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Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Global Challenges: Solving global health and development problems for those most in need

Dear Colleague,

We are excited to share the news about a particularly diverse set of grant opportunities across Grand Challenges initiatives open now from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other Grand Challenges funders. These opportunities are described in a blog and listed below.

Grand Challenges Explorations Grant Opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the next round of Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) for the following three challenges (application deadline is May 2, 2018):

  1. Innovations in Immunization Data Management, Use, and Improved Process Efficiency;
  2. Affordable, Accessible, and Appealing: The Next Generation of Nutrition;
  3. Tools and Technologies for Broad-Scale Disease Surveillance of Crop Plants in Low-Income Countries

GCE grants have already been awarded to more than 1300 researchers in more than 65 countries. Initial grants are for USD $100,000 and successful projects are eligible to receive follow-on funding of up to USD $1 million. Proposals are solicited twice a year for an expanding set of global health and development challenges. Applications are only two pages, and no preliminary data is required. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Grand Challenges Grant Opportunities

  1. Grand Challenges: Campylobacter spp. Transmission Dynamics in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Application deadline is May 2, 2018.
  2. Grand Challenges Explorations – Brazil: Data Science Approaches to Improve Maternal and Child Health in Brazil. Application deadline is May 2, 2018.
  3. Grand Challenges Explorations – India (Round 4). Application deadline is March 31, 2018.
  4. Misk Grand Challenges: Activating Global Citizenship: Building the Next Generation of Global Citizens for the Global Goals. Application deadline is May 2, 2018.
  5. Misk Grand Challenges: Reinventing Teaching and School Leadership: Preparing the Youth with the 21st Century Skills Needed for a Knowledge Economy. Application deadline is May 2, 2018.
  6. Grand Challenges for Development: Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge. Application deadline is April 12, 2018.

Blog series on innovation: Trevor Mundel, the Gates Foundation’s President of Global Health, recently published two new blogs in his series on innovation, one on metabolic markers for gestational age assessment and one on surveying nutrient levels in breastmilk.

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world on the open grant opportunities listed above. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who has a great idea, please forward this message. And we invite you to explore an interactive world map of ideas funded to date across the global Grand Challenges network.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

Visit our site

https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/

Announcing Two Missouri Transect Seed Grant Opportunities

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Missouri EPSCoR is pleased to announce the release of two Requests for Proposals for the Missouri Transect Seed Funding program.  RFPs are in the fields of Data Integration and Ecosystem Modeling.  

Download RFPs and Budget Form:

Data Integration

Ecosystem Modeling

Budget Form
 
The Intent to Submit Form (Data Integration RFP.pdf and Ecosystem Modeling RFP.pdf, pp. 8-10) is due Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  The Full Proposal and Budget Form are due Wednesday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  You must send an Intent to Submit form, along with suggested reviewers, in order for your full proposal to be considered.
 
Please send all correspondence to: epscor [at] missouri [dot] edu

RFP Snapshot:

Program Name
The Missouri Transect Seed Funding
 
Source of Funds
The Missouri Transect Seed Funding is part of the Missouri NSF EPSCoR Track-1 Research Infrastructure Improvement program The Missouri Transect: Climate, Plants and Community (IIA-1355406).
 
Purpose
The Missouri Transect is a five-year effort to build infrastructure, knowledge, and collaborations in research and education across Missouri. The Missouri Transect Seed Funding program supports new research and educational initiatives to leverage new opportunities and emerging areas of research. These funds will be directed primarily to investigators and institutions not currently represented on the Missouri Transect team. High risk/high return projects from early career investigators, educators, and collaborative teams will be given preference for funding.  The Strategic Plan for the Missouri Transect can be found at https://missouriepscor.org/about/strategic-plan.
 
Data IntegrationThis RFP seeks to address the questions: What new knowledge can be gleaned by integrating the diverse data sets that are being generated by the scientists involved in the Missouri Transect, and given that opportunity, what are the best approaches to integrate and analyze the data?
 
Ecosystem Modeling This RFP seeks to address the question: Are there mathematical models that can be developed that describe the ecological system of Tucker Prairie and provide a better understanding of the larger ecosystem of a native prairie?   
 
Eligibility
Any individual, independent researcher, or educator at any higher education and research institution in Missouri is eligible to apply.
 
Award Amount and Duration
The total project budget should be a maximum of $50,000 in direct costs over a span of 12 months. A justification of all direct costs is required in the full proposal.  Seed Funds will be available during Year 4 of the Missouri Transect Project, August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018. 
 
For more information about the Missouri Transect, visit https://missouriepscor.org/

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative US-Israeli Research Proposals

Monday, November 23, 2015

NSF 16-019

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/CISE/SaTC - US-Israel BSF International Opportunity

November 16, 2015

SCOPE

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Research Cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between US and Israeli research communities and sets out the principles by which jointly supported activities might be developed. The MOU provides for an international collaboration arrangement whereby US researchers may receive funding from the NSF and Israeli researchers may receive funding from the BSF

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) of the US National Science Foundation and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation are pleased to announce a US-Israel collaborative research opportunity. The goal is to help reduce some of the current barriers to working internationally. Through a lead agency model, NSF/CISE and BSF will address these issues by allowing US and Israeli researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process.

