UNCG Sponsored Programs

Facilitating Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity

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1. Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Status at UNCG
2. Humanities Corridor Reception
3. Upcoming Workshop: Connecting To and Documenting Community-Engaged Scholarship at UNCG
4. Changes to the Grants.gov Application Process
5. NIH to allow some citations of pre-print and interim research products
6. Data available at NIH Data Sharing Repositories
7. Sampling of External Funding Opportunities
a. William T. Grant Scholars Program
b. NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)
c. CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program (CUPS)
d. NIMH – Clinical Studies of Mental Illness Not Involving Clinical Trials (Collaborative R01)
e. NCI – Collaborative Research Projects to Enhance Applicability of Mammalian Models for Translational Research (Collaborative R01)
f. NHLBI – Integrative Computational Biology for Analysis of NHLBI TOPMed Data (R01)
g. NIMH – From Genomic Association to Causation: A Convergent Neuroscience Approach for Integrating Levels of Analysis to Delineate Brain Function in Neuropsychiatry   (Collaborative R01)
h. AHRQ – Health Information Technology (IT) to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes (R21)
i. NIDA NIAAA – Women & Sex/Gender Differences in Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence (R03 and R21)
j. United States Marine Corps – RFP — Leadership and Resiliency Training
k. Association for Jewish Studies – Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards
l. Fulbright Programs–Europe–United Kingdom–Fulbright-Ulster Art, Design and the Built Environment
m. Fulbright Programs—East Asia and the Pacific—Korea—Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts (Teaching or Teaching/Research)
n. National Library of Australia – National Folk Fellowship
o. The International Studies Association – Research Workshop Grant Program
p. CS Fund/Warsh-Mott Legacy – Grants Program
q. National Women’s Studies Association – NWSA/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize
r. Society for American Music – Irving Lowens Book Award
s. American Society for Theare Research – Grants For Researchers With Heavy Teaching Loads
t. Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation – Consumer Advocacy for Transformation Call for Proposals
u. Association of Field Ornithologists – Pamela and Alexander F. Skutch Research Award
v. Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
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1. Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Status at UNCG
 
As you may have heard, UNCG meets the definition of a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).  As of Fall 2016, 32.1% of all enrolled undergraduate students at UNCG self-report as African-American.
In addition, 51.3% of UNCG students qualify for need-based Pell Grants (as of Fall 2016); therefore, UNCG is designated as an Eligible Institution under Title III programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEA).
Based on MSI Status and Title III status, a variety of good questions have arisen from the UNCG community.  Theattached FAQ document covers questions such as,
“What is MSI status?”
“What is Title III status?”
“What is the best way to describe MSI status in publications, grants, and the media?”

If you or others in your department have questions, please ask.  This will help us to improve the FAQs.

For questions about grant applications in which you wish to mention MSI status, or if you want to discuss grant eligibility, please contact Aubrey Turner, Ph.D. (336-334-4920 or aubrey.turner@uncg.edu).  For general questions about MSI status or Campus Climate, please contact Julia Mendez Smith, Ph.D. (336-334-4927 or jlmendez@uncg.edu).
Aubrey R. Turner, Ph.D.
Proposal Development Officer, Office of Sponsored Programs
Julia Mendez Smith, Ph.D.
Chancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate
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2. Humanities Corridor Reception
 
The Chancellor would like to invite Humanities Faculty to a reception for an exciting new Humanities initiative: the Humanities Corridor. The Corridor, led by UNCG and under the directorship of Dr. Joanne Murphy (Classical Studies), will unite 12 Minority Serving Institutions throughout North Carolina and focus on funding faculty research, high impact student experiences, and community engaged activities.
We would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the Corridor and solicit your feedback on how you might see you and your students playing a role in it.
Event details:
Monday, April 24
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Police Department Building on Gate City Boulevard, Room 212
Parking at the Police Department is limited. Please park in the Oakland Deck or the open lots on Forest Street.
Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
Please RSVP: goo.gl/eqr5qG

Should you have any questions, please contact Joanne Murphy at: jmmurph2@uncg.edu

