Limited Campus Competitions

Throughout the year, RIO coordinates numerous Limited Campus Competitions. These internal competitions are required because many private foundations and federal government programs only allow a limited number of applicants from invited institutions, like the University of Colorado Boulder. The goal is to identify the strongest projects with the highest likelihood of getting funded. Any interested applicant should review the campus procedures below for limited campus competitions.

To sign up for our limited submission newsletter, or if you are aware of a limited program not listed, please email Ryan Reeves at ltdsubs@colorado.edu.

    Anticipated Opportunities and Previous Winners

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    1. Publicizing Opportunities
      1. Website: RIO maintains a webpage that lists active internal campus competitions; active “Calls for Interest,” which are used to determine if there is sufficient interest on campus to hold an internal competition; and a forecast of anticipated opportunities, based on previous competitions and program cycles.
      2. Email: RIO publishes a bi-weekly "bulletin" via email to campus stakeholders who are interested in receiving notices when limited campus competitions are announced. To subscribe, click here and enter your information. RIO will send "alerts" when we are made aware of opportunities with imminent deadlines that cannot wait on the bi-weekly bulletin. RIO may also notify specific units and stakeholders via email about opportunities that are focused on certain disciplines or research areas.
      3. If individual faculty or staff become aware of limited submission opportunities not posted through the above sources, they should inform RIO by sending information via email to: ltdsubs@colorado.edu
    2. Internal Application Process
      1. RIO determines a reasonable deadline for expressions of interest for funding opportunities in order to determine if a campus-wide competition is needed. Once this deadline has passed and if there is sufficient interest on campus, an internal competition may be held to determine the strongest application(s) to submit to the sponsor on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder. If no interest is received by the deadline, the university's slot to apply will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. 
      2. The limited campus competitions site lists details of the internal application process, including deadlines and proposal requirements. Requirements are based on sponsor guidelines and will vary. Applicants will submit proposals through an online portal with a unique hyperlink, which will be provided on the limited campus competitions site and via email notices.
      3. RIO does not provide any advice or feedback during the internal application process.
      4. If there is insufficient time to administer an internal competition, RIO may render a decision as to whom applies on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder.
    3. Review Process
      1. Applications are reviewed by the RIO Advisory Board and faculty who have expertise in the relevant subject area(s). The RIO Advisory Board is comprised of faculty members, who are invited by the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, and come from a wide range of disciplines. Based on the evaluations, applicants are selected to submit proposals to sponsors on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder.
    4. Notification to Applicants
      1. RIO will notify all applicants via email. All applicants will receive comments and feedback on their proposals to help strengthen applications to sponsors.
      2. Internal winners will be provided with instructions on how to proceed with submission of a full proposal to the sponsor, working in conjunction with the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG).
    5. Expectations for Internal Winners
      1. Faculty selected to move forward with a limited submission proposal on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder are required to do so. RIO expects selected faculty to make contact with their OCG Proposal Analyst within one-week of being notified by RIO. This one-week window may be shorter depending on the program deadline.
      2. If, for any reason, an internal winner will not submit a proposal to the sponsor, he/she is required to immediately contact ltdsubs@colorado.edu. Typically, other faculty members who have submitted applications for the internal competition will be invited to apply on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder so the slot is utilized.
        1. For any instance where an internal winner does not apply and neglects to inform RIO, the dean of the internal winner’s respective college will be notified and this will be taken into consideration for future limited submission opportunities.
      3. If an internal winner wishes to appoint another faculty member as PI before the application is submitted to the sponsor, the internal winner must request approval by sending an explanation to ltdsubs@colorado.edu. Changes in PI must be approved by RIO.
      4. For projects involving cost-share, it is incumbent upon the selected faculty to secure appropriate financial commitments. Cost-share commitments should be in place as part of the internal campus competition process. RIO typically only contributes matching funds for equipment and/or facilities for equipment. Typical matches total $50,000, with $25,000 from RIO and the remaining $25,000 from units or colleges.
      5. RIO expects applicants to send a copy of the submitted proposal to ltdsubs@colorado.edu and to keep RIO informed of the proposal status and if it is funded or not.
      6. As an internal winner, you agree to provide advice, feedback from the sponsor, etc. to the following year’s internal winner and RIO, upon RIO’s request. 

