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March 16, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation evolved from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott (1996-2004) into a national fundraising movement to raise awareness and find cures for all childhood cancers.

The purpose of the foundation's Reach Awards program is to advance its mission to find cures and better treatments for childhood cancers by providing support to move hypothesis-driven research into the clinic. To that end, the program supports late translational studies needed to ultimately initiate a clinical trial. Priority will be given to those research projects which, if funded, will result in the initiation of a clinical trial within two to three years.

A successful application will identify an unmet clinical need relevant to the care of patients with pediatric cancer and describe how the work performed will allow for the translation of hypothesis-driven research to the clinic keeping broader clinical testing and implementation in view.

Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded over two years.

Primary applicants may be an assistant-, associate-, or professor-level investigator with a track record of discovery, investigation, and external funding. Applicants may be an M.D., D.O., Ph.D, or M.D./Ph.D. In addition, applicants must have a demonstrated track record of pediatric cancer research and have experience in translational research. Multiple investigator applications that bring together pairs or teams of researchers with complementary expertise are encouraged.

Application Deadline: May 22, 2017

For more information visit the Alex’s Lemonade website.

American Psychological Foundation
The American Psychological Foundation is accepting applications for the Lizette Peterson Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant.

The annual award program supports research into the psychological and behavioral aspects of the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents as reflected in the activities and interests within pediatric psychology of the late Lizette Peterson-Homer and her commitment to improving the status of children. Specifically, the grant supports research related to the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents through accidents, violence, abuse, or suicide.

A single grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded in 2017.

To be eligible, applicants must be a student and/or faculty member at an accredited university in the United States and demonstrate research competence and a commitment to the study of injury prevention in children.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

For more information visit the APF website.

Baylor College of Medicine
The newly established Translational Research Institute (TRI) led by Baylor College of Medicine seeks innovative and disruptive technologies, techniques, and countermeasures that will enable and enhance human exploration of deep space. The Institute’s goal is to fund innovative approaches that will reduce multiple risks to human health on missions beyond low Earth orbit.

There are two types of funding opportunities within this research announcement. The first two opportunities below—Omics capabilities for use during missions and Long duration medication stability—are large, program project grants that may span several institutions and investigators in order to collaborate on an interrelated set of research questions within one broad topic. The remaining opportunities are primarily designed as single principal investigator projects. Funding topics of current interest are:

  • Omics capabilities for use during missions
  • Long duration medication stability
  • Human brain imaging
  • Inflight surgical capabilities
  • Increasing organisms’ resistance to radiation
  • Pharmaceuticals that preserve muscle mass
  • Inflight production of fresh food
  • Microbiome based therapies for improving health in spaceflight
  • Lymphatic imaging in microgravity
Letter of Intent Deadline: April 10, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: May 19, 2017

For more information visit the BCM website.

Department of the Interior - Geological Survey - 2018 Earthquake Hazards External Grants Program
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program (EHP) annual announcement for assistance to support research in earthquake hazards, the physics of earthquakes, earthquake occurrence, and earthquake safety policy. This activity is authorized by the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977. Application Deadline: May 22, 2017

For more information visit the Grants.Gov website.

Jed Foundation - Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award
The Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award is an annual award honoring an undergraduate college student who is raising awareness of mental health issues on campus, reducing prejudice around mental illness, and encouraging help-seeking among their peers. It was established in 2008 through a contribution made by Carol Ullman and the late Joseph Greenspan, in memory of their son, Jerry Greenspan.

This award is designed to encourage dialogue about mental health on campuses, reduce prejudice around emotional disorders, and raise visibility of the outstanding students who are tackling these issues at schools across the country.

The undergraduate college student selected for this award receives:

  • A $3,000 cash scholarship
  • Recognition on The Jed Foundation’s website
  • A trip to New York to attend JED’s Annual Gala
Application Deadline: March 25, 2017

For more information visit the Jed Foundation website.

