Funding Announcements

DoD/Mini Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC)

Department of Defense Mini Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) is for entry-to-mid level medical/healthcare professionals and students to participate in MJCOC 90, from April 14-17, 2019. The goal of this Mini JCOC program is to help bridge the growing military-civilian divide by educating present and future medical/healthcare professionals on their military, as well as the capabilities of the U.S. Armed Forces. JCOC program will provide a valuable opportunity for first-hand experiences, and help participants forge beneficial relationships with their military peers.

Funding: The JCOC program is fully funded by the DoD. Funding includes transportation costs from the beginning of the program to completion, lodging and meals. Participants are responsible for funding their own transportation to and from the registration site, which will be in the Washington, D.C., area.

Submit your nomination using this 2019 Mini JCOC 90 Nomination Form. If there are any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Caroline D. Wilson, JCOC Program Manager.

Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2018.

2019 Competitive Capital Program

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center have launched their 2019 Competitive Capital Program. This program provides grants to non-profit capital programs which support the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting life sciences workforce development and training, research and development, commercialization and/or manufacturing in the Commonwealth.

Funding: Project requests for funding from research institutions, academic medical centers, incubators, and accelerators must not exceed $5 million. Project requests from colleges and universities that are not research institutions in the life sciences or workforce development organizations must not exceed $500,000 per project.

Eligibility/Criteria: Applicants must be requesting funding for capital projects to support the life sciences “infrastructure” in Massachusetts in organizations engaged in life sciences research, development, education and training, or commercialization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Each application submitted must be signed by Department Chair or Dean.

Please see the Solicitation Summary report for more details about this competitive capital program, and information about the online application on this Application PDF form.

Deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

NSF/Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet)

Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) program goal is to accelerate scientific discoveries by connecting U.S. research networks with complementary networks abroad to address grand research challenges that will benefit from coordinated international cooperation aligned with an NSF Big Idea across any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.

The AccelNet solicitation offers two proposal categories:

  • Catalytic proposals will support developing or otherwise immature networks of networks. Catalytic networks should have a specific limited term goal that has the potential to catalyze a breakthrough for the network, for example, a new research approach, networking strategy, or collaborative technology.
  • Full-Scale Implementation proposals are envisioned as consisting of a core of networks in the U.S. and abroad that are operational, have established an understanding of the status of the research and researchers across their fields, and are well-positioned to engage each other to advance research.

Funding: NSF anticipates between $3 and $6 million per year to fund between seven and nine awards. Catalytic proposals will be funded for three years with a total budget of $750,000 and Full-Scale Implementation proposals will be funded up to five years with a total budget of $2 million..

Eligibility: While there are no limits on institutions, an individual PI or co-PI can only appear on one proposal per fiscal year.

Deadline: Friday, December 21, 2018 Letters of Intent, with full proposals due February 28, 2019. For the next competition, Letters of Intent are due October 30, 2019, with full proposals due January 31, 2020.

NIH Launches Pilot Program

The new Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR) is a collaboration between NIH and the contractor Leidos that will allow researchers upload unfunded NIH proposals to an online portal where potential funders can review the scores received from reviewers, and decide whether to provide money for the study.

The goal of OnPAR is to match quality biomedical research projects with priority areas of interest of private foundations, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies and/or other private biomedical research funders. OnPAR will eventually provide access to a global pipeline of research projects that can either supplement internal projects or provide innovative new ideas for future medical products.

If an applicant scored in the top 30% and is not funded by NIH, he/she is welcome to submit an abstract for consideration. Qualified applicants are invited to register with OnPAR and participate in the submission and review process. It is not necessary to re-write an application. OnPAR will accept the NIH abstract that was submitted by the applicant, and if invited, his/her submitted NIH application and Summary Statement.

For more information on the registration process click here.