 
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3. Upcoming Workshop: Connecting To and Documenting Community-Engaged Scholarship at UNCG
Wed., May 5th, 12:00-1:00PM, 1607 MHRA.
This brown bag will provide a brief overview of community engagement at UNCG. We will focus on best practices for identifying collaborators within the community, how to get the word out about your community engagement, and how to plan for documenting your community engagement for promotion, tenure, and/or annual reviews.
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4. Changes to the Grants.gov Application Process
Big Changes are coming…
  • Dec. 31, 2017- Date where single-file PDF application packages will no longer be available/issued from Grants.gov
  • March 31, 2018- Last submission date for PDF applications previously downloaded in Grants.gov
New applications will use the “Grants.gov Workspace” process which will enable multiple colleagues to work on a grant application online together.
Want to learn more about Workspace?
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5. NIH to allow some citations of pre-print and interim research products
What to do about pre-prints, protocols, and other interim products?
“…under current policy, NIH does not restrict items cited in the research plan of an application, applicants cannot claim preprints in biosketches or progress reports.”
However, change is on the way at NIH…
“…we developed guidance on how NIH applicants will have the option, for applications submitted for due dates of May 25 and beyond, to cite interim research products in applications. As described in the NIH Guide Notice issued Friday (NOT-OD-17-050), citations of interim research products in biosketches should follow citation formats that include citation of the object type (e.g. preprint), a digital object identifier (DOI) in the citation, and information about the document version. This guidance is also incorporated into NIH application instructions, which were just updated last week. We also offer FAQs.”
More information at: “Open Mike” on NIH Extramural Nexus
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6. Data available at NIH Data Sharing Repositories
 
The upside of data sharing?  All of that data, from many other previously funded studies, is rapidly becoming publicly available.
A listing of all NIH-supported data repositories that make data accessible for reanalysis and collaboration may be found at:  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/NIHbmic/nih_data_sharing_repositories.html
For example, the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) informatics system pulls together shared data across the entire TBI research field, whether the project was funded by NIH, NSF, or a DOD.  See: https://fitbir.nih.gov/
Or perhaps you would be more interested in the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP)?  See: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NAHDAP/index.jsp
Or perhaps the Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES)?  See: http://childes.psy.cmu.edu/
From A-Z, allergy to zebrafish, there is a data sharing place for you.
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7. Sampling of External Funding Opportunities
 
Like the funding opportunities below?  Want to find more like these?  You can use the same funding opportunities that we use In OSP to find these types of funding opportunities.
(recommend creating a SPIN profile to save searches and set alerts, as well as for access off campus.  Top right of page, click “sign in”, and then click “create a profile”.  Takes 12-24 hrs for account to activate)
(click “login”, then click “institutional login”, then click “quick search” or “advanced search”)
(click “subscriber pages”, then browse by topic or try the search options)
 
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a. William T. Grant Scholars Program 
 
The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. The Foundation encourages Scholars to tackle important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth. Applicants identify new methods, disciplines, or content they want to learn, and propose five-year research plans that foster their growth in those areas. The Foundation recognizes that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component. Potential Scholars should have a promising track record of conducting high-quality research, but want to pursue a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers.
Deadline Date: 06-Jul-2017, at 3:00 PM EST
b. NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)
The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research position.
Letter of Intent Due Date: August 22, 2017
Application Due Date: September 22, 2017
c. CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program (CUPS)
 
CUPS: A Public Health Experience to Expose Undergraduate and Graduate Students to Minority Health, Public Health and Health Professions
CDC seeks to fund organizations with the ability to reach undergraduate and graduate students, including sexual and gender, people with disabilities, low socioeconomic status (SES) and those from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority populations. The ultimate goal is to increase the diversity of the public health workforce, improve the representation of underrepresented populations in public health, and increase the quality of public health services nationally.
The purpose of this FOA is to implement a national summer training program to introduce undergraduate and graduate students, including but not limited to those from under-represented and underserved populations and students from other vulnerable populations such as physical disability, low English proficiency, gender identity and sexual orientation to public health, public health professions and biomedical sciences. The CUPS/FERGUSON program is based on a common logic model developed to link distinct program and evaluation activities to common anticipated outcomes for the programs funded.
Letter of Intent Due Date: 19-May-2017
Application Due Date: 19-Jun-2017
d. NIMH – Clinical Studies of Mental Illness Not Involving Clinical Trials (Collaborative R01)
 
