December 4, 2006
Grants for Alcohol Research
Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation
Grants for Alcohol Research
DEADLINES ANNOUNCED: 02/01/2007 and 09/01/2007
The Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation is a nonprofit independent research organization that provides support for scientific studies on the use and prevention of misuse of alcoholic beverages. The mission of the Foundation includes: (1) achieving a better understanding of the effects of alcohol on the health and behavior of individuals; (2) providing the scientific basis for prevention and treatment of alcohol misuse and alcoholism; (3) funding innovative, high-quality research; (4) supporting promising new investigators; and (5) communicating information effectively with the research community and other interested parties. The Foundation accepts applications for grants to conduct research on important aspects of alcohol consumption and its effects. Overall, the following areas are more directly related to the mission of the Foundation, and therefore, are of greater interest: factors influencing transitions in drinking patterns and behavior; effects of moderate use of alcohol on health and well-being; mechanisms underlying the behavioral and biomedical effects of alcohol; and biobehavioral/interdisciplinary research on the etiology of alcohol misuse. The Foundation does not encourage applications on treatment of the complications of advanced alcoholism. However, research involving treatment intended to elucidate the pathogenesis of alcohol-related problems will be considered. Non-research activities such as education projects, public awareness efforts and referral services are not eligible for support. The mission of the ABMRF grant program is to energize the field by helping researchers begin their careers and position them to attract greater funding from other sources with the track record resulting from a Foundation grant.
SUPPORT PROVIDED: Approximately US $2 million is available each year to fund newly approved applications and continuation of previously funded projects. Funds may be requested in U.S. or Canadian currency for a period of up to two years. Funding of the second year depending on the availability of funds and satisfactory progress during the first year. Most annual awards do not exceed $50,000, which includes a maximum of 15 percent indirect costs. Funds may be used for expenses related to the conduct of the approved research project, including salaries and wages, equipment, supplies, travel, and other necessary expenses.
APPLICANT INFORMATION: Applications may be submitted by public or private nonprofit organizations such as universities, colleges, hospitals, research institutes and organizations, and governmental research agencies and laboratories in the United States and Canada. Grants are made only to institutions on behalf of a named principal investigator, not to individuals. The proposed principal investigator of the research project must be a faculty or staff memberof the applicant institution. This person must be qualified to direct the research and is responsible for its conduct. Persons on training status--such as undergraduate, graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, interns and residents--are not eligible to serve as principal investigators, unless they will be in independent faculty positions, or the equivalent, at the start of the grant period.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: Applications are due by February 1 and September 1 as postmark deadlines. An application package must be postmarked by that date. If the date falls on a weekend or holiday, the postmark deadline is the most recent weekday before February 1 or September 1. Forms and further details are available from the E-forms website listed above and in the following PDF: http://www.abmrf.org/ grantguide.pdf.
Posted by sharum at 1:24 PM
November 14, 2006
Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities (RAPD) Program
Effective October 1, 2006, the Divisions of Chemical and Transport Systems (CTS) and Bioengineering and Environmental Systems (BES) will merge to form the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET). The mission of the Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Healthcare cluster is to provide opportunities to develop novel ideas into projects that integrate engineering and life science principles in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity. The Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities (RAPD)
program supports the development of technologies for new and improved devices or software for persons with disabilities. RAPD is also directed toward the characterization, restoration, and/or substitution of normal functions in humans. Emphasis is placed on significant advancement of
fundamental engineering knowledge and not on incremental improvements. Undergraduate engineering design projects are also supported, especially those that provide prototype "custom-designed" devices or software for persons with mental and/or physical disabilities. PIs are encouraged to apply for supplemental funding under the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program (NSF 00-107). Examples of topics in RAPD are: novel acoustic wave processing and noise reduction techniques for applications such as hearing aids; development of biocompatible detection technologies that could serve as massively parallel interfaces for communicating with neural tissue such as used in artificial retina; and novel technologies for home healthcare, such as new approaches for transdermal drug delivery and home healthcare medication management and telemonitoring. NOTE: Foreign researchers at U.S. institutions may be able to apply for this award through their institution. Contact the
program officer for details.
