Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services/Department of Education: NIDRR – Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program – Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training (ARRT) Program – Advanced Rehabilitation Research Policy Fellowship

Deadline: August 18, 2014

The sponsor announces the availability of funds for the NIDRR – Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program – Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training (ARRT) Program – Advanced Rehabilitation Research Policy Fellowship. The purpose of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. The program is also intended to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).

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U.S. Agency for International Development: USAID/Uganda Comprehensive HIV/AIDS and Health Services at the Workplace Activity

Deadline: August 22, 2014

USAID/Uganda anticipates awarding a new, $15 million, five-year Cooperative Agreement to support delivery of comprehensive HIV/AIDS and health services at the workplace. This activity’s target population is the Uganda Police Force, private guards from security companies with a national coverage, Uganda Wild Life Authority Staff including game rangers and park wardens, other national park staff, staff in selected hotels under Uganda Hotel Owners Association, their families and surrounding communities. The activity will also target selected hotels in high prevalence regions of the country under the guidance of Uganda Hotel Owners Association. This activity will serve as USAID/Uganda’s flagship workplace HIV/AIDS program. It will build upon the successes and lessons learnt from the Supporting Public Sector Workplaces to Expand Actions and Responses against HIV/AIDS (SPEAR) activity, which ends in June 2014. The activity is purposed to reduce the incidence of HIV and other communicable diseases and improve the quality of care of those infected/affected through increased access to and use of comprehensive HIV/AIDS and other health services. This is envisaged to ultimately lead to improved health status among the target population.

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS: RFA-AI-14-048–Immunobiology of Xenotransplantation (U01)

Deadline: October 20, 2014

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications to participate in the Immunobiology of Xenotransplantation Cooperative Research Program (IXCRP) for the development of preclinical porcine to nonhuman primate (NHP) models of islet, kidney, heart, lung, or liver xenotransplantation. The goals of this program are to: (1) delineate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of xenograft rejection and the induction of tolerance; (2) develop effective strategies to improve xenograft survival; and (3) characterize the physiological compatibility/limitations of xenografts. The long-term goal of this program is to develop novel and effective strategies for application of xenotransplantation in the clinic. This program will use the NIH U01 Research Project Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

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Bureau of Land Management/Department of the Interior: BLM Utah Establishment of Utah Air Quality Modeling Center

Deadline: August 7, 2014

The sponsor announces the availability of funds for the BLM Utah Establishment of Utah Air Quality Modeling Center. BLM Utah is completing the development of a reusable photochemical modeling platform that will allow for landscape scale modeling using a state-of-the-art one atmosphere photochemical model to conduct future NEPA analyses and air quality planning on a regional scale. This modeling platform has been developed through a collaborative process with other federal land managers and the Environmental Protection Agency to provide Utah BLM with a mutually agreed upon methodology for addressing air quality issues both under the requirements of the Federal Land Planning Management Act (FLPMA) that we manage air as a resource, and under NEPA in that we analyze and disclose the impacts of our land management decisions. BLM as an agency does not currently possess the ability to utilize this modeling platform, and given current and future budget projections are unlikely to develop that capability in the near future. As recognized by other efforts at establishing collaborative modeling capability on public lands (e.g. Federal Leadership Forum 3-State Study), having an academic entity serve as a modeling center for these types of analyses has many benefits over having to contract through private consultants. Conducting photochemical modeling exercises is an elaborate and iterative process which requires numerous modifications and adjustments to the modeling inputs as pre-processing is conducted and the modeling performance evaluations are completed.

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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce: FY2015 NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Hawaii Program

Deadline: September 30, 2014

This federal funding opportunity meets NOAA’s mission of science, service and stewardship in support of a future where societies and their ecosystems are healthy and resilient in the face of sudden or prolonged change. The purpose for this financial assistance will support NOAA’s goal by developing a well-informed citizenry involved in decision-making that positively impacts our coastal, marine and watershed ecosystems in the State of Hawaii. This opportunity is a competitive grant that provides funding to assist in the development of new programs, encourage innovative partnerships among environmental education programs and support geographically targeted programs to advance environmental literacy efforts that complement national and state school requirements. The B-WET Hawaii Program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment on priority topics, such understanding climate, ocean and earth sciences and community resilience to hazards. Funded projects provide a meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE) for students, professional development for teachers, service learning opportunities for students, and support to regional education and environmental priorities.

