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Division of Research
Weekly Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Division of Research is pleased to announce the following funding opportunities for the week of June 3, 2013.  If you have any questions or require any further assistance then please contact your Pre-Award representative at ext. 2494 or send an email to research@fiu.edu.

Department of Homeland Security

Center of Excellence (COE) – Center for Maritime Research (CMR – Center Lead )
Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-14-ST-061-COE-001A
Application Deadline: October 1, 2013
Description: The DHS Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs (OUP) requests applications from U.S. colleges and universities to serve as a lead institution for a university-based Center of Excellence (COE) for Maritime Research (CMR – Center Lead). CMR will develop both fundamental and applied research to support DHS’s and other agencies’ maritime security mission goals, including improved detection and interdiction capabilities, enhanced capacity to respond to catastrophic events, and a more secure and efficient marine transportation system. CMR will focus on interdisciplinary research, education, and technology transition in maritime security, maritime domain awareness, and extreme and remote maritime environment issues. “Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, Pub. L. No. 107-295 (codified at 46 U.S.C. 70101 et seq.) and the SAFE Port Act, Pub. L. No. 109-347 (codified in scattered sections 46 U.S.C.) provide DHS with the authority to pursue these missions.”
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=sLS5Rslcvv9DdxxJySZ7DbHfqTB5R5vhGv2xHsTrsN9JLT8tkrVm!1575220159?oppId=235715&mode=VIEW


Center of Excellence (COE) – Center for Maritime Research (CMR – Center Partner)
Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-14-ST-061-COE-001B
Application Deadline: October 1, 2013
Description: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is associated with the separately posted FOA number DHS-14-ST-061-COE-001A, “Center for Maritime Research (CMR) – Center Lead”. This FOA requests applicants to serve as a single research project partner institution, i.e., Center Partner, for the CMR - Center Lead.
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=sLS5Rslcvv9DdxxJySZ7DbHfqTB5R5vhGv2xHsTrsN9JLT8tkrVm!1575220159?oppId=235716&mode=VIEW



Department of Labor

Project to Reduce Child Labor and Improve Labor Rights and Working Conditions in the Dominican Republic
Funding Opportunity Number:   SGA-13-03
Application Deadline: July 12, 2013
Description: The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $10 million, subject to the availability of funds, for one or more cooperative agreements to fund a technical assistance project(s) to support the Dominican Republic's efforts to reduce child labor and improve labor rights and working conditions in the agricultural sector, including in the sugarcane sector and in production supply chains.
http://www.dol.gov/ilab/grants/sca13-03.pdf


Global Research on Child Labor Measurement and Policy Development
Funding Opportunity Number:  SGA-13-05  
Application Deadline: July 12, 2013
Description: The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $7 million for a cooperative agreement to fund a technical assistance project to expand the knowledge base on child labor. The project will involve data collection and analysis on working children in 10 countries and updates on country-level statistics covering child work and education participation rates in approximately 100 countries.
http://www.dol.gov/ilab/grants/sca13-05.pdf


Project to Reduce Child Labor in Rwanda
Funding Opportunity Number:   SGA-13-04
Application Deadline: July 12, 2013
Description: The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $5 million for one or more cooperative agreement(s) to fund a technical assistance project(s) to work with the Government of Rwanda (GoRw) and tea industry entities to assist in significantly reducing child labor in the production of tea, including by implementing a child labor monitoring system (CLMS), enhancing labor law enforcement efforts on smallholder farms, and increasing children's access to education.
http://www.dol.gov/ilab/grants/sca13-04.pdf



National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Atmospheric Composition: Aura Science Team
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH13ZDA001N-AURAST
Application Deadline: September 6, 2013
Description: This solicitation seeks proposals for the analysis of satellite remote-sensing data of the Earth’s atmosphere, particularly those using data generated by the Earth Observing System (EOS) Aura A.17-2 satellite. We are also encouraging proposals that combine data from Aura with data from other sensors within the “A-Train” or AM constellations (particularly Aqua, Terra, CALIPSO, and CloudSAT) or satellites from other space agencies.
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={656B0DE2-F0A3-8D25-B334-F6CB520B1E89}&path=open


Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH13ZDA001N-PICASSO
Pre-Application Deadline: July 19, 2013
Application Deadline: September 13, 2013
Description: The Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO) Program supports the development of spacecraft-based instrument systems that show promise for use in future planetary missions. The goal of the program is to conduct planetary and astrobiology science instrument feasibility studies, concept formation, proof of concept instruments, and advanced component technology development
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={7AFECD2E-6AC9-11FD-C97A-93C70B852FDF}&path=open


