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International Research Funding Alert March 2019

Texas Tech to Host Second Cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows

Texas Tech has been selected for the second time as a host institution for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Starting mid-June, TTU will host 25 bright, emerging African Fellows for a six-week leadership institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The cohort of Fellows hosted by Texas Tech will be part of a larger group of 700 Mandela Washington Fellows studying at institutions across the U.S. this summer. The Office of International Affairs is working in conjunction with the following colleges for the 2019 program: College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, College of Human Sciences, and College of Education.

"The hosting of the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship program at Texas Tech University will be an enriching experience for both the Fellows and the members of the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities," said Sukant Misra, Vice Provost for International Affairs. "The Texas Tech team is excited for the opportunity to offer the fellows programming to help them hone their leadership skills. It was gratifying and educational to host the next generation of African leaders in 2017, and I am sure the 2019 fellows will bring to our communities the same spirit of positivism, dynamism and hope."

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Title:Emerging Technologies for New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
Sponsor:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deadline:April 10, 2019
Summary:The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals that apply an emerging technology – or a combination of emerging technologies – for new and potentially transformative solutions in global health priority areas. These priority areas encompass infectious disease outcomes, pregnancy and birth outcomes, child growth and development outcomes, disease surveillance, and research for the development of new vaccines, drugs (including non-hormonal contraceptives), and diagnostics. Emerging technologies include – but are not limited to – artificial intelligence, materials science, wearable sensors, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, microscopy, augmented and virtual reality, geospatial mapping, robotics, and DNA sequencing.
Title:Latin America Regional Program
Sponsor:US Fish and Wildlife Service
Deadline:April 12, 2019
Location:Latin America
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The International Affairs Program delivers on this mission through its financial assistance programs by supporting strategic projects that deliver measurable conservation results for priority species and their habitats around the world. Latin America is the single most biologically diverse region of the world and of critical importance to wildlife conservation efforts in the Western Hemisphere and globally. Protecting wildlife and ecosystems in Latin America is critical for regional stability, security, and economic prosperity.
Title:Disaster Resilience in the Compact Nations (RESILIENCE)
Sponsor:US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Deadline:April 15, 2019
Location:Federated States of Micronesia/Republic of Marshall Islands
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:The Disaster Resilience in the Compact Nations (RESILIENCE) is a five-year USAID activity that aims to improve the local capacity to prepare for, respond to, and reconstruct after natural disasters. The activity will expedite delivery of emergency and reconstruction assistance in the event of natural disasters in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI). In meeting this objective, USAID will work closely with the Department of Environment, Climate Change, and Emergency Management (DECCEM) in FSM, and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in RMI. The activity has three components. Component One is centered on increasing the disaster preparedness and management capacity of local communities and host governments, particularly DECCEM and NDMO. Component Two is centered on maintaining pre-positioned assets and operational readiness to provide multisectoral humanitarian assistance. Finally, Component Three is focused on organizing a package of culturally-appropriate reconstruction assistance in the event of declared disasters.
Title:Innovation Fund: Nexo Global Innovation Competition for Creative and Cultural Industries
Sponsor:Department of State
Deadline:May 15, 2019
Summary:The Nexo Global Innovation Competition for Creative and Cultural Industries seeks to promote student academic exchange and training through internships and practicums in research-creation. The general thematic areas are: arts, culture and heritage, digital media, and software. The exchange must be internship and practicum-based with a minimum of one U.S. undergraduate or graduate student and 4 undergraduate Colombian students. The U.S. student(s) must take part in a research-creation practicum at the partnering Colombian HEI for at least one month; the Colombian students must take part in a research-creation internship for at least 3 months at the partnering host U.S. HEI.
Title:Partnership 2020: Leveraging US-India Cooperation in Higher Education to Harness Economic Opportunities and Innovation
Sponsor:Department of State; University of Nebraska at Omaha; Center for Strategic and International Studies
Deadline:Rolling basis
Summary:The Partnership 2020: Leveraging US-India Cooperation in Higher Education to Harness Economic Opportunities and Innovation project goal is to strengthen the strategic partnership between the US and India through collaboration in higher education, research on key issue areas, related economic growth, and people-to-people linkages. This is a two-year project with most of the activities taking place in 2019 and 2020. There are grants available to eligible US universities to enhance partnerships with Indian universities.
Title:Biology of Bladder Cancer (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
Sponsor:National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Deadline:June 16, 2019
Amount:$275,000 in Direct Costs
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 24, 2019
Amount:$2,600,000 - $4,000,000 / year
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:U.S. Mission to Russia – FY 2019 English Language Teaching Logistical Support
Sponsor:Department of State
Deadline:July 1st, 2019
Summary:The U.S. Embassy in Moscow invites proposal submissions for a cooperative agreement to provide technical and logistical support for English Language Programming from the English Language Office (ELO) in Russia. Award recipients will consult closely with the English Language Officer in PAS Moscow throughout the development, implementation, and evaluation of each English Language Program. Each English Language Program professionally develops teachers, increases the English language skills of students, or assists an expert to professionally develop other teachers of English in Russia. The grantee will be responsible for providing logistical support during major ELO events and projects in Russia in the form of venue negotiations and arrangements, transportation, transfers, hotel and meal arrangements, purchasing of materials and supplies, and other technical and/or logistical support, as directed by PAS Moscow. The Grantee will be required to provide the Embassy with program account records on a regular basis.
Title:Development Innovation Ventures
Sponsor:US Agency of International Development
Deadline:Rolling basis
Amount:$200,000 - $5,000,000
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.
Title:Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CC STEM)
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline:February 24, 2020
Amount:See solicitation for details
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. Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations that stress responsible conduct for research, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Proposals including international collaborations are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. The U.S. team's international counterparts generally should have support or obtain funding through other sources.