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U.S. Agency for International Development: Comprehensive Community HIV Prevention Program for Key and Vulnerable Populations (CP2)

Deadline: August 25, 2014

The program’s goal is to contribute to the improved health status for all Tanzanians through a sustained reduction in new HIV infections in Tanzania in support of the Government of Tanzania’s (GoT) commitment to HIV prevention. The primary implementation approach is achieving high levels of coverage, or saturation, among priority populations within a defined geographic area with the appropriate mix of population-specific behavioral, biomedical, and structural interventions. In order to maximize HIV prevention efforts and address epidemiologic trends, specific at-risk groups have been identified as critical to halting the spread of the epidemic. These comprise key populations, including sex workers (SWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM), as well as vulnerable populations, including vulnerable young women ages 15-24, clients of sex workers, men in mobile occupations, and other populations at heightened risk per local context and epidemiology. Within both key and vulnerable populations, the CP2 will reach PLHIV to promote a positive healthy lifestyle with dignity and to prevent onward HIV transmission. CP2 will support the implementation of GoT, PEPFAR, and internationally recommended policies for SWs and MSM. Programmatic elements include empowering peer-led outreach, integrated community services with drop-in centers, the provision of condoms and lubricants, community-based HIV testing and counseling (CBHTC), family planning (FP), community-based care, referrals for sexually-transmitted infection (STI) and TB diagnosis and treatment, and tracked linkages to treatment for those infected with HIV. Among vulnerable populations, CP2 will provide skills to engage in sexual risk reduction, promote positive male engagement in various settings, increase knowledge of HIV status through CBHTC, offer FP services, and link clients to more specialized FP and comprehensive care and treatment services. CP2 will actively collaborate with health facilities to return to care HIV-positive beneficiaries who have been lost to follow-up. Those who are diagnosed as HIV-positive through CBHTC will be measurably linked to comprehensive, facility-based care, treatment, and family planning services. Those who are diagnosed as HIV-negative will be guided through risk-reduction planning and supported in accessing other community- and facility-based services, including VMMC. Innovative, yet practical and measurable tracking referral systems will help ensure that priority populations, irrespective of HIV status, benefit from the appropriate package of behavioral, biomedical, and structural interventions. Fundamental to CP2 results is communities’ engagement in and ownership of comprehensive HIV prevention services. Community leaders, networks, businesses, civil society organizations (CSOs), and local government authorities (LGAs) will understand their epidemic and provide and advocate for quality HIV prevention interventions in their communities. Many of these services will be increasingly supported and funded through the public and private sectors and civil society. Over time, communities will grapple with and address harmful norms that place Tanzanians at risk of HIV. This includes taking a gender-conscious approach and institutionalizing gender equity and meaningful male involvement messages throughout project’s activities. Underlying this program is a focus on sustainability that will help ensure a long-term return on USAID/Tanzania’s investments. A robust learning agenda will guide both program implementation and Tanzania’s national response to HIV prevention, and document the outcomes of program interventions. There is a particular need to demonstrate evidence of effective structural interventions in the Tanzania context, as well as how geographic areas can progressively achieve saturated coverage of a combination package.

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Department of State: U.S. Russia University Partnership Program

Deadline: August 29, 2014

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announces an open competition for the FY 2014 US-Russia University Partnership Program. Public and private non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to develop a university partnership program that matches Russian institutions of higher learning with U.S. counterparts. The program will facilitate the universities to work together on joint projects with the goal of forming long-lasting and sustainable relationships beyond the grant period.

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS: RFA-AI-14-047–Immunobiology of Xenotransplantation (U19)

Deadline: October 20, 2014

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications to participate in the Immunobiology of Xenotransplantation Cooperative Research Program (IXCRP) for the development of preclinical porcine to nonhuman primate (NHP) models of islet, kidney, heart, lung, or liver xenotransplantation. The goals of this program are to: (1) delineate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of xenograft rejection and the induction of tolerance; (2) develop effective strategies to improve xenograft survival; and (3) characterize the physiological compatibility/limitations of xenografts. The long-term goal of this program is to develop novel and effective strategies for application of xenotransplantation in the clinic. This program will use the NIH U19 Research Program – Cooperative Agreements award mechanism.

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Office of Loan Repayment/NIH/DHHS: Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers (LRP-CR)

Deadline: November 15, 2014

The sponsor provides support for the repayment of educational loan debt of qualified health professionals who agree to conduct clinical research for at least two years. The program provides for the repayment of up to $35,000 of the principal and interest of extant educational loans.

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Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences/NSF: Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG)

Deadline: October 14, 2014

The long-range goal of the Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG) program is to strengthen the nation’s scientific competitiveness by increasing the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences. The RTG program supports efforts to improve research training by involving undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty members in structured research groups centered on a common research theme. Research groups supported by RTG must include vertically-integrated activities that span the entire spectrum of educational levels from undergraduates through postdoctoral associates.

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