Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
October Funding Focus Newsletter #1
Limited Submission Announcements
One development slot still available
An internal white paper submission is still required
Internal Deadline: October 27, 2017 4:45pm
Brain Research Foundation is inviting eligible US institutions to nominate one (1) faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program by January 8, 2018. To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience.
Institutional Limit: 1 Nominee
Internal Deadline: October 27, 2017
LOI Due to Agency: January 8, 2018
Invited Proposal Due to Agency: March 28, 2018
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Limited Submission Opportunities

Institutional Limit: 2
Full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their initial tenure track appointment at the time of application are eligible. If there is a question on eligibility, the ORAU Councilor makes the final decision.
Internal Deadline: October 27, 2017 4:45pm

Institutional Limit: 1 per fiscal year (Oct 1-Sept 30)
Up to $4,000 may be requested to support events which involve participants from more than one ORAU institution. Examples of such events include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition. Applications will be accepted for events occurring between April 1 -September 30 of 2018.
Internal Deadline: December 1, 2017 4:45pm

Institutional Limit: 2 per fiscal year (Oct 1- Sept 30)
Applications must be for travel to collaborate with researchers at ORNL, Y-12, ORAU laboratories or work sites, or another ORAU institution. This program is not intended to support travel to work with current collaborations or to interact with potential collaborators at locations other than their laboratories, such as conferences
Internal Deadline: Accepted until limit reached (first come basis)
One proposal per qualifying facility
(Selection should be coordinated through College / School ADR)
Funding Announcements
The Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) seeks to fund researchers who will use the IRIS data to address questions about the social and economic returns to investments in research. Up to $15,000 for dissertation awards and up to $30,000 for early career and established researcher awards are available. Applicants do not need to be affiliated with a current IRIS member institution. However, applicants must be currently affiliated with an academic or research institution in the United States.
The purpose of the State Water Resources Research program is to address major state water resources problems by motivating and supporting research by qualified scientists from the State's colleges and universities. The focus of our program is directed by those state priority areas addressed in Attachment A, which have been developed by the Institute’s Council. Research proposals submitted to our program MUST be responsive to at least one of these priority areas. A project should not consist solely of conventional data collection, tabulation, analysis, or equipment
Deadline: December 1, 2017 4pm EST
Applicants may request up to $25,000 in funding; a total of $100,000 in funding is available. A minimum of four grants will be funded in 2018. Pilot programs designed to enhance the success of transfer student-athletes will be given special consideration in the 2018 grant cycle.
The goal of Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program is to support transformative advances of technologies for learning to educate a new generation of students, teachers, and workers to excel or re-engage in highly technological and collaborative environments that require foundational STEM content knowledge. An important direction of this program is to foster lifelong learning with and through technology, particularly in preparation for and within the context of the work setting. This program invites transformative proposals that integrate advances in what is known about how people learn (individually and in groups) with the opportunities offered by new and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual or augmented environments to prepare future learners and workers across the lifespan, in formal and informal settings.
The goal of the program is to support the “mathematical marketplace” by substantially increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians. The foundation will make a large number of collaboration grants to accomplished, active researchers in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding that allows support for travel and visitors.
The goal of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)-sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) program is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained scientists available to address the Nations biomedical research agenda. Specifically, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical graduate education and mentoring that will efficiently train future generations of outstanding biomedical scientists, and will allow biomedical graduate education to keep pace with the rapid evolution of the biomedical research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation.
Registration is now open for the 73rd Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions. The theme for the 2018 meeting is Public Health Security and Biological Threats. Your participation will provide an opportunity for you and your colleagues to discuss key science and technology challenges and opportunities. Experts and leaders from academia and federal agencies will share their views on the effective strategies for continued progress in areas of national importance for global health security. 
The meeting will be held at the Pollard Technology Conference Center located on ORAU’s main campus in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on March 7-8, 2018. There is no registration fee to attend the meeting. On Tuesday, March 6, we will be offering a Leveraging ORAU Membership session which will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the value of ORAU membership. 
If you will be attending any portion of the annual meeting, you MUST register in advance. Due to security requirements, registration for non-US Citizens closes on February 6, 2018 and registration for US Citizens closes on February 13, 2018. Due to space limitations, students are not permitted to attend the Annual Meeting.
For more information on the event and to register, please visit For any questions, please contact Richard Valentine,, 865-576-1898.

USDA - NIFA Listens: Atlanta Listening Session
RSVP By October 19th
Event Details: Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 8-30am
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave, Atlanta, GA
As part of the  NIFA Listens  initiative, stakeholders from any group or individual interested in agricultural research, extension, and education are invited to provide input to help ensure the strategic positioning and relevancy of NIFA’s investments in advancing agriculture. There will be  four listening sessions  across the United States, as well as an opportunity to provide written comments.

Individuals wishing to attend in-person listening sessions must RSVP
no later than Thursday, October 19, 2017 If you are making a five minute oral presentation, you must submit a short 250 word abstract describing your topic. Up to 80 participants can register to speak in person at each listening session.
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