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  1. 1. Vol. 05, No. 03 SIGNALS Office of Research Services  The Biological Sciences Division January 3, 2005 The University of Chicago & The Pritzker School of Medicine Table of Contents Page Private Funding Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7 Federal Funding Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8 Additional Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Awards/Prizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11 Regulatory Submission Due Dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Research News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 SIGNALS is a periodic publication that is intended to highlight upcoming funding opportunities and research related issues to BSD faculty and administrators. We encourage you review our web site: or contact us at 4-8996 for additional information. M A R C H F U N D I N G O P P O R T U N I T I E S treatments or a cure for lung cancer. This Award supports clinical, PRIVATE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES laboratory, epidemiological, or any other kind of research that relates to the cure and treatment of lung cancer. The focus of the research award will be programs that have a high likelihood to advance our understanding of lung cancer treatment. Investigators interested or who have had experience in research that is relevant AMERICAN EPILEPSY SOCIETY (AES) to treatments are encouraged to apply (up to $100K per year; up to 2 years). The AES has established a novel grant opportunity for its membership that will provide seed support to encourage Deadline: 03/01/05 innovative, collaborative basic or clinical research associated with the epilepsy field. Awards from the Research Initiative Fund will Web Site: be given to AES members who are established investigators. The objective of these awards is to encourage established investigators or to think "outside the box" and involve other established investigators who may not now be working in the field of epilepsy. Members who are candidates for an Epilepsy Foundation Junior Investigator Award or AES and EF research or training fellowships will not be considered ($30-50K per project). LOI Deadline: 03/01/05 AMERICAN PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION, INC. Full Application: 04/19/05 APDA Research Grants are intended for scientists affiliated with U.S. research institutions. Funds are awarded to support research Web Site: related to Parkinson’s disease (up to $50K per year; 1-3 years). The Advanced Centers for Parkinson's Disease Research _init.cfm support institutions with the critical personnel and equipment mass able to contribute to the understanding and the treatment of Parkinson's Disease ($100K per year; 5 years). The APDA is inviting applications for the following fellowships: George C. Cotzias Memorial Fellowships assist promising young AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION (ALA) neurologist in establishing careers in research, teaching and patient The ALA and the LUNGevity Foundation announce a new award, service relevant to the problems, causes, prevention, diagnosis and dedicated to finding improved treatments and a cure for lung treatment of Parkinson’s disease and related neurological cancer, the Lung Cancer Discovery Award. This award will movement disorders ($70K per year; 3 years). The Roger C. provide funding for investigators seeking to develop novel medical Duvoisin, MD Fellowships provide “special support money” for
  2. 2. established scientists affiliated with U.S. research institutions and presently not working on Parkinson’s disease. The applicants CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTE must be sponsored by a not for profit institution and the principal The Investigator Award Program supports accomplished goal of the fellowship is to support new research ideas coming assistant professors undertaking their first independent from established investigators ($80K per year; 1-2 years). investigations in basic and tumor immunology. By awarding these researchers, the program provides flexibility and a degree of Deadline: 03/01/05 stability during this very challenging period ($50K per year; 4 years). The aim of the Pre-doctoral Program is to attract an even Web site: younger generation of budding talent to the field of cancer immunology. It is primarily intended to introduce graduate students to basic research principles in the field of tumor immunology, excite them about research possibilities, and set ASHP RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION them on the path to a lifelong career in the field. Students are given the opportunity to interact with respected tumor The goal of the Junior Investigator Research Grant Program is immunologists, from among whom they will choose their mentors to support health services research in medication use that is for their doctoral research, and learn about the advances and trends conducted by pharmacist junior investigators. Health services in cancer immunology. This award is granted to major research affects a wide range of medication-use topics including universities that demonstrate a core group of faculty members with patient education; patient outcomes and effectiveness of interest, expertise, and ongoing research in cancer immunology. medication therapy; health care quality; medication use in The faculty must commit to establishing a program in cancer minority, elderly and other special populations; medication costs immunology that includes dedicated lecture courses, student-led and financing; information for health care policymakers; and tutorials, and cancer immunology journal clubs for graduate access to medications. A secondary goal of the program is to students who are competitively chosen to participate in the