NEW LEGISLATIVE MANDATES FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH FOR FY 2008: New legislative mandates include: (1) NIH Public Access Requirement (Section 218), (2) Dissemination of False or Deliberately Misleading Scientific Information (Section 517b), and (3) Restriction on Employment of Unauthorized Alien Workers (Section 520). For a list of the FY 2007 legislative mandates that remain in effect go to: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-041.html.
APRIL 15: DEADLINE FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND GRANT (IDF) INTERNAL FUNDING MECHANISM: The International Development Fund (IDF) is an internal funding program, administered by the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, that is designed to stimulate international activities that will lead to external funding. The next IDF grant application deadline is April 15, 2008. For grant guidelines and application forms go to http://research.iupui.edu and click on the appropriate side bar. Questions can be directed to Etta Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.278.8427.
LEARN ABOUT CORPORATION AND FOUNDATION RESEARCH FUNDING: The Indiana University Foundation and the IUPUI Solution Center are co-sponsoring a training session entitled: “Preparing Budgets for Corporate and Foundation Proposals”, to be held on May 19, 2008 from 3:00-5:00 PM in the University Library Lilly Auditorium. The President of Parmalee Consulting Group will facilitate the training session. Topics to be covered include: What do you do after you’ve identified a potential funder who has interest in your program area? What are the critical components in your budget? What red flags will stop your proposal from further consideration? What can be learned from real life examples? Question can be directed to Brenda Bishop at email@example.com.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH) PEER REVIEW SELF-STUDY 2007-2008: NIH has released its final draft report of the self study of the peer review system. Recommendations include longer funding periods for senior investigators, increasing the number of reviewers per proposal, increasing reviewer training, and reducing the length of applications. For more information, go to http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/meetings/NIHPeerReviewReportFINALDRAFT.pdf.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH HUMAN RESEARCH SUBJECTS TRAINING: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research (OER) on-line tutorial Protecting Human Research Participants (http://phrp.nihtraining.com) has replaced the NCI Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams course. Like the previous course, the OER tutorial is a free, web-based course that presents information about protections for human participants in research. The tutorial is designed for those involved in the design and/or conduct of research involving human participants. It satisfies the NIH human subjects training requirement for obtaining NIH awards, but it is not the only way to satisfy this requirement. Information on satisfying the requirement and answers to commonly asked questions about the education requirement can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/hs_educ_faq.htm.
DID YOU KNOW?
For the year-to-date, the number of IUPUI proposals submitted is up 10%, the dollars requested are up 25%, and awards granted are up 24%.
IUPUI ranked 1st in the state for non-shared federal earmarks and 82nd in the nation. IUPUI’s $5.5 million exceeded the allocations to University of Notre Dame ($5.1M) and Purdue University West Lafayette ($4.3M), which ranked 2nd and 3rd.
IDENTIFYING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
On-line search tools are available to IUPUI investigators who are interested in identifying funding opportunities in their areas of interest. Several are listed below:
Community of Science (COS): COS is a primary on-line search tool for identifying funding opportunities. To take advantage of this tool, register at http://www.cos.com/login/join.shtml. Once you have completed the short registration process, you can personalize your search by selecting the option entitled “launch your workbench”. You can access federal, local, corporate, foundation, nonprofit and other funding opportunities using key terms and save the results of up to 20 searches and have them delivered to you weekly via email.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) "NIH Guide": To take advantage of this search tool, register at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/listserv.htm. It allows you to receive discipline specific funding opportunities that are delivered to you weekly via email.
National Science Foundation (NSF) "MyNSF": To take advantage of this search tool, register at http://www.nsf.gov/mynsf/. It allows you to receive discipline specific funding opportunities that are delivered to you weekly via email.
Federal Business Opportunities "FedBizOpps": FedBizOpps is the single government point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. To take advantage of this search tool, visit http://vsearch1.fbo.gov/servlet/SearchServlet. Opportunities found at this site include, but are not limited to, presolicitations and special notices for research and service contracts for specific projects and some national centers and surveys that would not be found in Grants.gov and may not be found in the Community of Science.
Limited Submission Funding Opportunities: Occasionally a funding agency places a limitation on the number of proposals that can be submitted from a campus or university system. For a description of the upcoming “limited submission” funding opportunities, as well as guidelines and application forms, go to: http://www.srs.indiana.edu/LimSub/LimSub.asp or contact Etta Ward in the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research: firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.278.8427.
CURRENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Funding opportunities in this section include selected current grant announcements from federal agencies for new initiatives and changes to existing programs. Announcements with limited scope are not listed here but are, instead, sent directly to IUPUI School Deans. For comprehensive coverage of funding opportunities please use the on-line search tools listed above.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
COMPARATIVE SYSTEMS GENETICS OF CANCER: Focus is on the development and application of comparative (cross-species) systems genetics approaches to address key cancer-relevant problems. Proposed projects should involve appropriate interdisciplinary collaborations which provide expertise in such areas as human genetics, statistical genetics, model organism genetics, systems biology, mathematical or computational modeling of biological processes, and computer sciences. Application deadline is May 14, 2008.
FUNCTIONAL LINKS BETWEEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, BRAIN FUNCTION AND BEHAVIOR: Focus is on characterization of pathways that mediate the effects of peripheral and central immune activation on brain across the lifespan. Standard deadline dates apply.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA) RESOURCE CORE TRANSDISCIPLINARY PREVENTION RESEARCH CENTERS (P30): Focus is on supporting environments in which scientists from the basic and applied/clinical disciplines can come together to develop a coherent program of transdisciplinary research. The ultimate goals of these centers are to encourage: (a) translational research between the basic sciences into the development and testing of novel preventive intervention approaches, and (b) translation of preventive intervention findings back into basic science laboratory studies that can better explicate underlying intervention mechanisms and effects on basic systems such as neurobiology. Application deadline is April 15, 2008.
NUTRITION AND PREVENTION, CARE, AND TREATMENT OF HIV/AIDS: Focus is on Research Project Grant (R01, R03) applications from domestic or foreign institutions to examine the impact of food and nutrition on prevention, care and treatment of HIV-infected and -affected women, infants, and children. The intention is to stimulate and strengthen a multidisciplinary approach to a complex, under-researched area and to form a basis for future research and clinical care. Application deadline is April 10, 2008.
REVISION AWARDS FOR STUDYING INTERACTIONS AMONG SOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL, AND GENETIC FACTORS IN HEALTH: This funding opportunity will use the NIH Revision (formerly named Competitive Supplement) award mechanism to supplement existing NIH funded R01 awards. Focus is on how interactions among genetic and behavioral/social factors influence health and disease. Application deadline is May 13, 2008.
TYPE 1 DIABETES PATHFINDER AWARD (DP2): Focus is on supporting new investigators who propose creative research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on important problems in biomedical and behavioral research relevant to type 1 diabetes and its complications. The research proposed need not be in a conventional biomedical or behavioral discipline but must be relevant to type 1 diabetes. Application deadline is April 10, 2008.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
FELLOWSHIP AWARDS: Focus is on supporting individuals pursuing advanced research in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. Fellowships support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of six to twelve months. Application deadline is May 1, 2008.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
COURSE, CURRICULUM, AND LABORATORY IMPROVEMENT (CCLI): Focus is on improving the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. The program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies, develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, and conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. The program supports three types of projects representing three different phases of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects. Application deadline is May 30, 2008.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PEER REVIEWED MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM (PRMRP): Focus is on research that will make significant contributions in the following areas: Alcoholism Research, Amyotrophic, Lateral Sclerosis, Blood Cancer, Drug Abuse, Epilepsy Research, Eye and Vision Research, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Integrated Tissue Hypoxia Research, Interstitial Cystitis, Kidney Cancer, Leishmaniasis, Lupus, Mesothelioma, Multiple Sclerosis, Nutrition and Health Promotion, Paget's Disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension, Scleroderma, Social Work Research, Tinnitus, and Bone Marrow Failure Disorder Research. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Pre-application (Letter of Intent) deadline is June 4, 2008.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
FUND FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION - COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM: Focus is on supporting innovations, reform and significant improvements in postsecondary education. Application deadline is May 5, 2008.
BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND - INSTITUTIONAL PROGRAM UNIFYING POPULATION AND LABORATORY BASED SCIENCES: Focus is on bridging the gap between the population and computational sciences and the laboratory based biological sciences. The award will stimulate formation of new connections between existing concentrations of research strength in population approaches to human health and in bench based biological sciences. The goal is to establish training programs that partner researchers working in schools of medicine and schools (or academic divisions) of public health. Required letter of intent due March 3, 2008.
THE JAMES S. MCDONNELL FOUNDATION (JSMF) SCHOLAR AWARDS: Focus is on supporting research studying how neural systems are linked to and support cognitive functions and how cognitive systems are related to an organism's (preferably human) observable behavior. Application deadline is April 7, 2008.