    Active Internal Competitions

    http://www.whiting.org/wpef-guidelines

    The Whiting Foundation invites selected schools to nominate up to two humanities professors for the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship. This program, now in its third year, is intended to celebrate and empower faculty who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation.

    The fellowship funds ambitious, often collaborative projects designed to infuse into public life the richness, profundity, and nuance that give the humanities their lasting value. Over time, we hope the program will also build a community of faculty dedicated to this form of service; underscore just how essential the realm of ideas is in helping us absorb the news of the day, participate as citizens, and live a full life; and ultimately help to restore broader faith in the value of advanced work in the humanities.

    Deadlines

    Internal Nomination Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 2, 2017

    Whiting Foundation Deadline: June 15, 2017

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    • 2-page Curriculum Vitae
    • 2-page Proposal that describes the following:
      1. Potential to engage the intended public. Is the project conceived with a public outside the academy in mind and designed carefully to engage them? Is the plan to reach that public explicit and robust? How significant will the engagement be, in terms of breadth and depth?
      2. Ability to complete the project successfully. Is the project plan sound and tailored to achieve the intended outcomes? Does the candidate have the skills, resources, and collaborators with the expertise and experience needed to execute the project effectively in the timeframe?
      3. Intellectual value. Will the project make a meaningful intellectual contribution with its audience, engaging them in the complexity and nuance of the humanities? Does it bring to bear the clarity, thoughtfulness, and profundity that characterize the best scholarship?

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3115

    Eligibility

    Institutions may nominate either or both of the following:

    • One humanities professor who took up tenure between fall 2012 and fall 2017; and/or
    • One full-time, untenured humanities professor with at least two full years of service.

    Nominees advancing to the second, final round will be asked to submit a letter from the institution describing the school’s nomination process and indicating the institution’s and department’s support.

    The fellowship is designed for nominees whose proposed project and professional expertise are both squarely in the humanities. The Humanities Indicators Project has compiled a useful list of humanities disciplines. For the purpose of this fellowship, we distinguish between the interpretive humanities and the creative arts. For example, a proposal to choreograph a new dance piece would not be eligible, though one to create a film on the history and meaning of the work of a choreographer would be.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Institutions may nominate either or both of the following:

    • One humanities professor who took up tenure between fall 2012 and fall 2017; and/or
    • One full-time, untenured humanities professor with at least two full years of service.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Process

    The $50,000 award is designed to be flexible to the needs of the project. Nominees may propose to direct this money in whatever way will be most effective – any cost reasonably necessary is eligible. In the past, fellows have allocated funds for a range of purposes, including:

    • To secure time, in the form of course release(s) or a semester or more of leave;
    • To support collaborators for their time or work on the project;
    • To purchase required equipment and supplies;
    • To cover necessary travel; and
    • To obtain targeted training crucial to the project for themselves or others.

    Please note that, for applicants who wish to secure leave of a full semester or more, the rate paid by the fellowship to an institution for a semester of leave is up to $40,000; in cases where $40,000 does not fully cover half of the nominee’s annual salary and benefits, the Foundation expects that the home institution will ensure that the fellow continues to receive both without interruption. (This amount will be pro-rated for schools on a calendar with terms shorter than a semester, such as quarters.) Such longer-term leave must be taken before the end of summer 2019.

    Institutions should submit the name(s) of their nominee(s) to fellowships@whiting.org by June 15, 2017. Nominees should complete the short-form initial application by June 30, 2017, via the online portal here; a guide to the application is included as an appendix. Letters from collaborators and public-facing work samples are encouraged, if applicable, though no formal letter of recommendation or nomination is required at this stage. Applicants will be notified of the results of this first round in mid-August.

