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March 10, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations. Grand Challenges Explorations fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1200 researchers in more than 65 countries.

Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

Applications will be accepted on the following four topics:

  • Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains;
  • New Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings;
  • Wearables and Technology for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Behavior Change;
  • Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems;
Application Deadline: May 3, 2017

For more information visit the Grand Challenges website.

Harpo Foundation
Established in 2006, the Chicago-based Harpo Foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and encourage new modes of thinking about art.

To that end, the foundation is inviting Letters of Inquiry for its 2017 New Work Project Grants program. Through the annual program, grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to nonprofit organizations in support of new work by underrecognized artists age 21 or older. The foundation will consider proposals that directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams who are underrecognized in their field. Production of such may happen in the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition.

To be eligible, applicant organizations must be considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

LOI Deadline: April 14, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information visit the Harpo Foundation website.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) - 2018 HHMI Investigator Competition
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has announced that it seeks to appoint up to 20 new biomedical researchers through a national open competition. HHMI recently increased the standard term for HHMI investigators from five to seven years, providing longer term, flexible support as these scientists explore new research territory. The initiative represents an investment of approximately $168 million in basic biomedical research over the next seven years.

The HHMI investigator competition is open to basic researchers and physician scientists at more than 200 eligible institutions who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological problems in biomedical disciplines, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Those selected in this competition will receive a seven-year appointment to HHMI, which is renewable pending favorable scientific review.

HHMI encourages its investigators to push their research fields into new areas of inquiry. By employing scientists as HHMI investigators—rather than awarding them research grants—the Institute is guided by the principle of “people, not projects.” HHMI investigators have the freedom to explore and, if necessary, to change direction in their research. Moreover, they have support to follow their ideas through to fruition—even if that process takes many years.

Application Deadline: June 27, 2017

For more information visit the HHMI website.

NIH: Hearing Health Care for Adults: Improving Access and Affordability (R01)
This FOA encourages applications for research on hearing health care in adults in support of improving access and affordability. Further research is needed to strengthen the evidence base with a goal of delivering better hearing health care outcomes in adults.

Application Deadline: March 05, 2020

For more information visit the NIH website.

NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP)
NIH’s Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) play a pivotal role in keeping promising young investigators in active biomedical research careers. To help spread the word about the NIH Loan Repayment Programs, NIH recently launched a new and improved network to connect potential LRP applicants with former and current LRP awardees.

Through the NIH LRP Ambassador Program, LRP ambassadors serve as a personalized link/connection between the programs and potential applicants at their home institutions, providing advice and encouragement regarding the LRP application process, their experiences, and more.

A new LRP Ambassador Program web page assists ambassadors in spreading the word, with resources such as a toolkit loaded with information to help ambassadors learn more about the LRPs, an ambassador directory to assist individuals in locating LRP ambassadors near them, and other outreach materials that will help advise potential candidates on how to begin and navigate the LRP application process. Past and present LRP awardees, mentors, supervisors, and institutional representatives are eligible to become an ambassador.

The NIH LRPs were established by Congress to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals – many of whom have amassed significant student loan debt during their education and training – into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The NIH LRPs pay up to $35,000 annually of qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. The NIH LRPs will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2017.

The LRPs play a pivotal role in keeping promising young investigators in active biomedical research careers, and LRP ambassadors play a crucial role in increasing awareness of the programs. Both represent an important investment in in the future of health research and the well-being of this nation.

For more information visit the NIH website.

NIH - Research Answers to NCI's Provocative Questions (R01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research projects designed to solve specific problems and paradoxes in cancer research identified by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Provocative Questions initiative. These problems and paradoxes phrased as questions are not intended to represent the full range of NCI's priorities in cancer research. Rather, they are meant to challenge cancer researchers to think about and elucidate specific problems in key areas of cancer research that are deemed important but have not received sufficient attention.

Some of these "Provocative Questions" (PQs) stem from intriguing but older, neglected observations that have never been adequately explored. Other PQs are built on more recent findings that are perplexing or paradoxical, revealing important gaps in current knowledge. Finally, some PQs reflect problems that traditionally have been thought to be intractable but that now may be open to investigations using new strategies and recent technical advances.

The current issuance of the PQ Initiative includes an updated set of 12 PQs. Each research project proposed in response to this FOA must be focused on addressing one particular research problem defined by one specific PQ selected from the list. Projects proposed to address specific PQs may use strategies that incorporate ideas and approaches from multiple disciplines, as appropriate. Transdisciplinary projects are encouraged as long as they serve the scientific focus of the specific PQ chosen.

