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Current Funding Announcements

Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) M1 Mentorship Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to inform faculty about the following opportunity from CICATS:

The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn is pleased to announce its second funding cycle of the M1 Mentorship Award.

The M1 Mentorship Award program aims to develop a cadre of accomplished investigators who will participate in developing an academic environment that elevates mentorship to a discipline with consistently high standards and practices. The program focuses on the recruitment and mentorship of underrepresented students at all stages of the academic pipeline. CICATS provides support to successful research-funded faculty to serve as mentors in the development of the next generation of academic scientists. Funding will cover up to 25%, to a maximum of $40,000, of a faculty’s full-time salary appointment. The M1 Mentorship Award is a three-year program commitment.


  • For more information and to apply, visit the CICATS website.
  • Deadline to submit the application is Friday, March 10, 2017
  • Notice of Awards – April 2017

To learn more about the M1 Mentorship Award program and our current M1 Mentors, visit the CICATS website.

If you have questions, please contact Lana Angelo, CICATS Administrative and Program Coordinator, at


Connecticut Sea Grant College Program (CTSG)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to inform interested faculty about the following funding opportunity from Connecticut Sea Grant.

The Connecticut Sea Grant College Program (CTSG) has issued its call for preliminary proposals for the 2018-2020 Omnibus Funding Cycle for the funding period of February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2020. CTSG supports applied research in both natural and social sciences, education, and outreach activities to achieve healthy coastal and marine ecosystems and consequent public benefits, focusing on Connecticut, Long Island Sound and its watershed. Applied projects with clear relevance to Connecticut’s marine and coastal resources will be given priority. Any investigator seeking support for this period must submit, as a single file, an electronic copy of their preliminary proposal by e-mail for receipt no later than 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, February 24, 2017. For more information on the 1st RFP, refer to the guidelines at their website.


2017-2018 California Table Grape Commission Health Research Grant Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research would like to share information about the California Table Grape Commission’s 2017-18 Health Research Grant Program. The commission welcomes Letters of Intent from researchers for $30,000 grants that may be applied toward any relevant health issue in which grape consumption may have a beneficial impact.

The major goal of this program is to fund studies that examine the potential health benefits of grape consumption.  To facilitate such studies, the California Table Grape Commission developed a freeze-dried grape powder made from fresh California table grapes, which is to be used for work funded by this grant program. It is not an extract. The powder is a composite of seeded and seedless red, green and black California grapes. As with fresh grapes, the powder is known  to  contain  simple  phenolics,  resveratrol,  flavans  (including catechins),  flavonols (including  quercetin),  and anthocyanins.

All details concerning the submission of a Letter of Intent can be accessed on the commission’s website. In order to help ensure that new proposals in an area previously studied appropriately continue and expand on that work, with effective doses and protocols, the commission is making the following reference materials available: the Letter of Intent Guidelines, a Grape Powder Analysis Report, the Grape Powder Usage Guidelines, and a list of previously funded research. Where available, published studies or final reports resulting from previously funded research can be accessed for review by the applicant.

Following the review of submitted Letters of Intent, finalists will be invited to submit a complete proposal to the commission. Please note: Letters of Intent must be submitted electronically, in a single pdf file.

Deadline for submission of Letters of Intent is Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 8 PM (EST). For the Letter of Intent Guidelines please visit the commission’s website.

The commission’s Health Research Grant Program is overseen by a scientific advisory panel of distinguished researchers who will be reviewing the Letters of Intent. In the meantime, any inquiries regarding this process should be directed to


2017 Alan T. Waterman Award Call for Nominations

The Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the National Science Foundation. Since 1975, when Congress established the award to honor the agency’s first director, the annual award has been bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers.

The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, 35 years of age or younger, or not more than seven years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated.
  • Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on their field.

Nominations will be accepted through October 21, 2016

Click here to nominate a candidate

Information on the award and past recipients is also available at the program website.


Dr. Sherrie Green,
Program Manager
Phone: 703-292-8040
Fax: 703-292-9040

$100,000 for Substance Use Disorder Startups

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), one of the components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces the “$100,000 for Start a SUD Startup” Challenge. The Challenge goal is to support research ideas that would further an understanding of neurobiology as it relates to Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and that are intended to be the basis for the development of a new and potentially successful startup. NIDA hopes that participation in the contest will enable scientists to test their research as the base for a biotech startup, and that eventually any newly created startups will contribute to the pool of innovative small businesses that can successfully compete for NIDA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding. Each Challenge winner will receive $10,000. The Challenge total purse is up to $100,000.

