July 9, 2010 (Vol. 19, No. 27)
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The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), a part of the University Research Initiative (URI). DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment. This announcement seeks proposals to purchase instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD, including areas of research supported by the administering agencies. A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment to enhance research-related education. Therefore proposals must address the impact of the equipment on the institution's ability to educate students, through research, in disciplines important to DoD missions. AFOSR-BAA-2010-4 (GG 7/7/10)
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) seeks applications to research, develop, and disseminate metrics to enable policymakers and practitioners to more effectively understand how to assess the triple bottom line (economic, environment, and social impacts) of various economic development activities. EDA's mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. In large part, development practitioners' and policymakers' lack of utilization of the triple bottom line concept is due to a lack of research on how the concept could be adapted from its original corporate focus to fit the needs of local governments. In order to rectify this, EDA solicits applications from qualified researchers to develop and disseminate metrics for assessing the economic, social, and environmental impacts of development efforts on a regional economy. EDA07012010TBL
One of the general goals of the Partnerships for Innovation Program (PFI) is to stimulate the transformation of knowledge created by the research and education enterprise into innovations that create new wealth; build strong local, regional, and national economies; and improve the national well-being. Aligned with this goal, the PFI competition for FY 2011 funds will provide support for innovation capacity building to sustained, dynamic interactive knowledge-enhancing partnership groups composed of academic researchers and small business practitioners focused on intense exploration, re-definition, and creation of novel platforms for translating research and moving it towards impact. The basic organizational core of each proposed knowledge-enhancing partnership group must be composed of an academic lead institution and, at a minimum, two small businesses. Academic institutions are limited to participation in only one proposal. One of the Co-PIs must be a Senior Administrator (at the level of dean or above in the reporting structure, for example, Dean, Vice President for Academic Research, Provost, etc.), who has a demonstrated commitment to knowledge transfer of university research. NSF 10-581
Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) promotes university-industry partnerships by making project funds or fellowships/traineeships available to support an eclectic mix of industry-university linkages. Special interest is focused on affording the opportunity for: Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students to conduct research and gain experience in an industrial setting; Industrial scientists and engineers to bring industry's perspective and integrative skills to academe; and Interdisciplinary university-industry teams to conduct research projects. This solicitation targets high-risk/high-gain research with a focus on fundamental research, new approaches to solving generic problems, development of innovative collaborative industry-university educational programs, and direct transfer of new knowledge between academe and industry. GOALI seeks to fund transformative research that lies beyond that which industry would normally fund. NSF 10-580
BWF's Career Awards at the Scientific Interface provide $500,000 to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers with backgrounds in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences and engineers whose work addresses biological questions. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents. In previous years, candidates for this award had to be nominated by a North American degree-granting institution. This year, eligible candidates for this award may self-nominate by submitting a preproposal by September 1, 2010.
Teaching Development Fellowships (TDF) support college and university teachers pursuing research aimed specifically at improving their undergraduate teaching. The program has three broad goals: 1) to improve the quality of humanities education in the United States; 2) to strengthen the link between research and teaching in the humanities; and 3) to foster excellence in undergraduate instruction. Projects must improve an existing undergraduate course that has been taught in at least THREE different terms prior to the application deadline and will continue to be taught by the applicant. The research undertaken as a part of the project may involve engaging with fundamental texts or sources, exploring related subjects or academic disciplines, or cultivating neglected areas of learning. Projects may in part entail the development of a language skill or the acquisition of digital skills in order to carry out the proposed research. 20100930-FW (GG 6/30/10)
The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports the development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. This course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental question addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day. What is an enduring question? The following list is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive but serves to illustrate. What is the good life? What is good government? Is there such a thing as a just war? What is friendship? What is beauty? What is the relationship between humans and the natural world? What is evil? Are there universals in human nature? What are the origins of the universe? Enduring questions are questions to which no discipline, field, or professions can lay an exclusive claim. 20100915-AQ (GG 6/23/10)
27-8 Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow (TCT): Programs for Master's Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Critical Foreign Language Education (ED)
The purpose of the TCT program is to enable partnerships served by eligible recipients to develop and implement 2- or 3-year part-time master's degree programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or critical foreign language education for teachers in order to enhance the teachers' content knowledge and pedagogical skills; or to develop and implement programs for professionals in science technology, engineering, mathematics, or critical foreign language education that lead to a master's degree in teaching that results in teacher certification. ED-GRANTS-063010-002 (GG 6/30/10)
The Office of Science of the Department of Energy invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP). The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the DOE Office of Science. DE-FOA-0000395 (GG 7/1/10)
In response to the NIH's K99/R00 Pathway to Independence program, BWF has shifted the focus of the CABS program to address the ongoing problem of increasing the number of physician scientists and keeping them in research. The CAMS program provides financial support to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease oriented, translational, or molecular, genetic, or pharmacological epidemiology research. Candidates must: be clinical fellows, residents, or postdoctoral researchers and must have at least two years of research experience at the time of application; hold an M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Pharm.D., or equivalent clinical degree. U.S. or Canadian institutions--including affiliated medical schools, graduate schools, and all related hospitals and research institutes-- may nominate up to five candidates. BWF encourages institutions to nominate women and underrepresented minorities.
27-11 Identification and Characterization of Molecular Targets Within the mTOR Pathway With Potential to Impact Healthspan and Lifespan (R21) (NIH)
This FOA issued by the National Institute on Aging and the National Cancer Institute encourages grant applications focused on: 1) identifying novel targets within the mTOR (mammalian target of rapamysin) signaling network, the manipulation of which has the potential to promote healthy aging, i.e. extend health span in the aged (NIA interest); and 2) identifying and characterizing dietary constituents that modulate the mTOR pathway and promote cancer prevention (NCI interest). Identification and characterization of targets can utilize a wide range of approaches, including medicinal chemistry, in vitro assays, and studies in lower organisms or mammalian models. PA-10-164
27-12 Dear Colleague Letter for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Related to the Gulf Oil Spill and Other Disasters (NSF)
The consequences of the Gulf oil spill seem likely to be broad and long-lasting. There are local, state, regional, national, and international aspects to the situation, and an unusual confluence of biological, geological, and human elements. This Gulf oil spill is the latest in a series of disasters that provide opportunities to examine the ways in which people and organizations anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and emerge from disasters. Events like these offer special opportunities to examine broad issues like resilience, adaptation, and vulnerability while conducting scientifically sounds research that provides fundamental new knowledge. The Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) encourages scholars to consider how the Gulf oil spill and other disasters may provide an opportunity to pursue research that will produce fundamental, theory-enhancing contributions to the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. If a research problem involves ephemeral data so that data collection absolutely cannot wait to begin until December, then the PI should consider submitting a RAPID proposal. NSF 10-063