Volkswagen Foundation Europe and Global Challenges

see PIVOT notice  €500,000 EUR

Abstract
One of the major aims of the initiative is to stimulate strong collaboration b e- tween researchers based in Europe and other parts of the world. Therefore, the foundation is looking for research groups-ideallyinvolving not more than four different institutions- from different geographical regions (e.g. Europe and Africa, or Latin America). The majority of the project participants should be working outside European Union countries. The foundations recommend participation of at least one principal investigator from Germany, Sweden, or the UK.

The Europe and Global Challenges initiative is looking towards the future of Europe and the challenges Europe is exposed to in an increasingly globalized world. Developed as a joint funding initiative between three European foundations, it reaches out to issues that are systematically interrelated and can only be dealt with collectively via supranational action on an international level. It is in this sense that the initiative addresses global challenges not universal problems which might be shared globally, but can be dealt with by local actors and do not necessarily need a globally coordinated solution.

Current problems perceived as “global challenges” comprise a large spectrum of different issues and complex interrelations, from poverty, spread of infectious disease, global warming and water scarcity through to regional conflicts, migration and terrorism. In order to limit the possible number of themes, this call will accept proposals related to the following global challenges:
– Climate change
– Global health
– Terrorism/Radicalization
– Migration
– Social inequality .

The hope is to receive proposals that take innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to addressing these themes. While the disciplinary focus within the research groups should be on the social sciences, input from other disciplines is expected where this is necessary to the research topic or questions proposed.

One of the major aims of the initiative is to stimulate strong collaboration b e- tween researchers based in Europe and other parts of the world. Therefore, the foundation is looking for research groups-ideally involving not more than four different institutions- from different geographical regions (e.g. Europe and Africa, or Latin America). The majority of the project participants should be working outside European Union countries. The foundations recommend participation of at least one principal investigator from Germany, Sweden, or the UK.

Preference will be given to proposals with a strong inter – regional collaboration, which include contributions from various disciplines and which have the potential to break new ground. It is up to the applicants to show why and how their proposals are feasible and why this particular research formation is appropriate for the research questions at hand.

Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program – Exploring New Values for Society

see PIVOT notice   ¥1,000,000 JPY

Abstract
The Toyota Foundation is a grant-making foundation whose goal is to contribute toward the realization of a more people-oriented society and a resulting increase in human happiness. They provide grants in support ofresearch and operations in order to respond to a diverse array of social issues, with a focus on areas of human and natural environment, social welfare, and education and culture. From the outset, the Toyota Foundation has provided grants with an eye to supporting projects based on foresight, a participatory orientation, and an international perspective.

Program Objectives

The world in which we live today is undergoing dramatic changes amid social and economic development, the surge of globalization, and rapid advances in science and technology. While these changes have broadened horizons and enhanced affluence, at the same time they have generated a complex array of social problems. Living as we do in this era of historical change, we need to precisely determine the essence of these problems and search for solutions as we pave the way for the future.

The various issues that need to be addressed include those that are on a global scale and those that transcend generations, as well nascent problems that will only fully manifest themselves in the future. This means that it will be difficult to find clues and solutions that help to bring about a new society on the basis of existing values or compartmentalized expertise. Rather, in seeking to clarify what values we should pursue, it is necessary to fundamentally reevaluate our way of thinking and the state of society from a wider perspective that adopts a panoramic view of the world and looks decades into the future, while maintaining a firm grasp on the problems that are occurring right in front of our eyes. Taking into consideration the existing values, we need to stand outside them to build new viewpoints that can be shared with others. In this way, we can erect the singposts that will guide us to perspectives on a broader world and the future we have yet to perceive.

In this program, the Toyota Foundation provides grants to research projects that explore basic ideas and methodology on what approach we should take to address difficult issues to be faced in the future and on what society we should aim to reach and disseminate their findings so that they can be shared as new values for society. The program has established two grant categories respectively for joint research projects and individual research projects, both of which places no restriction on the areas of research or the methods employed. For both categories, the foundation solicits ambitious projects that are founded on creative concepts that reflect a youthful perspective and whose endeavors can help change people’s way of thinking regardless of their country or region of origin or their social position and circumstances.

 

Google Research Awards: Faculty Research Awards

see PIVOT notice   $150,000

Abstract
The Faculty Research Awards Program, sometimes referred to as the Research Awards Program, supports academic research in computer science, engineering, and related fields. Through the program, Google funds world-class research at top universities, facilitate interaction between Google and academia, and support projects whose output will be made openly available to the research community.

