Archives for April 2015

Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15)

Defense Health Program

Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15)

The FY15 Defense Appropriations Act provides $50 million (M) to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) to support innovative, high-impact cancer research. As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development, and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate manages and executes the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The executing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

FY15 PRCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on the Grants.gov website.

Congressionally Directed Topic Areas: To be considered for funding, applications for the FY15 PRCRP must address at least one of the Topic Areas as directed by Congress. Research applications in the areas of breast, prostate, lung (excluding mesothelioma), or ovarian cancer will not be accepted.

The FY15 PRCRP Topic Areas are listed below:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Genetic cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Listeria vaccine for cancer
  • Liver cancer (New for FY15)
  • Melanoma and other skin cancers
  • Mesothelioma
  • Myeloproliferative disorders
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer (New for FY15)

 

Career Development Award – Pre-Application due June 1, 2015

Principal Investigator (PI): Independent early-career investigator within 10 years after completion of his/her terminal degree (excluding time spent in residency or on family medical leave) by the time of the application submission deadline.
Designated Mentor: Investigators at or above the level of Associate Professor (or equivalent); must have a proven publication and funding record in at least one of the FY15 PRCRP Topic Areas.

  • Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Supports independent, early-career investigators to conduct impactful research with the mentorship of an experienced cancer researcher.
  • Must address at least one of the FY15 PRCRP Topic Areas.
  • Strongly encouraged to address at least one of the FY15 PRCRP Military Relevance Focus Areas.
  • Preliminary data are not required.

Clinical trials are not allowed.

  • Maximum funding for the entire period of performance is $360,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

Maximum period of performance is 3 years

 

Idea Award with Special Focus – Pre-Application due June 1, 2015

Independent investigator at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)

  • Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Supports innovative, untested, high-risk/potentially high-reward concepts, theories, paradigms, and/or methods in cancer research that are relevant to Service Members, their families, and other military beneficiaries.
  • Emphasis on innovation and military relevance/impact.
  • Must address at least one of the FY15 PRCRP Topic Areas.
  • Must address at least one of the FY15 PRCRP Military Relevance Focus Areas.
  • Preliminary data are discouraged.

Clinical trials are not allowed.

  • Maximum funding for the entire period of performance is $400,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

Maximum period of performance is 2 years

 

Translational Team Science Award – Pre-Application due June 16, 2015

At least three and up to five PIs across at least two institutions must partner in one overarching correlative or translational research study.
At least one Early Career Investigator within 10 years of completing a terminal degree (excluding time in residency or on family medical leave, and/or one military/Department of Veterans Affairs investigator must be included as an equal partner in the research offering both intellectual investment and research effort.

  • Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Supports translational correlative studies associated with an existing clinical trial and/or translational study that can lead to a future clinical trial or clinical application in cancer research that is relevant to Service Members, their families, and other military beneficiaries
  • Not intended to support high-throughput screenings, sequencing, etc.
  • Must address at least one of the FY15 PRCRP Topic Areas.
  • Must address at least one of the FY15 PRCRP Military Relevance Focus Areas.
  • Preliminary data are required.

Clinical trials are not allowed.

  • Maximum funding for the entire period of performance is $1,200,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

Maximum period of performance is 3 years

 

Horizon Award (to be released in July 2015)

PI: Both predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows are eligible.
Mentor: The Mentor must be an experienced cancer researcher as demonstrated by a strong record of funding and publications. In addition, the Mentor must demonstrate a commitment to advancing the PIs career in cancer research.
The PI and the Mentor must be at the same organization.

  • Letter of Intent is required.
  • Supports junior level scientists to conduct impactful research with the mentorship of an experienced cancer researcher (i.e., Mentor)
  • Challenges junior scientists to develop and implement research in the cancer field.
  • Emphasis on discovery.
  • Must address at least one of the FY15 PRCRP Topic Areas.
  • Encouraged to address at least one of the FY15 PRCRP Military Relevance Focus Areas.
  • Preliminary data are not required.

Clinical trials are not allowed.

  • Maximum funding for the entire period of performance is $75,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

Maximum period of performance is 1 year

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at https://eBRAP.org prior to the pre-application deadline. All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that are available for electronic downloading from the Grants.gov website. The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov. A listing of all CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal, Grants.gov. Requests for email notification of the Program Announcements release may be sent to help@eBRAP.org. For more information about the PRCRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Help Desk

301-682-5507

help@eBRAP.org

UAS Traffic Management

NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Management Convention will be held July 28-30 at Moffett Field CA. Details at this link.

Please attend: Director of Federal Relations Monday 3:30 PM St Pat’s A

You are strongly encouraged to attend a presentation by Sarah Spreitzer, Director of Federal Relations, UM System on Monday, April 27, 2015 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in St. Pat’s Ballroom A, Havener Center.  She will discuss the following in her presentation.

Federal R&D Funding Trends

  • President Obama’s FY16 Budget Request
  • Emerging Priority Areas of Research

 

Sarah Spreitzer

hypersonic flight

eConnection carries an article about an AIAA presented seminar 4:45-6:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in Room G-31 Emerson Hall by the president of AIAA on Hypersonic Flight: Progress and Challenges on the Way to High Mach Systems.

Critical Infrastructure Resilience Center of Excellence (CIRC) – Center Partner

United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

This call requests applications for academic institutions to serve as a partner institution for a Critical Infrastructure Resilience Center of Excellence (CIRC).

DHS

Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms, and Modeling for Manufacturing” (DE-FOA-0001263)

Pivot at S&T

University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research

DOEUS. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-00001267

Missouri S&T Energy Research and development Center, Dr Joseph Smith, is organizing a response/proposal to this project’ Please contact ERDC if you are interested in being part of this large effort.

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to establish and administer a University Coalition for Basic and Applied Fossil Energy Research and Development. This includes establishing an initial, technically sound base membership and providing a mechanism for flexible addition of new members in the future. The Coalition will be operated by a fully accredited U.S. college or university, or group of universities, with the majority of the R&D funds to be utilized by university and academic members to perform basic and applied fossil energy-related research projects.

Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)

The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) is the DOD demonstration program for environmental technologies. ESTCP

DOD requests pre-proposals related to the following:
1. Environmental restoration
2. Munitions response
3. Resource conservation
4. Weapons systems and platforms

The non-DOD Federal Call for Proposals and the BAA request pre-proposals in the following topics only:
1. Management of contaminated groundwater
2. Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions in Underwater Environments

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (Limited Submission)

US Department of Education

Dear Colleague,

Department of Education (ED) has announced the FY15 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) competition (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/gaann/applicant.html). The deadline for submitting applications to ED is Friday, May 29, 2015.

An academic department may not submit more than one application for new awards (this requirement does not appear in the solicitation, but is listed under Regulations, 34 CFR 648.20(c)).  Therefore, if you are a PI working on a proposal: i) coordinate with your department chair to make sure the submission limitation is not exceeded; and ii) send me the tentative title, names of co-PIs, name of the department through which the proposal will be submitted, and whether your application is a single or inter-disciplinary application by Friday, May 8, 2015.

Also, ED is planning on hosting a pre-application webinar in the near future.  Information on this and additional resources are to be posted on the above referenced website.

With best regards, Krishna

Krishnamurthy | Vice Provost for Research | Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) (Formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) | 202 Centennial Hall | 300 W. 12th St. | Rolla, MO 65409-1330 | T: 573-341-4154 | F: 573-341-4126 | http://sponsoredprograms.mst.edu/

GAANN 

The FY 2015 application for grants is available. All applications must be submitted through Grants.gov. For more information please refer to the Applicant Information page. Deadline: May 29, 2015

Program Office: Student Service

CFDA Number: 84.200
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
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Program Description: This program provides fellowships, through academic departments and programs of IHEs, to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course study at the institution in a field designated as an area of national need.

Types of Projects: Grants are awarded to programs and institutions to sustain and enhance the capacity for teaching and research in areas of national need.

Plan ahead – Young Faculty Awards

The end of the spring semester is in sight giving me an opportunity to insert a few “Young Faculty – Early Career Awards” facts into your planning cycle. Missouri S&T is invested in your research success and please speak up if you want some assistance.

We are about out of time to hook you up with the grant writing service we have on contract to support NSF CAREER.  If you want to use this please contact me as soon as you can. OSP will arrange for internal (peer) reviews for faculty aiming proposals at NSF CAREER award due in July.  Those reviews should occur in the first half of June to provide you with feedback timely enough to allow adjustment of your proposal. Let me know by the end of May if you wish to use this courtesy service.

The following agencies/societies have awards for young-early career investigators. Eligibility varies so check out each.

Air Force (AFOSR) releases their call in June with proposal due dates in September

American Chemical Society next submission window will be from Monday, September 14, 2015 to Friday, October 16, 2015 and the submitted proposals will be considered at the May 2016 ACS PRF Advisory Board Meeting.

Army (ARO) remains open all the time and submissions are welcome continually.

Beckman Young Investigators (BYI) Program in the chemical and life sciences is expected to open in June and requires submission of a letter of intent in September.

Defense (DARPA) opens in February with submissions due in April.

Energy (DoE) announces in July with mandatory pre-proposals due in September and full proposals in November.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a STAR program that although not exclusively early career welcomes young faculty  submittals with announcements in April and proposals due in May.

Human Frontier Science Program (research into fundamental biological problems with Young Investigators grants  for teams) registration and letters of intent are due in March and invited proposals are due in September.

McKnight Scholar Awards supports neuroscience research. They open in September and are due in January.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has  Fellowships for Early Career Researchers which was released in February and will remain open until until April 2016.

NASA also has New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science open until August.

NASA has a third solicitation this year also called New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science based on the ROSES program. It is about to close.

Navy (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) is released in January with proposals due in March.

National Institute of Health (NIH) blends their new and early stage investigator programs into all programs so there are multiple proposal opportunities continuously.

National Science Foundation (NSF) program is called Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) and as the larges program we think of it as the standard bearer. It is posted in March with submissions due in July.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has the Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards. As Missouri S&T is an associate member our faculty may submit for the annual January deadline.

Sloan Foundation sports specific disciplines of Chemistry,Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology; Computer Science; Economics; Mathematics; Neuroscience; Ocean Sciences; and Physics. Nominations for the 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships will open in summer 2015. All nomination materials, including nomination letters and all letters of support, must be submitted online no later than September 15, 2015.

Templeton Foundation focuses on big question topics. An online funding inquiry is submitted in tr January to April timeline and proposals are invited from inquiries.