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September 27, 2011
Request for Proposal Announcements
If funding possibly interests you, please contact Susan Dunlap at 556-6361 or [email protected] before
applying to insure coordination and facilitate assistance with approaches.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Accepting Research Grant Applications
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides research grants to support studies that aim to
increase understanding of the causes of suicide and factors related to suicide risk, and to test
treatments and other interventions designed to prevent suicide. Investigators from all academic
disciplines are eligible to apply, and both basic science and applied research projects will be considered,
providing the study has an essential focus on suicide or suicide prevention. AFSP grants are awarded for
one- or two-year periods. Grant applications are not accepted from for-profit organizations, or from
federal or state government agencies.
AFSP offers six types of research grants.
Distinguished investigator grants, which provide up to $100,000 over two years, are awarded to
investigators at the level of associate professor or higher with an established record of research
and publication on suicide.
Standard research grants, which provide up to $75,000 over two years, are awarded to
individual investigators at any level.
Linked standard research grants for three or more sites provide up to $225,000 over two years
to investigators at any level
Young investigator grants provide up to $85,000 over two years to investigators at the level of
assistant professor or lower. In addition to a maximum of $75,000 for the investigator's
research, these grants provide an additional $10,000 ($5,000 per year) for an established suicide
researcher who will mentor the young investigator.
Postdoctoral research fellowships provide up to $100,000 over two years to investigators who
have received a Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral degree within the preceding six years and have
not had more than three years of fellowship support. Fellows receive a progressive stipend
which provides $42,000 in the first year and $46,000 in the second, with an institutional
allowance of $6,000 per year.
Pilot grants provide up to $30,000 over one or two years to investigators at any level. These
grants provide seed money for new projects that have the potential to lead to subsequent larger
AFSP does not set a quota for the number of grants in each category that will be funded in a particular
cycle. Rather, grants are selected for funding based on their individual merit. AFSP grants and
fellowships can be awarded to applicants at institutions outside the U.S., as well as to international
applicants who are working at U.S. institutions, providing they meet the general eligibility requirements
for the relevant grant category.Visit the AFSP Web site for complete program guidelines and application
Deadline: November 15, 2011
Melanoma Research Alliance Seeks Innovative Proposals to Address Gap in Translational Science
The Melanoma Research Alliance is a public charity that supports an international cross-disciplinary
group of biomedical researchers with the clinical and scientific expertise to explore, identify, and pursue
innovative solutions to critical research questions leading to better treatments and a cure for melanoma
patients. The MRA is soliciting proposals that address the gap in translational science- —, i.e., turning
scientific discoveries into tools and/or treatments for high risk individuals or melanoma patients.
Successful proposals will have potential for translational development that could lead to high-impact
near-term clinical application in areas of melanoma prevention, diagnosis, staging, and treatment.
Development and/or use of novel technologies that have the potential to further such advances in the
program's areas of emphasis will be considered.
For the 2011-12 cycle, proposals in the following areas are of particular interest and will receive special
consideration: developing combinatorial treatment strategies for patients with unresectable stage III-IV
melanoma; exploring biomarkers of treatment response and/or resistance mechanisms to
immunotherapy and developing methods to overcome resistance; characterizing molecular pathways
driving BRAF wild type melanomas; and defining unique molecular and/or immunological characteristics
of acral and amelanotic melanomas in order to identify new therapeutic targets in these patients.
MRA plans to provide at least $3 million in new funding for Individual Investigator Awards during the
2011-12 cycle. Proposals will be accepted for Individual Investigator Awards in the following categories:
Young Investigator Awards provide investigators within four years of their first academic faculty
appointment with $75,000 per year for two to three years to accomplish innovative, early concept
Established Investigator Awards provide investigators with an established record of scientific
productivity with up to $125,000 per year for two to three years to conduct projects supported by
preliminary data.
Pilot Awards provide an award of $50,000 per year for two years for potentially transformative pilot
studies from investigators who are past the initial four years of their first academic faculty appointment.
Academic-Industry Partnerships awards are designed to facilitate interactions between the academic
and industrial research sectors, and will be co-funded by MRA and an industrial collaborator whose
involvement is essential to the project. The PI must be an academic investigator. Industry scientists may
serve as co-investigators or collaborators. Investigators with an established record of scientific
productivity will receive up to $100,000 per year for two to three years from MRA to conduct projects
supported by preliminary data. Industry funds or in-kind support must match but may exceed MRA
funds for two to three years, for a total annual award value of $200,000 or more.
Principal investigators must hold a faculty appointment at an academic research institution within or
outside the U.S. at the level of assistant professor (or equivalent) or above. Investigators need not be
specifically trained in melanoma research; however, they should be working in an environment capable
of conducting high-quality, high-impact melanoma research.
Visit the MRA Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and information on
previously funded research.
Deadline: December 1, 2011
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Brief Proposals for Evaluation Innovations in Nursing
Education Program
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education program is inviting
applications for research projects that study nursing faculty issues which are critical to achieving the
recommendations outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine report The Future of Nursing: Leading
Change, Advancing Health.
Consistent with EIN's mission, projects typically will address teaching productivity and faculty
preparation in nursing education for meeting the demands of a reformed healthcare and public health
system. Findings should inform strategies for addressing the nurse faculty shortage while expanding the
nurse workforce and maintaining or improving student outcomes.
The program welcomes applications that draw on the expertise of researchers from nursing and other
health sciences, the social sciences, and other relevant disciplines.
Eligible applicant organizations include academic institutions, healthcare organizations, and research
firms. Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit 501(c)(3)
organizations. Researchers working on the proposed project must be citizens or permanent residents of
the U.S. or its territories.
