The Berlin Prize Application

Sponsor:

The American Academy in Berlin

Deadline:

September 29, 2017 (12 noon EST)

Summary:

The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2018-19, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, as well as questions of race in comparative perspective.

For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work.

Eligibility:

Fellowships are restricted to US residents. US citizenship is not required. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Candidates working in other fields—such as journalism, film, law, or public policy—must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers should have published at least one book at the time of application.

Available Funding:

Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, housing at the Hans Arnhold Center, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Academy during the entire term of the award, generally one academic semester.

Link to Full RFP:

Apply for a Fellowship

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

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Stakeholder Engagement Program

Sponsor:

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United States Department of Commerce (DoC)

Deadline:

August 1, 2017

Summary:

Every aspect of the NICE Strategic Plan requires outreach and coordination with multiple stakeholders. NICE seeks to provide assistance to an organization engaged in building national (and exploring international) relationships to further advance cybersecurity education and training, building the cybersecurity workforce development community with a year-round communication strategy and capping that engagement by planning and holding the NICE Annual Conference and Expo. 

For the NICE Annual Conference and Expo, NICE seeks an organization to lead the conference planning and execution efforts. This includes the full range of preconference activities from determining tracks, content, and speakers and arranging the venue to managing the conference logistics to post conference wrap up activities. NICE expects the conference to be kept affordable to a wide range of participants.

The stakeholder engagement strategy must reflect the need to reach out to and build consensus among diverse stakeholders including but not limited to:

  • Employers,
  • Educators and trainers,
  • Certification providers,
  • Workforce development managers,
  • Economic development administrators, and
  • Policymakers.

Note that this is a list of high-level examples and not meant to be comprehensive. NICE encourages applicants to provide details on how they will reach stakeholders with different interests within these broad categories. As a national initiative, it is critical that the outreach strategy and conference participation demonstrate a commitment to diversity, including regional diversity. Conferences must move about the country from year to year within the continental United States.

Applicants should plan for annual conferences of at least 750 to 1000 attendees with venues that keep costs affordable to the community and have good transportation options for attendees. NICE anticipates that this will be up to a five-year award for long-term community building with the possibility of converting this award to an institutional award at the conclusion of the award period.

Eligibility:

Applicants may be any U.S.-located non-Federal entity. Please note that, for the purposes of this NOFO, individuals and unincorporated sole proprietors are not considered “non-Federal entities” and are not eligible apply.

Available Funding:

NIST anticipates funding one award for approximately $250,000 per year for up to five years.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=294083

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

Sponsor:

United States Department of Justice

Deadline:

7:59 PM EST on June 23, 2017

Summary:

Community Policing Development (CPD) funds are used to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope. The COPS Office, a federal provider of innovative, customer-focused resources that address the continuing and emerging needs of those engaged in enhancing public safety through community policing, has designed the CPD solicitation to address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing. Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies that support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. Community policing comprises three key components:

1) Partnerships

Collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in law enforcement.

2) Organizational transformation

The alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem solving.

3) Problem solving

The process of engaging in the proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop and evaluate effective responses. The 2017 CPD program has been established to fund specific projects related to the following topic areas: (1) Cooperative Partnerships with Federal Law Enforcement to Combat Illegal Immigration, (2) Field Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants, (3) Officer Safety and Wellness Resources, (4) Enhancing Officer Safety Through Increased Respect for Law Enforcement, (5) Critical Response Technical Assistance,(6) Online Training Development, (7) Preparing for Active Shooter Situations; and (8) Invitational Applications. All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

Eligibility:

This solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, for-profit and nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, community groups and faith-based organizations. Proposals should be responsive to the topic selected, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic. Applications that represent partnerships between law enforcement agencies and institution of higher education and nonprofit institutions are encouraged. Except where otherwise indicated, initiatives that primarily or solely benefit one or a limited number of law enforcement agencies or other entities will not be considered for funding.

Available Funding:

Funding available varies by topic. Please seee full RFP.

Link to Full RFP:

https://cops.usdoj.gov/default.asp?Item=2450

Turning NATO’s Words into Action After the Brussels Meeting (DOS-USNATO-PAA-2017-001)

Sponsor:

U.S. Department of State

Deadline:

July 16, 2017, 11:59 PM Brussels time

Summary:

The Office of the Public Affairs Advisor (PAA) at the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Mission to NATO (USNATO) invites not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations and think-tanks that focus on international affairs, defense and security issues, and U.S. and European relations to submit project proposals which encourage public discussions and creative public engagements in Europe on the major theme of “Turning NATO’s Words into Action After the Brussels Meeting.

USNATO seeks proposals that illustrate how to adapt NATO’s strategic focus on deterrence and defense, and projecting stability with specific emphasis on burden sharing, counterterrorism, cyber security, and other outcomes from the Brussels May Meeting. To successfully communicate these policies, the alliance and its stakeholders will need to explain and debate these issues with policymakers, media, and their public in the coming period. USNATO is seeking proposals that will outline how the alliance can transform intent into actions and programs that NATO and its member states can implement. Specifically, we are referring to initiatives that relate to the strategic direction coming from the Brussels meeting; as well as how member states can honor their defense investment pledges, ways the alliance can support counterterrorism efforts, and novel methods to support cyber defense commitments including ways to blunt disinformation.  We look forward to reviewing proposals from partner institutions that discuss some or all of these important NATO-related topics. Additional topics that may be of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Pledges on defense investment;
    • National plans to reach the 2% and 20% thresholds;
  • The NATO-Russia relationship;
  • Methods to identify and combat disinformation as well as approaches to evaluating the efficacy of those methods
  • Counterterrorism;
  • NATO’s efforts in the south and east;
  • NATO partnerships and cooperative security
    • Collaboration with European Union and other international institutions
    • Looking South—Gulf Cooperation Council, African Union;
  • Countering Hybrid Warfare;
  • Strengthening cybersecurity;
  • Women in peace and security.

Please note: all activities should be targeted at European and/or Canadian audience and should take place in either Europe or Canada.

We strongly encourage:

  • New and creative approaches that utilize digital technology, social media and other innovative means;
  • Programs that seek to reflect the diversity of thought and background as well as gender balance.
  • Forthright analysis about the gaps in NATO strategies along with practical solutions to address deficiencies.
  • Evaluation components that will help inform the measure of the proposal’s effectiveness, rather than merely its output.

Grant funding cannot be used for salaries, rent, or other general support of an organization, unless these expenses are directly tied to the project.

Eligibility:

Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations and think tanks that have demonstrated expertise in international affairs, defense and security issues, and U.S. and European relations.
U.S. or other national organizations are eligible to apply for grants; however submitted proposals should target audience outside of the United States. NATO allies and partners states are the primary target audiences.

Available Funding:

$15,000 – $100,000 per award; 1-2 awards anticipated

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=293831

Research in Transforming Health & Health Care Systems (RTHS)

Sponsor:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline:

3 PM EST, June 23, 2017

Summary:

The Foundation’s new Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems (RTHS) call for proposals (CFP) seeks to fund rigorous, empirical studies that evaluate or predict the potential effects of policies or policy changes intended to transform health and health care systems. While there is consensus that more reform is needed to improve the value of the U.S. health care system, questions remain around the optimal mechanisms to achieve these goals. For example, how can we promote greater affordability and stability in the individual insurance market? What does the evidence suggest about the effectiveness of benefit design strategies and consumer engagement in health care decision-making? How are safety-net health systems responding to alternative payment models and coverage expansions? The 2017 RTHS CFP will focus on empirical and policy–relevant analyses that can inform strategies to ensure access to high-quality, affordable health care and insurance coverage. We will prioritize proposals for research that are timely and that will directly inform the policy process.

Eligibility:

Researchers, as well as practitioners in the public and private sector working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research, economics, sociology, program evaluation, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law, business administration, or other related fields.

Available Funding:

Project funding will range from $50,000 to $150,000 and up to 6 projects will be funded.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2017/research-in-transforming-health—health-care.html?rid=ba1ZC3vz6tD3zOFsnlTAAA&et_cid=888045

New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for Economic Workforce Development

Sponsor:

New York State Department of Economic Development, in the interest of Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) – 30 programs available through 12 state agencies:

  • Empire State Development
  • NYS Canal Corporation
  • NYS Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Environmental Facilities Corporation
  • Homes and Community Renewal
  • Department of Labor
  • New York Power Authority
  • Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Department of State
  • Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Department of Agriculture & Markets
  • Council on the Arts

Deadline:

4 PM EST Friday, July 28, 2017

Summary:

New York State is soliciting applications for funding to advance the priorities of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC). Funding will be available for the following projects:

  • Direct Assistance to Businesses and Other Organizations
  • Community Development
  • Waterfront Revitalization
  • Energy
  • Environmental Improvements
  • Sustainability Planning and Implementation
  • Education/Workforce Development
  • Low Cost Financing

This announcement is meant to provide a general overview of the programs included in this year’s REDC/CFA competition and does not contain all program requirements and guidelines. Full solicitations, application materials, and details for CFA workshops are available online at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

Eligibility:

Eligibility will vary by program. Please see full RFP.

Available Funding:

Up to $247.25 million

Link to Full RFP:

https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2017ResourcesAvailable.pdf

Financial Management Capacity Building for Implementing Partners IRF

Sponsor:

United States Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)

Deadline:

May 31, 2017

Summary:

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces “Financial Management Capacity Building for Implementing Partners,” an open competition for a cooperative agreement to provide technical assistance and financial management capacity building to organizations working on international religious freedom programs globally. The funding for the proposal should not exceed $600,000 for a period of 18- 24 months. It is anticipated that there will be substantial involvement between the agency and the recipient during performance in areas such as organization selection, technical direction, and programmatic control.

Proposed funding would promote process improvement and increase the financial management capacity of organizations working to promote international religious freedom globally by reviewing compliance with USG grant regulations, and formulating training documents such as self-assessment tools and best practices for financial management. The implementer will conduct this capacity building and assessment for approximately 20 grantees/organizations. These grantees and organizations are largely located in the U.S. and also include organizations in multiple regions of the world.

Eligibility:

Applicants must have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities and relevant stakeholders, including private sector partners and NGOs, and have demonstrable experience in administering successful and preferably similar projects. DRL encourages applications from foreign-based NGOs headquartered in the geographic regions/countries relevant to this NOFO. Applicants may form consortia and submit a combined application. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant with the other members as sub-award partners. DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on applicants that do not have previous experience administering federal grant awards, and these applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.

Available Funding:

DRL anticipates having approximately $600,000 available to support approximately one successful application submitted in response to this NOFO, subject to the availability of funding. Applicants can submit one application in response to the solicitation.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.grantsolutions.gov/gs/preaward/previewPublicAnnouncement.do?id=58900