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April 28, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

Department of Defense – Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
The Department of Defense (DoD) has pre-released it's SBIR 17.2 and the STTR 17B Broad Agency Announcements.

The objectives of the DoD SBIR Program include stimulating technological innovation in DoD’s Science and Technology Emphasis Areas, strengthening the role of small business in meeting DoD research and development needs, fostering and encouraging participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation, and increasing the commercial application of DoD-supported research or research and development results.

Proposal Deadline: July 21, 2017

For more information on these specific announcements visit the SBIR website.

Foundation for Physical Therapy
The mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy is to fund and publicize physical therapy research that determines the scientific basis and value of services intended to optimize physical functioning by physical therapists, and to develop the next generation of researchers.

To that end, grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded to research projects designed to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapist interventions within any discipline relevant to the field. Funds may be requested to meet any type of expense reasonably associated with the research project, including salaries and fringe benefits, purchase or rental of equipment, supplies, travel, publication costs, printing or postage, and special services such as computer time, photographic services, and secretarial or research assistant support.

FPT supports only those intervention studies in which the interventions are provided by physical therapists, or selected components of the interventions are provided by physical therapist assistants under the direction and supervision of physical therapists.

To be eligible, applicants must be an individual or a group of investigators applying through a U.S. sponsoring organization/institution with which they are affiliated. Groups must designate one member as the principal investigator responsible for directing the project. Other members of the group may be physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, or individuals from other disciplines that are relevant to the proposed study.

Application Deadline: August 3, 2017

For more information visit the FPT webpage.

Industrial Fabrics Foundation
The Industrial Fabrics Foundation has been the philanthropic voice of the specialty fabrics industry for nearly twenty years. During that time, IFF has provided more than $300,000 in scholarships for higher education and grants in support of research, development, and industry awareness efforts.

Scholarships are paid directly to the students' schools for fall semester tuition. Scholarships include the Textile Industry Engineering Scholarship, the Textile Industry Product Design Scholarship, the Textile Industry Architectural Design Scholarship, and the Don Williams Scholarship.

1) Textile Industry Engineering Scholarship: Each year, IFF awards a single $5,000 scholarship to a textile engineering student for tuition expenses at an accredited college, university, or technical school. To be eligible, applicants must be a chemical engineering/material science major, a textile science and engineering major, a fiber science major, a civil engineering major with a geogsynthetic interest, or a textile engineering major.

2) Textile Industry Product Design Scholarship: A single $5,000 scholarship will be awarded for tuition expenses at an accredited college, university, or technical school. Applicants must be enrolled in an industrial design, product development/soft good design, functional apparel design, or textile end-product-related design program.

3) Textile Industry Architectural Design Scholarship: A single $5,000 scholarship will be awarded for tuition expenses at an accredited college or university architect or design program. Applicants must be enrolled in an architecture, design, or textile building application program.

4) Don Williams Scholarship: A single $5,000 scholarship will be awarded for tuition expenses at an accredited college, university, or technical school. Applicants must be enrolled in a textile-related program.

Application Deadline: June 10, 2017

For more information visit the IFF website.

Mazda Foundation
The Mazda Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Mazda North America, supports nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, literacy, social welfare, scientific research, cross-cultural understanding, and environmental conservation.

Grants amounts are determined according to the nature and need of the program.

To be eligible, organizations must be considered nonprofit under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants to individuals will not be considered.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

For more information visit the Mazda Foundation website.

The NASPGHAN Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, is accepting applications for its annual Young Investigator Awards.

The annual program consists of two distinct awards: The NASPGHAN Foundation/NASPGHAN George Ferry Young Investigator Development Award and the NASPGHAN Foundation/Nestlé Nutrition Research Young Investigator Development Award.
1) NASPGHAN Foundation/NASPGHAN George Ferry Young Investigator Development Award: A grant of $150,000 over two years will be awarded to a junior faculty member pursuing a research project in the clinical, quality improvement, translational, or basic sciences related to diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, or nutritional disorders of children. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in an independent research career in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, or nutrition.

2) NASPGHAN Foundation/Nestlé Nutrition Research Young Investigator Development Award: A grant of $150,000 over two years will be awarded to a junior faculty member in support of meritorious basic, quality improvement, translational, or clinical research related to nutrition in infancy, childhood, or adolescence. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in an independent research career in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, or nutrition.

Investigators may apply for more than one of the above grants, as long as the proposed studies adhere to all criteria for each grant.

To be eligible, applicants must be a NASPGHAN member in good standing (at least one full year); have completed their training in pediatric gastroenterology after June 1, 2012, or plan to complete a subspecialty residency (fellowship) training by June 30, 2017; hold a full-time faculty position in an academic institution in the United States, Mexico, or Canada; and not be the principal investigator for an RO1, P01 (or similar), or CIHR operating grant at the time of application. Recipients of U.S.-mentored grants such as a K08, K23, or an equivalent Canadian, Mexican, or national foundation grant are eligible to apply if their application does not overlap with work they are doing.

