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February 16, 2018  

Funding Opportunities

Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.
Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. (Leidos Biomed) has issued an RFP entitled, “Prototyping Carrier Basket Arrays” and will be responsible for awarding the resulting Agreement(s), in support of the Division of Cancer Treatment & Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute (NCI). Leidos Biomed is the Operations and Technical Support Services Contractor of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, which solely supports the NCI mission.

The RFP seeks proposals to use shape-changing materials (“smart materials”) to create an arrayed carrier suitable for transporting 3-dimensional mammalian organoid cultures from multi-well cell culture plates into common histology cassettes. The idea to use shape-changing materials and similar strategies that precisely control shape and size changes stems from the need to convert the size of the array from the standard dimensions of multi-well cell culture plates (127.76 x 85.48 x 14.35 mm, per The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening ( into the standard dimensions of histology cassettes (24 x 30 x 11 mm), in order that 3D organoid cultures can be processed en masse into a paraffin block for sectioning onto slides and immuno/histochemical analysis.

The Project Objective is to design and prototype carriers that can readily bridge these two standardized systems by shrinking, expanding, or both, without perturbing the payload of 3D organoids being transported. The RFP represents the initial stage of the Project and, therefore, focuses on identification of candidate materials and the design, limited production and testing of prototypes; successful prototypes will play an important role in proving feasibility of the approach.

You are invited to submit a proposal in accordance with the requirements of the attached RFP. The RFP Package consists of two attachments: (i) the first is the RFP document, which includes instructions for preparing the proposal; and (ii) the second is the Agreement document, which is provided in advance of award to allow time to review the terms and conditions.

The issuance of the RFP is the first step in a multi-step process, which will culminate in the receipt of proposals. PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 2:00 PM (EST) ON THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018. PROPOSALS RECEIVED AFTER 2:00 PM (EST) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. In between now and March 15, 2018, two “Bidders’ Teleconferences” have been scheduled: (i) 12:15 pm (EST) on Thursday, February 22, 2018; and (ii) 3:15 pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. These teleconferences will provide a venue to ask and receive answers to questions regarding the RFP, the proposal and subcontracting processes, the technical project’s nature and scope, and other related topics. You can join the teleconferences by calling 855.462.5367, passcode 8936166.

Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association, is accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award, an annual program that honors outstanding library public relations initiatives. The award is named for John Cotton Dana, the father of the modern library, who is credited with helping transition libraries from reading rooms to community centers.

Established in 1946, the awards program considers strategic library communication campaigns from all sizes and types of libraries, including rebranding efforts, the promotion of unique archives, awareness campaigns, and community partnerships.

Libraries are encouraged to submit samples of their processes, research, media releases, media coverage, or other results received, as well as evaluation of the results and other documentation and supporting materials that show the scope and effectiveness of the strategic communication effort.

Eight awards of $10,000 each are awarded annually.

Application Deadline: March 16, 2018 at 3:00PM (ET)

For more information and to view individual RFPs visit the EBSCO website.

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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NSF - Cyber-Physical Systems
Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computation and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will expand the horizons of these critical systems. CPS technologies are transforming the way people interact with engineered systems, just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New, smart CPS drive innovation and competition in a range of application domains including agriculture, aeronautics, building design, civil infrastructure, energy, environmental quality, healthcare and personalized medicine, manufacturing, and transportation. Moreover, the integration of artificial intelligence with CPS creates new research opportunities with major societal implications.

While tremendous progress has been made in advancing CPS technologies, the demand for innovation across application domains is driving the need to accelerate fundamental research to keep pace. At the same time, the CPS program seeks to open new vistas for the research community to think beyond the usual cyber-physical paradigms and structures and propose creative ideas to address the myriad challenges of today's systems as well as those of the future that have not yet been designed or fielded.

The CPS program aims to develop the core research needed to engineer these complex CPS, some of which may also require dependable, high-confidence, or provable behaviors. Core research areas of the program include control, data analytics, autonomy, design, information management, internet of things (IoT), mixed initiatives including human-in- or on-the-loop, networking, privacy, real-time systems, safety, security, and verification. By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting, fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application domains. The program additionally supports the development of methods, tools, and hardware and software components based upon these cross-cutting principles, along with validation of the principles via prototypes and testbeds. This program also fosters a research community that is committed to advancing education and outreach in CPS and accelerating the transition of CPS research into the real world.

Application Deadline: May 09, 2018

For more information visit the Grants.Gov website.

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
On behalf of Ohio’s Research Initiative for Locals (ORIL), the Ohio DOT’s Research Section is currently accepting proposals for the following projects:

2019-ORIL1: Analysis of Aramid Synthetic Fibers in Asphalt Mixes on Local Roads
2019-ORIL2: Synthesis of Regulations and Laws Pertaining to Roadway/Rail Line Intersections on Ohio's Local Transportation System
2019-ORIL3: Investigating Tools for Evaluating Service and Improvement Opportunities on Bicycle Routes on Ohio's Local System
2019-ORIL5: Asphalt Mix Overlay Alternative for Low Volume Roads on the Local Transportation System

All questions should be directed to or 614-644-8135 or 614-466-3029. Clarifications will be posted to the ORIL RFP site as they become available. The ORIL research program is open to the entire transportation research community, including consultants and public and private universities. ORIL does not prequalify researchers and accepts submissions from out-of-state organizations. The ORIL Board and the ODOT Research Section reserves the right to reject any and all proposals.

Application Deadline: March 26, 2018 at 3:00PM (ET)

For more information and to view individual RFPs visit the ODOT website.

Ohio Development Services Agency - The Ohio Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMP)
The Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMP or Program) is a competitive grant program that supports the adoption and extension of existing advanced manufacturing technologies by Ohio manufacturers. The Program promotes collaboration among small and medium-sized manufacturing firms, large manufacturers, Ohio’s research institutions and other eligible non-profit organizations to advance the growth and competitiveness of Ohio’s manufacturing base.

Advanced manufacturing projects supported through this Program must help Ohio firms to achieve: i) earlier entrance to market, ii) faster responses to changing customer needs, iii) higher quality or lower cost products or iv) improved efficiency, consistency and reliability. The primary objective of the Program is to support small to medium manufacturers with a successful operating history, clear market focus and strong prospects for sales growth and job creation. However, projects that have the ability to provide an at-risk segment of Ohio’s manufacturing industry with technology and services that are demonstrably transformational will also be considered.

Please note several changes to the RFP from previous years:

1. Elimination of the Preliminary Proposal stage.
2. Required attendance at a Pre-bid Conference.
3. Eliminated the “specific project” type and focused in the key strategic business evolutionary projects – Type 1 – supply chain related, and Type 2 – cyber-defense and internet-of-things related.

The top 10 applications from the proposal review will be invited to a second phase for a 30-minute interview and formal presentation on the project to the review team. Scored separately and added to the proposal review for a final score and ranking. During the interview process all budget related questions will be covered before the final ranking.

Proposal Deadline: March 21, 2018

For more information visit the ODSA webpage.

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Limited Submission Reminder: 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.

Limited Submission Reminder: 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.

Limited Submission Reminder: 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.

Limited Submission Reminder: 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.

    Limited Submission Reminder: 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.

    Limited Submission Reminder: 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.


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