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September 8, 2017  

Funding Opportunities

Callahan Foundation
The Callahan Foundation is primarily focused on art and higher education grants, as well as the funding of numerous social service endeavors. The current focus is on the following program areas: education with an emphasis on access to higher education and special needs support programs in K–12; social services that emphasize access for disadvantaged populations to healthcare or extended independent living situations; arts organizations with innovative audience engagement and outreach programs; and local, cost-effective economic development efforts.

The Callahan Foundation will consider grants for capital projects, general operating support, and project specific funding. A separate allocation will be made to support organizational and leadership development including: strategic planning, succession planning, executive leadership coaching and development, and fundraising leadership and development.

Grants will be awarded to selected non-profits that demonstrate superior leadership. While some quantitative measures, such as the percentage of revenue direct to programs will be used, an additional effort will be made to incorporate qualitative measures from site visits and interviews.

Applications will only be accepted from non-profits organizations operating within the following counties: Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Geauga and Lake. No applications from individuals will be accepted.

LOI Deadline: September 30, 2017
Invited Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

For more information visit the Callahan Foundation website.

DHHS – NIH - BRAIN Initiative: Tools to Facilitate High-Throughput Micro-connectivity Analysis (R01)
The purpose of this Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is to encourage applications that will develop and validate tools and resources to facilitate the detailed analysis of brain micro-connectivity. Novel and augmented techniques are sought that will ultimately be broadly accessible to the neuroscience community for the interrogation of micro-connectivity in healthy and diseased brains of model organisms and humans. Development of technologies that will significantly drive down the cost of connectomics would enable routine mapping of the micro-connectivity on the same individuals that have been analyzed physiologically, or to compare normal and pathological tissues in substantial numbers of multiple individuals to assess variability. Advancements in both electron microscopy (EM) and super resolution light microscopic approaches are sought. Applications that propose to develop approaches that break through existing technical barriers to substantially improve current capabilities are highly encouraged. Proof-of-principle demonstrations and/or reference datasets enabling future development are welcome, as are improved approaches for automated segmentation and analysis strategies of neuronal structures in EM images.

LOI Deadline: 30 days prior to application
Application Deadline: December 07, 2017

For more information visit the Grants.Gov website.

CWRU Faculty and Graduate Students with the support of their faculty advisers are invited to propose creative, cutting-edge solutions to challenging problems specified by Energizer in the energy storage industry.

Awards: One and possibly more awards of up to $100,000 available if your concept submission is selected for full proposal by Energizer, based on fit with company objectives. Research Grants are targeted for award before the end of 2017.

Topic Areas (see the attached Topics list for description):

Topic 1: Cathode Functionality
Topic 2: Zn Anode Additives
Topic 3: ZnO Nucleation
Topic 4: New Separators
Topic 5: MnO2 Optimization
Topic 6: New Cathodes
Topic 7: New Anodes

DEADLINE: Concept Papers (use 1-page template attached) are due by 5:00pm on Friday, September 11, 2017. Full proposals for selected concepts will be due at a later date. Please denote the Topic Area on each Concept Template that you submit. Additional information is available for each Topic upon request. Questions? Contact Mike Allan at

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International - Beta Cell Replacement Innovative Grants
JDRF provides seed funding for highly innovative research with significant potential to accelerate the mission of JDRF. Proposals should address key outstanding questions and have the potential to lead to a change in the current paradigm or conventional wisdom and/or lead to a groundbreaking discovery. Preliminary data is not required in the proposal but the underlying premise, goal, or hypothesis must be plausible and testable and the proposal must be focused with a well-defined goal that is achievable within the timeframe of the award.

The Innovative Grant is not intended to support proposals aiming to incrementally advance existing hypotheses, ongoing areas of research or proposals with the sole goal of generating novel reagents or resources.

Specific Information regarding JDRF’s Beta Cell Replacement research priority area can be found here:

Proposals may be submitted by domestic and foreign non-profit organizations, public and private, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local governments, and eligible agencies of the federal government. Innovative (but not pilot and research tool) proposals from for-profit organizations will also be considered. Applicants must hold an M.D., D.M.D., D.V.M., Ph.D., or equivalent and have a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. There are no citizenship requirements for this program. To assure continued excellence and diversity among applicants and awardees, JDRF welcomes proposals from all qualified individuals and encourages proposals from persons with disabilities, women, and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Innovative grants provide one year of support for a maximum of USD 100,000 in direct costs and indirect costs of 10%, for a total of USD 110,000. These grants are not renewable.

Proposal Deadline: October 31, 2017.

For more information visit the JDRF website.

