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Funding Bulletin - August 1, 2003 (Vol. 12, No. 30)


30-1 Ocean Exploration (NOAA)

The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is inviting preproposals and full proposals for grants, cooperative agreements and collaborations to expand knowledge of the ocean's physical, chemical, biological and archaeological characteristics, processes and resources. Among possible areas are: mapping ocean characteristics and bathymetry; marine life inventories (vertebrate, invertebrate, macro-organisms and micro-organisms); marine archaeology; characterization of benthic and pelagic habitats and ecosystems; locating and mapping corals; new ocean resources; passive ocean acoustics; technology (innovative applications and leveraged development; and innovative outreach to communicate efforts to broad audiences. (FR 07/25/03)

Deadline: Preproposals 9/3/2003; Full-proposals 10/28/2003

30-2 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (NSF)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specially designed for the purpose. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: REU Supplements and REU Sites. REU Supplements may be included in proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or as supplements to ongoing NSF-funded projects. REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct undergraduate research participation projects for a number of students. REU sites projects may be based in a single discipline or academic department or be based on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a strong intellectual focus. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas. Undergraduate student participants in either Supplements or Sites must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. NSF 03-577

Deadline: 9/15/2003


30-3 U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USDA)

The U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative is now soliciting preproposals for research projects for Fiscal Year 2004. Project pre-proposals will be accepted in the following six areas of research (proposals that do not fit into one of these areas are also welcome): 1) Biotechnology; 2) Chemical and Biological Control; 3) Epidemiology and Disease Management; Food Safety, Toxicology, and Utilization; 5) Germplasm Introduction and Enhancement; and 6) Variety Development and Uniform Nusreries.

Deadline: AES 9/15/03; 9/23/2003


30-4 Special Education: TA; Technology; Parent Training (ED)

The Education Department's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services is seeking applications under multiple grant competitions to improve services for individuals with disabilities and their families. ED invites applications in these categories: The Idea Partnership Project--one award to organizations that can represent families, policy makers, service providers and local-level administrators and facilitate their collaboration in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); National Center on Dispute Resolution--one award to establish a technical assistance center on alternative dispute resolution, mediation and other effective dispute and complaint management procedures that support IDEA; National Coordination and Dissemination Center to Improve Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities-- Federal Resource Center for Special Education; Special Education - Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities; Special Education - Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities. (FR 07/21/03)

Deadline: 8/20/2003


30-5 Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century (EMSW21) (NSF)

The long-range goal of the EMSW21 program is to increase the number of U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who are well-prepared in the mathematical sciences and who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other NSF-supported disciplines. EMSW21 builds on the VIGRE program and now includes a broadened VIGRE activity, an additional component for Research Training Groups (RTG) in the Mathematical Sciences and an additional component for Mentoring through Critical Transition Points (MCTP) in the Mathematical Sciences. NSF 03-575

Deadline: 9/16/2003

30-6 Affordable Sensor Technology Development Program (DOD)

The Air Force Research Laboratory solicits research proposals for The Affordable Sensor Technology Development Program. The objective of this program is to develop the technology in the area of microwave and millimeter wave sensors via scientific studies, experiments and hardware demonstration in addressing the applications of innovative technologies to electronically scanned apertures including the digitalization of microwave signals. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to: materials, devices, components, subsystems, architectures, innovations in design, modeling, fabrication and characterization. PRDA-03-12-SNK (FBO 07/29/03)

Deadline: 9/12/2003


30-7 Cell and Developmental Biology (KU/NIH)

The Kansas Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (K-BRIN) will be submitting a renewal proposal to the National Institutes of Health. A new feature of the BRIN program, now called Institutional Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), is a scientific theme which, for Kansas, will be Cell and Developmental Biology with focus areas of reproduction and embryonic development, organogenesis, developmental neuroscience, and cellular and developmental pathologies, to include cancer. One page applications are solicited from new investigators who are within 3 years of hiring. Full proposals will be invited based on pre-proposals reviews.

