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CWRU ORA - News and Funding Opportunities
May 19, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - Warfighter Analytics using Smartphones for Health (WASH)
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of mobile health analytics for determining warfighter health condition and combat/mission readiness. The goal of the Warfighter Analytics using Smartphones for Health (WASH) program is to develop algorithms that enable continuous and real-time assessment of the warfighter by leveraging data that is passively and unobtrusively captured from any and all cellphone sensors. WASH will assess combat/mission readiness by passively linking the warfighter’s behavior to their physiological and cognitive state. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice, research that focuses on active interaction of the user with the cellphone, or research that requires the use of additional or other devices beyond the cellphone.

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is being issued, and any resultant selection will be made, using procedures under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2) and 35.016. Any negotiations and/or awards will use procedures under FAR 15.4. Proposals received as a result of this BAA shall be evaluated in accordance with evaluation criteria specified herein through a scientific review process.

Technical Areas:
  • TA1: Infrastructure (Sensor Collection, Data Management, and User/Cohort Management)
  • TA2: Context Extraction and Symptom/User State Association (Data Analysis)
Multiple awards are anticipated. The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. Awards will be made to proposers whose proposals are determined to be the most advantageous and provide the best value to the Government, all factors considered, including the potential contributions of the proposed work, overall funding strategy, and availability of funding.

Proposal Deadline: June 23, 2017 at noon (ET)

For more information visit the FBO webpage.

Department of Defense
Recently released Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DoD) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program (ALSRP), Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP), Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP), Multiple Sclerosis Research Program and the Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP):

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program
Therapeutic Idea Award
Therapeutic Development Award

Breast Cancer Research Program
Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2
Breakthrough Award Levels 3 and 4
Breakthrough Fellowship Award
Distinguished Investigator Award
Era of Hope Scholar Award
Innovator Award

Bone Marrow Failure Research Program
Idea Development Award

Multiple Sclerosis Research Program
Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Ovarian Cancer Research Program
Clinical Development Award
Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Ovarian Cancer Academy Award – Early Career
Pilot Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the website (, the CDMRP website ( and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (

Submission is a two-step process requiring both pre-application submission and full application submission. All pre-applications must be submitted through eBRAP ( Full applications from extramural organizations (non-DoD organizations) must be submitted through (
Grammy Museum
Funded by the Recording Academy, the Grammy Museum's grant program annually provides support for music archiving and preservation efforts as well as scientific research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.
1) Scientific Research Program: Scientific research grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to organizations and individuals working to research the impact of music on the human condition. Examples include the study of the effects of music on mood, cognition, and healing; the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals; and the creative process underlying music. Priority will be given to projects with strong methodological design as well those designed to address an important research question.

2) Archiving and Preservation Program: This category supports the efforts of organizations and individuals working to advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The archiving and preservation area has two funding categories — preservation implementation (grants of up to $20,000) and planning, assessment, and/or consultation (grants of up to $5,000).

Letter of Intent Deadline: October 1, 2017; Proposals are invited

For more information visit the Grammy Museum website.

Heritage Ohio
Heritage Ohio, through support from Schooley Caldwell, is currently accepting proposals for the Emerging Professionals Scholarship contest and conference session. Scholarship winners will receive the opportunity to present a mini-presentation on their preservation work, 2-nights at the conference hotel, up to $100 travel reimbursement, and complimentary conference registration. Winners will be announced in early August, and all applicants will receive early bird conference registration code if not selected. There are two scholarship opportunities for the 2017 Heritage Ohio Annual Conference.

Proposal Deadline: July 28, 2017

For more information on these specific announcements visit the Heritage Ohio website.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG)support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

This program combines the former Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants and Digital Humanities Implementation Grants programs; the combined program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

Through a special partnership, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing additional funding to this program to encourage innovative collaborations between museum or library professionals and humanities professionals to advance preservation of, access to, use of, and engagement with digital collections and services. Through this partnership, IMLS and NEH may jointly fund some DHAG projects that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve

  • creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods or techniques that contribute to the humanities;
  • pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society, or explores the philosophical or practical implications and impact of digital humanities in specific fields or disciplines; or
  • revitalizing and/or recovering existing digital projects that promise to contribute substantively to scholarship, teaching, or public knowledge of the humanities.

Application Deadline: June 6, 2017

For more information visit the NEH website.

NIH - Tobacco Regulatory Science (R01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite R01 applications to support biomedical and behavioral research that will provide scientific data to inform regulation of tobacco products to protect public health. Research Projects must address the research priorities related to the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). The awards under this FOA will be administered by NIH using funds that have been made available through FDA CTP and the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (P.L. 111-31). Research results from this FOA are expected to generate findings and data that are directly relevant in informing the FDA's regulation of the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health.

Letter of Intent Deadline: 60 days prior to application deadline

Application Deadline: August 17, 2017

For more information visit the NIH website.

Sociological Initiatives Foundation
The Sociological Initiatives Foundation was established to support research that furthers social change, including language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions. The foundation supports projects that address institutional rather than individual or behavioral change, as well as initiatives that provide insight into sociological and linguistic issues that can be useful to specific groups and/or communities.

To that end, grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded for research projects focused on social policy; institutional and educational practices; linguistic issues (e.g., literacy, language loss and maintenance, language policy, language and national security, bilingualism, language and gender, language and law, language disabilities, language and health, language and education, different language cultures); and community capacity and the organization of previously unorganized groups. Preference will be given to subjects that tend to be underfunded and to projects of a size where an SFI grant can make a difference.

Concept Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2017; Invited Proposals November 2017

For more information visit the Sociological Initiative Foundation 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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