Funding Bulletin - September 12, 2003 (Vol. 12, No. 36)

GENERAL

36-1 First Awards (KS/EPSCoR)

The First Award program helps early career faculty become competitive for funding from the research directorates at the National Science Foundation by: 1) encouraging early career faculty to submit proposals to the NSF as soon as possible after their first faculty appointment, and 2) by accelerating the pace of their research and the quality of their proposal submission to the NSF by providing funds for supplies, equipment, research assistants, postdoctoral fellows, summer salary, and other items that support the research objective. Eligible to apply is any individual tenure track faculty member at KSU, KU, or WSU who: has not previously received a First Award, is not currently a lead principal investigator of a research grant from a federal agency, has not previously been a lead principal investigator of a research grant from a federal agency, is within the first three years of his/her faculty appointment, does not currently hold a post doctoral, extension or research faculty position, and is not currently funded from the Phase IV NSF EPSCoR research grant in ecological genomics; bioinformatics, or lipidomics. Only projects with research in areas that are funded by the NSF are eligible for First Awards. Proposals in the area of Living Systems will receive priority for First Award funding. Living Systems includes research related to environmental quality, the basic biological sciences, biochemistry, bioengineering, biopysics, biotechnology, and bioinformatics.

Deadline: Letters of Intent 10/9/2003; Proposals 1/22/2004

36-2 Professional Master's Program in the Social Sciences and Humanities

The Council of Graduate Schools invites proposals for planning grants to support the needs assessment and development of professional master's degree programs in the social science and humanities fields (PSSHM). Professional master's degree programs prepare graduates for non-academic employment that serves local or regional workforce needs rather than for doctoral study. The CGS/Ford project will provide grants to a significant number of member universities to participate in the collaborative research and demonstration project on professional master's education. The core of the project is the development of models of professional master's programs that serve specific employment needs of business, industry, government, and non-profit sectors. The models will provide additional insight into the trajectories of master's education in relation to societal needs.

Deadline: 10/15/2003

36-3 Cooperative Activities in Environmental Research between theNational Science Foundation and the European Commission: Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algae NSF

This program supports collaborative environmental research between U.S. scientists and engineers and their counterparts in the member countries of the European Union through an implementing arrangement between the National Science Foundation and the European Commission (EC). Projects to be supported by NSF through this competition must have a clear relevance to understanding the ecology and oceanography of harmful blooms. NSF 03-580

Deadline: 10/16/2003

ARTS & HUMANITIES

36-4 Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program (ED)

The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program offers opportunities to faculty members of institutions of higher education for research and study in modern foreign languages and area studies. The research project must focus on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean). Please note that applications that propose projects focused on Western Europe will not be funded. CFDA No. 84.019A (FR 08/26/03)

Deadline: 10/20/2003

ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS & PHYSICAL SCIENCES

36-5 Three Dimensional (3-D) Electronics (DARPA)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting research proposals in the area of Three Dimensional (3-D) Electronics. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices or systems. DARPA seeks innovative proposals in the following areas: 3-D integrated circuit process technology, and development and demonstration of Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools for integrated 3-dimensional (3-D) mixed signal circuits. BAA03-25 (FBO 07/11/03)

Deadline: 10/17/2003

36-6 Fusion Science Centers (DoE)

The Energy Department is inviting applications to develop fusion science centers focused on fusion plasma science. Centers will emphasize research on issues of fundamental importance to fusion plasma science that are beyond the scope of individual projects. Examples of topics that could serve as a focus of a center are: turbulence and transport; chaos and self-organization; energetic particle dynamics and high energy density plasma physics. Centers will sponsor multidisciplinary workshops and summer schools that will bring together students and researchers from various fields and institutions. DE-FG01-03ER03-26 (FR 08/15/03)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 10/15/2003; Preliminary Proposals 11/14/2003; Invited Proposals 3/1/2003

36-7 Pavement Marking Materials and Markers: Safety Impact and Cost-Effectiveness NRC

The objective of this project is to develop guidelines for use of pavement marking materials and markers based on their safety impact and cost-effectiveness. Within the scope of this project the terms "pavement marking materials and markers" and "pavement markings and markers" shall specifically refer to those now in common use, either singly or in combination, for longitudinal delineation on all classes of roadways. The results of this research will support the advancement of management systems for pavement markings and roadway delineation through development of: 1) guidelines for the application of "right" markings and markers, whether singly or in combination, on streets, roads, and highways; and 2) a supporting model performance-based specification. Project 17-28

