Category Archives: Funding Opportunities

NSF webinar on accelerating innovation

National Science Foundation logoThe National Science Foundation will host a webinar on its Partners for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research solicitation on Wednesday July 25.  From NSF:

“The aim of the webinar is to outline the key requirements of the two choices available within the PFI: AIR solicitation – Technology Translation and Research Alliance.

“What distinguishes one choice from the other is not the subject matter, but the participants, i.e., the persons or groups involved. Both of these choices are designed to accelerate innovation that results in the creation of new wealth and the building of strong local, regional, and national economies.”

The webinar will be held on Wednesday July 25, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT. Registration is not necessary. For the URL and other details, go to the NSF web page.  Before the webinar, participants are strongly encouraged to review the solicitation.

FY2011 Investing in Innovation (i3) Competition

The U.S. Department of Education has launched the 2011 round of its Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program.  This year,  $150 million is available to school districts and non-profit organizations to continue support of innovative approaches that significantly improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement, engagement and attainment.

The program seeks to find and fund the best ideas of educators and non-profits “to create a robust portfolio of innovative solutions with evidence of their effectiveness.”  Grant amount range from $3 million to $25 million.  “Promising ideas with little evidence can receive limited funding and proposals supported by a lot of evidence can receive substantial funding,” the department says.

The deadline is August 2.  Details are on the Department of Education blog and the i3 website.

Proposals sought in energy, STEM, agriculture

Three new research funding opportunities of note:

  • Industrial Assessment Centers, Department of Energy. Closing Date: August 02, 2011. Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes. Twenty to 30 universities will be selected for a major workforce development initiative to prepare energy engineers with both engineering and energy management expertise, combined with hands-on experience working with small and medium-size industrial and manufacturing facilities. Details here.
  • New Scholars Program, Elsevier Foundation.  Deadline: September 1, 2011.  The New Scholars Program supports projects to help early- to mid-career female scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding academic careers. The Foundation provides one-, two- and three-year grants to STEM institutions actively working toward a more equitable academia. Details here.
  • Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.  Closing Date: July 08, 2011. The opportunity is to participate in the Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program (SCEP) with the People’s Republic of China. SCEP promotes agricultural cooperation, development, and trade.  Proposals are encouraged from Minority Serving Institutions and from early-career researchers, extension agents, and women at eligible institutions. Details here.

Reminders: Please file a Notice of Intent and enter your proposal’s basic information on RAMSeS as soon as possible. This allows DORED to schedule adequate time to process your proposal. Your proposal must be approved in RAMSeS and at Sponsored Programs before noon five business days before the due date.

Funding opportunity anounced for pilot projects in minority health or health disparities research

News from the NC TraCS Institute at UNC-CH:

The Carolina Comprehensive NIMHD Research Center (Project EXPORT) has announced a call for pilot grant proposals contributing to the improvement of minority health and/or the elimination of health disparities. Two projects will be funded at a maximum of $75,000 each.  Pilot projects should be completed within 12 months and have the potential to lead to a larger federally or foundation funded award application. Eligible projects include basic, clinical, behavioral, social sciences, translational, and communications research as well as population-based studies. Research should target one or more of the following diseases or conditions that have been identified by the Project EXPORT African American Church Network as priority health concerns: cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, mental health, and obesity.

Proposals Due:  May 27, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Request for proposals (PDF)

Description of church network (PDF)

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