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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 July 15, 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 Energy

Mayak Worker Cancer Mortality Project
Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-000094
Application Deadline: August 1, 2013
Description: The purpose of the project is to conduct an eqidemiological and biostatistical study to assess worker and public health risks from radiation exposure resulting from nuclear weapons production activities in the former Soviet Union. The goals of this project are to: 1. Better understand the relationship between health effects and chronic, low-to-medium dose rate radiation exposures 2. Estimate cancer risks from exposure to gamma, neutron, and alpha radiation 3. Provide information to the national and international organizations that determine radiation protection standards and practices.
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=y46kRkTDGnTPxqTF1FmvMBHCw8QQ25jYKtfktnQqw2pQpll2sgMv!828175176?oppId=237113&mode=VIEW


University Research Awards and Workforce Development for Hydropower
Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0000832
Application Deadline:  August 8, 2013
Description: Since 2010, the Department of Energy has supported research fellowships for the hydropower industry. These fellowships have proven to be very impactful to the hydropower industry. Topic Area 1 University Research Awards for Hydropower The Department of Energy would like to solicit for a partner to administer 10 to 20 additional research fellowships for the hydropower industry. Topic Area 2 Workforce Development for Hydropower The Department of Energy would like to solicit for an organization to complete an analysis of the existing hydropower workforce, current and future workforce needs, available training/educational programs, and future training/educational needs of the U.S. hydropower industry. NOTE Letters of Intent are not required but are requested. Please see the Funding Opportunity Announcement document for additional information on Letters of Intent. Letters of Intent should be submitted by email to CHFOA832@go.doe.gov by 4:59 PM Eastern Time on 07/16/2013. The full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is posted on the EERE Exchange website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov. Applications must be submitted through the EERE Exchange website to be considered for award. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE Exchange website. A user guide for EERE Exchange can be found on the EERE website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system. Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of applications is found in the full FOA posted on the EERE Exchange website.
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=y46kRkTDGnTPxqTF1FmvMBHCw8QQ25jYKtfktnQqw2pQpll2sgMv!828175176?oppId=236775&mode=VIEW


Marine and Hydrokinetic (Wave) Testing Infrastructure Development
Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0000847
Application Deadline: August 13, 2013
Description: To potentially support the full-scale testing of MHK wave energy devices, the Water Power Program intends to evaluate site locations, designs, and estimated costs for an open water, fully energetic domestic wave test facility. It is expected that a viable grid-connected facility will be capable of testing both scaled prototypes and full-scale (utility-scale) wave energy conversion devices in order to evolve reliable, low cost, renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuel. Prototype testing is essential to mature existing wave technologies, validate performance against analytic models, demonstrate compliance with applicable design standards and thereby mitigate the technical and financial risk of developing and deploying mass-produced wave energy devices, plants,technologies and related products. Construction and operation of a full-scale domestic wave test facility will assist the U.S. industry by identifying design and manufacturing deficiencies early in the development cycle and validate modifications and improvements prior to commercial deployment. Ultimately, this new testing capability will improve the country?s competitiveness in MHK energy technology, encourage domestic manufacturing, job creation, and provide a new technology that utilizes an untapped renewable resource to help achieve the nation?s energy goals. This FOA is intended to identify possible site locations and evaluate the potential to establish a national wave testing facility within U.S. territorial waters. The full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov. Applications must be submitted through the EERE eXCHANGE website to be considered for award. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for the EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website https://eere- exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system. Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of applications is found in the full FOA posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website.
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=y46kRkTDGnTPxqTF1FmvMBHCw8QQ25jYKtfktnQqw2pQpll2sgMv!828175176?oppId=237255&mode=VIEW


Clean Energy manufacturing Innovation Institute
Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0000683
Pre-Application Deadline: A mandatory Letter of Intent is due 07/16/13, 5:00 PM ET
Application Deadline:  August 29, 2013
Description: Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) AMO and its partners will co-invest in a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute (Institute) to support U.S. prosperity and security; and that will contribute to the creation of the NNMI.  The primary goals of the Institute are to revitalize American manufacturing and support domestic manufacturing competitiveness by driving innovation, and developing and accelerating adoption of next generation manufacturing technologies that will increase energy productivity, improve product quality, reduce cost, waste or pollution leading to increased domestic production capacity, jobs for American workers and impact regional economic development. 
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=y46kRkTDGnTPxqTF1FmvMBHCw8QQ25jYKtfktnQqw2pQpll2sgMv!828175176?oppId=233914&mode=VIEW


