 

National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other participating Institutes of NIH invite applications for Administrative Supplements available to eligible NIH awardees with active R01 grants and, in some cases, with active P01, P20, P30, P40, P50, P51, U19, U42, U54, UM1, R21, R21/R33, R34, U01, U24 grants. These administrative supplements provide funds to supported research and center grants in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of electronic research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists. The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation. This FOA will utilize the NIH Administrative Supplement award mechanism.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-15-249.html

c. Education.

c1. Bringing Theory to Practice

Founded in 2003, Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) encourages and supports colleges and universities in developing sustainable campus cultures that reaffirm higher education’s core purposes:

  • Advancing higher learning and discovery
  • Fostering the well-being of the whole student
  • Serving as a public good to deepen and sustain a civic society

To date, over 460 grants at varying levels have been awarded to diverse colleges and universities. For the 2015-2017 funding cycle, proposals are requested in the following categories:

Category I: Well-Being Seminar Grants

Seminar Grants (up to $1,000) provide support for campus-wide planning discussions (seminars) that give focused attention to a particular dimension of the well-being of those involved (students, faculty, or other leaders) in creating and maintaining an engaged culture for learning. Seminars should deepen participants’ understanding of the institution’s commitment to whole-person development and the learning-related policies and practices, both inside and outside the curriculum, that support such endeavors.

The first deadline for Seminar Grant proposals is September 15, 2015.

Category II: Well-Being Research Project Grants

Research Project Grants (up to $10,000, plus institutional matching) should implement and assess a campus-based, two-year research project that focuses on the well-being of students, particularly those traditionally underserved by higher education. Projects should, through the gathering of evidence, provide justification for best practices that deepen and sustain the institution’s commitment to whole-person development.

The ONLY deadline for Research Project Grant proposals isAugust 1, 2015.

Full details: http://www.bttop.org/grants-funding/funding-opportunities

c2. NSF STEM Teacher Leader Initiative (NSF 15-092)

NSF is requesting proposals for new ideas and approaches that can be piloted for up to two years with the goal of discovering successful models for long-term, more established programs to support teacher leaders. Proposed activities should provide more opportunities for the nation to take advantage of these teachers and for them to serve as a resource for improving K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. In addition to new ideas and techniques, proposals might also build on existing activities that demonstrate promise for adaption and adoption at larger scales. Competitive proposals should describe enhanced professional development intended specifically for already identified teacher leaders that would increase their leadership capacity in STEM education and research.

Any number or combination of components could be addressed in a pilot effort, including but not limited to identifying stable sources of support; novel STEM research opportunities in U.S. public and private research organizations; avenues for teacher involvement in advisory and mentoring capacities; and international travel for participation in symposia, research, and education. Proposals should include an evaluation plan appropriate to the type of activity envisioned and suitable for all components of the project.

It is NSF’s expectation that teacher leaders would leverage this increased capacity in order to augment and promote system-wide STEM education improvements, as well as advance research and dissemination of work supported by the NSF. The Foundation also anticipates these teacher leaders will serve as ambassadors for both their profession and the National Science Foundation—making substantial contributions in professional spheres at the national, state, and local levels.

Full details: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15092/nsf15092.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click


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