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CWRU ORA - News and Funding Opportunities
February 16, 2018  

Funding Opportunities
Lubrizol - Innovation Prize Fund Opportunity
Awards: Several grants are intended to be given to support pilot / proof of concept research opportunities that are 3-6 months in duration with approximate budgets ranging from $20k-$50k. A total of $150,000 is available and you are encouraged to pose multiple submissions to address the topics of interest below:

  • Proof of Concept for New Effective Antimicrobial Powder Coatings
  • Monomers for Biodegradable Polymers
  • In Vivo Model for Assessing Antimicrobial Activity
  • Specialty Chemicals for All-Organic Non-Aqueous Redox Flow Batteries
  • Assessing Biocompatibility and Biostability of a Novel Biomaterial Using Subcutaneous Animal Model
  • Drug eluting devices
  • Scalp microbiome testing
  • Development of conductive ink process
  • Dual Temperature Adhesive
  • Isocyanate-Free Routes to Polyurethanes
  • TPUs
DEADLINE: Quad Chart concept papers are due by 5:00pm February 26, 2018. All submissions will need to be entered as an LOI in SPARTA. 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.

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NEW Limited Submission: American Diabetes Association: Pathways to Stop Diabetes

Key Deadlines: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 3:00pm EST (ANTICIPATED Sponsor's Submission Deadline).

Pathway to Stop Diabetes is a bold, innovative initiative designed to radically transform diabetes research. Our Vision is simple yet revolutionary: find a new generation of brilliant scientists at the peak of their creativity, and provide them with freedom, autonomy, and the financial and professional resources to set them on the road to breakthrough discoveries.

This initiative enables scientists to advance not only their research, but also their careers. Pathway scientists have access to the Mentor Advisory Group, an annual Pathway symposia, select speaking opportunities, and innovative technologies, all designed to foster interactions and collaboration that will enable them to accelerate their research progress.

Pathway seeks to bring new investigators and new perspectives to diabetes research. Supporting scientists with different backgrounds and experience is critical to achieving that objective. Pathway accepts nominations for exceptional investigators with medical and scientific backgrounds who propose innovative basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, epidemiological and health services research relevant to any type of diabetes, diabetes-related disease state or complication. Pathway solicits nominations for candidates in all disciplines as applied to diabetes including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering. In addition, nomination of scientists from diverse backgrounds, including minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, is strongly encouraged. Each institution is allowed a maximum of one nomination. The nomination can be in one of the three available Pathway award types: Initiator, Accelerator or Visionary:


  • Award Term: Up to 7 years
  • Applicant: Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Maximum Funding: $100,000/year in Phase I (up to 2 years), $325,000/year in Phase II (up to 5 years)
  • Support: Project support & PI salary
  • Indirect Support: Up to 10% of directs in Phase I, 30% of directs in Phase II

  • Award Term: Up to 5 years
  • Applicant: Early Career Faculty
  • Maximum Funding: $325,000/year
  • Support: Project support & PI salary
  • Indirect Support: Up to 30% of directs

  • Award Term: Up to 5 years
  • Applicant: Established Investigators-New to Diabetes Research
  • Maximum Funding: $325,000/year in Phase I, $325,000/year in Phase II
  • Support: Project support & PI salary
  • Indirect Support: Up to 30% of directs
The Association encourages nomination of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including minorities that are underrepresented in research. For the purposes of this program, underrepresented minorities are defined as individuals of African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander descent.

The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the association’s Pathway Progam website and in their Nomination Guide for the program.

Number of Applications Allowed: One

Amount of Funding: Up to $1.625M (amount already includes any indirect costs)

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

NEW Limited Submission: National Institutes of Health - Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10)

Key Deadlines: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), Thursday, May 31, 2018, 3:00pm EST (Sponsor's Submission Deadline).

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to continue the Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program administered by ORIP. The objective of the Program is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical areas of biomedical and bio-behavioral research. The SIG Program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, state-of-the-art, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system. An integrated instrumentation system is one in which the components, when used in conjunction with one another, perform a function that no single component could provide. The components must be dedicated to the system and not used independently.

Types of supported instruments include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffractometers, mass and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and light microscopes, cell sorters, and biomedical imagers. Applications for "stand alone" computer systems (supercomputers, computer clusters and data storage systems) will only be considered if the instrument is solely dedicated to biomedical research.

Instruments must be for research purposes only.

Foreign-made instruments are allowed.

The SIG Program will not support requests for:
An instrument with a base cost of less than $50,000;
Multiple instruments bundled together;
Purely instructional equipment;
Instruments used for clinical (billable) care;
Institutional administrative management systems, clinical management systems;
Software, unless it is integral to the operation of the requested equipment;

General purpose equipment or an assortment of instruments to furnish a research facility and equipment for routine sustaining infrastructure (such as standard machine shop equipment, standard computer networks, autoclaves, hoods, and equipment to upgrade animal facilities).

