Integration of Individual Residential Histories into Cancer Research (R21) PA-17-295 and (R01) PA-17-298

Sponsor:

NIH / NCI

Deadline:

Standard R01 dates apply

Standard R21 dates apply

Summary:

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support substantive investigation of the role of individual residential histories in cancer etiology and outcomes, and to encourage the development of complex analytical strategies in support of substantive investigation.

There is a growing recognition of the importance of residential histories – a record of an individual’s places of residence across his or her lifetime — in cancer research, as part of evolving cancer data ecosystem.  Residential history encapsulates a person’s multiple interactions with the social and physical environment that can result in lasting health impact and is an important factor in assessing the effects of exposures on disease onset, as demonstrated in focused studies.  Lifetime residential history records can reveal the variety of potential and actual exposures throughout person’s life including, but not limited to: neighborhood characteristics, physical conditions of housing, tobacco and alcohol consumption, food environments, chemical exposures to contaminants in water, soil, and air, accessibility to healthcare resources, and health disparities.

This FOA is expected to engage scientists from a range of disciplines, including epidemiology, statistics, geospatial science, computer science, demography, decision science, and behavioral science, to effectively integrate individual residential histories into cancer research.

Geospatial expertise is essential for generating new knowledge about the residential context relative to cancer risk, etiology, prevention, treatment, and outcomes. Computer science and informatics are crucial for the development of methodology that would ensure more precise matching of residential information and location (geocoding), improve linkage to automated data sources, and generate reliable lifetime residential histories. Cancer surveillance science, in conjunction with statistical, epidemiological, and medical expertise, is extremely important in answering substantial questions related to the use of lifetime residential histories in the analysis of cancer risk and cancer burden.

In addition, a combination of scientific expertise in demography and behavioral science in addressing the role of lifetime residential histories in the context of cancer can help facilitate more precise assessment of cancer disparities.

Eligibility:

N/A

Available Funding:

R01: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years.

R21: The combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in a single year. The maximum project period is 2 years.

Link to Full RFP:

R01https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-298.html

R21https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-295.html

SFARI Bridge to Independence Award Request for Applications

Sponsor:

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Deadline:

August 7, 2017

Summary:

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) seeks to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.  In order to sustain this level of scientific excellence in future years, SFARI is extending our support to promising early-career investigators.

Grants awarded through the Bridge to Independence Award program are intended to invest in the next generation of top autism investigators by identifying talented early-career scientists interested in autism research and facilitating their transition to an independent research career. This request for applications (RFA) is aimed at senior postdoctoral fellows who intend to seek tenure-track faculty positions during the 2017–18 academic year. Successful applicants will be notified that they are finalists in the Bridge to Independence Award program and will have one year to submit an approval application, which includes confirmation of a tenure-track professorship at a U.S. academic institution, review of the institution’s research environment and resources, and institutional signoff.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree
  • Applicants must have fewer than six (6) years of postdoctoral or otherwise mentored training.
  • Applicants must be currently in non-independent, mentored, training positions, as recognized by their institution. The following guidelines should be used to distinguish independent from non-independent positions (modified from NIH’s K99/R00 Program Announcement eligibility section): Evidence for non-independence may include:
  • The applicant’s research is entirely funded by another investigator’s grants.
  • The applicant’s research is conducted entirely in another investigator’s assigned space.
  • According to institutional policy, the applicant is not allowed to submit an application for an NIH research grant (e.g., R01) or SFARI grant (e.g, Explorer, Pilot, Research, and Targeted awards.)
  • Applicants must be actively seeking a tenure-track position at a U.S. institution of higher education during 2017-18 academic year.
  • Applicants are not eligible if they are recipients of other career development awards with similar budgetary scope as the SFARI Bridge to Independence award. These include, but are not limited to:
    • NIH K99/R00 (please note that other K awardees may be eligible, e.g., K01 and K08)
    • Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists
    • American Academy of Neurology Career Development Award
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna H. Gray fellowship

You are strongly encouraged to contact SFARI prior to grant submission if you believe your career development award is comparable to the BTI award but is not listed above.

