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May 19, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

American Chemical Society - Innovative Projects Grant Program
The American Chemical Society is seeking applications to its Local Section Innovative Projects Grants program.

The biannual program encourages local ACS sections to conceive of and implement innovative projects to strengthen the functioning of the local section. Projects must be new to the applying local section, stimulate local section member involvement, and be pilot projects for a continuing section activity or else take advantage of a unique upcoming opportunity for the local section.

Projects that support interaction with other ACS local sections, ACS divisions, ACS committees, other professional associations, or community groups are especially encouraged, as are programs that foster inclusiveness and participation of diverse section membership or segments of the general public.

Awards will be up to $3,500 per project.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017

For more information visit the ACS webpage.

CDC - Development of Exposure Assessment Operational Plans for the First 72 Hours Following a Disaster Involving Chemical Hazards
This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks proposals to identify innovative approaches, modeling capabilities, and operational guidance to improve the ability of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and its partners to effectively prepare, respond to, and research for disasters and public health emergencies involving chemical hazards. The NIOSH Disaster Science Responder Research (DSRR) Program, within Emergency Preparedness and Response Office (EPRO), anticipates that the knowledge resulting from the award made under this announcement will contribute significantly to the evidence base for preparedness, response, and research, and lead to improved operational planning efforts and capabilities for the collection of rapid and reliable occupational exposure via multiple routes (e.g., inhalation, dermal, ingestion, etc.) information for first responders. This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) under the provisions of FAR 35.016 and FAR 6.102(d)(2) which provides for the competitive selection of research proposals. Contracts that are awarded based on responses to this BAA are as a result of full and open competition and therefore in full compliance with the provisions of PL 98-369, "The Competition in Contracting Act of 1984."

Concept Paper Deadline: May 26, 2017 at noon (ET)

For more information visit the FBO webpage.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Information Innovation Office (I2O) - Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE)
The goal of CASE is to develop the necessary design, analysis and verification tools to allow system engineers to design-in cyber resiliency and manage tradeoffs as they do the other nonfunctional properties when designing complex embedded computing systems. Cyber resiliency means that the system is tolerant to cyberattacks in the same way that safety critical systems are tolerant to random faults - they recover and continue to execute their mission function.

Achieving this goal requires research breakthroughs in:
  • the elicitation of cyber resiliency requirements before the system is built;
  • the design and verification of systems when requirements are not testable (i.e., when they are expressed in shall not statements);
  • tools to automatically adapt software to new non-functional requirements; and
  • techniques to scale and provide meaningful feedback from analysis tools that reside low in the development tool chain
The CASE program will operate over three phases. Phase 1 will be 12 months in duration, consisting of initial research and tool development. Option Phase 2 will be 18 months in duration, consisting of technology enhancements and testing of the emerging tools on one or more experimental platform(s). Option Phase 3 will be 18 months in duration, during which CASE tools will be used to re-engineer selected representative demonstration systems for cyber resiliency.

For the duration of the program, tool assessments will be completed every six months with a baseline assessment of the platforms(s) to be completed at month six of the program.

Subsequent tool assessments will judge technical progress relative to the baseline assessment; these assessments will be used in making any potential option exercise decisions at the end of every phase. In addition, platform assessments to measure progress toward program goals will be completed at the end of Phase 2 and Phase 3.

The CASE program has seven Technical Areas (TAs):
TA1: Derive Cyber Requirements
TA2: Design for Resiliency
TA3: Support Legacy Components
TA4: Explainable Formal Methods
TA5: Engineering Workflow Integration
TA6: Platform Provider
TA7: Evaluation

Proposal Deadline: June 28, 2017; Proposals are invited

For more information visit the FBO website.

Department of Defense
Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) Lung Cancer Research program (LCRP), Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP), and Vision Research Program (VRP) managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Lung Cancer Research Program
Concept Award
Career Development Award
Idea Development Award
Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award
Translational Research Partnership Award

Multiple Sclerosis Research Program
Exploration - Hypothesis Development Award
Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Vision Research Program
Clinical Trial Award
Technology/Therapeutic Development 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) (
Humane Society International – Roadmaps to Human Biology-based Disease Research
To support strategic scientific dialogue around the concept of extending the vision of “21st century toxicology” to the wider biosciences, Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States are offering grants of up to $10,000 (USD) in funding to support the development and open-access publication of in-depth, independent review articles in discrete areas of human disease/biomedicine by health scientists with relevant expertise.

Each review should:

  • Examine the state of the science in a specific area of human biomedicine, including current understanding of the underlying pathophysiological pathways and networks;
  • Critically evaluate the human relevance, translational success and limitations of conventional research models;
  • Offer concrete recommendations/roadmap for optimizing the funding and use of advanced, human-specific tools and approaches (pathway paradigm as an organizing framework, primary human cells/tissues, iPSC, organoids, bioengineering, computational systems biology modeling, etc.) in the disease area under discussion; and
  • Be accepted for publication in a high-visibility, peer-reviewed journal.

