Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award
The Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.
Based on the quality of applications, the Brain Research Foundation anticipates the SIA program will fund a total of $450,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only (January 2015-December 2016).
To be eligible, the nominated candidate must be a full-time professor or associate professor at an invited US institution, working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease. Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential. Studies should be related to either normal human brain development or specifically identified disease states. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources. This grant is not to be used as a source of bridge funding.
Investigators at institutions that are affiliated with a medical school or university are eligible to apply only through the institution where they hold a full-time faculty position. Only one PI may apply per application.
Please note: research associate professors/research professors are not eligible for this award.
The Brain Research Foundation will only accept one Letter of Intent per institution. Applications must be submitted electronically via the BRF grants website (www.research.thebrf.org) as a single, combined electronic document (PDF) using the BRF LOI and Application forms (provided on the website upon registration).
- BU Internal Deadline: June 9, 2014
- Foundation Letter of Intent Deadline: July 1, 2014
Brain Research Foundation
Web site: http://thebrf.org/Grants/Scientific+Innovations+Award
INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS
Boston University is limited to nominating one candidate. If we have more than one interested applicant, an internal review committee will select the candidates for the Institution. Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should send the following documents, preferably combined into a single pdf file, to Diana Lehman (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 9, 2013:
- a one-page summary of your research
- your biosketch; and
- your email address
Our NIH-supported research programs and services on campus mandate that we report back to NIH annually with detailed utilization and impact data in supporting individual researchers. NIH’s reporting instruments require that our data include the NIH Commons usernames of individuals who have benefited from these key resources. Currently, we are under-representing the data regarding the use of these services in our annual reporting because we do not have NIH Commons usernames for all individuals who engage these services.
When you use the University’s NIH-supported services, please be prepared to provide your NIH Commons username when it is requested. If you do not have one, we will request that you establish a commons account before using the services. In addition, if you have taken advantage of these services over the past year, expect that staff may be in contact with you to request your Commons username. Note that your Commons account does not need to have been created by Boston University; if you have an account that was created for you at another institution, that Commons username can be used for reporting purposes.
To register with NIH Commons, please follow the instructions below:
- Boston University: Please visit http://www.bu.edu/rosa/sponsor-system-access/ and complete the on-line registration form.
- Boston Medical Center: Please contact the BMC Grants Administration office through email@example.com with the following information:
- Full Name
- e-mail address
- eRA Commons Role (Postdoc, PI, Trainee, etc.)
- Please put “Request for eRA Commons Username” in the subject header
If you have questions or concerns about this information, please contact Kaci Foster, Director, Research Operations, Systems and Analytics (ROSA) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ronald Corley, Associate Provost for Research, BUMC at APRbumc@bu.edu
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced two new funding opportunities for research projects aimed at advancing understanding of environmental contributors to autism spectrum disorder. In scientific terms, “environmental” refers to a broad range of non-genetic influences. In the case of autism, research has implicated factors as varied as maternal nutrition and birth complications to exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and early infancy.
The first funding opportunity is an “exploratory” research project with funding of up to $275,000 a year for two years. See details here: PAR-14-202
The second opportunity is for a full-fledged research project with funding up to $400,000 a year for up to 5 years. More information about this funding opportunity can be found here: PAR-14-203
The Alpha-1 Foundation is accepting applications for a new research grant, the Gordon L. Snider Scholar Award.
- Amount available: up to $225,000 ($75,000/year) over three years.
- Deadline to apply is July 25, 2014
The award is named after Gordon L. Snider, MD, one of the most influential researchers in Alpha-1. Snider not only made seminal scientific contributions clarifiying Alpha-1-related lung disease, but also laid the groundwork for the Foundation’s research program. In particular, he stressed the importance of encouraging young investigators to pursue a career in Alpha-1 research.
The award’s objective is to provide additional career development support for outstanding young investigators who have continued to conduct research in Alpha-1-related lung or liver disease after completion of their postdoctoral fellowship. It is expected that the award will provide an incentive for a career in Alpha-1 research.
Snider, who died on June 8, 2013 at age 91, founded the pulmonary section of the Boston University School of Medicine and was chief of medical service at the Boston VA Medical Center for 14 years. He served for a decade on the Alpha-1 Foundation’s board of directors. He also served as president of the American Thoracic Society.
- Detailed information about this research opportunity
- Grant Application Form
- LOI and Grant Application Instructions
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Lasker Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2014 – 2015 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program. The Lasker program supports a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development as independent investigators. This is an opportunity for up to 12 years of continuous funding for clinical researchers.
LOI due: June 2, 2014
Full application: July 29, 2014
We are seeking Physician-Scientists,with a strong record of achievement in Vascular Medicine, Vascular Genetics and Rare Vascular Diseases. Qualified candidates must have a demonstrated ability to develop an independent translational program that combines basic experimental approaches with clinical research and proven ability to receive early-career award funding. We are looking for candidates that will develop new strategies to translate genetic technologies and advanced disease modeling systems towards Proof of Concept Clinical Studies in patients with vascular diseases at the NIH Clinical Center.
To insure a programmatic fit, applicants must first obtain a Letter of Support by submitting a Biosketch and a summary of research interests. The deadline is June 2, 2014. The full application will include a research proposal and submission of four letters of reference. The deadline for the competed application is July 29, 2014. The positions will start in 2015.
More information and links to the application RFA are available at http://www.nih.gov/science/laskerscholar/index.html
For general questions related to the Lasker scholar program contact Dr. Charles Dearolf, Assistant Director for Intramural Research at NIH, at LaskerScholar@nih.gov.