PROCESS SUMMARY

As described in detail below, this program is intended to encourage collaborations by US and Israeli researchers focused on foundational research in all areas of cybersecurity that is likely to have impacts on the security and trustworthiness of cyberspace in the long term. NSF will fund the US researchers and BSF will fund the Israeli researchers. Proposals must be respondent to the Small category (up to $500,000 over 3 years for the NSF-funded portion) and the Trustworthy Computing (TWC) perspective specified in the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) solicitation. US researchers should obtain pre-approval from NSF before submission. US and Israeli collaborative researchers must each submit the identical research description to NSF and BSF (respectively), with each budgeting for their own participants, and including a copy of the budget for the counterparts. US participants must include a supplementary document consenting to the release of their NSF proposal and unattributed NSF reviews to BSF. All proposals will be reviewed by NSF; those selected for funding will have separate agreements with NSF (for US researchers) and BSF (for Israeli researchers).

Proposals will be accepted for collaborative research in areas at the intersection of NSF/CISE and BSF as set out below:

NSF Solicitation

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) NSF 15-575

BSF Solicitation

Call for Proposals in the BSF-NSF program in Cybersecurity

Any topic within scope for the Trustworthy Computing (TWC) perspective of the NSF SaTC solicitation is within scope for funding through this collaborative research opportunity. Topics of particular interest include cyber-physical systems security, privacy, secure software, and cryptography. Abstracts for projects funded in FY15 may be accessed by going to www.nsf.gov/awardsearch and entering "NSFSaTC-BSF". Proposals are expected to adhere to the remit, funding limits, and grant durations for the BSF and NSF programs from which the funding is sought and must represent an integrated collaborative effort. This document provides guidelines for the preparation, submission, review, and award of NSF-BSF collaborative proposals.

Proposers are advised that all documents submitted to NSF or BSF may be shared with the other agency in order to implement the two-way agency activities.

PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION

NSF proposers must comply with the proposal preparation requirements outlined in NSF's Grant Proposal Guide as well as any programmatic requirements stipulated by the Small proposal competition of the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. The proposal must be submitted through NSF's FastLane system (https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov) or Grants.gov (http://grants.gov) to the SaTC program.

Both Israeli and US collaborators on a proposing team should follow directions specified by BSF and submit their joint proposal via the BSF system (http://www.bsf.org.il/ElectronicSubmission/GatewayFormsAndGuidelines.aspx?PageId=7&innerTextID=0).

  1. Prior to submission, NSF proposers should contact NSFSaTC-BSF [at] nsf [dot] gov to discuss the research focus of the international project.
  2. Proposers should submit a research proposal in accordance with the proposal preparation requirements of both agencies. The proposal should include a description of the proposed research program, research team, and the total resources for the joint project (that is, the funds requested from both the NSF and BSF).
  3. The budget forms submitted to each agency should only indicate the amount requested from that agency. NSF proposers should only indicate the US expenses on the NSF budget form. BSF proposers should indicate only the Israeli research expenses on the BSF budget form. A copy of the proposed requested budget of the other agency should be included as part of the full proposal (i.e., copies of the BSF budget should be included as a supplemental document in the NSF submission, while copies of the NSF budget should be included in the BSF submission). The Budget Justification section of the full proposal should address the full US and Israeli project budgets, and these must be clearly differentiated in the proposal. Proposals that request duplicative funding may be returned without review.
  4. In the case of NSF, the following documents must be provided as Supplementary Documents to the full proposal submission:
    • Institutional endorsement: An institutional acknowledgment of the submission must be a signed letter from an authorized institutional representative from the Israeli institution with the following text: "I confirm on behalf of [insert name of Israeli institution] that the US-Israel Collaborative proposal between [insert name of US PI and his/her institution] and [insert name of Israeli PI and his/her institution] is endorsed and has been submitted by [name of Israeli university's research office], and that BSF has acknowledged the proposed collaboration."
    • Funding requested from BSF: A detailed breakdown of funding requested from BSF should be included, typically in the form of a spreadsheet.
    • Consent: Written consent by the PIs that the proposals and unattributed reviews will be shared with the partner agency, BSF. This consent may be in the form of a signed letter from the PI stating, "I confirm on behalf of [insert name of US institution] that proposals and unattributed reviews will be shared with BSF."
    • The list of participants required as a supplemental document by the SaTC solicitation must include both US and Israeli participants. The list of collaborators required as a supplemental document by the SaTC solicitation must include collaborators of both the US and Israeli participants. These lists are used to avoid conflicts of interest in assigning reviewers, so including the collaborators of the Israeli participants is important.
    • A Collaboration Plan (up to two pages) describing the collaboration between US and Israeli investigators is encouraged, and may be submitted as a supplemental document. This plan does not count against the 15-page limit for the basic proposal, as described in the solicitation.
  5. The following guidance pertains to the NSF submission:
    • Israeli PIs should NOT be listed as co-PIs on the NSF cover sheet.
    • Biographical sketches for Israeli PIs should be included as supplementary documents, not along with the biographical sketches for the US participants.
    • Current and pending awards lists are NOT required for Israeli participants.
    • If only one US institution is involved, the NSF standard of including the word "collaboration" in the title should NOT be followed, as that is an indication that more than one US institution is involved.
    • US PIs are limited to not more than three submissions to the SaTC solicitation, of which no more than two may be to the Small, Medium, or Large categories. Submission of a Small proposal pursuant to this Dear Colleague Letter is included in that limit (i.e., if submitting in response to this US-Israel collaborative research opportunity, only one additional Small/Medium/Large may be submitted).
  6. For projects involving human subjects/participants, proposers should consult both NSF and BSF policies.
  7. The full proposal should indicate the proposal is to be considered under the lead agency activities by prefacing the title with "NSFSaTC-BSF:". This prefix should be placed before all other codes as described in the SaTC solicitation. For example, the full title for a submission to NSF under this DCL could be "NSFSaTC-BSF: TWC: Small: Title".
  8. The full proposal should be submitted by the established closing date of submission as determined by the lead agency. For NSF, this is the NSF SaTC Small proposal deadline in November 2015. For BSF, this is the date published on the BSF website and written in the submission instructions for the program.
  9. The number of proposals that may be submitted in response to this DCL is limited by the underlying NSF and BSF programs; there are no additional limits imposed by this international opportunity.