Mars Data Analysis
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH13ZDA001N-MDAP
Pre-Application Deadline: July 12, 2013
Application Deadline: September 20, 2013
Description: The objective of the Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP) is to enhance the scientific return from missions to Mars conducted by NASA and other space agencies. MDAP supports scientific investigations of Mars using publicly available (released) data. Where justified to support planning for future Mars missions, investigations that use data derived from other sources (e.g., ground-based radar, Hubble) will also be considered.
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={37B3E652-8081-5582-7542-242837CD4739}&path=open



National Endowment for Humanities

Enduring Questions
Funding Opportunity Number: 20130912-AQ
Application Deadline:   Sep 12, 2013
Description: The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. The Enduring Questions grant program will help promote such dialogue in today’s undergraduate environment. The course is to be developed by one or more (up to four) faculty members at a single institution, but not team taught. Enduring Questions courses must be taught from a common syllabus and must be offered during the grant period at least twice by each faculty member involved in developing the course. The grant supports the work of faculty members in designing, preparing, and assessing the new course. It may also be used for ancillary activities that enhance faculty-student intellectual community, such as visits to museums and artistic or cultural events. An Enduring Questions course may be taught by faculty from any department or discipline in the humanities or by faculty outside the humanities (for example, astronomy, biology, economics, law, mathematics, medicine, or psychology), so long as humanities sources are central to the course.
http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/enduring-questions


The Digital Humanities Start-Up
Funding Opportunity Number:   20130912-HD
Application Deadline:   Sep 12, 2013
Description: The Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program awards relatively small grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve • research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities; • planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries’ and museums’ digital assets; • scholarship that focuses on the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society; • scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines; • innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; and • new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels. Innovation is a hallmark of this grant category, which incorporates the “high risk/high reward” paradigm often used by funding agencies in the sciences. NEH is requesting proposals for projects that take some risks in the pursuit of innovation and excellence. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation.
http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-start-grants



National Institute of Health

Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain Data Harmonization Coordinating Center (U01)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-DA-14-007
Application Receipt Date(s): August 16, 2013
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for a single interdisciplinary Coordinating Center to support data harmonization and analysis activities for a subset of NIDA-funded HIV services research grants. The Coordinating Center will (1) support the existing data harmonization efforts of grantees examining the “Seek, Test, Treat and Retain” HIV treatment cascade; (2) identify and obtain “Seek, Test, Treat and Retain” relevant data from other sources; (3) conduct requested cross-site data analyses from the harmonized “Seek, Test, Treat and Retain” dataset; (4) develop and execute a dissemination and publication plan of results and findings from the integrated “Seek, Test, Treat and Retain” dataset; and (5) provide operational, administrative and logistical support for the “Seek, Test, Treat and Retain” data harmonization initiative. 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-14-007.html
 

FY14 NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research (DP1)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-DA-14-008
Application Receipt Date(s): November 06, 2013
Description: The NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose high-impact research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among drug abusers.  The term “avant-garde” is used to describe highly innovative approaches that have the potential to be transformative.  The proposed research should reflect approaches and ideas that are substantially different from those already being pursued by the investigator or others.  In keeping with the priorities described in the FY14 Trans-NIH Research Budget Justification, the NIDA Avant-Garde award supports innovative, basic research that may lead to improved preventive interventions or therapies; creative, new strategies to prevent disease transmission; novel approaches to improve disease outcomes, and creative approaches to eradicating HIV or improving the lives of those living with HIV.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-14-008.html


Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorder across the Lifespan (ServASD): Research on Early Identification and Linkage to Services for ASD (R01)
Funding Opportunity Number:   RFA-MH-14-100
Application Receipt Date(s): October 22, 2013
Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research that develops and tests service system interventions that are broadly implementable and that rapidly engage young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in evidence-based treatment and services early in life.  The goals of this FOA are to:  1) develop a service system intervention that coordinates ASD identification, evaluation, and linkage to treatment and services for children with ASD within the first two years of life; 2) test the feasibility and effectiveness of the intervention in engaging young children with ASD in care in multiple community settings; and 3) empirically demonstrate the intervention's implementability and generalizability to settings across the U.S.  The ultimate goal is to transform the current ASD service system by designing an integrated set of strategies that are effective and engineered for rapid adoption and implementation on a broad scale.  This FOA focuses on intervening to improve ASD service systems.  It is not intended to support the development or adaptation of ASD screening tools, revalidation of assessment instruments for use under DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, nor the development or adaptation of interventions for children with ASD.

