Vice President for Research
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
January Funding Focus Newsletter #1
Limited Submission Announcements
The goal of the Graduate Research Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D., who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. 

NIGMS diversity enhancing institutional training grants offset the cost of appointed trainee stipends, tuition and fees, and training related expenses, including health insurance, in accordance with the approved NIH support levels. Additionally, funded programs are expected to provide activities that will build a strong cohort of research-oriented individuals while enhancing the science identity, self-efficacy, and a sense of belonging among the cohort members. Programmatic activities include, but are not limited to, providing authentic research experiences, academic enhancements, skills development, and additional mentoring - activities proven to increase persistence in STEM fields. 
Note that instructions for this limited submission deviate from standard instructions.
Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal
Internal Deadline: January 18, 2019, 4:45pm
A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of partners: Partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and local business and industry, if appropriate. 

The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students. 

The STEM disciplines supported by the S-STEM program include: 
- Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields); 
- Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science); 
- Mathematical sciences; 
- Computer and information sciences; 
- Geosciences; 
- Engineering; and 
- Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.) 
Institutional Limit: 1 Proposal (1 per college)
Internal Deadline: January 18, 2019, 4:45pm
Free webinar opportunity: Readying Your University to Open Data Compliance . This webinar will describe definitions of open access and open data, benefits that open data can bring, and why funders are requiring data sharing and data management plans.
Date/Time: January 16, 2019 10:00 AM

The IRS Mileage Rate has been updated ; it is now 58¢ per mile (effective 1/1/19). This update is reflected in AU’s Travel Policies and the updated Fact Sheet .

NIH has changed how it utilizes the R15 activity code. These changes are summarized in the January 2019 Tiger Tips.
Letter of Interest Due – February 1, 2019 5pm (Eastern)
The Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program (JWMRP), managed by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, provides an opportunity to advance previously funded DoD or Service medical R&D projects that address the medical requirements of the Services. The JWMRP complements and enhances the Defense Health Program by facilitating the further development of promising industry and academic efforts.
Full Proposal Date: February 1, 2019 at 5pm
The Alabama NASA EPSCoR Program is currently accepting proposals for the NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research Cooperative Agreement Notice (NNH18ZHA005C). All submissions for this CAN must be submitted through their office, as per the solicitation requirements.

Proposals due to NASA AL EPSCoR Program Office by Feb. 1, 2019. Submit to NASA AL EPSCoR Program Coordinator, Brooke Graham, [email protected].

  • Proposals must be submitted through the AL NASA EPSCoR Director, Dr. L. Dale Thomas as PI. Technical researcher will be referred to as Sci-I.
  • Maximum Technical budget is $90,000 for AU teams, inclusive of indirect costs
  • Technical proposal is limited to 2-3 pages. Include the title of the technical area you are addressing. Once a technical area has been proposed, it is no longer available for submission* (see link to view which areas have been proposed).
  • Data Management Plan (limited to 4000 characters).
  • Cost share is not required, but is allowed.
  • Maximum 1 year period of performance.
  • Five new research areas listed in Appendix D (see link)
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