develop and strengthen the skills of newer pharmacist program ($450K over 4 years; renewable). investigators while fostering development of mentoring relationships with more experienced senior investigators (up to Deadline: 03/01/05 $25K over up to 2 years). Web Site: Deadline: 03/01/05 Web Site: id=161 CHRISTOPHER REEVE PARALYSIS FOUNDATION Quality of Life Grants are given to programs or projects that improve the daily lives of people living with paralysis, particularly spinal cord injuries. Funding is awarded twice yearly to programs CANCER RESEARCH AND PREVENTION FOUNDATION (CRPF) that provide assistance through access, advocacy, education, recreation, and technology, among others. Quality of Life grants The goal of the Foundation’s Research Program is to provide support non-profit organizations that address the needs of persons funding for innovative projects expected to lead to future funding living with paralysis (particularly spinal cord injury), their families from other peer-reviewed sources. Grant proposals will be and caregivers. Funding is awarded in thirteen categories, considered in the following categories: including: accessibility, advocacy, arts, assistive technology, • Basic, clinical, translational and applied research projects. children, counseling, education, employment, health promotion, • Education programs in cancer prevention. independent living, practical service, sports and recreation, and • Early detection projects. therapeutic riding. Except for the health promotion category, the • Behavioral intervention projects. primary focus of the Quality of Life grants is paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. To qualify for funding, a non-profit Examples of such projects include, but are not limited to: research organization does not have to exclusively serve people with spinal that leads to improvement in early detection and intervention, cord injuries; however, at least a portion of the population served research into dietary links to cancer, behavioral/educational must have spinal cord injuries (up to $25K per grant). aspects of cancer prevention, epidemiological and genetic studies that may have a direct impact on cancer prevention, and primary Deadline: 03/01/05 prevention programs that focus on children and adolescents ($35K per year; 2 years). Web Site: Electronic Deadline: 02/28/05 Application Deadline: 03/01/05 Web site:
  3. 3. CURE AUTISM NOW FOUNDATION Young Investigator Awards support promising young scientists to enter the field of autism research. Applicants must be no more than four years out of an M.D. or Ph.D. program and work under the supervision of an established investigator. The mentor need not THE GLAUCOMA FOUNDATION be directly involved in autism research, but must provide a The Foundation offers Research Grants to doctors and scientists research environment in which the young investigator can perform striving to improve the lives of glaucoma patients through research with direct relevance to autism (Postdoctoral Fellowship research. Grant applications are accepted semi-annually. TGF's Support: $40K per year; 2 years; $1K per year may be used for two areas of particular focus for grant-in-aid funding are Optic conferences). Pilot Research Awards support established Nerve Rescue and Restoration and Molecular Genetics (Y1: up investigators from within as well as outside of the field of autism. to $35K per year; Y2: of up to $50K -renewal contingent upon Research proposals targeting promising hypotheses, using research findings from the initial research). innovative approaches and technologies are a priority. In addition, we encourage studies focused on generating preliminary data or Deadline: 03/01/05 replication of previous findings, leading to larger studies and federal funding. These awards are available to investigators at any Web Site: stage in their career (up to $60K per year; 2 years). Letters of intent are required prior to invitation of full proposals. LOI Deadline: 03/01/05 Web Site: LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY The Translational Research Program was designed to encourage and provide support for new and novel clinical research. The goal of the program is to accelerate transfer of findings from the laboratory to clinical application. The program's purpose is to fund research that shows high promise for translating basic biomedical knowledge to prevention or new treatments and, EPILEPSY FOUNDATION ultimately, to prolong and enhance life. A renewal of the grant The New Therapy Grants Program will support innovative may be funded for an additional two years if it includes an research leading to new insights into a cure for epilepsy. The approved clinical trial. A principal intent of the program is to primary focus of this program is to bring new approaches and permit the acquisition of sufficient data to apply to an appropriate therapies to patients through translational research. Other areas of agency or sponsor for sustained support (up to $200K per year for consideration include but are not limited to: 3 years; renewable for an additional 2 years). • Meaningful grants to senior level scientific and clinical Preliminary Proposal: 03/01/05 investigators on the brink of new discoveries, working at the Full Proposal: 03/15/05 nation’s leading academic and research institutions, and in Web site: private industry • Seed funding for preliminary work necessary to explore novel --- approaches The Society will also sponsor Focused Workshops when they • Building innovative platform technologies. Investigation of serve to advance the mission of the Society and thus, have a innovative tests to streamline the development of new therapies significant impact on the prevention, diagnosis, or management of and the development of a genomics database for epilepsy leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma (up to $30K). • Research to bring new approaches and therapy to children Deadline: Open • Innovative cutting edge projects that could lead to breakthrough Web Site: discoveries • Support for applying work in other areas, which shows the potential for promise in epilepsy • Research programs that might not otherwise be funded through traditional sources • Projects that encourage collaboration among scientists and industry PREVENT BLINDNESS AMERICA (PBA) • Proposals dealing with commercializing academic research projects The PBA Investigator Award provides funding for clinically based research investigating public health issues related to the ($100-200K per year; multiple year awards will be considered) burden of illness of eye-related health and safety topics. All research grants must focus on preserving sight and preventing Deadline: 03/01/05 blindness. Funding priority is given to projects for research Web Site: relating to clinically important eye diseases. Preference will be given to clinical and disease-oriented grants or grants which 19.pdf investigate public health issues related to the burden of illness of
  4. 4. eye-related health and safety topics. Topical areas of interest for M.D. or Ph.D. program and work under the supervision of an this program could include, but are not limited to: established mentor (Up to $30K per year; up to 2 years). The Pilot Research Studies support innovative studies with the potential for • research into the causes and potential prevention of ocular continued support from federal or other agencies. These awards disease and vision loss on a population basis, are available to investigators at any stage in their career (up to • the development and evaluation of new early detection $30K per year; up to 2 years). technologies and strategies, • evaluation of interventions designed to prevent or delay the Deadline: 03/01/05 onset of ocular diseases, • evaluation of new approaches to screening including testing Web Site: strategies, outreach to high-risk populations, follow-up protocols, and issues of patient compliance with screening recommendations, • development and evaluation of interventions to improve compliance with chronic medical therapy for glaucoma and UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY (UCP) other disorders requiring long-term treatment, • health services research designed to evaluate new strategies The objective of the Ethel Hausman Clinical Research Scholars for delivery of eye care services, especially to under served Award is to assist institutions in the U.S. to recruit promising populations, clinician-investigators early in their careers and to help in their • studies to document the burden of ocular disease and vision establishment as focal points for scholarly activities in areas of loss, and their consequences to the population. direct relevance to cerebral palsy and closely related developmental brain disorders. These scholarly activities include ($25K - $50K per year; 1 year). research, teaching and associated clinical responsibilities. Candidates for the Award will either be U.S. citizens or have Deadline: 03/01/05 permanent residency status ($75K per year; 3 years). Web Site: Deadline: 03/01/05 Web Site: --- The Foundation provides funding for Pilot Studies on research important to the prevention and treatment of cerebral palsy, STANLEY MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SMRI) including improvement in the quality of life of persons with SMRI supports Research Grants in the etiology of schizophrenia disabilities due to cerebral palsy and closely related developmental and bipolar disorder. Areas of special interest include brain disorders. This broad research agenda includes basic, clinical neuropathology, neurovirology/neuroimmunology, and research and applied research. relevant to developing better pharmacological treatments. This program supports researchers at all levels of development who are For 2005, the following research areas have been designated for already in this field. It also supports, and is especially interested Foundation targeted attention. For 2005, research grant in, researchers from other areas of medicine and biology (e.g., applications will be accepted for review in the following areas: neurology, immunology, biochemistry, epidemiology) who wish to initiate new research projects on schizophrenia and bipolar • The biology of factors and mechanisms which adversely disorder (up to $75K per year; up to 2 years). SMRI is especially affect the developing brain resulting in cerebral palsy and/or interested in pilot testing of novel, generic, and off-label disorders often closely associated with cerebral palsy (e.g. compounds, and nutritional supplements through its Treatment visual system impairment). Trials for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. The Institute is • The development and evaluation of research methodologies interested in supporting studies of compounds not supported by for use in studies of the etiologies, pathobiologies, prevention, the pharmaceutical industry, including novel agents, and studies of diagnosis or therapy of cerebral palsy and the impairments or the “off-label” use of drugs approved for other conditions ($50K- disabilities associated with it. $300K per year for up to 3 years depending on design). • The development of interventions to prevent developmental brain damage associated with cerebral palsy. Deadline: 03/01/05 • The development and evaluation of interventions for improved diagnosis or clinical management of the biological Web Site: impairments or functional disabilities associated with cerebral palsy. • The effects of aging on persons with disabilities due to cerebral palsy; the prevention and treatment of increased disability. STURGE-WEBER FOUNDATION In addition, investigators considering research in other areas of The Foundation offers two awards: Young Investigator Awards relevance to cerebral palsy are encouraged to submit a one or provide postdoctoral fellowship support (salary stipend and two page letter summarizing the objective, significance and design conference allowance) to encourage the brightest young minds to of a research proposal. On the basis of the summary, a decision enter the field. Applicants must be no more than four years out of