The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. We ask applicants to categorize their proposals into one of the following broad research areas of interest to Google. Please note that this topic list has been revised since the last round of the Faculty Research Awards. At this time, we are only considering proposals on the topics listed below:
– Computational neuroscience
– Geo/maps
– Human-computer interaction
– Information retrieval, extraction, and organization (including semantic graphs)
– Machine learning and data mining
– Machine perception
– Machine translation
– Mobile
– Natural language processing
– Networking
– Physical Interfaces and Immersive Experiences
– Privacy
– Security
– Software engineering and programming languages
– Speech
– Structured data and database management
– Systems (hardware and software)

Each funded project will be assigned a Google sponsor. The role of the sponsor is to support the project by discussing research directions, engaging with professors and students, and overseeing collaboration between the project team and Google. We encourage Research Awards recipients to visit Google to give talks related to their work and meet with relevant research groups here. Through the Research Awards program, we try to fund projects where collaboration with Google will be especially valuable to the research team.

NSF: Campus Cyberinfrastructure

see PIVOT notice    $16,000,000

Abstract
The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program invests in coordinated campus-level cyberinfrastructure (CI) components of data, networking, and computing infrastructure, capabilities, and integrated services leading to higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in CI is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.

CC* awards will be supported in seven areas:
(1) Data Driven Multi-Campus/Multi-Institution Model Implementations
(2) Cyber Team
(3) Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher
(4) Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions
(5) Network Integration and Applied Innovation
(6) Campus Computing
(7) Innovative Integrated Storage Resources

DHS S&T Cyber Security Division 5-Year Broad Agency Announcement

see PIVOT notice

Mobile+App+Security+industry+day+Media+Advisory
Abstract
This solicitation is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), HSHQDC-14-R-B0005, as contemplated in Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) 6.102(d)(2) and 35.016. A formal Request for Proposal (RFP) will not be issued in thismatter. This announcement does not request any white papers or proposals at this time. Solicitations (or calls) requesting white papers or proposals will be accomplished via amendments to BAA HSHQDC-14-R-B0005. BAA HSHQDC-14-R-B0005 is issued in support of Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology (S&T), Homeland Security Advanced ResearchProjects Agency (HSARPA), Cyber Security Division (CSD), targeted researchand development (R&D) projects.

Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (PH/TBI) Research Program

Defense Health Program

Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (PH/TBI) Research Program

Upcoming Funding Opportunity

The FY16 Defense Appropriations Act provides $125 million (M) to the Department of Defense FY16 Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (PH/TBI) Research Program to support innovative research committed to complement ongoing DoD efforts to ensure the health and readiness of our military forces. 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 the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation.  The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) with strategic oversight from Joint Program Committee 5 (JPC5)/Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP).

The PH/TBI Research Program is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The Implementation Science Research Initiative Program-Specific Broad Agency Announcement and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanism are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov website in July 2016.   Pre-application/proposal and application/proposal deadlines will be available when the Program-Specific Broad Agency Announcement is released.  This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

http://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2016/16phtbipreann-isri.shtml

Implementation Science Research Initiative Program-Specific BAA (ISRI BAA)

Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

  • A pre-application/proposal is required; application/proposal submission is by invitation only
  • The intent of the FY16 ISRI BAA is to support implementation of evidenced-based interventions identified by stakeholders for use within the military context as well as for system-wide dissemination.

This BAA/Funding Opportunity seeks research proposals/applications from researchers with expertise in psychological health (PH) implementation science that will support the implementation of evidence-based PH interventions that have been demonstrated to be effective and translatable in the military setting.  Both applied (preclinical) research and clinical trials are allowed.

  • The anticipated funding limit is $12M total costs.
  • 4-6 awards are anticipated.
  • The anticipated maximum period of performance for applied research is 3 years, and 4 years for clinical trials.

A pre-application/proposal 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 will be available for electronic downloading from 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.

Full applications/proposals must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal, Grants.gov.  Submission deadlines are not available until the Program –Specific Broad area Announcement is released.  For email notification when Program Announcements are released, go to the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil) and select Subscribe to Funding Opportunities & Program Communications.  For more information about the PH/TBI or other CDMRP managed programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

Tick-Borne Disease

Tick-Borne Disease

Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program
Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2016

 

The Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Defense Appropriations Act provides $5 million (M) to the Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) to support innovative and impactful research that addresses fundamental issues and gaps in tick-borne diseases. 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 the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The TBDRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY16 TBDRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov website in late June/early July 2016. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

The FY16 TBDRP is seeking research focused on understanding the pathogenesis of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness and on delivering innovative solutions to prevent and better diagnose and treat their manifestations, specifically involving the following areas. Additional information regarding focus areas will be available when the Program Announcements are released.

