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Grants and Opportunities

NCI Outstanding Investigator Award. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites grant applications for the Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) in any area of cancer research. The objective of OIA is to provide long-term support to experienced investigators with outstanding records of cancer research productivity who propose to conduct exceptional research. The OIA is intended to allow investigators the opportunity to take greater risks, be more adventurous in their lines of inquiry, or take the time to develop new techniques. It is expected that the OIA would provide extended funding stability and encourage investigators to embark on projects of unusual potential in cancer research.

Letter of intent deadline: September 20, 2014. Application deadline: October 20, 2014.


Genetic and Genomic Analysis of Xenopus. The National Institutes of Health invite applications designed to exploit and enhance the power of Xenopus as a vertebrate model for biomedical research. Applications may propose to develop new tools or genetic, genomic, or proteomic resources of high priority to the Xenopus research community to advance the detection and characterization of genes, pathways, and phenotypes of interest in development, organogenesis, and in cell biological processes such as cell division, signaling, and migration.

Expiration date: September 30, 2014


National Institutes of Health Common Fund Extracellular RNA Communication (ERC) Program. Five funding opportunities have been announced through the ERC program, which aims to discover fundamental biological principles about the mechanisms of extracellular RNA (exRNA) generation, secretion, and transport; to identify and develop a catalogue of exRNA in normal human body fluids; and to investigate the potential for using exRNAs as therapeutic molecules or biomarkers of disease.

Letters of intent due: October 12, 2014

Applications due: November 13, 2014


Collaborations with National Centers for Biomedical Computing (R01). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications from individual investigators or small groups for projects that collaborate with the NIH Common Fund for Medical Research National Centers for Biomedical Computing.

Expiration date: January 8, 2015


The National Academies’ Research Associateship Programs administer postdoctoral (within five years of the doctorate) and senior (normally five years or more beyond the doctorate) research awards sponsored by federal laboratories at over 100 locations in the U.S. and overseas.

Quarterly application deadlines.


Short Courses on Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Tools for Studying Biological Systems (R25). The National Institute of General Medical Sciences encourages applications for Research Education Grants (R25) from institutions and organizations to conduct workshops and short courses to improve integration of mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches into biological and/or behavioral research. Support will be limited to activities that reach a wide audience of researchers. (This program is not intended for university courses or curriculum development.)

Expiration date: January 8, 2015


Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) AREA program is designed to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the nation's research scientists but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. AREA grants support small-scale research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible domestic institutions with the intent of exposing students to meritorious research projects and strengthening the research environment of the applicant institution.

Expiration date: January 8, 2015


Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM). The National Science Foundation CCE STEM program funds research projects that identify factors that are effacacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers.

Application deadlines: February 17, 2015.


Supplements for Functional Studies Based on High-resolution Structures Obtained in the Protein Structure Initiative. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) announces the availability of administrative supplements to provide funds to enable investigators interested in protein function to capitalize on the information and material products of the Protein Structure Initiative (PSI). These supplements are available for 1) NIGMS-funded research grants (R01, R37, and P01) as well as 2) investigators with peer-reviewed research grants not funded by NIGMS, through the PSI research centers.


NIH Summer Research Experience Programs (R25). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks applications from institutions seeking to provide a high-quality research experience for high school and college students and for science teachers during the summer academic break through the NIH Summer Research Experience Program.

Applications due: April 2, 2015.


Improvement of Animal Models for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine (R01, R21, R24). The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs encourages applications from institutions and organizations proposing research aimed at characterizing animal stem cells and improving existing and creating new animal models for human disease conditions.

Expiration date: May 8, 2016.

R01: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-114.html

R21: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-115.html

R24: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-113.html

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE). PIRE is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high-quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.

Preliminary proposal deadline: October 21, 2014. Full proposal deadline: May 15, 2015.

Institutional Development Award Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (P20). The National Institute of General Medical Sciences Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program is designed to augment and strengthen the biomedical research capacity of eligible states. Awards are made to independent biomedical research institutes and/or biomedical research institutions that award doctoral degrees in the health sciences or sciences related to health. The INBRE program represents a collaborative effort to sponsor research between research intensive institutions and institutes, primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges, and minority serving institutions. Applicants are encouraged to establish a state-wide network before submission; only one application should be submitted per eligible state. The primary goals of the INBRE program are to: 1) strengthen the biomedical research expertise and infrastructure of the lead and partner institutions; 2) build and increase the research base and capacity by providing support to faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at the participating institutions; 3) provide research opportunities for students from primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges and minority-serving institutions; and 4) enhance science and technology knowledge of the state's workforce.

Letter of intent deadline: 30 days before application deadline.

Application deadlines: May 27, 2015; May 26, 2016.


Science Education Partnership Award. The National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) encourages interactive partnerships between biomedical and clinical researchers and teachers, schools and other interested organizations. SEPA supports diversity in the workforce by providing opportunities for students from underserved communities to consider careers in basic or clinical research; provides teachers with professional development in science content and teaching skills; and improves community health literacy through its science centers and museum exhibits. Educational activities supported include courses for skills development; research experiences; mentoring activities; curriculum or methods development; and outreach.

Letter of intent deadline: 30 days before application deadline.

Application deadlines: June 22, 2015; June 22, 2016.


Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (R25). The National Institute of General Medical Sciencs (NIGMS) seeks applications that propose creative and innovative educational activities to complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs, especially activities with a primary focus on courses for skills development, structured mentoring activities, and outreach program. Letter of intent deadline: 30 days before the application deadline.

Application deadlines: January 25, 2015; January 25, 2016.


Differentiation and Integration of Stem Cells (Embryonic and Induced-Pluripotent) into Developing or Damaged Tissues (R01 and R21). The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development seeks funding applications for research to promote in vivo studies of stem cells in animal models and in humans (if applicable) to better understand how stem cells function within developing or damaged tissues. The areas of emphasis include systematically profiling and cataloging changes at genetic and epigenetic levels that take place in stem cells and their microenvironment.

Expiration date: September 8, 2016.

R01: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/PA-files/PAR-13-094.html

R21: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/PA-files/PAR-13-095.html

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