This FOA uses the NIMH R01 activity code and runs in parallel to two companion FOAs also targeting autism services research: RFA-MH-14-101, which targets services and supports for youth with ASD to facilitate their smooth transition into the adult service system; and RFA-MH-14-102, which targets services strategies to optimize capacity for independent functioning in adults with ASD.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-14-100.html


Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorder across the Lifespan (ServASD): Pilot Research on Services for Transition-Age Youth (R34)
Funding Opportunity Number:   RFA-MH-14-101
Application Receipt Date(s): October 22, 2013
Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research to develop and pilot test strategies to assist transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families in planning for and smoothly transitioning into adult functioning and adult services.  The ultimate goal is to develop a model for transition to adult supports and services that effectively: prevents lapses in services and supports; enhances functioning in work, education, social, familial, and other settings; maintains or improves health, safety, and quality of life; and/or reduces or maintains reductions in ASD-related symptoms.  For the purposes of this FOA, "transition-age youth" refers to individuals with ASD who, within two years will age out of the services and supports delivered via K-12 education and other child/adolescent service systems.  This definition is intended to encompass variability in the youth-to-adult transition period and to accommodate individual differences that may influence the nature and duration of the transition process.

This FOA will use the R34 activity code. The purpose of the R34 activity code is to provide resources for evaluating the feasibility, tolerability, acceptability and safety of novel approaches to improving outcomes, modifying health risk behavior, and for obtaining the preliminary data needed as a pre-requisite to a larger-scale (efficacy or effectiveness) services study.  This FOA is published in parallel to two companion FOAs also targeting autism services research: RFA-MH-14-100, which targets early identification and expedited evaluation of ASD plus linkage to services within the first two years of life and RFA-MH-14-102, which targets services strategies to optimize capacity for independent functioning in adults with ASD.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-14-101.html


Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorders across the Lifespan (ServASD): Pilot Studies of Services Strategies for Adults with ASD (R34)
Funding Opportunity Number:   RFA-MH-14-102
Application Receipt Date(s): October 22, 2013
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support pilot studies to develop and test service strategies that optimize the independence and functioning of adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  This FOA invites preliminary studies to develop adult ASD service strategies that address areas of employment and training, social relationships, physical and mental health, and independent functioning including community housing and safety, alone or in combination.  The ultimate goal of this activity is to improve behavioral, functional and health outcomes in adults with ASD.  In targeting adults, this FOA is focused on individuals who have completed transition out of services delivered via the child and adolescent service system and the primary education system.

This FOA will use the R34 activity code. The purpose of the R34 activity code is to provide resources for evaluating the feasibility, tolerability, acceptability and safety of novel approaches to improving outcomes, modifying health risk behavior, and for obtaining the preliminary data needed as a pre-requisite to a larger-scale (efficacy or effectiveness) services study.  This FOA is published in parallel to two companion FOAs also targeting autism services research: RFA-MH-14-100, which targets early identification and expedited evaluation of ASD plus linkage to services within the first two years of life and RFA-MH-14-101, which targets services strategies to enable transition age youth to transition to the adult service system without loss of services or functioning.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-14-102.html


Research Grants Using the Resources from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) (R01)
Funding Opportunity Number:   PA-13-236
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications   for research awards that are focused on the use the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) database, clinical data and images. This FOA seeks to expand the use of these resources by investigators in the broader research community.  Examples of possible topics are: identification and validation of risk factors for knee and hip OA, including both modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors; utilization of biospecimens in conjunction with research efforts to determine biochemical markers of early and/or progressive disease; analyses of existing OAI data to assess the effectiveness of biobehavioral, pharmacological, and other interventions that subjects use in response to OA pain; determination of predictive role of MRI changes for subsequent radiographic and clinical outcome changes related to development of knee OA; development of novel and efficient tools for analysis of MR images and x rays that can be applied to large numbers of images with high degrees of reproducibility for diagnosis and monitoring of OA-related changes; and research focused on the trajectory of disease including effects on other joint structures such as muscles, ligaments, and bone, with regard to points where interventions could be made, especially for subsets, to reduce OA severity.  The publication of this FOA to the research community indicates to investigators and peer reviewers the importance that the NIAMS and other partners have placed on the use of the OAI resources.  
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-236.html


