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Grant Funding Opportunities: 5/25/12


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Grant Development Workshop: An intensive two-day grant proposal workshop for Nonprofits and Educators will be offered by the Grant Training Center at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro on June 21-22 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The workshop is geared for: 1) those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills and 2) beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing, writing and winning proposals from various funding agencies. The center of attention will be on how to effectively tell the story that leads to funding, be it for the educator or non-profit professional. The goal of the workshop is for each participant who wishes to develop a proposal, to walk away with a product that includes the grant design, abstract and budget. Space is limited and registration for this paid workshop of $455 is required. To learn more or to register please visit the Grant Training Center website at:



Deadline: A letter of intent is due at least two weeks prior to the full proposal deadline of 7/10/12
Agency: Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
Program: Various—see below description

Description: The ADDF funds drug discovery and development research programs in the field of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), related dementias and cognitive aging.  The ADDF seeks to fill the critical translational funding gap between basic research and later stage drug development by funding promising drug discovery and development programs.  In addition to funding academic programs, the ADDF also invests in and creates early stage biotechnology companies.  The ADDF co-sponsors conferences to stimulate new ideas and approaches in areas of interest to the Foundation.  Funding mechanisms include:  (1) Academic Drug Discovery and Development Program; (2) Biotechnology Development Program; (3) Biotechnology Founders Technology Transfer Program; and (4) Conference Grants.  See link below for specifics of what is supported under each program.
Award Amount: Funding averages $150,000 per year and must be justified based on the scientific work plan.  ADDF typically supports one year of research at a time with potential for future follow-on funding.  In some cases, multi-year proposals can be considered.
Eligibility:  Academic institutions (including nonprofit research centers) and for-profit biotechnology companies.

Deadline: 7/25/12
Agency: North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Program: Collaborative Funding Grant (CFG)

Description: The grant financially supports a university-company partnership by providing funding for a postdoctoral fellow or technician in a university laboratory under the guidance of a principal investigator who will conduct research on a project of commercial interest.  University/Company relationships must be established prior to submitting CFG proposals.  Partnering companies must have a significant presence in North Carolina and an established management team.
Award Amount: The award is $50,000 per year. The total funding with match is $80,000 per year for two years.
Website: /research-grants/research-funding/collaborative-funding
Eligibility:  Applicants must be a Principal Investigator from a North Carolina-academic or nonprofit research institute or principal investigator from an academic institution in partnership with a North Carolina-based company engaged in biotechnology research.

Deadline: 8/14/12 (Preliminary Proposals Due—optional but suggested especially for PIs new to the field); 1/14/13 (Full Proposals Due)
Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Description:  The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation invites investigators to propose ideas, concepts, models, and other opportunities for learning and learning environments that will capture the creative and innovative potential of informal STEM learning for the future, and potentially forge new connections across all STEM learning communities. Leveraging new and emerging technologies, STEM learning can now be located and situated wherever the learner is and customized to meet the learner's educational needs. New interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships for informal learning among academia, industry, and government can greatly advance our nation's goals to produce a scientifically and technologically literate population and workforce.  Principal Investigators must consider ways their project can address the following program priorities:  Advancing the Field, Innovation at the Frontier of Informal Learning, Broadening Participation, Collaborations, and The STEM Content.
Award Amount: NSF anticipates 34 total awards including approximately 6 Research, 6 Pathways, 13 Full-Scale Development, 2 Broad Implementation, plus approximately 7 conference, EAGER, and Rapid awards. 

  • Research: Project duration from one to five years. The maximum award is $1,500,000.
  • Pathways: Project duration is up to two years. The maximum award is $250,000 total.
  • Full-Scale Development: Project duration may be from one to five years. The maximum award is $3,000,000 if a research component is included.
  • Broad Implementation: Project duration may be from one to five years. The maximum award is $3,000,000 if a research component is included.

Eligibility:  Includes Higher Education Institutions and Non-Profits (see guidelines for complete eligibility information)

Deadline: 8/19/12 (Letter of Intent Due); 9/19/12 (Full Proposal Due)
Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Program: The NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations (U54)

Description:  The NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI) will develop Centers that (1) solicit and select promising emerging technologies, such as therapeutics (e.g., drugs, biologics), preventatives, diagnostics, devices, tools, etc. and (2) facilitate their translation to commercialized products that improve patient care and enhance health. The NCAI will nurture the development of high priority early-stage technologies within the NHLBIs mission in a manner consistent with business case development and regulatory requirements by providing (1) funding for product definition studies (e.g. feasibility studies, prototype development, or proof-of-concept studies), (2) unified and coordinated access to expertise in areas required for early technology development, including scientific, regulatory, reimbursement, business, legal, and project management, and (3) training and hands-on experience in entrepreneurism. Establishing public-private partnerships and providing non-federal funds will be critical for success.
Award Amount: An applicant for a Center may request a project period of up to 7 years. The NHLBI’s maximum total budget for a Center is $24M for a 7-year funding period.
Eligibility:  Higher Education Institutions, Non-Profits, For-Profits, Governments, Other

Deadline: Continuous (until announcement is canceled)
Agency: Department of Defense (DoD)/Department of Army/Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC)
Program: Broad Agency Announcement (soliciting projects in Biotechnology)

Description:  ECBC's BAA supports the acquisition of unique and innovative concepts for basic and applied research and development efforts not related to the development of specific systems or hardware.  ECBC competitively solicits project offers in Biotechnology. The ECBC is exploring biotechnology concepts in the areas of detection and decontamination of CB agents, environmental biodegradation and bioremediation, and novel biotic materials. Areas of interest include the following:  Enzymatic Systems, Investigation in Microbial Systems, Nanobiotechnology, Next Generation Reagents, Studies on Metabolic Engineering, and Molecular Toxicology with emphasis on gene arrays.  The full description as available on the website should be reviewed for complete details on areas of interest.
Award Amount: Varies
Eligibility:  Small Business

Charlotte Region Focus
Deadline: 7/1/12
Agency: US Airways Education Foundation
Program: 2012 Community Education Grant Program

Description:  The Foundation will award multiple grants of $10,000 to nonprofit organizations in the airline's hub cities of Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Phoenix, as well as in its focus city of Washington, D.C.  To be eligible, applicant organizations must serve children 18 years of age and younger through educational programs that focus on learning and academic achievement for economically disadvantaged or developmentally disabled children and programs that increase student interest and academic achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Award Amount: $10,000
Eligibility:  Non-Profits