Posted by sharum at 3:41 PM
November 9, 2006
Human and Social Dynamics: Competition for FY 2007 (HSD)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences
Human and Social Dynamics: Competition for FY 2007 (HSD)
Dynamics of Human Behavior (DHB)
Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) is an NSF-wide priority area that includes all NSF disciplines and fields. The focus on dynamics--on how cognitive systems, individuals, formal and informal organizations, cultures, and societies evolve and change over space and time--distinguishes research in the HSD priority area. Projects will explore the dynamics of changes that range in time from nanoseconds to millennia and across scales ranging from the internal workings of the human mind to the interplay of global social and cultural systems. In the FY 2007 HSD competition there will be only three areas of emphasis for consideration: Agents of Change (AOC, IRIS record 13585), Dynamics of Human Behavior (DHB, this record) and Decision Making, Risk and Uncertainty (DRU, see IRIS record 21345). Research projects that involve more than one of these emphasis areas are encouraged, but a primary area of emphasis must be identified. Research in the Dynamics of Human Behavior focuses on multidisciplinary examinations of dynamics--change in human behavior over time. Examples include the dynamics through which individuals and organizations (including families and other informal organizations) create, grow, learn, change, and act under the impetus of internal and external stimuli; the influence organizational, community, and environmental structures and processes have on these dynamics; the interplay of evolutionary forces and human behavioral change; and individual cognitive, computational, linguistic, developmental, social, biological, and other processes as dynamic evolving systems. These processes include systems of coordination and control in the behavior of individuals, the dynamics of coordination between individuals, and the dynamics of change across the life span of individuals and organizations. DHB research may draw upon formal concepts about dynamics from biology and mathematics, the physical sciences, information science and engineering to characterize dynamic behavior, such as work that calls upon complexity theory, agent-based or animal models, cognitive models, stochastic models, dynamical systems theory and bifurcation analysis. The interdisciplinary nature of the work may link the behavior of individuals and/or organizations and their social, cognitive or biological underpinnings, as they evolve over varying time scales, to influences including natural and built environments, geographical contexts, and social networks. Any tools and models for understanding human behavior that are developed as part of this competition should have applications across a broad array of HSD problems. HSD awards will enable researchers and educators to pursue different kinds of activities: (1) Full Research projects will support multidisciplinary teams of three or more investigators from at least two different fields in projects that use interdisciplinary approaches to advance fundamental understanding about human and social dynamics. Projects are expected to have significant educational or other broader impacts in addition to advancing fundamental knowledge. HSD awards will enable researchers and educators to pursue different kinds of activities: (1) Full Research projects will support multidisciplinary teams of three or more investigators from at least two different fields in projects that use interdisciplinary approaches to advance fundamental understanding about human and social dynamics. (2) Exploratory Research and HSD Research Community Development projects will support multidisciplinary teams of three or more investigators from at least two different fields, typically for one or two years. (A) Exploratory Research projects enable teams to perform preliminary activities that provide the basis for further work. (B) HSD Research Community Development projects will support interdisciplinary educational activities and other broad-ranging efforts, including research workshops and training activities that aim to increase awareness, capabilities, and networks within and across scholarly communities, with an eye to enabling interdisciplinary collaborations and increasing the quality of HSD research.
SUPPORT PROVIDED: In FY 2007, Human and Social Dynamics will support two types of Full Research proposals: Type 1, with maximum award sizes of $750,000, and Type 2, with maximum award sizes of $1,250,000. It is expected that most (approximately 50 to 70) awards will be made as Type 1 awards and a much smaller set (approximately 8 to 10) will be made as Type 2 awards. In addition to Type 1 and Type 2 Full Research proposals, HSD will continue to support Exploratory Research and HSD Research Community Development (ERCD) proposals, with maximum award sizes of $125,000.
Posted by sharum at 10:10 AM
August 29, 2006
National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Office of Research and Development
National Center for Environmental Research (NCER)
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program
4th Annual P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the auspices of the Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), and its partners invite submissions to the 4th Annual P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet. P3 is the next step beyond P2--pollution prevention--and focuses on the three components of sustainability: People, Prosperity, and the Planet. The P3 Award will be given to the winners of a national, intercollegiate design competition among interdisciplinary student teams for their research, development, and design solutions to the scientific, technical, and policy challenges of sustainability. The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to select innovative design proposals for support to compete for the P3 Award.
