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Archived Funding Opportunity Announcements

 

 

2015 State of Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Grants Program

The Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Grants Program (formerly the Connecticut Stem Cell Program) supports regenerative medicine and the advancement of embryonic and/or human adult stem cell research in Connecticut. The Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Grants Program also covers stem cell research, including basic stem cell research, disease modeling and drug testing.   The grant program is administered by BioInnovation Connecticut which is a division of Connecticut Innovations. It is anticipated that up to ten million dollars will be available in the Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Grants Fund for the 2015 RFP call.

Proposal Submission Deadline –Monday, December 15, 2014 by 4:30 EST

Please submit questions via email to regenmed@ctinnovations.com. No RFP submissions should be submitted to the regenmed@ctinnovations.com address.

RFP Submissions should be sent to regenmedrfp@ctinnovations.com


Archived Limited Submission Announcements

The following is a list of expired limited submission announcements which we maintain for archival purposes.

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Limited Submission: CTNext Innovation Places Program Opportunity

A grant solicitation resulting from the economic development initiative passed during the 2016 special session in the Connecticut legislature focused on “Innovation Places” is now active. Innovation Places will support entrepreneurs and leaders in designated geographic areas through startups, growth stage businesses, anchor institutions (hospitals, major corporations, research institutions, etc.) and access to public transit.

Click here to review the program guidelines.

There may be many opportunities for UConn to join partnerships developing statewide in response to this solicitation. For this reason, a limited submission process is required for all University applicants in order to allow for an informed institutional decision about which proposals will proceed with a commitment of UConn support. Decisions will be made by a representative group at the executive leadership level.

Letters of Intent
If you are interested in applying for an Innovation Places grant or if you will participate in an application submitted by an external partner, a Letter of Intent is required prior to any submission to Connecticut Innovations or the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Letters of Intent must:

  • Provide a one-page summary of the proposed project.
  • Be written in 12-point font with 1 inch margins.
  • List all University partners and outside organizations likely to be named in a prospective proposal.

Letters of Intent Deadline:  August 15, 2016, 8:00 A.M.
Submit to: research@uconn.edu

For more information, please contact: the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu

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W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program Opportunity

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program. The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program is a limited submission and as such, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question a prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in the field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological, physical science, and engineering research, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Grants are typically $1 million to $1.5 million.

Program Priorities

Funding is awarded to universities and institutions nationwide for projects in research that:

  • Fall outside the funding priorities of public funding agencies (e.g. NIH, NSF, DoD).
  • Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W.M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success.
  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research.
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies (Please note: Technology/instrumentation projects highly encouraged based on past Keck feedback).
  • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary.
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm.
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem.
  • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials, or research for the sole purpose of drug development.

Limited Submission

Because only two applications across all campuses can be submitted by the University—one in Medical Research and one in Science and Engineering Research—it will be necessary for an internal screening process.

Concept Papers
One-page total concepts should be in 12 point font with 1 inch margins and should include:

  • An overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies (indicate area of emphasis for project–medical research or science and engineering research);
  • A description of the methodologies and key personnel;
  • A brief justification of any past attempts to obtain funding from federal agencies, the need for Keck support, and any current or pending grant support for the particular project; and
  • An estimated budget break down, if possible, by major areas, e.g., personnel, equipment, consumable supplies, etc. Please note: Budgets can be rough approximations at this stage.

If space allows, the authors are free to add other details (e.g., background to put the research into perspective, description of the institution’s prominence in the field, etc.). Please avoid illustrations in these concept papers to maximize the space for necessary project information.  For instance, to maximize the project information provide, if a reference is necessary, please abbreviate with minimal required details (e.g., Science, 323, 45, ‘11), rather than a complete reference.

Concept Paper Deadline:  July 5, 2016, 8:00 AM
Submit toresearch@uconn.edu

For further information, please contact Larisa Zagorski, OVPR Program Administrator (research@uconn.edu), 860-486-6319, or Christopher Petkovich, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (cpetkovich@foundation.uconn.edu), 860-486-0303.

For more information, please contact: the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu

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Searle Scholars Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce that the Searle Scholars Program has invited the University to nominate a candidate to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. UConn may nominate only one candidate from all campuses, and as such the OVPR will conduct an internal screening process.

The Searle Scholars Program supports the research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position.  Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports.  Generally, the program awards 15 new grants annually.

Applicants are expected to pursue independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.  Candidates should have begun their appointments as independent investigators at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2015.

Limited Submission

Because only one nomination can be submitted, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for this program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

 When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, please review the Guidelines for updates.  Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  No more than one nomination
Intent to Submit Deadline:  6/15/2016, 5:00 PM
Internal Screening Deadline:  6/30/2016, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Deadline:  9/30/2016
Submit pre-proposals to: research@uconn.edu

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 NSF – Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the Major Instrumentation Program (MRI) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The MRI program is a limited submission award, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

Note: Because of the effort and time commitment required to foster collaborative partnerships and prepare promising proposals for this highly competitive NSF program, an internal screening competition is being initiated well in advance of the LOI deadline. This allows the OVPR to provide applicants with adequate research support services while they develop competitive proposals that may be selected for submission to the current or future submission cycles.

