Research Development: Select Funding Opportunities and Announcements IV:2

Apr 22, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Research Development
Subject: Research Development: Select Funding Opportunities and Announcements

Research Development is a unit within the Office of Research. Research Development Specialists collaborate with researchers and assist with developing concepts, building strategies and teams, finding relevant funding opportunities, and preparing competitive proposals.

Hardeep Obhi, PhD;

Reminder: Upcoming Changes to the NIH Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021

DOD Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s, Convergence Science Research Award – Pre-application due June 14, 2021

Funding to address the long-term implications of military service as they pertain to Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias.

DOD Epilepsy, Idea Development Award – Pre-application due June 14, 2021

Proposal must focus on FY21 ERP Areas of Emphasis noted in the solicitation.

Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21) – June 15, 2021

Provides support for New Investigators and Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) from diverse backgrounds, including those from nationally underrepresented groups, who have entered the research pipeline and are interested in developing innovative studies in cancer biology.

NIH Discovery of Cell-based Chemical Probes for Novel Brain Targets (R21 – Jun 16, 2021

Funding for 1) discovery and development of novel, small molecules for their potential use in understanding biological processes relevant to the missions of NIMH, NIDA, NEI and/or NIA; and 2) discovery and/or validation of novel, biological targets that will inform studies of brain disease mechanisms.

Heather Bell, PhD;

BLM CA Forests and Woodland Resource Management Program – June 8, 2021

Provides between $40k and $300K total over up to 3 years. Funded projects will focus on high priority work such as activities that promote forest and woodland health, sustainable forest management, fire resiliency, biomass utilization for bioenergy, habitat conservation needs, and insect, disease and fire recovery. 

BLM CA Threatened and Endangered Species – June 8, 2021

Provides between $30K and $300K over up to 3 years. Funding priorities include, but are not limited to, activities that: protect biodiversity; increase resilience to climate change and help leverage natural climate solutions; contribute to conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by the year 2030; support State agencies to meet State wildlife population objectives; engage communities of color, low income families, and rural and indigenous communities to enhance economic opportunities related to wildlife; and use the best science and data available to make decisions.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Models for Uncovering Rules and Unexpected Phenomena in Biological Systems (MODULUS)

Interdisciplinary research that enables novel mathematical and computational approaches that capture and explore the full range of mechanisms and biological variability needed to better understand complex and nonlinear behavior across multiple biological systems and scales.

Elif Demir-Hilton, PhD;

NSF Grand Challenges in Integrative Geospace Sciences: Advancing National Space Weather Expertise and Research toward Societal Resilience (ANSWERS) – August 24, 2021

For collaborative teams of solar and geospace observers, theorists, modelers, experimenters, educators and computational experts to address some of the most challenging problems in solar and space physics and space weather. Small teams: $900K/ 3 years, Large teams: $2.5M/ 4 years.

Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI) – White Papers (strongly recommended) due June 7, 2021

Please see the announcement for a wide range of topics of interest for AFOSR, ARO and ONR. Typical annual funding per grant is in the $1.25M to $1.5M range but is specific to topics.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: PHY Supplements: Growing a Strong, Diverse Workforce

  1. Research experiences for undergraduates (REU) supplements: REU Supplement – described in the NSF 19-582Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)solicitation – provides appropriate and valuable educational experiences for undergraduate students through participation in research
  2. PHY Graduate research supplements (PHY-GRS): One-year (twelve-month) supplement to a currently active PHY award for a single Ph.D. student; with the possibility for annual renewal for a total support period of up to three years, contingent upon the duration of the active PHY research award and satisfactory progress of the student towards completion of the Ph.D. The annual amount of a PHY-GRS supplement is typically $60,000.

Other Opportunities and Announcements

Reminder: UC National Laboratories Fees Research Program Thematic Workshop: Pandemic Preparedness & Biosecurity: Session I, Apr 28, 1-5; Session 2, Apr 29, 1-5. Organized by UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UCSC, the workshop will include lightning talks by researchers, brainstorming to identify strategic research areas, and networking to build potential teams for the Targeted UC Multicampus-National Laboratory Collaborative Research and Training Awards (UC-NL CRT). 

UCSC Applied AI Institute Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities – May 1, 2021

Provides one quarter GSR support to seed cross-departmental / divisional research projects (faculty/dept commit to supporting GSR for two quarters, AAII funds the third).

NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) – July 21, 2021

  1. Engaged Student Learning and 
  2. Institutional and Community Transformation. 

Several levels of scope, scale, and funding are available within each track, see link for details.

Engineer Research and Development Center 2021 BAA – Rolling till February 28, 2022; Pre-proposals required

The ERDC consists of the Coastal and Hydraulics Lab (CHL), the Geotechnical and Structures Lab (GSL), the Reachback Operations Center (UROC), the Environmental Lab (EL) the Information Technology Lab (ITL), the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL), the Construction Engineering Research Lab (CERL), and the Geospatial Research Laboratory (GRL). Research priorities for each Lab are outlined in the BAA.

Submitting a proposal intake form will help streamline the proposal process. This initiates a proposal in Cayuse, notifies OSP, and enables Research Development Specialists to connect with you. For best support, contact us early and ensure you meet institutional deadlines.  

Feel free to reach out to us with questions; we look forward to working with you!

Hardeep, Heather, and Elif

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