FY2014 Research Opportunities in High Energy Physics
Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0000948
Application Deadline:  September 9, 2013
Description: The mission of the High Energy Physics (HEP) program is to understand how the universe works at its most fundamental level, which is done by discovering the elementary constituents of matter and energy, probing the interactions between them, and exploring the basic nature of space and time. This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications in six specific areas: 1. Experimental Research at the Energy Frontier, 2. Experimental Research at the Intensity Frontier, 3. Experimental Research at the Cosmic Frontier, 4. Theoretical Research, 5. Accelerator Science and Technology Research and Development, 6. Particle Deterctor Research and Development. The full text of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is located on FedConnect. Instructions for completing the Grant Application Package are contained in the full text of the FOA which can be obtained at
https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000948&agency=DOE



Department of Labor

African Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative
Funding Opportunity Number: SCA-13-07
Application Deadline: October 1, 2013
Description: The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $3 million for one or more cooperative agreement(s) to fund a technical assistance project(s) in Uganda to address exploitative child labor among youth (age 15 to 18) by helping them develop marketable skills to secure decent work and serve as civic leaders in their communities. The project will target vulnerable youth ages 15 to 18, promoting education and vocational training and decent work opportunities for those of appropriate work age. The project will also seek to enhance livelihoods for youth and their households, support civic engagement by youth, and encourage youth to take on leadership roles within their communities. Applicants must select districts that are part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Uganda's "Focus Districts". This project is intended to serve as a pilot youth empowerment and development initiative that could be replicated in other African countries.
http://www.dol.gov/ilab/grants/sca13-07.pdf



Department of State

2014 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship and Summer Enrichment Program
Funding Opportunity Number:   HR-HRCRB-14-001
Application Deadline:  August 9, 2013
Description: The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program seeks to attract outstanding young people with an interest in pursuing a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. It encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. The program is comprised of two major components. There is the International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program and the undergraduate Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). The Graduate Fellowship Program provides support for graduate school, professional development and entry into the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The undergraduate Summer Enrichment Program provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy.
https://www.grantsolutions.gov/gs/preaward/previewPublicAnnouncement.do?id=18224



Environmental Protection Agency

National Center for Innovation in Small Drinking Water Systems
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2013-STAR-G1
Application Deadline: Aug 21, 2013
Description: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for a National Research Center that will: identify, develop, demonstrate and facilitate widespread acceptance and applicability of novel and innovative technologies and approaches to measure or treat groups of microbiological or chemical contaminants, or their precursors; apply novel new information technology systems; and improve the sustainability of small drinking water systems. While larger Community Water Systems (CWS) serve a greater proportion of the overall population, ninety-two percent of the nation's CWS serve communities with populations of 10,000 or less and supply drinking water for more than fifty-three million Americans. These small systems do not typically have the resources to seek out, evaluate and apply innovative approaches that could provide better drinking water contamination solutions and improve public health protection. Public health-associated violation rates are consistently more than 3 times higher among those CWS that serve less than 10,000 than the larger systems. Because it is so challenging for these small systems to comply with existing standards, progression of public health standards on a national level is hindered.
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_drinkingwater.html


Tribal Support for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-OEI-OIC-13-01
Application Deadline: Aug 30, 2013
Description: EPA, states, tribes, and territories, are working together to implement the Exchange Network, a secure, Internet- and standards-based mechanism for electronic data reporting, sharing, and integration of both regulatory and non-regulatory environmental data. Exchange Network partners exchanging data with each other or with EPA should make the Exchange Network the standard way they exchange data and should phase out any legacy methods they have been using. More information on the Exchange Network is available at www.exchangenetwork.net. EPA and its state, tribal, and territorial partners continue to invest collaboratively to expand the Exchange Network. In 2007, the Exchange Network Leadership Council (ENLC) issued the Exchange Network Strategic Plan that committed to “building a state- of-the-art Environmental Information Exchange Network which will become the preferred method for exchanging environmental data in support of better environmental decision-making.” The Plan’s objectives include completing infrastructure, exchanging environmental data, and expanding use of the Network to support environmental decision-making. Grant applicants can access the Exchange Network Strategic Plan at http://www.exchangenetwork.net/ENStrategicPlan.pdf. This cooperative agreement will provide funding to an organization that represents a broad cross section of Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages to help increase the amount of tribal participation in the Exchange Network through outreach and support for and participation in the Exchange Network Tribal Governance Group (TGG).
http://epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants/