Pathogenesis:

  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Human immune response
  • Mechanisms of persistence of Lyme disease
  • New research tools to support studies of pathogenesis

Prevention:

  • Interrupting the natural cycle
  • Personal protection measures
  • Targeted vaccines
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis

Diagnosis:

  • Direct detection of tick-borne pathogens or their products in humans
  • Biomarkers for diagnosis

Treatment:

  • Innovative approaches to treatment
  • Basic studies aimed at safe and effective treatments for the cause of persistent symptoms in Lyme disease
  • Biomarkers of effective prognosis, therapy and cure

Applications addressing persistence and direct detection of Lyme borreliae are highly encouraged.

http://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2016/16tbdrppreann.shtml

Idea Award (IA)

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

  • Preproposal is required; full application submission is by invitation only.
  • Fund conceptually innovative, high-risk/potentially high-reward research in the early stages of development that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries and/or improvements in patient care and/or quality of life.
  • Preliminary data that are relevant to the proposed research project should be included.

·        Clinical trials are not allowed.

  • Anticipated maximum funding of $250,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Maximum period of performance is 2

 

Investigator-Initiated Research Award (IIRA)

  • Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)
  • Preproposal is required; full application submission is by invitation only.
  • Fund highly rigorous, high-impact research with the potential to make an important contribution to research and/or patient care.
  • Preliminary or published data is required.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed, however human studies/clinical research are permitted.
  • Anticipated maximum funding of $700,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Maximum period of performance is 3

 

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 will be available for electronic downloading from 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. Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released. For email notification when Program Announcements are released, go to the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil) and select Subscribe to Funding Opportunities & Program Communications. For more information about other CDMRP administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Public Affairs
301-619-9783
usarmy.detrick.medcom-cdmrp.mbx.cdmrp-public-affairs@mail.mil

Opportunities to Develop High Performance, Economically Viable, and Environmentally Benign Technologies to Recover Rare Earth Elements (REEs) From Domestic Coal and Coal Byproducts

see PIVOT notice      $1,000,000

Abstract
As part of its continuing investigation, DOE is seeking financial assistance applications for projects to quickly develop bench-scale and pilot-scale projects for recovering REEs from coal and coal byproducts as follows:

Area of Interest 1 (AOI 1) – Bench-scale Technology to Economically Separate, Extract, and Concentrate Mixed REEs from Coal and Coal Byproducts including Aqueous Effluents.

Area of Interest 2 (AOI 2) – Pilot-scale Technology to Economically Separate, Extract, and Concentrate Mixed REEs from Coal and Coal Byproduct Solids.

The proposed technology should be designed and developed for eventual deployment within the United States to provide reliable and competitive domestic sources of REEs.

3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

see PIVOT notice     $355,000

Abstract
3DEP was developed to respond to needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features.

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is issued to facilitate the collection of lidar and derived elevation data for the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). The BAA continues the USGS’s long-standing approach to elevation data acquisition through a combination of contracting through the USGS Geospatial Products and Services Contracts (GPSC) and partner acquisitions. The BAA is meant to provide increased visibility to these existing processes for data acquisition partnerships to the broadest stakeholder community possible.

National Endowmnet for the Arts Research Labs

see PIVOT notice     $150,000

Abstract
In recent years, the NEA’s research portfolio has focused on yielding new knowledge about the value and impact of the arts. Through a new program, the NEA Research Labs, the organization seeks to support a series of transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. The purpose of this Program Solicitation is to select an organization(s) (Cooperator) to undertake the program.

Each NEA Research Lab will define a research agenda, conduct a research program to implement that agenda, and prepare reports that will contribute substantively to a wider understanding of one of three areas of special interest to the NEA:
1. The Arts, Health, and Social/Emotional Well-Being
2. The Arts, Creativity, Cognition, and Learning
3. The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

NEA anticipates that a sustained engagement with these topic areas, and with the corresponding research questions, will have distinctive benefits for the arts community, but also for sectors such as healthcare, education, and business or management.