The Major Research Instrumentation Program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, museums and science centers, and non-profit organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.  The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers.

The instrument acquired or developed is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.

Limited Submission

Because a limited number of applications can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for this program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, please review the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.  If you are planning to resubmit a previous proposal or pre-proposal, you must include reviewers’ comments with your submission.

Program Requirements

Limit:  Three proposals; at least one must be for instrument development
Intent to Submit Deadline:  6/13/2016
Internal Screening Deadline:  6/27/2016
Sponsor Deadline:  01/11/2017 Note: Date has changed from original RFP
Submit internal screening proposals to: research@uconn.edu

Additional Instructions: Proposals require a 30% cost-share commitment. As part of the internal screening process, applicants must indicate how the cost-share will be accomplished and should include commitments from respective PIs, department heads, and/or deans.  In addition, a listing of the PI’s and Co-PIs’ external funding (funded, pending, and closed) must be included.

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National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program.   The NRT program is a limited submission award, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process (NSF recognizes UConn Storrs and UConn Health as separate institutions).

 Note: Because of the effort and time commitment required to foster collaborative partnerships and prepare promising proposals for this highly competitive NSF program, an internal screening competition is being initiated well in advance of the LOI deadline. This allows the OVPR to provide applicants with adequate research support services while they develop competitive proposals.

The NSF Research Traineeship program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.

The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. The priority research areas for the FY2017 competition will be (1) Understanding the Brain (UtB), (2) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS), and (3) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority.

The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. Whereas the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to more effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports test-bed projects with high potential to enrich, improve, and extend the knowledge base with attention to transferability and innovation. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, museums, and academic partners are encouraged.

LIMITED SUBMISSION

 Because a limited number of applications from each institution can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for this program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, please review the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.  If you are planning to resubmit a previous proposal or pre-proposal, you must include reviewers’ comments with your submission.

 Program Requirements

 Limit:  Four (4): 2 for the Traineeship Track, 2 for the Innovations in Graduate Education Track.
 Intent to Submit Deadline: 6/10/2016
 Internal Screening Deadline: 6/24/2016
 Sponsor LOI Deadline (optional): December 9, 2016
 Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline:  February 7, 2017
 Submit internal screening proposals to: research@uconn.edu

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Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The PIRE is a limited submission award and will only accept two nominations per institution (NSF recognizes UConn Storrs and UConn Health as separate institutions). As such, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

Note: Because of the effort and time commitments required to foster international partnerships, an internal screening competition is being initiated in anticipation of an announcement from the NSF at a later date in the summer of 2016. The internal competition will be based on the most recent NSF PIRE program solicitation.

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

International Partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems.  In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different national environments and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates the development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.

The PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research that are supported by the NSF.

LIMITED SUBMISSION

Because a limited number of applications can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for the PIRE program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit  must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, please review the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  A single organization may submit one preliminary proposal as the lead institution.  Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only.  There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as a partner.
Intent to Submit Deadline: 6/13/2016
Internal Screening Deadline:  6/30/2016
Preliminary Proposal Sponsor Deadline: 9/14/2016
Full Proposal Sponsor Deadline: 4/24/2017
Submit e-proposals to: research@uconn.edu

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Program.  The Summer Stipend Program will only accept two nominations per institution (NEH recognizes UConn Storrs and UConn Health Center as separate institutions), and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources while receiving the NEH summer stipend. Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend of $6,000.

NEH Summer stipends support:

  • Individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
  • Continuous full-time work on humanities projects for a period of two consecutive months.
  • Projects at any stage of development.
  • Projects beginning May 2017.

Limited Submission

Because only two nominations can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for this program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, please review the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  Two nominations from each institution
Intent to Submit Deadline: 6/6/2016
Internal Screening Deadline: 7/1/2016
Sponsor Deadline:  9/29/2016, 11:59 PM (Eastern Time)
Submit e-proposals to: research@uconn.edu

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PEW Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce that The Pew Charitable Trusts has invited the University to nominate a candidate for the 2017 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences award.  UConn may nominate only one candidate from all campuses, and as such the OVPR will conduct an internal screening process.

The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.  The award provides $240,000 in flexible support – $60,000 per year for four years.  Eligibility criteria include:

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of Nov. 16, 2016, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor.
  • As of July 16, 2016, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (i.e., not appointed prior to July 16, 2013), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution twice in total. All applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2017 online application.

Limited Submission

Because only one nomination can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for this program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

Investigators are asked to submit pre-proposal materials, including a research project summary, curriculum vitae, and a letter of support from the head of their department by the requested Internal Screening Deadline.

Program Requirements

Limit: One nomination
Intent to Submit Deadline: 6/3/2016
Internal Screening Deadline: 6/15/2016, 8:00 AM
Nomination due to Sponsor: 7/15/2016
Sponsor Application Deadline: 11/16/2016
Submit pre-proposals to:   research@uconn.edu

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May 2, 2016

Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce that the Brain Research Foundation has invited the University to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2017 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA).

As UConn/UConn Health may submit only one Letter of Intent for consideration, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

The Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Scientific Innovations Award provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support cutting-edge, creative, exploratory research in well-established research laboratories under the direction of experienced investigators.  To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time associate professor/full professor working in the area of brain function in health and disease studies.  Current major National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other peer-review funding is preferred, and evidence of such funding in the past three years is required.  The grant period is for two years in the amount of $150,000.  The support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit.

Limited Submission

Because only one Letter of Intent can be submitted from UConn/UConn Health for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

Investigators are asked to submit pre-proposals for the internal screening process as per the Guidelines by the requested Internal Screening Deadline. Be sure to check the Guidelines for updates.  Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  One (1) nomination (UConn or UCH senior faculty member)
Intent to Submit Deadline:  May 9, 2016, 8:00 AM
Internal Screening Deadline:  May 20, 2016, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline:  June 29, 2016, 5:00 PM CT

For further information, contact:  Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu.

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American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the American Diabetes Association initiative, Pathway to Stop Diabetes.  The Pathway to Stop Diabetes is a limited submission program, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

Pathway to Stop Diabetes® is a bold, innovative initiative designed to radically transform diabetes research. Its vision is simple yet revolutionary: find a new generation of brilliant scientists at the peak of their creativity, then provide them with the freedom, autonomy, and financial and professional resources to set them on the road to breakthrough discoveries.

This initiative enables scientists to advance not only their research, but also their careers. Pathway scientists have access to the Mentor Advisory Group, an annual Pathway symposium, select speaking opportunities, and innovative technologies, all designed to foster interactions and collaborations that will enable them to accelerate their research progress.

Pathway supports innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services research relevant to any diabetes type, diabetes-related disease state, or diabetes complication. The Association seeks exceptional candidates from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering.

Limited Submission

Because only one nomination can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

Investigators are asked to submit pre-proposals for the internal screening process as per the Guidelines submitting by the requested Internal Screening Deadline.  Please be sure to review the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  Each institution is allowed a maximum of one nomination. The nomination can be in one of the three available Pathway award types:

  • Initiator (for researchers in postdoctoral training)
  • Accelerator (for early-career diabetes investigators)
  • Visionary (for established investigators, new to diabetes)

Intent to Submit Deadline:  2/22/2016, 5:00 PM
Internal Screening Deadline: 3/11/2016, 5:00 PM
Sponsor Deadline:  July 1, 2016

For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu.

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Charles H. Hood Foundation Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the Charles H. Hood Foundation Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health. This is a limited submission award, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

This Award Program supports outstanding investigators conducting innovative and transformative research in child health.  The overall goal of the Program remains the funding of translational or clinical research that will improve child health clinical outcomes, or improve health care access, affordability, and quality.  The Major Grants are intended to support innovative work that may be difficult to fund with traditional grant mechanisms.  For the 2017 grant cycle, the Hood Foundation requests applications related to either of two areas of child health research: Neonatology or Brain Science and Child Development.

Two-year grants totaling $450,000 ($225,000 per year) will be awarded for the period of January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018. Up to 10% ($40,909) of the total Direct Costs may be used to cover Indirect Costs at either the Award Recipient Institution or any contracting institution.

Limited Submission

Because only one application per institution can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for the program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

Investigators are asked to submit a cover page, abstract, 3-page project narrative, and biosketch by the requested Internal Screening Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, please be sure to review the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  One proposal per institution
Intent to Submit Deadline:  2/22/2016, 8:00 AM
Internal Screening Deadline: 3/4/2016, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline:  4/12/2016, 3:00 PM
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: 9/13/2016, 3:00 PM

For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu.

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Internal Competition for Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) Pre-Proposals

The next NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) solicitation is expected in April 2016. See http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf16545 for details of the last solicitation. The synopsis of the program from the last solicitation states that

“Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) provide sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. MRSECs address research of a scope and complexity requiring the scale, synergy, and interdisciplinarity provided by a campus-based research center. They support materials research infrastructure in the United States, promote active collaboration between universities and other sectors, including industry and international institutions, and contribute to the development of a national network of university-based centers in materials research, education, and facilities. A MRSEC may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership.”

MRSEC proposals are evaluated primarily on the quality of the Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) proposed. The last solicitation states that a MRSEC may encompass 2-5 IRGs. These groups are composed typically of 4-6 faculty researchers with complementary backgrounds, skills, and knowledge. IRGs must address fundamental scientific issues. However, a focus on technological applications, especially with industrial collaboration/support, is highly valued.

