National Institute of General Medical Sciences/NIH/DHHS: RFA-RM-15-004–Undiagnosed Diseases Gene Function Research (R21)

Deadline: May 24, 2015

National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications for gene function studies in collaboration with the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) building upon the NIH Intramural Research Program’s Undiagnosed Diseases Program (NIH-UDP). Responsive applications will propose to investigate the underlying genetics, biochemistry and/or pathophysiology of newly diagnosed diseases in association with the respective gene variant(s) identified through the UDN. In recent years, gene function studies combined with genetic and genomic analyses and metabolic studies have greatly improved diagnoses of these very rare diseases and advanced scientific knowledge of the underlying pathogenesis. This initiative is funded through the NIH Common Fund, which supports cross-cutting programs that are expected to have exceptionally high impact.

This FOA s developed as a Common Fund initiative ( through the NIH Office of the NIH Director, Office of Strategic Coordination ( The FOA will be administered by the National Institute of General Medicine (NIGMS/NIH) ( on behalf of the NIH. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

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Directorate for Geosciences/NSF: GeoPrisms Program

Deadline: July 15, 2015

GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) Program investigates the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management. The GeoPRISMS Program includes two broadly integrated science initiatives (Subduction Cycles and Deformation and Rift Initiation and Evolution), linked by five overarching scientific topics and themes, where transformative advances are likely to occur in the decade 2011-2020, and where a focused scientific program could be most effective. These overarching science topics include 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 3) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and geodynamics. Each of the initiatives has identified primary sites for focused investigations, as well as thematic studies that will complement primary site studies.

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National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH/DHHS: RFA-MD-15-006–NIMHD Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

Deadline: June 23, 2015

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites applications for the NIMHD Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). The purpose of the program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators conducting minority health and health disparities research. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers. This FOA will use the NIH K99/R00 Career Transition Award/Research Transition Award mechanism.

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Food & Drug Administration: RFA-FD-15-019–FDA FERN Cooperative Agreement Continuation Program (U18)

Deadline: June 29, 2015

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) invites applications for inclusion into FDA’s Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) Cooperative Agreement Program for Microbiological, Chemical, and/or Radiological laboratories. The FERN cooperative agreements are intended to target state, local, and tribal FERN laboratories to provide increased analytical capacity and expertise (including method development and validation) in the event of food outbreaks or other large-scale food emergency events requiring surge capacity testing of implicated food samples. These samples could involve foods and/or environmental samples related to foods, and will be collected by Federal, State, or local agencies. Selected labs with potential sample collection capabilities may be tasked with sample collection activities in support of this program. Numbers of samples and scheduling of samples will be determined by the FERN National Program Office (NPO) in coordination with grantees. Federal or State surveillance assignments will also be a source of samples for lab analysis. The FDA estimates that the analysis of up to 480 emergency response and surveillance samples per year may be needed. These cooperative agreements will also be utilized to implement standardized analytical results through the usage of standardized methods, equipment platforms (funded through this cooperative agreement) analytical worksheets, and electronic reporting. Each lab should have a quality management system in place to ensure data quality. Laboratories will be encouraged to obtain ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation or adopt a quality system comparable to this international standard. Grantees will also be involved in small-scale, short-term method development and method validation projects as directed by the FERN NPO. Matrix extension assignments are also required and can have the potential of requiring rapid turn- around times to respond to food outbreaks. This FOA will use the U18 Research Demonstration – Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS: RFA-AI-15-025–Hepatitis C Cooperative Research Centers: Immunity to HCV Infection (U19)

Deadline: May 22, 2015

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications for research on the host immunological response to Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection with the goal of defining the immune requirements critical to a) protection against HCV infection, and b) successful clearance of HCV infection, conducted through Hepatitis C Cooperative Research Centers (HepC Center(s)). This FOA will use the NIH U19 Research Program – Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

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Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and Landscapes: Warren E. Roberts Graduate Student Paper Competition

Deadline: June 30, 2015

This annual competitive award recognizes excellence in original graduate student fieldwork, documentary research, and writing in the area of traditional North American material culture.

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Cummings (Nathan) Foundation: Grants Program

Deadline: There are no deadlines for Letters of Inquiry—LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed by NCF staff within 60 days. LOI submissions can be sent via email to

The sponsor supports innovative organizations that share our vision of a society that measures its success by how it treats those who have the least, and that works to close the gap between America’s promise and its imperfect practice. Specifically, they seek to make progress on two pressing and interconnected problems that must be resolved if our vision is to be realized: inequality and climate change.

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Wilson (Woodrow) International Center for Scholars: Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Grant

Deadline: June 1, 2015

The Kennan Institute offers Short-Term Grants (up to one month’s duration) to U.S. citizens whose research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area. Policy-relevant research is preferred. Academic participants must either possess a doctoral degree or be doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected.

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Whitney (Helen Hay) Foundation: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Deadline: July 1, 2015

The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation supports early postdoctoral research training in all basic biomedical sciences. Candidates who hold or are in the final stages of obtaining a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree and are seeking beginning postdoctoral training in basic biomedical research are eligible to apply for a fellowship. The fellowship is for a period of three years.

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