Funding Bulletin - November 45, 2003 (Vol. 12, No. 45)

GENERAL

45-1 NSF EPSCoR Planning Grants (NSF/KS)

Kansas NSF EPSCoR (KNE) offers Planning Grants to stimulate the development of two types of proposals to NSF: 1) Large multi-investigator and/or multi-disciplinary research proposals that will significantly enhance a research program in Kansas, and 2) Proposals that will build stronger linkages between research and education in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in Kansas.

Deadline: 2/13/2004

45-2 Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) (NSF)

Computational neuroscience provides a theoretical foundation and set of technological approaches that may enhance our understanding of nervous system function by providing analytical and modeling tools that describe, traverse and integrate different levels of organization, spanning vast temporal and spatial scales and levels of abstraction. Computational approaches are needed in the study of neuroscience as the requirement for comprehensive analysis and interpretation of complex data sets becomes increasingly important. Collaborations among computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, statisticians, theoreticians and experimental neuroscientists, are imperative to advance our understanding of the nervous system and mechanisms underlying brain disorders. NSF 04-514

Deadline: Letters of Intent 12/10/2003; Proposals 1/30/2004

45-3 NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (HHS)

The NIH recognizes the value of supporting high quality scientific meetings that are relevant to its scientific mission and to the public health. A scientific meeting is defined as a gathering, symposium, seminar, conference, workshop or any other organized, formal meeting where persons assemble to coordinate, exchange, and disseminate information or to explore or clarify a defined subject, problem, or areas of knowledge. This Program Announcement will use the NIH conference grant (R13) and conference cooperative agreement (U13) award mechanisms. Under the R13 mechanism, the applicant will be solely responsible for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project. In the cooperative agreement (U13) mechanism, the Principal Investigator retains the primary responsibility and dominant role for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project, with NIH staff being substantially involved as a partner with the Principal Investigator. PAR-03-176 (NIHG 9/26/03)

Deadline: 12/15/2003, 4/15/2004, 8/15/2004

45-4 Education Partnerships (STATE)

The State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is inviting proposals for education partnerships of U.S. higher education institutions and their counterparts in certain foreign countries to advance mutual understanding, education reform, economic development and civil society. Funds enable colleges and universities to partner with foreign counterparts to pursue exchanges of advanced graduate students, faculty and administrators. Eligible partner countries for 2004 represent East Asia and the Pacific; North Africa and the Middle East; Sub-Saharan Africa; the Western Hemisphere (Caribbean); South Asia; and Europe and Eurasia, specifically, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Turkey and the United Kingdom (limited to projects that study inter-ethnic or inter-religious relations and promote cooperation with immigrant and minority populations). ECA/A/S/U-04-03 (FR 08/21/03)

Deadline: 12/12/2003

EDUCATION

45-5 Disability and Rehabilitation Research - Research Fellowships Program (ED)

The purpose of the Research Fellowships Program is to build research capacity by providing support to highly qualified individuals, including those who are individuals with disabilities, to conduct research about the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Fellows must address problems encountered by individuals in their daily lives that are due to the presence of a disabling condition, problems associated with the provision of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities, and problems connected with the conduct of disability research. The program provides two categories of Fellowships: Merit Fellowships and Distinguished Fellowships. CFDA No. 84.133F (FR 10/16/03)

Deadline: 12/15/2003

45-6 Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) (NSF)

The Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program seeks to increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of information assurance and computer security and to increase the capacity of the United States higher education enterprise to continue to produce professionals in these fields to meet the needs of our increasingly technological society. The SFS program is composed of two tracks: The Scholarship Track provides funding to colleges and and universities to award scholarships to students in information assurance and computer security fields for the final two years of undergraduate study, or for two years of master's-level study, or for the final two years of Ph.D.-level study. The Capacity Building Track provides funds to colleges and universities to improve the quality and increase the production of information assurance and computer security professionals. NSF 04-505

Deadline: Letters of Intent 12/12/2003; Full Proposal 1/12/2004

ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS & PHYSICAL SCIENCES

45-7 Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP) (NSF)

This Program Solicitation establishes within the Instrumentation for Materials Research (IMR) Program in the Division of Materials Research (DMR) a new opportunity for support for the design and construction of major instruments. The program is also intended to support the development of detailed conceptual and engineering design for new tools for materials preparation or characterization at major national facilities. Such instruments may include, for example, neutron beam lines, synchrotron beam lines, and high field magnets as well as development of detectors and preparation environments necessary to support materials research. The program will support two types of awards: Conceptual and Engineering Design (CED) awards and Construction (CNST) awards. NSF 03-604

Deadline: 12/15/2003

45-8 Design of Roadside Barrier Systems Placed on MSE Retaining Walls (NRC)

