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July 19, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

Army Heritage Center Foundation
The Army Heritage Center Foundation is accepting applications for its LTC John William Whitman Research Grant.

Through the program, grants of up to $1,750 will be awarded to unfunded independent researchers who are working on an under-explored topic in military history. Funded research is to be conducted at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The funds will cover lodging and meals for any nights spent in the local area when conducting research, mileage reimbursement or airfare to the USAHEC and an allowance for photocopying. Upon submission of vouchers and receipts, the foundation will reimburse grantee for expenses related to research. Grant recipients retain intellectual property rights for the materials developed as a result of the research.

Competitive proposals should evidence a clear understanding of the existing research in the field and how the proposed work examines an underexplored topic of military history. Applicants are expected to demonstrate both an analytical and descriptive grasp of the project and an ability to use the resources of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education collection.

Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2018

For more information visit the Army Heritage Center Foundation website.

ARVO Foundation
The ARVO Foundation for Eye Research, the philanthropic arm of the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, was established in 2001 to ensure stable support for innovative and novel vision research, particularly work with translational impact that fosters collaboration between clinicians and basic scientists.

The foundation is inviting applications for two Genentech Age-Related Macular Degeneration Research Fellowships in support of research related to age-related macular degeneration. A single grant of $40,000 grant will be awarded to a basic researcher working to advance the understanding of AMD, while a second grant of $40,000 will be awarded to an AMD researcher focused on therapeutics. To be eligible, applicants must be a newly established investigator age 45 or younger at the time of application. While ARVO membership is not necessary, applicants must currently be working in a nonprofit or academic research center.

Application Deadline: September 1, 2017

For more information visit the ARVO Foundation website.

Conquer Cancer Foundation - Annual Career Development Award
The Conquer Cancer Foundation was created by the American Society of Clinical Oncology to help drive dramatic advances in the prevention, treatment, and cures of all types of cancer. To that end, CCF funds breakthrough cancer research, shares cutting-edge knowledge with patients and physicians, and works to improve the quality of and access to care, with the goal of enhancing quality of life for all who are touched by cancer.

CCF currently is accepting applications for its Career Development Award, an annual research program that provides funding to clinical investigators who have received their initial faculty appointment to establish an independent clinical cancer research program. A single grant of $200,000 over three years will be awarded in support of research with a patient-oriented focus; in vitro or animal studies (even if clinically relevant) will not be considered.

To be eligible, applicants must be a physician (MD, DO, or international equivalent) who is within the first to third year of a full-time primary faculty appointment in a clinical department at an academic medical institution. Grant applications from candidates with existing career development awards (such as K23, K08, or any other type of career development award) will not be considered.

Application Deadline: September 21, 2017

For more informaiton, visit the CCF website.

Graham Foundation
Founded in 1956, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs designed to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

To that end, the foundation is inviting grant applications from individuals for projects focused on architecture and the designed environment that also contribute to their creative, intellectual, and professional growth at a crucial or potentially transformative stage of their careers; supports their efforts to take a position, develop new forms of expression, and engage debate; and helps them communicate their work in the public realm and reach new and wider audiences. The foundation is most interested in opportunities that enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or career.

The foundation offers two types of grants for individuals: Production and Presentation Grants and Research and Development Grants.

1) Production and Presentation Grants: Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with the production-related expenses necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. These projects include but are not limited to publications, exhibitions, installations, films, and new media projects.

2) Research and Development Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. A recipient of a Research and Development Grant is eligible to apply for a Production and Presentation Grant for the same project once the first grant has been satisfied; however, future funding is not guaranteed.

Projects with the greatest potential for funding should demonstrate an innovative, challenging idea; critical, independent thinking; advanced scholarship; and/or a new or experimental approach; the potential for impact; and clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget. In addition, applicants must possess strong qualifications and/or knowledge; be able to demonstrate the ability to carry out the project successfully; and have access to necessary resources beyond the funding supplied by the grant.

Letters of Inquiry Deadline: September 15, 2017

For more information visit the Graham Foundation website.

HHS: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Research Project Grant Program (R01)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites Research Project Grant (R01) applications that propose to study the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genome research. Applications may propose studies using either single or mixed methods.

Application Deadline: September 07, 2020

For more information visit the Grants.Gov website.

NSF EarthScope
EarthScope is an Earth science program to explore the 4-dimensional structure of the North American continent. The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets. This solicitation primarily encourages submission of proposals that integrate and synthesize major outcomes of EarthScope research and education and outreach efforts with the goal of elucidating and documenting the advances the EarthScope program has made since its inception. outcomes of EarthScope research and education and outreach efforts with the goal of elucidating and documenting the advances the EarthScope program has made since its inception.

Proposal Deadline: February 2, 2018

For more information visit the NSF website.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Future of Nursing Scholars
The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program is to develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care.

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is part of the Foundation’s Leadership for Better Health theme, which aims to ensure that the nation has a diverse, well-trained leadership and workforce to build a Culture of Health across this country. This is a culture in which good health flourishes across all demographics; where being as healthy as possible and staying that way are esteemed social values; and where everyone has access to affordable, quality health care. Building a well-prepared cadre of researchers, innovators, policymakers, nurse leaders, and faculty is key to meeting these goals. The program advances the recommendation in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, to double the number of nurses in the United States with doctoral degrees. This is the final cohort of the program.

Schools with research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply for the program. Program funds are used to increase the number of PhD students in nursing that are admitted to the selected schools. As described by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools, “the purposes of the research-focused doctoral degree are to prepare for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry, creative scholarship, and research; provide preparation that leads to careers in government, business, and industry as well as academia; and result in extension of knowledge.”

Selected schools will choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.
  • The school must be committed to facilitating the student’s completion of the PhD in three years.
  • The scholars selected by the school must also be committed to completing their PhD program in three years.
  • Program alumni who plan to enter faculty roles after graduation will be eligible to apply for a post-doctoral award selected on a competitive basis.
The Future of Nursing Scholars will form long-lasting relationships and networks with other scholars in the program and with scholars and fellows in other RWJF programs; these relationships and networks will situate them as a formidable group of health care leaders.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
  • Schools with research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply for the program. After receiving the award, selected schools will then choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.
  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories and be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
  • Scholars selected for receipt of award funds must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents,* or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of award.
  • Additionally, selected scholars cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer** or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.
Application Deadline: September 14, 2017

For more information visit the RWJF website.

STAT 2017 Wunderkinds
The 2017 STAT Wunderkinds will honor the brightest young minds in life science for their work in academia, industry, and clinical settings. We’re collecting nominations from across North America for early career scientists who are doing groundbreaking work — post-docs, interns/residents, other scientists who are not independently running labs/research sections.

STAT is a national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery. They produce daily news, investigative articles, and narrative projects in addition to multimedia features. They tell stories from the places that matter to thier readers — research labs, hospitals, executive suites, and political campaigns.

Nomination Deadline: July 31, 2017

For more information visit the STAT 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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