September 23, 2011 (Vol. 20, No. 36)

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36-1 2012/2013 Scandinavian Award Competition (ASF)

Funding will be offered by the American-Scandinavian Foundation to outstanding American and Scandinavian students, scholars, professionals and artists in its 2012/13 award program. Fellowships are intended to support an academic year-long stay, and priority is given to students at the graduate level who need to spend time at foreign academic or research institutions. Grants of up to $5,000 are considered more suitable for shorter research visits, both on the graduate or post-doctoral level. Funding is available to candidates in all fields. Fellowships and grants are awarded competitively, based on qualifications of the applicants, the significance and feasibility of the projects, and the merit of pursuing the program overseas.

Deadline: 11/1/2011

36-2 Collaborative Research Travel Grants (BWF)

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Collaborative Research Travel Grants program provides up to $15,000 in support for Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty researchers from degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada to travel either domestically or internationally to acquire a new research technique, to facilitate a collaboration, or to attend a laboratory/lecture course. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or be studying for a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering and be interested in investigating research opportunities in the biological sciences. Biologists interested in working with physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers, chemists, statisticians, or computer scientists to incorporate their ideas and approaches to answering biological questions are also eligible to apply. (PND 9/16/11)

Deadline: 12/1/2011


36-3 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Sustainable Bioenergy (NIFA)

The Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge Area RFA focuses on the societal challenge to secure America's energy future. In the Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge Area RFA, specific program areas are designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the National dependence on foreign oil through the production of sustainable bioenergy. Project types supported by AFRI within this RFA include single-function Research, multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants. USDA-NIFA-AFRI-003536 (GG 9/21/11)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 10/25/2011; Applications 12/15/2011

36-4 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: NIFA Fellowships Grant Program (NIFA)

The AFRI NIFA Fellowship RFA focuses on developing the next generation of scientists who will lead agriculture into the future by solving current and future challenges facing our society. The AFRI NIFA Fellowships Grant Program targets talented, highly-motivated doctoral candidates and postdoctoral trainees that demonstrate remarkable promise and the ability to increase the number of gifted agricultural scientists in the United States. The Program seeks to develop the technical and academic competence of doctoral candidates and the research independence and teaching credentials of postdoctoral scientists in the food, forestry and agricultural sciences that are within the NIFA's challenge areas through well-developed and highly interactive mentoring and training activities. USDA-NIFA-AFRI-003538 (GG 9/21/11)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 11/8/2011; Applications 1/19/2012

36-5 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change (NIFA)

The Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area RFA focuses on the societal challenge to adapt agroecosystems and natural resource systems to climate variability and change and implement mitigation strategies in those systems. In the Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area RFA, specific program areas are designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the use of energy, nitrogen, reducing GHG emissions from practices, and water in the production of food, feed, fiber, and fuel and increase carbon sequestration. USDA-NIFA-AFRI-003537 (GG 9/21/11)

Deadline: Letters of Intent Integrated 11/20/2011, Regional 11/28/2011; Applications 12/16/2011, 1/13/2012


36-6 Discovery Research K-12 (NSF)

The Discovery Research K-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by preK-12 students, teachers, administrators and parents. All DRK-12 projects should be framed around a research question or hypothesis that addresses an important need or topic in preK-12 STEM education. The emphasis in DRK-12 is on research projects that study the development, testing, deployment, effectiveness, and/or scale-up of innovative resources, models and tools. DRK-12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate a radically different structure and function of pre-K 12 teaching and learning. DRK-12 is particularly interested in projects that hold promise for identifying and developing the next generation of STEM innovators (NSB, 2010). There are four strands described in detail in the solicitation: 1) Assessment; 2) Learning; 3) Teaching; 4) Scale-up. NSF 11-588 (GG 9/16/11)

Deadline: Letters of Intent 11/17/2011; Proposals 1/10/2012

36-7 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship (NAE)