Susceptibility and Variability in Human Response to Chemical Exposure
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2013-STAR-J1
Application Deadline: Sep 10, 2013 
Description: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to study life stage and/or genetic susceptibility in order to better characterize the sources of human variability in response to chemical exposure. The adverse outcome pathways (AOP) concept has the potential to serve as a framework for using susceptibility indicators, biomonitoring, and high throughput screening (HTS) data in an integrated manner to predict population responses to novel, potentially harmful, chemicals. While much emphasis has been placed on improved biomonitoring and HTS approaches, research is needed to understand the underlying factors that influence human susceptibility and to develop tools and methods for the identification and use of susceptibility indicators in this context. This solicitation provides the opportunity for the submission of applications for projects that may involve human subjects research. http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_chemical_exposure.html


New Methods in 21st Century Exposure Science
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2013-STAR-K1
Application Deadline: Sep 17, 2013
Description: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing innovative research to advance methods for characterizing real-world human exposure to chemicals associated with consumer products in indoor environments. Current understanding of human exposure to the chemical constituents of consumer products is limited due to inadequate information on formulations, emissions, and persistence in indoor environments associated with the diversity of usage scenarios. Methodological limitations currently impede collection of robust exposure information that is necessary to provide context for the results of a growing body of high throughput toxicity testing results and to characterize risk to human health for the general population and vulnerable groups. This solicitation seeks to support research that will: 1) develop and/or apply innovative technologies and methods to characterize presence and co-occurrence of suites of semivolatile chemicals (dozens to hundreds) in real-world indoor environments associated with emissions from and use of consumer products; 2) generate data to advance the scientific basis of exposure predictions by providing values for key model parameters, building confidence in model assumptions, and confirming model predictions for relevant pathways; and 3) develop and/or apply innovative technologies and methods to profile chemicals and related metabolites associated with consumer products in biological media. This solicitation provides the opportunity for the submission of applications for projects that may involve human subjects research.
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_exposure_science.html#AWARDII


Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children's Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2013-STAR-H1
Application Deadline: Oct 08, 2013   
Description: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research that will inform school (K-12 educational facilities) building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness. Specifically, the goal is to understand the relationship between environmental factors defined broadly and the health, safety and performance of students, teachers and staff. In addition to health-related concerns, the school environment may similarly impact the performance of students, teachers and staff, including lowering student achievement outcomes, and reducing teacher effectiveness. Accordingly, research is needed to better understand the negative impacts of the school environment on students’ health, safety, and achievement, and to measure the positive potential benefits of effectively managing environmental factors and applying sustainable building practices. The results of this research will help ensure that the risks of environmentally-induced illness and injury to America’s students, teachers and other school staff are diminished or avoided and that students, teachers and staff are provided with optimal learning environments in their schools.
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_healthy_schools.html#ELIGIBILITY_INFORMATION



Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

Major Grants for Community Organizations
Funding Opportunity Number: N/A   
Pre-Application Deadline: Letters of Intent due Monday, August 19, 2013 – 4PM
Application Deadline: Tuesday,October 15, 2013 – 4PM (EST) for pre-approved Letters of Intent only.
Description: Major grants of up to $15,000 are available to support the planning and implementation of large scale humanities projects or those that occur over a timeframe of up to 18 months. Projects may be presented in a variety of formats including exhibits, multi-media resources, lecture series, book and film festivals, walking tours and maps, cultural heritage products, and many others.
http://www.florida-arts.org/resources/postdetail.cfm?id=1131


Mini Grants for Community Organizations
Funding Opportunity Number: N/A  
Pre-Application Deadline: N/A  
Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 – 4PM (EST)
Description: FHC Awards mini grants (up to $2,000) that provide financial support for the planning and implementation of public humanities projects. Mini grant proposals are typically for small projects such as single events, lectures or panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, and/or on-line resources which may include interpretive brochures, reading lists, audio/video recordings of scholar presentations, and classroom resources.
http://www.florida-arts.org/resources/postdetail.cfm?id=1132



Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Summer Arts & Science Camps for Kids (SAS-C) Grant Program
Funding Opportunity Number: N/A
Pre-Application Deadline: N/A   
Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – 4:00 PM
Description: The Summer Arts & Science Camps for Kids (SAS-C) grants program was created as a joint initiative of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and The Children’s Trust.  The SAS-C Grants Program is funded by The Children’s Trust.  The Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County. The objective of the SAS-C Program is to grant funding to non-profit organizations to provide underserved children in Miami-Dade County with opportunities to attend high quality cultural arts and science summer camp programs at little or no cost.  Funding through the SAS-C Grants Program is intended to augment established, high quality programs, providing more children with the opportunity to participate in cultural arts and science summer camps.  Priority attention is given to projects that address children whose ability to participate in such programs may be limited by geography, economics or disability. Applicants to this program must have a minimum one-year track record of providing high quality, comprehensive and specialized cultural arts or science camp programs for children and/or youth in Miami-Dade County. Applicants to this program must be the entity directly responsible for managing, overseeing and implementing ALL administrative aspects of the proposed camp program, including but not limited to camper registration, program design, implementation, contracting for outside artists/services, scheduling, reporting, data collection, etc.
http://miamidadearts.culturegrants.org/navigation/links/page/summer-arts-science-camps-for-kids-sas-c


Tourist Development Council Grant Program
Funding Opportunity Number: N/A 
Pre-Application Deadline: N/A   
Application Deadline: Thursday, October 25, 2013 – 4PM
Description: Quarterly program which provides support to significant cultural and/or special events, including sports activities and television/film origination projects that promote Miami-Dade County’s appeal as a tourist destination. Activities must be able to stimulate tourism by increasing hotel occupancy and will have significant media impact for Miami-Dade County.
http://miamidadearts.culturegrants.org/navigation/links/page/tourist-development-council-tdc



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


Swift Guest Investigator Program
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH13ZDA001N-SWIFT
Application Deadline: September 26, 2013
Description: The Swift Guest Investigator (GI) Program solicits proposals for basic research relevant to the Swift gamma-ray burst mission. The primary goal of this mission is to determine the origin of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and use these bursts to probe the early universe. Swift is also a valuable asset for obtaining multiwavelength images, spectra, and light curves on interesting Targets of Opportunity (ToOs) and other nontransient sources.
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={6B41B47E-9FF6-3F58-CB45-AA37E432D883}&path=open


Heliophysics Grand Challenges Research program
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH13ZDA001N-AURAST
Pre-Application Deadline: August 15, 2013
Application Deadline: October 11, 2013
Description: The goals of the Heliophysics Grand Challenges Research program are specifically designed to support investigations of complex problems that fall within the general realm of Heliophysics and whose full resolution has remained elusive. Work on such problems has traditionally been carried out by independent research groups that employ either observational- or theory and modeling-based approaches. Increasingly, major advances in the field are taking place as a result of the close interactions between observers, theorists, and modelers. Thus, a coherent attack on the most challenging broad problems requires the efforts of a synergistically interacting group of multidisciplinary teams led by a single Principal Investigator, so as to enable deep and transformative science.
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={C2D77265-9BD3-D07C-D8B2-7C4323326F6A}&path=open


Ocean Vector Winds Science Team
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH13ZDA001N- OVWST
Pre-Application Deadline: September 6, 2013
Application Deadline: October 31, 2013
Description: The Ocean Vector Winds Science Team (OVWST) supports the analysis and interpretation of ocean vector winds and other applications derived from Earth-observing missions carrying scatterometers and polarimetric radiometers.
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={6112186B-DC2A-06E4-2A30-3470DFDDE51C}&path=open


Outer Planets Research
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH13ZDA001N-OPR
Pre-Application Deadline: August 23, 2013
Application Deadline: November 1, 2013
Description: The Outer Planets Research (OPR) program supports diverse scientific investigations that contribute to the understanding of the outer Solar System, including the giant planets, their satellites, and smaller solid bodies including comets, asteroids, and Kuiper Belt objects. The program includes both data analysis from NASA missions and fundamental research.
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={FCD0D38D-1584-D1E4-301F-2F407A3F394B}&path=open


Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship
Funding Opportunity Number: NNH13ZDA001N-RTF
Pre-Application Deadline: September 6, 2013
Application Deadline: November 7, 2013
Description: The goals of the Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship (RTF) program in Astrophysics are to give early career researchers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead astrophysics flight instruments/projects and become principal investigators (PIs) of future astrophysics missions; to develop innovative technologies that have the potential to enable major scientific breakthroughs; and to foster new talent by putting early-career instrument builders on a trajectory towards long-term positions.

