ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
Estimating Children’s Soil and Dust Ingestion Rates for Exposure Science (link) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is asking the scientific community to propose transdisciplinary research to develop or apply innovative approaches/methods to improve the estimates, better characterize the variability, and reduce the uncertainty concerning chemical exposures via soil and dust ingestion for children aged 6 months through 6 years.
- Awards: Up to $1,350,000 total for 3 years.
- Deadline: August 5, 2020
- Informational Webinar: Estimating Children’s Soil and Dust Ingestion Rates for Exposure Science Request for Applications – June 18, 2020
Supporting Anaerobic Digestion in Communities (link) – EPA is soliciting applications for a wide variety of projects that are designed to increase the use of anaerobic digestion (AD) for management of organic materials in the United States. It is anticipated that applications will include projects that create new AD capacity, optimize use of existing capacity, or identify strategies that otherwise result in an increase in management of organic materials through AD. EPA also recognizes and encourages applications that demonstrate effective marketing and/or sale of AD products (e.g., biogas and digestate). Such projects are beneficial to the AD industry and can therefore build the foundation for development of additional AD infrastructure.
- Awards: Up to $300,000 total for 2 years.
- Deadline: July 14, 2020
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (USDA-NIFA)
Extension: Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE) (link) – The RHSE program proposals in the individual and family health education area are expected to be health education projects that provide individuals and families living in rural areas with:
• Information as to the value of good health at any age;
• Information to increase individual or families’ motivation to take more responsibility for their own health, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic;
• Information about and access to health promotion activities;
• Information to support the utilization of telehealth, telemedicine, and distance learning strategies for opioid education and training in minority rural communities.
• Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.
Proposals submitted to the RHSE program in FY 2020 and FY 2021 may focus on the prevention and/or reduction of opioid misuse and abuse per Congressional guidance for this program. Proposals may also focus on helping prevent spread of SARS-CoV-2 and in mitigating infection and transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
- Awards: $350,000 total for 2 years.
- Deadline: July 1, 2020.
Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) (link) – The purpose of the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) is to provide scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training committed multicultural scholars, resulting in either baccalaureate degrees within the FANH disciplines or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degrees. The scholarships are intended to encourage outstanding students from groups that are historically underrepresented and underserved to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human (FANH) Sciences, or achieve a D.V.M., that would lead to a diverse and highly skilled work force.
- Awards: Up to $200,000 total for 5 years.
- Deadline: June 28, 2020
Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) – Co-funded with NSF (link) – The Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF/NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems, and agriculturally relevant plants. The program’s scope extends from fundamental mechanisms to translational efforts, with the latter seeking to put into agricultural practice insights gained from basic research on the mechanisms that govern plant biotic interactions. Projects must be strongly justified in terms of fundamental biological processes and/or relevance to agriculture and may be purely fundamental or applied or include aspects of both perspectives. All types of symbiosis are appropriate, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, and host-pathogen interactions. Research may focus on the biology of the plant host, its pathogens, pests or symbionts, interactions among these, or on the function of plant-associated microbiomes. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and outcome of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune recognition and signaling, host-symbiont regulation, reciprocal responses among interacting species and mechanisms associated with self/non-self recognition such as those in pollen-pistil interactions. Explanatory frameworks should include molecular, genomic, metabolic, cellular, network and organismal processes, with projects guided by hypothesis and/or discovery driven experimental approaches. Strictly ecological projects that do not address underlying mechanisms are not appropriate for this program. Quantitative modeling in concert with experimental work is encouraged. Overall, the program seeks to support research that will deepen our understanding of the fundamental processes that mediate interactions between plants and the organisms with which they intimately associate and advance the application of that knowledge to benefit agriculture.
- Awards: The estimated funding includes approximately $10.5M from NSF for new standard or continuing awards, and approximately $8M from USDA for new awards. Both estimates depend on availability of funds. USDA/NIFA will support projects for up to four years in duration. Although there are no formal upper or lower limits to award amounts, they typically range from $50,000 to $300,000 per year, with durations of two to four years (and five years for CAREER awards).
- Deadline: Full proposals accepted anytime.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) (link) – This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications that propose a Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) to advance research along the spectrum of diabetes T2-T4 translational research (i.e., bedside to clinical practice and community settings, dissemination and implementation). The purpose of this Centers program is to accelerate innovation of diabetes translation to maximize positive impacts of research on population health through activities and core services that offer specialized expertise, tools, education, and support. An emphasis on novel methods and research to address health equity and reduce diabetes-related health disparities is encouraged. Novel research cores designed to improve other aspects of person-centered, community, and population health are also encouraged with justification for how such strategies may be adapted to meaningfully inform disparity-reduction approaches. A scientific base reflecting academic institutions and diverse organizational collaborators (e.g., healthcare systems, community organizations, health departments, human services) is expected to foster a Center framework necessary for improving population health. CDTRs are based on the core concept whereby shared resources aimed at fostering productivity, synergy, and novel research ideas among the funded investigators are supported in a cost-effective manner.
