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International Research Funding Alert February 2019

2019 International Research and Development Seed Grant Awards – Deadline Extended

The International Research and Development Division of the Office of International Affairs is pleased to announce the 2019 call for International Research/Development Seed Grants proposals. This program is designed to provide seed funds to support faculty developing preliminary international research and development efforts that are interdisciplinary and multi-institutional. Research and Development grants are expected to lead to externally-funded projects and are generally limited to $2,000 or less, but a larger award of up to $5,000 may be considered for a more ambitious project with strong department/college endorsement and cost sharing. Funds available include $25,000 to support TTU faculty. For preparation assistance, please contact Dr. Gad Perry, Sr. Director for International Research and Development.

The closing date for proposals for the International Research and Development Seed Grants has been extended until February 15th, 2019.

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Title: International Research Scientist Development Award (K01)
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Deadline: March 7th, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: See solicitation for details
Website: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-539.html
Summary: The purpose of the International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) is to provide support and protected time (three to five years) to advanced postdoctoral U.S. research scientists and recently-appointed U.S. junior faculty for an intensive, mentored research career development experience in a low- or middle-income country leading to an independently-funded research career focused on global health. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications from postdoctoral research scientists and junior faculty from any health-related discipline who propose career development activities and a research project that is relevant to the health priorities of the LMIC under the mentorship of LMIC and U.S. mentors.

Title: DRL – Promoting Freedom of Expression in Tunisia
Sponsor: Department of State
Deadline: March 15th, 2019
Location: Tunisia
Amount: $800,000
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312355
Summary: This solicitation announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that continue to protect free expression and the space for civil society groups and the media in Tunisia. DRL's goal is to promote fundamental freedoms in Tunisia. DRL's objective is to support the effective implementation of the rights to free expression and access to information, as enshrined in Tunisia's Constitution. The program will foster development and implementation of a strong legal framework that protects freedoms of expression and information, as well as raise awareness on the revisions and changes adopted. Program approaches could include: supporting ongoing local advocacy efforts for improved legal and regulatory frameworks; supporting oversight and implementation of free expression and access to information laws, including by building the capacity of media actors in access to information procedures and usage; raising public awareness on freedom of expression and freedom of information campaigns, initiatives, and procedures; and promoting the exchange of international best practices and lessons learned on establishing and implementing a regulatory framework that promotes and protects free expression.

Title: Employment readiness and market labor insertion of socially vulnerable youth in crime-ridden communities in Costa Rica
Sponsor: Department of State
Deadline: March 15th, 2019
Location: Costa Rica
Amount: $150,000
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311995
Summary: The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs INL is seeking applications from qualified organizations to implement an initiative to positively impact young people in the vulnerable cantonments of Alajuelita and Moravia, Costa Rica, that need support and training to be able to gain employment. This project will be designed to impact and strengthen the employability of a target selected group of 50 youth per cantonment and strengthen the job readiness and labor market insertion services that the municipalities offer and ensure their ability to continue to provide these services to young people in Alajuelita and Moravia. This project will take advantage of the current political moment and political viability that the recent change of the Costa Rican government offers. Carrying out this initiative represents an important opportunity to not only generate a direct impact in the lives of the youth in Alajuelita and Moravia with which we will be working, but also with the other local governments that will receive training, the Ministry of Public Security, the Vice Minister of Peace, as well as with other municipalities that are participating in the U.S. Embassy's larger efforts to promote and advance integrated violence prevention strategies.

Title: Office of Postsecondary Education (OPA): Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA)
Sponsor: Department of Education
Deadline: March 25th, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: $250,000
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312235
Summary: The purpose of the Fulbright-Hays GPA Program is to promote, improve, and develop modern foreign languages and area studies at varying levels of education. The program provides opportunities for faculty, teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students to conduct individual and group projects overseas to carry out research and study in the fields of modern foreign languages and area studies. There are three types of GPA short-term projects: (1) Short-term seminar projects of four to six weeks in length designed to help integrate international studies into an institution's or school system's general curriculum by focusing on a particular aspect of area study, such as the culture of an area or country of study; (2) curriculum development projects of four to eight weeks in length that provide participants an opportunity to acquire resource materials for curriculum development in modern foreign language and area studies for use and dissemination in the United States; and (3) group research or study projects of three to twelve months in duration designed to give participants the opportunity to undertake research or study in a foreign country.

Title: History of Art Grants Program
Sponsor: Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Deadline: April 1st, 2019
Location: Europe
Amount: See solicitation
Website: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/history_of_art/
Summary: The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies.
Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

Title: FY 2019 Creative Arts Exchange
Sponsor: Department of State / Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Deadline: April 1st, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: $1,300,000
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312485
Summary: Creative Arts Exchange (CAE) initiatives are arts-based, international people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives.
Cultural diplomacy enhances cross-cultural understanding and opens new avenues of dialogue and collaboration between individuals and nations. In support of U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives, Creative Arts Exchange initiatives are arts-based, international people-to-people exchange programs. They create partnerships through artistic collaboration and professional development that enrich both the international participants and the Americans with whom they meet. Programs are implemented in close coordination with U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. Eligible themes and/or artistic genres for CAE initiatives vary and are determined based on Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) strategic priorities.
Applicants may submit only one proposal under this competition. If multiple proposals are received from the same applicant, all submissions will be declared ineligible and receive no further consideration in the review process.

Title: IASP Collaborative Research Grants
Sponsor: International Association for the Study of Pain
Deadline: April 4th, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: $15,000
Website: https://www.iasp-pain.org/Education/GrantDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=2027
Summary: IASP Collaborative Research Grants support international interdisciplinary pain research collaborations with an emphasis on collaborations among basic, translational, and clinical scientists.  The grants cover travel and accommodation costs to support collaborative research by two or more research groups located in different countries. Collaborations between basic science and clinical research groups will receive highest priority.

Title: Biology of Bladder Cancer (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Deadline: June 16th, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: $275,000 in Direct Costs
Website: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-19-169.html
Summary: Bladder cancer is a significant health problem both in the United States and globally. Applications that involve multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Relatively little is known regarding the molecular mechanisms driving initiation, progression, and malignancy of bladder cancer. The R21 exploratory/developmental grant supports investigation of novel scientific ideas or new model systems, tools, or technologies that have the potential for significant impact on biomedical or biobehavioral research. An R21 grant application need not have extensive background material or preliminary information. This FOA runs in parallel with an FOA of identical scientific scope, PAR-19-168, which utilizes the Research Project Grant (R01) mechanism.

Title: Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: Pre-proposal due by June 24th, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: $2,600,000 - $4,000,000 / year
Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5295
Summary: The Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) program provides sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. Each MRSEC addresses research of a scope and complexity requiring the scale, synergy, and multidisciplinarity provided by a campus-based research center. A MRSEC may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership, and is composed of up to three Interdisciplinary Research Groups, IRGs, each addressing a fundamental materials science topic aligned with the Division of Materials Research, DMR. This call for proposals is a limited submission.

Title: Development Innovation Ventures
Sponsor: US Agency of International Development
Deadline: Rolling basis
Location: Global
Amount: $200,000 - $5,000,000
Website: https://www.usaid.gov/DIV
Summary: Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is USAID's open innovation program that tests and scales creative solutions to any global development challenge. Innovative solutions come in many forms - whether a product, technology, service, or application of a creative business and delivery model. DIV is an open door to USAID - anyone, anywhere can apply at any time. The DIV provides flexible, tiered grant funding to test new ideas, take strategic risks, build evidence of what works, and advance the best solutions. The DVI looks for solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability.