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

Socioeconomic Disparities in Health and Mortality at Older Ages (R01) (RFA-AG-18-011)

Sponsor:

National Institute on Aging

Deadline:

October 20, 2017

Summary:

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support studies that identify mechanisms, explanations, and modifiable risk factors underlying recent trends of growing inequalities in morbidity and mortality by income, education, and geographic location at older ages in the United States. Applicants are encouraged to consider a variety of health outcomes in order to explain the processes generating these trends. Applicants are strongly encouraged to present well-developed conceptual models.

Examples of analytic approaches that fall within the scope of this FOA include (but are not limited to) those that:

  • Identify the mechanisms that explain growing socioeconomic and geographic inequalities in health at older ages, explain their role in racial disparities, and detect modifiable risk factors
  • Ascertain the extent to which these trends are driven by age, period, and cohort-related factors
  • Consider the role of education, income, and geographic region as causal factors versus alternative explanations such as differential selection over time or shifting composition of groups
  • Leverage longitudinal data, ideally from childhood through old age
  • Use a diverse set of analytic methods (e.g. life-cycle, comparative, cohort, multi-level)
  • Consider how institutional and cultural contexts (including their timing within the life course of individuals) influence health disparities
  • Examine a wide range of physical, mental, and functional health outcomes, in addition to mortality
  • Capitalize on NIA-funded data sources with life history and geographic information (e.g., English Longitudinal Study of Ageing; Health and Retirement Study; Midlife in the United States; National Longitudinal Mortality Study; Panel Study of Income Dynamics; Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe)

Examples of data improvements that fall within the scope of this FOA include (but are not limited to) those that:

  • Enhance existing data resources to improve data availability on a variety of topics (e.g., early life development, exposures to inequality prior to midlife, comprehensive stress measurements, employer and work issues, and minority groups) to enable examination of within-group heterogeneity
  • Enhance existing clinical studies to add complementary measures in areas such as social, emotional, and psychological domains

Characteristics of Responsive Applications

1. Life course approaches are encouraged, but applications proposing analysis of data solely from childhood or young adulthood are not responsive to this FOA.

2. Applications that document descriptive trends without assessing potential mechanisms or explanations will not be considered responsive.

3. Applications proposing projects that use only animal models are not responsive to this FOA. 

Eligibility:

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Available Funding:

The National Institute on Aging intends to commit $2 million in total costs in FY 2018 to fund 3-6 awards. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Link to Full RFP:

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-18-011.html

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

The Russell Sage Foundation’s initiative on Computational Social Science

Sponsor:

The Russell Sage Foundation

Deadline:

Letter of Intent: 2 p.m. EST on August 21, 2017

Invited Proposal: 2 p.m. EST on November 15, 2017

Summary:

The Russell Sage Foundation’s initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection.

Some inquiries may also be considered by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for joint funding, especially projects with larger scale potential that relate to behavioral economics, the economics of science and technology, regulation and industrial organization, as well as privacy, empirical methodologies, economic measurement, or administrative data curation generally.

See RFP link below for examples of research (some recently funded by RSF) that are of interest.

Eligibility:

Applicants should specify how the proposed project informs and advances RSF’s computational social science research priorities in its core program areas: Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. RSF values reproducibility and open science, and where applicable, investigators should explain their data release plan (data, code, codebooks) or any prohibitions on providing such materials.

Funding is available for secondary analysis of data or for original data collection. We are especially interested in novel uses of new or under-utilized data and new methods for analyzing these data. Smaller projects might consist of a pilot study to demonstrate proof-of-concept. RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be specified and research questions and hypotheses (where applicable) must be clearly stated.

Available Funding:

Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results (within our budget guidelines). Applications must be limited to no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project (including overhead). Presidential Awards, with a maximum budget of $35,000 ($50,000 if new data collection/access costs are included; no overhead allowed) are also available.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.russellsage.org/call-proposals-computational-social-science

The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Sponsor:

The Russell Sage Foundation in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline:

Letter of Intent: 2 p.m. EST on August 21, 2017

Invited Proposal: 2 p.m. EST on November 15, 2017

Summary:

This initiative will support innovative social science research on the social, economic and political effects of the Affordable Care Act. We are especially interested in funding analyses that address important questions about the effects of the reform on outcomes such as financial security and family economic well-being, labor supply and demand, participation in other public programs, family and children’s outcomes, and differential effects by age, race, ethnicity, nativity, or disability status. We are also interested in research that examines the political effects of the implementation of the new law, including changes in views about government, support for future government policy changes, or the impact on policy development outside of health care. Funding is available for secondary analysis of data or for original data collection. We welcome projects that propose novel uses of existing data, as well as projects that propose to analyze newly available or underutilized data. We will not fund research on the effects of the ACA on health care delivery or health outcomes (e.g., barriers to implementation, changes in the quality of care and health status, or trends in enrollment and affordability); other funders already do that.

Review the RFP link below to see examples of the kinds of topics and questions that are of interest.

Eligibility:

Funding is available for secondary analysis of data or for original data collection. We are especially interested in novel uses of existing data, as well as analyses of new or under-utilized data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. Smaller projects might consist of exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data. The Foundation encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. All proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be specified and research questions and hypotheses (where applicable) must be clearly stated.

