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

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

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

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

Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing and Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio) (NSF 17-557)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): October 02, 2017 – October 30, 2017

Summary:

The goal of the SemiSynBio research program is to foster exploratory, multi-disciplinary, longer-term basic research leading to novel high-payoff solutions for the information technology industry based on recent progress in synthetic biology and the know-how of semiconductor technology. It is also anticipated that research in synthetic biology will benefit by leveraging semiconductor capabilities in design and fabrication of hybrid and complex material systems for extensive applications in biological and information processing technologies. In addition, the educational goal is to train new cadre of students and researchers.

This program aims to seed and foster collaboration among the faculties in the biological, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, computer science, information science and design automation disciplines to develop new cross-disciplinary approaches, including instruction materials, that integrate concepts, tools and methodology from biology, physics, semiconductor engineering and computer engineering. The role of this program is to stimulate non-traditional thinking about the issues facing the semiconductor industry by:

  1. Advancing basic research by exploring new programmable models of computation, communication, and memory based on synthetic biology;
  2. Enriching the knowledge base and addressing foundational questions at the interface of biology and semiconductors;
  3. Promoting the frontier of research in the design of new bio-nano hybrid devices based on sustainable materials, including carbon-based systems that test the physical size limit in transient electronics;
  4. Designing and fabricating hybrid semiconductor-biological microelectronic systems based on living cells for next-generation storage and information processing functionalities; and
  5. Integrating scaling-up and manufacturing technologies involving electronic and synthetic biology characterization instruments with computer-aided design (CAD)-like software tools.

Eligibility:

The Principal Investigator (PI) must be at the faculty level as determined by the submitting organization. A minimum of one PI and two co-PIs must participate. 

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

An investigator may participate as PI, co-PI or senior personnel in no more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation. It is the responsibility of the submitting institution to ensure that the PI and all the co-PIs are participating in only one proposal.

In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals will be accepted based on earliest date and time of the proposal submission, i.e., the first proposal received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation cannot be duplicates of proposals to any other Federal agency for simultaneous consideration. The only exceptions to this rule are: (1) when the program officers at the relevant Federal agencies have previously agreed to joint review and possible joint funding of the proposal; or (2) proposals for PIs who are beginning investigators (individuals who have not been a PI or co-PI on a Federally-funded award with the exception of doctoral dissertation, postdoctoral fellowship or research planning grants). For proposers who qualify under this latter exception, the box for “Beginning Investigator” must be checked on the Cover Sheet.

A minimum of one PI and two co-PIs must participate in a proposal with expertise in the biological sciences, engineering, and computer and information sciences.

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 10

Individual projects will be funded at up to $500,000 per year for three years depending on the availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17557/nsf17557.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS) (NSF 17-556)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

Scholarship Track: July 10, 2017 – July 31, 2017

Capacity Track: November 17, 2017 – December 05, 2017

Summary:

The SFS program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development.

Scholarship Track

The Scholarship Track provides funding to institutions for awarding scholarships to students in cybersecurity. In return for their scholarships, recipients will work after graduation for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. A proposing institution must provide clearly documented evidence of a strong existing academic program in cybersecurity. Such evidence can include: designation by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD), in Cyber Operations or in Research (CAE-R); a specialized designation by a nationally recognized organization (for example, in forensics); or equivalent evidence documenting a strong program in cybersecurity. The SFS program provides funds to colleges and universities for student scholarships in support of education in areas relevant to cybersecurity. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the Federal Government or, subject to approval of the NSF program office, for a State, Local, or Tribal Government in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship (see Institutional Responsibilities for Scholarship Projects below).

Capacity Track

The SFS Capacity Track seeks innovative proposals that are likely to lead to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals. Proposals focusing on capacity building should contribute to the expansion of existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity. These efforts might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducting research on the teaching and learning of cybersecurity, including research on materials, methods and small-scale interventions
  • Establishing curricula recommendations for new courses, degree programs, and educational pathways with plans for wide adoption nationally
  • Evaluating teaching and learning effectiveness of cybersecurity curricular programs and courses
  • Integrating cybersecurity topics into computer science, data science, information technology, engineering and other existing degree programs with plans for pervasive adoption
  • Developing virtual laboratories to promote collaboration and resource sharing in cybersecurity education
  • Strengthening partnerships between institutions of higher education, government, and relevant employment sectors leading to improved models for the integration of applied research experiences into cybersecurity degree programs
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of cybersecurity competitions, games, and other outreach and retention activities
  • Integrating data science into cybersecurity curriculum

Eligibility:

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 2

  • An individual may participate as PI, Co-PI, or Senior Personnel in at most one proposal per track in each annual SFS competition. These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced and in the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on the earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first proposal received for the Scholarship and/or Capacity track will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review).

Scholarship Track

Institution: A proposing institution must provide clearly documented evidence of a strong existing program in cybersecurity. Such evidence can include: designation by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD), in Cyber Operations, or in Research, (CAE-R); a specialized designation by a nationally recognized organization (for example, in forensics); or equivalent evidence documenting a strong program in cybersecurity.

Student: To be eligible for consideration for an SFS scholarship, a student must be a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States. In addition, a student must be one of the following:

  • a full-time student within three years of graduation with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a coherent formal program that is focused on cybersecurity at an awardee institution, or
  • a research-based doctoral student.

There are additional eligibility requirements. Please review full RFP below.

Available Funding:

Scholarship Track supports up to 3 years of stipends, tuition and allowances for students in the general area of cybersecurity.  8-13 Scholarship Track awards are anticipated.

Capacity Track projects may vary in size and may request up to $500,000 in total, with durations of up to 3 years.  8-13 Capacity Building Track awards are anticipated.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17556/nsf17556.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

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