Friday Report 1/16/2015

Pivot at S&T Take a look at these new research opportunities

 ACS Petroleum Research Fund Offers Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants (American Chemical Society) The Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grants program aims to promote the careers of young faculty by supporting research of high scientific caliber, and aims to enhance the career opportunities of their undergraduate andgraduate students and postdoctoral associates through the research experience. DNI grants provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of assistant professor or the equivalent. Applicants may have limited or no preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, with the intention of using the preliminary results obtained to seek continuation funding from other agencies. The DNI grants are to be used to illustrate proof of principle or concept, to test a hypothesis, or to demonstrate feasibility of an approach. Regularly appointed faculty members at U.S. academic institutions who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the rank of assistant professor or the equivalent are eligible to apply. Approximately 90 grants will be awarded each year. Proposals must request $110,000 for a two-year period. The next proposal deadline is March 13, 2015.

National Science Foundation Solicits Applications in Disabilities Engineering  The General & Age Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE) program supports fundamental engineering research that will lead to the development of new technologies, devices, or software for persons with disabilities.Research may be supported that is directed to the characterization, restoration, and/or substitution of human functional ability or cognition, or to the interaction of persons with disabilities and their environment. Areas of particular interest are disability-related research in neuroengineering and rehabilitation robotics. Emphasis is placed on significant advancement of fundamental engineering and not on incremental improvements. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Director prior to submitting a proposal. Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered. However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review. The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years. The typical award size for the program is around $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review. Small equipment proposals of less than $100,000 will also be considered and may be submitted during the annual proposal submission window. The full proposal window is October 1-20, 2015.
 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Seeks to Support Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites grant applications from qualified institutions to support Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC). A Core Center Grant is an institutional award to supportcentralized scientific resources and facilities shared by investigators with existing research projects. By providing intellectual leadership, advanced technologies/ methodologies, and supporting community engagement, a core center is intended to enhance the ability of scientists working in the field of environmental health sciences to identify and capitalize on emerging issues that will translate into advances improving the understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease. Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. NIEHS intends to fund an estimate of 4-6 awards, corresponding to a total of $7.5M, for fiscal year 2016. Application budgets are limited to $0.7M, $1.0M or $1.3M Direct Costs per year as determined by Direct Costs of NIH awards in which an EHS CC member is designated as the PD/PI. The project period is limited to 5 years. Optional LOIs are due March 22, 2015. Applications are due April 22, 2015.
 Applications Invited for Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions  The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broadhistorical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide access to these materials in a free and open online environment, without precluding other forms of publication. Eligibility is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations or institutions; U.S. colleges, universities, and other academic institutions; State or local government agencies; and Federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups. Applicants may apply for funding for one year. Award amounts may range from $30,000 to $200,000. Depending on the availability of funding, the Commission expects to make as many as 25 grants in this category, for a total of up to $2,500,000. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2016. There is an optional draft application deadline on April 3, 2015, and a mandatory final application deadline on June 17, 2015.

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