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September 21, 2012 (Vol. 21, No. 35)

Program Information

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Limited Submissions

Limited submission programs have sponsor restrictions on the number of proposals that may be submitted by a single institution and will require institutional screening to determine which applications will be submitted. Dr. Jim Guikema, Associate Vice President for Research, is the internal coordinator for limited submission programs. Please notify him at 785-532-6195, email: guikema@ksu.edu, by the Internal due date listed in the Funding Bulletin or by at least two months prior to the sponsor deadline if you wish to submit to a limited submission program. Currently posted Internal Deadlines:


35-1 Meaning of Evolutionary Convergence Grant (Templeton)

The John Templeton Foundation has announced the launch of a $5 million initiative to support research on the significance of biological convergence for a better understanding of the living world. Eligible proposals might include philosophical investigation of some aspect of convergence, of the phenomenon itself in light of current models of biological process, or investigation of the history of its study with an eye towards clarification of the concept of convergence, its use, and meanings, Alternatively, applicants may wish to propose empirical, synthetic, or simulation studies, or pilots for larger scale empirical projects. Applicants may propose projects involving convergent evolution at any level (chemical, organ, etc.). However, the foundation encourages use of biological contexts generally accepted as true examples of convergences, or which applicants are confident they can prove to be so, since research on its meanings is likely to be sufficiently contentious without this added concern. (PND 8/24/12)

Deadline: 10/15/2012

35-2 National Robotics Initiative (NRI) (NSF)

The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside, or cooperatively with, people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots acting in direct support of and in a symbiotic relationship with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This program will address the entire life cycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment. Methods for the establishment and infusion of robotics in educational curricula and research to gain a better understanding of the long term social, behavioral and economic implications of co-robots across all areas of human activity are important parts of this initiative. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and technology development, deployment and use. NSF 12-607

Deadline: Small Projects 12/11/2012, 11/14/2013, Large Projects 1/23/2013

35-3 10th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 Award program was developed to foster the progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet--the three pillars of sustainability.

Deadline: 12/11/2012


35-4 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (NEH)

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. To preserve and ensure continued access to such collections, institutions must implement preventive conservation measures, which encompass managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft and from natural and man-made disasters. 20121204-PF (GG 8/27/12)

Deadline: 12/4/2012

35-5 Creative Placemaking Projects (ArtPlace)

ArtPlace, a nationwide initiative to drive community revitalization through the arts, is inviting Letters of Inquiry for its third round of funding. A collaboration of eleven major national and regional foundations, six of the nation's largest banks, and eight federal agencies, ArtPlace works to accelerate creative place making in the United States. To that end, it defines creative place making as a means of investing in art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of integrated strategies that can drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities. Grants will be awarded to projects that involve arts organizations, artists, and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to make transformative impact on community vibrancy. (PND 9/14/12)

Deadline: Letters of Inquiry 11/1/2012


35-6 Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) (NSF)

Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people for the better. The rush to adopt cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities. This challenge requires a dedicated approach to research, development, and education that leverages the disciplines of mathematics and statistics, the social sciences, and engineering with the computational and information sciences. This program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems perspective (TWC); a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences perspective (SBE); and a Transition to Practice perspective (TPP). In addition, they welcome proposals that integrate research addressing two or more of these perspectives as well as proposals focusing entirely on Cybersecurity Education Proposals may be submitted in one of the following three categories: Small projects with durations of up to three years; Medium projects with durations of up to four years; Frontier projects with durations of up to five years. In addition, the SaTC program seeks proposals addressing Cybersecurity Education with total budgets limited to $300,000 and durations of up to two years. NSF 12-596

Deadline: Medium Projects 11/30/2012; Small Projects, Education 12/14/2012; Frontier 1/30/2013

35-7 Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) (NSF)

The purpose of the Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) is to support future leaders in mathematics and statistics by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development. There are two options for awardees: Research Fellowship and Research Instructorship. Awards will support research in areas of mathematics and statistics, including applications to other disciplines. NSF 12-496

Deadline: 10/17/2012


35-8 Michelson Prize & Grants (FAF)

