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Funding Bulletins - February 28, 1997 (Vol. 6, No. 8)




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    8-1 Satellite Remote Sensing Studies of Biological and Biogeochemical Process in the Ocean (NASA)

    NASA's Mission to Planet Earth (MTPE) solicits proposals for remote sensing research related to biological oceanography and ocean biogeochemistry. The focus of this NRA is on research emphasizing satellite ocean color scanner imagery as the principal data source, although studies of ocean biological and biogeochemical processes using satellite sensors other than ocean color scanners as the principal tool will also be considered. Incorporating in situ and other satellite data in the investigation is also encouraged as is assimilation of satellite data into mathematical models. This announcement also provides a mechanism for US and foreign investigators to apply for membership in a new, reformed Sea Wide Field Sensor (Sea WiFS) Science Team.

    Deadline: Letters of Intent 03/05/97, Proposals 04/04/97

    8-2 Individual Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships in Genomic Analysis and Technology and the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Human Genetics Research (NIH)

    The National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR) is offering both individual postdoctoral fellowships and senior fellowships to highly qualified individuals who are seeking training that will enable them to engage in research relevant to the genome project. Broad areas of research that are relevant include genomic analysis (including technology development) and the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genetics research. The goal of the Fellowship Program in the area of genomic analysis and technology is to train highly skilled scientists who will use the expertise gained to develop research programs in the mapping and sequencing of the human genome and the genomes of other organisms, in the analysis and interpretation of the resulting data, and in the development of biological, medical or biotechnological applications based on the data, or in technologies to support any of this research. The goal of the Fellowship Program in the area of ethical, legal and social implications of human genetics research is to increase the number of scholars who are knowledgeable in both genomic science and in social science, law or philosophy and who are interested in examining the ethical, legal and social implications of human genetics research. PA-97-028 (NIHG 01/31/97)

    Deadline: 04/05/97, 08/05/97, 12/05/97

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    8-3 Soybean Research (USB)

    The United Soybean board (USB) is seeking pre-proposals for projects and activities that meet market needs and assist the soybean industry to increase demand for U.S. grown soybeans and soybean products. USB currently is funding activities designed to: increase demand and add value to soybeans in the domestic meal/live-stock feed, edible/health and industrial/energy markets; and increase soybean production efficiency. Funded activities include: scientific, economic and market opportunity research and analysis; product and technology development and commercialization partnerships with companies, universities and other private sector organizations; technology transfer; and communications/marketing.

    Deadline: Preproposals 03/21/97

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    8-4 National Space Weather Program (NSF)

    The Upper Atmosphere Research Section of the Division of Atmospheric Sciences of the National Science Foundation (NSF), in coordination with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), is accepting proposals for basic research related to space weather. Space Weather refers to conditions on the sun and in the solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere, and thermosphere that can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems and can endanger human life or health. An effective National Space Weather Program requires a strong commitment to basic research in many areas of space-related science. In the initial phase of the Program, emphasis will be on understanding the fundamental physical processes that affect the state of the sun, magnetosphere, ionosphere, and atmosphere, with a focus on answering research questions that will improve the ability to specify and predict conditions in the space environment. (NSF 97-60)

    Deadline: 03/28/97

    8-5 Challenges in Computer and Information Science and Engineering (NSF)

    The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces opportunities in support of multidisciplinary, group-oriented research for Fiscal Year 1997. Challenges in CISE will provide support for research that is focused on a single problem, the solution of which requires scientific advances across two or more sub-activities of computer science and engineering. It is expected that efforts supported under this solicitation will span the spectrum from basic research to the development of prototypes appropriate for evaluation by the scientific, engineering and industrial communities. Teams of computer scientists and engineers will be supported to conduct research involving issues ranging from computer architecture, to networking and communications, to systems software, to algorithms, but the focus will be on projects that require the interaction of more than one sub-area of computer science and engineering in order to make advances on a single problem. (NSF 97-62)

    Deadline: Preliminary Proposals 03/28/97, Full Proposals 06/13/97

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    8-6 Innovative Approaches for Microscopic Tract-Tracing (NIH)

    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) invite applications for grant support to research and develop innovative tract-tracing approaches to study the connectivity of the nervous system at the level of the light and/or electron microscope. Particularly encouraged are applications which propose research and development of novel tract-tracing techniques to be used on post-mortem human and animal tissue, especially aldehyde-fixed tissue. All applications proposing research on innovative tract-tracing approaches will, however, be considered pertinent to this request for applications (RFA). This RFA is issued in response to the need for better ways to demonstrate neural connections in humans and in nonhuman animal models. MH-97-001 (NIHG 01/17/97)

    Deadline: Letter of Intent 04/15/97, Applications 06/11/97

    8-7 Modulation By Growth Factors and Signal Transduction Pathways of Environmentally-Induced Disease/Dysfunction (NIH)

