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February 2016

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Foundation Funding
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies (PRIS)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action - Investigator Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health (P4A)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Exploration of the Roles of Brown and Beige Adipose Tissue in Humans (R01)
The Role of the Human Virome in Heart, Lung, and Blood Health and Resilience (R61/R33)
Common Fund's Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans (U01)
Development of Innovative Informatics Methods and Algorithms for Cancer Research and Management (R21)
Small-Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Consortium: Therapeutic Development and Mechanisms of Resistance (U01 - Cooperative Agreement)
Innovative Molecular and Cellular Analysis Technologies for Basic and Clinical Cancer Research (R21)
Innovative Technologies for Cancer-Relevant Biospecimen Science (R21)
Education and Health: New Frontiers (R01, R03, R21)
Noise-Induced Synaptopathy in the Human Auditory System (R01)
Targets of Low Dose Alcohol in the Brain (R01, R21)

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research (RIDAR) in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences
National Robotics Initiative (NRI)

Opportunity Details

NSF: Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research (RIDAR) in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences
Contact osp@pacific.edu for submission schedule
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due February 18, 2016
  • Pacific Submit Date: February 25, 2016
  • Closing dates for applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant:
    • February 29, 2016
    • February 27, 2017

As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive research in the SBE sciences.
Program announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15602/nsf15602.pdf

NSF: National Robotics Initiative (NRI)
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due 5 days before Pacific submit date
  • Pacific Submit Date: 2 days before full proposal deadline
  • Closing dates for applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant:
    • March 07, 2016
    • January 12, 2017
    • Second Thursday in January, annually thereafter

The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside or cooperatively with people. The purpose of this program is to support the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire lifecycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment.
Program announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16517/nsf16517.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

NIH: Development of Innovative Informatics Methods and Algorithms for Cancer Research and Management (R21)
Contact osp@pacific.edu at least 10 business days before your intended date to submit application.
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due 5 days before Pacific submit date
  • Pacific Submit Date: 2 days before full proposal deadline
  • Closing dates for applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant:
    • June 14, 2018

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite exploratory/developmental research grant (R21) applications for the development of innovative methods and algorithms in biomedical computing, informatics, and data science addressing priority needs across the cancer research continuum, including cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, cancer prevention, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities.As a component of the NCI's Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Initiative, this FOA encourages applications focused on the development of novel computational, mathematical, and statistical algorithms and methods that can considerably improve acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of relevant data and/or knowledge. The central mission of ITCR is to promote research-driven informatics technology across the development lifecycle to address priority needs in cancer research. In order to be successful, the proposed informatics method or algorithm must have a clear rationale on why it is novel and how it will benefit the cancer research field. Potential applicants who are interested in more downstream tool development, from prototyping to hardening and adaptation, should consult the other companion FOAs.
Program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-334.html

NIH: Exploration of the Roles of Brown and Beige Adipose Tissue in Humans (R01)
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due February 29, 2016
  • Pacific Submit Date: March 7, 2016
  • Closing Date for Applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant:
    • March 9, 2016

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Research Project Grants (R01) to investigate the biological functions of brown and beige adipose tissue in humans, other than heat production and maintenance of body temperature, and to explore their impact on human health. Specifically, it seeks to 1) identify physiologic or pathophysiologic conditions other than prolonged cold exposure under which browning of human subcutaneous or other white adipose depots occurs, or where the brown adipose tissue depot found in the neck region is expanded through browning; 2) test potential non-biopsy biomarkers of human subcutaneous beige fat and 3) explore the biological functions of human brown and beige fat.
Program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-15-031.html

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies (PRIS)
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due 5 days before Pacific submit date
  • Pacific Submit Date:  2 days before full proposal deadline
  • Closing dates for applications:
    • February 19, 2016 (3 PM ET)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded public and private coverage options, created online Marketplaces to foster competition among health insurance plans, and stimulated payment and delivery system reform efforts in an attempt to make health care more affordable, more accessible and of higher quality. The online Marketplaces provide an opportunity for consumers to shop for health insurance and potentially receive a tax credit. Yet, despite a significant reduction in the uninsured rate, millions of eligible individuals remain uninsured, many with important concerns about affordability. At the same time, a number of carriers are experiencing financial difficulties in these new marketplaces, while impending mergers among large carriers create concerns about the price effects of further consolidation in health care. This call for proposals (CFP) will focus on empirical and policy–relevant analyses that address the issue of affordability of health insurance.
Program announcement: https://anr.rwjf.org/viewCfp.do?cfpId=1305&cfpOverviewId
Program website: http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2016/policy-relevant-insurance-studies--pris-.html?rid=CFB_D3yqR5MZU0gLjCmmmS1dJ4qR3hrf&et_cid=449547

