Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Modeling Infectious Diseases in Healthcare Research Projects to Improve Prevention Research and Healthcare Delivery (MInD Healthcare)
The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to support innovative research to develop and apply computational tools and mathematical methods for: 1) modeling the spread of pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and related antimicrobial resistant (AR) infections; 2) predicting outbreaks of HAI pathogens and trends in the burden of antimicrobial resistant and susceptible HAIs; and 3) investigating the effectiveness of intervention strategies. The models should be developed with the intent that they will be tools for researchers, policymakers, or public health workers who want to better understand and respond to HAIs in the United States. This NOFO will also create a network of leaders in the fields of HAI and AR modeling that will be a resource for informing the development of relevant evidence-based policy. MInD-Healthcare will provide a network of leading modelers to respond to evolving public health needs and emergencies in healthcare settings.
- Awards: Up to $650,000 total for up to 5 years.
- Deadlines: :Letters of intent due December 18, 2019; Proposals due February 18, 2020
National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA):
Applications submitted to this grants program must state how the funded project will address the HEC Program Goals: (1) To enhance the quality of instruction for baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, and first professional degrees in veterinary sciences, in order to help meet current and future workforce needs in the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences; and (2) To increase the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in the FANH sciences.
HEC is a NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, baccalaureate, or master’s degree level FANH sciences education, and first professional degree- level education in veterinary medicine (DVM). HEC projects provide funding to eligible applicants to help ensure a competent, qualified and diverse workforce will exist to serve the FANH sciences system. At the same time, HEC-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of communities through the development of degree programs emphasizing new and emerging employment opportunities. Finally, HEC projects address the national challenge to increase the number and diversity of students entering the FANH sciences (i.e., having a FANH sciences workforce representative of the nation’s population).
- Awards: Amounts and duration vary by project type. Please see RFA for details.
- Deadlines: March 23, 2020
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – see limited submissions section below for additional NIH opportunities
This FY 2018 Administrative Supplement program is designed to provide supplemental funds to relevant, active, NIH-supported research projects to incorporate dietary supplement research that is within the scope of the parent project. Research interests of ODS are not limited to specific health conditions, organ systems or population groups. ODS supports all types of research, including pre-clinical, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological. Additionally, ODS supports research that builds future research capacity for studying the role of dietary supplements in health and disease prevention. Primary consideration for support will be given to applications that stimulate dietary supplement research where it is lacking or lagging, clarify gaps, opportunities and balance between benefits and risks where data are in conflict, target special population groups where additional science on supplements is needed, and focus on the use of dietary supplements in improving or maintaining health and reducing the risk of chronic disease. ODS is particularly interested in human studies.
- Awards: Up to $100,000 in direct costs for 1 year. Project and budget periods must be within the currently approved project period for the existing parent award.
- Deadline: January 15, 2020
- Pre-application webinar: ODS webinar on submitting administrative supplement applications December 6, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 Eastern Standard Time
The purpose of this Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects (R18) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research to evaluate large scale policies or programs related to healthcare delivery that are expected to influence diabetes prevention and care. This FOA is not intended to support the initiation and delivery of new policies or programs. Research support is for the evaluation of the effectiveness of healthcare programs and/or policies implemented independent of NIH grant funding. The goal is to support research that meaningfully informs clinical practice and health policy related to prevention or management of diabetes.
- Awards: Up to $500,000 in direct cost for up to 5 years.
- Deadlines: February 13, 2020
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS):
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination of NRCS conservation activities with partners that offer value-added contributions to expand our collective ability to address on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. Through RCPP, NRCS seeks to co-invest with partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges and provide measurable improvements and outcomes tied to the resource concerns they seek to address.
- Awards: Between $250,000 and $10 million total for up to 5 years.
- Cost share: Proposals with $1:$1 cost share contribution will be given priority consideration.