Institutions and organizations are encouraged to submit proposals under the RTF program on behalf of their outstanding early career researchers, including postdoctoral researchers, nontenured faculty members, term civil servants, and employees who intend to develop careers involving Astrophysics innovation and technology development, with the individual as the PI.

The RTF awards will be issued as grants, except in the case of Government employees who will be directly funded.
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={5862D16D-35A8-8C5D-D422-76E234610ED2}&path=open



National Institute of Health

Dose Response and Efficacy Studies on the Effects of Vitamin D Supplementation on Functional Outcomes in Elderly (U01)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-AG-14-001
Application Receipt Date(s): September 23, 2013
Description: The National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications for a clinical trial on effects of vitamin D supplementation on falls and gait speed in older individuals. During the six-year support period, the awardee will implement a randomized controlled trial with sufficient power to determine the dose–response and efficacy of vitamin D supplementation in preventing falls, across a range of doses and baseline vitamin D levels.  A measurement of effects of supplementation on gait speed should be proposed as a secondary outcome.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider advanced, cost-efficient designs that include a dose-ranging phase followed by an efficacy phase for select doses (e.g., adaptive designs). The first nine months of the award will provide funds to conduct pilot studies to test recruitment strategies, determine the proportion of those screened who are both eligible and willing to be randomized, and finalize the study protocol, data collection forms and manual of procedures for the trial. 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-14-001.html


Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Centers (U54)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-AR-13-021
Application Receipt Date(s): September 13, 2013
Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to publicize the re-competition of Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Centers (MDCRCs). These Centers promote collaborative basic, translational and clinical research and provide important resources that can be used by the national muscular dystrophy research communities. The centers also provide an outstanding environment for the training and career development of new scientists electing to pursue careers conducting research in high priority areas of muscular dystrophy. Center investigators are expected to participate in important community outreach and education efforts to increase awareness and convey the importance and implications of their research activities to the general public.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-13-021.html


Limited Competition for the Continuation of a National Endoscopic Database (U01)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-DK-13-504
Application Receipt Date(s): November 20, 2013
Description: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases invites an application for the competing continuation of a national endoscopic database.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-13-504.html


Blood Pressure Measurement Technologies for Low-Resource Settings in the U.S. and India (U01)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-EB-13-001
Application Receipt Date(s): January 07, 2014
Description: Hypertension diagnosis and management are critical needs in both the US and in India, and are areas that are ripe for technological innovation that would serve both countries, particularly in underserved populations.  New technologies could be utilized in the design of new blood pressure measurement devices that do not require cuffs or expensive equipment, and that can be used by untrained individuals in their own homes or regional care settings.  Affordable technologies for blood pressure measurement would make a substantial contribution to the improvement of hypertension diagnosis and management in both countries.

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage research leading to the development of new blood pressure measurement technologies for rapid, minimally intrusive, flexible monitoring and management of hypertension in underserved populations.  The goal of this FOA is the improvement of hypertension diagnosis and management through the presence of more accessible and affordable means of measuring hypertension.

A companion announcement will be made by the Indian government to support similar research by Indian investigators. All investigators funded by the US or India will share results at a yearly meeting and collaborations will be developed among investigators from both countries as the work progresses.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-EB-13-001.html


Research Linking Environmental Exposure to Alzheimer's Disease (R01)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-ES-13-006
Application Receipt Date(s): October 31, 2013
Description: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support research establishing a link between environmental exposure and the risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Research is encouraged ranging from basic mechanistic exposure studies to human-based studies. This new effort seeks to promote work to further the understanding of the combined roles of exposure and processes implicated in AD such as inflammation and genetic susceptibility. This FOA is intended to support the broad research goals of the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan
for NIEHS (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/strategicplan/strategicplantrifold20122017_508.pdf).

This FOA will use the NIH Research Project Grant (R01) award mechanism and runs in parallel with another FOA, RFA-ES-13-007, which encourages applications under the R21 mechanisms.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-13-006.html


Research Linking Environmental Exposure to Neurodegenerative Disease (R21)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-ES-13-007
Application Receipt Date(s): October 31, 2013
Description: The purpose of this FOA is to stimulate research on the role of environmental exposure in neurodegenerative disease (ND) by developing feasibility data for new concepts or by adapting new technologies, tools and methods of use for studies in neurodegenerative diseases.  The emphasis for this FOA would be especially focused on Alzheimer’s (AD),  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Parkinson's (PD) to stimulate advancement of neurodegenerative research by better establishing the importance of environmental exposure in disease causation in accordance with the goals of the new strategic plan. (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/strategicplan/strategicplantrifold20122017_508.pdf).

