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GO Newsletter 03/28/2014

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March 28, 2014

 
We’re archiving all newsletters on our site – check it out if you are looking for past opportunities or planning ahead for next year! As always, please feel free to send any comments or suggestions directly to us here.
 
If you are interested in seeking funding for your projects, please contact Chris Johnson or Curtis Harris. For individualized grant opportunity research, please contact Kaley Hanenkrat.
 
Thanks for reading!
 
Best wishes,
Kaley Hanenkrat
 
 
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
 
General Interest
 
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a May 6, 2014 deadline for proposals for Round 13 of its Grand Challenges Explorations Initiative. Anyone with an innovative idea is invited to apply. The current topics for Round 13 are: Measuring Fetal and Infant Brain Development, Integrating Community-Based Interventions, Inciting Healthy Behaviors, Diarrhea and Enteric Dysfunction, and Innovations for Building Agricultural Development Programs.
 
 
Arts & Humanities Funding
 
The Harpo Foundation has announced a July 5, 2014 deadline for their Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI). The program provides an opportunity for artists who need time and space to explore new ideas and start new projects.
 
The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation is accepting proposals for their Promoting International Arts Engagement program. The goal of the program is to support artistic exchange and engagement with other cultures through introducing diverse cultures to American audiences as well as sharing American culture with communities around the world.
 
 
Social Sciences Funding
 
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has announced a June 2, 2014 deadline for their Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons program. The goal of this program is to support research on evidence-based practices for criminal agencies and address the knowledge gaps related to trafficking in persons in the United States.
 
The National Science Foundation has announced an August 15, 2014 deadline for their Political Science Program. The goal of this program is to support scientific research that “advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics.” Proposals must be: “theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented.” Substantive areas include, but are not limited to: “American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.”
 
 
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Funding
 
The NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences are a series of five-day conferences each of which features a distinguished lecturer delivering ten lectures on a topic of important current research in one sharply focused area of the mathematical sciences. CBMS refers to the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences which publicizes the conferences and administers the resulting publications. Support is provided for about 30 participants at each conference. Proposals should address the unique characteristics of the NSF-CBMS conferences, outlined in the Program Description. The full proposal deadline is April 25, 2014 and the last Friday in April, annually thereafter.
 
PhRMA Foundation has announced a May 16, 2014 deadline for proposals to their Assessing the Benefits of Treating Cancer Research Starter Grants program. The grants are not intended for clinical or bench research, but rather is focused on supporting research in the health economics and social science fields. The program seeks proposals that focus on developing ways of quantifying or describing a variety of components to innovations in cancer research, including patient centered, social, and economic benefits.
 
The National Science Foundation has announced a April 18, 2014 deadline for Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS). “The National Science Foundation's Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts with the potential to contribute to significant improvements in the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization, and in the ability for traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from current and future wireless-enabled goods and services. EARS seeks to fund innovative collaborative research that transcends the traditional boundaries of existing programs, such as research that spans disciplines covered by two or more of the participating NSF directorates.”
 
 
NEWS ITEMS
 
NIH Notice of Additional Legislative Mandate in Effect for FY2014 Restricting Pornography on Computer Networks
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released the above notice alerting grantees about new restrictions and computer networks. Educause provides an excellent summary of the notice and indicates that, based on their research and analysis, “NIH will most likely contact the affected grantees or contractors directly, so in the absence of such communication, research projects at your institution are probably not affected.” The Educause article goes on to say, however,  that, if a researcher “thinks some aspect of his/her NIH project might be construed as falling under this mandate, s/he should consider seeking clarification from his/her NIH grants and contracts officer.” Feel free to contact Sponsored Research if you have any concerns or questions.
 
Battle Over NSF Begins, Inside Higher Ed
A House of Representatives subcommittee approved a bill that would authorize funding for NSF in FY 2015 at a 1.5% increase over current levels. In a controversial move, the bill also seeks to set funding levels for each directorate within the agency, sharply reducing funds for social science research and the Geosciences Directorate, which funds climate research. The bill also requires NSF to certify that all its research grants are ‘in the national interest.’  Read the Chronicle’s coverage here.
 
National Science Foundation - Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)
Dear Colleague Letter - Youth Violence: Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental Basic Research
A March 12, 2014 letter from NSF was published with the purpose: “to alert all basic social and behavioral science research communities of the National Science Foundation's interest in receipt of proposals that will enable a better understanding of the contributing factors, causes, and consequences of violence perpetrated by and against youth. This will advance the Foundation's goal to provide scientific evidence in support of important social issues. The interest spans both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research.”
 

