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May 5, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation
The ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. Founded in 1976, ASPEN is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than sixty-five hundred members from around the world, ASPEN is a community of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students, and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition working to support clinical practice, research, and education.

To advance its mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation Grants program. Through the annual program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded for research projects by early-career investigators of clinical nutrition and metabolism in alignment with the priorities outlined in the ASPEN Research Agenda.

To be eligible, applicants must be within ten years of completing a terminal research degree or medical residency (or the equivalent); be at or below the rank of assistant professor; and commit at least 20 percent of their time to research in a professional institute that conducts nutrition research.

Application Deadline: August 23, 2017

For more information visit the Aspen website.

Digital Civil Society Lab
The Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is inviting applications to its Digital Impact (formerly Markets for Good) initiative from projects focused on improving the digital infrastructure for civil society and helping social sector practitioners and policy makers use digital resources safely, ethically, and effectively. Through its grantmaking, the initiative supports better data-informed decision-making in philanthropy (particularly individual giving) and the social sector and facilitates research and innovation aimed at strengthening the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources in civil society.

To that end, Digital Impact grants are awarded for two types of projects: scholarly research and sector advancement.
1) Research: Scholarly research grants are awarded to academic teams exploring questions of scholarly interest that have practical applications for the social sector, or for scholarly review of existing practice. Priority will be given to research projects with either a demonstrated commitment to practical applications in the social sector or those that clearly articulate a plan to turn their research into practical knowledge.

Applications for research grants are encouraged from faculty or graduate students from any disciplinary perspective or methodology, as well as those that bring together multiple disciplinary inquiries.
2) Sector: These grants are intended for nonprofits and partners to address sector-wide challenges in using digital data safely, ethically and effectively. Priority will be given to projects that align with the four principles for digital data use outlined in the Digital Impact Toolkit: consent, privacy, openness and pluralism. Some ways to address these issues include reproducible consent practices, best practices for data sharing across organizations or sectors, new organizational governance practices or trainings, or software platforms or tools built to prioritize permission or ownership.

Application Deadline: June 12, 2017

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

National Endowment for the Humanities
The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.

This program recognizes that finding solutions to complex problems often requires forming interdisciplinary project teams, bringing together participants with expertise in the humanities; in preservation; and in information, computer, and natural science.

All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.

Research and Development offers two funding tiers in order to address projects at all stages of development and implementation.

Tier I: Planning and Basic Research
Tier I grants support the following activities:
  • planning and preliminary work for large-scale research and development projects; and
  • stand-alone basic research projects, such as case studies, experiments, or the development of methods, models, and tools

Tier II: Advanced Implementation
Tier II grants support projects at a more advanced stage of implementation for the following activities:
  • the development of standards, practices, methodologies, or workflows for preserving and creating access to humanities collections; and
  • applied research addressing preservation and access issues concerning humanities collections

Application Deadline: June 8, 2017

For more information visit the NEH website.

National Eye Institute - 3-D ROC Challenge Details
The “3-D Retina Organoid'' Challenge (the “Challenge''), is an ideation Challenge in which the National Eye Institute (NEI;, part of the National Institutes of Health, is asking for ideas to maximize the physiological relevance of 3-D human retina culture systems. Currently, retina culture models do not capture the complexity of the human retina. The goal of the Challenge is to transform innovative ideas into concrete concepts to develop new in vitro 3-D human retina models that recapitulate the organization and function of the human retina. NEI intends to follow this challenge with a follow-on but distinct Reduction to Practice Challenge, which will aim to invoke scientific and technological development of the model system. Technological breakthroughs in this arena could allow researchers and physicians to better understand, diagnose, and treat retinal diseases.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2017.

For more information visit the NEI webpage.

Samsung GRO
The GRO Program is Samsung Electronics and affiliates’ (SAMSUNG) academic research collaboration platform. The program annually calls for innovative research proposals, open to world leading universities to foster collaborative research relationships.
Selected proposals will receive financial support up to USD $ 100,000 per year. Contracts may be renewed up to three years, based on research outcomes and necessity for further research partnership determined by SAMSUNG. Visit program webpage for a list of suggested research themes.

Application Deadline: June 12, 2017

For more information visit the Samsung webpage.

Taub Foundation
The Taub Foundation Grants Program for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Research was created to support high-impact, innovative translational research to understand the underlying causes of MDS and to advance its treatment and prevention. The Program specifically focuses on MDS research, exclusive of AML and MPN. Studies focusing on molecular genetics, epigenetics, splicing factors, stem cells, the microenvironment and novel therapeutic targets relevant to MDS are encouraged.

Innovative studies with transformative potential to elucidate MDS etiology and to develop new treatments are particularly encouraged.

The Taub Program supports independent investigators at all stages of their careers. To promote the expansion of the MDS research field collaborative efforts and proposals from young investigators and those from non-MDS fields are encouraged to apply.

Three-year awards of $600,000 ($200,000 per year, inclusive of 10% indirect costs) will be made to independent investigators working in non-profit, non-governmental academic, medical, or research institutions within the United States. Collaborative efforts are encouraged.

Application Deadline: May 19, 2017

For more information visit the Taub Foundation website.

Thome Memorial Foundation
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 and therapeutic agents including biologics and small molecules, are encouraged to apply. Consideration will be given to research focused on pathogenic mechanisms including inflammatory response, synaptic toxicity, neuronal toxicity, and endosomal/lysosomal trafficking defects. Basic research or new target discovery, genetic studies, biomarker research, neuro-imaging and clinical studies are currently outside the scope of this Program.

All applicants must hold a faculty appointment at a non-profit academic, medical, non-governmental or research institution in the United States. US citizenship is not required. Applicants do not need to be nominated by their institutions. Preference will be given to originality of ideas, regardless of faculty seniority.

Application Deadline: June 2, 2017

For more information visit the Thome Foundation website.

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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