Funding Bulletin - June 27, 2003 (Vol. 12, No. 25)

GENERAL

25-1 Science of Learning Centers (SLC) (NSF)

The Science of Learning Centers program (SLC) offers awards for large-scale, long-term Centers that will extend the frontiers of knowledge on learning and create the intellectual, organizational, and physical infrastructure needed for the long-term advancement of learning research. Centers will be built around a unifying research focus and will incorporate a diverse, multidisciplinary environment involving appropriate partnerships with academia, industry, all levels of education, and other public and private entities. Catalyst awards will also be made during the initial years of the program. Catalyst awards are designed to enable partnership-building and research activities leading to the creation of new Centers. NSF 03-573

Deadline: Letters of Intent 8/5/2003; Proposals 8/5/2003, 9/17/2003

ARTS & HUMANITIES

25-2 Creative Writing Fellowships

The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation is accepting nomination for ten fellowships that will be awarded for the academic year 2004-2005 in the field of Creative Writing in English including Novels, Short Stories, Poetry, Essays and Creative Non-Fiction. The intention of the Foundation is primarily to support people in the middle stages of their careers whose work to date is evidence of their promise and achievement. Since each Howard Fellow is expected to devote the entire year to the work supported by the Foundation, faculty members should be eligible for released time from teaching responsibilities, and eligible for financial support from the institution during the fellowship year (July 1 to the following June 30). An institution may nominate three individuals. Please contact Ted Knous, Associate Vice Provost for Research, 532-6195, tknous@ksu.edu by August 1 if you have a nomination.

Deadline: Internal 8/1/2003, 10/17/2003

BUSINESS

25-3 Tax Counseling for the Elderly (IRS)

The Internal Revenue Service is inviting applications to establish a network of trained volunteers to provide free tax information and tax return preparation assistance to elderly individuals. (FR 5/28/03)

Deadline: 8/1/2003

EDUCATION

25-4 Community Technology Centers: Novice Applicants Priority (ED)

The Education Department is inviting applications to create or expand community technology centers that will provide access to information technology and related training for disadvantaged residents of economically distressed urban and rural communities. ED will give absolute priority to applicants who focus on improving the academic achievement of low-achieving secondary school students while continuing to provide a technology center for all members of the community. Applicants must not have received a Federal Government discretionary grant in the five years before the deadline date for applications in this competition. CFDA #84.341 (FR 06/20/03)

Deadline: 7/21/2003

ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS & PHYSICAL SCIENCES

25-5 Advanced Sensor Technology (DOD)

The Air Force Rome Research Site is soliciting white papers for innovative approaches and concepts to supplement and complement the existing air traffic surveillance and precision tracking systems in critical urban areas within the Continental United States (CONUS). Primary areas of interest are to demonstrate passive surveillance systems utilizing ambient illumination sources including but not limited to FM radio, analog television, High Definition Television (HDTV) and demonstrate active sensor systems that fill existing coverage gaps. Other areas of interest include new and innovative hardware, software and/or signal processing algorithms that yield improvements to current radar coverage around urban areas. Concepts should explore and quantify improvements in surveillance coverage from the networking of systems including active FAA long- and short-range radars. BAA-03-11-IFKA (FBO 04/30/03)

Deadline: White Papers 7/15/2003

25-6 Human-information System Interaction Infrastructure Research (DOI)

The US Department of the Interior, National Business Center, Southwest Branch, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, on behalf of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, other Department of Defense organizations, and other Government organizations, invites proposals for research in the area of human and information system interaction infrastructure. With a vision of ANYTIME-ANYWHERE information system resource accessibility, this invitation includes research in the areas of language dependent and independent communications between humans and information systems; processing by information systems of human originated inputs and queries; agent-based or other intelligent information query formation and processing; intelligent and rapid, domain dependent and independent information detection, extraction, and retrieval; and intelligent and dynamic information summarization and presentation. Also included in this request is research in the areas of information system infrastructure including networking technologies and architectures that support interaction between humans and information systems as well as collaboration applications. BAA-03-05-FH (FBO 06/20/03)

Deadline: 6/30/2005

25-7 Approaches to Combat Terrorism (ACT) (NSF)

The National Science Foundation's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and the Intelligence Community (IC) are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts in basic research and workforce development in the MPS disciplines with the potential to contribute to national security. This solicitation is intended to inform researchers in disciplines supported by the MPS Directorate--the Divisions of Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics--that NSF welcomes requests for supplements to existing grants, proposals for Small Grants for Exploratory Research, and proposals for workshops that promote the objectives of this ACT pilot program. NSF 03-569

Deadline: 7/17/2003

25-8 Cost and Effectiveness of Selected Bus Rapid Transit Components (NCHRP)

The objective of this project is to determine the costs, impacts, and effectiveness of implementing selected BRT components. Major BRT components to be addressed in this project shall include the following: 1) use of exclusive right-of-way, including busways, exclusive lanes, and "by-pass" lanes for buses at congested intersections ("queue jumping") to reduce vehicle running time; 2) use of more limited-stop service including express service and skip-stopping; 3) application of ITS technology such as signal priority, AVL systems, system security, and customer information; 4) use of advanced technology vehicles (e.g., articulated buses, modern propulsion systems, more accessible vehicles, and low-floor buses), and new specially-designed vehicles with doors on each side; 5) design of stations; 6) use of off-board, fare-payment smart cards or proof-of-payment systems; 7) "branding" the system; 8) use of vehicle guidance systems (mechanical, electronic, or optical); and 9) other strategies that enhance customer satisfaction. Project A-23A

Deadline: 7/17/2003

25-9 EarthScope: Science, Education and Related Activities for the USArray, San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) and Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) (NSF)

The EarthScope facility is a multi-purpose array of instruments and observatories that will greatly expand the observational capabilities of the Earth Sciences and permit us to advance our understanding of the structure, evolution and dynamics of the North American continent. This is made possible by theoretical, computational, and technological advances in geophysics, satellite geodesy, information technology, drilling technology and downhole instrumentation. The EarthScope observational facility provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, crustal strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep-Earth. This Announcement calls for single or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research associated with EarthScope and support activities that further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope. NSF 03-567

Deadline: 07/16/03

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES

25-10 Counterterrorism Forensic Science R & D (DOJ)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is soliciting proposals under a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for innovative research and development projects to streamline and automate analysis of forensic biological samples. Projects are underway investigating automated methods for the technical steps of STR typing (e.g. differential and non-differential DNA extraction, DNA quantification, PCR amplification, and separation and detection of amplified products by capillary electrophoresis). This effort will only partially solve the DNA sample backlog problem, though, and this BAA addresses two other significant rate limiting steps in the process: 1) the identification of probative biological samples, and 2) the interpretation of STR analytical results and associated data quality review. BAA-0034339 (FBO 06/05/03)

Deadline: 7/18/2003

25-11 Research Opportunities for Ground-Based Research in the Biomedical Research and Countermeasure Program (NASA)

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA) solicits ground-based proposals for research that will lead to the development of countermeasures against the negative effects of space flight on humans. This NRA solicits research proposals for independent investigator research projects, or proposals for the opportunity to become a member of an integrated countermeasure development team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). NRA-03-OBPR-04 (FBO 03/31/03)

Deadline: 7/15/2003

25-12 Cancer Research (Pardee)

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation makes grants for projects related to the cure and control of cancer. The Foundation particularly welcomes innovative, small-scale, short-term projects which may be difficult to fund elsewhere until some interesting results are obtained.

http://www.pardeefoundation.org

Deadline: Open

25-13 Building the Evidence to Promote Bioterrorism and Other Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Health Care Systems (HHS)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces the availability of 1-2 year (maximum 2 years) research grants that will examine and promote the health care system's readiness for a bioterrorist event and other public health emergencies through the development of new evidence, tools and models. AHRQ intends to support research that emphasizes the following research objectives: 1) Emergency preparedness of hospitals and health care systems for bioterrorism and other public health emergencies; 2) Enhanced capacity needs of ambulatory care, home and long term care, care of psychosocial consequences; 3) Information technology linkages and emerging communication networks to improve the linkages between the personal health care system, emergency response networks and public health agencies; 4) Novel uses of health care system training strategies that can prepare community clinicians to recognize and manage a bioterrorist event and other public health emergencies. PAR-03-130 (NIHG 5/30/03)

Deadline: 7/17/2003, 1/14/2004, 1/14/2005

STUDENT

25-14 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards individual postdoctoral fellowships (F32) to promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in fields related to the mission of the NIH constituent institutes and centers. The proposed postdoctoral training must be within the broad scope of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research and must offer an opportunity to enhance the fellow's understanding of the health-related sciences and extend his/her potential for a productive research career. PA-03-067 (NIHG 02/07/03)

Deadline: 8/5/2003, 12/5/2003