Internal Competition Process

In preparation of the upcoming solicitation in 2016, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will hold an internal competition for IRG pre-proposals. Potential groups, composed of 4-6 researchers, are asked to submit a 4-page pre-proposal (excluding references) no later than January 29, 2016.  Experts both internal and external to the University of Connecticut will review the proposals using the following criteria:

  1. Uniqueness & novelty of the proposed research.
  2. Past research performance of the faculty investigators.
  3. Likelihood of important scientific results from proposed research.
  4. Coherence of, and synergies within, the group.
  5. Interdisciplinary quality of the group.
  6. Potential technological impact and visibility to industry.

Click here for Specific IRG pre-proposal instructions

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National Science Foundation Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the National Science Foundation Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) program.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a 6th (sixth) year of a solicitation on collaborative research and education in the area of Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM). This solicitation is in response to and is a component of the NNI Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing – Creating the Industries of the Future (http://www.nano.gov/NSINanomanufacturing). Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to fabricate small quantities of nanomaterials and nanostructures for characterization and evaluation purposes, the emphasis of the Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) solicitation is on research on new manufacturing processes and methods to overcome the key scientific and engineering barriers that prevent the production of useful nanomaterials and nanostructures and their integration into nanodevices and nanosystems at an industrially relevant scale, reliably, and at low cost and within sustainability and environmental, health and safety (EHS) guidelines.                             

This solicitation is seeking high-risk/high-reward research and education proposals. Its focus is on scalable nanomanufacturing challenges and societal and educational issues associated with continuing advances in nanomanufacturing and the ensuing increasing use of nanoscale materials, devices and systems. All proposals should clearly state what roadblocks to scale-up exist and what new approach or approaches will be investigated to overcome those roadblocks. The scientific and engineering barriers to commercialization, in terms of production rate, throughput, quality, reproducibility, yield, efficiency, sustainability, and cost should be addressed in the proposal.

Limited Submission

Because a limited number of applications from each institution can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline, which is November 24, 2015, 8:00 AM.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.  If you are planning to resubmit a previous proposal or pre-proposal, you must include reviewers’ comments with your submission.

Click here for Program Requirements

Limit: An academic institution – a university, or a campus in a multi-campus university – may submit no more than (1) proposal on which it is the lead organization in response to this solicitation.

Important Dates
Intent to Submit Deadline: November 24, 2015, 8:00 AM
Internal Screening Deadline: December 4, 2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: February 16, 2016, 5:00 PM

If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu.

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Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce that the Brain Research Foundation has invited the University to nominate one faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program.

Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of the program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources.  The BRF Seed Grant Program supports new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions.  Each total award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period.

Limited Submission

Because only one LOI can be submitted from UConn/UConn Health for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an LOI for the BRF Seed Grant Program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

Investigators are asked to submit pre-proposals for the internal screening process as per the Guidelines by the requested Internal Screening Deadline. Be sure to check the Guidelines for updates.  Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  One (1) nomination (faculty member)
Intent to Submit Deadline:  October 16, 2015, 8:00 AM
Internal Screening Deadline:  November 9, 2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline:  January 7, 2016, 5:00 PM CST

For further questions, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu or 860-486-3619.

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2016 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists sponsored by The Blavatnik Family Foundation.  This award is a limited submission, and as such, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the country’s most promising young faculty-rank scientists and engineers in the disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds. The Blavatnik National Awards will be conferred at a ceremony held in New York City in the fall of 2016.  Additional information is available at http://blavatnikawards.org/national-awards/nomination-guidelines/.

Limited Submission

Each institution may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.  Because only three proposals can be submitted for the following program, an internal screening process may be required.  If you are considering submitting an application for any of the programs listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit  must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

OVPR staff will contact those submitting Notifications of Intent to Submit with specific instructions for the internal screening.

Program Requirements

Limit:  Each institution may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.
Intent to Submit Deadline:  10/9/2015, 5:00 PM
Internal Screening Deadline:  10/26/2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Deadline:  11/18/2015

For further questions, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu or 860-486-3619.

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Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The PFI:BIC program is a limited submission award, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

The PFI:BIC supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team collaborating with at least one industry partner in order to carry out research to advance, adapt, and integrate technology(ies) into a specified, human-centered smart service system. The selected service system should function as a technology test bed.

Partnership projects are unrestricted as to domain knowledge and application areas and should be in the translational, pre-commercialization space, building on fundamental research discoveries with the objective of creating or transforming a “smart(er)” service system that has the potential for significant social and economic impact.

Limited Submission

Because only two (2) proposals as a lead institution can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting a proposal for this program an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.  If you are planning to resubmit a previous proposal or pre-proposal, you must include reviewers’ comments with your submission.

