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International Research Funding Alert October 2016




Title:

Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2017

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: October 24, 2016 LOI, December 21, 2016 Pre-Proposal, March 24, 2017 Full
Location: Global
Amount: $2,000,000
Website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16612/nsf16612.htm
Summary: The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program (EFRI), the signature program of the EFMA Office, seeks proposals with potentially transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. For this solicitation, EFRI will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two specific research areas: 1) Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE), and 2) New Light, EM (Electronic) and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW). Collaboration with international scientific teams that are leaders in the field are encouraged.



Title:

Grand Challenges Exploration

Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Deadline: November 9, 2016
Location: Global
Amount: See Solicitation for Details
Website: http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/grant-opportunities
Summary: The Grand Challenges family of initiatives fosters innovation to solve key health and development problems. See below for Grand Challenges grant opportunities with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as sole or contributing funder. Grand Challenge opportunities for round 18 are: Assess Family Planning Needs, Preferences and Behaviors to Inform Innovations in Contraceptive Technologies; Develop Novel Platforms to Accelerate Contraceptive Drug Discovery; Design New Solutions to Data Integration for Malaria Elimination; and Accelerate Development of New Therapies for Childhood Cryptosporidium Infection.



Title:

Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) Programme

Sponsor: Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Global European Union
Deadline: November 10, 2016 Concept Notes
Location: Caribbean, Pacific
Amount: See solicitation for details
Website: http://www.gbif.org/newsroom/news/bid-caribbean-pacific-call-for-proposals
Summary: The new calls for the Caribbean and the Pacific seek projects that will: mobilize biodiversity data relating to protected areas, threatened species, and invasive alien species; use and extend best practices for digitizing natural history collections and mobilizing other biodiversity data; apply biodiversity data in support of decision-making and research; and develop lasting national, regional or thematic networks to support ongoing data sharing and reuse. GBIF invites proposals in three broad categories of grants with funding amounts for each: regional biodiversity data mobilization grants, national biodiversity data mobilization grants, and small biodiversity data mobilization grants.



Title:

Media, Enabling Democracy, Inclusion and Accountability in Moldova

Sponsor: Amenia USAID-Yeravan
Deadline: November 14, 2016
Location: Moldova
Amount: $6,350,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289042
Summary: MEDIA-M: Media Enabling Democracy, Inclusion and Accountability in Moldova (MEDIA-M) is a five-year activity (MEDIA-M or Activity hereafter) that aims to promote the development of an independent, professional media that gives citizens access to a variety of perspectives, and to create a media sector that is more resilient to political and financial pressures.



Title:

Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program for Egypt

Sponsor: Department of State Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Deadline: December 7, 2016
Location: Egypt
Amount: See Solicitation for Details
Website: http://www.cies.org/program/fulbright-junior-faculty-development-program-egypt
Summary: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program for Egypt is designed to bring junior scholars to U.S. host institutions for faculty development, mentoring, and cultural exchange activities. The intent of this 10-week program is to equip scholars with the knowledge and tools needed to build the capacity of their home institutions and to advance the education of future generations. CIES seeks a host institution to implement a 10-week summer program scheduled from July 5, through September 13, 2017. CIES anticipates placing six scholars in the following disciplines: Teaching of English as a Foreign or Second Language (TEFL)/Applied linguistics.



Title:

Wildlife Without Borders LAC Central America 2017

Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Deadline: December 16, 2016
Location: Central America
Amount: $200,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=288908
Summary: Central America possesses one of the richest concentrations of species and ecosystem diversity on Earth. The region’s forests serve as irreplaceable flyways for migratory birds, provide important watershed and ecosystem services, and reduce the severity of climate change impacts. USFWS is providing this funding opportunity to reduce threats to key species and ecosystems in Central America and to strengthen the requisite local individual and institutional capacity to sustain conservation processes in the long-term. Project activities should take place in Central America. If work is to be conducted in the United States, the proposal must show a clear impact on biodiversity conservation in Central America to be eligible.



Title:

International Bioethics Research Training Program (D43)

Sponsor: National Institute of Health
Deadline: May 18, 2017
Location: Low and Middle Income Countries
Amount: $230,000
Website: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-454.html
Summary: The overall goal of this initiative is to support the development of a sustainable critical mass of bioethics scholars in low and middle income country (LMIC) research intensive institutions with the capabilities to conduct original empirical or conceptual ethics research that addresses challenging issues in health research and research policy in these countries as well as provide research ethics leadership to their institutions, governments and international research organizations. FIC will support LMIC-U.S. collaborative institutional bioethics doctoral and postdoctoral research training programs that incorporate didactic, mentored research and training components to prepare a number of individuals with ethics expertise for positions of scholarship and leadership in health research institutions in the LMIC.



Title:

International Research Experiences for Students

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: August 15, 2017
Location: Global
Amount: $250,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=162734
Summary: The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. IRES projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the IRES program.



Title:

Plant Genome Research Program

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: Rolling Deadline
Location: Global
Amount: $750,000 to $1.5 million
Website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16614/nsf16614.htm
Summary: The PGRP invites proposals that focus on basic research and tool development in economically important plants. Targeted challenge grant opportunities are available to stimulate breakthroughs in plant transformation capabilities and to expand information access by mining and reusing existing datasets. The Program promotes training and career advancement in plant genomics by supporting early and mid-career investigators. Proposals are encouraged in the following four major areas: Genome-scale research and/or tool development; Plant Transformation Challenge Grants; Data Challenge Grants; and Early Career Awards and Mid-Career Awards.



Title:

US-Egypt Learning Program

Sponsor: Egypt-USAID-Cairo
Deadline: No Deadline
Location: Egypt
Amount: $20,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=252969
Summary: The purpose of this solicitation is to provide targeted technical assistance and training support to the Government of Egypt to enable it to effectively implement a sustainable, nation-wide early grade learning (reading and mathematics) as well as develop an approach for improving the instruction of English in primary school. Over the last three years, the Ministry of Education has demonstrated strong commitment to design and scale up an Early Grade Reading Program (EGRP) that was developed in 2010 under a USAID-funded program (GILO – Girls for Improved Learning Outcomes). Most recently the Ministry of Education (MOE) has decided to incorporate a mathematics component in the early grade reading program. At the same time, the Ministry would like to improve the instruction of English. Given the Ministry’s strong commitment and experience, it is expected to take the lead in the US-Egypt Learning Program. The role of the grantee will be a supportive one. The grantee will solidify and build on the EGRP strategies and approaches introduced by GILO, and expand them to be fully institutionalized. Specifically the grantee will collaborate with the MOE to: (1) Strengthen early grade reading instruction, and improve mathematics and English language teaching and learning materials and instructional approaches (2) Develop cost-effective national assessments for reading and mathematics as well and monitoring and reporting systems. (3) Institutionalize pre-service and in-service professional development systems for early grade teachers and supervisors. (4) Improve the education delivery system and build the capacity of Governorate and Idara (district) teams to develop and implement education plans that include budgets for early grade learning, incentives, and needed human.

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