NIH-NHLBI The Role of the Human Virome in Heart, Lung, and Blood Health and Resilience (R61/R33)
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due June 15, 2016
  • Pacific Submit Date: June 22, 2016
  • Closing Dates for Applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant:
    • June 24, 2016

The human virome includes viruses that infect host cells, virus-derived elements in our chromosomes, and viruses that infect other types of organisms that inhabit the human body. The virome may influence the host in profound ways independent of classical viral diseases. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research to identify and evaluate the basic underlying molecular and physiological mechanisms by which the virome may influence heart, lung, and blood (HLB) health and resilience.
Program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-17-002.html

NIH Common Fund's Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans (U01)
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due March 9, 2016
  • Pacific Submit Date: March 16, 2016
  • Closing Dates for Applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant:
    • March 18, 2016

It is well known that exercise is good for you and that the lack of physical activity is at the root of many common chronic health problems. However, it is not understood what molecular changes are induced by physical activity or how they improve the function of different tissues and organs in the body. This program aims to catalogue the biological molecules affected by physical activity in people, to assemble a comprehensive map of the molecular changes that occur in response to physical activity and, when possible, relate these changes to the benefits of physical activity. Six interrelated initiatives comprise the program’s Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC). The purpose of this FOA is to invite applications for Preclinical Animal Study Sites (PASS) to join the MoTrPAC. Awards made through this FOA will support the collection of tissue samples from one species of exercised animals that complement the data and tissue collection in the human clinical protocol, as well as conduct initial detailed mechanistic studies to explore the functions, sources, and target tissues of molecules that transduce the effects of physical activity.
Program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-15-013.html

NIH: Small-Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Consortium: Therapeutic Development and Mechanisms of Resistance (U01 - Cooperative Agreement)
Deadlines:

  • Pacific routing form: due 5 days before Pacific submit date
  • Pacific Submit Date: 2 days before full proposal deadline
  • Closing Dates for Applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant:  
    • March 17, 2016
    • November 17, 2016
    • March 17, 2017
    • November 17, 2017
    • March 17, 2018
    • November 17, 2018

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to establish research teams of the Small-Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Consortium to conduct research whose overall goals are: 1) to improve SCLC therapeutics, focusing on understanding how the molecular vulnerabilities of this cancer could be used to develop targeted agent combinations; and/or, 2) to gain a better understanding of the rapid development of clinical resistance to drug and radiation therapy.
Program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-049.html

NIH: Innovative Molecular and Cellular Analysis Technologies for Basic and Clinical Cancer Research (R21)
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due 5 days before Pacific submit date
  • Pacific Submit Date: 2 days before full proposal deadline
  • Closing Dates for Applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant:
    • February 26, 2016
    • May 26, 2016
    • September 26, 2016 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing exploratory research projects focused on the early-stage development of highly innovative molecular or cellular analysis technologies for basic or clinical cancer research. The emphasis of this FOA is on supporting the development of novel capabilities involving a high degree of technical innovation for targeting, probing, or assessing molecular and cellular features of cancer biology. Well-suited applications must offer the potential to accelerate and/or enhance research in the areas of cancer biology, early detection and screening, clinical diagnosis, treatment, control, epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. Technologies proposed for development may be intended to have widespread applicability but must be focused on improving molecular and/or cellular characterizations of cancer.
Program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-16-001.html#_Section_I._Funding

NIH: Innovative Technologies for Cancer-Relevant Biospecimen Science (R21)
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due 5 days before Pacific submit date
  • Pacific Submit Date: 2 days before full proposal deadline
  • Closing Dates for Applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant :
    • February 26, 2016
    • May 26, 2016
    • September 26, 2016 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing exploratory research projects focused on the early-stage development of technologies that improve the quality of the samples used for cancer research or clinical care. This includes innovative technologies that address issues related to pre-analytical degradation of targeted analytes during the collection, processing, handling, and storage of cancer-relevant biospecimens. The overall goal is to support the development of highly innovative technologies capable of maximizing or otherwise interrogating the quality and utility of biological samples used for downstream analyses.
Program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-16-003.html#_Section_I._Funding