Program Requirements

Limit:  Two proposals as a lead institution
Intent to Submit Deadline:  10/2/2015, 5:00 PM
Internal Screening Deadline:  10/19/2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Letter of Intent Due Date (required): 12/2/2015, 5:00 PM
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline:   1/27/2016

 

 

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). The PREP program is a limited submission, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

The objective of the PREP is to prepare individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who have recently obtained their baccalaureate degrees for successful completion of PhD or MD-PhD training programs.  For the purposes of this funding opportunity, recent baccalaureate graduates are those who have graduated from an accredited U.S. college or university no more than 36 months prior to applying to the PREP and are not currently enrolled in a degree program.  In order to increase their acceptance into rigorous doctoral training programs, PREP participants will receive extensive research experiences and take courses for skills development during a one- to two-year research apprenticeship, to further develop their scholarly potential and improve their research skills. NIGMS expects that this program will lead to a steady supply of exceptional PhD students from underrepresented groups.

Limited Submission

Because only one application per institution can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for the program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline, which is 10/23/2015, 5:00 PM.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements
Limit:  Only one application per institution is allowed
Intent to Submit Deadline:  10/23/2015, 5:00 PM
Internal Screening Deadline: 11/9/2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Deadline:  1/25/2016, 5:00 PM

For more information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu or 860-486-3619.

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Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award sponsored by The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award is a limited submission, and as such, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening.

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

Limited Submission

Because a limited number of applications can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit  must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline which is October 23, 2015.

OVPR staff will contact those submitting Notifications of Intent to Submit with specific instructions for the internal screening.

Program Requirements
Limit:  One nomination per institution

Important Dates
Intent to Submit Deadline:  October 23, 2015, 5:00 PM
Internal Screening Deadline:  November 9, 2015, 5:00 PM
Sponsor Deadline:  February 10, 2016

For further questions, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu or 860-486-3619.

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Searle Scholars Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce that the Searle Scholars Program has invited the University to nominate a candidate to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.

The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position.  Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports.  Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

Applicants are expected to pursue independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.  Candidates should have begun their appointments as independent investigators at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2014.

Limited Submission
Because only one nomination can be submitted, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for the program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates.  Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements
Limit:  No more than one nomination
Intent to Submit Deadline:  6/15/2015, 5:00 PM
Internal Screening Deadline:  6/30/2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Deadline:  9/30/2015
Submit pre-proposals to: research@uconn.edu

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W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program. The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program is a limited submission and as such, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question a prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in the field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.  Historically, grants range from $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less.

Program Priorities
Funding is awarded to universities and institutions nationwide for projects in research that:

  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research.
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies (TECHNOLOGY/INSTRUMENTATION PROJECTS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED BASED ON PAST KECK FEEDBACK).
  • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary.
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm.
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem.
  • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development.
  • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies.
  • Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W.M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success.

Limited Submission
Because only two applications can be submitted by the University: one in Medical Research and one in Science and Engineering Research, it will be necessary for an internal screening process.

Concept Papers
Single-paged concepts should be in 12 point font with 1 inch margins and should include:

  • An overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies (indicate area of emphasis for project –medical research or science and engineering research);
  • A description of the methodologies and key personnel;
  • A brief justification of the need for Keck support and any current or pending grant support; and
  • An estimated budget broken down, if possible, by major areas, e.g., personnel, equipment, consumable supplies, etc. (budgets can be rough approximations at this stage).

If there’s room, the authors are free to add other details (e.g., background to put the research into perspective, description of the institutions prominence in the field, etc.). Avoid illustrations in these single-pagers – the researchers will need all the room for text.  If a reference is necessary, abbreviate it as (Science, 323, 45, ’11).  DO NOT USE (jones et al., 2011).

Concept Paper Deadline:  June 16, 2015, 8:00 AM
Submit to: research@uconn.edu

For further information, contact Larisa Zagorski (Larisa.Zagorski@uconn.edu), 860-486-6378, or Christopher Petkovich, Director of Foundation Relations (cpetkovich@foundation.uconn.edu), 860-486-0303.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Program.  The Summer Stipend Program will only accept two nominations per institution, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources while receiving the NEH summer stipend. Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend of $6,000.

NEH Summer stipends support:

  • Individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
  • Continuous full-time work on humanities projects for a period of two consecutive months.
  • Projects at any stage of development.
  • Projects beginning May 2016.

Limited Submission
Because only two nominations can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for this program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements
Limit:  Two nominations
Intent to Submit Deadline: 6/10/2015
Internal Screening Deadline: 6/24/2015
Sponsor Deadline:  10/1/2015, 11:59 PM (Eastern Time)
Submit e-proposals to: research@uconn.edu

For further information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu.

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National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Program.  The CBPR program is a limited submission, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

The overarching goals of the NIMHD CBPR Program are to enhance community capacity in research for which they will directly benefit; support collaborative intervention projects addressing health disparities; and accelerate the translation of findings into improved health and health outcomes.  The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support promising community interventions using CBPR principles and approaches aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating health disparities.

