Dear Colleague Letter: Seeking Community Input for Topic Ideas for Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI)

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to invite the research community to submit suggestions for Topic Ideas to be considered for the FY 2016 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program Solicitation.

Suggestions for EFRI Topic Ideas are currently solicited and vetted every two years. Selected Topics become the foci of EFRI-supported research. Solicitations are announced annually for research proposals that fall under the specified Topic areas.

This DCL is not a request for submission of a single research proposal idea; rather, it is meant to generate potential topic areas of emerging transformational research and innovation. You may submit your candidate topic idea along with a one-page description by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/efritopicideas. The deadline for topic idea submission is:December 19, 2014.

Ideas you submit should provide forward-looking views and identify opportunities in emerging frontiers of research and innovation; topic ideas should not simply summarize or justify your own ongoing research activities.

For more information please refer to the solicitation page: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15018/nsf15018.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

National Cancer Institute Program Project Applications

With this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications for investigator-initiated program project (P01) grants.

Proposed program projects may address any of the broad areas of cancer research, including (but not limited to) cancer biology, cancer prevention, cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment, and cancer control. Basic, translational, clinical, and/or population-based studies in all of these research areas are appropriate.

Each Program Project application must consist of at least three projects. The projects must share a common central theme, focus, and/or overall objective.

For more information please refer to: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-023.html

 

American Psychological Foundation Seeks Applications From Early Career Psychologists

The American Psychological Foundation provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential, both today and for generations to come.

Through its John and Polly Sparks Early Career grant program, the foundation will award one grant of $10,000  to an early career psychologist in support of research in the area of early intervention and treatment for serious emotional disturbance in children. Priority will be given to a project that has the potential to provide a model for broad-based applications across the country.

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.

Deadline: 15 May 2015

For more information, please refer to: http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/sparks-early-career.aspx

 

Russell Sage Foundation Seeks Letters of Inquiry for Future of Work Research

The foundation’s program on the Future of Work supports research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately-skilled workers in the United States. The foundation seeks research proposals related to the role of changes in employer practices; the nature of the labor market; and public policies concerning the employment, earnings, and quality of jobs of American workers.

The foundation encourages methodological variety, but all proposals should have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models should be specified and research questions and hypotheses should be clearly stated. Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results.

 

Grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to qualified organizations.

 

Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than January 16, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals by March 16, 2015.

 

For more information, please refer to: http://www.russellsage.org/research/future-work

 

 

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Grants Opportunity

STS is an interdisciplinary field that investigates topics relating to the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines, including medical science. STS research uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice with regards to history and socio-cultural formation, philosophical underpinnings, and impacts of science and technology on quality of life, culture, and society. STS researchers strive to understand how STEM fields contribute to the development and use of systems of knowledge, the production and use of materials and devices, the co-evolution of socio-technical systems and their governance, and the place of science and technology in the modern world.

 

The STS program supports proposals across the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Examples include, but are by no means limited to:

  1. Societal aspects of emerging high-tech technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, synthetic biology, neuroscience, robotics, drones, ubiquitous computing, crowd sourcing, remote-sensing)
  2. Societal aspects of emerging low-tech technologies (e.g., paper microscopes; whirlwind wheel chairs)
  3. Issues relating to equity, ethics, governance, sustainability, public engagement, user-centeredness, and inclusiveness.
  4. Integration of traditional STS approaches with innovative perspectives from the arts or humanities.
  5. Ethical, policy, and cultural issues regarding big data, surveillance and privacy in an increasingly networked world, and
  6. The science of broadening participation in STEM disciplines.

 

Deadline: February 2nd, 2015
Estimated Number of Awards: 40
Anticipated Funding Amount: $6,200,000

For more information please refer to the RFP: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15506/nsf15506.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

 

 

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and its cosponsors invite institutional career development award applications for Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Programs, hereafter termed “Programs.”

Programs will support mentored research career development of junior faculty members, known as BIRCWH Scholars, who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships, and who will be engaged in interdisciplinary basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research relevant to women’s health, and where appropriate the use of both sexes to better understand the influence of sex as a variable on health and disease.

For more information please refer to the RFP: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=268595

 

Freedoms Foundation Accepting Nominations for 2015 Leavey Awards

The foundation is accepting nominations for the 2015 Leavey Awards, an annual program that recognizes educators at the elementary, junior high school, high school, and college levels for innovative and effective techniques related to the teaching of entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system. Up to twenty cash awards of $7,500 each will be awarded. In addition, one meritorious award of $15,000 may be presented for an outstanding entry.

Deadline: November 1st 2014.

For more information please refer to the full RFP

http://www.freedomsfoundation.org/awards-programs

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications for three new Grand Challenges:

  • Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development
  • Creating and Measuring Integrated Solutions for Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development (part of the All Children Thriving platform)
  • New Interventions for Global Health

Applications for these new challenges will be accepted beginning on November 4, 2014. Please also note that we are still accepting applications for six Grand Challenges Explorations topics.

For links to more information on these challenges, please visit the grant opportunity page at www.grandchallenges.org,

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interest

Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.

Deadline: January 27th 2015

For more information, please refer to: https://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined

Application deadline is February 4, 2015.

For more information please refer to: https://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship#