National Institute on Deafness & Other Communication Disorders/NIH/DHHS: RFA-DC-15-002–NIDCD Research Career Transition Award for Nurturing Clinician-Investigators (K22)

Deadline: January 2, 2015

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) invites applications for the NIDCD Research Career Transition Award for Nurturing Clinician-Investigators (K22). The purpose of the award is to facilitate and support the early-stage research career development of new and recently appointed clinician faculty members with limited research training and experience who seek to forge an independent research career trajectory at academic institutions. This K22 program is intended to provide them with the knowledge, tools and research experience that will enable them to craft an NIDCD mentored clinician-scientist development (K08/K23) award application that is competitive for funding. This FOA will use the NIH K22 Career Transition Award mechanism.

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Directorate for Engineering/NSF: Mechanics of Materials and Structures

Deadline: February 17, 2015

The Mechanics of Materials and Structures program supports fundamental research in mechanics as related to the behavior of deformable solid materials and respective structures under internal and external actions. A diverse and interdisciplinary spectrum of research is supported with emphasis on research that leads to advances in i) theory, experimental, and/or computational methods in mechanics, and/or ii) uses contemporary mechanics methods to address modern challenges in materials and structures. Proposed research can focus on existing or emerging materials and structural systems, across time and length scales.

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration: RFP — 2014 NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Minority Univerity Resaerch and Education Project (MUREP) Science and Technology and Engineering and Math (STEM) Engagement (MSE)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Awards will be made as cooperative agreements. The period of performance for an award is up to 3 years. Note that it is NASA policy that all investigations involving non-U.S. organizations will be conducted on the basis of no exchange of funds. Prospective proposers are requested to submit any questions in writing to NASAMSE@nasaprs.com no later than 10 business days before the proposal due date so that NASA will be able to respond. Only Minority Serving Colleges and Universities that are legally recognized by the Department of Education are eligible to apply for this NASA Research Announcement (NRA). No later than the due date for proposals, proposers to this NRA are required to have: 1) a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, 2) a valid registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) [formerly known as the Central Contractor Registry (CCR)], 3) a valid Commercial And Government Entity (CAGE) Code, 4) a valid registration with NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES). The NASA Office of Education Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) solicits proposals from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to create and implement a NASA STEM challenge, targeted for MSI participation. STEM challenges are creative applications of NASA-related science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and cross-cutting concepts. MUREP Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Engagement (MSE) seeks proposals to support MSIs that demonstrate the potential to increase the number of minority undergraduates in STEM education areas relevant to NASA. The specific goals of MSE awards are to: * Increase the retention and completion rates of undergraduate degrees awarded from MSIs in NASA-related STEM disciplines; * Increase the number of NASA-focused STEM experiences that engage underrepresented groups in active learning to improve retention of information and critical thinking skills; and, * Disseminate proven, innovative practices and programs in STEM teaching, STEM learning, and recruitment and retention of underrepresented/ underserved students in STEM fields. The specific objectives of the NASA MSE solicitation are to: Design, develop, and implement a NASA-related STEM challenge targeted for MSI and community college STEM-enrolled student participation; Align the challenge design with the NASA mission and with a specific NASA program or project; and Develop and implement processes to capture the impact of activities and strategies implemented through this challenge. Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity – MSE may be categorized as both other Research and Development and Education funded activity. Every institution that intends to submit a proposal to this NRA, including the proposed prime award or any partner whether an informal education institution, other non-profit institutions, state and local Government agencies, and other organizations that will serve as subawardees or contractors, must be registered in NSPIRES. Electronic submission of proposals is required by the due date and must be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Such registration must identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal. All principal investigators and other participants (e.g. co-investigators) must be registered in NSPIRES regardless of submission system. Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the system(s) well in advance of the proposal due date(s) of interest to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information. Electronic proposals may be submitted via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or via Grants.gov. Organizations that intend to submit proposals via Grants.gov must be registered 1) with Grants.gov and 2) with NSPIRES. Additional programmatic information for this NRA may develop before the proposal due date. If so, such information will be added as a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) or formal amendment to this NRA and posted on http://nspires.nasaprs.com . It is the proposer’s responsibility to regularly check NSPIRES for updates to this NRA.

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Directorate for Engineering/NSF: Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)

Deadline: February 17, 2015

The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operating and protecting efficient, resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. Research that recognizes the role that these systems play in societal functioning and accounts for how human behavior and social organizations contribute to and affect the performance of these systems is encouraged. While component-level, subject-matter knowledge may be crucial in many research efforts, this program focuses on the civil infrastructure as a system in which interactions between spatially-distributed components and intersystem connections exist. Thus, intra- and inter-physical, information and behavioral dependencies of these systems are also of particular interest. Topics pertaining to transportation systems, construction engineering, infrastructure systems and infrastructure management are a focus of this program. Research that considers either or both ordinary and disrupted operating environments is relevant. Methodological contributions pertaining to systems engineering and design, network analysis and optimization, performance management, vulnerability and risk analysis, mathematical and simulation modeling, exact and approximate algorithm development, control theory, statistical forecasting, dynamic and stochastic systems approaches, multi-attribute decision theory, and incorporation of behavioral and social considerations, not excluding other methodological areas or the integration of methods, specific to this application are encouraged. Additional research of interest exploits data/information, and takes advantage of relevant technological advances, such as social media. In general, research that has the promise of long-lasting, cascading (hopefully escalating) impact on the wider research community through its theoretical, scientific, mathematical or computational contributions is valued.