 

 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
 
From website: “SEATTLE - March 4, 2014 - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today that it is accepting applications for Round 13 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, which seeks innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing global health and development problems. Great ideas come from everywhere, and grants have been awarded for over 900 projects in over 50 countries to date.
 
Proposals are being accepted through May 6, 2014. Visit www.grandchallenges.org to submit a simple, online, two-page application for the topics listed below.
 
Topics for Grand Challenges Explorations Round 13:
 
Measuring Fetal and Infant Brain Development: We seek better assessment tools for cognitive development and gestational age, which are critical for measuring the effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies targeting children’s healthy growth and development and are appropriate for use in the communities in greatest need. This topic is being undertaken in partnership with Grand Challenges Canada’s Saving Brains initiative.
 
Integrating Community-Based Interventions: We seek new ideas to leverage an existing mass drug administration platform - for drug distribution efforts for one or more of five specific neglected tropic diseases - and to integrate this platform with another community-valued or community-needed health intervention or agricultural service, with the goal of increasing efficiency and impact.
 
Inciting Healthy Behaviors: We seek new solutions - targeting individuals, families, communities, health providers, or the health system - that promote health-seeking behaviors and that can make a difference in reducing morbidity and mortality and promoting healthy, productive lives. 
 
Diarrhea and Enteric Dysfunction: We seek new ideas for tools, approaches, and models to support preclinical development of new agents for Acute Secretory Diarrhea and Environmental Enteric Dysfunction. We particularly seek approaches that recapitulate the pathophysiology of impaired gut function as it occurs in our target populations.
 
Innovations for Building Agricultural Development Programs: We seek new solutions to build effective feedback and accountability systems into agricultural development programs. We are looking for tools or approaches that enable farmers’ voices to be consistently heard in all project phases.
 
“Grand Challenges Explorations continues to seek new types of innovation,” said Chris Wilson, Director of Global Health Discovery & Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  “The current set of topics looks for innovation around new tools, behavior change, designing programs, and integrating programs.  Please send us your great idea and become part of the Grand Challenges community.”
 
The Gates Foundation and an independent group of reviewers select the most promising proposals, and grants will be awarded within approximately five months from the proposal submission deadline. Initial grants are USD$100,000 each. Projects demonstrating potential will have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to USD$1 million.
 
Grand Challenges The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recognizes that solving our greatest global health and development issues is a long-term effort. Through the Grand Challenges family of grant programs, the foundation is committed to seeking out and rewarding not only established researchers in science and technology, but also young investigators, entrepreneurs and innovators to help expand the pipeline of ideas to fight diseases that claim millions of lives each year. We anticipate that additional grants will be awarded through the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative in the future.
 
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.”
 

 

 

The Harpo Foundation
 
From the website: “The Harpo Foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist 25 years and older who needs time and space to explore ideas and start new projects.  Artist Fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a handsomely appointed room with private bath, a beautiful, well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend.
 
Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) provides a unique opportunity for emerging artists to pursue creative projects without interruption. SFAI supports over 50 residents per year and offers a cohesive, arts-focused environment that creates the ideal working conditions for resident artists. Living and studio space is located within a nearly 17,000 square foot complex designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legoretta. The unique SFAI environment allows residents to be as interactive or private as they wish. There are no requirements on the work produced during their time at SFAI.
 
One Fellowship is awarded annually to emerging artists who demonstrate:

  • Strong artistic ability and promise
  • An evolving practice this is at a pivotal moment in its development

 
Application Process and Deadlines
The annual application deadline is July 5. Artists must apply online. To find out more about this opportunity, please contact Residency Program Manager Nina Elder at (505) 424-5050 or gro.iafs@seicnediser at the Santa Fe Art Institute.”
 

 
 
 
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
 
From the Website:
Overview
With this solicitation, NIJ continues to expand its research and evaluation efforts on the topic of trafficking in persons. The goal of this solicitation is to provide the information and research on evidence-based practices for State, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies. Applicants should propose to develop and analyze information and data that have clear implications for criminal justice in the United States in one of the following areas: (1) cost-effective estimates of the prevalence of human trafficking in the U.S.; (2) human trafficking in Indian Country and Alaska; and (3) evaluations of programs designed to prevent human trafficking or to enhance other criminal justice efforts to reduce such trafficking.
 
Authorizing Legislation: Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (sections 201 and 202); Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2014.
 
Deadlines: Registration and Application
Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. The deadline to apply for funding under this announcement is 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 2, 2014. See “How to Apply” on page 22 for details.
 
Eligibility
Refer to the title page for eligibility under this program.
 
