Department of Defense Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP) FY17

Sponsor:

U.S. Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)

Deadline:

Pre-Application: 5PM EST October 20, 2017

Application (invitation to apply): 11:59PM EST January 8, 2018

Summary:

The FY17 Defense Appropriations Act provides $10 million (M) to the Department of Defense Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP) to support research that evaluates the comparative effectiveness of orthotic and prosthetic clinical interventions using patient-centric outcomes for Service members and Veterans who have undergone limb amputation.  As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) J9, Research and Development Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Focus Areas:  The OPORP will only consider applications that specifically address the critical needs of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes research community in one or more of the FY17 Focus Areas.  The OPORP will solicit research applications that address at least one of the following FY17 Focus Areas:

  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Form:  Analysis of variables related to currently available clinical options such as, but not limited to, device size, shape, material, and configuration.
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Fit:  Analysis of currently available clinical options that facilitate device fit-related characteristics such as comfort and usability through variables such as human-device interface and component connection.
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Function:  Analysis of the variables related to currently available clinical options such as device control, passive response, active/actuated response, power, sensors, overall performance with respect to activities of daily living and other real-world activities.

The OPORA is focused on outcomes-based best practices through analysis of the merits of prosthetic and orthotic device options currently available, not on the development of new, or the improvement of existing, technology.  The intent of the award is to generate clinically useful evidence that will enhance and optimize patient outcomes.

Animal studies are not allowed.

Eligibility:

Funding Level 1/New Investigators:  Investigators that meet the following criteria at the application submission deadline date:

  • Are within 5 years of their last training position
  • Are able to demonstrate the freedom to pursue research goals outside of a formal mentorship program or arrangement
  • Can provide evidence of organizational support, such as start-up funds provided by the institution and/or use of a technician, space, facilities, and resources
  • PIs working within a laboratory team are eligible to apply for this award, provided they meet the criteria above.
  • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for this award.

Funding Level 2:  Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) are eligible to submit applications.

Funding Level 1/New Investigator Option may support pilot research or research that is already supported by preliminary data and has the potential to make significant advancements toward clinical translation.

Funding Level 2 Option is supported by preliminary data and has the potential to make significant advancement towards clinical translation.

Available Funding:

Funding Level 1/ New Investigators:

·       Maximum funding of $500,000 for total costs.

·       Maximum period of performance is 3 years.

Funding Level 2:

·       Maximum funding of $2.5M for total costs.

·       Maximum period of performance is 4 years.

Link to Full RFP:

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/FY17-OPORP-OPORA.pdf

The Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation Awards Program for Eating Disorders Research: Junior Faculty Inevstigators

Sponsor:

The Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation (administered by The Medical Foundation)

Deadline:

September 29, 2017 (12 Noon EST)

Summary:

The primary goal of the new Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation Awards Program for Eating Disorders Research is to support innovative, clinically relevant research that seeks to understand the underlying biology of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, leading to improved patient care.  To meet this goal, the Program provides vital support to Senior Postdoctoral Fellows and Junior Faculty Investigators working in non-profit academic, medical and research institutions in the United States to build a strong workforce dedicated to the etiology of eating disorders, its associated pathologies, and to drive therapeutic and treatment development.

Eligibility:

Junior Faculty must meet the following eligibility requirements by the Funding Start Date:

  1. Hold a Ph.D., M.D., or comparable degree and work at a non-profit academic, medical or research institutions in the United States;
  2. Applicants must have a full-time independent faculty appointment and their first faculty appointment must have been received no more than five (5) years prior to the award’s funding start date. The first independent faculty appointment is the first faculty appointment after completing either postdoctoral fellowship training (for PhDs) or an ACGME-certified subspecialty training program, or equivalent (for MDs and MD, PhDs);
  3. Must be independent and have institutional commitment, confirmed through a letter from the Department or Division Chair;
  4. Research must have clinical perspective, confirmed through a Letter of Support for the project from a clinician with proven experience and qualifications for treating eating disorders (see below);
  5. Must have less than $500k total federal or non-federal funding in direct costs at the time of funding;
  6. There are no institutional limitations on the number of applicants who may submit applications;
  7. United States citizenship is not required; visa documentation is not required.

The RFP contains additional eligibility guidelines. Please review the full RFP below.

