Funding Bulletins - January 10, 1997 (Vol. 6, No. 1)
1-1 EPA EPSCoR Competition (EPA)
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the 1997 competition for the EPA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Science and Engineering Environmental Research (SEER) Projects included in the state submission should advance the state of knowledge in environmental S&E; reduce uncertainty associated with risk assessment or reduce risk to human health and ecosystems; and have the potential to become nationally competitive beyond EPSCoR funding. There is a very short deadline. Two page preproposals for SEER Projects are due 01/21/97 in Paul Schwab's office for state review. A meeting will be held during the week of January 13 (time and place to be announced) to explain the program and answer questions.
Deadline: Internal Preproposals 01/21/97; Proposals 03/05/97
1-2 Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology (NSF)
The Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology (SDEST) program folds together two former NSF programs, Ethics and Values Studies, and Research on Science and Technology, in the Division of Social, Behavioral and Economic Research of the National Science Foundation. In SDEST, the Ethics and Values Studies (EVS) component focuses on developing and transmitting knowledge about ethical and value dimensions associated with the conduct and impacts of science, and engineering, and technology. The Research on Science and Technology (RST) component supports research to improve approaches and information for decision making concerning management and direction of research, science an technology. (NSF 97-28)
Deadline: 02/01/97, 08/01/97
1-3 The U.S. Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics Program and The Costal Ocean Processes Program (NSF)
This announcement of opportunity is under the auspices of the Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (U.S. GLOBEC) and Coastal Ocean Processes (CoOP) programs within NSF/OCE, and the regional ecosystem studies and U.S. GLOBEC initiatives of NOAA's COP. And opportunity exists for U.S. scientists to propose modeling, retrospective analysis, and pilot monitoring projects that address the broad intersection of basic and applied research interests of NSF/OCE and NOAA/COP in the above programs and as described below. The U.S. GLOBEC and CoOP plans envision the larger Northeast Pacific/West Coast of North America program proceeding in stages. The present Announcement of Opportunity addresses three initial activities: modeling, retrospective studies, and a modest pilot observational program. (NSF 97-25)
1-4 Higher Education Challenge Grants (USDA)
USDA has announced its 1997 Challenge Grants Program. Support is provided to colleges and universities for strengthening higher education in the food and agricultural sciences. Proposals mustaddress undergraduate studies or the first professional degree in veterinary medicine and be directed to the following targeted need areas: (1) Curricula Design and Materials Development; (2) Faculty Preparation and Enhancement for Teaching; (3) Instruction Delivery Systems; and (4) Student Experiential Learning. A proposal may address a single targeted need area or multiple targeted need areas, and may be focused on a single subject matter area or multiple subject matter areas in any combination.
1-5 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program (USDA)
The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program (NCR SARE PDP) is seeking proposals for professional development initiatives in sustainable agriculture. Projects should focus on professional development for Cooperative Extension Service (CES) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and other appropriate agency and private sector personnel within the region, in the concepts, systems and practices of sustainable agriculture. Projects can include educational activities that will take place on commercial farms; workshops; conferences, including use of satellite or other interactive TV technologies; development of materials and fact sheets, handbooks and manuals, videos, etc.; or innovative combinations of these or other activities. Projects having a scope beyond a single state are encouraged.
ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS & PHYSICAL SCIENCES
1-6 Bioremediation (EPA)
EPA/DOE/NSF/ONR joint program on Bioremediation solicits research proposals that aim to further our fundamental understanding of the chemical, physical, and biological processes influencing the bioavaliability, as defined above, and release of chemicals in soil and sediments under natural conditions, as well as the role of a chemical which, when released from the soil or sediment and assimilated by a living organism, results in an adverse effect. The objective of the research should be to understand the commonality of processes and/or environmental effects involved in contaminant release, movement, and assimilation in order to determine broadly applicable techniques for measuring the potential impacts of contaminants in complex matrices. The emphasis in proposed research projects should be on the behavior of mixtures of chemicals in field situations, for example, chemicals of disparate types found together in hazardous waste situations, like chlorinated solvents, PAHs, and metals. Interdisciplinary research is particularly encouraged.
