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Current Limited Submissions Announcements

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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 2018 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 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 2018 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, inclusive of 10% indirect costs) will be awarded for the period of January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019.

Limited Submission

Because only one application from UConn 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, 3-page project narrative (including a 300-word lay summary), and biosketch by the requested Internal Pre-Proposal Deadline.

Program Requirements

Limit: UConn (Storrs, UConn Health, and Regional Campuses) is allowed one applicant
Internal Intent to Submit Deadline: 3/24/2017, 5:00 PM
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: 4/10/2017, 9:00 AM
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/12/2017, 12:00 PM
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline (by invite only): 9/14/2017, 12:00 PM

For more information, please contact the 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 2018 Pathway to Stop Diabetes program, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. 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.

Pathway seeks to bring new investigators and new perspectives to diabetes research. Supporting scientists with different backgrounds and experience is critical to achieving that objective. Pathway accepts nominations for exceptional investigators with medical and scientific backgrounds who propose innovative basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, epidemiological and health services research relevant to any type of diabetes, diabetes-related disease state or complication. Pathway solicits nominations for candidates in all disciplines (as applied to diabetes) including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering. In addition, nomination of scientists from diverse backgrounds, including minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, is strongly encouraged.

Limited Submission

Because only one nomination each from UConn Storrs/Regional and UConn Health 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.

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

Program Requirements

Limit: UConn and UConn Health are allowed a maximum of one nomination each. The nomination can be in one of the three available Pathway award types:

  • Initiator ($100K-$325K per year for up to 7 years; for researchers in postdoctoral training)
  • Accelerator (up to $325K per year for up to 5 years; for early-career diabetes investigators)
  • Visionary (up to $325K per year for up to 5 years; for established investigators, new to diabetes)

Intent to Submit Deadline: 3/6/2017, 9:00 AM
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: 3/31/2017, 5:00 PM
Sponsor Deadline: July 3, 2016

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

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Moore Inventor Fellows Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the Moore Inventor Fellows program, sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  This is a limited submission award, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

Inspired by Gordon Moore’s passion for discovery, this competition seeks to identify outstanding early-stage inventors who harness science and technology solutions to enhance scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.

The Moore Foundation anticipates investing $33.75 million to support 50 Moore Fellows. Fellows will receive funding for three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the Moore Foundation. In addition to funds for the fellow, the foundation will provide $25,000 each year to the institution to cover costs associated with administering the grant award, resulting in a total three-year award of $675,000. Host institutions will be required to make a contribution of $50,000 in annual support of the inventor’s work.

Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff at eligible institutions. Candidates must be within ten years of receiving the advanced terminal degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).

The scope of this call is intentionally wide: proposed projects do not need to fall within the Foundation’s current funding priorities, but should broadly align with the program areas of foundation interest. As with all their grants, the Foundation will seek to measure progress toward a defined goal during the three years of support.

The Foundation aims to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work on an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem. They seek innovations with the promise of making a long-lasting impact by addressing underlying problems in their field, but a clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement. We are not interested in supporting projects that are already at a stage where significant venture capital is available. The foundation’s policy is that intellectual property that results from a grant must be managed and disseminated in a manner that leads to the greatest impact. Each award will include IP terms to reflect the needs of that project.

Limited Submission

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

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

Program Requirements

Limit: UConn (inclusive of Storrs/Regional Campuses and UConn Health) may submit up to two (2) nominations.
Internal Intent to Submit Deadline: December 2, 2016, 5:00 PM
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: December 12, 2016, 9:00 AM
Sponsor Nomination/LOI Deadline: February 8, 2017 8:00 PM
Sponsor Full Nomination Packet Deadline: March 1, 2017, 8:00 PM

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

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National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

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 competition.

The PREP program provides institutions the resources to support and provide research experiences to underrepresented, STEM-oriented postbaccalaureates, who upon completion of a one-year research education program are likely to successfully enter and complete a Ph.D. program in a biomedical science field relevant to the NIGMS.

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 Ph.D. students from underrepresented groups.

Limited Submission

Because only one (1) proposal per lead institution can be submitted for this program, an internal competition is required.  The recent release of this program announcement and its looming deadline necessitates an accelerated process, so we will not be requiring a notification of intent to submit for this grant.  All interested PIs may begin assembling pre-proposals for the internal competition.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, please review the Limited Submission Guidelines for updates, as well as the program guidelines. 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. Pre-proposals should be sent as a single PDF document to research@uconn.edu.

 Program Requirements
Limit: One (1) proposal per lead institution (1 from Storrs/Regional Campuses, 1 from UConn Health)
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: November 28, 2016, 9:00 AM
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: January 24, 2017, 5:00 PM

If you have questions, please contact Matt Mroz in 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 for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program. Since this program is a limited submission, the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

The Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of the program is to provide start-up money for new research projects and innovative programs that have the potential to become competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources. Their goal is to have this initial effort succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement.

To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience. Each total award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two-year grant period. The first grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant Acceptance Form (June 2017). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2018). The support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit.

