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International Research Funding Alert December 2020

Title:Reducing Violence Against Religious Minority Communities in Brazil
Sponsor:Department of State – Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
Deadline:Jan 06, 2021 – Limited Submission
Summary: DRL’s goal is to reduce violence and discrimination against members of religious minority communities in Brazil. In particular, adherents of religions influenced by the African diaspora such as Candomblé and Umbanda, are particularly vulnerable to hate crimes, social discrimination and other forms of intolerance. The National Secretariat for Global Protection at the Ministry of Women, Family, and Human Rights is responsible for promoting religious freedom and tolerance. DRL will support a program to offer technical assistance to this office and relevant national and state ministries of human rights as well as relevant CSOs to improve community outreach on religious freedom issues and improved accountability for religiously motivated crimes, resulting in better protection against violence for vulnerable religious communities. This is a limited submission; only 1 application will be accepted per institution.
Title:Annual Program Statement for Statements of Interest for Human Rights, Accountability, and Access to Information in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Sponsor:Department of State – Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor
Deadline:Statement of Interest (SOI) due January 15th, 2021 - Limited Submission
Location:U.S. and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Summary:The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting Statements of Interest (SOI) for projects that support the policy objective to promote human rights, accountability, and access to information in the DPRK. Projects should aim to have impact that leads to reforms and should have the potential for sustainability beyond DRL resources. Programs should seek to include groups that can bring perspectives based on their religion, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation and gender identity. Programs should be demand-driven and locally led to the extent possible. DRL also requires all of its programming to be non-discriminatory and expects implementers to include strategies for integration of individuals/organizations regardless of religion, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation and gender identity. Projects should aim to have impact that leads to democratic reforms and should have the potential for sustainability beyond DRL resources. This is a limited submission; an organization may submit no more than one (1) SOI per category, for a total of two (2) SOIs.
Title:Research on School Meals Projects in Africa
Sponsor:USDA Foreign Agricultural Service / USAID
Deadline:January 15, 2021
Summary:The awardee will conduct independent research that will contribute to improving the understanding of three broad research questions in the McGovern-Dole Learning Agenda and accompanying sub-questions. This research will incorporate existing data and the collection of primary data as feasible and appropriate. The corresponding report will analyze and compare different school feeding partnerships, food sourcing models for school meals, and educational outcomes. This study will enhance USDA’s and USAID’s understanding of the factors that contribute to school feeding sustainability post-project. This original research is anticipated to help inform future project funding, design, implementation, and evaluation.
Title:Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams
Sponsor:National Institutes of Health
Deadline:Letter of Intent due December 27th 2020; Full Proposal due January 27th, 2021
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is designed to support highly integrated research teams of at least three U.S. PDs/PIs to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are important for the mission of NIGMS and are beyond the scope of one or two investigators. Successful Collaborative Program Grant applications will bring together scientists from all over the world to apply complementary approaches to work on an important and well-defined problem. Applications may address any area of science within the NIGMS mission, which is to support basic research that increases understanding of biological processes at a range of levels, from molecules and cells, to tissues, whole organisms, and populations. NIGMS also supports research in a limited number of clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems. Truly new interdisciplinary ideas for approaching significant biological problems are encouraged. Applications that bridge the research interests of more than one NIGMS division are also encouraged but must remain within the scope of the NIGMS mission. Consultation with NIGMS staff prior to preparing an application is strongly encouraged.
Title:2021 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship, Fall Release
Sponsor:U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service
Deadline:February 1st, 2021
Summary:USDA will place pre-identified international Participants with a background on different themes related to international agricultural trade. The participants will travel to the U.S. to be placed with domestic research institutions for 10-12-week intensive programs. These programs are expected to contribute to the strategic goals and objectives of the Participant and the institutions through a hands-on experience in a “real-world” agricultural research scenario, providing opportunity for application of research agendas where they can have a direct impact on food security and economic growth in an emerging economy. It is hoped that host institutions will share the knowledge gained through the program in their classroom and extension work with their faculty, students, extension officers, and constituents; and that they will continue to maintain professional contacts with the Participants after their departure from the United States.
Title:Notice of Special Interest: Academy of Finland (AKA) – National Institutes of Health (NIH) Partnership Program
Sponsor:Academy of Finland (AKA) – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Deadline:February 5, 2021
Location:U.S. and Finland
Summary:To foster the expansion of U.S.-Finland biomedical and behavioral research collaboration. NIH will support the project through regular investigator-initiated NIH application processes, review and funding of the U.S. collaborators. AKA will fully fund Finnish investigators on collaborative grant applications. Research areas AKA may support through this program are described in AKA’s Finnish Research Flagships (https://www.aka.fi/en/research-funding/programmes-and-other-funding-schemes/flagship-programme/) and need to align with research areas that fall clearly within the missions of participating NIH ICs, including, but not limited to Photonics, AI, Cancer Research, and Welfare.
Title:2020 Mexico-U.S. Innovation Fund Competition
Sponsor:100,000 Strong in the Americas
Deadline:Ongoing through February 15, 2021
Summary:The 2020 Mexico-United States Innovation Fund Competition supports higher education partnerships between institutions in Mexico and the U.S. to create new academic training and exchange programs for students in both countries. Academic exchange to include the themes of Public Health, Distance/Virtual Education, Biochemistry, Green/Renewable Energy Economic Empowerment of Young People, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Construction, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Title:Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline:February 22, 2021
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) 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 STEM fields 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. If possible, the U.S. team's international counterparts should obtain funding through other sources.
Title:The U.S.-Colombia Grant Competition for 21st Century Higher Education Partnerships
Sponsor:100,000 Strong in the Americas
Deadline:March 15, 2021
Summary:The U.S.-Colombia Grant Competition for 21st Century Higher Education Partnerships is designed to support dynamic partnerships between Colombian and United States higher education institutions to work in teams to provide new models of academic training programs for students in multiple academic areas. The intent of this program is to award up to ten (10) Innovation Fund Grants. Focus themes include, but are not limited to, convergent technologies, oceanography and hydrobiological resources, sustainable energy, creative and cultural industries, social, life, and health sciences, biotechnology, bioeconomics, and environment, public health, distance education, among others.
Title:Higher Education and STEM Virtual Grant Program
Sponsor:U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada
Deadline:January 26, 2021; multiple deadlines
Location:U.S., Canada
Summary:The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada, U.S. Department of State, announces an open competition for individuals and organizations to submit applications to carry out virtual programs to strengthen bilateral ties between the United States and Canada on Higher Education and STEM. All programs must include a U.S. element or connection with U.S. experts that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. Speakers must hold U.S. citizenship. Activities to be proposed include: Professional and academic virtual speaker programs, lectures, and seminars, virtual exchanges, virtual cultural workshops, virtual joint performances, and virtual exhibitions.