SFARI Explorer Awards

Sponsor:

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Deadline:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, with a response time as early as 30 days.

Summary:

This award program is designed to enhance our existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to enable focused experiments highly relevant to our mission. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches will require investigation at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. We will consider proposals at all of these levels.

Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. We especially encourage applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism, but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.

Eligibility:

All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent at a college, university, medical school or other research facility. Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government. There are no citizenship or country requirements.

Available Funding:

The maximum budget is $70,000, including indirect costs for one (1) year, non-renewable.

Link to Full RFP:

https://sfari.org/funding/grants/explorer-awards-rfa

ONR Young Investigator Program

Sponsor:

Office of Naval Research

Deadline:

September 15, 2017

Summary:

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). ONR’s Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-trackequivalent academic appointment, have begun their first appointment on or after 31 December 2012, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called “universities”) to the Department of the Navy’s Science and Technology (S&T) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.

Proposals addressing research areas (as described in the ONR Science and Technology Department section of ONR’s website at www.onr.navy.mil) which are of interest to ONR program officers will be considered. Contact information for each division (a subgroup of an S&T Department) is also listed within the S&T section of the website.

Eligibility:

The Principal Investigator of a proposal must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (on the date proposals are due), holding a first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalentfaculty position at that university, and has begun her/his first full-time appointment on or after 31 December 2012.

Available Funding:

Applicants may request up to $170,000 per year for three (3) years. (Additional funds for capital equipment which enhances the Young Investigator’s proposed research may be requested.)

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=294449

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

Clinical Trial Award – FY17 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

Sponsor:

United States Department of Defense

Deadline:

Pre-Application (required): July 20, 2017

Application (by invitation only): October 26, 2017

Summary:

All applications for PRMRP funding must specifically address at least 1 of the 48 Topic Areas as directed by Congress and must be directly relevant to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries.  Please see RFP for Topic Areas.

The PRMRP Clinical Trial Award supports the rapid implementation of clinical trials with the potential to have a significant impact on a disease or condition addressed in at least one of the Congressionally directed FY17 PRMRP Topic Areas. Clinical trials may be designed to evaluate promising new products, pharmacologic agents (drugs or biologics), devices, clinical guidance, and/or emerging approaches and technologies. Proposed projects may range from small proofof-concept trials (e.g., pilot, first in human, Phase 0) to demonstrate feasibility or inform the design of more advanced trials, through large-scale trials to determine efficacy in relevant patient populations. All studies must be responsive to the healthcare needs of the military Service members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries; however, the use of military or Veteran populations is not required.

Eligibility:

  • PIs at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) are eligible to submit applications.
  • Funding from this award mechanism must support a clinical trial. Proposed projects may range from small proof-of-concept trials through large-scale, definitive trials.
  • Relevance to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries is a key feature of this award. Applications are required to include an explanation of how the proposed project has military relevance.
    • PIs are encouraged to integrate and/or align their research projects with DoD and/or VA research laboratories and programs. Collaboration with the DoD or VA is also encouraged.

Available Funding:

Funding limit not defined; requested funding must be appropriate for the scope of work proposed/Maximum period of performance is 4 years

Link to Full RFP:

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/FY17-PRMRP-CTA.pdf

Discovery Award – FY17 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

Sponsor:

United States Department of Defense

Deadline:

Pre-Application (required):  July 19, 2017

Application (by invitation only):  August 2, 2017

Summary:

All applications for PRMRP funding must specifically address at least 1 of the 48 Topic Areas as directed by Congress and must be directly relevant to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries.  Please see RFP for Topic Areas.

The intent of the PRMRP Discovery Award is to support innovative, non-incremental, highrisk/potentially high-reward research that will provide new insights, paradigms, technologies, or applications. Studies supported by this award are expected to lay the groundwork for future avenues of scientific investigation. The proposed research project should include a wellformulated, testable hypothesis based on a sound scientific rationale and study design.

The outcome of research supported by this award should be the generation of preliminary data that can be used as a foundation for future research projects to understand the mechanisms of initiation or progression and/or improving patient care for a disease or condition.

Eligibility:

  • Investigators at the level of postdoctoral fellow or clinical fellow (or equivalent) and above are eligible to submit applications.
  • Relevance to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries is a key feature of this award. Applications are required to include an explanation of how the proposed project has military relevance.
    • PIs are encouraged to integrate and/or align their research projects with DoD and/or VA research laboratories and programs. Collaboration with the DoD or VA is also encouraged.

Available Funding:

Maximum of $200,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)/ Maximum period of performance is 18 months

Link to Full RFP:

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/FY17-PRMRP-DA.pdf

Focused Program Award – FY17 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

Sponsor:

United States Department of Defense

Deadline:

Pre-Application (required):  July 20, 2017

Application (by invitation only):  October 26, 2017

Summary:

All applications for PRMRP funding must specifically address at least 1 of the 48 Topic Areas as directed by Congress and must be directly relevant to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries.  Please see RFP for Topic Areas. The PRMRP Focused Program Award mechanism is intended to optimize research and accelerate the solution for a critical question.

  • Projects must support a synergistic, multidisciplinary research program of at least four distinct but complementary projects addressing an overarching goal.
  • Projects should work together to answer critical questions, resolve differing hypotheses, and translate laboratory findings to clinical applications.
  • Projects may range from exploratory/ hypothesis-developing through small-scale clinical trials that together will address the overarching goal/question.
  • Research team of highly qualified, multidisciplinary project leaders should be led by a PI with demonstrated success in directing large, focused projects.