    Nominees invited to the final round will be asked to revise and expand their applications, incorporating feedback provided by our reviewers, and to provide letters of recommendation and institutional support, by October 30. Applicants will be notified of the final results in mid-February 2018.

    http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/pew-biomedical-scholars/program-det...

    Pew is expected to release the 2018 guidelines in the coming weeks. The information below is from last year’s cycle and will guide the internal campus competition process.

    The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

    Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches.  Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.  Risk-taking is encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 18, 2017

    Pew Nomination Deadline: July 7, 2017

    Pew Application Deadline: October 23, 2017

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    • Up to 2-page proposal
    • Up to 2-page curriculum vitae
    • 1-page recommendation letter from chair, director, or dean

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3119

    Eligibility

    • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
    • As of Oct. 23, 2017, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.)
    • On July 7, 2017, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 7, 2014), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit
    • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2018 online application.
    • If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    One nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. 

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    An award of $60,000 per year will be provided to the sponsoring institution for use by the scholar over the four-year period, subject to annual review of the scholar’s progress. Grant agreements will be issued in August of the award year. Annual progress reports are required, describing research accomplishments, project status, and future directions. In addition, financial reports are required annually accounting for grant expenditures. Funding for the second, third and fourth years is contingent upon timely submission of acceptable financial and narrative progress reports and attendance at the annual meeting in March during the four-year term.

    The awarded funds may be used at the discretion of the Pew scholar, for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the scholar's research and as to best advance his or her research and career. Not more than $10,000 of the annual award may be used for the scholar's salary (including benefits). Should the funds not be immediately required, they may be accumulated (up to a maximum of $100,000 in any given year) and carried over through the four years of the grant period, and, with written approval of the program office, the grant may be extended for one additional (fifth) year (without additional funds). Not more than 8 percent of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs. It is expected that Pew scholars will spend at least 80 percent of their time in work related to the accomplishment of their overall research goals. However, Pew provides flexible support to the overall research aims of the scholar and does not monitor or restrict percentage of effort or time of Pew scholars.

    During the four-year scholarship term, program participants are required to attend an annual meeting held in March. All expenses for attendees’ travel, lodging, and meals are paid by Pew. The meeting provides Pew scholars with an opportunity to present their research and for scientific collaboration and exchange with other scholars and members of the National Advisory Committee.

    wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2017/03/2017-Scholars-Program-Application-Guide.pdf

    The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration. Scholars Program applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. Proposed research plans must address questions of policy and practice that are relevant to the Foundation’s focus areas.

    Interested applicants can review successful William T. Grant Scholars proposals on the foundation’s website.

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 22, 2017

    William T. Grant Foundation Deadline: 1:00pm MST July 6, 2017

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    • 1-page budget and budget justification
      • The total budget can be up to $350,000. It can include an indirect cost allowance of up to 7.5 percent of total direct costs.
    • Up to 2-page curriculum vitae
    • Up to 3-page research and mentoring plan
      • Research plan should include:
        • the unique contribution of the research,
        • its significance in terms of policy and/or practice,
        • a brief literature review,
        • research design and methodology,
        • data sources and collection procedures,
        • data analysis plans, and
        • plans for protection of human subjects.
      • Mentoring plan should include:
        • applicant’s current areas of expertise and the new ones that will be added during the award;
        • the rationale for the proposed mentor(s);
        • the mentoring activities designed to develop the new expertise;
        • how the applicant and mentor will interact (e.g., in-person, email, phone), how often, around what substantive issues, and how barriers such as distance and busy schedules will be handled; and
        • how the award will add significant value to the proposed mentoring relationship.

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3117

    Eligibility

    Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. Major divisions (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of an institution may nominate only one applicant each year. In addition to the eligibility criteria below, deans and directors of those divisions should refer to the Selection Criteria on pages 12-14 to aid them in choosing their nominees.

    Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. We calculate this by adding seven years to the date the doctoral degree was conferred. In medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency.