Letter of Intent Deadline: 30 days prior to the Application due date
Application Deadline: June 28, 2017

For more information visit the NIH website.

Russell Sage Foundation
The Russell Sage Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Small Awards in Behavioral Economics program. Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded in support of high-quality research in behavioral economics and to encourage young investigators (Ph.D. students and recent graduates) to enter this developing field.

There are no limitations on the disciplinary background of the principal investigator, and the proposed research may address any topic in behavioral economics. However, projects must contribute to the foundation's mission to improve social and living conditions in the United States. Appropriate projects will demonstrate explicit use of psychological concepts in the motivation of the research design and the preparation of the results.

Applicants must be an advanced doctoral student or post-doc/junior (non-tenured) faculty member who has been out of graduate school for two years or less. Individuals of any nationality are eligible to apply.

Letter of Intent Deadline: May 31, 2017
Invited Applications Deadline: August 15, 2017

For more information visit the Russell Sage Foundation website.

Sigma Theta Tau
The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International is to advance global health and celebrate nursing excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. To that end, STTI is accepting applications for its 2017 STTI/Doris Bloch Research Award.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to encourage nurses to contribute to the advancement of nursing through research. The allocation of funds, which are provided by a gift to the honor society's Research Endowment from the Doris Bloch estate, will be based on the quality of the proposed research, the future promise of the applicant, and the applicant's research budget. Applications from novice researchers who have received no other national research funds are encouraged and will receive preference, other aspects being equal.

To be eligible, applicants must be a registered nurse with current license and hold a master's or doctoral degree or be enrolled in a doctoral program. Preference will be given to STTI members, other qualifications being equal.

All applications must be submitted via the online submission system, a link to which will be available in April.

Application Deadline: July 01, 2017

For more information visit the STTI website.

Limited Submission Reminder: NIH: High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) Program (S10)

Key Deadlines: March 24, 2017, 5:00pm EST (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), May 31, 2017, 5:00pm EST (Sponsor's Required Concept Paper Submission Deadline).

Central review of internal LOIs will be limited to ensuring that the applications do not duplicate other equipment requested. Applicants must work with their school or college dean to ensure that all financial aspects of the application are approved before submission. Each school or college dean has the right to deny any application submission that does not have an appropriate financial plan in place. Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin discussions with their Associate Dean for Research before submitting an internal LOI.

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to continue the High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program administered by ORIP. The objective of the Program is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical areas of biomedical/behavioral research. The HEI Program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system. An integrated instrumentation system is one in which the components, when used in conjunction with one another, perform a function that no single component could provide. The components must be dedicated to the system and not used independently.

Types of supported instruments include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffractometers, mass and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and light microscopes, cell sorters, and biomedical imagers. Applications for "stand alone" computer systems (supercomputers, computer clusters and data storage systems) will only be considered if the instrument is solely dedicated to the research needs of NIH-supported investigators.

Instruments must be for research purposes only.

In rare special circumstances when an institution cannot justify sole use of the high-end instrument for NIH-supported and other biomedical research, the institution may request a Special Use Instrument (SUI). Eligibility requirements for SUI requests are described in Section III 3.

Foreign-made instruments are allowed.

The HEI Program will not support requests for:

  • An instrument with a base cost of less than $600,000;
  • Multiple instruments bundled together;
  • Purely instructional equipment;
  • Institutional administrative management systems, clinical management systems, or instruments to be used purely for clinical (billable) care;
  • Software, unless it is integral to the operation of the requested equipment;
  • General purpose equipment or an assortment of instruments to furnish a research facility and equipment for routine sustaining infrastructure (such as standard machine shop equipment, standard computer networks, autoclaves, hoods, and equipment to upgrade animal facilities).
To promote cost effectiveness, to encourage optimal sharing among individual investigators, research groups and departments, and to foster a collaborative multidisciplinary environment, the instrument should be integrated in a core facility, whenever possible.

Number of Applications Allowed: One per instrument type

Amount of Funding: Instruments must cost above $600,001; maximum award amount is $2,000,000

Program website:

For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.

Limited Submission Reminder: Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation: Mallinckrodt Grants Applications

Key Deadlines: April 21, 2017, 5:00pm (CWRU Letter of Intent), August 1, 2017, 5:00pm EST (external application).

The Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation is a private foundation that funds basic biomedical research in St Louis and throughout the United States.

Mallinckrodt Grants are competitively provided to investigators based on their proposals, selected from applicants on an annual basis. These awards are usually $60,000 per year for three years, provided an annual progress report is submitted and approved.

The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease.

Number of Applications Allowed: One

For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.

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