E-MAIL; hchapman@kumc.edu

Deadline: One-page Proposals 8/15/2003; Ten-page Proposals 9/26/2003

30-8 American Association for Cancer Research Awards Program (AACR)

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) directly supports today's most promising cancer research at a variety of levels: AACR-National Foundation for Cancer Research Professorship in Basic Cancer Research. Candidates for this award must be nominated by their institution or a colleague; AACR-Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award supporting any field of cancer research; Career Development Awards supporting research on breast, lung, and pancreatic cancers, the HER family pathway, and basic cancer research; Research Fellowships supporting basic, translational, clinical and prevention research; AACR-William S. Graham Fellows Grant for Melanoma Research supporting direct research expenses for a senior postdoctoral fellow; Avon Foundation-AACR International Scholar Awards in Breast Cancer Research supporting investigators from countries where opportunities for scientific advancement and training are limited.

Deadline: 9/12/2003

30-9 Center for Synthesis in Biological Evolution (CSBE) (NSF)

This solicitation requests proposals to establish a Center for Synthesis in Biological Evolution. This Center will serve the needs of the evolutionary biology community by providing mechanisms to foster synthetic, collaborative, cross-disciplinary studies. It will play a pivotal role in the further unification of the biological sciences as it draws together knowledge from disparate biological fields to increase our general understanding of biological design and function. Finally, the Center will play a critical role in organizing and synthesizing evolutionary knowledge that will be useful to policy makers, government agencies, educators and society. NSF 03-570

Deadline: Preliminary Proposals 9/17/2003; Full Proposals 2/1/2004

30-10 Rural Health Outreach Grants (HRSA)

The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking applications for demonstration grants and network development grants, designed to expand and enhance delivery of health care and related services in rural areas. Eligibility is limited to rural public and nonprofit private organizations that are part of a network of at least three entities that support or deliver health care services and will work together to complete the proposed project. Under both programs, but especially for network development projects, HRSA encourages applicants to consider how their proposals might use telehealth and/or new and emerging technologies to achieve project goals. HRSA 03-077

Deadline: 9/12/2003

30-11 Environmental Justice: Partnerships for Communication (NIH)

The purpose of this program is to strengthen the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' (NIEHS) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) support of research aimed at achieving environmental justice for socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved populations in the United States. The main objective of this RFA is to establish methods for linking members of a community, who are directly affected by adverse environmental or occupational conditions, with researchers and health care providers and to create partnerships that can address environmental and occupational health problems and develop appropriate research and policy strategies to impact public health. ES-03-007 (NIHG 04/25/03)


Deadline: Letters of Intent 9/17/2003; Applications 10/17/2003


30-12 University Center of Excellence (DHS)

The new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first Broad Area Announcement (BAA) calling for white papers that will lead to the establishment of the first DHS University Center of Excellence. BAA represents the first step in the selection process for colleges and universities that would like to be chosen as a Homeland Security Center of Excellence (HS-Center). The initial BAA calls for papers that focus on risk-based modeling with a particular emphasis on economic aspects, to better understand the impact and consequences of terrorism and to provide decision-makers with validated tools to evaluate countermeasures and response actions.

Deadline: 8/11/2003

30-13 Understanding Contemporary Islam (CIES)

The American University in Beirut (AUB), in partnership with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, announces a new program, Understanding Contemporary Islam. The program aims to increase the understanding between Americans and people from Islamic countries by sending scholars from the Muslim world to U.S. universities and colleges that lack extensive academic programs on Islam and Muslim society but that wish to introduce or expand such offerings. For periods ranging from six weeks to an academic year, these eminent scholars, selected from a variety of fields in the humanities and social sciences, will teach, interact with the wider community, and server as resources on Islam. In making selections, AUB will give priority to institutions that do not have extensive academic programs or courses on Islam or Muslim societies.

Deadline: 9/15/2003, 11/1/2003

30-14 National Geographic Society Education Foundation Grosvenor Grants (NGSEF)

The Grosvenor Grant Program of the National Geographic Society Education Foundation (NGSEF) supports efforts to engage K-12 students and teachers in the exploration of geographic skills and perspectives leading to an appreciation of the world, its peoples, and its resources. The NGS Education Foundation seeks innovative proposals for Grosvenor Grants that address one or more of the following general categories: Category 1: Engaging K-12 Students in Real-World Geographic Issues; Category 2: Supporting Innovation in Professional Development of K-12 Geography Educators; Category 3: Establishing Geography's Position and Importance in the K-12 Curriculum.

Deadline: 8/12/2003