Limited Submission

Because only one applicant from UConn/UConn Health can submit a LOI 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.

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

Program Requirements

 Limit:  UConn (including Regional Campuses and UConn Health) may nominate one (1) applicant to submit a LOI.
Internal Intent to Submit Deadline:  October 28, 2016, 5:00 PM
Internal pre-proposal Deadline:  November 14, 2016, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline:  January 4, 2017, 4:00 PM CST
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation only): March 22, 2017, 4:00 PM CST

For questions, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu or 860-486-6378.

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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 process.

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 in the early years of their appointment, 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.

Eligibility
The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor’s or higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2011. Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component. Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually. Renominations are accepted.

Limited Submission

Because each institution may only submit one (1) nomination, an internal screening process may be required.  If you are considering submitting an application for the program listed above, an online Notification of Intent to Submit  must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

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

Program Requirements

Limit:  UConn (including the Regional campuses and UConn Health) may submit only one (1) nomination
Internal Intent to Submit Deadline:  October 28, 2016, 5:00 PM
Internal Pre-Proposal Deadline:  November 21, 2016, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline:  February 10, 2017

For questions, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at research@uconn.edu or 860-486-6378.

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NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS) program.  The NSF SNM-IS program is a limited submission award, and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

The emphasis of the SNM-IS solicitation is on research on new manufacturing processes and methods to overcome the key scientific and engineering barriers that prevent the translation of laboratory-scale discoveries in nano-enabled integrated systems to an industrially relevant scale, reliably, and at low cost and within sustainability and environmental health and safety (EHS) guidelines.                        

The SNM-IS solicitation seeks proposals that investigate novel scalable nanomanufacturing and integration methods for nano-enabled integrated systems with a clear commercial relevance. Proposals should consider addressing key aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain comprised of nano-scale building-blocks → complex nanomaterials and nanostructures → functional components and devices → integrated sub-systems and systems:

  • Novel nanomanufacturing processes and integration strategies for large-area or continuous manufacturing or customized manufacturing of nano-scale materials and structures and their assembly into larger-scale components and devices and the integration of the components and devices into higher order structures, subsystems and systems;
  • Fundamental scientific research in key, well-defined technical areas that are compellingly justified as approaches to overcome critical scientific and engineering barriers to nanomanufacturing scale-up, customized nanomanufacturing and multi-scale integration; and
  • Design principles for production systems leading to nanomanufacturing tools, and platforms; identification of manipulation and control methodologies, and metrology, instrumentation, and standards needed for process monitoring and control and to assess quality and yield; determination of process models and simulations to guide processing and integration; identification of environmental and energy footprints, as applicable.

Competitive proposals will incorporate the following three elements in their research plans:

  1. A persuasive case that the nano-enabled integrated system to be manufactured has or is likely to have sufficient demand to justify eventual scale-up or meet demands for low-volume specialty materials or device systems;
  2. A clearly identified set of research challenges requiring science and engineering solutions that must be addressed to enable the realization of integrated systems for the cost-effective manufacture of high quality nano-enabled products in large quantities or low-volume specialty products; and
  3. A compelling research plan with clear objectives and approaches to overcome the identified research challenges. This may include environmentally benign approaches and life-cycle considerations. These elements should be carefully explained and justified in proposals, since both the scientific novelty and the feasibility of the methods being researched will be important evaluation factors.

The SNM-IS solicitation is not seeking research proposals in large-scale manufacturing of single component nanomaterials and nanostructures. Novel ideas in novel nanomanufacturing processes and scale-up may be sent to the core Nanomanufacturing (NM) Program.

Limited Submission

Because only one (1) proposal per 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 online 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 Limited Submission 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: One (1) proposal per lead institution (1 from Storrs/Regional Campuses, 1 from UConn Health)
Internal Intent to Submit Deadline (required): October 14th 2016, 5:00 PM
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: October 31st, 2016, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: January 13th, 2017, 5:00 PM

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

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2017 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 2017.  Click here for additional information about the program’s guidelines.

Limited Submission

Each institution may submit up to three (3) nominations, one in each of the disciplinary categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.  This includes nominations from Storrs, the Regional campuses, and UConn Health. Because three (3) 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 online Notification of Intent to Submit  must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

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

Program Requirements

Limit:  UConn (including the Regional campuses and UConn Health) may submit up to three (3) nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Internal Notification of Intent:  9/16/2016, 5:00 PM
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline:  10/3/2016, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Deadline:  11/16/2016, 11:59 PM (PT)

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

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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.

Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team collaborating with at least one industry partner 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 open to any knowledge domain or application area and should be focused on translational, pre-commercialization space, building on novel 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 online 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:  Two proposals as a lead institution (2 from Storrs/Regionals, 2 from UConn Health)

Internal Intent to Submit Deadline:  9/5/2016, 8:00 AM
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline:  9/12/2016, 8:00 AM
Sponsor Letter of Intent Due Date (required): 10/14/2016, 5:00 PM
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline:  11/16/2016

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