Archives for May 10, 2016

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EPA Early Career Awards: Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA or EPA), through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, seeks applications for collaborative, community-based research that will foster better understanding of how ecosystems support human health and well-being. Specifically, this research should examine how communities can integrate ecosystem services with human health and well-being to inform their decision making and management practices. It should also develop information that allows communities to integrate environmental, societal and economic information and to better manage multiple stressors and their cumulative impacts on humans and ecosystems. The ultimate goal is to help communities achieve their own objectives.

The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs.

This solicitation provides the opportunity for the submission of applications for projects that may involve human subjects research.

NASA Early Career Faculty (ECF)

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ECF is focused on supporting outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers as they conduct space technology research of high priority to NASA’s Mission Directorates.

This specific Appendix is titled EarlyCareer Faculty (ECF) and is one of three calls for proposals from STMD’s Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program. Early Stage Innovations (ESI) appears as Appendix B2 under the SpaceTech-REDDI NRA, and the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) is a separate solicitation.

This Appendix seeks proposals on specific space technologies that are currently at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). Investment in innovative low-TRL research increases knowledge and capabilities in response to new questions and requirements, stimulates innovation, and allows more creative solutions to problems constrained by schedule and budget. Moreover, it is investment in fundamental research activities that has historically benefited the Nation on a broader basis, generating new industries and spin-off applications.

AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science

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The AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, established in 2010, recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities.

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Fellowships for Early Career Researchers

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The Early Career Fellowship (ECF) program was established to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This Program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for achieving high impact science that will lead the field forward with new concepts, technologies, methods, and more.
This program consists of two components offered by the Planetary Science Division through the ROSES solicitations. The first is the selection of an Early Career Fellow, following the submission and selection of a research proposal to any participating Planetary Science Research Program element of this ROSES NRA. The second is an opportunity for current Fellows (selected in a prior solicitation) to apply for up to $100,000 in start-up funds once they obtain a permanent or equivalent position.
Early Career Fellowship participation is limited to proposers submitting research proposals to the following planetary science research programs:
– Emerging Worlds (C.2)
– Solar System Workings (C.3)
– Habitable Worlds (C.4)
– Exobiology (C.5)
– Solar System Observations (C.6)
– Lunar Data Analysis (C.8)
– Mars Data Analysis (C.9)
– Cassini Data Analysis and Participating Scientists (C.10)
– Planetary Mission Discovery Data Analysis (C.11)
– Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (C.12)
– Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (C.13)
– Planetary Science and Technology from Analog Research (C.14)
– Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples (C.18)
– Exoplanets (E.3)

Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) – Ovarian Cancer Academy Award – Early-Career Investigator

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The OCRP Ovarian Cancer Academy, which was initially created in FY09, is intended to be a unique, interactive virtual academy providing intensive mentoring, national networking, and a peer group for junior faculty. The overarching goal of the Ovarian Cancer Academy is to develop successful, highly productive ovarian cancer researchers in a collaborative research and career development environment.

The Ovarian Cancer Academy is a virtual career development and research training platform that consists of Early-Career Investigators and their Designated Mentors from different institutions, and an Academy Dean and Assistant Dean.

This FY16 Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is soliciting additionalEarly-Career Investigators to join the existing Academy. This award mechanism enables the Early-Career Investigator (the Principal Investigator [PI] on the application) to pursue an ovarian cancer project that may be basic, translational, and/or clinical research, under the guidance of a Designated Mentor. The Designated Mentor is not required to be at the Early-Career Investigator’s institution.
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Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science

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This honor recognizes significant novel contributions to materials science by a young researcher in early stages of his/her career. The Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science includes a $1,000 cash prize, trophy and two nights hotel to attend the Meeting to present a talk.

Extramural Biomedical Research and Development

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This BAA is intended to solicit extramural research and development ideas, and is issued under the provisions of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-369), as implemented in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.102(d) (2) and 35.016. This announcement provides a general description of USSOCOM’s research areas of interest, general information, evaluation and selection criteria, and proposal/application preparation instructions. In accordance with FAR 6.102, projects funded under this announcement must be for basic and applied research and that part of development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement. Projects must be for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding. Projects that are for the development of a specific system or hardware procurement will not be considered. The selection process is highly competitive and the quantity of meaningful proposal/applications (both pre-proposal/pre-applications and full proposal/full applications) typically received exceed the number of awards that available funding can support.