Program-Specific Information
This solicitation seeks applications for funding for research and evaluation projects that will address the knowledge gaps related to trafficking in persons in the United States. NIJ is interested particularly in studies that develop methods that measure effectively the cost of trafficking in persons effectively. NIJ also is interested in evaluation studies of counter-trafficking programs and tools. Applicants should familiarize themselves with prior NIJ awards in these areas as part of their literature review. For a summary of research projects on the subject of human trafficking, see www.nij.gov/nij/topics/crime/human-trafficking/welcome.htm. All applications should identify the implications of the proposed research for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States.
 
Definitions and Scope  
For purposes of this solicitation, “trafficking in persons” (and/or “human trafficking,” “trafficking”) is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of subjection to a commercial sex act that is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 yearsof age; or the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. See 22 USC § 7102 for additional information.
 
“Indian Country” is defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1151 as follows: (a) all land within the limits of any  Indian reservation under the jurisdiction of the United States Government, notwithstanding the issuance of any patent, and including the rights-of-way through the reservation, (b) all dependent Indian communities within the borders of the United States whether within the original or subsequently acquired territory thereof, and whether within or without the limits of a state, and (c) all Indian allotments, the titles to which have not been extinguished, including rights-of-way running through the same” (see www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1151). When referencing tribal communities, NIJ means Indian or Alaska Native tribes, bands, nations, pueblos, villages, or other communities that the Secretary of the Interior acknowledges to exist pursuant to the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994, 25 U.S.C. § 479a.
 
Coordination With Existing Studies  
Given the whole-of-government approach that the federal government has adopted to counter human trafficking issues, applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with research projects funded by other federal agencies that address trafficking in persons, including but not limited to the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (VAW), the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the Department of Defense. NIJ will take into consideration to what extent applicants demonstrate that their proposals do not replicate existing or published research on trafficking issues, and NIJ will coordinate with other federal agencies to ensure an award does not substantially duplicate existing studies. A full list of federal trafficking studies is found at www.state.gov/documents/organization/150034.xlsx.
 
Research Issues and Questions
Because State, local, or tribal criminal justice agencies often detect trafficking first, and in many cases will investigate and prosecute these crimes in concert with federal agencies, NIJ is seeking research that can help U.S. criminal justice agencies (whether federal, state, local, or tribal) meet the challenges created by human trafficking in their jurisdictions. Proposals should develop and analyze information and data that have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States in the following focus areas:
 
1. Cost-Effective Estimates of the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in the U.S.
Despite growing awareness of human trafficking, the research community continues to be hampered by its inability to broadly measure the size and extent of the problem. Given the hidden nature of the crime, the multiple definitions of human trafficking, and the investigation and prosecution of trafficking crimes under other laws that do not specifically target human trafficking, the data commonly used to estimate the prevalence of human trafficking in the U.S. are lacking in scope and quality at the federal, State, and local levels. Recently, the use of respondent-driven sampling (RDS) has proved successful in generating statistically sound estimates of prevalence among specific subsets of victims in some geographical areas. Although effective, RDS has had few replications, and has not generated estimates on a broad scale. NIJ seeks proposals that aim to provide statistically sound human trafficking prevalence estimates to measure human trafficking in the United States in the most cost-effective way possible. Proposals should discuss why their approach is as cost-effective as possible. Proposals should also emphasize new sources of data that researchers and others can use to measure the prevalence of human trafficking in the future.
 
2. Trafficking in Indian Country and Alaska
Although there have been many advances in our knowledge of trafficking in persons over the past decade, one of the relative blind spots that remains concerns sex trafficking of American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) girls and women either on or off tribal lands. Some studies have suggested that sex trafficking operates in Indian Country in much the same as in other parts of the United States. Other anecdotal reports say a disproportionate number of AI and AN girls and women are recruited by traffickers because of their physical appearance; that is, because they may be marketed as being of Asian or Hawaiian decent. Other studies have highlighted the complex jurisdictional and legal systems that confound and create barriers to successful enforcement, apprehension, and prosecution of sex traffickers operating in tribal communities. The entire issue of sex trafficking in Indian County remains an understudied issue that suffers from a lack of scientifically rigorous research.
 
The current paucity of prevalence data and research detailing the occurrence and forms of sex trafficking in Indian Country and Alaska Native communities is of particular concern to NIJ. Therefore, NIJ seeks research proposals that will examine sex trafficking of AI and AN girls and women both on and off tribal lands (i.e., urban, suburban, small town, and reservation settings). Of particular interest would be applications that seek to scientifically measure the prevalence of sex trafficking of AI and AN girls and women who live in tribal communities. Strong proposals would seek to conduct research beyond anecdotal reporting and would employ scientifically rigorous techniques to develop sound and, if possible, generalizable estimates.
 
