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International Research Funding Alert January 2019

International Research & Development Seed Grants: 2019 Call for Proposals

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 Ms. Reagan Ribordy, Director for International Programs, at reagan.ribordy@ttu.edu.

The closing date for proposal submissions is February 1st, 2019.

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Additionally, please note that the TTU-FAPESP Sprint Program: 2019 Call for Proposals is open until January 28th, 2019.

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Title: International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Deadline: February 5th, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: See solicitation for details
Website: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/pa-18-773.html
Summary: This call for proposals encourages collaborative research applications on drug abuse and addiction that take advantage of unusual opportunities that exist outside the United States to access talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions in other countries that will speed scientific discovery. Proposals should describe how the research will significantly advance U.S. health sciences and include an investigator from a U.S. institution and a non-U.S. citizen partner living and working in another country.

Title: Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: February 14th, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: See solicitation for details
Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505594
Summary: This solicitation seeks innovation in Arctic observational networks and fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, and computing and information sciences, and engineering that address the intersection of natural, social, and built systems. NNA promotes initiatives that empower new research communities, diversifies the next generation of Arctic researchers, integrates the co-production of knowledge, and engages partnerships, particularly among international stakeholders. This NNA solicitation requests proposals that fall within the following tracks: Track 1 (Research Grants) and Track 2 (Planning Grants). To successfully address questions at the intersection between the natural environments, the built environment, and social systems, proposals are expected to be convergent in nature as defined by NSF, and the most competitive proposals will include expertise from multiple traditionally distinct and independent science and engineering disciplines.

Title: NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology on the International Space Station (ISS) to Benefit Life on Earth
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: February 15th, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: $400,000
Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505490
Summary: The Divisions of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) and Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Infrastructure (CMMI) in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) are partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general fields of tissue engineering and mechanobiology that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. U.S. entities including academic investigators, non-profit independent research laboratories and academic-commercial teams are eligible to apply.

Title: Conference “Opportunities for U.S.-Indian Higher Education STEM Collaboration”
Sponsor: Department of State
Deadline: February 20th, 2019
Location: India
Amount: $20,000 - $22,500
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311482
Summary: Applicants will be responsible for all aspects of a two-day conference in Mumbai. Areas of partnership to highlight can include student and faculty exchanges, joint research, capacity-building, and joint academic programs in STEM fields. The goal of this funding opportunity is to strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and India by encouraging more collaboration between U.S. and Indian higher education institutions on STEM programs and academics.

Title: FY 2019 International Sports Programming Initiative
Sponsor: Department of State
Deadline: February 22nd, 2019
Location: See solicitation for details
Amount: $700,000
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311195
Summary: Applicants may submit proposals to manage sports exchange projects designed to reach underserved youth and/or their coaches/sports administrators who manage youth sports programs. The International Sports Programming Initiative uses sports to help underserved youth around the world develop important leadership skills, achieve academic success, promote tolerance and respect for diversity, and positively contribute to their home and host communities. Sports Diplomacy programs are an important tool for advancing U.S. foreign policy goals through interaction with hard-to-reach groups such as at-risk youth, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers. The focus of all programs must be on both male and female youth and/or their coaches/sports administrators.

Title: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: February 22nd, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: $275,000 - $600,000
Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505027
Summary: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill students with this knowledge. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure responsible research conduct. This is a limited submission opportunity.

Title: FY 2019 Youth Leadership Program with Burma
Sponsor: Department of State
Deadline: February 25th, 2019
Location: United States
Amount: $190,000
Website: https://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding/open-grant-solicitations
Summary: Youth Leadership Programs are designed to promote high-quality civic engagement, civic responsibility, and leadership among future leaders. They offer an examination of the principles of democracy and civil society as practiced in the United States and provide participants with training that allows them to develop their leadership skills. Applicants may submit proposals to conduct a four-week U.S.-based exchange program for teenagers and adult educators. Participants will be high-school-aged youth and adult educators. Applicants should plan to provide U.S.-based programming for 17-18 youth and 2-3 adult participants from Burma. The activities for each program will focus on civic education, community engagement, diversity, and leadership and prepare participants to conduct projects at home that serve a community need.

Title: International Research Scientist Development Award
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: 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
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.