Grant Funding Opportunities: 3/13/2015

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We will be discontinuing the weekly grants email as of April 1, 2015. We will be updating our Funding Gateway over the next month to provide resources such as links to agencies’ websites and newsletters, and tips for carrying out targeted searches to find opportunities that are most relevant for you or your organization. If you’d like to be added to our monthly e-newsletter about NCBiotech grant programs, please let me know. The library will continue to provide customized reports for funding opportunities on specific topics at our research fee of $100/hour.


Upcoming Deadlines

Deadline: 4/16/2015

Agency: National Institutes of Health

Program: Identification of Novel Targets and Pathways Mediating Weight Loss, Diabetes Resolution and Related Metabolic Disease after Bariatric Surgery in Humans (R01

Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support applications that address the mechanisms by which novel, unexplored targets and pathways, or known targets, mediate the sustained weight loss, diabetes resolution and improvements in other obesity-related metabolic diseases reported following bariatric surgery in humans. Studies directly addressing novel mechanisms using targeted approaches are of interest and responsive to this FOA particularly those which utilize up-to-date sophisticated methodologies. Studies simply identifying differences in responses before and after surgery that do not address mechanism will not be considered responsive. Only studies involving human subjects will be considered.

Award Amount: $500,000


Eligibility: State, county or city governments; public and private institutes of higher education; school districts; small businesses; nonprofits; Native American tribal organizations; others

Deadline: 4/30/2015

Agency: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Program: Biological Technologies

Description: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Biological Technologies Office (BTO). Proposed research should investigate leading edge approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, technologies, or systems at the intersection of biology with engineering and the physical and computer sciences. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. BTO seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, challenge assumptions, and have the potential to radically change established practice, lead to extraordinary outcomes, and create entirely new fields. BTO is seeking novel approaches that will build technical communities that tap into sources of innovation both inside and outside traditional DoD performer communities. BTO encourages efforts that are creative and agile both in terms of the technologies proposed and in the structure of the approach.

Award Amount: Varies


Eligibility: Unrestricted


New Opportunities

Deadline: 4/15/2015 (LOI due)

Agency: March of Dimes

Program: 2016 Research Program

Description: The March of Dimes invites applications from principal investigators for grants relevant to its mission of helping moms have full-term pregnancies and supporting research that investigates problems and processes that threaten the health of babies. This includes biological processes governing differentiation and development, genetics and genomics of these processes, clinical studies, reproductive health and environmental toxicology, and social and behavioral studies focused on cognitive and behavioral risks that affect outcomes of pregnancy, the perinatal period, and subsequent child development. Grants do not ordinarily cover the salary of the principal investigator or salaries for other faculty, but they can be used to provide salary support for technical help. Grants are usually awarded for a three-year period but may be for less if appropriate.

Award Amount: Varies


Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must be a scientist with a faculty appointment or the equivalent at a university, hospital, or nonprofit research institution.

Deadline: 4/24/2015 (pre-application due)

Agency: Department of Defense

Program: FY15 Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Innovator Award

Description: The Innovator Award supports visionary individuals who have demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovative work, and paradigm-shifting leadership in any field including, but not limited to, breast cancer. The Innovator Award will provide these individuals with the funding and freedom to pursue their most novel, visionary, high-risk ideas that could accelerate progress to ending breast cancer. Since the intent of the Innovator Award mechanism is to recognize these remarkably creative and innovative, visionary individuals rather than projects, the central feature of the award is the innovative contribution that the Principal Investigator (PI) can make toward ending breast cancer. The PI should have a past record of challenging the status quo, shifting paradigms by changing a field of research or approach to patient care, exhibiting high levels of creativity, and demonstrating promise for continued innovation in future work. These rare individuals will be able to articulate a vision for ending breast cancer that challenges current dogma and demonstrates an ability to look beyond tradition and convention. The PI is also expected to be established in his/her field and have demonstrated success at forming and leading effective partnerships and collaborations. To further the development of innovative individuals and spark the generation of novel ideas, applications are required to incorporate the mentoring of promising junior investigators.

Award Amount: Varies


Eligibility: Unrestricted. Experience in breast cancer research is not required; however, the application must focus on breast cancer, and the PI must maintain a 50% dedication of his/her full-time professional effort during the award period to breast cancer research.

Deadline: 5/7/2015

Agency: National Institutes of Health

Program: NINDS Exploratory Clinical Trials for Small Business (SBIR [R44])

Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide a vehicle for Small Business Concerns (SBCs) submitting Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications for investigator-initiated exploratory clinical trials to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The trials must focus on products related to the mission and goals of the NINDS and may evaluate drugs, biologics, devices, or diagnostics as well as surgical, behavioral or rehabilitation therapies. Only Phase II and Fast-Track applications are supported under this program. Phase I applications are only accepted as part of a Fast-track application.

Award Amount: $150,000.00


Eligibility: Small businesses

Deadline: 5/18/2015

Agency: John Merck Fund

Program: Developmental Disabilities Translational Research Program

Description: The John Merck Fund has had a longstanding interest in people with intellectual and developmental disorders. In 2012, the fund launched its Developmental Disabilities Translational Research Program, which supports researchers working to develop treatments and improve outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities, particularly Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome (and FX associated disorders). The program provides grants for innovative translational research projects that have the greatest potential of identifying rational and effective treatments and interventions for the particular condition being addressed. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary grant applications focused primarily on FXS and DS, although under special circumstances it will also support studies concerned with other developmental disabilities. The fund is particularly interested in translational research designed to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Investigators from a range of disciplines are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to interdisciplinary proposals from scientists who have demonstrable evidence of their ability to collaborate in carrying out innovative and significant developmental disabilities research.

Award Amount: $1,000,000.00


Eligibility: Scientists at any career stage who have a scholarly commitment to developmental disabilities are eligible to apply. Applicants must possess an academic rank in a university or medical school, or have equivalent standing in a research institute or medical center; a record of research in areas relating to developmental disabilities; and a scholarly commitment to a career in developmental disabilities research.

For questions or more information, contact:
Susan Craft, MLS
Research Analyst

Life Science Intelligence
919-549-8878 |

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