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August 11, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

Air Force Research Laboratory, AFRL/RXS Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
AFRL Advanced Power Technology Office has a need to improve the U.S. Air Force’s energy security posture through rapid assessment of energy and environmental technologies. This effort is needed to maximize the benefit of a combination of increased energy resiliency/reliability where energy resilience is defined as the agility to maintain critical mission functions even during unexpected disruptions, increased cost–effectiveness to evaluate the trade-offs between lowest price and other priorities such as sustainability and resilience, and increased environmental sustainability.

This will be addressed through ideas to execute and maintain a strong, sustainability- driven Research Development Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) for Air Force installations; industrial process energy; manned and unmanned aviation systems; expeditionary energy technology, advanced ground support technologies; and environmentally safe technology.

The Government anticipates making up to three IDIQ awards based on this Announcement, but reserves the right to award zero, one or more contracts for all, some or none of the solicited effort based on the offeror’s ability to perform desired work and funding fluctuations.

Anticipated funding for the program (not per contract) FY17 / $10M; FY18 / $10M; FY19 / $10M; FY20 / $10M; FY21 / $9M (Total of $49M Shared)

Offerors will be notified whether their proposal is recommended for award on or about 28 November 2017. The notification is not to be construed to mean the award of a contract is assured, as availability of funds and successful negotiations are prerequisites to any award.

Application Deadline: September 11, 2017

For more informaiton, visit the FBO website.

 
American Association of University Women
The American Association of University Women is accepting applications for its American Fellowships program.

The annual program supports women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication.

1. American Dissertation Fellowships: Dissertation Fellowships offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals or plans by the preceding November. Students holding fellowships for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW fellowships year are not eligible. The program is open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math fields or researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.

2. American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships: Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships are designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible.

3. American Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants: Summer/Short-Term Research Publication grants provide funds for women, college and university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for publication. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing and editing in response to issues raised in critical reviews. These grants can be awarded to both tenure-track and part-time faculty, and new and established researchers. The grants are designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and other promotions. Tenured professors are not eligible.

Applicants for all fellowships must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

For more information, visit the AAU website.

 
American Council of Learned Societies - ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
ACLS invites applications for the tenth annual competition for ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships, which support small teams of two or more scholars collaborating intensively on a single, substantive project in the humanities and related social sciences. The goal of the project should be a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which at least two collaborators will take credit. The program is funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Fellowships provide up to $60,000 in salary-replacement stipends for each collaborator to take a semester- or academic year-long supported research leave, as well as up to $21,000 in project funds, which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance. The total amount of a fellowship for any collaborative project will vary depending on the number of collaborators and the duration of research leaves, but the total amount of stipends may not exceed $180,000 for any one project. The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months, during which time project funds may be expended, to be initiated between July 1, 2018 and September 1, 2020. Collaborators' research leaves may be taken during any semester or year within the overall award period, and leaves need not be concurrent.

Collaborations need not be interdisciplinary or inter-institutional. However, the aim of the fellowship program is to support scholarship that highlights the intellectual significance and innovation of collaborative research. Thus please note that applicants from the same discipline may face increased scrutiny from peer reviewers about how each collaborator’s expertise contributes to the project and collaborators from the same institution must demonstrate why local funding is insufficient to support the project. Collaborations among untenured faculty members or that involve untenured faculty are particularly encouraged. Up to eight awards will be made in the 2017-18 competition.

Application Deadline: September 27, 2017

For more information visit the ACLS website.

 
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is seeking applications for its 2018 Linked Standard Grants program.

The annual program is designed to support research on suicide from a variety of disciplines including psychiatry, medicine, psychology, genetics, epidemiology, neurobiology, sociology, nursing, health services administration, social work, and many others. Grants of up to $300,000 over two years will be awarded to investigators at any level performing research involving two or more unique sites with each site contributing unique expertise, as well as data collection.

The program does not support the development or implementation of prevention programs, educational programs, treatments, or other interventions that do not have a significant research component.