Current procedures and design details for roadside barriers placed on retaining walls vary widely among state highway agencies. Most designs currently used are overly conservative because of inadequate understanding of how barrier impact loads are distributed through the barrier and transferred to the structural slab and the wall system. The objective of this research is to develop, in a format suitable for adoption by AASHTO, procedures for designing roadside barrier systems placed on mechanically stabilized earth retaining structures. Project 22-20

Deadline: 12/9/2003

45-9 HUD Urban Scholars Fellowship Program

The purposes of the HUD Urban Scholars Program are to: () Fund research relevant to HUD priorities and issues in the United States and its possessions; 2) Provide encouragement to new scholars to undertake research now, and throughout their careers, on topics of interest to HUD; and 3) Make an impact on the academic context in which these scholars work so that this kind of research becomes highly valued. (FR 10/10/03)

Deadline: 12/17/2003

45-10 Plasma Physics (DoE)

The Energy Department's Office of Fusion Energy Sciences is inviting applications to support junior faculty working in areas of experimental or theoretical plasma physics research. Investigators may be involved in any area of plasma physics research, not only magnetic fusion. DE-FG01-04ER04-04 (FR 10/01/03)

Deadline: 12/9/2003

45-11 New Frontiers Program-2003 and Missions of Opportunity (NASA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Space Science has released an Announcement of Opportunity (AO 03-OSS-03) entitled New Frontiers Program 2003 and Missions of Opportunity. Selections of proposals through this AO are intended to select investigations for two different types of scientific investigations: 1) New Frontiers Mission investigations specifically for the planet Venus, the Earth's Moon, Jupiter, or a comet nucleus; and 2) Mission of Opportunity investigations for all Solar System objects except Mars. AO 03-OSS-03

Deadline: Notice of Intent 12/12/2003; Proposals 2/13/2004

45-12 Chemical Bonding Centers (CBC), Phase I (NSF)

The CBC Program is designed to support the formation of centers that can address major, long-term basic chemical research problems. Appropriate research problems are high-risk but potentially high-impact because they will attract broad scientific and public interests. Centers are expected to be agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities and make full use of cyber infrastructure to enhance collaborations. Center teams may include researchers from other disciplines and from academia, industry, government laboratories and international organizations. Centers will be selected through a multi-phase peer-review process. Phase I consists of a preliminary proposal that will be peer reviewed, followed by an invited full proposal to explore development of a center. NSF 03-606

Deadline: Preliminary 12/15/2003; Full Proposals 4/9/2004

45-13 Discovery Corps Fellowships (DC) (NSF)

The Discovery Corps Fellowship Program is pilot program seeking new postdoctoral and professional development models that combine research expertise with professional service. Discovery Corps Fellows leverage their research expertise through projects that address areas of national need. Their projects enhance research capacity and infrastructure and contribute to workforce development and job creation. For this pilot program, successful applicants will have research expertise in the chemical sciences, or in interdisciplinary areas supported by the chemical sciences. The Discovery Corps Fellowship Program compromises two categories of awards: recent doctoral recipients serve as Discovery Corps Postdoctoral Fellows: and mid-career professionals serve as Discovery Corps Senior Fellows. NSF 03-596

Deadline: 12/15/2003

45-14 George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Research (NEESR) (NSF)

The Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems (CMS) in the Directorate for Engineering of the National Science Foundation invites proposals for earthquake engineering research that utilize the experimental resources of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). NEES is a national shared-use and geographically-distributed experimental laboratory for advancing understanding and improving the seismic design and performance of the Nation's constructed civil and mechanical infrastructure. A proposal submitted under this solicitation must utilize the equipment resources at one or more of the NEES equipment sites operated by the NEES Consortium, Inc., in the proposed research project. NEESR projects will be supported at three levels of effort: Individual Investigator (II) awards will be made to individuals and small research teams; Small Group (SG) awards will be made to cross-disciplinary and, preferably, multi-organizational teams of researchers; Grand Challenge (GC) awards will support geographically-distributed, cross-disciplinary, and multi-organizational teams. NSF 03-589

Deadline: Letters of Intent 12/8/2003; Proposals 1/22/2004

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES

45-15 Cooperative Centers for Translational Research on Human Immunology and Biodefense (NIH)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications from single institutions or consortia of institutions to increase the number of Cooperative Centers for Translational Research on Human Immunology and Biodefense originally established by NIAID in fiscal year 2003. The long-term goal of this program is the translation of research using animal models of immunity into clinical applications in humans. The immediate purpose is to support basic and translational research, and create the stable, flexible, centralized infrastructure needed to promote and coordinate mutidisciplinary research in human immunology as it relates to defense against agents of bioterrorism and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases. RFA-AI-03-015 (NIHG 08/22/03)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 12/12/2003; Applications 1/13/2004