Available Funding:

The funding level of the two-year Junior Faculty Award will be $200,000 USD ($100,000 per year, inclusive of 5% indirect costs). Funding will begin April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2020.

Link to Full RFP:

https://hria.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Guidelines-Junior-Faculty.pdf

The Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation Awards Program for Eating Disorders Research: Senior Postdoctoral Fellows

Sponsor:

The Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation (administered by The Medical Foundation)

Deadline:

September 29, 2017 (12 Noon EST)

Summary:

The primary goal of the new Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation Awards Program for Eating Disorders Research is to support innovative, clinically relevant research that seeks to understand the underlying biology of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, leading to improved patient care.  To meet this goal, the Program provides vital support to Senior Postdoctoral Fellows and Junior Faculty Investigators working in non-profit academic, medical and research institutions in the United States to build a strong workforce dedicated to the etiology of eating disorders, its associated pathologies, and to drive therapeutic and treatment development.

Eligibility:

Hold a Ph.D., M.D., or comparable degree and work in non-independent, mentored, training positions, at a non-profit academic, medical or research institutions in the United States:

  1. Ph.D. candidates must have completed at least three (3) years and no more than seven (7) years of full-time postdoctoral research experience;
  2. M.D. candidates or combined degree may have up to five (5) years of full-time employment since completion of residency training;
  3. Clinicians in fields without formal internship and residency requirements (e.g. PhD Psychologists and PharmD applicants) may have up to five (5) years after completion of all clinical education required for licensing in their respective fields

Postdoctoral candidates must apply under the guidance of a Mentor who is an established investigator with an active research program. Mentors are expected to be involved in the planning, execution, and supervision of the proposed research and must submit a Letter of Support including a mentorship plan. Only one applicant per Mentor may apply per application cycle; there are no institutional limitations on the number of applicants who may submit applications.

The RFP contains additional eligibility guidelines. Please review the full RFP below.

Available Funding:

The funding level for the two-year senior postdoctoral fellowship award is estimated at $110,000 each, but will be adjusted based upon awardee experience and will be comparable to current NIH fellowship levels.  Funding will begin April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2020.

Link to Full RFP:

https://hria.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Guidelines-Senior-Fellows-v1.pdf

CTSI’s Research Team Building Consultation Service

Sponsor:

NYU Langone Medical Center’s Clinical and Translation Science Institute

Deadline:

Rolling, but space is limited.

Summary:

The Research Team Building Consultation Service, funded through NYULMC’s CTSI mentoring program, was designed to help investigators at various stages (post docs through more senior investigators) build or enhance their team to improve research productivity while providing mentoring and training to the next generation of scholars, particularly those underrepresented in science. We help faculty/post docs build labs, design teams, and recruit over a 12-month period.

Eligibility:

No additional eligibility restrictions.

Available Funding:

Not applicable. The service will provide 15 hours of individual consultation for each investigator.

Link to Full RFP:

CTSI July 2017 Newsletter

Blas Frangione Foundation 2018 Young Investigator Research Grant

Sponsor:
NYU Langone Medical Center

Deadline:

October 2, 2017

Summary:

Established in 2009 by Blas Frangione, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Psychiatry, the Frangione Foundation supports research in neuroscience. The 2018 Young Investigator Grant aims to fund the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas, who have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of brain function in normal and diseased states.

Submit a project proposal following the R03 NIH format, along with a biosketch, to Marlena Gordon.

Eligibility:

There is no tenure requirement and Instructors and Research Scientists are also eligible to apply.
Available Funding:

A 2-year award, totaling $100,000 with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2018. Only ONE award will be made.

Link to Full RFP:

Questions about the application should be directed to Dr. Blas Frangione.

Heineken Prizes 2018

Sponsor:

Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation and the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation. The selection of the prizes is entrusted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Deadline:

October 15, 2017

Summary:

The Heineken Prizes are intended explicitly for scientists and scholars who are currently active in their field and whose research still holds considerable promise for future innovative discoveries. International juries will select the winners.

Eligibility:

Prizes are available in the following fields:

Available Funding:

$200,000

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.knaw.nl/en/awards/awards/heinekenprizes/heinekenprijs-voor-de-milieuwetenschappen

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