A program of the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. This nonresidential postdoctoral fellowship funds proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members. Fellows take the equivalent of one year's teaching leave during the fellowship term. The fellowship program is open to applicants who have received their Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent research degree between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2011. The proposed project must be an education research project. (PND 9/16/11)

Deadline: 11/4/2011


36-8 SciDAC: Scientific Computation Application Partnerships in Materials and Chemical Sciences (DOE)

The Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) and the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Department of Energy (DOE) announce their interest in receiving applications from interdisciplinary teams to the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program, for Scientific Computation Application Partnerships in the area of Materials and Chemical Sciences. BES supports fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels in order to provide the foundation for new energy technologies and to support DOE missions in energy, environment, and national security. The BES SciDAC Partnership portfolio will focus on the development of new algorithms and computation approaches which could dramatically accelerate the discovery of new materials and processes as well as provide fundamental understanding and improvement of current materials and processes. Implementing these new algorithms on current and next generation massively parallel computers requires a team approach which includes materials and chemical scientists, applied mathematicians and computer scientists. (GG 9/21/11) DE-FOA-0000593

Deadline: Preapplications 12/9/2011; Applications 3/12/2012

36-9 ROSES-11 Amendment 26: A.35, Earth Science Applications: Wildland Fires (NASA)

Earth Science Applications: Wildland Fires is specifically focused on applications addressing cross-cutting and multi-disciplinary issues related to wildland fires in support of management strategies and actions, business practices, and policy analysis and decisions. Projects must span at least two of the Applied Sciences Program's application themes. This solicitation will initially support one-year feasibility studies of potential applications. NASA will then down-select and continue support of a subset of these applications in subsequent, three-year projects. NNH11ZDA001N

Deadline: Notices of Intent 10/27/2011; Proposals 12/16/2011

36-10 Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing: Nuclear Physics (SciDAC) (DOE)

The Office of Nuclear Physics (NP) and the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) of the Department of Energy (DOE) announce their interest in receiving applications to the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program for SciDAC Scientific Computation Application Partnerships in areas of particular relevance to the research goals of the DOE Office of Nuclear Physics. The primary goal of these projects will be to enable and support research on current high profile computationally intensive topics in theoretical nuclear physics of direct relevance to the experimental research programs at existing or approved NP facilities. Research topics of interest and the associated facilities include but are not limited to the following: A) Heavy Ion Collider Physics (HICP); B) Medium Energy Nuclear Physics (MENP); C) Low Energy Nuclear Physics (LENP). DE-FOA-0000581 (GG 9/19/11)

Deadline: Preapplications 10/30/2011; Applications 1/5/2012


36-11 Research Opportunities in Space Biology (NASA)

This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits hypothesis driven research proposals for both ground-based experiments and flight experiments in Space Biology (SB). Utilizing 21st century biological tools (e.g., genetic, proteomic, metabolomic) SC scientists will examine and discover underlying mechanisms of adaptation to changes resulting from the space flight environment (e.g., altered gravity, stress, radiation), and will determine cellular and organismal mechanisms that regulate and sustain growth, metabolism, reproduction and development. NASA intends to sponsor studies that will result in new basic knowledge that will provide a foundation on which other NASA researchers and engineers can build approaches and countermeasures to the problems confronting human exploration of space, or that translate into new biological tools or applications on Earth. NNH11ZTT002N (GG 9/16/11)

Deadline: Notices of Intent 10/31/2011; Proposals 1/6/2012


36-12 2012 EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master's and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of five years. This Request for Applications (RFA) solicits applications from students to perform graduate level investigation towards protecting human health and the environment. Applications are welcomed from students studying any academic discipline to the extent that the particular topic of proposed research is related to EPA's mission. This includes students studying in ecology, economics, engineering, modeling, the health sciences, physical sciences, earth sciences, exposure sciences, social sciences, informational sciences, mathematical and computer sciences, and environmental sciences. Applications are also welcomed from students who have not traditionally participated in environmental conversations or research, including those that attend Minority Academic Institutions (MAIs). EPA-F2012-STAR-A1-F5