National Science Foundation (NSF) & American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) have launched the Beyond the Box National Digitization Innovation Competition. The initiative will award $1 million to the individual or team who develops a novel way to accurately and efficiently capture digital images of insect specimens and their associated data from a standard museum drawer of insects.
The Beyond the Box Digitization Challenge has been designed to stimulate individuals or teams to solve a problem that is hindering scientific research and innovation - the inability to quickly and accurately digitize specimens and associated data in a standard tray of insects in a natural history museum. Solving this problem will help advance research as well as contribute to improved public health, environmental management, and agriculture by providing scientists, farmers, health care providers, and citizen scientists with access to our nation's insect collections. Moreover, the solution to this problem will almost certainly find additional applications in scientific and commercial settings.
The winning entry will receive up to $1 million for the development of a hardware and software system that automates digitization of pinned insect specimens, without damaging the specimens--one of the most challenging biocollections digitization tasks.
Visit the Beyond the Box website for more information on the challenge.
Simmons Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Simmons Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are pleased to announce the Faculty Scholars Competition, a national competition for grants to outstanding early-career scientists.
The three philanthropies will award a total of $148 million over the program’s first five years, awarding up to 70 grants every two and a half to three years. The awards are intended for basic researchers and physician scientists who have already demonstrated significant research accomplishments and show potential to make unique and important contributions to their fields.
Application Deadline: July 28, 2015
For more information visit the Simons Foundation website.
Limited Submission Reminder: Kinship Foundation - The Searle Scholars Program
Key Deadlines: July 13, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU internal application), September 30, 2015 (external application).
Case Western Reserve University is invited to submit applications for the 2016 Searle Scholar Program competition.
The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution. Today, 153 institutions are invited to participate in the Program.
The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the world-wide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle's wish that certain funds be used to support "...research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences."
Each year 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years. Since its inception, 527 Scholars have been named and over $111 million has been awarded.
Number of Applications Allowed: Two
Amount of Funding: $100,000 per year for 3 years ($300,000 total)
For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.
Administration for Children and Families – National Center for Afterschool and Summer Enrichment
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), solicits applications to operate a National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (National Center). The National Center will develop and disseminate high-quality, research-informed-resources and provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to states, territories and Tribes to support expanded access to and supply of high quality afterschool and summer programs that foster children’s development and learning, especially for low-income children and families. The Center will design and implement a work plan that includes, but is not limited to, identifying needs and best practices that will help expand quality learning opportunities for school-age children; supporting state implementation of new health, safety, and quality provisions in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, as appropriate in school age care settings; identifying and promoting family engagement approaches that positively involve parents in afterschool and summer programs; and coordinating with early childhood and school-age stakeholder groups and other federal programs to maximize effective service delivery models.
Application Deadline: July 20, 2015
For more information visit the Grants.Gov webpage.
Congratulations to the Research ShowCASE and Intersections Presentation Winners
Postdoctoral First Place Winners:
Postdoctoral Honorable Mention:
Graduate Student First Place Winners:
Graduate Student Honorable Mention:
Jang Ik Cho
Seyed Mohsen Seifi
Undergraduate First Place Winners:
Taylor Nguyen (Mentor - Mohan Sankaran)
Elishama Kanu (Mentor - Hillel Chiel)
Anisha Garg (Mentor - Barbara Kuemerle)
Raghav Tripathi (Mentor - Jeremy Bordeaux)
Diana Acosta (Mentor - Roger French)
Margaret Mack (Mentor - Zheng-Rong Lu)
Moriah Watts (Mentor - Marilyn Lotas)
William Qu (Mentor - Paul Tesar)
Logan Smith (Mentor - Julia Dobosotskaya)
Harini Ushasri and Liana Manuel (Mentor - John Paul Stephens)
Alayna Klco (Mentor - Katia Almeida)
Undergraduate Second Place Winners:
Paul Advincula (Mentor - Rigoberto Advincula)
Samantha Butler (Mentor - Chung-Chiun Liu)
Sara Mithani (Mentor - Leena Palomo)
Rachael Wieber and Breanon Glover (Mentor - Mary Quinn Griffin)
Arvind Haran (Mentor - Michael Jenkins)
Elishama Kanu (Mentor - Hillel Chiel)
Katie Pezzot (Mentor - Jiayang Sun)
Samir Shah (Mentors: Matthew Williams and Robert Kirsch)
Kathy Lin (Mentor - Amy Przeworski)
Lauren Pohl (Mentor - Amy Przeworski)
Lisa Richey (Mentor - Kathryn Rothenberg)
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