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2013 Searle Scholars Program 

(Internal Deadline: July 15, 2012)

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research announces an internal competition for faculty interested in participating in the 2013 Searle Scholars Program. Note that the CU System is only allowed to submit two nominees, and by prior agreement between CU Boulder and UCDHSC, each campus will forward one nominee. If more than one UCB faculty member wants to apply for this Searle Scholars Program, it will be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our one candidate.

Therefore, interested nominees should use the form found at the following link to submit the following to the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5 p.m. on July 15, 2012https://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/2013_Searle/application.php

  • 2-page summary of your research plans
  • Copy of your vitae
  • Letter of support from your department chair
  • List of references from whom you can request letters of support should you be chosen as the campus nominee

This internal deadline will leave time for selection of the nominee and for the nominee to complete and submit a full application by the September 28, 2012 deadline.

Synopsis of the Searle Scholars Program: 
The 2013 Searle Scholars Program for new researchers in the biomedical sciences has announced a deadline of September 28, 2012 for submission of proposals. The program makes awards of $100,000 per year for three years to support the independent research of outstanding individuals in the first or second year of their first appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor.

Details about the Searle Scholars Program can be found at: http://www.searlescholars.net

2012 NSF IGERT Internal Competition 

(Internal Deadline: March 15, 2012)

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research announces an internal competition for faculty interested in participating in the 2012 National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Trainees competition. Only one proposal per institution is allowed.

Using our online grant competitions tool, interested parties should submit the following: 1) a 2-3-page letter of intent; and 2) a draft budget.  Please paste the following link in your web browser to access the competitions site: https://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/2012_IGERT/application.php

Synopsis of the NSF IGERT Program:
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.  It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce.

Building upon the IGERT platform, the purpose of this IGERT solicitation is to support new models in graduate education in which students are engaged in an environment that supports innovation to learn through hands-on experience how their own research may contribute in new ways to benefit society and to learn the processes for the successful implementation of such contributions.  

Details for IGERT deadlines and requirements can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11533/nsf11533.htm


2012 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering Internal Competition 

(Internal Deadline: 5:30PM, January 10, 2012)

The 2012 Guidelines have not yet been released for the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a program that provides $875,000 over five years to support the nation's most promising young professors (initial faculty appointments must have been made no earlier than May 31, 2009, and no later than May 31, 2012). We expect though, that the Boulder campus will be allowed to make up to two nominations for this prestigious award. Read more about the Packard competition and specific guidelines at: http://www.packard.org/

In order to make our campus selections, potential nominees need to submit the following information to the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5:30PM, January 10, 2012. Please paste the following link into your browser to access the electronic application site: http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/2012_Packard/application.php

Campus Competition Materials required:

  • Current CV
  • Two-page research statement of goals for the next five years and their importance
  • Letter of recommendation from Department Chair or other senior colleague
  • List of three external references from whom letters of support can be solicited

An internal committee will select two nominees prior to the March 2012 nomination deadline, and the two campus nominees will have until April 20, 2012 to submit full applications to Packard. 

Information Link:http://www.packard.org/


2012 Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 

(Internal Deadline: 5:30 p.m., December 5, 2011)

The University of Colorado has been invited by NSF to participate in the 2012 Major Research Instrumentation Competition. Only 3 applications per campus are allowed and are limited to 2 instrument purchases, up to 3 total (1 must be instrument development). An CU internal competition will be held to choose our 3 applicants. Interested parties are invited to submit their materials on-line to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Please paste the following into your browser and upload pdfs of the following requested materials:http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/2012_MRI/application.php

Campus Competition Materials required:

  • Full CV of the PI
  • Project prospectus (2-3 pages) that includes a brief summary of the project with clear statement of intent to request instrument purchase versus instrument development. Include how shared instrumentation will foster the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments, and will improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering. Note: shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions 

Agency: NSF
Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) (Internal Deadline: 5:30pm December 5, 2011)
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11590/nsf11590.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Synopsis of Program: The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.

To accomplish these goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual). The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent research activities simultaneously. Further guidance on appropriate requests can be found in the MRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri.

Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 will also be accepted from all eligible organizations for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.

Cost-sharing at the level of 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from the cost-sharing requirement.


2012 NSF Sustainability Energy Pathways (SEP) 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m., November 4, 2011) 

The University of Colorado has been invited by NSF to participate in the Sustainability Energy Pathways (SEP) Competition. Only 3 applications per campus are allowed. An internal competition will be conducted by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to choose our 3 most competitive teams. Interested research teams are invited to submit their materials on-line. Paste the following into your browser and upload pdfs of the following requested materials http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/2012_NSF_SEP/application.php

Campus Competition Materials required:

  • Full CV of the PI
  • Project prospectus (2-3 pages) that includes a brief summary of the project, a clear description of the grand challenges being addressed or breakthroughs being sought, and what innovative approach will be taken to address the challenge. Also include a description of how the integration of research and education will advance the SRN mission in a way that other funding mechnanisms cannot.

Internal Deadline: 5:00pm November 4, 2011
Agency: NSF
Title: Sustainability Energy Pathways (SEP)
Information Link:http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11590/nsf11590.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
Deadline: February 1, 2012 
Synopsis of Program: A sustainable world is one in which human needs are met equitably without harm to the environment, and without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Growing evidence for the role of energy use in global change and awareness of limitations in our energy choices are motivating a search for pathways that are technologically innovative as well as environmentally and economically sustainable at all scales of energy usage. This is a grand challenge to the scientific community that cuts across disciplinary boundaries.

The creation of a secure and prosperous future for humanity depends on the contributions that science, engineering, and education will make towards building sustainable pathways to meet the energy needs of future generations. The dual roles of NSF - to support basic research and education - are ideally suited to stimulate vibrant science and engineering discovery and innovation efforts that will be needed to meet the challenge of building a sustainable energy future.

Sustainable Energy Pathways is part of the NSF-wide initiative on Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES). The Sustainable Energy Pathways solicitation calls for innovative, interdisciplinary basic research in science, engineering, and education by teams of researchers for developing systems approaches to sustainable energy pathways based on a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, technical, environmental, economic, and societal issues.

The SEP solicitation considers scalable approaches for sustainable energy conversion to useful forms, as well as its storage, transmission, distribution, and use. The following Topic Areas illustrate the broad scope of sustainable energy interest areas of this solicitation: Energy Harvesting & Conversion from Renewable Resources; Sustainable Energy Storage Solutions; Critical Elements & Materials for Sustainable Energy; Nature-Inspired Processes for Sustainable Energy Solutions; Reducing Carbon Intensity from Energy Conversion & Use; Sustainable Energy Transmission & Distribution; Energy Efficiency & Management.

Estimated Number of Awards: 15 to 20 (subject to the availability of funds and quality of proposals)

Anticipated Funding Amount: $34,000,000 About $34M is expected for the FY2012 competition, pending availability of funds. The award size is expected to be up to $500,000/year for up to four years per proposal. Innovative proposals of a more limited scope that still meet the SEP fundamental considerations, but requiring a lesser level of investment, are also encouraged.


2012 Microsoft Research Fellowship Program 

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm, September 30, 2011)

Each year since 2005, Microsoft Research has recognized innovative, promising new faculty members from a number of research institutions to join the ranks of Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows. This program now encompasses more than 40 academic researchers whose exceptional talent for research and innovation identifies them as emerging leaders in their fields. The selected professors are exploring breakthrough, high-impact research that has the potential to help solve some of today’s most challenging societal problems. To learn more about applicant eligibility requirements and program details, please refer to information found at the following link: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/awards/msrff_application.aspx 

Campus Competition Materials required (based on MS Fellowship Application requirements):

  • Brief (1200-word) research prospectus (covering merit of research, potential, current support, research plan)
  • Full CV
  • List of 3 outside references from whom you could solicit letters of support (Do NOT solicit letters at this stage)

Internal Deadline: 5:00pm September 30, 2011
Agency: Microsoft Research
Title: 2012 Microsoft Research Fellowship Program
Information Link: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/awards/msrff_application.aspx 
Deadline: October 19, 2011 
Synopsis of Program: Each year since 2005, Microsoft Research has recognized innovative, promising new faculty members from a number of research institutions to join the ranks of Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows. This program now encompasses more than 40 academic researchers whose exceptional talent for research and innovation identifies them as emerging leaders in their fields. The selected professors are exploring breakthrough, high-impact research that has the potential to help solve some of today’s most challenging societal problems. 


NSF Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m, September 30, 2011)

The University of Colorado has been invited by NSF to participate in the Sustainability Research Networks Competition. Only 3 applications per campus are allowed. An internal competition will be held to choose our 3 teams. Interested research teams are invited to submit their materials on-line at http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/2012_NSF_SRN/application.php.

Please upload pdfs of the following materials:

  • Full CV of the PI
  • Project prospectus (2-3 pages) that includes a brief summary of the project, a clear description of the grand challenges being addressed or breakthroughs being sought, and what innovative approach will be taken to address the challenge.  Also include a description of how the integration of research and education will advance the SRN mission in a way that other funding mechnanisms cannot.

The internal deadline for receipt of these materials is 5 p.m. on September 30, 2011.
Agency: NSF
Title:  Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN)
Information Link: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11574/nsf11574.htm
Deadline:  Preliminary Proposal: 1 December, 2011
Synopsis of Program: Sustainability Research Networks will engage and explore fundamental theoretical issues and empirical questions in sustainability science, engineering, and education that will increase our understanding of the ultimate sustainability challenge - maintaining and improving the quality of life for the nation within a healthy Earth system. The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition is to support the development and coalescence of entities to advance collaborative research that addresses questions and challenges in sustainability science, engineering, and education. SRNs will link scientists, engineers, and educators, at existing institutions, centers, networks, and also develop new research efforts and collaborations.

Each SRN network will be built upon an ambitious and nationally important sustainability theme. Proposers will be tasked with choosing a specific theme for their network, identifying the research already being done in this area, proposing methods for linking existing research efforts, and then proposing research needed to advance their specific research theme. Examples of possible SRN themes are provided in the "Program Description" section of this solicitation (Section II.B.). SRNs will foster new knowledge and tools at a frontier of research that significantly crosses and melds the boundaries of diverse disciplines, and creates the integrated science and engineering disciplines of the future. SRNs will pursue new opportunities in science, engineering and educational research that truly require the scale, scope, and facilities enabled by such a network.

The Sustainability Research Networks competition outlined here is one part of the growing NSF investment in its Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) portfolio (www.nsf.gov/sees/). Challenges associated with broadly based SEES goals will be met by supporting fundamental science and engineering research and education needed to understand and overcome the barriers to sustainable human well being and to forge reasoned pathways to a sustainable future. NSF, in partnership with other agencies, international efforts, and the private sector, aims to support members of the academic research community for projects which produce discoveries and knowledge that will inform decisions leading to environmental, energy, social and cultural sustainability. NSF support will advance the frontiers of conceptual, empirical and computational research in science, engineering and education so that the nation has the knowledge base to inform policies on sustainability.

Proposed SRNs are expected to be multi-dimensional with regard to "disciplines" and address fundamental issues that are likely to yield significant new understanding and knowledge.


2012 Beckman Scholars Program 

(Internal Deadline: 5pm August 15, 2011)

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation invites you to submit an application for a 2012 Beckman Scholars Program Award.

In the fall of 1997, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced the Beckman Scholars Program.  Its purpose is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students at our nation's universities and colleges; young people who ultimately will become prominent leaders in  their scientific and professional pursuits.  The research activities are to be centered in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects.  We believe that the generous student financial support which provides for in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experiences and the related Beckman Scholars Annual Symposium offer an academically stimulating and very distinctive educational experience.