This FOA will use the NIH R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award mechanism and runs in parallel with another FOA, RFA-ES-13-006 which encourages applications under the R01 mechanisms.   
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-13-007.html


Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications (R21)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-GM-14-014
Application Receipt Date(s): October 10, 2013
Description: The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) encourages innovative applications for the development of new or improved instrumentation for biomedical research. Projects should propose tools that can be used by a wide range of biomedical or clinical researchers, and not limited to a specific organ or disease.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-14-014.html


Researcher Training and Workforce Development in Methods and Standards for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Studies (R25)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-HS-14-004
Application Receipt Date(s): September 27, 2013
Description: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites applications for grants to develop, implement, and evaluate an education program for researchers on methodologies and methodological standards used to conduct comparative clinical effectiveness and/or patient-centered outcomes research (CER/PCOR).  The purpose of this initiative is to build capacity in the national scientific workforce to conduct high quality CER/PCOR studies.  Applicants will develop innovative programs that accommodate the educational needs of a respective professional field, employment setting, and/or researcher community.   An education program must have multiple components and include basic, advanced, and experiential training opportunities.  Programs may focus on the design and analysis of systematic reviews, technology assessments, observational studies, registries, clinical trials, and/or other approaches to CER/PCOR.  Research methods guides produced by AHRQ and methodology standards adopted by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute are among the content materials that may be used to develop education program components.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HS-14-004.html


NINDS Clinical Trial Methods in Clinical Neurological Disorders Course (R25)
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-NS-14-001
Application Receipt Date(s): October 09, 2013
Description: The purpose of the “Clinical Trial Methods in Clinical Neurological Disorders Cours " Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to increase the reliability and effectiveness of clinical trials and to enhance the training of investigators new to clinical trials.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-14-001.html


Secondary Analyses of Alcohol and Chronic Disease (R21)
Funding Opportunity Number: PA-13-251
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages R21 applications that propose to conduct secondary analyses of alcohol as it relates to chronic disease etiology and epidemiology. The goal of this program is to facilitate cost-effective exploratory or novel studies that break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-251.html


Secondary Analyses of Alcohol and Chronic Disease (R01)
Funding Opportunity Number: PA-13-260
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages R01 applications that propose to conduct secondary analyses of alcohol as it relates to chronic disease etiology and epidemiology. The goal of this program is to facilitate innovative yet cost-effective research utilizing previously collected data.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-260.html


Secondary Analyses of Alcohol and Chronic Disease (R03)
Funding Opportunity Number: PA-13-261
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages R03 applications that propose to conduct secondary analyses of alcohol as it relates to chronic disease etiology and epidemiology. The goal of this program is to facilitate innovative yet cost-effective research utilizing previously collected data.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-261.html


Implications of New Digital Media Use for Underage Drinking, Drinking-Related Behaviors, and Prevention Research (R01)
Funding Opportunity Number: PA-13-262
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages R01 research grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to investigate whether, and how, heavy involvement in new digital media usage, particularly social media and social networking sites, may influence adolescent alcohol use and drinking patterns, as well as drinking-related problems. This FOA also encourages applications proposing to explore the ways in which new digital media may be utilized as platforms for preventive interventions aimed at underage drinking and related problems.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-262.html


Implications of New Digital Media Use for Underage Drinking, Drinking-Related Behaviors, and Prevention Research (R21)
Funding Opportunity Number: PA-13-263
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages R21 research grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to investigate whether, and how, heavy involvement in new digital media usage, particularly social media and social networking sites, may influence adolescent alcohol use and drinking patterns, as well as drinking-related problems. This FOA also encourages applications proposing to explore the ways in which new digital media may be utilized as platforms for preventive interventions aimed at underage drinking and related problems.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-263.html


Synergizing Omic and Symptom Science (R01)
Funding Opportunity Number: PA-13-264
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to promote integration of diverse information from molecular and biological processes with patient-reported outcomes (i.e. symptoms, functional status, health-related quality of life).    
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-264.html