- Award: Application budgets are limited to $400,000 per year for direct costs (including Administrative and Translational Cores, Enrichment and Pilot and Feasibility program funds) unless the applicant organization proposes to provide an optional National/Regional Resource Core or optional National Enrichment Program (refer to the Funding Opportunity Description Section of the FOA). Maximum project period is 5 years.
- Deadline: LOI due Sept. 20, 2020; full applications due Oct. 20, 2020.
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Development and Preliminary Testing of Health-related Behavioral Interventions (link) – The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and participating ICOs are issuing this Notice to highlight interest in the systematic development of novel health-related behavioral interventions that leverage new, emerging or understudied areas in basic behavioral and social sciences research (bBSSR). To achieve more potent and sustained strategies to promote health-related behavior change, there is a need for intentional and methodical translation of foundational behavioral and social science discoveries into new or improved interventions. This includes research that focuses on use-inspired bBSSR, understanding of mechanisms of action underlying initial and sustained behavior change, and systematic development and testing of health-related behavioral interventions and their components. This Notice encourages translational behavioral intervention research, integrated with basic behavioral and social science, aimed at creating, refining, and testing novel interventions focused on the initiation, cessation, or maintenance of behaviors associated with improved health or disease mitigation.
- Multiple NIH institutes are participating in this NOSI. Applicants must select the Institute Code (IC) and associated FOA to use for submission of an application in response to this NOSI. The selection must align with the IC requirements listed in order to be considered responsive to that FOA.
- Awards: Vary by IC and FOA.
- Deadline: Vary by IC and FOA.
NCCIH Natural Product Early Phase Clinical Trial Award (R33 Clinical Trial Required) (link) – This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for investigator-initiated, early phase, clinical trials of natural products (i.e., botanicals, dietary supplements, and probiotics), which have a strong scientific premise to justify further clinical testing. Under this FOA, trials must be designed so that results, whether positive or negative, will provide information of high scientific utility and will support decisions about further development or testing of the natural product.
- Award: Up to $1,050,000 in direct costs over 3 years.
- Deadline: LOI due June 20, 2020; full application due July 20, 2020.
- Companion solicitations:
- PAR-20-215 – Clinical Coordinating Center for NCCIH Multi-Site Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials of Natural Products (Collaborative UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Required)
- PAR-20-216 – NCCIH Natural Product Phase II Clinical Trial Cooperative Agreement (U01 Clinical Trial Required)
- PAR-20-218 – NCCIH Natural Product Early Phase Clinical Trial Phased Innovation Award (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Required)
- PAR-20-219 – Natural Product, Multi-Site, Clinical Trial, Data Coordinating Center (Collaborative U24 – Clinical Trial Required)
NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (link) – The NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award Program supports individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies. For the program to support the best possible researchers and research, applications are sought which reflect the full diversity of the nation’s research workforce. Individuals from diverse backgrounds and from the full spectrum of eligible institutions in all geographic locations are strongly encouraged to apply to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. In addition, applications are welcome in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. No preliminary data are required. Projects must clearly demonstrate, based on the strength of the logic, a compelling potential to produce a major impact in a broad area of relevance to the NIH.
- Those wishing to apply for the NIH Director’s Emergency Transformative Research Award for SARS-CoV-2-related research must apply in response to RFA-RM-20-020.
- Award: Application budgets are not limited but must be commensurate with the scope of the proposed research. Maximum award period is 5 years.
- Deadline: Sept. 30, 2020
Early Career: NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2 Clinical Trial Optional) (link) – The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program supports early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important areas relevant to the mission of NIH. For the program to support the best possible researchers and research, applications are sought which reflect the full diversity of the research workforce. Individuals from diverse backgrounds and from the full spectrum of eligible institutions in all geographic locations are strongly encouraged to apply to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. In addition, applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program complements other ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund early stage investigators.
- Award: $1,500,000 in direct costs for 5 years.
- Deadline: Aug. 21, 2020
NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program (DP1 Clinical Trial Optional) (link) – The NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important areas relevant to the mission of NIH. For the program to support the best possible researchers and research, applications are sought which reflect the full diversity of the nation’s research workforce. Individuals from diverse backgrounds and from the full spectrum of eligible institutions in all geographic locations are strongly encouraged to apply to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. In addition, applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different scientific directions from those already being pursued in the investigator’s research program or elsewhere.