A total of up to $1.8 million in grants will be awarded in this round of funding. Grants of up to $100,000
might support case studies, scans of existing programs, or determinants of best practices. Grants of up
to $300,000 might support survey research or controlled evaluations. All grants will be twenty-four
months in duration or shorter. The program will hold an optional applicant webinar on October 6, 2011.
Registration is required. The complete Call for Proposals, application materials, and applicant Webinar
details are available at the RWJF Web site.
Deadline: November 16, 2011
Center on Theological Inquiry and Templeton Foundation Offers Research Fellowships for Inquiry on
Evolution and Human Nature
The Center of Theological Inquiry is an independent research institution in Princeton, New Jersey, with a
visiting scholar program. With support from the John Templeton Foundation, the center is convening an
interdisciplinary team of theologians and scientists to address questions of nature and nurture raised by
the biological evolution of human beings. The program is inviting qualified scholars to apply to join this
research team on evolution and human nature.
The program welcomes proposals to explore how new research in evolutionary biology, psychology, and
anthropology is challenging and changing the understanding of human nature and development, not
least in relation to religion and theological accounts of the human condition. The program's field of
inquiry encompasses these evolutionary and human sciences, theological anthropology, practical
theology, psychology of religion, religious studies, and the history and philosophy of science.
Applications will be considered from scholars in relevant disciplines generating ideas with a global
impact on the topic, including the core questions of nature and nurture and the relationship between
religion, culture, and human evolution.
Successful applicants will be awarded one of eight research fellowships of up to $70,000 or one of two
postdoctoral fellowships of up to $40,000 to enable them to be in residence at the center during its
academic year from September 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013. Research fellows will also be eligible for a
publication award of $12,000 upon successful completion of the publication plan set out in their
research proposal. Applicants for the research fellowships should be in full-time tenured or tenuretrack positions at an accredited higher education institution. Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships
should have successfully completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by the date of application.
For complete program information and application procedures, visit the Center on Theological Inquiry
Web site.
Deadline: November 30, 2011
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Call for Applications for 2012-13 Health Policy Fellows
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is designed to provide a
comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics in Washington,
D.C. The year-long program provides an opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and
behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and healthcare policy. Fellows participate in
the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, healthcare,
and health policy.
Up to six grants of up to $165,000 each will be made in 2012. Each fellow will receive up to $94,000 for
the Washington stay (September 1, 2012, through August 31, 2013) in salary, plus fringe benefits or
fellowship stipend. Continued pre–approved leadership development activities may be conducted with
any remaining funds within twelve months following the Washington year. Fellows will receive an
additional allowance for relocation.Exceptional candidates from academic faculties and nonprofit
healthcare organizations are encouraged to apply.
Applicants may have backgrounds in the allied health professions, biomedical sciences, dentistry,
economics or other social sciences, health services organization and administration, medicine, nursing,
public health, social and behavioral health, or health law. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, resident noncitizen nationals, or resident foreign nationals. The deadline for online applications is November 9,
2011. (Please note that reference letters must be submitted online by November 2, 2011.) Complete
program information, selection criteria, and application instructions are available at the RWJF Web site.
Deadline: November 9, 2011
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Accepting Applications for Collaborative Research Travel Grants
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Collaborative Research Travel Grants program provides up to $15,000
in support for Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty researchers from degree-granting
institutions in the U.S. or Canada to travel either domestically or internationally to a laboratory to
acquire a new research technique, to facilitate a collaboration, or to attend a laboratory/lecture course.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or be studying for a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer
science, statistics, or engineering and be interested in investigating research opportunities in the
biological sciences. Biologists interested in working with physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers,
chemists, statisticians, or computer scientists to incorporate their ideas and approaches to answering
biological questions are also eligible to apply.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application.
Grants cannot be used for travel to domestic or international meetings or to cover salary support.
Awards will be made to North American degree-granting institutions on behalf of the named award
recipients. Visit the BWF Web site for complete program guidelines, FAQs, eligibility quiz, and the
Deadline: December 1, 2011
Nomination Period Open for Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience
The Kavli Prizes are designed to recognize scientists whose discoveries have dramatically expanded
human understanding in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. Consisting of a scroll,
medal, and cash award of $1 million, a prize in each of these areas has been awarded biennially since
The prizes represent a partnership of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Kavli
Foundation, and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics is
awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing the knowledge and understanding of the origin,
evolution, and properties of the universe, and includes the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, astronomy,
planetary science, solar physics, space science, astrobiology, astronomical and astrophysical
instrumentation, and particle astrophysics.
The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience is awarded for outstanding achievement in the science and application of
the unique physical, chemical, and biological properties of atomic, molecular, macromolecular, and
cellular structures and systems manifested in the nanometer scale. This includes molecular selfassembly, nanomaterials, nanoscale instrumentation, nanobiotechnology, macromolecular synthesis,
molecular mechanics, and related topics.
The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing the knowledge
and understanding of the brain and nervous system, including molecular neuroscience, cellular
neuroscience, systems neuroscience, neurogenetics, developmental neuroscience, cognitive
neuroscience, computational neuroscience, and related facets of the brain and nervous system.
The nomination process is open to all who wish to nominate candidates, but self-nominations will not be
accepted. The prize can be awarded to a single person for profound scientific achievements or shared
for closely related fundamental contributions. Deceased persons cannot be nominated.
For complete program information, the nomination form, and information on previous prize winners,
visit the Kavli Foundation Web site.
Deadline: December 1, 2011
**PLEASE NOTE: RFPs for public funds are distributed by the Office of Research**

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