  5. 5. will be made about whether a research grant application would be considered for review ($50K per year; up to 2 years). Deadline: Continuous COOLEY’S ANEMIA FOUNDATION Web Site: The Research Foundation exists to promote an increased understanding of Cooley’s anemia, develop improved treatment, and achieve a final cure for this life-threatening genetic blood disorder. The Foundation offers Research Fellowships to clinical and basic science investigators interested in research related to Cooley’s anemia. The areas of interest for funding emphasize, but NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR RESEARCH ON SCHIZOPHRENIA are not limited to, studies of globin gene regulation, fetal AND DEPRESSION (NARSAD) hemoglobin production, hematopoietic stem cell research, bone NARSAD's Independent Investigator Award Program marrow transplantation, globin gene transfer and expression, provides support for investigators during the critical period approaches to iron chelation and iron overload, endocrine and between the initiation of research and the receipt of sustained cardiac disorders in thalassemia, clinical trials of novel therapies, funding for scientists at the associate professor level or equivalent, and transfusion therapy and its complications. The fellowships are who are clearly independent and have won national competitive intended to provide research support to young scientists pursuing a support as a principal investigator. Basic and/or clinical career in medical research at the early stages of their professional investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to development. Awards are available to both fellows and junior schizophrenia, major affective disorders, or other serious mental faculty members (Stipends: $40K per year; 1-2 years). illnesses. The program is intended to facilitate innovative research opportunities (up to $50K per year; 2 years). Deadline: 03/07/05 Deadline: 03/04/05 Web Site: Web Site: JAMES S. MCDONNELL FOUNDATION The 21st Century Research Awards are designed to support NATIONAL BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION (NBTF) research projects with a high probability of generating new knowledge and insights. Projects submitted for funding The Oligo Brain Tumor Fund supports translational research consideration should be at an early, even preliminary stage of specifically focusing on oligodendrogliomas ($50K per year; 1 development that intend to break new ground or to challenge year). commonly-held assumptions. Projects submitted should be sufficiently novel, cross-disciplinary, or heterodox that they would Deadline: 03/04/05 not be strong candidates for federal funding. These Awards provide adequate, flexible funding over a sufficient time period to Web Site: allow investigators to pursue and develop innovative directions to their research programs (up to $450K total costs can be requested over a minimum of 3 years or a maximum of 6 years. Please Note: Smaller amounts of money to help investigators pursue pilot projects or test the feasibility of an experimental approach are welcome. ) AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS), IL DIVISION The Research Grants Program supports projects that show Deadline: 03/07/05 promise of producing significant new information directly related Web Site: to cancer. Proposals must be independent, investigator-driven --- research. Proposals will not be accepted from investigators who The Foundation also offers Collaborative Activity Awards to have national-level, non-salary related funding from any initiate interdisciplinary discussions on problems or issues, to help organization outside the institution of the principal investigator. launch interdisciplinary research networks, or to fund communities Proposals dealing primarily with routine drug modification and of researchers/practitioners dedicated to developing new methods, screening are not encouraged. Funds are not provided to continue tools, and applications of basic research to applied problems. In support for ongoing projects (bridge funding) (Max. grant--$100K each case the focus of the collaborative activity must meet the per year; 1 year). program guidelines for one of the following program areas: • Bridging Brain, Mind, and Behavior Deadline: 03/07/05 Email: • Studying Complex Systems • Brain Cancer Research
  6. 6. NOTE: Collaborative awards will not be awarded in support of • Genetic epidemiology of aging; candidate longevity genes large, program-project style research proposals. Applicants • Aging in the immune system requesting funds to support innovative research projects involving • Host defense molecules in aging systems several laboratories should consider submitting one or more • Mechanisms of free radical induced cell aging applications to the 21st Century Research Awards. If the $450K • Mechanisms of aging in various differentiated cell maximum budget is not adequate for the scope of the proposed populations project applicants can request that proposals from the individual • Gene/environment and gene/gene interactions laboratories be "bundled", meaning that the applications will be • Integrative physiology reviewed and considered for funding as a single entity. • New approaches to age-modulated disease mechanisms: Alzheimer's disease and others. Deadline: Continuous (Up to $150K per year; up to 4 