Knight Foundation - JOURNALISM 360? CHALLENGE
The Knight Foundation has joined with Google News Lab and the Online News Association to launch the Journalism 360 Challenge, an open call for ideas from everyone and anyone willing to experiment and share what they're learning about mixed reality, virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360-degree video.

Winning ideas will receive up to $35,000 for early-stage projects that best answer the question: How might we experiment with immersive storytelling to advance the field of journalism?

While immersive storytelling offers journalists new opportunities to engage more deeply with members of the audience, it also requires new approaches and raises important questions that can only be answered when people passionate about the future of journalism are willing to exchange ideas and learn from each other. To that end, the foundation is interested in ideas from anyone, anywhere in the world, including journalists, technologists, entrepreneurs, gamers, software developers and academics, startups, established businesses, and nonprofits, that touch on anything from new production techniques, to storytelling tools, to explorations of the use of narrative to address important ethical questions for journalists.

Entries will be accepted from March 8 to April 10, 2017. The review phase will run from April 10 to mid-June, during which time staff from Knight Foundation, the Online News Association, Google News Lab, and a select group of thought leaders from a variety of fields will review applications and select finalists. Knight staff will then interview the finalists and announce the winners of the challenge at the end of June.

Application Deadline: April 10, 2017

For more information visit the Knight Foundation website.

Lupus Foundation of America - 2017 Lupus Insight Prize
The Lupus Research Alliance is pleased to announce that the Lupus Insight Prize nominations are now underway. The Lupus Insight Prize recognizes a major, novel insight and/or discovery with the promise of changing thinking about lupus as well as a high likelihood of generating further advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

The Lupus Insight Prize recipient will be awarded $150,000 to be used for research dedicated to advancing understanding of the genetic, environmental, molecular, immunologic or cellular aspects of lupus and/or its treatment.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2017

For more information visit the Lupis Insight Prize web page.

OCLC Research - Innovative Information Science Research Projects
OCLC Research, in partnership with the Association for Library and Information Science Education, is accepting applications from research projects that contribute to a better understanding of how the integration of new technologies affects the information environment and user behavior.

Through its OCLC/ALISE Library & Information Science Research program, OCLC will award grants of up to $25,000 for research related but not limited to the impact of digital technology on libraries and museums, social media and information-seeking behavior, and new developments in knowledge organization (metadata, social tagging, linked data, etc.)

To be eligible, applicants must be a full-time academic faculty member in a school of library and information science or a related field. Priority will be given to proposals from junior faculty.

Deadline: September 15, 2017

For more information visit the OCLC website.

NEW Limited Submission: Hartwell Foundation: Individual Biomedical Research Awards

Key Deadlines: March 24, 2017 (CWRU internal letter of intent), April 21, 2017 (CWRU internal submission deadline); September 15, 2017 (ANTICIPATED Sponsor submission deadline).

Since 2011, five CWRU faculty members have been selected for Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research awards.

The foundation funds 12 Hartwell Investigators annually for their innovative, early-stage, cutting-edge biomedical research that has the potential to benefit children in the USA. These awards provide funding to individual researchers in the U.S. for three years, at $100,000 direct cost per year.

Projects should represent early-stage biomedical research that has not yet qualified for significant outside funding, including those not yet submitted for funding consideration. The Foundation is looking for research projects that are early-stage, innovative and cutting-edge, and will only consider funding those proposals that reflect relevance in terms of potential benefit to children in the US.

In selecting awardees, The Hartwell Foundation takes into account the transformative nature of the proposed innovation, the extent to which a strategic or translational approach might accelerate the clinical application of research results to benefit children, the extent of collaboration in the proposed research, the institutional commitment to provide encouragement and technical support to the investigator, and the extent to which funding the investigator will make a difference.

Applicants must be available to interview with the internal selection committee on July 10 and to travel to meet with representatives of the Foundation in November. They also must commit to attend the Foundation's Annual Meeting, which is held annually in September.

Number of Applications Allowed: Two anticipated

Amount of Funding: $300,000 ($100,000 per year for three years)

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