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Grant Funding Opportunities 11/7/2012

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Grant Opportunities

Deadline: 12/3/2012
Agency: National Science Foundation
Program: Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Solicitation FY 2013

Description: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

The SBIR program solicits proposals from the small business sector consistent with NSF's mission. The program is governed by Public Law 112-81 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011). A main purpose of the legislation is to stimulate technological innovation and increase private sector commercialization. The NSF SBIR program is therefore in a unique position to meet both the goals of NSF and the purpose of the SBIR legislation by transforming scientific discovery into both social and economic benefit, and by emphasizing private sector commercialization. Accordingly, NSF has formulated broad solicitation topics for SBIR that conform to the high-technology investment sector's interests.

The four broad topics are:

Award Amount: Varies
Eligibility:  Small businesses

Deadline: 12/6/2012

Agency: National Science Foundation
Program: Discovery Research K-12

Description: The Discovery Research K-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by preK-12 students, teachers, administrators and parents. All DRK-12 projects should be framed around a research question or hypothesis that addresses an important need or topic in preK-12 STEM education. The emphasis in DRK-12 is on research projects that study the development, testing, deployment, effectiveness, and/or scale-up of innovative resources, models and tools. DRK-12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate a radically different structure and function of pre-K 12 teaching and learning. DRK-12 especially encourages proposals that challenge existing assumptions about learning and teaching within or across STEM fields, envision the future needs of learners, and consider new and innovative ways to support student and teacher learning. DRK-12 is particularly interested in projects that hold promise for identifying and developing the next generation of STEM innovators (NSB, 2010).  There are four strands described in detail in the solicitation: 1) Assessment; 2) Learning; 3) Teaching; 4) Scale-up.

Award Amount: Varies
Eligibility:  Colleges, universities, museums, for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations

Deadline: 1/15/2013

Agency: DARPA
Program: Autonomous Diagnostics to Enable Prevention and Therapeutics: Prophylactic Options to Environmental and Contagious Threats (ADEPT-PROTECT)

Description: DARPA is soliciting proposals for the development of nucleic acid platforms capable of in vivo host production of a transient immune prophylaxis for adults as a component of the Autonomous Diagnostics to Enable Prevention and Therapeutics (ADEPT) program. See attached DARPA-BAA-13-03. 

Award Amount: Varies
Eligibility:  Unrestricted

Deadline: 1/15/2013
Agency: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Program: Diversity in Science

Description: The URM Postdoctoral Enrichment Program award provides a total of $50,000 over three years as outlined below to support the development of a URM postdoctoral fellow in a degree-granting institution (or its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals and research institutions) in the United States or Canada. Individual URM postdoctoral fellows conducting biomedical or medical research are eligible to apply. This award cannot be used to provide the postdoctoral fellow’s salary or to purchase reagents or equipment commonly found in the mentor’s laboratory. A qualified mentor is required for the URM Postdoctoral Program. It has been documented that minorities are less likely to enter and remain in science and engineering when they lack mentors and role models. In most science and engineering disciplines, the percentage of URMs among faculty recently hired is not comparable to that of recent minority Ph.Ds. and is far below that of recent bachelor degree recipients. This results in fewer minority faculty to act as role models for minority students. (A National Analysis of Minorities in Science and Engineering Faculties at Research Universities, Nelson and Brammer, January 2010). This program is designed to encourage innovative scientists with broad ranging backgrounds in the biomedical and medical sciences and with experiences in working with postdoctoral fellows to consider serving as mentors. 

Award Amount: $50,000 over 3 years
Eligibility:  Applicants must have secured a postdoctoral position with funding (including support by the advisor’s existing research grants) at a degree-granting, research-intensive institution in the United States or Canada and must begin the postdoctoral position on or by the designated award commencement date. A person with more than 36 months of postdoctoral experience (in a research laboratory) at the time of application or with more than five years from his/her Ph.D. is not eligible for this award. The program targets postdoctoral fellows with Ph.Ds in the biomedical or medical sciences. Applicants with M.D. degrees who have secured a postdoctoral research appointment beyond clinical fellowship will be considered for this program. Applicants must be underrepresented minorities (i.e. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander) and must be citizens of the United States or Canada.

Deadline: 1/28/2013
Agency: Department of the Army
Program: Platelet Storage Technologies

Description: This Program Announcement seeks research and technologies leading to the development of improved platelet storage methods to relieve logistical constraints that result from current liquid platelet storage methods. Applications for the Combat Casualty Care Research Program are being solicited by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Defense Health Program (DHP). The Combat Casualty Care Joint Program Committee (CCCJPC) provides resources for advances in biotechnology research administered by the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), located at Fort Detrick, Maryland. With this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity, the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) is seeking to fund biotechnology research that culminates in outcomes and technologies that may qualify as advanced development activities within the Department of Defense (DoD). The results of the research funded through this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity are expected to increase the body of knowledge available to professionals and practitioners in health, medical science and related fields. The research impact is expected to benefit both civilian and military communities. 

Award Amount: $800,000 award ceiling
Eligibility: Unrestricted

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