Available Funding:

Applications should limit budget requests to no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 (including overhead) per project. Presidential Awards, with a maximum budget of $35,000 (no overhead allowed) are also available.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.russellsage.org/research/funding/affordable-care-act

LIMITED COMPETITION: William T. Grant Scholars Program

Sponsor:

William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline:

NYU Internal Selection Process: May 22, 2017

  • NYU Schools can initiate their own internal competition to select one nominee.  Please refer to the RFP below for the Selection Criteria (on page 12) to assist you in choosing your nominee.  Once a candidate has been identified, please inform Farooq Niazi (farooq.niazi@nyu.edu) in writing so he may assist in obtaining a letter from the Office of Sponsored Programs confirming that the applicant represents distinct school of the institution.

Application to the Foundation:  3:00 p.m. EST on July 6, 2017

Summary:

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration.

Eligibility:

Only ONE candidate may be nominated from a major division (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of the institution. Applicants must be nominated by their institutions.

  • Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. This is calculated by adding seven years to the date the doctoral degree was conferred. In medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency.
  • Applicants must hold a tenure-track position.
  • Applicants outside the United States are eligible. As with U.S. applicants, they must pursue research that has compelling policy or practice implications for youth in the United States.
  • Applicants of any discipline are eligible.

Available Funding:

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.  The award must not replace the institution’s current support of the applicant’s research. Awards will be announced in March 2018.

Link to Full RFP: 

http://wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2017/03/2017-Scholars-Program-Application-Guide.pdf

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Researchers Program

Sponsor:

The Russell Sage Foundation

Deadline:

May 1, 2017

Summary:

On an occasional basis, the Foundation has one or two available office spaces and considers applications for short-term fellowships by scholars who are conducting research relevant to the Foundation’s priority areas. These positions do not come with any Foundation financial support and are available for visits of two to three months as space permits.

Visiting Researchers are provided with an office at the Foundation, computers and software, and library access. Applicants who reside outside of the greater New York City area may be provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near RSF, if available.

Eligibility:

Visiting Researchers must be several years beyond the PhD and have a publications record and current research project that is relevant to the Foundation’s program areas. Priority will be given to RSF-sponsored grantees and scholars who are seeking to complete existing work, although we welcome applications from scholars carrying out innovative work related to our current program areas.

Available Funding:

 No financial support included.

Link to Full RFP:

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

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

100&Change

Sponsor:

The MacArthur Foundation

Deadline:

Must register on the 100&Change website by September 2, 2016

Proposals due by October 3, 2016

Summary:

A new competition launched today will award a $100 million grant to a single proposal designed to help solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet. The Foundation’s competition, called 100&Change, is open to organizations working in any field of endeavor anywhere. Applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution. Competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.

“Solving society’s most pressing problems isn’t easy, but we believe it can be done,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. “Potential solutions may go unnoticed or under resourced and are waiting to be brought to scale. Every three years, we plan to award $100 million to help make one of these solutions a reality. Through 100&Change, we want to inspire, encourage, and support other people’s ideas, here in our hometown Chicago, across the nation and around the world, about how to address major challenges and enable real progress toward a solution.”

The selection process for 100&Change is rigorous, fair, and transparent. Each valid proposal will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges from a variety of fields, and evaluated according to a strict set of criteria designed to favor proposals that maximize measurable impact in their chosen areas. Participants will receive feedback on their proposals from the judges.

“We believe that 100&Change can have a ripple effect beyond what a single $100 million grant enables,” said Cecilia Conrad, MacArthur’s Managing Director leading the competition. “Setting audacious goals is inspiring. Clear evidence of impact can encourage other funders to invest in solvable problems more broadly, and applicants who do not receive the $100 million grant will still receive valuable feedback on and attention to their ideas.”

Eligibility:

The Competition Sponsor welcomes Applications from eligible organizations or entities that have a recognized legal existence and structure under applicable law (State, Federal, or Country) and that are in good standing in the jurisdiction under which they are organized. The following types of organizations are eligible:

  • An organization under section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) that has received a tax determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”).
  • A private foundation under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC that has received a tax determination letter from the IRS.
  • A for-profit corporation organized under the laws of a State in the United States.
  • A benefit corporation, flexible purpose organization, or similar “hybrid” organization organized under the laws of a State in the United States.
  • A limited liability company or partnership organized under the laws of a State in the United States.
  • An organization organized under the laws of a foreign jurisdiction which has received a tax determination letter from the IRS or has been determined to be the equivalent of a section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) or (2) organization by NGO Source or the MacArthur Foundation for which an equivalency determination has not expired.
  • An entity that is recognized under the law of the applicable jurisdiction as a non-governmental organization, an educational organization, a charitable organization, a social welfare organization, a not-for-profit organization, or similar-type entity that is not a for-profit organization or government agency.
  • A for-profit entity organized and in good standing under the laws of the local jurisdiction in which it operates.

Available Funding:

$100 million

Number of Awards: 1

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.100andchange.org/