For more details and to submit your proposal, please visit the program’s website.

Submission Dates: Sep 16, 2016

Judging Dates: Sep 19, 2016 – Oct 21, 2016

Winners Announced: Oct 24, 2016

2016 State of Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Fund

The Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Fund (formerly the Connecticut Stem Cell Program) is focused on translational applications and provides millions of dollars in funding each year to companies, academic and non-profit applicants who are conducting cutting-edge stem cell and regenerative medicine research that shows clinical promise.  The Regenerative Medicine Research Advisory Committee, in consultation with Connecticut Innovations, administers and monitors the program.  It is anticipated that up to ten million dollars will be available in the Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Fund for the 2016 RFP call.

Proposal Submission Deadline –Monday, December 14, 2015 by 5:00 EST

Please submit questions via email to No RFP submissions should be submitted to the address.

RFP Submissions should be sent to


Revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

The Office of the Vice President for Research would like to make the University research community aware that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a revised version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG, NSF 16-1).

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.  Significant changes include:

  • Enforcement of 5:00 PM submitter’s local time across all NSF funding opportunities;
  • Implementation of NSF’s Public Access Policy;
  • Submission of proposal certifications by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) concurrently with proposal submission;
  • NSF’s implementation of the US Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences on Dual Use Research of Concern;
  • Provision of Collaborators and Other Affiliations information as a new single-copy document, instead of as part of the Biographical Sketch;
  • Submission of Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support separately for each senior personnel;
  • Electronic signature and submission of notifications and requests by the AOR only;
  • Revision of timeframe for submission of final project reports, project outcomes reports and financial closure of awards to 120 days after the award end date; and
  • Numerous clarifications throughout the document.

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on October 29th at 2:00 PM EST.  Registration is required at

In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 15-1) continue to apply until January 25, 2016 and will remain on the NSF website.

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Seed Grant

The new Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CT IBACS) is pleased to announce its first call for applications to its seed grant fund. Full details can be found on the Institute website. The seed fund is intended to fund activities in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (broadly construed) that are likely to lead to applications for external funding, or which otherwise contribute to the mission of the Institute. Preference will be given to activities that involve collaboration and expertise across laboratories and/or traditional disciplinary boundaries. Applications for small grants (<$10,000) can be submitted at any time; applications in excess of $10,000 should be submitted by November 1st (for start dates at the beginning of the 2016 Spring Semester). The Institute also invites applications for affiliate memberships.

For more information: Contact Gerry Altmann at or visit our website at

Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research would like to announce the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program’s 2015 Solicitation 2. Applications are due 5:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The SCGSR program is now open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at


National Science Board Seeks Nominees Honoring Contributions to Science

 The honorary awards given annually by the National Science Board (NSB) are among the most prestigious honors that recognize outstanding achievement in science and engineering.

NSB’s Vannevar Bush Award, named for the presidential science advisor instrumental to the creation of the National Science Foundation, honors leaders who have made lifelong public service contributions to science, technology, and public policy.

NSB’s Public Service Award honors individuals and/or groups for major contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering — in education, the media, or other areas.

Know someone deserving of recognition? To learn more about the awards, and how to nominate an individual or group, please visit NSB Honorary Awards.

NSB is accepting nominations for the 2016 awards through October 1.

To catch a preview of last year’s awards, check out a video featuring the 2015 awards recipients.


U.S. Department of Education Announces $60 Million Available for First in the World Grant Competition

With two years of grants, the Department will have invested $135 million in in higher education innovation through FITW.

MAY 8, 2015

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to drive innovations in higher education and increase college completion, affordability and quality outcomes, the U.S. Department of Education today announced the availability of $60 million in Fiscal Year 2015 in the First in the World (FITW) program. Click here for the Federal Register notice for applications. FITW grants will fund the development and testing of innovative approaches and strategies to improve postsecondary education attainment. Of the $60 million available this year, the competition has a set-aside of $16 million for institutions designated as minority-serving institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“Through the First in the World program, the Obama Administration is calling on colleges and universities to help develop the most promising approaches to improve outcomes for students, particularly for those who are underrepresented, underprepared or from low income backgrounds,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.” We look forward to hearing from institutions as they seek to pioneer new and innovative ways to increase college success.”

Encouraging and expanding innovation in higher education is a key element in helping more students complete college and reaching the President’s goal to once again lead the world in college attainment. FITW is a key part of ensuring more Americans have the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a growing global economy and builds on the Obama Administration’s historic investments in college affordability, including increasing the maximum Pell grant award by over $1,000 and creating the $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit. It underscores the importance of new efforts to ensure college opportunity, including the President’s new proposal to make two years of college free for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree and the skills needed in the workforce at no cost.

That is why the Administration started the First in the World Program, which provides grants to colleges and universities to test new approaches to fostering success among disadvantaged students. The goals of the grant program are to improve student outcomes today and to build a stronger evidence base of what works so that all colleges and universities can better shape their programs. The first $75 million in grants were awarded in 2014 to 24 colleges and universities. The President has proposed increasing First in the World to $200 million in Fiscal Year 2016. This and other key investments are possible only because the President’s Budget reverses the harmful effects of sequestration, providing resources for the investments we need to strengthen the economy and expand opportunity.

FITW is an evidence-based program that draws on the design of the Department’s Investing in Innovation Fund (i3). This year’s FITW competition will feature two types of grants—development grants focused on testing innovative practices associated with student success; and validation grants with more rigorous evidence criteria, intended to confirm the effectiveness of promising practices when implemented more broadly. Successful applicants must demonstrate not only an innovative project design, but outline a rigorous plan for how the project will be evaluated to demonstrate its effectiveness.

The deadline for applications is June 26, 2015. All grants will be awarded no later than September 30, 2015. For additional information, visit

Listed below are the series of pre-application webinars the Office of Postsecondary Education will host:

Webinar: FITW—Development Grants
Date: May 14, 2015
Time: 3:00pm, EST

Webinar: FITW—Validation Grants
Date: May 15, 2015
Time: 3:00pm, EST

Webinar: FITW—Evidence & Evaluation Requirements
Date: May 19, 2015
Time: 3:00pm, EST

If you would like to sign up and/or learn more about FITW, please visit the First in the World, Application Information page on the Office of Postsecondary Education’s website.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program for Submission in Years 2015 and 2016



NSF and PECASE Funding Opportunity

The National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. Each year NSF also selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

Deadlines vary by division. Please click here for more information.



Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I  Solicitation (STTR) June Submission 2015

NSF’s STTR program provides non-dilutive funds for early-stage research and development (R&D) at small businesses. This R&D should be based on innovative, transformational technology with potential for substantial commercial and/or societal benefits. The program invites proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines in collaboration with researchers at universities, Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers, and other non-profit institutions. If you are successful, you will receive a grant of up to $225,000 for a 12-month development/feasibility project. You can then compete for a second grant of up to $750,000 over a 2 year period, with the aim of advancing the technology toward commercial deployment.  Click on the link below for further information.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Solicitation (SBIR) – June Submissions 2015

NSF’s SBIR program provides non-dilutive funds for early-stage research and development (R&D) at small businesses. This R&D should be based on innovative, transformational technology with potential for substantial commercial and/or societal benefits. The program invites proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. If you are successful, you will receive a grant of up to $150,000 for a 6-month development/feasibility project. You can then compete for a second grant of up to $750,000 over a 2 year period, with the aim of advancing the technology toward commercial deployment.  Click on the link below for further information.

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The Donaghue Foundation – Another Look: Better Health for Elders in Care Facilities

This program provides funding for health-related research projects that can improve the quality of care and the quality of life for the elderly population in nursing homes or other care facilities. Specifically, this program invites researchers to address a particular problem affecting the elderly in care facilities with data that already exists. New data collection will not be allowed in the program. For further information:

NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly Summer Institute on Aging Research)

Accepting applications for an intensive introduction to aging research. This program for investigators that are new to aging research is focused on the breadth of research supported by the National Institute on Aging, including basic biology, neuroscience, behavioral and social research, geriatrics and clinical gerontology. As an offering through the NIA Office of Special Populations, program content will include a focus on health disparities, research methodologies, and funding opportunities. The Butler-Williams Scholars Program (B-W Scholars) is one of the premier, short-term training opportunities for new investigators. New researchers are defined as those who have recently received the M.D., Ph.D. or other doctoral level degree. The B-W Scholars Program provides participants with unparalleled access to NIA and NIH staff in an informal setting.

The B-W Scholars Program is sponsored by NIA with support from the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.

The 2015 B-W Scholars Program will be held July 27-31, 2015 in Bethesda, Maryland. Support in most cases is available for travel and living expenses.

Applications are due March 27, 2015.

Researchers with an interest in health disparities research are encouraged to apply. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and women are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents.