    Applicants must be employed in career-ladder positions. For many applicants, this means holding a tenure-track position in a university. Applicants in other types of organizations should be in positions in which there is a pathway to advancement in a research career at the organization and the organization is fiscally responsible for the applicant’s position. The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.

    Applicants outside the United States are eligible. As with U.S. applicants, they must pursue research that has compelling policy or practice implications for youth in the United States. Applicants of any discipline are eligible.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Each college may nominate one applicant. If multiple nominations from a college are received, a review process will be carried out to identify the strongest applicant.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    Award recipients are designated as William T. Grant Scholars. Each year, four to six Scholars are selected and each receives up to $350,000, distributed over five years. Awards begin July 1 and are made to the applicant’s institution. The award must not replace the institution’s current support of the applicant’s research. 

    Program Titles and Links

    W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program

    W.M. Keck Foundation Undergraduate Education Program

    Program Summary 

    The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.  Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. 

    Based on feedback from Keck to RIO, the foundation is seeking proposals that explain how a project is going to significantly change the world. Keck is interested in high risk, high reward, fundamental science and not so much in applied, developmental, or translational work.

    Funding is awarded to universities and institutions nationwide for projects in research that:

    • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
    • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
    • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
    • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
    • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
    • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development
    • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies
    • Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success.

    The Undergraduate Program promotes distinctive learning and research experiences in science, engineering, and the liberal arts at four year undergraduate colleges only in Foundation designated states, or through national organizations that address undergraduate needs. Public institutions and research universities located in the designated states may apply but must demonstrate a compelling or unique resource to be competitive.

    Based on feedback from Keck to RIO, the foundation typically funds smaller institutions that are strong in education efforts, but not so much in research. For CU Boulder to be competitive with the Undergraduate Program, the proposal should offer something unique, such as equipment or facilities, to students that a smaller, non-research institution does not offer.

    The Undergraduate Program prioritizes projects that:

    • Foster new levels of student engagement and understanding, especially through active learning and collaborative curriculum development
    • Expand interdisciplinary activities in balance with needs of each discipline
    • Incorporate research activities into the curriculum and raise the bar of expectations regarding publications and presentations by undergraduates
    • Enhance science and technology literacy for students in all disciplines
    • Develop new ways to stimulate critical thinking and other core competencies of a liberal arts education

    Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

    • Proposal Outline (up to 3-pages)
      • The outline must include a brief budget outline and a justification or explanation of why Keck funding is essential and why traditional support from federal sponsors cannot be obtained.
    • Curriculum Vitae (up to 2-pages)
    • Proposal Category (Medical Research, Science and Engineering, Undergraduate Education)

    To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/3116

    Deadlines

    Internal CU Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 1, 2017

    Keck Phase I Application Deadline: 5:30pm MST November 1, 2017

    Keck Full Proposal Deadline: 5:30pm MST February 15, 2018

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    1 proposal per each category: 1) Medical Research; 2) Science and Engineering; and 3) Undergraduate Education.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information

    Historically, research grants range from $500,000 to $5 million, but are typically $2 million or less.

    Historically, undergraduate grants range from $200,000 to $1 million, and are typically under $500,000. On a case by case basis, the Foundation may consider the award of smaller seed grants for planning and piloting.

    Active Calls for Interest

    A call for interest is a simple statement via email from a lead PI indicating interest in applying to specific program. If there are multiple expressions of interest, an internal campus competition may be held with instructions for internal proposals to be sent out at a later time. If you are interested in a program below, please submit an expression of interest by the posted deadline to Ryan Reeves at ltdsubs@colorado.edu.

    https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-s...

    Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

    Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus. Within the conservation field, for example, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings. Applicants should therefore choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections. Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants must seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about the preservation of these types of collections.

    The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant. The program also encourages applications from presidentially designated institutions (Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities), and from Native American tribes with significant humanities collections.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: N/A; email ltdsubs@colorado.edu for information

    Awarding Institution Deadline: May 3, 2017

    Eligibility

    Applicants must demonstrate that they:

    • care for and have custody of the humanities collections that are the focus of the application;
    • have at least one staff member or the full-time equivalent, whether paid or unpaid; and
    • make their collections open and available for the purpose of education, research, and/or public programming, as evidenced by the number of days on which the institution is open to the public, the capacity to support access and use, and the availability of staff for this purpose.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Only one application for a Preservation Assistance Grant may be submitted annually by an institution, although distinct collecting entities of a larger organization may apply in the same year, such as the library and museum of a university or two historic sites within a historical society.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded. All grants are awarded for a period of eighteen months, although a grantee may complete a project in a shorter period of time.

    https://www.nationalforests.org/grant-programs/map 

    The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands. MAP supports the implementation of on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. These projects provide a lasting impact to the lands, waters, and wildlife of the National Forest System through the alteration of the physical environment.

    The current NFF strategic plan focuses on the Program Areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health. Organizations may self-select into one of the Program Areas defined below, or choose to submit a proposal that cohesively integrates the two Program Areas. Projects that strongly integrate the program areas are highly encouraged. The NFF does not have funding targets for the Program Areas, and strongly encourages applicants to integrate the programs areas cohesively in their proposals. Please review the sponsor site for more detailed information about the program areas.

    In addition to focusing on the above Program Areas, MAP requires projects show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through direct public involvement. In order to be eligible for MAP funding, projects must contain significant, legitimate community involvement or civic engagement in the pre-implementation, implementation, or post-implementation phase. Typically, this involves the use of volunteers in project implementation, or the implementation of projects selected as an outcome of a formal collaborative-planning process. Note that the community engagement portion of the project does not necessarily have to occur in the portion of the project receiving MAP funding, although the project narrative must clearly describe the community engagement component. The standard public involvement component of the NEPA process is insufficient to meet this requirement.

    Education, interpretation, inventory, and monitoring are not priorities for the use of MAP funds. 

    • Education and interpretation may only receive consideration as minor components of otherwise well-aligned larger projects. 
    • Projects with inventory or monitoring components may only receive consideration if those components focus on determining the long-term effectiveness of previous NFF funded on-the-ground work. 

    The NFF encourages applicants to use funding from other sources (including project match) for any portion of a project focused on education, interpretation, inventory, or monitoring.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST April 24, 2017

    National Forest Foundation Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 26, 2017

    Eligibility

    501(c)(3) nonprofits, universities, and Native American tribes are eligible to receive MAP grants. If an organization does not meet this eligibility requirement, it must utilize an eligible fiscal sponsor.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Organizations may have only one MAP award open at a time and should submit no more than one application per round.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    MAP requires a 1:1 cash match of secured nonfederal funds. In-kind contributions are not eligible for use as match but should be documented to show project leverage.

    MAP awards federal funds provided through a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Forest Service. Neither MAP funds, nor the funds used to match MAP funds may be used to meet the matching requirements of any other federal award program.

    Typical awards from 2015-2016 include:

    • Average Request: $30,003
    • Median Request: $26,280
    • Average Award: $28,522
    • Median Award: $26,145
    • % of Proposals Funded: 56%
    • % of Dollars Requested Funded: 53%

    Funding Restrictions

    The NFF will not consider MAP applications from the following: 

    • Federal agencies;
    • Regional, state or local governmental entities;
    • For-profit organizations;
    • Consultants;
    • Educational and research organizations proposing projects that do not show tangible, on-the-ground benefit;
    • Organizations seeking general operating or programmatic support;
    • Organizations seeking funding for litigation or advocacy;
    • Organizations that cannot produce 1:1 cash match of non-federal, project-directed funds.
    • Organizations considering submitting a proposal for a work over a timeline longer than one-year. 

    The following project types are not eligible for funding:

    • Funding for outreach and/or education as a primary project component;
    • General operating or programmatic support;
    • Funding for any form of advocacy or litigation;
    • Funding provided to the U.S. Forest Service or any other federal entity.

    www.emallinckrodtfoundation.org/Guidelines.html

    The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease.

