March of Dimes Invites Applications for 2015 Research Program

The March of Dimes invites applications from principal investigators for research grants relevant to its mission of helping moms have full-term pregnancies and supporting research  on problems that threaten the health of babies.

The latter includes biological processes governing differentiation and development, genetics and genomics of these processes, clinical studies, reproductive health and environmental toxicology, and social and behavioral studies concerning cognitive and behavioral risks that affect  pregnancy outcomes, the perinatal period, and subsequent child development.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Opportunity in Global Health and Development

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online until May 6, 2014 on the following topics:

•  New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions
•     Explore New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development
•    Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development
•     Inciting Healthy Behaviors: nudge, leapfrog, disrupt, reach
•     Novel Enabling Tools and Models Supporting the Development of Interventions for Severe Diarrhea and Enteric Dysfunction

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. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at:

Funding Opportunity: Alcohol-Induced Effects on Tissue Injury and Repai

“This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21) applications to study molecular and cellular mechanisms of tissue injury and repair associated with alcohol use in humans.

Excessive alcohol consumption has the potential to adversely affect multiple organ systems including the liver, brain, heart, pancreas, lung, kidney, endocrine and immune systems, as well as bone and skeletal muscle. In addition, there is accumulating evidence that long term alcohol consumption is associated with reduced host capacity for recovery and repair following trauma.

The mechanisms for these alcohol-induced effects on tissue injury and repair are currently not fully understood. NIAAA is especially interested in integrative research that elucidates alcohols effects on complex mechanisms of injury and repair that are either common or specific to each organ system.

This FOA also encourages the study of alcohols effect on stem cells, embryonic development, and regeneration. Also encouraged are studies on molecular and cellular actions of moderate alcohol consumption. A better understanding of these underlying mechanisms may provide new avenues for developing more effective and novel approaches for prognosis, diagnosis, intervention, and treatment of alcohol-induced organ damage.”

Award Ceiling: $200,000

Deadline: May 7th, 2014.

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Funding Opportunity: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.

The goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.

To this end, this funding opportunity announcement encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focuses on research experiences, courses for skills development and mentoring activities.

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Grant Foundation Launches Initiative on Understanding Inequality

Through its new Understanding Inequality program, the foundation will award grants of up to $600,000 in support of research that focuses on ways to reduce disparities in the academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes among youth.

Priority will be given to projects related to inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds; research that explores other areas of inequality will be considered based on a compelling case for its impact.


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Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation

Building on previous investments, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR) announce their interest in stimulating research related to the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP).

The Science of Broadening Participation will employ the theories, methods, and analytic techniques of the social, behavioral, economic, and learning sciences to better understand the barriers that hinder and factors that enhance our ability to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The results of these efforts will inform approaches to increase the access and involvement of underrepresented groups in STEM and to strengthen our national STEM capabilities and competitive advantage. Ultimately, the SBP research will provide scientific evidence that STEM educators, STEM employers, and policy makers need to make informed decisions and to design effective programs and interventions.

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Applications Invited for Sigma Xi Student Science and Engineering Research Grants

Sigma Xi, a society of research scientists and engineers that rewards excellence in research and cooperation among scientists in all fields, has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences and financial support for more than eighty years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the society promotes scientific achievement through hands-on learning.

Through its Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program, the society awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from any  science or engineering discipline. In addition, designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision-related research. Funding can support travel expenses or nonstandard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

While membership in Sigma Xi is not required for an applicant to receive funding, approximately 75 percent of the Grants-in-Aid of Research funds are restricted for use by dues-paying student members or students whose project advisor is a dues-paying member. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

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Children’s Heart Foundation Seeks Applications for Congenital Heart Disease Research

The Children’s Heart Foundation is accepting proposals from investigators for clinical research projects related to discovering the cause of and improving methods for diagnosing, treating, and preventing congenital heart defects.

Grants of up to $100,000 per year for a maximum of two years will be awarded for new research in the areas of molecular genetics/biochemistry, devices/procedural research (catheterization & surgical), and long-term care of children with congenital heart defects as they become adults.

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American Psychological Foundation Seeks Applications From Early Career Psychologists Investigating Emotional Disturbance in Children

The American Psychological Foundation  is accepting applications from early career psychologists conducting research in the area of early intervention and treatment for serious emotional disturbance in children.

Through its John and Polly Sparks Early Career grant program, the foundation will award one grant of $10,000 to empower an early career psychologist to produce scientifically based research and programs that could provide models for broad-based applications across the country. The grant is meant to encourage the recipient to devote his or her career to methods of intervention and treatment for serious emotional disturbance in children.

To be eligible, applicants must be a psychologist with an Ed.D., Psy.D., or Ph.D. from an accredited university and be no more than seven years postdoctoral.

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Public Health Law Research Seeks Research Projects of Laws That Improve Public Health

Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, seeks to build the evidence for and strengthen the use of regulatory, legal, and policy solutions to improve public health. To help achieve this goal, PHLR is inviting applications from nonprofit research institutions for qualitative or quantitative research studies related to the development, implementation, mechanisms of action, or health effects of specific laws or regulations.

Studies should focus on the intersection of law and public health but may draw on a range of other disciplines, including medicine, economics, engineering, sociology, psychology, and public policy and administration. However, the primary focus of the study should be a law or policy and its influence on public health. Special consideration will be given to projects that incorporate innovative approaches such as experimental designs and simulations, the use of biological measures as outcome variables, mixed qualitative-quantitative studies, and/or the application of cutting-edge econometric and time-series models. Economic analysis as an evaluation component or as the main study design is also encouraged to demonstrate the fiscal case and demonstrate value for public health law.

Research teams that combine legal expertise with strong research design and statistical competence are particularly encouraged.

Grants will range up to $150,000 each for a period of up to eighteen months. Mapping studies  ̶  legal research that creates a multijurisdictional dataset of laws suitable for quantitative research  ̶  will also be considered, but budgets for these mapping projects should not exceed $50,000 or twelve months duration.


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