For the year 2011, after considering undergraduate research quality and commitment indicators at universities and colleges across the country, 124 were invited to submit applications for consideration for institutional Beckman Scholars Program Awards.  Following a review of the highly competitive applications, an advisory panel of 12 distinguished academic teacher/scholars assisted the foundation in selecting 30 finalist institutions.  After extensive review and discussion of final applications, the panel recommended, and the Foundation Board of Directors approved, 9 institutional awards supporting 48 Beckman Scholars across the nation.

Your institution may submit one application for an award.  Please refer to Beckman information for more detailed information regarding this initiative, including the program announcement, guidelines and application forms.  The application must include a cover page containing institutional endorsements from the chief academic officer and  academic dean(s) for the participating academic unit(s).  The application must also include the completed institutional and faculty mentor data pages.  We encourage you to share this information with appropriate individuals at your institution.

Applications for the Beckman Scholars Program must be submitted to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation prior to Friday, September 30, 2011.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation established by Dr. and Mrs. Beckman in 1977.  The mission of the foundation is to make grants to non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.
Please submit by 5pm on August 15, 2011, your 1 page letter of intent from the mentor and the undergraduate student explaing why you should be the University of Colorado's Beckman nominee.  Submit your letter at the following link: http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/2012_beckman/application.php.


2012 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences 

(Internal Deadline: 5pm August 31, 2011)

The University of Colorado has been invited by The Pew Charitable Trusts to nominate a candidate from our research faculty for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences award for 2012. The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $240,000 in flexible support - $60,000 per year for a four-year period. In 2012, the Pew Charitable Trusts will name 22 Pew Scholars. For more specific details, go to http://www.pewscholars.org. 

The Pew Scholars Program is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine or biomedical sciences. As of November 1, 2011, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or equivalent. On July 1, 2012, they must not have been in such an appointment for more than three years, whether or not such appointments were on a tenure track. 
The full application to The Pew Charitable Trust deadline is November 1, 2011. 

Since the CU Boulder campus can forward only one nominee, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research will run an internal competition to select our applicant. Internal candidates should submit their materials on-line. Paste the following link into your browser and upload pdfs of the following requested materials: http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/pew_biomed_2012/application.php

Internal materials should include: 

  • Nomination letter from a Chair or Unit head
  • Brief (1200-word) research prospectus
  • Full CV
  • List of 3-5 outside references from whom the candidate could solicit letters of support (DO NOT SOLICIT LETTERS at this stage)

2012 Searle Scholars Program 

(Internal Deadline: 5pm July 15, 2011)

The 2012 Searle Scholars Program for new researchers in the biomedical sciences has announced a deadline of September 24, 2011 for submission of proposals. The program makes awards of $100,000 per year for three years to support the independent research of outstanding individuals in the first or second year of their first appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor. See http://www.searlescholars.net for more details.

Note that the CU System is only allowed to submit two nominees, and by prior agreement between CU Boulder and UCDHSC, each campus will forward one nominee. If more than one UCB faculty member wants to apply for this Searle Scholars Program, it will be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our one candidate. Therefore, interested nominees should use the form found at the following link to submit the following to the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5pm on July 15, 2011: Please paste the following link in your browser: http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/searle_2012/application.php.

  • 2-page summary of your research plans
  • Copy of your vitae
  • Letter of support from your department chair
  • List of references from whom you can request letters of support should you be chosen as the campus nominee

This internal deadline will leave time for selection of the nominee and for the nominee to complete and submit a full application by the September 24, 2011 deadline.

Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering 2011 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. January 7, 2011)

The Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering is a program that provides $875,000 over five years to support the nation's most promising young professors (initial faculty appointments must have been made no earlier than May 31, 2008, and no later than May 31, 2011). The Boulder campus is allowed to make up to two nominations for this prestigious award.

Full program details can be found at: http://www.packard.org/genericDetails.aspx?RootCatID=3&CategoryID=152

In order to make our campus selections, potential nominees should submit the following to the Vice Chancellor for Research at: http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/Packard/application.php

  • Current CV
  • Two-page research statement of goals for the next five years and their signficance
  • Letter of recommendation from the department chair
  • List of the names of three external references from whom letters of support can be solicited

An internal University of Colorado committee will select nominees.


NSF Major Instrumentation Program 2011 

(Internal Deadline:  5 p.m. December 10, 2010)

The National Science Foundation recently announced a new solicitation for the NSF Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Projects (NSF-MRI) program.  The NSF-MRI program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions. To accomplish these goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined,  serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual). 

Full program details can be found at: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11503/nsf11503.htm.

This is a limited competition (three proposal per institution) and an internal competition may be necessary to select the nominees from CU-Boulder.

Potential nominees from CU-Boulder should submit a CV for the principal investigator and a brief description (1-2 page) of their project to the Vice Chancellor for Research at http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/2011_NSF-MRI/application.php by 5 p.m. December 10, 2010.

An internal faculty committee will select CU-Boulder's nominee.

The NSF deadline for full proposal submission is January 27, 2011 (5 p.m. proposer's local time).


NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m., November 22, 2010)

This is a limited competition (one proposal per institution) and an internal competition will be necessary to select the nominee from CU-Boulder. Potential nominees from CU-Boulder should submit a 2-page description of their project and CV of the PI or Team leader to the Vice Chancellor for Research. An internal faculty committee will select CU-Boulder's nominee.

The NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 5 pm, January 10, 2011

For program details and to download an application, go to http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/NSF_Nanomanufacturing/application.php


NSF Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond (NEB) 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. October 28, 2010)

There is a limit of 2 proposals from the University of Colorado that can compete for the NSF Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond (NEB) contest. An internal competition will be held to identify the most competitive teams.

For program details and to download an application, go to http://competitions.colorado.edu/competitions/NSF_Nanoelectronics_(NEB)/application.php


*Of special note: ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill 2009 ("Stimulus Package") Proposal Submissions Information Website

A number of the ARRA programs have institutional limitations on the number of proposals CU-Boulder may submit. For these grants, please describe your proposed project in 100-150 words using the appropriate link from the ARRA website (http://innovation.colorado.edu/arra/index.html), so that we can select the proposals that are the most likely to succeed and that will best further our campus priorities.


2011 Searle Scholars Program 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. July 15, 2010)

The 2011 Searle Scholars Program for new researchers in the biomedical sciences has announced a deadline of September 24, 2010 for submission of proposals. The program makes awards of $100,000 per year for three years to support the independent research of outstanding individuals in the first or second year of their first appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor. See http://www.searlescholars.net for more details.

Note that the CU System is only allowed to submit two nominees, and by prior agreement between CU Boulder and UCDHSC, each campus will forward one nominee. If more than one UCB faculty member wants to apply for this Searle Scholars Program, it will be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our one candidate. Therefore, interested nominees should use this form to submit the following to the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5pm on July 15, 2010:

  • 2-page summary of your research plans
  • Copy of your vitae
  • Letter of support from your department chair
  • List of references from whom you can request letters of support should you be chosen as the campus nominee

This internal deadline will leave time for selection of the nominee and for the nominee to complete and submit a full application by the September 24, 2010 deadline.


NEH Summer Stipend Program, 2011 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m., August 23, 2010)

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities.  Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools.

  1. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.
  2. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.
  3. Successful applicants receive an outright award of $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.
  4. The NEH submission deadline is September 30, 2010.

For more program details go to http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html.

The Vice Chancellor for Research at CU Boulder may nominate two faculty members for the 2011 Summer Stipend program.  For this reason, it may be necessary to conduct an internal competition to select the two nominees.  Interested individuals should first examine the program objectives and then prepare a single PDF document consisting of a 3 page project narrative, a 2 page resume, and a list of references from whom letters of support could be solicited (DO NOT request letters of support at this point).  This internal pre-proposal should be sent electronically to paula.anderson@colorado.edu by not later than 5 PM on August 23, 2010.  An internal peer review of applications will be coordinated by the GCAH to select the two CU Boulder nominees.

NSF Math and Science Partnership 2010

The National Science Foundation recently announced a new solicitation for the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program. The MSP program is a major research and development effort that supports innovative partnerships to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. MSP projects are expected to raise the achievement levels of all students and significantly reduce achievement gaps in the mathematics and science performance of diverse student populations.

Full program details are available on the MSP program site.

Because institutions may only submit one proposal per Partnership category (Targeted, Institute, MSP-Start or Phase II), it may be necessary to hold an internal competition to select the nominees from CU-Boulder. (Note, there are no limits on the number of RETA proposals submitted by an Institution or a Principal Investigator.)

Potential nominees from CU-Boulder should use the appropriate link below to submit a brief description of their proposed project to the Vice Chancellor for Research by the internal deadline listed.

Institute Partnerships, MSP-Start Partnerships, Phase II Partnerships and RETA Projects

  • Internal CU-Boulder Deadline: 5 p.m. May 10, 2010
  • Use this form to submit your project proposal for the internal competition
  • NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 5 p.m. July 8, 2010

Targeted Partnerships

  • Internal CU-Boulder Deadline: 5 p.m. August 20, 2010
  • Use this form to submit your project proposal for the internal competition
  • NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 5 p.m. October 14, 2010

An internal committee will select CU-Boulder's nominees prior to the NSF deadlines.

NSF Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Projects Program 2010 (Internal Deadline:  5 p.m. May 17, 2010)

The National Science Foundation recently announced a new solicitation for the NSF Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP) program.  The IMR-MIP program provides support for the design and construction of major instruments costing more than $4 million but less than $20 million.  Such instruments may include, but are not limited to, key instrumentation for coherent light sources, neutron beam lines, synchrotron beam lines, high field magnets, and detectors.

Full program details can be found on the NSF IMR-MIP program site.

This is a limited competition (one proposal per institution) and an internal competition may be necessary to select the nominee from CU-Boulder.

Potential nominees from CU-Boulder should use this form to submit a description of their project to the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5 p.m. May 17, 2010.

An internal committee will select CU-Boulder's nominee prior to the NSF deadline on June 21, 2010.


NSF Climate Change Education Partnership Program

(Internal Deadline:  5 p.m. April 16, 2010)

The National Science Foundation recently announced a new solicitation for the Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Program. The CCEP Program seeks to establish a coordinated national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. Visit this NSF site for detailed information on the program and composition of the formal Letter of Intent.

This is a limited competition (an institution may only submit one proposal as the lead institution) and an internal competition will be necessary to select the nominee from CU-Boulder.

Potential nominees from CU-Boulder should use this form to submit their Letter of Intent to the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5 p.m. April 16, 2010. Be sure to structure the Letter of Intent per the guidelines found on the CCEP Program site.

An internal committee will select CU-Boulder's nominee prior to the NSF Letter of Intent deadline on April 23, 2010.


Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Grants at CU 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. March 22, 2010)

CU has announced a new grant program for biomedical researchers. The Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program will support early-career investigators to improve the world’s understanding, treatment and prevention of human disease.

In addition to submitting an application directly to the CU Webb-Waring site (March 15 application deadline!), applicants from CU-Boulder must also arrange to have three (3) letters of recommendation submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5 p.m., March 22, 2010.

Of the three letters of recommendation:

  • One must be from the department head, division head, dean or other academic authority
  • One must be from a content expert
  • One must be external (i.e., from outside the CU system)

Applicants should direct their recommenders to use this form to submit letters of recommendation.

An internal committee will assess eligible applicants and submit a ranked list to the Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program.


NIST Construction Grant Program 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. March 16, 2010)

For program details, please see:  http://www.nist.gov/director/ncgp/2010ffo.pdf

The goals and objectives of the NIST Construction Grant Program are to provide competitively awarded grant funds for research science buildings through the construction of new buildings or expansion of existing buildings. For purposes of this program, "research science building" means a building or facility whose purpose is for the conduct of scientific research, including laboratories, test facilities, measurement facilities, research computing facilities, and observatories. In addition, “expansion of existing buildings” means that space to conduct scientific research is being expanded from what is currently available for the supported research activities.

Anticipated Amounts:  NIST anticipates funding 3-5 projects with Federal shares in the $10 million - $15 million range with a project period of performance of up to five (5) years, although there is an expectation that most of the projects will be completed prior to 5 years.

Who Is Eligible:  U.S. institutions of higher education and non-profit science research organizations are eligible to apply for awards under this Program.

Cost Sharing Requirements:  This program requires a cost share of at least 20 percent of the yearly total project costs.

Since only 2 Letters of Intent (LOIs) can be submitted from CU Boulder, we may have to conduct an internal selection process. Interested applicants should use this form to submit a project title and a brief description of the project to the Vice Chancellor for Research. This should clearly describe the "strategic" value of the project to the campus, including identification the constituents who will be served by it. This information should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. March 16, 2010.

The NIST LOI deadline is 3 p.m. EDT, March 20, 2010. The full proposal deadline is 3 p.m. EDT, April 26, 2010.


NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program:  Instrument Acquisition or Development Program Solicitation NSF 10-529

Internal Deadline: 5 pm, February 22, 2010

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10529/nsf10529.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_e

SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Synopsis of Program: The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions. To accomplish these goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations.

Cost-sharing at the level of 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations.

University of Colorado Proposal Selection:  An institution may submit no more than three proposals (with at least one for instrument development), which requires that we hold an internal competition to select our candidates. Interested applicants should use this online form to submit the following by 5 pm, February 22nd 2010: a 3-page prospectus describing the project and a rough budget. Since participating colleges and departments/units will be expected to contribute a portion of the significant cost sharing that is required for this program, we are also requesting a letter of support from the applicant’s chair or dean. Those wanting to resubmit a revised proposal should note in their summary how they have addressed the concerns of previous reviews. Interested parties will be asked to present a brief (5-10 min) oral presentation to an ad hoc university committee who will select the nominees by early March, leaving time to complete and submit full proposals by the April 21, 2010 deadline.


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. February 5, 2010)

The 2010 Guidelines have been released for the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a program that provides $875,000 over five years to support the nation's most promising young professors (initial faculty appointments must have been made no earlier than May 31, 2007, and no later than May 31, 2010). The Boulder campus is allowed to make up to two nominations for this prestigious award. See the specific guidelines here.

In order to make our campus selections, potential nominees should use this online form to submit the following to the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5 p.m., February 5, 2010:

  • Current CV
  • Two-page research statement of goals for the next five years and their importance
  • Letter of recommendation from the department chair
  • List of three external references from whom letters of support can be solicited

An internal committee will select two nominees prior to the March 15, 2010 nomination deadline, and the two campus nominees will have until April 20, 2010 to submit full applications.


NSF IGERT 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. February 5, 2010)

The NSF has announced the 2010 Solicitation for Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). By providing funds for innovative interdisciplinary training either within or across institutions, the program aims to encourage graduate education that involves collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries in emerging areas of science and engineering. Please see this page for more information.

The solicitation requires submission of preliminary proposals by March 29, 2010, and full proposals by September 30, 2010. Only those whose preliminary proposals are selected during the first stage review are allowed to submit full proposals for the second stage review.

Because the NSF has imposed a limit of four preliminary proposals per institution, it may be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our nominees. Potential IGERT applicants from CU-Boulder should use this online application to submit the following items to the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5 p.m., February 5, 2010:

  • 3-page summary of the proposed training program (indicate whether this will be a new or a renewal proposal)
  • List of participating personnel
  • Letter of support from the PI's department chair

An internal committee will select four nominees prior to the March 29, 2010 preliminary proposal deadline.


The Dana Foundation

The Dana Foundation has invited the University of Colorado Boulder to nominate applicants for several of its grant programs. The Boulder campus is allowed to nominate only 1 applicant for each program. Therefore, it will be necessary to have an internal screening process to select our campus nominees.

The Dana Foundation Program in Brain and Immuno-Imaging
The Dana Foundation’s imaging research program focuses on improving human brain and brain-immune functioning in health and disease. Funds support pilot-testing by investigators who are early in their research careers of promising but high-risk innovative ideas that have direct clinical application and that, when successful, are competitive for larger scale support from other funders. Grant amounts may be up to $200,000 total, payable over three years. Applicants will be informed within ten weeks whether they will be invited to prepare full proposals. The first awards will be announced in July 2010, with subsequent award announcements made during the remainder of the year. A more detailed description of the program and application process can be found at http://www.dana.org/grants/detail.aspx?id=1264. Interested applicants should submit a 1-2 page prospectus and a CV as a single PDF document to the Vice Chancellor for Research using this online formThe internal deadline for these materials is 5 PM December 30, 2009. This will allow time for selection of our campus nominee in advance of the Dana foundation deadline of Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at Noon (EST).

The Dana Foundation Program in the Neuroimmunology of Brain Cancers and Infections
The Dana Foundation is pleased to announce a call for proposals for its Neuroimmunology program, focusing on brain cancers and infections. Individual grants will total up to $200,000, payable over three years. Specifically, the Foundation is inviting studies of 1) immune-based therapies for primary brain tumors, and for metastases to the brain of other cancers; 2) immune responses to infections in the brain, including but not limited to viral encephalitis, meningitis, cerebral malaria, and prion diseases; and 3) how immune functions are carried out and modified in the brain. More program and application details can be found at http://www.dana.org/grants/detail.aspx?id=4522. Interested applicants should submit a 1-2 page prospectus and a CV as a single PDF document to the Vice Chancellor for Research using this online formThe internal deadline for these materials is 5 PM December 30, 2009. This will allow time for selection of our campus nominee in advance of the Dana foundation deadline of Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at Noon (EST)


The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging for 2010

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm, December 18, 2009)

The Ellison Medical Foundation has invited CU-Boulder to nominate two candidates to apply for The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging for 2010. The Ellison Medical Foundation was established by Lawrence J. Ellison to support basic biological research on aging relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. Applications are accepted by invitation only.

An eligible candidate would be a new independent investigator of outstanding promise in basic biomedical research relevant to aging. The award is intended to provide new faculty with support during the especially critical first three years of an independent research career. Each award will be made for up to $100,000 per year, total costs, for a four-year period.

Since CU-Boulder will only be allowed to nominate two candidates for this award, it may be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our candidates. Therefore, internal candidates should use this online application to submit the following to the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5 pm, December 18, 2009:

  • Brief (two-page) research plan
  • Full CV
  • Letter of support from department chair
  • List of 3-5 external references from whom the candidate could solicit letters of support (DO NOT SOLICIT LETTERS at this stage)

This will allow time for the selection of nominees and for the nominees to complete and submit full applications by the external deadline.

The submission deadline to the Ellison Medical Foundation is February 25, 2010.


Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences 2010 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m, September 4, 2009 via our online application form)

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, is designed to support young investigators of outstanding promise in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. The University of Colorado Boulder campus has been invited to submit one nomination for this award. The award is for $60,000 per year for up to four years, and is intended to provide assured support, during their earlier years, for junior members of the faculty as they establish their laboratories. It is hoped that the assurance provided through the Program will encourage successful applicants to be more venturesome in their research and future applications for support than would otherwise be likely. The Program is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine, other health related professions or biomedical sciences. As of November 1, 2009, candidates must hold full time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or independent researcher on the faculty of the sponsoring institution. On July 1, 2010, they must not have been in such an appointment for more than three years, whether or not such appointments were on a tenure track. This time may have been spent at more than one institution. For more specific details, go to http://www.pewscholars.org.

The full application deadline is November 2, 2009.

Since the CU Boulder campus can forward only one nominee, we may have to run an internal competition to select our applicant. Internal candidates should submit their material using our online application form. Internal materials should include:

  • Nomination letter from a Chair or Unit head
  • Brief (1200-word) research prospectus
  • Full CV
  • List of 3-5 outside references from whom the candidate could solicit letters of support (DO NOT SOLICIT LETTERS at this stage)

The internal deadline for receipt of these materials is 5 p.m. on September 4, 2009.


NEH Summer Stipend Program, 2010 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m., August 24, 2009)
NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities.  Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools.

  1. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.
  2. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.
  3. Successful applicants receive an outright award of $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.
  4. The NEH submission deadline is October 01, 2009.

For more program details go to http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html.

The Vice Chancellor for Research at CU Boulder may nominate two faculty members for the 2010 Summer Stipend program.  For this reason, it may be necessary to conduct an internal competition to select the two nominees.  Interested individuals should first examine the program objectives and then prepare a single PDF documentconsisting of a 3 page project narrative, a 2 page resume, and a list of references from whom letters of support could be solicited (DO NOT request letters of support at this point).  This internal pre-proposal should be sent electronically to paula.anderson@colorado.edu by not later than 5 PM on August 24, 2009.  An internal peer review of applications will be coordinated by the GCAH to select the two CU Boulder nominees.


NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) - NSF 09-567 

(Letter of Intent Deadline: August 11, 2009)

This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented, financially-needy students, enabling them to enter the workforce following completion of an associate; baccalaureate; or graduate-level degree in science and engineering disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution.  The program does not make scholarship awards directly to students; students should contact their institution’s Office of Financial Aid for this and other scholarship opportunities.  Program details and deadlines can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09567/nsf09567.htm?govDel=USNSF_25.

The program is limited to the extent that an Institution may submit one proposal from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field.For this reason, each college/school may have to establish a process to select their single S-STEM submission. [The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research will not be providing a selection process for this program.]  Please note that the next Letter of Intent date is August 11, 2009, and the corresponding full proposal deadline is September 14, 2009.


2010 Searle Scholars Program 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. July 29, 2009 via our online application form)
The 2010 Searle Scholars Program for new researchers in the biomedical sciences has announced a deadline of September 25, 2009 for submission of proposals. The program makes awards of $100,000 per year for three years to support the independent research of outstanding individuals in the first or second year of their first appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor. See http://www.searlescholars.net/go.php?id=1 for more details.

Note that the CU System is only allowed to submit two nominees, and by prior agreement between CU Boulder and UCDHSC, each campus will forward one nominee. If more than one UCB faculty member wants to apply for this Searle Scholars Program, it will be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our one candidate. Therefore, interested nominees should use our online application form to submit the following to the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5 p.m. on July 29, 2009:

  • 2-page summary of your research plans
  • Copy of your vitae
  • Letter of support from your department chair
  • List of references from whom you can request letters of support should you be chosen as the campus nominee

This internal deadline will leave time for selection of the nominee and for the nominee to complete and submit a full application by the September 25, 2009 deadline.


NEH Summer Stipend Program, 2010 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m., August 24, 2009)
NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools.

  1. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.
  2. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.
  3. Successful applicants receive an outright award of $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.
  4. The NEH submission deadline is October 01, 2009.

For more program details go to http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html.

The Vice Chancellor for Research at CU Boulder may nominate two faculty members for the 2010 Summer Stipend program. For this reason, it may be necessary to conduct an internal competition to select the two nominees. Interested individuals should first examine the program objectives and then prepare a single PDF documentconsisting of a 3 page project narrative, a 2 page resume, and a list of references from whom letters of support could be solicited (DO NOT request letters of support at this point). This internal pre-proposal should be sent electronically to paula.anderson@colorado.edu by not later than 5 PM on August 24, 2009. An internal peer review of applications will be coordinated by the GCAH to select the two CU Boulder nominees.

