Grant opportunities from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dear Colleagues,

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications to Grand Challenges Explorations, which has awarded over 1070 grants in over 58 countries to date.

Grand Challenges Explorations seeks innovative global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies.

Two-page proposals are being accepted online from September 4, 2014 until November 12, 2014 on the following topics:

–    Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control.
–    New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
–    New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children
–    Enable Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments to Create an Economic Ecosystem that Will Help Lift the Poorest Out of Poverty
–    Explore New Ways to Measure Brain Development and Gestational Age
–    New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions

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:

Sloan Foundation Accepting Nominations for 2015 Research Fellows

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is inviting nominations for the 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship, a two-year program designed to stimulate fundamental research by early career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

Through the program, fellowships of $50,000 will be awarded to a hundred and twenty-six researchers in recognition of their distinguished performance and unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Funds may be used for equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, trainee support, or any other activity directly related to the fellow’s research.

For more information about requirements and deadlines please refer to the original posting link:

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.

For more information, please refer to the complete RFP




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: 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.

For more information, please refer to the RFP:

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.


For more information please refer to the RFP:–making-the-case-for-laws-that-improv.html?cid=XEM_A7899

McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Invites Proposals for 2015 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To that end, the fund assists scientists working to apply knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders that affect memory or cognition.

The McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award supports programs that address mechanisms of memory or cognition at the synaptic, cellular, and behavioral level in animals, including humans. Each year, up to four awards are given. Awards provide $100,000 per year for three years and may be used for a variety of research activities, excluding the recipient’s salary.

Priority is given to proposals that incorporate fundamentally new approaches, as well as those that involve human experimentation. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged.

Deadline: March 24, 2014

For more information please refer to:

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