years) Web Site: LOI Deadline: 03/09/05 Web Site: ELLISON MEDICAL FOUNDATION (EMF) The Senior Scholars Program in Global Infectious Disease NATIONAL PARKINSON FOUNDATION supports biomedical research biomedical research on molecular The Investigator-Initiated Research-Grants Program supports and cellular mechanisms of disease, informed by the vision of how basic research on Parkinson’s disease. Grants are intended to this can contribute to the amelioration of some of humankind's provide seed funding to allow investigators to compete most pressing problems. The Program intends to focus its support successfully for major federal grants. This program is designed to by placing emphasis on: support projects of the highest scientific caliber from anywhere in the world that are: • Those intractable or emerging parasitic and infectious diseases, caused by viral, bacterial, fungal, protozoal, or • Directly relevant to the study of causes of and a cure for helminthic pathogens of major global public health concern, Parkinson disease; that are relatively neglected in federally funded research • Complementary to, not duplicative of, other research in the within the US. field; • Innovative research that might not be funded by the traditional • “High-risk, high yield” projects are encouraged, provided that sources because of its perceived novelty or high risk, or they are thoughtfully composed and reasonably likely to because the principal investigator is moving into a new advance the state of the knowledge about Parkinson disease. research area. Both basic-research and clinical-research proposals are eligible for • Aspects of fundamental research that may significantly impact support. Preference will be given to scientists who are at an early the understanding and control of global infectious diseases, stage of their professional careers (up to $40K per year; 1 year). but have not found a home within traditional funding agencies. Deadline: 03/14/05 (Up to $150K per year; up to 4 years) Web Site: --- The Senior Scholar Program in Aging is designed to support established investigators to conduct research in the basic biological and basic biomedical sciences relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to established investigators in order to allow the development of new, creative research programs by investigators who may not currently be AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY (ASN) conducting aging research or who may wish to develop new The M. James Scherbenske Grant provide bridge funding for research programs in aging. The Foundation particularly wishes to investigators from RO1 to RO1 whose application was scored, but stimulate new research, which has rigorous scientific foundations, not funded ($100K per year; 1 year). but which may not be currently funded adequately, because of its perceived novelty, its high risk, or because it is from an area where Deadline: 03/15/04 traditional research interests absorb most funding. Web Site: Areas of interest include, but are not limited to Grant.aspx • Structural biology • Molecular genetics • Studies with model systems ranging from lower eukaryotes to humans • Inquiries testing the relevance of simpler models to human aging MARCH OF DIMES BIRTH DEFECTS FOUNDATION (MOD)
  7. 7. The Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award is Formal Proposals Due: 03/08/05 designed to support young scientists just embarking on their independent research careers. MOD is most interested in birth Web Site: defects in any abnormality of structure or function ($75K per year; 1 year). Deadline: 03/15/05 HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION Web Site: (HRSA) General Web Site: HIV/AIDS PFIZER, INC. HRSA-05-031 National HIV Training And 03/01/05 The mission of the Atorvastatin Research Awards (ARA) Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements Program is to support outstanding investigators at the early stages of their careers in academic research. The ARA Program will (NHTTACA) summary HRSA-05-020 Ryan White Title III Early 03/01/05 support research into basic mechanisms of disease that may broadly involve: Lipid metabolism, vascular biology, HMG-CoA Intervention Services Capacity reductase pathways or novel effects of statins. Research may be in Development Grants (EISCDG) any of the following areas: Neuroscience, Cardiovascular summary HRSA-05-041 Community Based Dental 03/18/04 medicine (atherosclerosis, lipoprotein metabolism, thrombosis, vascular biology), Diabetes, Endocrinology, Partnership Program (CBDP) Inflammation/immunology, Oncology ($50K per year; 1- 2 years). summary Deadline: 03/17/05 Maternal & Child Health HRSA-05-015 Maternal And Child Health 03/01/05 Web Site: Research Program (MCHR) summary | application guidance ProgID=403&ProgTypeID=4 HRSA-05-082 Maternal And Child Health 03/01/05 Research Network on Pregnancy-Related Care (MCHPRC) summary FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES HRSA-05-100 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 03/03/05 Cooperative Agreement Program summary HRSA-05-025 Partnership for State Oral 03/30/05 Health Leadership Cooperative Agreement summary DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) HRSA-05-049 PCCSE Incentive Grant 03/31/05 Program summary The DOE invites proposals for the Poplar Genome Based Research for Carbon Sequestration in Terrestrial Ecosystems Primary Health Care program. Research is requested that could lead to strategies to HRSA-05-104 Healthy Communities Access 03/02/05 improve the use of trees within the genus Populus (poplar), or other trees, for long-term sequestration of meaningful amounts of Program (HCAP) summary atmospheric carbon in terrestrial ecosystems. Specifically, HRSA-05-105 Radiation Exposure Screening 03/16/05 proposals are sought for research to use the poplar