Eligibility:

  • The PI must be an independent investigator at or above the level of Full Professor (or equivalent).
  • The PI is required to devote a minimum of 20% effort to this award.
  • Project leaders for each of the complementary and synergistic research projects must be at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).
  • Relevance to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries is a key feature of this award. Applications are required to include an explanation of how the proposed project has military relevance.
    • PIs are encouraged to integrate and/or align their research projects with DoD and/or VA research laboratories and programs. Collaboration with the DoD or VA is also encouraged.

Available Funding:

The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance will not exceed $10M / maximum period of performance is 4 years.

Link to Full RFP:

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/FY17-PRMRP-FPA.pdf

Administrative Supplements for Participation in the Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Program (Admin Supp) (PA-17-286)

Sponsor:

National Institutes of Health

Deadline:

June 30, 2017

Summary:

The purpose of the administrative supplement is to provide support for NIH-funded investigators to participate in an entrepreneurship training course, the Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Program.  The C3i Program is designed to provide medical device innovators with the specialized business frameworks and essential tools for successful translation of biomedical technologies from the lab (concept) to the market (clinic). Through this program, the NIH fosters the development and commercialization of early-stage biomedical technologies by engaging investigators who are interested in better understanding the value of their innovation in addressing an unmet market need. The curriculum and customized mentoring provided by the C3i Program are intended to guide investigators as they assess the commercial viability and potential business opportunity for their innovation. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIH Scientific/Research staff for more information about the program before applying.

 Eligibility:

Participating Institutes:

  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Additional funds may be awarded as supplements to parent awards from the Institutes above using the following Activity Code(s):

  • P01 Research Program Projects
  • P41 Biotechnology Resource Grants
  • R01 Research Project Grant
  • R24 Resource-Related Research Projects
  • R41/R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant – Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track
  • R43/R44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant – Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track
  • U01 Research Project – Cooperative Agreements
  • U44 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Cooperative Agreements – Phase II
  • UG3/UH3 Exploratory/Developmental Phased Award Cooperative Agreement
  • UH2/UH3 Phase Innovation Awards Cooperative Agreement

Available Funding:

NIH intends to commit up to $500,000 in direct costs in FY 2017 to fund 24 awards.

Application budgets are limited to no more than $30,000 in direct costs for SBIR/STTR parent awards (R41, R42, R43, R44, U44) and $18,000 in direct costs for other parent awards (P01, P41, R01, R24, U01, UG3, UH2, UH3). The award budget should only be used to cover costs associated with participation in the C3i Program.

Link to Full RFP:

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-286.html

Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC) (NSF 17-542)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline:

November 06, 2017

Summary:

 This solicitation seeks proposals to make use of Blue Waters for breakthrough research in any domain supported by the National Science Foundation or any other federal agency. Blue Waters constitutes the largest NSF-funded system and staff dedicated to supporting a small number of projects at the frontiers of computational science.

In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system. Proposers must show compelling science or engineering challenges that require petascale computing resources. Proposers must also be prepared to demonstrate that they have science or engineering research problems that require and can effectively exploit the petascale computing capabilities offered by Blue Waters. Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged, as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build a community capable of using petascale computing.

Eligibility:

 N/A

Available Funding:

 12 to 15 up to $15,000 for each award, pending availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17542/nsf17542.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

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

Biological Technologies DARPA-BAA-16-33

Sponsor:

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office (BTO)

Deadline:

Proposal Abstracts and Full Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 28, 2017, 4 PM Eastern Standard Time

Summary:

Proposed research should investigate leading edge approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, technologies, or systems at the intersection of biology with engineering and the physical and computer sciences. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. BTO seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, challenge assumptions, and have the potential to radically change established practice, lead to extraordinary outcomes, and create entirely new fields.

BTO is interested in submissions related to the following areas:

  • Discovering and leveraging novel findings from neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, and related disciplines to advance treatment and resilience in neurological health and optimize human aptitude and performance.
  • Understanding and improving interfaces between the biological and physical world to enable seamless hybrid systems.
  • Developing and leveraging fundamental understanding of the underlying design rules that govern biological system behavior.
  • Developing new tools and capabilities for forward engineering of biological systems (cells, tissues, organs, organisms, and complex communities) to both develop new products and functional systems as well as to gain new insights into underlying mechanisms.
  • Developing and validating new theories and computational models that identify factors and principles underlying collective and interactive behaviors of biological organisms at all scales from individual cells to global ecosystems.
  • Understanding the dynamics of population and ecosystem behavior in order to preserve equilibrium, provide strategic opportunity, or avoid catastrophe.
  • Developing and leveraging new technologies that can be applied to agricultural ecosystems for production stabilization by improving quality or reducing losses from pathogens or pests
  • Developing and leveraging new insights into non-human biology across and between populations of microbes, insects, plants, marine life, and other non-human biologic entities.
  • Developing new technologies and approaches that ensure biosafety, biosecurity, and protection of the bioeconomy.
  • Understanding emerging threats to global food and water supplies and developing countermeasures that can be implemented on a global scale.
  • Developing new technologies to treat, prevent, and predict the emergent and spread of infectious diseases that have the potential to cause significant health, economic, and social burden.
  • Other biological technology topic areas that fit the scope of BTO’s mission.

Eligibility:

All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government’s needs may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA.

Without prior approval or a waiver from the DARPA Director, in accordance with FAR 9.503, a contractor cannot simultaneously provide scientific, engineering, technical assistance (SETA) or similar support and also be a technical performer.

Available Funding:

Multiple awards are anticipated. The amount of resources made available under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.fbo.gov/utils/view?id=7fa72d5d73273928da1ace52601315bc (link will download PDF of BAA to your device)