Vice President for Research
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
February Funding Focus Newsletter #2
Limited Submission Announcements
The Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-funded investigators to purchase or upgrade scientific instruments necessary to carry out animal experiments in all areas of biomedical research supported by the NIH. Applicants may request clusters of commercially available instruments configured as specialized integrated systems or as series of instruments to support a thematic well-defined area of research using animals or related materials. Priority will be given to uniquely configured systems to support innovative and potentially transformative investigations. 

This FOA supports requests for state-of-the art commercially available technologies needed for NIH-funded research using any vertebrate and invertebrate animal species. 

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) does not support requests for single instruments. At least one item of the requested instrumentation must cost at least $50,000, after all applicable discounts. No instrument in a cluster can cost less than $20,000, after all applicable discounts. There is no maximum price requirement; however, the maximum award is $750,000 of direct costs. 
Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: March 8, 2019, 4:45pm
The Henry Luce Foundation's American Art Program supports scholarly loan exhibitions that significantly advance the study and understanding of art of the United States, including all facets of Native American art. 

Proposals for loan exhibitions are considered once each year, and grants are awarded on a competitive basis. An external panel of advisors, including academic art historians, curators, and art journalists, participates in the final stages of the competition. They are selected for the aesthetic and historical merit of the art as well as on the intellectual rigor and originality of the exhibition’s conceptual framework.

Eligible projects may address any time period and/or medium, excepting performance art, film, and the work of emerging artists, and must result in substantial exhibitions and accompanying publications. Proposals will be judged on the aesthetic and historical merit of the art under consideration, as well as on the intellectual rigor and originality of the exhibition’s conceptual framework. Competitive projects will be concertedly focused on original art objects of distinct quality.
Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: March 8, 2019, 4:45pm
IMPORTANT UPDATES

In late 2018, the NIH published new instructions for preparing and submitting grant applications and updated review criteria for proposals with deadlines on or after January 25, 2019. This quick update session will briefly cover what you need to know about these significant changes to be compliant, along with a discussion of updates to the R15 parent announcements. In this session we will touch on:
  • R15 activity code rebranding and eligibility changes
  • Application instructions and review criteria updates for research grant applications
  • Enhancing reproducibility - the rigor of the prior research, formerly Scientific Premise 
  • Inclusion reporting - Inclusion Across the Lifespan
  • Protections for human subjects

When: February 26, 2019
Time: 11:00am – 11:45am



The  Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer  and the  Office of Proposal Services & Faculty Support  are hosting a Grant Writing Course. This Grant Writing Course is designed to aid rising faculty in the acquisition of their first “R”-type NIH award. By highlighting the underlying culture of the NIH, the attendee gains insight into the key predicates of success. In this regard, the course provides an overview of all facets of the NIH “R” process – conceptualization of grant, construction of grant, routing of grant, and follow-on steps. In addition, intensive focus is provided to allow attendees to transit all of the competitive barriers to funding acquisition. This course differs from other professional grant writing courses in that it fosters the fullest understanding of the institutional logic of the NIH. On this basis, the course provides the tools to achieve productive engagement with the NIH at all levels.  Registration is open through March 1, 2019 .

When: March 8, 2019
Where: School of Nursing, Lecture Hall 1145
Time: 8am – 12:45pm (including Q&A lunch)
Presenter: Dr. David Curiel, Professor of Radiation Oncology/Director, Biologic Therapeutics Center
Washington University of St. Louis

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund research grant programs support fundamental research in the petroleum field, and development of the next generation of engineers and scientists through advanced scientific education. Research areas supported include chemistry, the earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and related fields such as polymers and materials science. 

The current programs are: 
- New Directions (ND):Grants for new directions in research 
- Doctoral New Investigator (DNI): Starter grants for new faculty 
- Undergraduate Research (UR): Grants for undergraduate faculty 
- Undergraduate New Investigator (UNI): Starter grants for new faculty 

Full Proposal Due – February 20, 2019 at 5pm (Eastern)
The FY19 Defense Appropriation provides $14 million (M) to the Department of Defense Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP) to support innovative, high-impact lung cancer research. 
The LCRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. Program Announcements and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in March 2019
Applications must address at least one of the nine Areas of Emphasis listed below:
  • Identify innovative strategies for the screening and early detection of lung cancer.
  • Understand the molecular mechanisms of initiation and progression to clinically significant lung cancer.
  • Identify innovative strategies for prevention of the occurrence of lung cancer.
  • Identify innovative strategies for the treatment of lung cancer.
  • Identify innovative strategies for the prevention of recurrence of or metastases from lung cancer.
  • Develop or optimize predictive markers to assist with therapeutic decision-making.
  • Understand mechanisms of resistance to treatment (primary and secondary).
  • Understand contributors to lung cancer development other than tobacco.
  • Identify innovative strategies for lung cancer care delivery (clinical management/ surveillance/symptom management).
The FY19 Defense Appropriation provides $5 million (M) to the Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) to support innovative, high-impact tick-borne disease research.
The TBDRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. Program Announcements and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted in April 2019.
Applications must address at least one of the following specific Focus Areas in Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases:
  • Diagnosis
  • Pathogenesis
  • Prevention
  • Treatment
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
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