  • Applicants must not have accepted a formal offer for a tenure-track faculty position.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.

Available Funding:

The principal investigator (PI) will receive research support at a fixed rate of $150,000 per year, including 20 percent for indirect costs (see SFARI policies), for up to three (3) years. Funds may not be used toward the PI’s salary but may provide salary support for other laboratory personnel. Institutional start-up packages may not be reduced because of SFARI funding.

Link to Full RFP:

https://sfari.org/funding/grants/bridge-to-independence-rfa/bridge-to-independence-award-request-for-applications

Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant

Sponsor:

American Psychological Foundation

Deadline:

November 1, 2017

Summary:

Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered (LGBT) people face many challenges in forming, defining, and maintaining families. This program seeks to encourage the study of LGBT family psychology and therapy through its support of promising young investigators whose graduate research is oriented toward issues in this general area. Preference is given to advanced students who have demonstrated their commitment to this area through their dissertation research plans.

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • Be an advanced graduate student, in good standing, endorsed by supervising professor
  • Demonstrate commitment to LGBT family issues
  • Receive IRB approval from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved

Available Funding:

One grant of up to $11,500 per year.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/scrivner-rfp.pdf

NYU Whitehead Fellowships for Junior Faculty

Sponsor:

New York University

Deadline:

Letter of Intent:  April 26, 2017

Application: June 1, 2017

Summary:

The New York University Whitehead Fellowships assist faculty in the early years of their independent research careers to conduct focused research projects in the biomedical and biological sciences and enhance their ability to compete successfully for external funds.

Eligibility:

The competition is open to applicants from all New York University units with faculty working in the biomedical sciences. At the time of application, applicants must be full-time, tenure track, nontenured faculty within five years of their first tenure track faculty appointment, including appointments at other institutions. Previous recipients of Whitehead Fellowships are ineligible to compete.

Available Funding:

Two grants will be awarded in 2017. Awards will be in an amount up to $30,000 for a one-year project period beginning September 1, 2017.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/provost/documents/Research/2017_Whitehead_Fellowship.pdf

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars Program

Sponsor:

The Russell Sage Foundation

Deadline:

Application Portal open April 14 – June 28, 2017

Summary:

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation’s New York headquarters. Research carried out by Visiting Scholars constitutes an important part of the Foundation’s ongoing effort to analyze and understand the complex and shifting nature of social and economic life in the United States. While Visiting Scholars typically work on projects related to the Foundation’s current programs, a few scholars whose research falls outside these areas are occasionally invited as well. Descriptions of our prior Visiting Scholar classes along with summaries of their projects attest to the diversity of scholars, disciplines and projects selected.

Eligibility:

All scholar applicants must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree, or a career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Most selected applicants are typically several years beyond the Ph.D. The Foundation does not accept applications to the Visiting Scholar program from doctoral or other graduate students. Individuals are allowed a maximum of two visits to the Foundation as a Visiting Scholar—the second visit may not occur within 7 years of the first visit.

Available Funding:

The Foundation annually awards up to 17 residential fellowships to select scholars in the social sciences who are at least several years beyond the Ph.D. Visiting Scholar positions begin September 1st and ordinarily run through June 30th. Scholars are provided with an office at the Foundation, research assistance, computer and library facilities, and supplemental salary support of up to 50 percent of their academic year salary when unavailable from other sources (up to a maximum of $125,000). Scholars who reside outside the greater New York City area are also provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near the Foundation offices. Because this is a residential fellowship that requires significant Foundation resources, scholars are expected to be in residence at the Foundation throughout the scholar year.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/visiting-scholars-program

The National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

Sponsor:

The National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation

Deadline:

5 PM Eastern Time, Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Summary:

Through the dissertation fellowship, the National Academy of Education (NAEd) and Spencer seek to encourage a new generation of scholars from a variety of fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. The NAEd and Spencer believe scholarly insight from many different disciplines can contribute to an understanding of education as a fundamental human endeavor and advance our ability to address significant current issues in education. Therefore, the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship supports individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

Although the dissertation topic must centrally concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline or professional field. Fellowships have been awarded to candidates in anthropology, architecture, art history, communications, economics, education, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, religion, and sociology. Eligibility is not restricted to these academic areas. Candidates should be interested in pursuing research on education once the doctorate is attained.