Posted by sharum at 11:20 AM
May 25, 2006
Research Coordination Networks (RCN) in Biological Sciences
Directorate for the Biological Sciences
The goal of the Research Coordination Networks in Biological Sciences (RCN) program is to encourage and foster interactions among scientists to create new research directions or advance a field. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies are especially encouraged. Groups of investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, institutional, and geographical boundaries. The proposed networking activities should have a theme as a focus of its collaboration. The focus could be on a broad research question, a specific group of organisms, or particular technologies or approaches. Support will be provided for groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research efforts across disciplinary, organizational, institutional and geographical boundaries. The objectives are to facilitate open communication and exchange of information and resources, to integrate research activities of scientists working independently on topics of common interest, to nurture a sense of community among young scientists, and to minimize isolation and maximize cooperation so as to eliminate unnecessary duplication of efforts.
SUPPORT PROVIDED: NSF anticipates that approximately $1.2 million will be available for approximately 5-10 awards in FY 2006. Awards range in size from $50,000 - $100,000 and award duration is up to five years. Cost sharing is not required in proposals submitted under this program solicitation.
Posted by sharum at 2:14 PM
March 10, 2006
Grants for Arts Projects (NEA)
DEADLINES ANNOUNCED: 03/13/2006 and 08/14/2006
The National Endowment for the Arts is interested in projects, regardless of the size or type of applicant organization, that are of national, regional, or field-wide significance; that tour in several states; or that provide an unusual or especially valuable contribution because of geographic location. This includes local projects that can have significant effects within communities or that are likely to serve as models for a field. For the past several years, the guidelines have directed applicants to the Arts Endowment through a particular category of funding (e.g., Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth). Assistance is available to eligible organizations of all sizes for projects in: dance, design, folk & traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts: film/radio/television, multidisciplinary, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, and visual arts. Within each field or discipline above, organizations may apply through the Access to Artistic Excellence category which seeks to foster and preserve excellence in the arts and provide access to the arts for all Americans. The Arts Endowment is particularly interested in projects that reach and involve new audiences.
SUPPORT PROVIDED: All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. An organization may request a grant amount from $5,000 to $150,000. Most grant awards will range from $10,000 to $100,000. Few grants will be awarded below $10,000; grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the Arts Endowment determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact.
Posted by sharum at 2:21 PM
February 28, 2006
Tectonics Program - Emerging Fields, Interdisciplinary, International Collaboration
Tectonics Program, Division of Earth Sciences, NSF
The Tectonics Program is part of the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). EAR provides funding for the conduct of research in most areas of the solid-earth and surface-terrestrial sciences. The Tectonics Program supports a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical investigations aimed at understanding the evolution and deformation of continental lithosphere through time. Proposals to elucidate the processes that act on the lithosphere at various time-scales and length-scales, either at depth or the surface, are encouraged. Because understanding such large-scale phenomena commonly requires a variety of expertise and methods, the program supports integrated research involving the disciplines of structural geology, petrology, geochronology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, rock mechanics, paleomagnetics, geodesy, and other geophysical techniques. The Tectonics Program is committed to supporting the most meritorious research in any relevant area, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, as well as research involving international collaboration. The Program is especially interested in proposals in emerging fields. Where appropriate, proposals may be considered for joint support with other programs in EAR or with other Divisions at NSF. In some cases, proposals may be transferred to other programs within EAR or to other Divisions within the National Science Foundation when it is deemed appropriate by Program Officers from the respective programs or divisions. Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the cognizant program officers regarding proposals that may cross-disciplinary boundaries before submission.
SUPPORT PROVIDED: Anticipated funding is $9.2 million, annually. The estimated number of awards is 40 to 50 standard or continuing grants per year. Awards are generally made within 6 to 7 months of the proposal submission date for successful proposals. Cost sharing is not required by NSF in proposals submitted under this program solicitation.
Posted by sharum at 10:57 AM