Applicants are advised to discuss with the SIG Scientific/Research Contact (See Section VII) any questions about appropriate types of equipment, eligibility, and Program requirements, prior to submitting an application for an integrated instrumentation system.

To promote cost effectiveness, to encourage optimal sharing among individual investigators, research groups and departments, and to foster a collaborative multidisciplinary environment, the instrument should be integrated in a core facility, whenever possible.

Number of Applications Allowed: One per instrument type

Amount of Funding: Instruments must cost above $50,000 and the maximum award amount is $600,000. Instrumentation that costs more than $600,000 will be considered, but the maximum possible award is $600,000.

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

NEW Limited Submission: NSF: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

Key Deadlines: Key Deadlines: Friday, February 23, 2018, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 3:00pm EST (Sponsor's Submission Deadline).

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: 'What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress responsible conduct for research, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a 'culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of dentified factors.

CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill students with this knowledge. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure responsible research conduct.

Number of Applications Allowed: One

Amount of Funding: $3,150,000

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 6 - 8

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

NEW Limited Submission: The Brain Research Foundation: Scientific Innovations Award in Neuroscience (SIA)

Key Deadlines: March 20, 2018 (CWRU internal letter of intent); June 28, 2018 (ANTICIPATED proposal due to sponsor).

The Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible U.S. institutions to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The Brain Research Foundation's Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.

Brain Research Foundation's Scientific Review Committee will review the SIA proposals and make recommendations for funding to the Foundation. The Committee consists of senior scientists broadly representing the various neuroscience-related programs. Two or more representatives of Brain Research Foundation are also present when the Committee meets.

Based on the quality of applications, the Brain Research Foundation anticipates the SIA program will fund a total of $450,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only. Exact dates will be provided by the BRF upon application approval. The first grant payment of $75,000 will be made upon completion of the SIA Acceptance Form (January 2019). The final payment of $75,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (January 2020).


The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.

Funding Preferences:

  • Funding is to be directed at projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. This should be a unique project for senior investigators who are encouraged to stretch their imagination into areas that can substantially change an area of research.
  • Funding of research projects that will likely lead to successful grant applications with NIH and other public and private funding entities.
Allowable costs under this award:

    • 100% of the SIA funds must be utilized for direct costs.
  • These costs may include:

    • Purchase and care of laboratory animals,
    • Small pieces of laboratory equipment, totaling $5,000 or less,
    • Laboratory supplies, or
    • Salary for scientific (including postdoctoral fellows) and technical staff (including laboratory technicians).
    Costs not permitted:

    • Facilities and administrative costs,
    • Salary recovery for the PI,
    • Domestic and foreign travel,
    • Conference or seminar fees,
    • Personal computers, computer hardware or software,
    • Large laboratory equipment, or
    • Tuition reimbursement.
    Publications resulting from projects funded in whole or part by Brain Research Foundation SIA will acknowledge Brain Research Foundation as a funding source.

    Number of Applications Allowed: 1

    Amount of Funding: $150,000 ($75,000/yr x 2 yrs)

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

    NEW Limited Submission: William T. Grant
    Foundation - William T. Grant Scholars Program

    Key Deadlines: Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 5:00pm (CWRU Internal Submission Deadline), Friday, July 6, 2018, 3:00pm EST (ANTICIPATED Sponsor's Submission Deadline).

    The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. We encourage Scholars to tackle important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth. Applicants identify new methods, disciplines, or content they want to learn, and propose five-year research plans that foster their growth in those areas. The foundation recognizes that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component. Potential Scholars should have a promising track record of conducting high-quality research, but want to pursue a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. Award recipients are designated as William T. Grant Scholars. Each year, four to six Scholars are selected and each receives up to $350,000, distributed over five years. Awards begin July 1 and are made to the applicant’s institution. The award must not replace the institution’s current support of the applicant’s research.

    The foundation is focused on youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States. The foundation funds research that increases our understanding of:

    • programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and
    • strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.
    The foundation seeks research that builds stronger theory and empirical evidence in these two areas. The foundation intends for the research it supports to inform change. While it is not expected that any one study will create that change, the research should contribute to a body of useful knowledge to improve the lives of young people.

    Number of Applications Allowed: One applicant per CWRU school/college

    Amount of Funding: $350,000, payable over five years

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

    NEW Limited Submission: W. M. Keck Foundation: W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program (Fall Cycle)

    Key Deadlines: March 15, 2018 (CWRU internal letter of intent), April 15, 2018 (Concept papers due to ORA) October 25, 2018 (CWRU internal submission deadline); November 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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