To be eligible, applicants must be affiliated with nonprofit institutions or organizations in the U.S. or abroad. Grant applications are not accepted from for-profit organizations, or from federal or state government agencies, however, applications from the Veterans Administration are eligible.

LOI Deadline: September 15, 2017
Invited Application Deadline: mid-November, 2017

For more informaiton, visit the AFSP webpage.

 
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announces the release of its 2017 Project Call, which requests proposals addressing the DMDII technology thrust: Agile, Resilient Supply Chain.

The title and goal of each request for proposal is listed below. Please refer to the attachments in this message for full Project Call summaries and detailed instructions on how to submit to this Project Call.

17-01 Digitally Enabled Supply Chain
Industry has long expressed interest in the use of model-based methods and digital thread capabilities to unlock breakthrough productivity improvements across the supply chain. The automation of critical information flows such as exchange of product and procurement data and reporting of key quality measures, can enhance supply chain visibility and improve performance of the overall enterprise. This request for proposal seeks to create a roadmap and playbooks for implementing digitally-enabled supply chain practices and technologies at both OEMs and SMMs.

17-02 Advanced Analytics for Supply Chain Operations
Supply chain management efforts in large enterprises quickly become more complex as the number of variables increase, including growing numbers of orders, suppliers, geographic regions, data formats, interface standards, systems, and personnel involved in management. These complexities hinder the organization’s ability to proactively discover and resolve anomalies in the supply chain that impact a product’s cost, schedule and quality. DMDII is interested in projects that will develop a decision support solution which enables real-time or near-real-time identification of potential risk/issues in the supply chain.

Application Deadline: October 02, 2017

For more informaiton, visit the UI Labs website.

 
International Society of Stem Cell Researchers
Award nominations are open now for the McEwen Award for Innovation, ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator, and ISSCR Tobias Award Lecture.

The ISSCR awards honor scientists’ innovative work to harness the potential of stem cells, recognize exceptional research, and support young researchers and the future of stem cell research

Application Deadline: September 30, 2017

For more information visit the ISSCR website.

 
National Endowment for the Arts - NEA Research: Art Works, FY2018
The National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Research & Analysis makes awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.

In past years, the Research: Art Works category has invited researchers to propose studies that examine topics related to any area(s) on the How Art Works system map. These projects have used quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods approaches, and have relied on primary and/or secondary data for analysis. Examples of previously funded research can be found via the "Grant Search" engine or by viewing Research: Art Works Grants Study Findings. In December 2016, moreover, the NEA published a new research agenda covering FY 2017-2021, which included other research questions and topics of interest to the Arts Endowment.

Research: Art Works offers support for projects in two areas:
  • Track One: Value and Impact. These are matching grants ranging from $10,000-$30,000 for research projects that aim to examine the value and/or impact of the arts in any topic area(s) by using data and methods appropriate to the proposed research questions. Projects relying primarily on experimental/quasi-experimental design methods should apply to Track Two.
  • Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. These are matching grants ranging from $30,000-$100,000 for research projects that aim to test the causal or inferred-causal impact of the arts on individual or cohort outcomes by using experimental or quasi-experimental design methods appropriate to the proposed research questions. This Track is only for projects relying primarily on experimental or quasi-experimental research methods. Projects that do not use experimental or quasi-experimental research methods will considered ineligible if submitted under this track.
NOTE: Applications will not be transferred from one Track to the other after the deadline.

Application Deadline: Step 1: August 14, 2017, Step 2: October 13, 2017

For more information visit the NEH website.

 
NEW Limited Submission: 2018 PhRMA Informatics Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

Key Deadlines: August 16, 2017, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), September 1, 2017, 3:00pm EST (Sponsor's Submission Deadline).

The goal of the Informatics program is to promote development and use of novel informatics in an integrative approach toward understanding normal processes of human biology and disease processes. The goal of this program is to support students in advanced stages of training and thesis research and to encourage the entry of well-trained investigators into the informatics field.