    The funds are designed to provide faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, and who are in the first to fourth year of a tenure-track position, with support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained.  Applicants with current R01 funding should not apply.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 17, 2017

    Mallinckrodt Foundation Deadline: August 1, 2017

    Eligibility

    Any domestic biomedical institution, whether solely research or educational, is invited to submit one candidate for the Mallinckrodt Board's consideration.  Applicants should be in the first to fourth year of their tenure track faculty position and not have current R01 funding. 

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Each institution is allowed to submit one proposal.  If your institution is a subsidiary of a medical school, only one applicant will be accepted.  For example, Massachusetts General Hospital would be part of Harvard Medical School.   The two institutions would need to collaborate to submit one proposal.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    Grants are usually $60,000 and funding commences on October 1 for a period of up to three years.  No indirect costs are allowed.  Salary is acceptable.

    Funding for years two and three is contingent upon approval of a yearly progress report by the applicant submitted via e-mail.  These are generally one page summaries of the work in progress.  Failure to submit progress reports jeopardizes subsequent funding.

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15577/nsf15577.htm

    The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; 2) to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility to the biological research community; and 3) to transfer ownership of collections.

    The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, improves the accessibility of digitized specimen-related data, and develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management. Requests should demonstrate a clear and urgent need to secure the collection, and the proposed activities should address that need. Biological collections supported include established living stock/culture collections, vouchered non-living natural history collections, and jointly-curated ancillary collections such as preserved tissues and DNA libraries.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 17, 2017

    NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST August 14, 2017

    Eligibility

    Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

    • Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
    • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
    • State and Local Governments: State educational offices or organizations and local school districts.

    There are no restrictions or limits on who may serve as a PI.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    In a single round of the CSBR competition, only one proposal may be submitted from any individual collection within an organization. One organization may not submit more than three proposals to any one CSBR competition.

    There are no restrictions or limits on the number of proposals per PI or Co-PI.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    Estimated Number of Awards: 15 to 20 per competition pending availability of funds

    Anticipated Funding Amount: $4,500,000

    A budget of $8 million is anticipated with approximately $4.5M reserved for new awards depending on prior commitments and availability of funds.

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-17-008.html 

    The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research-oriented position. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host.

    The NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce. The NIH expects all of its efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups; to improve the quality of the educational and training environment; to balance and broaden the perspective in setting research priorities; to improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve the Nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.  Applicant institutions are always encouraged to consider talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and women for participation in all NIH-funded research opportunities.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 31, 2017

    NIH Letter of Intent Deadline: August 22, 2017

    NIH Application Deadline: September 22, 2017

    Eligibility

    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. Only single PD/PI applications will be accepted. Applications with multiple PDs/PIs will not be accepted. Only the PD/PI may be listed as a Senior/Key Person and provide a Biographical Sketch.

    Time window for eligibility: Given the focus on early research independence, the date of receipt of the terminal doctoral degree or completion of clinical residency of the PD/PI must be between June 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018.  The clinical fellowship period is NOT included in the clinical residency or equivalent training period. The date of degree receipt is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. In addition, at the time of application, the PD/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than twelve months.

    At the time of award, either 1) the Early Independence investigator must have received a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, Dr PH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution (it is the responsibility of the sponsoring institution to determine if a foreign doctoral degree is equivalent), or 2) an authorized official of the degree-granting institution must certify that all degree requirements have been met and that the date of degree receipt as appearing on the transcript will be before September 30, 2018.

    Level of effort: Individuals must commit at least 9.6 person-months (i.e., 80% effort of a 12 month appointment) during the first two years of the project period to research supported by the Early Independence Award. In the final three years of the project period, awardees may reduce effort toward the Early Independence Award, but the total effort towards independent research must remain at least 9.6 person-months (i.e., 80% effort of a 12 month appointment).