Synergizing Omic and Symptom Science (R15)
Funding Opportunity Number: PA-13-265
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to promote integration of diverse information from molecular and biological processes with patient-reported outcomes (i.e. symptoms, functional status, health-related quality of life).
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-265.html


NIDDK Program Projects (P01)
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-13-266
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) invites submission of investigator-initiated program project applications. The proposed programs should address scientific areas relevant to the NIDDK mission including diabetes, endocrine and metabolic diseases, digestive diseases and nutrition, and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases, as well as new approaches to prevent, treat and cure these diseases, including clinical research. A description of NIDDK scientific program areas can be found at http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/Funding/default.htm.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-266.html


Novel NeuroAIDS Therapeutics: Integrated Preclinical/Clinical Program (P01)
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-13-267
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): January 7, 2014, January 7, 2015, January 7, 2016
Description: The National Institute of Mental Health invites research grant applications to develop innovative programs to advance therapeutics for NeuroAIDS. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support research programs that will advance central nervous system (CNS)-focused therapeutic approaches to: a) address HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders in HIV-infected individuals on highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART), b) eradicate persistent HIV-1 from the CNS during chronic infection, c) prevent establishment of HIV-1 in the brain during early infection, and d) assess the potential for CNS toxicity using HAART or candidate drugs that are currently in clinical studies to eradicate HIV-1. Studies to create or adapt existing animal models of HIV-1 infection in the CNS may be proposed to enable assessment of novel HIV CNS-focused therapeutic candidates. Multi-disciplinary, multi-project programs that are focused on improving neurocognition in HIV-infected persons are encouraged. A well defined, synergistic and milestone-driven plan for discovery, preclinical, and/or early clinical hypothesis-driven research should be presented. Public-private partnerships are encouraged but not required.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-267.html


NIDDK Multi-Center Clinical Study Implementation Planning Cooperative Agreements (U34)
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-13-268
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): April 15, 2014; February 19, 2015; June 17, 2015; April 18, 2016; February 14, 2017
Description: NIDDK supports investigator-initiated, multi-center (three or more sites) clinical studies exclusively through a two-part process that includes an implementation planning cooperative agreement (U34). The U34 is designed to: (1) permit early peer review of the rationale for the proposed clinical study; (2) permit assessment of the design and protocol of the proposed study; (3) provide support for the development of documents needed for the conduct of the study, including a manual of operations; and (4) support the development of other essential elements required for the conduct of a clinical study. Completion of the required products of a U34 is a prerequisite for submission of a multi-center clinical study cooperative agreement (U01) application, which will support the actual conduct of the study. Consultation with NIDDK staff is strongly encouraged prior to the submission of the U34 application.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-268.html


NEI Center Core Grants for Vision Research (P30)
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-13-269
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 30, 2013
Description: An NEI P30 Center Core Grant combines one or more research cores for a group of R01 investigators to enhance their research, consolidate resources, avoid duplication of efforts, and/or contribute to cost effectiveness by providing a service with lower cost or higher quality than could be attempted for independent projects by several individual PDs/PIs.  Shared resources and facilities that are accessible to a group of independently funded investigators lead to greater productivity for the separate projects, and can provide instrumentation and facilities that are too costly to be maintained by an individual investigator.  The design and purpose of each P30 Center Core Grant may vary in how it serves its users.  This program is designed to enhance an institution's environment and capability to conduct vision research and to facilitate collaborative studies of the visual system and its disorders.     
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-269.html


Grand Opportunity in Medications Development for Substance-Use Disorders (U01)
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-13-270
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): March 27, 2014, July 28, 2014, March 27, 2015, July 28, 2015, March 28, 2016, July 28, 2016 AIDS Date: 05/07/2014, 09/07/2014, 05/07/2015, 09/07/2015, 05/07/2016, 09/07/2016
Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to accelerate the development of medication for the treatment of Substance-Use Disorders (SUDs) by encouraging research applications to support a diverse array of preclinical and/or clinical research projects. The goal is to fund medication studies that will have high impact and quickly yield the necessary results to advance medications closer to FDA approval. It is expected that these U01s will be short-term (funded for up to 3 years) and large (up to $5 million per year) cooperative agreements with close monitoring and significant scientific involvement of NIDA staff. This funding opportunity will enable critical medications development studies that would not be feasible using the traditional R01 activity code.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-270.html