SOF medical personnel place a premium on medical equipment that is small, lightweight, ruggedized, modular, multi-use, and designed for operation in extreme environments. The equipment must be easy to use, require minimum maintenance, and have low power consumption. Drugs and biologics should not require refrigeration or other special handling. All materiel and related techniques must be simple and effective. Research projects may apply existing scientific and technical knowledge for which concept and/or patient care efficacy have already been demonstrated to meet SOF requirements.

1. Medical Simulation and Training Technologies: The proposed project must research, apply and/or develop improved pre-hospital combat casualty training with an emphasis on the SOF pre-hospital providers. Research involves technology based approaches, advanced generation trauma task trainers, and robotic training systems to include validation of system and training metrics/evaluation outcomes compared to currently used models. The effort includes research into best practices and new technologies for improved critical lifesaving skills and a cognitive behavioral approach to maximize training effectiveness. Priority will be given to proposals that result in a working prototype that can be field tested in cooperation with SOF training sites.

2. Prolonged Field Care: SOF medical personnel require capabilities for far-forward medical care to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with major battlefield wounds, injuries, diseases, and associated sepsis. Prolonged Field Care should focus on novel treatments that support the ability to manage 3-5 patients across the spectrum of illness to multi system injury for a minimum of 5-7 days. The primary emphasis is to research, apply and/or develop medical techniques, pharmaceuticals, biologics and field sustainable, rapidly deployable medical devices for extended care beyond initial trauma resuscitation, to include austere/forward surgery while operating in disease endemic areas where casualty evacuation is delayed or unavailable. Significant consideration will be given to proposals focused on Prolonged Field Care that may also relate to Sections 3 (a-d) and 4(a-b) of this BAA.

3. Damage Control Resuscitation: SOF medical personnel require capabilities for farforward medical care to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with major battlefield wounds and injuries. The primary emphasis is to research, apply and/or develop medical techniques and materiel (medical devices and biologics) for optimal triage and early intervention in life-threatening battle injuries when casualty evacuation is not possible.

4. Portable Lab Assays and Diagnostics: The proposed project must research, apply and/or develop novel concepts for portable and environmentally stable far forward laboratory assays and diagnostics. Equipment should be extremely portable, ruggedized, use limited or no external power and any reagents should be self-contained and stable in extreme environmental conditions. Preference will be given to proposals that are field oriented, rugged, low weight/cube space and have little to no refrigeration requirements.

5. Force Health Protection and Environmental Medicine: SOF personnel must often operate for extended periods of time in austere environments that expose them to extremes in altitude, temperature, humidity, wind, kinetosis, infectious diseases, toxic industrial chemicals, toxic industrial materials, and environmental hazards (including envenomation in marine environment). In addition, the environment may be compromised due to chemical, biological, and radiological contamination. The primary emphasis of this research area is to research, apply and develop techniques, therapeutic measures, and materiel (personal protective equipment (PPE), medical devices, drugs, and biologics) to ensure sustained human performance and effectiveness while operating in harsh environmental conditions and/or wearing appropriate PPE. Additional research opportunities include identification and characterization of specific risk profiles/threats associated with SOF unique mission sets.

6. Canine Medicine: SOF personnel rely on canines’ exceptional capabilities as combat multipliers. This research area explores alternatives and/or new approaches to preserve and enhance SOF canine combat performance. SOF medical personnel place a premium on canine specific approaches that are effective in extreme environments and do not require significant additional logistical support (i.e. maximize use of available SOF Medic materiel).

ENabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE)

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As part of the Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization and SunShot Initiatives, this Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integrations of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports the research and development of highly scalable distribution system planning and real-time operation solutions that enables seamless interconnection and integration of high penetration solar generation onto the electricity grid in a cost-effective, secure, and reliable manner.

The envisioned ENERGISE solutions will require the extensive use of sensor, communication, and data analytics technologies to gather up-to-the-minute measurement and forecast data from diverse sources and perform continuous optimization analysis and active control for existing and new PV installations in real time. The solutions need be compatible with the existing grid architecture in the near term and with the advanced grid architecture in the long term. The solutions should also be designed with consideration of the interoperability and cybersecurity requirements.