PEER REVIEW

NSF-BSF collaborative proposals will be reviewed alongside all other unsolicited or standard proposals received in the same funding round or call and will not undergo a separate or special review process.

Proposals will be reviewed in accordance with NSF's review criteria; reviewers are asked to evaluate research on both its intellectual merit and broader impacts.

FUNDING DECISIONS

The funding recommendations will be discussed with the partner agency (BSF). The lead agency (NSF) will use its usual internal procedures to determine whether a proposal will be awarded or declined. Funding decisions may be subject to the availability of funds.

All proposers will be advised whether their proposal has been recommended for funding or will be declined. Proposers will receive copies of the reviewers' unattributed comments and, where applicable, a panel summary. Should a proposal be declined for funding, proposers should refer to the respective agency resubmission policies.

Award letters will identify that the award for joint international research is made in collaboration between NSF and BSF.

Because the participating organizations have different funding cycles, it is possible that some projects will have delayed start dates in order to wait until funds become available.

POST-AWARD CONSIDERATIONS

Awardees will be expected to comply with the award conditions and reporting requirements of the agencies from which they receive funding.

Awardees will be required to acknowledge both NSF and BSF in any reports or publications arising from the grant.

Extensions and supplements will be considered by participating agencies using standard procedures. Requests for changes to awards pertaining to changes in scope in research or changes or delays to the research will be discussed with other involved funding agencies before a mutual decision is reached.

Missouri Transect Seed Grant Proposal Due

Event date(s): Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Missouri EPSCoR is pleased to announce the release of two Requests for Proposals for the Missouri Transect Seed Funding program.  RFPs are in the fields of Data Integration and Ecosystem Modeling.  See the seed funding announcement for more details and to download the RFP materials.
 
The Intent to Submit Form (Data Integration RFP.pdf and Ecosystem Modeling RFP.pdf, pp. 8-10) is due Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  The Full Proposal and Budget Form are due Wednesday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  You must send an Intent to Submit form, along with suggested reviewers in order for your full proposal to be considered.

Missouri Transect Seed Grant Intent to Submit Form Due

Event date(s): Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Missouri EPSCoR is pleased to announce the release of two Requests for Proposals for the Missouri Transect Seed Funding program.  RFPs are in the fields of Data Integration and Ecosystem Modeling.  See the seed funding announcement for more details and to download the RFP materials.
 
The Intent to Submit Form (Data Integration RFP.pdf and Ecosystem Modeling RFP.pdf, pp. 8-10) is due Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  The Full Proposal and Budget Form are due Wednesday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  You must send an Intent to Submit form, along with suggested reviewers in order for your full proposal to be considered.
 

 

 

EPSCoR Imaging Workshop - April 13, 2017

Event date(s): Thursday, April 13, 2017
Location: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 North Warson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63132


Date:                               April 13, 2017, 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location:                       Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
                                            975 North Warson Road
                                            Saint Louis, MO 63132

 

The EPSCoR imaging workshop will be held April 13, 2017 at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Saint Louis, MO. The purpose of the workshop is to link imaging and image processing to phenotyping and to share collective capacity on plant imaging technology and data. There will be presentations and work groups so that researchers can interact with each other’s data.  There will also be opportunities for imaging equipment demonstrations and presentations during breaks and lunch.   There is a $25.00 registration fee to attend this workshop.  

Click here for the workshop agenda.

Register here: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/missouri-transect-imaging-workshop-tickets-32164138805

Hotel:

Click here for hotel accommodation at the Drury Inn and Suites-Creve Coeur located at 11980 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.  If you require shuttle service between the Drury and the Danforth Center, please request during check-in.

For questions, contact:

Kathleen Mackey, kmackey [at] danforthcenter [dot] org, 314-587-1203

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