Eligibility:

Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate institution within the U.S. The fellowship is not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must confirm via the online application that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2018 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.

Available Funding:

Up to 35 non-renewable fellowships will be awarded. Recipients of the fellowships will receive $27,500 to support completion of the dissertation. This amount must be expended within a time limit of up to two years and in accordance with the work plan provided by the candidate.

Link to Full RFP:

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program Guidelines

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)- NSF 17-537

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

July 19, 2017-BIO, CISE, EHR

Third Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 20, 2017-ENG

Third Thursday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 21, 2017-GEO, MPS, SBE

Third Friday in July, Annually Thereafter

Summary:

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

Eligibility:

A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition. In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than three CAREER competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit.

Available Funding:

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 450 per year

Anticipated Funding Amount: $222,000,000

This annual amount is approximate, includes new and continuing increments, and is subject to availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17537/nsf17537.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Dissemination and Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results and Products in Real-World Settings

Sponsor:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline:

Letters of Intent due March 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Applications due June 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

PCORI is launching this funding initiative to support the dissemination and implementation (D&I) of patient-centered outcomes research/comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) results obtained from PCORI-funded studies. This PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) provides awardees the opportunity to apply for funds to support dissemination and implementation of their research. PCORI recognizes that generating research evidence will be useful only if there is a commitment and strategic plan to disseminate and implement it within the context of other evidence. Through this funding announcement, PCORI seeks to fund projects designed to actively disseminate and implement the results of PCORI-funded studies that are informed and guided by established dissemination and implementation models and frameworks, in the context of real-world settings. This PFA is designed to help close the gap between evidence development and implementation of that evidence in practice.

PCORI’s objectives underlying this funding announcement are:

  • To provide PCORI awardees the opportunity to disseminate the important findings pertaining to the original PCORI research that can improve practice on a timely basis
  • To stimulate the development, application, and evaluation of D&I approaches that will increase the use and application of PCOR/CER research results, as well as products derived from PCORI funded studies, by diverse populations of end-users including patients, caregivers, providers, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders
  • To gain and apply generalizable knowledge from feedback and evaluation of dissemination and implementation strategies to better understand the barriers and facilitators of evidence dissemination and uptake, and to inform improvements in future D&I efforts and ensure applicability to a wide range of audiences
  • To explore the development, application, and evaluation of mechanisms for incorporating CER findings in decision making by diverse groups of stakeholders. This includes identifying best practices for approaching D&I in PCORI priority areas and with priority populations.

Eligibility:

PCORI Research Awardees: Recipients of PCORI research awards, including Broad PCORI Awards, Pilot Projects Program Awards, Targeted PCORI Awards, Pragmatic Clinical Study Awards, and PCORI-funded demonstration projects occurring within the Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet) infrastructure (e.g. ADAPTABLE, Obesity trials) are eligible to respond to this announcement. Applications associated solely with Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards and Pipeline to Proposal Awards are not eligible for this funding announcement.

Organization: Applications may be submitted by a private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization, and any public-sector research organizations, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system, laboratory or manufacturer, or unit of local, state, or federal government. The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all U.S. applicant organizations. Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly. Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding. Individuals are not permitted to apply.

