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International Research Funding Alert May 2019

2019 International Research & Development Seed Grants Awarded

The International Research & Development Division (IRDD) of the Office of International Affairs offers an annual seed grant competition to provide seed funding to faculty, allowing them to develop new international research collaborations leading to externally-funded projects. The awardees for 2019's seed grant competition are as follows: Drs. Brian Ancell & Carol Lindquist, Dr. Amy Boren-Alpizar, Dr. Ioana Coman, Drs. Kwanghee Jung & Jaehoon Lee, Dr. Callum Hethering, Dr. Changzhi Li, Dr. Ting Lin, Dr. Sandip Pal, Dr. Carlos Portillo, Dr. Simone Scaringi, Dr. Matt Siebecker, and Dr. Andrew Whitbeck.


Title:U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Conservation
Sponsor:US Department of State
Deadline:June 3, 2019
Summary:The Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/P/C) invites proposal submissions for a Cooperative Agreement to assist in the design and implementation of the FY 2019 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Conservation Professionals Program. This program shall consist of a maximum of four two-way exchange programs centered on clearly defined architectural or objects conservation projects of relevance to the participants and their home institutions or organizations. Each program shall involve an equal number of American and foreign conservation professionals and last for a maximum of eight weeks. The overarching goal of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Conservation Professionals program is to strengthen existing professional and institutional relationships in architectural or objects conservation and to provide participants with new technical knowledge and skills that they may apply in their work at their home institutions or organizations. Program development and planning, carried out in cooperation with ECA/P/C, should begin in fall 2019 with implementation of the program in winter 2019 and the first exchange program no later than spring 2020.
Title:Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs)
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline:Pre-proposal due by June 24, 2019
Amount:See solicitation for details
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:Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline:June 25, 2019
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports exceptionally innovative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs focus on creating new scientific paradigms, establishing entirely new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies which have the potential for broad scientific or societal impact. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among institutions of higher education, national laboratories, industrial organizations, other public or private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors. Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer, providing key information to public policy-makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another.
Title:THRIVE Research Grant
Sponsor:International Life Sciences Institute
Deadline:July 1, 2019
Location:See solicitation for details
Summary:The THRIVE grant program is designed to provide seed funding to investigators for the testing of initial hypotheses and collecting of preliminary data to help secure long-term funding by the National Institutes of Health and/or other major granting institutions. THRIVE requires a letter of intent in advance of the grant application. Information and Timelines for the 2019 Application Process to follow. Only investigators who have submitted a letter of intent and have been invited to submit a formal grant application will be considered for THRIVE funding.
Title:U.S. Mission to Russia – FY 2019 English Language Teaching Logistical Support
Sponsor:Department of State
Deadline:July 1, 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:Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program
Sponsor:National Institutes of Health
Deadline:July 25, 2019
Summary:This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for the Global Infectious Disease (GID) Research Training Program from U.S. and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions. The application should propose a collaborative training program that will strengthen the capacity of an LMIC institution to conduct infectious disease research. FIC will support research-training programs that focus on major endemic or life-threatening emerging infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, infections that frequently occur as co-infections in HIV infected individuals or infections associated with non-communicable disease conditions of public health importance in LMICs.
Title:Plant Biotic Interactions
Sponsor:National Science Foundation/National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Deadline:September 30, 2019
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:The Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF-NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems and agriculturally relevant plants. Overall, the program seeks to support research that will deepen our understanding of the fundamental processes that mediate interactions between plants and the organisms with which they intimately associate and advance the application of that knowledge to benefit agriculture.
Title:Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan
Sponsor:National Institutes of Health
Deadline:November 7, 2019
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications for the conduct of innovative, collaborative research projects between U.S. and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) scientists, on brain and other nervous system function and disorders throughout life, relevant to LMICs (including neurological, mental, behavioral, alcohol and substance use disorders and spanning the full range of science from basic to implementation research). Scientists in upper middle-income LMICs (UMICs) are also eligible to partner directly with scientists at other LMIC institutions with or without out a US partner. The collaborative research programs are expected to contribute to the long-term goals of building and strengthening sustainable research capacity in LMICs to address nervous system development, function and impairment throughout life and to lead to diagnostics, prevention, treatment and implementation strategies. The proposed work will also contribute to developing a base for research networking and evidence-based policy beyond the specific research project. A letter of intent is due 30 days prior to the application due date.
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
Title:Strategic Alliances for Mexico – B (Sam-B) for U.S. Partners Only
Sponsor:US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Deadline:March 10, 2020
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:Through SAM-B, USAID/Mexico announces its desire to forge strategic alliances with U. S. organizations and with the private sector in priority areas, as defined by the Government of Mexico (GOM) and the United States Government (USG). SAM-B is designed to increase the sustainability and impact of our development investments in Mexico in the following areas: (1) Crime and Violence (2) Rule of Law (3) Human Rights (4) Integrity and Transparency (5) Sustainable Landscapes (6) Other priority areas of the Government of Mexico (GOM). Applicants may submit a Concept Paper at any time while the SAM-B is active. As USAID/Mexico will review Concept Papers on a rolling basis it is preferable to send your Concept papers as soon as possible to mexicoaa@usaid.gov.