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Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research

Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach.

For more information and details about the programs and requirements please refer to the Request for Proposal


LRI Invites Applications for Novel Lupus Research Projects

LRI will award grants of up to $100,000 per year for up to three years in support of creative and innovative approaches to major challenges in lupus research. Successful proposals will advance novel hypotheses and/or technologies that have the potential to stimulate new research directions and propel the field forward. Applications will be judged principally on novelty of the hypotheses, scientific quality, strength of approach, relevance to lupus, likelihood of success, and potential impact for those living with lupus. Rationale for the hypotheses proposed rather than amount of preliminary data will be emphasized. Continuations of long-term research projects are not appropriate for this grant opportunity.

The goals of the program  are to stimulate investigation of underexplored pathways and generate transformative discoveries in lupus that can drive the development of safer and more effective treatments. Investigations into the fundamental mechanisms of lupus and its complications, explorations of novel targets and pathways, and applications involving novel technologies and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged.

Deadline for Application: 1 June 2015

For more information please refer to the Request for Proposal:

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications From Artists and Scholars

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships to advanced professionals in all fields — including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts (except the performing arts).

The fellowships are intended to assist individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge  or creation in any of the arts under the freest possible conditions.

Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a period of between six and twelve months.

Deadline: 19 September 2015

For more information please refer to the RFP



Open Society Foundations Fellowship: Individuals Addressing Open Society Challenges

The fellowship program seeks to fund work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching conversations within the Open Society Foundations and  the world.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that  has not been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations, including human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; innovative public-education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues. Fellowship projects can include photography, outreach, and advocacy around documentary film and other forms of cultural production.

Deadline: 3 August 2015

For more information please refer to the RFP:

Public Access to Results of NSF-funded Research

The National Science Foundation is changing its policies in regards to publicly funded programs. The NSF will require public access to the products and data resulting from research and projects undertaken using NSF funds. A brief synopsis of proposed changes can be found below:

“The National Science Foundation (NSF or Foundation) has developed a plan outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from research the foundation funds

This NSF requirement will apply to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after the effective date of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that will be issued in January 2016.


NSF’s current data management plan requirement and policies on costs of publication and data citation in biographical sketches will remain unchanged for the present while the Foundation undertakes activities to engage the research communities around data management in support of public access goals”.

For more information please refer to the official NSF announcement:

Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation and its Partners

The Gates foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications for the following grant programs – for more information please visit the grant opportunities page at

1.      Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions. Proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

2.       Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched its fifth round for innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the world. The application deadline is March 27, 2015.

3.      All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched two grant opportunities:

  • As part of the Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Settings Ideation Challenge, it is seeking technology-supported approaches to provide basic education in one or more of the following situations: health crisis, natural disaster, and conflict zone. The application deadline is March 30, 2015.
  • The Tracking & Tracing Books Prize Competition is seeking innovations to track books destined for early-grade classrooms and learning centers in low-income countries. The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

4.      The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT) as part of its new Grand Challenges Japan initiative has launched a Target Research Platform to fund bold ideas in drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for a set of priority neglected infectious diseases. The application deadline is March 13, 2015

APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science

The APS Teaching Fund invites applications for small (up to $5,000), non-renewable grants to launch new projects that are designed to achieve any of the following priorities:

  1. disseminate resources that support effective teaching of psychology and development of effective psychology teachers;
  2. facilitate communication among teachers of psychology who share common challenges and who would benefit from sharing ideas and resources;
  3. develop means to provide expert advice and consultation to faculty engaging in projects that support the teaching of psychology; and
  4. publicize and enhance the availability of psychology teaching resources and opportunities to psychology teachers.

Upcoming application deadline: March 1st, 2015

For more information please refeer to


Funding Opportunity: 2015 SAFE Energy Security Prize

Clemson University and CNBC are partnering with Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), which is in its second year of offering the SAFE Energy Securing Prize. The Prize is designed to support the critical efforts of researchers whose ingenuity, leadership and perseverance are poised to advance American energy security by helping bring an end to U.S. oil dependence.

The winner of the 2015 SAFE Energy Security Prize will receive a $125,000 cash reward, powered by the InterTech Group. The prize is being awarded in memory of the company’s founder, president and CEO, Jerry Zucker. Throughout his life, Mr. Zucker showed an enormous interest in- and talent for- all things science and technology. An engineer with impressive business acumen, Mr. Zucker’s creativity , love of people and drive for excellence inspires us to recognize and foster the next generation of game changers.

To learn more about the application and evaluation process, please go to the SAFE Energy Security Prize website

Funding Opportunity: Gene-Environment Interplay in Substance Use Disorders

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate and expand research on the interplay of genetic and environmental factors in the genesis, course, and outcomes of substance and alcohol use disorders (SUDs).

Previous work in genetic epidemiology and molecular genetics has established that SUDs are highly heritable, developmental disorders with important genetic substrates.

Building on these findings, new studies using genetically informative approaches are needed to elucidate the complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors in developmental trajectories of SUDs and comorbid conditions, deepen and refine phenotypic definitions of SUDs, and meet the methodologic challenges of the field.

Such studies hold great potential to promote understanding of the true contributions of both genetic and environmental factors to initiation, progression, comorbidity, adverse outcomes, and cessation of SUDs; to elucidate mechanisms of risk; and to enhance opportunities for translation to treatment, prevention, gene-finding and molecular studies.

For more information please refer to the RFP Announcement