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July 14, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons - Career Development Grants
The Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is accepting applications for its Career Development Grant program.

The annual program provides young surgeons with the support necessary for the initiation and development of an academic career in colorectal surgery, with a focus on career development and mentorship of the individual rather than solely on the research proposal. Grants of up to $150,000 over two years will be awarded to academic investigators who demonstrate significant creativity in research relevant to the pathophysiology or management of diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum, or anus.

To be eligible, applicants must be within five years of their first full-time faculty appointment in a public or private nonprofit medical institution in the United States or Canada. Applicants also must be a citizen of the U.S. or Canada who has completed an approved colorectal surgery training program; if a foreign national, he or she must have a valid working visa at the time of application. All applicants must be an ASCRS member in good standing.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

For more informaiton, visit the FASCRS webpage.

DOD - Science and Technology for Autonomous Teammates (STAT)
The objective of Science and Technology for Autonomous Teammates (STAT) program is to develop and demonstrate autonomy technologies that will enable various AF mission sets. This research will be part of Experimentation Campaigns in: 1 -Multi-domain Command and Control; 2-Intelligence, Surveillance, Recognizance (ISR) Processing Exploitation and Dissemination (PED); and 3- Manned-Unmanned combat Teaming to demonstrate autonomy capabilities to develop and demonstrate autonomy technologies that will improve Air Force operations through human-machine teaming and autonomous decision-making. The technology demonstrations that result from this BAA will substantially improve the Air Force's capability to conduct missions in a variety of environments while minimizing the risks to Airmen. The overall impact of integration of autonomous systems into the mission space will enable the Air Force to operate inside of the enemy’s decision loop. STAT will develop and apply autonomy technologies to enhance the full mission cycle, including mission planning, mission execution, and post-mission analysis.

Application Deadline: July 7, 2023

For more information visit the Grants.Gov website.

Department of Education - Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): American History and Civics Education: National Activities Grants
The American History and Civics Education-- National Activities Grants Program promotes innovative instruction, learning strategies, and professional development in American history, civics and government, and geography, with an emphasis on activities and programs that benefit low-income students and underserved populations.

This competition provides funding to support the development, implementation, expansion, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based instructional approaches and professional development activities and programs in American history, civics and government, and geography in elementary and secondary schools. This competition includes an absolute priority for projects serving high-need students to help these students improve learning outcomes for these students. This competition includes an absolute priority for projects that show potential to improve student achievement in, and teaching of, these subjects, and that demonstrate innovation, scalability, accountability, and a focus on underserved populations. Additionally, we include a competitive preference priority for projects that leverage technology to support professional development and instructional practice, which may lead to increased student engagement and help accelerate learning. This competition also includes a requirement for applicants to propose project-specific performance measures and performance targets consistent with the objectives of the proposed project. Applications must provide information on these measures and targets under 34 CFR 75.110(b) and (c).

Notice of Intent Deadline: August 10, 2017

Application Deadline: August 21, 2017

For more information visit the GPO.Gov website.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Accessing Tobacco Pharmacology/Toxicology and Human Behaviors in Tobacco Users
The primary function of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to promote public health associated with the use of foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, drugs, tobacco, and other products under its jurisdiction. FDA's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) implements PL 111-31 and H.R. 1256, Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that was signed into law on June 22, 2009. The Tobacco Control Act granted FDA important new authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health. Because tobacco products are not regulated as drugs, their effects on human behavior and pharmacology have not been evaluated by FDA. The Contractor will provide the scientific support necessary to assist in the implementation of this law under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Specifically under this contract, the contractor shall assist FDA by assessing tobacco product pharmacology and human behaviors in healthy volunteer male and female tobacco users.

The ceiling amount associated with this IDIQ is $15 million. The minimum guarantee for awardees under this vehicle is $1,000.00

Contractor’s Facility or an offsite appropriate facility will be the place of performance. Any in person meetings will occur at FDA’s White Oak campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MD facilities or the Contractor’s Facility.

Application Deadline: August 3, 2017

For more information visit the FedBizOpps.Gov website.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the USArtists International program supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe.

USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange, and enhancing the creative and professional development of U.S.-based artists by fostering connections with presenters, curators, and artists around the world.

To that end, grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and/or for performance engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside the United States.

Applicants must be professional dance, music, or theater ensembles or solo artists (including practitioners of folk and traditional forms), or be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. If the applicant is an ensemble (whether a U.S.-based ensemble or a collaborative project with artists in the host country), the majority of its members must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.; if a solo performer, the applicant must be invited to perform as a soloist without accompaniment and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

To be eligible, festivals must be sponsored or organized primarily by a non-U.S.-based organization; be international in scope, with representation from at least two countries outside the host country, or have a U.S. theme with representation from at least three U.S. ensembles and/or solo artists; reach a wide audience and be open and marketed to the general public; provide some support in the form of cash remuneration or paid or in-kind contributions toward eligible project expenses; and provide the applicant with a signed letter of invitation or signed contract to perform at the festival.

Application Deadline: September 7, 2017

For more information visit the Mid Atlantic Arts website.

Simons Foundation
Established by the Simons Foundation to advance knowledge of the processes that led to the emergence of life, the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life supports creative, innovative research on topics such as the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution, and the earliest signs of life on earth.

To that end, the collaboration will award grants of up to $186,000 over three years to support independent research on topics related to the origins of life at one or more laboratories or research institutions in any country. SCOL is committed to engaging the ideas and creativity of researchers around the world and provides opportunities for investigators to interact with their colleagues in different disciplines and programs. Simons Investigators will be expected to participate fully in SCOL events both online and in person (e.g., webinars, workshops, quarterly meetings and annual symposia). These opportunities are designed to both strengthen the collaboration and provide the most fruitful mechanism for bringing a growing origins-of-life community together. Applications from all origins-related disciplines are encouraged.

Applicants and key collaborators must hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. Applications may be submitted by scientists in domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government.

First Stage Proposal Deadline: September 12, 2017
Invited Second Stage Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2017

For more information visit the Simons Foundation website.

Limited Submission Reminder: 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.

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