Friday Report 11/28/2014

A few interesting proposal opportunities have pooped up this Thanksgiving week.  Peruse these few:

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The STS program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering, andmathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

MRI provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

The Economic Development Agency (EDA) seeks to continue building on its strong foundation of place-based regional economic development and partnerships. EDA is seeking a nonprofit “national partner” that will work witha Federal team led by the Department of Commerce, to launch a learning exchange to identify, promote, and expand upon successful best practices for industry-driven regional partnerships for talent development. The learning exchange is a mechanism to identify, understand, and elevate best practices, facilitate peer learning and deepen knowledge, spark replication and advancement across regions, and inform the long-term public investment in talent development. Eligible applicants for and recipients of EDA investment assistance include a District Organization; an Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; a State; a city or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; an institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or a public or private nonprofit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State. EDA anticipates that the award made under this announcement will involve an 18-month project period and plans to allocate up to $500,000. Under this announcement, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development (“Assistant Secretary”) has established a maximum EDA investment rate of up to 80 percent where the project (a) merits, and is not otherwise feasible without, such an increase to the EDA investment rate; or (b) will be of no or only incidental financial benefit to the recipient. Applications are due on January 9, 2015.

This funding opportunity announcement, in support of the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, aims to support planning activities and the initial stages of development ofentirely new or next generation brain imaging technologies and methods that will lead to transformative advances in our understanding of the human brain. Eligible organizations include higher education institutions, nonprofits, for-profit organizations, governments, and others. NIH intends to commit an estimated total of $3.2M to fund 6-8 awards. Application budgets are limited to $300,000 in direct costs in any project year, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 3 years. Letters of intent are due February 18, 2015.

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