Informatics awards support career development of scientists engaged in research that significantly integrates state-of-the-art information technology developed with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences in the following areas:

  • Genetics Proteomics
  • Molecular Systems Biology
  • Medical (human) Pathways and Networks
  • Pharmaco- Integrative Biology
  • Population Modeling and Simulation
  • Novel approaches to the analysis of Big Data
Genomics Molecular Epidemiology

  • Functional
  • Structural
  • Toxico-
  • Pharmaco-
  • Comparative
Number of Applications Allowed: Two

Amount of Funding: $20,000 in stipend support per year for one or two years.

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

 
Limited Submission Reminder: CWRU Technology Validation & Start-up Fund Program (

Key Deadlines: August 23, 2017, 5:00pm (CWRU Pre-Proposal due using the approved form). Qualified proposals will be chosen to advance to the full proposal stage. The deadline for full proposals is September 9, 2017 at 5:00pm.

The Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF), funded by the Ohio Third Frontier, aims to accelerate and fund the translation of promising technologies into the marketplace through Ohio start-up companies with the eventual goal of creating greater economic growth.

The Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF), funded by the Ohio Third Frontier, aims to accelerate and fund the translation of promising technologies into the marketplace through Ohio start-up companies with the eventual goal of creating greater economic growth. In October 2016, CWRU was awarded a $500,000 fund, which will be administered by the Technology Transfer Office as the CWRU TVSF Program ("CTP") to advance a number of selected programs over a 12-month period. As a result of this award CWRU investigators are no longer eligible to apply for TVSF funding directly to the State of Ohio, but must instead apply to this internal competition.

In October 2016, CWRU was awarded a $500,000 fund, which will be administered by the Technology Transfer Office as the CWRU TVSF Program ("CTP") to advance a number of selected programs over a 12-month period. As a result of this award CWRU investigators are no longer eligible to apply for TVSF funding directly to the State of Ohio, but must instead apply to this internal competition. The CTP is intended to be the final bridge between a translational research project and a viable commercial program. Funding will support technologies that require validation/proof that will directly impact and enhance commercial viability and the ability to support a start-up company. Projects must have already advanced beyond basic research and should have the equivalent of a laboratory-scale proof of concept prior to applying for funding.

The CTP is intended to be the final bridge between a translational research project and a viable commercial program. Funding will support technologies that require validation/proof that will directly impact and enhance commercial viability and the ability to support a start-up company. Projects must have already advanced beyond basic research and should have the equivalent of a laboratory-scale proof of concept prior to applying for funding. Applicants are encouraged to work with potential Ohio licensees and business advisors prior to submitting an application in order to identify critical needs for the technology. Paramount importance will be placed on customer discovery, whether in the form of industry partners or potential end users. Specific milestones related to enhancing valuation and reducing risk should be defined, which can include any of the following: prototyping, scale-up, animal and/or clinical testing, addressing regulatory or reimbursement requirements.

All proposals must fall into one of these State of Ohio's technology focus areas:

  • Biomedical/Life Sciences/
  • Advanced Materials
  • Energy
  • Software/Information Technology
  • Sensors
  • Advanced Manufacturing
Anticipated Award Type: Standard Grant with 1:1 cost match* required by applicant

Number of Applications Allowed: 10 -12 per year at $50,000 - $100,000 each (includes cost match)

Total CTP Funding Amount: $500,000 + $500,000 cost match by awardees

Number of RFP's: 3 per year (December 2016, April 2017, August 2017)

Funding Period Per Project: 1 year

Funding Start Date: 1-2 months after submission of full proposal

Cost Match Requirement**: cash cost share commitment of at least one dollar for every dollar of project funds requested (i.e., a ratio of 1:1*) and must represent a specific new unrestricted cash commitment to the project.

Ohio Third Frontier Website: https://development.ohio.gov/bs_thirdfrontier/tvsf.htm * If you have participated in the I-Corps@OH program, the cost match is reduced to 1:3

** NIH funds and other State of Ohio grants are not allowed for cost match

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

 
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