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to support collaborative clinical studies, not involving treatment development, efficacy, or effectiveness trials. Primary areas of focus include mental health genetics, biomarker studies, and studies of mental illnesses (e.g., psychopathology, neurodevelopmental trajectories of psychopathology) also when associated with HIV/AIDS. Applicants should apply to this FOA when two or more sites are needed to complete the study. Accordingly, the collaborating studies share a specific protocol across the sites and are organized as such in order to increase sample size, accelerate recruitment, or increase sample diversity and representation. In studies with a large number of sites, it is expected that one site will be submitted as a coordinating R01 for data management and/or other centralized administration. For a linked set of collaborative R01s, each application has its own Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI).  The collaborative R01 program provides a mechanism for cross-R01 coordination, quality control, database management, statistical analysis, and reporting.
Standard NIH R01 deadlines.
 
e. NCI – Collaborative Research Projects to Enhance Applicability of Mammalian Models for Translational Research (Collaborative R01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications for collaborative R01 projects from multi-disciplinary teams to expand, improve, or transform the reliability and utility of mammalian cancer and tumor models for translational research. For a linked set of collaborative R01s, each site has its own Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s), and the program provides a mechanism for cross-site coordination and communication. Collaborative studies are appropriate to address translational modeling research questions beyond the capacity of a single-site investigation, particularly to accommodate collaborations among sites with diverse expertise, perspectives, and contributions.
With this FOA, the NCI intends to encourage submission of multidisciplinary projects devoted to demonstrating that mammalian models or their derivatives used for translational research are robust representations of human biology, are appropriate to test questions of clinical importance, and provide reliable information for patients’ benefit. These practical goals contrast with the goals of many mechanistic, NCI-supported R01 projects that employ mammals, or develop and use mammalian cancer models, transplantation tumor models, or models derived from mammalian or human tissues or cells for hypothesis-testing, non-clinical research. Among many other possible endeavors, teams of applicants in response to this FOA could propose demonstrations of how to overcome translational deficiencies of mammalian oncology models, define new uses of mammalian models or their genetics for unexplored translational challenges, advance standard practices for use of translational models, test approaches to validate and credential models, or challenge current practices for how models are used translationally.
Standard NIH R01 deadlines.
 
f. NHLBI – Integrative Computational Biology for Analysis of NHLBI TOPMed Data (R01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support integrated analysis of whole genome, large scale “omic” data generated by the NHLBI’s Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) program and associated phenotype and clinical data using systems approaches. Ultimately, these studies will advance our understanding of the molecular underpinnings of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disease.
Standard NIH R01 deadlines.
g. NIMH – From Genomic Association to Causation: A Convergent Neuroscience Approach for Integrating Levels of Analysis to Delineate Brain Function in Neuropsychiatry   (Collaborative R01)
 