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) - NSF 09-567 

(Letter of Intent Deadline: August 11, 2009)

This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented, financially-needy students, enabling them to enter the workforce following completion of an associate; baccalaureate; or graduate-level degree in science and engineering disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution. The program does not make scholarship awards directly to students; students should contact their institution’s Office of Financial Aid for this and other scholarship opportunities. Program details and deadlines can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09567/nsf09567.htm?govDel=USNSF_25.

The program is limited to the extent that an Institution may submit one proposal from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field.For this reason, each college/school may have to establish a process to select their single S-STEM submission. [The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research will not be providing a selection process for this program.] Please note that the next Letter of Intent date is August 11, 2009, and the corresponding full proposal deadline is September 14, 2009.


NSF GRADUATE TEACHING FELLOWS IN K-12 EDUCATION (GK-12) 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m, March 31, 2009)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recognizes that graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) must be prepared with the necessary skills to face the career challenges of the 21st century. In addition to research competencies, STEM graduate students must be able to communicate science and their research findings not only to other scientists but also to the general public. NSF also recognizes that STEM graduate students can contribute to the national effort to advance scientific knowledge in K-12 schools through partnerships with K-12 teachers. These partnerships offer graduate students an opportunity to bring leading-edge research practices and findings to K-12 classrooms and to integrate those practices and findings with the teaching of STEM in K-12 schools. These interactions also stimulate interest in STEM disciplines among K-12 students. To support these opportunities, NSF continues to offer the Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) program.

Through the GK-12 program, institutions of higher education have an opportunity to make a permanent change in STEM graduate education programs and to create strong and enduring partnerships with K-12 schools.

In anticipation of an announcement of this program, we are preparing to hold an internal selection process if necessary.It is likely that there will be an institutional limit of 1 proposal that can be submitted from CU Boulder, and that the single proposal must be a new project (no renewals). Also, institutions having an active or past GK12 project are eligible to submit a new proposal, but they must coordinate evaluation efforts of any projects located on the same campus or working with the same school districtsCU Boulder does have an active GK-12 program (Project Title: Graduate Teaching Fellows in Ethnically Diverse Classrooms: A Collaborative Model; Principal Investigator, Professor Jeffrey D Kidder Jeffrey.Kidder@Colorado.EDU).

Since there is an institutional limit, it may be necessary to run an internal competition. Interested parties should submit a 3 page pre-proposal and a letter of support from a Chair or Dean to Linda Morris (Linda.morris@colorado.edu) by March 31, 2009. This will allow us time to screen proposals and select a campus nominee by the anticipated ‘letter of intent deadline’ in May, 2009.


Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering (NSF 09-533) 

(Internal Deadline: February 15, 2009)

Advances in nanotechnology research provide new opportunities in undergraduate education. With their focus on imaging and manipulating the atom, the ultimate building block of matter, nanoscale science and engineering provide a multitude of new interdisciplinary teaching opportunities for engaging interest and for broadening vision by students of science, engineering, and technology. Nanoscale science and engineering thus permit new strategies for enhancing science and engineering literacy, preparing the workforce for emerging technologies, and attracting a diverse group of talented students to the workforce of tomorrow. The FY 2008 solicitation is focused on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems, and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.

This solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of this year's competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology. Specific program details can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09533/nsf09533.html?govDel=USNSF_25.


Only one (1) proposal * may be submitted by a US academic institution, College/Department of Engineering or College/Department of Engineering Technology as the lead institution with the following exception *: A US academic institution may submit a second proposal as the lead institution, only if it is focused on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology. For this reason, it may be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our campus nominee(s). Since the full proposal deadline to NSF is April 29, 2009, we will need to make our campus selection soon. Interested parties should submit a 3 page NEU prospectus and a letter of support from your Chair or Dean (all as a single PDF document) to Linda Morris (linda.morris@colorado.edu) by February 15, 2009.


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m., February 6, 2009)

The 2009 Guidelines have been released for the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a program that provides $875,000 over five years to support the nation's most promising young professors (initial faculty appointments must have been made no earlier than May 31, 2006, and no later than May 31, 2009). The Boulder campus is allowed to make up to two nominations for this prestigious award. See the specific guidelines at: http://www.packard.org/genericDetails.aspx?RootCatID=3&CategoryID=152.

In order to make our campus selections, please arrange for any nominees from your unit to submit the following as a single document (except the Chair’s letter which may be sent separately) to Linda.Morris@colorado.edu in the Office of the VCR by February 06, 2009:

  1. a recent full CV
  2. a three-page research statement of goals for the next five years. This statement should clearly articulate the novelty and importance of the work to applicant’s field. [The internal review panel is made up of distinguished scientists from various disciplines in the natural sciences and engineering. For that reason, please avoid the use of overly technical jargon in this statement.]
  3. a list of four external references (with contact information) from whom letters of support can be solicited
  4. a letter of recommendation from the Chair of the department

An internal committee will select two nominees prior to the March 16, 2009 nomination deadline, and the two campus nominees will have until April 20, 2009 to submit full applications.


NSF IGERT 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. February 6, 2009)

NSF has announced the 2009 Solicitation for Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). By providing funds for innovative interdisciplinary training either within or across institutions, the program aims to encourage graduate education that involves collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries in emerging areas of science and engineering. Please see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09519/nsf09519.htm?govDel=USNSF_25 for more information.

The solicitation requires submission of preliminary proposals by March 13, 2009, and full proposals by September 14, 2009. Only those whose preliminary proposals are selected during the first stage review are allowed to submit full proposals for the second stage review.

NSF has imposed a limit of four preliminary proposals per institution. Therefore, I ask those interested in submitting an IGERT preliminary proposal to first submit the following to me byFebruary 6, 2009: a 3-page summary of the proposed training program, a list of participating personnel, and a letter of support from the PI's department chair. Also indicate if this will be a new or renewal proposal. Submit materials electronically to Linda.morris@colorado.edu. If necessary, there will be an internal competition to select our four applicants.


NSF- Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. January 16, 2009)

The Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community by supporting innovative, international research and education collaborations. The program will enable U.S. scientists and engineers to establish collaborative relationships with international colleagues in order to advance new knowledge and discoveries at the frontiers of science and engineering and to promote the development of a diverse, globally-engaged U.S. scientific and engineering workforce. International partnerships are, and will be, increasingly indispensable in addressing many critical science and engineering problems. The PIRE program will support bold, forward-looking research whose successful outcome results from all partners—U.S. and foreign—providing unique contributions to the research endeavor. It is also intended to facilitate greater student preparation for and participation in international research collaboration, and to contribute to the development of a diverse, globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering workforce. The program aims to support partnerships that will strengthen the capacity of institutions, multi-institutional consortia, and networks to engage in and benefit from international research and education collaborations. For more details on the program, please go to http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09505/nsf09505.htm?govDel=USNSF_25.

Since CU Boulder will only be able to submit three (3) preliminary proposals, it may be necessary to run an internal competition to select our campus nominees. Interested PIRE applicants should submit (a) a project summary (1 pp), a list of participants (1 pp), a narrative describing the international collaborative partnership (≤ 4 pp), and a narrative describing the impact of the project within and beyond the PI’s research group (1 pp) [for more details on these pre-proposal items, please see Section V.A. of the program announcement]. Please submit these materials electronically as a SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT to Linda Morris (Linda.morris@colorado.edu) by 5 PM on January 16, 2009. This will allow time for us to select our campus nominees well in advance of the February 26, 2009 pre-proposal deadline to NSF. Successful pre-proposal applicants will be invited to submit full proposals later in the year (August 04, 2009).

For FAQs regarding this program, please also see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09020/nsf09020.jsp?govDel=USNSF_25


IDA/DARPA Defense Science Study Group (DSSG) 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m, January 11th, 2009)

The CU System seeks to identify one or two very promising young (preferably < 40 y) professors to participate in a two year program (~22 d per year) that is designed enable them to explore issues in national security, especially those in science and technology. After completing the DSSG program, the members are in an excellent position to serve on Department of Defense advisory boards, panels, and study groups. In addition, they may be in a much better position to relate their own research to such issues. This is a highly competitive program, and CU Boulder currently has 4 past DSSG alumni on campus.

For approximately 22 days per year over a two-year period, DSSG members take to the road as they immerse themselves in the issues and policies related to national security. Over the course of 8 sessions, spread out over the two years, members interact with top-level officials from the Defense Department, as well as senior officials of other government organizations such as the Department of Energy, various intelligence agencies, and Congress. Visits to military bases throughout the United States provide members with a unique perspective of operating forces, and allow program members to meet with senior commanders. Tours of defense laboratories and industrial facilities provide further insight into research, development, and manufacturing technologies. For more information, please see http://dssg.ida.org/open/program.html.

Since the number of institutional nominees is limited, we may have to hold an internal competition. Interested individuals should electronically send a full CV, a 2-page prospectus describing why the DSSG would be of benefit to them and to CU Boulder, along with a letter of support from a Chair, Director, or Dean to Linda Morris (Linda.morris@colorado.edu) by no later than January 11, 2009An internal selection process will occur in advance of the February 01, 2009 nomination deadline.


The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging for 2009 

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm, December 19, 2008)

The Ellison Medical Foundation has invited CU-Boulder to nominate two candidates to apply for The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging for 2008. The Ellison Medical Foundation was established by Lawrence J. Ellison to support basic biological research on aging relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. Applications are accepted by invitation only.

An eligible candidate would be a new independent investigator of outstanding promise in basic biomedical research relevant to aging. The award is intended to provide new faculty with support during the especially critical first three years of their independent research career. Each award will be made for up to $100,000 per year, total costs, for a four-year period.

Since CU-Boulder will only be allowed to nominate two candidates for this award, it may be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our candidates. Therefore, interested nominees should submit a 2-page summary of their research plans, a copy of their vitae, and a letter of support from the department chair and a list of references from whom the campus nominee can request letters of support to Linda Morris at Linda.Morris@colorado.edu by a deadline of 5 pm, December 19, 2008. This will leave time for selection of the nominees and for the nominees to complete and submit a full applications by the February 26, 2009 deadline.

The submission deadline to the Ellison Medical Foundation is February 26, 2009.


2009 Innovative Seed Grant Competition 

(Deadline: 5 pm, December 1, 2008)

The Offices of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Research at CU-Boulder have designated $1,000,000 to support Innovative Seed Grants of up to $50,000 for research, scholarship, and creative projects that:

  • involve new initiatives and take investigators in creative, and sometimes high-risk high-reward directions and
  • have tangible payoffs in terms of future funding, scholarly or artistic impact, and development of new collaborations.

The projects may take a variety of forms but must represent an investment in the future research, scholarly, or artistic vitality of the university and demonstrate promise for expansion of the project goals in the future. The projects can come from any discipline at the university, with those involving interdisciplinary work particularly welcome.

See http://innovation.colorado.edu for details and an online application.


NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program 

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm, November 19, 2008)

IMPORTANT PROGRAM CHANGES

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 09-1, was issued on October 1, 2008 and is effective for proposals submitted on or after January 5, 2009. Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 09-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity. Proposers who opt to submit prior to January 5th, 2009, must also follow the guidelines contained in NSF 09-1.

One of the most significant changes to the PAPPG is implementation of the mentoring provisions of the America COMPETES Act. Each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a separate section within the 15-page project description, a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals.
Proposals that do not include a separate section on mentoring activities within the Project Description will be returned without review (see the PAPP Guide Part I: Grant Proposal Guide Chapter II.C.2.d for further information).

There have been a number of clarifications and updates, including the
following:

* The upper limit on the budget for instrument acquisition proposals has been raised to $4 million. Requests over $2 million must be for the acquisition of single instruments only. Proposal preparation requirements and review criteria for such proposals have been modified accordingly.
* Letters of intent are required for all requests above $2 million.
* Adherence to proposal margin, spacing and font size limitations, consistent with the NSF Grant Proposal Guide
(http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg) is strictly required and enforced.
* Title VII of the America COMPETES Act of 2007 directs NSF to require cost-sharing in the MRI Program. Therefore, effective FY 2008, NSF will require cost-sharing on all MRI proposals, both acquisition and development, from PhD and non-degree granting institutions. Cost sharing will not be required on proposals from non-PhD granting institutions.
* Operation and maintenance are eligible expenses on acquisition proposals

Original Announcement:

The NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, which provides funding for the acquisition and development of instruments too costly for support through other NSF programs, is designed to increase access to scientific and engineering equipment for research and research training in our nation's organizations of higher education, research museums and nonprofit research organizations. This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments. The MRI program encourages the development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use and in concert with private sector partners.

The NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, has a deadline for this year's competition of January 22, 2009 (for details of the competition, see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07510/nsf07510.htm.

An institution may submit no more than three proposals (with at least one for instrument development), which requires that we hold an internal competition to select our candidates. Interested applicants should submit the following to Linda.Morris@colorado.edu by 5 pm, November 19, 2008: a 3-page summary of the proposal, a letter of support from the chair or dean, and a rough budget. Those wanting to resubmit a revised proposal should note in their summary how they have addressed the concerns of previous reviews. An ad hoc committee will select the nominees by late-November or early December, leaving time to complete and submit full proposals by the January 22, 2009, deadline.


2009 Searle Scholars Program 

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm August 15, 2008)

The 2009 Searle Scholars Program for new researchers in the biomedical sciences has announced a deadline of September 26, 2008, for submission of proposals. The program makes awards of $100,000 per year for three years to support the independent research of outstanding individuals in the first or second year of their first appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor. See http://www.searlescholars.net/apply/index.html for more details.

Note that only two applications may be submitted by any one institution, and that by informal agreement with the CU Health Sciences Center, each of our two campuses typically nominates one individual. If several UCB faculty want to apply, it will be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our one candidate. Therefore, interested nominees should submit a 2-page summary of their research plans, a copy of their vitae, and a letter of support from the department chair and a list of references from whom the campus nominee can request letters of support to Linda Morris, 26 UCB, or at Linda.Morris@colorado.edu by 5 PM on August 15, 2008. This internal deadline will leave time for selection of the nominee and for the nominee to complete and submit a full application by the September 26 deadline.


NEH Summer Stipend Awards for 2009 

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm, August 15, 2008)

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced its 2009 Summer Stipend Awards program. Details of the awards, restrictions on eligibility, and application guidelines can be found at National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Programs (see http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html). This program provides two consecutive months of summer stipend to support faculty in their research and creative work.

Institutions can only nominate two faculty members for the award -- at least one at the junior level. Consequently, we may have to have an internal selection process to identify our two nominees. Since the nomination deadline is October 1, 2008 we are asking that interested individuals should submit materials required for the application -- a 2-page resume and 3-page project narrative -- to the Linda Morris (Linda.morris@colorado.edu) in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research by 5 p.m., August 15, 2008. An ad hoc committee will evaluate the applications and select the nominees in time to submit their materials online to NEH by the proposal deadline.

The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) Research and Teaching Grants

(Deadline: 5 pm, November 21, 2008)

The following funding opportunities are available for CU faculty and graduate students undertaking research and/or teaching related to the European Union (EU) and/or transatlantic relations.

  • Faculty Research Grants (2)
  • Faculty Curriculum Development Grants (3)
  • Faculty Course Enrichment Grants (3)
  • Graduate Research Grants (2)

For further information, visit the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence's website at www.colorado.edu/CEUCE/opportunities.html, or contact them by email at ceuce@colorado.eduor by telephone at (303) 492-4314.


Jefferson Science Fellows at the U.S. Department of State

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm, November 14, 2008)

Tenured academic scientists and engineers from U.S. institutions of higher learning are eligible for selection to be Jefferson Science Fellows. Each Fellow will spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions. All JSF assignments will be designed in consultation with regional and/or functional bureaus within the U.S. Department of State/USAID. While in general JSF assignments will involve providing up-to-date expertise in the rapidly advancing STE arenas that routinely impact the policy decisions encountered by the U.S. Department of State/USAID, each Fellow will also be expected to become conversant with the functional operation of the U.S. Department of State/USAID. In doing so, the JSF program complements and enhances the existing efforts by both the continuing employees within the U.S. Department of State/USAID and other temporary fellows supported by non-governmental organizations who address STE issues. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow will return to his/her academic career, but will remain available to the U.S. Department of State/USAID for short-term projects over the following five years.

CU-Boulder may forward up to two nominees for the JSF program. Therefore, an internal screening process may be required. Anyone interested in this program should forward a letter of interest (2 pp) limit and a full CV (10 pp limit; see http://www7.nationalacademies.org/jefferson/ - P91_8033 for guidance in preparation of this document) to Linda Morris (Linda.morris@colorado.edu) by no later than Nov. 14, 2008. The nomination deadline to the Department of State is January 15, 2009.

For more detailed information on this program, please see http://www7.nationalacademies.org/jefferson/ - P91_8033


NSF Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE)

Program Solicitation NSF 08-530 (Internal Deadline: 5 pm, October 22, 2008)

eering (EESE) program accepts proposals for research and educational projects to improve ethics education in all of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, especially in interdisciplinary or inter-institutional contexts. Proposals must focus on improving ethics education for graduate students in those fields, although the proposed programs may benefit advanced undergraduates in addition to graduate students. For more specific program details, please see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08530/nsf08530.htm. The full proposal deadline is March 02, 2009.

CU Boulder can only submit one (1) proposal as a lead organization. Consequently, there may be a need to conduct an internal selection process if more than one group is interested in submitting an EESE proposal. Interested groups should provide a 3-page summary of their proposed EESE project, along with a letter of support from a Chair or Dean to Linda Morris (Linda.morris@colorado.edu) in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The internal deadline for these materials is 5 PM, October 22, 2008.


The National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program 

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm, September 26, 2008)

This program supports collaborations across academe, government, and the private sector to explore new approaches to foster and sustain innovation. Please distribute this to announcement to your colleagues with possible interest in funding for this type of partnership.

Institutions may participate in no more than two partnership proposals and may submit one proposal as the lead * partner. Given the likely need for an internal competition, those wanting to submit a proposal to this solicitation should submit the following by September 26: A two page summary of the project, a rough budget, and a letter of support from the chair. Please send this to Linda.Morris@colorado.edu
An ad hoc committee will select our applicants in time to prepare full proposals by the deadline of December 31, 2008. For more details, see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08583/nsf08583.htm?govDel=USNSF_25.

* Important Amendment: In consultation with the NSF PFI program personnel, it has been determined that CU-Boulder does not qualify to be a ‘lead’ PFI institution at this time. Per the ‘Additional Eligibility Info’ in the program announcement, CU Boulder could be a ‘B Column’ institution in a ‘Type II’ partnership as a subawardee. Interested parties should contact AVCR Russell Moore at Russell.moore@colorado.edu for PFI eligibility clarification.


Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m, September 15, 2008)

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, is designed to support young investigators of outstanding promise in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. The Chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder campus has been invited to submit one nomination for this award. The award is for $70,000 per year for up to four years, and is intended to provide assured support, during their earlier years, for junior members of the faculty as they establish their laboratories. It is hoped that the assurance provided through the Program will encourage successful applicants to be more venturesome in their research and future applications for support than would otherwise be likely. The Program is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine, other health related professions or biomedical sciences. As of November 1, 2008, candidates must hold full time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or independent researcher on the faculty of the sponsoring institution. On July 1, 2009, they must not have been in such an appointment for more than three years, whether or not such appointments were on a tenure track. This time may have been spent at more than one institution. For more specific details, go to http://www.futurehealth.ucsf.edu/pewscholar.html. 

The full application deadline is November 01, 2008. Since the CU Boulder campus can forward only one nominee, we may have to run an internal competition to select our applicant. Those interested in applying should submit the pre-application materials to: Linda.morris@colorado.edu by no later than September 15, 2008. These materials should include: a letter of support from the Chair; a brief prospectus (1000 words) that describes the proposed project; a CV.


The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) for Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm, September 12, 2008)

The 2009 Burroughs Wellcome Fund for Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease has announced a deadline of November 3, 2008 for submission of proposals. The program makes awards of $500,000 over five years to support the research of accomplished investigators still in the early stages of their career (i.e. Assistant Professors) and working in the area of host-pathogen interactions. Please distribute this announcement to possible candidates (and see http://www.bwfund.org/programs/infectious_disease/pathogenesis_main.html for more details).

We are allowed to submit two nominations * and will hold an internal competition to make our selection. Interested nominees should submit a 2-page summary of their research plans, a copy of their vitae, and a letter of support from the department chair to Linda Morris at (Linda.Morris@colorado.edu) by a deadline of 5 pm, September 12, 2008. This will leave time for selection of the nominee and for the nominee to complete and submit a full application by the November 1, 2007 deadline.

[*Three nominees will be allowed if one proposes to work in the area of pathogenic helminthes, mycology, or reproductive science, OR if one nominee holds a DVM degree.]


Beckman Young Investigators Program 

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm, August 22, 2008)

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation makes grants to non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support (up to $300,000 over 3 years) to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences. Specific details about the program can be found at: http://www.beckman-foundation.com/byi_guides.html.

The BYI program is open to US citizens or permanent residents with tenure-track appointments in academic and non-profit institutions that conduct fundamental research in the chemical and life sciences. No more than two (2) candidates may apply from any one institution. Since there is an institutional limit (2) for this program, it may be necessary to run a competition to select our UCB campus nominees. Interested applicants should submit a 3-page summary of the proposed work and a list of participating personnel. Also, please provide a list of names (at least 3) of people who would be willing to provide you with letters of support that can be submitted to the Beckman Foundation by October 1. Submit materials electronically to Linda.morris@colorado.eduby no later than August 22, 2008 (5 PM). The deadline for the campus nominee to submit a full proposal to the Beckman Young Investigator Program is 5 P.M (PST) October 1, 2008.


Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm, August 15, 2008)

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is the premier award for recognizing outstanding contributions in the fields of environmental science, environmental protection, energy and environmental health. Since its inception fifty-nine individuals and four corporations have received the Tyler Prize and through their work, the Tyler Laureates have focused worldwide attention on environmental problems by their discoveries and the solutions that have resulted from these discoveries. The award consists of a gold medallion and a US $200,000.00 cash prize. The Tyler Prize Committee has extended an invitation to CU Boulder to submit a single nomination for the 2009 Tyler Prize. The CU Boulder nominee can be a single individual or a group/subgroup who wish to be considered for the prize. The requirements for nominations can be found at: http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/tylerprize/nominate.htmlSince CU Boulder can only forward one nominee, it may be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our single representative. Any interested parties should send their materials (CV, brief 2 pp prospectus, and a letter of nomination from a Chair, Director, or Dean) to Linda Morris (Linda.morris@colorado.edu) by August 15, 2008. The deadline for this year's nomination to the Tyler Prize Committee is September 15, 2008. The recipients of the 2009 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement will be announced in April 2009. For more information on the Tyler Prize please visit: http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/tylerprize/


NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (NSF 08-580) 

(Internal Deadline: 5 pm, August 15, 2008)

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake important investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines. STC investments support the NSF vision of advancing discovery, innovation and education beyond the frontiers of current knowledge, and empowering future generations in science and engineering. Program details can be found at NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships.

A single organization may submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as the lead institutionThe due date for these is Sept 30, 2008. A single organization may also request funding via a subaward as a funded partner organization. In no case may an organization request funds as a lead or funded partner organization on more than five preliminary proposals. Note that this limit only applies if an organization is requesting NSF support, i.e., there is no limit on the number of proposals in which an organization may participate as an unfunded partner. Full proposals, if invited, are due on April 30, 2009.

Since there is an institutional limit on the number of preliminary proposals that can be submitted, it may be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our campus representatives. Interested groups should submit a 2 page project summary and a letter of nomination from a unit head or Dean by no later than August 15, 2008. Materials should be submitted electronically to Linda Morris at Linda.morris@colorado.edu.


NSF 08-569 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP): Type 1 Proposals 

(Internal Deadline: 5 p.m. August 8, 2008) 

Program activities under the STEP Type 1 competition should be efforts aimed at adapting and implementing best practices that will lead to an increase in the number of students (United States citizens or permanent residents) obtaining STEM degrees at institutions with baccalaureate degree programs; or completing associate degrees in STEM fields or completing credits toward transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in STEM fields at community colleges. The goal of the project must be to increase the total graduation numbers of such students at the institution(s), and all STEP proposals must include specific numerical targets for these increases. If a project focuses efforts on only a subset of STEM fields, increases in those fields must not be at the expense of degrees in other STEM fields. Projects may focus on the retention and/or recruitment of undergraduate students into STEM fields. Outreach efforts are appropriate only if the efforts can be expected to result in additional STEM majors and graduates at the submitting institution(s) within the grant period. All Type 1 projects are considered to be institutional efforts. There is an institutional limit of one (1) Type 1 STEP project. As a consequence, there may be a need to select a single campus STEP nominee. Letters of intent for this program are due at 5 pm August 8, 2008. Full proposals are due on September 30, 2008. Interested groups should indicate their interest in applying for the STEP program by Aug 08, 2008. Send letters of interest to Linda.morris@colorado.edu. If necessary, a selection process will be initiated. 

For more details on this program, please see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08569/nsf08569.htm?govDel=USNSF_25


Microsoft New Faculty Fellow Program 

(competition closed)

In anticipation of a 2008 Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship Awards program, we wish bring your attention to this unique program.

Microsoft Research seeks nominees who are advancing computing research in novel directions with the potential for high impact on the state of the art, and who demonstrate the likelihood of becoming thought leaders in the field. Because new faculty are so vital to the future of academic computer science, the Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship Program identifies, recognizes, and supports exceptional new faculty members engaged in innovative computing research. The objective of this program is to stimulate and support creative research undertaken by promising researchers who have the potential to make a profound impact on the field of computing in their research disciplines.

Each fellowship award includes an unrestricted cash gift of $200,000 (USD). The New Faculty Fellows also have access to other Microsoft resources, such as software, invitations to conferences, and engagements with Microsoft Research.

Since each institution is only allowed to forward one nominee for this award, an internal competition may be necessary. Nominations are typically due to Microsoft in early September and final proposals due in November. In anticipation of a similar nomination and submission schedule in 2008, we are asking that interested individuals submit a 2 page research prospectus, a CV, and a letter of nomination from their Chair or Director, to Linda Morris (Linda.morris@colorado.edu) by July 11, 2008.

For further information on this program, please go to http://research.microsoft.com/nff/application.aspx.

Since this announcement is being made in anticipation of a 2008 competition, please check this site periodically for updates on nomination and submission deadlines.


Angelman Syndrome Foundation

(competition closed)

The Angelman Syndrome Foundation announces the availability of $750,000 to be awarded in support of research on Angelman syndrome.

Angelman syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by deficiency of the ubiquitin protein ligase UBE3A in the brain. Applications related to any areas of research involving Angelman syndrome will be considered. 

Highest priority will be given to pilot projects to test new ideas about pathogenesis and therapy of Angelman syndrome. Researchers from all countries are encouraged to apply.

One-year grants will be awarded for amounts of up to $100,000. The application should include the following:

  • Cover letter with title of proposal and name of principal investigator
  • One-page summary abstract of proposed research
  • Proposal of up to five pages, including hypothesis, background, research plan, and significance of the proposed research
  • One-page detailed budget
  • Curriculum vitae of the applicant
  • Indirect costs of up to 10% will be allowed (to be included in the budget amount)
  • Proposals involving human or animal subjects must be approved by institutional review boards before funding is released. Please include approval with proposal if possible.

The application deadline is June 1, 2008. Proposal submissions will be accepted in electronic format only. All required documents must be submitted in one (1) .pdf file, sent to: research@angelman.org
Subject line to read: ASF 2008 General RFP Submission
File name to readResearcher last name_2008 Gen RFP.pdf. 
Questions about this announcement should be directed to Joseph Wagstaff, M.D., Ph.D. at:jwagstaff7@bellsouth.net.


Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS) Research and Teaching Grants 

(competition closed)

CARTSS supports social science faculty research and teaching initiatives on the CU campus with grants up to $4,000.
- CARTSS Scholars Fund: supports research activities of social science faculty.
- CARTSS Seed Fund: provides start-up funds for planning interdisciplinary research activities involving faculty from one or more social science departments.
- CARTSS Teaching Fund: supports social science teaching initiatives.
Electronic submissions of three page proposals due Mar. 5. Full application information: http://cartss.colorado.edu/scholarseedfunds.html.
Contact: Becky Gallegos, x5-3721, Becky.Gallegos@colorado.edu 


NSF (08-544) Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering 

(competition closed)

The Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering program aims to integrate nanoscale science, engineering, and technology into the undergraduate engineering curricula. The NUE program provides funding for projects that will address the educational challenges of these emerging fields and generate practical ways of introducing nanotechnology into undergraduate engineering education with a focus on devices and systems and/or on social, economic, and ethical issues relevant to nanotechnology. Given the worldwide expansion of research and education in nanoscale science and engineering, international collaborations that advance underlying nanoscale science and engineering education goals and strengthen U.S. activities are encouraged. For specific details on this program, please go to http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08544/nsf08544.htm?govDel=USNSF_25.

Only one NUE proposal can be submitted from CU Boulder. For that reason, it may be necessary to hold an internal competition. Those interested in submitting a NUE proposal should first send a 3 page description of the training plan, and a letter of support from the Dean (or Associate Dean) of the applicant’s College. These materials should be sent to Linda Morris (Linda.morris@colorado.edu) by no later than March 15, 2008 at 5 PM. This will allow time for selection of the CU Boulder NEU applicant well in advance of the May 14, 2008 full proposal submission deadline.


Burroughs Wellcome Fund – 2009 Career Awards at the Scientific Interface 

(competition closed)

Advances in genomics, quantitative structural biology, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for an exciting research career at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Recognizing the vital role such cross-trained scientists will play in furthering biomedical science, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund has developed the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers with backgrounds in the physical/computational sciences whose work addresses biological questions and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. Candidates are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences. Awards are for $500,000 over a five year period. For more information go to http://www.bwfund.org/programs/interfaces/career_awards_background.html

The application deadline is April 15, 2008. Since CU Boulder will only be allowed to nominate two candidates for this award, it may be necessary to hold an internal competition to select our candidates. Therefore, interested nominees should submit a 2-page summary of their research plans, a copy of their vitae, and a letter of support from the department chair to Linda Morris at Linda.Morris@colorado.edu by 5 PM February 29, 2008.


Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program for Biofuel Proof-of-Concept Projects 

(competition closed)

This year, the successful State Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program has extended biofuels research. This program provides State funds to be used for development-oriented research to accelerate commercialization by reducing inventions to operational practice and validating their ability to enable cost effective production of biofuels. Typical examples of development research objectives that may dramatically increase commercial value and applicability for inventions are:

- Validating new approaches to any stage of the biofuels production process.
- Developing and characterizing new genetic traits of plants, microorganisms or any other inputs that produce biofuels more efficiently or cleanly.
- Developing tools to enable new biofuels research discoveries.

Eligibility Criteria: 
Principal Investigator: must be University of Colorado Faculty or Research Staff.

Research Topic: advancement of a biofuels invention which has been submitted as a written disclosure to the CU Technology Transfer Office where the intellectual property rights to the invention have not been obligated to any private entity

Eligible Fields of Research: the use of microorganisms, specialized proteins, or thermal processes to develop biologically based fuel products from plant matter or other biological material, including renewable agricultural sources, and the related processes that make traditional manufacturing of energy cleaner and more efficient.

Funding Amounts: $50,000 -- $150,000.

Deadline: February 29, 2008.

For complete information about the selection process, and to access disclosure and application forms, please go to https://www.cusys.edu/techtransfer/proof/state_biofuel.html

Applicants are highly encouraged to discuss their research project ideas with their TTO case manager. If you don't know your case manager, please contact Kate Tallman, Director of Technology Transfer for UCB and UCCS, at 303-492-5732 or kate.tallman@cu.edu.


NSF IGERT 

(competition closed)

NSF has announced the 2008 Solicitation for Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). By providing funds for innovative interdisciplinary training either within or across institutions, the program aims to encourage graduate education that involves collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries in emerging areas of science and engineering. Please see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08540/nsf08540.htm?govDel=USNSF_25 for more information.

The solicitation requires submission of preliminary proposals by April 24, 2008, and full proposals by October 20, 2008. Only those whose preliminary proposals are selected during the first stage review are allowed to submit full proposals for the second stage review.

NSF has added a new limit of four preliminary proposals per institution. Therefore, I ask those interested in submitting an IGERT preliminary proposal to first submit the following to me byMarch 07, 2008: a 3-page summary of the proposed training program, a list of participating personnel, and a letter of support from the PI's department chair. Also indicate if this will be a new or renewal proposal. Submit materials electronically to Linda.morris@colorado.edu. If necessary, there will be an internal competition to select our four applicants.


Second Annual Innovative Seed Grant Program 

(competition closed)

The Vice Chancellor for Research and Provost have announced a CU Boulder program that will provide approximately $1,000,000 to support Innovative Seed Grants that will be awarded in 2008. Interdisciplinary proposals are strongly encouraged. The awards will provide up to $50,000 for research projects that:

  • involve new initiatives and take investigators in creative, and sometimes high-risk/reward directions; and,
  • have tangible payoffs in terms of future funding, scholarly or artistic impact, and development of new collaborations.

The projects may take a variety of forms but must represent an investment in the future research, scholarly, or artistic vitality of the university and demonstrate promise for expansion of the project goals in the future. The projects can come from any discipline at the university, with those involving interdisciplinary work particularly welcome.


Deadline: Applications will be accepted between January 01 and February 08, 2008. The deadline is 5 P.M. on Friday, February 08, 2008.


Selection: We hope to complete the proposal review process and to make funding decisions in March 2008. The procedure for evaluating the proposal will be as follows.

  • Faculty review committees will review proposals in three general areas: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Professional Schools, and Natural Sciences and Engineering.
  • The review committees will evaluate proposals not only for their intellectual merit and broader impacts, but also for their innovation and potential for establishing new research directions, including those created by new interdisciplinary collaborations.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering 

(competition closed)

The 2008 Guidelines have been released for the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a program that provides $875,000 over five years to support the nation's most promising young professors (i.e., those in the first three years of their faculty careers). The campus is allowed up to two nominations for this prestigious award. See the guidelines at: http://www.packard.org/assets/files/conservation and science/2008_Fellowships_Guidelines.pdf.

In order to make our campus selections, please arrange for any nominees from your unit to submit the following to Linda.Morris@colorado.edu in the Office of the VCR by February 13, 2008:

  • a recent CV,
  • a two-page research statement of goals for the next five years and their importance,
  • a letter of recommendation from the chair, and
  • a list of three external references from whom letters of support can be solicited.

An internal committee will select two candidates prior to the March 15 nomination deadline, and the candidates will have until April 11 to submit full applications.


Third Butcher Symposium Seed Grants

(competition closed)

CU faculty who presented posters of their work at the 2007 Butcher Symposium in November are invited to submit seed grant proposals to initiate novel, cross-disciplinary collaborations by CU faculty in the broadly construed area of Genomics and Biotechnology. Details are at: https://www.cu.edu/butcher/application.htmlThe deadline is midnight, Sunday, January 20, 2008.

John Merck Scholars Program (competition closed)
BIOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES IN CHILDREN
The John Merck Fund has had a longstanding interest in the problem of mentally disabled children with emotional disturbances. It is focusing on investigations of the underlying causes of developmental disabilities by neurobiologists and by cognitive scientists.

The John Merck Scholars are chosen from the ranks of the most promising assistant professors currently working, or planning to work, in neurobiological and cognitive sciences relating to the biology of mental disability and developmental disabilities, including developmental studies of cognition, perception, language, reading, learning and motor performance. The Fund will accept one application for a neurobiologist and one for a cognitive scientist from major universities and other research centers. Scholars will receive $75,000 per year for a four-year period, subject to an annual review of research progress. For specific program details, please go to http://www.jmfund.org/jm_scholars_program.html

Since there is an institutional limit (2) for this program, it may be necessary to run a competition to select our UCB campus nominees. Interested applicants should submit a 3-page summary of their proposed work, which should include a 200 word (identify whether the application is in ‘neurobiology’ or ‘cognitive science’), a biosketch, and a brief letter of support from their Chair/Director. Submit materials electronically to Linda.morris@colorado.edu by no later than November 30, 2007 (5 PM). The deadline for the campus nominee to submit a full proposal to the the John Merck Scholars Program is January 16, 2008.


NCRR Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) invites applications for Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA) program whose goals are to foster the development of novel programs to improve K-12 and the general public's understanding of the clinical trial process as well as the health science advances stemming from National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded clinical and basic research. The SEPA program supports the creation of innovative partnerships between biomedical and clinical researchers and K-12 teachers and schools, museum and science center educators, media experts, and other interested educational organizations. Particular importance will be given to SEPA applications that target K-12 science educational topics that may not be addressed by existing science curricula, community-based or media activities. For specific program details, go to http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-549.html

An organization may either apply for one SEPA, or significantly contribute to the research proposed by the applicant organization (e.g., consortium). Letters of intent to apply for this program are due on August 20, 2008, and full proposals are due September 17, 2008. Since only one UCB SEPA application will be allowed, we may have to run an internal competition to select a campus SEPA nominee. Any parties interested in submitting a SEPA proposal should send a brief letter of interest to Linda Morris (Linda.morris@colorado.edu) by December 1, 2007. If multiple letters of interest are received we will run an internal competition, in which 3 page pre-proposals will be reviewed by an internal faculty panel. The deadline for this proposal, if the competition is necessary, will be January 11, 2008.


NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program 

(competition closed)

The NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, which provides funding for the acquisition and development of instruments too costly for support through other NSF programs, is designed to increase access to scientific and engineering equipment for research and research training in our nation's organizations of higher education, research museums and nonprofit research organizations. This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments. The MRI program encourages the development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use and in concert with private sector partners.

The NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, has a deadline for this year's competition of January 24, 2008 (for details of the competition, see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07510/nsf07510.htm.

An institution may submit no more than three proposals (with at least one for instrument development), which requires that we hold an internal competition to select our candidates. Interested applicants should submit the following to Linda.Morris@colorado.edu by November 16, 2007: a 3-page summary of the proposal, a letter of support from the chair or dean, and a rough budget. Those wanting to resubmit a revised proposal should note in their summary how they have addressed the concerns of previous reviews. An ad hoc committee will select the nominees by early December, leaving time to complete and submit full proposals by the January 24, 2008, deadline.


The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) 

This program is intended to provide clinically trained individuals with bridging support in basic biomedical, disease oriented, translational, or molecular, genetic, or pharmacological epidemiology research at North American degree granting institutions [this program is a reformulation of the Career Awards in the Biomedical Sciences (CABS) program]. CU Boulder may nominate up to 5 applicants for this awards.

The five-year $700,000 award is intended to support the physician scientist (M.D.; M.D., Ph.D.; D.V.M.; D.V.M., Ph.D.; D.D.S.; D.D.S., Ph.D., etc) during the final one or two years of a mentored position and then allow the physician scientist to carry that support to an independent faculty or biomedical research position. Interested applicants MUST HOLD a clinical degree (the NIH K99/R00 mechanism provides a similar career transition program for ‘Ph.D. only’ scientists). It is anticipated that at least 17 awards will be given for the 2008 award cycle. The 2007 program brochure (http://www.bwfund.org/brochures/2008CAMSbrochure.pdf ) describes BWF’s Career Awards for Medical Scientists.

Further information and application instructions are available on our Web site at www.bwfund.org. BWF is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.
Relevant deadlines:

Given the limit on the number of applications, interested applicants should submit a one-page summary of their planned research and a letter of support from the department chair by August 1, 2007 to Linda.morris@colorado.edu; If necessary, application numbers will be narrowed through an internal competition, and leave time to prepare full proposals for the October 1, 2007 deadline; following review, award will be announced in late May 2008, and funding will begin on September 01, 2008.


Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Awards

The 2008 Burroughs Wellcome Fund for Clinical Scientist Awards in Translational Research has announced a deadline of August 15, 2007 for submission of proposals. The program makes awards of $750,000 over five years to support the research of independent physician-scientists who will strengthen translational research—the two-way transfer between work at the laboratory bench and treatment of patients. These awards also are intended to foster the development, productivity, and mentoring capacity of these physician-scientists. Please distribute this announcement to possible candidates (and see http://www.bwfund.org/programs/translational/index.html Interested nominees should submit a 2-page summary of their research plans, a copy of their vitae, and a letter of support from the department chair to Linda Morris at Linda.Morris@colorado.edu by a deadline of June 29, 2007.


NSF 07-567: Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)

The Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) program supports university-based centers and institutes where the collective efforts of a larger group of individuals can enable transformational advances in the most promising research areas. The program is designed to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontiers of physics by providing needed resources such as combinations of talents, skills, disciplines, and/or specialized infrastructure, not usually available to individual investigators or small groups, in an environment in which the collective efforts of the larger group can be shown to be seminal to promoting significant progress in the science and the education of students. Activities supported through the program are in all sub-fields of physics within the purview of the Division of Physics: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, astro-, gravitational, and biological physics. For more information on this program, please go to http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07567/nsf07567.htm.

The deadline for preliminary proposals is August 29, 2007. The full proposal deadline (by invitation only) is January 30, 2008.

Since there is a limit on the number or proposals that may be submitted from a single institution (2), we may have to run an internal competition to select the proposals that will be submitted from UCB. Interested applicants should submit preliminary proposals to our office through Linda Morris at Linda.morris@colorado.edu by no later than July 20, 2007 (5 PM). Internal preliminary proposals should be prepared using the preliminary proposal format (parts 2-5 only) described in NSF 07-567.

W. M. Keck Foundation - Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research Program

The University of Colorado at Boulder is one of 30 medical and research institutions nationwide that have been invited to forward a nominee to compete for the Distinguished Young Scholars in Biomedical Research competition. Up to 5 awardees will be selected from this group of nominees. The nominee must hold a tenure track faculty appointment, and must have held this appointment for at least one, but no more that four years (as of December 3, 2007). The W. M. Keck Foundation has a long history of supporting distinguished, innovative biomedical research in emerging fields at the forefront of science. The Foundation is continuing that tradition by identifying and fostering the careers of some of the nation's brightest young scientists, those with the promise to become our nation’s research leaders. Toward that end, the Foundation has established an award program to promote the early career development of a select group of young investigators in cooperation with leading research institutions across the United States. The W. M. Keck Foundation will award a maximum of $1,000,000 each to five sponsoring institutions to support the research activities of a selected candidate for a period of five years in accordance with each candidate’s own research plan and budget. Because this program is intended to “jump start” the nominees’ career, their research should be creative and carry the potential for having a high impact in their respective fields. Progress will be measured by annual reports to the Foundation. Annual symposia attended by the awardees will provide the Foundation with additional ways to judge and track the progress of grantees. At the national level, ten candidates will be selected as semi-finalists. The ten institutions sponsoring the semi-finalists will each receive a $10,000 Research Excellence award. This award will support the candidates’ research activities. The $10,000 will be considered part of the award for the five finalists. The purpose of the finalist and semi-finalist awards is to foster the research of the candidate. The institution should maximally protect the candidate’s time for research, and should provide sufficient institutional resources and support to ensure the success of the investigator’s program of research. The award is for direct research expenditures and excludes institutional overhead and indirect costs. Program details can be found at http://www.wmkeck.org/programs/scholars.html . The Chancellor’s UCB nomination to the Keck Foundation is due no later than December 3 (4:30 PM, PST), 2007. Since UCB is only allowed to forward one nomination, internal campus nominees will undergo a screening process to select the UCB nominee. Nominations for the Keck Distinguished Young Scholars program should come from the nominee’s Department Chair, and should include: a Chair’s letter of nomination; the nominee’s biosketch; a 2 page project prospectus from the nominee. Materials should be sent (electronically) to Linda Morris Linda.Morris@colorado.edu by 5 PM on October 19, 2007.


Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, funded by the The Pew Charitable Trusts, is designed to support young investigators of outstanding promise in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. The Chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder campus has been invited to submit one nomination for this award. The award is for $60,000 per year for up to four years, and is intended to provide assured support, during their earlier years, for junior members of the faculty as they establish their laboratories. It is hoped that the assurance provided through the Program will encourage successful applicants to be more venturesome in their research and future applications for support than would otherwise be likely. The Program is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine, other health related professions or biomedical sciences. As of November 1, 2007, candidates must hold full time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or independent researcher on the faculty of the sponsoring institution. On July 1, 2008, they must not have been in such an appointment for more than three years, whether or not such appointments were on a tenure track. This time may have been spent at more than one institution. For more specific details, go to http://www.futurehealth.ucsf.edu/pewscholar.html. 

The application deadline is November 01, 2007. Since the CU Boulder campus can forward only one nominee, we may have to run an internal competition to select our applicant. Those interested in applying should submit the pre-application materials to: Linda.morris@colorado.edu by no later than September 08, 2007. These materials should include: a letter of support from the Chair; a brief prospectus (1000 words) that describes the proposed project; a CV.


The 2008 Beckman Scholars Program: Recognizing Outstanding Undergraduate Students in Chemistry and Biological Sciences Research

Description: The purpose of the Beckman Scholars Program is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented, full-timed undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited four-year colleges and universities located in the United States of America. These research activities shall be centered in either chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some combination of these subjects. Candidates for Beckman Scholars must be full-time students throughout the duration of the award. 
Beckman Scholar awards are institutional, university or college awards. Each year, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation will select a number of research, doctoral, masters and baccalaureate universities and colleges to be invited to submit applications for the Beckman Scholars Program. Each institution may submit one application for consideration for an award. The application must include endorsements from the chief academic officer and the dean(s) of the College(s), School(s) or Division(s) including the participating academic unit. For specific program details, please go to http://www.beckman-foundation.com/08bsp/announcement.html.

Since there is an institutional limit (1) for this program, it may be necessary to run a competition to select our UCB campus nominee. Interested groups should submit a 3-page summary of the proposed training program and a list of participating personnel. Submit materials electronically to Linda.morris@colorado.edu by no later than August 3, 2007 (5 PM). The deadline for the campus nominee to submit a full proposal to the Beckman Scholars Program is October 1, 2007.


Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10019

http://programs.ssrc.org/dpdf <http://pull.xmr3.com/p/502-FDE0/94184036/http-programs.ssrc.org-dpdf.html> | dpdf@ssrc.org 
Faculty Opportunities - The Social Science Research Council, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is pleased to announce a call to faculty for interdisciplinary research field proposals for the 2008 Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) program. The DPDF program is designed to intervene at a critical moment in the career development of graduate students in the humanities and social sciences by aiding their transition from students to researchers. It provides complementary interdisciplinary perspectives to students across the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. Faculty applicants are tenured at different doctoral degree-granting programs at US universities and apply in teams of two. DPDF Research Directors lead groups of 12 graduate student fellows in two four-day workshops. Research directors receive a stipend of $7,500 each. More information about the program may be found at: http://programs.ssrc.org/dpdf. <http://pull.xmr3.com/p/502-FDE0/94184036/http-programs.ssrc.org-dpdf.html>

Research Fields - The Faculty Advisory Committee of the DPDF program is actively recruiting senior faculty to lead small groups of graduate fellows in two sets of workshops (scheduled for May 29-June 1, 2008 in St Louis and September 11-14, 2008 in Milwaukee). These workshops frame summer predissertation research of 12 graduate students in each research field. A research field refers to subdisciplinary and interdisciplinary domains with common intellectual questions and styles of research. These might come out of emergent fields; fields could be constituted around geographic regions not traditionally mapped by current funding structures, or they might emerge from novel ways of encouraging comparative and interdisciplinary work. Research fields can be topical in focus, transnational in scope, or comparative. The 2007 research fields were: Black Atlantic Studies, Rethinking Europe: Religion, Ethnicity, Nation, Political Economy of Redistribution, Visual Culture, and Water Sustainability: Society, Politics, Culture. Research Directors The Faculty Advisory Committee will select five research fields, each proposed by two faculty research directors with different institutional affiliations and, as relevant, different disciplinary specializations. These research directors will be responsible for selecting 10 to 12 graduate fellows; the research directors, with the assistance of SSRC staff, will run the spring and fall workshops that bracket the predissertation research of the students. Research directors should be tenured, experienced supervisors of dissertation research. Each faculty member will receive a stipend of $7,500; students will receive up to $5,000 for summer predissertation research. Application Requirements and Deadline The DPDF program invites faculty to submit joint proposals for research fields for the 2008 fellowship program. The application is available through the SSRC’s application portal, http://applications.ssrc.org/ <http://pull.xmr3.com/p/502-3EE1/94184032/http-applications.ssrc.org-.html>.

Proposals should describe the relevance of the research field, the kind of graduate students who might be recruited, and the kinds of activities that would be entailed in each of the two workshops, along with a short bibliography and curricula vitae of the two research directors. Applications must be submitted via the application portal by October 2nd, 2007. Contact Details Please direct any questions to program staff at dpdf@ssrc.org <mailto:dpdf@ssrc.org>


NSF 07-564 Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM)

Synopsis of Program: New information, communication, and computational technologies have had profound impacts on the practice of science and engineering. Linked to create a comprehensive cyberinfrastructure, the systems, tools, and services emerging from these new technologies are enabling individuals, groups, and organizations to advance research and education in ways that revolutionize who can participate, what they can do, and how they do it.

This solicitation seeks two types of project proposals, both aimed at the preparation of a diverse, cyberinfrastructure-savvy science and engineering workforce. One type of proposal, the Demonstration Project, is exploratory in nature and may be somewhat limited in scope and scale. Demonstration Projects have the potential to serve as exemplars to effective larger-scale implementation activities in the future. The other project type, the Implementation Project, is generally larger in scope or scale and draws on prior experience with the activities or the teams proposed. Implementation Projects are expected to deliver sustainable learning and workforce development activities that complement ongoing NSF investment in cyberinfrastructure. Full program details can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07564/nsf07564.htm.

The full proposal deadline for this program is August 27, 2007.

Since there is an institutional limit on the number of CI-TEAM proposals that can be submitted by each institution (1 per institution), it may be necessary to run an internal campus competition. Interested applicants should submit a 3 page pre-proposal describing the proposed project and its merits to Linda Morris (Linda.morris@colorado.edu) by June 29, 2007 (5 PM). A single campus applicant will be selected shortly thereafter.


World Cultural Council

The World Cultural Council has announced a deadline of March 15, 2007, for its Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci World Awards. It will make awards of $10,000 to gifted scientists, educators and researchers doing research aimed at improving the social, cultural and moral advancement of Mankind. For additional information see: http://www.consejoculturalmundial.org/awards/index.php


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering

The 2007 Guidelines have been released for the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a program that provides $625,000 over five years to support the nation's most promising young professors (i.e., those in the first three years of their faculty careers). The campus is allowed up to two nominations for this prestigious award [to see the guidelines, go to David and Lucille Packard Foundation 2007 Fellowships Guidelines]

In order to make our campus selections, please arrange for any nominees from your department to submit the following to Linda Morris (Linda.Morris@colorado.edu) in the Office of the VCR by February 26, 2007: a recent CV, a two-page research statement of goals for the next five years and their importance, and a letter of recommendation from the chair. An internal committee will select two candidates by the March 15 nomination deadline, and the candidates will have until April 17 to submit full applications.


NSF IGERT

NSF has announced the 2007 Solicitation for Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). By providing funds for innovative interdisciplinary training either within or across institutions, the program aims to encourage graduate education that involves collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries in emerging areas of science and engineering. Please see Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program for more information.

The solicitation requires submission of preliminary proposals by April 05, 2007, and full proposals by October 05, 2007. Only those whose preliminary proposals are selected during the first stage review are allowed to submit full proposals for the second stage review.

NSF has added a new limit of four preliminary proposals per institution. Therefore, I ask those interested in submitting an IGERT preliminary proposal to first submit the following to me by February 21, 2007: a 2-page summary of the proposed training program, a list of participating personnel, and a letter of support from the PI's department chair. Submit materials electronically to Linda.morris@colorado.edu. If necessary, there will be an internal competition to select our four applicants.


NSF STEP Program 

The NSF STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion) Program has announced funding for Type 1 implementation proposals to increase the number of students pursuing and receiving degrees in the STEM fields. Institutions are allowed to submit only one such proposal or participate in only one consortium submitting a proposal. Those planning a STEP proposal should first send a 2-page summary of the plan, a letter of support from the chair, and a rough budget to Linda Morris at Linda.Morris@colorado.edu by December 4, 2006. Should it be necessary, an internal review committee will select one proposal to go forward for the February 9 deadline.

In addition, the STEP Program solicits Type 2 proposals that focus on research to understand the factors affecting degree attainment in the STEM fields rather than implementation plans. There is no institutional limit on Type 2 proposals. For more information, see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06502/nsf06502.htm.


Fulbright Scholar Program

A competition for AY2007-2008 is open for several types of faculty Fellowship opportunities for professional development of teaching or the conduct of research in over 150 countries. The intent of the program is to promote cross-cultural perspective and collaborations between colleagues and students, and the internationalization of U.S. colleges and universities. Fulbright Scholar Fellowship awards, providing for between 2 months and > 1 year of support, are open to all areas and disciplines (social sciences, humanities, natural and physical sciences, business, law, journalism, etc.).

Those interested are encouraged to obtain more information and application materials by visiting www.cies.org, emailing apprequest@cies.iie.org, or calling 202-686-4000. Deadlines for several open Fellowship programs include November 01, 2006 and February 01, 2007.


NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program 

The NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, which provides funding for the acquisition and development of instruments too costly for support through other NSF programs, is designed to increase access to scientific and engineering equipment for research and research training in our nation's organizations of higher education, research museums and nonprofit research organizations. This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments. The MRI program encourages the development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use and in concert with private sector partners.

The NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, has a deadline for this year's competition of January 26, 2007 (for details of the competition, see http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260.

An institution may submit no more than three proposals (with at least one for instrument development), which requires that we hold an internal competition to select our candidates. Interested applicants should submit the following to Linda.Morris@colorado.edu by November 3, 2006: a 3-page summary of the proposal, a letter of support from the chair or dean, and a rough budget. Those wanting to resubmit a revised proposal should note in their summary how they have addressed the concerns of previous reviews. An ad hoc committee will select the nominees by early December, leaving time to complete and submit full proposals by the January 26, 2007, deadline.


Carnegie Scholars Fellowship 

The Carnegie Scholars Program has invited CU Boulder to submit up to two nominations for a $100,000 fellowship to support scholarship on Islam and Muslim communities in the modern world. The deadline for institutional nominations to the Carnegie Scholars Program is August 28, 2006 (for more information, see www.carnegie.org/sub/program/scholars/html).

Since the nomination for this fellowship must come from this institution, those interested in applying should submit the following materials to Linda Morris (Linda.Morris@colorado.edu) by no later than July 28, 2006:

  1. a letter of support from the Chair;
  2. a brief prospectus (1000 words) that describes the proposed project;
  3. a CV

Should we receive materials from multiple (> 2) candidates, there will be an internal campus competition to select our nominees.


NSF Partnership for Innovation 

The National Science Foundation has solicited proposals for the Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program (for more details, see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06550/nsf06550.htm). This program supports collaborations across academe, government, and the private sector to explore new approaches to foster and sustain innovation. Please distribute this announcement to your colleagues with possible interest in funding for this type of partnership.

Institutions may participate in no more than two partnership proposals and may submit only one proposal as the lead partner. Given the likely need for an internal competition, those wanting to submit a proposal to this solicitation should send the following to Linda Morris (email: linda.morris@colorado.edu, campus mail: 26UCB, phone: 2-2889) by June 1: A two page summary of the project, a rough budget, and a letter of support from the chair. An ad hoc committee will select our applicants in time to submit a letter of intent by the June 28 deadline and a full proposal by the August 30 deadline.

NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows 

NSF has announced a solicitation for Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education. The program funds graduate students in the sciences and engineering to work in K-12 schools and efforts to change graduate education in support of K-12 education (see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06556/nsf06556.htm). The proposals require a faculty PI and program director. Could you distribute this to colleagues with a possible interest in this solicitation?

Note that CU Boulder is allowed to submit only one proposal (either new or continuing) for the solicitation, so anyone wanting to apply should submit a two-page summary of the proposed project and letter of support from the chair to me by April 21. If necessary, an internal committee will select our nominee in time for the letter of intent deadline of May 5, 2006, as well as for the full proposal deadline of by June 19, 2006.

Ellison Foundation New Scholar Award

The Ellison Medical Foundation has announced a deadline of March 2, 2005, for its New Scholar Award in Global Infectious Diseases. It will make awards of up to $200,000 over four years to outstanding researchers in basic biomedical or clinical science who are in the first three years of their independent research career. Their plans should include research on molecular and cellular mechanisms of parasitic and infectious diseases that are major global public health concerns and relatively neglected in federally funded research. For more information, see http://www.ellisonfoundation.org/adsp.jsp?key=gid_nsa_over.


NSF Ethics Education in Science and Engineering 

NSF has announced a deadline of March 10, 2005, for its Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Program. The solicitation requests proposals on 1) improving ethics education for graduate students in science and engineering or 2) ethical issues that arise in graduate research education. For more information, see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2005/nsf05532/nsf05532.htm. Please distribute this announcement to those in your department, institute, or center with a possible interest in applying.

Since the Boulder campus can submit only one application as the lead institution, it may be necessary to have an internal competition. I ask interested candidates to submit the following to me by January 26, 2005: a 2-page summary of their research plans, a copy of their vitae, and a letter of support from the department chair.

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