Personnel: A letter of support is required from the Principal Investigator (PI) of the original PCORI-funded research project if he or she is not the proposed PI of the current application

Available Funding:

Available Funds: Up to $2 million per cycle

Maximum Project Budget (Direct Costs): $300,000

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.pcori.org/sites/default/files/PCORI-PFA-2016-Cycle-1-Dissemination-Implementation.pdf

Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options

Sponsor:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline:

Letters of Intent due March 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Applications due June 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

Patients, caregivers, and clinicians often lack the appropriate evidence required to make the best choices regarding prevention, screening, diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment. Where therapies or technologies have been approved and marketed, there are often gaps in research comparing their effectiveness with that of other clinical options, and prior research may not have included outcomes that are important to patients and their caregivers. In addition, the existing evidence base may not be relevant for certain patient populations, such as those at the extremes of age or with multiple comorbid conditions.

For this particular PFA on the Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options, PCORI seeks to fund investigator-initiated research that:

  • Compares the effectiveness of two or more strategies for prevention, treatment, screening, diagnosis, or management that are known to be efficacious but have not been adequately compared in previous studies; interventions without sufficient evidence of efficacy will be considered only when they are in reasonably common use. PCORI is particularly interested in studies that are conducted in typical clinical populations and that address the full range of relevant patient-centered outcomes (PCOs)
  • Addresses a high-priority evidence gap, as identified by prior systematic reviews, clearly defined gaps in clinical guidelines, or other credible evidence reviews
  • Investigates, among compared groups, factors that account for variation in treatment outcomes, with attention paid to demographic, biological, clinical, social, economic, or geographic factors, comorbidities, and other factors that may influence those outcomes; strategies may focus on patient populations with a single condition or involve patients with a range of conditions

For this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA), proposed projects should address the comparison of specific clinical services or strategies that are clearly defined and can be replicated in other clinical settings with minimal adaptations or changes. PCORI does not encourage projects that have the primary goal of developing and testing decision aids or testing the use of lay personnel who perform ancillary services in healthcare settings.

Eligibility:

  • Applications may be submitted by any private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization, and any public-sector research organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system, laboratory or manufacturer, or unit of local, state, or federal government.
  • The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all U.S. applicant organizations.
  • Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly.
  • Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding.
  • Individuals are not permitted to apply

Available Funding:

Available Funds: Up to $32 million

Maximum Project Budget (Direct Costs): $2 million

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.pcori.org/sites/default/files/PCORI-PFA-2016-Cycle-1-Assessment-of-Options.pdf

Addressing Disparities

Sponsor:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline:

Letters of Intent due March 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Applications due June 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

PCORI invites applications for clinical CER designed to evaluate and compare interventions intended to reduce or eliminate disparities in health and health care. Patients, caregivers, and clinicians often lack the appropriate evidence required to make the best choices regarding prevention, screening, diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment. Applications to the Addressing Disparities Program should focus on overcoming barriers that may disproportionately affect health outcomes or focus on identifying best practices for reducing disparities in target populations (racial and ethnic minority groups; low-income groups; residents of rural areas; individuals with special healthcare needs, including individuals with disabilities; patients with low health literacy/numeracy and/or limited English proficiency; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] persons).

The Addressing Disparities Program is interested in funding CER of evidence-based interventions aimed at reducing and eliminating disparities in health and health care. Interventions to reduce persistent disparities have been understudied and are multifactorial, complex, and context-specific. Often, evidence-based interventions have been shown to be effective in the general population but lack evidence for effectiveness in populations at risk for disparities. The Addressing Disparities Program is interested in studies that tailor and test these types of interventions in these populations.

Eligibility:

  • Applications may be submitted by any private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization, and any public-sector research organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system, laboratory or manufacturer, or unit of local, state, or federal government.
  • The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all U.S. applicant organizations.
  • Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly.
  • Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding.
  • Individuals are not permitted to apply

Available Funding:

Available Funds: Up to $8 million

Maximum Project Budget (Direct Costs): $1.5 million

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.pcori.org/sites/default/files/PCORI-PFA-2016-Cycle-1-Addressing-Disparities.pdf