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July 7, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

American Psychological Foundation
The American Psychological Foundation provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come. Since 1953, APF has supported a broad range of scholarships and grants for students and early-career psychologists, as well as research and program grants that use psychology to improve people’s lives.

As part of this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant program, which encourages talented students to orient their careers toward engaging LGBT family issues through basic and/or applied research; advance the understanding of problems faced by LGBT families, including those associated with cultural, racial, socioeconomic, and family structure diversity; advance the understanding of successful coping mechanisms, including sources of support and resilience for family members; and advance the understanding of clinical issues and interventions in the domain of LGBT. Preference will be given to advanced students who have demonstrated their commitment to this area through their dissertation research plans.

Through the program, APF will award a single grant of up to $11,000 every year.

Applicants must be an advanced graduate student, in good standing, endorsed by a supervising professor and be able to demonstrate commitment to LGBT family issues.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

For more informaiton, visit the APA website.

NEW Limited Submission: The Greenwall Foundation: Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program

Key Deadlines: August 15, 2017 (CWRU internal letter of intent), October 25, 2017 (CWRU internal submission deadline); November 1, 2017 (Sponsor submission deadline).

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Each year about three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program.

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy.

Scholars and Alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their work in progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other Scholars, and have the opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers. The ongoing involvement of Alumni/ae with the Program provides them ongoing opportunities for professional development and feedback and engages them in mentoring of younger Scholars.

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae.

The Faculty Scholars Program Committee provides oversight and direction for the program and is involved not only with selection of the Scholars but with mentoring and faculty development activities.

What does the Faculty Scholars Program Committee look for in letters of intent?

1. The proposed project. Does it address an important bioethics issue in an innovative way? Does the application show how the project will make a significant advance beyond what has already been published on the topic? Is the applicant thinking about the conceptual and normative ethical issues regarding the topic in a rigorous and creative way? We commonly receive proposals to carry out an empirical study of a topic that has a bioethics component. The most successful of these proposals have already conducted enough empirical research to allow the applicant to discuss what conceptual or normative bioethics issues they will focus on. Because the Greenwall Faculty Scholar award supports only effort of the Scholar, other support will be needed to collect and analyze new empirical data. Applicants who propose to carry out focus groups and a survey on a topic that intersects with bioethics, without a strong conceptual framework, normative analysis, and plans for mentoring on these research methodologies are unlikely to be successful. Applicants who are extending previous empirical research to a new population or clinical condition are unlikely to be successful unless there is a persuasive demonstration of how their proposed extension is innovative.

2. Demonstrated ability to carry out innovative bioethics research. At the full application stage of the selection process, the Faculty Scholars Program Committee carefully reads a peer-reviewed first authored bioethics paper written by the applicant that has been published or is in press. Because this demonstrated publication of bioethics research is given great weight, applicants who have not yet published a strong bioethics article will not be successful. Scholars who have published a book should submit a chapter that best indicates the quality of their thinking in bioethics.

Number of Applications Allowed: Two

Amount of Funding: 50 percent salary plus benefits for three years, up to the NIH salary cap, with 10% institutional costs for the salary and benefits. In addition, $5,000 will be provided each year for limited project support and travel (no indirect costs provided for these items).

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

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis.

Through its Quality of Life program, the foundation will award grants to organizations that help disabled individuals, their families, and caregivers in ways that more immediately boost their independence.

The program supports a wide range of activities organized into three key thematic areas: Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers, or Caring and Coping (ABCs).

1) Actively Achieving: This category supports programs that provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in activities that engage their bodies and minds. Actively Achieving programs promote interaction with other people in positive community settings and nurture independence and personal growth. Sports, arts, recreation, education, and employment initiatives are all grouped into this category.

2) Bridging Barriers: This category supports projects that address and offer solutions to barriers for independent living across the disability community. Barriers may be structurally evident, such as lack of ramps or other means of access in buildings with stairs, or lack of curb cuts on sidewalks. Other barriers are far less obvious, such as lack of accessible transportation, inability to operate a computer due to limited hand function, failure to receive dental or gynecological care as a result of inaccessible examination equipment, inability of uninsured or underinsured individuals to secure a properly fitted wheelchair, and discrimination in the workplace.

3) Caring and Coping: Caring and Coping projects provide services that address the complex day-to-day health and personal issues for individuals living with disabilities, their families, and caregivers.

To be eligible, nonprofit organizations must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve individuals with physical disabilities, particularly paralysis, and their families.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2017

For more information visit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation website.

DHHS – NIH - Expanding Genome Integrity Assays to Population Studies (U01)
The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will support development and pilot testing of assays, such as DNA repair capacity or mutation detection, that will facilitate the wider use of genome integrity investigation in epidemiological and population studies.