The primary objective of this FOA is to stimulate innovative Convergent Neuroscience (CN) approaches to establish causal and/or probabilistic linkages across contiguous levels of analysis (e.g., gene, molecule, cell, circuit, system, behavior) in an explanatory model of psychopathology. In particular, applicants should focus on how specific constituent biological processes at one level of analysis contribute to quantifiable properties at other levels, either directly or as emergent phenomena.  Although not required, it is preferable that applications link at least three levels of analysis and include an emphasis on genetics. The projects under this FOA will develop novel methods, theories, and approaches through a CN team framework, bringing together highly synergistic inter/transdisciplinary teams from neuroscience and the orthogonal fields of the physical sciences (e.g., data/computational science, physics, engineering, mathematics). Successful teams will combine, expand upon, or develop conceptual frameworks and theoretical approaches, and build explanatory computational models that connect contiguous levels of analysis. Such frameworks, theories, and computational explanatory models should be validated through experimental approaches to elucidate biological underpinnings of complex behavioral (including cognitive and affective) outcomes in psychopathology. Additionally, a goal of this program is to advance research in CN by creating a shared community framework of resources which may be used by the broader research community to further research, as such, a successful team will be expected to have robust plan for sharing data and other resources.
This FOA should be used when two or more collaborating sites are essential to complete the proposed research. It is required that the Research Strategy be identical across linked collaborative R01 applications, with the exception of a short section describing the specific function of each application under “elements unique to that site.” For a linked set of collaborative R01 applications, each application must have its own Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) and the program must provide a mechanism for cross-site coordination. Applications that stand alone and are not collaborative should come in under the companion R01 FOA (PAR-17-253).
h. AHRQ – Health Information Technology (IT) to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes (R21)
This FOA issued by AHRQ invites grant applications for funding to conduct exploratory and developmental research grants (R21) for projects in the early and conceptual stages of development that will contribute to the evidence base of how health information technology (IT) improves health care quality and outcomes.
Standard AHRQ R21 deadlines.
i. NIDA NIAAA – Women & Sex/Gender Differences in Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence (R03 and R21)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) invite applications to advance research on male-females differences in drug and alcohol abuse and addiction and on factors specific to women. Both human and animal model studies are sought.
The extant literature on male-female differences in drug abuse strongly suggests that males and females are likely to differ in many aspects of drug abuse yet to be explored and that in the long run, identifying and understanding such differences can improve our understanding of the nature and etiology of drug abuse and have implications for tailoring prevention and treatment interventions to maximize outcomes for both males and females. Although progress has been made in knowledge of male-female differences in drug abuse and issues unique to women, noteworthy gaps remain. Often, studies fail to include sex/gender analyses, and only a small proportion of animal research includes female subjects thus providing no opportunity to analyze data for sex differences. Thus, in all areas of drug abuse, research is needed that examines male-female differences and issues specific to females.
Standard NIH R03 deadlines.
j. United States Marine Corps – RFP — Leadership and Resiliency Training
The MCIEAST Contracting Department and II Marine Expeditionary Force, G-10, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina has a requirement for Resiliency Training.  The requirement will be for Leadership and Resiliency training sessions.  Each session will consist of five days. The training will specifically be designed for Non-Commissioned Officers, Staff Non-Commissioned Officers, and Junior Officers, and will include such topics as leadership, Marine Corps values, communication, stress management, post-traumatic stress, anger management, relaxation, yoga, meditation, spirituality,fitness, nutrition, pain management, combat leadership, couples and parent-child communication, conflict resolution, humor, journaling, sleep, and alcohol management.  All training will take place within 20 miles of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  A full Peformance Work Statement will be provided with the solicitation.
No posted deadline.  Application is open now.
k. Association for Jewish Studies – Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards
The Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards recognize and promote outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies and honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing. The awards are structured to recognize all areas of Jewish Studies research, paying tribute to both the breadth and depth of AJS members’ scholarship.
Deadline Date: 23-May-2017
l. Fulbright Programs–Europe–United Kingdom–Fulbright-Ulster Art, Design and the Built Environment

The sponsor provides a research award in an art, design, or built environment subject at the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. The fellowship is three months in duration.

