National Aeronautics & Space Administration: Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Engagement (MSE)

Deadline: January 20, 2015

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) – 2014, solicits education opportunities in support of NASA’s Office of Education (OE) under the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) for fiscals year 2014. NASA may elect to support some of the proposals submitted under this NRA through the use of non-MUREP funds if such funds are available from other NASA or federal sources.

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National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in Older Adults (R01)

Deadline: February 5, 2015

National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications that propose basic, clinical, and epidemiological outcomes research on the impact of age on the development of, diagnosis, and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) complications in older persons or animal models. Research may focus on, but is not limited to 1) the epidemiology of increasing incidence and prevalence of DM with advancing age, particularly regarding potential racial-ethnic disparities, 2) the elucidation of age-related mechanisms predisposing older adults to diabetes and resultant CVD , 3) understanding the role of aging in increased incidence and severity of CVD outcomes in older diabetics, and 4) determining age-specific prevention, screening, diagnostic, and management strategies of DM in older persons and its CVD complications. Research supported by this initiative is expected to elucidate the role of aging mechanisms that underlie the increased vulnerability of older adults to DM and its CVD complications and to provide evidence-based guidance to improve more appropriate diagnostic criteria, risk stratification, and intervention recommendations to prevent the onset, or improve short- and long-term outcomes, of DM and CVD in older persons. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

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Directorate for Engineering/NSF: National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) (Limited Sumbission)

Deadline: February 2, 2015

Over the past decade of its authorized award life, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) has enabled major discoveries, innovations, and contributions to education and commerce by providing researchers from academia, small and large companies, and government with open access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The National Science Foundation is now moving forward with the new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) as the successor to the NNIN.This solicitation establishes a competition for individual university user facility sites positioned across the nation. A Coordinating Office will then be selected competitively at a later stage from among the selected sites to enhance their impact as a national infrastructure of user facility sites. The ultimate selection of user facility sites will include capabilities and instrumentation addressing current and anticipated future user needs across the broad areas of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

Faculty who wish to apply to this program must email a notice of interest to Emily Njus Emily@uakron.edu. If the number of interested faculty exceeds the submission limit, an internal competition will be conducted.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS: Research Aimed at Novel Behavioral Targets to Improve Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Interventions (R34)

Deadline: February 16, 2015

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) invite applications for research to inform the generation and refinement of novel targets for substance abuse treatment and prevention interventions, modules or adjuncts to existing treatments and prevention interventions that seek to target and modulate behavioral or neurobehavioral processes (e.g., impulsivity, risk-taking propensity, sensation and novelty seeking, distress tolerance, delay discounting, self-regulation, stress reactivity) in adolescents. Additionally, this FOA will encourage studies to include theoretical links that explore the relationship(s) between neural circuitry and treatment and prevention effects, and in particular, how behavioral targets might be affected by treatment and prevention interventions, and how that might be used to improve targeted treatment and prevention intervention development, that translate to reduced morbidity and mortality. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS: Research Aimed at Novel Behavioral Targets to Improve Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Interventions (R01)

Deadline: February 5, 2015

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) invite applications for research to inform the generation and refinement of novel targets for substance abuse treatment and prevention interventions, modules or adjuncts to existing treatments and prevention interventions that seek to target and modulate behavioral or neurobehavioral processes (e.g., impulsivity, risk-taking propensity, sensation and novelty seeking, distress tolerance, delay discounting, self-regulation, stress reactivity) in adolescents. Additionally, this FOA will encourage studies to include theoretical links that explore the relationship(s) between neural circuitry and treatment and prevention effects, and in particular, how behavioral targets might be affected by treatment and prevention interventions, and how that might be used to improve targeted treatment and prevention intervention development, that translate to reduced morbidity and mortality. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

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National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS: RFA-MH-15-225–BRAIN Initiative: Development and Validation of Novel Tools to Analyze Cell-Specific and Circuit-Specific Processes in the Brain (U01)

Deadline: February 18, 2015

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blueprint for Neuroscience Research participating Institutes and Centers invite applications that will develop and validate novel tools to facilitate the detailed analysis of complex circuits and provide insights into cellular interactions that underlie brain function. TThe new tools and technologies should inform and/or exploit cell-type and/or circuit-level specificity. Plans for validating the utility of the tool/technology will be an essential feature of a successful application. The development of new genetic and non-genetic tools for delivering genes, proteins and chemicals to cells of interest or approaches that are expected to target specific cell types and/or circuits in the nervous system with greater precision and sensitivity than currently established methods are encouraged. Tools that can be used in a number of species / model organisms rather than those restricted to a single species are highly desired. Applications that provide approaches that break through existing technical barriers to substantially improve current capabilities are highly encouraged. This program will use the NIH U01 Research Project Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

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California Energy Commission: PON-14-309 – Reduce the Environmental and Public Health Impacts of Electricity Generation and Make the Electricity System Less Vulnerable to Climate Impacts: Phase I

Deadline: January 16, 2015

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund applied research and development projects that reduce the environmental impacts of electricity generation and make the electricity system less vulnerable to climate impacts through the following funding initiatives:

1. Research on sensitive species and habitats to inform renewable energy planning and deployment;

2. Develop analytical tools and technologies to reduce energy-related stresses on aquatic resources and improve water-energy management;

3. Develop analytical tools and technologies to plan for and minimize the impacts of climate change on the electricity system.

Projects under this solicitation must address funding initiatives on habitat and species protection, water resources associated with the existing electricity generation systems, including fossil fuel and renewable energy sources, and environmental issues associated with emerging renewable energy technologies, the interaction of climate change with the electricity system, and the electricity system’s future evolution.

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International Union for Quaternary Research: Skills Enhancement Funding

Deadline: December 1, 2014

This funding scheme is meant to widen the skill base within the INQUA community, specifically through assisting scientists who lack well-developed infrastructures or networks (including but not limited to younger scientists), through encouraging networking, exchanges of information and techniques, training, and bringing people together e.g. to develop new international focus groups or projects.

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Wilson (Woodrow) National Fellowship Foundation: Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship

Deadline: January 31, 2015

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is offering fellowships with the goal of attracting talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need Indiana secondary schools.

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Wilson (Woodrow) National Fellowship Foundation : Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship

Deadline: January 31, 2015

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is offering fellowships with the goal of attracting talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need Indiana secondary schools.

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