1-7 Mars-Rock: Special Research Opportunity (NSF)
The National Science Foundation announces an opportunity for support of basic research to investigate and resolve, to the extent possible, recently reported evidence suggesting a biological origin for certain phenomena within Martian meteorite ALH84001. Within the scope of the program will be studies of mineral, chemical, and morphological features that have been observed in ALH84001 and that have been interpreted as evidence of life. While most proposals will focus directly on further examination of this meteorite, proposals can include work on other meteorites (whether of Martian origin not), as well as on terrestrial analogs, so long as the focus of the research is to provide a better framework for interpreting the features reported as possible evidence of microbial life in ALH84001. Particular emphasis will be placed on well-integrated interdisciplinary approaches which draw together disciplines which have not worked jointly on these questions. (NSF 97-34) Deadline: Preliminary proposals 01/31/97
1-8 Microgravity Fluid Physics (NASA)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is interested in receiving proposals for flight experiments and for ground-based experimental and theoretical microgravity research in fluid physics. The fluid physics discipline represents a broad range of research areas ranging from heat and mass transfer to condensed matter physics. NRA-96-HEDS-01
Deadline: Letters of Intent 02/18/97; Proposals 03/18/97
1-9 Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards (HUD)
The Housing and Urban Development Department is inviting grant and cooperative agreement applications for research related to evaluating and controlling of lead-based paint hazards. The overall goal of this research is to gain knowledge that will lead to improvements in the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of methods used for lead-based paint hazard evaluation and control. It is anticipated that this will eventually result in reduction in the magnitude of childhood lead exposure nationwide by reducing barriers to the implementation of widespread lead-based paint hazard reduction interventions and improving the effectiveness of such interventions. (FR 11/27/96)
HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES
1-10 NIMH Small Grants Program (NIH)
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Small Grants Program provides research support of up to $50,000 per year (direct costs) for up to two years for new research projects relevant to the mission of the NIMH. This award is not renewable. This program announcement replaces and supersedes the NIMH portion of PA-91-08. The small grant program provides limited and relatively rapid financial support for research within the program interests of the NIMH. Funding decisions will be based on scientific merit as determined by peer review, with priority given to applications in any of the following four categories: 1. Newer, less experienced investigators; 2. Investigators at institutions without well developed research traditions and resources; 3. More experienced investigators, for exploratory studies that represent significant change in research direction for them. 4. More experienced investigators, for testing new methods or techniques.
Deadline: 02/01, 06/01, 10/01
1-11 Support of Minorities in Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIH)
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) recognizes the need to increase the number of under represented minority individuals committed to scientific careers in research areas served by the NIDDK. This program is aimed primarily at recently trained M.D. and/or Ph.D. minority investigators. The program will enable the minority applicant to accept a tenure-earning position, gain additional research experience and obtain preliminary data on which to base a subsequent research grant application (R01 or R29) in an area of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolic diseases, digestive diseases, nutrition, kidney diseases, urologic diseases, or hematologic diseases. Applicants must be African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, or other ethnic or racial group members under represented in biomedical or behavioral research. An applicant must have a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.V.M.). He or she should have received at least two years of postgraduate research training in an area of research applicable to research supported by the NIDDK, and have direct access to an expert in the area proposed research. DK-97-009 (NIHG 12/20/96)
Deadline: Letter of Intent 02/19/97, Application 03/19/97
1-12 Leukemia Translational Research Program (Leukemia Society of America)
The Translational Research Program provides early-stage support for clinical research on leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin disease, and myeloma, which is intended to develop innovative approaches to treatment, diagnosis or prevention. The program fosters collaboration between basic and clinical scientists with the intent of enhancing the transfer of basic research findings to clinical usefulness. Applications are sought proposing novel approaches to the management of leukemia and lymphoma. Proposals should be based on molecular, cellular or integrated systems findings and be conceptually innovative.
Deadline: Preliminary Applications 02/17/97; Applications 03/17/97
1-13 Cardiovascular Aging Research (NIH)
The goal of this program announcement (PA) is to foster research that will enhance our understanding of age-associated changes in the cardiovascular system and, moreover, how these normal changes increase susceptibility to cardiovascular disease. The PA documents eight areas of research opportunities highlighted by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Cardiovascular Aging Advisory Panel. Another goal of this PA is to promote cardiovascular health during the aging process. PA-97-018 (NIHG 12/20/96)
Deadline: 02/01, 06/01, 10/01
1-14 Age, Race, and Ethnicity in Prostate Cancer (NIH)
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invite research grant applications to expand the understanding of biological and clinical factors leading to the development, progression, and treatment of prostate cancer in aging men. the unusually high incidence and mortality rates of prostate cancer for older white and black American men and, by contrast, the much lower rates in men of Hispanic and Asian descent, provide the need for research that emphasizes the role of race and ethnic factors, as well as age, in early diagnosis, management, and etiology of this tumor. PA-97-019 (NIHG 12/20/96)
Deadline: 02/01, 06/01, 10/01
1-15 Economics Literacy Grants (Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation Inc.)
The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation Inc. supports efforts to increase economic literacy. The foundation is interested in projects that improve economics teaching, study the impact of economics education, encourage students and youths to participate in the economic system and support economics education in Eastern and Central Europe.
Deadline: 02/15/97, 09/15/97
1-16 Graduate Student Researchers Program (NASA)
The Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) funds renewable fellowships for graduate students. An applicant must be sponsored by his/her graduate department chair or faculty advisor. Usually 60 of 150 awardees are sponsored by HASA Headquarters in fields of structure/evolution of the universe, origins/planetary systems, solar system exploration, Sun-Earth connection, information systems, microgravity science and applications, life sciences, and Earth sciences. The remaining awards are distributed through NASA's Field Centers where fellows must spend some time in residence.
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