    Research independence at time of application: Individuals are eligible only if they, at the time of application submission, do not have research independence. Lack of research independence is defined functionally rather than by position title. Eligible individuals must have all the following characteristics:

    • The PD's/PI's current research agenda is set through concurrence with mentors.
    • The PD's/PI's research is funded primarily through support to other investigators (mentored fellowships such as NIH F31 or F32 Fellowships or NSF Graduate Research Fellowships do not preclude eligibility).
    • The PD/PI does not have any space assigned directly by the institution for the conduct of his or her research.
    • The PD/PI, according to institutional policy, cannot apply for an NIH R01 grant without special waiver or exemption from the institution.

    Though PD/PI must not be functionally independent at the time of application submission, they may become functionally independent prior to time of award and still retain eligibility for the award.

    Prospective PDs/PIs should contact appropriate Institutional leaders to seek an appointment in an independent research position.  Alternatively, Institutions may actively recruit eligible junior scientists to apply for support through this program. In either event, the Institution will be expected to provide substantial support for the junior scientist as detailed below. To foster independence, it may behoove PDs/PIs to be hosted by institutions other than the ones at which they trained. 

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Only up to two applications per institution are allowed.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    The NIH Common Fund intends to commit approximately $4,000,000 to support approximately 10 awards in FY 2018, contingent upon availability of funds and receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations and satisfactory progress.

    Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs. The project period is limited to five years.

    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17546/nsf17546.htm

    NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program in FY 2015. Four BD Hubs – MidwestNortheastSouth, and West – were established to foster multi-sector collaborations among academia, industry, and government, both nationally and internationally. These BD Hubs are serving a convening and coordinating role by bringing together a wide range of Big Data stakeholders in order to connect solution seekers with solution providers.

    In FY 2016, the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes) solicitation began extending the BD Hubs network by establishing multi-institutional and multi-sector collaborations to focus on topics of specific interest to a given region. The first set of BD Spokes was funded in FY 2016. This solicitation calls for new BD Spoke proposals to be awarded in FY 2018. Collaborating with BD Hubs, each BD Spoke will focus on a particular topic that requires Big Data approaches and solutions. The set of activities managed by a BD Spoke will promote progress towards solutions in the chosen topic area. The regional BD Hub Steering Committee will provide general guidance to each BD Spoke and will assist the BD Spoke in coordinating with the national BD Hub network, with other BD Spokes, and with the broader innovation ecosystem.

    The Big Data activities of a BD Spoke will be guided by the following broad themes:

    • Accelerating progress towards addressing societal grand challenges relevant to the regional and national priority areas defined by the BD Hubs (information on priority areas can be found on each Hub’s website listed in the Introduction section below);
    • Helping automate the Big Data lifecycle; and
    • Enabling access to and spurring the use of important and valuable available data assets, including international data sets where relevant.

    NSF's overall Big Data research and development (R&D) portfolio includes fundamental research, infrastructure development and provisioning, education and workforce development, and community engagement. Not all of these aspects of the overall portfolio are covered by this solicitation. In particular, this solicitation is not meant to fund proposals in which fundamental research is the primary activity. If research is a substantial portion of the proposed activities, please consult with a cognizant NSF program officer of this solicitation to help find a more appropriate solicitation. For example, projects focused on foundations and innovative applications related to Big Data may be better suited for submission to the Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA) program. Similarly, projects focused primarily on privacy research may be more suited to NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program.

    There are two proposal categories covered by this solicitation: SMALL and MEDIUM BD Spokes.

    All (SMALL or MEDIUM) BD Spoke proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must include a Letter of Collaboration from a regional BD Hub. Proposals not including a Letter of Collaboration from a BD Hub will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 15, 2017

    NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST September 18, 2017

    Eligibility

    There are no restrictions or limits on who may serve as a PI.

    NSF welcomes proposals that include for-profit organizations or Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). However, such organizations may only participate as subawardees or unfunded collaborators.

