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Featured opportunities for November 20, 2019

Find these featured opportunities and more in the full Funding Connection. 

  • The National Institutes of Health, specifically the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), released an Announcement encouraging new applications to advance research activities relevant to the five strategic priorities identified in the recently released NIH Strategic Plan for Tickborne Disease (TBD) Research: 1) Improve fundamental knowledge of TBDs, 2) Advance research to improve the diagnosis of TBDs, 3) Accelerate research to improve TBD prevention, 4) Promote research to improve treatment for all forms of TBDs, and 5) Support tools and resources to advance research in understanding, preventing, diagnosing, and treating TBDs.
  • The National Science Foundation’s (NSF)Linguistics program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology. The program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries.
  • Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art firsthand, the Terra Foundation supportsExhibitions that increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art (circa 1500–1980). The foundation has a particular interest in exhibitions that travel outside the United States or to Chicago, where they are headquartered. Visual arts that are eligible for Terra Foundation Exhibition Grants include painting; sculpture; works on paper (prints, drawings, watercolors, photographs); decorative arts (typically handmade functional objects of high aesthetic quality); design (objects of high aesthetic quality; excludes industrial design); performance art; video art; and conceptual art. Excluded are architecture and commercial film/animation.
  • The American Antiquarian Society/National Endowment for the Arts Long-Term Fellowships allow scholars to devote time to their humanities research. AAS-NEH fellows are expected to be in regular and continuous residence at the Society. They must devote full time to their study and may not accept teaching assignments or undertake any other major activities during the tenure of their award. Fellows may hold other major fellowships or grants during fellowship tenure, in addition to sabbaticals and supplemental grants from their own institutions. Other NEH-funded grants may be held serially, but not concurrently.  Fellowships can last from 4 to 12 months.
  • Humanities Kansas Humanities For All Grants support projects that draw on history, literature, and culture to engage the public with stories that spark conversations, such as share stories that explore the human experience, engage people in public discussions, or generate insights that cultivate a thriving democracy.
  • NSF’s Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research  (FW-HTF), one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas, is one mechanism by which NSF is responding to the challenges and opportunities for the future of jobs and work. The overarching vision is to support convergent research to understand and develop the human-technology partnership, design new technologies to augment human performance, illuminate the emerging socio-technological landscape, understand the risks and benefits of new technologies, understand and influence the impact of artificial intelligence on workers and work, and foster lifelong and pervasive learning.
  • NSF’s Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET)solicitation will support activities that substantially advance its capabilities to address environmental and sustainability grand challenges by integrating the expertise and fundamental advancements of chemical processes, transport phenomena, and bioengineering. The proposed research is expected to be compelling and broad reaching, going well beyond that typically supported by any single CBET core program. This solicitation is an opportunity to build and sustain collaborative bridges with research communities across the programmatic clusters of CBET, which include - Chemical Process Systems, Engineering Biology and Health, Environmental Engineering and Sustainability, and Transport Phenomena. Teams are expected to work cooperatively over the life of the project to understand and address the proposed challenge.
  • To foster further innovation in Privacy Preserving Technologies, and to deepen its collaboration with academia, Facebook invites faculty to respond to its call for research proposals in the following areas:   Technologies to support people’s privacy rights (access, deletion, portability, and so on);  Privacy preserving analytics and machine learning;  Data anonymization and quantification of privacy leaks; Private, high-integrity, client-side services (end-to-end encryption, blockchains, and so on); Privacy-by-design methodologies, technologies, toolkits, and frameworks; Encrypted data processing; Techniques to proactively discover and surface privacy violations in complex applications;  and Application auditing methodologies to assure transparency, privacy, and compliance.
  • The vision of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) is for the human-animal bond to be universally embraced as an essential element of human wellness. To that end, HABRI works to establish the vital role of companion animals in the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. HABRI is calling for research proposals to investigate the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for the people and the animals involved. Proposals should have a strong theoretical framework and focus on innovative approaches to studying the health effects of companion animals on humans. 
  • NSF’s Social Psychology supports research and research infrastructure to advance basic knowledge in social psychology. Projects funded by the Social Psychology Program support the NSF mission to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. Proposals considered by the Social Psychology Program must communicate both the intellectual merit of the science and its broader societal impacts.  Proposed research should carry strong potential for creating transformative advances in the basic understanding of human social behavior.  Among the many research topics supported are: social cognition, attitudes, social and cultural influence, stereotypes, motivation, decision making, group dynamics, aggression, close relationships, social and affective neuroscience, social psychophysiology, emotions, prosocial behavior, health-related behavior, and personality and individual differences.  Proposals that develop new theories or methods for understanding social behavior are highly encouraged.  Research samples should represent substantial ranges of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, and other dimensions of human populations.
  • NSF’s Developmental Sciences (DS) supports basic research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to human development across the lifespan. Research supported by this program will add to our knowledge of the underlying developmental processes that support social, cognitive, and behavioral functioning, thereby illuminating ways for individuals to live productive lives as members of society. DS supports research that addresses developmental processes within the domains of cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development across the lifespan by working with any appropriate populations for the topics of interest including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and non-human animals. The program also supports research investigating factors that affect developmental change including family, peers, school, community, culture, media, physical, genetic, and epigenetic influences.
  • The Noble Research Institute’s Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program offers the opportunity to work alongside agricultural professionals at one of the nation's foremost agricultural consultation and research organizations. The Institute offers opportunities in its core areas of expertise: animal science and livestock management (emphasis on forage-based ruminant systems), agricultural economics, agronomy, horticulture, range management, soils and crops, and wildlife and fisheries. Any given day could find you working directly with Noble Research Institute agricultural consultants and researchers, meeting with one of Noble's 1,700 cooperator-families – actual agricultural producers – that work with the Noble Research Institute on a daily basis, or conducting research on one or more of Noble's seven research farms. This combination of activities and opportunities creates one of the most valuable and unique production-agriculture-related internships in the United States.
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