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation 2014-2015 Grant Opportunities

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) has several grant opportunities for the upcoming 2014-2015 grant cycle. Letters of intent for our PDF Postdoctoral Fellowship (for Basic Scientists and Neurologists) open Saturday, November 1st, and are due Monday, December 1st. We also have summer fellowships for medical and undergraduate students to conduct research, travel awards for graduate and medical students to present data at PD-related conferences, conference awards for established investigators to organize a meeting on PD, and partnership awards with the Parkinson Study Group and Howard Hughes Medical Institute for clinicians.


Advancing Parkinson’s Therapies Conference Award
Opens: Applications accepted year-round
Application Due: At least 90 days prior to the proposed start date of the conference
Award Notification: Four to six weeks after application submission

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists & Neurologists
Opens: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Letter of Intent Due:Monday, December 1, 2014
Notification:mid to late December 2014
Full Application Due: Monday, February 16, 2015
Award Notification: mid April 2015

Summer Student Fellowships
Opens: Tuesday, December 2, 2013
Application Due: Monday, January 26, 2014

Student Travel Awards
Opens: 3 cycles, opening September 1st, January 1st, and May 1st
Application Due: October 14th, February 15th, and June 15th, respectively
(Conferences must take place at least 45 days after submission deadline.)

PDF-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award
Application Due: Friday, January 2, 2015
Award Notification: Monday, March 2, 2015
In partnership with the Parkinson Study Group

PDF-HHMI Year-Long Medical Research Fellows Program
Application Due: Monday, January 12, 2015
Award Notification: Friday, March 13, 2015
In partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Please see the PDF website for eligibility:


Facebook Graduate Fellowship Program

Facebook announces the launch of the 2015-2016 Facebook Graduate Fellowship Program. Facebook created the fellowship program to encourage and support promising graduate students who are doing cutting edge research around the globe. We are excited for the opportunity to fund future thought leaders and look forward to reviewing submissions from your students!

This year, Facebook is accepting applications for research in the following areas:

• Architecture
• Computer Vision
• Data Mining
• Databases
• Distributed Systems
• Economics and Computation
• Human-Computer Interaction/Social Computing
• Machine Learning
• Natural Language Processing
• Networking / Operating Systems
• Programming Languages / Compilers
• Security / Privacy
• Software Engineering

Facebook will be expanding the fellowship to a two-year program and each fellowship will include payment of tuition and fees for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, a $37,000 unrestricted yearly grant, and a visit to Facebook’s HQ in Menlo Park for winners to present their research.

Students can find more information and the application link at


Digital Media + Learning Competition 5

The Trust Challenge funds successful collaborations or “laboratories” where challenges to trust in connected learning environments can be identified and addressed. Successful labs will create scalable, innovative, and transformative exemplars of connected learning that bridge technological solutions with complex social considerations of trust.


$10,000 to $150,000 year-long development grants
$5,000 technology grants
$1.2 million will be awarded in total.

Development grant award amounts will be determined by project feasibility and complexity, team member expertise, length of time required to complete the work, and level of institutional support.

In addition to the larger, on-going development grants, “People’s Choice Awards” will be made to the three finalist applications that amass the most votes during the public voting process. These small grants will be up to $5,000 and must be used specifically for approved technology purchases for the applying organization/institution.


2015 Grant Cycle for the Robert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust Awards Program in Clinical Research

For additional information, please contact:

Chris Petkovich
Director of Foundation Relations
University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc.
2390 Alumni Drive
Storrs, CT 06269-3206

Phone:    (860) 486-0303
Fax:          (860) 486-1615


Global Innovation Initiative (GII)

The British Council have just launched the second round of the US-UK Global Innovation Initiative, a transatlantic funding scheme to strengthen research collaboration between universities in the UK, US, and other selected countries including Brazil, China, India and Indonesia.

This year the Global Innovation Initiative will award approximately 16 grants ranging from $100,000 – $200,000 (US) and £100,000 to £150,000 (UK) to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance.

Grants are intended to bring mutual benefit to higher education institutions in the UK, US and selected countries with emerging economies through the enhancement of institutional ties and the development of multilateral relationships. The goals of GII are: To increase the global mobility of students, researchers, faculty, and higher education administrators from the U.S., the UK, and other countries; . To develop a cadre of people in the U.S., UK, and other countries who have the international experience, outlook and knowledge to confront global challenges and operate in a global context; . To encourage international collaborations that develop capacity across a range of universities in the U.S., the UK, and other countries; . To forge university and business linkages that support a globally mobile talent pool and a multinational base for the exchange of discovery and innovation.

The call for proposals is now open and closes on 31 October 2014 at 5:00pm EST.

For more information, including how to apply, visit or contact