    The BD Hubs represent four defined geographic regions, namely the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West, of the United States, as defined in the notice Introduction. Organizations involved in a SMALL or MEDIUM BD Spoke proposal need not be physically located within the defined region of a certain BD Hub. The topic of the BD Spoke and its relevance to the coordinating BD Hub region will be considered, not necessarily the location of the proposing organization. International organizations are also encouraged to participate in BD Spoke projects and to partner with BD Hubs.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    An organization may participate as submitting organization (or, in the case of collaborative proposals, as the lead organization) for at most one proposal responsive to this solicitation.

    Proposal submissions are limited to 1 per organization (except as non-lead in a collaborative proposal) to maintain a balanced geographic representation of the Regional Hubs and Spokes program and to increase diversity of participating institutions.

    An investigator may participate as PI or Co-PI in no more than one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation, irrespective of proposal category. However, there is no limit on the number of proposals on which an individual may serve as Senior Personnel.

    These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced in order to treat everyone fairly and consistently. In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first proposal received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 20

    BD Spoke awards -- Approximately 10 to 20 total awards across both the SMALL and MEDIUM categories are anticipated through this solicitation.

    The total number of awards will be subject to the outcome of panel reviews and availability of funds.

    Anticipated Funding Amount: $10,000,000

    Each SMALL project will be funded at $100,000 to $500,000 total for up to three years, subject to the availability of funds.

    Each MEDIUM project will be funded at $500,001 to $1,000,000 total for up to three years, subject to the availability of funds.

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-210.html

    The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

    To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, and Curriculum or Methods Development. A program application must include each activity, and describe how they will be synergized to make a comprehensive program.

    The Bridges to Baccalaureate Program is intended to provide these activities to community college students to increase transition to and completion of Bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences. 

    This program requires partnerships between community colleges or other two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. 

    Additionally, recruitment and retention plans are required as part of the application.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 15, 2017

    NIH Deadline: 5:00pm MST September 25, 2017

    Eligibility

    Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s))

    All PD(s)/PI(s) must have an eRA Commons account. PD(s)/PI(s) should work with their organizational officials to either create a new account or to affiliate their existing account with the applicant organization in eRA Commons. If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Obtaining an eRA Commons account can take up to 2 weeks.

    Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

    For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

    Applicants must designate a PD/PI from each participating institution (lead/grantee and partner institutions). The PD/PI of the Lead Institution must be designated as the Contact PD/PI. The PDs/PIs must have a regular full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at their respective institutions, and should have student counseling, academic administrative and/or scientific research experience. The PDs/PIs will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Applicant organizations may not submit more than one application as the Lead Institution. 

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    Application budgets are limited to $300,000 direct costs per year. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-209.html

    The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

    To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development and Research Experiences

    The Bridges to Doctorate Program is intended to provide these educational activities to Master's level students to increase transition to and completion of Ph.D.'s in biomedical sciences. A program application must include each educational activity, and describe how they will be synergized to make a comprehensive program.

    This program requires partnerships between master's degree-granting institutions with doctorate degree-granting institutions.

    Additionally, recruitment and retention plans are required as part of the application.

    Deadlines

    Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 15, 2017

    NIH Deadline: 5:00pm MST September 25, 2017

    Eligibility

    Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s))

    All PD(s)/PI(s) must have an eRA Commons account.  PD(s)/PI(s) should work with their organizational officials to either create a new account or to affiliate their existing account with the applicant organization in eRA Commons. If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Obtaining an eRA Commons account can take up to 2 weeks.

    Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

    For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

    Applicants must designate a PD/PI from each participating institution (lead/grantee and partner institutions). The PD/PI of the Lead Institution must be designated as the Contact PD/PI.  The PDs/PIs must have a regular full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at their respective institutions, and should have student counseling, academic administrative and/or scientific research experience. The PDs/PIs will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

    Limited Submission Guidelines

    Applicant organizations may not submit more than one application as the Lead Institution. 

    Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions

    Award Information and Duration

    Application budgets are limited to $300,000 direct costs per year. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.