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Funding Bulletin - March 15, 2002 (Vol. 11, No. 10)


10-1 Medical Research Program (DOD)

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command requests intramural and extramural research proposals in the following 25 topic areas: Complex rAD-Vector Vaccine for MGBV (Marburg Virus), Chemo-preventative Approaches to Smoking Related Illness, Childhood Asthma, Chiropractic Care, Closed Loop Frozen Blood Processing Systems, Counter Narcotics Tactical Operations Medical Support Program (CONTOMS), Dengue Fever Vaccine, High Risk Infectious Disease, Medications for Fungal and Bacterial Infections such as Fungi Free, Metabolically Engineered Tissue for Trauma Care, Military Nutrition Research, Padget's Protection, Real-Time Heart Rate Variability, Self-Test Methods of Screening for Cervical Cancer, Smoking Cessation, Social Work Research, Traumatic Brain Injury, Volume Angio Cat (VAC) Research, Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Research, Acute Lung Injury Research, Laser Eye Injury, Military Relevant Disease Management, and Sleep Management. FBO-PRM-0304

Deadline: Letters of Intent 4/26/2002; Proposals 5/28/2002

10-2 Human Frontier Science Program Research Grants (Human Frontier)

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) now places special emphasis on novel, innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to basic research focused on the elucidation of complex mechanisms of living organisms. In particular, HFSP aims to encourage research into biological problems with the involvement of other disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, and engineering. The general areas in which novel, interdisciplinary projects will be considered are the neurosciences and molecular approaches to biological functions. As before HFSP supports only international, collaborative teams, with an emphasis on encouraging scientists early in their careers.

Deadline: 4/3/2002

10-3 School Safety (NIJ)

The Justice Department's National Institute of Justice is inviting applications for research on and development of new technologies to create safe school environments. Areas of interest are: 1)Learning Technologies, Education and Training for school personnel--especially safety and security officers--such as event modeling and simulation; interpersonal skill development; and use of force and judgment training; 2) Communication Interoperability and Information Sharing improvements that could save lives during critical incidents; 3) Protective Systems that involve new techniques, materials, and methods to improve safety equipment used by school officials; 4) Crime Prevention improvements, including sensor, detection, monitoring and surveillance devices; 5) Geographic Information System Technology/Crime Mapping; and 6) School Technology Assessment proposals.

Deadline: 4/24/2002


10-4 Aquatic Ecosystem Activities, Project 1, Benthic Monitoring of Cobble Bars in the Colorado River in Glen, Marble, and Grand Canyon Reaches (DOI)

USGS/Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center in association with the Adaptive Management Program are required to monitor and evaluate the effects of Glen Canyon Dam operations on downstream resources. One of the resources of concern identified by stakeholders is the aquatic food base. The objectives of this requirement are to quantify the standing biomass, density and composition of the phytobenthic and macroinvertebrate community in the Colorado River. Sampling will be conducted annually during one season (June) at nine predetermined sites distributed throughout three of the major study reaches.

Deadline: 4/1/2002

10-5 Young Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (NSF)

The Directorate for Biological Sciences would like to announce an additional funding opportunity for young investigators. The Young Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (YIA-PGR) is an addendum to the NSF Program Solicitation, NSF 01-158, Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP). The YIA-PGR seeks to increase the participation of young scientists in plant genome research, especially those researchers who are at institutions that have not participated in PGRP in the past. Investigator trained in genomics of non-plant systems, informatics, and other disciplines that are critical to advancing the field of plant genome research, are also encouraged to apply. NSF 02-048

10-6 5/1/2002


10-7 Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (NSF)

The Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program seeks to improve the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education for all students and targets activities affecting learning environments, course content, curricula, and educational practices. The program has three tracks: 1) Educational Materials Development (CCLI-EMD); 2) National Dissemination (CCLI-ND) and; 3) Adaptation and Implementation (CCLI-A&I). NSF 02-043

Deadline: Letters of Intent 4/22/2002; Proposals 6/6/2002, 11/13/2002

10-8 Early Childhood Education and School Readiness Planning Grants (NIH)

