Centers for Chemical Innovation – Phase I (CCI) (NSF 17-564)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Preliminary Proposals: September 12, 2017

Full Proposals (by invitation only): March 06, 2018

Summary:

The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs are agile structures that respond rapidly to emerging opportunities, promote synergy, enhance collaborations, and engage in potentially transformative research. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication.

The FY 2018 Phase I CCI competition is open to projects in all fields supported by the Division of Chemistry. Successful proposals will have a clear chemistry focus and the potential for transformative impact in chemistry. The Division of Chemistry particularly encourages CCI centers or projects within centers aligned with Data-Driven Discovery Science in Chemistry (D3SC). Such CCI projects would seek new chemical understanding through sharing, mining and repurposing of chemical datasets and through the use of state-of-the-art data analysis techniques. Additional context for D3SC and links to related documents can be found at NSF 17-036.

The research activities may build on pre-existing efforts, but new, collaborative results attributed to the CCI award are expected. The Phase I award will also develop broader impact activities in the four required areas (see below), including piloting and developing center-scale activities commensurate with a Phase II CCI. Center development includes the development of a strategic plan covering all aspects of a CCI (see full RFP).

CCIs are expected to integrate their research with activities that broaden the impact of their research. A Phase I team might pilot activities in these areas:

  • Innovation – translation or transfer of basic research results into economic or societal benefit. This element includes intellectual property protection and a proactive plan to either engage industry in technology transfer or to commercialize technology in other ways.
  • Higher Education and Professional Development – education and professional development for undergraduate and graduate students supported by the grant, including co-mentorship or other collaborative training and continued professional development and mentoring for postdoctoral research associates. This may also include education in various aspects of innovation (intellectual property, entrepreneurship, etc.) and other higher education activities (i.e., new course materials or curricula).
  • Broadening the participation of underrepresented groups – CCI goals for increasing engagement by underrepresented groups, plans for reaching those goals, and an evaluation strategy.
  • Informal science communication – plans for communicating the CCI research to public audiences and possible ways to evaluate the impact of these outreach efforts.

Eligibility:

Who May Serve as PI:

  • While these proposals will reflect the research of many investigators, only the name of the Principal Investigator (PI) should appear on the cover sheet. All other investigators are considered Faculty Associates (non-coPI senior personnel). An investigator may participate (as PI or Faculty Associate) in only one CCI preliminary proposal and one CCI full proposal (Phase I or Phase II) submitted to this competition. The PI must be affiliated with an eligible submitting organization.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1

  • An investigator may participate (as PI or Faculty Associate) in only one preliminary proposal and one full proposal (Phase I or Phase II) submitted in response to this solicitation. The PI must be affiliated with an eligible submitting organization.

The team of investigators for a Phase I proposal must include at least four senior researchers with complementary expertise. While there is no upper limit on the number of Phase I investigators, proposers are cautioned to avoid teams that are too large to collaborate effectively. The available resources should also be carefully considered in assembling the team. CCIs may partner with researchers from industry, national laboratories and international organizations. See detailed guidance below for non-U.S. or non-academic researchers.

Available Funding:

NSF anticipates making three new Phase I awards (up to $1,800,000 for 3 years) as standard or continuing grants.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17564/nsf17564.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click#elig

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

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

POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING SUPPORT PROGRAM IN CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH (TL1)

Sponsor:

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Deadline:

5PM on June 27, 2017

Summary:

The TL1 offers support, mentoring and training opportunities for late-stage pre-doctoral and early-stage post-doctoral scholars conducting research in the area of health care and/or translational medicine. The program provides stipends, training and mentoring while emphasizing the scholar’s success within their established research area. The fundamental goal of the program is to help and support scholars as they advance in their research careers, and to provide them with the knowledge and skills to eventually develop into successful, independent researchers. The program encourages productivity, collaborative research and career development.

