December 10th, 2001 (Vol. 10, Num. 43)
The State Department is inviting applications to link U.S. and counterpart colleges and universities in the New Independent States to promote curriculum improvement, administrative reform and faculty development. Projects should equip partner NIS institutions for teaching, research and outreach in the following areas: social, political and economic sciences; business, accounting and trade; journalism and media studies; law; public administration and public policy analysis; and education, continuing education and education administration. (FR 09/13/01)
Graham Foundation Grants are offered to individuals and institutions in support of activities focused on architecture and the built environment; generally activities that lead to the public dissemination of ideas through publication, exhibition, or educational programming. In the past grants have supported research by scholars; architectural schools for special projects, enrichment programs, or new curricula; museums, schools, and libraries for exhibitions, catalogues, and, in rare cases, acquisitions; and publications.
The Camargo Foundation maintains in Cassis, France, a center for the benefit of scholars who wish to pursue studies in the humanities and social sciences related to French and francophone cultures. The Foundation also supports creative projects by composers, writers, visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, and video artists. The normal term of residence is one semester. Eligible applicants are faculty, graduate students whose academic residence and general examination requirements have been met and for whom a stay in France would be beneficial in completing the dissertation, and independent scholars.
The Energy Department is inviting applications to support development of the individual research programs of exceptionally talented scientists and engineers early in their careers. DoE encourages applications from junior faculty involved in any area of plasma physics research, but emphasis is on basic plasma science research. (FR 10/11/01)
NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is releasing its Phase I Call for Proposals to identify and nurture revolutionary advanced concepts that may have a significant impact on the future of aeronautics and space. NIAC is particularly interested in receiving proposals for innovative and visionary concepts from disciplines that are normally focused on non-aerospace endeavors and may have the potential for innovative application in the aerospace sector. CP01-02
The Energy Department is inviting applications to support advanced coal research at U.S. colleges and universities. Required focus areas include: novel sensors and control systems; materials and components for membrane reactor systems; computational approaches to advanced catalyst design; and materials for intermediate temperature solid-oxide fuel cells, among others. DE-PS26-02NT41369 (FR 11/28/01)
Ridge 2000 is a community-based science initiative focused on integrated geological and biological studies of the Earth-encircling mid-ocean ridge system. The RIDGE 2000 Program will have three elements: 1) Integrated Studies will address the complex, inter-linked array of processes that supports life at and beneath the sea floor as a consequence of heat and material transfer from the Earth's deep mantle, to the crust and overlying ocean; 2) Time Critical Studies will focus on the immediate biological, chemical and geological consequences of transient events along the mid-ocean ridge system; 3) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) and National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) solicit applications for studies designed to apply imaging techniques that measure perfusion or tissue oxygenation at the level of the microvasculature to the study of diabetes and its complications. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to provide the diabetes clinical community with reliable, inexpensive tools to study the mechanisms leading to the microvascular complications of diabetes in peripheral tissues, to detect the early stages of these complications, identify patients likely to benefit from therapeutic interventions, and monitor disease progression and response to therapy. RFA-DK-02-001 (NIHG 11/30/01)
The purpose of this RFA is to begin to address the biological complexity encoded by the genome by focusing on the protein products. Applications are being sought that propose to apply or develop proteomic technologies to elucidate the organization and dynamics of metabolic, signaling and regulatory networks important to understanding how dysregulation of these pathways may lead to human disease as a consequence of environmental exposure. ES-02-004 (NIHG 11/30/01)
The National Institutes of Health invite applications to study primary and secondary prevention approaches targeting environmental factors that contribute to inappropriate weight gain in children, adolescents, and adults. Environmental factors believed to play a role in the development of obesity include those that increase energy intake, such as advertisements for and low price of high-energy density foods, marketing of larger portion sizes, and changes in the number of working women, leading to greater frequency of restaurant meals and the use of more fast-foods and convenience foods. RFA-DK-02-021 (NIHG 10/26/01)
This Request for Applications solicits applications to phenotype mutant mouse strains with developmental and fertility defects and to characterize the mutations responsible for their defects. These projects should be designed to characterize mouse strains with defects in development and reproduction so as to isolate new alleles of known genes and identify new genes that are involved in the processes of development and fertility. The mouse strains to be characterized should be obtained from existing mouse mutagenesis projects. RFA-HD-01-020 (NIHG 10/12/01)
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) solicit applications for studies designed to elucidate the effects of acute and recurrent episodes of hypoglycemia on glial and neuronal cells of the developing and mature central nervous system. This RFA solicits basic studies 1) to define the effect of varying glycemic levels on the cerebral metabolism, transport of glucose across the blood brain barrier, and astrocytic regulation of substrates for neuronal metabolism, and 2) to determine pathological consequences of acute and recurrent hypoglycemic insult on cells of the central nervous system. RFA-NS-01-008 (NIHG 08/10/01)
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is seeking to intensify investigator-initiated collaborative research aimed at understanding the signaling pathways in the adult pancreatic beta cell, and how these signaling networks are integrated by different cell types of the pancreatic islet. This initiative is intended to support large multi-component projects of outstanding investigators with innovative, high impact studies focused on the beta cell and the adult pancreatic islet; to attract established investigators who can bring novel or advanced techniques, tools and concepts from other areas of research; and to foster interdisciplinary approaches. RFA-DK-02-014 (NIHG 8/17/01)
NIAID announces an amendment to the NIH OMNIBUS Solicitation for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) grant applications to encourage SBIR and STTR grants on Bioterrorism-Related Research (SB-BTTR). The purpose of this program is to fund SBIR and STTR grants focused on organisms that may be used in bioterrorism activities. The SB-BTRR will support SBIR and STTR applications for applied research targeted at the design and development of specific diagnostics, therapies and prevention strategies for Category A biological diseases as defined by the CDC. NOT-AI-02-005 (NIHG 11/30/01)
This competition is directed towards enhancing our knowledge of the complex biological, physical and behavioral interrelationships that led to the development of our species and which are responsible for both the shared and variable features that characterize living human populations. The Human Origins competition (HOMINID) will support large scale, long term, integrative research and infrastructure projects. NSF 01-120
The Science and Technology Studies (STS) program supports research and related activities that contribute to systematic understanding of the character and development of science and technology, including their cultural, intellectual, material, and social dimensions. Proposals are welcome from various disciplinary perspectives, including history of science, history, and technology, philosophy of science, and various social sciences, including sociology, anthropology, and political science. NSF-01-159