Participating ICs/Agencies intend jointly to stimulate sustained, multidisciplinary, programmatic research on the effectiveness and efficacy of existing, modified or newly developed comprehensive and integrative curricula or integrative curriculum modules for use with children from birth to age five to promote learning and development across domains associated with school readiness. These domains include: language and communication; emerging and early literacy; early mathematical knowledge; cognitive skills and conceptual knowledge, to include science concepts; self-regulation of attention, behavior and emotion; social competency; fine and gross motor development; motivation and positive dispositions towards learning. RFA-HD-02-005 (NIHG 01/11/02)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 4/15/2002; Applications 5/14/2002

10-9 Balkan Education Partnerships (STATE)

The State Department is inviting applications to help develop instruction in civic education, public administration, business administration and social, economic and political sciences at eligible Balkan universities. Projects involving multiple topic areas may include one or more faculties or departments at universities in the target area. Program objectives are to develop courses and curricula in eligible fields; improve teaching methods; develop educational materials; train teachers and practitioners in effective use of the materials; and foster enduring relationships with foreign institutions. ECA/A/S/U-02-13

Deadline: 4/16/2002


10-10 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (NSF)

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) pursuing and receiving associates or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). For FY02 proposals are solicited which provide for planning and pilot efforts at academic institutions. Project efforts might include, for example, one or more of the following; Programs that aim to increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students (low-income, ethnic and racial minorities, persons with disabilities, and women) in STEM; Programs that expand the capacity of institutions of higher education to incorporate current advances in science and technology into the undergraduate learning environment; Bridge programs that enable additional preparation for students not otherwise not fully prepared to succeed in the study and practice of STEM, including programs targeted at traditionally underrepresented groups in such disciplines. NSF-02-075

Deadline: Letters of Intent 4/12/2002; Proposals 6/3/2002

10-11 International Digital Libraries Collaborative Research and Applications Testbeds (NSF)

This activity is supported by the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. It builds on and extends prior Foundation efforts in international collaborative digital libraries research and applications.Proposals should have the overall goals of advancing digital libraries research and infrastructure needs and enable users to access and exploit information in new and productive ways. Research issues include information structure, organization, access, scalability and security techniques for worldwide data systems, and tools to search, store and deliver information in different media or languages. NSF-02-085

Deadline: Letters of Intent 4/27/2002; Proposals 5/27/2002

10-12 Advanced University Reciprocating Engine Program (DOE)

The Department of Energy is seeking projects to improve efficiency and emissions performance of advanced natural gas reciprocating engines for industrial, commercial and residential use. Applications should propose research that has reasonable probability of contributing to long-term (five to seven years) manufacturer product development cycles. Projects should generate knowledge that will help reciprocating manufactures to decide along which path, among many alternatives, emissions equipment product development should proceed. DE-PS26-02NT41416 (FR 02/26/02)

Deadline: 4/2/2002


10-13 Implementing Hazardous Substance Training for Emergency Responders (NIH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announces the availability of fiscal year 2002 funds for a cooperative agreement to develop and conduct a comprehensive national training program for emergency responders, primarily firefighters, who are exposed to hazardous materials. The purpose of this program is to provide funding for the implementation of a national training program for emergency personnel who are responsible for responding to these hazardous emergency situations. OH-02-009 (NIHG 03/01/02)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 4/14/2002; Applications 5/14/2002

10-14 Birth Defect Prevention (Modimes)

The March of Dimes invites all qualified scientists with faculty appointment or the equivalent, at universities, hospitals and research institutions, to submit applications for research grants directed at the prevention of birth defects. Research subjects appropriate for support by the March of Dimes include basic biological processes governing development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and social and behavioral studies.

Deadline: 4/30/2002

10-15 Airborne Particulate Matter Health Effects: Cardiovascular Mechanisms (NCER)

The Environmental Protection Agency invites research grant applications to conduct studies on the role of particulate matter (PM) air pollution in cardiovascular illness and mortality. The objective of this program is to encourage in vitro and in vivo research in laboratory animals and humans on the specific cellular, molecular, and physiologic mechanisms by which ambient air PM, alone or in combination with gaseous co-pollutants, mediates adverse cardiovascular effects. A sub-objective is to encourage involvement of cardiovascular experts in research efforts to address the adverse health effects associated with PM exposure.