Research Grants Using the Resources from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI)(R21)
Funding Opportunity Number:   PA-13-237
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications focused on the use the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) database, clinical data and images. This FOA seeks to expand the use of these resources by investigators in the broader research community.  Examples of possible topics are: identification and validation of risk factors for knee and hip OA, including both modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors; utilization of biospecimens in conjunction with research efforts to determine biochemical markers of early and/or progressive disease; analyses of existing OAI data to assess the effectiveness of biobehavioral, pharmacological, and other interventions that subjects use in response to OA pain; determination of predictive role of MRI changes for subsequent radiographic and clinical outcome changes related to development of knee OA; development of novel and efficient tools for analysis of MR images and x rays that can be applied to large numbers of images with high degrees of reproducibility for diagnosis and monitoring of OA-related changes; and research focused on the trajectory of disease including effects on other joint structures such as muscles, ligaments, and bone, with regard to points where interventions could be made, especially for subsets, to reduce OA severity.  The publication of this FOA to the research community indicates to investigators and peer reviewers the importance that the NIAMS and other partners have placed on the use of the OAI resources. 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-237.html


Chronic Inflammation and Age-related Disease (R01)
Funding Opportunity Number:   PAR-13-233
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Description: The participating NIH Institutes and Centers invite applications to address both the origins and the effects of low level chronic inflammation in the onset and progression of age-related diseases and conditions. Chronic inflammation, as defined by elevated levels of both local and systemic cytokines and other pro-inflammatory factors, is a hallmark of aging in virtually all higher animals including humans and is recognized as a major risk factor for developing age-associated diseases.  The spectra of phenotypes capable of generating low-level chronic inflammation and their defining mediators are not clear.  Further, a clear understanding of how chronic inflammation compromises the integrity of cells or tissues leading to disease progression is lacking. The role of dietary supplements and/or nutritional status in chronic inflammation in age-related disease is also poorly studied. Thus, there is a critical need to establish the knowledge base that will allow a better understanding of the complex interplay between inflammation and age-related diseases. Applications submitted to this FOA should aim to clarify the molecular and cellular basis for the increase in circulating inflammatory factors with aging, and/or shed light on the cause-effect relationship between inflammation and disease, using pre-clinical (animal or cellular based) models.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-233.html



National Science Foundation

Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education (PAARE)
Program Solicitation:  NSF 13-566
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): August 27, 2013; August 21, 2015; Third Friday in August, Every Other Year Thereafter
Description: The objective of PAARE is to enhance diversity in astronomy and astrophysics research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative research and education relationships between minority-serving institutions and partners at research institutions, including academic institutions, private observatories, and NSF/AST-supported facilities.
http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501046&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund


Accelerator Science
Program Solicitation:  PD 13-7243
Full Proposal Target Date: November 29, 2013; Last Friday in November, Annually Thereafter
Description: Particle accelerator systems have been key drivers for a broad array of fundamental discoveries and transformational scientific advances since the early 20th century. Since their inception, they have also been core components of U.S. technological innovation and economic competitiveness.

The Accelerator Science program will support and foster research at universities that exploits the educational and discovery potential of basic accelerator physics research, and allows the development of transformational discoveries in this crosscutting academic discipline. In particular, this program seeks to support research with the potential to disrupt existing paradigms and advance accelerator science at a fundamental level, such as enabling discoveries that lead to novel, compact, powerful, and/or cost-effective accelerators. Key questions that this program will address include: what are the fundamental limitations affecting the acceleration, control, intensity, and quality of particle beams? What novel approaches can be employed to substantially increase accelerating gradients?  How can developments in other fields lead to new approaches in accelerator science and beam physics?

The goal of this program is to seed and support fundamental accelerator science at universities as an academic discipline, providing the foundation in knowledge and workforce upon which major advances in accelerator-driven technologies will be based.  An important component of the program will be the support and training of the next generation of accelerator scientists, including students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty, who will lead innovations in the field and will form the backbone of the nation's highly trained accelerator workforce.

Proposals for experimental, theoretical, and/or simulation-based research are welcome. Priority will be given to those proposals that enable the discovery science supported by the MPS Division of Physics.
http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504937&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund


Expeditions in Computing
Program Solicitation: NSF 13-563
Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):  March 10, 2014
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): December 10, 2014
Description: The far-reaching impact and rate of innovation in the computing and information disciplines has been remarkable, generating economic prosperity and enhancing the quality of life for people throughout the world. But the best is yet to come!

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has created the Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program to provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information. In planning Expeditions, investigators are encouraged to come together within or across departments or institutions to combine their creative talents in the identification of compelling, transformative research agendas that promise disruptive innovations in computing and information for many years to come.
http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503169&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund