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April 24, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

Atomwise, Inc
Atomwise Inc seeks proposals from innovative university scientists to receive 72 potential medicines, generated specifically for their research by artificial intelligence. The Artificial Intelligence Molecular Screen (AIMS) program is designed to dramatically accelerate the race towards life-saving drugs by analyzing millions of compounds for each disease. Contributing cutting-edge AI technology and delivering physical molecules to as many as 100 labs, the program is the first of its kind.

AIMS is a streamlined program. Short applications are submitted online, and recipients will be announced three months from the submission deadline. No preliminary data is required and projects showing success can receive further support.

Atomwise develops artificial intelligence systems for drug discovery. Its groundbreaking AtomNet technology reasons like a human medicinal chemist, using powerful Deep Learning algorithms and supercomputers to analyze millions of potential treatments each day.

Historically, discovering a single new medicine cost billions of dollars and took an average of 15 years – putting such research outside the reach of academic scientists. Atomwise helps predict the effectiveness of new drugs more rapidly, much like software used to simulate aircraft, buildings, and computer chips.

Atomwise has already launched 27 drug discovery projects with leading research institutions. These partnerships are advancing research on diseases as diverse as Ebola, multiple sclerosis, and leukemia. Molecules predicted by Atomwise have become lead medicinal chemistry candidates and successfully treated animals in trials.

Application Deadline: June 12, 2017

For more information visit the Atomwise website.

Department of the Air Force - Speech and Audio Data Technologies (SADT)
1. The Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome Research Site, is soliciting white papers under this announcement for new and innovative research to increase AFRL's knowledge and understanding of speech and audio exploitation technologies for support of military applications.
2. The scope of this effort covers a broad range of technologies not limited to: usable speech determination, interference mitigation (noise, co-channel), channel mitigation, speaker diarization, whispered speech detection, music or tone detection/mitigation, background noise detection, speaker segmentation, speaker highlighting, speaker identification, speaker verification, transmission segmentation, language and dialect identification, accented speech identification, optimal data selection, coding to preserve the characteristics of the speaker and channel, automatic speech recognition, key word spotting, correlation, and model adaptation, event/anomaly detection, platform identification.
3. The main emphasis for this research are techniques and methods for use in a tactical (low signal-to-noise ratio, <10 seconds processing time, with minimal training time and data) military environment.
4. Deliverables will be technical reports and when appropriate, software and demonstrations with associated data.
This announcement is for an Open, 2 Step BAA which is open and effective until 30 Sep 2020. Only white papers are due at this time. While white papers will be considered if received prior to 1500 on 30 Sep 2020, the following submission dates are suggested to best align with projected funding:

FY17 - 19 May 2017
FY18 - 29 Dec 2017
FY19 - 31 Dec 2018
FY20 - 31 Dec 2019

1. FIRST STEP - White Paper Reviews: The Government will review White Papers to determine which of them have the potential to best meet the Air Force's needs based on the criteria listed above. If white papers are of interest and funding is available, AFRL/RI will request a formal technical and cost proposal from offeror. If white papers are not of interest or there is not funding available, a letter is sent to the offeror indicating the reason not selected.
2. SECOND STEP - Proposal Review and Selection Process

Total funding for this BAA is approximately $9.9M. Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging from $100K to $750K. There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value.

White Papers accepted until September 30, 2020

For more information visit the FBO website.

Dresner Foundation
The Dresner Foundation is dedicated to transforming lives in profoundly positive ways through grants focused on health, youth, and animal welfare.

To that end, the foundation is inviting Letters of Inquiry from early-career scientists for its Myelodysplastic Syndromes Research Fund. Through the program, grants of up to $500,000 over two years will be awarded to support cutting-edge MDS research and related programs that will lead to the future standards of care and ultimately cure, by facilitating the advancement of innovative basic science, translational, or clinical research.

To be eligible, applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code based or a university, college, hospital, or laboratory. In addition, the principal investigator must be less than five years from the completion of a fellowship training or post-doctoral program at the time of application.

LOI Deadline: May 12, 2017
Invited Proposal Deadline: July 14, 2017

For more information visit the Dresner Foundation webpage.

Dreyfus Foundation
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is inviting applications for its Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry, which provides a principal investigator with an award of $120,000 over two years to appoint a postdoctoral fellow in environmental chemistry.

The program aims to support innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment. Examples include but are not limited to the chemistry associated with the climate, the atmosphere, aquatic or marine settings, toxicology, soil, or groundwater. Also of interest are chemistry-related energy research (renewable sources, sequestration, etc.), and new or green approaches to chemical synthesis and processing, both with a clearly stated relation to the environment.

The program is open to all academic and other not-for-profit organizations in the states, districts, and territories of the United States. Applications are accepted from principal investigators who have well-established research efforts in environmental science or engineering. These research activities need not be located in traditional departments in the chemical sciences, and collaboration across departments and institutions is encouraged. The postdoctoral fellow is usually not already identified or working in the principal investigator's lab at the time of application.