Deadline: 4/30/2002


10-16 Head Start Grants (ACF)

The Health & Human Services Department is inviting applications under three Head Start initiatives: 1) university partnerships to develop program improvement models; 2) university partnerships for infant-toddler mental health; and 3) graduate student research grants. Under the first category, grantees will help programs provide research-based interventions to help programs achieve, monitor and assess child outcomes across eight required developmental and school readiness domains. Under the second area, grantees will identify science-based interventions to enhance Early Head Start programs in promoting the mental health of infant, toddlers and their families. Under the third area, graduate students will conduct research on issues of local and national significance on such topics as school readiness, children's mental health, strengthening fatherhood and healthy marriages. (FR 03/04/02)

Deadline: 5/3/2002


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9-1 Combating Terrorism Technology Support (Army)

The US Army Robert Morris Acquisition Center (USARMAC), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, is soliciting concepts for innovative research and development projects for combating terrorism. The mission areas include Biological, Chemical, Radiological and Nuclear Countermeasures (CB) and Investigative Support and Forensics. DAAD05-02-T-0215

Deadline: 4/15/2002

9-2 Cooperative Science and Technology (NATO)

The NATO Cooperative Science and Technology program supports the initiation of research cooperation and establishment of links between scientists of the NATO and Partner countries. Support is available for Collaborative Linkage Grants and Expert Visits, and to organize Advanced Study Institutes and Advanced Research Workshops. Projects must be in one of these four scientific areas: Physical and Engineering Science and Technology; Life Science and Technology; Environmental and Earth Science and Technology; Security-Related Civil Science and Technology. Each science area has three deadlines a year.

Deadline: 4/1/2002, 5/1/2002, 8/1/2002

9-3 National Security Education Program (DOD)

The Defense Department is inviting applications for a revised National Security Education Program (NSEP), which provides opportunities for higher education institutions to develop or strengthen programs in critical languages, cultures and international fields. Areas of interest are: language and culture acquisition; required substantive overseas experience; institutional infrastructure development; inter-institution and interdiscipline collaboration. (FR 01/28/02)

Deadline: 4/8/2002, 8/19/2002


9-4 Correction--Kansas Crop Improvement Research Grants

The deadline listed for Kansas Crop Improvement Research Grants in last week's Funding Bulletin was incorrect. The deadline is March 25, 2002.

Deadline: 3/25/2002

9-5 SARE 2002 Professional Development Program (NCR-SARE)

The USDA's North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program is requesting proposals for professional development projects in sustainable agriculture. Projects should focus on professional development targeted to educators within the Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, other governmental agencies, and educators and service personnel in the non-profit and for-profit sectors serving the food and fiber system. The NCR SARE program is shifting its emphasis to outcome-based programming.

Deadline: 4/19/2002


9-6 Local History Special Initiative (NEH)

The National Endowment for the Humanities has developed, as part of its Challenge Grants program, a special initiative for local history. This special initiative is designed to help small institutions improve their humanities resources in local history. The program should build opportunities for research, education and public programs in local history, especially in communities underserved by humanities activities; establish long-term partnerships among educational and cultural organizations in a community; help organizations in strategic planning; and build a base for financial support for long-term programming.

Deadline: 5/1/2002


9-7 Research on Adult and Family Literacy (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education invite research grant applications to develop new knowledge on adult literacy learning and new knowledge relevant to the critical factors that influence the instruction and development of literacy (reading and writing) competencies in adults and in young children (birth through kindergarten entrance) through adult and family literacy program activities. Specifically, the co-sponsoring agencies seek research to increase understanding of the specific cognitive, sociocultural, and instructional factors, and the complex interactions among these factors, that promote or impede the acquisition of English reading and writing abilities within adult and family literacy programs and activities. RFA-HD-02-004 (NIHG 10/26/01)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 4/15/2002; Applications 5/15/2002

9-8 Evaluative Research and Evaluation Capacity Building (NSF)

The Evaluation program seeks proposals that offer unique approaches to evaluation practice in the generation of knowledge for the education community and for broad policymaking within the research and education enterprise. Successful proposals may focus on evaluations of multiple education programs or projects with similar objectives, may bundle several programs or projects together to examine major science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education themes, may focus on various facets or common elements among projects, or may focus on the development of capacity within the evaluation field. NSF-02-34

Deadline: Preliminary Proposals 4/1/2002; Proposals 6/10/2002


9-9 Integrated Sensing, Computation, and Networked Systems for Decision and Action (NSF)

