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April 7, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

American Heart Association - Methods Validation Grants
The Methods Validation Grants will focus on validating pre-existing methods including algorithms and analytic tools used to maximize the use of data in predicting outcomes.

The purpose of the Methods Validation Grants is to identify methods to improve the integration and analysis of data within and across large and diverse datasets using cloud computing. A successful grant will include information on how the previous method or tool was used, the evaluation and validation of the proposed method, and the plan for utilizing the AHA Precision Medicine Platform to serve the greater scientific community.

The award seeks to test and validate:
  • new machine learning algorithms to curate and harmonize data in the cloud;
  • new natural language processing methods for electronic health records in the cloud;
  • new pipelines to enable more effective and efficient workflows for analyzing data in the cloud;
  • New pipelines for data curation in the cloud

These grants are open to all scientists. Knowledge of biology and/or computer science may be helpful. Collaboration with other scientists (in any field) is optional. Applicants are to provide proposals that adhere to the above broad objectives while specifically addressing the outlined goals. Faculty/ staff members conducting independent research at time of application. At application, principal investigator must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O. or equivalent terminal doctoral degree and must meet institutional requirements for grant submission. There are no field of study restrictions so long as the applicant demonstrates ability to complete the project proposal with the allotted time and money made available by the grant. Awardee must meet American Heart Association citizenship criteria and research status if at a foreign university throughout the duration of the award. Applicants are not required to reside in the U.S. for any period of time before applying for American Heart Association funding.

Application Deadline: June 29, 2017

For more information visit the AHA website.

American Psychological Foundation - Mental Health Projects for the Underserved
The American Psychological Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Psychological Association, is accepting applications from mental health clinicians to support projects to improve areas of critical need in society and to encourage early career psychologists to devote their careers to underserved populations.

Through the Pearson Early Career program, the foundation will award one $12,000 grant to clinicians for innovative scientifically based clinical projects in the areas of serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, incarcerated or homeless individuals, children with serious emotional disturbance, and adults with serious mental illness.

To be eligible, psychologists must hold an Ed.D., Psy.D., or Ph.D. from an accredited university and be no more than seven years postdoctoral.

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2017

For more information visit the APA website.

College of American Pathologists Foundation - Rippey Grant for Lab Quality Assurance
The College of American Pathologists Foundation is inviting applications for its annual John H. Rippey Grant for Quality Assurance. The program honors the memory of John H. Rippey, MD, an advocate of the College of American Pathologists and devoted to improving laboratory quality assurance.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for innovative projects related to quality assurance, quality improvement in pathology, or patient safety that result in improved patient care.

To be eligible, applicants must be a member of CAP. All applicants will be considered regardless of age, race, gender, national origin.

Application Deadline: November 3, 2017

For more information visit the CAP website.

DOD: World Modelers
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of causal modeling, forecasting, and analysis techniques. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, mathematics, or technology. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Application Deadline: May 11, 2017

For more information visit the Grants.Gov webpage.

Lasker Essay Contest – Please note quickly approaching deadline!
The Lasker Essay Contest engages young scientists and clinicians in a discussion about the big questions in biology and medicine, and the role of biomedical research in our society today. The contest aims to build skills in communicating important medical and scientific issues to broader audiences.

Essay topic: Using at least one specific example, propose ways in which breakthroughs in biomedical research can be made part of the daily global dialogue, so that a much wider public becomes better informed...

The contest is open to medical school students, interns, residents, and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical research; graduate students in public health programs; and graduate students in other health professions programs. The 2017 Essay Contest is open to international applicants, including those from programs outside the U.S.

First-place award is $10,000 and an expense-paid trip (economy class travel and one-night hotel stay) to New York to meet the 2017 Lasker Award winners (on September 15, 2017). Second- and third-place prizes are $5000 and $2500, respectively. All monetary prizes are to be used towards educational expenses.

Essays should be of 800 words or less and should be written in English. The file containing the essay should include the essay title and the applicant's name, email, and institutional affiliation. Figures and references are not required but one image (uploaded separately) and up to 10 references (included within the text body) may be submitted. Specific examples from the world of biomedical research should be included in your essay to illustrate your ideas more effectively. Field-specific scientific jargon should be avoided or explained.

Essays will be evaluated based on 1) the innovation of the ideas and proposals and 2) how well these ideas are conveyed, i.e. the quality of writing, style, and clarity. Essays that are not written in English or are longer than 800 words will not be considered.

The deadline to submit all materials is April 3.

For more information visit the Lasker Foundation website.

Merck - Merck MISP HPV Grant
The Investigator Studies Program aims to advance science and improve patient care by supporting, through the provision of drug/vaccine and/or total/partial funding, high-quality research that is initiated, designed, implemented and sponsored by external investigators. Results will be generated and properly disseminated in peer-reviewed publications. The following areas are of interest to Investigator Studies Program Committee: Research that
  • Elucidates the pathogenesis of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer and methods to assess protection by HPV vaccination.
  • Generates data on the epidemiology and healthcare utilization for anal, penile, oropharyngeal cancers and genital warts in men, including MSM population.
  • Assesses duration of protection and/or the effectiveness of HPV vaccination in immunocompromised subjects.
  • Assesses the impact HPV vaccine on reductions in cervical lesions and screening outcomes.
  • Assesses the economic healthcare impact of HPV vaccination on cervical screening practices.
  • The Company Investigator Studies Program is open to all academic and community-based physicians and researchers worldwide who are interested in conducting their own research.

    Application Deadline: May 16, 2017

    For more information visit the Merck website
    Thome Memorial Foundation Awards Program in Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Discovery Research
    The goal of the Thome Memorial Foundation Awards Program in Alzheimer's Disease Drug Discovery Research is to support innovative drug discovery research that will lead to improved therapies for individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

    Researchers dedicated to the validation and testing of target compounds andtherapeutic agents including biologics and small molecules, are encouraged to apply. Consideration will be given to research based on the amyloid hypothesis as well as alternative pathogenic mechanisms such as APOE, inflammatory and tau-related pathways.

    Basic research or new target discovery, genetic studies, biomarker research, neuro-imaging and clinical studies are currently outside the scope of this Program.

    Applicants must hold a faculty appointment at a non-profit, academic, medical, or research institution in the United States. Eligibility is not limited to investigators working only in Alzheimer's Disease research. U.S. citizenship is not required.

    Proposal Deadline: June 2, 2017

    For more information visit the HRIA website.

    Kress Foundation
    The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for its History of Art grant program, which supports scholarly projects that enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture, from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.

    Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, the development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogs and publications, and technical and scientific studies. The program also supports activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

    In previous years, grant amounts have ranged from $1,000 to $100,000.

    Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2017

    For more information visit the Kress Foundation 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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