NIJ also is interested in funding studies that will explore the ways in which sex trafficking manifests itself in tribal communities. In particular, NIJ is interested in learning how and if sex trafficking in Indian Country and Alaska differs in any way from sex trafficking in other settings. Other research questions of interest include: If sex trafficking of AI and AN girls and women is occurring on tribal lands, where is it occurring and how does it occur? What are the characteristics of AI and AN sex trafficking victims? What are the characteristics of sex traffickers seeking AI and AN girls and women? What methods do sex traffickers use in Indian Country and Alaska (e.g., types of exploitation; methods used to force, defraud, coerce, or otherwise obtain AI and AN women; and routes of transportation)?
 
3. Evaluations
The U.S. and other countries are increasingly seeking to invest in evidence-based programs that demonstrate an impact on transnational issues such as trafficking in persons. For that reason, NIJ seeks proposals wherein applicants assess the effectiveness of evidence-based practices associated with trafficking in persons. Practices are not limited to law enforcement interventions but include regulatory approaches, prosecutorial techniques, collaborative approaches to investigating and prosecutingthese crimes, and the provision of services to trafficking victims and other victims. In this area, NIJ will give strong preference to those applicants that secure letters of support from those overseeing the programs that the applicant will evaluate.
 
Goals, Objectives, Deliverables, and Expected Scholarly Products
The goal of this research program is to provide a comprehensive and extensive understanding of trafficking issues that occur in the United States and to provide state, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies evidence-based tools to address these issues. The primary objective of this solicitation is to produce research studies that will fill gaps in the existing research or expand on existing work to provide further insights for criminal justice agencies dealing with human trafficking in their communities. A second objective of this solicitation is to fund research that will provide the empirical basis upon which to formulate and implement policies and programs designed to address human trafficking issues in the United States. A third objective is to sponsor evaluations that will identify evidence-based practices that address trafficking issues. 

 

 

 

The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

From the website: The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation's aim is to strengthen cultural organizations of the highest artistic quality by enabling them to participate in the global marketplace. Even though we live in a global society, the Foundation's research shows that there is limited public and private support for artistic exchange and engagement with other cultures. The U.S. lags behind most other countries in assisting artists and arts organizations in touring to other countries and developing new markets for their work abroad. We hope that the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation's Promoting International Arts Engagement program will help leverage new support in this area and introduce American culture to communities around the world, as well as bring diverse world cultures to American audiences.

The Foundation supports arts organizations that are based in the New York region and those that serve national constituencies. Multi-year grants are available for projects that span two years. While the Foundation considers support for projects that bring international artists to the U.S., we give preference to projects that send American arts abroad. While there are no restrictions on countries or regions, we are more inclined to support activities that involve underserved or underrepresented parts of the world. The Foundation is especially interested in assisting small and mid-sized organizations. We favor projects having lasting impact and value, including international tours that lead to new engagements, programs that broaden audiences and attract new sources of income, documentation of work that is disseminated widely, and arts engagement activities that benefit the community.

The objectives of Promoting International Arts Engagement are to:

  1. Strengthen performing and visual arts organizations by helping to make possible international touring and collaborations that offer broad audience outreach and build lasting partnerships; 
  2. Provide presenting organizations with the opportunity to showcase important international artists from underrepresented regions, and introduce audiences to new artistic perspectives from world cultures;
  3. Assist organizations that organize significant exchanges or forums bringing together U.S. artists and their international counterparts to inform the creative process; 
  4. Sustain arts service organizations that advance global arts engagement, through new Internet technologies, program documentation and dissemination, translations, and technical assistance for artists, among other activities.

This program generally does not support the following:

  • Organizations based outside the U.S.; 
  • Organizations that have been operating for fewer than three years; 
  • Individual artists; 
  • Departments of colleges and universities; 
  • Arts education programs; 
  • Conferences, unless as part of a larger initiative.

Criteria: 
 

  • Artistic quality of organization and project; 
  • Managerial strength, governance effectiveness, and fiscal health of organization; 
  • Service and access to a broad public; 
  • Sustainability, including the availability of other income sources.

 

 

The National Science Foundation – Political Science Program
 
From the website:
DUE DATES
Full Proposal Target Date:  August 15, 2014
Annually Thereafter
August 15, Annually Thereafter
Full Proposal Target Date:  January 15, 2015
Annually Thereafter
January 15, Annually Thereafter
 
SYNOPSIS
The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.
 