Limited Submission

Because only one application per institution can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for the program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements
Limit:  only one application per institution is allowed
Intent to Submit Deadline:  6/9/2015, 5:00 PM
Internal Screening Deadline: 6/22/2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Deadline:  8/3/2015, 5:00 PM

For further information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu

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PEW Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce that The Pew Charitable Trusts has invited the University to nominate a candidate for the 2016 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences award.

The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.  The award provides $240,000 in flexible support – $60,000 per year for four years.  Eligibility criteria include:

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of Nov. 16, 2015, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor.
  • As of July 16, 2015, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (i.e., not appointed prior to July 16, 2012), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution twice in total. All applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2016 online application.
  • If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may apply from only one institution; the applicant may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

Limited Submission

Because only one nomination can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

Investigators are asked to submit pre-proposal materials, including a research project summary, curriculum vitae, and a letter of support from the head of their department by the requested Internal Screening Deadline.

Program Requirements
Limit: One nomination
Intent to Submit Deadline: 5/29/2015
Internal Screening Deadline: 6/12/2015, 5:00 PM
Nomination due to Sponsor: 7/15/2015
Sponsor Application Deadline: 11/16/2015
Submit pre-proposals to:   research@uconn.edu

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U.S. Department of Education, First in the World (FITW) Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research would like to announce the U.S. Department of Education, First in the World (FITW) Program.

The First in the World (FITW) Program will provide grants to institutions of higher education to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes and make college more affordable for students and families, and to develop an evidence base of effective practices. Institutions of higher education or consortia of such institutions are eligible applicants for FITW grants. We encourage applicants to partner with public and private institutions and agencies that can assist the applicant to achieve the goals of the project.

Estimated range of awards is $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 for 48 months. Dept. of Education will make 6 to 8 awards, but will not fund any application that proposes a budget exceeding $3,000,000 for a single budget period of 48 months.  Total available funds for the FITW program is $60,000,000, but the Dept. of Education will set aside $16,000,000 for Minority-Serving Institutions.  The Dept. of Education requires no cost sharing or matching under this program.

Limited Submission

Because only one application per institution can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for the program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements
Limit:  only one FITW application in FY 2015
Intent to Submit Deadline:  5/26/2015, 8:00 AM
Internal Screening Deadline: 6/2/2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Deadline:  6/30/2015, 4:30 PM

NSF – Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the Major Instrumentation Program (MRI) sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The MRI program is a limited submission award, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process. Being a highly competitive NSF program, this internal competition is being announced well in advance of the anticipated sponsor deadline as the OVPR wants to be able to provide more time for teams to foster opportunities, as well as provide research support services to assist teams in developing competitive proposals that may be selected for submission to the current or future submission cycles.

The Major Research Instrumentation Program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, museums and science centers, and non-profit organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.  The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers.

The instrument acquired or developed is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.

Limited Submission

Because a limited number of applications can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.  If you are planning to resubmit a previous proposal or pre-proposal, you must include reviewers’ comments with your submission.

Program Requirements

Limit:  Three proposals; at least one must be for instrument development
Intent to Submit Deadline:  June 22, 2015
Internal Screening Deadline:  July 8, 2015
Sponsor Deadline:  January 13, 2016

Additional Instructions: Proposals require a 30% cost-share commitment. As part of the internal screening process, applicants must indicate how the cost-share will be accomplished and should include commitments from respective PIs, department heads, and/or deans.  In addition, a listing of the PIs and Co-PIs external funding (funded, pending, and closed) must be included.

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National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

NOTE:  Because we expect a change in focus from NSF, there will be no internal screening at this time.  We plan to reissue the NRT limited submission in the fall when we have more guidelines.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program.   The NRT program is a limited submission award, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.  Being a highly competitive NSF program, this internal competition is being announced well in advance of the anticipated LOI deadline as the OVPR wants to be able to provide more time for teams to foster opportunities, as well as provide research support services to assist teams in developing competitive proposals that may be selected for submission to the current or future submission cycles.

The NSF Research Traineeship program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.

The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. For this solicitation the Traineeship Track has one priority interdisciplinary research theme — Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); proposals are encouraged also on any non-DESE interdisciplinary research theme that is a national priority.

The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. Whereas the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to more effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports test-bed projects with high potential to enrich, improve, and extend the knowledge base with attention to transferability and innovation. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, museums, and academic partners are encouraged.

Limited Submission

Because a limited number of applications from each institution can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline, which is June 15, 2015.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.  If you are planning to resubmit a previous proposal or pre-proposal, you must include reviewers’ comments with your submission.

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Limit:  Three (3): 2 for the Traineeship Track, 1 for the Innovations in Graduate Education Track.  If only one Traineeship Track proposal is submitted, it can be on either DESE or another theme.  If two Traineeship Track proposals are submitted, at least one must be a DESE proposal.  In either case, the theme of a Traineeship Track proposal must be interdisciplinary.