The award will be offered to a U.S. scholar who will undertake research affiliated with the department of Art, Design and the Built Environment (ADBE) for a period of three months. Scholars in the UK participate in a wide range of academic, cultural and social events and benefit from a variety of additional opportunities provided by the Commission. Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred: Architecture, Art, Art History, Engineering, and, Urban Planning. Applications are sought in all appropriate specializations.
Deadline Date: 01-Aug-2017
m. Fulbright Programs—East Asia and the Pacific—Korea—Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts (Teaching or Teaching/Research)
The sponsor is seeking Ph.D, or other terminal degree academia professionals to teach undergraduate or graduate courses in fields of specialization. Applicants must have a minimum academic rank of assistant professor and minimum five years of teaching experience beyond their terminal degree at a university, college or community college. A teaching assistantship does not count towards the required five years of experience.
Teaching grants, of 4-10 months, or teaching/research grants of 4-6 or 10-12 months will vary in workload between three and six contact hours per week for the semester. Teaching grants may begin in late August 2018 or late February 2019 and Teaching/research grants may begin in July/August 2018 or January/February 2019.  Topics or courses may be selected from those proposed by the applicants. Instruction and research may take place at any appropriate institution, except Yonsei University. All teaching will be done in English, additional language proficiency is not required.
Deadline Dates: 01-Aug-2017
n. National Library of Australia – National Folk Fellowship
The annual National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to discover and explore original collection material at the Library for use in artistic work.
Deadline Date: 28-Jul-2017
o. The International Studies Association – Research Workshop Grant Program
ISA’s Research and Workshop Grant program was created in 1992 to support and advance workshops. In 2007, the Governing Council substantially expanded and restructured the Workshop Grant Program, more than doubling the total amount of funds available. Today, the Workshops Grant Program is a vibrant part of ISA’s support structure for the advancement of knowledge within the international studies community.
Deadline date: June 30, 2017
p. CS Fund/Warsh-Mott Legacy – Grants Program
CSF and WML currently have three program areas: Emerging Technologies, Food Sovereignty, and Rights and Governance, which build upon related grantmaking undertaken since the foundations were established. Occasionally CSF and WML may also make other grants outside the established program areas to support innovative strategies for progressive social change.
Throughout their histories, CSF and WML have been dedicated to protecting human and environmental health, preserving biodiversity, preventing the commodification of life, and defending democracy.
No deadlines.
q. National Women’s Studies Association – NWSA/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize
 
The National Women’s Studies Association and the University of Illinois Press sponsor a competition for the best dissertation or first book manuscript by a single author in the field of women’s and gender studies.
Deadline Date: 01-Jun-2017
r. Society for American Music – Irving Lowens Book Award
Scholars are invited to submit books published in the year 2016 for consideration for the Irving Lowens Book Award of the Society for American Music. The Society annually awards the prize for the book judged as the best in the field of American music.
Deadline Dates: 01-Jun-2017
s. American Society for Theare Research – Grants For Researchers With Heavy Teaching Loads
Recognizing the deep disparities in available resources that distinguish institutions across our profession and that ultimately impede exchange between scholars within the broadly defined field of theatre studies, the ASTR Grants for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads of up to $1000 promote scholarly and practical exchange among theatre researchers by providing opportunities to faculty at institutions with heavy teaching loads and limited support for scholarship. One year’s membership in ASTR and conference registration accompany the award. Generally stated, the goal of the ASTR Grant for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads is to ensure that institutional affiliation does not hinder the contributions of individual faculty to debates that concern us all and that are central to ASTR’s mission of cultivating scholarship on all aspects of theatre studies. In practical terms, the award provides: research support, which may take the form of funding to obtain or travel to research materials (i.e. archives, interview subjects) or contributing to funding of research assistance or course release, etc.; registration for the annual ASTR conference; and one year’s membership in ASTR.
Deadline: July 15, 2017
t. Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation – Consumer Advocacy for Transformation Call for Proposals
The Consumer Advocacy for Transformation program will fund state-based or local consumer health advocacy projects that aim to develop and insert an organized, influential and permanent consumer voice in state and local health system changes. These health system changes should increase health care value by preserving efforts to increase access to care, improving health outcomes, and lowering costs, especially for populations with disproportionately poor health outcomes. Each of the selected projects should focus on building the capacity of consumer advocates to participate in public and/or private policy or health system change and ensure an ongoing infrastructure for consumer advocacy.
Deadline Dates: 23-Jun-2017, 05-May-2017
u. Association of Field Ornithologists – Pamela and Alexander F. Skutch Research Award
The Association of Field Ornithologists offers one Pamela and Alexander F. Skutch Research Award of up to $10,000 US annually. Preference will be given to Neotropical-based applicants proposing research projects that involves a substantial amount of observation of birds in the field.
Deadline Dates: 15-Jul-2017
v. Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
BWF’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents.
These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research.
Scientific advances such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering.
The deadline for 2018 pre-proposals is September 6, 2017. Pre-proposal guidelines are being developed and will be available by July 1, 2017.