- Deadline: December 3, 2019
National Science Foundation (NSF) – see limited submissions section below for additional NSF opportunities
Successful projects of the URoL:Epigenetics Program are expected to use complementary, interdisciplinary approaches to investigate how epigenetic phenomena lead to emergent properties that explain the fundamental behavior of living systems. Ultimately, successful projects should identify general principles (“rules”) that underlie biological phenomena within or across scales of size, complexity (e.g., molecular, cellular, organismal, population) and time (from sub-second to geologic) in taxa from anywhere within the tree of life, including humans. URoL:Epigenetics projects must integrate perspectives and research approaches from more than one research discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, social and behavioral sciences). The interdisciplinary scope of URoL:Epigenetics projects also provides unique training and outreach possibilities to train the next generation of scientists in a diversity of approaches and to engage society more generally.
- Awards: Track 1 – total budget of up to $500,000 for up to 3 years; Track 2 – total budget of up to $3,000,000 for up to 5 years.
- Deadlines: Letters of intent due December 20, 2019; Full proposals due February 6, 2020.
The URoL:MTM program invites integrated, interdisciplinary proposals that develop theoretical predictive frameworks with well-designed experimental and/or computational approaches to generate and test hypotheses about the causal relationships within the microbiome, and among the microbiome, host, and environment. How these relationships affect robustness, resilience, and adaptability of individual organisms, populations, and communities are also of interest. Projects may apply existing ecological and evolutionary theory or develop new experimental, computational, or mathematical tools, models, and theory to: i) explain function and interactions in natural, experimental, and model microbiomes; ii) elucidate the molecular mechanisms that underlie communication between the host and the microbiome and among the members of the microbiome; and/or iii) comparatively analyze microbiomes to discover emergent properties that provide insight into the behavior of living systems.
Successful projects will contribute to a portfolio of research that identifies general principles (“rules”) that underlie a wide spectrum of biological phenomena across spatial, temporal (from sub-second to geologic), and/or complexity (molecular, cellular, organismal, population) scales. URoL:MTM projects must integrate perspectives and research approaches from more than one research discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geosciences, mathematics, physics, social and behavioral sciences). They must also incorporate best practices regarding protocol documentation, sample selection, data collection and analysis, model/algorithm development, as well as data sharing and accessibility. The interdisciplinary scope of URoL:MTM projects should provide unique training and outreach opportunities to train the next generation of scientists in a diversity of scientific approaches and to engage society more generally.
- Awards: Track 1 – total budget of up to $500,000 for up to 3 years; Track 2 – total budget of up to $3,000,000 for up to 5 years.
- Deadlines: Letters of intent due January 17, 2020; Full proposals due March 2, 2020.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI):
The goal of the HHMI Driving Change (DC) initiative is to drive genuine and lasting culture change on university campuses so undergraduate students from all backgrounds, particularly those who belong to historically excluded groups, will excel in STEM and graduate from college well prepared to pursue advanced degrees and eventually assume leadership roles in STEM.
This initiative encourages a comprehensive approach to culture change with three interlocking elements:
- A robust framework to support student success in STEM
The first element focuses on the development of a coherent set of activities that provides a robust framework to support student success in STEM. Each grantee campus will
create its version of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Meyerhoff Scholars Program (MYSP), committing to achieve the outcomes and honor the underlying values of each of the MYSP components.
- A more inclusive STEM learning environment
The second element focuses on creating a more inclusive STEM learning environment that affects all STEM students at the university. Each campus planning to submit a grant proposal will examine its current environment through a self-study. The findings of the self-study will identify practices and behaviors that should change in order to achieve greater inclusivity in the learning environment for all students, especially those students who are from groups historically excluded from STEM.
- A learning community of institutions
The third element reaches beyond the individual grantee university by convening a learning community of institutions that are engaged in DC. The DC learning community will meet regularly throughout the five years of the initiative to share their aspirations, experiences, and progress.
- Awards: Up to $500,000 per year for 5 years.
- Deadlines: Letters of intent due February 7, 2020.