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Directorate for Engineering/NSF: Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH)

Deadline: February 17, 2015

The goals of the Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program are to prevent natural hazards from becoming disasters, and to broaden consideration of natural hazards independently to the consideration of the multi-hazard environment within which the constructed civil infrastructure exists. The ENH program, PD 15-7396, replaces the annual George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) research (NEESR) program solicitations to enable proposal submissions during the two CMMI unsolicited proposal submission windows each year, with the due dates shown above, and to support fundamental research for a broader range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, windstorms (tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis and landslides. The ENH program also supports natural hazards engineering research that had been supported under the Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering Program (HMSE) (PD 13-1637) and the Geotechnical Engineering (GTE) Program (PD 12-1636).

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National Institute on Deafness & Other Communication Disorders/NIH/DHHS: RFA-DC-15-002–NIDCD Research Career Transition Award for Nurturing Clinician-Investigators (K22)

Deadline: January 2, 2015

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) invites applications for the NIDCD Research Career Transition Award for Nurturing Clinician-Investigators (K22). The purpose of the award is to facilitate and support the early-stage research career development of new and recently appointed clinician faculty members with limited research training and experience who seek to forge an independent research career trajectory at academic institutions. This K22 program is intended to provide them with the knowledge, tools and research experience that will enable them to craft an NIDCD mentored clinician-scientist development (K08/K23) award application that is competitive for funding. This FOA will use the NIH K22 Career Transition Award mechanism.

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Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/NIH/DHHS: Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21)

Deadline: February 16, 2015

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies. This FOA calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies. Additionally, this FOA seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health researchers and experts in computational approaches to further the development of modeling- and simulation-based systems science methodologies and their application to important public health challenges. This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

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UARV Announcements

Attending Vet Visit and Availability Update

Dr. Walter Horne, Attending Veterinarian, will be unavailable for veterinary consultation from Wednesday, November 26, 2014 through Saturday, November 29, 2014. In case of veterinary emergency during this time, please contact Dr. Stanley Dannemiller at 330-523-8622. Drs. Horne and Dannemiller will be performing a routine vet visit in the UARV facility the morning of Tuesday, November 25, 2014. If you have any specific observation requests in regard to your animals, please let me know so I can inform Dr. Horne.

UARV Policy Updates, New User Access, and Reminders

The UARV policies and forms for new users have been updated for accuracy and are attached. It is recommended you take a minute to re-familiarize yourself with facility policies, as there are some new additions:

  • All animal cages being transported from the UARV to individual lab spaces are required to be covered during transport to protect the animal and to prevent unwanted attention. You may use a PPE gown, or labcoats are available in the facility laundry room (B115). If you use a labcoat, be sure to place it in the dirty hamper after transport so our staff can clean it.
  • No photos or videos are permitted within the facility without prior approval by the UARV Supervisor.

Hard copies of these forms are available on the reception desk on the UARV 1st Floor. As a reminder, unauthorized individuals are not permitted in the facility without prior approval of the UARV Supervisor.

 Animal Food Prep – Fridge Cleanout

The white refrigerator in B223 (animal food prep) will be cleaned out on Monday, November 24, 2014. Any food you wish to keep should be stored in the brown fridge in the same room. Food will be moved back into the white refrigerator on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. All food containers should be easy to sanitize, and labeled with the following information: food product identification, PI last name, protocol number, and date of expiration. If a date of expiration is not available, a date of acquisition should be on the container. Unlabeled or mislabeled food will be regularly thrown out by the UARV staff.

Necropsy: Carcass Disposal

Ziploc bags for carcass disposal are provided on the stainless steel cart next to the necropsy freezer (in the dirty cagewash room), and are also available in the food prep room (B223) on the second floor of the facility. In collaboration with campus Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS), the UARV is requiring that all carcasses have the following information written in permanent marker on the Ziploc bag: PI last name, protocol number, species, and date of disposal. All Ziploc bags can be disposed of in the black plastic bag within the necropsy freezer. If you schedule carcass disposal with EOHS in your individual lab space, label your disposal bags with the same information.

AHU Shutoff Dec 1 – 5

The air handling unit in the UARV will be undergoing maintenance the week of December 1, 2014. During this time, the unit will go through periods of being turned on and off. The UARV will be closely monitoring the animals and room temperatures during this time, and is working closely with Physical Facilities to keep the noise, vibrations, and other disturbances to a minimum. You may still use your animals during this period; contact the UARV Supervisor if you have questions.

 

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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