Primary emphasis will be given to the scientific strength and innovation of the proposed work, qualifications of the applicant, and the commitment of the applicant's division and department.

Competitive applicants are expected to have potential for a distinguished career as a physician-scientist. A career development plan should also be presented as part of the proposal as this will be considered during the review.

Application Deadline: July 7, 2017

For more information visit the NASPGHAN website.

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, in partnership with the National Stem Cell Foundation, is inviting Letters of Intent for its OREF Clinical Research Grant in Cellular Therapy.

Grants of up to $800,000 over three-years will be awarded for investigator-initiated clinical research projects focused on adult stem cells (e.g., mesenchymal or adipose-derived). Investigators who have demonstrated a sustained interest in research and excellence in their training are encouraged to apply.

Applications may be submitted by domestic or Canadian nonprofit, public, or private institution of higher education, including hospitals, medical schools, universities, and colleges. If the principal investigator is an orthopaedic surgeon, he/she must hold a primary appointment in an orthopaedic surgery department, work in an institution in the U.S. or Canada, and be licensed to practice in the United States. If the PI is a Ph.D. or D.V.M., he/she must hold a primary or secondary appointment at an institution/orthopaedic department in the U.S. or Canada.

Letters of Intent must be received no later than May 2, 2017.
Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by August 1, 2017.

For more information visit the OREF webpage.

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance
Woman to Woman, a program of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, pairs gynecologic cancer patients with trained survivor volunteers who provide one-on-one emotional support and mentoring to women when they need it most. From the moment of diagnosis through the end of treatment, Woman to Woman survivor volunteers have helped hundreds of women and their families cope with gynecologic cancer.

Through the program, one-year grants of either $50,000 (for a hospital-based program) or $25,000 (for a community-based organization) will be awarded to institutions with a large volume of gynecologic cancer patients and a need to provide this type of support to patients. Grants are provided to cover the cost of a part-time program coordinator's salary (either a new hire or reassignment), program costs, and the patient fund (no indirect costs are allowed). It is expected that each Woman to Woman program will become self-funding after the first year.

OCRFA will provide all program materials for patients, as well as technical assistance and support, for the life of the program (even after the end of the grant period). Programs also will have access to a dedicated section of the website (under construction) featuring tools to assist in the development and administration of new programs.

Application Deadline: May 29, 2017

For more information visit the OCRFA website.

Simons Foundation
The mission of the Simons Foundation is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships in marine microbial ecology. The foundation is particularly interested in applicants with training in different fields who want to apply their experience to understanding the role of microorganisms in shaping ocean processes and vice versa, including applicants with experience in modeling or theory development.

To be eligible, applicants should have received their Ph.D. or an equivalent degree within two years of the fellowship's start date. Applicants from any country, but awards can only be issued to postdocs affiliated with a nonprofit research university or research institution in the United States.

The award is for three years, contingent on satisfactory annual progress reports, and will include an annual stipend of $62,000, an annual allowance of up to $10,000 for health insurance for the fellow and his/her family, and an annual research allowance of $10,000, which may be used for research supplies, small equipment (including computers), attendance at scientific meetings, and other research-related travel. Up to $2,000 of the research allowance may be used for relocation of the fellow and his/her family to the host institution.

The foundation anticipates awarding five fellowships in 2017.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2017

For more information visit the Simons Foundation website.

Wildlife Acoustics - Bio-acoustic Research
Wildlife Acoustics’ mission is to support efforts in conservation and environmental stewardship. The international organization aims to enable those involved in animal biology, research and conservation to do their best work easily and quickly.

To advance this mission, Wildlife Acoustics will award grants of up to $5,000 to support bioacoustics research efforts from chiropteran, avian, terrestrial, amphibious, and marine wildlife, to everything else in between. Projects must make significant use of bioacoustics for data collection and/or analysis and advance scientific knowledge and contribute to long-term conservation. In addition, the grant award must have a significant impact on the success of the project.

To be eligible, applicants must be biologists, researchers, conservationists or students who work for tax exempt, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, or government agencies. Non-U.S. organizations are eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

For more information visit the Wildlife Acoustics webpage.

Limited Submission Reminder: The Pew Charitable Trusts: Pew Biomedical Scholars Program

Key Deadlines: May 16, 2017 (CWRU internal letter of intent), October 23, 2017 (Sponsor's submission deadline).

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Risk-taking is encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate's performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program.

Number of Applications Allowed: One

Amount of Funding: $240,000 ($60,000 a year for four years)

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

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