and/or and Education Program microbial genomic sequences to enhance partitioning of carbon (RESEP) summary into quantitatively important recalcitrant components of trees or soil organic matter that could lead to enhanced carbon Special Programs sequestration. Research should build on the recently completed HRSA-05-043 Clinical Interventions to 03/08/05 genomic sequence of a female black cottonwood tree (Populus Increase Organ Procurement balsamifera L. ssp. trichocarpa (Torr. & Gray ex Hook.) summary Brayshaw, clone Nisqually-1) and, when relevant, the availability HRSA-05-007 Social and Behavioral 03/08/05 of a growing number of microbial genomic sequences to obtain the Interventions to Increase Organ scientific understanding needed to select, breed, or manage trees to Donation (SBITD) summary meaningfully enhance sequestration of carbon in tree biomass and/ HRSA-05-009 Trauma - Emergency Medical 03/15/05 or the soil ($100-500K per year; up to 3 years). Services Systems Program (TESP) summary Pre-proposal Deadline: 01/18/05
  8. 8. The goal of the Undergraduate Biology and Mathematics General Web Site: (UBM) Activity (NSF 04-546) is to enhance undergraduate education and training at the intersection of the biological and mathematical sciences and to better prepare undergraduate biology or mathematics students to pursue graduate study and careers in fields that integrate the mathematical and biological sciences. The core of the activity is long-term research experiences for interdisciplinarily balanced cohorts of at least four undergraduates. Projects should focus on research at the intersection of the NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) mathematical and biological sciences. Projects should provide The following NSF BIO Core programs from the Biological students exposure to contemporary mathematics and biology, Science Directorate, Division of Integrative Biology and addressed with modern research tools and methods (up to $250K Neuroscience ( and Division per year; 5 years). of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences ( have various submission Deadline: 03/30/05 dates. Web Site: ods_key=nsf04546 General Web Site: --- The Evaluative Research and Capacity Building (EREC) --- Program seeks proposals that offer unique approaches to In partnership with academic institutions, botanical gardens, evaluation practice in the generation of knowledge for the science, freshwater and marine institutes, and natural history museums, the technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education NSF seeks to enhance Taxonomic Research (NSF 04-606) and community and for broad policymaking within the research and help prepare future generations of experts. Through its Special education enterprise. Successful proposals may focus on one or Biennial Competition in Systematic Biology, NSF will support more STEM education programs or projects in order to examine competitively reviewed projects that target groups of poorly major issues in STEM education and/or may focus on the known organisms for modern monographic research. Projects must development of capacity within the education evaluation field (up train new taxonomists (two per project minimally) and must to $1,350,000 over 36 months). translate current expertise into electronic databases and other products with broad accessibility to the scientific community LOI Deadline: 03/31/05 ($150K per year; 5 years). Full Proposal: 05/15/05 Deadline: 03/07/05 Web Site: Web Site: ods_key=nsf04606 ods_key=nsf05529 --- The NSF announces its intention to continue support of multidisciplinary teams to conduct creative and innovative research that will resolve phylogenetic relationships for large ADDITIONAL SIGNALS groups of organisms on the Tree of Life (NSF 05-523). Teams of **Additional Signals are supplemental funding opportunities investigators also will be supported for projects in data acquisition, announced or acquired after the respective published edition of analysis, algorithm development and dissemination in Signals. computational phylogenetics and phyloinformatics. Projects for Assembling the Tree of Life are expected to be ambitious, large scale, and to involve multiple investigators from multiple disciplines, likely from multiple organizations, and to include training, outreach, and dissemination components. Tree of Life projects that are taxon-oriented will focus on phylogenetic resolution of large lineages or clades; this taxon focus is not AMERICAN GASTROENTEROLOGICAL FOUNDATION (AGA) intended to deflect interest in and attention to theoretical or The Jon I Isenberg International Research Scholar Award analytical issues, particularly when the clade under study raises provides for non-US citizen young investigators to spend one year critical questions about the suitability or power of current performing GI-related research at an American institution under phylogenetic methods of analysis. Tree of Life projects may also the tutelage of an AGA member. The objective of this award is to be method or theory-oriented, in which case they will address promote international scholarship, increase AGA’s involvement major analytical or computational problems in phylogenetic within the international GI community and foster international research and phyloinformatics. The taxon-focus and method-focus collaboration in training GI investigators. This award provides a approaches described here are intended for guidance only, and not total of $50K for one year of study, $25K from the AGA and as constraints on innovative projects for Assembling the Tree of $25K in matching funds from the applicant’s national GI society. Life (up to $3M total; up to 5 years). Deadline: 01/14/05 Deadline: 03/28/05 --- Web Site: The AGA Foundation Outcomes Research Awards supports ods_key=nsf05523 investigator-initiated outcomes research in gastroenterology/ --- hepatology. Preference for two of the awards will be for proposals
