Funding Bulletins - Januarty 16, 1998 (Vol. 7, No. 3)
3-1 Potato Research (USDA)
The Agriculture Department's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service is inviting proposals for grants to support potato research that focuses on varietal development/testing. Varietal development/testing is research using traditional and biotechnological genetics to develop improved potato variety(ies). Aspects of evaluation, screening and testing must support or compliment the development of improved varieties. (FR 01/05/98)
3-2 North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (USDA)
The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development has five major program areas: 1) improving economic competitiveness, diversity, and adaptability of small and/or rural communities; 2) linking natural resource industries, particularly agriculture, with community and environmental resources; 3) increasing community capacity to deal with change; 4) enhancing self-reliance of families and communities; 5) facilitating development of policies that enhance the well-being of rural people and small towns. Seed grants are designed to support teams of researchers, particularly those with innovative geographic disciplinary, and practitioner-researcher linkages, to prepare a proposal for funding.
SMALL BUSINESS COLLABORATIONS
3-3 NIST Advanced Technology Program (ATP) (NIST)
The NIST Advanced Technology Program (ATP) is soliciting proposals under ATP General Competition 98-01 and 7 focused competitions, and announcing public meetings (Proposers' Conferences) for all interested parties. The Advanced Technology Program is a unique partnership between U.S. industry and government to advance the nation's competitiveness and economy by developing high-risk but powerful new technologies that enable a broad spectrum of potential new applications, commercial products, and services. The General Competition is open to all areas of technology. 7 special focus competition topics are: Photonics Manufacturing; Premium Power; Digital Video in Information Networks; Catalysis & Biocatalysis Technologies; Microelectronics Manufacturing Infrastructure; Selective-Membrane Platforms; and Tools for DNA Diagnostics.
Deadline: General, DNA 03/18/98; others 04/08/98 or 04/22/98
3-4 Small Business Innovation Research (DOE)
The Department of Energy has announced the availability of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) annual solicitation. 39 topic areas have been selected for Phase I applications. Phase I grants provide awards of up to $75,000 to explore the feasibility of innovative concepts. DOE's SBIR program offers uninterrupted funding between Phase I and Phase II (principal R&D effort) for awardees. In addition, DOE has sponsored a Commercialization Assistance Project for the past six years which has provided individual assistance in developing business plans and in preparation of presentations to potential investment sponsors.
3-5 Small Business Technology Transfer (DOD)
The Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Ballistic Missile Defense Organization are inviting small business firms and research institutions to jointly submit proposals under this solicitation for the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. A minimum of 40% of each STTR project must be carried out by the small business concern and a minimum of 30% must be performed by the research institution. Each DOD branch has identified solicitation topics. Proposals will first be evaluated for relevance to the chosen topic.
3-6 Small Business Technology Transfer (NSF)
The National Science Foundation Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program expands the public/private partnership to include joint venture opportunities for small businesses and academic research institutions. A team approach is required in which at least one research investigator is employed by the small business concern and one investigator is employed by the academic research institution. STTR combines the intellectual strengths and research and development capabilities of both entities by introducing entrepreneurial skills to high technology research efforts. The research topic is Biosensing. The focus is on the use of modern biotechnology tools to sense significant and frequently harmful changes in our environment. (NSF 98-29)
ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS & PHYSICAL SCIENCES
3-7 Scientific Computing Research Environments for the Mathematical Sciences (NSF)
The Division of Mathematical Sciences of the National Science Foundation plans a limited number of grants for the support of computing environments for research in the mathematical sciences. Scientific Computing Research Environments (SCREMS) awards are for computing environments dedicated to research in the mathematical sciences. Proposals may request support for purchase of computing equipment, and limited support for professional systems administrators or programmer personnel for research computing needs. Awards are made to provide support for specific research projects rather than to provide general computing capacity. Proposers are encouraged to include projects involving symbolic and algebraic computations and graphical representations in aid of the research as well as those emphasizing traditional numerical computations and simulations. (NSF 98-31)
3-8 Mars Instrument Development Program (NASA)
NASA is soliciting new proposals for research and development work to take promising instruments, relevant to the surface science goals of the Mars 2003 and 2005 missions, from the breadboard or lab-demonstration phase to a point where they can be tested in systems-level simulated rover operations or under similar realistic conditions. NRA-97-OSS-16
Deadline: Notices of Intent 01/23/98; Proposals 03/23/98
3-9 University-Class Explorer Program (NASA)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Office of Space Science is releasing a NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for the University-class Explorer (UNEX) and Missions of Opportunity. NASA intends to select two University-class Explorers to launch by the end of June 2001. A Mission of Opportunity may also be selected. The science objectives covered by the AO include the Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems; the Sun-Earth Connection; and the Structure and Evolution of the Universe. AO-98-OSS-01
Deadline: Notices of Intent 02/11/98; Proposals 04/06/98