Important Dates
Intent to Submit Deadline:           June 15, 2015
Internal Screening Deadline:        July 1, 2015
Sponsor LOI deadline (optional):December 22, 2015
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline:  February 22, 2016

If you have questions, please contact Larisa Zagorski (larisa.zagorski@uconn.edu)

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Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce that the Brain Research Foundation has invited the University to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2015 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA).

As UConn may submit only one Letter of Intent for consideration, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

The Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Scientific Innovations Award 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.  To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time associate professor/full professor working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease.  Current major National Institute of Health (NIH) or other peer-review funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is required.  The grant period is for two years in the amount of $150,000.  The support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit.

Limited Submission

Because only one Letter of Intent can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

Investigators are asked to submit pre-proposals for the internal screening process as per the Guidelines by the requested Internal Screening Deadline. Be sure to check the Guidelines for updates.  Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  One (1) nomination (senior faculty member)
Intent to Submit Deadline:  May 11, 2015, 8:00 AM
Internal Screening Deadline:  May 22, 2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline:  July 1, 2015, 5:00 PM CT

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American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the American Diabetes Association initiative, Pathway to Stop Diabetes.  The Pathway to Stop Diabetes is a limited submission program, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

Pathway will support creative scientists early in their diabetes research careers, or investigators who are established in other disciplines but who would like to expand their focus to diabetes research.  With awards of $1.625 million over the course of up to seven years, the program will provide researchers the freedom, autonomy, time and focus needed to explore new ideas.

Pathway supports innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services research relevant to any diabetes type, diabetes-related disease state, or diabetes complication. The Association seeks exceptional candidates from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering.

Limited Submission

Because only one nomination can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

Investigators are asked to submit pre-proposals for the internal screening process as per the Guidelines submitting by the requested Internal Screening Deadline.  Be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  Institutions may nominate a maximum of one investigator per grant cycle.  The nomination can be either of the Pathway award types: Initiator, Accelerator or Visionary.
Intent to Submit Deadline:  May 11, 2015, 8:00 AM
Internal Screening Deadline: May 22, 2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Deadline:  July 1, 2015

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The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation invite for a 2016 Beckman Scholars Program Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce that the University has received a Letter of Invitation from The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for the 2016 Beckman Scholars Program.  As UConn may submit only one application for consideration, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.  The 2016 Beckman Scholars Program is an institutional submission and not for individual student awards.

The purpose of the Beckman Scholars Program is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited four-year colleges and universities located in the United States of America.  These research activities shall be centered in either chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects. Candidates for the Beckman Scholars Award must be full-time students throughout the duration of the award.

LIMITED SUBMISSION

Because only one institutional submission can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for this program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

Investigators are asked to submit a 3-page project narrative, abstract, budget and biosketch by the requested Internal Screening Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates.  Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

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Limit:  One institutional submission
Intent to Submit Deadline:  4/30/2015, 8:00 AM
Internal Screening Deadline:  5/11/2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Deadline:  6/1/2015, 5:00 PM PDT
Submit e-proposals to: research@uconn.edu

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Charles H. Hood Foundation Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the Charles H. Hood Foundation Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health. The Hood Major Grants is a limited submission award, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

This Award Program supports outstanding investigators conducting innovative and transformative research in child health.  The overall goal of the Program remains the funding of translational or clinical research that will improve child health clinical outcomes, or improve health care access, affordability, and quality.  The Major Grants are intended to fund innovative work that may be difficult to fund with traditional grant mechanisms.  For the 2016 grant cycle, the Hood Foundation requests applications related to either of two areas of child health research: Neonatology or Early Brain and Child Development.

Two-year grants totaling $450,000 ($225,000 per year) will be awarded for the period of January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017. Up to 10% ($40,909) of the total Direct Costs may be used to cover Indirect Costs at either the Award Recipient Institution or any contracting institution.

Limited Submission

Because only one application per institution can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for the program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

Investigators are asked to submit a 3-page project narrative, abstract, and biosketch by the requested Internal Screening Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  One proposal per institution
Intent to Submit Deadline:  4/17/2015, 8:00 AM
Internal Screening Deadline: 5/1/2015, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Deadline:  5/19/2015, 3:00 PM

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National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) plays a central role in the continuing success and development of the faculty’s research, scholarship, and creative endeavors through its leadership and support services in Research Administration and Research Development.  A critical mechanism for cultivating research innovation is the development of interdisciplinary training programs that prepare students to become future leaders in cutting-edge, creative, and analytical approaches to discovery.  To this end, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process in support of the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program.

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. For this solicitation the Traineeship Track has one priority interdisciplinary research theme — Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); proposals are encouraged also on any non-DESE interdisciplinary research theme that is a national priority. The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. Whereas the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to more effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports test-bed projects with high potential to enrich, improve, and extend the knowledge base with attention to transferability and innovation. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, museums, and academic partners are encouraged.