NIH: Education and Health: New Frontiers (R01, R03, R21)
Contact osp@pacific.edu for submission and routing form schedule.
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due 5 days before Pacific submit date
  • Pacific Submit Date: 2 days before full proposal deadline
  • Closing Dates for Applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant :
    • Full R01 proposals: June 5, 2016
    • Full R03 & R21 proposals: June 16, 2016

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support research that will further elucidate the pathways involved in the relationship between education and health outcomes and in doing so to carefully identify the specific aspects and qualities of education that are responsible for this relationship and what the mediating factors are that affect the nature of the causal relationship.
Program announcements: (R01) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-080.html; (R03) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-079.html; (R21) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-078.html

NIH: Noise-Induced Synaptopathy in the Human Auditory System (R01)
Contact osp@pacific.edu for submission and routing form schedule.
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due 5 days before Pacific submit date
  • Pacific Submit Date: 2 days before full proposal deadline
  • Closing Dates for Applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant :
    • May 24, 2016
    • January 24, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks applications focused on determining if noise-induced cochlear synaptopathy occurs in humans. Studies may include, but are not limited to, diagnosis/detection and determination of functional consequences of such noise-induced damage. Animal studies could be responsive to this FOA, but the direct applicability to humans must be clearly delineated. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged to apply.
Program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DC-17-002.html

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action - Investigator Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
Contact osp@pacific.edu for submission and routing form schedule.
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due 5 days before Pacific submit date
  • Pacific Submit Date:  2 days before full proposal deadline
  • Closing dates for applications:
    • Open, rolling submission deadline anticipated to be open for 3 years
    • Letter of Intent required, full proposals invited

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health is a national program of RWJF that supports the Foundation’s commitment to building a Culture of Health in the United States. The program aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework. In addition, Evidence for Action will also support efforts to assess outcomes and set priorities for action. It will do this by encouraging and supporting creative, rigorous research on the impact of innovative programs, policies and partnerships on health and well-being, and on novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes.
Program announcement: https://anr.rwjf.org/viewCfp.do?cfpId=1224&cfpOverviewId

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health (P4A)
Contact osp@pacific.edu for submission and routing form schedule.
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due 5 days before Pacific submit date
  • Pacific Submit Date:  2 days before full proposal deadline
  • Closing dates for applications:
    • Letter of Intent (Required): March 15, 2016 (3 PM ET)
    • Full proposals by invitation only

Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health (P4A) was created to help build an evidence base for policies that can lead to a Culture of Health. P4A seeks to engage long-standing health and health care researchers, as well as experts in fields like housing, education, transportation, and the built environment, to name a few, who have not worked in health before. The goal is to develop research that generates actionable evidence—the data and information that can guide legislators and other policymakers, public agencies, educators, advocates, community groups, and individuals. The research may examine established laws, regulations, and policies as well as potential new policies and approaches. The research funded under this call for proposals (CFP) should inform the significant gaps in our knowledge regarding what policies can serve as levers to improve population health and well-being, and achieve greater levels of health equity. Additional information on this program can be found at policiesforaction.org.
Program announcement: https://anr.rwjf.org/viewCfp.do?cfpId=1285&cfpOverviewId

NIH: Targets of Low Dose Alcohol in the Brain (R01, R21)
Deadlines:

  • Pacific Routing Form: due 5 days before Pacific submit date
  • Pacific Submit Date: 2 days before full proposal deadline
  • Closing Dates for Applications by 5:00 PM local time of applicant:
    • Apr 21, 2016

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits research grant applications that define molecular and cellular targets mediating alcohol effects at concentrations of 10 mM and below. It has been well established that alcohol at relatively high concentrations modulate a variety of receptors and ion channels, intracellular signaling cascades, and gene expression in the brain. Significant knowledge gaps, however, remain in understanding how the brain responds to low doses of alcohol and what molecular targets mediate alcohol action at concentrations below 10 mM. The purpose of this FOA is to support research efforts to identify targets mediating effects of low-dose alcohol at molecular, cellular, and circuit levels.
Program accouncement: (R01) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AA-16-008.html; (R21) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AA-16-009.html