For questions related to the NHLBI Vascular medicine Lasker scholar recruitment, contact, Dr. Manfred Boehm, Senior Investigator at NHLBI, at email@example.com.
The program honors the contributions of Mary and Albert Lasker to the National Institutes of Health and to the overall biomedical community. The Lasker Foundation will provide Scholars with the opportunity to participate in selected activities. The NIH and the Lasker Foundation recognize a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the clinical research workforce to improve the nation’s capacity to address and eliminate health disparities. The NIH encourages applications from talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and women.
The Office of Foundation Relations is offering two informational workshops for faculty on The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Awards.
BUMC: Tuesday, May 13, 2:30-4 pm, BUSM Dean’s Conference Room (L-112) – coffee/cookies
CRC: Thursday, May 15, 12-1:30 pm, Development Office Alumni Board Room, 1 Silber Way, 7th Floor – lunch provided
These awards provide $300,000 over three years to pursue otherwise unfunded, innovative, early-stage, cutting-edge biomedical research that has the potential to advance the health of children in the US. The foundation has invited Boston University to nominate two investigators to the 2014 competition; nominees will be selected through an internal competition process, previously announced here, by the office of the Associate Provost, BUMC.
Interested BU investigators are encouraged to attend either workshop to learn about this family foundation and what makes a competitive proposal, including advice from BU’s current Hartwell Investigators.
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – April 29, 2014
Funding Opportunity: NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) Awards
Letters of Intent Due Date: May 26, 2014
Application Due Date: June 26, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. local time of applicant organization
On April 25, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Request for Applications (RFA) for proof-of-concept centers, entitled Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH), supported by nearly every NIH institute and coordinated by the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP). Utilizing the cooperative agreement (U01) mechanism, the REACH program will accelerate the transition of biomedical innovations into commercial products to improve health and patient care. The RFA notes that the “REACH Hubs will provide qualified institutions with the initial investment and resources to nurture innovators to develop high priority early-stage technologies within the NIH’s mission.” The creation of the REACH program builds upon the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Centers for Accelerated Innovations (CAI) program, which awarded funding to three centers last year. Similar to CAI, the REACH program will support:
- “The infrastructure for identifying the most promising technologies;
- Funding for product definition studies to included feasibility studies, prototype development, or proof-of-concept studies;
- Coordinated access to expertise in areas required for early stage technology development including scientific, regulatory, reimbursement, business, legal, and project management; and
- Skills development and hands-on experience in entrepreneurism.”
See complete Lewis-Burke LLC press release 4-28-14
In preparation for applying to the REACH program, NIH will host a pre-submission webinar on May 14, 2014 at 3p.m. EST.To register please view: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6578187111589108993
Letters of Intent Due Date: May 26, 2014
Application Due Date: June 26, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. local time of applicant organization
Total Funding and Award Size: Participating NIH institutes and centers intend to commit a total of $9 million to fund up to three awards with the maximum budget for a Hub to be $1 million per year and a project period of three years. However, the number of awards will be contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of sufficient meritorious applications.
Sources and Additional Background:
• The complete RFA is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-14-005.html
• NHLBI CAI program information is available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/dera/otac/caip/caip_index.html and information on the CAI awardees is here http://nih.gov/news/health/sep2013/nhlbi-26.htm
The THPF is accepting LOIs for the second cycle of its 2014 Healthy Aging Grants Program in three focus areas: Health & Wellness, Purposeful Engagement, and Empowerment.
Letters of Inquiry due: May 9, 2014
- Health & Wellness: This category provides support for projects or organizations working to promote chronic disease self-management and prevention, exercise and nutrition, and mobility, strength, and balance for older adults.
- Purposeful Engagement: This category focuses on projects or organizations working to help older adults engage in their communities and/or with other generations as well as find encore careers and volunteer opportunities. Priority will be given to projects with a focus on caregiver support. Recognizing the critical role that caregivers play in the lives of older adults, the foundation is committed to finding new and innovative programs for family and other informal caregivers that improve the emotional and physical well-being of caregivers and/or care recipients, as well as programs that increase knowledge of how to care for an older adult and/or boost awareness of caregiver resources.
- Empowerment: Grants awarded in this category support projects designed to provide access to information so that older adults can learn about programs and services in their communities. The foundation also funds transportation programs that empower older adults to be more active in their communities, thereby reducing social isolation.
The foundation does not set a minimum or maximum dollar amount for grants. On average, the foundation gives ~$3 million per year to healthy aging programs. For grant requests greater than $100,000, the foundation encourages potential grantees to contact program staff to schedule an initial discussion before letters of inquiry are due. (Kayla Romanelli at 617.972.9493 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Anne Marie Boursiquot King at 617.972.1082 or email@example.com)
For more information read the full RFP.
Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than May 9, 2014.
Upon review, select applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal no later than June 20.
Huntington’s Disease Society of America Research Fellowship. This major funding initiative will foster innovative research at the HDSA Centers of Excellence with the goal of better understanding the biology of Huntington’s disease (HD) as it occurs in humans. Researchers from around the world are invited to submit patient-centric research proposals that could help answer critical biological questions in the pathogenesis of HD or those that could immediately impact the quality of life for HD patients.
Additional goals for this program are that it will provide a platform for the recruitment of outstanding young investigators to HD research and facilitate international research collaborations that may not otherwise happen. The program will accept letters of intent once a year.
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