Limited Submission

Because a limited number of applications can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

 When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.  If you are planning to resubmit a previous proposal or pre-proposal, you must include reviewers’ comments with your submission.

Program Requirements
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15542/nsf15542.htm

Limit:  Three (3): 2 for the Traineeship Track, 1 for the Innovations in Graduate Education Track.  If only one Traineeship Track proposal is submitted, it can be on either DESE or another theme.  If two Traineeship Track proposals are submitted, at least one must be a DESE proposal.  In either case, the traineeship theme of a Traineeship Track proposal must be interdisciplinary.

Intent to Submit Deadline:  February 18, 2015
Internal Screening Deadline:  March 8, 2015
Sponsor LOI Deadline (optional):  March 25, 2015
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline:  May 6, 2015

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NSF – Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) plays a central role in the continuing success and development of the faculty’s research, scholarship, and creative endeavors through its leadership and support services in Research Administration and Research Development. A critical mechanism for cultivating research development and enhancing research capacity is to foster interdisciplinary collaborations with diverse academic partners and institutions.  To this end, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process in support of the Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The NSF announces a fifth year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of Scalable Nanomanufacturing. This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing – Creating the Industries of the Future (http://www.nano.gov/node/611).

Limited Submission

Because a limited number of applications can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submitmust be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15507/nsf15507.htm

Limit:  One (1) proposal
Intent to Submit Deadline:  November 7, 2014
Internal Screening Deadline:  November 28, 2014
Sponsor proposal deadline:  January 20, 2015


 NSF – Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) plays a central role in the continuing success and development of the faculty’s research, scholarship, and creative endeavors through its leadership and support services in Research Administration and Research Development. A critical mechanism for cultivating research activities that are both innovative and impactful is to ensure access to state-of-art equipment and instrumentation. To this end, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process in support of the Major Instrumentation Program (MRI) sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, museums and science centers, and non-profit organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.  The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers.

The instrument acquired or developed is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.

Limited Submission

Because a limited number of applications can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submitmust be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  Three proposals; at least one must be for instrument development
Intent to Submit Deadline:  11/07/2014
Internal Screening Deadline:  11/28/2014
Sponsor Deadline:  1/22/2015

Additional Instructions: Proposals require a 30% cost-share commitment. As part of the internal screening process, applicants must indicate how the cost-share will be accomplished and should include commitments from respective PIs, department heads, and/or deans. In addition, a listing of the PIs and Co-PIs external funding (funded, pending, and closed) must be included.


2015 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) plays a central role in the continuing success and development of the faculty’s research, scholarship, and creative endeavors through its leadership and support services in Research Administration and Research Development.  To this end, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process in support of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists sponsored by The Blavatnik Family Foundation.

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the country’s most promising young faculty-rank scientists and engineers in the disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds and will be offered an opportunity to publish in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences on the topic for which he/she is being honored. The Blavatnik National Awards will be conferred at a ceremony held in New York City in the fall of 2015.  Additional information is available at http://blavatnikawards.org/national-awards/nomination-guidelines/.

Limited Submission

Because a limited number of applications can be submitted for the following program, an internal screening process may be required.  If you are considering submitting an application for any of the programs listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates.  Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  Each institution may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.
Intent to Submit Deadline:  October 21, 2014
Internal Screening Deadline:  October 31, 2014
Sponsor Deadline:  November 25, 2014


NSF – Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) plays a central role in the continuing success and development of the faculty’s research, scholarship, and creative endeavors through its leadership and support services in Research Administration and Research Development. A critical mechanism for cultivating research development and enhancing research capacity is to foster interdisciplinary collaborations with diverse industry partners. To this end, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process in support of the Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC) program supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team with a least one industry partner to build technological, human, and service system innovation capacity. These partnerships focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered smart service system with the potential to achieve transformational change in an existing service system or to spur an entirely new service system. These technologies have been inspired by existing breakthrough discoveries.

Limited Submission

Because a limited number of applications can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required. If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  Two proposals
Intent to Submit Deadline:  October 13, 2014
Internal Screening Deadline:  October 24, 2014
Sponsor Letter of Intent Due Date (required): December 3, 2014
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: January 28, 2015


Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) plays a central role in the continuing success and development of the faculty’s research, scholarship, and creative endeavors through its leadership and support services in Research Administration and Research Development.  To this end, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process in support of the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award sponsored by The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000. Additional information and proposal requirements are available at http://www.dreyfus.org/awards/camille_dreyfus_teacher_award.shtml.Limited Submission

Because a limited number of applications can be submitted for the following programs, an internal screening process may be required.  If you are considering submitting an application for any of the programs listed below, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, be sure to check the Guidelines for updates.  Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  One nomination per institution
Intent to Submit Deadline:  October 13, 2014
Internal Screening Deadline:  October 27, 2014
Sponsor Deadline:  February 10, 2015