Grant funding from the Found Animals Foundation is available through the Michelson Grants to fund research in pursuit of non-surgical sterilants for cats and dogs. Investigators are encouraged to submit for proof of concept studies in cell culture, rodents, and/or target species. The $25 million Michelson Prize will be offered to the first entity to provide Found Animals Foundation with a single dose, safe and effective non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs. Found Animals Foundation encourages scientists from all fields to compete for the Michelson Prize & Grants, including but limited to researchers in disciplines such as Biology, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Endocrinology, Gene Silencing, Immunology, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Reproductive Biology.

Deadline: Open

WEBINAR: There will be a free webinar about the Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology on Thursday, September 27th. Dr. Shirley Johnston, Director of Scientific Research, and Ms. Katy Palfrey, the Michelson Prize & Grants Program Manager, will give attendees an introduction to the program, discuss what kinds of research the MPG program funds, and explain how to apply for funding. Date & time: Thursday, September 27, 3:30-4:30pm EDT (2:30-3:30 CDT)

Deadline: 9/27/2012

35-9 Environmental Influences on the Microbiome (R21) (NIH)

This funding opportunity announcement is intended to encourage research aimed at investigating how environmental exposures impact the composition and/or function of the microbiome. Applicants may propose to use wild-type or humanized gnotobiotic model organisms or existing human cohorts to investigate how exposure to environmental chemicals affects the microbiome in both the short and the long term. Early life exposures are of particular interest, as these occur during the initial colonization of the microbiota and may permanently affect its potential. RFA-ES-12-009 (NIHG 8/31/12)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 12/14/2012; Applications 1/16/2013

35-10 Transgenerational Inheritance in Mammals After Environmental Exposure (TIME) (R01) (NIH)

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA), is intended to encourage grant applications that propose further investigation of known examples of transgenerational inheritance in mammals (i.e., through the F3 generation after prenatal exposure) occurring after exposure to environmental toxicants. Exploratory studies will be supported under a companion FOA, RFA-ES-12-007. RFA-ES-12-006 (NIHG 8/24/12)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 11/19/2012; Applications 12/18/2012

35-11 Lymphatics in Health and Disease in the Digestive, Urinary, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems (R01) (NIH)

This FOA is to encourage Research Project Grant (R01) applications for research into aspects of lymphatic vessel physiology and pathophysiology related to health and disease of digestive system and urinary tract organs, and cardiovascular and pulmonary systems; in resolution of thromboembolic events; and inflammation and immune responses as they relate to these diseases. However, studies with the major focus on immune mechanisms will not be considered responsive. Studies to understand the factors that control local lymphatic vessel functional anatomy and physiology during health or disease in these organs/systems, and the mechanisms by which alterations of lymphatic vessel function affect organ function, are of interest. PAR-12-259 (NIHG 8/10/12)

Deadline: 10/5/2012, 2/5/2012, 6/5/2012


35-12 Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad (MWN) (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is working jointly with counterpart national, regional and multinational funding organizations worldwide to enhance opportunities for collaborative activities in materials research and education between US investigators and their colleagues abroad. This solicitation promotes joint activities between the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR) and funding organizations in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. Proposals submitted to NSF in response to this solicitation must have clear relevance to fundamental materials and condensed matter research supported by the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR). Proposals will be evaluated within the context of programmatic areas supported by DMR: condensed matter physics, solid state and materials chemistry, polymers, biomaterials, metallic materials and nanostructures, ceramics, electronic and photonic materials, and condensed matter and materials theory. In addition, this year the Materials World Network (MWN) program will particularly focus on proposals related to Sustainable Materials, DMR's effort in Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering and Materials (SusChEM). This initiative is described by NSF 12-095 and is aimed at enabling the basic science and engineering discoveries that will reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and improve efficiency of industrial processes. Research projects that target the discovery of new materials or make materials more sustainable through improved synthesis, enhanced applications, and/or advances in lifecycle management are particularly encouraged for the Materials World Network program. NSF 12-593

Deadline: 11/14/2012