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Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices September 5, 2014  

This includes Notices, Requests for Applications and Program Announcements - Updates weekly. Click on link above for additional opportunities and information

 Emory Global Health Institute

 2015 International Emory Global Health Case Competition Application Site is now live! The application site should provide you with all of the pertinent information about this year’s competition, but if you have any questions, please send an email to globalhealth.casecomp@emory.edu

 The application period for our 2015 international competition will begin at 9:00 am EDT Monday, October 6th and end at 11:59 pm EDT, Monday, October 20th, 2014. As in previous years, we will accept applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, so prepare to apply early as the 23 available spots fill up quickly. We will accept one team per university and will let you know if your team has been accepted by Tuesday, October 21st.

Please note that we have moved the application period up a month this year. We have changed the application period to provide you with more time to conduct an intramural global health case competition at your university if you have the interest and resources available to do that. If you plan to coordinate an intramural competition and send the winning team to Emory’s competition in March, we strongly encourage you to hold your intramural competitions between November 2014 and mid-February 2015. This should provide you with ample time to determine who your university’s team members will be and provide to us team members’ individual information by the February 27, 2015 deadline.

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: www.grandchallenges.org/explorations.

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Please also note our Global Health Innovation Group on LinkedIn. Developed in collaboration with Grand Challenges Canada, this group offers a platform to connect and communicate with innovators from around the world. Anyone with a LinkedIn account can join and make use of this forum.

National Science Foundation:

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Program Solicitation NSF 14-587

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE), is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.  International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different national environments and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce. This PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF. UMMS may submit one preliminary proposal as the lead institution. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only. There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as a partner.

Funding Information:

NSF expects to fund 10 to 15 awards, pending the availability of funds.

The average award size is expected to be approximately $4 million over 5 years ($800K/yr).

Application Procedures:  The preliminary proposal is due to NSF by 5:00 pm proposer’s local time on October 21, 2014. Please submit the following information by email to Denise in the Research Funding Office no later than September 22, 2014 at Denise.DeGabriele-Lindberg@umassmed.edu.

       *   Brief summary of Candidate’s research plans (1-2 pages)

      *    Curriculum Vitae

      *    Letter of support from Department Chair or Division Chief


Searle Scholarship Program 2015

UMass has been invited to submit two applications for the Searle Scholars Program.Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports.The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment.

Eligibility:Applicants will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2013. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position.

Application Procedures:  Applications are due at the Searle Scholars Program by September 26, 2014.  Please submit the following information by email to Denise in the Research Funding Office no later than August 26, 2014at Denise.DeGabriele-Lindberg@umassmed.edu.

      *    Brief summary of Candidate’s research plans (1-2 pages)

      *    Curriculum Vitae

      *    Letter of support from Department Chair or Division Chief 

Please contact the Denise DeGabriele-Lindberg, Research Funding Services at 508-856-2119, if you have any questions.

Fogarty HIV Research Training Program: Limited Competition: Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions 

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage applications for research training programs to develop and strengthen the scientific leadership and expertise needed for HIV-related research at eligible Low-and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) institutions.

This FOA can support training for a broad range of HIV research areas:

  • all basic, epidemiologic, clinical, behavioral, social science, implementation, operations, health services, and health systems research across HIV prevention, care and treatment;
  • research on HIV co-infections, AIDs-defining and HIV-related cancers, co-morbidities and other health conditions, both infectious and non-infectious, that contribute to HIV transmission or poor health in HIV-infected individuals;
  • research and research methodology for community-based research, complex and multi-component interventions, for structural interventions, for comparative effectiveness research, for impact evaluation or for health economics;
  • HIV-related research among vulnerable or under-researched LMIC populations, including women, children, substance users, men who have sex with men, transgendered populations, aging populations, orphans and vulnerable children;
  • training for clinical research team members to support clinical research and clinical trials; bio-statistics for research design and methodology, data analysis, data management, and data quality assurance and control; and
  • laboratory capacity, bio-safety, and maintenance of lab quality assurance and control.

However, an application must focus the proposed training program to build or strengthen research capacity in a defined HIV-related scientific topic at one identified LMIC institution. Application Deadline: July 24, 2014, July 30, 2015 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization (More Information).

Fogarty HIV Research Training Program: Limited Competition: Planning Grant for Fogarty HIV Resarch Training Program for Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage institutions in eligible low-and middle-income countries (LMIC) to submit an application for a planning grant under the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program. This program supports research training that will strengthen the HIV research capacity of institutions in low-and middle-income countries (LMIC). The planning grant application must propose a plan to develop the components necessary for an application for a research training program to submit to D43 FOA (PAR-13-126). In developing an application for a planning grant, applicants need to be familiar with the objectives and special requirements of the research training program as defined in the D43 FOA.

Application Deadline: July 24, 2014, July 30, 2015 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization (More Information).

Fogarty HIV Research Training Program

The Fogarty HIV Research Training Program solicits applications under three different Funding Opportunities Announcements (FOAs).

  • Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions (D43)
  • Limited Competition: Planning Grant for Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions (D71)
  • Training Programs for Critical HIV Research Infrastructure for Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions (G11)

For all applicants, Application due dates: July 24, 2014 (More information).

The Giovanni Armenise – Harvard Foundation

This award is designed to foster young, newly independent researchers, making it possible for them to join and enhance the Italian scientific community, and to strengthen and develop collaborative relationships between Italian scientists and those at Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston.The award consists of three-to-five years of funding (200,000 USD /year) and, since its establishment, has been granted to 20 researchers who have achieved meaningful results and recognition, thanks to their excellent work. The Giovanni Armenise–Harvard Foundation is pleased to announce it will be offering an award to a promising young scientist, currently not in Italy, who wishes to establish a basic biological science laboratory in an Italian institute or university.

The application process is now open and the deadline is July 15th, 2014. Click on the link for addition information

ASM Indo-US Professorships in Microbiology

Opportunities for microbiologists in India and the United states to visit institutions in the other country to teach or participate in an interactive short course on a topic in any of the microbiology disciplines, or conduct a research project in partnership.

Annual applications deadlines April 15 and October 15. (More information)

Older Grants/Awards - for Reference only

Data For Life: "Supporting scientific evaluation of efforts to save children's lives" - Two Available Grants

Data For Life is inviting applicants to submit a successful but under-recognized life-saving intervention for children under five that deserves more rigorous study. Two winners will receive $50,000 each to fund meticulous, independent, year-long field studies of their chosen intervention. The results can then be used by winners to both improve the effectiveness of the intervention and to convincingly demonstrate the value of their work to potential donors and funding partners.

WHO CAN APPLY: Anyone – any organization or person worldwide can apply. Please refer to their FAQ for more details.
HOW IT WORKS: Complete the 1st round Entry Form by clicking on APPLY NOW. Applicants selected for the 2nd round will be invited to submit more detailed information at a later date. 

The deadline to apply is 6/18/2014.  The application can be found on thier website www.childrensprize.org. Should you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to Nathalie Manzano-Smith, Director of Strategy & Engagement at Data For Life

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Awards and Fellowships

The ASTMH has multiple awards and fellowships to support travel and research in Tropical Medicine and Tropical Diseases



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