    The objective of this request for applications (RFA) is to encourage innovative, mechanistically based research to elucidate how growth factors modulate environmentally induced altered gene functions; and conversely, how environmental agents alter or modulate the function of growth factors and the cellular signaling cascades. Information derived from these studies opens the possibility of developing therapeutic strategies to protect normal tissues from environmental toxicants. This initiative is aimed at encouraging investigator-initiated research to study basic molecular, biochemical, cellular, and structural mechanisms in the modulation of environmentally induced diseases or disorders. It is anticipated that these investigations will allow for innovative approaches in understanding the mechanism of the xenobiotic-induced molecular alternations in specific target cells and organs germaine to modulating gene expression, specifically by growth factors and/or signal transduction pathways. Collaborative research efforts between investigators of the environmental health research community and molecular and structural biologists, molecular modeling scientists, and clinicians are especially encouraged. ES-97-001 (NIHG 02/07/97)

    Deadline: Letter of Intent 04/18/97, Application 05/16/97

    8-8 Development of Novel Technologies to Support Cancer Research (NIH)

    The purpose of this notice is to emphasize the importance the development of novel technologies to support cancer research, to the Technology Development Branch of the Cancer Diagnosis Program, Division of Cancer Treatment, Diagnosis and Centers (DCTDC), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). This research topic is identified in the Omnibus Solicitation of the National Institutes of the Health for SBIR Grant Applications. This notice is intended to encourage projects that propose development of technologies in two areas: the generation of representational full length cDNA libraries and the development of high throughput technologies for analysis of the spectrum of molecular alterations in primary tumor tissues. Investigators may propose projects to develop and/or to implement one of these technologies. Ultimately the technologies or resources developed with the technologies must be commercially viable and preferably useful within a clinical setting. (NIHG 02/21/97)

    Deadline: STTR 04/01, 08/01, 12/01; SBIR 04/15, 08/15, 12/15

    8-9 Microbial Genome Program (DOE)

    The Department of Energy is inviting proposals for research to develop and use high-throughput microbial genome sequencing that will provide functional genomic sequence and mapping information on microorganisms. Areas include genomic sequencing, which will involve using the most current DNA sequencing technology to accumulate, store and disseminate data for future application (preference will be given to those having well-developed plans for selecting DNA sequencing candidates). Areas also include functional analysis, which will develop better methods for identifying open reading frames and predicting function from genomic sequence data; and bioinformatics, which will propose ways in which data from all databases can be accessed, analyzed, compared, updated and verified. 97-10 (FR 02/19/97)

    Deadline: Preapplications 03/24/97, Applications 06/09/97

    8-10 Rat Gene Catalog and Expressed Sequence Tag (EST) Map (NIH)

    The purpose of this request for applications is to expand the Rat Genome Project by soliciting applications for research projects to accomplish three objectives: 1) arraying and distributing existing rat cDNA libraries, 2) developing Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) from those libraries, and 3) mapping a subset of those ESTs. The overall goal of this effort is to construct a rat gene catalog and EST map that will facilitate the mapping of genes in the rat and increase the value of the rat as a biomedical research model. HL-97-004 (NIHG 02/14/97)

    Deadline: Letter of Intent 03/28/97, Application 04/23/97

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    8-11 Evaluation of Innovative Alcohol-Impaired Driving Projects (DOT)

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is inviting cooperative agreement pre-applications to demonstrate and evaluate innovative projects aimed at reducing alcohol-related driving fatalities. NHTSA officials hope to make at least one award in each of seven countermeasure areas. They are public education projects that promote healthy norms, publicize the impact and cost of impaired driving and target high-risk populations; projects that teach individual responsibility and promote social norms that combat impaired driving; activities that promote passage and preservation of effective laws to reduce impaired driving; enforcement and adjudication activities that treat impaired driving as a serious crime; projects that identify and apply technology to reduce or mitigate the effects of impaired driving; projects that encourage the health and medical community to address the problem; and projects that inspire businesses and employers to implement policies and encourage responsible hospitality practices. (FR 02/20/97)

    Deadline: Preapplications 04/01/97

    8-12 Violence Prevention Research (CDC)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is inviting applications for research grants focused on prevention of intimate partner violence to reduce morbidity and mortality in the area of violent and abusive behavior. Projects should build the scientific base for prevention injuries and deaths, for example, research to determine social factors involved in such violence and to determine the direct and indirect costs; identify effective prevention strategies; expand development and evaluation of current and new intervention methods, including effective programs that teach children and adolescents healthy interpersonal relationships; and encourage participation of professionals from a wide spectrum disciplines. (FR 02/19/97)

    Deadline: Letter of Intent 03/20/97, Applications 04/22/97

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    8-13 EPA Fellowships (EPA)

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) is now accepting applications for its Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program. NNEMS offers a range of fellowship activities designed to help students refine their professional skills and enhance their knowledge of environmental issues. Students are invited to submit applications to EPA for specific projects. The fellowships fall within the following categories: Environmental Policy, Regulations and Law; Environmental Management and Administration; Environmental Science; Public Relations and Communications; and Computer Programming and Development.

    Deadline: 03/25/97

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