Eligibility:

Late-stage pre-doctoral PhD students who have completed required coursework, as well as early stage post-doctoral research scholars (1-2 years after completion of pre-doctoral training) are eligible to apply. Post-doctoral scholars should be actively engaged in translationally-relevant research. Scholars from any unit or school in the University, or with appointments at CTSI-affiliated New York City Health + Hospitals institutions, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have the support of their research advisor/mentor.

Available Funding:

The TL1 program will provide up to two years of stipend and other support. Based on NIH requirements, the stipend for pre-doctoral candidates will be set at a maximum of $22,920 annually. For post-doctoral scholars, salary will be set at NIH post-graduate year levels (See NIH website: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-048.html). Additional funds will be available for educational courses and travel to meetings. Pre-doctoral scholars who graduate, or post-doctoral scholars who successfully compete for an NIH K or R award or equivalent, will be rotated off the program.

Link to Full RFP:

https://med.nyu.edu/ctsi/training-education/research-career-development/tl1

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

LIMITED COMPETITION: Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Sponsor:

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation

Deadline:

5 PM EST, June 30, 2017

Summary:

To attain its ultimate goal of increasing the number of imaginative, well-trained and dedicated medical scientists, the Foundation grants financial support of sufficient duration to help further the careers of young men and women engaged in biological or medical research.

Eligibility:

The SAC will review no more than one application from a laboratory during each annual cycle. We will accept applications from different laboratories/supervisors at the same institution. Should we receive more than one, the Chair of the SAC will decide which of the applications appears most competitive and decline the other(s) administratively. We urge the heads of laboratories to make this choice for us, if at all possible. 

  • The Foundation will not ordinarily consider applicants who plan tenure of the fellowship in the laboratory in which they have already received extensive predoctoral or postdoctoral training. The aim of the fellowship is to broaden postdoctoral training and experience, and a significant change of venue is advisable.
  • Candidates who hold, or are in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and are seeking beginning postdoctoral training in basic biomedical research are eligible to apply for a fellowship.
  • The Foundation accepts applications from candidates who have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the deadline for submitting the application (June 30, 2017), and who have received a PhD (or D.Phil. or equivalent) degree no more than two years before the deadline, or an M.D. degree no more than three years before the deadline.
  • Fellowships may be awarded to US citizens planning to work in laboratories either in the US, Canada, or abroad and also to foreign citizens for research in laboratories in the US only. We expect that most applicants will reside in North America at the time of application. Foreign Students will need to obtain appropriate visa documentation, as required by US Immigration.

Available Funding:

 The fellowship is for 3 years and includes an annual stipend (starting at $52,000) plus an annual research allowance of $1,500. There is a also a Dependent Child Allowance of $1,500 per annum for each child.

Link to Full RFP:

Research Fellowship

LIMITED COMPETITION: 2018 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor:

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Deadline:

NYU Internal Selection Process:  June 1, 2017

New York University has been invited to nominate ONE candidate for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.  For the internal selection, please submit electronically (as one rolling document) the following items for the potential nominees to Farooq Niazi (farooq.niazi@nyu.edu):

  1. a brief nominating statement by the Chair of no more than two pages, indicating the nominee’s outstanding promise as contributor in science relevant to human health, important research accomplishments, and how their work has or may have impact on current developments in the field;
  2. a brief statement by the potential nominee, in no more than two pages, that includes notable past accomplishments, the proposed research plans, and most innovative and novel aspects of proposed research;
  3. Reference to two of your most important publications + Descriptions: Summarizing in less than 200 words for each, why you chose them, including their significance and potential impact on the field; and
  4. an up-to-date CV that includes publications, honors and awards, and current and pending funding (4 pages maximum).

Application Deadline to Pew:  October 23, 2017

Summary:

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of Oct. 23, 2017, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.)
  • On July 7, 2017, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 7, 2014), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit
  • Candidates may be nominated two times in total.

Available Funding:

The award provides $240,000 in flexible support – $60,000 per year for four years.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/pew-biomedical-scholars/to-apply

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