In recent years, program awards have supported research projects on bargaining processes; campaigns and elections, electoral choice, and electoral systems; citizen support in emerging and established democracies; democratization, political change, and regime transitions; domestic and international conflict; international political economy; party activism; political psychology and political tolerance. The Program also has supported research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations, in the discipline.
Besides information on the Political Science Program, we invite you to also look at the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) web site.
Furthermore, for program specific guidelines on the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, please view the: Doctoral Preparation Checklist.
 
RELATED URLS
American National Election Studies 
Genes, Cognition, and Social Behavior Workshop Report 
Report on Qualitative Research Methods (CQRM) 
Doctoral Preparation Checklist 
Policy Agendas Project 
Political Science's Workshop Transcripts and Reports 
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program
News

 

 

 

National Science Foundation - NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences
 
From the website: “To stimulate interest and activity in mathematical sciences research, the National Science Foundation anticipates supporting up to ten NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences annually. The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) publicizes conferences and administers the resulting publications, fostering greater dissemination of material related to cutting edge-topics and increasing the impact of the conferences in the community.
 
Each five-day conference features a distinguished lecturer who delivers ten lectures on a topic of important current research in one sharply focused area of the mathematical sciences. The lecturer subsequently prepares an expository monograph based upon these lectures, which is normally published as a part of a regional conference series.
 
The continuing success and strength of this conference series over the past decades owes to certain distinguishing features which differentiate these conferences from typical research conferences. These are:
 
1. Focus on a single important and timely area of research by a leading practitioner. Each conference lecturer is a major contributor to the subject area of the conference and has a broad perspective on that area. The lectures pull together the major ideas and recent results and chart the possible future directions for the field. The purpose of this format is to ensure that the participants, especially the new or recent entrants to the field, gain a deeper understanding of the major outstanding problems and current directions of research in the field than they would get from the typical conference format, where many people present talks on their own results.
 
2. Published monograph for a wider audience. The monograph based on the lectures presents, to a much wider audience than the conference alone provides, a carefully prepared synthesis of and perspective on an active field of research by one of its leading contributors.
 
3. Continued effect and local stimulation through regional emphasis. The purpose of the regional emphasis, with many of the participants drawn from areas geographically proximate to the host institution, is to provide a strong stimulus for increased local research activity and to assure that the contacts made during the conference will continue. Participants include not only established researchers but also newcomers to the field, such as graduate students, postdocs, and faculty wishing to learn a new area. The competence of the conference organizer (principal investigator) and the thematic and organizational appropriateness of the host institution (including arrangements for housing, meals, etc.) are essential to the conference's success.
 
CBMS will help publicize the funded conferences to the community and will handle the mechanics of publishing the monographs. The organizer (principal investigator) will be responsible for all other aspects of the conference, including inviting and reimbursing participants, making arrangements for facilities, and scheduling lectures and other activities.
 
Since a major goal of these conferences is to attract new researchers into the field of the conference and to stimulate new research activity, institutions that are interested in upgrading or improving their research efforts are especially encouraged to apply.”
 

 

 

PhRMA Foundation
 
From the RFP: Researchers and clinicians have made remarkable progress in the fight against cancer, and death rates are falling. However, the disease still causes enormous suffering and represents a substantial economic burden in the United States. While cancer medicines have extended millions of lives and offer trillions in societal benefits, this value often is not well understood or fully characterized. Social and economic benefits accrue across a range of direct and indirect effects (e.g., overall survival, quality of life, and productivity) and evolve over time as the body of evidence and standards of practice change. As our understanding of the basic science of cancer grows, and this understanding is translated into novel diagnostics and treatments, patients and society benefit from continual innovation in cancer care. The purpose of this RFP is to encourage research aimed at quantifying the benefits to society that have accrued from innovations in cancer treatment.
 
The grant will be awarded to candidates who establish a sound and innovative research project focused on developing a novel way of quantifying or describing the social, patient-centered, and economic benefits of innovation in cancer treatment. Relevant research goals may include developing new methods to define and measure the societal benefits from cancer care innovation (for example, contributing to an understanding of value across a wider range of outputs that can be more difficult to assess, capturing heterogeneity in patient values (such as quality of life, productivity, etc.) within and among populations, and accounting for variability in value over time and its relationship to long-term aggregate clinical gains against cancer). Examples of the types of research questions of interest include:

  • Developing a novel way of describing the benefits of treatments that accrue over time as clinicians develop a better understanding of the disease process and treatment protocols. Oftentimes, patients who are enrolled in clinical trials are in later stages of the disease; however, once a drug is approved, it may be used at an earlier stage. Thus, the benefits of treatment may not be fully realized for several years after approval.
  • Describing improvements in quality of life, productivity, or other patient-centered measures that can result from cancer treatment. Patients may value certain outcomes and benefits differently than other stakeholders; describing the heterogeneity of value across the range of stakeholders (including patients, caregivers, providers, etc) is an important step to developing a fuller picture of treatment gains beyond the traditionally reported 5- and 10-year survival rates.
  • Building a more complete picture of innovation in cancer research and treatment over time. Most scientific progress builds on earlier research and development. Scientific understanding of cancer has grown from viewing the condition as a single monolithic disease to a constellation of hundreds of different molecular pathways. As scientists elucidate these pathways, there are spillover benefits as this increased understanding of the molecular basis of disease can result in advances in other areas.

This award is not intended for clinical or bench research, and is focused on supporting research in the health economics and social science fields. Additionally, research results should be generalizable to the U.S. context. Proposals focused on methods are eligible; however, researchers must clearly indicate how these new methods will be used to capture patient, population, or societal outcomes and benefits.
 
Eligibility: Individuals holding a rank of instructor, assistant professor, or investigator at the doctoral level are eligible to apply for a research starter grant. The program is not intended for individuals in post-doctoral training programs. Applicants must be sponsored by the department within which the proposed research is to be undertaken. Applicants must be based in an academic, healthcare, or other research institution (e.g., schools of medicine, public health, pharmacy, nursing, etc) and should have the skills and experience required to carry out the proposed work. Applications are to be submitted to foundation@phrma.org and received by May 16, 2014.
Award: The award consists of $100,000 support for one year and is made to the university or institution on behalf of the recipient, with the understanding that the university or institution will administer the funds. The “starter” aspect of the program strives to assist individuals who are establishing careers as independent investigators with an interest in describing the benefits of cancer treatment, innovation, and progress. The funds are to be used to conduct the proposed research and provide the grantee financial support to promote future research efforts in this field. Applicants are highly encourage to seek other funds to continue research following termination of the starter grant.
 
Recommended guidelines for using the starter grant funds are listed below. The submitted line item budget must reflect how the funds will be used based on the guidelines:
1. The purchase data or equipment that will support the proposed research efforts.
2. The support technical assistance (e.g., technician/research assistant; not including fringe benefits).
3. No more than $1,000 may be used per year for travel to professional meetings by the grantee.
4. A percentage of the funds may be used for salary (not to exceed 25%), if the review panel determines this level of support is justified given the applicant’s current position, current funding level, and proposed research plan.
5. The program provides no other subsidies (tuition, fringe benefits, indirect institutional costs, etc).
 
The applicant should also identify other intramural support presently available for the proposed project and other research efforts by budget categories and amounts. If the institution makes available the services of a technician or assistant to the candidate, please note this support. Other principals involved in the project as collaborators and the amount of time developed to the project by the applicant and other principals should also be identified. Please also list by titles the funded research project of each principal, the percentage of time committed, and the amount and source of funds for these projects. Additional investigators are welcome to as collaborators in a multidisciplinary research team. The amount of time to be devoted to the project by the applicant and other co-investigators or co-applicants should be clearly described in the research proposal.
 
A progress report (approximately 2 pages) will be required at midterm, and a final report (approximately 10 pages) will be required upon completion of the work. . The PhRMA Foundation project officer should be made aware of manuscripts to be published as a result of the proposed research. The funds are non-transferrable.
 
Application
The application package must be submitted in the order listed below as a single PDF. The applicant’s name, institution, and project title should be provided as a header on the top right corner of each page. Any questions about the application or eligibility criteria should be directed to Clara Soh at csoh@phrma.org
 


 
 
 
 
The National Science Foundation - EARS
 
From the website: While NSF funds a variety of wireless research and development within specific disciplines across the Foundation, the EARS workshop identified challenges and opportunities from an interdisciplinary perspective. As a result, the EARS program targets innovative and potentially transformational research that carefully considers the interplay of science, engineering, technology, applications, economics, social sciences, and public policy on spectrum efficiency and access. A unique merit review criterion for the EARS program is how a proposed research endeavor addresses the program's objectives across two or more traditional disciplinary boundaries. Such considerations should be addressed through substantive components of the proposed research. Collaboration between PIs and co-PIs with expertise in separate disciplines is highly encouraged. We are particularly interested in supporting non-trivial collaborations in areas where such interdisciplinary collaboration is presently uncommon, and to support the initiation of new collaborations. Collaboration with a U.S. small business concern (http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/sbir/definitions.jsp#sbc) is allowed as a means to accelerate technology transfer. Such entities may participate only as a subawardee.
 
Please note: Projects supported under EARS must include a clear description of the nature of any collaboration as a separate component of the project description.
 
The key research areas of interest to the EARS program include, but are not limited to, those that impact a wide range of technologies, applications, and users. Many of these areas were identified by the EARS workshop. Some broad examples and general topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Spectral efficiency. Suitable topic areas include innovations that improve spectral efficiency on an instantaneous basis, such as mitigation of unwanted emissions, improvements in filter technology, interference cancellation, etc.; and improvements on a system-wide basis, such as dynamic spectrum access, frequency re-use, and innovative millimeter wave and THz frequency devices and systems. Advanced spectrum sensing techniques are needed to quickly and accurately identify transmission opportunities over a very wide spectrum pool that may host a large number of different wireless services.
  • Reconfigurable wireless platforms, such as cognitive radio, software-defined radio, novel hardware/software co-design, adaptive antennas, etc., to dynamically implement incentive mechanisms and spectrum policy, facilitate the coexistence of multiple dynamic spectrum access networks, and optimize network performance. Implication of advances in software-defined networking on current spectrum management processes and emerging spectrum sharing approaches.
  • Security of wireless signals and systems in the context of spectrum sharing.
  • Coexistence with legacy systems, such as backwards and forward interoperability and compatibility. A major challenge of moving to a new and more efficient spectrum-use model will be a lengthy and complex transition period that will allow for the co-existence of novel new systems and regulations with the multitude of existing legacy systems and regulations.
  • Special-purpose wireless systems. Such systems may be difficult to accommodate within bold new spectrum-use models because of fundamental limitations on frequency agility due to basic operational requirements, extreme sensitivity to interference, or potentially drastic consequences due to failure of a radio frequency (RF) link. Innovative solutions for accommodating such systems are needed. These systems may include medical devices, surveillance, remote sensing, and passive systems such as radio telescopes.
  • Wireless system tests, measurements, and validation. New technology that can result in improvements in spectrum efficiency and access will require new test and measurement solutions and standards and regulatory validation. In addition, measurements and metrics to establish existing and future levels of spectrum occupancy and efficiency will be required.
  • Economic models for spectrum resource sharing. There exists a need for interdisciplinary research in the areas of market- and non-market-based mechanisms for spectrum access and usage to efficiently organize the sharing of scarce spectrum resources. Examples of research themes include, but are not limited to, real-time auctions, market design, spectrum valuation, spectrum management for the home user, and managing mixed-rights spectrum.
  • New and novel measurement-based spectrum management techniques, including agent-based systems, policy-based spectrum management, and local and scalable spectrum management.
  • Novel network radio architecture facilitating the interplay between network layers and enabling more network functionalities, e.g., network topology awareness, network coding, cross-layer optimization, and multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO).
  • Energy-efficient and robust spectrum sensing and allocation mechanisms and protocol support.

A series of workshops hosted by the Networking and Information Technology Research & Development (NITRD) Wireless Spectrum R&D Senior Steering Group (WSRD), which engaged federal government R&D agencies with representatives of the academic and industrial sectors, identified the following general areas as particularly relevant to meeting near- and mid-term national spectrum objectives:

  • Mechanisms for sharing spectrum
  • Methods for protecting privacy, security, and integrity of wireless signals
  • Means of enforcement of spectrum access rules
  • Metrics for dynamic spectrum monitoring, measurements, and analysis
  • Data, models, and empirical methods
  • Spectrum valuation and economic analysis
  • Analysis of incentives, institutional, and market structure reform options
  • Commercialization of novel wireless technologies

Proposers may wish to refer to Section 7 of the EARS workshop report and to the reports of the WSRD workshops http://www.nitrd.gov/nitrdgroups/index.php?title=Wireless_Spectrum_Research_and_Development_(WSRD)) for more details and additional areas of interest. However, these lists are not meant to be limiting. EARS will give full consideration to all cross-cutting proposals with viable innovative ideas for increasing radio spectrum efficiency and access.
 
Other federal government agencies have expressed particular interest in research supported under the EARS program. Those agencies include Army, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Department of Energy/Idaho National Laboratory (DOE/INL), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Justice (DOJ), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). While these agencies are not contributing directly to NSF's EARS program, it is the goal of the EARS program to support research with as broad a range of applicability as possible. Some of these agencies may contribute their expertise in the proposal review process. In addition, PIs with a need for a large-scale wireless testbed may be able to arrange access to Idaho National Laboratory's 890-square-mile facility in southeastern Idaho as part of their EARS-funded project. Please contact a cognizant EARS program officer in advance of preparing your proposal for additional details and considerations.
 
