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CWRU ORA - News and Funding Opportunities
May 26, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
The Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for two categories of grants through its Psychosocial Grant program.

1) Psychosocial Launch Grants: Launch grants are designed for early-career researchers within seven years of receiving their terminal degree. Grants of up to $100,000 over two years will be awarded to support studies that aim to explain and/or improve psychosocial outcomes for those affected by childhood cancer.

2) Psychosocial Family Impact Grants: Family Impact grants are designed for established investigators. Grants of up to $300,000 over three years will be awarded for studies that aim to explain and/or improve psychosocial outcomes for those affected by childhood cancer. These grants are designed to fund researchers who have novel approaches to understanding the psychosocial aspects of pediatric cancer and whose proposals are likely to have clinically significant impact.

Letter of Intent Deadline: June 9, 2017

Invited Applications Deadline: September 18, 2017

For more information visit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand website.

American Psychological Foundation - Innovative Anxiety Disorders Research
The American Psychological Foundation is accepting applications for its annual David H. and Beverly A. Barlow Grant program.

A single grant of up to $8,000 grant will be awarded to support novel basic and clinical research on anxiety and anxiety related disorders conducted by graduate students and early career researchers.

To be eligible, applicants must be a graduate student or early-career researcher (no more than ten years postdoctoral); be affiliated with a nonprofit charitable, educational, or scientific institution, or a governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes; have a demonstrated knowledge of anxiety and anxiety research, either basic or clinical; and have demonstrated competence and the capacity to execute the proposed work.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017

For more information visit the APF webpage.

Department of Defense
Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DoD) Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP) and Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) being managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Gulf War Illness Research Program
Biorepository Resource Network Award
Clinical Consortium Award
Investigator-Initiated Focused Research Award
Qualitative Research Award

Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program
Idea Award with Special Focus
Translational Team Science 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) (
Elton John Aids Foundation
The Elton John Aids Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent from organizations working with people in the Americas (defined as the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central or South America) who are most affected by HIV.

Grants will be awarded to organizations working to improve the health of people living with HIV or at risk or otherwise affected by HIV; uphold the rights of people living with and affected by HIV; address the social and economic needs of people living with and affected by HIV; and/or strengthen the skills and strategies of organizations and activists working to address HIV.

Priority will be given to organizations that are led by and based in the communities being served; advocate for improved government health policies and funding; are piloting or scaling innovative programs to promote health and rights; can show a history of activism, creativity, and urgency in working to address and curtail the HIV epidemic; and are grounded in evidence about where and among whom HIV infections are happening, as well as evidence about the most effective ways to help people avoid infection or, if they're already HIV-positive, to live healthy lives.

Letter of Intent Deadline: June 15, 2017

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

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) No. EW-2692-945461, entitled "Bose-Einstein-Condensate Cold Atom Laboratory Science Definition Team.” The announcement solicits proposals from potential members of the Science Definition Team from U.S. science community who shall evaluate science objectives and review technical implementations of the Bose-Einstein Condensate Cold Atom Laboratory (BECCAL) mission. Participation is open to all categories of U.S. institutions, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers and other Government agencies.

The BECCAL facility on the International Space Station (ISS) will perform experiments in free fall in microgravity on timescales inaccessible on the ground. The facility will be developed through a cooperation between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). It will allow scientists to perform experiments in atom optics, physics of quantum degenerate gases and their mixtures without the effects of gravity. In particular, it will offer better atom interferometer implementations on the ISS with precision science measurements. The experiments are also motivated by future high precision matter wave experiments in fundamental physics and applications in Earth observation and space physics. Therefore, it will allow scientists to study and employ different methods and phenomena such as evaporation, Bose-Einstein condensation, delta-kick collimation, atom interferometry and the physics of atomic mixtures.

Application Deadline: June 26, 2017

For more information visit the JPL webpage.

National Eye Institute/NIH/DHHS - 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge (3-D ROC)
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 external)), 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.

Around the world, an estimated 285 million people are visually impaired; of these, 39 million are blind. In many cases, blindness and vision loss are the result of retina-damaging diseases that, if better understood, could be treated or have interventions applied to stop degeneration or provide protection to remaining viable cells. One limitation in furthering research in this area is that eye tissue to study disease processes is not readily available. However, retina biology researchers have developed methods to grow 3-D retina models in vitro from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and embryonic stem cells (ESC). Current protocols vary in their strengths and limitations, but none can robustly recapitulate the complexity and functionality of the retina. In this Challenge, NEI seeks concept solutions outlining methods and protocols to develop a 3-D human retina organoid prototype that is physiologically relevant. Protocols to develop such a model system could be transformational for vision research and regenerative medicine. New models could be used for applications such as understanding eye development, studying retinal biology, modeling diseases, identifying and testing treatments, and serving as a tissue source to use in transplantation. In this Challenge, the protocols to make models used for disease modeling and drug testing are desired, and solution(s) should yield protocols that allow reproducible culture of functionally-competent retina organoids. This Challenge will speed up the efforts toward this goal.

To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, an individual or entity—
  • In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. However, non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents can participate as a member of a team that otherwise satisfies the eligibility criteria. Non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents are not eligible to win a monetary prize (in whole or in part). Their participation as part of a winning team, if applicable, may be recognized when the results are announced.
  • May not be a Federal entity or federal employee acting within the scope of their employment;
  • May not be an employee of HHS (or any component of HHS) acting in their personal capacity;
  • Who is employed by a federal agency or entity other than HHS (or any component of HHS), should consult with an agency Ethics Official to determine whether the federal ethics rules will limit or prohibit the acceptance of a prize under this challenge;
The total prize purse is up to $100,000. Up to $90,000 will be awarded to no more than three prizes for non-trainee solutions. Up to $10,000 will be awarded for no more than three trainee prizes.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2017

For more information visit the NIH webpage.

National MS Society - Pilot Programs
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.

To that end, the society is accepting applications for its Pilot Grant Program, which funds high-risk pilot projects designed to test novel ideas with the potential to advance its mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function, and improving quality of life for MS sufferers. The program supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care, and rehabilitation.

One-year grants of up to $44,000 will be awarded to test innovative, cutting-edge ideas or untested methods and to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding.

Researchers who have completed their postdoctoral training are invited to apply. Individuals who are currently postdoctoral fellows or the equivalent, or who are graduate/medical students, are not eligible for support under this program.

Application Deadline: July 12, 2017

For more information visit the NMSS webpage.

Society of Professional Journalists
The Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for its 2017 Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award.

The annual award honors an individual, group of individuals, or organization that has fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment with a $10,000 cash prize and an engraved crystal. The honoree(s) also will receive lodging (two-night hotel stay) and transportation (airfare) to the society's national convention.

Nominations are open to any person, persons, or organization in the U.S. or its territories that has worked to protect the basic rights provided by the First Amendment. Honorees do not have to be journalists, and the society encourages recognition of those outside the journalism profession for their First Amendment efforts and initiatives, including but not limited to public officials, members of the legal profession, scholars, educators, librarians, students, and ordinary citizens. Nominations may be made by anyone.

Application Deadline: June 22, 2017

For more information visit the SPJ website.

Spencer Foundation
The Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. From the first, the foundation has been dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to improvement in education. To that end, the foundation is committed to supporting high-quality investigation through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

As part of this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its Small Research Grants Program, which supports education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less.

Historically, grants through the program have supported research projects on a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology; they also employ a wide range of research methods. Examples of recently funded projects include an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems; a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South; and a mixed-methods study focusing on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension.

To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. PIs also must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2017

For more information visit the Spencer 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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