- Award: $700,000 for 5 years.
- Deadline: Sept. 11, 2020
Elucidating the Role of Nutrition in Care and Development of Preterm Infants (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (link) – The purpose of this FOA is to invite applications to address priority gaps in our understanding of the role of nutrition in the care and development of preterm infants. Preterm birth is a significant public health challenge in the United States (U.S.) and globally. Currently there are no universally accepted standards for nutritional care of preterm infants that cover the full developmental range of these infants, from those born at the limits of viability to those born “near term.” Significant gaps exist in our understanding of: (1) nutrient needs of infants across this developmental period; (2) factors to be considered in the transitioning of infants from parenteral to enteral feeding; (3) specific needs of infants currently cared for in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs); and (4) other standards (e.g., growth standards, intrauterine accretion rates for essential and non-essential nutrients and other required bioactive substances, biomarkers for assessing nutritional status, etc.) to support the establishment of standards of nutritional care for preterm infants.
- Award: Up to $499,999 in direct costs per year for 5 years.
- Deadline: LOI due Oct. 30, 2020; full application due Nov. 30, 2020
OTHER FUNDING SOURCES
Healthy Eating Research: Special Call for COVID-19 Related Projects Focused on the Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs (link) – Healthy Eating Research has a limited amount of rapid-response research funds available to commission: 1) issue briefs/commentaries or papers/research reviews and; 2) small studies to explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nutrition and diet quality, food security, and related health consequences for children and families. This funding opportunity is focused on USDA Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs serving children and families. The goal is to inform decision-making regarding innovative policies and/or programs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Please download the full funding announcement for a brief description of topics of interest, as well as study parameters.
- Awards: Issue Briefs or Commentaries: Each award will be for up to $3,000 and for a maximum of 6 months. Papers or Research Reviews: Each award will be for $5,000-$8,000 and for a maximum of 6 months. Small Studies: Each award will be for up to $50,000 and for a maximum of 9 months in order to ensure we are providing timely and relevant information.
- Deadline: Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis through July 1, 2020, or until all available funds have been commissioned. Interested applicants will need to first submit a letter of intent to HER by email, using the required templates.
LIMITED SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
The Division of Research (DOR) identifies limited submission proposal funding opportunities through internet searches, web services and historical opportunities. You may view these opportunities at https://tamu.infoready4.com/#limitedsubmissions. Please be aware that the list is not comprehensive. Anyone who wishes to apply to a limited submission RFP that is not posted on this website should email email@example.com or call 979.862.2233. The guidelines will be reviewed and an appropriate internal deadline will be established and posted to the website.
|Title||Due Date||Organizer||Category||Award Cycle|
|NSF ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)||06/1/2020||Limited Submissions||Call for Intent to Submit||2020-21|
|Curing Kids Cancer Research Grant||06/3/2020||Limited Submissions||Call for Intent to Submit||2020-21|
|DOE AMO Multi Topic FOA||06/3/2020||Limited Submissions||Call for Intent to Submit||2020-21|
|Mallinckrodt Grants||06/3/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|American Honda Foundation Grants||06/5/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|Keck Research Program||06/8/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|NEA Our Town||06/10/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|NIH Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratories for Aging Research Coordinating Center (AITCC) (R24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)||06/15/2020||Limited Submissions||Call for Intent to Submit||2020-21|
|NIH Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)||06/17/2020||Limited Submissions||Call for Intent to Submit||2020-21|
|National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends||06/24/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science||06/25/2020||Limited Submissions||Limited Submissions||2020-21|
|NIH Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants (T03)||07/15/2020||Limited Submissions||Call for Intent to Submit||2020-21|
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Research Development News
NSF: Delay in implementation until October 1, 2020 of new requirement to use NSF approved formats for Biosketch and Current and Pending sections of NSF proposals – On June 1, 2020, NSF will implement the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) for proposals submitted or due on or after this date. The revised PAPPG implements a variety of changes and clarifications, the highest profile of which requires use of an NSF-approved format for the preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending support.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing stress on proposers, the research community has not been able to adequately prepare and train their staff for the implementation of the new requirements.
NSF has therefore made the decision to delay the requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of NSF proposals until October 1, 2020. Proposers must continue to format these documents in accordance with PAPPG requirements (see PAPPG sections II.C.2.f and II.C.2.h). NSF encourages the community to use these formats and continue to provide valuable feedback as we enhance them for future implementation.
Over the coming week, NSF will make updates to existing policy guidance, websites and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to reflect the change. NSF will communicate further with the community once these updates have been made.
Webinars covering the use of NSF-approved formats as well as all of the significant changes to the PAPPG are available on the NSF Policy Outreach website.