It is the intent of the EARS program to develop a broad portfolio across the various topical areas in physical sciences, engineering, computer and information science, mathematics, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences. New areas of collaboration are strongly encouraged. The aim of the EARS program is to support projects for which the collective effort by a group of researchers with complementary expertise is necessary to reach the scientific goals. The researchers in the group may come from more than one institution or organization. Awards made under EARS are intended to foster synergy between the disciplines and between the researchers in the group that cannot easily be achieved with individual grants. Proposals will be judged in part by the level of collaboration involved, and awardees will be expected to show evidence of collaboration in their annual progress reports. One measure of interdisciplinarity is the extent to which the proposed research spans disciplines covered by two or more of the participating NSF directorates.
 
Prospective investigators in the EARS program should carefully consider whether a planned proposal is best suited for the EARS program or for an existing disciplinary program, keeping in mind that NSF does not accept substantially overlapping proposals that are submitted to different programs simultaneously without prior approval. Potential PIs are encouraged to contact one of the cognizant program officers before submitting a proposal.
Important: The EARS program will not provide support for:

  • Research and development of a specific wireless system, unless the results of the research are directly applicable to the broader goals of the EARS program and that connection is clearly established in the proposal
  • The acquisition of general wireless infrastructure that is not for research purposes
  • Ongoing operating costs of existing wireless facilities
  • The acquisition of new or updated radio systems
  • Routine spectrum management functions
  • Legal fees related to the creation or protection of intellectual property rights

Proposals requesting funding for any of these items will be considered not responsive to this solicitation and returned without review.
Please note: Each proposal budget must include funding for travel to Washington DC for the PI and up to one other project participant to attend a two-day EARS PI meeting. It is anticipated that the meeting will be held once each year and the project team members are required to attend.
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant 

Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 48 in FY 2014. Each proposal may request up to $750,000 in total funding over a period of up to three years.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $36,000,000 in FY 2014, subject to the availability of funds
 
Who May Submit Proposals:
Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A U.S. small business concern (http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/sbir/definitions.jsp#sbc) may participate as a subawardee on a proposal submitted by an eligible institution. Synergistic collaborations or partnerships with other industry or with government agencies are encouraged where appropriate, though no NSF funds will be provided to these organizations. Researchers from foreign academic institutions who contribute essential expertise to the project may participate as senior personnel but may not receive NSF support.

Who May Serve as PI:
There are no restrictions or limits.
Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:
There are no restrictions or limits.
Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:
A proposer may be a Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on up to two proposals.

 

 
National Science Foundation - Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) – Dear Colleague Letter
Excerpted from the letter: “Research responsive to this Dear Colleague Letter would advance the basic theories and methods to improve our understanding of the contributors to youth violence and to its reduction. The Foundation is especially interested in research relating to destructive violence as opposed to harm as a regrettable byproduct of other experiences or activities (e.g., contact sports).
 
NSF is interested in a wide range of approaches to investigating these issues. Proposals that investigate at the level of individual, family, school, community, and/or culture are encouraged. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Characteristics of youth at risk for violence and their family and community structures
  • Impact of exposure to domestic, community, and media violence
  • Positive and negative influences of social interactions, social norms, and group processes
  • Biological, neural, environmental, and developmental risk/protective factors
  • Organizational processes, institutional structures, and social policies that influence and are influenced by the perception and management of violent incidents
  • Roles for technology and engineering in minimizing incidence and impact of youth violence
  • Research partnerships with school and community agencies and organizations to conduct basic research in these settings are welcome. Workshop proposals are also welcome as they can advance theorizing in a field and foster new collaborations.

 
“…In summary, research addressing fundamental scientific questions that might advance understanding of youth violence is of special interest to the Foundation. Research that uses interdisciplinary approaches is particularly encouraged. As always, searching the NSF awards database (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/) can provide illustrative examples of current projects. In all cases, interested prospective PIs are urged to view the program web sites of SBE's research organizations -Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)Social and Economic Sciences (SES), and SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) - as well as consult with relevant program officers in advance of their proposal submission. This is not a special competition or new program. NSF expects the research conducted in response to this DCL to be of the same high quality as for other awards, with scientifically sound research plans that are rooted in relevant theory and literature. There are no separate funds to support this research. Proposals and supplemental funding requests in response to this Dear Colleague Letter must also meet the requirements and deadlines of the program to which they are submitted. Questions concerning this Dear Colleague Letter should be directed to: sbe-youth-violence@nsf.gov.