National Science Foundation – Dear Colleague Letter - Life STEM
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has established inclusiveness as one of its core values. The Foundation seeks and embraces contributions from all segments of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) community including underrepresented groups and minority serving institutions. NSF currently invests in a number of programs targeting underrepresented populations and institutions. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes another opportunity to build on the Agency's longstanding efforts of inclusiveness by providing a mechanism for researchers to inform, create, implement, and evaluate innovative models of intervention in STEM (with particular attention to life science and bioscience), beginning in elementary school through undergraduate studies.

Through this DCL, NSF invites eligible organizations to submit research proposals that inform, create, implement, and evaluate models of intervention that will advance the knowledge base for establishing and retaining underrepresented minorities in STEM fields with particular attention to life science and the biosciences. Researchers from minority-serving institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals should partner eligible organizations with local elementary, middle or high schools to foster collaborative relationships between K-12 science educators and the research community. The activities may occur in formal and/or informal settings. Proposals may address science topics and activities related to curriculum development, teacher support, and student engagement. Proposals should describe effective methods to disseminate findings broadly to the K-16 science education community.

Researchers are invited to submit proposals to one of the following programs:

Discovery Research PreK-12
The DRK-12 program supports integrated research and development of resources, models and tools in the service of STEM learning and learning environments with the goals of enhancing student understanding of STEM, preparation for the scientific workforce, and improved science literacy. The focus is on learning that takes place while students are enrolled in the formal classroom learning environment.

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers
The I-TEST program supports projects that promote awareness and interest in rapidly emerging fields such as biotechnologies or robotics, focusing on projects that examine forms of mentorship, engage students with technologies associated with STEM professions, involve students with business and industry through partnerships, and/or examine career advancement among students in the early grades.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program
The AISL program seeks to: (a) advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; (b) provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; (c) advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and (d) engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

EHR Core Research (ECR)
The EHR Core Research program supports fundamental research in STEM education that synthesizes, builds upon and/or expands foundational knowledge in the areas of STEM learning and learning environments, STEM workforce development and broadening participation in STEM.

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
The IUSE program supports the development, use and testing of instructional practices and curricular innovations that engage and improve undergraduate student learning and retention in STEM. IUSE also supports large scale uptake of improvements in STEM education through support of institutional transformation and Community transformation projects.

HBCU Undergraduate Program
The HBCU-UP program supports the development, implementation and study of evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students.

Through this DCL, researchers may also submit EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to explore new directions or appropriate extensions of disciplinary-based research activities. EAGER proposals must conform to the guidelines for preparation of such a proposals (including the requirement to discuss the proposal with a program officer prior to submission) as specified in the PAPPG. EAGER proposals have a maximum size of $300,000 and a maximum duration of two years. All EAGERS in response to this DCL should be submitted during the same deadline as the program solicitation to which it is linked. The title of the proposal should be prefixed with "Life STEM EAGER."

For more information on both opportunities, visit the NSF website.

Saint Luke's Foundation
The Saint Luke's Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for programs that support underserved communities in Cuyahoga County.

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to organizations working to address issues within the foundation's focus areas of Healthy People, A Strong Neighborhood, and Resilient Families.

1) Healthy People: Grants will be awarded in support of programs that provide residents with holistic access to, and support from, the healthcare sector; programs and initiatives that fully engage residents in a health-home, patient-centered model of care; programs and initiatives that enhance the quality, care coordination, and comprehensiveness of healthcare delivery; programs and initiatives that promote physical activity for residents; integrated services for residents to access healthier food choices; and resources and information that help residents leverage social support toward healthier living.

2) A Strong Neighborhood: Grants will be awarded in support of community-based efforts to improve the built environments and social conditions within targeted communities; collaborative efforts that increase the quality of life in neighborhoods and increase attachment to and engagement with place; ensure resident contributions to local and national policy agendas; and/or identify, engage, and increase the capacity of key stakeholders, including residents, community-based organizations, and policy makers

3) Resilient Families: Grants will be awarded in support of programs that provide integrated services to address the needs of the whole family and increase access and coordination of support for families; promote deeper parent engagement and advocacy on issues impacting families; provide support to parents in building networks with other parents and community-based resources; and promote information on parenting, healthy child development, and building financial security.

To be eligible, applicants must be an organization designated as a public charity under Section 501(C)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, or a governmental unit or agency.

See the Saint Luke's Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Application Deadline: October 3, 2017.

For more informaiton, visit the SLF webpage.

Limited Submission Reminder: W. M. Keck Foundation: W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program (Spring Cycle)

Key Deadlines: September 15, 2017 (CWRU internal letter of intent), April 24, 2018 (CWRU internal submission deadline); May 1, 2018 (Sponsor submission deadline).

The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by funding fundamental, high-risk research in two specific areas: 1) medical research and 2) science and engineering. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply. CWRU may submit two proposals per funding cycle: one (1) in Medical Research and one (1) in Science and Engineering Research.

Number of Applications Allowed: Two (One medical; one science and engineering)

Amount of Funding: Up to $1,000,000 over three years

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

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