Limited Submission Opportunities (https://vpr.tamu.edu/initiate-research/lsp):
|Program Name||Declaration of Intent Due
|USDA Education and Workforce Development Program: Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy||01/31/2020||02/07/2020||04/28/2020|
|USDA Education and Workforce Development Program: Agricultural Workforce Training Grants||02/27/2020||03/05/2020||05/26/2020|
|USDA Education and Workforce Development Program: Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU)||01/10/2020||01/17/2020||04/07/2020|
|NSF Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)
|NSF IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED)
|NIH Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38)||11/06/2019||02/13/2020|
Grant Training Opportunities through TAMU Research Development Services:
NOVEMBER 5 – 2:00PM
Introducing development officers and research deans to the nuts and bolts of fostering and sustaining relationships with foundations who sponsor research. This workshop is perfect for all levels of experience.
NOVEMBER 6 – 1:00PM
TEXAS A&M CONFERENCE CENTER – HULLABALOO ROOM – 2ND FLOOR
This seminar will familiarize faculty with NSF CAREER and other federal agency young investigator programs to apply to.
For more information please visit and register at: https://jfa.tamu.edu/event/nsf-career-and-other-young-investigators-program/
NOVEMBER 19 – 11:00AM
For those looking to apply to this proposal opportunity for junior faculty. Short presentation followed by Q&A.
NOVEMBER 20 – 1:00PM
Designed to familiarize faculty with the many types of NSF documents required to be included with NSF research proposals.
AgriLife Lunch Seminar on Federal Budget Preparation
November 13, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
PLPM 207 and via WebEx
Open to PI-eligible AgriLife faculty
Please mark your calendars for a lunchtime presentation and Q&A session with Sponsored Research Services and AgriLife Administrative Services. The topics covered will include allowable/unallowable costs, subawards/consultants, and cost share. Lunch is provided for in-person attendees who RSVP in advance. WebEx participation will also be available via RSVP. Register here.
The Workshop builds upon the NCI TREC Initiative and covers topics across the cancer control and T0-T4 continuua.
Funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and led by Yale University’s Dr. Melinda Irwin with a Senior Advisory Board and an expert international faculty, this program builds capacity in TD energetics and cancer research and is designed for early career investigators (i.e., junior faculty and postdocs). This 5-day, in residence Workshop is offered annually and places emphasis on developing and applying TD competencies focused on energetics (i.e., obesity, diet and exercise) and cancer. Faculty span an array of professional disciplines, from basic scientists to clinicians to behavioral and population scientists. Formal didactic learning is integrated with one-on-one dialog and small group discussions to enable fellows to learn from each other, from faculty, and to develop a TD network.
The 4th annual course will be held June 21-26, 2020 at Water’s Edge Resort, Westbrook, CT, U.S.A.
Costs will be covered (excluding ground transportation).
Notification of Intent to apply (very simple, informal email) is due no later than Monday, December 16, 2019.
Full application is due no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
The new NIH Strategic Plan for Tickborne Disease Research focuses on five scientific priorities for advancing research and development over the next five years. First, the plan calls for improving fundamental knowledge of tickborne diseases, including the biology of tickborne pathogens; how they are transmitted to humans, evade the immune system, and spread within the body. This area also includes determining the cause of persistent symptoms in some people infected with tickborne diseases, such as Lyme disease, and furthering the understanding of how tick-derived factors contribute to the establishment and severity of disease. Second, the plan calls for improving detection and diagnosis of tickborne diseases by developing rapid diagnostic tests that can detect a pathogen both early and late in infection and distinguish between active and past infections. Third, NIH will support the development of diagnostics capable of predicting treatment success and identifying human biomarkers of infection and persistent symptoms. The new plan also prioritizes the acceleration of research designed to prevent tickborne disease infection, including vaccines, and immune-based treatments, as well as strategies to reduce the transmission of tickborne pathogens to animal populations that serve as hosts. Fourth, the plan focuses on research to develop new treatments for tickborne diseases and techniques to reduce disease complications. Fifth, the plan prioritizes the development of tools and resources to advance tickborne disease research by improving scientists’ access to biological samples, tickborne disease genetic data, and supporting preclinical development of promising products. NIH intends to expand collaborations across its institutes and centers to promote a multidisciplinary approach to tickborne disease research, answer complex biological questions and encourage the application of state-of-the-art technologies used successfully in a range of scientific disciplines.