Deadline: 10/16/2003

36-8 Procedures for Cost Estimation and Management for Highway Projects During Planning, Programming, and Preconstruction. (NRC)

The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook on highway cost estimation management and project cost estimation procedures aimed at achieving greater consistency and accuracy between long-range transportation planning, priority programming, and preconstruction cost estimates. The guidebook should provide appropriate strategies, methods, and tools to develop, track, and document realistic cost estimates during each phase of the process. Project 8-49

Deadline: 10/17/2003

36-9 University Countermine Center of Expertise (DOD)

The U.S. Army is planning to establish a University Countermine Center of Expertise to assist in improving the understanding of the processes and interactions of mines in the background environment. The center will investigate associated phenomenology and micro-scaling techniques and develop relevant models of soil, vegetation, and environment. Such models will enable Army research centers to develop detection systems that can minimize clutter and "false alarms" caused by variations of such phenomena. The primary focus of the Center research effort will be the development of a computational testbed in which geo-environmental phenomenology models will be integrated with other models. These other models include target signatures, sensors, signal processing and automated target recognition algorithms for the prediction of sensor performance, for both individual sensors and fused sensor modalities. DAAD19-03-R-0013

Deadline: 10/10/2003

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE

36-10 Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (NIH)

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) invite applications for Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Center grants. Five competing Digestive Diseases Research Core Center Grants (P30) will be awarded in fiscal year 2005. The objective of the Core Centers is to bring together investigators from relevant disciplines to enhance and extend the effectiveness of research related to digestive diseases and their complications. A Core Center must be an identifiable unit within a single university medical center or a consortium of cooperating institutions, including an affiliated university. DK-03-016 (NIHG 05/09/03)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 10/16/2003; Applications 11/13/2003

36-11 Innovative Partnerships in Type 1 Diabetes Research (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health invites applications to support collaborations between investigators who focus their research efforts on type 1 diabetes or its complications and researchers from other research areas with expertise relevant to type 1 diabetes research. The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to attract new research talent to type 1 diabetes research, strengthen the ongoing efforts of type 1 diabetes researchers by providing access to specialized expertise or technologies relevant to their research, and facilitate the formation of interdisciplinary research partnerships to investigate significant biological and medical problems associated with type 1 diabetes. Applications should propose collaborative research partnerships between independent principal investigators, at least one currently pursuing research relevant to type 1 diabetes and one (or more) with expertise relevant to some aspect of type 1 diabetes that is not currently being applied by the investigator to research on this disease. DK-03-015 (NIHG 6/27/03)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 10/16/2003; Applications 11/13/2003

36-12 HRSA Grants Previews (HRSA)

The Health and Human services Department `s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) last week issued its annual omnibus "Preview" grant announcement for fiscal 2004. The overview covers more than 70 programs in areas from nursing and other health professions training to maternal and child health and rural health programs. The document aims to be a single source of program and application information for HRSA's competitive grants.

Deadline: Varies

SOCIAL SCIENCES

36-13 Grants to Support the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day Initiative (CNCS)

The Corporation for National and Community Service announces the anticipated availability of funds for planning and carrying out service opportunities in conjunction with the federal legal holiday honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 19, 2004 The purpose of the grants is to mobilize more Americans to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday as a day of service in communities and to bring people together around the common focus of service to others. (FR 9/5/03)

Deadline: 10/2/2003

36-14 Efficacy of Interventions Promoting Entry Into Biomedical Research Careers (NIH)

The goal of this RFA is to support research that will test assumptions regarding the effectiveness of interventions that are intended to increase interests, motivation and preparedness for careers in biomedical research, with a particular interest in those interventions specifically designed to increase the number of underrepresented minority students entering careers in biomedical and behavioral research. Since it is likely that comparable interventions are applicable to students universally, the proposed research need not be restricted to underrepresented minority students. Indeed, comparative research may well be particularly illuminating and is, therefore, encouraged. RFA-GM-03-011 (NIHG 08/08/03)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 10/17/2003; Applications 11/17/2003

STUDENTS

36-15 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program (ED)

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program provides opportunities for graduate students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The absolute priority is a research project that focuses on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean). Please note that applications that propose projects focused on Western Europe will not be funded.

Deadline: 10/20/2003