This solicitation focuses on the challenges in future multimode and distributed sensor/actuator systems with emphasis on networking or applications which involve large-scale computations. Among the advances sought are: a) multiple sensors with different functionalities, computation, storage, communication and network interface on prototype chips, b) imaging and computational video with multilevel and adaptive decision systems, and 3) networking methods for large arrays of geographically distributed sensor/actuator systems. NSF-02-039

Deadline: 4/2/2002

9-10 Product Realization and Environmental Manufacturing Innovative Systems (PREMISE) (NSF)

PREMISE is aimed at developing integrated research thrusts between manufacturing technologies and systems and design methodologies that are directed towards the reduction of energy use and adverse environmental impact in product realization. Appropriate planning activities can include establishing interdisciplinary teams, identifying specific research issues, and developing comprehensive research plans appropriate to the complexity of the research. Education, economics, environment, and energy consideration are all necessary components of the PREMISE topic area. NSF-02-053

Deadline: 4/10/2002

9-11 Early Career Principal Investigator Program in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and High-Performance Networks (DOE)

The Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research of the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, announces an interest in receiving applications for grants in support of its Early Career Principal Investigator Program. The purpose of this program is to support research in applied mathematics, computer science and networks performed by exceptionally talented scientists and engineers early in their careers. Notice 02-16

Deadline: 4/17/2002

9-12 Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program (DOE)

The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announces its interest in receiving applications for experimental and theoretical studies of radiation and clouds in conjunction with the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program as part of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).

Deadline: 4/11/2002

9-13 Advanced Component Technology Program (NASA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is soliciting proposals for the Advanced Component Technology (ACT) Program, a technology development program in support of the Earth Science Enterprise (ESE). The ACT program, formally known as the Advanced Technology Initiatives Program, seeks proposals for technology development activities leading to new components and subsystems that will enable new ESE science measurements and visionary concepts, reduce the risk, cost, size, and development time for Earth observing instruments and enable new Earth observation measurements.

Deadline: 4/5/2002


9-14 Exchange Program with Russian Institutes in the Biomedical Sciences (NRC)

The National Research Council is sponsoring a program of international exchange for American scientists interested in the prophylaxis, diagnosis, epidemiology, and therapy of pathogens, including related basic research investigations. Successful applicants spend two weeks during the fall of 2002 becoming familiar with research and related work on pathogens being carried out at research institutes in Russia.

Deadline: 4/30/2002

9-15 Low Dose Radiation Research (DOE)

The Department of Energy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), announce their interest in receiving grant application for research that supports the DOE/OBER Low Dose Radiation Research Program, and that may include complementary research of direct interest to the NASA/OBER Space Radiation Health Program that is of sufficient scientific merit to qualify for partial NASA support. These programs use modern molecular tools to develop a better scientific basis for understanding exposures and risks to humans from low dose and low fluence radiation. Research areas of particular interest include: Endogenous oxidative damage versus low dose radiation-induced damage; Radio-adaptive responses; Bystander effects; and Individual genetic susceptibility to low dose radiation exposure. Notice 02-15

Deadline: 4/16/2002


9-16 Central and East European Exchanges and Training Programs (DOS)

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) invites applicants to submit proposals that encourage the growth of democratic institutions in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovac Republic, and Slovenia. Exchanges and training programs supported by institutional grants from ECA should operate at two levels: they should enhance institutional partnerships, and they should offer practical information to individuals and groups to assist them with their professional and volunteer responsibilities. Program activity may include: training of trainers (TOT), internships, short-term training, consultations, site visits, workshops; and programming may take place in the United States or, when possible, in target countries, or in both.

Deadline: 4/12/2002

9-17 Research in Behavioral Science (ARI)

The Research and Advanced Concepts Office (RACO) of the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) solicits new proposals for its Fiscal Year 2002 contract program of fundamental research in behavioral science.. The purpose of the research is to add new, fundamental knowledge to behavioral science subdisciplines and discover generalized principles. Novel and state-of-the-art approaches to difficult problems are especially welcome, as are integrated programmatic effort to develop and test theory. Sol DASW01-02-K-2

Deadline: 5/1/2002

9-18 Early Head Start (ACYF)

Early Head Start programs provide continuous, intensive and comprehensive services on a year-round basis to young children of low-income families, parents and pregnant women. Services enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children under age three; support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles and responsibilities; help families move toward self-sufficiency; and assist pregnant women. (FR 09/20/01)

Deadline: 4/1/2002