August 27, 2010 (Vol. 19, No. 32)
The Kansas Statewide Conference, Energy, Climate and the Future: The Role of Kansas, will be held October 4, 2010, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m at the Adams Alumni Center, University of Kansas. Keynote speakers are George Crabtree, Senior Scientist, Distinguished Fellow and Associate Division Director in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, and Linda Mearns, Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and Executive Director of the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program and Director of the Institute for the Study of Society and the Environment. The conference will also feature research highlights and posters from the current Kansas NSF EPSCoR major initiative, Climate Change and Renewable Energy. For information and to register:
The National Science Foundation has planned an NSF Day workshop at KU on Tuesday, October 5, the day following the EPSCoR Conference.While primarily designed for less experienced researchers, all are welcome. There will be representatives from the 7 NSF directorates and also International Science and Engineering. For more information and to register:
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 6 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level, in any discipline, and from any organization. Grant proposals are being accepted online on the following topics: The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Ways to Accelerate, Sustain and Monitor Eradication; Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies; Design new Approaches to Cure HIV Infection; Create New Technologies to improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns; Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Applications for Priority Global Health Diseases.
Through the NIH Common Fund, the National Institutes of Health invite transformative Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions/organizations proposing groundbreaking exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms or challenge existing ones. Projects must clearly demonstrate potential to produce a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research. RFA-RM-10-010 (NIHG 8/6/10)
32-5 ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) (NSF)
The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. In 2011-2012, this program will support the following types of ADVANCE Projects: Institutional Transformation (IT) awards are expected to include innovative systemic organizational approaches to transform institutions of higher education in ways that will increase the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers. IT-Catalyst awards (IT-Catalyst) are designed to support historically resource-challenged institutions in efforts to conduct institutional self-assessment activities, such as data collection and analysis and policy review, in order to identify specific issues in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women faculty in STEM academics within an institution of higher education. Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) awards may focus on one institution or organization, or they may be a partnership between several institutions and/or organizations. PAID projects can focus on all STEM disciplines, several disciplines, or only one discipline, including the social and behavioral sciences. Proposers may submit only one Institutional Transformation proposal or one IT-Catalyst proposal. There is no limit on the number of PAID proposals that can be submitted. NSF 10-593
COBRE Pilot Project Awards are grants that stimulate competitive extramural research funding for tenure-track or tenured faculty members. The awards are to be used to generate or strengthen existing preliminary data to increase to competitiveness of NIH R01 applications. Proposed research must be related to cancer. The relevance of the proposed research to cancer should be stated clearly in the proposal and be reflected in the title of the Pilot Project grant application. Joint applications from several investigators are highly encouraged. All applications MUST utilize one or both of the COBRE core facilities (Medicinal Chemistry or High Throughput Screening).
This FOA issued by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), solicits Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to investigate neural, neuroendocrine and/or related integrative physiological mechanisms that mediate age dependent changes in bone metabolism and health. The discovery that leptin, secreted by adipocytes, regulates bone mass through a central relay involving serotonergic neurons has generated considerable interest and raised many additional questions about the identity of neural mediator(s) linking the brain to skeletal physiology as well as the potential involvement of other factors whether they be neural/hypothalamic factors (Serotonin, TSH and FSH, ephrins, dynorphins, endocannabiniods/receptors) or other factors such as ACTH, as well as distant tissues/organs such as adipose tissue) in regulating bone mass as well as distant tissues/organs. In addition, recent reports indicate that direct innervations are important in mechanical load sensing and bone remodeling. Furthermore, in view of the well documented age-related changes in neuroendocrine activity, this emerging field of research will significantly reshape our understanding of mechanisms modulating age-related changes in bone mass (increase or decrease in bone mass and/or the etiology of osteoporosis). We are interested in studies to identify and characterize age-related changes in these factors that serve to integrate activity influencing bone mass as well as integrative cross talk mechanisms (neural, endocrine, immune or novel) that coordinate these signaling pathways. RFA-AG-11-006 (NIHG 8/6/10)
The Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research supports and enhances cancer-related research and training at K-State. Faculty performing cancer-relevant research are invited to become affiliated researchers and apply for various awards. Innovative Research Awards provide seed money to gather preliminary data crucial for future major grant proposals. Faculty Equipment Awards provide funds for new equipment. Travel Awards are provided to affiliates in modest amounts for travel to learn new scientific techniques or visit collaborators at other institutions. Awards for graduate student travel and summer stipends are also available.
The primary purpose of the International Incentive Grants is to promote the internationalization of the university. This covers a broad area, but it is anticipated that the majority of proposals will fall into the following broad categories: 1) Incorporation of global perspectives/components into curriculum or campus program(s), including bringing international visitors/lectures to K-State; 2) Development of global learning opportunities, including study abroad courses and/or internship programs with companies or partner universities overseas; 3) International research/teaching, including organizing international workshops and conferences, and planning visits to initiate collaborative research/teaching.
The Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) award is intended to support the research and research career development of outstanding scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and who plan to make a long term career commitment to research in specific mission areas of the NIMH. This award seeks to assist these individuals in launching an innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders. Each year the BRAINS program will focus on a specific area of research and/or research career development need. For FY 2011, the BRAINS program will focus on the research priorities and gap areas identified in the NIMH Strategic Plan. RFA-MH-11-050 (NIHG 8/6/10)
This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute on Aging and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, solicits Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to advance the application of well-being measurement to the integrated study of experienced and evaluative well-being in aging-relevant contexts. This FOA is intended to capitalize on recent advances in a) approaches to measurement of both experience well-being (e.g. reports of momentary positive and rewarding, or negative and distressing states) and evaluative well-being (e.g., cognitive judgments of overall life satisfaction or dissatisfaction); b) understanding of psychological changes associated with aging that might impact these experiences and evaluations; and c) global interest in well-being measurement as a critical index of the success or failure of economic, social and health policies. This FOA solicits applications from interdisciplinary teams including behavioral scientists, psychologists, sociologists, biomedical researchers, economists and population scientists to explore which aspects of experienced and evaluative well-being, time use, and context promote or impede healthy aging; to enhance measurement of these factors in both laboratory and survey environments; and to identify modifiable factors in individuals or societies that might be potential targets for intervention. RFA-AG-11-003 (NIHG 6/25/10)
32-12 Awards for Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows for Cancer-Relevant Research, Training, and Travel (KSU)
The Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at K-State supports students and post-doctoral fellows wishing to participate in cancer-related laboratory research. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply along with cancer center-affiliated faculty researchers for Cancer Research Awards. Student winners work on real research projects in their mentors' laboratories and receive $1,000 awards in late spring. Mentors also receive $1,000 per student for research expenses. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows working with affiliated researchers may apply via their faculty mentors for Travel Awards to attend professional meetings or workshops. Faculty may also apply for summer stipends for their graduate students.