Application Deadline: August 01, 2017

For more information visit the Dreyfus Foundation website.

NSF: Geophysics
The Geophysics Program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes from the Earth's surface to its' deepest interior. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported. Topics include (but are not limited to) seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of geophysical hazards; the Earth's magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the Earth's thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research also includes geophysical studies of active deformation, including geodesy, and theoretical and experimental studies of the properties and behavior of Earth materials.

Application Deadline: Proposals accepted anytime

For more information visit the Grants.Gov webpage.

Limited Submission Reminder: CWRU Technology Validation & Start-Up Fund Program (CTP)
The CWRU Technology Transfer Office (TTO) has been awarded a grant by the State of Ohio to fund the CTP. The terms and conditions of the award have not been finalized. In the interest of keeping the process moving while we await final terms, we are accepting pre-proposals.

Key Deadlines:
  • Pre-Proposal due April 19th, 2017, 5:00pm (using attached form)
  • Qualified proposals will be chosen to advance to the full-proposal stage. The deadline for full proposals is May 5th, 2017, 5:00pm.
The Technology Validation and Start Fund (TVSF), funded by the Ohio Third Frontier, aims to accelerate and fund the translation of promising technologies into the marketplace through Ohio start-up companies with the eventual goal of creating greater economic growth. In October 2016, CWRU was awarded a $500,000 fund, which will be administered by the Technology Transfer Office as the CWRU TVSF Program (CTP) to advance a number of selected programs over a 12-month period. As a result of this award CWRU investigators are no longer eligible to apply for TVSF funding directly to the State of Ohio, but must instead apply to this internal competition.

The CTP is intended to be the final bridge between a translational research project and a viable commercial program. Funding will support technologies that require validation/proof that will directly impact and enhance commercial viability and the ability to support a start-up company. Projects must have already advanced beyond basic research and should have the equivalent of a laboratory-scale proof of concept prior to applying for funding.

Applicants are encouraged to work with potential Ohio licensees and business advisors prior to submitting an application in order to identify critical needs for the technology. Paramount importance will be placed on customer discovery, whether in the form of industry partners or potential end users. Specific milestones related to enhancing valuation and reducing risk should be defined, which can include any of the following:

  • Prototyping, scale-up, animal and/or clinical testing, addressing regulatory or reimbursement requirements
Technology Focus Areas:

All proposals must fall into the State of Ohio’s technology focus areas below:

  • Biomedical/Life Sciences
  • Advanced Materials
  • Energy
  • Software/Information Technology
  • Sensors
  • Advanced Manufacturing
Anticipated award type: Standard Grant with 1:1 cost match required by applicant

Anticipated number of awards: 10 -12 per year at $50,000 - $100,000 each (includes cost match)

Total CTP funding amount: $500,000 + $500,000 cost match by awardees

Number of RFP’s: 3 per year (anticipated dates*: December 2016, April 2017, September 2017) * RFP dates subject to change

Funding period per project: 1 year

Funding start date: 1-2 months after submission of full proposal

Cost Match Requirement: cash cost share commitment of at least one dollar for every dollar of project funds requested (i.e., a ratio of 1:1) and must represent a specific new unrestricted cash commitment to the project.

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

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Bascom Little Fund
The Bascom Little Fund is a charitable trust created to promote the work of composers in Northeast Ohio. Grants will be awarded to support the promotion, through the media, of concerts, publications, and recordings of serious and semi-popular music, newly composed and performed in or near Cleveland, Ohio. To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor. In addition, composers must demonstrate a commitment to contemporary music and reside in the Northeast Ohio region. Special consideration will be given to applicants with fiscal partners. The fund does not fund the commission of new works.

Application Deadline: May 01, 2017

For more information visit the Bascom Little Fund website.

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration
The U.S. Department of Transportation is requesting applications to result in awards to eligible entities to develop model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance and infrastructure return on investment. These model deployments are expected to provide benefits in the form of: reduced traffic-related fatalities and injuries; reduced traffic congestion and improved travel time reliability; reduced transportation-related emissions; optimized multimodal system performance; improved access to transportation alternatives, including for underserved populations; public access to real time integrated traffic, transit and multimodal transportation information to make informed travel decisions; cost savings to transportation agencies, businesses and the traveling public; or other benefits to transportation users and the general public. This competitive advanced transportation and congestion management technologies deployment grant program will promote the use of innovative transportation solutions. The deployment of these technologies will provide Congress and DOT with valuable real life data and feedback to inform future decision making. The DOT will host an Informational Session regarding this Funding Opportunity focused on the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative. This session will be conducted as a virtual forum and will focus on specific topics to help potential applicants gather additional information and ask specific questions. Participation in this session is not mandatory in order to submit an application under this solicitation. However, potential applicants are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to gather information regarding this specific funding opportunity.

Webinar date: April 25, 2017; Time: 1 p.m. ET. Click here for webinar information and registration.

Application Deadline: June 12, 2017

For more information visit the Grants.Gov webpage.


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