A scientific workshop will be convened in early 2019 to explore the findings and recommendations of funded review articles. Lead authors will be invited to attend and present their work, and contribute to a subsequent workshop report. Travel, accommodations and meals will be arranged.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017

For more information visit the HSI website.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA Headquarters - ROSES 2017: Astrophysics Theory Program
The Astrophysics Theory Program (ATP) supports efforts to develop the basic theory for NASA’s space astrophysics programs. Proposals submitted for this program must both:
  • Be directly relevant to space astrophysics goals by facilitating the interpretation of data from space astrophysics missions or by leading to predictions that can be tested with space astrophysics observations; and
  • Consist predominantly of theoretical astrophysics studies or the development of theoretical astrophysics models.
ATP proposals satisfying both of the above requirements may involve development of data analysis methods for astrophysics missions and may incidentally include actual data analysis as a test of the theory or the method.

For the purposes of conducting the peer review, every proposal for this ATP must identify one (or more, if appropriate) of the Topic Categories from the list below in both its Notice of Intent to propose and in the proposal submission itself.

1. Star and Exoplanet Formation (e.g., star forming clouds, protostars, protoplanetary and debris disks, planet formation, astrochemistry);
2. Stellar Astrophysics and Exoplanets (e.g., asteroseismology, convection, stellar evolution, brown dwarfs and exoplanets, mass loss, circumstellar disks);
3. Collapsed Objects and X-ray Astrophysics (e.g., white dwarfs, neutron stars, cataclysmic variables, X-ray binaries, black-hole binaries);
4. Supernovae and Gamma Ray Bursts;
5. Interstellar Medium, Cosmic Rays, and Galactic Structure (e.g., supernova remnants, dark clouds, interstellar dust, HII regions, diffuse galactic emission, planetary nebulae, stellar clusters);
6. Normal Galaxies (e.g., quiescent galaxies, interacting galaxies, starburst galaxies);
7. Active Galaxies and Active Galactic Nuclei (AGNs) (e.g., population studies, accretion discs, jets);
8. Large Scale Cosmic Structures and Dark Matter (e.g., clusters of galaxies, galaxy environment and evolution, intracluster medium, diffuse photon backgrounds);
9. Dark Energy and the Cosmic Microwave Background (e.g., theoretical studies of cosmological observation techniques, theoretical cosmology, dark energy models);
10. Gravitational Astronomy (e.g., gravitational wave sources, computation of gravitational radiation waveforms, data analysis methods for future missions to investigate gravitational radiation); and
11. Other Astrophysics Theory (NASA Headquarters will assign the proposal to what it deems is the most appropriate review panel).

Notice of Intent Deadline: June 01, 2017
Proposal Deadline: July 27, 2017

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

National Endowment for the Arts - NEA Our Town Application, FY2018
The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place.

Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects. These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.
  • Projects that Build Knowledge about Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Application Deadline: September 11, 2017

For more information visit the NEA webpage.

Russell Sage Foundation
One of the oldest foundations in America, the Russell Sage Foundation was established by Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for "the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States." In its early years, the foundation undertook major projects in low-income housing, urban planning, social work, and labor reform. The foundation now dedicates itself exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies.

To help advance this mission, the foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for its Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration. Grants of up to $150,000 over one or two years will be awarded for innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status, politics and political culture, and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. The initiative falls under RSF's Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Program and represents a special area of interest within that program, which continues to encourage proposals on a broader set of issues.

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 21, 2017
Invited Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

For more information visit the Russell Sage Foundation webpage.

U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) – FY2017 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program
The EDA is committed to fostering connected, innovation-centric economic sectors which support the conversion of research into products and services, businesses and ultimately jobs through entrepreneurship. Funding is available for capacity-building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and for operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startups. Under the RIS Program, EDA is soliciting applications for two separate competitions: the 2017 i6 Challenge and the 2017 Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grant competition. Applicants may, but are not required to, submit proposals for more than one competition under the RIS Program. Applicants must provide a matching share from non-federal sources of at least 50 percent of the total project cost. Grant recipients will receive up to $500,000.

Application Deadline: June 23, 2017

For more information visit the Grants.Gov website.

Limited Submission Reminder: Kinship Foundation - The Searle Scholars Program

Key Deadlines: June 20, 2017, 5:00pm (CWRU internal application), September 29, 2017 (Sponsor's ANTICIPATED proposal deadline). Nominations should open June 1, 2017.

Case Western Reserve University is invited to submit applications for the 2018 Searle Scholar Program competition.

The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution. Today, 153 institutions are invited to participate in the Program.

The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the world-wide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle's wish that certain funds be used to support "...research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences."

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

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