Funding Bulletin - December 13, 2002 (Vol. 11, No. 44)
December 13, 2002 (Vol. 11, No. 44)
The Department of Education is planning to publish the guidelines for the Comprehensive Program by December 26, 2002. The Comprehensive Program generally seeks to support postsecondary reforms of teaching and learning that are innovative and have strong potential to be sustained and also disseminated to other settings. Priorities for this year are: Improving Access, Retention and Completion; Improving K-12 Teaching; Improving Postsecondary Curricula; and Promoting Cost-Effectiveness in Instruction and Operations. K-State is planning to host a teleconference with a FIPSE program officer after the start of the new year.
This program encourages applications for a one-time grant award to support: innovative research directions requiring preliminary testing or development of neuroscience databases or analytical tools (neuroinformatics) research; exploration of the use of approaches and concepts new to a particular substantive area of neuroscience informatics (neuroinformatics) research; or research and development of new technologies, techniques or methods in informatics that will have a high impact upon the advancement of neuroscience research. Neuroinformatics combines neuroscience and informatics (information technology/computer sciences) research to develop databases and neuroscience knowledge management systems, and advanced tools and approaches essential for efficient data sharing and data integration, including tools that integrate information from different levels of organization across temporal and spatial scales. PAR-03-036 (NIHG 12/06/02)
44-3 The Human Brain Project (Neuroinformatics): Phase I-Feasibility; Phase II-Refinements, Maintenance and Integration (NIH)
The purpose of this initiative is to encourage and support investigator-initiated research on neuroscience informatics (neuroinformatics). This research will lead to the development of new web based databases, analytical tools, and knowledge management systems to foster sharing of data for all domains of neuroscience research. This program combines neuroscience and informatics (neuroinformatics) research to develop and apply advanced tools and approaches essential for efficient understanding of the structure, function and development in health and disorders of the nervous system, from the genetic to whole systems level. Research in informatics includes databases, graphical interfaces, querying approaches, information retrieval, data visualization and manipulation, and data integration through the development of integrated analytical tools, synthesis, and tools for electronic collaboration. PAR-03-035 (NIHG 12/06/02)
The Energy Department is seeking applications in radiopharmaceuticals and molecular nuclear medicine under a program that supports basic, high-risk research on the use of radiation and other energy technologies in medicine. Research priorities include: new tracer technologies for real-time in vivo imaging of gene expression in health and disease; new radiotracer labeling of progenitor cells for non-invasively imaging and tracking their behavior and fate in vivo and their overall role in organ and tissue regeneration in disease states; new radiotracers for in vivo targeting of mutated proteins critical to carcinogenesis and tumor cell growth; and development of a new generation of radiotracers enabling in vivo imaging assay of neurotransmitter chemistry and brain function. Notice 03-14 (FR 11/22/02)
Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., awards corporate grants to community-based projects in the areas of agriculture, education and the environment. Support goes to nonprofits located in Pioneer facility communities or rural agricultural regions. Projects that involve Pioneer management and/or employee participation are given priority. Requests must be submitted in writing.
44-7 Development of Watershed Classification Systems for Diagnosis of Biological Impairment in Watersheds and Their Receiving Water Bodies (EPA)
This solicitation seeks the development of regionalized watershed classification schemes that can be used within the context of a national framework for determining ecosystem vulnerability, designing monitoring systems, and identifying watershed restoration opportunities. Regionalized classification schemes should be based on a strong conceptual understanding of watershed processes, as well as illustrating quantitative linkages among watershed attributes, loadings, and ecological responses.
This new Program Element solicits proposals to: a) improve our understanding of the detailed structure of the solar wind in the vicinity of 1 AU, particularly those structures that effect the Earth's magnetosphere; and b) to enhance the data environment of heliospheric fields and particles data that will be used in the research performance in pursuit of objective (a). NRA-02-OSS-01
The National Space Weather Program (NSWP) is a multi-agency Federal program whose goal is to mitigate the adverse effects of space weather by providing timely, accurate, and reliable space environment observations, specifications, and forecasts. An effective National Space Weather Program requires a strong commitment to basic research in many areas of space-related science. Emphasis will be on understanding the fundamental physical processes that affect the state of the sun, solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere, and upper atmosphere, focusing on answering research questions that will improve the ability to specify and predict conditions in the space environment. NSF 03-500
The goals of the Earth System History (ESH) competition are to: 1) encourage innovative research on the natural variability of the Earth's climate system from records preserved in geo-biologic archives, and 2) provide a comprehensive understanding of Earth's changing climate with regard to forcing mechanisms, interactions, and feedbacks. NSF 02-191
The Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories Program (BS&I) supports collecting, identifying, vouchering, and describing the species-level diversity of all forms of life on Earth, from microbes to mammals, including expeditionary work to document biotic diversity in poorly known terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments. Supported surveys may be primarily area-based (focusing on species inventory and new species discovery, plus in some cases ecological, biogeographic, and/or evolutionary hypothesis testing), primarily clade-based (continental-scale to global species inventory and discovery within a particular taxonomic group), or primarily guild-based (surveys that couple species inventory and discovery with macroecological, historical biogeographic, and/or macroevolutionary hypothesis testing). NSF 02-186
NIAID is establishing a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to solicit proposals to address the Institute's need for research programs focused on the discovery of targets for potential candidates for the next generation of vaccines., therapeutics and diagnostics against microorganisms considered agents of bioterrorism or responsible for emerging and/or re-emerging diseases using proteomic technologies. The research programs shall be focused on NIAID category A-C pathogens and microorgranisms. The primary goal of these programs is to characterize the pathogen and/or host cell proteome, identifying proteins associated with the biology of the microbes, mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis, innate and adaptive immune responses to infectious agents, and/or non-immune mediated host responses that contribute to microbial pathogenesis. NIH-NIAID-DMID-BAA-03-38 (FBO 12/03/02)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Space Science is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN 02-OSS-02) for community consideration interested in participation in the NASA Astrobiology Institute as an innovative way of conducting basic interdisciplinary research in the area of Astrobiology; the study of life in the universe.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invites applications to address the functional heterogeneity of the arterial and venous sides of the peripheral and pulmonary vessels as well as the lymphatics. The purpose of this RFA is to support fundamental studies focusing on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to the functional differences which account for the heterogeneous nature of the adult peripheral, pulmonary and lymphatic vessels. These studies are to be limited to non-coronary arteries, pulmonary vessels, and the venous and lymphatic circulations. HL-03-004 (NIHG 09/27/02)
The Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award for HIV-AIDS (AIDS FIRCA) facilitates collaborative research between U.S. scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and foreign scientists through small individual research grants. The AIDS FIRCA will extend and enhance the research interests of both the U.S. scientist and the collaborating foreign scientist, and will help to increase the research capacity of the foreign scientist and institution. Awards are made to the U.S. applicant institution to support a collaborative research project that will be carried out mainly at the foreign collaborator's research site. Support is available for research related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and for research among HIV-infected persons of conditions that disproportionately affect such individuals. PA-02-114 (NIHG 06/14/02)
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) invite research grant applications proposing intergenerational research to help understand how private behavior is manifest in allocating family resources across the generations and how public policy affects these allocations. Research is solicited that examines the manner in which private family resource allocation decisions result in improvements in health, wealth accumulation (including human capital), and well-being for children, active adults and the elderly, and how public policy interacts with family processes to alter these results. HD-02-030 (NIHG 10/18/02)
The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program supports students pursuing graduate study at U.S. universities who are studying scientific or engineering disciplines with applications in high performance computing. Fellows also participate in research at a DOE laboratory.