  9. 9. related to the study of acid-peptic disease. In general, outcomes Web Site: studies examine clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, quality of TOX/2004/December/Day-01/t26474.htm life, economic evaluation, quality of care, functional status, appropriateness of care, conformance of recommended/desirable standards of performance, or change in practice patterns. The objective of this award is to promote research by young investigators in the area of outcomes, broadly defined above, as it relates to digestive and liver diseases. Any acute or chronic NATIONAL MARFAN FOUNDATION (CMA) condition of the digestive system or the liver is an appropriate The CMA is soliciting applications grants to support basic, candidate for study ($35K per year; 1 year). translational and clinical research on Marfan syndrome and related disorders. During this cycle of funding, the CMA is Deadline: 02/14/05 especially interested in receiving applications from investigators interested in the pulmonary manifestations of Marfan syndrome, Web Site: but all applications are welcome. The overall goal of the CMA Research Program is to improve diagnosis and management of people with the Marfan syndrome through research on pathogenesis and novel therapies. Due to limited resources, applicants must propose either a self-contained project capable of addressing an important, circumscribed objective, or a pilot project NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) that will support an application for more substantial funding from The Research on Learning and Education (ROLE) another agency. Any application should have the quality expected Program (NSF 05-529) seeks to capitalize on important of a proposal to the Canadian Institute of Health Research or the developments across a wide range of fields related to human NIH (up to $50K (Canadian) per year; 1-2 years). learning and to STEM education. It supports research across a continuum that includes (1) the biological basis of human Deadline: 02/15/05 learning; (2) behavioral, cognitive, affective and social aspects of STEM learning; (3) STEM learning in formal and informal Web Site: educational settings; (4) STEM Policy research; and (5) The diffusion of STEM innovations. The ROLE Program aims to advance the knowledge base within and across the intersections of these multidisciplinary areas. It encourages projects that reconcile and integrate basic research and educational practice, and generate hypotheses from one disciplinary area that can be tested and AWARDS/PRIZES refined in another (up to $1,350,000 over 36 months). LOI Deadline: 01/14/05 Full Proposal: 03/04/05 Web Site: ods_key=nsf05529 FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE The purpose of the Kistler Prize is to recognize and reward original work investigating the implications of genetics for human society. It is awarded annually to an individual or research institution whose work has shown rigorous pursuit of scientific ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) research and has made substantive and innovative contributions in EPA is soliciting grant proposals from eligible entities to conduct this field. Created in 1999, the Prize includes a cash award of activities to reduce incidences of Childhood Lead Poisoning in $100K and a 180-gram gold medallion. It is named for Walter P. vulnerable populations, including projects to: (1) address areas Kistler, President and benefactor of the Foundation For the Future, with high incidences of elevated blood-lead levels; (2) identify and who personally presents the award each year in a gala banquet and address areas with high potential for heretofore undocumented ceremony. elevated blood-lead levels; (3) develop tools to address unique and challenging issues in lead poisoning prevention; and (4) identify Deadline: 01/31/05 tools that are replicable and scalable for other areas. Activities eligible for funding include outreach and public education, data Web Site: gathering, monitoring, training, inspections and assessments, demonstrations, and new, innovative approaches for identifying or reducing lead poisoning (up to $100K over up to 2 years). Deadline: 01/31/05 THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS
  10. 10. The Pfizer Teacher Development Awards honors community- Heinrich Wieland Medal and a sum of EUR 25,000. The based physicians who give up time from their practice to teach presentation of the 2005 prize will take place in autumn 2005 in students or residents part time. Part time teaching is defined as not Munich. less than 4 hours and no more than 32 hours per month. The award consists of $2K and travel expenses to the AAFP annual scientific Deadline: 02/28/05 assembly to receive the award. Web Site: Deadline: 02/13/05 m Web Site: THE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FACIAL PLASTIC AND The Judson Daland Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY (AAFPRS) patient-oriented research. The chair of a clinical department of a The William K. Wright Award is presented to an American medical school or hospital must nominate candidates. A letter Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) from the nominator must make clear the patient-orientated nature member who has made outstanding contributions to facial plastic of the investigation. The prize will be for 20K. and reconstructive surgery. The John Dickinson Teacher award honors an AAFPRS Fellow or Member for sharing knowledge Deadline: 03/15/04 about facial plastic surgery with the effective use of audiovisuals Web Site: in any one year. The F. Mark Rafaty Memorial Award is _____________________________________________________ presented each year to any AAFPRS member who has made outstanding contributions to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The Community Service Award is presented each year to an AAFPRS member who has distinguished himself/herself by providing and/or making possible free medical service to the poor in his/her community. Nominations for these awards may be THE INTERNATIONAL E. BALZAN PRIZE FOUNDATION submitted to the Awards Committee using the nomination form online. The 2005 Balzan Prize attains the goal of fostering, on a worldwide level, culture, science, outstanding humanitarian causes Deadline: 02/28/05 and peace. The 2005 Balzan Prize will be awarded in the Web Site: Natural Sciences and Medicine with topic interest in Population Biology and Mineral Physics. The prizes will be for one million Swiss Franks each (approximate conversation $709K US). Half of each prize will be designated by the winners to research projects involving young scientists and scholars. THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS (ACS) Deadline: 03/15/05 The ACS Board of Governors Committee on Socioeconomic Issues, in association with the Pfizer Medical Humanities Web Site: Initiative, is seeking nominations for the 2005 Surgical Volunteerism Award. The Committee members are looking for ACS Fellows who are making a significant contribution to surgical care through volunteer actions. Candidates for this award may practice their surgical volunteerism either in a domestic, THE GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA international, or military setting. All surgical subspecialties are eligible for consideration. The George Sacher Student Award is presented to the best student presentation by a GSA member at the Society's Annual Deadline: 02/28/05 Scientific Meeting. The annual $500 award is designed to encourage research and to foster interest among students in the Web Site: Biological Sciences. The Person-in-Training Award is given to a student of the Clinical Medicine section for the best student presentation at the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting. The $500 award is designed to encourage research and to foster interest among students in the Clinical Medicine. The BSS Student Research Award recognizes student research at the pre- BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM FONDS dissertation and dissertation level (degree to have been awarded within 18 months of date of submission). The winners receive a The Heinrich Wieland Prize is to promote research on lipids and copy of the Handbook on Aging (the Social Sciences or the related substances in the area of chemistry, biochemistry, Psychology edition) and a one-year membership in the Society. physiology and clinical medicine. The prize consists of the The Student Research Award honors the best student paper on
  11. 11. the SRPP Annual Scientific Meeting program. All GSA student supporting documentation or to request clarification of information. members are eligible for the $500 award. The Emerging Scholar Thus, the efficiency of the review process may also depend on your and Professional Organization offers a $250 cash award for the availability to answer questions, or the availability of a knowledgeable manner of your technical staff. best interdisciplinary research paper on a topic related to aging by a GSA student member. Some examples might include how the biological aspects of aging are related to the social consequences IRB SUBMISSION DEADLINES of aging; using a theoretical perspective such as life course theory to explain various outcomes of communication and aging; or how public policy affects clinical, biological or psychological aspects Committee A Committee B Committee C of aging. January 19 January 5 January 21 February 16 February 2 February 18 Deadlines: 03/15/05 March 16 March 2 March 18 Web Site: #bss THE OCHSNER CLINICAL FOUNDATION The Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health is presented to one or more clinical or basic science investigators for RESEARCH NEWS outstanding and exemplary original scientific investigations that relate tobacco consumption and health. This scientific work may be clinical, fundamental, epidemiological or preventive in scope. The prime criterion for award selection is its scientific impact on NIH ESTABLISHES WEBSITE FOR NEW INVESTIGATORS this major health threat. The award consists of $15K. The Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH, announces the posting of a new website that articulates NIH's continuing Deadline: 03/31/05 commitment to new investigators. The website describes current Web Site: policies, data related to the influx of new investigators, resources that new investigators can use to understand and work with the NIH, and helpful hints that might be useful in constructing a first application for NIH support. The OER solicits additional suggestions for non-commercial content for this website. Visitors who know of additional resources can send suggestions to REGULATORY SUBMISSION Web Page: DUE DATES IACUC MEETING DATES January 13 February 10 Please note: The ACUP review process takes approximately six weeks, depending on the completeness of the application, the complexity of the proposed research, the species used, and the nature of the care and use of the species. You may be contacted during this time to request supporting documentation (e.g. peer review letters, special room requests) or to request clarification of information. Thus, the efficiency of the review process may also depend on your availability to answer questions, or the availability of a knowledgeable manner of your technical staff. IBC MEETING DATES February 4 April 1 Please note: The IBC review process takes approximately six weeks, depending on the completeness of the application, the complexity of the proposed research. You may be contacted during this time to request