NSF Letter on the Ebola Virus: Grant Proposals

Dear Colleague,

In light of the recent emergence of the lethal Ebola virus in the US, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical care research that can be used immediately to better understand how to model and understand the spread of Ebola, educate about prophylactic behaviors, and encourage the development of products, processes, and learning that can address this global challenge.

I invite researchers to use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.

Complete guidance on submitting a RAPID proposal may be found here

Sincerely,

Dr. France A. Córdova
Director

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Bureau of Workers’ Compensation: Ohio Occupational Safety and Health Research Program

Deadline: December 8, 2014

Overview

The Ohio Occupational Safety and Health Research Program, hereafter the “Program,” is administered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The program is a competitive research program with an emphasis on maximizing the impact of research efforts in the areas of occupational safety and health on the overall safety, health, productivity and competitiveness of Ohio’s workforce. The program, with minor modifications, is modeled after and similar to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). The program provides funding for research projects up to $250,000 per project. The duration of each research project is limited to 12 to 24 months. The program is an open competition for researchers in Ohio’s not-for-profit higher education institutions and research organizations. The deadline for proposal submission is 5:00 P.M. on December 8, 2014. BWC will make determinations on the successful proposals approved for awards by February 23, 2015, and the successful proposals will be funded according to the available funds. Total amount of funds available for the program for fiscal year 2015 is $1.5 million.

Eligibility Guidelines and Restrictions

This program is limited to colleges/universities and not for profit research institutions located within the state of Ohio. Causes for rejection of a proposal without detailed review (in no particular order) include, but are not limited to:

1. Sponsoring college /university /research institution and/or organization is not located in Ohio;

2. Proposal is not received by the 5:00 P.M. submission deadline;

3. Proposed research project is too broad and/or disjointed;

4. Proposal fails to meet the format requirements described below;

5. Proposal duplicates other research projects previously completed or currently underway by another organization; and/or

6. Proposed research project and/or associated budget are not feasible or reasonable.

 

Ohio Safety and Health Research Program Guidelines

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS: RFA-AI-14-062–Innovative Technologies for Differential Diagnosis of Acute Febrile Illnesses (R21/R33)

Deadline: January 2, 2015

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications for early-stage translational research projects focused on the development of innovative, unbiased next generation, differential diagnostic technologies for acute febrile illnesses caused by infectious pathogens, excluding HIV. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

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Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation: Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies (PRIS)

Deadline: December 3, 2014

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to fund quantitative studies that address the macro or micro effects of policies related to health insurance using appropriate empirical methods, including but not limited to micro-simulation and/or computable general equilibrium models. Up to $650,000 will be available under this call for proposals.

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Transportation Research Board: NCHRP Request for Proposal – Entrained Air Void System for Durable Highway Concrete

Deadline: December 10, 2014

The Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to: (1) identify the characteristics of the entrained air void system required for freeze-thaw durability of highway concrete, and (2) identify/develop new or modified test methods for measuring these characteristics, and (3) identify/develop new or modified test methods for evaluating freeze-thaw durability.

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Transportation Research Board: NCHRP Request for Proposal – Guide for Performance Measures in Snow and Ice Control Operations

Deadline: December 10, 2014

The Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop a guide for applying performance measures to snow and ice control operations. The guide shall be appropriate for assessing agency and contractor performance with focus on safety, mobility, and sustainability.

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Transportation Research Board: NCHRP Request for Proposal – Relating Asphalt Binder Fatigue Properties to Asphalt Mixture Fatigue Performance

Deadline: December 9, 2014

The Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to: 1. Determine asphalt binder properties that are significant indicators of the fatigue performance of asphalt mixtures. 2. Identify or develop a practical, implementable binder test (or tests) to measure properties that are significant indicators of mixture fatigue performance for use in a performance-related binder purchase specification such as AASHTO M 320 and M 332. 3. Propose necessary changes to existing AASHTO specifications to incorporate the identified binder properties and their specification limits. 4. Validate the binder fatigue properties, test(s), and changes to existing and/or proposed AASHTO test methods and specifications with data from field projects, accelerated loading facilities, or both, supplemented, as necessary, with data from additional laboratory-prepared specimens.

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Maternal and Child Health Bureau/HRSA/DHHS: R40Maternal and Child Health Research Program (MCHR)

Deadline: December 5, 2014

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Office of Epidemiology and Research is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 R40 MCH Maternal and Child Health Research program. The purpose of this grant program is to support applied research and analyses studies relating to maternal and child health services, that have the potential to improve health services and delivery of care for maternal and child health populations.

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Transportation Research Board: NCHRP Request for Proposal – Enhanced Truck Data Collection and Analysis for Emissions Modeling

Deadline: December 18, 2014

The Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop a guide for transportation practitioners on methods, procedures, and data sets needed to capture commercial vehicle activity, vehicle characteristics, and operations to assist in estimating and forecasting criteria pollutants, air toxics, and greenhouse gas emissions from goods and services movement.

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Maternal and Child Health Bureau/HRSA/DHHS: R40 Maternal and Child Health Research Program (SDAS)

Deadline: December 5, 2014

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Office of Epidemiology and Research is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 R40 MCH Maternal and Child Health Research program. The purpose of this grant program is to support applied research and analyses studies relating to maternal and child health services, that have the potential to improve health services and delivery of care for maternal and child health populations.

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