3-10 Research Related to High Level Radioactive Waste (DOE)
The Offices of Energy Research and Environmental Management, Department of Energy, announce their interest in receiving grant applications for performance of innovative, fundamental research to support specific activities for high level radioactive waste; which include, but are not limited to, characterization and safety, retrieval of tank waste and tank closure, pretreatment, and waste immobilization and disposal. Program Notice 98-08
Deadline: Preapplications 01/27/98
3-11 Action Agenda for Systemic Engineering Education Reform (NSF)
Many innovative approaches to engineering education are now available in various stages of development, evaluation, and institutionalization; however, their widespread adoption has been quite limited. The Action Agenda for Systemic Engineering Education Reform seeks truly innovative approaches to break through this implementation barrier. This program is outcomes-based and seeks proposals for effective actions to achieve specified Action Agenda Goals in ways that will affect significant numbers of engineering students. Proposed projects may include contributions from disciplines such as mathematics; physical, biological, and information sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and arts and humanities that explicitly support learning experiences for engineering students. Interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. (NSF 98-27)
3-12 Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicle--Integrated Tactical Aircraft Control (AFOSR)
Wright Laboratory is interested in receiving proposals for the development and evaluation of core flight control and flight management technologies which will enable the full military potential of Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicles (UCAVs). The Integrated Tactical Aircraft Control (ITAC) program is an international, cooperative program with the French Ministry of Defense. Respondents to this solicitation will be required to demonstrate their ability to work cooperatively with the French and their contractors. PRDA No. 97-03-FIK
HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES
3-13 Genetic Mechanisms in Oral Cancer (NIH)
The National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) invites investigator-initiated research grant applications for investigation of genetic mechanisms involved in the initiation and progression of oral cancer, the invasion by and metastasis of primary lesions and the development of gene therapy for these malignancies. Applications are also encouraged for the development and application of genetic markers for diagnosis and prognosis. DE-98-008 (NIHG 01/09/98)
Deadline: Letters of Intent 03/01/98, Applications 06/10/98
3-14 Microgravity Biotechnology: Research & Flight Experiment Opportunities (NASA)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is interested in receiving proposals for basic experimental and theoretical research using microgravity to advance scientific knowledge and technology in biotechnology. In addition, proposals are sought to provide fundamental understanding of biotechnological processes important for long-duration space missions. Investigations may involve flight experiments or ground-based experimental and theoretical research intended to support the study of biotechnology using the low-gravity environment of space. NRS-97-HEDS-02
Deadline: Letters of Intent 02/20; Applications 04/07/98
3-15 Visiting Professorships in Basic Medical Sciences (Wellcome)
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund offers the opportunity to bring in distinguished scientists to serve as Wellcome Visiting Professors. Each visiting professor will spend up to five days at the institution engaged in teaching and discussion with students and faculty and deliver a Wellcome Lecture on a subject pertinent to his or her discipline. Professors from the following fields are eligible: Anatomy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Nutrition, Immunology, Cell Biology, Biophysics, Bone and Mineral Research and Protein Sciences.
3-16 Visiting Professorships in Microbiological Sciences (Wellcome)
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund invites nominations for Wellcome Visiting Professorships in Microbiological Sciences. The visiting professorships are offered annually to stimulate interest in the microbiological sciences and to enhance communication among scientists in specified disciplines: microbiology, virology, biotechnology, parasitology, immunology, bacteriology, and molecular biology. The awards enable institutions to bring in distinguished scientists from the United States or abroad to spend two to five days engaged in teaching and discussion with students and faculty. During the visit, each visiting professor will deliver a Wellcome Lecture on a pertinent topic in the microbiological sciences.
3-17 Plant Genome Research Program Collaborative Research and Infrastructure Projects (NSF)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces an opportunity for research in basic plant genomic science. The goals of the program are to support research on the structure, organization and function of plant genomes, and to accelerate the acquisition and utilization of new knowledge and innovative technologies that will aid in developing a more complete elucidation of basic biological processes in plants. An integrated understanding of plant genome structure and function is essential for the development of improved economically significant plants and of novel plant based products. This program represents the initial NSF component of an anticipated National Plant Genome Research Initiative. (NSF 98-30)
Deadline: Letters of Intent 02/02/98, Proposals 04/06/98
3-18 Research on the Interaction of Welfare Reform and Housing Programs (HUD)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development invites academic researchers to submit proposals for research on the impact of welfare reform on low-income families, housing, communities, and housing subsidy costs. Funded projects should focus on impacts on low-income families, housing, communities, and subsidy costs, and examine potential policy responses. Projects should also focus on the effects of statutory, regulatory, and locally-initiated actions affecting families with children.
Deadline: Abstracts 02/09/98
Last Modified: 10:53am , January 22, 1998