Letter of Intent Deadline: September 13, 2017

Application Deadline: October 13, 2017

For more information visit the NIH website.

Kurt Weill Foundation
Founded in 1962, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is dedicated to promoting greater understanding of the life and works of composers Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and Marc Blitzstein (1905-1963) and preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981).

In 1998, to honor the centenary of the birth of Lenya, the foundation established the annual Lotte Lenya Competition, a unique international contest that bridges the worlds of opera/operetta and Broadway musical theater. More than a vocal competition, the contest emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. The 2018 competition is now inviting exceptionally talented young singer/actors who excel in a wide range of musical theater styles to compete for top prizes of $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000.

Previous Lenya Competition winners are making careers playing leading and featured roles in major theaters and opera houses around the globe.

The competition is open to singer/actors of all nationalities between the ages of 19 and 32 (born after December 31, 1985, and before January 1, 1999).

Preliminary Audition Deadline: January 22, 2018

For more information visit the KWF website.

NSF Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs
Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: The Cyber-Human Systems(CHS) program; The Information Integration and Informatics (III)program; and The Robust Intelligence (RI) program. Proposals in the area of computer graphics and visualization may be submitted to any of the three core programs described above. Proposers are invited to submit proposals in three project classes, which are defined as follows: Small Projects - up to $500,000 total budget with durations up to three years; Medium Projects - $500,001 to $1,200,000 total budget with durations up to four years; and Large Projects - $1,200,001 to $3,000,000 total budget with durations up to five years.

Application Deadline: September 27, 2017

For more information visit the Grants.Gov website.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) - Symptom Management for Patients with Advanced Illness
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks to fund multiple high quality clinical studies that compare the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for relief of common symptoms experienced by patients with serious, advanced illness. Prior research on symptom management has shown the potential for clinically significant improvements in quality of life, symptom burden, utilization of hospital services, and caregiver stress. Additional evidence from head-to-head studies is needed to improve the evidence base about how various symptom management approaches convey benefits and harms upon patients. The goal of this funding initiative is to support patient- and caregiver-centered, comparative clinical effectiveness research to generate important findings that will aid decision making about symptom management in advanced illness.

Symptoms of specific interest for this PFA include pain, fatigue, dyspnea, insomnia, anorexia/cachexia, nausea/vomiting, and depression or anxiety. Study populations should include patients with a serious, life-limiting diagnosis including, but not limited to, advanced heart failure, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, end-stage liver and kidney disease, or neurodegenerative diseases. PCORI is particularly interested in studies that will increase the evidence for treatments that are effective in pediatric and adolescent populations, where fewer studies have been completed. Studies on populations with advanced illnesses other than cancer, which have also been less represented in prior research, are of particular interest as well. For this PFA, proposed studies must address actual clinical decision choices faced by patients, caregivers, and providers for relieving symptoms in advanced illnesses. The interventions proposed for study must include an evidence-based pharmacologic treatment and an appropriate pharmacologic or non-pharmacologic comparator. PCORI is interested in comparing interventions with adequate evidence of efficacy and/or those that are in common use. Study outcomes should include well-validated patient assessment measures, symptom measures, adverse events, and caregiver measures (as appropriate, especially in studies of pediatric patients). Follow-up of patient participants should be at least six months, and accordingly, life expectancy should be projected to be a minimum of six months.

Letter of Intent Deadline: July 25, 2017
Application Deadline: October 25, 2017

For more information visit the PCORI website.

USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – Specialty Crop Multistate Program (SCMP)
The AMS announces the availability of approximately $7 million in competitive grant funds to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multistate projects that address the following regional or national level specialty crop issues: food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific common issues, as well as marketing and promotion. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. States are encouraged to submit projects that bring together multistate teams of partners to research and develop solutions to practical problems that cross state boundaries and address the needs of specialty crop growers. Eligible applicants include public and state-controlled institutions of higher education. Grant recipients will receive up to $1 million.

Application Deadline: October 24, 2017

For more information visit the Grants.Gov website.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program
HUD is making available up to $5 million for Planning Grants, including Planning and Action Grants. 1) Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented. 2) Planning and Action Grants are 3.5-year planning grants that pair planning with action. Experience shows that tangible actions taken early on help communities build momentum for further planning and the eventual transition from planning to implementation of that plan. These actions improve neighborhood confidence, which in turn sustains the community's energy, attracts more engagement and resources, as well as helps convince skeptical stakeholders that positive change is possible. Under these grants, the planning process activities would take place during the first 24 months of the grant period. The planning process will identify Action Activities that will be carried out during the latter portion of the grant period. Action Activities must build upon the planning for the target housing and neighborhood. Eligible applicants include public housing authorities, local governments, tribal entities and nonprofits. Grant recipients will receive up to $1.3 million.

Proposal Deadline: August 28, 2017

For more information visit the Grants.Gov webpage.

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